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Department of Nursing Class of 2014 receives white coats in preparation for clinical training

Class 2014 E3On Fri., Oct. 5, members of the class of 2014 from Pfeiffer University's department of nursing received their white coats in a ceremony marking their preparation for clinical training in the region's hospitals and medical centers.

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Free depression screenings and introductory therapy sessions offered by the Pfeiffer Institute for National Mental Health Awareness Week, Oct. 8-12

The Pfeiffer Institute, a nonprofit counseling center affiliated with Pfeiffer University that provides counseling to individuals, couples and families, is offering a free introductory therapy session ($30 value) and depression screening to new clients Oct. 8-12 to mark National Mental Health Awareness Week. Sessions are by appointment, which can be scheduled by calling (704) 945-7324.

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Pfeiffer University dedicates Nursing Department's state-of-the-art learning facility

Nursing Dept Dedication 092912resizedStokes Construction of Albemarle contributes $25,000 for opportunity to name faculty office

Today, Pfeiffer University dedicated the Department of Nursing's newly renovated and recently opened space in Harris Science Building on its Misenheimer campus during Homecoming weekend. The facility, located on the building's second floor, includes state-of-the-art patient simulators, classrooms and an observation room from which faculty may program realistic patient-care scenarios for students to respond to in preparation for clinical training.

During the ceremony, President Michael C. Miller announced that Stokes Construction of Albemarle, the project's contractor, had donated $25,000 to the Nursing program, earning a naming opportunity for one of several new faculty offices located on that floor. Stokes Construction joins a number of other individual, corporate and foundation donors whose names appear throughout the space. They include alumni and friends Harold ‘63 and Mary Earnhardt Eagle ‘64, Richard Sloan '54, Don ‘62 and Tina Walser, Board of Trustees Chair Dave and Elaine McIlquham, Bear Insurance Services, Alcoa Foundation and Walter G. Canipe Foundation.

“Stokes Construction is an important and longstanding partner of Pfeiffer University,” said President Miller, making reference to the fact that the original construction for Harris Science Building was completed 50 years ago by the previous generation of the Stokes family. “Our collaboration makes it possible for Pfeiffer students to pursue their educational dreams in a high-quality environment.”

Since its introduction in 2009, Pfeiffer's bachelor of science in Nursing program has become one of the university's most popular majors, with an enrollment this fall of 81 pre-nursing and nursing students. The first class is due to graduate in May 2013, while next week, members of the class of 2014 will receive their white lab coats in a ceremony on campus as they begin their clinical training.

The Nursing program is one component of a broad plan to expand Pfeiffer University's presence in the health sciences and continue to play a significant role in the region's workforce.  In fact, the department recently was awarded a Hallmarks Healthy Workplace designation from the North Carolina Nurses Association. This achievement, recognizing workplaces statewide that have created positive work environments for nurses, marks the first time a BSN program has been given this distinction. Previously, it was reserved for hospitals and other healthcare facilities where nurses provide direct nursing care.

“We're thrilled and honored that Pfeiffer University is considered an exemplar in offering a positive working environment for nurses,” said Dr. Dianne Y. Daniels, chair and associate professor of Nursing. “It creates an affirmative outlook as we anticipate accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and as our first graduating class prepares to sit for the state board examination."

PHOTO CAPTION:  Pfeiffer University celebrated the dedication of its Department of Nursing's new state-of-the-art teaching and learning facility in Harris Science Building at Homecoming. Included were Gina Butler '13, student; Dr. Dianne Y. Daniels, chair, department of Nursing; Dr. Mark McCallum, interim dean, division of Arts and Science; Dr. Vernease Miller, interim dean, division of health-related programs; Doug Stokes, president, Stokes Construction; and Mike Miller, president, Pfeiffer University.

 

Pfeiffer University invites alumni and community to Homecoming 2012

homecoming logosOpening Color Guard Ceremony Features Trustee Emeritus Pat Waters ‘65, Grandson of General George S. Patton

The weekend of Fri.-Sun., Sept. 28-30, Pfeiffer University's Misenheimer campus hosts “I Care About Pfeiffer Because…,” as alumni, students and the community celebrate Homecoming 2012.

Kicking off public events on Sat., Sept. 29 at 9 a.m., is a Color Guard and Veterans Recognition Ceremony, taking place in Honeycutt Plaza adjacent to Jane Freeman Hall. Colors will be presented by West Stanly High School Junior ROTC and The Star Spangled Banner will be performed by Albemarle's The Singing Americans, guests invited by North Carolina's only AMVETS Career Center, which is located on Pfeiffer's campus. Special remarks will be made by George P. “Pat” Waters '65, grandson of General George S. Patton.

Later that morning, Mr. Waters will address the graduates of Pfeiffer Junior College, many of whom are World War II veterans, at a luncheon in Stokes Student Center (elevator accessible). Members of the public are welcome to attend both events featuring Mr. Waters and participate in Homecoming events all day Saturday; reservations are necessary for the luncheon. (To register for select Homecoming events by Sept. 26, visit www.pfeiffer.edu/homecoming.)

