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Starnes Award Nomination Form

The purpose of the Starnes Award for outstanding achievement is to provide recognition to a faculty or staff member of Pfeiffer University who makes a significant contribution in an academic, service, humanitarian, or athletic endeavor. Nominations will be accepted from any Pfeiffer University faculty, staff, or current student through April 10.

Examples of criteria for award:

Academic- contributions to student growth, development, and achievement beyond what is expected; collaborative teaching that extends beyond the classroom to include learning experiences in the community; superior creativity within their field; outstanding faculty research.

Service- exemplary Servant Leadership that shows personal commitment through sacrifice of time and resources in an area of demonstrated need above and beyond what may be expected or compensated.

Humanitarian- promotion of human dignity, social reform, human welfare, or philanthropy within a marginalized population carried out in a way that respects and embraces human diversity.

Athletic- outstanding contribution as a teacher/mentor who has compiled a distinguishing record or who has made a long-term exemplary contribution to the Athletic Program through strong leadership.

The criteria above are merely examples for your consideration. Additional consideration will be given to any staff or faculty member who, through any campus or community activity, makes an enduring contribution to society by making a difference in the lives of others.

Please click here for the nomination form:

NCAA Sweet 16 Has Direct Tie to Pfeiffer

March Madness is upon us and perhaps the biggest story of the “Sweet 16” is that a pair of brothers have guided their respective programs to the regional semifinal round. Pfeiffer has a direct tie to Archie and Sean Miller, the coaches of Dayton and Arizona respectively, as their father John was a two-sport athlete at Pfeiffer and is enshrined in the Pfeiffer Sports Hall of Fame.

John Miller was inducted into the Pfeiffer Hall of Fame in 2003 and was a basketball and baseball standout for the Falcons. Miller, a 1965 graduate, was a three-time All-Conference and All-District player. On the baseball field, John was named the Conference Player of the Year before beginning a very long and successful coaching career. Just like his two sons, it didn’t take Miller long to find success on the sidelines. Coaching in Western Pa., Miller won more than 630 games during his career at Riverside and Blackhawk high schools and led the Blackhawk Cougars to western Pennsylvania’s longest section winning streak at 111 victories. He won eight WPIAL AAA titles and four Pennsylvania state championships.

“John was one of the most outstanding athletes to ever play at Pfeiffer,” said Deputy Athletic Director and 1974 graduate of Pfeiffer, Jack Ingram. “He was a leader on the basketball court and a star shortstop on the baseball diamond. He took the knowledge he gained in competition and has shared it with many people since.”

Miller’s family coaching tree is extensive as his two sons may be the hottest commodities in college basketball right now. On top of his children, Miller also coached Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari.

John’s oldest son, Sean, played at the University of Pittsburgh from 1987-91. Following his graduation, Miller had assistant coaching stints at N.C. St., Pittsburgh, Miami University (OH), and Wisconsin. His first taste of head coaching came in 2004 when he took over the Xavier program. In his five years, he led the Musketeers to a 120-47 record and a .718 winning percentage. In 2008 he guided Xavier to the Elite Eight and took the program to the Sweet 16 the following season. After the 2008-09 season, Sean took over the Arizona program and has two 30-win seasons in his first five years. Arizona is currently a No. 1 seed and was ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in 10 years.    

Archie played for four years at N.C. St and later became an assistant coach for the Wolfpack. Later, he joined Thad Matta’s staff at Ohio St. before teaming up with Sean on the Arizona sidelines for two years. On April 3, 2010, Archie was given his first head coaching job at Dayton. In his first three seasons, Miller has led the Flyers to a 62-37 record and their first trip to the Sweet 16 since 1984 in his first NCAA tournament appearance.

The Millers are one of six brother combinations currently coaching at the Division I level. Archie and Sean’s younger sister Lisa also played Division I basketball.

Dayton kicks off the Sweet 16 round on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. when they take on tenth-seeded Stanford with a trip to the Elite Eight on the line. Later that evening, at 10:17 p.m., Sean will guide his Arizona team to a matchup against Steve Fisher and San Diego St.  

Pfeiffer University Sophomore Patrick King's Story Detailed in "Optimism For Autism"

Most of us can only imagine the challenges inherent in raising a special-needs child.  Susan King has collaborated with her son Patrick, a Pfeiffer University sophomore who attends school on both academic and athletic scholarships, about raising an autistic child. Patrick was diagnosed with autism at age five.
 
"Optimism for Autism" is the King's family story of faith and love and shows how Patrick has developed into a well-rounded person who achieved a 3.95 GPA his freshman year while competing on Pfeiffer's swim team in endurance events. He participates in both the 500 and 1,000-yard freestyle events. After graduation, Patrick hopes to design video games.
 
"I hope that the book will encourage parents and other autistic kids," Patrick said. "I want others to see the struggles and see that I persevered."
 
The Kings will be featured on Charlotte station WBTV Wednesday afternoon to talk about the book. They were also the subject of a feature article in Sunday's Salisbury Post.
 
"Optimism For Autism" is available at Amazon.

Liberian Boys Choir to Perform March 23

Liberian Boys ChoirPfeiffer University will host the Liberian Acapella Boys Choir Sunday, March 23. The choir, which has gained international renown, features Pfeiffer student-athlete Robbie Rogers. The two-hour performance will be held in the Chapel and begins at 8:00 p.m.

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