Retired Faculty Honored During Annual Luncheon

Jun 04th, 2015

Retired Faculty Honored During Annual Luncheon

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 4, 2015 – High Point University recently honored five retiring faculty and staff members, who gave 148 years of combined service to the university, during its annual Retirement Recognition Luncheon. This year’s event honored Dr. Allen Goedeke, Dr. Elizabeth Dull, Dr. Patrick Haun, Dr. Carole Head and Dr. Gerald Smith.

Dr. Allen Goedeke, associate dean of academic development, came to HPU as a faculty member in the Human Relations Department. When the university recognized the need to assign student academic services to an individual person, Goedeke was tapped. He developed the Summer Experience Program, the University Tutoring Program and the Learning Excellence Program. The Academic Development Program has been recognized nationally and has been the model that numerous colleges and universities have sought to emulate.

“Dr. Goedeke’s tireless support of our students will be missed. He has been, in many cases, the motivating mentor to help students realize their dream to graduate,” says Dr. Dennis Carroll, HPU provost.

Dr. Elizabeth Dull, associate professor of interior design, established the interior design program at HPU. This accredited program, which has won accolades as one of the most outstanding interior design programs in the country, had a modest beginning in a corner classroom in Norcross Hall. She had the vision, knowledge and initiative to develop what is now one of the largest majors at HPU. She is, by training, an art historian and over the years has forged numerous relationships with individuals in the furniture industry.

“Dr. Dull’s work in the design industry has allowed our students to have substantive involvement with the High Point International Furniture Market,” says Carroll.

Dr. Patrick Haun came to HPU to oversee the American Humanics program and to teach in the Human Relations Department. While Haun taught courses in leadership development and nonprofit theory, for many years he oversaw the freshman orientation experience at HPU. He was also instrumental in the development of a study abroad program in Ireland where HPU students explored Irish social and cultural issues.

“Dr. Haun extended his knowledge of and experience with nonprofits from the classroom to the community. He has served on numerous boards and agencies in the city,” says Carroll.

Not only did Dr. Carole Head serve as professor of French and chair of the Modern Foreign Language Department, but she also created and ran the HPU study abroad program for many years. Forging relationships initially with colleges in France, Great Britain and Spain, Head involved faculty from across campus in an attempt to give HPU students the opportunity to study globally. Under her leadership and encouragement, languages offered in the Modern Foreign Language Department expanded to include Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Arabic, Italian and Russian.

“Dr. Head’s legacy at High Point University is the outstanding foreign language program and the requirement that all our students have a course that reflects an international perspective,” says Carroll. “Dr. Head’s vision was that all students graduate with a global awareness.”

Dr. Gerald Smith, professor of biology, has expertise in and enthusiasm for botany and plant science and has inspired dozens of biology students who have chosen to conduct research, attend graduate school or secure careers in these academic disciplines. The Congdon Hall greenhouse served as a source of pride for Smith and as a living lab for his work.

“Dr. Smith extended his lab outside the walls of Congdon Hall and on to the campus of the university,” says Carroll. “He has been instrumental in the establishment of the campus arboretum, the development of various campus gardens, and in assisting the university in obtaining for multiple years the designation of ‘Tree Campus USA.’”