- December 7, 2013 Children’s Holiday Story Hour with Santa Here Comes Santa Claus! William Peace University invites you to join us for our 4th 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: 9:30-11:00 a.m. Event Location: Main Parlor Tickets: WE ARE SOLD OUT! COME SEE US NEXT YEAR. view Event
- December 7, 2013 WPU Speaker Series: Korrel Kanoy, Ph.D. The Everything Parents' Guide to Children's Emotional Intelligence William Peace University is delighted to welcome back Korrel Kanoy, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, to William Peace University to present on emotional intelligence in children. Kanoy will discuss her book, "The Everything Parents' Guide to Children's Emotional Intelligence: How to Raise Children Who Are Caring, Resilient, and Emotionally Strong" (from her "Everything" series) and sign copies of her books after the Q&A session. Kanoy notes that a child's emotional intelligence has been shown to be one of the strongest factors in whether or not that child will be successful later in life. A child with high emotional intelligence (EQ) has good self-control, resilience, and empathy--all factors that help build a foundation for a more grounded, satisfying, and successful life. With "The Everything Parent's Guide to Emotional Intelligence in Children," you will learn how to help your child: Improve academic achievement and behavior Achieve mindfulness Understand emotions Empathize with others Improve self-confidence Build inner resilience This hands-on guide shows you exactly how to promote core EQ skills in your child and provides you with all you need to help your children achieve their greatest potential. Biography Dr. Korrel Kanoy joined the Peace faculty in 1981. Rising through the ranks, she became Professor of Psychology, and served in several administrative roles, including Dean of Academic Affairs from 2006-2009. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Kanoy provided leadership to the university’s Institutional Research area, helping increase the use of assessment and other data, contributing directly to preparing for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) review for reaccreditation. In addition to her academic ties to Peace, Kanoy was also connected to the institution through her late mother-in-law, Peace College alumna Betsy Fields Kanoy ‘41. Through over 30 years teaching psychology, child development and emotional intelligence, Kanoy maintained an active scholarly life, writing books and articles on parent-child interactions, emotional intelligence, and retention. In 2011, higher-education publisher Jossey-Bass invited her to write a textbook, facilitation guide and student workbook titled The Student EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and Your Academic and Personal Success – all released in February of 2013. Seeking a new challenge, Kanoy noted the writing, “stretched me in ways that I had not been stretched before.” She also published The Everything Parent’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence in Children in 2013. (All available on Amazon.com.) “Emotional intelligence is the capacity for recognizing how one’s emotions are affecting behaviors and then managing those emotions more effectively to improve outcomes (such as better decision making or more effective communication) which is associated with healthier relationships and more academic or work success,” she explained. In 2008, first-year Peace students were required take a test measuring emotional intelligence. According to longitudinal research Kanoy did, the students with the highest EI scores as first-year students were more likely to graduate four years later, even though they did not have better high-school GPAs or SAT scores than non-graduates. In 2004, Kanoy co-founded, with former Peace professor Dr. Heather Lee, Developmental Associates, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in developing emotional intelligence and leadership skills for individuals working in education, government and non-profit settings. What started as part-time work that she described as interesting and fun became full-time after she retired from Peace in July 2012. Event Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m. Event Location: Leggett Theatre (Presentation) / Book Signing (Blue Parlor) Tickets: Free, but tickets are required. Click Here for Registration & Tickets view Event
- December 7, 2013 WPU Singers Christmas Show Featuring the William Peace University Singers William Peace University invites you to the Christmas Show featuring the William Peace University Singers on Dec. 7, 2013 at 5:15 p.m. in Kenan Hall. Join us for a 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! Tickets: $10 Adults / $5 Students (Note: a 3% entertainment tax is included in the ticket price.) ONLINE TICKET SALES NOW CLOSED. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE BOX OFFICE. 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.