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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.


Olympic pole vaulter has ties to Pfeiffer

Scott Jeremy2Congratulations to Olympic pole vaulter Jeremy Scott, the son-in-law of Pfeiffer's Jewell Mayberry, associate professor of English. He was successful in the Olympic Trials and will head to the London Olympics, which begin Fri., July 27. The preliminary pole vault round is on Aug. 8 and the final round is on Aug. 10. For complete information, read the article by Jewell Mayberry featured in the Salisbury Post. 

U.S. Congressman Larry Kissell visits AMVETS Career Center at Pfeiffer University

Kissell Visit 1resizedToday U.S. Congressman Larry Kissell (N.C. 8th Congressional District) visited the AMVETS Career Center on Pfeiffer University's Misenheimer campus.

Congressman Kissell, a native of Montgomery County, serves on the House Armed Services Committee and its subcommittees on Readiness and Tactical Air and Land Forces and is co-chair of the Invisible Wounds Caucus, a group of congressional members dedicated to supporting and protecting American veterans suffering from post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).  


All-time great Tony Smith recently selected to NAIA's 75th anniversary All-Star Team

tony smith resizedKANSAS CITY, M.O.–The 2012 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship marks the 75th Anniversary of the longest continuous national basketball tournament in any sport in the country. To commemorate this celebration of basketball, the NAIA has announced the 75 members on the 75th Anniversary All-Star Team. This team is comprised of 60 athletes and 15 coaches. Pfeiffer University's all-time leading scorer Tony Smith receives the great honor of being named to the All-Star Team.

Smith currently holds a massive 26 school records at Pfeiffer. Five of those come in single game action including a game-high 50 points back on February 6th, 1992 against Belmont Abbey. The biggest chunk of records for Smith comes in single season (10) and career records (11) which includes 3,350 career points. Smith also stands fifth on the all-time scoring list in college basketball history. In addition, Smith has had his jersey number retired at the high school, college and professional levels.


North Carolina Bar Association taps Pfeiffer Trustee Thomas M. Grady '63 for General Practice Hall of Fame

thomas gradyOn June 21, Thomas M. Grady '63, a Pfeiffer College alumnus and Pfeiffer University trustee, was inducted into the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) General Practice Hall of Fame at the 114th NCBA Annual Meeting in Wilmington.

Mr. Grady, who is a partner with Hartsell & Williams, P.A., in Concord, has served Pfeiffer's board of trustees for 40 years, including as chairman from 1996-99. In 2006, he was named Outstanding Alumnus.


Rev. Sherri E. Barnes joins Pfeiffer University as associate director for university and church relations and associate pastor for The Village Church

Sherri Barnes 2 resizedRev. Sherri E. Barnes, a Christian educator and ordained United Methodist elder from the Western North Carolina United Methodist Conference (WNCUMC), has joined Pfeiffer University as associate director for university and church relations and associate pastor for The Village Church.

In this newly created role, Rev. Barnes will work strategically with Pfeiffer's board of trustees, faculty, staff and key alumni in several ways. Specifically, her objectives will be to further develop relationships with and create programming for United Methodist churches that enhance the professional effectiveness of church leaders, introduce prospective students and their families to Pfeiffer, and generate support for Pfeiffer programs that help students become principled Christian leaders regardless of their chosen major.


On this day in Pfeiffer history-Emily Prudden was born in 1832

emily prudden resized 2Emily Prudden, the founder of what is now Pfeiffer University, was born June 13, 1832 in Orange, Conn. She was in her fifties before she would start what would become her life's calling. After learning of the lack of schools in the South, she moved first to Kentucky then further south and started helping in various Home Schools in North and South Carolina. She would go on to found at least fifteen schools in North and South Carolina. For many of  the schools she founded, Emily Prudden would establish it, get it running with students, one or two teachers, a budget (usually around $200-$300 a year) and then sell it to a religious organization.


Professor Steve Harrill remembers his experience with music legend Doc Watson

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Bridging the distance from Misenheimer to London

Houston Armstrong 1resizedWaiting to learn the details of a summer internship in London was an exercise in patience for Houston Armstrong '13. The pre-law and psychology major was crossing his fingers for an assignment with the House of Parliament, particularly after becoming interested in British law and politics through his Intro to Law class at Pfeiffer.


Pfeiffer University and Triangle Healthcare Executives Forum present Medical Tourism: The Globalization of Healthcare

medical tourismPfeiffer University's Department of Health Administration and the Triangle Healthcare Executives Forum of North Carolina are partnering to present Medical Tourism: The Globalization of Healthcare on Wed., June 13, 5 p.m., at WakeMed Cary Hospital Conference Center, 1900 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, N.C.


Pfeiffer University's Class of 2012 ready to enter the workforce, continue education and take on the world

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Photo Caption: President Michael C.
Miller conferred honorary
upon Dr. Michael Brown and Dr.
Lawrence J. Wheeler.

On May 12, Pfeiffer University's 141 new graduates crossed the stage to receive their undergraduate diplomas. The vast majority of the class of 2012, who completed requirements for graduation either in December 2011 or May 2012, are from cities and towns across North Carolina. Approximately half of the class earned bachelor's degrees in business administration, criminal justice, elementary education, exercise science, psychology or sports management.

Dr. Michael Brown, senior minister, Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, gave  the commencement address. Dr. Brown, a native of Asheboro, graduated from High Point University and Duke Divinity School and received his doctorate of ministry from Drew Theological Seminary. Prior to joining Marble Collegiate, the church served for 52 years by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, he was senior minister to the 4,000-member Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston Salem. He has taught ethics at the College for Seniors at UNC-Asheville, New Testament at High Point University and congregational change at Wake Forest University Divinity School. He is the author of six books and a contributor to 11 others, and awaits publication of two more, Making the Timeless Word Timely and Love Your Way to Happiness. In 1995, he was included in the Great American Preachers book series.


Pfeiffer University presents 2012 Starnes Awards to exemplary faculty and staff

Starnes Malloy Hraczo 3resizedPfeiffer University has awarded its 2012 Starnes Awards for Outstanding Achievement to Dr. Patrick Malloy, assistant professor of accounting, and Rebecca Treece Hraczo, coordinator of international students and scholar services and assistant director of study abroad.