- December 1, 2015 Christmas Lovefeast Chapel Service A Peace Christmas Tradition William Peace University invites members of the Peace community and its neighbors to join us for the annual Christmas Lovefeast Chapel Service 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: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 Event Time: 3:30 p.m. Event Location: Dinwiddie Chapel, 2nd Floor of Main Building Admission: FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC view Event
- December 5, 2015 Children’s Holiday Story Hour with Santa Here Comes Santa Claus! William Peace University invites you to join us for our 6th Annual Children's Holiday Story Hour with Santa. Listen to two stories read by a special guest. Have your pictures taken with the Clauses 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 Free Admission, Click Here to register! view Event
- December 5, 2015 WPU Christmas Show William Peace University invites you to experience Christmas at PEACE! Our 2015 Christmas Show will feature performances from several campus groups and entertainers, including WPU's student a capella group Vocal MasterPEACE, the William Peace University Singers glee club, and our Gospel group the Ambassadors for Christ, as well as several singers within the Bachelor of Fine Arts program and others. Join us for this special concert filled with Christmas classics, holiday songs and carols (secular and sacred) from across the decades and from multiple genres. Bring the whole family! Date: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 Time: 3:30 PM Location: Kenan Hall Free Admission. Reservations required. - Coming Soon! 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
Peace College will rededicate its Lucy Cooper Finch Library on Thursday, celebrating the completion of a $3.8 million expansion and renovation project. The event comes 40 years after the library was first dedicated on Oct. 17, 1969. The event will include the dedication of the Gaddy Garden, named after the family descended from Lucy Cooper Finch and that has financially supported the library project.
Members of the Finch and Gaddy families, students, alumnae, trustees and faculty and staff will be among those in attendance for the outdoor rededication ceremony. The ceremony will be followed by tours of the building and a reception.
ABOUT THE LIBRARY: The expansion and renovation project completed during the summer was the first major renovation of the library since it was built. The project added 2,200 square feet of space and completely renovated the building’s interior.
Among the project’s features is the creation on the main floor of a "learning commons" with pods of computer workstations. The new library houses an information technology help desk and all of the college’s tutoring programs. It also features the "Peace Perk" coffee bar and lounge.
Though the renovation and expansion is complete, the college is continuing to raise the matching funds to secure a $350,000 challenge grant made by the Kresge Foundation of Troy, Mich. Gifts made to the library project before Dec. 31 will count toward the Kresge challenge. The library fundraising drive is part of Peace’s $30 million "Promise of Peace" Campaign.
ABOUT THE FAMILY: Finch Library is named in honor of 1922 Peace graduate Lucy Cooper Finch, who along with her husband, George Finch, donated $100,000 toward the 1969 construction of the library. Lucy Cooper Finch’s family has long ties to Peace. The relationship began with her mother, Emily Faucette Cooper, who graduated with the Class of 1890. Lucy Cooper Finch was an active alumna and served on the college’s Board of Trustees from 1953-1971. Her daughter, Lucy Finch Gaddy, obtained degrees from Peace’s high school and college programs, graduating in 1961.
Gaddy and her husband, Charlie Gaddy, served on several Peace governing boards. Lucy Finch Gaddy served on the college’s Board of Visitors and on its Alumnae Association Board. Charlie Gaddy, who served as a trustee for 18 years and as a member of the college’s Foundation Board for 15, led several capital campaigns for Peace.
In honor of the Gaddys, their sons, Fin Gaddy of Manteo and Will Gaddy of Asheville, made a leadership commitment in support of the library renovation project in 2008.
PEACE COLLEGE DETAILS: Peace College, a four-year arts and sciences college for women, was chartered in 1857 and opened its doors in 1872. Peace students consistently have rated the school highly in the National Survey of Student Engagement. In NSSE’s most recent survey, seniors’ ratings placed Peace College in the top 10 percent of schools nationwide in all five categories of the survey.
DIRECTIONS: Peace College is located in downtown Raleigh at 15 East Peace Street, directly to the north of the N.C. state government’s Archdale Building. Detailed directions to campus are available on the Peace College web site at http://www.peace.edu/files/shared/pdfs/aboutPeace/campusmap.pdf.