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Strategic Partnerships

Journey Program Expanding

Pfeiffer and Michelin: exchanging value

Meeting the needs of sophomores


Soccer teams make history


Meet Board of Trustees Chairman Chip Asbury ’78, ’87 WINTER 2014


what’s inside academic updates strategic partnership Q&A Chip Asbury journey program homecoming athletics class notes notable accomplishments ambassador update donor report upcoming events

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EDITOR Susan Messina DESIGNER Gary Veazey CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Erica Norris Burroughs ’04 Jenna Gullege ’12 Cindy Benson Brian Joura Jeremy Zalacca Pfeiffer magazine is produced by the Office of Advancement, with support from the university community. We welcome your feedback about this issue as well as what you’d like to see in upcoming issues. Please email or call 704-463-3040 To change your mailing address or be removed from this mailing, call 704-463-1360 or email pfeifferuniversity @pfeiffer1885

ABOUT THE COVER Zac Chilton ’15 and Whitney Jaffe ’16 are gaining valuable career-related experience with internships at Michelin’s Norwood plant. Page 10

Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a globally engaged, regional university distinctive for its transformational undergraduate experiences and leadership in professional and graduate programs that fill demonstrated needs on its campuses in Charlotte, Misenheimer and Raleigh, and online. Vested in its history as a United Methodistrelated university and propelled by an innovative faculty and staff, Pfeiffer prepares its students for a lifetime of achievement, scholarship, spirituality and service. Pfeiffer University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees.


Message from the president Happy New Year from Pfeiffer University! Returning to Pfeiffer to lead the university while a search for its next president is underway has been rewarding—personally and professionally. So much of what Shirley and I have experienced over the past several months reflects the warm and dynamic place we remember from our time in Misenheimer three decades ago. Academics second to none. Faculty who are willing to give students specialized time and attention. Students who work incredibly hard to set a path toward success. We are excited to return to and be part of an institution wholly determined to stretch beyond its established definition to become a place that offers students an experience found nowhere else. To take what it does best and do it better—especially when it comes to mentoring students and providing extraordinary experiential learning opportunities—all against a backdrop of United Methodist values and tradition. Pfeiffer Journey (page 16), which started as a program to introduce freshmen to college life and expectations, has expanded to address the very special needs of sophomores—and will continue to grow so that all students participate over four years in a formal—yet personalized— path toward graduation, a process that includes preparation for a career launch or graduate school acceptance. Faculty and selected staff are integral to this process as they become certified mentors for the program— a feature that is unique in higher education. In addition, strategic partnerships (page 10)—reciprocal relationships with corporations and nonprofit and governmental agencies—provide value to all involved, including Pfeiffer and its students. A great example is the relationship we have developed with the Michelin plant in Norwood as Pfeiffer students, through career-related internships, have the opportunity to contribute to a major corporation’s enterprise. Such a partnership demonstrates Pfeiffer’s capacity to make an impact and sets the stage for similar relationships in the future. Driving Pfeiffer through its strategic purpose are a number of new programs (page 4), some funded by grants from leading foundations, sustaining Pfeiffer’s competitiveness. This kind of support—along with that of loyal alumni and friends—affirms Pfeiffer’s ability to deliver an educational experience that makes a difference for students living and working in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world. We thank you for your continued support. All the best to you and your families for a happy and healthy 2015.

“We are excited to return to and be part of an institution wholly determined to stretch beyond its established definition to become a place that offers students an experience found nowhere else.”

Jerry M. Boone President




New Programs – New Challenges Pfeiffer University announces several new academic and related complementary programs—some that have launched and others that are preparing to do so. “Exciting new programming allows Pfeiffer to continually offer students opportunities to learn, grow and succeed,”

said Dr. Tracy Espy, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “These programs offer options for new formal learning as well as learning outside the classroom to provide our students with experience and confidence boosting essential for success in today’s workplace.”

Physician Assistant Program Consistent with Pfeiffer’s commitment to health and health professions, the development and launch of a master’s degree level physician assistant (PA) program has been approved by the board of trustees. A grant for $1,000,000 from the Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation will fund the program, which is scheduled to enroll students in fall 2017. Typically, PA programs require students to possess three years of healthcare training and experience; they take courses in basic and behavioral sciences and complete more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations. Pfeiffer’s program will be designed as a year-round, 27-month professional program with an annual cohort of 25-28 students. The program will meet a demonstrated demand throughout a specific eight-county region where students in Pfeiffer’s health programs live, study, intern and serve. Clinical practice sites will be located across this area and focus on rural practice.

RN to BSN/Online As greater numbers of healthcare organizations require nurses to hold bachelor’s degrees by 2020, Pfeiffer introduces an online RN to BSN program, available January 2015. Registered nurses (with a current unrestricted license) holding an associate’s degree in nursing or applied science or a diploma from a hospital nursing program may apply. The program requires a total of 120 semester hours, including 25 semester hours of nursing prerequisites, 26 semester hours of core nursing courses and 45 semester hours of clinical residency Apply online at; for information, contact Dr. Paulita Brooker,

Youth Literacy/Division of Education With the support of a $3,990 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the division of education is working to increase the reading proficiency of 40 third graders from Central Elementary School, Albemarle. The grant is funding the purchase of 10 iPads for the shared use of pre-service teachers who are working as tutors and the students for



diagnostic assessment, instruction, communication with classroom teachers and caregivers, and evaluation. The program is intended to become a model for reading intervention in Stanly County and eventually scaled up to include neighboring counties.

Funded by a $68,000 grant (over two years) from The Duke Endowment, The Village Church, the student-run United Methodist congregation on the Misenheimer campus, will develop and implement Ministering to a Church in Change, a program to boost church vitality in congregations in the Uwharrie District of the Western North Carolina Conference of the UMC. Undergraduate students who are preparing for church-related professions will work in partnership with clergy and lay leaders to assess needs and develop innovative programming that addresses ways to enhance church membership, measure results and, eventually, replicate. An estimated 50 churches and 600 church leaders will participate. For information, contact: Rev. Dana McKim,; or Rev. Sherri Barnes,

Lampstand Internship Project/Dept. of Religion

Doctor of Ministry/Partnership Wesley Theological Seminary

A new program that pairs undergraduate students with paid internships at UMC churches and partner organizations in the Western North Carolina Conference of UMC has been funded by a $77,885 grant from the Young Clergy Initiative of the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry, UMC. The purpose of the program, titled the Lampstand Internship Project based on three New Testament parables, is to prepare students to discern and explore the call to lifelong ministry through engaging in community-based learning experiences. Internships will take place during the 2015-2016 academic year and adjacent summers. For information, contact Dr. Douglas Hume,

Pfeiffer’s first doctoral program is preparing to launch in May 2015 through a partnership with Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C. The program is for church pastors with at least five years of experience and a seminary degree who wish to strengthen their entrepreneurial skills. While the degree will be issued through Wesley, a considerable percentage of program content will be taught by faculty from Pfeiffer’s MBA and Master of Science in Leadership programs to engage students in topics such as effective leadership, entrepreneurial negotiations and organizing for greater inclusion. The program features an intensive study format that includes two-week courses in May and January at Pfeiffer’s Charlotte campus and other locations in the Carolinas and Washington, D.C. For information, contact Dr. Douglas Hume,


Ministering to a Changing Church/The Village Church

Teacher Education Programs Achieve Re-accreditation The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has announced that Pfeiffer’s teacher education programs have received accreditation through 2021. This designation assures that these programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community and teacher education candidates are prepared to make a difference in P-12 student learning.

degree from the division of education is recognized as having quality and value,” said Dr. Dawn Lucas, dean, division of education. “With a pass rate of 92 percent on the N.C. Department of Public Instruction required licensure exams and 93 percent of our graduates employed with the education field, we know that our students are not only prepared to teach but intend to devote their careers to education.”

