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Pfeiffer celebrates Homecoming 2010, 125-year anniversary

Last year, hundreds of alumni, students and friends converged on the Pfeiffer campus in Misenheimer during Homecoming 2009 to connect – or reconnect – with classmates and former professors, to share stories and create new memories. This year’s event is planned to be even larger as the university celebrates its 125-year anniversary during Homecoming 2010, Sept. 24-26.

"Homecoming this year promises to be bigger than ever, featuring a concert, a number of special events, and gatherings,” said Paul Clark, director of development. “There’s no better time of year to return to Misenheimer than to commemorate the university’s rich legacy as we celebrate this exciting milestone anniversary.”

The weekend’s events will include the Hall of Fame Induction, the ever-popular emeritus faculty tent, famed Alumni Association Silent Auction, Annual Alumni Awards ceremony, admissions and campus tours, alumni athletic games and sporting competitions, Male Chorus Reunion, the Francis Center 10th anniversary breakfast, lunch on the lawn, milestone reunion lunches and dinners, Beach Blast celebration and concert, Homecoming dance for students, and a special guest presentation by the Fugees Family, an international organization devoted to working with child survivors of war. The highly-anticipated debut of Freddie, the university’s new and improved mascot, will occur during Saturday’s festivities. The weekend will conclude on Sunday with the annual Homecoming Worship Service featuring emeritus faculty and guest pastor Rev. William Faggart ’60.

If you plan to attend, but haven’t signed up, please register today. For additional information, call 800-338-2060 ext. 6, or visit for a complete list of events.

Beach Blast Celebration features the Catalinas
The Catalinas will perform an outdoor concert on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. on the front lawn. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be served as alumni, students and friends enjoy the sounds of one of the nation’s top beach bands.

Since the Charlotte-based group formed in the late 1957, the Catalinas have been the warm-up band for such popular artists as The Temptations, Four Tops and The Monkeys. To read more, click here.

Place your bids!
The Pfeiffer University Alumni Association Homecoming Auction is well underway, with currently 96 lots now available for bids and new items added daily! This is a great time to get an early start on holiday shopping. All auction proceeds will benefit the Pfeiffer Fund, which enables the university to offer additional scholarships to students who would otherwise be unable to afford a Pfeiffer education.

Auction items include professionally framed prints by well-respected artists, vacation getaways, pottery, collectibles, tickets to popular athletic events, jewelry and more. Please review the online auction catalog, which displays a variety of exciting and unique merchandise – then place a bid!

The silent auction will be held on the first floor of Jane Freeman Hall on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. Checkout will begin at 2:30 p.m. Bidders do not have to be present to win.

Refugees, turned soccer players share their amazing stories of triumph Sept. 24-25

The Fugees Family is not your stereotypical family unit. In fact, many of them aren’t related. However, the nonprofit works with child survivors of war through soccer, stability and structure as they relate to one another through their shared experiences . They derive from dozens of war-torn countries and share some unimaginable and horrific stories - from fighting as child soldiers to walking for years through the Sudan as “lost boys,” these young men are looking for freedom. They find peace on the soccer field.

Some of those stories will be shared when members from the Fugees Family visit Pfeiffer during homecoming weekend. Founder of the group, Luma Mufleh, has escaped her own sort of captivity. A Muslim from Amman, Jordan, Mufleh never seemed to live up to her father’s expectations, which forced her to search for deeper life value. On Sept. 24 at 10 a.m., Mufleh will share her incredible tale in the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel. As coach of the team, she has found that meaning.

On Sept. 25 at 10 a.m., the Fugees will play an exhibition match against Pfeiffer’s JV soccer team. Both events are free and open to the public. While at Pfeiffer, the team will tour campus led by one of their past teammates, Shamsoun Dikori, a psychology and human services major at Pfeiffer. Dikori, who came as a freshman, also had a nightmarish tale before arriving to the U.S. and the Fugees. The senior now plans to build a much-needed school in his native home of Sudan. His story is a dream come true.
For details, contact Sylvia Hoffmire, director of cultural programs, at or (704) 463-3359.

