HPU Announces Academic and Professional Achievements

Jun 06th, 2017

HPU Announces Academic and Professional Achievements

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 6, 2017 – High Point University students, faculty and staff recently received the following academic and professional awards and recognitions.

Graduate Awarded Most Outstanding Senior Award

Haley McKeown was honored with High Point University’s Most Outstanding Senior Award at the Onward with Faithful Courage Senior Send Off event, held on May 5.

McKeown, from Raleigh, graduated on May 6 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in journalism and a minor in sports management. She served as president of the Class of 2017 during her four years at HPU and led numerous philanthropic events such as Cuts for Cancer and Stop Hunger Now. She also served as a University Ambassador, greeting hundreds of prospective students and families and providing them with important information about attending HPU; a Peer Career Advisor, providing mentorship to underclassmen seeking to develop professional skills; and a member of Kappa Delta sorority.

“These activities and accomplishments are enough evidence to prove that Haley is not only involved, but has the passion and dedication to balance all of these responsibilities while keeping a genuine smile on her face and a positive attitude,” says Gail Tuttle, senior vice president for student life. “This defines her as a true leader.”


English Professor Facilitates Service Learning Workshop

Dr. Cara Kozma, assistant professor of English and assistant director of service learning at HPU, led an Engaged Faculty Service Learning Institute at Davidson County Community College. The workshop, which she facilitated in partnership with Dr. Maggie Commins of Queens University, was a part of her participation in the Engaged Faculty Scholars Program with North Carolina Campus Compact. The workshop provided community college faculty with tools and best practices to design new service learning courses for their students.

“I was honored to have the opportunity to assist in building the infrastructure for faculty engagement at Davidson County Community College,” says Kozma. “During the institute, I was able to share the models for faculty development and assessment that we have developed at HPU and to work with DCCC’s faculty to consider ways that these models might be adapted within their institutional context.”



Khan Attends CEOs for Cities Conference

Akir Khan, student leadership and success coordinator, participated in a conference with CEOs for Cities, a national non-profit focused on strengthening communities by connecting leaders from across sectors and generations to share ideas. Khan joined 200 other community leaders from across the country in Greenville, South Carolina, where they participated in leadership meetings and worked together to hear and interact with national community leaders and CEOs to develop local policy solutions. Khan previously participated in a High Point/Greensboro cluster of CEOs for Cities, where he focused on issues like educational leadership, community building and interfaith relations.

“CEOs for Cities, a national city-learning network, has brought together dynamic groups of established business and community leaders to develop creative and innovative solutions to economic challenges facing our great cities,” says Khan. “It was an honor to work together to strategize with so many civic patriots and cross sector leaders to find ways on how we can build synergy to improve our local communities. If you want to positively impact the world, then you need to start with your city.”