“With this reaccreditation, teacher education candidates can know with confidence that their Pfeiffer University WINTER 2014



Faculty Update Professor Matt Belles (Education) will present five papers at the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sports Management. They are “A Short Walk with Data-Informed Methods,” “Health Determinants: Should we know and use them?” “Dance Moves in Elementary Physical Education,” “Advocate for Health and Physical Education: What to advocate for and how.” The final presentation, “Mass Games for Physical Education: How to increase activity in a large class,” was made with five students, including Sadie Saine, Pfeiffer’s first Grigg Scholar, who will graduate in 2015. Dr. Chris Boe, Dr. Anne Benson Crutchfield ’77 Dr. Lane Graham, Dr. Angie Kern, Dr. Laura Lauder (all Education) made presentations at the North Carolina Association for Elementary Education (NCAEE) conference, North Carolina Council for the Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) Conference, and National Association of Gifted Teachers (NAGTC) Conference. NCAEE presentations: “Proactive Classroom Management: Keys to Unlocking a Positive Classroom Environment” (Boe and Graham); “Using Picture Books to Teach Art,” (Crutchfield); “Social Studies Active Learning Centers,” (Kern); “Using Picture Books to Curb Bullying,” (Lowder). Alongside faculty at NCAEE were student presenters, Grigg Teacher Education Scholars Char Webber Thompson, Melinda Athay, Matthew Bailey, Emily Stallings, Elizabeth Deeck, Hannah Hill, Kelly Lancelot, Katelynd Caudle and Marissa Trent. NCCTM presentations: “Centers for Dummies,” (Crutchfield); “Literature is a Factor in Math Class” and “A Year of Games,” (Kern); “Using Blogging to Support Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract Lessons.” NAGT presentations: “Arts Integration; Using Technology as a Tool,” (Crutchfield); “Nurturing the Gifts,” (Kern); “Blogging to Raise the Self-Efficacy of Gifted Mathematics Learners,” (Lowder). Dr. Rachel Cozart (Nursing) has been accepted to present “Psychometric Properties of the Revised Gerotranscendence Scale” for Gerontology in Higher Education’s 41st Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference, Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Luke Dollar (Biology) has filmed a “Digital Expeditions” piece for his forthcoming Science Methods textbook for fifth graders with Cengage/National Geographic Learning and presented a webinar for National



Geographic Education Programs on big cat conservation. He also provided consultation to National Geographic for two forthcoming films, Future Cats and Man v. Lion and to the Weather Channel regarding the effects of climate change on cougars in the U.S. He spoke recently at the Schiele Museum, Charlotte, for its Science Café series and at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Dr. Kelli Fellows (Business Communication) presented “Why are we here again? Exploring paradoxical views of higher education institutions as businesses and institutes of higher learning,” Carolinas Communication Association Conference, Greenville, S.C. Accepted for publication in ebook form is Risk and Crisis Communication: Creating a strong foundation for effective action (Denmark: Bookboon Ltd.). Co-authored with two German students from Pfeiffer’s MBA program and accepted for publication in Romanian Journal of Communication and Public Relations is “What’s your CQ? A thought leadership exploration of cultural intelligence in contemporary institutions of higher learning.” Dr. Susan Furr (Nursing) has had accepted for publication, “ServiceLearning and Interprofessional Education in the Nursing Curriculum” in Journal of Christian Nursing. Dr. David Hollar and Dr. Sanggon Nam (both Health Administration) made presentations at the 142nd annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, New Orleans. Dr. Hollar presented “Disability and Health Outcomes in Geospatial Analyses of National County Health Data” and “Impacts of Demographic and Social Support on Cancer Severity: SEER Data 19732010.” Dr. Nam presented “An Exploration of the Longitudinal Association between Obesity, Diabetes and Disability in Older Adults.” An article by Dr. Hollar and Jennifer Lewis ’13 (MHA), “Heart Age Differentials and General Cardiovascular Risk Profiles for Persons with Varying Disabilities: NHANES 2001-2010,” in Disability and Health Journal.

Dr. Nam serves on the editorial board for the Austin Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome. Accepted for publication in the Journal of Addictive Diseases is his article “Prevalence of Adolescent Tobacco and Alcohol Use and Access in Korea: A Public Policy Perspective.” Dr. Christopher Howard (Business Management and Leadership) addressed Pfeiffer faculty and students on American Enterprise Day (Nov. 14) on “The Effects of Obamacare on the American Enterprise System.” Dr. Howard is also in the process of developing student exchange programs that demonstrate the value of global strategic alliances with FH Mainz University and HFT Stuttgart University in Germany. Dr. Douglas Hume (Religion) is co-chair for the New Testament section of the Southeastern Regional Conference of the Society of Biblical Literature, a position that selects presenters for the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, the largest regional gathering of religious studies scholars in the U.S. Dr. Susan Luck ’02 MBA (Business Administration) presented or co-presented: “The Best Tool for the Job,” “Is your Social Media Hurting Your Career?” “The Right Tools for the Job,” International Association for Business Communication Annual Conference, Philadelphia. She delivered the following seminars and training sessions: “Generational Diversity,” Piedmont Natural Gas, Greenville, S.C.; “Conflict Resolution,” HR Department, South Piedmont Community College, Wingate, N.C.; “Communicating Diversity of Thought,” Piedmont Natural Gas; “How to Talk to Get Others to Listen,” Legal Marketers of the Southeastern United States, Charlotte; “How Do I Get There From Here?” Stanly County United Methodist Ministers Association, Misenheimer. Accepted for publication is Zen and the Art of Business Communication, Business Expert Press.

Dr. Patrick Malloy (Accounting) has worked with the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA) and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to spotlight Pfeiffer’s accounting program as a model for AICPA’s Pathways to Success Commission emphasis on changes in accounting education to assure student success in a contemporary business environment. In addition, Dr. Malloy has fostered additional relationships with the N.C. Secretary of State’s Securities Fraud Division, Wells Fargo, Secret Service, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Services, BB&T, Turlington & Associates as well as the loss prevention/ organized retail crime units of Burlington, Barnes & Noble, Target and Walmart to secure experiential opportunities for Pfeiffer students studying accounting and financial fraud.


Dr. Hollar will edit Epigenetics, the Environment and Children’s Health Across Lifespans, with chapters to be contributed by Dr. Nam, Dr. Caroline Hohensee and Dr. Elisa Melvin (both Health Administration).

Dr. Dana Martin (Nursing) made a presentation on the application of complex science on nursing practice and education at the 2014 Journal on Policy and Complex Systems Budding Scholars Conference, Washington, D.C. Dr. Charles Meadows (Communications) co-authored “The History of Academic in Public Relations: Tracking Research Trends Over Nearly Four Decades,” published in Public Relations Review (fall 2014). Dr. Meadows, Dr. Heather Burkhard (Criminal Justice) and Dr. Rosalie Kern (Psychology) recently completed the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop to become certified for online teaching. Dr. Elisa Melvin (Health Administration) completed the University of Washington Health Economics and Outcomes Research Certificate program. Dr. Jamal Navahandi (Health Administration) will serve as editor of U.S. Economic Forecast, a section of the scholarly publication The Journal of Business Forecasting.



MHA faculty and students impress at Maryland conference A two-year collaboration between Pfeiffer University’s department of health administration, Novant Heart Health Institute and Novant Heart Health and Vascular Services led to presentations by 10 MHA faculty members and three from Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Grantee’ Conference, Dec.1-3 in National Harbor, Md. Data gathered from Novant cardiology patients’ medical records by graduate students under the direction of Dr. Sanggon Nam, assistant professor of healthcare administration provided the information related to depression and health outcomes in minority populations and factors impacting relationship longevity among minority couples in which one partner is HIV positive. Presentation topics ranged from telemedicine applications in North Carolina counties and coronary heart disease and blood pressure disparities by race/ethnicity to payer and insurance plan types related to diabetes-related amputations. “The strength of Pfeiffer’s team affected the success of the collaboration with Novant and, ultimately, patient outcomes,” said Dr. Vernease Miller, program director and chair, health administration. “The conference provided an ideal forum for showcasing the caliber of Pfeiffer’s faculty and student researchers.” Students who presented at the conference are Jennifer Lewis and Jessica Sebree, MHA, and Claire Bell, MFT. Faculty presenters from the MHA program include Caroline Hohensee, David Hollar, Jon Martin, Elisa Melvin, Jamal Nahavandi, Sanggon Nam, Vernease Miller, Barnett Parker, Gwyndolan Swain and Carol Vogt.



Faculty Update Dr. Ashley Oliphant (English) will release Shark Tooth Hunting on the Carolina Coast in May. Dr. Don Poe (Psychology) will present “The Statistician in the Basement” at the National Institute for Teaching Psychology conference, St. Pete Beach, Fla. Dr. Marissa Schwalm (English) received the Mary Belle Campbell Scholarship to attend the NC Writers fall conference. Her nonfiction piece, “That Night,” has been accepted for publication in Repel Industries (winter 2014). Her nonfiction essay, “Only Bar in Town,” has been accepted for publication in Cheat River Review. Dr. Ana Smith (Economics) presented two papers at the Missouri Valley Economic Association annual conference. The first, a chapter from her dissertation, is titled “The Effect of a Federal Wellness Policy Mandate on the Prevalence of Adolescent Obesity.” The second is a co-authored paper titled “Income Inequality and Self-Rated Health—an Instrumental Variable Approach.” Dr. Kevin Taylor (Religion) will release Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Question of Tragedy in the Novels of Thomas Hardy in paperback, March 2015, after successful original sales. Dr. Sherra M. White (Human Relations) made the following presentations: “New Wave of Substance Use: Trends and Treatment,” NCAMFT monthly CEU workshop, Pfeiffer University; “Effective Treatment for People Living with HIV for Human Service and Health Care Professionals, U.S. Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C.; “Surviving to Thriving: Escaping Poverty and Increasing Emotional Wellness for Dynamic Leadership,” UNC Charlotte. Dr. Susan Wilkie (Marriage and Family Therapy) presented “Co-Construction: Millennials Ahead!” at a pre-conference session of the Annual Louisiana Association Conference, New Orleans. Dr. Yan Weihong (Humanities) co-presented lectures on Chinese calligraphy for the Confucius Institute’s 10-year celebration at the United Nations.

