- September 4, 2014 Blake Vogt, Magician An Original Magic Show The William Peace University Arts and Events Committee welcomes magician Blake Vogt to the Kenan Hall stage! Blake Vogt is one of the top illusionists performing and creating magic today. At only 25 years old, he has already created magic for David Copperfield, David Blaine, Dynamo, and many other top magicians all over the world. Blake has performed his unique brand of magic all over the world for crowds ranging from 20 people to 2,000 people. His style of magic is fun and goofy and he always tries to make you smile whether its with a funny "trick" or a friggin' miracle. Blake currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and is staying busy creatively consulting for live theatre, musicians, television, and movies. He is also regularly performing his brand of off the wall magic for private events and functions all over the world. The only thing you will never see Blake do is pull a rabbit out of a hat... because sadly... he is very allergic to those adorable creatures. FREE ADMISSION. Student or Faculty/Staff I.D. or Season Ticket pass required for entry. view Event
- September 8, 2014 Manning Music Series Concert: Steve Elmer Jazz Trio Performs William Peace University kicks off the 2014-15 Manning Music Concert Series with a performance by the Steve Elmer Jazz Trio, live from New York City, on Monday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Kenan Hall. The Steve Elmer Trio features Steve Elmer (piano), Don Gladstone (bass), and Bobby Cohen (drums) playing jazz standards and original compositions. 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. The concerts this year include: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 featuring Broadway musicians Carolann Sanita and Lauren Kennedy, Visiting Professor of Music Theatre, in a "Broadway Comes to Peace" concert. Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 featuring North Carolina musicians. Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 featuring North Carolina musicians. Monday, Apr. 6, 2015 featuring North Carolina musicians, alongside vocalists from the William Peace University Singers and within the Bachelor of Fine Arts major. William Peace University is pleased to partner once again this year with the North Carolina Symphony. 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
- September 9, 2014 Lunch & Learn: Proactive Health & Wellness William Peace University welcomes Dr. Josh McMillon from Proactive Health & Wellness in Raleigh, NC for the kick-off Lunch and Learn Series event on September 9, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Dr. Josh McMillon will speak on "Understanding Stress" for faculty, staff and Season Ticket holders. Dr. McMillon has a doctorate from University of Western States in Portland Oregon. His doctorate includes a masters level in nutrition all rolled into his doctorate program. He has also completed additional certifications in functional blood chemistry and nutrition from Apex Energetics and Standard Process seminars. Proactive Health & Wellness has been part of the community for five years and is committed to giving back to many area nonprofits, helping ensure that the people of our community have opportunities to live well and live long. Tickets: Free Admission for WPU Faculty and Staff, and Season Ticket Holders. REGISTER HERE. 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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