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Center for Health Sciences Promotes Hands-On Learning

for Occupational Therapy


Pfeiffer University launched its new Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program this past August, and the newly opened Center for Health Sciences (CHS) in downtown Albemarle has been its home since September 17. Dr. Elizabeth Fain, the director of MSOT, plugged features of CHS that will help her students to master techniques for treating clients in hands-on fashion. Often, the learning will be like that in a teaching hospital, with students caring for clients under the supervision of faculty or clinical instructors. Read More »    


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Center for Health Science Boasts Many Benefits for Physician Assistant Studies 

In each of six hospital-like rooms in Pfeiffer University’s newly opened Center for Health Sciences (CHS) in downtown Albemarle, students in the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MS-PAS) program will find a high fidelity, computerized human simulator. Read More »

Congratulations to Pfeiffer's 2020 Annual Alumni Award Recipients


The recipients of Pfeiffer University’s annual alumni awards have been announced.

They are Barry L. Roberson ’80 (Outstanding Alumni Award); Dr. D. Matthew Gianferante, MD ’05 (Distinguished Alumni Award); and Dr. David W. Barham, MD ’11 (Presidential Merit Award).

Each of these Falcons is being recognized for significant career and life achievements. You can learn more about them in the profiles below.

Since 1959, the Pfeiffer Alumni Association has recognized the extraordinary contributions of alumni by presenting two annual awards to deserving individuals: the Outstanding Alumni Award, which honors one’s significant contributions to Pfeiffer University, and the Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors excellence in one’s profession or community service.

In 2015, the Office of the President created the Presidential Merit Award, which honors alumni, 35 or younger, who have excelled early in their career.

Profiles of Three of Pfeiffer's Finest Falcons 

Barry Roberson

Miniatures Ministry Brightens Lives

Barry Roberson '80 has tamed his disease – and brought joy to others in the process. Read More »

Matthew Gianferante

A Medical Mission to Serve

Matthew Gianferante '05 epitomizes the Pfeiffer University ideal of servant leadership in a highly scientific way. He serves as a Medical Officer in the Clinical Genetics Branch at the National Cancer Institute, and he’s a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Public Health Service. Read More »

David Barham

Work of Distinction in Urology

David Barham '11 is a rising star in the field of urology. Read More »

We encourage all alumni to nominate those deserving of recognition for next year's award presentation. Click below, on each award, to download nomination forms.

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Virtual Reunions Scheduled – Mark Your Calendar!


COVID-19 may have forced Pfeiffer to postpone an in-person Homecoming celebration this year, but it can’t keep alumni from celebrating virtually. Alumni celebrating milestone reunions this year (class years that end with a “0” or “5”) are being contacted with details on how to participate in a virtual reunion via Zoom. Meetings are scheduled for September and October. If you would like more details, or want to help schedule a virtual gathering for your class, contact Tonya Judge at (704) 463-3038 or tonya.judge@pfeiffer.eduWe’ll also be celebrating each week with Flashback Fridays on Pfeiffer’s Alumni Facebook page, and hope you’ll join the fun by posting pictures of your own!


Zoom Reunions are scheduled for 7pm for the following class years:

  • 1980 - September 27
  • 1985 - October 4
  • 1990 - October 11
  • 1995 - October 18 


Have you ever thought of sharing your career expertise with those just starting out? Pfeiffer University has established an online platform designed to create more meaningful opportunities for its alumni to mentor current students and recent graduates of Pfeiffer. To begin the process of becoming a mentor or a mentee, contact Tonya Judge at tonya.judge@pfeiffer.edu or 704-463-3038. Read More »


A New Kind of Homecoming

Remember Homecoming weekend would have been September 25th & 26th, and while you can’t physically be here, our “virtual alumni” will participate in traditional homecoming activities across campus. Check throughout the weekend on Facebook and Instagram to see where our virtual homecoming attendees find themselves! 


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The Center for Health Sciences stands four stories tall in downtown Albemarle and represents an exciting expansion of Pfeiffer's science programming. We will celebrate every donor who has helped bring this special facility to life on a donor  recognition wall in the building's lobby.  When you make your gift by November 1, 2020, your name will be added to this tribute, and one day, as Pfeiffer's programming and facilities grow, we will remember these donors as the visionaries who truly helped move Pfeiffer and our communities forward, beyond boundaries! Please include my name »


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All alumni are encouraged to stay connected and participate in the 2021 Alumni Directory project that is underway. Alumni are being contacted via mail and email and asked to work with our partner company PCI to update contact and career information. Your updates will also be added to Pfeiffer’s alumni database, so you will be included in newsletters, announcements, invitations and more, based on your Pfeiffer history, geographical location, current employment and interests, etc. Regardless of whether you purchase a directory, we want to include you in our 2021 edition! Get answers to the project’s frequently asked questions here.



Dr. Tom Darling: A Brighter Future for Health Exercise Science

Dr. Tom Darling, the new Professor and Chair of Health & Exercise Science (HES), is full of optimism about the restructuring and projected growth of HES and its role in advancing education, scholarship, and service at Pfeiffer University.  Read More »



Emily Carella and April Kuhn Join Pfeiffer University



Pfeiffer PA Students Raise Money for Face Shields

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