Faculty Promotions Hats off to the following Pfeiffer faculty members who recently received promotions! “Pfeiffer University extends its deepest appreciation for these dedicated faculty members whose exceptional teaching portfolios indicate a gift for and commitment to high standards of educating,” said Dr. Tracy Espy, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The administration congratulates them on their well-deserved promotions.”

Arts & Sciences Welcome to Dr. Marilyn Sutton-Haywood Dr. Chris Boe promoted to professor, Education

Dr. Patrick Malloy promoted to associate professor, Accounting

Dr. Kelli Fellows promoted to associate professor, Business Administration

Dr. Ying Lu promoted to associate professor, Computer Information Systems

Dr. Brad Frazier promoted to associate professor, Leadership

Dr. Chris Howard promoted to associate professor, Business Administration

Dr. Nur Onvural promoted to associate professor, Economics and Finance

Dr. Jim Vroom promoted to professor, Business

Dr. Marilyn Sutton-Haywood has joined Pfeiffer University as dean, division of arts and sciences. A scientist by training, Dr. Sutton-Haywood comes to Pfeiffer from Shaw University in Raleigh, where she was vice president for academic affairs as well as professor of biology. She has held similar dual posts at Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte. In addition to her classroom and administrative expertise, Dr. Sutton-Haywood has significant experience leading institutions through organization-wide and disciplinespecific accreditation and reaffirmation processes. She has successfully guided three institutions through the Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements. Dr. Sutton-Haywood comes to Pfeiffer as an updated general education curriculum is being implemented. Her goals for the division of arts and sciences align with university-directed changes as well as the academic objectives of the strategic plan. “Engaging in curriculum review, developing inter- and cross-disciplinary curricula, refining student outcomes and demonstrating student achievement through program assessment are all priorities,” she said. “The possibilities are exciting and I am committed to working toward realizing them for Pfeiffer and our students.” WINTER 2014


strategic partnerships:

everybody wins


everal days a week, Zac Chilton ’15 arrives early at the Michelin plant in Norwood, N.C., to put in several hours before heading to class on the Misenheimer campus.

Zac, an exercise science major from Pilot Mountain, N.C., is among the first Pfeiffer students participating in an internship opportunity as part of a strategic partnership between Pfeiffer and Michelin, one of world’s largest manufacturers of tires. Working under the direction of Brad Hinchman, manager, environmental health/safety and security, Zac has been instrumental in developing a stretching program for Michelin-Norwood’s 425 workers to perform before their shifts to help prevent and reduce the number of job-related injuries at the site. With the help of Michelin’s health center manager, Carrie Chandler, RN, Zac has gathered and analyzed statistics to determine the percentage of employee injuries that are muscular in nature as well as identified the departments whose employees are most likely to benefit from the new stretching program. “With this experience I’ve been able to take what I’ve learned in the classroom and use it in the real world,” said Zac. “More important, I’ve learned what it takes to communicate effectively in a business environment.

Michelin intership supervisors Brad Hinchman and Kris McVey guide the work of Pfeiffer interns Whitney Jaffe and Zac Chilton.

“Michelin is proud to develop and foster strategic partnerships with high-quality institutions like Pfeiffer University. It’s a win-win situation.” -Preston Gray, site manager, Michelin plant, Norwood, N.C.

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partnership I feel more prepared to enter the job market when I graduate.” According to Dr. Vinson Sutlive, professor of exercise science for Pfeiffer, classroom activities and labs are essential for students to develop the skill sets they must possess for entering the job market. The additional value of a meaningful internship, he says, “allows them to apply what they’ve learned in situations that cannot be anticipated in a traditional learning environment.” By definition, strategic partnerships offer value to all participating parties. In this case, Pfeiffer is able to expand opportunities for students to be prepared for the workforce and adult life through relevant hands-on experiences, a primary focus of the university’s current enterprise strategy. And Michelin benefits from having students on site who are close to field knowledge and cutting-edge research. The sharing of intellectual capital between Pfeiffer faculty members and corporate fitness and employee wellness experts at Michelin consistently enhances the dynamic relationship between the organizations and people involved. “We can learn from the students’ expertise while they are introduced to the exciting world of manufacturing,



Carrie Chandler, RN, health center manager, Michelin, directs several projects related to Zac’s internship. which is still the engine that drives our economy,” said Kris McVey, Michelin’s facility personnel manager. “Keeping our workforce healthy—and maintaining an environment that allows people to work without illness or injury for as long as they wish to work—keeps America competitive.” Alongside McVey in taking a holistic approach to employee health through their health benefits is Pfeiffer exercise science and biology major Whitney Jaffe ’16. A Milton Rose Scholar, Whitney has created a health packet for Michelin employees that includes tips and tools for making simple and inexpensive lifestyle changes that are likely to positively affect blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, weight and reduced tobacco use—and lower the company’s overall medical costs. When employees hit target goals related to these and similar factors, they receive monetary awards for their individual healthcare accounts, encouraging them to continue making healthy choices. (continued)

Nothing beats experience

Pfeiffer interns consult regularly with Michelin staff to monitor the progress of their projects.

“Students gain real-world experiences that better prepare them for life after college and Michelin gets the benefit of passionate, well-trained new experts in their fields.”

-Preston Gray

“I truly feel that my internship is making a difference to the employees at Michelin,” said Whitney, a Cohasset, Mass., native who plans to apply to graduate school next year. A key aspect of partnerships such as the one between Pfeiffer and Michelin is the ability for information and programs to be replicated or shared more widely, something Michelin is considering for the projects of both Zac and Whitney at other Michelin plants around the country and globe. In addition, Brad Hinchman is exploring the feasibility of Zac continuing his internship next spring to implement Postures and Gestures, an injury prevention program that is showing success at several of Michelin’s European sites. “The success of our relationship with Michelin demonstrates Pfeiffer’s capacity for regional impact, particularly in our niche areas of expertise,” said Carol May, director of institutional advancement. “It’s clear that our approach to strategic partnerships, supported by mentored learning by faculty who are certified coaches, distinguishes Pfeiffer in a competitive arena—and offers students an experience found nowhere else.”

For Kody Sprinkle ’16, living and working in the heart of Washington, D.C., for a semester has provided a refreshing change of pace. An internship through the Capitol Hill Internship Program as a government affairs intern with the Land Trust Alliance has drawn him in to the world of politics—and boosted his confidence. “Confidence is key to living in a political environment,” he said. “I know that I enhanced my network of connections through my time here—and my prospects for the future.” A financial fraud and fraud examinations major, Sprinkle, who is from Statesville, N.C., worked on the national conservation organization’s policy team tasked with finding ways to make certain tax incentives permanent. His internship responsibilities ranged from data entry to drafting letters to key members of the U.S. Senate. “Kody is a great match for the Capitol Hill Internship program,” said Robin Listerman ’09 MBA, Capitol Hill Internship coordinator, who recommended Sprinkle for the program. “He was able to apply what he’s learned at Pfeiffer to a professional environment—and bring his new experiences back to the classroom to share with others.”



Q&A WITH CHIP ASBURY Samuel “Chip” Asbury IV ’78, ’87 (MBA), has served on Pfeiffer’s board of trustees since 2010 and became chairman in June of this year. He is president and chief executive officer of Asbury Management Group, a family owned S-corporation

Leadership in a global higher education environment Chairman Chip Asbury outlines Pfeiffer’s approach to the future

based in Waxhaw, N.C., with offices in South Carolina, Alabama and Kentucky; his son, Andrew (not pictured), serves as chief financial officer. His wife, Mary Clodfelter Asbury ’76, is currently enrolled in Pfeiffer’s master of arts in practical theology program. Their son, Chris, is a Pfeiffer undergraduate at the Misenheimer campus; daughter, Katy, is a high school student.



