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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.


Leadership through service: Pfeiffer students help boost a community in need

Students Concord Service webOn Sun., Sept. 29, 20 students and faculty members from Pfeiffer University joined more than 300 other volunteers for I Love My City, an all-day service project in Concord, N.C.

Volunteers were assigned to help transform the exteriors of homes and yards of residents who'd agreed to participate, all located within a two-block radius in an area of Concord that has experienced economic challenges.


Pfeiffer University Homecoming 2013 "Celebrates the Village"

Celebrate the Village Logo resizedPartners with Village of Misenheimer for 10th Anniversary of Corporation

Pfeiffer University's annual Homecoming activities are scheduled for Fri., Sept. 27 and Sat., Sept. 28 on its Misenheimer campus (48380 U.S. Hwy 52N). This year's theme, "Celebrate the Village,"honors the 10th anniversary of the incorporation of the village of Misenheimer and the unique relationship that Pfeiffer shares with the community.


Pfeiffer remembers Trustee Emeritus Henry E. Farmer '60

Henry Farmer HeadshotThe faculty, staff and students of Pfeiffer University mourn the death on Sept. 18 of Henry E. Farmer '60, trustee emeritus.

Mr. Farmer, a Stanly County native, enrolled at Pfeiffer College in 1955 while working on the Misenheimer campus as a welder on a dormitory project. Having regretted leaving Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1951 due to his father's illness despite earning a scholarship, he was compelled to complete his education.


Pfeiffer Institute Reach Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic-Morrisville celebrates grand opening with ribbon cutting and open house

hands resizedFri., Sept. 20 - Community Invited

Sept. 17, 2013 (Morrisville, N.C.)—Pfeiffer University-Raleigh announces the grand opening of Pfeiffer Institute Reach, a nonprofit clinical service of its Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program, which offers affordable, individual, couples and family counseling, with an open house and reception on Fri., Sept. 20, 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the Reach clinic, 600 Airport Boulevard, Suite 600, Morrisville, N.C. (one mile west of I-40). The community is invited. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served; no RSVP is required.

After a ceremonial ribbon cutting, an open house for the medical, education, law enforcement communities and other guests will feature tours of the Reach clinic's state-of-the-art counseling facility. Pfeiffer University and Pfeiffer Institute Reach welcome special guests and speakers Wanda Nicholson, executive director, North Carolina Marriage & Family Therapy Licensing Board; Jackie Holcombe, mayor, city of Morrisville; Michael C. Miller, president, Pfeiffer University; and Dr. Susan McHale Wilkie, director, Pfeiffer University Marriage and Family Therapy program.


Coach Joe Ferebee shares 50 years of baseball memories in a videotaped oral history

Coach FerebeeBob Rathbun, voice of the Atlanta Hawks, travels to Misenheimer for interview
On Sept. 11, Atlanta Hawks broadcaster Bob Rathbun visited Pfeiffer University to capture the thoughts and baseball memories of legendary Pfeifer coach Joe Ferebee for a videotaped oral history. Coach Ferebee, affectionately known as “the winningest coach in North Carolina baseball,” led Pfeiffer's baseball program from 1958-1986. A member of eight halls of fame for his contributions to youth baseball in the state, Ferebee spent 13 years as a professional baseball scout.

Ferebee, who is 94, shared lifetime of memories with his longtime friend Bob Rathbun, who grew up in Salisbury, N.C., during the 1950s and ‘60s when Ferebee coached for Salisbury High School and the American Legion baseball system in Rowan County.  During the interview, the two reminisced about the ways Rathbun learned about the game of baseball from Ferebee as well as Rathbun's lifelong ambition to become a professional sports broadcaster. Rathbun began his career in 1973 as sports director for WSTP Radio in Salisbury, later becoming the Atlanta Braves play-by-play announcer (1997-2006). Currently, he partners with Dominique Wilkins for television broadcasts of Hawks basketball and calls play-by-play for Southeast Conference (SEC) football games on FSN South and Atlantic Coast Conference football games for Raycom Sports.


Pfeiffer University Convocation ceremony to officially open 2013-2014 academic year

scottmiddletonReverend G. Scott Middleton, CEO, Agapé Senior to address students, faculty and staff

On Fri., Sept. 6, Pfeiffer University will celebrate its annual Opening Academic Convocation with keynote speaker Reverend G. Scott Middleton, founder and CEO of Agapé Senior, South Carolina's premier senior health care provider, and a new member of Pfeiffer's board of trustees. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Merner Center for Health and Physical Education on Pfeiffer's Misenheimer campus.

Traditionally, Academic Convocation is held early in the fall semester to formally welcome new students to Pfeiffer University. The event signals the beginning of students' academic careers and provides an opportunity to introduce themselves to the campus community. 


Pfeiffer University's Master's in Health Administration Program celebrates "20 Years of Academic Excellence"

pfeiffer logo mha2Featured speakers: Novant Health's Carl S. Amato and Dr. Stephen L. Wallenhaupt

On Tues., Sept. 10, Pfeiffer University celebrates the 20th anniversary of its wide-reaching Master's in Health Administration (MHA) program with 20 Years of Academic Excellence, a day-long event for healthcare professionals, alumni and other guests at its Charlotte campus, 4701 Park Road in the SouthPark neighborhood.

The event features a number of expert presentations and networking opportunities, including a healthcare forum (CEUs offered), luncheon, reception and open house. Attendees may register at to participate in one or more sessions.


Juilliard School's Dr. Virginia Allen to collaborate with Pfeiffer's department of music as executive in residence

Virginia.AllenPfeiffer University welcomes Dr. Virginia Allen as executive in residence for the university's undergraduate music program. In this role, Dr. Allen, who joins Pfeiffer in September, will work closely with faculty and administrators to formulate a strategic platform for the advancement of the department of music and related majors and programs.

A highly accomplished musician, composer and scholar, Dr. Allen, who most recently served as assistant dean for orchestral studies at The Juilliard School, New York City and artistic director for the Conducting Workshop for Music Educators, will focus on aligning the strategic plan for the music department with the university's emerging enterprise strategy. In doing so, enhancing the relevance of programming and curricula to meet the education and career needs of 21st-century musicians is a priority.


State-of-the-art technology leads Harris Science Building renovations

Cropped KWalker SmartboardFaculty and students returned to Misenheimer this fall to a completely renovated lecture hall in Harris Science Building-an upgrade that comes with state-of-the-art technology as well as timely infrastructure and design updates.

Funded in part by a grant from the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts, the project places Pfeiffer University at the forefront of classroom technology with the latest SMART Board products. Its features, including a 130 overhead screen, allow faculty to use the Internet in the classroom, save notes and share them electronically with students, interact with guest lecturers from remote locations and more. Tables are equipped with portals so students can bring and plug in their laptops, notebooks or tablets; however, complete wireless capability makes plugging in an option. In addition, the room's chairs swivel 360 degrees to facilitate student collaboration.