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Friends of the Library Welcomes Smoky Mountains Author Wally Avett

Wally AvettPfeiffer University Friends of the Library welcomes author Wally Avett, Fri., Sept. 19, Misenheimer campus, G.A. Pfeiffer Library, 48380 U.S. Hwy. 52N, LTC Mike Little, USA, Ret., Room, 2nd floor. The event begins at 10 a.m., with brunch, followed immediately by Mr. Avett’s presentation. Reservations are required; visit

Born in Salisbury and raised in Concord, Mr. Avett currently resides in Murphy, N.C., a town often compared to Mayberry. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, he developed a gift for storytelling as a newspaperman, including editor for Murphy’s weekly newspaper. His first novel, Murder in Caney Fork, was published earlier this year by BelleBooks/Bell Bridge; a second novel, Last Bigfoot in Dixie, will be available in September.
“Pfeiffer University is thrilled to present Wally Avett, a talented writer who is enjoying literary success on the heels of a long career as a journalist,” said Al Rose ’63, president, Friends of the Library. “Clearly he exemplifies Pfeiffer’s commitment to lifelong learning.”
Mr. Avett, the son of a Methodist preacher, credits the storytellers in his family with providing inspiration for his story plots and characters. He is uncle to Scott and Seth Avett, known internationally as The Avett Brothers, a popular, mostly acoustic bluegrass, country, folk, pop and funk band. He is also an avid reader and gardener, Sunday school teacher and bluegrass gospel singer, hunter, fisherman and semi-retired realtor.
Friends of the Library supports special projects of Pfeiffer University’s libraries at its Misenheimer, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham campuses. The group’s two main annual events, a fall brunch and spring luncheon, feature an accomplished local author or literary figure. For more information about becoming a Friends of the Library member, please contact Erica Burroughs, director of development, or 704-463-3038.

2014 Events Plus Subscriptions Available

Events Plus horiz colorPfeiffer University announces the schedule for the 2014-2015 Events Plus subscriber series to take place on four Sunday evenings at Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus. Subscriptions for the series of four events cost $100 per person; each event includes dinner and wine service. To subscribe, visit; click Register Now.

For more than a decade, Events Plus has brought a variety of enrichment and entertainment opportunities to the community that feature Pfeiffer’s cultural resources. Performers range from students and alumni to nationally recognized talent in choral, instrumental, visual and performing arts.

“Pfeiffer is proud to consistently make accessible a wide variety of high-quality cultural opportunities that reflect the university’s commitment to lifelong learning,” said Carol May, director of institutional advancement. “We look forward to an exciting line-up of events that we hope resonates with people of all ages.”

The 2014-2015 Events Plus calendar includes:

Sept. 6, 6 p.m.
Dr. Luke Dollar, professor of biology , Pfeiffer University, and National Geographic Explorer
Dr. Dollar coordinates conservation, research and development programs throughout Madagascar. Program director of National Geographic’s Big Cat Initiative, an international conservation program that protects lions, cheetahs, tigers and snow leopards, Dr. Dollar is known globally for his viral video that features a jaguar taking down a crocodile in Brazil.

Nov. 16, 6 p.m.
A Conversation with Webb Hubbell, author, lecturer and advocate
Known widely for his distinguished career in public service as U.S. Associate Attorney General, chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court and mayor of Little Rock, Ark., Webster “Webb” Hubbell, now a Charlotte resident, is the author of the recently released legal thriller When Men Betray as well as Friends in High Places, a memoir that highlights his professional relationship with Bill and Hillary Clinton and work at the White House. His television appearances include profiles on “60 Minutes” and “Dateline,” and with talk show host Larry King.

Feb. 22, 6 p.m.
The Brain Trust: A Pfeiffer Musical Variety Show
The Brain Trust, a bluegrass and jazz ensemble composed of Pfeiffer faculty and staff members, returns to Events Plus by popular demand. Expect a foot-stomping and hand-clapping evening of fun and entertainment.

April 19, 6 p.m.
Mick Mixon, voice of the Carolina Panthers
Named North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year in 1999, 2004 and 2009, Mick Mixon spent 16 years perfecting his skill as color analyst and production manager for the Tar Heels Sports Network before joining the Carolina Panthers in 2005 as play-by-play announcer. A man of many talents, he also plays drums for two working bands, Franklin Street and Mick & the Ultras.


