HPU Students Learn Project Management By Organizing Community Volunteer Projects

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 30, 2009 – Students enrolled in a project management class at High Point University are using their knowledge and skills to give back to the community by organizing a number of community volunteer projects, including a food drive, a clothing drive and a fundraiser for World Relief. “This methodology allows students to initiate, plan, develop, implement and close a project,” says Karen Coffman, chair of the Department of Management and Information Systems. ?I require them to choose a community-service-based project in order to incorporate the lessons of giving back to the community in which they live and work while learning the methodology of project management. It’s been quite successful and a lot of fun for all involved.? Students working on the clothing drive project are collecting clothing items for the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission?s Community Closet. Collections will be accepted through April 21.  Those interested in donating clothing items should contact Karen Coffman at 336-888-6388. Students are “office storming,” “dorm storming” and selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts to raise funds for World Relief. The funds will be used to buy small necessities for local refugee families. Students organizing the food drive project are collecting cash and canned food donations until April 20. “Our class is focused on learning the process skills necessary and real-life experience of being part of a team in a real-life project,” says Joe Caporaso, communications liaison for the food drive project. “When we undertook the project, we knew we wanted to assist the community in some way. In such economically trying times as these, we felt that food donations were the best way to directly and quickly help the people who are struggling.” Food drive drop-off boxes have been placed in the Yadkinville and Clemmons Harris Teeter locations. For more information on how to contribute, e-mail Caporaso at caporj06@highpoint.edu. 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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