Pfeiffer charters a new United Methodist Women unit on campus

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Pfeiffer students inducted into the university’s campus unit were: Joy
Prim, a junior from Yadkinville; Brittani Forte, a sophomore from
Richfield; Sally Lackey, a freshman from Mocksville; Jennifer
Whittington, a freshman from New London; Caitlin Chance, a freshman
from High Point; Crystal Dabbs, a freshman from Huntersville, Meredith
Harper, a freshman from Greensboro; and Tabatha Skipper, a junior from
Salisbury.

Prim, an elementary education major, has been
involved with UMW all her life. It was a natural desire for her to help
establish a unit of the national organization on Pfeiffer’s campus.
With assistance from other interested students and UMW officials,
Pfeiffer became the latest UMW unit in the Western N.C. Conference.

“I am thrilled and proud to be able to say I was
involved with getting the first Pfeiffer unit of the United Methodist
Women started in our conference,” said Prim, who was elected president
of the unit. “This is a big deal and I couldn't have done it without
the other girls or the women of the district who have been there to
support us along the way. This is new territory for all of us so it has
been a blessing.”

Several UMW officials from the western conference
attended the ceremony, including current UMW Western N.C. Conference
President Amy Johnson, Albemarle District President Dixie Tyson, and
former UMW Western N.C. Conference President Mildred Gibson, of New
London, who sponsored the Pfeiffer group.

“UMW has always encouraged teen circles and
college-age women to get involved,” said Johnson. “We have had a long
and great relationship with Pfeiffer and have provided scholarships to
several Pfeiffer students. To organize a charter on campus was the
logical next step. We are very pleased.”

The United Methodist Women organization was
established by six women 137 years ago and has grown to approximately
one million members worldwide. The purpose of the organized unit is to
serve as a community of women whose purpose is to know God, and to
experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ. It is also to
develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of
mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

To charter a unit at the collegiate level, three
or more students have to be interested. They must find a sponsor to
help support and guide the unit, successfully complete the formal
application process, and be approved by the national United Methodist
Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries in New York.
Members are not required to be part of the United Methodist faith to
join.

“This chapter of the United Methodist Women gives
women on campus an opportunity to become part of a spiritual
organization and to live out their faith,” said Gloria Hughes, director
of Christian Peer Leadership Development at Pfeiffer. “The mission of
UMW goes along with Pfeiffer’s vision to become a model church-related
institution.”