- 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
When Erin Banks graduated from college a semester early last December, she thought her work at Peace was done. This week, she got one final assignment from Provost Debbie Cottrell – to give a speech at Commencement in May.
Banks, an English major from Morehead City, N.C., was named the Valedictorian for 2011 on Monday after earning a perfect 4.0 GPA at Peace.
"I was excited," Banks said. "It really is a great honor."
With her course work done at Peace, Banks wasn’t sure why Cottrell needed to meet with her Monday but said she was pleasantly surprised with the news.
"I was thinking, ‘What did I do? I don’t think she can take my diploma back,’" Banks joked. "But I was very excited about it."
It wasn’t always Banks’ goal to be valedictorian. In fact, her success at Peace started out as nervousness about college. Not sure how much effort her coursework would require, Banks dedicated herself to trying her best during her freshman year. After earning a 4.0 for her first semester, she thought she’d try to keep it going.
"It just became a challenge for myself," Banks said.
Banks was homeschooled through high school and said her strong work ethic came from her parents, Rev. David and Jerri Banks. She also said piano instructor Dr. Margaret Evans pushed her to pursue excellence when she was younger.
"She had a quote by Aristotle on the bulletin board outside of her door and it said ‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act but a habit,’" Banks remembered. "That’s really the way she treated music and everything. Between her instilling that in me in piano and my mom and dad really instilling that in me in my other studies … that really built my work ethic."
The small class sizes and sense of community at Peace also helped Banks get the best out of her college experience. She mentioned how often the intimate classroom experience at Peace fostered better discussions in classes like Images of Women and Music Theory — two of her favorites.
"I like that about Peace — the small classroom sizes, the fact that people know each other," Banks said. "People are a lot more apt to speak up when you have good discussions and that’s what makes going to class fun."
Banks hopes to be a college English professor some day but is planning on working for at least a year before applying to graduate programs. She also mentioned being interested in teaching English at the high school level.
"I’m not sure where (I’ll apply for grad school)," Banks said. "Maybe stay in the area. Maybe look at Chapel Hill or Duke since they offer a doctoral program. But for now I’ll probably keep the part-time jobs I have and look for a full-time one I might like."
Banks also wanted to thank her extended family and friends for their support during her college career.
"If it wasn’t for them I would not have made it to this point," Banks said.