- January 6, 2014 Manning Chamber Music Concert Winter Concert and Reception William Peace University is pleased to present the 7th Annual Manning Chamber Music Concert Series in partnership with the North Carolina Symphony. The 2013-14 season will feature three concerts this year held on the institution’s campus in conjunction with the North Carolina Symphony and made possible through a gift made by alumna Sara Jo Allen Manning '58 '60 to establish The Manning Chamber Music Series Fund. The second Manning Concert for the 2013-14 performing arts season will feature concert in Kenan Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. with a reception held immediately following in Main Parlor (9:00 p.m.). This evening's program will feature the North Carolina Symphony's Woodwind Quintet: Mary E. Boone, Sandra Posch, Victor Benedict, Michael E. Cyzewski and Rachel Niketopoulos, along with Symphony musicians Rebekah Binford, violin and Craig Brown, bass. An eclectic mix of music will be performed, including Malcolm Arnold's Divertimento for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet, Op. 37; Barber's Summer Music for Wind Quintet, Op. 31 and Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. Limited seating is available and tickets are required for the event. Event Time: 7:30 p.m. Event Location: Kenan Hall Tickets: Free, but reservations are required. Click Here for Reservations view Event
- January 8, 2014 WPU Concert & Comedy Series: Raleigh's Village Idiots Raleigh's Homegrown Improv Comedy Group William Peace University is pleased to welcome back Raleigh's Village Idiots to the William Peace Theatre stage! The Idiots are Raleigh's own homegrown improv comedy group. They perform short- and long-form improv comedy, including scenes, stories, games and songs that are improvised based on audience suggestions. The exact combination varies from night to night, so you'll be as surprised as they are! Event Time: 7:30 p.m. Event Location: Leggett Theatre Tickets: $10 Adults / $5 Students (Note: a 3% entertainment tax is included in the ticket price.) Registration & Tickets: Individual Tickets (click here) view Event
- January 14, 2014 Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series: Patricia R. Healy Co-Founder and Principal-Hyde Street Holdings, LLC Duke Energy presents Patricia R. (Trish) Healy, Co-Founder and Principal at Hyde Street Holdings, LLC as part of the Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series on Jan. 14, 2014 at 11 a.m. Founded in 1996, Hyde Street Holdings, LLC, (“HSH”) is an advisor specializing in “monetizing embedded value” through engagement with people, assets and companies. Acting as a principal or advisor, HSH concentrates on the strategic, operational and financial opportunities created by either under optimized circumstances or new venture by employing innovative solutions to add value. The principals have built and sold companies; valued, consulted and acquired all types of assets, including large pools of nonperforming assets, repositioned individual assets and portfolios of assets; invested in and securitized large pools of mortgage loans, managed publically traded CMBS debt as a “rated special servicer”, restructured firms, and are active with startup enterprises, with a specialty in companies at the intersection of real estate and technology. In addition Hyde Street principals have experience on the board of both public and private real estate and technology companies. Core beliefs of Hyde Street Holdings include consideration of The Principals of Responsible Investment (ESG). Prior to HSH, Mrs. Healy was Co-Founder and President/COO of the Hanford/Healy Companies (1988-1996). The firm (through 5 national offices) provided real estate investment and advisory services, asset management (rated-special servicer) services and acted as a principal in the acquisition of loan portfolios and below investment grade portions of securities. The firm specialized in real estate analytics, loan workout, repackaging and sales (often through public market execution). General Motor’s subsidiary GMAC Commercial Mortgage purchased the Hanford/Healy Companies in September of 1996. Mrs. Healy has also held various management and board positions with real estate and financial firms. She currently serves as an Independent Director for RREEF America III, presently serving as the Compensation Chair. She is also providing nonexecutive chair advisory services for Milhaus Development. Trish is the Chair of The Green Chair Project and has served on the boards of North Carolina Symphony (audit chair); the Contemporary Art Museum Foundation; ArtSpace and Triangle Tomorrow (Raleigh). She was instrumental in raising the funds for the Repertory Theatre in Raleigh (Burning Coal);bringing “Winterfest” to downtown and is active in her church. Membership in professional associations include: Lambda Alpha; the American Society of Real Estate Councilors (CRE) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), in which she has served as a Trustee and is a Governor. Within ULI Trish has chaired two different product councils, the Annual Fund, the Inclusivity Initiative; and serves as Treasure of her District Council (Treasurer). For Fiscal Years 2009-2011, Trish served, on ULI’s (World Wide) Executive Committee and is now serving on ULI’s Nominating and Governance Committee. Trish has undergraduate (BA) from Tulane University and graduate degrees from Southern Methodist University (MBA) and The American Graduate School of International Management (MIM). Event Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Event Location: Main Parlor Tickets: Free and open to the public. Tickets are required. Click here for Registration & Tickets view Event
The following are remarks from Senior Class Speaker, Dalia Dahir, at this year’s Commencement Ceremony.
“First off, I would like to thank everyone for being here and joining us on our special day.
Before I officially get started, this is a moment I truly never want to forget so I’m going to take a quick picture of the audience right now – and if I could get Jerry Nuessell to help me for a second, that would be great.
