- 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
Four-Year Baccalaureate University Expands Athletic Department
With The Addition Of Baseball Coach For The Spring 2014 Team
RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Chris Duty has been named the university’s first head baseball coach. In his position, Duty will be responsible for overseeing the recruitment of high school students and junior college baseball players in an effort to build the first baseball team, which will compete in the NCAA Division III USA South Athletic Conference. Additionally, he will attend baseball showcases across the state of North Carolina, meet with local community college coaches and develop the home game baseball schedule, which will take effect in the spring of 2014.
Outside of the university, Duty serves as the athletic facility supervisor for the USA Baseball National Training Complex, located in Cary, N.C. He has coached baseball for more than four years and worked as an associate scout with the Baltimore Orioles prior to joining William Peace University.
“One of the most exciting opportunities you can have as a coach is being able to serve on a college campus and build a team from the ground up,” said Duty. “As baseball is a sport that has encompassed my entire life, I value the opportunity the school has given me to work alongside students and develop the talents of young collegiate athletes who will be participating in William Peace University’s baseball program.”
“As with other college campuses, the athletic programs of William Peace University serve as an opportunity to gather our student body in support of our athletes and show unwavering school spirit, so naturally we are elated to expand that feeling to the baseball field,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “Chris’ commitment and passion for the sport of baseball and advancing the talent of young athletes is undeniable. He will serve as a wonderful asset to our university, and I look forward to the program he will build over the coming years for William Peace University.”
Duty graduated from NC State University with a degree in parks, recreation and tourism management. A graduate of the Major League Baseball Scouting School, Duty serves as a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the North Carolina Recreation & Park Association.
He resides in Clayton, N.C., with his wife, daughter and twin sons.
William Peace University is offering several other men’s sports for the first time for the 2012-2013 school year, including men’s basketball, cross country and golf. To date, women’s sports offered at William Peace University includes basketball, cross county, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. For more information, visit http://www.gopeacepacers.org/landing/index.