Pfeiffer University announces Dr. Jerry Boone as interim president

Jerry Boone Headshot 72114Pfeiffer University announces that Dr. Jerry Boone will serve as interim president, effective Aug. 10.  Dr. Boone, who served Pfeiffer College as dean of student affairs and associate professor of English from 1969-82, will hold this new position until a permanent successor to Michael C. Miller is appointed. President Miller announced his retirement earlier this month.

Since his initial period at Pfeiffer, Dr. Boone’s higher education experience and expertise have widened through positions as acting administrator for schools, colleges and universities for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tenn.; president of Ferrum College, Ferrum, Va.; and dean of student affairs and interim president of Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa. Most recently, he has worked as a consultant for Sims & Steel Consulting, Asheville, N.C., a firm that specializes in advising nonprofit organizations. 


President Michael C. Miller to Retire

Pfeiffer 5.2013-4288Michael C. Miller, president of Pfeiffer University since December 2010, has announced his retirement, effective Aug. 9, 2014. He will continue at Pfeiffer through the end of the year on a consulting basis to help guide the transition to new leadership.

During President Miller’s tenure, Pfeiffer University grew, adding undergraduate programs in nursing and financial fraud and fraud examinations as well as a graduate program in financial fraud investigations. In addition,  Pfeiffer Journey, a unique mentoring program that helps students assimilate to college life and prepare them for life success, became a definitive part of Pfeiffer’s culture. Under his leadership, campus enhancements have prepared the university to embark on a strategic plan recently approved by the board of trustees that will map Pfeiffer’s direction for the coming years.


Pfeiffer University Military Benefit Programs

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"I've dedicated my adult life to the providing safety and security for my country and community.  I've always believed that there are things more important than myself, such as God, family and community.  And I believe that in order to become that inspiration for my children or to provide the best service to my community it takes a higher level of education, a greater awareness of myself, and the ability to understand and effectively communicate with the men, women and children I encounter everyday.  Pfeiffer University has provided me with this opportunity. The education at Pfeiffer has well exceeded my expectations.  The professors at Pfeiffer have pushed me to constantly think outside the box to effectively solve problems either through my own efforts or in team settings and how to not just learn an answer to a question but rather to develop multiple solutions and determine which is best suited in a given situation.  Outside the classroom the administrative staff and student advisors are extremely diligent and have been ahead of my academic needs since my first day at Pfeiffer."

-- Aytch H. Perkins III, U.S. Marine Corps (1999-2004) and U.S. Army (2004-2011) Veteran and Pfeiffer University student.

VeteransPfeiffer University salutes the men and women of the armed forces for your service to our country. Now it's our turn to provide service to you. Below you will find ways to both enroll and succeed at Pfeiffer. The same qualities that made you successful in your military career -- discipline, initiative, courage, decisiveness, enthusiasm -- will serve you well as you work towards your degree.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Pfeiffer as one of the best colleges for Veterans.

Pfeiffer is a Military-Friendly school, as well as a member school of the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME). Click here for information on CCME Scholarships. 

Additionally, Pfeiffer was named a Military Advanced Education Top School in MAE’s 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities. Visit the MAE website for more information.

The University accepts ACE military credits.  Click here to find out more about the American Council on Education. Additionally, Prior Learning credits are available.  Find out more details about those here.

Pfeiffer University limits academic residency to no more than twenty-five percent of the degree requirements for all undergraduate degrees for active-duty service-members.  Academic residency can be completed at any time while active-duty service-members are enrolled.  Reservists and National Guardsmen on active-duty are covered in the same manner.


Generally, veterans have 10 years from the date they were last released from active duty to use their educational benefits, with exception of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which is 15 years. Spouses generally have 10 years from the date they are found eligible. Children of veterans are generally eligible from age 18 until age 26.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill Duty Educational Assistance (MGIB)

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill

Chapter 35 Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

Chapter 1607:Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

The Department of Veteran Affairs administers these benefit programs. If you need additional assistance, please call the VA's toll free number 1 (800) 442-4551 to speak with a Veterans Benefits Councilor. These councilors are there to help you with your educational questions and benefits.

To inquire about your benefits,VA, please visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Educational Service homepage,

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For additional information, please contact Registrar Lourdes Silva at (704) 463-3062 or
For graduate and degree completion programs, please contact Jonathan Beam at (704) 945-7330 or


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Harriett Jane Olson, CEO, United Methodist Women, to Address Graduates at Summer 2014 Commencement Ceremonies

Harriett Jane OlsonPfeiffer University announces that Harriett Jane Olson, chief executive officer, United Methodist Women (UMW), will offer the commencement address at its summer commencement exercises on Sat., Aug. 9, 2014. Two separate ceremonies will take place that day to recognize the accomplishments of students from Pfeiffer’s graduate programs and adult studies undergraduate programs based in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham. They are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., at Merner Gymnasium on Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer (Stanly County) campus, 48380 U.S. Highway 52N.

