It’s that time of year: time to stock up on dorm supplies, finish your summer reading and count down the days until #HPUmovein. As more than 17 million students move in to their dorms across the United States, some for the first time, it’s important to know about the unique and valuable resources that you have as a High Point University student.
When a student becomes part of the HPU family, the university commits to partnering with them on a journey towards success and significance. As part of that process, faculty and staff strive daily to provide students with an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. Here are just a few of the people that new students should get to know as they make HPU an extension of their home:
1. Success Coach
Every HPU freshman is assigned a Success Coach during their first year of college. Now located in the new Cottrell Hall, home of the Flanagan Center for Student Success, Success Coaches serve as an academic advisor, life coach, university liaison and activities coordinator. They help students register for classes as a freshman, guide the process of transitioning to college life, and connect students with clubs, intramural sports and other campus activities, as well as with other faculty and staff mentors. Students can meet with their success coaches anytime to find out what courses to take, get more involved on campus, connect with the community for acts of service, and find their “niche.”
“Attending HPU is often a student’s first time away from home,” says Britt Carl, director of the Student Success Program. “It can be overwhelming deciding what classes to take, what they should major in, dealing with homesickness and finding out where they belong. They don’t necessarily need intensive instruction; sometimes they just need purposeful encouragement.”
2. Career advisor
Career development is an ongoing process. It begins when students arrive on campus as a freshman and continues throughout their time at HPU.
Dwyer Career & Professional Development knows this. That’s why they focus their efforts on the personal transformation, not a single destination, for each student at HPU, beginning the day they arrive on campus.
Also located in Cottrell Hall, their approach includes many resources, all anchored by the Four Year Plan: a roadmap of steps students can take in their career pursuits from freshman year through graduation. Students can begin their Four Year Plan by scheduling an appointment with a career advisor.
Through one-on-one advising sessions, a dedicated team of career advisors get to know students, help them identify interests and strengths, and offer powerful tools and resources to assist in their journey toward a fulfilling career path.
“Students who start their professional development early have a distinct advantage,” says Dr. Bill Gentry, director of Career & Professional Development. “Our staff knows that what we do is not a transactional process. It’s a transformational process. We’re focused on preparing them for the world as it’s going to be.”
3. Full-time Medical Doctor
HPU is one of only three private universities in the state to have a full-time medical doctor as director of the student health center. In addition to a medical doctor and fully-staffed health center, students also benefit from 24/7 virtual appointment access.
HPU has provided services for thousands of students at the campus health center. The center operates like a full-fledged primary care office, where, under the leadership of a medical doctor, a team of physician assistants, nurses and other medical professionals offer medical examinations, treatment of illnesses and injuries, referrals to specialists, immunizations and flu shots, laboratory testing, same-day appointments and more.
4. Campus Concierge
The goal of HPU’s Campus Concierge team is to improve the daily lives of students by providing a single source of knowledge for all campus and community information. Concierge keeps campus connected and informed through: scheduling for academic tutoring; making research appointments for the library; providing complimentary GPS units, Kindles, iPads and TI-89 calculators; serving as a library book drop-off location; offering restaurant recommendations and reservations; distributing tickets for community enrichment events; and more. Additionally, all students receive a daily e-mail from Concierge, which includes information about upcoming events and initiatives on campus.
“Our team is here to help students in every way we can,” says Dylan Denning, chief concierge. “Please call us at 336-841-4636, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Concierge Desk in Slane Student Center, R.G. Wanek Center or Cottrell Hall and we will be happy to assist you.”
David Bryden has been HPU’s director of library services since 2005. He leads a team of librarians whose mission is to help students succeed in every way they can. From interlibrary loans, electronic equipment rentals, tutoring and citation guides, to reference services, film resources, printing, research assistance and more, HPU librarians offer an abundance of resources to students.
Several fully-staffed library spaces support students in their scholarly pursuits. The 24/7 Herman H. and Louise M. Smith Library is the main library and holds the majority of HPU’s book collection. The Wanek Center Learning Commons is a quiet study space with a young adult and popular fiction collection. The School of Education Curriculum Center holds the juvenile collection and a variety of education resources. HPU also maintains a furniture and interior design collection in Norton Hall; a collection in the Qubein School of Communication; and the Centennial Square Research Center, where a librarian is available to help with research and citation questions.
“Our librarians are the most helpful group of professionals that you could possibly find,” says Bryden. “From reference services and the time that we spend helping our students, to the care we take to provide an array of academic resources for our patrons, we endeavor to make your time at our libraries helpful and pleasant.”