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Class of 2015 graduates in style

IMG 4987On Sat., May 9, Pfeiffer University celebrated its 2015 spring commencement exercises. A total of 130 graduates received their diplomas at Merner Gymnasium.

Among them were Roy Morgan of Gold Hill, N.C., who was awarded the Senior Scholastic Achievement Award for achieving a 4.0 grade point average after transferring to Pfeiffer, and Mary Lindsaye Boyd of Salisbury, N.C., who was presented with the Pearl Walton Fisher Citizenship Award for outstanding community service and excellent scholarship. Mr. Morgan is prepared to teach social studies, while Ms. Boyd, will head to University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to continue her studies in mass communication.


Pfeiffer University Division of Education Students Attend North Carolina Technology in Education Conference

nctiesThis spring, five students from the division of education attended the North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTIES) conference in Raleigh for two days. This event, funded through Pfeiffer’s Quality Enhancement Plan initiative and generous discounts provided by the NCTIES Conference Committee, provided teacher education candidates from freshman through senior level classes an opportunity to see first hand what is happening in today’s K-12 classrooms. Along with Professor of Elementary Education Dr. Laura Lowder, students attended multiple sessions throughout the conference including student showcases and keynotes.

"Pfeiffer has really prepared me for technology in the classroom,” said senior Melinda Athay. “Before coming to this conference I was not so aware of just how prepared we are for the future…It gave me a lot of new ideas to use in the classroom and showed me just how much I know.”


Pfeiffer students host 'A Night at the Library' for school-aged children

Night In Library logo lowRecently, the division of education hosted 30 school-aged children for an adventurous night where history came to life. The event provided 35 teacher candidates enrolled in various education courses an opportunity to collaborate, be creative, and provide memorable experiences for the children.

“This was a memorable evening for all that participated,” said Professor of Elementary Education, Dr. Angela Kern. “Pfeiffer teacher candidates transformed the education hall into a living history museum. The college students offered a night of learning for school-aged children and planned an event that showed that teaching should be engaging and meaningful! Truly my students went beyond boundaries to create a worthwhile educational event.”


A Pfeiffer first: Alumni featured in literary magazine

Phoenix CoverThe spring 2015 edition of Pfeiffer University’s student-published literary magazine, The Phoenix ( for the first time in its 57-year history includes entries from Pfeiffer alumni from across the U.S., as well as those from current students and faculty.

Last fall, the magazine’s staff, composed entirely of Pfeiffer students, issued a call to alumni for essays, poetry, short stories, photography and artwork to be considered for publication. Receiving nearly two dozen responses from alumni, the staff selected works by Alan-Michael Allis ’14, Mocksville, N.C.;  William Crawford ’66, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Roseann DeTommaso ’85, Ponte Vedra, Fla.;  Audrey Glatz ’08, Concord, N.C.; Claire Johnson ’14, Boulder City, Nev.; Danny Overcash ’65, Columbia, S.C.;  Jeffrey Plyler ’02, Albemarle, N.C.; and Will Sponholtz ’87, Marion, N.C.


Senior Art Exhibition at Stanly County Public Library

Vogue Stephanie NantsThe works of senior art students from Pfeiffer University will be on display at the Stanly County Public Library, 133 East Main Street, Albemarle, April 25-May 1, with a reception featuring the artists on Sat., April 25, 3-5 p.m. The reception and the 2015 Senior Art Exhibition, which are free and open to the community, showcase work created during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Pfeiffer’s studio art program is designed to empower students to express themselves through two-and three-dimensional  visual art as they expand their knowledge of basic design and theory, painting, drawing, traditional and digital darkroom photography practices, sculpture, mixed media, contemporary art theory and visual culture. Students learn from faculty, visiting artists, excursions to museums and other venues, and exhibition experiences.


Pfeiffer’s future business leaders deliver the goods at statewide competition

image1Future business leaders from Pfeiffer University finished in 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in 15 categories at the 61st annual North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference in Charlotte, N.C., April 9-11.

