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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.


Pfeiffer Welcomes Largest Freshman Class in Three Years to Misenheimer Campus for 2013-14 Academic Year

Move INOn Thurs., Aug. 15, incoming freshmen and other new students move into Pfeiffer's residence halls—assisted by committed Pfeiffer alumni who return to campus specifically for this event— joining student-athletes and campus student leaders who arrived last weekend, as the 2013-14 academic year gets under way.

Enthusiasm has been building even before this point, evidenced by students' tweets marking the days till their Pfeiffer experience begins, “I move into Pfeiffer University in like 24 hours. Wow!”
This fall, Pfeiffer welcomes its largest freshman class in three years. While the majority of students are from North Carolina, 26 states and 11 countries are represented among new students.

“Students returning to campus provide new energy and a renewed sense of purpose after summer break,” said President Michael C. Miller. “With new majors such as Financial Fraud and Fraud Examinations and a strong presence in several health related majors, Pfeiffer students have fantastic options for pursuing coursework that leads to meaningful careers.”

For the first time, Pfeiffer welcomes for move-in day nearly 30 local businesses and churches to the Falcon Journey Vendor Fair, an on-campus event giving local merchants a face-to-face opportunity to introduce themselves to Pfeiffer students and their families. Several campus departments will also be present to reach out to students as they arrive. 


Nearly 500 to receive undergraduate or graduate degrees at Summer Commencement

Aug. CommencementOn Sat., Aug. 10, nearly 500 new graduates will cross the stage to receive their degrees in ceremonies to take place at 10:30 a.m., and 2 p.m., at the Merner Center for Health and Physical Education on Pfeiffer University's Misenheimer campus.


Pfeiffer students to serve in South Korea

SeoulThis week, students Melissa Roberts and Briana Oliver will travel to South Korea to participate in the Young Women's Leadership Program associated with the United Methodist Women. From July 25-Aug. 12, they will be based in Seoul, where they will attend an international peace conference and serve at a vacation bible school with 18 other college students from the U.S. This is the fourth consecutive year that Pfeiffer has sent at least one representative to the program.


Pfeiffer Welcomes United Methodist Women for Annual Mission U

UMC Women cropFrom July 18-21, United Methodist Women from the Western North Carolina Conference will gather at Pfeiffer University's Misenheimer campus for Learning Together for the Transformation of the World, the group's 2013 Mission U, the new title for its mission school.