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May 2010

Share your sentiments: By now you likely know that after 12 years at Pfeiffer, President Chuck Ambrose has accepted the presidency at the University of Central Missouri. We are excited to see him transform another university community, but we send him off with heavy hearts. The Ambrose family has been a great presence in the Pfeiffer community. We have watched Charlie and Kathryn grow into fine young adults and Kris has been a leader and champion for the Pfeiffer community. We wish them well and know that many of you would like to do the same. If you have a special message for Dr. Ambrose, or the Ambrose family, please send a message to, and we’ll be glad to pass it along.

Board appoints former Sealy CEO as interim president, Stewart named COO

The Board of Trustees has appointed David J. McIlquham, a Pfeiffer trustee and former Sealy, Inc. CEO, to serve as interim president, effective July 1. He has accepted this post without compensation. McIlquham's appointment follows President Chuck Ambrose’s announcement last month that he will leave Pfeiffer on June 30, to lead the University of Central Missouri. The Board also appointed Bobby Stewart, current special assistant to the president and athletics director, to serve as interim Chief Operating Officer.

“The Board wanted to swiftly identify an interim president who was knowledgeable about Pfeiffer, its business and financial affairs, and felt compelled to appoint someone who could continue the university’s resilience and vigor,” said Greg Hunter, board chairman. “We are fortunate to have individuals with the dedication, demonstrated expertise, skills and talents that both Dave and Bobby possess.” To read Hunter's complete announcement, click here. To read the news release, click here.

Presidential Search Committee named, search site launched

Board of Trustees Chairman Greg Hunter recently announced the presidential search committee. The group, comprised of faculty, staff, alumni, a student, trustees, and business and community leaders, will be responsible for conducting a national search for Pfeiffer’s ninth president.

The committee will conduct their initial meeting in early June to discuss a process timeline, selection of a nationally-respected executive search firm to assist in the recruitment of qualified candidates and the development of a presidential profile outlining the desired experiences and qualifications the next president should possess. The group will make a final recommendation to the board.

A presidential search web site ( has been developed to provide regular updates throughout the process, and an input form has been incorporated to allow you to share your suggestions.

Pfeiffer celebrates spring commencement; Class of 2010 advised to “think big”
President Ambrose participates in final ceremony as university’s leader

While the Class of 2010 marched across the stage to receive their well-deserved diplomas, hundreds of parents, loved ones and friends watched proudly, and many cheered, during Pfeiffer’s spring commencement on May 8. The graduates received some advice to “think big” from Robert Hill, president and chief executive officer, of Acosta, Inc.

President Ambrose, who has led the institution for 12 years, celebrated his last commencement exercise as Pfeiffer’s leader. He and his wife, Kris, and their children Charlie, 18, and Kathryn, 15, were called to the stage and thanked for their dedication and service. They received a huge applause. To read more, click here.

Young alumnus establishes scholarship to help students receive a “well-rounded” education

As a student-athlete at Pfeiffer, Robby Edmiston ’05 remembers how appreciative he was to receive the scholarship that helped to support his education. As a result, the 26-year-old Ernest & Young employee, who was a member of the baseball team from 2002-05, has created a scholarship to provide a similar chance for baseball players who major in either accounting or business.

“I decided to establish the scholarship as I saw it as an opportunity to give an individual the ability to play baseball in college and help offset the cost of a private university,” explained Edmiston who, while at Pfeiffer, earned a degree in accounting and went on to earn a master’s degree in the same discipline from another university.

Edmiston said his college experience was enhanced because he was able to play baseball while receiving a “well-rounded education.” The young alumnus shared how the Pfeiffer scholarship he received while at Pfeiffer not only played a major role while he was a student, but it also helped him immensely following graduation.

“The scholarship I received while at Pfeiffer enabled me to graduate with solid financial footing, where without the scholarship, it would have been more difficult financially,” he said.

The first recipient of the Robert Edmiston Scholarship Fund will be named this fall. Rising juniors or seniors, who have a minimum grade point average of 3.5, are eligible to receive the scholarship for up to two successive years.

