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Young Clergy Initiative grant will support internships for students preparing for ministry

ChapelPfeiffer University has been awarded a $77,885 grant from the Young Clergy Initiative of the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry, United Methodist Church (UMC), to implement the Lampstand Internship Project, a new university-based program that pairs undergraduate students with paid internships at UMC churches and their partner organizations in the Western North Carolina Conference. The grant is one of 46 awarded from 164 applications to the Young Clergy Initiative, which aims to increase the number of young clergy in the UMC and support those from this population already serving the denomination.

The purpose of Pfeiffer University’s Lampstand Internship Project is to prepare students to discern and explore the call to lifelong ministry through engagement in innovative, community-based learning experiences. It aligns with Pfeiffer’s strategic positioning as a higher education leader in extraordinary hands-on, experiential and mentored learning and a significant contributor to strengthening the United Methodist denomination.


Sharon Decker, NC Secretary of Commerce, to Speak at Convocation

Sharon DeckerSharon Allred Decker, North Carolina Secretary of Commerce, will address Pfeiffer University’s new students, faculty and administration at 2014 Fall Convocation, Fri., Sept. 5, 10 a.m., Merner Center for Health and Physical Education, 48380 U.S. Hwy 52N, Misenheimer, to officially open the 2014-2015 academic year.
Traditionally, academic convocation is held early in the fall semester to formally welcome new students to Pfeiffer. At the launch of their academic careers, students are reminded of the institution’s high standards for academic integrity and expectations for upholding them, a notion that is affirmed by a collective recitation of Pfeiffer University’s honor code.


Men's Soccer Enjoys Team-Building Whitewater Rafting Trip

WhitewaterThe Pfeiffer men's soccer team participated in a preseason team building exercise on Sunday morning as the team traveled to the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C.

The team enjoyed some whitewater rafting and was able to bond and work together. They received training on how to "navigate the waters" and eight players road together in each raft. In the end, a good and healthy time was had by all.
The men's soccer season opens on Sept. 5 as the Falcons travel to take on Millersville at 6:30 p.m. Pfeiffer's home opener is set for Sept. 13 when it hosts Limestone at 4 p.m.

Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge involves daring a person to dump a bucket of ice water over their head within the next 24 hours, or else donate money toward fighting ALS. Even if a person completes the challenge, they're more than welcome to donate money too.

Once a person completes the challenge, they're also supposed to dare several other people — usually three — to participate, which is why the challenge has been growing and growing. Here are challenges done by members of the Pfeiffer family.  All Pfeiffer alums are encouraged to send their videos to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Plyler and Special Assistant to the President for Leadership and Advancement Thad Henry

Campus Guest Coordinator Katie Guessford, Vice President for Enrollment David Boisvert and Associate Director of Admissions Emily Carella

Pfeiffer Athletic Department

Athletic Director/VP for Athletics Bob Reasso

Pfeiffer University Women's Volleyball Team

Brandon Johnson and Darryl Slack

Pfeiffer Tennis

Pfeiffer Adds Hall of Famer Dave Gianferante to Athletic Department

Dave GianferanteAthletic Director/VP for Athletics Bob Reasso has announced the hiring of Dave Gianferante to the position of Associate Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach and Assistant to the Athletic Director. Gianferante is a member of the Pfeiffer Sports Hall of Fame and earned the 2014 National High School Coach of the Year Award while guiding the Notre Dame Academy Golf program.

“We are very lucky to have Dave join our coaching staff and our athletic department,” said Reasso. “His recent National Coach of the Year award, as well as his 12 State Championships, are a testament to his coaching ability. He was a great golfer and soccer player here at Pfeiffer and it's great to bring him home to help the university he loves.”