In what ways has Pfeiffer remained important to you and your family over the years? My Pfeiffer education and experience were second to none—and prepared me exceptionally well for life, personally and professionally. Professors and campus leaders mentored and inspired me in the classroom and by the way they lived their lives. One person who made a distinct impact was Dr. Jerry Boone, who was dean of students during my undergraduate years and is now Pfeiffer’s president. My wife Mary and I met and were married at Pfeiffer and our son, Chris, is currently enrolled. Pfeiffer is very important to the Asbury family!

Given the competitive regional market for graduate and degree completion programs, how do those programs fit into Pfeiffer’s overall strategy? These programs are essential to Pfeiffer’s overall strategy because they support the university’s core values. As a student in Pfeifer’s original MBA program 25 years ago—the first of its kind in Charlotte, I saw firsthand that the graduate faculty cared as much about my educational experience as did the undergraduate faculty in Misenheimer. Today, the market is more competitive—and continued expansion of programming that is in demand and relevant for today’s global economy is critical. It’s important that we not only retain the successful attributes of all our programs—appropriate class size, attention from faculty and a genuine desire for all students to graduate and have meaningful lives and careers—and incorporate the key elements of Pfeiffer’s enterprise strategy into all undergraduate and graduate programs, particularly mentored and experiential learning.


Has the undergraduate experience changed since you were a student—and is it in any way similar? Higher education, the community in which Pfeiffer operates, and the expectations of today’s generation of students have changed significantly. To stay abreast of higher education trends, remain competitive and deliver the very best programs possible, Pfeiffer has updated the ways education is delivered. But in many important ways, the experience is similar. Professors and administrators still take an interest in each student. Lasting friendships, values that shape students through their adult lives, acquiring knowledge necessary for successful careers are still clear priorities. As parents, Mary and I see that Chris’s experience is similar to ours in that way—and that United Methodist values are integrated into all he does. We also see that he will have opportunities for transformational experiences in and out of the classroom that are singularly relevant to today’s global environment.

In August, I attended summer commencement ceremonies for students completing both graduate and undergraduate studies, most of them working adults. I was impressed and inspired by their stories of persistence and sacrifice that had brought them to that point and by the cheers from their families as they walked across the stage. It’s clear that Pfeiffer has an important role to fill for this population. What are Pfeiffer’s priorities for the short and long terms? The board of trustees is dedicated to maintaining the excellence for which Pfeiffer has been known since its founding. We are working closely with President Boone to update technology, provide strong leadership for faculty and staff, and engage students in their studies and personal development. Other short-term goals include enhancing student life, residence halls and enrollment. Over the long term, we must widen Pfeiffer’s financial base, increase enrollment for all programs, expand graduate business and healthcare programs, and provide students with expanded opportunities for community engagement that offers work experience and leads to employment opportunities. What attributes does Pfeiffer seek in a new president—and when do you anticipate the search concluding? Pfeiffer’s next president must be a strong and influential leader and strategic thinker who is able to expand our base of supporters. He or she must possess the vision to move Pfeiffer forward in ways that are positive for students and our community as well as be relatable to our students, alumni, faculty and staff. The search committee is hard at work seeking the right person for this important role. With Dr. Boone currently at the helm on an interim basis, excellent leadership is in place that allows us to take the time to find the right person. We are aiming to have a new president in place by fall 2015 for the beginning of the next academic year.

Chip and Mary Asbury met and were married at Pfeiffer–and celebrated at Homecoming at the annual Met My Mate gathering for which they were inaugural chairs. WINTER 2014


Cure for the “Sophomore Slump” Pfeiffer Journey expands to address the unique needs of second-year students “Most colleges and universities—including Pfeiffer—pay very close attention to the non-academic and student life needs of first-year students as they adjust to college life,” said Deborah Burris, who directs Pfeiffer Journey, an individualized mentoring program designed to prepare students for success before and after graduation. “Pfeiffer is one of only a handful nationwide that gives equal attention to sophomores.” By the time students enter their second year of college, some are ready to declare a major and take on a greater degree of independence. Many, however, are not. Statistically, these students are at an elevated risk for leaving school (see sidebar). “Issues of persistence are acute during the sophomore year,” said Burris. “Broad surveys reveal that often an opportunity is missed to intervene and provide support that can make a difference between dropping out and staying the course.” At Pfeiffer, all incoming, first-year students participate in Pfeiffer Journey. Implemented in 2011, Pfeiffer Journey assigns each student a faculty or staff mentor with whom they meet several times to begin assessing “who they are and who they want to become.” (Mentors will soon be required to complete an internal certification process, a credential unique to higher education.) Students also participate in the first-year seminar, a for-credit course that connects them to Pfeiffer and its traditions and helps them cultivate friendships, assess their life skills and define their priorities.



excursions that push students to stretch their boundaries and reinforce their decisions about the future. Retreat options vary from outdoor adventures to a study of art and art history at museums in various cities.

The sophomore component of Pfeiffer Second-year seminars, “In our second-year seminar, my peers and Journey was introduced for-credit courses that at the start of the all students complete, I have learned about conflict resolution 2014-2015 academic explore far-reaching year to address this human issues such from three perspectives: history, religion issue—and enhance as peace studies and and communication. The experience has the academic and global health, taught student life experiences by interdisciplinary provided an understanding of the rationale for all returning teams of faculty members. second-year students. “These courses fulfill behind our own peacemaking methods.” Students in the class of requirements of the 2017 are now engaged general education - Eli Bostian, sophomore in the second-year curriculum—and portion of Pfeiffer more,” said Dr. Michael Journey, during which Thompson, assistant they will thoughtfully identify the path that supports dean, director of general education. “They are designed their academic choices and create a plan that keeps them specifically to offer engaging content and also boost on course to graduate on time. students’ critical thinking skills and information literacy Features include career exploration; leadership skills assessment; second-year seminar and sophomore retreat, an opportunity to participate in off-campus, small group


“After such close guidance the first year—at Pfeiffer or elsewhere—sophomores often return to school feeling that suddenly they’ve been left to fend for themselves,” explained Burris.

capacity, requirements of the university’s quality enhancement plan.”




What is “Sophomore Slump?” Sophomore slump: Academic disengagement and general dissatisfaction with the college experience, accompanied by poor academic performance, major and career indecision and developmental confusion. Sophomores are often the least satisfied of all students. Ways to address for second-year engagement and success: Engaged learning, campus experiences and peer satisfaction are the largest contributors to a perception that the sophomore year is better than the first. Frequency of interaction with professors is a significant predictor of intent to re-enroll and graduate. An intentional practice of asking positive, open-ended questions helps students optimize their educational experiences and achieve their dreams, goals and potential.



A key element of this stage of Pfeiffer Journey is peer-mentoring, whereby sophomores are matched with seniors from their declared major who offer advice, answer questions about their chosen course of study and help navigate related challenges. “As Pfeiffer Journey continues to develop— and third- and fourthyear components are institutionalized—this Senior Kelly Lancellot and sophomore Kendra will be as important Wilson, both nursing majors paired through Pfeiffer for seniors as for Journey, meet frequently to discuss their studies, sophomores,” said course options and overall direction. Burris. “Mentoring others is more than a leadership skill; it’s a resumé builder.” Senior Kelly Lancellot, who is mentoring sophomore Kendra Wilson, agrees. “This experience is valuable because I am able to help students stay on track and really get them excited about their education,” she said. “I’ve gained a lot from this experience because I know I’m helping someone who has the same passion as I.” With a goal to prepare students for life after they graduate, Pfeiffer Journey’s fundamental supportive framework is likely to positively affect student retention. While currently it’s possible to address that topic anecdotally, all aspects of Pfeiffer Journey, specifically the first- and second-year components, are measurable. Eventually that will be the case also for the third- and fourth-year elements. The features of the later years, which delve deeper into leadership, service, and career preparation, are being introduced gradually in collaboration with the Office of Career Development and Internships. “Pfeiffer’s commitment to mentored and experiential learning crosses all departments of the university to offer students an experience that is like no other,” said Jay Laurens, director of career development. “Pfeiffer Journey touches all students—in the classroom, on the athletic field, in the residence halls and with their advisors. We all have a hand in providing the support students need to create happy and successful careers and lives.”

Last May, Pfeiffer lost a dear friend and dedicated alumnus, J. Keith Crisco ’64 of Asheboro, N.C. A lifelong Pfeiffer champion, Keith was involved with his alma mater in a number of ways, including as trustee and former chair. Present at Pfeiffer most years for Homecoming and frequently for Falcons basketball games, Keith and his wife, Jane Sidbury Crisco ’63, served as honorary chairs for Met My Mate, an annual Homecoming event for couples who met at Pfeiffer. Recently, he was instrumental in the success of an event at the North Carolina Museum of Art that brought together friends and alumni of the university and, in 2013, was a featured speaker at Pfeiffer’s first-ever reunion of MBA graduates. Born in Aquadale, N.C., in 1943, Keith graduated from Pfeiffer University with a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics, after which he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. From 1970-71, he served as a White House Fellow, with the position of assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. In 1978, he returned to North Carolina, specifically to Asheboro, to become president of Stedman Elastics. In 1986, he and his partners founded Asheboro Elastics, which today employs nearly 200 people in Randolph County. Asheboro Elastics/ AEC Narrow Fabrics is a consistent sponsor of Pfeiffer’s annual golf tournament, which starting in 2015 will be known as the Keith Crisco Memorial Golf Tournament.