Outstanding, Distinguished alumni award recipients named

Sharon Bard ’79 and April Jones Havlin ’76 have been selected by their Alumni Association peers to be the recipients of two prestigious alumni awards. The pair will receive their honors at 10 a.m. on Sept. 25 during a special awards ceremony held in the chapel.

A nearly three-decade veteran Pfeiffer staff member, Sharon Bard (pictured right), current director of facilities, will be honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award for her work and long dedication to the university. In recent years, Bard has been responsible for capital renovations and improvements on the Charlotte and Misenheimer campuses. She began working for the university in 1981, shortly after graduating with a degree in social work. Prior to her current position, Bard also has served as Pfeiffer’s bookstore manager and director of auxiliary services.

In 2001, while April Havlin (left) was speaking to a group of prostitutes in Nicaragua, she said God planted a vision to help these women and others like them. She wanted to start a vocational center to help them escape street life and make a virtuous living to support themselves and their families.

Three years later, Havlin and her husband, Mike, opened the House of Hope Nicaragua, a home to more than 50 women, girls and children. With support from individual donations, grants, and teams that raise funds for construction materials and then come to Nicaragua to donate the labor, the complex now comprises 10 houses. Havlin will be honored with the distinguished Alumni Award for her embodiment of the Pfeiffer ideal of servant leadership.

The Francis Center celebrates 10-years

The Francis Center for Servant Leadership celebrates a 10 -year anniversary with a special event for current and past Bonner Leaders, Francis Scholars, and NC-ACTS! grads. A drop-in breakfast will be held on the Saturday of Homecoming from 9 a.m.–10 a.m. in Room 215 of the Stokes Student Center.

To help form a clearer and more deliberate mission for Pfeiffer, the Francis center was established. Returning to its Methodist roots, the university sought to re-establish the very path that defined its identity as a Methodist university by embracing the ideals of John Wesley "to love God and each other." The Francis Center coordinates Pfeiffer’s service scholarship programs and volunteers and helps place students in community partnerships with the surrounding communities and works with faculty and staff to incorporate service learning into the curriculum. The center also coordinates educational programs such as Campus Week of Dialogue and Servant-Leadership Week.

For details about the Francis Center breakfast, please contact Hilda Keeney at (704) 463-3105.

Pfeiffer choir, music alumni invited, to perform in a “Centennial Concert,” special work to debut

To celebrate Pfeiffer’s move to Misenheimer 100 years ago as well as the university’s 125th anniversary, a special concert will be presented twice.

On the Misenheimer campus at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Pfeiffer Chapel, and in Lenoir, at the JE Broyhill Civic Center, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4.

The concert will feature Pfeiffer’s Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir in a Festival of Hymns and classics. The ensembles will perform anthems special to the Pfeiffer Choir, including: Martin Shaw’s “With a Voice of Singing,” Gilbert Martin’s “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” Mack Wilberg’s “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” and the Alma Mater and Benediction. Additionally, a premiere of an exciting new work, “Rejoice!,” composed for the special occasion by Ed Kiefer, former director of instrumental music, based on the Wesley Hymn “Rejoice the Lord is King.”

Pfeiffer alumni and friends are encouraged to join the groups in singing some special anthems accompanied by the Wind Ensemble. For details, contact: David Kirby, director of instrumental music, at or (704) 463-3182.

CEO celebrates university’s milestone birthday

On Sept. 13, dozens of Pfeiffer students, faculty and staff celebrated the university’s 125 birthday on the Charlotte campus during its monthly Cultural Exchange Reception. Participants enjoyed a performance from the visiting Shaolin Warriors, Chinese monks and masters in Kung Fu, and a well-known artist Chinese calligraphy artist. University archivist Jonathan Hutchinson presented digital Pfeiffer images from past and present, and of course, birthday cake was served.

The event was sponsored by Cultural Exchange Organization (CEO). This new club on the Charlotte campus is open to all students and scholars who participate in social, service, and mentor activities. Members host monthly Cultural Exchange Receptions and International Coffee House activities, serve as ambassadors and meet prospective students during the university’s information sessions that are held throughout the year. They also engage in a number of service projects.

