HPU Receives Gift From Frank L. Blum Construction Company

Drew Hancock, president of Frank L. Blum Construction Company in Winston-Salem, recently met with High Point University President Dr. Nido R. Qubein to announce a significant gift being made to HPU for unrestricted purposes. Frank L. Blum Construction Company has been involved as the general contractor for two large construction projects on the campus – the expansion and renovation of the Slane Student Center, and the construction of the University Center.

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HPU Students Participate In Charlotte Business Competition

Members of the High Point University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team competed recently in the Regional SIFE Competition in Charlotte, N.C. This is SIFE’s first year at HPU, and the Charlotte event was the first competition for HPU’s team. HPU students Paul Abell, Jeremy Hiatt, Matthew Schiffer, William Rhodes, Preston Ward and Ibrahim Kanu presented overviews of completed projects in Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics to a panel of business professionals.

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HPU Students Participate In Asheville Research Symposium

Several High Point University students recently presented papers at the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium (Big SURS), held March 27-28 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Big SURS provides an opportunity for students from Big South Conference universities to present their research, scholarship and creative activities to their conference peers and faculty.

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HPU Students Learn Project Management By Organizing Community Volunteer Projects

Students enrolled in a project management class at High Point University are using their knowledge and skills to give back to the community by organizing a number of community volunteer projects, including a food drive, a clothing drive and a fundraiser for World Relief. Students organizing the food drive project are collecting cash and canned food donations until April 20.

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HPU Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club Captures Medals At National Tournament

The High Point University Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club recently earned gold, silver and bronze medals at the U.S. Nationals Grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament, held in Georgia. The team earned two gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal. Dan Vining also participated, earning fourth place in both submission wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

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HPU Associate Professor Of Information Systems Publishes Article

Dr. Michael Smith, associate professor of information systems at HPU, recently co-authored an article, titled “A Framework of the Use of Certifications by Hiring Personnel in IT Hiring Decisions,” which has been accepted for publication in “The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems.” Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree in information and computer science and his doctorate from Georgia Tech.

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HPU Student Wins Miss North Carolina National U.S. Pageant Title

High Point University sophomore Marie Ventrone has been awarded the Miss North Carolina National U.S. 2009 title for the Miss National U.S. Scholarship pageant. Ventrone, of Toms River, N.J., explains that North Carolina did not hold a state pageant this year, but instead chose the title-holder through an application process. “I was shocked (to be chosen), but so thrilled to find out that I had won the title,” Ventrone says.

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HPU Service Celebrates Music And Worship With Annual Festival Of Music

High Point University celebrated the importance of music enhancing worship with the annual Festival of Music, held in the Hayworth Chapel on March 25. The festival was attended by more than 300 students, administrators, faculty, staff and members of the HPU community. Duets were also performed by Alex Stryker and Abby Roarke, and Patrick Bliss and Ashley Workman. Brian Ijames performed a solo at the event as well.

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HPU Alumnus Appointed As Chief of Staff For RNC

High Point University alumnus Ken McKay is busy making his way to the top, thanks to his recent appointment as chief of staff for the Republican National Committee. At his post, he will assist the Office of RNC Chairman Michael Steele. McKay, who received a Bachelor of Science in biology from HPU in 1991 and a law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law, resides in Rhode Island, where he manages his own law firm.

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HPU Associate Professor Presents Paper At Annual Conference

David Walker, associate professor and director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Nonprofit Organizations at High Point University, recently presented a paper in Israel at the Annual Conference of the Israeli Center for the Third Sector Research. This year?s conference was titled “The Local-Global Nexus of Civil Society.”

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High Point Picks Scott Cherry As Head Men's Basketball Coach March 26, 2009 (Thursday)

High Point University Athletic Director Craig Keilitz announced the hiring of Scott Cherry as the Panthers? head coach for men?s basketball at a press conference on Thursday afternoon at the Millis Athletic Center. A former player at the University of North Carolina, Cherry also had assistant coaching stints at Western Kentucky, George Mason and Tennessee Tech.

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HPU Students Lend A Helping Hand During Spring Break

High Point University students used their time wisely during this year’s spring break. Several students from the Volunteer Center spent time in Texas, doing hurricane repair work, and students from service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega spent time in Atlantic Beach, taking part in work for Habitat for Humanity.

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HPU Business Students Conduct Classes For West End Ministries

Members of High Point University’s SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team delivered financial literacy life skills classes at West End Ministries in High Point on Feb. 25 and March 4. HPU students Jeremy Hiatt, Matthew Schiffer, Adam Harie, Lisa Judkins, Jack Joseph, Nicholas Lincoln, Ayonna Thompson and Chelsea Swaim shared with female residents of the West End the basic principles of investing, budgeting, credit cards and debt. 

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HPU Senior Takes Internship To Print

Sean Firestone, a senior majoring in business administration with a concentration in management at High Point University, is putting his experience in print thanks to an internship at Wall Printing, a commercial print company in High Point. He sometimes sits in on appointments as well to see how sales meetings are run. Firestone adds that his internship experience has helped him in his major as well.

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HPU Service Fraternity Participates In Project For Annual Conference

Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity at High Point University took part in a special service project as part of the group’s annual Sectionals Conference, held on March 20. This year’s project, headed by APO member Meighan Avalos, consisted of creating candy-filled clay flowerpots and making cards, which will be sent to Wake Forest Children’s Hospital as well as local elementary schools. The group also participated in a toiletry drive.

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HPU Hosts Production Of 'Periphery' By Community Theater Of Greensboro

High Point University hosted a production of “Periphery,” performed by the Community Theater of Greensboro on March 22 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The play, written by Ed Simpson, professor of theatre and chair of the Department of Performing Arts at HPU, highlights the events of Feb. 1, 1960 – the sit-in by four African-American college students at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro.

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HPU Hosts TV Producers, Writers As Part Of Media And Performance Symposium

Brenda Lilly, producer, writer and creator of the TV series “State of Grace,” and Pat Green, three-time Emmy Award-winning producer, writer and creator of the TV series “Christy,” will visit High Point University April 13-16 as guest artists in the university?s Media and Performance Symposium, a yearlong series designed to supplement the educational and artistic experiences of HPU students.

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HPU Hosts Biology Professor From Reed College

Dr. David Dalton, biology professor at Reed College, will present a special lecture at 3:30 p.m. in Congdon Hall Room 206 on April 10 at High Point University. The lecture is open to the public. Dalton will present “Biochemistry and Physiology of Antioxidants: How to Live Forever and Fix Nitrogen, Too.” The lecture will cover oxygen, which Dalton says presents a “fundamental paradox in biology.”

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HPU Hosts International Visitors As Part Of Panel Discussion

High Point University hosted a group of African visitors, sponsored through the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, on March 23 to attend a panel discussion on “Transparency in Government.” PTCIV is the local branch of the Council for International Visitors, funded and administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

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