- January 6, 2014 Manning Chamber Music Concert Winter Concert and Reception William Peace University is pleased to present the 7th Annual Manning Chamber Music Concert Series in partnership with the North Carolina Symphony. The 2013-14 season will feature three concerts this year held on the institution’s campus in conjunction with the North Carolina Symphony and made possible through a gift made by alumna Sara Jo Allen Manning '58 '60 to establish The Manning Chamber Music Series Fund. The second Manning Concert for the 2013-14 performing arts season will feature concert in Kenan Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. with a reception held immediately following in Main Parlor (9:00 p.m.). This evening's program will feature the North Carolina Symphony's Woodwind Quintet: Mary E. Boone, Sandra Posch, Victor Benedict, Michael E. Cyzewski and Rachel Niketopoulos, along with Symphony musicians Rebekah Binford, violin and Craig Brown, bass. An eclectic mix of music will be performed, including Malcolm Arnold's Divertimento for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet, Op. 37; Barber's Summer Music for Wind Quintet, Op. 31 and Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. Limited seating is available and tickets are required for the event. Event Time: 7:30 p.m. Event Location: Kenan Hall Tickets: Free, but reservations are required. Click Here for Reservations view Event
- January 8, 2014 WPU Concert & Comedy Series: Raleigh's Village Idiots Raleigh's Homegrown Improv Comedy Group William Peace University is pleased to welcome back Raleigh's Village Idiots to the William Peace Theatre stage! The Idiots are Raleigh's own homegrown improv comedy group. They perform short- and long-form improv comedy, including scenes, stories, games and songs that are improvised based on audience suggestions. The exact combination varies from night to night, so you'll be as surprised as they are! Event Time: 7:30 p.m. Event Location: Leggett Theatre Tickets: $10 Adults / $5 Students (Note: a 3% entertainment tax is included in the ticket price.) Registration & Tickets: Individual Tickets (click here) view Event
- January 14, 2014 Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series: Patricia R. Healy Co-Founder and Principal-Hyde Street Holdings, LLC Duke Energy presents Patricia R. (Trish) Healy, Co-Founder and Principal at Hyde Street Holdings, LLC as part of the Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series on Jan. 14, 2014 at 11 a.m. Founded in 1996, Hyde Street Holdings, LLC, (“HSH”) is an advisor specializing in “monetizing embedded value” through engagement with people, assets and companies. Acting as a principal or advisor, HSH concentrates on the strategic, operational and financial opportunities created by either under optimized circumstances or new venture by employing innovative solutions to add value. The principals have built and sold companies; valued, consulted and acquired all types of assets, including large pools of nonperforming assets, repositioned individual assets and portfolios of assets; invested in and securitized large pools of mortgage loans, managed publically traded CMBS debt as a “rated special servicer”, restructured firms, and are active with startup enterprises, with a specialty in companies at the intersection of real estate and technology. In addition Hyde Street principals have experience on the board of both public and private real estate and technology companies. Core beliefs of Hyde Street Holdings include consideration of The Principals of Responsible Investment (ESG). Prior to HSH, Mrs. Healy was Co-Founder and President/COO of the Hanford/Healy Companies (1988-1996). The firm (through 5 national offices) provided real estate investment and advisory services, asset management (rated-special servicer) services and acted as a principal in the acquisition of loan portfolios and below investment grade portions of securities. The firm specialized in real estate analytics, loan workout, repackaging and sales (often through public market execution). General Motor’s subsidiary GMAC Commercial Mortgage purchased the Hanford/Healy Companies in September of 1996. Mrs. Healy has also held various management and board positions with real estate and financial firms. She currently serves as an Independent Director for RREEF America III, presently serving as the Compensation Chair. She is also providing nonexecutive chair advisory services for Milhaus Development. Trish is the Chair of The Green Chair Project and has served on the boards of North Carolina Symphony (audit chair); the Contemporary Art Museum Foundation; ArtSpace and Triangle Tomorrow (Raleigh). She was instrumental in raising the funds for the Repertory Theatre in Raleigh (Burning Coal);bringing “Winterfest” to downtown and is active in her church. Membership in professional associations include: Lambda Alpha; the American Society of Real Estate Councilors (CRE) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), in which she has served as a Trustee and is a Governor. Within ULI Trish has chaired two different product councils, the Annual Fund, the Inclusivity Initiative; and serves as Treasure of her District Council (Treasurer). For Fiscal Years 2009-2011, Trish served, on ULI’s (World Wide) Executive Committee and is now serving on ULI’s Nominating and Governance Committee. Trish has undergraduate (BA) from Tulane University and graduate degrees from Southern Methodist University (MBA) and The American Graduate School of International Management (MIM). Event Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Event Location: Main Parlor Tickets: Free and open to the public. Tickets are required. Click here for Registration & Tickets view Event
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Contact: Wendy Jones
November 22, 2010
Raleigh, N.C. – Peace College Director of Athletics Kelly Johnson announced Tuesday Michelle Simonson will transition as the head cross country coach after serving this fall as the assistant. In addition to leading cross country, Simonson will continue her role as assistant basketball coach with Johnson.
"We are excited to announce Assistant Coach Michelle Simonson has accepted the position of head coach of our cross country program, as this will allow a smooth transition for the program. Coach Simonson is an excellent coach as well as a role model for the student-athletes of Peace College, and we expect the program to continue to grow under her leadership," commented Johnson.
Simonson helped the Pacers to a successful cross country season this fall with individual triumphs along the way. Third-year runner Allison Gilmore earned placement on the USA South’s all-conference second team with her 16th-place finish in the championship race on October 30. Gilmore’s time of 26:29.0 marked a more than four minute improvement since the 2009 conference meet.
"If one has a willingness and desire, I can take them to their potential," noted Simonson. "I want the members of the cross country team to leave in four years equipped as leaders who can start and finish knowing they made the most of an opportunity. With great anticipation and excitement I look forward to building a program that connects student-athletes to Peace College for life change."
Simonson graduated from Peace in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and earned an Associate’s degree in 2004. While at Peace, Simonson earned numerous honors within both the academic and athletic communities. She was named the 2006 Outstanding Graduate and received the year’s Outstanding Senior Award. She was a four-year member of the basketball team, serving as captain her senior season. Simonson earned the athletic department’s prestigious Frazier Cup, awarded annually to the individual who best exemplifies the characteristics of a student-athlete. Additionally, Simonson was presented the 2006 Scholar Athlete Award and named the basketball team’s Defensive Player of the Year. She earned academic all-conference honors each of the three years she competed in the league.
Simonson works full time as a field biologist for the North Carolina Division of Water Quality but maintains close ties to the Peace community through coaching athletics, leading backpacking expeditions through the department of physical education, and as a mentor to Peace student researchers.