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Village Church presents Christian comedian to discuss youth pressures Feb. 20

Comedian Keith Deltano teaches youth to “Defy Conformity”

keithdeltanovideoEver felt that you had to do something just because it was what everyone else was doing? Felt the peer pressure so strongly that there was nothing to do but conform?

Christian comedian Keith Deltano uses his history of working with youth and knowledge of scripture to teach the younger generation that conformity is boring. Sponsored by the Village Church at Pfeiffer University, Deltano's ministry will be presented at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20 in the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel on the university's Misenheimer campus. This event is part of the “Sunday Night Alive!” series and is free for all to attend.

The saying “If [so-and-so] jumped off a bridge, would you do it, too?” is taken to a whole new level in Deltano's comedy routine. The comedian uses his talent to show that sexual abstinence, drug-free living, and healthy relationships, among other topics, do just what the name of his show says – defy conformity.

A resident of North Carolina, Deltano has worked with youth for many years in multiple roles – as a teacher, counselor, youth leader, and even a military police officer. All of his experiences provide new ways to reach today's young people. He has earned multiple awards over the years, including Who's Who Among America's Teachers, the Teaching Excellence Award for his work with at-risk youth, the Guts Grit and Gumption Award for his work in parent outreach, and his CD, “Why Are You Looking At Me Like That” was awarded the Best Teaching CD by the National Association of Christian Comedians.


Friends of the Library presents award-winning author Batt Humphreys March 15

Story comes to life as the author tries to prove the innocence of the main character of his book

Batt_Humphreys_3webA century-old Charleston, S.C. case that resulted in the trial and last known execution by hanging in South Carolina was the subject of a modern-day appeal to prove his innocence. On. Jan. 26, 2011, Batt Humphreys, author of the novel “Dead Weight,” author of the novel “Dead Weight,” based on the crime of Daniel Duncan who was accused of murdering a store clerk, petitioned for a posthumous pardon for Duncan. Humphrey attempted to persuade the South Carolina Board of Paroles and Pardons to see the execution as he does, a 'judicial lynching' of a black man in the Jim Crow-era South.

Humphreys will share his feelings on why he felt the panel refused to pardon Duncan last month, details about his book, and the journey of his fight to prove the man's innocence during Pfeiffer University's Friends of the Library Annual author's luncheon on Tuesday, March 15. The event will begin at 11 a.m. in the Community Room of the Stokes Student Center. There will be an opportunity to meet the author and autographed books will be available.

The novel is based on the true story of the State vs. Daniel Duncan. It depicts the details of the 1910 trial, conviction and execution of Daniel “Nealy” Duncan, a young black man of 'respectable employment and manners,' arrested for murder on the eve of his wedding. The novel tells of a love story, described by one reviewer as “Shakespearean” in its tragic reality.

In “Dead Weight,” Hal Hinson is a fictional reporter from New York assigned to cover the Duncan trial. Through his narration we see the beauty of Charleston, the ugliness of the racial divide, and a struggle between two lawyers for the life of a man accused of murder. The reader also comes to know the real character of the accused through the transcripts of actual court testimony. History wrote the story's ending and there is a chance that another request for an appeal will be granted. 


Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year

The Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University will celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year on Friday, Feb. 18 with a host of events, including a concert by famous London opera performer Justin Lavender. The day will feature several family activities and performances that will allow festival guests to explore and experience the Chinese culture to its fullest. 

Justin_Lavender_Duca-di-MantovaThe events to commemorate the Chinese Lunar New Year, which began on Feb. 3 - The Year of the Rabbit, will begin at 4 p.m. in the Stokes Student Center with hands on displays of Chinese arts and crafts. At 6 p.m., an evening of Chinese cultural shows and unique performances, like Kung Fu demonstrations and Chinese folk dances, will be held in the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel. These performances also include solos presentations. All events are free and open to the public.

Lavender, who will perform in Chinese two of the country's famous operatic selections, was persuaded to give up his goals of becoming a nuclear engineer in exchange for pursuit of his vocal career. Following his successful debut in “The Pearl Fishers” at the Sydney Opera House, his opera career began and he received invites to sing leading tenor roles all over the world. He has performed in the Vienna State Opera's performance of the “The Magic Flute” by Mozart, and he performed the title role of Rossini's “Count Ory” at La Scala in Milan, among countless other roles.

In addition to his performing career, Lavender also has a strong recording career. He is featured on recordings with symphonies from across the world. He is now a professor of vocal studies at the Royal Music College in London, England, and he teaches the Choral Scholars of King's College in Cambridge.


