- November 21, 2014 Jackie Ammons Memorial Basketball Tournament Honoring the life of the late Jackie Ammons '79 William Peace University's Jackie Ammons Memorial Basketball Tournament is a two-day women's basketball tournament named in honor of the late Jackie Ammons '79, who starred at East Wake High School and Peace College, before a car crash claimed her life just a few days before her graduation from Peace in 1979. The tournament gets underway on Friday night, then on Saturday, a consolation game and finally the championship game is played. Check out www.gopeacepacers.org for detailed results and game times. view Event
- November 23, 2014 William Peace University Singers Fall Concert The William Peace University Singers, led by Julie Ricciardi, will perform their fall concert in Kenan Hall on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at 3 p.m. Formed in the fall of 2011, the WPU Singers act as ambassadors to the community, performing both sacred and secular music ranging from Pop, Contemporary, Christian, Gospel, Jazz, Country, Blues, Swing, Classical, Broadway and more. The troupe performs throughout the state and the region, most recently at the 2013 North Carolina State Governor’s Ball, annual performances at the Wake County First Responders Appreciation Breakfast, the LGBT Center Awards Gala, the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Women’s Luncheons, the Heritage Calendar Gala, the 2013 Wake County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, and they often appear at retirement centers, churches, schools and for retail openings. The University's glee club's is made up of some of the best and brightest students from across all majors. To learn more about the Singers, click here. Reserve your tickets here. view Event
- November 24, 2014 Manning Music Series Concert: NC Symphony William Peace University's Manning Music Series presents a FREE Concert featuring musicians from the North Carolina Symphony on stage in Kenan Hall on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. The Manning Music Concert Series is made possible through a gift made by alumna Sara Jo Allen Manning '58 '60 and the Manning Music Series Fund. For the 2014-15 performing arts season, the Manning Series will include 5 free concerts ranging from jazz, classical and contemporary to Broadway performances. Additional Manning Series concerts this year include: Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 Monday, Apr. 6, 2015 William Peace University is pleased to partner once again this year with the North Carolina Symphony on three Manning Series events. We apologize, but this concert is now SOLD OUT. Thank you! 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
William Peace University Expands Male-Student Athletics Department
With New Men’s Tennis Program
Local Four-Year Baccalaureate University Adds Men’s Tennis Program
To Be Led By Veteran Coach Jeron Baker
RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 19, 2013 – William Peace University, a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced the expansion of its athletics department with the addition of a men’s tennis program that will begin in the 2014-15 academic year. The program will be led by Jeron Baker, who has been hired to serve as the head coach for both the William Peace Pacers men’s and women’s tennis programs. Specifically, Baker will be responsible for overseeing the recruitment of high school students and junior college tennis players in an effort to develop the institution’s first tennis team, which will compete in the USA South Division. Additionally, Baker will handle and further develop the women’s tennis program, and instruct participating athletes on how to improve their game and skill sets through practices and matches.
With more than seven years of experience coaching, Baker is a member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and played the sport in both high school and college. Prior to joining the university, he spent five years coaching the men’s and women’s tennis teams at Hesston College in Hesston, Kan., leading the men’s team of the private two-year institution to its first national ranking in 2012 in the National Junior College Athletic Association. After receiving an associate of arts degree from Hesston in 2003, Baker received his bachelor’s degree in social work from Goshen College in Goshen, Ind. A native of Palmyra, Mo., he resides in Raleigh.
The William Peace University women’s tennis team has a reputation for emphasizing strong academics and great gamesmanship, in addition to competitive tennis talent. The Pacers recently won the USA South’s Sportsmanship Award for the fifth consecutive year, which is voted on by all members of each team of the conference.
“William Peace University is proud to announce the expansion of our athletics department with the addition of our men’s tennis program that will begin in the fall of 2014,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “Having the tennis program on campus further strengthens our offerings to current and prospective male students, but it would impossible to execute without a strong leadership in place. This is why we are so excited to welcome Jeron as our head men and women’s tennis coach. His many years of experience as well as his passion for the sport make him extremely qualified for the position to lead our current program and develop men’s tennis at William Peace over the coming years.”
“I am proud to join William Peace University and serve as the institution’s head coach for both the men’s and women’s tennis,” said Baker. “I genuinely enjoy helping players develop their natural talents, improve their skill set and watching them succeed at a sport to which I have been devoted for many years. With dedication and hard work, I know we will have a successful season this year.”
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