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  • October 20, 2014 Manning Music Series Concert: Broadway Comes to Peace William Peace University's Manning Music Series presents a FREE "Broadway Comes to Peace" Concert featuring Carolann Sanita and Lauren Kennedy, Visiting Professor of Music Theatre, to the Kenan Hall stage on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The Manning Music Concert Series is made possible through a gift made by alumna Sara Jo Allen Manning '58 '60 and the Manning Music Series Fund. For the 2014-15 performing arts season, the Manning Series will include 5 free concerts ranging from jazz, classical and contemporary to Broadway performances. Carolann is a professional singer, actress and vocal technician/coach. She has been seen all over the United States as Marian in the first national tour of The Music Man and internationally as Maria in the European and Asian tours of West Side Story. She was was thrilled to appear as a soloist with the Naples Philharmonic Pops Orchestra for The Music of Marvin Hamlisch last April and to have had the pleasure of performing the role of Gwen in Bob Clyman’s play The Exceptionals as a part of Florida Repertory Theatre’s Play Lab Series in May. Favorite credits include High Society (Tracy Lord) at TheatreZone, Les Miserables (Cosette) at Flat Rock Playhouse, Beauty and the Beast (Belle) at Artpark,  Sweeney Todd (Johanna) and West Side Story (Maria) at Sacramento Music Circus, A Little Night Music (Anne) at South Coast Repertory,  Encore’s No, No Nanette at New York City Center, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy) at The Cape Playhouse, Urinetown (Hope) at the Geva Theatre, Barnum (Jenny Lind) at Westchester Broadway, and Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel) at the Fulton Theatre. Carolann is an adjunct voice professor at Florida Gulf Coast University and currently splits her time between NYC and SWFL. Lauren is currently a visiting professor of Musical Theatre at William Peace University. As an actress she has a appeared on Broadway as Lady of the Lake in Monty Python's Spamalot, in Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close, in Side Show as Daisy Hilton, and in Les Miserables as Fantine. Also, Cinderella at New York City Opera and Off-Broadway she starred in Vanities and Good Ol' Girls. In London: Trevor Nunn's revival of South Pacific as Nellie Forbush at The Royal National Theatre. Lauren starred opposite Val Kilmer in The Ten Commandments at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. She starred in pre-Broadway production of Lone Star Love with Randy Quaid. Other new works and premieres: Zelda Fitzgerald in Frank Wildhorn's Waiting For The Moon (LENAPE, Barrymore Award Nom. for Best Actress), The Rhythm Club (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes Nom. for Best Actress), White Christmas, Breakfast At Tiffany's (St. Louis MUNY), Hot Shoe Shuffle (TUTS), The Trumpet of the Swan (The Kennedy Center) and The Last Five Years (Northlight). She has also done a National Tour in Sunset Boulevard as Betty Schaeffer. Both her new album Here And Now and her debut album Lauren Kennedy Songs Of Jason Robert Brown have both received rave reviews and are available on PS Classics. Lauren is the Artistic Director at Hot Summer Night's At The Kennedy. She is most proud of her daughter Riley. Additional Manning Series concerts this year include: Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 featuring North Carolina musicians. Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 featuring North Carolina musicians. Monday, Apr. 6, 2015 featuring North Carolina musicians, alongside vocalists from the William Peace University Singers and within the Bachelor of Fine Arts major. William Peace University is pleased to partner once again this year with the North Carolina Symphony on three of the Manning Series events. PRE-RESERVATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR ONLY. William Peace University wishes to make this event accessible to all people in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event please contact the Office of Engagement at Engagement@peace.edu or 919.508.2362.  Please make your needs known as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for effective accommodations, preferably at least 5 business days prior to the event. view Event
  • October 22, 2014 Career Connections William Peace University's Office of Career Services is delighted to offer "Career Connections" -- a series of undergraduate and graduate panels -- designed to connect alumni and community mentors with WPU students. Alumni and community mentors discuss their career paths. The event also connects students with professionals for career information, networking, internship(s) and job leads. Alumni interested in volunteering to sit on a professional panel as a Career Mentor should email Barbara Efird, Director of Career Services. Students interested in attending should sign up with Barbara Efird, Director of Career Services, by sending her an email with your name, student ID#, major and class year. view Event
  • October 23, 2014 Lunch & Learn: Verity Asset Management A Special Event for WPU Faculty & Staff Does your financial future scare you? Halloween may be just around the corner, but you don’t have to let retirement planning give you the creeps! WPU Faculty and Staff are invited to learn all about the University Retirement Plan (403B) from Verity Asset Management October 23, 2014 12:00 p.m. You bring your lunch. We’ll bring the dessert and beverages! WPU FACULTY & STAFF ONLY, REGISTER HERE view Event

