- September 4, 2014 Blake Vogt, Magician An Original Magic Show The William Peace University Arts and Events Committee welcomes magician Blake Vogt to the Kenan Hall stage! Blake Vogt is one of the top illusionists performing and creating magic today. At only 25 years old, he has already created magic for David Copperfield, David Blaine, Dynamo, and many other top magicians all over the world. Blake has performed his unique brand of magic all over the world for crowds ranging from 20 people to 2,000 people. His style of magic is fun and goofy and he always tries to make you smile whether its with a funny "trick" or a friggin' miracle. Blake currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and is staying busy creatively consulting for live theatre, musicians, television, and movies. He is also regularly performing his brand of off the wall magic for private events and functions all over the world. The only thing you will never see Blake do is pull a rabbit out of a hat... because sadly... he is very allergic to those adorable creatures. FREE ADMISSION. Student or Faculty/Staff I.D. or Season Ticket pass required for entry. view Event
- September 8, 2014 Manning Music Series Concert: Steve Elmer Jazz Trio Performs William Peace University kicks off the 2014-15 Manning Music Concert Series with a performance by the Steve Elmer Jazz Trio, live from New York City, on Monday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Kenan Hall. The Steve Elmer Trio features Steve Elmer (piano), Don Gladstone (bass), and Bobby Cohen (drums) playing jazz standards and original compositions. Admission is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. 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. The concerts this year include: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 featuring Broadway musicians Carolann Sanita and Lauren Kennedy, Visiting Professor of Music Theatre, in a "Broadway Comes to Peace" concert. Monday, Nov. 10, 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. RESERVE YOUR SEAT FOR THE MANNING SERIES HERE. 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
- September 9, 2014 Lunch & Learn: Proactive Health & Wellness William Peace University welcomes Dr. Josh McMillon from Proactive Health & Wellness in Raleigh, NC for the kick-off Lunch and Learn Series event on September 9, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Dr. Josh McMillon will speak on "Understanding Stress" for faculty, staff and Season Ticket holders. Dr. McMillon has a doctorate from University of Western States in Portland Oregon. His doctorate includes a masters level in nutrition all rolled into his doctorate program. He has also completed additional certifications in functional blood chemistry and nutrition from Apex Energetics and Standard Process seminars. Proactive Health & Wellness has been part of the community for five years and is committed to giving back to many area nonprofits, helping ensure that the people of our community have opportunities to live well and live long. Tickets: Free Admission for WPU Faculty and Staff, and Season Ticket Holders. REGISTER HERE. view Event
Four-Year Baccalaureate University To Host Local Foundation’s Movie On Discovering How To Unleash The Potential Of Children With Communications Challenges
William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that it will host a special viewing of Certain Proof: A Question of Worth, an award-winning documentary produced by Footpath Pictures in cooperation with the local New Voices Foundation, at the Browne-McPherson Performing Arts Center in Kenan Hall Monday, Oct. 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The documentary was written, directed and produced in its entirety in Wake County by filmmakers Ray and Susan Ellis. It portrays how difficult but necessary it is for families and teachers to find ways to unleash the potential of children who cannot speak or use their hands to write by following the struggles of three children with cerebral palsy in public schools over the course of two and a half years. This documentary outlines the goal of the New Voices Foundation, which works to improve educational opportunities for children with severe communication and mobility disabilities. Attending the showing will be Don Stedman, Ph.D., co-founder and president of the New Voices Foundation.
Following the showing, there will be a book signing from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring Dr. Sharon Draper, a two-time Coretta Scott King award-winning children’s author. Draper will discuss and sign copies of her recent novel, Out of My Mind, which chronicles the story of a New Voices-like child, 11-year-old Melody, who is unable to speak or walk. The novel chronicles Melody’s frustrations and successes as she is given the opportunity to communicate.
William Peace University will be hosting students from its education department as well as those from the same programs at Meredith College and NC State University for the event. The public is invited to attend this free event, but reservations for the showing are required. Tickets can be obtained by Wednesday, Oct. 10 through filling out a form at https://wpeaceu.wufoo.com/forms/new-voices-documentary-seating-reservations.
“We are honored to be allowed the opportunity to host Certain Proof: A Question of Worth and feature a book signing with Dr. Sharon Draper,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “Dr. Stedman, who is a former university dean, founded New Voices with the belief that the educational community can and should be expanding opportunities for everyone to learn wherever possible and supporting those families and children in the process. The powerful stories told here about the challenges and triumphs of these children are moving testaments about the importance of being able to participate in our educational system. We encourage all those interested to attend this event.”
Certain Proof: A Question of Worth has garnered acclaim at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival, Vail Film Festival and other public showings.
For more information on the film, visit http://www.certainproof.com/site.
ABOUT WILLIAM PEACE UNIVERSITY:
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 welcomed its first coeducational class 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.