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  • January 12, 2015 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 the Kenan Hall stage on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. 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, Apr. 6, 2015 William Peace University is pleased to partner once again this year with the North Carolina Symphony on three of the Manning Series events. RESERVE YOUR SEAT FOR THE MANNING SERIES 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. view Event
  • January 16, 2015 Raleigh's Village Idiots William Peace Theatre presents "Raleigh's Village Idiots" January 16-17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The Idiots perform short- and long-form improv comedy. Scenes, stories, games and songs are improvised at your suggestion. Exactly what the combination is on any night... Your guess is as good as ours! For more information on the Idiots, visit their website. RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE view Event
  • February 5, 2015 The Piano Lesson A Celebrating Black History Month Event William Peace Theatre presents August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Piano Lesson, directed by Amy White, M.F.A., through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. In Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, the Charles family battle their surroundings and each other over their shared legacy -- an antique piano. The fourth play of August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle, The Piano Lesson is a stunning and moving drama of family, history, and survival. The William Peace Theatre Company actors selected for the cast include:  DJ Curtis as "Doaker" Jarrett Bennett as "Boy Willie" Josh Walker as "Lymon" Ebony Miles as "Bernice" Maya Bryant as "Maretha" Chris Haskins as "Avery" Demetrius Jackson as "Wining Boy" Breanna Durham as "Grace" Tickets go on sale soon! view Event

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William Peace University Expands Male-Student Athletics Department With New Men’s Tennis Program

By William Peace University on December 19, 2013 9:40 pm

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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