For information on how you can establish a scholarship or support Pfeiffer students, call (800) 338-2060 ext. 6 or email

Plan to set sail on Pfeiffer’s 125th Anniversary Caribbean cruise

More than 40 alumni and friends have already reserved their cabins for Pfeiffer’s 125th Anniversary Bahamas Cruise. This great fall break, Caribbean vacation will begin when the ship departs from Charleston, S.C. on Saturday, Oct. 9 and returns on Friday, Oct. 15. Included are three ports-of-call: Key West, Freeport and Nassau! 

Passports are not required, and two people can go for less than $1,000 all inclusive.  We have a limited number of group-discounted cabins available.  Book your cruise today... before it’s too late!  Click here for more information, to find out who has reserved their cabin, or to register.

Lourde Silva named new university registrar

Lourdes Silva (right) has been named the new university registrar and began her new duties last month. As registrar, Silva is responsible for compiling and maintaining official academic records of all students who attend, or have attended, Pfeiffer. She also develops and publishes the schedule for each term, manages the registration process, ensures grades are recorded accurately, informs students of their academic progress, evaluates and approves all credits, and issues all official transcripts of student records. To read more, click here.

Three students travel to Seoul this summer

Three students from Pfeiffer have been selected to travel to Seoul, Korea July 12-25 as part of the Young Women's Leadership Program sponsored by the Women's Division of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church and The Scranton Women’s Leadership Center.

Holly Evensen, a senior religion major from Mooresville, N.C.; Laura Owens, a junior religion major from Randleman, N.C., and Stephanie Marotto ’10, a recent youth ministry graduate from Asheboro, have been selected. Since the program’s inception in 2008, a group of diverse Christian women from other universities are selected for a two-week program that aims to enhance their leadership skills, build networks, create resources for mutual learning and teaching, and generate a passion for mission.

Mark your calendars: Lake Junaluska annual event planned for June 11

In conjunction with the Western N.C. Conference of the UMC, the Office of Alumni Relations will host an annual BBQ dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 11, with alumni and friends at The Foundation for Evangelism in Lake Junaluska, N.C. The cost per person is $13 for adults and $7 for children under 10. Trolley and shuttle services will be available. Reservations are required. For details or to RSVP before June 4, contact Teena Mauldin at (704) 463-3034.

Men’s soccer player gets opportunity of a lifetime

1Men’s soccer midfielder Asher Quave-Robinson (left), a junior physical education major from Columbia, S.C. will take part in a life-changing experience in Brazil with the United Soccer League’s Charlotte Eagles this summer. The trip will focus on intense soccer and sports ministry training. As part of the experience, the junior physical education major will train with the Eagles, build relationships as a teammate and learn to effectively apply his faith on the field. To read more, click here.

Men’s relief pitcher named to All-Southeast Region second team

Relief pitcher Luke Wilhelm (right), a junior sports management major from Lexington, N.C., was named to the 2010 Daktronics All-Southeast Region second team. The right-hander put together a 6-4 record with a 3.41 earned run average. Wilhelm struck out a team best 86 opponents in 71.1 innings pitched. To read more, click here.

Registration begins now for fall baseball camp

Pfeiffer baseball will hold its 11th Annual Showcase Camp for high school student-athletes on Nov. 20-21, 2010 at Joe Ferebee Field. Area coaches and professional scouts will be on hand during both days with a personal performance evaluation also available. For the complete camp flyer/sign up form, click here.
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Robin Listerman , assistant to the provost, and Dawn Lucas , assistant professor of physical education, received the 2010 Starnes Award for Outstanding Achievement. Established by the Starnes Family of Stanly County in 1997, the award, which includes a $1,000 cash prize, is given annually to selected members of Pfeiffer’s faculty and staff for exemplary service to the campus community.

Kathy Odell (left) , director of human resources, received the Outstanding Faculty/Staff Servant Leadership Award last month during a recognition ceremony sponsored by the SGA, the Francis Center, Residence Life, the Center for Outdoor Leadership, and Student Life. Organizers said Odell received the award for her outstanding commitment to the concept of servant leadership, particularly through her involvement with Special Olympics. 

Noah Melton
‘08 (right), recently directed “Cross Country,” a children’s musical that was in the context of a cross country race, at Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church, where he serves as associate director of music ministries. Melton said of this experience: "It surely was an incredible way for our young musicians to experience God’s ultimate emblem of grace and love, which is The Cross. Throughout preparation for the production, the musical encouraged us to “run” to the cross and ask the Lord for courage, trust, love, faith, and obedience when we are afraid. I think one of the greatest adventures any church musician can experience is directing a children's musical."

