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Pfeiffer hosts open house to celebrate relocation within the Triangle Oct. 25

New campus doubles the space of current facility, allows continued expansion and growth

Triangle_campus_webPfeiffer University will soon have a new address within the Research Triangle Park. The university is moving from its current location in the Central Park West Building on Miami Boulevard in Durham, to a new more-enhanced facility to serve its 300+ students in the Triangle – and to meet the university's increasing demand.

An open house and information session will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25 on the new campus, located at 2880 Slater Rd., Ste. 100, in Morrisville, less than seven miles from the university's current location. Prospective students and the community are asked to attend the celebratory event. Light refreshments will be served. Morrisville town officials, including Mayor Jackie Holcombe, and the Chief of Police, Ira Jones, a 2005 Pfeiffer MBA graduate, will also attend the event alongside current Pfeiffer students, alumni, faculty, staff and administrators.

The university will officially move into the new space on Tuesday, Oct. 18, and classes will officially begin on the new campus on Oct. 25. The new location in Morrisville, a town of 15,000 residents located in the northeast central region, is twice the size of the current space the university occupies in the RTP. The building contains larger, smart classrooms, a video conferencing center, more office spaces, a new student lounge, new furnishings and several other additions. Pfeiffer officials believe the nearly 8,000-square-feet location is an attraction and could appeal to prospective students from the more than 1.5 million residents who live within a half-hour's drive of Durham, Raleigh and Cary.

 â€œThis newly-built, impressive facility will allow us to accommodate the increasing growth and demand for our graduate programs now offered in the RTP area,” said Michael Poll, vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Pfeiffer. “The accessibility of the new campus to the airport, several other popular venues, and major thoroughfares in that area, makes the location attractive and convenient. We are incredibly excited about this new venue and potential expansion.”

Event participants will get a tour of the facility and have an opportunity to interact with current students, faculty and program directors to ask questions about admission requirements and program curriculum. They will also be able to obtain information about MBA, Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Change (MSL), as well as dual degree and online programs that are available through the university's School of Graduate Studies. Also, for the first time, Pfeiffer will offer its popular Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) graduate program, which is only the third of its kind offered in North Carolina and is among only 117 AAMFT master's degree programs across the United States.

Graduates of Pfeiffer's MFT program are prepared to establish a professional role as an individual, couples and/or family therapist and as a competent clinician with expertise in family systems. The MFT program is currently in the final candidacy process and is seeking accreditation from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy's Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Pfeiffer began offering the MFT graduate degree in August 2007 and graduated its first class this summer.

For additional details about the event or degree programs offered in the Triangle, contact Bennie Felts, director of the Triangle campus, at (919) 941-2920 ext. 2927 or bennie.felts@fsmail.pfeiffer.edu.

Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. A comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, Pfeiffer is committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship. For news and updates, join Pfeiffer on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pfeifferuniversity.

Pictured above: An image of Pfeiffer's new campus in the Triangle.

Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 463-3040 or natasha.suber@pfeiffer.edu

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