HIGH POINT, N.C., April 14, 2016 – High Point University students, faculty, staff and members of the community were honored at the 2016 “HPU Serves Showcase” on April 13.
Students created and shared nearly 100 posters to demonstrate the service they’ve completed this academic year at the event. The posters represented nearly half of the 100,000 hours of volunteer service that the HPU family contributes annually.
“The Serves Showcase is a chance for students to reflect deeply on the service they have completed in the last year, and challenge each other to do more and better service in the years to come,” says Dr. Joe Blosser, Robert G. Culp Jr. director of service learning at HPU. “The posters represent the creative work of service learning classes, Bonner Leaders, Greek organizations, athletic teams and many other student groups that all see serving High Point as a critical part of what it means to be an HPU student.”
At the event, the following awards were given to recognize their exemplary service:
Community Partner of the Year: YWCA High Point – The biggest award of the night was $1,000 to the YWCA High Point for their partnership with HPU. This organization has had a huge impact in its community by aiming to achieve youth development, women empowerment and the elimination of racism through afterschool programs and the Latino Family Center. The organization regularly partners with HPU’s Women’s and Gender Studies service learning courses for events such as International Women’s Day.
Service Learning Student of the Year: Marissa Levine – Levine has been highly engaged in service since coming to HPU in fall 2014. She is heavily involved in the Community Writing Center, where HPU students meet with Kirkman Park Elementary School students twice a week to promote literacy and offer tutoring to children in reading and writing in a welcoming environment.
Service Learning Professor of the Year: Dr. Jenn Brandt – Brandt has taught numerous service learning classes and she regularly serves at Learning Together, a family-oriented literacy program run by Guilford Child Development with the Macedonia Family Resource Center, the YWCA High Point and Leslie’s House at West End Ministries. She’s also the chair of the city of High Point’s Human Relations Commission.
Excellence in Youth Development: Healthy Living for the Elementary Child – This service learning course teamed up with Food Corps to host a Vegetable Gardening Day for students at Oak Hill Elementary School. The students dedicated a semester to educating children at Oak Hill Elementary about healthy lifestyles. Every week, HPU students would creatively teach the children how to make healthy choices. The Vegetable Gardening Day was a culmination of all of the course’s concepts.
Excellence in Promoting Food Security: HPU Food Recovery Network – Students involved in the Food Recovery Network package surplus food from HPU dining locations three times a week to give to Open Door Ministries, a non-profit organization that provides housing, food, job and education assistance to the homeless and low-income individuals and families in the High Point area. Thus far, they have donated more than 20,000 pounds of food.
Most Sustainable Project: HPU Lifelines – Students enrolled in the service learning course “Narrative Medicine in Action” visit the residents of Pennybyrn at Maryfield each week. They use poetry as a way to increase the health of the residents at the retirement living community through workshops. Multiple scientific studies show that reading and reciting poetry out loud can lower blood pressure, regulate heart and breathing rates and activate regions of the brain associated with introspection and memory.
Excellence in Service: Alpha Kappa Psi – This business fraternity has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club and West End Ministries numerous times throughout the academic year for service events. During the holiday season, the group hosted a Christmas party for more than 100 children in the Boys and Girls Club at West End Ministries.
Excellence in Service: Tutor Club – This club has offered service to local middle schools through the program Operation Xcel, a program that engages students, parents and the community to increase educational, social and career skills through academic enrichment and advocacy empowerment workshops.
Excellence in Service: Civitan Club – The Civitan Club has given back to many organizations including Open Door Ministries, Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics. They recently received the honor of “Campus Club Service Project of the Year” for the fourth consecutive year from Civitan International. This was awarded to them for their participation in the CROP Hunger Walk.
Excellence in Service: Women & Gender Studies 3100 – This service learning class led by Dr. Jenn Brandt, has partnered with Leslie’s House, YWCA High Point and Learning Together this academic year.
Excellence in Service: Kappa Delta Pi – This Education Honors Society partnered with Parkview and Montlieu Elementary Schools for reading days throughout the academic year.
Most Innovative Service Project: EURICA Outreach Program – HPU students worked with students from Penn-Griffin School for the Arts to generate art inspired by a science experiment that they participated in while on HPU’s campus.
Highest Caliber of Reflection: Learning Literacies – Graded on self-discovery, learning from mistakes and reflection on what it means to be an HPU student in service to the greater High Point community. Learning Literacies of the Community Writing Center, part of a service learning class, created a relationship with children at Kirkman Park Elementary through tutoring at the Community Writing Center and individual narrative projects with members of the community.
Best Student Group Project: Exercise Science Club – This club supported D-Up to promote physical activity in the HPU community by hosting their second 5K run/walk fundraiser. They doubled both participation and donations at this year’s 5k.