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Ashley West '15, a Virginia native, arrived in North Carolina to pursue a degree in sport management as well as her dream of playing lacrosse at the intercollegiate level. This past May, she graduated from Pfeiffer University with countless memories from playing for a nationally-ranked lacrosse program. However, it was through her senior internship experience with the Kannapolis Intimidators,
Atlanta-based trial lawyer Arch Stokes, partner, Stokes, Wagner, Hunt, Maretz and Terrell and nephew of Dr. J. Lem Stokes, who served as Pfeiffer’s president from 1955-68, was commencement speaker.
Senior Emily Stallings also offered her reflections about how this experience helped to bridge the gap between what she’s learned in the classroom and what she’ll be expected to apply during her student teaching capstone experience in the fall. “I learned how to integrate technology in all of the subjects, and how it can be done.
The evening began at the Gustavus Adolphus Pfeiffer Library where participants registered and said goodbye to their parents for the night. Following dinner in the cafeteria, a movie in Pfeiffer’s theater and games in the gymnasium, the kids were escorted back to the library.
“This year’s seniors exemplify the purpose of pursuing a liberal arts education, which is to take advantage of opportunities that will expand them in directions determined by their interests and propel them forward after graduation,” saidJoshua Cross, associate professor of art. “Art majors at Pfeiffer are required to participate in the senior exhibition while for minors it is suggested.
In addition to the individual honors earned by Pfeiffer students, the chapter was awarded the North Carolina Gold Star Chapter Award and the Terry Lowrance Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding local chapters that have actively participated in Phi Beta Lambda state and national conferences, projects, programs and publicity/membership activities throughout the year.
Throughout his career, he has worked as radio and television “Voice of the Maine Guides,” a triple-A baseball club as well as broadcast several games for Fox Sports; he is the only non-official to be inducted into the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Officials Association.
During their presentations, which are sponsored by the Francis Center for Student Leadership at Pfeiffer, the Kings will outline their journey with autism, from Patrick’s diagnosis, which came with the medical community’s warning that he was also mentally retarded and would likely never speak.
The students were stationed in the team hotels throughout Uptown Charlotte to serve both the teams and their fans. The volunteer positions allowed students to interact with many recognizable celebrities from the sport industry.
Speakers scheduled throughout out the day will address one of three professional tracks for CPE units (CLE-pending) for accountants and other financial services professionals: financial crimes, eldercare fraud and abuse, and protecting elders’ investments.
Pfeiffer University/Misenheimer campus offers STEM Into Summer, June 15-18, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., for elementary and middle school students. Campers will spend four days immersed in their favorite science topics, thinking critically and having fun. For complete details, click here.