Twenty-three students competed in 25 of 59 possible event categories (team, individual, test and presentation style) with 18 qualifying to compete at the Phi Beta Lambda national competition in Chicago, June 24-27.

Phi Beta Lambda in a nonprofit education organization for students preparing for careers in business, with chapters nationwide at the middle school, high school and collegiate levels. Among its services is competition at the state and national levels in a broad range of business-related categories. Through state-based competition at State Leadership Conferences every spring, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners are eligible to compete for honors at the National Leadership Conference.


Pfeiffer University welcomes Mick Mixon, “Voice of the Carolina Panthers”

Mick MixonPfeiffer University welcomes Mick Mixon, “Voice of the Carolina Panthers,” on Sun., April 19, 6 p.m., to its Events Plus series. Tickets to this event on Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus, Stokes Student Center, 48380 U.S. Hwy 52N, are available to subscribers as well as those interested in this singular event. For reservations and tickets, visit:

Play-by-play radio announcer for the Panthers since 2005, Mixon honed his craft for 16 years prior to that as color analyst/production manager for the Tar Heel Sports Network. Named North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year in 1999, 2004 and 2009, he received a regional Emmy Award in 2008.


Susan and Patrick King, authors of Optimism for Autism to speak at Pfeiffer University to celebrate World Autism and Acceptance Day

autism ribbonOn Wed., April 1, Susan King and her son, Patrick King, bestselling authors of Optimism for Autism, will speak at two different times at Pfeiffer University to celebrate World Autism and Acceptance Day and Autism and Awareness Month.

Patrick, a Pfeiffer junior who was diagnosed with autism early in his life, is majoring in computer information systems, president of the university’s Video Gaming Society, vice president of the  Computer Society and a member of its swim team and concert choir. They will speak at 10 a.m., during the weekly chapel service at Henry Pfeiffer Chapel, and at 5 p.m., Community Room, Stokes Student Center. Both events are free and open to the public. Their book will be available for sale at both presentations; the Kings will sign copies of their book immediately following the 5 p.m. event.


Pfeiffer students put to work at the NCAA March Madness Tournament

March Madness 5The city of Charlotte and Time Warner Arena recently hosted the second and third rounds of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. The event provided more than 15 of Pfeiffer’s Sport Management students an opportunity to serve across the city as members of the NCAA’s Hospitality team. The marquee basketball teams in the Queen City included Duke University, University of Virginia and Michigan State University.

Professor of Sport Management Dr. Duane Aagaard shared, “March Madness is another example of the incredible opportunities presented to our program in this region. I am always proud of our students any time I see them take advantage of experiencing their education.”


Frank Abagnale and NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall keynote Fraud Conference

Frank.AbagnaleFrank W. Abagnale, author of the best-selling book Catch Me If You Can and protagonist of the feature film and Broadway musical by the same title, kicks off the 2015 Fraud and Forensics Investigations Conference sponsored by Pfeiffer University. The conference, which will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center, June 10, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., features several prominent speakers on the subject of financial fraud, including lunch keynote North Carolina Secretary of State, Elaine Marshall. 

Registration is $289 before May 21. To register or become a conference sponsor, view the entire conference agenda and read speaker bios, visit:


Summer Science Camps for Grades K-8

StemPfeiffer University/Misenheimer campus offers STEM Into Summer,  June 15-18, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., for elementary and middle school students. Campers will spend four days immersed in their favorite science topics, thinking critically and having fun.  For complete details, click here. Register online:

Pfeiffer’s Ana Smith participates in Public Policy and Economic Freedom colloquia

Ana SmithRecently, Pfeiffer Economics Professor Ana Smith attended the Public Policy and Economic Freedom colloquia held in Arlington, Virginia.  The event, co-sponsored by Liberty Fund, Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation, was attended by 16 academics from the fields of Economics, Political Science, Philosophy, Government and Public Policy.

“Most conferences are discipline specific however, this event provided the unique opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue with researchers from around the world about the ideas of a free society,” said Smith.