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Pfeiffer students put to work at the NCAA March Madness Tournament

March Madness 5The city of Charlotte and Time Warner Arena recently hosted the second and third rounds of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. The event provided more than 15 of Pfeiffer’s Sport Management students an opportunity to serve across the city as members of the NCAA’s Hospitality team. The marquee basketball teams in the Queen City included Duke University, University of Virginia and Michigan State University.

Professor of Sport Management Dr. Duane Aagaard shared, “March Madness is another example of the incredible opportunities presented to our program in this region. I am always proud of our students any time I see them take advantage of experiencing their education.”


Frank Abagnale and NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall keynote Fraud Conference

Frank.AbagnaleFrank W. Abagnale, author of the best-selling book Catch Me If You Can and protagonist of the feature film and Broadway musical by the same title, kicks off the 2015 Fraud and Forensics Investigations Conference sponsored by Pfeiffer University. The conference, which will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center, June 10, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., features several prominent speakers on the subject of financial fraud, including lunch keynote North Carolina Secretary of State, Elaine Marshall. 

Registration is $289 before May 21. To register or become a conference sponsor, view the entire conference agenda and read speaker bios, visit:


Summer Science Camps for Grades K-8

StemPfeiffer University/Misenheimer campus offers STEM Into Summer,  June 15-18, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., for elementary and middle school students. Campers will spend four days immersed in their favorite science topics, thinking critically and having fun.  For complete details, click here. Register online:

Pfeiffer’s Ana Smith participates in Public Policy and Economic Freedom colloquia

Ana SmithRecently, Pfeiffer Economics Professor Ana Smith attended the Public Policy and Economic Freedom colloquia held in Arlington, Virginia.  The event, co-sponsored by Liberty Fund, Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation, was attended by 16 academics from the fields of Economics, Political Science, Philosophy, Government and Public Policy.

“Most conferences are discipline specific however, this event provided the unique opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue with researchers from around the world about the ideas of a free society,” said Smith. 


Arch Stokes, notable trial lawyer and nephew of former Pfeiffer president Lem Stokes to give spring commencement address

Arch StokesArch Stokes, a nationally known trial lawyer whose uncle J. Lem Stokes served Pfeiffer College as president from 1953-68, will address the class of 2015 at Pfeiffer’s spring commencement exercises on Sat., May 9. The graduation ceremony takes place in Merner Gymnasium at 10:30 a.m.

Mr. Stokes, a partner with Stokes, Wagner, Hunt, Maretz & Terrell, who earned undergraduate and law degrees at Emory University in his home town of Atlanta, represents clients in more than 40 states and abroad. With deep family roots in the Carolinas, he comes from a long line of United Methodist preachers and teachers. His grandparents and an uncle spent decades as missionaries in Korea; several relatives are Pfeiffer graduates


Acclaimed North Carolina writer Margaret Maron is Pfeiffer University’s Friends of the Library 2015 Spring Luncheon Speaker

Margaret Maron 2Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library welcomes North Carolina author Margaret Maron to its annual spring luncheon. Ms. Maron will discuss her latest book, Designated Daughters, Tues., April 14, 2015, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Misenheimer campus, Stokes Student Center, 48380 U.S. Hwy 52N.

Ms. Maron is the author of two short story collections and 29 mystery novels, including a series that features the character Sigrid Harald, an NYPD lieutenant whose policeman father was killed in the line of duty when she was a child, and The Deborah Knott series, about an attorney and daughter of an infamous North Carolina bootlegger. The latter provides the backdrop for Designated Daughters (2014, Grand Central Publishing), the most recent story in the collection.


The Army Ground Forces Band’s Brass Quintet to appear at Pfeiffer University

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On Thurs., March 19, The Army Ground Forces Band’s “Forscom Brass” will perform at Pfeiffer University. The program, which is free and open to community members of all ages, begins at 7 p.m., Henry Pfeiffer Chapel, 48380 U.S. Hwy 52N, Misenheimer.  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

“It’s an honor to welcome this dedicated and accomplished group of musicians to Pfeiffer and share the opportunity with the entire community,” said Joseph Judge, associate professor of music. “The program, which will include works by well-known composers such as Henry Purcell, Percy Grainger and John Philip Sousa, is sure to inspire our most patriotic and appreciative senses.”

Since its inception in 1985, The Army Ground Forces Band has gained a reputation as one of the most highly respected and sought after bands in the Army. The Army Ground Forces Band provides world-class music in support of the U.S. Army Forces Command, headquartered at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. It serves as the musical ambassador of the American Combat Soldier to the American people, instilling pride in our troops and promoting a spirit of patriotism and support for our nation’s military through the performance of music at the local, regional and national levels.