Confucius Institute hosts visiting Chinese monks, Kung Fu artists

The 1,500-year-old tradition of Shaolin Kung Fu, a unique expression of China's Zen Buddhist culture, will debut in Charlotte through the Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University. Four longtime and well-respected Kung Fu masters are visiting the university from the Hunan and Shanxi Chinese providences to offer martial arts courses and performances now through Nov. 20.

The Yandong Shaolin Kung Fu Troupe will offer two non-credit, 10-week sessions on Saturdays in the student center on Pfeiffer’s Charlotte campus, 4701 Park Rd. Beginner Chinese Kung Fu 1 will be held from 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. and introduces students, ages 15 and up, to basic Kung Fu techniques, five-step boxing and Shaolin-Linked boxing styles. The course is $120. Chinese Kung Fu Beginners 2 will be held from 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. This more advanced course will focus on techniques and jumping styles. Cost for this 10-week session is $240.

The Confucius Institute is a non-profit organization located on the university’s Charlotte campus. The institute seeks to bring awareness of Chinese language, culture, and business practices to the local communities it serves.

Pfeiffer to launch iTunes U site

In the coming months, Pfeiffer will join the selected group of colleges and universities on iTunes U, an innovative distribution system designed specifically for higher education institutions by Apple Inc. The site will allow iTunes users to access original content from Pfeiffer, such as course lectures, podcasts, engaging video and audio content featuring co-curricular events, chapel services, student organization activities, athletic events and more. The system can particularly facilitate communication for the whole Pfeiffer community, including students, alumni, faculty, and any iTunes users. Subscribers will have the original content delivered automatically right to their iPods, smart phones, and computers. 

The Pfeiffer iTunes U will be listed among the limited number of official partner institutions with Apple Inc. This project is one of the Pfeiffer’s strategic efforts to keep the whole Pfeiffer community close and strengthened. The Pfeiffer page is expected to launch in early 2011. More details to follow.

Celebrating Pfeiffer’s History: The Administration Building
y Jonathan Hutchinson, university archivist

On Sept. 2, 1923, the current Administration Building was dedicated the Freeman Administration building, named in honor of Mrs. Margaret J. Freeman, who was no relation to Jane Freeman. Freeman contributed $70,000 to construct the facility.

Under the direction of architect Otis C. Poundstone, the Administration Building was remodeled in 1936 to match those buildings that were constructed in 1935 – Cline, Merner, Goode, Rowe halls and the President's House. The remodeled Administration Building was rededicated on Nov. 15, 1936. Click here to see a postcard of the Administration Building made shortly after construction was completed in 1923.

Also, please read latest issue of The Falcon's Eye, the student newspaper, to view the special 125th anniversary edition. A special thanks to University Archivist Jonathan Hutchinson who served as an expert source and special consultant for this issue. Become a fan of the Falcon's Eye on Facebook to get the latest news. Simply search “The Falcon's Eye” on Facebook and join the page.

In an effort to commemorate Pfeiffer’s 125th anniversary, which is being celebrated this year, we will share quick facts about the people and events that have helped to shape the the institution. Homecoming weekend is a great time to visit campus and join the university’s milestone celebration.

Alumni inducted into Pfeiffer Sports Hall of Fame

The Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will again recognize some of the university’s best former athletes during Homecoming 2010. The always-favorite ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, in the Stokes Student Center Community Room. The 2010 inductees are: Michael Cerino '88, Andrew McArthur '03, Nemanja Sovic '01 and George Pfeffer ’63. For details and to purchase a $25 ticket, c ontact Micki Thompson ’91, ’07 MSL for details at or call (704) 463-3221.

Sporting News ranks forward Chris Woods preseason All American

Men’s basketball senior forward Chris Woods, a criminal justice major from Greensboro, N.C., has been selected as a preseason All American selection in the NCAA Division II ranks by the Sporting News. Woods led a prolific offensive attack in 2009-2010, as the Falcons averaged an NCAA record 103.1 points per game and finished the season with an 18-10 record. In his junior campaign, Woods was nationally ranked in the top ten in scoring (22.4 points per game) with a field goal percentage of 61 percent, and averaged 7.3 rebounds while playing 23 minutes per game. To read more, click here.

