Cammie and Gene Hackney (Lincolnton, NC)
Q: Where are you from?
A: We currently reside in Lincolnton, NC. Gene was born in Virginia and lived in Wilmington, NC for 35 years before making the journey west. Lincolnton is Cammie’s home town, but she was gone for 30+ years before moving back there 9 years ago.
Q: What do you remember most about your first visit with Josh to campus?
A: Our first visit was a “drive through” visit just to see the campus. We were so impressed with the visual appearance that we just HAD to come back for a tour. When Cammie brought Josh back for his first tour (we visited 8 times total), they were impressed by the knowledge of the student giving the tour, and the friendliness of Admissions staff and student population overall.
Q: What do you enjoy the most about your experience as Student Recruitment Chairs on the Parents Council?
A: Interaction with HPU parents, and prospective parents and students, as well as staff and administration of HPU. Many have become friends, and we feel like we are making a positive contribution to the success of our University.
Q: How do you support/ promote HPU?
A: As many ways as we can! Financially, we contribute to the HPU Fund for Extraordinary Education. Verbally, we talk to everyone about the positive experiences Josh is having at HPU and the tremendous support and investment of the staff, faculty and administration in his academic and personal successes. We are actively involved in the Parent Council, serving as Student Recruitment Committee Chairs and we participate in all Student Recruitment Committee events. We also serve on Career Services Committee and attend all PC meetings. Along with participating in the Parents Council we wear logo items (tee shirts, hats, lapel pins), and sport HPU items on our cars (stickers, license plates, etc) and attend as many events on campus as our work schedules will allow.
Q: If there was one piece of advice you could give to Class of 2017 parents on the first year, what would it be?
A: Our advice is to do as we did – seek out opportunities and CHOOSE to become involved; take an active role in carrying HPU forward in a positive and meaningful direction. Support them with your time, your talents and financially as you are able. You have a wonderful opportunity to leave your mark on a great University and a legacy for your children and all our students at HPU.
Q: Best HPU memory.
A: There are SO many, but one of the most memorable has to be the first time we heard President Nido Qubein speak. His passion and dedication to HPU inspired us! Also, the Convocation Ceremony for incoming freshmen.