HPU Announces Academic and Professional Achievements | High Point University
HIGH POINT, North Carolina, June 1, 2021 – High Point University faculty and students have recently received the following academic and professional awards and honors.
Three HPU students receive prestigious scholarships
Three inspiring students from three different majors who represent humanities, science and communications were recently awarded highly competitive international scholarships. The extraordinary education and remarkable learning opportunities available at HPU set these students apart.
As a Fulbright Fellow, Avery Moon, double majoring in International Relations, Sociology and Anthropology, will teach university-level English as an English teaching assistant in Ukraine and volunteer with EducationUSA from September 2021 to June 2022. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright program.
A graduate in biology and secondary education with a minor in environmental studies, Jordan Morrison will spend the summer in Germany researching the impact of climate change on plants and forests. She received the DAAD RISE scholarship (The German Academic Exchange Service, or DAAD in German: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, RISE stands for Research Internships in Science and Engineering). Morrison will work with the Simon Plant Ecophysiology Group at the University of Constance in southern Germany and study the impact of climate change and drought on general nutrition and defense mechanisms in beech forests across the ‘Germany.
HPU Class 2021 graduate Peyton Carrington has won a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Young Professionals Fellowship. The opportunity allows her to pursue a one-year internship (July 2021 to May 2022) in Germany in her professional fields of hospitality and entrepreneurship. Carrington has already won this award once, during the 2020 academic year, but the program has been halted due to COVID.
This program offers 75 young American professionals and 75 young Germans, aged 18 ½ to 24 years old, the opportunity to spend a year in their respective countries, studying, doing internships and living with hosts as part of a program. ‘a cultural immersion program.
“These three young women represent the best of High Point University’s academic potential,” said Jackie Arthur-Montagne, Acting Director of the Office of Scholarships and Awards. “The DAAD Rise, CBYX and Fulbright scholarships are extremely competitive international programs.”
History majors present articles
History majors Anne Baldwin, a senior, and Alyssa Bennet, a junior, presented papers at the North Carolina Association of Historians annual conference in March. They participated in a round table entitled “Politics, power and culture”. Baldwin’s article was titled “Fashion and Symbolism in the Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I” and Bennett’s article was titled “Eugenics Movement in the United States”. Both articles used cultural approaches to analyze the ways in which politics and power are constructed and disseminated to a wider population.
“I presented an abridged 10-page version of my main thesis and defended it against a series of panel questions both verbally and verbally,” Baldwin said. “The defense was tough as many of the panel’s questions and comments were somewhat off topic, which made me think quickly. I am grateful that I know my topic well and that I was able to improvise my answers in both formats and positively represent HPU, Queen Elizabeth I and myself.
“It was an incredible experience to be able to present my article and my research to such a wonderful group of historians,” Bennett said. “I was very grateful to have the opportunity to gain experience speaking at conferences and to be able to share my work.”
Governor Cooper Appoints HPU Professor to Commission on Volunteering and Community Service
The Rev. Dr. Joe Blosser, Robert G. Culp Jr. Director of Service Learning and Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy, was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to the North Carolina Commission on Volunteering and community service. Blosser will represent the service learning community.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve at the state level,” said Dr. Blosser. “This commission provides vital volunteer and disaster relief coordination, oversees AmeriCorps state programs, and helps our state honor those who have dedicated themselves to serving their communities.” Established in 1994, the NC Commission on Volunteering and Community Service promotes service and volunteerism to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement in North Carolina. The commission oversees the AmeriCorps state programs, disaster volunteers and giving, the governor’s pages program, the governor’s volunteer awards, and promotes volunteerism initiatives.
Each year, High Point University students participate in a variety of service learning and volunteer opportunities on campus as well as throughout the city of High Point. Blosser oversees nine VISTAs that serve 18,000 hours per year with eight nonprofit partners in the city. HPU has 40 Bonner Leaders, a diverse group of undergraduate students who each commit to serving 300 hours per year for four years. The HPU community volunteers more than 100,000 hours each year.
HPU student recognized as 2021 AKA National Undergraduate Scholar Award
The American Kinesiology Association selected Brooke Smith, a 2021 graduate who majored in exercise science and biology, for honorable mention for the 2021 AKA National Undergraduate Award. Smith was selected as a finalist for this award from among all AKA regional fellows across the country. His honorable mention reflects his outstanding academic, leadership and service record.
“It is a tremendous honor for Brooke to be recognized by a national organization,” said Dan Tarara, chair and associate professor in the Department of Exercise Science. “She is a student who took advantage of the opportunities offered by High Point University. The experience and learning through undergraduate research propelled her growth as a scholar and critical thinker. These experiences will help her in her transition to medical school. I have no doubts that Brooke will be a leader in the years to come.
Smith was also recently named the first recipient of the Strickland Trailblazer Award.