HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 29, 2012 - To inspire students and to enhance the engaging academic environment at High Point University, four more historical figures have been installed on University Avenue and the Gene and Jane Kester International Promenade.
The four new sculptures include:
- Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) - Often regarded as the father of modern physics and one of the most prolific intellects in history, Einstein developed the theory of general relativity. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921, and was later recognized as "Time" magazine's "Person of the Century" in 1999. The sculpture is placed outside of the Congdon Hall science building.
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) - A German composer and pianist, Beethoven is considered one of the most famous and influential composers of all time. He was an innovator who widened the scope of sonata, symphony, concerto and quartet, and combined vocals and instruments in a new way. Some of his most important works were composed during the last 10 years of his life, when he was unable to hear. The sculpture sits in front of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center.
- Helen Keller (1880 - 1968) - American author, political activist and lecturer, Keller was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She overcame the adversity of being blind and deaf to become one of the 20th century's leading humanitarians. Keller helped found the American Civil Liberties Union, and during her lifetime, she received many honors in recognition of her accomplishments. The sculpture is near the entrance to campus on University Avenue.
- Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919) - Twenty-sixth president of the United States, who was one of the first presidents to make conservation a national issue. He favored using America's natural resources, but opposed wasteful consumption. One of his most lasting legacies was his significant role in the creation of five national parks, 18 national monuments and 150 national forests, among other works of conservation. Roosevelt was instrumental in conserving nearly 230 million acres of American soil among various parks and other federal projects. The sculpture is front of the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication.
The sculptures will join 16 others already on campus, which include Aristotle, Marie Curie, Leonardo DaVinci, Amelia Earhart, Galileo, Mahatma Gandhi, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Sacajawea, William Shakespeare, Mother Teresa, Mark Twain, George Washington and John Wesley.
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 over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of "Colleges of Distinction," as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and 10 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.
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