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  • 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

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William Peace University Announces Raleigh Mayor Nancy L. McFarlane as 2014 Commencement Speaker Along With Honorary Degree Recipients

By William Peace University on February 11, 2014 2:01 pm

William Peace University Announces Raleigh Mayor Nancy L. McFarlane
as 2014 Commencement Speaker Along With Honorary Degree Recipients
Local Four-Year Baccalaureate to Award Raleigh Mayor,
Alumna, and Late Raleigh Physician with Honorary Doctorates

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb 11, 2014 – William Peace University, a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Raleigh City Mayor Nancy L. McFarlane will serve as its 2014 Commencement Speaker. The University will also award Honorary Doctorate Degrees in Humanities to McFarlane, Alumna Fay Jackson Anderson, Ph.D., and posthumously to Dr. Annie L. Wilkerson, M.D., Ph.D., the first female doctor of obstetrics and gynecology in Raleigh. This year’s Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. on the University Green, located at 15 E. Peace St.

McFarlane is currently in her second term as Mayor of the capital city, having first been elected in 2011. Before her run for office, McFarlane won a Raleigh City Council Seat in 2007, and later ran without opposition in 2009. She also served on the Budget and Economic Development Committee and was chair of the Comprehensive Planning Committee for the City of Raleigh. Prior to politics, McFarlane launched MedPro Rx, Inc., an accredited specialty pharmacy that provides infusion medications and services to clients with chronic illnesses, which earned several recognitions, including Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing companies from 2009 to 2011. She has also worked as a drug store pharmacist, and spent 15 years as a pharmacist at Raleigh Community Hospital while raising her family.

A graduate of the Class of 1954, Anderson is a member of the William Peace University’s Foundation Board of Directors and served on the Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2012. She is a longtime benefactor to WPU, holding membership in the prestigious William Peace, Heritage and the President’s Circle Societies and most recently creating the W. Edward Anderson and Fay Jackson Anderson Athletic Endowment Fund, which provides support and enhancement for the athletics program and its facilities. As a student, Anderson served as Senior Class Secretary and Vice President for the Athletics Council. She was also a member of the women’s basketball team, and in 2011 was inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Anderson was also recognized in 2005 with the Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Wilkerson became involved with Peace during World War II when she taught health at what was then Peace Institute. A long-time benefactor and William Peace Society member, Wilkerson served on the University’s Board of Visitors from 1975 to 1981, and was also a member of The Heritage Society, having made a provision in her estate plans to establish The Annie Royal Farthing Wilkerson Scholarship in honor of her mother in 2008. The Apex native has been recognized with countless awards and honors, including the Distinguished Service Award from the UNC School of Medicine, Rex Hospital’s first Distinguished Physician of Merit, the prestigious North Carolina Award (the highest civilian honor the state can bestow), and in 2005 was inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame. After a long, successful life, Wilkerson passed away on September 14, 2005, at the age of 91.

“William Peace University is honored to have Mayor McFarlane as its Commencement speaker,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “She is an influential policymaker and leader for our city, and I know that she will deliver a message that will impact our graduating students, providing them with something they can reflect on and remember for years to come.”

“It’s difficult to put into words how much Fay and the late Dr. Wilkerson mean to William Peace University and its history,” Townsley said. “Never will you find such influential women in the City of Raleigh as Nancy, Fay, and Annie. We are proud to award honorary doctorates to all of these outstanding women.”

 

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