HPU Professor Co-Chairs Conference; Co-Writes Academic Paper

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 16, 2009 – Dr. Richard Parker, associate professor of business in the Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce at High Point University, had a busy fall. Not only did Parker serve as co-chairman of the Joint Conference of the Middle Atlantic and New England Council for Canadian Studies and the Southern Association for Canadian Studies, but he also co-wrote and co-presented a paper with Dr. Zagros Madjd-Sadjadi, associate professor of economics at Winston-Salem State University.
The conference, held in October in Washington, D.C., included visits to the Woodrow Wilson Institute and the Canadian Embassy. In addition to Parker’s duties as co-chairman, he served on the opening panel of the conference, titled “Experiences of Teaching Canada in Regions of the US.”
“My focus was about incorporating Canada into business programs in the South and some of the challenges I had faced by including Canadian business aspects in my courses, particularly when dealing with students who have a very localized worldview,” Parker explains.
Parker says the paper he co-wrote and co-presented, titled “Sovereignty Rising? How Global Warming and Clearance of the Northwest Passage is Impacting International Land Claims and Navigation Rights in Arctic Canada,” is an important topic because if the arctic ice pack melts enough for year-round navigation, the voyage from China to Europe is reduced by about 7,000 miles.
“That may open new markets and has definite international trade and geopolitical implications,” Parker says. “Dr. Madjd-Sadjadi and I are currently revising our paper for publication in a major academic journal.”
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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