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First fraud conference draws industry pros and world class speakers

FFC PictureOn June 11, Pfeiffer University hosted its first fraud and forensic investigations conference, drawing accounting, law enforcement, security, healthcare administrators and others from across disciplines.
 
The event was kicked off by Dr. Larry Crumbley ’63, LSU accounting professor and executive in residence for Pfeiffer’s accounting program. Keynoting was Richard Scrushy, former CEO, HealthSouth, whose personal experience informed his presentation Building the Billion Dollar Company and Some Things that Can Go Wrong.

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Pfeiffer baseball coaching legend Joe Ferebee on WCNC

Joe FerebeePfeiffer University and North Carolina baseball coaching legend Joe Ferebee was featured in a segment on Charlotte’s WCNC-TV on Sunday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m. WCNC’s Sports Anchor/Reporter Russ Owens sat down with Coach Ferebee and asked him about his career and accomplishments.

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Pfeiffer’s Fraud Investigations programs featured on WFAE’s “Charlotte Talks”

WFAE Fraud Listen here: http://wfae.org/post/internal-fraud-and-prevention

On Wed., June 4, 9-10 a.m., “Charlotte Talks” (WFAE, 90.7 FM) welcomes Pfeiffer University’s Dr. Patrick Malloy, assistant professor of accounting and director of undergraduate and graduate Financial Fraud programs, for a conversation about the growing need for credentialed professionals in this fast-growing field.

 “Over the coming decade, corporations and nonprofit organizations of all sizes must be equipped to investigate and recognize white collar crime and detect financial activities related to organized crime and terrorism,” said Dr. Malloy. “Pfeiffer is preparing students to meet this need by partnering with major banks and accounting firms to develop curriculum designed especially for this purpose. We look forward to the opportunity to share what is happening at Pfeiffer and in the field on ‘Charlotte Talks.’”

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Estate Gift Supports a New SMART Classroom

SmartPodiumPfeiffer University will dedicate a SMART classroom on its Misenheimer campus to the memory of longtime faculty member and Stanly County resident Nancy Henderson, a project that will be funded by a gift to Pfeiffer from Ms. Henderson’s estate. The gift, which was announced by President Michael C. Miller at Pfeiffer’s spring commencement ceremony, totals nearly $148,000.

Ms. Henderson, who passed away in February, arrived at Pfeiffer in 1964 to teach English. In 1986, she earned a master’s degree in in computer information services from the University of Evansville, an accomplishment that led to her being named Pfeiffer’s first credentialed instructor for information technology. She taught computer information systems until she retired in 2002.

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Pfeiffer Mourns the Death of Longtime Pfeiffer Trustee J. Keith Crisco ‘64

J. Keith Crisco ’64, who has served for more than 30 years as a Pfeiffer University trustee, including board chair, died suddenly on May 12 at his home in Asheboro, North Carolina.
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With a long history of public service, Crisco, who was appointed North Carolina Secretary of Commerce in 2008 by then-Governor Bev Purdue, most recently was a candidate for U.S. House District 2, facing former “American Idol” finalist Clay Aiken in the Democratic primary on May 6. The candidates had been waiting for a final vote in a race that indicated a difference of less than 400 votes before deciding whether or not a recount would be called.

An extraordinarily committed alumnus, Crisco was present at Pfeiffer most years for Homecoming and frequently for Falcons basketball games. In fall 2013, he and his wife, Jane Sidbury Crisco ’63, served as honorary chairs for Met My Mate, an annual Homecoming event for couples who met at Pfeiffer. Recently, he was instrumental in the success of an event at the North Carolina Museum of Art that brought together friends and alumni of the university and, in 2013, was a featured speaker at Pfeiffer’s first-ever reunion of MBA graduates.

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Pfeiffer are with the Crisco family,” said Michael C. Miller, president, Pfeiffer University, Crisco’s friend and Asheboro neighbor. “Keith was an outstanding individual in every respect and will be missed beyond measure.” 

