HPU's New Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce to be Dedicated

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HIGH POINT, N.C., April 16, 2009 – High Point University will dedicate its new Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce on April 29 at 5:30 p.m. The event is not open to the public.
 
Dr. Nido Qubein, president, will preside at the dedication ceremony. Dr. Dennis Carroll, vice president and dean for academic affairs, will provide a building overview and invocation, followed by a greeting by Marsha B. Slane, chair of the HPU Board of Trustees. Tom Dayvault, president and CEO of the High Point Chamber of Commerce, will also provide a special greeting. Plato Wilson will offer closing comments. Following the ceremony, guests will have the opportunity to tour the 60,000-square-foot, $16 million building.
 
About the School: Beginning in August, students preparing for careers in marketing, sales, entrepreneurship, operations management, supply chain management, human resource management and more will get to utilize the new facility, which contains several spaces dedicated to business endeavors.
 
For example, the new trading room supports teaching and research with state-of-the-art technology, including financial databases, investment software, professional accounting programs, a stock ticker, dual monitors, smart boards, multiple screens and world clocks.
 
“Our new Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce… houses the most business-oriented technology High Point University has ever had,” says Wellington Souza, vice president for information services. “The state-of-the-art trading room provides students with access to information usually available only to institutions in the financial sector.”
 
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is designed to advance the entrepreneurship major to the next level of excellence by providing new emphases on entrepreneurship, sales, management and marketing. Students will learn new venture concepts using real-world scenarios based on the Center?s interactions with the local business community and its noted professionals. Action plans include granting actual funds for start-up businesses owned by students; working on projects for local businesses; training students to succeed as they enter business competitions; performing marketing research; designing marketing plans; and more.

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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