HPU Announces Academic and Professional Achievements

Aug 14th, 2017

HPU Announces Academic and Professional Achievements

HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 14, 2017 – High Point University faculty, staff and students recently received the following academic and professional awards and recognitions.


Education Dean Appointed to Teaching Fellows Commission

Dr. Mariann Tillery, dean of the Stout School of Education at HPU, will serve on the N.C. Teaching Fellows Commission representing North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. The 14-member commission will determine selection procedures for the Teaching Fellows programs and selection criteria for qualified recipients. Teaching Fellows is being reinstated to recruit and prepare individuals to teach STEM or special education in the state’s public schools. Tillery was appointed to the commission at the legislative session of the N.C. General Assembly on Aug. 3 at the recommendation of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. Her appointment runs through July 1, 2019.

“I was honored to be nominated by Dr. Hope Williams, president of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities to represent our private higher education teacher preparation programs on the N.C. Teaching Fellows Commission,” says Tillery. “I look forward to working with the other members of the commission as we reinstate the N.C. Teaching Fellows program throughout our state.”


Student Awarded Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad

Yasmene Dergham, a junior at HPU majoring in international relations and political science, was selected for the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to fund her study abroad in Morocco. Dergham will spend the fall semester in HPU’s exchange program with Al-Akhawayn University. Recipients of the scholarship participate in study abroad and international internship experiences that help them gain skills critical to the U.S.’s national security and economic competitiveness, such as studying a critical need language.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to further my knowledge of Arabic and the cultural practices, environment and people that shape the language,” says Dergham. “Cultural understanding is key in promoting communication between nations and people. Studying abroad through the support of the Gilman Scholarship will provide me with a stronger foundation in Arabic, ultimately enhancing my capability to work in an Arabic speaking country with a career in diplomacy or conflict resolution.”

“We could not be more excited for Yasmene,” says Dr. Meredith Malburne-Wade, director of fellowships and awards. “She is an excellent student with a keen interest in learning Arabic and becoming a change agent dedicated to cultural understanding and social justice. The Gilman Scholarship fits her dedication to language learning and service perfectly.”


PA Student Awarded Fellowship, Involved in Advocacy for the Profession

Megan Berry, a second-year student in HPU’s Physician Assistant Studies program, is the recipient of a Student Health Policy Fellowship with the Physician Assistant Education Association. The fellowship involves PA students in the political process and health policy and aims to inspire grassroots advocacy that promotes the profession as an integral part of the health care system. Berry will participate in a three-day intensive workshop in Washington, D.C., and complete projects under the mentorship of PA faculty.

Berry also served as HPU’s representative within the Student Academy at the American Academy of Physician Assistants conference. During the meeting, a resolution she submitted in support of PAs providing care and managing Medicare patients in hospice settings was approved and will result in advocacy efforts to enact these changes on a state legislative level.

“Medicine isn’t all checking electrolytes and putting in chest tubes,” says Berry. “Relieving suffering and properly caring for patients has to happen on many different levels. The PA program at HPU encourages its students to become leaders in the profession and to tackle problems in health care beyond the exam room.”

“Megan is truly an advocate for the PA profession, and we as a program are proud to be encouraging the growth of PA professionals for the world as it is going to be,” says Toni Jackson, assistant professor.



Success Coach, Alpha Lambda Delta Chapter Earn Recognitions

Bradley Taylor, a student success coach at HPU, was recognized as one of the Executive Director’s Advisors of the Year by Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society for first-year students. Taylor advises HPU’s local chapter, which is open to students with a 3.5 GPA or higher and rank in the top 20 percent of their class. The chapter also received the Lambda Gold and Delta Gold awards for its growth in the previous year. HPU initiated 307 students during the 2016-17 academic year.

“This serves as a wonderful testimony and appropriate recognition for Bradley’s hard work with our top scholars,” says Dr. Beth Holder, associate dean of student success.




Student Selected for Honor Society Scholarship

Brekk Hayward, a junior majoring in actuarial science, received the Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship from the National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta. She is one of 36 scholarship recipients selected nationally. Hayward is a member of HPU’s local chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society that recognizes first-year students and encourages continued academic excellence through graduation.

“Brekk is an outstanding scholar here at High Point University and I am very proud she was selected for the Alpha Lambda Delta scholarship,” says Bradley Taylor, success coach and advisor of HPU’s chapter. “She has been a dedicated officer for the local chapter and has great passion for her major and future career field.”



Business School Dean Joins Financial Service Board

Dr. Jim Wehrley, dean of the Earl N. Phillips School of Business at HPU, was elected to the board of the Greensboro chapter of Society of Financial Service Professionals. The organization supports its members in helping their clients achieve financial security through assistance with estate, retirement and financial planning; employee benefits; business and compensation planning; and life, health, disability and long-term care insurance.

“Our chapter’s leadership team is excited to welcome Dr. Jim Wehrley to our board,” says Gregg Schlaudecker, national director and chapter executive for the society. “Jim will bring his unique perspective to our association and keep us in touch with the rising generation of financial service professionals.”