Pfeiffer's Hope a first-round pick in NLL Draft
Former Pfeiffer attackmen Robert Hope was selected with the seventh overall pick in the NLL Draft on Monday night. The Colorado Mammoth traded up in order to select Hope with their first-round selection as he became the first non-forward selected.
Hope was a two-time captain at Pfeiffer and was named the 2014 team MVP. In his senior season with Pfeiffer, Hope scored 18 goals and dished out 18 assists to give him 36 points. Hope recorded a team-high three game winning goals and had 32 ground balls.
Pfeiffer Sport Management students assist with the Triple-A championship game
The Charlotte Knights and BB&T Ballpark hosted the AAA MiLB (Minor League Baseball) National Championship Game on September 16th in Uptown Charlotte. The game featured the Pawtucket Red Sox, winners of the International League Championship, and the Omaha Storm Chasers, Pacific Coast League Champions. The game introduced Rusney Castillo, the 27-year-old Cuban outfielder who recently signed a seven-year $72.5 million contract with the Red Sox on August 23rd. While Castillo hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, it was not enough as the Chasers won the championship by a score of 4-2.
Scott Brown, General Manager for the Charlotte Knights, extended an invitation to Pfeiffer’s Sport Management students to work alongside his staff throughout the championship game. Students enrolled in Sport Event and Tournament Management arrived three hours before the first pitch and were provided the opportunity to distribute programs, assist with in-game promotions, and safeguard the Knights’ mascot, “Homer the Dragon.”
Alcoa Foundation grant to support STEM summer camps
On Sept. 9, the Alcoa Foundation presented Pfeiffer University a check for $20,000, representing a recently-awarded grant to support STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) camps to take place in summer 2015 for 100 local students in grades K-12.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career—and only about half of those who pursue a college major in a STEM field choose to work in a related career. Currently, the U.S. is ranked 25th globally in mathematics and 17th in science among industrialized nations.
Pfeiffer remembers Trustee Emeritus Donald Summers
Pfeiffer University and the board of trustees mourn the death of Donald L. Summers, trustee emeritus, who died on Fri., Sept. 19. He was a member of Pfeiffer’s board of trustees from 2004-2012.
Mr. Summers was born in 1934 in Benton, Ill., and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. After graduating from Erskine College, Due West, S.C., where he holds the school’s baseball record for back-to-back grand slam homeruns, Mr. Summers became a high school teacher and varsity basketball coach in Hartsville, S.C. Later, he worked as a salesman for Sunoco Products, plant manager for Milliken & Company and plant manager for Dan River. At the time of his retirement, he was executive vice president and general manager for Sunbury Textile Mills. Civically, he was a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International as well as an avid golfer and member of the Old North State Club.
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