Keith had served in elected positions on the Asheboro City Schools Board of Education and Asheboro City Council. He was also a member of the University of North Carolina School of Public Health Advisory Council and board chair for Bennett College, Greensboro. In 2008, Keith was appointed North Carolina Secretary of Commerce by then-Governor Bev Purdue. At the time of his death, he was a candidate for U.S. House District 2, facing former “American Idol” finalist Clay Aiken in the Democratic primary.


Missing Keith Crisco ’64, consumate alumnus

In addition to Jane, Keith is survived by their children, who all are Pfeiffer alumni, and their spouses, John ’89 (Bramley), Greensboro; Jeffrey ’91 (Donna), Asheboro; and Julia (Gifford) Del Grande ’94, Asheboro; and six grandchildren.


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Homecoming 2014: A Day to Celebrate and Remember


On Oct. 4, more than 700 alumni and friends returned to Misenheimer for Homecoming 2014. A full day of events, including luncheons, awards ceremonies, reunions, athletics and special dedications—as well as beautiful weather—made it a day to remember.

C. The class of 1964 met for its 50th anniversary reunion.

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Nursing White Coat Ceremony This marks the start of clinical training and students’ transition to official nursing majors. The ceremony was followed by the dedication of the Donald Walser Center for Nursing Education.

E. The class of 1989 gathered for a 25-year reunion.

The Ascot Society Alumni Collection A permanent collection featuring the published books of Pfeiffer alumni, was unveiled at G.A. Pfeiffer Library. Pictured are: Ken Russell ’88, brother Don ’87, Al Rose ’63, president of Friends of the Library, Former President Zane and Joan Renger (’90 Hon.) Eargle, President Jerry Boone; Library Director Lara Little.



D. The class of 1984 celebrated 30 years since their graduation.

F. The class of 1994 met to reminisce after 20 years. The Gore Classroom Re-Dedication, The division of Education dedicated space to the memory of Professor Emerita of Education Dr. Phyllis Gore Houghton, who directed Education at Pfeiffer for many years.

H. At their first official reunion, the class of 2004 caught up with friends at their first official reunion.





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A gift of handcrafted Cricket-Forge benches, installed in several locations around campus from Joe Grimes ’74 and Kimberly Sachse, honors Helen and Elmer Sachse, Kimberly’s parents. Joe was on campus for his class’s 40th anniversary reunion.


Crumbley Hall, named for renovation benefactors Larry (’63) and Donna Loflin (’63) Crumbley was dedicated in Jane Freeman Hall. The Crumbleys also chaired the third annual Met My Mate celebration for couples who met at Pfeiffer.


Annual Alumni Awards Al Rose ’63, Matthews, N.C., president and CEO, Rose Corporation, was presented with the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award and John Boggs ’75, Cary, N.C., president and CEO, Builders Mutual Insurance Company, received the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award. They were joined by their spouses, Helen Miller Rose ’61 and Catherine Boggs, and President and Mrs. Boone.


A meeting of the Pfeiffer Panthers, a group of alumni who graduated between 1957-1960 before the Falcon became Pfeiffer’s mascot, came together to share memories.

M. Lunch-on-the-Lawn, a Homecoming tradition, provided a good opportunity to visit with old friends. N. Susan Sharples ’76, a.k.a. Founder Emily Prudden, put a smile on the faces of Pfeiffer alumni, friends and students as she celebrated and shared about the Heritage Society. O. The annual Junior College luncheon brought together Pfeiffer’s distinguished early graduates. P.

The 25th anniversary of the master of arts in Christian Education program, now known as master of arts in practical theology, brought back those whose work and commitment launched the program. Rev. George Thompson ’65, retired UMC pastor and district superintendent, signed copies of his latest book for attendees. WINTER 2014



Breakaway: Pfeiffer Soccer Makes History Pfeiffer soccer enjoyed its most exciting season to date with both the men’s and women’s teams reaching the championship games of their respective Conference Carolinas tournaments. “While the women’s team sustained the success it has achieved over several seasons, the 2014 men’s team shattered a number of university records,” said Bob Reasso ’74, vice president of athletics and men’s head soccer coach. “Pfeiffer soccer is taking its place among the nation’s elite teams.” The women’s team, which eclipsed double digit victories for the ninth time in a decade, finished the 2014 season in third place with a record of 12-7-2. Hoping to win its second consecutive Conference Carolinas tournament title, the team came up just short in the championship game against Belmont Abbey College by a score of 1-0.

“We knew we could do something special when we started the season defeating the nation’s 20th-ranked team. Winning the conference tournament was one of the happiest moments of my life.” - Roberto Soares ’17 Sports Management major, Second Team All-Conference and Second Team All-State “Making it to the championship game three of my four years on the team is a great accomplishment,” said senior Kayla Rodriguez, a two-time All-Conference player and 2013 Conference Carolinas Tournament MVP. “Advancing to the championship was a perfect career cap for all the seniors.” The loss didn’t diminish the women’s team’s exemplary season. Senior Kaitlin Sampson was named First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-State. Several teammates also earned spots on the All-Conference Team: Aaliyah Jackson, Madeline Gadd and Blakeney Blair were selected to the Second Team, while Tori Jackson and Rodriguez made Third Team. The 2014 men’s soccer team shattered its previous record of 13 season wins with an overall record of 17-5-1, including a record of 16-2-1 over the final 19 matches. The Falcons finished second in the conference and advanced (continued) 22



“Making it to the championship game three of my four years on the team is a great accomplishment,” - Kayla Rodrequez ’15, Biology major, two-time All-Conference, 2013 Conference Carolinas tournament MVP

to the Conference Carolinas tournament championship match for the first time since 2000. Pfeiffer led in penalty kicks over Lees-McRae College as Freshman Mateo Garces-Yepes kicked home the winning goal, sending the team to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. In the first round, Pfeiffer defeated University of South Carolina-Aiken 3-1 as Jaime Siaj connected for two goals to give the Falcons their first–ever NCAA tournament

win. In the second round, however, Pfeiffer competed against Young Harris College, the second-ranked team in the nation, and were eliminated. “We knew we could do something special when we started the season defeating the nation’s 20th-ranked team,” said sophomore Roberto Soares, who was named Second Team All-Conference and Second Team All-State. “Winning the conference tournament was one of the happiest moments of my life.” Sophomore Nathan Regis finished the season with 19 goals and 48 points, both second-highest totals in Pfeiffer history. Goalkeeper Nicolas Dulac set records for wins (16) and shutouts (10) in a single season and the Falcons ranked among the top-ten in the nation in scoring for the majority of the season. Regis and Freshman Martim Galvao earned First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region status. Along with Soares, Jaime Siaj, Roberto Soares and Niko Andrade earned spots on the Second Team All-Conference; Dulac was selected to the Third Team.

“Pfeiffer soccer is taking its place among the nation’s elite teams.” - Bob Reasso ’74 vice president for athletics and men’s head soccer coach




Head and Shoulders Above the Rest Falcons recruits stand tall With basketball season underway, people are noticing the Falcons. With an average height among the current recruiting class of nearly 6’8” it’s impossible not to take note of their presence— as they are the tallest team in Conference Carolinas. “It’s exciting to have size and the depth of talent that these new players bring to our game,” said Jeremy Currier, head coach for men’s basketball. “Add discipline and work ethic, and we’ll have just what we need to be competitive in the conference.” The biggest of the group is Rob Folk, 6’11”, a center from Washington, D.C., who transferred from Cape Fear Community College. There he helped lead the Sea Devils to a top-25 ranking and a trip to the National Tournament. Also new are Mackly Bien-Aime, 6’7” from North Miami, Fla., a pre-med transfer from Malcom X College, Chicago, who received that school’s Winter Scholar Athlete Award, and Keith Jumper, a 6’8” junior from Columbia, S.C., who was the South Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Year with Tusculum College. He led his team in rebounding, blocked shots and free throws and scored a total of 494 points with 280 rebounds and 32 blocked shots. They join forward De’Vonte Jenkins 6’7”, a consensus Top-100 Junior College player from California, and forward Nigel Jackson 6’9” from Central Georgia Tech.