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NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall Helps Peace College Kick Off New Program

By on May 3, 2011 4:56 pm

 

May 3, 2011

 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Justin G. Roy, jgroy@peace.edu

 

 

 

NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall Helps Peace College Kick Off New Program

 

"The Raleigh Experience" Links Classes and Public Service

 

 

Raleigh — Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and the leaders of the NC Center for Women in Public Service joined Peace College President Debra Townsley this morning to announce major changes in the political science and pre-law programs at Peace, with a big emphasis on public service.

 

The changes include an innovative new curriculum called "The Raleigh Experience," that will connect the classroom to the real world of public policy.  In addition, the officials announced that the North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service has moved into Peace College, strengthening the College’s commitment to shaping and mentoring North Carolina’s future female leaders.

 

"Obviously, these are times of huge change in higher education.  With exciting new programs like this, it’s clear that Peace College intends to be on the positive side of that change," said Marshall.  "The changes in the political science and pre-law curriculum, the move onto campus of the Center for Women in Public Service, and the launch of the Raleigh Experience are all very good news for students at Peace."

 

Marshall is an honorary Director of the North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service.

 

Townsley said, "students are telling us they want degree programs that more directly prepare them for their careers, and we’re listening.  The changes we’re announcing today at Peace, which is just across the street from the heart of state government, will help the College prepare the next generation of women for leadership roles in North Carolina."

 

David McLennan, Chair of Peace’s political science department, said, "our new political science and pre-law programs will be unique.  They will be a fully integrated mix of professional experience, academic coursework, and real-life challenges."

 

McLennan said, "every political science or pre-law major will take a core group of classes that will prepare her for graduate school or a public service career.  These courses develop critical thinking, research, and writing skills that public sector employers and law school admission deans say are critical for success."

 

McLennan explained that the centerpiece of both the political science and pre-law programs will be the Raleigh Experience.  "It’s a cooperative learning experience for students that will enhance their resumes and launch their public service careers.  Each student will spend a semester cooping full-time in governmental, legal, nonprofit, and political organizations," he said.

 

The North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service is a nonpartisan, nonprofit  statewide organization whose mission is to prepare women to seek and serve in elected and appointed office in North Carolina.

 

"We are charting a new course in the history of the North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service, and this deeper collaboration with Peace College will strengthen our platform to prepare women to serve in appointed and elected offices in North Carolina," said Annette Taylor, Executive Director of the Center.

 

The Center offers both interactive one-day workshops that equip women with the tools to seek and serve in appointed public office, and runs the Women in Office Institute, an intensive seven day, leadership and campaign training program that prepares women to seek elected office.

 

"The women of Peace College today are the policymakers of tomorrow.  And they are our future generation of leaders," Taylor said.  "We are delighted to strengthen our collaboration with this excellent institution."

 

Townsley said the announcement is part of a series of moves the College is making to strengthen its offerings and remain responsive to student needs.  "In changing times," she said, "every college and university must make its own decisions and chart its own course.  At Peace College, we’ve made the decision that we’re going to spend the months and years ahead growing, expanding, and innovating."

 

Peace College is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina.  It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for girls and women from kindergarten to college courses.  Peace College became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women’s institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009 and remains a women’s college for its day program.

 

Its mission is to prepare students for lifelong learning, meaningful careers, and ethical citizenship.  On average, more than 90% of Peace College students are placed in jobs or graduate school upon graduation.

 

 

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