Pfeiffer presents artist Nathan Elder's “0+1=3” multi-media exhibit in February

Nathans_Show2The exhibit “0+1=3” by mixed media artist Nathan Elder will be on display in the Grace and Cameron West Art Gallery at Pfeiffer University now through Feb. 25, 2011.

A reception with the artist will be held from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11 in the gallery. The gallery is located on the second floor of Goode Hall on Pfeiffer's Misenheimer campus. The reception and exhibition are open and free to the public. The Grace and Cameron West Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Elder's work was seen at Pfeiffer once before in 2006 with his exhibit “3.1M Effect,” which featured photographs that were designed to inspire viewers to explore their emotions. This new exhibit was created with the same idea in mind – to inspire the viewers, once more, to feel the meaning behind the art. Interactive art will be used throughout the exhibit to help evoke these feelings.

“In essence the idea is more important than the body of work.  The idea is what you take with you,” Elder explained. “It defines what you ‘saw.'  Its incorporation into you redefines your reaction towards future events.  What you are seeing is perceived light.  But what you take away is your own personal feeling.”

Elder is a native of Quincy, M.A., and now currently resides in Durham, N.C. He earned his undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 3D Art/Ceramics.

For more information, contact Joshua Cross, art gallery director and assistant professor of art at Pfeiffer, at (704) 463-3160 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Pictured above: Elder's work that served as inspiration for the entire show.

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Pfeiffer announces accreditation of its Marriage and Family Therapy program

MFT graduate degree program is one of only three COAMFTE accredited statewide, 110 across the U.S.hispanic20family3

Pfeiffer announced today that it has received professional accreditation of its Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program in collaboration with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Pfeiffer's MFT Master of Arts degree program, which is located on the university's Charlotte campus, is now an accredited MFT Graduate School approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

To meet the state's critical demand for advanced training and continuing education for marriage and family therapy professionals, Pfeiffer began this unique program in 2007. This significant milestone makes the MFT program at Pfeiffer one of only three COAMFTE accredited MFT programs in the state of North Carolina and one of 110 accredited MFT graduate programs in the U.S. As she congratulated the program's director and faculty, Dr. Tracy Espy, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Pfeiffer, explained how this specialized accreditation is a testament that a program has met exemplary standards of professional practice in its field and is committed to training skilled family therapists. 

“Accreditation is a very rigorous process that requires professionals within the university and the accrediting agency to carefully analyze, and in some cases scrutinize, programs to ensure they are offering a high-quality education,” explained Espy. “Accreditation is an important stamp of external declaration that the program appears to be doing what is necessary to prepare very competent marriage and family therapists. I am extremely proud of our extraordinary director and faculty for their commitment, diligence and hard work.”


Pfeiffer names Bobby Stewart vice president for advancement

Bobby_Stewart_3Pfeiffer University President Michael C. Miller has named Bobby Stewart vice president for advancement at Pfeiffer. This is the first executive appointment Miller has made since he assumed the position of the university's ninth leader on Dec. 1. Prior to his latest appointment, Stewart most recently served as the university's interim chief operating officer (COO) and athletic director.

“Bobby Stewart's extensive knowledge of Pfeiffer and its academic and athletic programs will stand the university in great stead as he leads its advancement efforts,” said Miller. “Pfeiffer is building upon its traditional strengths and embarking on new programs such as nursing that will require a strong advancement and development effort and Bobby is the right person to lead those important initiatives.”

As vice president for advancement, Stewart will be responsible for the execution of a broad-based development and fundraising strategy to secure financial support from individuals, corporations, foundations, alumni and friends of the university. He will also oversee the activities of Pfeiffer's alumni relations, public relations, and communications initiatives.


Pfeiffer's health administration program ranked Top 25 “Best Buy”

GetEducated-healthcare_copyPfeiffer's online Master of Health Administration degree program has been ranked a Top 25 “Best Buy” among distance graduate healthcare programs by

The national online degree review team from said the Pfeiffer affordability ranking is based on a comprehensive review of 58 comparable regional online healthcare master's programs. The “Best Buy” ranking award indicates your online degree program has been independently reviewed and found to offer a high quality distance masters degree at a cost well below the national average. The Pfeiffer program ranks 19 of 25. provides a cost-free service to help prospective students identify high-quality, low-cost online programs. According to GetEducated officials, a million online students visit the site annually to seek advice on the 1,200+ online master's programs the site reviews and ranks as a public service.

