Upcoming Events
  • March 3, 2015 Graduate School Panel Need info on Grad School and What to Expect? A panel of Peace alumni and community guests will discuss their experiences of applying and attending various Grad/Professional School programs. Come ask questions and learn what to expect. Questions? Contact the Career Center. view Event
  • March 3, 2015 Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series: Fanny Slater '10 - DATE CHANGE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 3, 2015 AT 3:30 PM IN LEGGETT THEATRE William Peace University welcomes Peace Alumna Fanny Slater '10  as part of the 2014-15 Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series on March 3, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. in Leggett Theatre. Slater will speak to the WPU Community (alumni, faculty, staff, students and the general public) about her journey. She will show clips from the Rachael Ray Show where she won last year's Great American Cookbook Challenge and a home video or two of Fanny cooking as a kid. Slater was most recently named by the StarNews as one of the "12 to Watch." RESERVE YOUR FREE TICKET 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. Fanny's Bio: My life is a recipe scrapbook composed of extraordinary culinary encounters. I did not receive formal training, but was homeschooled on the art of savory scratchmade eats by my parents. They taught me words like fresh sage and bouillabaisse and encouraged me towards a life of pursuing my passions. I did not travel the world feasting on global delicacies, but I did learn to roast Cornish hens with my dad and sauté buttery leeks with my mom. I have no idea what I learned in my second grade math class, but I will never forget how to shape crab cakes. I graduated from Peace College in 2010. One year later, I left Raleigh for the very first time and moved across the country by myself to Hollywood, California to chase a lifelong dream of becoming an actress. A year and a half later, I followed my stomach back to the east coast with a head full of new ambitions and a cat named after a fruit. While living in Los Angeles, every bit of hunger I ever held for cooking, eating, and writing fermented inside of me until I couldn’t take it any longer. I had spent the past twenty five years daydreaming about a life under the Hollywood sign, and it was that very place where I realized that the only part I ever needed to play—was myself. A little closer to home, I was ready to begin my next chapter. I chose the coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina and a professional path that paid the bills but allowed me some freedom to flex my food muscles on the side. One day, I finally said goodbye to a life of fruitless jobs and announced that I wouldn’t spend another minute in an unfulfilling occupation.  So, I got my Fanny in the kitchen and became CEO (Chief Eating Officer) of Fanfare Catering and a food writer in my trendy riverfront town. In my kitchen today, I create enriched adaptations of the food that has touched my life. I unravel the flavors and weave them back together into an eclectic new dish. In November 2013, I was given the opportunity to share this very concept with the world. Along with nearly 1,000 others, I submitted my culinary concept to a national cookbook competition held by Rachael Ray. I stuck to the moral of my California adventure—to simply “be myself”—and soared to the top 5. In front of millions on May 19th 2014, I was announced as the winner. I’m currently in pursuit of my own cooking show and wrapping up my soon-to-be-Rachael-Ray-published cookbook which is set to launch mid-2015. This book is a celebration and reconnection of the nourishing experiences that have guided my hungry soul. It’s seasoned with absurdity and wit, and sprinkled with hilarious childhood stories and photos. It is Tina Fey meets Rachael Ray meets the girl next door who drinks craft beer and makes bacon jam just for fun. The Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series The Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series began in 2013-14 through a platinum presenting sponsorship made by Duke Energy and its community grants program. The speaker series brings guest speakers and lecturers from North Carolina to the University's campus each academic year. The University's Honors Program Coordinator is closely involved with the selection of speakers. One of the most exciting and prestigious programs on campus, the Honors Program provides academically talented and motivated students opportunities to study, conduct research and exchange ideas in a challenging and supportive academic environment. The Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series was created specifically with the Honors Program students in mind. Speakers included author Adam Shepard, musician Chris Hendricks, motivational speakers Joseph B. Washington and Dr. Kevin Snyder, Maestro William Henry Curry of the North Carolina Symphony, Professor Emerita of Psychology Dr. Korrel Kanoy, and former Mayor Smedes York, among others. Later this year, the program will feature Rep. Debra Ross and Trish Healy. The 2014-15 arts and events season will feature multiple visiting speakers from across North Carolina including: Rep. Deborah K. Ross, NC General Assembly; Eugene A. "Gene" Conti, Jr., former Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation; Tom Darden, CEO of Cherokee and former Chairman of the Research Triangle Transit Authority; Trish Healy, Principal at Hyde Street Holdings; Steve Swayne, Professor of Music at Dartmouth College; Sarah Powers, Executive Director for Visual Art Exchange; Ryan Messer, Senior Division Mgr, Johnson & Johnson and Precinct Executive (Cincinnati). 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
  • March 10, 2015 Teacher Network Fair Presented by the Office of Career Services The William Peace University Office of Career Services invites WPU students to attend the Teacher Network Fair held in conjunction with Meredith College. The event is scheduled for March 10, 2015 in Belk Dining Hall on the Meredith College campus from 9:30-11:30 a.m. This is a Career fair for education majors seeking teaching positions; Private and public schools systems from the southeast will be in attendance. Questions? Contact Barbara Efird, Director of Career Services. view Event

