Faculty Help Build a Home in High Point

H4H Build Faculty

From left to right are Dr. Virginia McDermott, Allison Walker, Dr. Laura Linker, Dr. Barbara Mallory, Dr. Jennifer Brandt, Dr. Dan Erb, Dr. Eric Hegedus, Tim Linker, Dr. Daniel Hall and Dr. Alexis Wright.

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 18, 2013 – Sometimes a bucket of nails and a hammer builds a house. Sometimes it builds a home and a symbol of hope.

h4H Build Dan Erb

Erb works on the roof of a Habitat for Humanity home in High Point.

A group of High Point University faculty joined Habitat for Humanity of High Point, Archdale and Trinity recently to build a home for a family in the Washington Terrace subdivision. Ten faculty members worked on the homes, which is just a few miles away from HPU, by installing the roof, prepping window frames, taping exterior walls and moving equipment. The home is the 14th house to be built by H4H in the Washington Terrace subdivision since 2008.

“We couldn’t do what we do without the support of the community, and High Point University has been an integral part of our builds,” said Carmen Jackson, the Americorp Construction Crew Leader in charge of the build. “We’ve worked with a lot of students, and having faculty come help was great. They took initiative, and we accomplished so much while they were here. They even cleaned up the work site, and that just made me happy.”

H4H Build Jenn Brandt

Brandt preps window frames for installation.

The project was organized by Tim Linker, director of HPU’s Office of Sponsored Projects. Faculty who participated included:

• Dr. Jennifer Brandt, director of women’s and gender studies
• Dr. Dan Erb, dean of the School of Health Sciences
• Dr. Daniel Hall, assistant professor of economics
• Dr. Eric Hegedus, founding chair of the department of physical therapy
• Dr. Laura Linker, assistant professor of English
• Tim Linker, director of the Office of sponsored projects
• Dr. Barbara Mallory, associate professor of education
• Dr. Virginia McDermott, associate professor and associate dean of the School of Communication
• Allison Walker, instructor of English
• Dr. Alexis Wright, assistant professor of physical therapy

“Working with my colleagues to help build a house in High Point was a great experience,” said Hegedus. “I think it’s important that we get off campus and work together in the community, and the experience was made better because the Habitat crew was so knowledgeable and committed.”

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