ROSA Parks And Galileo Sculptures Unveiled On Kester International Promenade At HPU

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HIGH POINT, N.C., May 21, 2009 – Two more sculptures of historical figures have been installed on the Kester International Promenade at High Point University, with the goal of inspiring students and enhancing the academic environment. Designed by well-known sculptor and artist Jon Hair, they join 10 other sculptures of historic figures, including Mahatma Gandhi and George Washington, which were added in April.
 
The new sculptures include:
 
-         Rosa Parks (1913-2005) ? Civil rights activist known as the “Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement.”
 
-         Galileo (1564-1642) – Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher. Achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations.
 
The other sculptures of historical figures include John Wesley, Aristotle, Martin Luther King Jr., Amelia Earhart, William Shakespeare, Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain and Marie Curie.
 
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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