Lacrosse coaches serve seniors during meals on wheels deliveries

Last month, Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Peter Milliman and Stephen Torkington, assistant lacrosse coach, delivered Meals on Wheels to a dozen of seniors in Stanly County. One of their stops was at the home of a World War II Veteran, who often shares interesting stories with those who visit his home.

“We not only enjoyed the service component of the afternoon, but got a chance to meet some interesting people,” explained Milliman. “I’ve also committed my team to the project. I think for the sake of our program, these are the types of activities I’d like to get our team more involved in. We’re looking forward to it.”

From the first "Meals On Wheels" delivered in canteens to British servicemen during WW II; to the first formal Meals On Wheels program in America, serving Philadelphia shut-ins in the 1950s, The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest national organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 U.S. states.
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Dr. Dianne Daniels (pictured right) , assistant professor of nursing and chair of the Department of Nursing, is among the list of The Great 100 nurses in North Carolina. This prestigious, peer-recognition award honors Daniels’ work in nursing and promotes nursing excellence throughout the state. Daniels has made important contributions to Pfeiffer since she joined the faculty in 2008. As the chair, she was instrumental in the 2009 launch of the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program, which began accepting students in fall 2009 and is expected to produce approximately 20 additional qualified nurses each year. She will be recognized during a formal gala in Greensboro on Sept. 18.

Amnazo Christel Muhirwa (pictured left), a pre-nursing student and psychology major, also received recognition from The Great 100. The Charlotte student received one of several $2,000 scholarships from the organization and will also attend the Sept. 18 gala. Earlier this year, Muhirwa also received t a competitive, merit-based scholarship from the North Carolina Nurse Scholars Program.

Dr. Don Poe, dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, was featured in a recent issue of the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly newspaper for his work to help homeless cats find homes. Last year, Poe published the book Samson's Rock, which chronicles the story about a stray kitty rescued by Poe’s family. The book can be purchased on and proceeds from the book benefit animal rescue.

Laura Herrick (left) was named director of counseling services. Herrick, who previously served as director of career services, will provide services that contribute to the academic success, personal development, and positive social contribution of Pfeiffer students. She will coordinate individual appointments, focus and support groups, workshops and seminars that support and meet student needs. Herrick replaces Daryl Bruner, who accepted an administrative post in Michigan.

Jackie Lafferty (right) ’64, of Concord, recently endowed a scholarship to benefit deserving Pfeiffer students who are from Cabarrus County. Her father, the late Robert Burrage, was a member of Pfeiffer Junior College’s class of 1938, and university trustee, who was honored with trustee emeritus status. Burrage and his wife also established a scholarship at Pfeiffer. For details on how to endow a Pfeiffer scholarship, please contact Jo Ellen Newsome at or (704) 463-3037.

Chris Knowles (left), a senior international business major, has secured a semester-long internship in Brussels, Belgium with ICODA European Affairs, a lobbying firm. In his role, the Bahamas native attends meetings for the European Parliament, European Union, and other regulatory bodies. He monitors the financial conglomerates directive dossier during these meetings and conducts research on countries inside the EU for a book ICODA is publishing for other firms. Knowles was selected from 12 candidates, including students from Penn State and Furman. To learn more about Knowles' experience and how Pfeiffer prepared him to compete in a global market, click here.

Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo, associate professor of religion, wrote an article “Love Your Neighbor,” which appeared in the August issue of response, a magazine printed by United Methodist Women for women in mission. Mission-in-Residence at Pfeiffer, Wingeier-Rayo’s piece discussed the popularity of United Methodist-supported Wesley Community Centers for seniors in Atlanta, Ga.

To view more upcoming Pfeiffer events, click here to be directed to the university calendar.

Sept. 24-26 – Pfeiffer will celebrate its rich legacy and 125th milestone anniversary with alumni, students and friends during Homecoming 2010. This tradition celebrates the university’s unique heritage and allows alumni to reconnect with the campus community and fellow classmates while providing an opportunity to make new friends and enjoy lots of exciting activities. The Carolina’s favorite American beach band, the Catalinas, will perform a concert Saturday evening. Visit the Homecoming 2010 web site for details or call (800) 338-2060 ext. 6.

