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2014 Science Grads Soar Toward New Chapters in their Lives

IMG 1958Spring commencement ceremonies brought excitement and provided a springboard for what’s next for many 2014 Pfeiffer graduates. The experiential education that science students received leaves them with options and optimism for the future.

Chemistry major Zach Dyer originally thought that after high school he would attend one of the U.S. military academies. But a talk with his older brother, Chris, a 2010 Pfeiffer graduate, steered him to Misenheimer. Once at Pfeiffer, Dyer was quickly impressed by his professors’ concern for his success and their willingness to guide his studies.


Pfeiffer Holds Spring 2014 Commencement Service

CommencementPfeiffer University held its commencement services for graduating seniors Saturday, May 10. There were 149 graduates who received diplomas in the ceremony at Merner Gymnasium. Brad Wilson, president and chief executive officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, was the commencement speaker.

Wilson encouraged students to push beyond their perceived boundaries about themselves and the world by quoting Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali:


Falcons' Women’s Lacrosse Team Sent Off to NCAA Quarter-finals in Style

3GradsThe exciting news that the Pfeiffer University women’s lacrosse team had earned a second-consecutive spot in the NCAA quarter-finals came with a twist—three graduating seniors would miss commencement exercises at Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus on May 10.

So that the girls wouldn’t miss out on their college graduation experience, a special ceremony on May 6 allowed them to wear their caps and gowns and receive their diplomas in person. In full regalia, President Michael C. Miller and several other faculty members presented Maryland natives Kristina Anderson (Gaithersburg,) Katherine Athens (Huntingtown), and Sarah Daly (New Market) with their degrees during a brief but meaningful ceremony in Stokes Student Center.


Experiential Learning Opportunities for Sport Management Students

ACC Mens Golf 1Pfeiffer University sport management students have had numerous opportunities recently to work with some of the top athletic organizations and facilities available in North Carolina.  These include working at the ACC Men’s Golf Championships at the Old North State Club; partnering with the Kannapolis Intimidators, the Single-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox; and networking at the 10th Annual Charlotte Bobcats Career Fair.


First-Ever Amanda Jean Malloy Memorial Educational Award Presented to Education Major

AmandaJeanMalloyAwd MeghanLowder Family 2Today, Megan Lowder ‘14, became the first recipient of the Amanda Jean Malloy Memorial Educational Award at Pfeiffer University. Meghan, an elementary education major, was presented the award by Dr. Patrick Malloy, associate professor of Accounting. Dr. Malloy is father of the award’s namesake, Amanda Jean Malloy, an elementary school teacher and karate black belt who was hit and killed by a narcotics-impaired driver while jogging in November 2008 near her home on Long Island, N.Y.

“I cannot think of anyone who deserves this award more than Meghan,” said Dr. Malloy. “She exemplifies commitment to leadership, her community, and living life to its fullest; she will be a very effective teacher who will go above and beyond for each and every child in her class as well as others who come into contact with her in her school. She is just that kind of special person.”


Senior Art Majors Present “Junk in the Trunk” for Culminating Artworks

faded color verticalPfeiffer University’s senior art majors put on a great show on the Misenheimer campus on Wed., April 23 to display their artwork as a prelude to graduation. 
With campus gallery space unavailable this year, students brainstormed with their professor, Joshua Cross, to present a modified version of big-city art sales. For a full day, they presented Junk in the Trunk, an exhibition that allowed each artist to display his or her work in a U-Haul truck.


Pfeiffer Athletics Celebrates First Annual All-Sports Banquet

Athletics AwardsPfeiffer athletics hosted the first annual All-Sports Banquet to honor the seniors as well as team MVPs for each sport. President Mike Miller and Athletic Director Bob Reasso addressed the student athletes and assisted in distributing the honors along with Pfeiffer’s Faculty Athletic Representative Ross Braymer.

The banquet consisted of a formal setting in which the 51 seniors were given plaques in honor of their dedication to the university. Each team was awarded a most valuable player who received a bronze falcon trophy.


Taking Care of Business: Pfeiffer Business Students Lead the Pack at Phi Beta Lambda N.C. State Competition

PBL 4On April 12, nine Pfeiffer University students participated—and excelled—at the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) business fraternity 2013-14 State Leadership Conference in Charlotte, N.C., where they demonstrated their knowledge of economics, statistical analysis, organizational behavior and leadership, website design and related topics in competition against PBL chapters from across North Carolina.

Six students earned spots to progress to PBL’s national competition in June in Nashville, Tenn., by finishing first or second in their categories. These include M. Darien Malone, 2nd place, Microeconomics; Christie Baran, 1st place, Microeconomics; and Kristina Trexler, Shana Tarlton and Christie Mello, who were awarded 2nd place for website design. Also participating were Hernan Jaimes and Henry Furman.


Dusty Mason, Award-Winning Gold’s Gym Franchisee, Featured Speaker for Pfeiffer University’s Free Lunch and Learn Series

Dusty MasonDusty Mason ’02 is the featured speaker for Lunch and Learn, Pfeiffer University’s free speaker series, Wed., April 16, noon-1 p.m., at Pfeiffer’s Charlotte campus, 4701 Park Road. He will present “Achieving Business Excellence.” (Registration required:

Mr. Mason, an award-winning franchisee with Gold’s Gym, owns three Gold’s Gym locations through his company, Carolina Fitness Group, Inc., in Albemarle, Harrisburg and Epicenter-Uptown Charlotte. A fourth location in Rock Hill, S.C., is set to open in September 2014. Selected by Gold’s Gym International to develop the Charlotte metro market, he will lead the development of five additional sites over the next five years.


Luke Dollar and the IMAX Film "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar"

Pfeiffer University Associate Professor of Biology Luke Dollar contributed to a new IMAX film, “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” which opens Fri. April 4 and runs through Aug. 14 at the Fernbank (Ga.) Museum of Natural History.

A National Geographic Explorer, Dollar has studied lemurs for over 20 years.


Division of Education offers one-day summer camp experience for gifted elementary school students

Education 3AAPfeiffer University’s Division of Education is offering a one-day summer camp experience in July 2014 for gifted elementary school students at its Misenheimer (Stanly County) campus.
The camp date for students who will enter grades 1-3 in fall 2014 is Mon., July 14; students entering grades 4-6 may attend on Tues., July 15.


Chinese Language and Culture Camp

Chinese Language and Culture Camp

With a focus on cross-cultural and experiential learning and utilizing multi-sensory activities and discussions, campers in grades 2-6 will spend each day immersed in the exciting world of China and Chinese culture. Experienced, native-speaking teachers and a team of energetic and engaging assistants will lead campers through sessions, including special "no English" times that are challenging as well as a ton of fun.

Click here for individual session times and tuition