HPU Announces Academic and Professional Achievements

May 22nd, 2018

HPU Announces Academic and Professional Achievements

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 22, 2018 – High Point University faculty, staff and students recently received the following academic and professional awards and recognitions.


Recent Graduate Wins Society of Professional Journalists Award

Evan Dupuis, a 2018 graduate, won the Mark of Excellence Award for online feature reporting at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 2/Virginia Press Association Conference held in Richmond, Virginia. Dupuis competed against students within Region 2, which includes Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and the District of Columbia. He received the award for his feature story, “Chasing the Northern Lights,” which used text, photos and video to share the beauty and mystery of Scotland. Dupuis will go on to compete at the national level among other winners from the 12 SPJ regions.

“Evan really invested in this story and made Scotland come to life through his commentary and video,” says Dr. Bobby Hayes, assistant professor of the practice of communication. “He has a keen eye for detail and is an exquisite storyteller. With his skills and vision, he has an exciting future ahead of him.”


Professor Receives Cutting-Edge Curriculum Award

Dr. Nathan Hedman, assistant professor of English and theatre at HPU, is one of the inaugural recipients of the Cutting-Edge Curriculum Award from the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Division of Higher Education. He was one of eight finalists who will receive a certificate, $2,000 award and recognition on the UMC’s website. His course, Grit: Explaining Survival, was selected for its uniqueness, structure, alignment with outcomes and student feedback.

“This class is one of the most notable examples of the ways HPU fosters a growth mindset, both through challenging course content and deliberate cultivation of the skills required for success in college and life,” says Dr. Bryan Vescio, chair of the Department of English at HPU. “I can’t imagine an instructor more deserving of the Cutting-Edge Curriculum Award than Dr. Nathan Hedman. He has a gift for designing unique classroom experiences that meet students where they are but gently prod them far outside their comfort zones, all while keeping them engaged with his dynamic classroom presence.”


HPU Students Selected for Scholarships

Three HPU students were selected to receive scholarships from Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society that recognizes students’ academic success in their first year of college. Sophomores Ella Cusano and Maddi McMullin, both inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta in 2017, were among 20 students nationally who received a $1,000 James G. Stemler Study Abroad Scholarship. Cusano will be traveling to Italy for the fall 2018 semester. McMullin is traveling to the United Kingdom, Belgium and Germany this summer. Recent graduate Rebecca , inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta in 2015, received a $6,000 Mary Jane Stevenson Graduate Fellowship. She was one of 26 students selected from a national pool of applicants. She recently graduated from HPU with a degree in biochemistry and will be attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to pursue a doctorate in organic chemistry.

Rebecca Ulrich
Maddi McMullin
Ella Cusano







Recent Graduate Wins RadTech Poster Competition

Olivia Blandford, a 2018 graduate who studied graphic design, marketing and photography at HPU, won first place in RadTech’s 2018 poster competition. Blandford designed a poster featuring ultraviolet and electronic beam technology for the trade association. Her poster was showcased at the RadTech 2018 Conference, held May 7-9 in Chicago, and it will be featured in RadTech’s UV+EB Technology magazine and website.

“As a recent graduate and graphic design major, winning this competition felt like such a perfect way to not only finish my college career, but a great example of how far I’ve come as a designer these past four years,” Blandford says. “I was connected with Radtech through a past internship I had in the UV industry, so this poster was a blend of the knowledge I’ve gained from industry experience and the knowledge I’ve gained while at HPU.”


HPU Senior Selected to Attend Leadership Conference

Sarah Moss, an HPU rising senior majoring in international relations and political science, was selected from a competitive pool of applicants to attend the NextGen Leadership: Ethics and Practice Conference to be held at George Washington University in June. The conference will bring together many exceptional public policy leaders to teach students about career opportunities and how graduate school can help them in achieving their goals, while providing them with the opportunity to network with professionals and their peers.

“Sarah is dedicated to a career in national security and public service,” says Dr. Meredith Malburne-Wade, director of the Office of Fellowships and Awards. “Her work and leadership at HPU, combined with her study abroad in Israel, demonstrate her intense commitment to her field. We are delighted to see that she is being recognized for that commitment and excited to see how the conference further shapes her future goals.”


HPU Professor Performs with Symphony, Opera

Dr. Scott MacLeod, assistant professor of voice at HPU, is scheduled to appear at two upcoming events hosted by the North Carolina Symphony. On June 1, he will perform “A Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration” at the symphony’s annual Summerfest in Cary. He will also be a soloist in the July 4 Celebration Tour with performances across North Carolina. This month, MacLeod performed with the Center of Contemporary Opera in New York City in a workshop performance of “The Sorrows of Frederick.” The production by award-winning composer Scott Wheeler took place at the Irondale Theater in Brooklyn, New York.