- May 13, 2016 Alumni Weekend 2016 Bloom Where You Were Planted! Alumni Weekend 2016 May 13-14, 2016 You spoke. We listened! Alumni Weekend is back this spring! Click here for the schedule. PAYMENT OPTIONS All Weekend Pass - $80 (Save $5), includes both Friday and Saturday events. Does NOT include Mimosas & Art due to space restrictions.* Click here. All-Day Saturday Pass - $60 (Save $5), includes all Saturday events. Does NOT include Mimosas & Art due to space restrictions.* Click here. "Orange, Lavender & Figs" Cookbook by Fanny Slater '09 - $12 (Save 46%) Pre-purchase the cookbook for Fanny to sign! Click here. *Mimosas and Art is a separate ticket. To register for all events, click here. To resister for Friday's event only, click here. We need YOUR help to invite classmates to attend. If you would like to nominate yourself or a classmate to serve as a reunion coordinator to work in partnership with the Alumni Board and the Office of Advancement, please contact Abby Coleman, alumni engagement admin, at Abby.Coleman@peace.edu or 919.508.ALUM. Don't forget to share on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) that you're coming home again. Use #AlumniWeekend2016WPU. Nominate a Classmate for an Award! Young Alumni Award 2016 - Read the criteria and enter your nomination here. Distinguished Service Award 2016 - Read the criteria and enter your nomination here. Distinguished Alumni Award 2016 - Read the criteria and enter your nomination here. The Fine Print: Please note cancelations with refunds are only available between Jan. 5 and March 31. There are no refunds after April 1, 2016 due to vendor commitments and beverage, food orders. Events with alcohol are for those age 21+. For questions or concerns, please call 919.508.ALUM. view Event
- May 13, 2016 Buds-N-Brew A Young Alumni Kickoff Reception to Alumni Weekend 2016! Click HERE to register! William Peace University invites all Young Alumni to Cloud's Brewery in downtown Raleigh for the kick-off to Alumni Weekend 2016. $20 gets you three drinks at the bar and food from 6-8 p.m. Bring your bud. We'll bring the beer. (Don't forget to designate a driver!) Sponsored by WPU's Office of Advancement and the Alumni Board. When Friday, May 13, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) Where Clouds Brewing - 126 North West Street Raleigh, NC 27603 REGISTER NOW. 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.