5 People You Need to Know on Campus: Sophomore Edition

You’ve learned to navigate campus – now it’s time to dig deeper at High Point University. Join campus organizations and professional associations that will connect you with students who have similar interests. Research campus employment opportunities. Begin your search for internships. Explore your study abroad options. Volunteer your time and help others in need.

To help you take advantage of all the unique and valuable resources available to you as a student, here are just a few of the people that you need to know as you continue your second year at HPU:


  1. Student employment program manager

Whitney Neal

The Student Employment Program (SEP) is designed for experiential learning that will inspire, mentor and coach you for professional expectations and career endeavors. Whitney Neal, SEP manager, can help you find that perfect balance between academics and real-world career preparation.

Student employees receive guidance, compensation, resources and job skills can be applied towards a post-grad career. Flexible scheduling and a 20-hour per week limit enable you to keep academics a priority, while also teaching you about responsibility, accountability, professional etiquette and many other aspects of employment. Opportunities are available all over campus within office settings, classrooms/labs, recreation areas, Student Life, tutoring, Admissions and more. You can view and apply to on-campus jobs through the Career Center.

“Getting involved in the Student Employment Program gives our student employees the opportunity to master the top five skills outside employers say graduates need: communication, ethics, team building, analytics, and initiative skills,” says Neal. “Don’t think of it as student labor. Understand that it is building a foundation for your professional success.”


  1. Study abroad advisor

Study Abroad

As part of HPU’s general education curriculum, you must take at least one Global Studies course. If you study abroad, the Global Studies requirement is waived automatically. Like many HPU students, you may choose to spend a semester or year abroad during your junior year; sophomore year is the time to nail down plans and complete necessary paperwork to meet all deadlines.

The Office of Study Abroad exists to deliver educational experiences that enlighten, challenge and prepare you to lead a life of significance in complex global communities. Whether you participate in a year, semester, Maymester or summer abroad, Study Abroad advisors are available to make your global education a reality.

“We’re here at HPU to make a difference in your student’s life,” says Heidi Fischer, native of Germany and director of study abroad at HPU. “Today, I help countless students at High Point University to fulfill their dream of living and studying in another country. And when they do, I know it will change their life as it has mine.”


  1. Campus dietician

Kelley Magowan

The goal of the High Point Dining Services’ Nutrition Program is to enable, educate, and encourage you to adopt and lead a healthier lifestyle. The program is dedicated to meeting nutritional needs, providing nutrition education, and spreading nutrition awareness.

The Registered Dietitian (RD), Kelley Magowan, works one-on-one with students who have dietary concerns to develop a meal plan that works for them. She also helps educate the food production staff on the severity of food allergies/intolerances and how to avoid the risk of cross contamination, and holds special programming like tabling events, food samplings, cooking demos, health fairs and more to promote healthy eating.

As a testimony to the fantastic dining services on campus, HPU has been ranked #1, for three consecutive years, as the Best College Food for all Aramark Accounts.


  1. Service learning director

Joseph Blosser

The HPU family contributes more than 100,000 hours to community service organizations each year. Whether you want to help raise awareness, raise money or just raise spirits, there are ample opportunities to provide selfless giving.

Dr. Joseph Blosser is the university’s director of service learning. Under his direction, HPU has added service learning courses to HPU’s four-credit-hour model. In these courses, professors use the fourth hour, or 25 percent of the course, as opportunities for service. And not only service, but service that supplements classroom content. Through this, you can give back in ways relevant to your major.

Blosser also spearheads HPU’s annual MLK Day of Service, during which 700 students, faculty and staff complete more than 2,000 hours of service total in less than 24 hours. And he leads two major programs on campus – AmeriCorps VISTAs and Bonner Leaders – programs that spike service hours even more.

“We want to help in intentional ways and create major impact,” says Blosser.


  1. Resident assistant

Resident Assistant

Living on campus within a student-focused, caring community provides great opportunities for you to get involved in all areas of academic and campus life.

The Office of Student Life is committed to making your residential experience the best it can be. Each residence hall/floor has a Resident Assistant (RA): an upperclassman who has been carefully selected and trained to serve as a role model, peer helper, and information provider for their residents. RAs run hall programs to support their residential community and serve as a liaison between residents and the Student Life staff.

Student Life staff are on call 24 hours a day to assist with your needs. In addition to the RAs who are on duty each night, there are also two full-time Resident Directors on duty.

“High Point University is committed to creating a nurturing relationship with all residents,” says Gail Tuttle, senior vice president for student life. “The Office of Student Life strives to enhance both academic achievements as well as the personal growth and development of all university students.”


Did you miss your year? Check out the other versions of HPU’s
“5 People You Need to Know on Campus” series below:

Freshman edition

Junior edition

Senior edition

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