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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.


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.


Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs in Financial Fraud Featured on WSOC-TV

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 7.46.19 PMPfeiffer University’s newest undergraduate and graduate programs were featured in a WSOC-TV news story about the pervasiveness of various types of fraud involving consumers and corporations—and how Pfeiffer’s bachelor of science in financial fraud and fraud examinations and master of science in financial fraud investigations programs are designed to meet the growing need for qualified professionals in these fields.


Pfeiffer University Students Serve to Combat Homelessness and Hunger during Winter Break

WinterBreak Wilmington BSeveral Pfeiffer University students spent part of their winter break in Wilmington, N.C., serving organizations whose missions are to combat hunger and homelessness in Wilmington and surrounding communities. Over the course of the three-day trip coordinated by the Francis Center for Servant Leadership, students volunteered with Wilmington Habitat for Humanity, Good Shepherd Center and Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

“We helped build a house, cleaned dormitories and packaged rice into family-sized bags,” said senior Brittney Quaranto. “The trip was the experience of a lifetime and definitely made me appreciate all that I have.”



Alumni and Falcons Fans Invited to WinterFest on Feb. 1

Pfeiffer Ferebee 026Pfeiffer University invites all alumni and Falcons basketball fans to its Misenheimer campus on Sat., Feb.1, for WinterFest, an event that celebrates Pfeiffer’s past, present and future with several activities that honor distinguished coaches and recognize former and current student-athletes.

Among the special activities scheduled is the unveiling of renovated space for the Falcon Club, a longstanding booster organization that supports Pfeiffer athletics, during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Lees-McRae.

“Pfeiffer is grateful to Rick and Lourdes Knapp and the extended Knapp family for making possible the renovated space and future vision for the Falcon Club in Merner Gym,” said Bob Reasso ‘73, vice president for athletics. “With tremendous growth over the past two years in Falcon Club membership, the new space, which overlooks the basketball court, appropriately acknowledges those who support athletics at Pfeiffer. We’re thrilled that its dedication takes place on a night that honors coaches, alumni and student-athletes.”

WinterFest activities include:

3 p.m.

Coach Joe Ferebee’s (baseball) 95th birthday celebration
Stokes Student Center/Community Room (RSVP required)
5:30 p.m.

Women’s basketball v. Lees-McRae
Merner Gym (free admission for alumni)
7 p.m.

Ribbon cutting for New Falcon Club
Merner Gym, Falcon Club Mezzanine
7:30 p.m.

Men’s basketball v. Lees-McRae
Merner Gym (free admission for alumni)
Halftime recognition of basketball alumni with former coach Francis Essic

To attend, please RSVP at or call (704) 463-3034. To learn more about Falcon Club membership, visit

The Winston Salem Journal celebrates Joe Ferebee’s birthday. Read the full article here

Pfeiffer University launches North Carolina’s first Master of Science in Financial Fraud Investigations program

Pfeiffer 5.2013-3654Pfeiffer University announces the launch of a Master of Science in Financial Fraud Investigations (FFI) program, available at its Charlotte campus with some courses available online starting in spring 2014. The only graduate program of its kind in North Carolina, it addresses the emerging need for specialization in a field that is projected to grow by more than 20 percent over the coming decade.

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Report to the Nation on Occupational Fraud and Abuse (2012), a typical organization loses five percent of its revenues to fraud each year, with more than 20 percent of organizations reporting losses of at least $1 million. Most often victimized are banks and other financial services organizations, government and public administration agencies, and manufacturers in a variety of sectors—with the vast majority of fraud committed by individuals working in accounting, operations, sales, executive management, customer service and purchasing departments. In most cases, fraud occurs for approximately 18 months before being detected.



Pfeiffer University invites community to annual Christmas concert

handbells 12Pfeiffer choral and instrumental ensembles and Stanly Concert Band to perform

The Pfeiffer University Department of Music presents its annual Christmas concert on Sun., Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. in Henry Pfeiffer Chapel on Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus, 48380 U.S. Hwy. 52N.


Growing the Pfeiffer Graduate Alumni Network through service

cunningham lewis richardson robinson 1A newly organized group of graduate alumni are raising Pfeiffer’s profile in the community through networking and service. Recently, the group spent part of a day volunteering at Crisis Assistance Ministry, Mecklenburg County’s leading nonprofit agency for preventing homelessness and providing the working poor with emergency assistance. This event came on the heels of an inaugural networking opportunity earlier this fall.


Recent changes by the North Carolina General Assembly to impact cost of meal plans

Recent changes by the North Carolina General Assembly concerning sales tax application will impact the cost of the meal plans at Pfeiffer. The exemption from sales tax of meal plans at colleges and universities has been repealed and now are subject to 6.75% sales tax as of Jan 1, 2014. Click here to read the letter from President Mike Miller and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Plyler that provides information concerning this change and how this impacts the price of meals plans for the spring semester. 

Micki Thompson '91, '07 appointed to NCAA Division II Management Council

Thompson NCAAMicki Thompson '91, '07 (MSL), Pfeiffer University's senior associate athletic director, director of compliance, and senior woman administrator, has been selected by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) to serve on its Division II management council. Her appointment is the first of its kind for Pfeiffer University. Ms. Thompson's four-year term begins in January 2014, immediately following NCAA's national convention in San Diego.


Professor Emeritus J. Griffin Campbell returns to Pfeiffer for presentation of the Emily Prudden Heritage Society Life Enrichment Lecture

EP LectureThe Emily Prudden Heritage Society Life Enrichment Lecture series continued on Nov.10  with a special appearance by Dr. J. Griffin Campbell, professor emeritus, who taught English at Pfeiffer from 1956-85.

The event, hosted in Greensboro by Pfeiffer alumnae Anne Daniel '67, Margaret Whitt '68 and friend of Pfeiffer Rose Jay, was presented in partnership with Friends of the Library, which helps provide the library with materials and technology to enhance research and promote academic learning. Dr. Campbell recited a poem by Robert Frost and offered a reflection to attending alumni and friends.


Internal Revenue Service's Charlotte office leads Adrian Project on Misenheimer campus

irs exercise3On Wed., Nov. 13, the Student Accounting Society hosted the Adrian Project, a five-hour interactive fraud seminar for more than 30 student participants from Pfeiffer University and Rowan Cabarrus Community College. Special Agent Rajender West and other members of the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division were on hand to facilitate the exercise.

Students were assigned to groups and agents guided them through the significant aspects of a criminal fraud investigation.  Activities included surveillance, search warrant applications, arrest, data analysis and interrogations.  Students were able to discuss fraud at-length with agents and explore career options for all levels of criminal investigations.