- November 21, 2014 Jackie Ammons Memorial Basketball Tournament Honoring the life of the late Jackie Ammons '79 William Peace University's Jackie Ammons Memorial Basketball Tournament is a two-day women's basketball tournament named in honor of the late Jackie Ammons '79, who starred at East Wake High School and Peace College, before a car crash claimed her life just a few days before her graduation from Peace in 1979. The tournament gets underway on Friday night, then on Saturday, a consolation game and finally the championship game is played. Check out www.gopeacepacers.org for detailed results and game times. view Event
- November 23, 2014 William Peace University Singers Fall Concert The William Peace University Singers, led by Julie Ricciardi, will perform their fall concert in Kenan Hall on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at 3 p.m. Formed in the fall of 2011, the WPU Singers act as ambassadors to the community, performing both sacred and secular music ranging from Pop, Contemporary, Christian, Gospel, Jazz, Country, Blues, Swing, Classical, Broadway and more. The troupe performs throughout the state and the region, most recently at the 2013 North Carolina State Governor’s Ball, annual performances at the Wake County First Responders Appreciation Breakfast, the LGBT Center Awards Gala, the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Women’s Luncheons, the Heritage Calendar Gala, the 2013 Wake County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, and they often appear at retirement centers, churches, schools and for retail openings. The University's glee club's is made up of some of the best and brightest students from across all majors. To learn more about the Singers, click here. Reserve your tickets here. view Event
- November 24, 2014 Manning Music Series Concert: NC Symphony William Peace University's Manning Music Series presents a FREE Concert featuring musicians from the North Carolina Symphony on stage in Kenan Hall on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. 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. Additional Manning Series concerts this year include: Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 Monday, Apr. 6, 2015 William Peace University is pleased to partner once again this year with the North Carolina Symphony on three Manning Series events. We apologize, but this concert is now SOLD OUT. Thank you! 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
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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.