- August 24, 2015 Steven Stone Comedy & Magic Show Register here. William Peace University welcomes comedian, hypnotist and magician, Steven Stone to the Kenan Stage as part of Welcome Week! Steven Stone has performed in front of many audiences, creating an entertaining and unforgettable night filled with fun and laughter. Stone's talent in hypnosis was developed early on, and he's been performing in venues around the world ever since. Stone's is perhaps one of the only shows where audience members are offered the best seats in the house...right on the stage! Students, faculty, staff and season ticket holders are invited to attend. Free Admission. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register here. William Peace University wishes to make every 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 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 11, 2015 Dramatic Irony Club Production William Peace University's student-led Dramatic Irony Club presents opens its season on Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Dramatic Irony is a club made up of students interested in theatre and musical theatre. Student-led and performed, these productions are brought to the stage with full production, direction, and leadership by William Peace University students, alongside their advisor Dr. Wade Newhouse. Check back with us when the production title is announced! Free Admission at the door. No reservation required. William Peace University wishes to make every 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 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 12, 2015 Open House Our Office of Admissions would like to invite you and your family to take part in one of our Open House Events. This will give you the opportunity to meet students and faculty, tour our beautiful campus, and learn about the excellent education opportunities available at William Peace University. No matter your level of interest, WPU has something for you! After hanging out with us, be sure to grab the R-Line and visit some of the amazing downtown locations. Stand beside historical figures in the North Carolina Museum of History, watch the Carolina Hurricanes dominate the rink at PNC Arena, or catch your favorite artist in concert at the Raleigh Amphitheater. To RSVP for an Open House, please click here. Students interested in the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Theatre majors can also sign up to audition for the program from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. during Open House. If you are interested in auditioning, be sure to also register for your opportunity by clicking here. 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.