High Point, NC, United States

High Point University

High Point, NC, United States

High Point University is a private liberal arts university in High Point, North Carolina, U.S., affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded as High Point College in 1924, it became High Point University in October 1991. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 1, 2017
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A computer science major's work allows people to connect with HPU through the popular Amazon Echo device Parker Ramsey never imagined that the Amazon Echo sitting next to his bed at High Point University would turn into an impactful research project. But after several weeks of coding, troubleshooting, putting classroom concepts into action and utilizing Amazon Web Services, it's become just that. Ramsey adapted HPU's Daily Motivation email that features President Nido Qubein with video life lessons and inspirational quotes into an Amazon Alexa "Skill". The technology allows Echo users to play HPU's Daily Motivation and retrieve facts about the university, potentially connecting his soon-to-be alma mater with people around the world. HPU's Amazon Alexa Skill debuts today, with every Monday's quote read by Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president, and quotes read by HPU students, alumni, faculty and staff throughout the rest of the week. Ramsey, a senior from Charlotte who will graduate on May 6 with degrees in computer science and philosophy, completed the project as part of his semester-long research focused on machine learning. He was searching for a way to bring that research to life when Roger Shore, associate professor of computer science, brought the Alexa idea to him. "He asked me if I would spearhead the creation of an Amazon Alexa Skill, and I thought, 'Why not?'" Ramsey says. "I love working in Amazon's environment, and I had been wanting to turn my computer science research into something actionable here at HPU." Shore and Ramsey knew that designing a user-friendly app to represent the university in millions of homes would be a major undertaking. But much of the academic curriculum at HPU is experiential and project-based, preparing students to create value in the marketplace. "I want students to become an expert in an area that's interesting to them where they can apply the core concepts we teach," says Shore. "Parker takes what we do in the classroom and applies it in his own way. I don't want students to be afraid or ask me what I want them to do. I want them to figure out what they want to do with it and know how to take something and apply it in a way that solves problems." Ramsey says the challenges of the project stretched and grew his skills. He began writing the Skill in JavaScript but eventually scrapped that code and rewrote it in Python. The university had previously funded him and his peers to attend the Amazon Web Services conference in Atlanta in spring 2016, giving him further insight to conquer the challenge. He has also served as technology chair for the Student Government Association and worked alongside Steve Wozniak, Apple Co-Founder and HPU's Innovator in Residence. "Creating this Skill was a very interesting thing to learn, but it really takes an environment like HPU to inspire you to apply it and see what you can do to affect other people and improve the lives of other people and yourself." In a few weeks, Ramsey will launch his career with Duke Energy in Charlotte as an IT associate. Creating the Skill has been rewarding, but so too has starting a project that his peers can continue to grow as HPU's Daily Motivation subscribers and the device's popularity also grow. "The spirit of camaraderie we have in our department and throughout HPU has had a big impact on me," he says. "I try to pass it down and am happy to share it. We have a community environment inside our labs, and we see it as a big family." How to download the High Point University Skill on Amazon Echo and Echo Dot: -- Go here and select "enable." -- Or, tell the device: "Alexa, enable the High Point University Skill." How to use the High Point University Skill on Amazon Echo and Echo Dot: You can use the HPU Skill by saying: At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.® HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 4,800 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report for Best Regional Colleges in the South and No. 1 for Most Innovative Regional Colleges in the South. HPU was named the No. 4 private school in N.C. for the best return on investment, and it is a 2016-2017 College of Distinction. The university offers 49 undergraduate majors, 57 undergraduate minors and 13 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the web at highpoint.edu.

News Article | April 26, 2017
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Luxury lifestyle brand Christopher Guy (CG) hosted a series of events during High Point Market to commemorate its decennial anniversary. The pinnacle event was the unveiling of the new CG showroom in downtown High Point, held on Friday, April 21. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and CG founder Christopher Guy Harrison cut the ribbon to inaugurate the brand’s 20,000 square foot showroom. High Point Councilor Jay Wagner, IMC CEO Bob Maricich, and CG’s Head of Global Visuals John Spurlock joined the pair during the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the celebration with a champagne toast. The event was attended by notable dignitaries from High Point's Market Authority, High Point Visitors and Convention Bureau, High Point University and High Point Economic Development Corporation. After the ceremony, the Governor and Mr. Harrison toured the two-story showroom, viewing many of CG’s new signature designs, including over 50 just-released pieces to debut at High Point Spring Market. The Governor found the showroom “impressive.” Governor Cooper stated, “I am honored to be here at this ribbon cutting for this amazing building. This is the place to be for furniture and furniture manufacturing. High Point is North Carolina's window to the world of furniture.” “This building is a realization of a dream of having our own showroom in the epicenter of the world's furniture capital,” said Mr. Harrison. “Thanks to our tremendous partnership with International Market Centers, our dreams have become a reality.” Councilman Wagner said, "I wish to congratulate Christopher Guy for the 10th anniversary and salute you for innovation. We are proud that you chose to have this jewel of a showroom in High Point and we are proud to be here today." “High Point is a pivotal global furniture market with widespread recognition as an international buyers’ destination,” continued Mr. Harrison. “It is an honor for us to be able to add such a distinct building to High Point's skyline.” The Governor concluded, “This grand opening of this free standing showroom shows that we need to keep pushing forward, creating those jobs and making sure that the world knows that this is the place to be for the best furniture in the world.” He then raised his champagne flute and said to Mr. Harrison, “Thank you for letting me be a part of this.” Photos and a drone-captured video of the event are available for media usage. The video can be accessed at https://tinyurl.com/CGHP2017-Video. For more information or for links to images, please contact Birgit C Müller at birgit.muller(at)christopherguy(dot)com.

