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Pfeiffer junior earns statewide Community Impact Award

Will_Wright_wins_N.C._Campus_Compact_Award_-_web_-_Nov._2010William Wright, a Pfeiffer University junior from Rockingham, N.C., recently received the North Carolina Campus Compact's (NCCC) fifth Community Impact Student Award. Wright was one of 34 college students across the state who received the award for making significant, innovative contributions to their campus' efforts to address local community needs.  Awardees also received a Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation from North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue.

A Christian education and youth ministries major, Wright currently serves as the Senior Scholar Program coordinator on the Francis Center Student Leadership Team at Pfeiffer. His duties include supervising, supporting and training student volunteers in the new Pfeiffer Mentors program and co-chairing the student-led planning committees for Campus Week of Dialogue, Hunger and Homelessness Week and Servant Leadership Week.

Wright also serves as the president of the new Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity chapter that promotes volunteer opportunities to the student body. He has been a University Service Scholar since his freshman year and has completed more than 900 community service hours.

Wright also planned and coordinated the visit of real-life film inspirations James “Radio” Kennedy and Coach Harold Jones to Pfeiffer last February as part of Servant Leadership Week. The event attracted hundreds from the campus and surrounding communities.

The awards were presented at two N.C. Campus Compact Student Conferences that joined more than 300 college students and guests representing 34 North Carolina higher education institutions.  On Oct. 30 at N.C. Wesleyan College, the NCCC Executive Director Dr. Lisa Keyne presented the awards with Rev. James Gailliard, CEO of the Impact Center and senior pastor of Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount, N.C. Budd Berro, the Piedmont Regional director for the Office of the Governor, joined Dr. Keyne in presenting the awards at
Johnson C. Smith University on Nov. 6.

North Carolina Campus Compact builds collaborations amongst public, independent and community colleges and universities. Compact presidents and chancellors are committed to operating “engaged campuses” that enhance their students' sense of responsibility, citizenship, leadership and awareness of community issues by partnering with local organizations to address real needs.

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. Pfeiffer is a member institution of the N.C. Campus Compact, a statewide coalition of colleges and universities dedicated to increasing campus participation in community and public service. Visit Pfeiffer online at or on

Pictured above (l-r) Dr. Lisa Keyne, executive director of NCCC, Pfeiffer Junior Will Wright, and Piedmont Regional Director for the Office of the Governor Budd Berro. 

Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 463-3040 or

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