Forward Keith Jumper ’16, Columbia, S.C. major: exercise science




New Leadership for Women’s Basketball

Tooey Loy, who joined Pfeiffer’s coaching staff last spring as from 1990-94, led his team to the Big South regular season head coach for women’s basketball, is deep into his first seatitle and its first postseason appearance, facing Charlotte in son in Misenheimer. He the Women’s NIT. He was brings 17 years of Division I named Coach of the Year coaching experience, “Pfeiffer has a rich history of basketball for the second time (first in primarily as assistant and 2005) and left High Point head coach for the High with an overall record of success, and our players and staff are Point University women’s 163-135, including 88-56 building on that foundation.” basketball program, for the Big South. and most recently from “Pfeiffer has a rich history Young Harris College and - Tooey Loy, head coach, women’s basketball of basketball success, and Queens University. our players and staff are Over ten years as High Point’s head coach, the women’s team never finished lower than fourth in the conference. In 2007, Loy, who played point guard for High Point’s men’s team

building on that foundation,” said Loy. “We’re all committed to giving Pfeiffer and Falcons supporters our very best.”

Forward Nigel Jackson ’16 Fayetteville, Ga. major: business management

Forward DéVonte Jenkins ’16 Youngstown, Ohio major: psychology




Indoor Track: Out of the blocks at Pfeiffer Pfeiffer’s men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams debuted on Dec. 6 at the JDL College Kick-off Classic in Winston-Salem. For the first time in Pfeiffer’s history, winter track season is underway. “The addition of winter indoor track and field puts Pfeiffer on par with other Conference Carolinas universities,” explained Head Coach Christopher Wood. “The ability to compete year round—with cross country season in the fall, track and field in the spring and now indoor track in winter— offers our current athletes opportunities to improve their performance and makes Pfeiffer’s program more attractive to high-quality sprinting, long distance and throwing recruits.” At its opening meet, the team of 42 men and women competed against athletes from 28 other universities, with several notable performances. In the men’s high jump, Chris Gilles cleared 1.94 meters, just short of NCAA provisional qualifying. Distance runner Josh Wilhoit finished eighth in the men’s mile with a run of 4:48.88. For the women, Jayde Kemp placed seventh in the 500 meters, finishing with a time of 1:25.73. Shot putter ChyAnn Ketchum threw for 11.30 meters, placing just outside the top ten. Coach Wood, named the North Atlantic Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2012, joined Pfeiffer’s athletics department in January to develop the indoor program.

“The addition of winter indoor track and field puts Pfeiffer on par with other Conference Carolinas universities” - Christopher Wood, Head Coach Indoor Track and Field, Cross Country He came from Husson University, Bangor, Maine, where he led the track and field and cross country programs; coached jumps, javelin and sprints/hurdles and implemented a comprehensive sports performance program for 18 athletic teams. Previous posts were at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Wash., and LaSalle University and Temple University, both in Philadelphia.

A New Angle of Approach Falcons Hall of Famer Dave Gianferante leads golf program Dave Gianferante ’72 has been named head coach for men’s and women’s golf after joining Pfeiffer’s department of athletics earlier this year as associate coach for both teams. He is also serving as assistant to the athletic director. Gianferante, who is a member of Pfeiffer’s Sports Hall of Fame, played golf as a student as well as soccer, scoring 42 goals from 1969-72 and being named an NAIA All-District player. Gianferante, a PGA of America professional, comes to Pfeiffer following a celebrated career as a high school golf 26


coach in Massachusetts, during which he was named Boston Globe’s Coach of the Year four times (2002, 2005, 2009 and 2014) and the 2012 Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Girls Golf Coach of the Year. Twice he was named the National Federation of States High School Association Massachusetts Coach of the Year; he also received the 2012 National Federation of States High School Association’s National District Coach of the Year and 2014 National High School Coach of the Year. Over 15 years at Notre Dame Academy, Worcester, Mass., Gianferante achieved a 244-11 record, including ten consecutive undefeated seasons.

On Fri., Dec. 5, the Pfeiffer University department of Athletics inducted three individuals and the 1992 men’s basketball team into the Sports Hall of Fame. New members include Rex Mitchell ’74, basketball, who was recognized for his career as a high school basketball, cross country and track and field coach for Surry Central High School in Dobson, N.C.; Jimmy Lee Waugh ’79, baseball, who played professionally for the Toronto Blue Jays and coached for Limestone College and Belmont Abbey College; and Beth Bennett Welsh ’79, swimming, who was a national qualifier and state champion in the 50- and 100-yard backstroke, 200- and 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay. Also receiving awards were Katherine Athens ’14 and Hayden Kirk ’14, both lacrosse, for earning Pfeiffer University’s 2013-14 Female Athlete of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year titles, respectively.

Katherine Athens ’14

Hayden Kirk ’14

Beth Bennett Welsh ’79

Rex Mitchell ’74


Hall of Fame - Recognizing Excellence

Jimmy Lee Waugh ’79

1992 Men’s Basketball Team 30-5 season record 14-0 in conference play 11 games with 100 + points Carolinas Conference champions District 26 champions NAIA National Tournament NAIA National Final Four

Honored from the 1992 men’s basketball team were Marcus Elam; Barry Whitaker, manager; Bobby Lutz, head coach; Fred Bennett; Forrest Johnstone; Tony Smith; Avery Moore; Jeff Dockweiler; Brad Brown (obstructed); Neil Jones; Nick Sambenidetto, assistant manager; and Dave Davis, assistant coach. Honored but not present were Greg Frazier, Antonio Harvey, Benny Moss, Jon Sams, Shaft Thompson and Neil Willoughby.




notable accomplishments 1940s Dr. Carl Turner ’48 was inducted into the Berwick (Penn.) Academic Hall of Fame, in April. After earning his master’s degree from Harvard University and doctorate from Duke University, he worked in government research before turning his focus to teaching. He retired as an economics professor at North Carolina State University in 1995. He wrote numerous publications on macroeconomics, in particular the Soviet economy. His most recent is “Soviet Economic Reform” in 1990. 1960s Sandy Strope Hill ’60, a former newspaper editor, has published her fourth novel, The Blue Car. Set in Piedmont N.C., in 1952, the book tells the story of a 12-year-old girl whose mother is hustled away by strangers in a blue car. All of her novels are available online. Rev. Dr. George Thompson ’65 has published God Is Not Fair, Thank God! Biblical Paradox in the Life and Worship of the Parish. Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Larry Halsey ’69 is serving on the Jefferson County (Fla.) School Board for the 2012-16 term. He retired from the University of Florida Extension Service in 2009. 1970s Dr. Wayne Davis ’70, dean of the University of TennesseeKnoxville’s College of Engineering, was honored at the College’s 175th anniversary gala in 2013, with the announcement of a major gift made in his honor. A $3 million donation established the Wayne T. Davis Endowed Deanship, which will provide program support to the College. Jack Ingram ’74 was inducted into the Stanly County (N.C.) Hall of Fame in 2013. As a coach, athletic director and professor at Pfeiffer for nearly 40 years, he is currently the department head for the university’s sports management program. In 2000, the Pfeiffer softball field was renamed Jack Ingram Field. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Pfeiffer Alumnus Award. Dr. Angela Coley Mills ’74 has been elected to the Stanly County (N.C.) Board of Education and currently serves as vice chair. She is retired from the school system, most recently serving as an assistant superintendent.

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Eddie Cobb ’75 was inducted into the Greater Mount Airy (N.C.) Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. One of the most successful basketball coaches in school history, he coached the Lady Bears from 1983-98 and posted a career record of 278-120. Among his former players is Pfeiffer alumna Lou Ann Thomas ’93. Dr. David Ritter ’76 was honored by Wilkes Community College with the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award, the College’s highest level of recognition for a faculty member. He is the lead economics instructor at WCC, where he joined the faculty in 1999. He is also very active with the Humane Society of Wilkes, Civil Air Patrol and Foothills Amateur Radio Club. 1980s Rev. Doug Paysour ’81 moved to Calvary United Methodist Church in Stuarts Draft, Va., in 2011 to serve as its lead pastor, with his wife, Gail and sons Matt and Ben. Their oldest son, Jacob, was married in 2012 to the former Joanna Marcy. Brenda Hurlocker Feathers ’88 is a special education teacher in the Iredell County (N.C.) school system. She was named a 2013 North Carolina Teacher of Excellence and the 2012 North Carolina National Educator of the Year by the NEA Foundation in Washington, D.C. She traveled to Brazil in 2013, working in globalization and education as a Pearson Fellow. In 2011, she received the Terry Sanford Award for innovation and creativity in teaching. 1990s Ron Garrow ’93 MBA was appointed chief human resources officer at MasterCard in 2013. The former Pfeiffer University trustee joined the company in 2010 as the head of Global Talent Acquisition Management and Development. Prior to MasterCard, he held various HR leadership positions at Bank of America and spent 19 years at Wachovia in various HR roles focused on training, leadership and development. Ron is married to Dana Mullis Garrow ’84. John Gizdic ’96 MBA/MHA became chief operating officer of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, N.C., in 2013. He joined NHRMC in 2005, previously serving as executive VP of strategic planning and business development and has over 20 years of healthcare experience. Charles Curcio ’97 has been named the 2014 North Carolina High School Athletic Association Media Representative of the Year for extensively covering high school athletics, including a number of state championship events involving Stanly County schools. Sports editor at the Stanly News and Press since 2008, he is the host and play-by-play voice for Stanly County’s Monday Night Football.

