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Civil rights icon Carlotta Walls LaNier shares experiences with Pfeiffer community

LaNier Group2aOn Nov. 13, Carlotta Walls LaNier, a member of the Little Rock Nine, addressed students, faculty and wider community at Pfeiffer University, retelling the experiences of integrating Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957. She was introduced by Pfeiffer alumna Margaret Whitt '68, professor emerita of English, University of Denver, and author of Short Stories of the Civil Rights Movement (University of Georgia Press, 2006).

Ms. LaNier shared details of a process that spanned three separate dates over the course of a month in Sept. 1957 because of opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 landmark ruling Brown v. Board of Education, which made illegal the racial segregation of public schools. When she and the eight other African American students were finally allowed to enter the high school on Sept. 25, 1957, they were escorted and protected by 1,200 members of the U.S. Army's elite 101st Airborne Battalion, known as the Screaming Eagles, a directive that came from President Dwight D. Eisenhower.


Pfeiffer University's nursing program earns initial accreditation from Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

pfeiffer bsn logo finalPfeiffer University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program has received initial accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the premier national accreditation agency for baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing.  This designation ensures current and prospective students that Pfeiffer's program, which opened in 2009, offers and is held to the same high standards as similarly accredited nursing programs across the United States.

The accreditation is marked effective as of Feb. 20, 2013, the date of CCNE's initial on-site evaluation at Pfeiffer's Misenheimer campus. During this visit, a team of CCNE evaluators from across the country reviewed the nursing program's documentation and interviewed faculty, administration, staff, students and alumni. Initial accreditation is granted for a five-year term ending in 2018, demonstrating the agency's confidence in the program's ability to consistently meet the stringent standards required for high-quality nursing programs.


Pfeiffer University and Livingstone College welcome Carlotta Walls LaNier of the Little Rock Nine and present the Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels

LaNierCommunity welcome to events at both campuses that honor the civil rights movement

On  Nov. 12 and 13, Pfeiffer University honors the history of the civil rights movement in partnership with Livingstone College, with special appearances by Carlotta Walls LaNier, a member of the Little Rock Nine, the group of African American students in Arkansas credited with integrating Central High School in 1957, and presentation of the Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels.

On Tues., Nov. 12, noon-4 p.m., members of the community are invited to Stokes Student Center's Community Room on Pfeiffer's Miseneheimer campus, 48380 U.S. Hwy 52N, for self-guided tours of the Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels, a traveling exhibition described as one of the nation's foremost collections of African American artifacts and history. Also on Tuesday, Ms. LaNier will appear at Livingstone College, Salisbury, speaking to Livingstone students and faculty. At 3:30 p.m., the public is invited to a reception at Livingstone's Events and Hospitality Center, where Ms. LaNier will sign copies of her book, A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School (One World/Ballantine, 2009).


Pfeiffer University Wind Ensemble and Stanly County Concert Band Join Forces for A John Williams Tribute

desmond harrellresizedThe Pfeiffer University Wind Ensemble and Stanly County Concert Band will perform A John Williams Tribute, Sat., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, 26032 Newt Road, Albemarle, N.C.  

The concert will feature classic movie themes by composer John Williams, accompanied by clips from featured films , including Star Wars, Superman, E. T., The Patriot, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, 1941, A. I. (Artificial Intelligence), Home Alone 2, Hook, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.  


Dr. Mark Lassiter '91 offers advice to pre-professional students

dr. lassiter photoOn Mon., Nov. 4, Mark Lassiter, D.D.S., '91 addressed Pfeiffer students at the Misenheimer campus who are interested in applying to medical, dental and other graduate programs. His visit was organized by Pfeiffer ProGrads, a student organization for those interested in possibly furthering their education after they graduate from Pfeiffer.

Dr. Lassiter, who owns Norwood Dental Clinic in Norwood, N.C., spoke about preparing for the Dental Admissions Test, applying to dental school and being a business owner in addition to his own experience as an undergraduate transfer student at Pfeiffer.


Pfeiffer senior Melissa Roberts honored for work in community

Pfeiffer - MRoberts HeadshotRoberts, other Pfeiffer students and staff to present at upcoming conference

Melissa Roberts, a senior at Pfeiffer University, has received a 2013 Community Impact Student Award. Given by North Carolina Campus Compact, an association of colleges and universities committed to fostering campus-community engagement, the award recognizes one outstanding student on each campus for making a difference in the community. Roberts is one of nineteen students across the state to be honored.


Pfeiffer University students "Give Kids the World" during fall break

GiveKidsTheWorld Oct13During their fall break, 15 Pfeiffer University students and two staff members traveled to Kissimmee, Fla., to participate in a service project with Give Kids the World, a nonprofit organization that provides vacations free of charge to children facing life-threatening illnesses and their families.


Pfeiffer University launches partnership with Career Masters International to provide high-quality opportunities for students in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham

rick searsOn Oct. 22, Pfeiffer University hosted a career readiness workshop with Career Masters International (CMI), a leading independent career readiness, training and management firm and Pfeiffer's new partner for providing career services to its graduate and degree completion students on the Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham campuses.


UNC-TV features Pfeiffer students completing undergraduate degrees as adults

unctvOn Oct. 10, UNC-TV, North Carolina's public television network, aired a lengthy story about nontraditional students who return to school to complete their degrees—featuring several Pfeiffer University students and faculty members as well as Pfeiffer's Misenheimer and Charlotte campuses.


Class of 2015 nursing students recognized during White Coat Ceremony

Group photo w facultyOn Oct. 4, the Department of Nursing held its third annual White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony is designed to recognize junior-level students who have been accepted into the upper-level division of nursing, marking the transition from the lab and classroom to nursing care of real patients in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

"The white coat symbolizes professionalism," said Dr. Dianne Daniels, chair, department of nursing. "Receiving it is a milestone, and it means that the students are now assuming responsibility for the care of patients as they put theory into practice."


Pfeiffer Institute clinics in Charlotte and Raleigh to offer free mental health screenings Oct. 7-12

pfeiffer logo mha2The counseling service of Pfeiffer University's Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program is offering free mental health screenings and initial counseling sessions Oct. 7-12 in Charlotte and Raleigh to coincide with National Depression Screening Day on Thurs., Oct. 10.


Friends of Pfeiffer University Library Welcomes Stanly County Native, Author Shelby Smoak

Shelby Smoak FOLibraryOn Thurs., Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-noon, the Friends of Pfeiffer University Library presents its fall 2013 author event, featuring Stanly County native Shelby Smoak. The cost is $10 per person; brunch will be served, Pfeiffer Library, 2nd floor, Misenheimer campus, 48380 U.S. Hwy 52N. 

Mr. Smoak's award-winning book, Bleeder: A Memoir (Michigan State University Press) narrates his struggle during college at UNC Wilmington with hemophilia and subsequent HIV infection, which he acquired through a blood transfusion. The book, for which Mr. Smoak was awarded the IPPY gold medal for memoir, has received praise from Library Journal, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Glamour and POZ. He has discussed the book at length on NPR's "Weekend Edition" and "The Bob Edwards Show" on XM radio.