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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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Pfeiffer University co-hosts George E. Thompson Proclamation Institute for local clergy on Charlotte Campus

proclamation institute imagePfeiffer University and The Metro District will sponsor the 2012 George E. Thompson Proclamation Institute. Sessions will be held Aug. 29, Sept. 25 and Nov. 15 from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m at Pfeiffer's Charlotte Campus, 4701 Park Rd.

The Institute, which began three years ago, is geared towards deacons, elders and local pastors who are preparing for their commissioning and ordination. Those who are already ordained and would like a chance to refresh their knowledge in these areas are also welcome.

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Dr. Pearl Wong and Dr. George Bitar, assistant professors of Marriage and Family Therapy, recognized for their extraordinary commitment to students

Wong Bitar 1On Aug. 11, at Pfeiffer University's Summer Commencement ceremony, two assistant professors from the university's Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program were recognized for their commitment to teaching and advising students to academic success.

Dr. Pearl Wong received the Provost Award for Outstanding Advising/Mentoring, which recognizes advising excellence at the graduate and undergraduate levels. All current, full-time Pfeiffer employees with at least two years of service to the university are eligible; nominees are evaluated for their general advising attitude, academic guidance, career guidance, enthusiasm, and assistance in decision making.

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Pfeiffer University hosts Sunday Night Alive events for youth groups

ohio avenue poster thumbnailThis fall, Pfeiffer University is bringing back its popular monthly Sunday Night Alive series for middle and high school youth groups on its Misenheimer campus (48380 Hwy 52N). All events, sponsored by the Village Church, are open to all youth groups, regardless of denomination.

“Middle and high school students are invited to campus so they can experience quality ministry programing and learn more about Pfeiffer and campus life,” said Rev. Sherri Barnes, Pfeiffer's associate director of university and church relations. “The program is a win-win. Pfeiffer has a chance to share information and its campus resources with the community while small-membership churches and other groups can offer interesting programs and experiences for their membership.”

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Summer experience in South Korea builds students' capacity to affect global peace

Pfeiffer students Morgan Barnes, Lindsay Sisco and Sarah Hill are spending part of their summer teaching vacation bible school. This might seem ordinary but because they are doing so in South Korea, their experience promises to be extraordinary. In addition, the group will participate in a Peace Seminar with others from the U.S. and Korea as well as Hong Kong and Japan.

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James C. Williamson of Agapé Senior to address Pfeiffer University's graduate and adult undergraduate students at summer commencement

James C WilliamsonDr. James C. Williamson will address graduates and guests at Pfeiffer University's summer commencement exercises on Sat., Aug. 11 to recognize the accomplishments of students from Pfeiffer's graduate programs and adult studies undergraduate programs based in Charlotte and Morrisville. Two separate ceremonies will take place, 10:30 a.m. and
2 p.m., at Pfeiffer's Misenheimer campus (48380 U.S. Hwy 52N), Merner Gymnasium.

Dr. Williamson is chief human capital officer for Agapé Senior, a statewide network of healthcare services for senior citizens based in West Columbia, S.C., that includes home care, rehabilitation, assisted living, hospice and more. With a career based primarily in higher education, Dr. Williamson has served as a faculty member or administrator for three universities and four community colleges in South Carolina. His experience and creative leadership in higher education are guiding the development of Agapé University, which provides innovative education, training and professional development for the Agapé organization's workforce, an effort that has earned national recognition.

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