Pfeiffer remembers the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 21

Lexington Pastor Rev. Dr. Donnell FitzJefferies shares King's legacy of service and leadership

Rev._Dr._FitzJefferies_copyTo celebrate and commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his notable legacy of service and civic action, Pfeiffer University will present “Martin Luther King, Jr.: As a Servant Leader” by the Rev. Dr.  H. Donnell FitzJefferies, senior pastor of Brooks Temple-St. Stephen United Methodist Church Charge in Lexington, N.C. The free, public event will be held on Friday, Jan. 21.

Sponsored by University Ministries and the Francis Center for Servant Leadership at Pfeiffer, FitzJefferies' message will begin at 10 a.m. in the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel on the Misenheimer campus. The event is designed to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while further emphasizing the university's mission of service, learning and leadership.

FitzJefferies has a calling and passion to address issues of social justice.  During his tenure as the director of Nurturing and Ethnic Ministries, he was a key advocate in the establishment of the Bridge Builders Program within the Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC) of the United Methodist Church. He served as a trainer to teach others how to facilitate this Bridge Builders program, which addressed issues of diversity and inclusiveness. He has also been a member of the WNCC Commission on Religion and Race and served as a board member of GRAIN (Guilford Regional Aids Network).


Pfeiffer President keynotes Stanly Chamber Annual Meeting Jan. 26


Invites you to its Annual Meeting

“Your Supporting Partner for Economic Success”

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011

Stanly Regional Medical Center

Family and Education Center

6 p.m.

 Keynote Speaker is Pfeiffer's Ninth President Michael C. Miller

Tickets are $35 Per Person and Includes a Post-Meeting

Heavy Hors d'oeuvres Reception in the Magnolia Gallery

For Reservations, call (704) 982-8116 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pfeiffer's Dr. Susan Wilkie shares ways to cope with holiday grief

University's community-based clinic offers confidential, affordable counseling

holiday_stressThe holiday season is a merry and exciting time, but for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, family conflict or the loss of a job during a lagging economy, the usually joyous season can be a difficult and painful reminder. While experts say grief is normal, coping strategies can help people manage their feelings and enjoy the holiday season.

Dr. Susan Wilkie, a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) who specializes in grief and loss and is director of the MFT program at Pfeiffer University, said holidays can be the most feared and confusing time following loss.

“This is an entirely new lens from which one sees the world,” said Wilkie, “The sense of tradition magnifies the loss of connection and roots.”

Experts say that often those who are dealing with loss sometimes feel forced to choose between the need to grieve versus being able to celebrate the spirit of the holidays.


Pfeiffer students host annual Angel Tree Fest Celebration

Angel_TreePfeiffer students hosted the second annual Angel Tree event and celebration for 41 Stanly County families. Students, student organizations, sport teams, residence halls, academic classes, departments, and faculty and staff sponsored a child and purchased Christmas presents for them.

The Angel Tree Fest Celebration occurred on Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and included dinner, games, karaoke, face-painting, crafts, dancing, balloon animals, and a visit from Santa Claus. Stanly County children were paired with a Pfeiffer student leader who escorted them around to the various stations. Parents relaxed, and enjoyed community, and friendship in a separate quiet venue. Approximately 70 students and five faculty and staff performed 314 hours of service during this event.

The Angel Tree Fest Celebration gave Pfeiffer students an opportunity to put a face with the name of their chosen “angel.”

“This event brought out the child in all the volunteers in the room, said senior Emily Couch, who served as the Angel Tree program director. “Serving the children was more of an honor for the Pfeiffer community than an obligation.”


Confucius Institute's visiting Kung Fu masters provide demonstrations during NBA game

Kung_Fu_masters_with_CheerleadersLast month, during halftime of the Charlotte Bobcats and Houston Rockets game at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, the audience enjoyed a seven-minute demonstration by the Yandong Shaolin Kung Fu Troupe presented by the Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University. 

The evening's theme was “Chinese Culture Night,” which integrated Chinese and Western culture. With welcoming applause from the huge audience, the Kung Fu masters entered the court to display the 1,500-year-old tradition of Shaolin Kung Fu, a unique expression of China's Zen Buddhist culture. The masters demonstrated “Animal-Animation-Style Boxing,” “Sword Technique—Chasing the Wind,” and “Shaolin Shuo Demonstration.” The audience was especially amazed by Master Shi Yandong's “Needle through Glass Technique,” one of the 72 Shaolin unique feats.