News Article | May 3, 2017
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LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has analyzed more than a dozen metrics to determine the best two-year and four-year schools in North Carolina for 2017. 50 four-year colleges and universities were ranked, and Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Wake Forest University and Queens University of Charlotte were the top five. Of the 50 two-year schools also made the list, with McDowell Technical Community College, Rockingham Community College, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Pitt Community College and Durham Technical Community College taking the top five positions. A complete list of schools is included below. “Students in North Carolina have a lot of options when it comes to earning a certificate or degree, but the schools on our list have distinguished themselves as being a cut above the rest,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “Not only do they offer solid educational programs, they also have career services that lead to strong post-college earnings.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in North Carolina” list, all schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is ranked on additional statistics including the number of degree programs offered, the availability of career and academic resources, the opportunity for financial aid, graduation rates and annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in North Carolina” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in North Carolina for 2017 include: Appalachian State University Barton College Belmont Abbey College Bennett College Brevard College Campbell University Catawba College Chowan University Davidson College Duke University East Carolina University Elizabeth City State University Elon University Fayetteville State University Gardner-Webb University Greensboro College Guilford College High Point University Johnson C Smith University Lees-McRae College Lenoir-Rhyne University Livingstone College Mars Hill University Meredith College Methodist University Montreat College North Carolina A & T State University North Carolina Central University North Carolina State University at Raleigh North Carolina Wesleyan College Pfeiffer University Piedmont International University Queens University of Charlotte Saint Augustine's University Salem College Shaw University St Andrews University University of Mount Olive University of North Carolina at Asheville University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of North Carolina at Pembroke University of North Carolina Wilmington Wake Forest University Warren Wilson College Western Carolina University William Peace University Wingate University Winston-Salem State University The Best Two-Year Colleges in North Carolina for 2017 include: Alamance Community College Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Beaufort County Community College Bladen Community College Blue Ridge Community College Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Cape Fear Community College Carolinas College of Health Sciences Carteret Community College Catawba Valley Community College Central Carolina Community College Central Piedmont Community College Cleveland Community College Coastal Carolina Community College College of the Albemarle Craven Community College Davidson County Community College Durham Technical Community College Fayetteville Technical Community College Forsyth Technical Community College Gaston College Guilford Technical Community College Halifax Community College Haywood Community College James Sprunt Community College Johnston Community College Lenoir Community College Martin Community College McDowell Technical Community College Mitchell Community College Montgomery Community College Nash Community College Pamlico Community College Piedmont Community College Pitt Community College Randolph Community College Rockingham Community College Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Sandhills Community College South Piedmont Community College Southeastern Community College Southwestern Community College Stanly Community College Surry Community College Vance-Granville Community College Wake Technical Community College Wayne Community College Western Piedmont Community College Wilkes Community College Wilson Community College ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.

News Article | May 9, 2017
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WILMINGTON, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Healthcare Compliance (http://www.1sthcc.com) announced today that Kelly Anderson has been promoted to the role of National Inside Sales Manager and will lead the growing team of sales and business development professionals serving the United States. Ms. Anderson brings a wealth of sales and marketing experience to her new role, and has been instrumental to the exceptional growth of First Healthcare Compliance during the past twelve months. Prior to joining the company a year ago, Kelly gained experience in various sales and marketing management positions with the DuPont Company and Koch Industries. Kelly graduated from High Point University with a degree in Business Administration, and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. “I am thrilled to assume this new role at First Healthcare Compliance, and look forward to working with my teammates to further develop new healthcare client relationships in the United States,” says Anderson. She continues, ”It is a pleasure to work with such client-driven professionals who share a commitment to helping clients manage their healthcare compliance needs.” Julie Sheppard, founder and president states, “In the one year since Kelly joined our company, her knowledge and experience have made a notable impact on our business. The evolution of our growth necessitates a leader of Kelly’s caliber to serve in this important role. I’m confident in Kelly’s ability to provide sales and business development leadership to better serve the needs of our clients and internal team.” Founded in 2012 in Wilmington, DE by Julie Sheppard, the cloud-based First Healthcare Compliance software is the most comprehensive solution available to address the compliance program management needs of private practices, hospital networks, healthcare billing companies, and long-term care facilities.

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