HPU Students Make Impact On Community Thanks To Civic Engagement Courses

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 14, 2009 – High Point University students continue to make a positive impact on the High Point community, thanks to opportunities provided through the university’s civic engagement courses.
The courses, which include an experiential learning component along with class work, are a substantial addition to experiential learning opportunities already available at HPU. Students in the civic engagement courses have the opportunity to work with local organizations, providing valuable community service.
For example, during the fall semester, Dr. Chris Franks, assistant professor of religion, and his classes volunteered at the Helping Hands Emergency Food Pantry and the Ward Street Mission in High Point; Dr. Thaddeus Ostrowski, assistant professor of religion, and his classes had the opportunity to assist West End Ministries and the Macedonia Family Resource Center.
“The emphasis in these courses is on being active participants in the community,” says Ostrowski. “We look at themes such as service, of course, but also motives, justice and friendship. The service/experiential/civic engagement component is intended to enhance learning by both deepening it as well as broadening it.”
Students who participate in civic engagement classes at HPU are required to complete the service requirement, and they have the opportunity to discuss important issues during class time. The class time, coupled with service opportunities, helps students solidify those connections of justice, community, friendship and the meaning of human life.

Those practices will continue to be studied in the spring semester with a new group of students, who will continue to carry out these valuable experiential learning projects in the community.

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-an–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 http://www.highpoint.edu/.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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