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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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.