High Point University was on Wall Street in New York City on Monday, October 12, 2009, to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
Dr. Nido Qubein, president of HPU, rang the bell, alongside 11 HPU students. Also there for the occasion were Dr. Dennis Carroll, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Chris Dudley, vice president for administration; Dr. Jim Wehrley, dean of the Earl N. Phillips School of Business; Dr. Stephanie Crofton, associate dean of the Earl N. Phillips School of Business; Dr. Alberta Herron, dean of the Norcross Graduate School; and Marsha Slane, chair of the HPU Board of Trustees.
The Trading Floor bell - one of the most familiar features at the NYSE, with its loud, distinctive ring that echoes throughout the four trading areas - is part of the heritage of the NYSE, and it is considered an honor to be invited to ring the Opening Bell or the Closing Bell. In fact, many listed companies make a bell event part of their important product launches.
Monday was a great day for the HPU group to ring the NYSE Closing Bell - the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 9885.8, the highest since Oct. 6, 2008.
The event aired live on nyse.com, and was aired live to the jumbo screen on the W Hotel in Times Square.
Watch the Video
Video of the bell ringing is also available via online archive at: http://www.nyse.com/events/1255082641171.html
About High Point University
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among "America's Best Colleges." HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Great Colleges to Work For" 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/.