Education: Pfeiffer bestows honorary doctor of humanities degree on William G. White Jr.
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Pfeiffer University honored longtime banker and Pfafftown resident William G. White Jr. with an honorary doctor of humanities degree during its summer commencement ceremonies Aug. 2.
Approximately 535 adult students completed programs in the schools of graduate and adult studies, bringing the total number of 2008 Pfeiffer graduates to nearly 700. Two separate graduation ceremonies ó 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ó were held in Merner Gymnasium on the university’s Misenheimer campus. White was honored during the 10:30 a.m. ceremony.
An avid Civil War historian, White was in the Navy and served in the Korean War. Through the Navy, his volunteer work and personal interests, he has traveled around the world several times, including more than 50 trips to Europe.
Following his military service, he enjoyed a distinguished career in banking spanning 40 years. He served for nearly 30 years as president of First Federal Savings Bank of Winston-Salem and continued working with them through mergers with Southern National Bank and BB&T.
He was also a trustee for the YMCA of Greater Winston-Salem and served on the national board of the YMCA for 10 years. His involvement with the YMCA led him to travel to the former Soviet Union, where he worked to reestablish the YMCA there and was instrumental in establishing the YMCA in the Ukraine. As a result of his relationships in the Ukraine, he personally recruited many students for Pfeiffer. His financial help for a German exchange student who wanted to attend Pfeiffer is just one example of his commitment to Pfeiffer and his community.
Since 1997, he has provided funding for the Eastern European Annual Scholarship at Pfeiffer University. Additionally, he has committed $1 million from his retirement plan to benefit Pfeiffer.
RCCC honor rolls
The following area students have been named to the spring semester president’s list at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College for achieving a 4.0 grade-point-average:
Albemarle: Whitley Davis, James Washer.
China Grove: Ryan Galloway, Haifeng Lin, Jeremy Livengood, Christina O’Leary, Katie Sansing, Mark Taylor, Brittany Wiggington.
Cleveland: Joseph Simmons.
Faith: Megan Hess, Patty Long.
Gold Hill: Holly Cauble, Sandra Hill, Michelle Lambe, Kimberly Morris.
Granite Quarry: Peggy Hudson, Tammy Wilson.
Kannapolis: Kristin Babore, Nicholas Beaver, Adam Cable, Sam Craven, Susan Daniels, Kevin Foy, Jeffrey Gaydos, Lynnette Gearing, Melissa Ivy, Stacey James, Lindsay Lowe, William Lowery, Jeremy Lytal Doris Medlin, Ron Price, Christie Smith, Debbie Smith.
Landis: Tiffney Deitz, Cynthia Holloway.
Lexington: Keisha Watson.
Linwood: Wanda James.
Mooresville: Charles Bass, Pamela Hession, Carley Rodger.
Mount Ulla: Thomas Clanton, Angela Fink.
Richfield: Candy Hill.
Rockwell: Michael Frink, Jason Hill, Jesse Hoyle, Jay Johnson, John Kluttz, Thong Lor, Brandi Smith, Michelle Sofia, Keri Watts.
Salisbury: Olivia Ackerman, Lance Almond, Michael Barnes, Melissa Barringer, Scot Brady, Tyesha Byrd, Amber Cooler, Matthew Cottingham, Sheenia Daugherty, Carissa Dickert, Ruth Dimmett, Christopher Dyer, Kelli Earnhardt, Linda Ervin, Matthew Fahey, Kenneth Ford, Crystal Foy, Leah Frederick, Jonathan Garrigues, Rebekah Garrison, Shawn Geelen, Misty Jackson, Susan Jarvis, Marcus Lawing, Elaine Lawson, Casey Lingle, Amanda Linker, Michelle Macon, Amanda Mayberry, Sandra McCorkle, Lonnie McLendon, Hannah Miles, Tara Miller, Mitchell Mimier, Matthew Mitchell, Chelsea Moore, Heather Murray, Daniel Myers, Crystal Patterson, Shamika Sellers, Tamika Sellers, Katie Shoe, Audrea Sloan, Erin Stocum, Jesse Stone, Katie Swisher, Emily Taylor, Aaron Theye, Darin Theye, Tamara Vivian, Edward Washington, Linda Waycaster, Jarrad Zachary.
Spencer: Robert Smith.
Woodleaf:Robert Ellis, Megan McIntyre.
Area students named to the dean’s list for earning at least a 3.5 grade-point average are:
Albemarle: Jordan Thompson.
China Grove: Sherry Alexander, Kathryn Biles, Jacob Brandt, Joshua Carpenter, Ashlyn Christy, Allison Derhodes, Michael Efird, J. Hartis, Tammy Henley, Valerie Jenkins, Melissa Key, Stacy Murray, Crystal Pettigrew, Holly Steen, Amber Vanderwall, Brent Yost.
