Student Success Program

Freshman Student Leadership Team

The Student Success Department welcomes first year students to be part of the Freshman Student Leadership Team. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a team that will be responsible for helping to promote Student Success at High Point University. Students will also have an opportunity to assist other departments on campus with special Student Success leadership projects such as Library Services, Athletics, Academic Services and Community Outreach.

Within this leadership opportunity, we will also team up with Dr. Joanne Altman and the Research Rookies Program. The Research Rookies program works to incorporate students into the university’s culture of research and creative work early in their undergrad careers. The program is designed to create a community of undergraduate scholars and help build research-related skills to prepare students for faculty collaborative scholarship that makes an original contribution to one’s field.

We will divide up our students in teams, where students will work with others in a specific department at High Point University. We have chosen these students based on their interest in leadership, character and their Success Coach’s personal recommendations. This is a non-paid leadership opportunity, but students will be able to develop skills in team building, integrity, communications, commitment and other necessary skills needed for future professional opportunities. The Freshman Student Leadership Program will also participate in community service opportunities giving back to our local community through volunteer work and service learning.

The time commitment is only 6-8  hours a week. The Freshman Student Leadership Training will be from September to the end of the school year in May. All information will be reviewed and approved by High Point University personnel prior to being placed on website.

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Freshman Student Leaders:  

These freshman student leaders helped to collect over 1000 lbs. of food for the non profit Out of the Garden, create a marketing video for the Library Marketing Team, assist as tutoring managers for Academic Services  and work various athletic events on campus helping to set up for games.  Overall, it was a very successful year in leadership all across campus at High Point University.  Go Panthers!


United Apparel in its first year as a Freshman Leadership Team, works diligently to find ways to assist and aid veterans in the local area. Just in its starting phase, United Apparel plans on making a name for itself as an organization at HPU before hopefully expanding to other colleges and universities across the United States.

This year, freshmen involved in the program are helping to get United Apparel off the ground and work to find ways to fulfill United Apparel’s mission:

“To produce high quality, trendy apparel and accessories, inspired by veterans, while providing consumers with a unique and personal opportunity to give back to the men and women who risk and have risked their lives to protect our nation’s freedoms.”

This program is great for anyone that has a connection to the military or wants to help those who serve our country, as well as learning the skills of fundraising, promotion, design, and idea generation.  In November 2016, United Apparel has been recognized at High Point’s annual Veterans Day by President Nido Qubein as a student organization which advocates for homeless United States Military Veterans.


The Athletic Leadership Team is comprised of six sections:

  • Panther Club– includes Fundraising and Development and working with Boosters
  • Marketing– promoting teams and athletic-related events
  • Purple Reign– student sports group that promotes student attendance at games through promotional items and events
  • Facilities and Operations– helps during sporting events through scoreboard operations, acting as ball boys/ball girls, and ushering major events
  • Sports Information– gives live stats during all games
  • Marketing Sales– works under Senior Associate Athletic Director, helping obtain sponsors for HPU Athletics

This team is ideal for more than those interested in sports; it gives freshmen interdisciplinary real world experiences that are useful for building résumés right from the start of one’s college career.


The goals of the Library Marketing Team are to engage in marketing and promotional activities as a series of projects over the year in order to gain input from students with marketing ideas and initiatives. Simultaneously, the program provides experience of working within a team, giving a taste of what it is like to brainstorm, execute, and evaluate ideas.

This year, the team is achieving their mission through two means: observing and evaluating the interactions of freshman with e-books, as well as looking at how the library materials can be presented and promoted on social media. Both projects serve to help freshman leaders learn leadership tricks and techniques through trial and error in a nonthreatening but real-world environment. Through this, the team hopes to develop their skills and discover a set of activities where they are most passionate and happy.


Dorm Storm! In a recent Gallup poll, it was found that 27.9% of families in the Greensboro/High Point area struggled with food insecurity in 20141, meaning that there were times in the past 12 months where there was not enough money to buy food that the individual or family needed.

In order to help alleviate this problem, HPU’s Freshman Leadership Team runs a program known as Dorm Storm. Several times per year, members of this team will knock on the doors of all the dorms and ask students for food to be donated to a local food bank or food pantry. Currently, this food is being donated to Out of the Garden Food Bank, where the  Dorm Storm has raised over 1000 pounds of food just in time for the Holiday season.  Our University, Our City!

