- September 17, 2014 Constitution Day William Peace University is delighted to invite members of the community to our annual Constitution Day! Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is a Federal holiday established in 2004 recognizing the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. September 17 marks the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia. The law establishing this holiday was created with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as "Citizenship Day". In addition to renaming the holiday "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day," the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions, and all federal agencies, provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. In May 2005, the United States Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind. (Note: This holiday is not observed by granting time off work for federal employees.) More information will be forthcoming regarding special programming from the Office of Student Services and the Director of Student Activities. view Event
- October 5, 2014 Women's Alumni Softball Game 2014 with a Home Run Derby & Family Cookout William Peace University will host an Alumni Softball Game with Coach Charlie Dobbins on Sunday, October 5 at 12:00 p.m. at WPU's Wachovia Softball Field. 1:00 p.m. - HOME RUN DERBY 2:00 p.m. - BALL GAME Cookout to follow! Green Giants, Peace Pride, and Pacers are all welcome to come home for the Women's Softball Alumni Game! Check out the details on our Facebook page. view Event
- October 15, 2014 The Importance of Being Earnest William Peace Theatre presents Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Amy White. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, The Importance of Being Earnest is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae to escape burdensome social obligations. The play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Its high farce, humor and witty dialog have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play. TICKETS: $5 students / $10 Alumni, Senior Citizens, Faculty & Staff / $15 Adults SEATING: General Admission Purchase individual tickets online here. Purchase season tickets online here. view Event
Peace students got a first-hand look at potential careers in Biology during a visit to the Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center at North Carolina State University last month.
Winnell Newman, Manager of Student Programs, hosted 18 Peace Microbiology (BIO 350) students who toured the facility and were shown the basics of chromatography and how to purify commercially-useful proteins from bacteria like E. coli.
"The students got to see the industrial application of principles I describe in class and use in lab," Peace professor Joe Wolf said. "They get to see that mastering these techniques and other skills can lead to jobs."
During the tour of the facility students were able to see a computerized 30-Liter and 300-Liter fermentation tanks for batch culturing E. coli and other microorganisms up close.
Wolf said the students were impressed by the size of the facility and how applicable their skills were on the job. While some of the jargon used by employees was industry-specific, Wolf said, the students had a working knowledge of the fundamentals and could follow the conversations on genetic engineering, microbial culture, and protein purification.
The relationship between BTEC and Peace could expand in the future as Wolf is working with Career Services and Academic Advising to make it possible for students to take courses at BTEC and earn a certificate in Biomanufacturing while satisfying the College’s internship requirement.
At the very least, Wolf expects to make the trip again.
"It’s not something we’ve done before," Wolf said, "but based on the strong positive feedback, I’m considering doing it again in Microbiology."