“Homecoming is part of the great Pfeiffer tradition that unites alumni, students, faculty, staff and the entire community,” said President Michael C. Miller. “We are eager to welcome back alumni and longstanding community members—particularly the 1,001 households in Stanly County with a Pfeiffer alum—as well as extend a hand of hospitality to those visiting our campus for the first time. We are particularly pleased to invite veterans and their families as we honor their contributions.”  

Following the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony (10 a.m.) at Henry Pfeiffer Chapel will be the first annual Met-My-Mate Ceremony (11 a.m.), which honors couples who married a fellow Pfeiffer alum. Participants will then attend a cake cutting and reception hosted by President Miller and his wife, Donna, at the President's Home.

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Community invited to Pfeiffer University choir concert to remember Dr. David Kirby on October 7

david kirby3On Sun., Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., the Pfeiffer University Concert Choir will present a memorial concert in Henry Pfeiffer Chapel to honor the life of Dr. David Kirby, Pfeiffer's director of instrumental music from 2005-2012. Dr. Kirby passed away suddenly in June.

The Concert Choir, along with select Pfeiffer faculty, staff and alumni soloists and instrumentalists, will perform John Rutter's Requiem, a piece composed as a service for the living, offering comfort to those remembering one who is lost.

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“Gems of Pfeiffer” honored at Grandover Resort for their unprecedented contributions to Pfeiffer University

Gems Honorees resizedOn Sat., Sept. 15, Pfeiffer University paid tribute to three longtime current and former faculty members dubbed “Gems of Pfeiffer” for their outstanding contributions to the institution and its students. Honored were Dr. Joel Vickers, professor and former director of Pfeiffer's highly respected Master's of Health Administration program; Coach Joe Ferebee, baseball coach and history professor from 1956-1987; and posthumously, Ray Harrington, assistant professor of criminal justice and assistant softball coach.

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Convocation officially kicks off 2012-13 academic year

Speakers 1 resizePfeiffer University officially kicked off the 2012-13 academic year on Fri., Sept. 7, with Convocation, featuring Robin Hayes, chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party and former Congressman for the U.S. House of Representatives from District 8. Mr. Hayes was introduced by his daughter and Pfeiffer trustee Winslow Hayes Galloway. President Mike Miller welcomed all Pfeiffer students, particularly freshman and transfer students, as they recited the university's honor code.

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LINET® Americas donates intensive care bed to Nursing Department

students daniels pike2 resizedPfeiffer University's Department of Nursing has received a state-of-the-art high acuity bed from LINET® Americas for teaching and learning the challenges of caring for patients in intensive care situations. The bed, known as Multicare®, is part of Pfeiffer's nursing simulation lab, a facility that due to growth in the nursing program recently moved to newly renovated space in the Harris Science Building on Pfeiffer's Misenheimer campus.

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The University honors three “Gems of Pfeiffer” on September 15

Gems LogoOn Sat., Sept. 15, Pfeiffer University pays tribute to Dr. Joel Vickers, Coach Joe Ferebee and Ray Harrington, three “Gems of Pfeiffer” who have made outstanding contributions to the institution and their fields and touched the lives of countless students and colleagues.

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Pfeiffer unveils new Knapp Sac in Stokes Student Center

ribbon cutting resizedMon., Aug. 29 was the official grand opening of the new Knapp Sack, featuring Sandella's Flatbread Café located in Stokes Student Center.

Philip Howard, president of SGA; Dr. Russ Sharples, dean of students; Mirsad Selimbegovic, general manager of dining services; Dr. Tracy Espy, provost and Sharon Bard, director of facilities were on hand to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony.

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Robin Hayes, chairman, North Carolina Republican Party, to deliver keynote address at Pfeiffer University for Fall Convocation

robin hayesRobin Hayes, chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party and former Congressman from the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina's District 8 (1999-2009), is the keynote speaker for Pfeiffer University's 2012 Fall Convocation, Fri., Sept. 7, 10 a.m., a ceremony that takes place in Merner Gymnasium to officially open the 2012-13 academic year.

Mr. Hayes, a Concord native, was first elected to public office in 1978 to the Concord Board of Aldermen, then elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1992. While a member of Congress, Mr. Hayes was on the Armed Services, Transportation and Agriculture committees and chairman of the Livestock subcommittee and co-chairman for the Special Forces and Philanthropy caucuses.

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Marriage and Family Therapy Program Prepares Students for Rewarding Careers

ellen wilsonEllen Wilson '13 is enrolled in Pfeiffer's Marriage and Family Therapy Program and works with the Pfeiffer Institute for Marriage and Family Therapy, a community-based therapy and training clinic that offers counseling serviced to individuals, couples and families. She is a Charlotte native and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Davidson College. 

Why do you want to become a marriage and family therapist?
An internship during my junior year of college at Broughton Hospital in Morganton sparked an interest in clinical psychology and family therapy. After graduating, I worked for five years at Thompson Child and Family Focus, a psychiatric residential treatment facility where I became acutely aware of the impact that early childhood attachment trauma has on emotional and mental health in later childhood and adolescence. My work with the children at Thompsons inspired me to continue my education so I could better serve individuals, couples and families suffering from attachment-related injuries.

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