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2014 Science Grads Soar Toward New Chapters in their Lives

IMG 1958Spring commencement ceremonies brought excitement and provided a springboard for what’s next for many 2014 Pfeiffer graduates. The experiential education that science students received leaves them with options and optimism for the future.

Chemistry major Zach Dyer originally thought that after high school he would attend one of the U.S. military academies. But a talk with his older brother, Chris, a 2010 Pfeiffer graduate, steered him to Misenheimer. Once at Pfeiffer, Dyer was quickly impressed by his professors’ concern for his success and their willingness to guide his studies.

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Pfeiffer Holds Spring 2014 Commencement Service

CommencementPfeiffer University held its commencement services for graduating seniors Saturday, May 10. There were 149 graduates who received diplomas in the ceremony at Merner Gymnasium. Brad Wilson, president and chief executive officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, was the commencement speaker.

Wilson encouraged students to push beyond their perceived boundaries about themselves and the world by quoting Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali:

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Falcons' Women’s Lacrosse Team Sent Off to NCAA Quarter-finals in Style

3GradsThe exciting news that the Pfeiffer University women’s lacrosse team had earned a second-consecutive spot in the NCAA quarter-finals came with a twist—three graduating seniors would miss commencement exercises at Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus on May 10.

So that the girls wouldn’t miss out on their college graduation experience, a special ceremony on May 6 allowed them to wear their caps and gowns and receive their diplomas in person. In full regalia, President Michael C. Miller and several other faculty members presented Maryland natives Kristina Anderson (Gaithersburg,) Katherine Athens (Huntingtown), and Sarah Daly (New Market) with their degrees during a brief but meaningful ceremony in Stokes Student Center.

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Experiential Learning Opportunities for Sport Management Students

ACC Mens Golf 1Pfeiffer University sport management students have had numerous opportunities recently to work with some of the top athletic organizations and facilities available in North Carolina.  These include working at the ACC Men’s Golf Championships at the Old North State Club; partnering with the Kannapolis Intimidators, the Single-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox; and networking at the 10th Annual Charlotte Bobcats Career Fair.

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First-Ever Amanda Jean Malloy Memorial Educational Award Presented to Education Major

AmandaJeanMalloyAwd MeghanLowder Family 2Today, Megan Lowder ‘14, became the first recipient of the Amanda Jean Malloy Memorial Educational Award at Pfeiffer University. Meghan, an elementary education major, was presented the award by Dr. Patrick Malloy, associate professor of Accounting. Dr. Malloy is father of the award’s namesake, Amanda Jean Malloy, an elementary school teacher and karate black belt who was hit and killed by a narcotics-impaired driver while jogging in November 2008 near her home on Long Island, N.Y.

“I cannot think of anyone who deserves this award more than Meghan,” said Dr. Malloy. “She exemplifies commitment to leadership, her community, and living life to its fullest; she will be a very effective teacher who will go above and beyond for each and every child in her class as well as others who come into contact with her in her school. She is just that kind of special person.”

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Senior Art Majors Present “Junk in the Trunk” for Culminating Artworks

faded color verticalPfeiffer University’s senior art majors put on a great show on the Misenheimer campus on Wed., April 23 to display their artwork as a prelude to graduation. 
 
With campus gallery space unavailable this year, students brainstormed with their professor, Joshua Cross, to present a modified version of big-city art sales. For a full day, they presented Junk in the Trunk, an exhibition that allowed each artist to display his or her work in a U-Haul truck.

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Pfeiffer Athletics Celebrates First Annual All-Sports Banquet

Athletics AwardsPfeiffer athletics hosted the first annual All-Sports Banquet to honor the seniors as well as team MVPs for each sport. President Mike Miller and Athletic Director Bob Reasso addressed the student athletes and assisted in distributing the honors along with Pfeiffer’s Faculty Athletic Representative Ross Braymer.

The banquet consisted of a formal setting in which the 51 seniors were given plaques in honor of their dedication to the university. Each team was awarded a most valuable player who received a bronze falcon trophy.

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