Click here to read the story about the team’s recent Storm!

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Freshmen Student Leaders on the Ropes Course


The HPU Ropes Course and retreat center, located just a few miles from campus  gives HPU students a place to develop professionally and academically outside of their usual surroundings.

Both of the new ventures are located on 22 acres of lush, wooded property that was donated to the university by Molly Millis-Hedgecock. The retreat center, an estate home on the property, offers a serene environment where student groups can hold special activities and meetings, while the newly constructed ropes course will provide a challenging experience that reinforces the ideals of teamwork and builds confidence and leadership skills.


Freshman Student Leaders in Research Rookies Program

Freshmen and Sophomores who wish to participate in the Research Rookies Program have two consecutive semesters (not including summer) to complete a series of 15 activities and one mini-research project. The activities include completing online assignments, participating in workshops, and attending movies and discussions. Some activities are required for all members of the program and the remaining ones can be selected from a set of options. These activities are all designed to help students build skills in all facets of the scholarly process. Students will work with Dr. Joanne Altman, Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works.



Student Success Coaches and Freshman Student Leaders attend: “A Conversation with John Maxwell & Nido Qubein”

Maxwell is the founder of The John Maxwell Company and EQUIP, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders in 185 countries. Every year, he speaks to Fortune 500 and 100 companies, international government leaders and organizations such as the United Nations, the United States Military Academy at West Point and the NFL.

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week bestselling author, Maxwell has sold more than 22 million books including “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” which sold more than 2 million copies. “Developing the Leader within You” and “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader” each sold more than 1 million copies.



Freshman Student Leaders in Athletics Department

The High Point University Athletic Department offers a variety of leadership opportunities for Freshmen looking to gain experience at the NCAA Div. I level.


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Cameron Kiani – Athletic Facilities & Operations, Tripp Ashe – HPU Sports Link,  Jarray Davis – HPU Sports Link


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Kristine Faxlanger  – Athletic Communications, Kathleen Norton – HPU Sports Link, Gabe Rowell  – Sports Marketing


Freshman Student Leaders working with Community Outreach Taskforce


The Freshman Student Leaders for this project included: Anisa Rohilla (top)  and Collin McGill (bottom).

One group of freshmen decided to work with a Guilford County-based nonprofit group called Out of the Garden.  In the Guilford county school system there are 76,000 students; 40,000 of those students are receiving free or reduced lunch. The goal of Out of the Garden is to end childhood hunger by providing Guilford County students with book bags filled with food for the weekend when school is not in session. As a result, Out of the Garden collects non-perishable food items, and then packages this food into backpacks, which are then given to the kids as they get onto the bus to go home for the weekend.  The food not only feeds the students, but their families as well.  The whole mission behind Out of the Garden stems from John 6:1-14– the parable of the five loaves and two fish where miraculously Jesus and his disciples are able to feed 5,000 hungry people.

Freshman Student Leaders established collection boxes at the two C-stores on campus and went door to door on campus asking freshman students to use up their left over dining dollars to donate towards this noble cause.  The leaders also partnered with the College Life organization to help to spread the word about the project.  The project ended on April 17, 2014 and was a huge success!  Other freshmen team members included Danielle Zombolas; Colin Lauderdale, Taylor Hooten, Arjun Sikand, Jamison Orr, Patrick Suprunowicz, and Haley McKeown.


Freshman Student Leaders Assisting Academic Services


Project Managers, Academic Services: Josephine Nazzaro (top),  Cassidy Cunningham (middle) and Shakira Ramsey (bottom)

Freshman Student Leaders served in the primary purpose of having one leader per evening (Sunday-Thursday) representing the interests of Academic Services for students and tutors. As point of first contact, Freshman Student Leaders were responsible for directing students with their tutor upon student arrival to 4th floor, knowing the locations of walk-in tutors on the 4th floor, answering questions, and completing online tutor request forms.

Additionally, Academic Services Center hosted the annual North Carolina Tutor/Supplemental Instruction conference. Interns would help with conference organization, developing a conference website, a registration form, and creating an excel spreadsheet with registration information. Also, they would assist with the conference prior to and on the conference day, potentially creating an ice breaker activity for students to kick off the conference.


We are so proud of our 2013 -14 and 2014-15  freshmen for their demonstration of leadership and commitment!

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