HIGH POINT, N.C., April 24, 2009 – Clarence H. Ridley, chairman of the board, and Steve Burdette, executive vice president for stores, at Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc., presented the 2009 Haverty Cup to Rachel E. Sturm, a senior at High Point University, at the Eleanor Horsey Ridley Rose Garden on the HPU campus on April 24, 2009.
Sturm, of Summerfield, N.C., will graduate from HPU in May with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Furnishings Marketing. At HPU, she has earned a 3.4 overall grade point average, with a 3.9 in her major, out of a possible 4.0. She has been active in a number of organizations on campus, including Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity and the Chapel Choir, and has served as president of the all-female a cappella group Petal Points. Sturm was chosen by the HPU faculty to be a member of the Phillips School of Business Student Advisory Board. She is also skilled in writing and speaking Spanish.
Sturm has confirmed her interest in a career in the home furnishings industry through working with the High Point Furniture Market and participating in the WithIt Day of Mentoring, and is currently employed as a salesperson at a local retail furniture store.
Dr. Richard Bennington, chair of the Home Furnishings and Design Department at HPU, says, “Rachel is an outstanding student who is sincerely interested in a career in the Home Furnishings Industry. Her class projects are well thought out and she is serious about learning. Her dedication and creative thinking will be an asset to her career in the home furnishings industry. We are proud that she is our 2009 recipient of the Haverty Cup.”
Sturm will receive a $2,500 cash award and an engraved replica of the Haverty Cup. Her name will be engraved with the names of previous winners on the Haverty Cup, which is kept on permanent display at HPU.
The Haverty Cup was established in 1988 by Rawson Haverty Sr. to honor annually the most outstanding home furnishings graduate of HPU. Haverty established the award to encourage students to pursue a career in the home furnishings industry.
Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc., began in 1885, in Atlanta, Ga., where its headquarters still operates. Haverty?s is a full-service home furnishings retailer with 120 stores in 17 states in the Southern and Midwestern regions providing its customers with a wide selection of quality merchandise in the middle to upper-middle price ranges. Annual sales revenue is $691 million. More company information can be found at http://www.havertys.com/.
The Home Furnishings Program at HPU combines the studies of business and home furnishings. Students interested in careers in the home furnishings industry have a choice of two majors – Home Furnishings or Interior Design.
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 http://www.highpoint.edu/. Richard R. Bennington
Chairman, Home Furnishings and Design Department