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Pfeiffer University Welcomes New Faculty For 2011-2012 Academic Year

Pfeiffer University announces the hiring of 12 new members to its undergraduate and graduate faculties for the start of the 2011-2012 academic year.  

“This group of educators, most of whom possess terminal degrees in their fields, contribute to the current depth of scholarship and experience that exists among Pfeiffer's excellent faculty,” said Dr. Tracy Espy, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “They will help all of us deliver to our students the quality that is intrinsic to the Pfeiffer experience.”  


Pfeiffer University to Host 2011 Colloquium on Microfinance

Proceedings from 2010 Microfinance Event Published and Available  

Pfeiffer University will host its third annual colloquium on Microfinance on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and will be available to participants in two formats: at Pfeiffer's Charlotte campus, 4701 Park Road, Charlotte, and online.


Working Adults With New Bachelor's and Master's Degrees are Ready to Enrich North Carolina's Workforce

Pfeiffer University Honors New Graduates at Summer Commencement  

On Sat., Aug. 13, nearly 400 students from Pfeiffer University's School of Graduate Studies and School of Adult Studies (undergraduate programs) received their degrees in two separate ceremonies. The graduates, who studied at Pfeiffer's Charlotte or Research Triangle campuses or as part of an on-site workplace cohort, gathered at the University's Misenheimer, N.C., campus in Stanly County for summer commencement exercises. An additional dozen students who completed their undergraduate studies at Misenheimer participated as well. (Watch video fromn News 14 Carolina).  


Pfeiffer University Adopts 100 Percent Tobacco-Free Policy

Misenheimer, N.C. – Beginning January 1, 2012, Pfeiffer University will become a healthier place for students, staff and visitors. The Pfeiffer University Board of Trustees recently passed a policy that prohibits tobacco use anywhere on the grounds of its three campuses.

"This policy will help prevent exposure to the well-documented dangers of secondhand smoke," said Dr. Laura Gerald, executive director of the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund (HWTF), which works with colleges across the state to pass and implement these policies. "The adoption of this policy shows that Pfeiffer University is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of students, staff and faculty."


Alumni, Employees and Students May Purchase Discounted Tickets to Biltmore Estate

Pfeiffer University now has a partnership with the historic Biltmore Estate, allowing Pfeiffer alumni, employees and students to purchase tickets at a discounted price. With your ticket you will receive access to the Biltmore House, the garden and Antler Hill Village, which includes the winery, farm, Village Green, shopping and dining.

Kids are admitted for free Memorial Day through Labor Day. Other Biltmore highlights include the concert series that takes place Aug.-Oct. and The Vanderbilts at Home & Abroad, consisting of fascinating displays ranging from how the family missed sailing on the Titanic to an early Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Click here and use promo code "pfeiffer" to puchase discounted tickets year-round. 

Donors Support State-of-the-Art Nursing Program at Pfeiffer

Pfeiffer University announces three gifts—one from a national foundation and two from private donors—to fund capital improvements that will further the Department of Nursing's standing as a leader in training qualified nurses in North Carolina.

The Pittsburgh-based Alcoa Foundation (facilitated locally through its Badin plant) has awarded Pfeiffer a $13,000 grant as part of its Global Education and Workplace Skills initiative to support the development of a medical/surgical patient care station, one of eight to be included in a clinical learning laboratory on Pfeiffer's Misenheimer campus. The laboratories are designed to offer experiences that simulate realistic patient care in an actual clinical setting.


Pfeiffer Students Aid Families in the Philippines Affected By Human Trafficking

APRIL 18 - It is estimated that approximately one million women and children are trafficked in the Philippines.  After long conversations and proposals, Pfeiffer students in Dr. Juanita Kruse's Current Events class decided to focus on ways to support families in the Philippines that are directly impacted by human trafficking.

Students studied the causes of human trafficking, researched the effects and presented ways to raise awareness, offer financial support and suggest systematic change to laws related to trafficking.

The class aligned with an organization called Threads of Hope to provide financial support to the Filipino people. Threads of Hope, which was started by Alex Kuhlow in March of 2003, provides support to Filipino families by purchasing their handmade bracelets to be sold in the US.  Alex was on vacation to the Philippines when he noticed small children selling bracelets on the beach.  After investigating this practice, he learned that children are helping to provide for their families by selling trinkets to tourists.  This provides a sustainable income, the lack of which is a major factor for many families who consider selling their children into slavery.  Alex bought $1,000.00 worth of bracelets, which started his ministry.  Threads of Hope not only fosters a sustaining income, but also promotes good nutrition, education, medical care and community development.

If you would like to assist Dr. Kruse's current events class in their efforts to support the Filipino people, contact Joey Lopez at or Tyler Joyner at Checks are accepted and can be made payable to The Village Church; include Threads of Hope in the memo line.

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.


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.


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 or (704) 463-3160.


Pictured above: An untitled work by artist Everitt Clark.

Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 463-3040 or


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.”


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.”