NASA Astronaut Headlines Pfeiffer’s Arts and Sciences Week

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March 1, 2019 (Misenheimer, N.C.) - Retired NASA Astronaut Joan Higginbotham will address Pfeiffer University students, faculty and staff March 18 at 10:00 a.m. in the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel. The event, which kicks off the institution’s third annual Arts and Sciences Week, is free and open to the public.

Higginbotham began her NASA career in 1987 as a Payload Electrical Engineer in the Electrical and Telecommunications Systems Division at Kennedy Space Center. She was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1996 and began training at the Johnson Space Center. Joan served on the STS-116 Discovery December 9 - 22 in 2006 as the seventh member of the crew on a 12-day mission. She assisted and participated in numerous space walks that helped upfit the International Space Station and make repairs. 

 “It is truly a privilege for the Division of Arts and Sciences of Pfeiffer University to host such a distinguished speaker.  What more appropriate individual to elaborate on Beyond Boundaries” said Dr. Marilyn Sutton-Haywood, Dean of the Division of the Liberal Arts and Sciences?

Arts and Sciences Week, which runs March 18-21, will offer the community many opportunities to see what Pfeiffer’s campus has to offer. March 18th will also feature a performance from Pfeiffer’s music students at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel and a solo trombone performance by Charlotte Symphony trombonist Thomas Burge at 7:00 in the chapel.

The English program is hosting its popular “Read-a-Thon” from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on March 19th in the lobby of Pfeiffer’s library. Faculty and staff will read aloud John Green’s book The Fault in Our Stars. Later that evening, the university will host the annual George Pfeiffer Symposium from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Harris Hall foyer. Students will display the results of their science projects and be available to discuss the outcomes with participants. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Rowan Museum in Salisbury, senior students in the History program will offer presentations of their final research projects.

March 20th will feature the 14th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition and awards reception. It begins at 3:00 in the second floor Reading Room of the Pfeiffer library. Light refreshments will be provided.

At 1:00 p.m. on March 21st, Charlotte artist Ashley Knight will reveal a commissioned sculpture. Then at 2:00 p.m. in Jane Freeman 115, Stanly County attorney Jenny Reeves Furr, a Pfeiffer alumnus, and UNC-Chapel Hill Law School graduate, will offer a presentation about the process of applying for law school and her varied experiences in the legal field.

Any questions about these events can be fielded by Robin Morris, Administrative Assistant for Pfeiffer’s Arts and Sciences Division, at robin.morris@pfeiffer.edu or 704-463-3105.