Ms. Olson has led the national administrative and policymaking arm of United Methodist Women, an 800,000 member organization within The United Methodist Church in the United States, since 2007. The group’s purpose, as adopted by the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, is to know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. Every summer, UMW holds Mission U events across the country for a weeklong exploration of social and spiritual issues. From July 17-20, Pfeiffer University will host Mission U for the third consecutive year for the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church.


Pfeiffer biologist Dane Fisher brings real-life genetics to Charlotte high school

Dane FisherFour years ago, Associate Professor of Biology Dane Fisher started an outreach program with Charlotte-area high schools, with a goal to get students interested in genetics. Through a project that engaged students from Olympic High School in southwest Charlotte in taste testing varieties of tomatoes, sharing their opinions about the flavor and deciding which tomatoes should remain in the study for further cross breeding, they learned how genetics applies to everyday life.



Featured speaker is Richard M. Scrushy, former CEO, HealthSouth,

subject of Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s Landmark Case 

Pfeiffer University presents Fraud and Forensic Investigations: Lessons Learned from the Experts, a one-day conference for accounting, law enforcement, security, administrative healthcare and related professionals, on Wed., June 11, 2014, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Westin Charlotte Hotel, 601 S. College St., Charlotte, N.C. 

The event’s kick-off presenter is Richard M. Scrushy, founder and former CEO, HealthSouth Corporation of Birmingham, Ala., one of the first U.S. corporate executive indicted under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, a law that set new standards for accountability for the officers of U.S. boards, management and public accounting firms. Mr. Scrushy was found not guilty of the charges of the financial statement fraud at HealthSouth.  Mr. Scrushy, who now speaks publicly about safeguarding against the temptation often present in corporate America to behave unethically, served nearly five years in federal prison after a 2006 conviction in an unrelated case for money laundering, extortion, obstruction of justice, racketeering and bribery.

The forum’s agenda, which includes expert national and regional speakers and several breakout sessions, is designed to address the specialized needs of professionals in this fast-growing field. Other keynote presenters include Richard D. Knapp, founder, Supernova Consulting and Anne M. McGeorge, national managing partner for healthcare practice, Grant Thornton. 

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ 2012 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, only three percent of financial fraud, which takes place typically for an average of 18 months before being discovered, is detected by external audit. Over the coming decade, as organizations put into place the instruments,  processes  and personnel needed to curb fraud and mitigate its losses (an average of five percent of annual revenue for typical organizations) the demand for experts in the field of fraud investigations is expected to escalate dramatically.

 “Employers across industries will seek professionals with the skills and knowledge to uncover white-collar crime; investigate the financial aspects of organized crime and terrorism;  and understand and possess the credentials to conduct civil litigation proceedings as well as matrimony, business and asset valuations, lawsuits between joint ventures, and similar activities,” said Dr. Patrick Malloy, CPA, associate professor of accounting and director of Pfeiffer’s newest undergraduate and graduate programs, B.S. Financial Fraud and Fraud Examinations (FFFE) and M.S. Financial Fraud Investigations (FFI). “This educational conference opens opportunities for those interested in the field to take steps toward becoming the financial fraud industry’s newest leaders.”

The conference offers eight (8) hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit. Registration is required. For the complete conference agenda and to register, visit

Registration includes attendance at a pre-conference networking session (cash bar), Tues. June 10,

6-8 p.m., Urban Sip, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, 201 E. Trade St., Charlotte. Event sponsors include Asbury Management Group, Barker Jones & Co., Grant Thornton, Lincoln Financial Group, and Rives and Associates LLP.


Pfeiffer University Fraud and Forensic Investigations: Lessons Learned from the Experts

June 11, 2014

Welcome                                                                Dr. D. Larry Crumbley ’63, CFD, Cr.FA, CPA, CFF, FCPA

                                                                                Executive in Residence, Dept. of Accounting

                                                                                Pfeiffer University

Morning Keynote                                                   Richard M. Scrushy

Building the Billion Dollar Company                      Former CEO

and Some Things that Can Go Wrong                    HealthSouth


Breakout Session

Financial Forensics in Insurance                            Richard Pasquantonio, CPA, CFF, CFE, CDFA

Fraud Investigations                                               Manager, Forensic Accounting

                                                                                Barker Jones & Co.


