HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 25, 2013 – High Point University will host approximately 4,000 visitors to campus as a part of this fall’s “Family Weekend” – ensuring an economic boost to the city of High Point and the greater Triad area. The event will be held Sept. 27-29 and will offer academic panels, entertainment, festivities and more to members of the HPU family.
“HPU Fall Family Weekend is huge for High Point, because the families will be returning to the High Point area for the next four years, at least,” says Tim Mabe, president and CEO of the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau. “They will be sleeping in our hotels, eating in our restaurants and shopping while they are visiting the campus and students.”
Mabe says the estimated economic impact on the Piedmont Triad for HPU’s fall Family Weekend is $1,884,510 with a total of 1,200 room nights.
The weekend of events will include a variety of activities, including an HPU Lecture Series event: “Vision, Engagement, and Excellence: The High Point University Academic Experience,” where Dr. Dennis Carroll will give an overview and update of new programs, new initiatives, experiential opportunities, new student success initiatives, and much more; Tim Decker, speed painter, will also perform for families and friends as he blends music, humor, and audience interaction all while creating giant portraits of legendary icons within minutes; and families are also invited to join the HPU men’s soccer team on Saturday night as they battle with local rival Elon. Many other events planned for the weekend can be found in the HPU Family Weekend Registration page on the university website.
Family Weekend will also include a special groundbreaking event for the Center for Student Success, which will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday. When complete, the two-story, 40,000-square-foot building will serve as a central hub of activity for students preparing for job interviews, seeking job opportunities and more.
During the 2012-13 school year, HPU welcomed more than 80,000 visitors to campus through its numerous activities, including admissions, athletic, cultural, family and community events, including plays, concerts, Big South Conference tournaments, prospective student tours, Alumni and Family Weekends and more.