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  • 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
  • March 17, 2015 WPU Speaker Series: Howard Mortman of C-SPAN William Peace University welcomes C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman as part of the William Peace University FREE Guest Speaker Series on March 17th at 3:30 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium. Mortman comes to William Peace University as part of the Scripps Howard/AEJMC Social Media Fellowship Program. WPU Associate Professor of Communication, Dr. Lynn Owens, won the competitive fellowship and spent two weeks in Washington, D.C. working with Mortman and his team at C-SPAN this past June. On his visit to WPU, Mortman will also be guest lecturing in Communications courses and working with students one-on-one to review their professional portfolios. During his campus visit, he will discuss the exciting and often tumultuous challenge of covering politics in Washington, D.C., as well as how social media is being used to reach and engage audiences. Members of the WPU Community and local media professionals are invited to attend at no cost.  To reserve your spot, click here. About Howard Mortman Howard Mortman is a member of the executive leadership team for the nation's only public affairs cable TV network, and leads the organization’s million-followers-strong social media efforts.  Mortman worked previously as Public Affairs Directors for New Media Strategies, and as the Communications Director for the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors. He was also a producer for the MSNBC Program “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” About William Peace University: William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all-women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women's institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and began admitting male students to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. William Peace University wishes to make all events accessible to all people in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Titles I and II of the ADA of 1990, and Sections 503 & 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Reasonable accommodations to fully participate in on-campus events may be made by contacting the Office of Engagement at Engagement@peace.edu or 919.508.2362.  For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu. 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 17, 2015 Founder's Day Tea & Presentation Celebrating the Founding of Peace Institute in 1857! The William Peace University community is invited to a special Founder's Day presentation and Tea in Main Parlor, featuring Peace College Alumna and William Peace historian, Besty Johnson Shaw '51 '83, with words from WPU's William C. Bennett Chaplain Rev. Dr. R. Lee Carter, and a short presentation by WPU students. Join us for a wonderful discussion about the founding of Peace Institute and our founder William Peace. Enjoy a lovely tea, check out items from our history made possible by Finch Librarian Diane Jensen, and learn more about the history of William Peace University. To register a seat for this FREE event, R.S.V.P. by March 12, 2015 by clicking 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. view Event

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Peace announces 2011 Valedictorian

By on April 20, 2011 3:54 pm

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.

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