Special Address                                                      Robert D. Knapp

American Greed and Avoiding the                         Founder

Inevitable Ponzi Scheme                                         Supernova Consulting


Networking Luncheon and                                     Dr. D. Larry Crumbley ’63, CFD, Cr.FA, CPA, CFF, FCPA

Recognition Ceremony                                           Outstanding Career Service in the Field of Forensic and

Investigative Accounting

                                                                                C. William Barker ’60, CPA/CFF, CFE

                                                                                Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Financial Forensics

Afternoon Keynote                                                 Anne M. McGeorge, CPA

Shifting Sands…The Changing                                 National Managing Partner, Health Care Practice

Health Care Market Place and Its                          Grant Thornton

Effect on Fraud Risk                                                              


Breakout Sessions

How to Set Yourself Apart in the                           Elaine Leggett, CPA, CFF, CGMA, CFE

Marketplace – Become a CFF and/or CFE             Manager, Forensic Services

                                                                                Barker Jones & Co.


Digital Footprints: Tracking                                    Alan “Skip” Westfall

Fraudsters in the 21st-Century                                                Managing Director, Forensic, Investigative & Dispute Services

                                                                                Grant Thornton

Do Good People Commit Fraud?                            Richard T. Livingston, CPA, CFF, CFE, CVA

                                                                                Director, Forensic Litigation Support and Valuation Services Division

                                                                                Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP


Concluding Session                                                 Erik C. Lioy, CPA, CFE, CFF

5 Fatal Flaws and How to Avoid Them                  Partner, Carolinas Forensic and Valuation Services Practice Leader


Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a globally engaged, regional university distinctive for its transformational undergraduate experiences and leadership in professional and graduate programs that fill demonstrated needs on its campuses in Charlotte, Misenheimer and Raleigh, and online. Vested in its history as a United Methodist-related university and propelled by an innovative faculty and staff, Pfeiffer prepares its students for a lifetime of achievement, scholarship, spirituality and service. Visit Pfeiffer at or Pfeiffer University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees.

First fraud conference draws industry pros and world class speakers

FFC PictureOn June 11, Pfeiffer University hosted its first fraud and forensic investigations conference, drawing accounting, law enforcement, security, healthcare administrators and others from across disciplines.
The event was kicked off by Dr. Larry Crumbley ’63, LSU accounting professor and executive in residence for Pfeiffer’s accounting program. Keynoting was Richard Scrushy, former CEO, HealthSouth, whose personal experience informed his presentation Building the Billion Dollar Company and Some Things that Can Go Wrong.


Pfeiffer baseball coaching legend Joe Ferebee on WCNC

Joe FerebeePfeiffer University and North Carolina baseball coaching legend Joe Ferebee was featured in a segment on Charlotte’s WCNC-TV on Sunday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m. WCNC’s Sports Anchor/Reporter Russ Owens sat down with Coach Ferebee and asked him about his career and accomplishments.


Pfeiffer’s Fraud Investigations programs featured on WFAE’s “Charlotte Talks”

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On Wed., June 4, 9-10 a.m., “Charlotte Talks” (WFAE, 90.7 FM) welcomes Pfeiffer University’s Dr. Patrick Malloy, assistant professor of accounting and director of undergraduate and graduate Financial Fraud programs, for a conversation about the growing need for credentialed professionals in this fast-growing field.

 “Over the coming decade, corporations and nonprofit organizations of all sizes must be equipped to investigate and recognize white collar crime and detect financial activities related to organized crime and terrorism,” said Dr. Malloy. “Pfeiffer is preparing students to meet this need by partnering with major banks and accounting firms to develop curriculum designed especially for this purpose. We look forward to the opportunity to share what is happening at Pfeiffer and in the field on ‘Charlotte Talks.’”


Estate Gift Supports a New SMART Classroom

SmartPodiumPfeiffer University will dedicate a SMART classroom on its Misenheimer campus to the memory of longtime faculty member and Stanly County resident Nancy Henderson, a project that will be funded by a gift to Pfeiffer from Ms. Henderson’s estate. The gift, which was announced by President Michael C. Miller at Pfeiffer’s spring commencement ceremony, totals nearly $148,000.

Ms. Henderson, who passed away in February, arrived at Pfeiffer in 1964 to teach English. In 1986, she earned a master’s degree in in computer information services from the University of Evansville, an accomplishment that led to her being named Pfeiffer’s first credentialed instructor for information technology. She taught computer information systems until she retired in 2002.