HPU Communication Professor Awarded Fellowship With NATPE

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 19, 2009 – Dr. Kate Fowkes, professor of media and popular culture studies in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication at High Point University, was recently awarded a fellowship from the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE).
Fowkes was one of 25 scholars selected from an international pool of applicants.
The fellowship, designed to provide faculty with an insider’s look into the television industry, gave NATPE memberships to each participant and paid for them to attend the organization?s annual conference. Participants also had access to industry panels and workshops, which featured leading writers and producers, such as Tim Kring, creator of “Heroes,” and the presidents of MGM, Lionsgate, NBC and HBO. In addition, participants attended a sneak-preview of the new Fox television series ?Dollhouse,? created by Joss Whedon, also the creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
“I am honored to have won the NATPE fellowship, and I found the conference to be extremely informative,” Fowkes says. “I gained insights into the most recent trends in television and got an insider’s view of the industry. The experience has provided me with cutting-edge information that feeds directly into my classes in television programming and analysis and telecommunications. It’s been great to share this information with my students.”
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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