Pfeiffer University News
Working Adults With New Bachelor's and Master's Degrees are Ready to Enrich North Carolina's Workforce
- Published on Saturday, August 13, 2011 ( 4:33 pm )
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
- Published on Friday, June 17, 2011 ( 11:16 am )
Misenheimer, N.C. â€“ 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
- Published on Friday, June 10, 2011 ( 10:57 am )
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.
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Donors Support State-of-the-Art Nursing Program at Pfeiffer
- Published on Friday, May 13, 2011 ( 3:40 pm )
Pfeiffer University announces three giftsâ€”one from a national foundation and two from private donorsâ€”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
- Published on Monday, April 25, 2011 ( 9:17 am )
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Tyler Joyner at email@example.com. 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
- Published on Wednesday, March 02, 2011 ( 3:34 pm )
New 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, â€œMoment of Gloryâ€ and â€œThe Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game,â€œ 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 â€œA Good Walk Spoiled,â€ a year inside life on the PGA Tour as told through seventeen players on the PGA Tour. Just behind that in sales is â€œA Season on the Brink,â€ 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
- Published on Tuesday, March 01, 2011 ( 9:49 am )
The 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: â€œAlleluiaâ€ by Randall Thompson, â€œHe, watching Over Israelâ€ by Mendelssohn, â€œLord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace,â€ by Davis Stanley York, â€œPraise to the Lord, the Almighty,â€ arranged by arr. Rutter, and the last movement of the Brahms Requiem.
Pfeiffer exhibits works by â€˜Emerging Artists' throughout March
- Published on Thursday, February 24, 2011 ( 3:09 pm )
Throughout 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 â€œEmerging Artistsâ€ 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, â€œNew Works,â€ 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.
â€œThe 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,â€ 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, â€œNothin' Could Be Finerâ€¦â€ A photographer and mixed media artist, Ramseur uses everyday objects including wire, plaster and paper to create her works of art.
â€œI like to not only see my story in artwork, but to also have the opportunity to feel it in a tangible way,â€ Ramseur said.
A reception will be held on Friday, March 18 from 6 p.m. â€“ 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. â€“ 4 p.m. For more information, contact Cross at firstname.lastname@example.org or (704) 463-3160.
Pictured above: An untitled work by artist Everitt Clark.
Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 463-3040 or email@example.com.
Paula Morris receives Service Award from national organization
- Published on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 ( 9:42 am )
"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 â€œmotherâ€ was used often, McQueen said.
â€œPaula is an invaluable part of the Residence Life team,â€ explained McQueen, who just completed her two-year term as North Carolina's SEAHO state representative. â€œPaula 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.â€
Pfeiffer Jazz Ensemble to perform with musician Russ Wilson in concert March 1
- Published on Monday, February 14, 2011 ( 12:52 pm )
The Pfeiffer University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of faculty Jazz Instructor Rusty Smith, will present a concert of â€˜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 â€œJive at 5â€ by Count Basie, â€œBasin St. Bluesâ€ by Spencer Williams, â€œHarlem Nocturneâ€ by Earle Hagen, and Glenn Miller's â€œAmerican Patrolâ€ among others. Rounding out the program will be â€œMood Indigoâ€ by Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman's â€œStompin' at the Savoyâ€ 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 â€œThe Road to Memphis.â€
Pfeiffer presents annual â€œPfolliesâ€ comedy show Feb. 25-26
- Published on Friday, February 11, 2011 ( 12:03 pm )
FEBRUARY 11, 2011 â€“ The highly-anticipated annual vaudeville-style comedy show â€œPfeiffer Pfolliesâ€ 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 â€œSurvivor: The Misenheimer Edition,â€ â€œCurse of the Blackberry Pearl,â€ 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 â€˜blast from the past,' including such television shows as PokÃ©mon, Power Rangers, Sesame Street, and other popular 90s sitcoms. Some acts will bring back the boy â€“ and girl â€“ 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 â€˜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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Village Church presents Christian comedian to discuss youth pressures Feb. 20
- Published on Tuesday, February 08, 2011 ( 9:45 am )
Comedian Keith Deltano teaches youth to â€œDefy Conformityâ€
Ever 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 â€œSunday Night Alive!â€ series and is free for all to attend.
The saying â€œIf [so-and-so] jumped off a bridge, would you do it, too?â€ 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 â€“ defy conformity.
A resident of North Carolina, Deltano has worked with youth for many years in multiple roles â€“ 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, â€œWhy Are You Looking At Me Like Thatâ€ was awarded the Best Teaching CD by the National Association of Christian Comedians.
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