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  • December 1, 2014 WPU Community Lovefeast A Peace Christmas Tradition William Peace University invites members of the Peace community and our neighbors to join us for the annual WPU Community Lovefeast in Dinwiddie Chapel (Main Building, 2nd Floor). Rev. Dr. R. Lee Carter, our William C. Bennett Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Religion, welcomes members of the community to receive Communion during this festive event. A Lovefeast service is a service dedicated to Christian love and is most famously practiced by the Moravians. A Lovefeast seeks to strengthen the bonds and the spirit of harmony, goodwill, and congeniality, as well as to forgive past disputes and instead love one another. The Moravian Lovefeast is based on the Agape feast and the meals of the early churches described in the Bible in the Acts of the Apostles, which were partaken in unity and love. Traditionally for European, Canadian, and American Lovefeasts, a sweetened bun and coffee (sweetened milky tea in Germany, Holland and England) is served to the congregation in the pews by dieners (from the German for servers); before partaking, a simple table grace is said. The foods and drinks consumed from congregation may vary tremendously at the Lovefeast and are usually adapted from what the congregations have available. Services in some Colonial-era Lovefeasts, for example, used plain bread and water; some in Salem were known to have served beer. The Moravian Lovefeast also concentrates on the singing of hymns and listening to music which may come from the organ or choir. The songs and hymns chosen usually describe love and harmony. The congregation can talk quietly with their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ about their spiritual walk with God. The William Peace University Community Lovefeast will feature special student, faculty and staff speakers and dieners. Event Date: Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 Event Time: 6:00 p.m. Event Location: Dinwiddie Chapel, 2nd Floor of Main Building Admission: FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC   view Event
  • December 6, 2014 Children’s Holiday Story Hour with Santa Here Comes Santa Claus! William Peace University invites you to join us for our 5th Annual Children's Holiday Story Hour with Santa. Listen to two stories read by WPU President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D.. Have your pictures taken and get a special present from Santa himself! Enjoy cookies and refreshments in Main Parlor and Carols by the William Peace University Singers. This event is one of the most anticipated family events of the year at WPU. Be sure to register early! Event Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m. Event Location: Main Parlor RESERVE YOUR FAMILY'S SPOT BY CLICKING HERE. view Event
  • 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

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William Peace University First-Year New Enrollment Up 69 Percent For 2012-2013 School Year

By William Peace University on September 26, 2012 4:29 pm

Four-Year Baccalaureate University Has 310 New Students Entering, 33.5 Percent Of Which Are Male

RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that its enrollment figure for the 2012-2013 school year totaled 791 students, an increase of 9 percent from its 725 student enrollment in 2011-2012. This year’s enrollment includes 621 students in the university’s traditional day program and 170 students in the School of Professional Studies, which provides accelerated evening, weekend and online courses to nontraditional students and offers a Bachelor of Science in business administration, a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education, an elementary education licensure only program, a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

A total of 310 new students enrolled in William Peace University, including first-year, transfer and re-entry individuals this fall: 104 of them, or 33.5 percent, are male. This school year marks the first academic year that the university has admitted male students to its day program.

A total of 76 of the 230 first-year students are male, or 33 percent of the class. The female/male distribution remains close to the national average of other universities, most of which are approximately 60 percent female and 40 percent male. The number of students in the 2012-2013 first-year class is 69.1 percent higher than the first-year class of the previous year.

The number of returning students who requested to live on campus in 2012-2013 is 12 percent higher than the previous school year.

There were 4,500 inquiries from juniors interested in attending the university, and demand has been so high that the university added Early Decision Admissions earlier this year.

“It is exciting to see such an increase in our student enrollment at William Peace University this year, as the uptick stands as an indication that our efforts to expand accessibility to our programs is succeeding,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “I am impressed with the turnout of our new male student body being in line with what other coeducational institutions are experiencing, and I look forward to their contributions to our study groups and campus life. It is also great to see that our retention rates and the number of returning students interested in living on campus are rising. All of these factors are strong indicators that our new coeducational model is in line with what our students need and want.  We are on track for an outstanding school year at the university.”

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