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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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Updated - Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Original post - Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Dear Pfeiffer Pfamily,

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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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Four faculty members at Pfeiffer University have achieved the rank of associate professor. They are Dr. Jason Emory (chemistry); Dr. Laura Reichenberg (biology); Dr. Elizabeth Harrison (music); and Dr. Sandra Holley (accounting). 

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Dear Pfeiffer Pfamily,

As we begin to conclude what seems like a very long summer, we are excited about your arrival on campus in August.  That said, we write to you today to inform you about recent decisions made by our athletic conference, the USA South Athletic Conference.

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Be Different: Finding the Resilience to Lead
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Why do some Christian leaders handle life’s pressures with resilience, while others fail miserably under the same pressures?  

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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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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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Pfeiffer University recognizes that students may have incurred unanticipated expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to announce that Pfeiffer University received a limited amount of emergency grant funding from the United States Department of Education and the state of North Carolina.

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