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  • 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

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William Peace University’s Mary Lily Kenan Scholarship Awarded Grant By The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

By William Peace University on July 30, 2013 12:45 pm

William Peace University’s Mary Lily Kenan Scholarship
Awarded Grant By The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust
Four-Year Baccalaureate University Receives
Generous $170,000
Grant From Longtime Supporter

RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust has awarded the institution’s Mary Lily Kenan Scholarship with a $170,000 grant. A long-standing endowment for William Peace University, the scholarship was founded in 1991 by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust in honor of Mary Lily Kenan, a sister of William R. Kenan, Jr. and an 1896 graduate of the Peace Institute. A leading purpose of many grants delivered through the Kenan Charitable Trust has been to support education, with an increased emphasis on enhancing excellence of teaching and increasing student access to high-quality education. Specifically selecting individual institutions to support, the Trust offers various initiatives, including endowed professorships, scholarships and fellowships of distinction for colleges, universities and art institutions. Increasingly during the past two years, the Trust has also supported K-12 education and hunger-relief.

The Kenan family has a longstanding relationship with Peace. Mary Lily Kenan’s sister, Jessie Hargrove Kenan Wise, also graduated from Peace Institute in 1887. In 1979 the Kenan Charitable Trust awarded a grant to establish the William R. Kenan, Jr. Endowment Fund, named after Mary Lily and Jessie’s late brother, in an effort to recognize the Kenan family’s vested interest in Peace. One contribution from this fund assisted in the creation of Kenan Recital Hall in the Browne/McPhearson building on campus.

In its creation, the Mary Lily Kenan Scholarship represented scholastic opportunities for prospective students as well as the institution’s first full scholarship for students. For the last 22 years, the Mary Lily Kenan Scholarship has signified the single highest academic honor presented to a student of William Peace University. Awarded annually, the scholarship recognizes a student who exemplifies academic excellence meeting specific criteria, including ranking in the top 5 percent of his or her high school graduating class, a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and an SAT score of 1100 or above. Following an on-campus interview and written essay, William Peace University’s Vice President for Engagement determines the scholarship recipient. Once enrolled, the scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years if the recipient maintains a grade point average of 3.0 and receives no grade below a “C.”

“We are truly honored to receive this William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust grant, which will greatly assist in furthering the educational opportunities for future students of William Peace University as we work to prepare marketable graduates for careers of tomorrow,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “A longtime supporter of our institution, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust recognizes the educational offerings of William Peace University, and its generous donations open the door for us to promote education and further our recruitment efforts across the country.”




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