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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 The exemption from sales tax of meal plans at colleges and universities has been repealed and now are subject to 6.75% sales tax as of Jan 1, 2014.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.


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.