Pfeiffer University invites community to annual Christmas concert

handbells 12Pfeiffer choral and instrumental ensembles and Stanly Concert Band to perform

The Pfeiffer University Department of Music presents its annual Christmas concert on Sun., Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. in Henry Pfeiffer Chapel on Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus, 48380 U.S. Hwy. 52N.


Civil rights icon Carlotta Walls LaNier shares experiences with Pfeiffer community

LaNier Group2aOn Nov. 13, Carlotta Walls LaNier, a member of the Little Rock Nine, addressed students, faculty and wider community at Pfeiffer University, retelling the experiences of integrating Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957. She was introduced by Pfeiffer alumna Margaret Whitt '68, professor emerita of English, University of Denver, and author of Short Stories of the Civil Rights Movement (University of Georgia Press, 2006).

Ms. LaNier shared details of a process that spanned three separate dates over the course of a month in Sept. 1957 because of opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 landmark ruling Brown v. Board of Education, which made illegal the racial segregation of public schools. When she and the eight other African American students were finally allowed to enter the high school on Sept. 25, 1957, they were escorted and protected by 1,200 members of the U.S. Army's elite 101st Airborne Battalion, known as the Screaming Eagles, a directive that came from President Dwight D. Eisenhower.


Pfeiffer University Convocation ceremony to officially open 2013-2014 academic year

scottmiddletonReverend G. Scott Middleton, CEO, Agapé Senior to address students, faculty and staff

On Fri., Sept. 6, Pfeiffer University will celebrate its annual Opening Academic Convocation with keynote speaker Reverend G. Scott Middleton, founder and CEO of Agapé Senior, South Carolina's premier senior health care provider, and a new member of Pfeiffer's board of trustees. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Merner Center for Health and Physical Education on Pfeiffer's Misenheimer campus.

Traditionally, Academic Convocation is held early in the fall semester to formally welcome new students to Pfeiffer University. The event signals the beginning of students' academic careers and provides an opportunity to introduce themselves to the campus community. 


State-of-the-art technology leads Harris Science Building renovations

Cropped KWalker SmartboardFaculty and students returned to Misenheimer this fall to a completely renovated lecture hall in Harris Science Building — an upgrade that comes with state-of-the-art technology as well as timely infrastructure and design updates.

Funded in part by a grant from the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts, the project places Pfeiffer University at the forefront of classroom technology with the latest SMART Board products. Its features, including a 130” overhead screen, allow faculty to use the Internet in the classroom, save notes and share them electronically with students, interact with guest lecturers from remote locations and more. Tables are equipped with portals so students can bring and plug in their laptops, notebooks or tablets; however, complete wireless capability makes plugging in an option. In addition, the room's chairs swivel 360 degrees to facilitate student collaboration.



Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship recipient to study in China

Annette Lowder resizedSenior art student Annette Lowder was recently accepted into the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This scholarship provides awards for undergraduate college students in the United States who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad programs all over the world.


Pfeiffer students analyze complex issues as part of 2013 NCICU Ethics Bowl in Raleigh, N.C.

ethics bowl resizedOn Feb. 8-9, Pfeiffer University students Diamond Pate, Kayleigh Peterman, Rachel Harden and Stacy Guinto-Salinas traveled to Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, N.C., to participate in the 2013 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Ethics Bowl.


Tiffony Jacobs, original member of the Freedom Writers, to speak at Pfeiffer University

tiffony jacobsOn Sun., Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., Pfeiffer University welcomes to its Misenheimer campus (Henry Pfeiffer Chapel, 48380 US Hwy 52N), Tiffony Jacobs, an original member of the Freedom Writers, a group of at-risk students from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif., who changed the direction of their lives through a powerful English class writing project in 1994—and named their group after the Freedom Riders who fought against segregation during the Civil Rights Movement. The event is free and open to the public; seating is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis.


Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University collaborates with Opera Carolina and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art to offer Art to Poetry to Music at the Bechtler and Pfeiffer University

confuciusThe Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University (located at the Charlotte campus on Park Road), in a special collaboration with Opera Carolina and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, will present Art to Poetry to Music, a music and visual art performance that explores and demonstrates traditional Chinese calligraphy in combination with Chinese and Western visual art, music and poetry.