Andrea Chiz Plyler ’09 is a recent graduate of North Carolina Central University School of Law and has successfully passed the North Carolina state bar exam. In March, she joined the Stanly County District Attorney’s office as an assistant district attorney.

Harold Medlock ’98 joined the Fayetteville (N.C.) Police Department as chief of police, in 2013. Previously, he served as deputy chief of police for Charlotte and was responsible for security planning for the National Democratic Convention in 2012.

Amy Smith ’09 MBA/MHA was licensed as a nursing home administrator in North Carolina in 2013, after completing the state’s administrator-in-training program and passing the NC State Board of Examiners national and state exams. She is currently employed as director of wellness activities and transportation at The Pines at Davidson Continuing Care Retirement Community in Davidson, N.C.

2000s Bryan Gilliard ’02 MBA was appointed police chief, in June 2014, of the Monroe (N.C.) Police Department. He had served as interim chief for nine months after the retirement of his predecessor. He is an 18-year veteran of the department and has graduated from the FBI National Academy, in addition to earning a bachelor’s degree from UNC-Charlotte and graduate degree from Pfeiffer. Dr. Dallas Reed ’03 MSOL was named vice president of student development and campus life, in 2013, for Berkeley College, Little Falls, N,J. She also holds a doctorate in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University. Stephanie Scholler Hinrichs ’04 MBA has joined Womble Carlyle as sales director in the Charlotte and Greenville, S.C. markets. She brings more than a decade of experience in marketing and sales, specifically in the legal, economic development, airline and transportation industries.Prior experience includes global organizations such as Littler Mendelson, Lufthansa German Airlines and DHL Express. Marissa Shuffler Porter ’04 received her doctoral degree from the University of Central Florida in 2013. She is an assistant professor of industrial/organizational psychology at Clemson University. Rev. Nick Jackson ’09 joined West A Tabernacle Baptist Church, in Kannapolis, N.C., as pastor in 2013. He and Melissa Dunlap ’08 were married in Sept. 2009.

Charlotte Burgos Eure ’09 has received a master’s degree in professional counseling from Liberty University and retained a license with North Carolina as a licensed professional counselor associate.


Duane Dunston ’97 is assistant professor of cybersecurity at Champlain College, in Burlington, Vt., as well as adjunct information assurance instructor at Pfeiffer. His interests and experience in risk management, security education and using technology to promote social change have led him to advocacy work with the issue of human trafficking, specifically developing technologies to facilitate the identification of trafficked victims. More information about the You Have a Voice app can be found at

2010s Liz Carlton ’10 released her first fantasy novel, The Royal Rogue, in 2012. Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads, it was featured on CURRENTS magazine’s 2013 Summer Reading List. Jamie Livingston Martin ’10 was recently promoted to HR Business Partner at Cardinal Innovations Health Care Solutions, the largest managed care organization in North Carolina. She utilizes her knowledge of HR strategy, metrics, benefits, talent acquisition and performance management to serve the executive leadership team and all corporate functions for the company. Shannon Bonnel ’13 is the assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. While at Pfeiffer, she co-captained the 2012 and 2013 women’s lacrosse team and was named Conference Carolinas Player of the Year in 2013.

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Michael (’12) and Audrey Remkus (’12) Benson Aug. 2, 2014

Jeffrey and Kim Tenenholz (’04) Brown June 21, 2014

Jared and Charlotte Burgos (‘09) Eure April 21, 2012

Jim and Jane Edwards (’72) Crenshaw Feb. 14, 2013

Rick and Jenn Gappert (’07) Phelps Oct. 19, 2013 Andy and Rev. Katie Roberts (’06) Lineberger July 14, 2012

Brad and Meredith Baucom (’04) Miller April 20, 2013

Matthew and Ashley Whitley (’05) Wilkinson June 19, 2013

Jordan and Erin Furness (’06) Whichard Oct. 20, 2012



Ernest Wallace Sept. 28, 2014 to Duane (’97) and Megan Dunston

Korie Dawn June 19, 2014 to Dawn Rich (’05) and Joe (’05) Easley

Eric William and Catherine Iona Nov. 20, 2014 to Ned and Jennifer McSwain ’06 MCE Martin

Zachary Joseph Nov. 24, 2012 to Matt (’04) and Marissa Shuffler (’04) Porter


Wade July 21, 2013 to Susanna Baxter (’96) and Mark Huffman

Moises Nov. 20, 2014 to Salvadore Avila and Rocio Avila-Ramirez (’09)

Rusty (’85) and Lori Salley Ring May 12, 2013

Fannie Frick Gaither ’27 Charlotte Fisher Eller ’38 Charles Penninger ’39 Sarah Baucom Tanzy ’41 Mildred Steele Bost ’43 Arlen Lowery ’43 Mary Walser Morgan ’45 Miriam Cullum Dawson ’46 Sarah Jones King ’47 Maude Goff Kwak ’47 Homer Fink ’48 Robert Redwine ’48 Hilton Cochran ’49 Janie Kluttz Safrit ’49 Peggy Hill ’50 Allen Wearn ’50 Robert Austin ’51 George Barringer ’51, ’57 Barbara Keiger Crockett ’52 Luke French ’53

Joyce Downer Batykefer ’55 Ruth Poston Lisk ’55 Roy Smith ’58 Leon Ensley ’59 Coy Plott ’59 Katherine Almond Talbert ’59 Barbara Copeland ’60 Bob Freeman ’60 Bob Peck ’60 Fred Falls ’61 Charles Russell ’61 Edwina Marsh Watson ’62 Robert Rogers ’63 Jerry Vuncannon ’63 Bob Hadden ’64 Daniel Castor ’65 Sue Herrin Misenheimer ’65 A.B. Weaver ’70 Edward Julian ’71, ’88 MBA Phil Efird ’72

Gennie Toney Craig ’74 Earle Heath ’74 Karen Gray Morgan ’74 Martha Aaron ’75 Diane Faggart ’79 Bob Cuthbertson ’81 Fran Nance Ledeboer ’82 Betty Smith Necaise ’82 Larry Ward ’84 Tom Rouse ’85 Elaine Walker Andrews ’88 Steve Gantt ’91 TC Forrest ’92 Ken Stutts ’95 Wanda Williams ’00 Sonny Hughes ’02 Larry Hughes (MAPT program student)


passings in 2014

especially noteworthy Frank Cook trustee emeritus Keith Crisco ’64 trustee emeritus Joan Dunn former director of counseling Dayton Estes professor emeritus of German Mary Liz Francis ’97 (Hon.) trustee emerita

Phyllis Gore Houghton ’84 (Hon.) professor emerita of education

Henry E. Farmer, Sr. ’60 trustee emeritus

Nancy Henderson professor emerita of computer information systems

Jean Mobley former professor of mathematics

Raymond Jones ’70 (Hon.) former trustee Bebe Leitch former nurse Don Summers trustee emeritus

Daisy Cotton ’68 (Hon.) professor emerita of English

Janet Pickler professor emerita of speech Clyde Robertson ’68 (Hon.) professor emeritus of biology Alda Stokes ’67 (Hon.) former Pfeiffer first lady

Alumni contributions to the Ascot Society Those who wish to donate a copy of a bound edition may do so by mailing it to the alumni Office at P.O. Box 960, Misenheimer, N.C. 28109. Acceptance of new works is ongoing and alumni are encouraged to notify the alumni office of their publication titles at All collection volumes are catalogued and available for lending. Donations received will be used to fund renovation efforts and the purchase of books. For more information and a complete listing of known authors, visit: WINTER 2014



Class Ambassadors: Providing Alumni a Meaningful Connection to Pfeiffer A vision for the Pfeiffer University Class Ambassador program emerged nearly 18 months ago upon the completion of the university’s strategic plan, an enterprise strategy that focuses on the tenants of mentored and engaged learned and is supported by the rich Wesleyan traditions of love and service that Pfeiffer has embraced over its nearly 130-year history. Class ambassadors, who represent specific Pfeiffer graduating classes, have made a three-year commitment to making the lifelong association between you and your alma mater more meaningful and valuable each and every day. From assisting class members with the completion of the Alumni Information Questionnaire to hosting regional events or serving on Homecoming committees, to providing you with vital updates about the progress of Pfeiffer’s programs and services or creating opportunities for you to share your expertise and experience with today’s students, class ambassadors are indispensable liaisons who connect their classmates to Pfeiffer.

