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Ascot Society Alumni Book Collection unveiled at Pfeiffer Library

IMG 3449On Friday, Pfeiffer University cut a ribbon that officially opened the Ascot Society Alumni Book Collection, which features books authored by Pfeiffer alumni, in the newly renovated Joan Rengel Eargle Reading Room at G.A. Pfeiffer Library. 

Also available in the new space are the Barbara Earnhardt Contemporary Poetry Collection, donated by North Carolina author Heather Ross Miller in honor of retired Pfeiffer professor Barbara Earnhardt, and the NC Writers Collection, which spotlights the works of North Carolina writers. 


Homecoming 2014 : "Connected: We are Pfeiffer"

Freddie FalconPfeiffer University’s 2014 Homecoming celebration, “Connected: We Are Pfeiffer,” will take place Thurs., Oct. 2 through Sat., Oct. 4 on Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus. The weekend’s schedule includes a variety of celebratory events, dedications, milestone year class reunions, athletics and several free family-oriented opportunities for alumni, current students and the entire community.

For a complete schedule of events, reunions and athletics events and information about those requiring advance registration, visit


Pfeiffer Campuses Welcome New Faculty

Marilyn Sutton-HaywoodWith the start of the 2014-2015 academic year, Pfeiffer University announces the addition of 10 full-time faculty members, including a new dean for the division of arts and sciences. 

“Our newest professors complement and add depth to Pfeiffer’s excellent faculty,” said Dr. Tracy Espy, provost and dean of academic affairs. “Their credentials, qualifications and commitment to excellence will certainly enrich the experience of Pfeiffer students—who this year come from 24 states and 16 different countries— as they endeavor to excel beyond the boundaries and expectations of teachers, families and themselves.”

Pfeiffer welcomes the following new dean and professors:

Marilyn Sutton-Haywood, whose background is in biology, joins Pfeiffer as dean of the division of arts and sciences from Shaw University, Raleigh, where she was vice president for academic affairs and professor of biology. She held similar positions as an administrator and in the classroom with Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte.  Her experience includes consulting on topics such as faculty development, teaching strategies, student learning outcomes and others. She holds a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Clark Atlanta University.   

Wendy Walston Achilles, associate professor of accounting (Charlotte), a certified public accountant who taught for Pfeiffer last year as an adjunct professor, has corporate experience as a tax manager and staff accountant. She taught previously for Argosy University, North Carolina Wesleyan College, East Carolina University, Barton College and Nash Community College.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Heather BukardHeather Burkard, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice (Misenheimer), brings experience in forensic science and criminology from higher education and the public and private sectors. In addition to teaching at Central Piedmont Community College and St. Leo University, St. Leo, Fla., she has worked for the Cabarrus County District Attorney’s Office, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and others as a crime scene and forensic investigator. She holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Leo University, master’s degree from National University, La Jolla, Calif., and doctorate from Capella University.

Anamaria DickersonAnamaria Calincan Dickson, assistant professor of finance (Misenheimer), most recently taught at Minnesota State University-Mankato. She also has experience as a tax preparer and is on track to receive certification as a certified financial analyst and complete requirements later this year for the doctoral program in finance at the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Jason EmoryJason Emory, assistant professor of chemistry (Misenheimer), most recently was visiting assistant professor, Simpson College, Indianola, Ia., preceded by a post-doctoral research position with Colorado State University and teaching position at Louisiana State University. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from UNC Charlotte and a doctorate from Louisiana State University.

Laura HudsonLaura Hudson, visiting assistant professor of biology (Misenheimer), a general biology lab coordinator and adjunct instructor for Pfeiffer last year, brings teaching experience from Rowan Cabarrus Community College, Duke University, North Carolina State University and UNC Greensboro as well as private sector experience as a research scientist for Soymeds, Inc., based in Charlotte. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UNC Greensboro, master’s degree from University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a doctorate from North Carolina State University.

Charles MeadowsCharles Meadows III, assistant professor of communications (Misenheimer), brings a public relations component to Pfeiffer’s communications program. He has taught at St. Andrews University, Laurinburg, N.C., and University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Appalachian State University and a doctorate from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

Marissa SchwalmMarissa Schwalm, assistant professor of English (Misenheimer), a published poet and journal editor, comes to Pfeiffer from Binghamton University, Binghamton, N.Y.; prior teaching experience was at St. Paul’s Advanced Studies Program, Concord, N.H.; Colorado Technical University; F.L. Chamberlain School, Middleboro, Mass.; and Greater Works Outreach Academy. She holds a bachelor’s degree from  LeMoyne College, Syracuse, N.Y.; master’s degree from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and doctorate from Binghamton University.

Sherra WhiteSherra McMillan White, assistant professor of human relations (Charlotte), brings extensive clinical experience in behavioral health as well as teaching experience at Craven Community College, New Bern, N.C., and East Carolina University. She holds bachelor’s, two master’s, and doctoral degrees as well as certification in substance abuse counseling from East Carolina University.

Victoria WinsteadVictoria Winstead, assistant professor of marriage and family therapy (Charlotte), formerly an adjunct professor for Pfeiffer, brings clinical experience in medical, academic, public health and private practice settings. She holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees as well as medical family therapy graduate certification from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. 

Pfeiffer Sports Hall of Famer Ferri-Lewis Featured by NCAA

Ferri-Lewis1Former Pfeiffer three-sport star Stephanie Ferri-Lewis was selected as one of the 48 best NCAA Division II former student athletes, as part of the division’s 40th anniversary. The 1994 NCAA North Carolina Scholar Athlete Woman of the Year, Ferri-Lewis starred in cross country, soccer and swimming for the Falcons.

Currently, Ferri-Lewis is an emergency room physician and is a wife and mother of two children. Still, the Springfield, Missouri resident finds time to compete in marathons and triathlons.

“I am still an athlete – an old lady-athlete – but an athlete nonetheless,” Ferri-Lewis said. “It’s still a balanced life, and that’s what carried over from my student-athlete experience at Pfeiffer.”

Below she talks about her time at Pfeiffer and her experiences as a student-athlete.

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.