- May 30, 2013 WPU Hosts WCPSS Magnet Schools Scholastic Pursuit Quiz Bowl Join us on Thursday, May 30th for the WCPSS Magnet Schools Scholastic Pursuit Quiz Bowl. William Peace University is proud to host the event for a 19th consecutive year. The Quiz Bowl will feature dozens of local fifth graders who will compete in front of a series of principals, judges & teachers from a number of Wake County magnet elementary schools. The event will offer food and drinks to contestants, and will be held in classrooms across campus. It begins at 7:15 a.m. and runs until 4:00 p.m. view Event
- July 12, 2013 WPU Trip to Cuba Cuba Student/Alumni Trip (7 days): July 12-19, 2013. Tickets: $4,000 per person (includes airfare from Raleigh, NC, trip insurance, costs for meals not covered in tour, taxes and surcharges) Presented by the Office of Academic Affairs. CUBAN ARTS: PAST AND PRESENT Understanding Cuba through Writing, Religion, Music, and Dance PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: * Visit Old Havana’s Call Obispo, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of the Revolution. * Attend Opera de la Calle’s musical performance. * Observe historic architecture during walking tours of Old Havana and Vedado. * Tour the Yoruba Cultural Association with an anthropologist to discover Yoruba culture, religion, and literary traditions. * Discuss Cuban literature with local writers in Cienfuegos. * Spend a day in Trinidad, focusing on its history and literature. * Meet performers at a ballet studio in Old Havana. ITINERARY: FRIDAY, JULY 12 Depart Raleigh for Havana, via Miami. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. This afternoon, hear a talk about Cuba’s current economic, social, political and cultural transition. It provides an overview of the last two decades, showing the main problems in the Cuban socialist model, people’s concerns, and public policies. Gather for a welcome dinner. This evening attend Opera de la Calle’s musical performance. Overnight at Hotel Vedado. (LD) SATURDAY, JULY 13 Gather for a talk by Rafael Hernandez about Cuba’s economic transition. Continue on to Old Havana’s Calle Obispo to explore public/private markets, supply and demand, prices, and dual currency during visits to diverse markets (state, private, convertible peso, and subsidized). Have lunch at Santo Angel Restaurant. This afternoon, visit the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of the Revolution. Overnight at Hotel Vedado. (BL) SUNDAY, JULY 14 Take a walking tour of Old Havana. After lunch, discover Carpentier’s Havana on a walking tour of Vedado that focuses on the author and architecture, observing where tradition and modernity connect. Overnight at Hotel Vedado. (BL) MONDAY, JULY 15 Visit the Yoruba Cultural Association. Meet the Association’s president and Ifa priest. See the museum with an anthropologist, followed by a discussion about Yoruba culture, religion and literary traditions. This afternoon, visit a working class neighborhood and interact with a Catholic priest and a leading hip hop musician/grassroots activist. Discuss popular religious beliefs and practices, social and race relations, and popular music (hip hop, rock, reggaeton) as expression of social issues. Continue to an agricultural coop and talk to workers about food production. (BL) TUESDAY, JULY 16 Travel to Cienfuegos. After lunch at Club Cienfuegos, meet with local writers to discuss their work, views about Cuban literature, and current challenges faced in Cuba. Also attend a Choir of Cienfuegos audition. Have dinner at a paladar with UNEAC members. Overnight at Hotel Union. (BLD) WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 Spend the day in Trinidad. Visit the city with a special focus on its history and literature. Have lunch at a private home and talk with the owner about how his experience as an entrepreneur. Overnight at Hotel Union. (BL) THURSDAY, JULY 18 Return to Havana. This afternoon, experience Spain’s cultural footprint during a visit to a ballet studio in Old Havana. Meet performers and observe their fusion dance style, which combines Cuban and flamenco influences. This evening, dine at a paladar. Overnight at Hotel Vevado. (BD) FRIDAY, JULY 19 Transfer to the airport for the return flight to Raleigh, via Miami. (B) PROGRAM PRICING: * Tickets: $4,000 per person (includes airfare from Raleigh, NC, trip insurance, costs for meals not covered in tour, taxes and surcharges) THE FINE PRINT: Cost is based on double occupancy. A $200 per person deposit and enrollment form is due upon booking. This deposit is refundable until April 9, 2013 excluding a $100 cancelation fee. Final payments are due no later than April 9, 2013; cancelations received after this date are not refundable. Travel/trip cancelation insurance is strongly recommended. For more information call Travel Insured at 800-243-3174 or visit www.travelinsured.com. Holbrook Travel’s agency number is 15849. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Michelle Korczynski at 800-396-0763 or email Michelle here. Questions? Contact JoAnn Clark at 919-508-2291 or by email. Learn more here. view Event
- October 26, 2013 Admissions 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. Details on times and specific events will be released at a later date. view Event
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. – Hang around an archaeological dig long enough and you’ll hear the word "personal" tossed around frequently. Archaeologists don’t just judge artifacts by their age or condition but also by the story they tell.
Earlier this month during the 2011 Peace College Archaeological Field School at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson, students learned just how intimate a discovery can be.
On the second week of the four-week dig which ended Saturday, Peace students helped unearth a strawberry-shaped pendant from the Civil War era. Only a third of the pendant remained but the unique item gave students a peek into a different world.
"I really can’t put into words how amazing it is to hold something that no one has held or seen for over 200 years," Peace sophomore Kiara Cobb said. "It’s just amazing."
Of the dozens of items recovered during the dig, the pendant — which is likely made of copper alloy and has two layers of painted glass — is the rarest, according to Peace professor Vincent Melomo.
"Something that personal and significant — you might not find one like it ever (again)," Melomo said. "It’s something that meant something to somebody. It is a special find."
This year’s trip to Brunswick Town was the third edition of the Peace Field School and its second visit to the coastal site. The program gives students four lab credit hours as they learn how to sift through dirt, excavate with care, clean artifacts and record data effectively.
In the first field school held four years ago, students explored an old plantation in Louisburg. But organizers switched to the Brunswick Town site because it offered several different time periods in one location.
This year, students found not only Civil War artifacts but also items dating between 300 and 800 years old. The most notable of which were wine bottles, plates, stirrups, an 1863 penny, a canon spike, a pipe with a face carved in it and a confederate lieutenant’s button.
Due to its prestigious rank and the location where it was found, the confederate button can be traced back to just a handful of people.
"It’s almost like a treasure hunt," Peace student Cate Bolenbaugh said. "You’re looking for a piece of pottery or another piece of metal fragment. You don’t know what it is but you have a story behind it. We might not ever know the entire story but based on mapping and digging up things, we can sort of trace (it)."
In addition to uncovering artifacts, the students also helped clear away the brick walls of several Civil War barracks. As they uncovered the walls, they used their knowledge of the typical design and dimension of the buildings to carefully remove dirt without damaging the brick.
Hands-on opportunities like the field school are rare at smaller schools like Peace but offer students the experience they’ll need to pursue a career in archaeology.
With the field school now on their resume, students have a leg up when applying to graduate schools and job openings.
"Being here really makes it come to life and is invaluable to your own experience," Cobb said. "It’s more of a personal thing that the books can’t give you."