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Pfeiffer University Named to 2012 President's Higher Education Honor Roll

airport team try 2Pfeiffer University has been named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service for its commitment to and demonstration of exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs. Pfeiffer has earned this distinction every year since the designation's inception in 2006.


“This honor reflects Pfeiffer University's community service culture as an institution as well as the compassionate nature of our students, faculty and staff as individuals,” said President Michael C. Miller. “We're extremely grateful for many rich local, regional and global opportunities to not only serve others but also guide students in making decisions about using their lives in meaningful and productive ways.”

At Pfeiffer University, most community service opportunities are coordinated through the Francis Center for Servant Leadership, whose role is to help the university fulfill its mission to prepare servant leaders for lifelong learning. Its director, Dr. Ashley Oliphant, oversees a wide range of service activities for students, faculty, staff and community members to participate in and collaborates with faculty members who integrate service-learning into their curricula.

“Last year alone, Pfeiffer students logged a total of 32,000 hours of service, a remarkable accomplishment considering the size of our student body," said Dr. Oliphant.

Among last year's notable projects was Pfeiffer's partnership with the Special Olympics of Stanly County. Faculty, staff and student-athletes served as buddies/mentors, coaches, scorers, ball retrievers and food preparers, and guided practices, scrimmages and matches on Pfeiffer's Misenheimer campus and other locations. Also, Pfeiffer's Alternative Spring Break Program, coordinated with campus ministry and the university's department of Religion, offered students a choice of mission trips to Alabama, Guatemala or Nicaragua, where they completed nearly 700 hours building or repairing homes and churches.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency established in 1993 whose mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. It engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, and leads President Obama's national call-to-service initiative, United We Serve.

Schools named to the President's Higher Education Honor Roll are chosen based on a series of factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses. For the complete list of 2012 colleges and universities recognized for commitment to community service, visit

Photo Caption: Pfeiffer University students prepare to depart for Nicaragua, where they spent their spring break serving the residents of Managua. Last year, Pfeiffer students, faculty and staff registered more than 32,000 of service to earn the university's 7th consecutive designation to the President's Honor Roll of Service.

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