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  • February 20, 2016 Presidential Open House for the Classes of 2004-2011 A Chance to Be Heard Dr. Brian C. Ralph, William Peace University's 11th President, extends a special invitation to Peace College alumnae from the Classes of 2004-2011 to come back to their Alma Mater for a private open house. Meet Dr. Ralph from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Drop by for a quick visit, a long talk, a campus tour, or anything in between. Main Parlor will be set to receive individuals or groups. R.S.V.P. by Feb. 13, 2016 by clicking here. Refreshments served. view Event
  • February 25, 2016 Twelfth Night by William Peace Theatre William Peace Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" directed by Dr. Wade Newhouse, Feb. 25-28, 2016. TICKETS: $15 Adult, $10 Faculty/Staff/Alumni, $5 Student REGISTER HERE William Peace Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s timeless comedy February 25 - 28 in Leggett Theatre on the campus of William Peace University.  Drawing inspiration from the romantic comedies of influential filmmaker John Hughes, the show’s design captures the exuberant teen romance of the 1980’s. Twins Viola and Sebastian have been separated from each other in a shipwreck along the coast of Illyria.  Disguising herself as a boy named Cesario, she enters the employ of Duke Orsino, who pines after the Lady Olivia.  As Orsino sends her to deliver messages of love to Olivia, she falls for him and Olivia falls for her.  Meanwhile, Olivia’s uncle, Sir Toby Belch, and a dimwitted knight named Sir Andrew Aguecheek, accompanied by various servants and clowns cause drunken mayhem and prank Olivia’s steward, Malvolio, into believing she is in love with him. Dr. Wade Newhouse directs this production.  At William Peace University he currently serves as the Interim Program Coordinator for Theatre and Musical Theatre, and teaches such courses as Composition, Children’s Literature, Southern Literature, Storytelling for Simulation, Critical Approaches to Film, and American Hauntings.  He has published articles and book chapters on a wide variety of authors, including Sir Walter Scott, Ambrose Bierce, William Faulkner, and Neil Gaiman.  He is the Assistant Director of Raleigh’s Village Idiots and has performed with that improvisational comedy troupe for over ten years.  As an actor, Dr. Newhouse has often appeared on the Peace stage, playing such roles as Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, the Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods, and the Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  Dr. Newhouse has also performed with Bare Theatre, hiSTORYstage, and Forest Moon Theater. view Event
  • March 3, 2016 Charlotte Alumni Reception An Evening with Dr. Brian C. Ralph Charlotte-area alumni and friends are invited to a special "Meet and Greet the President" cocktail reception hosted by Amanda Hollingsworth '01, Patton & Cindy Pinkston McDowell '87 and Jim & Beth Michael Moncure '77. Event Location: Dressler's Restaurant, 1100 Metropolitan Ave #125, Charlotte, NC (Complimentary Parking Available) Event Date: March 3, 2016 Event Time: 6:00 p.m. R.S.V.P. by February 24, 2016 by clicking here. view Event

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William Peace University Professor David McLennan, Ph.D. To Moderate Political Party Panel Discussions

By William Peace University on October 10, 2012 6:20 pm

Local Four-Year Baccalaureate University To Host Republican And Democratic Panel
Discussions Oct. 11 And 18 Outlining Parties’ Economic And Social Policy Principles

William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that it will host two separate political party panel discussions in an effort to provide a more real-world understanding of what it means to be a party affiliate of the Republican and Democratic parties. With the presidential election approaching, the panel discussion will serve as a platform to evaluate the core beliefs and platforms behind each political party while examining each party’s basic political philosophies. The discussions, which are open to the public, will include question and answer sessions. David McLennan, Ph.D., political science professor, will serve as the panel moderator.

The Republican panel discussion will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., located in Kenan Hall. The panel will consist of Virginia Foxx, U.S. congresswoman, Phil Kirk, former N.C. senator, Tamara Barringer, N.C. House of Representatives candidate and Greg Steele, N.C. Federation of College Republicans.

The Democratic panel discussion will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., located in Kenan Hall. The lineup for the panel remains to be determined.

“As with every election season, the campaign issues often lead the forefront of our conversation and prevent voters from really digging to the core of what it means to align ourselves with the Republican or Democratic parties,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “The panel discussions that William Peace University will host over the next two weeks will solely focus on the basic philosophies of each party, shedding light on the economic and social policy principles that define each. We hope that the discussions will better assist voters as we cut through the noise and get to the root of each party.”

“Both the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates have said this election will come down to what vision of America voters want, but what often is lost in the discussion is the fact those visions are based on the central truths held by both parties,” said McLennan. “I look forward to engaging my distinguished panelists in discussions designed to provide insight about the reasons why and how they endorse certain positions as members of their party. Their comments will offer a glimpse into what issues actually divide us, as well as where all parties really share common ground.”

William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women’s 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. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and began admitting male students to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.

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