HIGH POINT — High Point University President Nido Qubein and his wife Mariana led the formal dedication of one of the university’s newest academic facilities on Wednesday afternoon.
The Caine Conservatory was completed and opened in March 2020, just before the ongoing pandemic caused classes to transition online. It has been described as an oasis and a jewel since students returned to campus last September.
Qubein said students and faculty alike have been enjoying the university’s new addition, which he described as “the miracle of Montlieu Avenue.” The 15,000-square-foot facility is dedicated to conducting botanical research and propagating plants from around the world.
The conservatory includes a classroom, a working greenhouse, an eatery called the Butterfly Cafe and a planting display space. This provides a larger area for students to conduct research.
Teresa Caine, the widow of 1965 High Point College graduate and business owner Don Caine, made sure he was able to see the conservatory before his death in December 2020, Qubein said. The Caine family gave a major gift in support of the new conservatory.
Teresa, a member of the HPU board of trustees, was on hand to cut the ceremonial ribbon as her grown children joined the trustees, faculty and other community members who witnessed it before touring the facility.
“This is a fitting tribute to their life together,” said Keith Cook, the son-in-law of Don and Teresa. “It displays Don’s passion for High Point University, his alma mater, and Teresa’s passion for plants.”
Don and Teresa Caine created the Greensboro-based company, Camco Manufacturing, in 1966. Camco has been named to the N.C. Top 100 by Business North Carolina Magazine multiple times.
In addition to this gift, the Caines have previously established an endowed scholarship at HPU to support students who demonstrate academic merit and financial need.
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