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Pfeiffer senior Beth Kauffman honored for community service

KauffmanPfeiffer University senior Beth Kauffman is one of 17 students across the state to receive the 2012 Community Impact Award. Given by North Carolina Campus Compact, the award recognizes college students who make significant, innovative efforts to address local community needs.


Friends of the Library to host annual fall event featuring author Ruth Morris Moose

moose2On Oct. 30, Friends of the Library will host the annual Friends of the Library Fall Event, a brunch followed by a presentation by a distinguished author. This year's guest is Ruth Morris Moose, author and former Pfeiffer librarian.


Men's basketball team to compete against UNCC 49ers on Nov. 1

falcon-athleticsOn Nov. 1, the men's basketball team will kick off the 2012-2013 season with a trip to University City to compete against the UNC Charlotte 49ers at Halton Area, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, N.C., 28223.


Kontras Quartet to perform at Pfeiffer University

KontrasQuartet PhotoCommunity invited to concert preceded by discussion that offers context
for selections to be performed

On Fri., Nov. 16, Pfeiffer University's Cultural Program presents the Kontras Quartet, a group of musicians who are rapidly building a reputation as one of the most vibrant young string quartets on the classical music scene. The event, which includes a pre-concert discussion, takes place in Henry Pfeiffer Chapel, 48380 U.S. Hwy. 52N, Misenheimer, at 7 p.m.; it is free and open to the community.


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.


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.


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

“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.


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.


“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.


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.


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.