High Point University welcomes largest number of new students in the school’s history

The University Center at High Point University

The University Center at High Point University

HIGH POINT, N.C. — High Point University welcomed 1,470 new students to campus Saturday during the annual Move In Day – the largest number of new students in the university’s history, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The students joining the HPU community this fall number more than the size of the total undergraduate enrollment in 2005 when the university’s transformation began, HPU said. At 4,300 students today, enrollment has soared in the past decade.

New academic programs will begin when classes beginTuesday, HPU said. The size and prestige of HPU’s faculty continues to grow with 35 new faculty positions, 21 of those being new positions, for the fall. Their areas of teaching include biology, chemistry, event management, entrepreneurship, pharmacy, health sciences and much more.

On Sept. 13, HPU will celebrate its 90-year anniversary, and Nido Qubein will celebrate 10 years as HPU’s president in January 2015.

“The continued advocacy of our parents and students indicate that the holistic, values-based education we offer at HPU is of great value,” Qubein said. “With a clear vision, faithful courage, and deliberate execution, we have delivered remarkable transformation, but the best is still to come.”

HPU professor keeps natural forests open

Summer break is seen as a time for students, teachers and professors to change their routines and relax between academic years. That’s not entirely the case for Martie Bell, associate professor of physical education at High Point University. She’s spending her summer volunteering in the mountains of Virginia’s George Washington & Jefferson national forests.

Working as hosts for the U.S. Forest Service at the High Knob Recreation Area near Norton, Va, Bell and her husband, Harry Warren, oversee and maintain the area’s campground, trails, lake and historical bathhouse to attract more visitors and keep the forests open.

Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938, High Knob is the highest campground in Southern Virginia at an elevation of 3,800 feet. Campers have a choice among 14 campsites – all without electricity – that encourage them to put down the electronics and get in touch with nature.

Several recreation areas in the national forests have been permanently closed because of a lack of visitors and maintenance. Without their work at High Knob, Bells said that more of the forests would face the same situation.

“We’ve all been given the opportunity to make a difference,” she said.

HPU will host authors

High Point University will host two prominent authors Sept. 5 in cooperation with the Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors in Winston-Salem, HPU said in a news release. A. Scott Berg and Karen Abbott, both bestselling authors, will visit campus the day before the festival begins to give presentations about their books.

The HPU English Department’s Phoenix Reading Series & Festival will host Berg at 3 p.m. on Sept. 5 in the Wilson School of Commerce Ballroom. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of celebrities such as Charles Lindbergh, Max Perkins, Katherine Hepburn and Samuel Goldwyn. Berg’s latest book, “Wilson: A Biography,” explores the life of Woodrow Wilson.

“Berg will lead a conversation about the movement between historical fact and crafted narrative,” said Jacob Paul, an assistant professor of English, who helped organize Berg’s event.

The HPU department of history and program in women’s and gender studies will host Karen Abbott, a New York Times bestselling author, at 4:15 p.m. Sept. 5 in Phillips Hall, Room 120. She will talk about her new book, “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War.”

Both author talks are open to the public. The HPU Bookstore will offer their books for sale during the program.

The Bookmarks Festival, to be held Sept. 6 at the Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem, will bring 40 bestselling and award-winning authors to the Triad. It is North Carolina’s largest annual festival of books and authors. The festival also supports the Authors in Schools initiative that brings authors to K-12 schools and universities.

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