Dr. Lauren Erin Brown has been hired as assistant professor of U.S. history in the Department of History at High Point University. Brown is currently teaching abroad in Moscow at the Russian State University for the Humanities, where she is a Fulbright Scholar. Upon her return to HPU she will be responsible for conducting history courses, particularly in the specialized area of the 20th century.
High Point University was recently recognized by the United States Senate in a resolution regarding the High Point Furniture Market. The resolution, which congratulated the City of High Point on the 100th anniversary of the furniture market, mentions HPU and the 2007 HPU economic impact study of the furniture industry.
Dr. Letitia Guran has been hired as visiting assistant professor of English in the Department of English at High Point University. In her new role, Guran is responsible for teaching courses in English grammar and composition, as well as courses in general English literature. “I am happy to be part of such a vibrant, growing academic community to which I can only hope to be able to bring my own contribution,” Guran says.
Karen Summers has been hired as instructor of English in the Department of English at High Point University. In her new role, Summers is responsible for teaching English composition, among other courses. “High Point University is clearly a unique, dynamic school, and it is very exciting professionally to be here during this transformation,” Summers says. “I can’t wait to see what it will be like in a few more years.”
High Point University wants to ensure that students receive a well-rounded education, so the addition of art collections adds the perfect touch of color to campus. Now, thanks to generous donations of art from Robert Brown, Harrison Rucker, Darrel Sechrest, and Betsy and Joe Byerly, students have multiple examples of paintings and artifacts from around the world.
Derek Huffstetler, a senior biology major at High Point University, spent his summer learning about cardiovascular sciences as part of an internship at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Huffstetler, a native of Kannapolis who was nominated for the Jean Hardin Medical Scholarship, interned in the Excellence in Cardiovascular Sciences program.
High Point University recently hosted an Accounting Recruitment Day for HPU and Meredith College students. The event, held Sept. 25 in Phillips Hall, gave students a chance to network with representatives from accounting firms and executive recruiters. Participants, all of whom were seniors planning to graduate in May 2010, were also able to interview with several area accounting firms and recruiters.
Thanks to the generosity of High Point University and Dr. Nido Qubein, president of High Point University, in cooperation with The High Point Community Foundation and other charitable donors, the High Point Police Department secured enough funds for the completion of the “Memorial Guardian Statue.” The statue, unveiled on Sept. 25, represents the pride of the agency and honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their community.
The School of Education at High Point University has recently developed and initiated a new program that will allow current classroom teachers to advance their education. The program ? the Educational Leadership Cohort ? began with a partnership with Davidson County, Thomasville City and Surry County Schools.
High Point University has hired Andrea Lambert as enrollment services assistant in the Department of Admissions. In her role, Lambert is responsible for providing administrative support to the documents team in admissions, as well as filing preparation and organization, pulling completed applications and event preparation.
High Point University held a successful blood drive on Sept. 24 thanks to the dedication of students, faculty and staff. David Perez, coordinator of the Volunteer Center at HPU, reports that 271 donors took the time out of their busy schedules to donate blood. “That will save the lives of 813 people, and accounts for a total of 9 percent of our student population,” says Perez.
Dr. David M. Hammond has been hired as instructor of religion in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at High Point University. In his new role, Hammond is responsible for teaching various courses in both religion and philosophy. “I love this beautiful place,” Hammond says. “Working here is a privilege.”
High Point University will bring music to the community with its annual Fall Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The event is open to the public. The concert will feature the Chapel Choir and University Singers. A variety of repertoire will be presented, including classical, contemporary and spirituals.
An anonymous out-of-state supporter has committed a $2 million gift for an indoor baseball training facility at High Point University. The facility – a fully enclosed, 11,000-square-foot structure that will include indoor batting and pitching cages, locker rooms for players and coaches, and other amenities – will be located next to Willard Stadium.
High Point University has hired Maxine Guzman as instructor of mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. In her new role, Guzman is responsible for teaching various math courses and working with students on improving their math skills. “I am so privileged to be a faculty member of an esteemed university with a beautiful campus and such warm people,” Guzman says. “I love coming to work every day.”
High Point University will host Dr. Ellen Granberg, sociology professor at Clemson University, as guest speaker for the second event in the “Turn Down the Lights/Turn Up the Volume: Women?s Documentary Film and Lecture Series.” The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8 in Francis Auditorium in Phillips Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Austin Carty, a senior majoring in English literature at High Point University, is well on his way to becoming a professional writer and speaker – in fact, his first work of nonfiction is due for publication by Penguin Plume in January 2010. arty’s book, “High Points and Lows: Life, Faith, and Figuring it All Out,” details his own journey toward adulthood and true faith by drawing on lessons from pop culture and Christianity.
Students in the American Chemical Society at High Point University will soon represent the school in Puerto Rico at the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society thanks to a generous $3,000 donation by TransTech Pharma Inc. Chairman and CEO Dr. Adnan Mjalli.
High Point University has hired James L. Goodman as assistant professor of media production in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication. In his new role, Goodman is responsible for teaching various communication courses in media production. “Seeing all the wonderful things happening here at HPU is really special for me, since I am also a proud alumnus, having received my undergraduate degree here,” Goodman says.