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Pfeiffer announces award-winning author John Feinstein as 2011 spring commencement speaker

John_FeinsteinNew York Times best-selling author and one of the nation's most successful and prolific writers, John Feinstein, will deliver the spring commencement address at Pfeiffer University. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 in the Garfield David Merner Center for Health and Physical Education on the university's Misenheimer campus.

Feinstein's books are described as those that take readers into interesting places they would not normally be allowed to go. He is the author of 27 books and his most recent works, “Moment of Glory” and “The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game,“ are immensely popular and are presently on shelves at bookstores everywhere.

His other works include the two top best-selling non-fiction sports books in history. In 1995, he published the all-time best seller “A Good Walk Spoiled,” a year inside life on the PGA Tour as told through seventeen players on the PGA Tour. Just behind that in sales is “A Season on the Brink,” which chronicled a year in the life of the Indiana basketball team and its enigmatic coach, Bob Knight.  Feinstein traveled with the team and looked into the Indiana locker room, team practice sessions, Knight's office, the team bus and airplanes. The book's chart-topping success was also adapted to film with an ESPN production of a made-for-TV movie of the same title.

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Pfeiffer remembers late music professor Marvin Burke with memorial concert April 3

Marvin20Burke1The Pfeiffer University community was saddened by the death of Pfeiffer Emeritus Professor of Music Mr. Marvin W. Burke who died Feb. 6, at age of 75, after a long illness. Burke played an influential role in the lives of many Pfeiffer alumni and faculty and as a result, his life will be celebrated through his love for music and song.

On Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 4 p.m., Pfeiffer University will host a memorial service to honor the life of Burke. The event will be held in the Pfeiffer Chapel on the Misenheimer campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Burke conducted a number of musical organizations within the Pfeiffer community including the Pfeiffer Chapel Choir, The Pfeiffer Handbell Choir, The Stanly County Chorale, and the choirs of First United Methodist in Charlotte, First Presbyterian in Albemarle and First Presbyterian in Salisbury.

Current members of these choirs, other friends, and Pfeiffer alumni will join together to sing several selections during the service. Choir alumni and friends are invited to gather in the Pfeiffer Chapel at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 3 to rehearse for the service. The selections to be sung are: “Alleluia” by Randall Thompson, “He, watching Over Israel” by Mendelssohn, “Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace,” by Davis Stanley York, “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” arranged by arr. Rutter, and the last movement of the Brahms Requiem.

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Pfeiffer exhibits works by ‘Emerging Artists' throughout March

untitled_work_by_Everitt_Clark_-_2011Throughout the month of March, the Grace and Cameron West Art Gallery at Pfeiffer University will host two simultaneous shows to exhibit the work of last year's “Emerging Artists” recipients Everitt Clark and Heidi Ramseur.

Joshua Cross, assistant professor of art and director of the gallery at Pfeiffer, sent a call for artwork to a number of young visual artists across several neighboring states. The result was the university's first regional emerging artists' exhibition, a juried show, held in October.

Everitt Clark, was one of two winners from that show. He is a native of Fairfax, Va. and an alumnus of Princeton University. For his current show, “New Works,” Clark took to the suburbs of northern Virginia. He chose not to use the now common digital camera, but rather a traditional film camera for pieces presented in this collection. Clark prints and prepares all his works himself.

“The work calls to mind immaculately manicured lawns, cookie-cutter houses, and lives of quiet desperation.  Look more closely, though, and you will discover visual forms that could exist neither in the big city nor in the unspoiled wilderness,” Clark said.

Heidi Ramseur is a native of Albemarle, N.C. and a 2010 Pfeiffer alumna. Her Pfeiffer roots can be seen in her show title, “Nothin' Could Be Finer…” A photographer and mixed media artist, Ramseur uses everyday objects including wire, plaster and paper to create her works of art.

“I like to not only see my story in artwork, but to also have the opportunity to feel it in a tangible way,” Ramseur said.

A reception will be held on Friday, March 18 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The gallery and reception are free and open to the public. Clark's and Ramseur's work will be on display until March 25. The gallery, which is located on the Misenheimer campus, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, contact Cross at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (704) 463-3160.

