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  • February 10, 2016 Pacer Discovery The Office of Admission invites you, and a family member to a snapshot of the life of a William Peace University student!  You will have the opportunity to meet fellow high school seniors, tour our beautiful downtown campus, and get a hands on feel in our classroom experience. After hanging out with us, be sure to grab the R-Line and visit some of the amazing downtown locations. Stand beside historical figures in the North Carolina Museum of History, watch the Carolina Hurricanes dominate the rink at PNC Arena, or catch your favorite artist in concert at the Raleigh Amphitheater. Space is Limited, call 919-508-2350 to reserve your spot view Event
  • February 20, 2016 Presidential Open House for the Classes of 2004-2011 A Chance to Be Heard Dr. Brian C. Ralph, William Peace University's 11th President, extends a special invitation to Peace College alumnae from the Classes of 2004-2011 to come back to their Alma Mater for a private open house. Meet Dr. Ralph from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Drop by for a quick visit, a long talk, a campus tour, or anything in between. Main Parlor will be set to receive individuals or groups. R.S.V.P. by Feb. 13, 2016 by clicking here. Refreshments served. view Event
  • February 25, 2016 Twelfth Night by William Peace Theatre William Peace Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" directed by Dr. Wade Newhouse, Feb. 25-28, 2016. TICKETS: $15 Adult, $10 Faculty/Staff/Alumni, $5 Student REGISTER HERE William Peace Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s timeless comedy February 25 - 28 in Leggett Theatre on the campus of William Peace University.  Drawing inspiration from the romantic comedies of influential filmmaker John Hughes, the show’s design captures the exuberant teen romance of the 1980’s. Twins Viola and Sebastian have been separated from each other in a shipwreck along the coast of Illyria.  Disguising herself as a boy named Cesario, she enters the employ of Duke Orsino, who pines after the Lady Olivia.  As Orsino sends her to deliver messages of love to Olivia, she falls for him and Olivia falls for her.  Meanwhile, Olivia’s uncle, Sir Toby Belch, and a dimwitted knight named Sir Andrew Aguecheek, accompanied by various servants and clowns cause drunken mayhem and prank Olivia’s steward, Malvolio, into believing she is in love with him. Dr. Wade Newhouse directs this production.  At William Peace University he currently serves as the Interim Program Coordinator for Theatre and Musical Theatre, and teaches such courses as Composition, Children’s Literature, Southern Literature, Storytelling for Simulation, Critical Approaches to Film, and American Hauntings.  He has published articles and book chapters on a wide variety of authors, including Sir Walter Scott, Ambrose Bierce, William Faulkner, and Neil Gaiman.  He is the Assistant Director of Raleigh’s Village Idiots and has performed with that improvisational comedy troupe for over ten years.  As an actor, Dr. Newhouse has often appeared on the Peace stage, playing such roles as Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, the Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods, and the Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  Dr. Newhouse has also performed with Bare Theatre, hiSTORYstage, and Forest Moon Theater. 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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