- March 3, 2015 Graduate School Panel Need info on Grad School and What to Expect? A panel of Peace alumni and community guests will discuss their experiences of applying and attending various Grad/Professional School programs. Come ask questions and learn what to expect. Questions? Contact the Career Center. view Event
- March 3, 2015 Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series: Fanny Slater '10 - DATE CHANGE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 3, 2015 AT 3:30 PM IN LEGGETT THEATRE William Peace University welcomes Peace Alumna Fanny Slater '10 as part of the 2014-15 Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series on March 3, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. in Leggett Theatre. Slater will speak to the WPU Community (alumni, faculty, staff, students and the general public) about her journey. She will show clips from the Rachael Ray Show where she won last year's Great American Cookbook Challenge and a home video or two of Fanny cooking as a kid. Slater was most recently named by the StarNews as one of the "12 to Watch." RESERVE YOUR FREE TICKET 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. Fanny's Bio: My life is a recipe scrapbook composed of extraordinary culinary encounters. I did not receive formal training, but was homeschooled on the art of savory scratchmade eats by my parents. They taught me words like fresh sage and bouillabaisse and encouraged me towards a life of pursuing my passions. I did not travel the world feasting on global delicacies, but I did learn to roast Cornish hens with my dad and sauté buttery leeks with my mom. I have no idea what I learned in my second grade math class, but I will never forget how to shape crab cakes. I graduated from Peace College in 2010. One year later, I left Raleigh for the very first time and moved across the country by myself to Hollywood, California to chase a lifelong dream of becoming an actress. A year and a half later, I followed my stomach back to the east coast with a head full of new ambitions and a cat named after a fruit. While living in Los Angeles, every bit of hunger I ever held for cooking, eating, and writing fermented inside of me until I couldn’t take it any longer. I had spent the past twenty five years daydreaming about a life under the Hollywood sign, and it was that very place where I realized that the only part I ever needed to play—was myself. A little closer to home, I was ready to begin my next chapter. I chose the coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina and a professional path that paid the bills but allowed me some freedom to flex my food muscles on the side. One day, I finally said goodbye to a life of fruitless jobs and announced that I wouldn’t spend another minute in an unfulfilling occupation. So, I got my Fanny in the kitchen and became CEO (Chief Eating Officer) of Fanfare Catering and a food writer in my trendy riverfront town. In my kitchen today, I create enriched adaptations of the food that has touched my life. I unravel the flavors and weave them back together into an eclectic new dish. In November 2013, I was given the opportunity to share this very concept with the world. Along with nearly 1,000 others, I submitted my culinary concept to a national cookbook competition held by Rachael Ray. I stuck to the moral of my California adventure—to simply “be myself”—and soared to the top 5. In front of millions on May 19th 2014, I was announced as the winner. I’m currently in pursuit of my own cooking show and wrapping up my soon-to-be-Rachael-Ray-published cookbook which is set to launch mid-2015. This book is a celebration and reconnection of the nourishing experiences that have guided my hungry soul. It’s seasoned with absurdity and wit, and sprinkled with hilarious childhood stories and photos. It is Tina Fey meets Rachael Ray meets the girl next door who drinks craft beer and makes bacon jam just for fun. The Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series The Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series began in 2013-14 through a platinum presenting sponsorship made by Duke Energy and its community grants program. The speaker series brings guest speakers and lecturers from North Carolina to the University's campus each academic year. The University's Honors Program Coordinator is closely involved with the selection of speakers. One of the most exciting and prestigious programs on campus, the Honors Program provides academically talented and motivated students opportunities to study, conduct research and exchange ideas in a challenging and supportive academic environment. The Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series was created specifically with the Honors Program students in mind. Speakers included author Adam Shepard, musician Chris Hendricks, motivational speakers Joseph B. Washington and Dr. Kevin Snyder, Maestro William Henry Curry of the North Carolina Symphony, Professor Emerita of Psychology Dr. Korrel Kanoy, and former Mayor Smedes York, among others. Later this year, the program will feature Rep. Debra Ross and Trish Healy. The 2014-15 arts and events season will feature multiple visiting speakers from across North Carolina including: Rep. Deborah K. Ross, NC General Assembly; Eugene A. "Gene" Conti, Jr., former Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation; Tom Darden, CEO of Cherokee and former Chairman of the Research Triangle Transit Authority; Trish Healy, Principal at Hyde Street Holdings; Steve Swayne, Professor of Music at Dartmouth College; Sarah Powers, Executive Director for Visual Art Exchange; Ryan Messer, Senior Division Mgr, Johnson & Johnson and Precinct Executive (Cincinnati). 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
- March 10, 2015 Teacher Network Fair Presented by the Office of Career Services The William Peace University Office of Career Services invites WPU students to attend the Teacher Network Fair held in conjunction with Meredith College. The event is scheduled for March 10, 2015 in Belk Dining Hall on the Meredith College campus from 9:30-11:30 a.m. This is a Career fair for education majors seeking teaching positions; Private and public schools systems from the southeast will be in attendance. Questions? Contact Barbara Efird, Director of Career Services. 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