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Brad Wilson, President/CEO of BCBS of North Carolina, to address class of 2014

Brad Wilson Photo New Headshot7-11Brad Wilson, president and chief executive officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC), is Pfeiffer University’s spring commencement speaker, Sat., May 10, 2014, 10:30 a.m., Merner Gymnasium, Misenheimer, N.C. campus.
 
As leader of North Carolina’s largest health insurer (4,200 employees, 3.7 million customers), Mr. Wilson is dedicated to improving the state’s health care system, making health care more affordable and helping BCBSNC adapt in a changing health care environment.

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Remembering Lynda Petty

pettyFriend of Pfeiffer Lynda Petty, who passed away March 24, will be missed by many. The Pfeiffer community extends its sincere condolences to the Richard Petty family as they mourn their loss.   
 
Richard Petty, trustee emeritus, and Lynda were very involved with Pfeiffer University over the years, making possible many meaningful volunteer and internship opportunities for Pfeiffer students at Victory Junction, a nonprofit endeavor established by the Pettys that provides camp experiences for children with cancer. Austin Petty, their grandson, is a Pfeiffer alumnus.In addition, they established an endowed scholarship in memory of Adam Petty, another grandson, for deserving Pfeiffer students from Randolph County. 

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Pfeiffer University mourns the loss of Dr. Phyllis Gore Houghton, professor emerita of Education

pgh3Dr. Phyllis Gore Houghton, professor emerita of Education, died on Thurs., March 20, 2014, at The Pines at Davidson. She taught at Pfeiffer from 1961 until her retirement in 1985.

Over the course of her tenure at Pfeiffer, Dr. Houghton was head of the department of Education, director of the developmental reading clinic, coordinator for Elementary Education and chairperson for the division of social and behavioral sciences. Notably, she served as chairperson for Pfeiffer’s centennial in 1984-85 and contributed to two books that were published about Pfeiffer’s history and the buildings on Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus.

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Pfeiffer University’s Friends of the Library welcomes Charlotte author Jon Buchan to 2014 Spring Luncheon

Code-of-the-Forest-Cover2Pfeiffer University Friends of the Library welcomes Charlotte author Jon Buchan for its annual spring luncheon. Mr. Buchan, an attorney and former journalist, will discuss his first novel, Code of the Forest (2012, Joggling Board Press), on Tues., April 1, 2014, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Misenheimer campus, Stokes Student Center, 48380 U.S. Hwy 52N.
 

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Pfeiffer Students Present at Social Studies Conference

SSConference cropOn Feb. 20-21, Pfeiffer University division of Education professor Dr. Angie Kern and several teacher education candidates presented at the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies 44th Annual State Conference in Greensboro. In their sessions, titled "There's Always Time for Social Studies!" and "Who Says There is No Time to Teach Social Studies?," Teacher education candidates presented information regarding effective use of social studies learning centers elementary classrooms. Materials were distributed to attendees that will allow educators to recreate these learning centers in their classes.

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Pfeiffer Accounting Students Available to Prepare Income Taxes through IRS Program

For the third consecutive year, the Accounting Society on the Misenheimer Campus is participating in the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA is a free tax preparation and eFiling program for those who have a combined household income of less than $51,000.

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Pfeiffer University to Honor Susan Andersen, ANSWER Scholarship Endowment, with 2014 Heart of Grace Award

On Wed., March 19, Pfeiffer University will present Susan Andersen, founder of the ANSWER Scholarship Endowment,
with the 2014 Heart of Grace Award. The award will be presented at a luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Pfeiffer’s Charlotte campus, 4701 Park Road. The keynote speaker is Pfeiffer graduate Colletta Bryce, (B.S.) ‘86 and (MSL) ’07, senior vice president, Certus Bank; board president, Dress for Success Charlotte; and a founder and vice president for BECA, Inc., a local nonprofit organization that awards scholarships to deserving high school students.

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March of Dimes kicks off 2014 Campaign at Pfeiffer University-Charlotte

MOD 5On Feb. 19, the March of Dimes, North Carolina chapter, kicked off its annual campaign at Pfeiffer University-Charlotte, setting the stage to raise $500,000 locally during the March of Dimes Annual March for Babies, which takes place in uptown Charlotte on April 26. All funds raised will help the March of Dimes advance its mission to help pregnant women have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.

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Pfeiffer Students Impress at 2014 NCICU Ethics Bowl

PetermanOn Feb. 7-8, four Pfeiffer University students competed in the 2014 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Ethics Bowl at Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh, N.C. They are Christine Baran ’15, biology/pre-med; Kayleigh Peterman ’14, psychology; Michelle Stoelting ’15, biology; and Nnennaya Ubabuike ’14, political science.

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Pfeiffer mourns the loss of Nancy Henderson, professor emerita of computer information systems

nancyhenderson1968Nancy Henderson, 74, professor emerita of computer information systems, passed away on Feb. 9, 2014. A member of the Pfeiffer faculty from 1964 until her retirement in 2002, Ms. Henderson touched a cross section of academic departments along with a great number of students.

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Stanly County Natives Return to Their Roots to "Give Back"

Tunner 3Rick and Linda Tunner, Stanly County natives and Pfeiffer University alumni who now live in Hampstead, N.C., return “home” on Wed., Feb. 12 and Thurs., Feb. 13 to Stanly Regional Medical Center (Family and Education Center, Magnolia B Room).

The Tunners, who met as commuter students in the late 1970s, own and operate Professional On-Site Sales, a company that works with hospital volunteer departments across the state to set up sales of brand name shoes and accessories for employees, patients, visitors and the community. Their sales event will be held in Stanly Regional’s Family Education Center not only to sell shoes but to give back.

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Dr. Russ Sharples Inducted as Chair, Stanly County Chamber of Commerce

Sharples 1On Feb. 5, Dr. Russell H. Sharples, Pfeiffer University’s vice president of student development and dean of students, was inducted as chair of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce for 2014.

A Stanly County resident and 1975 Pfeiffer graduate, Dr. Sharples has a long record of community involvement in Albemarle where he lives and throughout the county. Experience with the Stanly Economic Development Initiative, Albemarle Economic Development Task Force, Stanly 2000 Economic Development Initiative, Habitat for Humanity, Albemarle Rotary Club and more provide a broad perspective on the role and potential of the Chamber of Commerce.

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