Get on the right track: Pfeiffer's Center for Professional Advancement is now offering an exciting new Clinical Medical Assistant training program in conjunction with Boston Reed

medical woman2The Clinical Medical Assistant training program offered in conjunction with Boston Reed College will prepare students to assist a physician, provide care to patients in a doctor's office or clinic and sit for a national medical assistant certification exam.


Pfeiffer students give kids the world over winter break

give kids theworld2Over winter break, sixteen Pfeiffer students spent several days volunteering at Give Kids the World Village, a nonprofit resort that provides children with life-threatening illnesses and their families a week-long vacation free of cost.


Pfeiffer University's reaccreditation reaffirmed by The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

dr.KingPfeiffer University has been reaffirmed accreditation for the next ten years by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS),, the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting public and private higher education institutions in the Southern states.

“Reaccreditation by SACS is the culmination of more than three-year's effort and preparation by Pfeiffer faculty and staff,” said Dr. Tracy Y. Espy, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “While we know instinctively that Pfeiffer University offers a high-quality liberal arts experience, this distinction confirms that Pfeiffer is on a path toward continued excellence.”


Freshmen to sponsor a blood drive to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy

On Dec. 6 from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Stokes Student Center Community Room, the freshman class will sponsor a blood drive to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims.


Students travel to Duke University to participate in research symposium

Tyler Smith Sam Jarmusch Kaleigh Peterman Taylor Neal Kaleigh Featherstone Robert Letto Kayla Lookabill Joseph Sutlive resizedOn Sat., Nov. 17, a group of students and faculty from the Division of Arts and Sciences attended the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS) at Duke University in Durham, N.C.  SNCURCS is an annual symposium that showcases multidisciplinary undergraduate research and creative scholarship from all institutes of higher education across the state.


Milton Rose Fellowship scholar thrives on campus and in community

Rebecca Pigg resizedSenior exercise science major Rebecca Pigg is a Milton Rose Fellowship scholar will soon take the knowledge she gained at Pfeiffer into the real world.

Rebecca has participated in the Milton Rose program since her freshman year and has conducted extensive research throughout her college career that focuses on the benefits of running barefoot versus running in various types of running shoes.


Senior Pfeiffer students gets real-life experience as intern with Misenheimer Police Department

Shaffaq resizedSenior criminal justice major Shaffaq Usman will graduate in December, and when she does she will be well prepared for post-grad life. In addition to a comprehensive curriculum in the classroom, Shaffaq has the opportunity for experiential learning through an internship with the Misenheimer Police Department.


Bluegrass performance to kick off day of activity at Pfeiffer

oldgrassOn Sat., Nov. 17, Pfeiffer University will hold Bluegrass Music on the Front Lawn, an event featuring bluegrass band OLDGRASS. The event will coincide with Falcon Preview Day Open House and will take place on the Pfeiffer lawn from 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, and the show will be moved inside the chapel in the event of rain.


Grant from Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts to support Harris Science Building lecture hall renovations at Pfeiffer University

cannonUpgrades advance Pfeiffer's emerging role as a regional leader in health-related programs

The Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts, Concord, N.C., have awarded a $200,000 grant to Pfeiffer University, primarily for renovations to the lecture hall on the main floor of the Harris Science Building on its Misenheimer campus. Support for updating what is currently the campus's largest learning space includes integrating state-of-the art technology into its infrastructure to enhance the teaching and learning experience for faculty and students.


Department of Nursing Class of 2014 receives white coats in preparation for clinical training

Class 2014 EOn Fri., Oct. 5, members of the class of 2014 from Pfeiffer University's department of nursing received their white coats in a ceremony marking their preparation for clinical training in the region's hospitals and medical centers.


Pfeiffer senior Beth Kauffman honored for community service

Pfeiffer Student Impact BKauffmanPfeiffer University senior Beth Kauffman is one of 17 students across the state to receive the 2012 Community Impact Award. Given by North Carolina Campus Compact, the award recognizes college students who make significant, innovative efforts to address local community needs.


Pfeiffer University dedicates Nursing Department's state-of-the-art learning facility

Nursing Dept Dedication 092912resizedStokes Construction of Albemarle contributes $25,000 for opportunity to name faculty office

Today, Pfeiffer University dedicated the Department of Nursing's newly renovated and recently opened space in Harris Science Building on its Misenheimer campus during Homecoming weekend. The facility, located on the building's second floor, includes state-of-the-art patient simulators, classrooms and an observation room from which faculty may program realistic patient-care scenarios for students to respond to in preparation for clinical training.