HPU TO Publish 'The Home Front,' A New Furnishings Research Newsletter

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 22, 2009 ? Staying on the forefront of furnishings research, High Point University is publishing its inaugural issue of ?The Home Front? during the spring 2009 High Point Market.
The furnishings research newsletter will be produced biannually by The Knabusch-Shoemaker International School of Home Furnishings and Design at HPU. Named for the co-founders of the La-Z-Boy Company, the Knabusch-Shoemaker School is a leading center for education and research on the furnishings industry. The newsletter contains contributions from HPU professors and researchers about the latest research focusing on the industry.
HPU is uniquely qualified to conduct home furnishings research for several reasons:
–         HPU knows furniture ? the furniture industry, the people, the companies and the market.
–         HPU has had a home furnishings curriculum for more than 30 years.
–         In the university?s Earl N. Phillips School of Business, the Knabusch-Shoemaker School offers two furnishings-related degrees, the Bachelor of Science in Home Furnishings and the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. The School is a unique facility dedicated to research in design and furnishings and to educating the next generation of leaders for the furnishings industry.
–         With seven full-time faculty pursuing research in the furnishings field, projects are under way in a variety of areas including economics, marketing, retailing, merchandising and consumer behavior.
“The Home Front” will help businesses to learn about industry trends, align marketing strategies and strengthen their companies, even in difficult times. 
To request this and furniture newsletters, or to be added to the mailing list, send an e-mail to thehomefront@highpoint.edu. The newsletter may also be accessed online at bren.highpoint.edu/homefurnishings/.
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 3,500 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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