5 People You Need to Know on Campus: Freshman Edition

Aug 21st, 2019

5 People You Need to Know on Campus: Freshman Edition

As part of HPU’s Access to Innovators Program, another way students are surrounded by mentorship opportunities, global leaders often visit campus and connect with students beginning as soon as they step on campus their freshman year. HPU’s Talent Acquisition Expert in Residence and Former VP for Talent at Chick-fil-A Dee Ann Turner recently spent time advising students during her return to campus.

Are you ready to experience HPU’s values-based learning environment?

When a student becomes part of the HPU family, the university commits to partnering with them on a journey towards success and significance. As part of that process, faculty and staff strive daily to provide students with an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. Here are just a few of the people that new students should get to know as they make HPU an extension of their home:



1. Success Coach

Every HPU freshman is assigned a Success Coach during their first year of college. Success Coaches serve as an academic advisor, life coach, university liaison and activities coordinator. They help students register for classes as a freshman, guide the process of transitioning to college life, and connect students with clubs, intramural sports and other campus activities, as well as with other faculty and staff mentors. Students can meet with their success coaches anytime to find out what courses to take, get more involved on campus, connect with the community for acts of service, and find their “niche.”

“In the Office of Student Success, we are passionately committed to ensuring that every student has a great college experience,” says Pamela Francisco, Director of the Office of Student Success. “By welcoming students to their new home, encouraging them academically, and helping them get connected to the school and community. Student Success Coaches have the perfect opportunity to promote Life Skills and empower students for success.”


2. Career advisor

Career Advisor

Career development is an ongoing process. It begins when students arrive on campus as a freshman and continues throughout their time at HPU.

HPU’s Career & Professional Development Team knows this. That’s why they focus their efforts on the personal transformation, not a single destination, for each student at HPU, beginning the day they arrive on campus.

Also located in Cottrell Hall, their approach includes many resources, all anchored by the Four Year Plan: a roadmap of steps students can take in their career pursuits from freshman year through graduation. Students can begin their Four Year Plan by scheduling an appointment with a career advisor.

Through one-on-one advising sessions, a dedicated team of career advisors get to know students, help them identify interests and strengths, and offer powerful tools and resources to assist in their journey toward a fulfilling career path The result? A job or graduate school placement rate of 98% within 180 days of graduating from HPU. That’s 14 points higher than the national average!

“Our staff of career development professionals continually express the importance of our students engaging with our office early and often,” Says Doug Hall, Vice President of Career and Professional Development. “During these interactions, students are working with us from career exploration to personal brand development articulating their value to employers and graduate programs. This is our way of helping position our students to have a comparative advantage preparing them for the world as it’s going to be.”


3. Full-Time, Experienced Medical Providers


HPU has provided services for thousands of students at the campus health center. The on-site, fully-staff student health center operates like a full-fledged primary care office, where, a team of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and other medical professionals led by a medical doctor offer medical examinations, treatment of illnesses and injuries, 24/7 virtual appointment access, annual health screenings, medical supplies, laboratory testing, medical examination and treatment of acute illnesses and injuries and more!




4. Campus Concierge

The goal of HPU’s Campus Concierge team is to improve the daily lives of students by providing a single source of knowledge for all campus and community information. Concierge keeps campus connected and informed through: scheduling for academic tutoring; making research appointments for the library; providing complimentary, Kindles, iPads and TI-89 calculators; serving as a library book drop-off location; offering restaurant recommendations and reservations; distributing tickets for community enrichment events; and more. Additionally, all students receive a daily e-mail from Concierge, which includes information about upcoming events and initiatives on campus.

“Our team is here to help students in every way we can,” says Tanner White, Concierge Operations Specialist. “Please call us at 336-841-4636, email concierge@highpoint.edu or stop by the Concierge Desk in Slane Student Center, R.G. Wanek Center or Cottrell Hall and we will be happy to assist you.”



5. Librarian

David Bryden has been HPU’s director of library services since 2005. He leads a team of librarians whose mission is to help students succeed in every way they can. From interlibrary loans, electronic equipment rentals, tutoring and citation guides, to reference services, film resources, printing, research assistance and more, HPU librarians offer an abundance of resources to students.

Several fully-staffed library spaces support students in their scholarly pursuits. The 24/5 Herman H. and Louise M. Smith Library is the main library and holds the majority of HPU’s book collection. The Wanek Center Learning Commons is a quiet study space with a young adult and popular fiction collection. The School of Education Curriculum Center holds the juvenile collection and a variety of education resources. HPU also maintains a furniture and interior design collection in Norton Hall; a collection in the Qubein School of Communication; and the Centennial Square Research Center, where a librarian is available to help with research and citation questions.

“Our librarians are the most helpful group of professionals that you could possibly find,” says David Bryden. “From reference services and the time that we spend helping our students, to the care we take to provide an array of academic resources for our patrons, we endeavor to make your time at our libraries helpful and pleasant.”