Cleveland: Linda Brinkley, Shane Graham, Laura Gray, William Scott, Melissa Snyder, Steven Taylor.
East Spencer: Janie Aldrich Lekeisha Clements, Patricia Spratt.
Faith: Justin Ervin, Angela Hall, Rhonda Morgan, Ashtyn Peeler, Susan Wilhelm.
Granite Quarry: Brandi Sifford.
Kannapolis: Lisa Butler-Everhart, Selena Cabral, Gretchen Calder, Anahi Carmona, Daniel Combs, Anita Craddock, Emily Donaldson, Brian Duncan, Veronica Dysart, Lindsay Glenn, Deena Goodman, Amanda Green, Blake Haigler, Brandy Henry, Erendira Hernandez, Marian Jennings, Tracey Jones, Shannon Jordan, Sabrina Kennedy, Sonja King, Edith LaRoina, Yleiscar Lorenzo, Mary McClain, Charlene McCorkle, Darlene McCorkle, Eddie Mejia, Mallory Milstead, Nichole Noblitt, Nicholas Poplin, Thomas Reid, William Rodgers, Belinda Rojo, Michael Shirley, Jessica Slough, Lisa Smith, Amy Taylor, Shamika Truesdale, Jeremy Wilson, Natia Woodruff.
Landis: Hollie Smith, Emmett Thomas.
Lexington: Michael Lambeth.
Mooresville: Starr Bentley, April Kennedy, Stephen Sneed, Bobbie Wessel.
Mount Ulla: Hugh Cherry.
Rockwell: Donna Baker, Brandi Burridge, Jeffrey Duncan, Brandon Hinds, Brittany Moore, Hilary Overcash, Joseph Pendarvis, Judy Royall, Kelly Seamon, Britini Starnes, Alstin Vanderford, Cameron Young.
Salisbury: Kenya Allison, Alonso Almazan, Bryan Aycoth, Elizabeth Bishop, Virginia Blackwell, Guy Bolt, Angela Bost, Gloria Bost, Rosetta Bradley, Stephen Brady, Lee Bronson, Melissa Bullock, Michael Burch, Robin Burdette, Connie Campbell, Justin Collett, Sun Crisco, Kimberly Crockett, Stephanie Doblovosky, Chariel Dye, Indira Dzebic, Kyrylo Filimonov, Terri Fortner, Joshua Freeborn, Shaina Freeze, Timothy Freeze, Atalie Frick, Charney Gallagher, Amanda Garner, Christina Gobble, Jeremy Greer, Mai Ha, Lauren Hall, Mary Hall, Ira Henschel, Craig Honeycutt, Clifford Hortohn, Shaun Hummell, David Hunt, Jeff Icenhour, Sam Kennedy, Dawn Kenyon, Patricia King-Padilla, Jared Knight, Tom Lancaster, Sabrina Mack, Anita Miller, Philip Mullinax, Brandon Nance, Joseph Neal, Anita Neely-Kelly, Jeffrey, Nesbit, Kurtis Oliver, Margaret Phillips, Stephanie Phillips, Randi Pittman, Wendy Polk, Tanya Poole, Kristin Power, Brittany Proctor, June Rappe, Donald Rhoades, Chasity Roseman, Tara Safrit, Eduardo Sanchez, Michele Shimbergt, Katelyn Shinn, Tiffany Short, Somchay Siharath, David Siltamaki, April Sipes, Kristin Sipes, Jennifer Skinner, Tonia Smith, Ryan Summitt, Nichole Swindell, Charlene Swing, Tiffany Thomas, Scott Watson, Lyndsie Wise.
Spencer: Amy Hattaway, Teresa Pless.
Woodleaf: John Livengood, Amber Putman.
Three local students are among the 183 in the United States and Canada to receive Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation Scholarships for the 2008-09 academic year.
They are Laura Beth Call, Brynn Vivian Dailey and Melanie Lynne Mishue.
Selection is based on strong academic records, extracurricular involvement, leadership and service. All recipients are dependents of employees of Koch Industries Inc.
Call, daughter of David and Brenda Call, plans to attend Pfeiffer University.
Dailey, daughter of Reggie and Lea Dailey, plans to attend Maryville College.
Mishue, daughter of Clifton Mishue Jr. and Joan Motley, plans to attend Catawba College.
The First United Church of Christ has awarded its annual scholarships to five members of its congregation.
The $1,000 merit awards were presented to Lauren Alexander, University of North Carolina at Asheville; Wesley Parrish and Andrew Carpenter, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Catherine Schiemann, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and Rebecca Schiemann, East Carolina University.
Parrish and Alexander also received James Lighbourne Scholarships sponsored by the Church Women of the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ. This $500 award was presented to only 10 students in the conference.