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Pfeiffer University Named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Honor Roll

angel tree resizedPfeiffer University has been named to the 2013 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 commitment to service and our philosophy of servant leadership,” said President Michael C. Miller. “We're 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, Pfeiffer students logged a total of 35,000 hours of service,” said Dr. Oliphant. “Nearly 500 students participated in 39 service-learning courses. We are very proud of the achievements of Pfeiffer's student body.”

Among last year's notable projects was Pfeiffer's partnership with The Village Church to send 16 students to Give Kids the World, a nonprofit resort that provides children with life-threatening illnesses and their families a week-long vacation free of cost. Additionally, more than 100 students welcomed 56 Stanly County children and their families to the fourth annual Angel Tree Celebration, an event where students provide local children with gifts that have been collected throughout the holiday season.

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 2013 colleges and universities recognized for commitment to community service, visit

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