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Paula Morris receives Service Award from national organization

Paula_Morris1"Mother" to many earns recognition from SEAHO

Paula Morris, a member of the staff in the Office of Student Development at Pfeiffer University, is this year's recipient of the Service Award given by the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO). Morris was recognized during the organization's conference in Mobile, Ala. on Feb. 17.

The SEAHO Service Award offers the institution an opportunity to recognize a staff member who has made a significant contribution to the residence hall students and the housing organization. Morris was nominated by her colleagues Dr. Russ Sharples, vice president of student development and dean of students at Pfeiffer, and Rebecca McQueen, director of residence life.

When asked to describe Paula, the word “mother” was used often, McQueen said.
“Paula is an invaluable part of the Residence Life team,” explained McQueen, who just completed her two-year term as North Carolina's SEAHO state representative. “Paula is responsible for meeting the customer service and office needs of seven different offices at Pfeiffer University; and she handles her duties with grace, patience, and a motherly nature that the students are drawn to.”
Sharples said of Morris:

“One of Paula's many responsibilities is working closely with Pfeiffer's Residence Life program.  In doing so, she combines compassion, experience and wit to meet the needs of individual students,” he continued. ”Throughout the academic year she is a calm and constant source of support and wisdom for our students; one minute she will firmly, politely and professionally, of course, but firmly-motivate a student to buckle down academically, and in the next instant she will console a student who has suffered a family tragedy… she couples her encyclopedic knowledge of available support services with a keen ability to determine what a student truly needs.”
A graduate of Berry College in Rome, Ga. and a native of LaFayette, Ga., Paula and her husband, Jeff, live in Albemarle with their two daughters Emily and Zoe.

The SEAHO draws its open membership from the ten southeastern states of the United States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia). The purpose of the Association as stated in the Association's Constitution, Article II, is: to provide an opportunity to college and university housing officers for personal and professional growth through attendance at an annual conference and to facilitate an exchange of ideas and dialogue with professional colleagues.

Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship. Visit Pfeiffer online at


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