Forscom Brass is a dynamic and versatile quintet that performs at functions ranging from official ceremonies to local community concerts. They specialize in crafting clinics and master classes for high school and college music students, bringing years of experience and musical knowledge to young musicians while showcasing the Army’s professionalism. The quintet also performs many children’s outreach concerts. 

2015 Heart of Grace Award to be presented to Lynne and Elizabeth Safrit

HOG 2015 color logoOn Wed., April 15, Pfeiffer University will present the 2015 Heart of Grace Award to the dynamic mother-daughter duo of Lynne Scott Safrit, president and COO for Castle and Cook, LLC, and leader of the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, and Elizabeth Safrit, 2014 Miss United States.


Dr. Colleen Perry Keith Named Pfeiffer's Next President

CperryDr. Colleen Perry Keith has been named the tenth president of Pfeiffer University. The announcement was made earlier today by Pfeiffer’s board of trustees. Dr. Keith, who has served since 2009 as president of Spartanburg Methodist College (SMC), Spartanburg, S.C., will begin her term at Pfeiffer on July 1.

Regarded throughout the field of higher education as a thoughtful and effective leader, Dr. Keith has achieved extensive and noteworthy administrative and fundraising success over the course of her career. In 2010, she was named South Carolina Career Woman of the Year by the South Carolina Business and Professionals Woman’s Foundation.

Under her leadership, SMC updated and implemented its master and strategic plans, launched and completed a $15 million capital campaign; started two new academic programs; initiated new construction, renovated existing space and acquired property for expansion; enhanced public relations and marketing efforts that resulted in the doubling of inquiries from prospective students; and increased annual giving by 249 percent. 

“I am honored, pleased, and excited that Dr. Colleen Keith has accepted the position of president of Pfeiffer University; she is absolutely the right person to lead Pfeiffer,” said Samuel “Chip” Asbury ’78, ’87 (MBA), board of trustees chair and leader of the Presidential Search Committee. “Dr. Keith has a demonstrated passion for students and their educational experience, a consistent track record of success in regard to student recruitment and fundraising, and an inherent understanding of the United Methodist tradition that will undoubtedly have a positive effect on two of our largest strategic initiatives: increasing enrollment for all educational programs and growing the institution’s endowment. This is a great day for Pfeiffer University and I look forward to welcoming Dr. Keith and her husband, Barry, to our community.” 

Dr. Keith earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from State University of New York, Binghamton; master of education, education counseling from University of Pittsburgh; and doctorate of philosophy in higher education administration and student affairs from The Ohio State University. Prior experience includes executive director of development, Ohio University; director of development, Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation; executive vice president, vice president of development and assistant to the president/capital campaign director for Methodist Theological School, Ohio.

To complement her administrative expertise, Dr. Keith has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, specifically MBA and master of communications courses as well as qualitative research and data analysis for doctor of ministry students and university survey and orientation courses as part of undergraduate students’ introduction to college.

She currently serves on the boards of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, which she chairs; Mary Black Foundation; Greer Education Foundation; Arts Partnership; Spartanburg Academic Movement; Spartanburg Regional Hospital’s Hospice Home; and Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg County. On the state level, she chairs the President’s Council for the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities organization and is the secretary for the South Carolina Tuition Grants commission. She also serves on the advisory board for South Carolina Women in Higher Education. On the national stage, she is past president of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church and continues on its board. 

Pfeiffer students learn about branding at Charlotte Hornets symposium

HornetsRecently Pfeiffer Sport Management students attended the Collegiate Business Symposium hosted by the Charlotte Hornets. The symposium provided a behind the scenes perspective, through a panel discussion, of the rebranding from the Bobcats to the Hornets.


Pfeiffer students compete at 2015 NCICU Ethics Bowl

team 4bOn Feb. 6, the Pfeiffer University Ethics Bowl Team participated in the 4th Annual Ethics Bowl Competition, sponsored by North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), at Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh. They joined students from 19 other North Carolina independent institutions as they debated the theme Ethics in Education.


Kristen Welsh '10 looks to save lives through communication

Kristen WelshKristen Welsh ’10 is looking to go Beyond Boundaries and save lives. Now a graduate student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, Welsh was recruited to continue her education in the blossoming field of Human Factors. She is beginning her dissertation research with a project on creating a safer operating room for open heart surgery.