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The weight room in Merner Gymnasium at Pfeiffer University has been named “The Snake Pit” in memory of Lester “Snake” Roberts, who served as the head of security on Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus for 27 years until 1994. Signage will be installed in the coming weeks to commemorate the new name, which honors one of Pfeiffer’

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Phyllis Sockwell
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Often, Pfeiffer University launches a journey in servant leadership, a core principle of the school’s mission. In Phyllis Sockwell’s case, though, that journey was well underway before she pursued a Master of Health Administration at the school, graduating in 2018.

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Jim Haymaker
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It is with great sadness that Pfeiffer University announces the death on Aug. 10 of James Milligan Haymaker, a professor of art at Pfeiffer from 1965 to 2005. He was 85.

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Lester “Snake” Roberts
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It is with great sadness that Pfeiffer University announces the death on July 31 of Lester “Snake” Roberts, 92, who served as the head of security on the Misenheimer campus, for 27 years before retiring from that position in 1994. Unable to stay idle, though, he signed on as the head of security at nearby Uwharrie Point, serving 20 years there before retiring for good.

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Marcus Sawyers
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Why Pfeiffer

Editor’s Note: Rep. John Lewis died of pancreatic cancer shortly after this article ran. The office serving his constituents is now named The Office of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District. Marcus Sawyers ’18 works there as a staffer, having assumed the new title of Senior Confidential Advisor.

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Vernease Miller
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Why Pfeiffer

Back in the early 2000s, Dr. Charles Ambrose, Pfeiffer University’s president from 1998 to 2010, asked each university unit for a Steeple of Excellence project. The task of coming up with one for the now-defunct School of Adult Studies fell to Dr. Vernease Miller, who was serving as the advisor of the school’s Health Administration program.

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Lea Hilton
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Why Pfeiffer

Lea Hilton ’21 of Kannapolis has been volunteering for nonprofits for as long as she can remember. As a Francis Scholar at Pfeiffer University, she received a Francis Service Scholarship, which obligated her to complete 60 service hours each semester.

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Sam Hanlon
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Why Pfeiffer

When Samantha Hanlon ’19 calls herself “a massive, insane advocate for mission work,” she’s probably not exaggerating.

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Austin Rose
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When Austin Rose, a sports management major from Concord, graduates from Pfeiffer University in 2021, he’ll likely be among the stronger candidates for entry-level positions in the front offices of Charlotte’s sports teams.

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