HPU Creates Unique Residential Living Experience For Honors Students


HIGH POINT, N.C., May 27, 2009 ? Honors students at High Point University now have a chance for a unique residential living experience thanks to a new program that will house the students all on one floor.
Gail Tuttle, vice president for student life, explains that the program is a privilege for Honors students.
“This will provide Honors students with an opportunity for immersion of their academic experience with their residential experience ? a living learning community that allows the students to participate in classes and social activities and live with other Honors students who share an interest in academic and professional issues,” Tuttle says. “This will promote their personal engagement in the overall academic experience, and more importantly, will encourage and inspire their personal growth with scholarly activities outside of the classroom.”
In addition to students, a faculty in residence will reside on the floor as well ? Dr. Matthew DeSantis, assistant professor of political science.
“I feel very strongly about creating a more dynamic relationship between students and faculty,” says DeSantis, who will serve as a facilitator between faculty and students. “As a faculty member, I believe it is necessary to engage students in more informal settings in order to demonstrate that academics are about much more than what you learn in the classroom. A significant part of college education should take place outside of the classroom in the form of spirited intellectual discussion among students and between students and faculty.” 
DeSantis says he will arrange a series of events throughout the academic year designed to bring faculty and students together outside of the classroom, in an effort to promote academic discourse.
“One example ? will be a number of brown-bag luncheons where faculty members from various disciplines will present their research in an informal setting and allow students to see how they are capable of doing a similar level of research during their undergraduate education,” says DeSantis. “Following these events, I plan on having group discussions during the evenings where students will have an opportunity to reflect and discuss the presentation amongst their peers.” 
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 programs. 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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