HIGH POINT, N.C., April 28, 2009 – Two sculptures of historical figures were installed on the Kester International Promenade at High Point University today with the goal of inspiring students and enhancing the academic environment at HPU. Designed by well-known sculptor and artist Jon Hair, the sculptures represent important personalities of history.
The sculptures are of:
- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) – Political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. Officially honored in India as the Father of the Nation.
- George Washington (1732-99) – Leader of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War and first president of the United States.
Two additional sculptures will be unveiled in May. They will include a sculpture of Rosa Parks (1913-2005), a civil rights activist known as the “Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement,” and Galileo (1564-1642), an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher whose achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations.
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 . Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336email@example.com