 

Pictured above: An untitled work by artist Everitt Clark.

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Paula Morris receives Service Award from national organization

Paula_Morris1"Mother" to many earns recognition from SEAHO

Paula Morris, a member of the staff in the Office of Student Development at Pfeiffer University, is this year's recipient of the Service Award given by the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO). Morris was recognized during the organization's conference in Mobile, Ala. on Feb. 17.

The SEAHO Service Award offers the institution an opportunity to recognize a staff member who has made a significant contribution to the residence hall students and the housing organization. Morris was nominated by her colleagues Dr. Russ Sharples, vice president of student development and dean of students at Pfeiffer, and Rebecca McQueen, director of residence life.

When asked to describe Paula, the word “mother” was used often, McQueen said.
 
“Paula is an invaluable part of the Residence Life team,” explained McQueen, who just completed her two-year term as North Carolina's SEAHO state representative. “Paula is responsible for meeting the customer service and office needs of seven different offices at Pfeiffer University; and she handles her duties with grace, patience, and a motherly nature that the students are drawn to.”

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Pfeiffer Jazz Ensemble to perform with musician Russ Wilson in concert March 1

Russ_Wilson2The Pfeiffer University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of faculty Jazz Instructor Rusty Smith, will present a concert of ‘early jazz' at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 in the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel on the Misenheimer campus. The concert will feature guest artist Russ Wilson, a drummer, bandleader, and specialist in early jazz history and performance. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Pfeiffer Jazz Ensemble will feature classics of early jazz, including “Jive at 5” by Count Basie, “Basin St. Blues” by Spencer Williams, “Harlem Nocturne” by Earle Hagen, and Glenn Miller's “American Patrol” among others. Rounding out the program will be “Mood Indigo” by Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman's “Stompin' at the Savoy” featuring on clarinet David Kirby, associate professor of music at Pfeiffer.

Wilson will be in residence that week at Pfeiffer, working with students on the history and styles of early jazz and swing. A Hendersonville, N.C. native, Wilson has been working as a professional musician for almost 30 years. He has shared the stage with jazz and popular artists such as Lightnin' Wells, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Thackery, Candye Kane, and several others. He has worked on 30 albums, seven of them his own solo projects, and has appeared on numerous television shows and in the Martin Scorsese film “The Road to Memphis.”

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Pfeiffer presents annual “Pfollies” comedy show Feb. 25-26


FEBRUARY 11, 2011
– The highly-anticipated annual vaudeville-style comedy show “Pfeiffer Pfollies” will return to Pfeiffer University Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26. Showtime is 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre, located on the third floor of the Administration Building. Admission is free, but donations will be collected to benefit a local charity.

Annually, the show has focused on a specific theme. Over the years, Pfeiffer Pfollies performances and skits have included “Survivor: The Misenheimer Edition,” “Curse of the Blackberry Pearl,” and other spoofs of television shows and movies. Pfollies audiences have ranged from ages 7 to 70, but the hilarity is not specific to any generation.

This year's show takes performers and audiences back to the early 90s. The audience will be treated to a ‘blast from the past,' including such television shows as Pokémon, Power Rangers, Sesame Street, and other popular 90s sitcoms. Some acts will bring back the boy – and girl – bands that were widely popular during that era.

Celebrating its 11th year, the Pfollies was the brainchild of Pfeiffer alumnus Daniel Dickens. It is an improvisation comedy show that is utilized as a fundraiser for local charities and proceeds have been donated to various local organizations including the Nazareth Children's Home and the Community Table of Stanly Community Christian Ministries. Dr. David Palmer, professor of music, has managed the ‘shenanigans' since its inception, providing comedic inspiration by way of skit ideas and music.

For additional information about the Pfollies, contact Dr. David Palmer at (704) 463-3142 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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..

Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. A comprehensive United Methodist-related institution, Pfeiffer is committed to providing educational excellence, service and scholarship across North Carolina, from Charlotte to Misenheimer to Raleigh, and online. Visit Pfeiffer at www.pfeiffer.edu or www.facebook.com/pfeifferuniversity.

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.”

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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.

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