HPU Hosts Reception For Artist-In-Residence Fernanda Piamonti

High Point University recently hosted a reception in the Sechrest Gallery for talented guest artist Fernanda Piamonti. Piamonti served as an artist-in-residence for a week on campus, and her abstract art collection will be featured in the gallery through March 3. Piamonti, a 36-year-old from Argentina, is being hailed as the next up-and-coming artist, and wowed faculty, students and art aficionados with her unusual painting style.

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HPU Theatre To Feature 'The Dining Room'

The High Point University Theatre will present “The Dining Room,” Feb. 18-28 in the Empty Space Theatre of the Old Student Center. The production is open to the public. “The Dining Room” is a humorous and compassionate play from American playwright A.R. Gurney. Scripted as a series of overlapping vignettes, the play visits a host of characters as they go about their daily business.

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HPU To Host Fourth Event In Film And Lecture Series, Featuring Writer And Director Denice Ann Evans

High Point University will host writer and director Denice Ann Evans as part of HPU?s year-long “Turn Down the Lights/Turn Up the Volume: Women?s Documentary Film and Lecture Series.” The event ? the fourth in the series ? will focus on “Dating, Mating and Hooking Up.” The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 in the Extraordinaire Cinema in the University Center.

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HPU's Smith Library Awarded Federal Grant

Smith Library at High Point University will soon see a great deal of book and monograph additions to its current media collection, thanks to a recent $19,500 federal grant. The grant was one of only 185 awarded to North Carolina libraries during the 2009-10 fiscal year.

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HPU To Bring More Than 5,000 Visitors To High Point In February

Thanks to High Point University, the city of High Point will see a flurry of activity from out-of-town guests during the month of February. The campus will bring in more than 5,000 visitors from two dozen states throughout the month as part of HPU-related events. Students and parents will visit campus twice this month for Presidential Scholar weekends on Feb. 5-6 and Feb. 19-20; and family members will be buzzing around HPU during the Winter Family Weekend, scheduled for Feb. 12-13.

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HPU Alumnae Named 'Rookie Teacher Of The Year'

Sumia Mustafa, a 2008 graduate of High Point University, is receiving accolades for her teaching skills. Mustafa was selected as “Rookie Teacher of the Year” at The Academy at Smith High School in Greensboro. Mustafa, who was born in Pakistan and raised in New York, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and teacher education licensure in secondary biology. 

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HPU History Professor Presents Ridenhour Lecture

Dr. Frederick Schneid, professor of history at High Point University and recipient of the 2009 Ridenhour Scholarly and Professional Achievement Award, recently presented “Historical Problems and National Myths: The Second War of Italian Unification, 1859-1861.” Schneid’s lecture examined the problems with the historical narrative of Italian unification and the Franco-Piedmontese War with Austria.

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HPU Raises Money For Haiti Relief

High Point University students came together in a big way, raising $5,242.76 during “HPU for Haiti,” a week of special activities to help provide relief for the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. All donations from the week?s events went to the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Events during the week included a dorm storm, a Benefit Concert that featured the University Singers, the Chapel Choir, the Toccatatones and more.

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Student-Athletes Achieve 3.09 GPA In Fall Semester

High Point University student-athletes achieved a 3.09 grade-point average and eight Panthers earned perfect 4.0 GPAs during the fall 2009 semester. HPU student-athletes have a 3.04 cumulative GPA. “This accomplishment reflects not only on our student-athletes, but also on our coaches for the types of people they are bringing to High Point University,” said HPU Athletic Director Craig Keilitz.

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HPU Loses Longtime Colleague Dr. Roy Epperson

High Point University is saddened by the loss of longtime friend and colleague Dr. E. Roy Epperson. Epperson passed away on Sunday, Jan. 24. Epperson served the university in many capacities for nearly a half-century, including serving as professor of chemistry, chair of the Physical Science Department, associate dean of the university, and as vice president of Administration.

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HPU Named 2009 Tree Campus USA University

High Point University has been honored as a 2009 Tree Campus USA University for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship ? the fifth university in the state to be given this designation. “High Point University continues to be dedicated to the enhancement of the campus and seeks to maintain a learning environment complemented by a diverse landscape.

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HPU's Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity Hopes To Win $1 Million On Facebook For Philanthropy

Push America, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi ? a fraternity at High Point University ? has been voted as one of 100 small nonprofit organizations across the country given the chance to win $1 million through Facebook. Through voting on the social networking site, JPMorgan Chase & Co. will donate a total of $5 million through the Chase Community Giving Campaign.

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HPU Student Named Gates Millennium Scholar

High Point University sophomore Erin Lonon knows how life-changing scholarships are ? especially since she was named a Gates Millennium Scholar, a prestigious and very competitive scholarship. Lonon, a native of Cumberland, Va., who is majoring in exercise science, says the renewable scholarship pays her entire college tuition. Naturally, it opened up a lot of doors for her. 

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HPU Students Share Port Southern's Vision With Local Groups

High Point University students Steven Beck, Jeremy Hiatt and Nick Ruden, along with friend Zach Moore ? owners of the Port Southern clothing company ? recently made visits to local groups to help spread the message of their new company. Beck and Hiatt visited Westchester Country Day School to speak to the school?s investment club.

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HPU Holds Week Of Events To Benefit Victims Of Haiti Earthquake

The High Point University family has come together to help provide relief for the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti with “HPU for Haiti,” a weeklong event to help provide relief. “HPU has a heavy heart for the victims of this disaster,” says Hillary Kokajko, director of Student Activities at HPU. “Groups of students, faculty and staff were really concerned for the people of Haiti, so we all teamed up to help raise money.”

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HPU Associate Professor Of Psychology Authors Article In 'Journal Of Managerial Psychology'

Dr. Deborah Danzis, associate professor of psychology at High Point University, recently published an article in the December 2009 “Journal of Managerial Psychology.” “We found that people responded differently to a coworker needing helping, depending on the extent to which that coworker was physically attractive and traditionally feminine,” Danzis explains.

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HPU Chair Of Exercise And Sport Science To Sign Copies Of His New Martial Arts Book At Barnes And Noble

Dr. Tony Kemerly, associate professor of exercise science and chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at High Point University, will sign copies of his new book, “Taekwondo Grappling Techniques:  Hone Your Competitive Edge for Mixed Martial Arts,” at the High Point Barnes and Noble at 2 p.m. on Jan. 30. He describes powerful grappling moves that build on the patterns that taekwondo students already know.

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HPU Earns Special Designation Thanks To Addition Of 14 Steinway Pianos

High Point University has become the 110th university in the world and the first university in North Carolina to be designated an “All Steinway School,” thanks to the Jan. 11 delivery of several of the high-quality instruments to campus. The 14 handsome Steinway pianos ? which were all handmade in New York ? made their way to the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, paving the way for faculty and students to experience music at its finest.

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