Sept. 30 – Pfeiffer Responds will host “Employment practices for our churches,” a daylong session that will provide useful employment practices and information to help congregations deliver an effective ministry. Led by the Rev. Joy T. Melton (pictured right) ’77, J.D., chief resource officer of the United Methodist Property and Casualty Trust, the session will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the university’s Charlotte campus. Cost to attend is $30 per person and includes lunch. Those interested are asked to RSVP by Monday, Sept. 27. To register or for details, contact Kathleen Kilbourne ’79 at or (704) 945-7315.

Sept. 23 – Prospective adult students are invited to learn more about the adult degree programs offered at Pfeiffer during several upcoming information meetings held this fall on the Charlotte campus, 4701 Park Rd., at 5:30 p.m. All sessions will be held at the university’s Charlotte campus at 5:30 p.m. For additional information and to learn more about what programs are offered, please call (704) 945-7320 or visit:

Until Sept. 24 – An upcoming exhibit entitled “Go Figure,” a celebration of the human form featuring North Carolina artists Adele Goodman and Roger Hicks, will be on display through Sept. 24. Pictured right is Hick's work "Inuit Girl." For details, contact Joshua Cross, assistant professor of art and director of the gallery, at or (704) 463-3160.

Oct. 1
The second annual microfinance colloquium “Banking on the Future: Exploring Microfinance as Service” will join academics, practitioners and faith-based communities to explore the principles, methods and best practices in microfinance and its link with servant leadership. The daylong event will be held on the Charlotte campus. For details, visit

Now through Oct. 21 – The Pfeiffer Institute will host a parenting support group facilitated by Cynthia Seaforth and Cassi Goforth, therapy interns and second-year graduate students in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Pfeiffer. The sessions will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday nights for six consecutive weeks from Sept. 16 – Oct. 21. The group will meet at the Pfeiffer Institute, 4805 Park Rd., Ste 250. Cost per group meeting is $5 for individuals per night - total $30 for the entire six sessions. For more details, call (704) 945-7324 or visit

Oct. 2 – The Confucius Institute will host a mid-autumn festival at 4 p.m. on the Charlotte campus. The event will highlight fun family activities, arts and crafts, Kung Fu performances, and samples of traditional foods that will allow participants to explore and experience the Chinese culture. The cost is free. For details, visit or email

Oct. 7 – TheMarriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program will host a community MFT Networking EXPO from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the Charlotte Campus, 4701 Park Rd.  This special event is intended to promote community outreach and will offer brief family, marriage, and parenting workshops as well as depression screenings. Area partner organizations will display their services. Current students, Pfeiffer MFT students, who need internships, alumni, friends, and community members who need affordable mental healthcare are encouraged to attend. This event is free of cost. For details, please call (704) 945-7324.

Oct. 7 –The Department of Health Administration and the Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executive Group will host "Career Positioning: Proactively Managing Your Professional Development" from 6-8 p.m. on the Charltote campus. Learn to ehance your professional development and reach the next level as healthcare executives share their experienes and strategies. Pfeiffer MHA students attend free, but prices range from $10 to $30. To register, MHA students should email All others, please visit

Oct. 25 – The Triangle Campus will soon relocate to its new impressive facility at 2880 Slater Rd., Morrisville, N.C. An open house will be held at 5 p.m. to showcase the new location, which will make room for continued expansion and growth. RTP graduates, current and prospective students, friends and the public are invited. For details, call Bennie Felts, director of the Triangle campus, at or (919) 941-2920 x2927.

Ongoing Sunday Night Monthly Taize Service, hosted byThe Village Church, will resume its monthly partnership with Christ Episcopal Church of Albemarle. At 6 p.m. in the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel in Misenheimer, there will be a service of every fourth Sunday open to the community. This simple service of prayers, chanting and songs has its historic roots in the monastic Taize community in France. The service will last approximately one hour and cultural credit will be available for students.

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