HPU welcomed nearly 5,000 family members to campus for this year’s Fall Family Weekend.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 27, 2019 – High Point University welcomed nearly 5,000 family members to campus for its annual Fall Family Weekend. The weekend not only provided an
economic boost to the city, but it also allowed HPU families to experience tours of new facilities and a community service project.
Activities included an annual 5K run, a campus walking tour, music and entertainment and a special address from HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein. In addition, it included a service project helping agencies that assist local families in need, as well as attending a special open house of the new Wanek School of Natural Sciences facility and Culp Planetarium.
The service project, hosted by the Parents Council Outreach in partnership with HPU, enabled students and their parents to package 15,000 meals for families experiencing food insecurity in the community. The meals were distributed to local agencies.
Don Emrich, father of Jessica Emrich, an HPU freshman, said he appreciated the opportunity as he prepared bags of rice.
“I think this is a really nice event that gives us the ability to give back to the community,” said Emrich. “It’s awesome we can do this as parents during this weekend.”
Kameel Dickson, a freshman from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, said she enjoyed the experience of giving back with her family.
“If we have the ability, we should be able to help the community and the people who don’t have it,” said Dickson. “We should always be spreading our love and support everywhere.”
The tour of the new Wanek School of Natural Sciences facility included meeting faculty and students in the labs, as well as experiencing a planetarium show hosted by Dr. Brad Barlow, director of the Culp Planetarium and associate professor of physics and astronomy.
In addition to campus events, guests explored the city of High Point and the greater Triad area, bringing an increase in traffic to local hotels, retail shops, restaurants and more.
Fall Family Weekend has an estimated economic impact of more than $1.5 million, according to the High Point Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Local restaurants, hotels and shops experience an increase in business during the weekend.
“During Family Weekend, Panera Bread expresses our appreciation to the university and our 10-year business partnership,” said Karen Cunningham, regional catering sales manager with Panera Bread. “We are grateful for your students and the time they spend in our cafe enjoying a meal, snack or a quiet oasis for study groups.”
“Family Weekend is one of my favorite High Point University events of the year,” said Dave Nicoletta, owner and executive chef of Giannos. “Not only is it a nice boost for business, but we also get to reconnect with the family members from around the country. We develop relationships that last a long time, sometimes from freshman orientation until graduation. Our relationship with High Point University means that we get to watch many of these students grow up and become young adults entering the workforce.”
HPU’s Family Weekend is just one of many events that brings visitors to the city of High Point each year. In the months of September and October, nearly 8,000 visitors will come to campus for Fall Family Weekend, Homecoming, open houses and athletic events. Annually, HPU welcomes more than 100,000 visitors for admissions, athletic, cultural and community events. The economic impact of the university, $765 million annually, is a vital source for businesses in High Point and the Triad.