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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

Pfeiffer University mourns the loss of Dr. Vallin Dayton Estes, professor emeritus of German

daytonestesDr. Vallin Dayton Estes, professor emeritus of German, died on Sun., March 30, 2014, at the Kiser Hospice House, Salisbury. He began teaching at Pfeiffer in 1970 and was affiliated with the school through 2000.

Over the course of his tenure at Pfeiffer, Dr. Estes was a professor of German in the Department of Language and Literature. Additionally, he published many academic papers and was an active public servant. Among other organizations, Dr. Estes worked with the North Carolina Hemophilia Foundation, the North Carolina Arthritis Foundation and the Parish Council Annunciation Catholic Church.


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.


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. 


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.