Enoch Park
(leftt), director of distance learning, organized a special interest group workshop titled “Education and the Cloud” for Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) member institutions on May 4 at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Mass.  Senior level technology administrators from 22 higher education institutions discussed the current and future application of cloud computing for higher education. Park also presented a session titled “Cloud Services for the Classroom,” on hands-on implementation of cloud computing in college classrooms.

Elizabeth L. Wentzel ’10 MSL has been accepted into North Carolina State University’s Doctor of Education program for Adult and Community College Education. She is a quality auditor for Service Technology and Resources at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Kathy Wood Madden (left) ’71 received the Distinguished Service Award from Contact of Mercer County and the Families in Crisis Foundation, Inc. of New Jersey for her innovative programs designed to help returning veterans and their families. Following her recently published book, “Dark Light of the Soul,” she also co-edited the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion. She invites her classmates to keep in touch at

There’s still time to increase your support with the Trustees Match

There is still time to have your gift to Pfeiffer matched by the Pfeiffer University Board of Trustees. Please remember this special opportunity for your annual gift to make a larger impact.

For every dollar donated to the Pfeiffer Fund, Falcon Club or the Adult Studies Pfeiffer Fund during this fiscal year, which ends June 30, the Pfeiffer Board of Trustees will match that gift with a $.50 donation. Thus, a $100 contribution becomes $150. This program will provide vital scholarship support for working families, allowing students who want the Pfeiffer experience to have the ability to follow their dreams.

Please consider making your gift, or at least your pledge for this year, today. You may make a donation online through our secure giving web site at or by calling the Office of Advancement at (704) 463-3034. Thank you in advance for helping to make students’ dreams a reality. To view a special video message produced by Pfeiffer student Josh Jenkins ’11, click here.

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

June 22 – Prospective adult students are invited to learn more about the degree programs for working adults offered through Pfeiffer’s Schools of Graduate and Adult Studies during a series of informational meetings held at 5:30 p.m. on the university’s Charlotte campus. Additional sessions will be held July 14 and Aug. 5. Participants will interact with current students, faculty and program directors and will learn more about admission requirements and curriculum offered by Pfeiffer’s Schools of Graduate and Adult Studies. The fall semester begins Aug. 24. For more details, please call (704) 945-7320, then dial “0” or visit:

Aug. 7 – Hundreds of students earning degrees from the Schools of Adult and Graduate Studies will march to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance.” Two separate commencement ceremonies for the summer Class of 2010 will be held in the Merner Center for Health & Physical Education on the Misenheimer campus. At 10:30 a.m., a ceremony for all Charlotte-based business degrees, MFT, MCE, and MSEE and for all SAS graduates, except business administration, will be held. At 2:30 p.m., Raleigh-based and regional cohort business degree recipients will be honored. SAS business administration graduates will also be part of this ceremony. Doors will open 1 1/2 hours prior to each service.

Aug. 27
– Pfeiffer will celebrate its Opening Academic Convocation, which will begin at 10 a.m. in the Merner Gymnasium. Academic convocations are held to ceremonially welcome the incoming class, embrace the beginning of the academic year, and celebrate special events, like this year’s 125th anniversary.

Sept. 24-26 – Mark your calendars and plan to attend Homecoming 2010!   Featuring the annual Silent Auction, Awards Ceremony, Hall of Fame Banquet, Lunch on the Lawn, a reunion of the Men’s Chorus, sporting games and milestone reunion class events, homecoming features something for everyone. There is no better time to return this fall as Pfeiffer will celebrate a significant milestone – the 125th anniversary since it was established. For more information about Homecoming 2010, check your mailbox in the coming days, visit:, call Teena Mauldin at (704) 463-3034 or email

Summer issue of the magazine coming soon

Please check your mailbox next month for the Summer 2010 issue of the Pfeiffer University magazine and tell us what you think. We want to hear your story ideas and suggestions on ways we can improve the publication.

We’re going on vacation!
This is the last newsletter until August 2010. Have an awesome, fun and safe summer!

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