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Academic Convocation: Speech by Jeanna Buck ’13

By William Peace University on September 26, 2012 4:19 pm

On Tuesday, August 21, 2012, William Peace University held Academic Convocation, the opening of the academic year, and a tradition at the school. The afternoon began with an opening from President Townsley and continued with remarks from Dr. Denlinger ’64, Dr. McLennan and S.G.A. President Jeanna Buck ’13.

The speech and remarks from SGA President Jeanna Buck ’13 were well received by the student body, and thunderous applause filled Kenan Hall; we wanted to share them with our community. Her thoughts and words are inspirational and wise, they continue to be talked about [and reflected upon] amongst students and are a point of thought for all as we open another exciting year.

 

Good afternoon! I hope everyone has had a great day of classes and is settled into campus life again (or for the first time.)

My name is Jeanna Buck, and I am your SGA President. The rest of the Student Government and I are excited to kick off the school year! The WPU Student Government is a small group of student representatives of the student body. It includes a variety of class years, majors and extracurricular activities. We meet once a week to consider new clubs and organizations on campus, plan campus activities, and discuss campus improvements. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to talk to us!

The WPU Student Government is excited to finally have everyone back on campus. As you can see, we have made many campus improvements to make your time at Peace the best it can be. I would like to especially welcome the first year students, who are coming to college and embracing change along with WPU.

Though never easy, the only thing constant in life is change. If you are like most and cringe when anyone mentions change, simply know that you are not alone. Even under a new name and a few “brothers” added to the mix, we are still a family. It is our responsibility to welcome and support each other, especially our new members. It is also important to remember a few other things when dealing with change.

Be open-minded. Part of growing and expanding anywhere in life, especially at a university, is being open to diversity. Diverse personalities, diverse races, diverse cultures, diverse opinions. But being open to this diversity is how you learn and grow as an individual. Diversity is what makes Peace graduates successful in the professional world. So make new friends and learn from those who are not just like you.

Learn to adapt.This was a hard one for me. I am used to a schedule and a PLAN… and heaven forbid I wrote a test date down in my planner in PEN and the professor decides to bump that test back a week.

I quickly came to find that even in college things are subject to change at any second. Nothing is permanent in life, and people that learn to “go with the flow” are much more happy and successful.

See it as an opportunity. If you are coming to college for the first time, or excited to graduate in nine months… you can embrace any kind of change and see it as a great opportunity.

First-year students – again, make new friends! Learn from people who are from different cities and states across the country. Also, get to know the upper-class students. They can provide a unique perspective about college life and can answer any questions you might have about professors, classes or just good places to eat close to campus.

Upper-class students – take change as an opportunity to grow. Open your mind, learn to adapt. Get to know first-year students. Remember that you were once in their shoes, and how great it felt to talk to someone who was a veteran of college life. And remember, once we graduate and get out into the “real world” we will see change everywhere.

Be patient. Understand that not everyone deals with change in a positive way. Help those who may have more trouble than you do.

This is really cliché, but very important. But be kind, because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

MOST OF ALL – have fun. This is college. It’s supposed to be some of the best years of your life. Don’t stress and don’t worry about things you can’t change. Make friends, make mistakes. Change your major and change it again. Cut your hair, pierce your nose. Experience life and experience WPU. You won’t be sorry you did.

Thank you and see you around campus!

This speech has not been altered or edited from lectern to website.

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