- December 1, 2014 WPU Community Lovefeast A Peace Christmas Tradition William Peace University invites members of the Peace community and our neighbors to join us for the annual WPU Community Lovefeast in Dinwiddie Chapel (Main Building, 2nd Floor). Rev. Dr. R. Lee Carter, our William C. Bennett Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Religion, welcomes members of the community to receive Communion during this festive event. A Lovefeast service is a service dedicated to Christian love and is most famously practiced by the Moravians. A Lovefeast seeks to strengthen the bonds and the spirit of harmony, goodwill, and congeniality, as well as to forgive past disputes and instead love one another. The Moravian Lovefeast is based on the Agape feast and the meals of the early churches described in the Bible in the Acts of the Apostles, which were partaken in unity and love. Traditionally for European, Canadian, and American Lovefeasts, a sweetened bun and coffee (sweetened milky tea in Germany, Holland and England) is served to the congregation in the pews by dieners (from the German for servers); before partaking, a simple table grace is said. The foods and drinks consumed from congregation may vary tremendously at the Lovefeast and are usually adapted from what the congregations have available. Services in some Colonial-era Lovefeasts, for example, used plain bread and water; some in Salem were known to have served beer. The Moravian Lovefeast also concentrates on the singing of hymns and listening to music which may come from the organ or choir. The songs and hymns chosen usually describe love and harmony. The congregation can talk quietly with their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ about their spiritual walk with God. The William Peace University Community Lovefeast will feature special student, faculty and staff speakers and dieners. Event Date: Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 Event Time: 6:00 p.m. Event Location: Dinwiddie Chapel, 2nd Floor of Main Building Admission: FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC view Event
- December 6, 2014 Children’s Holiday Story Hour with Santa Here Comes Santa Claus! William Peace University invites you to join us for our 5th Annual Children's Holiday Story Hour with Santa. Listen to two stories read by WPU President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D.. Have your pictures taken and get a special present from Santa himself! Enjoy cookies and refreshments in Main Parlor and Carols by the William Peace University Singers. This event is one of the most anticipated family events of the year at WPU. Be sure to register early! Event Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m. Event Location: Main Parlor RESERVE YOUR FAMILY'S SPOT BY CLICKING HERE. view Event
- January 12, 2015 Manning Music Series Concert: NC Symphony William Peace University's Manning Music Series presents a FREE Concert featuring musicians from the North Carolina Symphony on the Kenan Hall stage on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. The Manning Music Concert Series is made possible through a gift made by alumna Sara Jo Allen Manning '58 '60 and the Manning Music Series Fund. For the 2014-15 performing arts season, the Manning Series will include 5 free concerts ranging from jazz, classical and contemporary to Broadway performances. Additional Manning Series concerts this year include: Monday, Apr. 6, 2015 William Peace University is pleased to partner once again this year with the North Carolina Symphony on three of the Manning Series events. RESERVE YOUR SEAT FOR THE MANNING SERIES 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
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.