As a way to provide additional structure and support to your class ambassador, a number of alumni have agreed to serve a wider spectrum of graduating classes as multi-year or half-decade chairs. Please take a moment to learn more about some of our class ambassadors, their Pfeiffer experiences and the reasons they’re supporting the program.

For a complete list of ambassadors and their contact information, please visit: *For privacy purposes, a Falcon’s Nest account is required to access this information and may be created via this link. Please allow 24 hours for your account to be verified and access granted.

Leading by example: Anne Black Daniel ’67, Class Ambassadors Program National Chair Since graduating in 1967, Anne Black Daniel has maintained a close relationship with Pfeiffer College– now Pfeiffer University–with dedication and purpose. “Over the past five decades, Pfeiffer has been an integral part of my life—from shaping me as a young undergraduate student to providing a way to give back through the Board of Trustees,” she said. “I’ve always valued the direction that Pfeiffer and my professors provided for me. The Class Ambassador program will afford similar opportunities for all alumni to become connected and engaged with a place that is integral to where we are today.” Anne, who was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1975 for outstanding career achievement, served on Pfeiffer’s staff as director of development and alumni affairs. She has been a member of Friends of the Library and the Alumni Association Board of Directors as well as a charter member of the Highway 52 Alumni Club. Currently she is an Emily Prudden Heritage Society advisory board member.



“Having served Pfeiffer at every level and in nearly every role, Anne is the right person to serve as the national chair for the Class Ambassadors program,” said Thad Henry, special assistant to the president. “She offers an example of a successful lifelong relationship between alma mater and alumna and we’re grateful for her willingness to step forward and lead such a talented and dedicated group of alumni over the next three years.” Since her professional career at Pfeiffer, Anne has earned a master of arts degree in gerontology, lectures at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and owns a successful medical insurance business. In 2005, she served as an at-large delegate to the White House Conference on Aging. She currently sits on a number of nonprofit boards including the North Carolina Museum of History Associates and Preservation North Carolina. Anne and her husband, T.G., reside in Greensboro.

Dr. Lee Kinard ’50 Greensboro, N.C. Junior College Chair, 1938–57 Career: Broadcast News & Education “I arrived at Pfeiffer in 1948 at the age of 16, interested in acting or communications, and began my career at WABZ in Albemarle in the spring of 1949. I enjoyed being a part of the student body and the interaction with college age kids and former servicemen. Having recently retired from a second career with the North Carolina community college system, I sympathize with students and the challenges they face in this rapidly changing environment. I am proud of the service aspect a Pfeiffer education provides and the institution’s commitment to retention.” Why he’s a class ambassador: “The Class Ambassador Program provides numerous opportunities for alumni to stay involved with the university and reinforces the ‘class’ structure. I believe in continuity in education, career choices and life in general.”

Ray Hopper ’63 Asheboro, N.C. Half-decade chair, 1961-64 Major: Business Administration Career: Financial Services “Pfeiffer gave me the confidence I needed to be a success. I learned that I could be a leader and that my ideas were worth verbalizing; I gained the self- assurance to present to and persuade others.” Why he’s a class ambassador: “The ambassador program can only help to improve alumni involvement. Since the beginning of the program I’ve seen many more alumni active in school – they may have been there but now I can see and appreciate them. The program will show alums that although they may have forgotten Pfeiffer, Pfeiffer has not forgotten them.”

Charlotte Cooper Cherry ’72 Salisbury, N.C. Half-decade chair, 1970-74 Major: Social Studies Career: Travel and Education “Pfeiffer College gave me the opportunity to grow up and learn who I was. Coming from a small high school in Rowan County, it was the best place for me to be away from home but close enough to know it was nearby. I had opportunities to do things that wouldn’t have been possible elsewhere, such as student government and cheerleading. I can honestly say that Pfeiffer College provided me with the best four years of my life.” (continued)

Jim Griffith ’58 Kannapolis, N.C. Pfeiffer Panthers co-chair, 1957-60 Major: Sociology Career: Banking “Had I not studied under Dr. Glenn Draper at Pfeiffer, I would have never accepted the position as choir director at Mount Mitchell United Methodist Church. I majored in sociology and without that experience, I would not have been prepared for such a position. I’ve been a choir director for over 55 years.” Why he’s a class ambassador: “Human interaction makes a difference and the Class Ambassadors program gives each alumnus that experience. Receiving something in the mail is nice but a phone call from a fellow classmate with whom you haven’t spoken in several years is impactful and engaging.”


Why they do it: class ambassadors share their stories

Jane Cashion Brietz ’68 Charlotte, N.C. Half-decade chair, 1965-69 Major: Christian Education Career: Entrepreneur “Pfeiffer has been a part of my life since the day I committed to attend. Not only did I receive a wonderful education but also ‘Met My Mate.’ Bob and I consider our Pfeiffer friends as family; they have enriched our lives and help define who we are.” Why she’s a class ambassador: “The class ambassador is a ‘class cheerleader’—and who cheers more for Pfeiffer than I do? We aren’t here to just say ‘Give us your money.’ We are here to say, ‘How are you doing? How can we help you?’ At Homecoming the first soccer team Pfeiffer had was honored and at least one member hadn’t been back since graduation in 1959. It just took an invitation to motivate someone, who had a wonderful experience at Pfeiffer over 50 years ago, to come ‘home.’” Why she’s a class ambassador: “The Class Ambassador program, paired with the Church Ambassador program, will contribute greatly to getting the word out about the university and its direction for the future. Alumni will now be kept more in the loop about upcoming events, university changes and funding projects that directly impact and interest THEM.




fiscal year 2014 by the numbers OUR DONORS

July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014




$3,907,628 $1,956,288 $1,951,349


By Dollars Given Alumni 48% Friends 29% Foundations 16% Businesses/Organizations 6% Religious Organizations 1%

Breakdown by total to fund type

Emily Prudden Heritage Society






Capital Improvements



Falcon Club






Divisions and Academic Programs



# By Type Alumni 50% Friends 43% Businesses/Organizations 5% Foundations 1% Religious Organizations 1%

THANKS TO YOU Student callers engaged in

1,960 conversations with alumni, family & friends



Graduate Program Alumni Donors

45% 759

Welcome to our new donors!


donors contributed to the Pfeiffer Fund and Named Scholarship Funds

+ 45%


50% of faculty and staff participated in the campus campaign, doubling the national average of 25%!

Questions (unless otherwise noted): Amy Bunting, director of alumni and special events (704) 463-3165, Jan. 21 noon Foundation Program Directors Luncheon Charlotte Campus Contact:

March 19 Spirit at Work Conference Featured speaker: Sharon Decker Charlotte Campus April 8 noon Pfeiffer Forum Jesse Cureton, Chief Consumer Officer, Novant Health Charlotte Campus

Jan. 29 6:30 p.m. Atlanta Alumni Reception CafĂŠ Intermezzo, 1065 Peachtree St., Ste. 2 Contact:; April 14 11 a.m. Feb. 11 Friends of the Library noon Annual Spring Luncheon Pfeiffer Forum Featured author: Margaret Maron Speaker TBA Misenheimer Campus Charlotte Campus Stokes/Community Room Tickets: $25 member, Feb. 21 $35 non-member 5:30 p.m. Contact: Winter Fest Basketball v. Lees McRae Misenheimer Campus, Merner Gym April 19 6 p.m. Feb. 22 Events Plus Dinner Series 6 p.m. Mick Mixon, radio voice of the Events Plus Dinner Series Carolina Panthers Featured: Steve Harrill & blue grass Misenheimer Campus ensemble Stokes/Community Room Misenheimer Campus Tickets: $35 per person Stokes/Community Room Contact: Tickets: $35 per person Contact:

May 13 noon Pfeiffer Forum Troy Pugh, IBM Financial Crime Expert Charlotte Campus


Mark Your Calendar Upcoming Events/Winter-Spring 2015

May 18 8 a.m. registration Keith Crisco Annual Golf Tournament (supports Falcon Club) Old North State Club Contact: June 10 7:30 a.m. 2nd Annual Financial Fraud Conference Featured keynote: Frank Abagnale Charlotte Convention Center $239 early bird (prior to March 6) Sponsorship applications and registration at http://community. For more information, see



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