HPU Announces Academic and Professional Achievements


HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 13, 2017 – High Point University students, faculty and staff recently received the following academic and professional awards and recognitions.



Music Professor Performs with the North Carolina Symphony

Dr. Scott MacLeod, assistant professor of voice at HPU, recently performed as a soloist with the North Carolina Symphony “Pops” tour. The tour included timeless classics in the style of the acclaimed Boston Pops, such as the Can-Can and the Sabre Dance. MacLeod sang two Mozart arias, as well as songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, including “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’.”

“The Boston Pops, under conductor Arthur Fielder, was established to provide musical entertainment to a wide audience and introduce symphonic music to the general public in a festive atmosphere,” MacLeod says. “It was a joy to perform again with the North Carolina Symphony and pay tribute to this special American tradition.”



Pictured in the front row from left to right are Brekk Hayward and Gen Meyer. In the second row from left to right are Natalie Jacobsen, Cam Pudney, Meg Kowalski and Austin Pinelli. In the back row are Nicole Vavoules and Dr. Ron Lamb.

Actuarial Students Ace Challenging Exam

Seven students studying in the actuarial science program at HPU recently passed Exam P (on probability), administered by the Society of Actuaries, one of the two credentialing organizations in the actuarial profession. Students passing the exam were Brekk Hayward, Natalie Jacobsen, Meg Kowalski, Gen Meyer, Austin Pinelli, Cam Pudney and Nicole Vavoules.

To become an actuary, a student must pass a series of very challenging examinations, which all require hundreds of hours of preparation time.

“Our program has grown significantly over the past eight years to 41 majors,” says Dr. Ron Lamb, associate professor of mathematics at HPU. “We are very proud of the success of these students. Their dedication to success in their field of study provides a wonderful example for other actuarial science majors, as well as for students in other majors.”



PA Student Visits Capitol Hill to Advocate for Physician Assistants Nationwide

Megan Berry, a second-year student in HPU’s Physician Assistant Studies program, recently visited Capitol Hill as a Student Health Policy Fellow through the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). Berry was one of 14 PA students selected to represent the profession nationwide.

While there, Berry had the opportunity to meet with several state representatives to advocate for physician assistant education and the profession, including Rep. Robert Pittinger of the 9th NC District and Rep. Karen Bass from California – the only physician assistant in Congress. She also met with staffers from the offices of Rep. Ted Budd, Sen. Richard Burr and Sen. Thom Tillis.

“Our goals there were to remind our representatives that PAs are high-value health care providers that often help address shortages in primary care and underserved areas, and expand access to low-cost preventive services,” Berry explains. “It’s important to equip the next generation of PAs to meet the challenges of the 21st century by empowering PA education programs to provide high-quality training.”

Berry says there is still much work and advocating to be done for the PA profession. “I learned that lawmakers know a little bit about a lot. On any given day, they may have to make a decision and vote on agriculture, finance, transportation, environment, international affairs, taxes, health care and more. They can’t see the solution because they can’t see the problem,” Berry adds. “That’s why professional advocacy is so important. We have to be there as a resource to them to tell them what we are capable of so they can make informed decisions that are best for PAs and our patients.”


Dance Professor’s Work Featured in New York Dance Festival

The choreography of Lindsey Howie, professor of dance at HPU, was recently featured in the DUMBO Dance Festival, a four-day celebration of contemporary dance in the greater New York City region. Howie’s work was selected out of the most impressive works from a very large number of applicants nationwide.

“The DUMBO selection panel consisted of prominent figures in the dance world, and they carefully examined each submission; my work was chosen to be included in this prestigious event,” Howie says. “It’s an honor to have been chosen to present work at this festival.”

Howie adds she chose two HPU students – Tara Jue, a sophomore, and Mallory Verez, a senior – to work closely with to learn, rehearse and perform the work leading up to the event, which was held Oct. 5-8.

“This was an incredible experience for not only myself to be a part of this professional development opportunity as a choreographer and educator, but for Tara Jue and Mallory Verez to perform in a professional environment and experience art and art making at an international level,” Howie explains. “It also served as an incredible opportunity for HPU to showcase the talents of a faculty member, and also to showcase the talents of two amazingly gifted and artistic HPU students.”

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