Now I want to start off by telling everyone here how incredible it is that I am up here today giving this speech. My senior year of high school I had no idea what I wanted to do in life, let alone what college I would be going to. My mother, who graduated last year, was a student here at Peace and suggested I apply. At the time I was running out of options and honestly, this was my last one. When I arrived at Peace, I wasn’t sure that this was where I wanted to be. I attempted to transfer my entire first year here. I realize now that at the time it wasn’t that I didn’t like Peace, I just didn’t like college in general. Luckily, I chose to stay and here I am after four years graduating from a place I can call home. It’s crazy for me to think that it has already been four years. This time four years ago we inaugurated our first African American president, Barack Obama, we lost one of the greatest entertainers of all time, Michael Jackson, and we were all terrified of getting the swine flu.
I am truly happy that I didn’t leave Peace because I honestly wouldn’t trade the experiences I’ve had for anything at any other school – everything from extremely late nights studying for exams and writing seemingly endless papers to the late night Cookout runs and dance parties in between (maybe not so much being harassed by the squirrels though). What makes Peace so special is that it is so small. I never would have gotten the opportunity to get to know almost every faculty and staff member or recognize most of the students at a larger school. It’s almost impossible not to make bonds with the people here. I can truly say that I love my fellow graduates and Peace sisters. Another great thing about this school is that we are creating thinkers. We aren’t producing thousands of students that are all going to become engineers or employees in multi-million-dollar companies. The world needs more people that are going to go out in the world and make it a better place. Most of you have heard the quote “good things come to those who wait,” but I like to think that good things come to those who work. The great headmaster Dumbledore once said. “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” I know you all are going to go out into the world and do great things and be passionate about it.
I would also like to take a second to acknowledge the school of professional study graduates that are here today with us as well. It’s a shame we didn’t get to work closely together these past four years, but I know you’ve all done great things here as well and will continue to succeed and excel in life.
We’ve all been through a lot these past few years. And I feel that I need to address the giant elephant in the room and talk about the changes here at Peace. We’ve experienced our school changing its name, its dynamic and how it works. Everyone has mixed feelings about the topic, but I wanted to say how truly proud I am of this class. I honestly think if it were any other graduating class experiencing this, they would not have been as graceful and resilient as we have been. Change is the only constant in life and everyone must learn to embrace it. This is probably one of the most resilient classes Peace has ever seen. The lessons we’ve learned here have prepared us to be great citizens of this world. We will shortly, and by shortly I mean a few days because we get our new alum emails by then, become alumni to this school and will somewhat have a say in the fate of it. If we continue to support our fellow Peace students, we can push toward progress. It has been a pleasure getting to know all of the new students here and I am sure I can speak for many of us seniors when I say that I look forward to the progression of Peace. I have gained sisters throughout my time and experiences here, and I am now leaving with brothers as well and I couldn’t be any happier.
Many of us here also have mixed emotions about graduating. Whether you’re excited, scared, or somewhere in between (I’m personally stuck in a glass case of emotion right now), just know that there is a large group of friends and family members sitting behind you with an incredible amount of love and support for each and every one of you. Also here behind me is a group of faculty and staff that have worked endlessly, tirelessly, and passionately to get you all where you are today. This is going to sound extremely cliché, but if we could each take a moment to close our eyes and think about one faculty member that has made the most impact on you in the past four years.
Alright, now open your eyes and let’s go ahead and give a round of applause for whoever you thought about because they definitely deserve it. I could stand up here and say great things about every faculty member, but the one that has had the most impact on me is Dr. Laura Vick. I took Physical Anthropology here three years ago and ever since then, she has had me hooked. All professors want their students to do well, but Dr. Vick goes above and beyond to ensure that her students learn a thing or two and are cared for at the same time. I’ve had the pleasure of spending the last three years growing, learning, and being continuously inspired by her. Many of my favorite memories from college are from going to Mexico with her two summers in a row. Once you climb a Mayan pyramid in the blazing sun with someone, a real bond forms. I will treasure the time I’ve spent with her and carry everything I’ve learned from her with me in the future. It’s sad to see her leave this school after over twenty years, but I know she will be off to do bigger and better things. Thank you for everything, Dr. Vick.
The future is unpredictable, but you have to go in to it with an open mind. People sometimes ask me why I’m so happy all of the time, and it really is because I choose to remain positive despite the hardships. It might also have to do with my slight obsession with cute sloth videos on YouTube, but positivity plays a big role too. Positivity has the power to do great things. There are many things in life that you cannot change, but you are capable of controlling your outlook on life, and it will eventually affect your future. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” To get where you want to go in life, you also have to work hard and stay humble. Life isn’t all about work though, so don’t let growing up stop the adventure. We’re all just stories in the end, so make it a good one. Tupac Shakur once said, “Life’s a wheel of fortune and it’s my chance to spin it.” This is your chance to go out into the world and take advantage of every opportunity you can. Once again, I am incredibly proud of all of you and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for each and every one of you. I’m proud to say that Peace has been my home for the past four years and many of you have become family to me. Stay classy Peace. And once again, I cannot thank you enough for selecting me as the graduation speaker. It’s been an absolute pleasure.”
- Dalia Dahir, Senior Class Speaker