- January 6, 2014 Manning Chamber Music Concert Winter Concert and Reception William Peace University is pleased to present the 7th Annual Manning Chamber Music Concert Series in partnership with the North Carolina Symphony. The 2013-14 season will feature three concerts this year held on the institution’s campus in conjunction with the North Carolina Symphony and made possible through a gift made by alumna Sara Jo Allen Manning '58 '60 to establish The Manning Chamber Music Series Fund. The second Manning Concert for the 2013-14 performing arts season will feature concert in Kenan Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. with a reception held immediately following in Main Parlor (9:00 p.m.). This evening's program will feature the North Carolina Symphony's Woodwind Quintet: Mary E. Boone, Sandra Posch, Victor Benedict, Michael E. Cyzewski and Rachel Niketopoulos, along with Symphony musicians Rebekah Binford, violin and Craig Brown, bass. An eclectic mix of music will be performed, including Malcolm Arnold's Divertimento for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet, Op. 37; Barber's Summer Music for Wind Quintet, Op. 31 and Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. Limited seating is available and tickets are required for the event. Event Time: 7:30 p.m. Event Location: Kenan Hall Tickets: Free, but reservations are required. Click Here for Reservations view Event
- January 8, 2014 WPU Concert & Comedy Series: Raleigh's Village Idiots Raleigh's Homegrown Improv Comedy Group William Peace University is pleased to welcome back Raleigh's Village Idiots to the William Peace Theatre stage! The Idiots are Raleigh's own homegrown improv comedy group. They perform short- and long-form improv comedy, including scenes, stories, games and songs that are improvised based on audience suggestions. The exact combination varies from night to night, so you'll be as surprised as they are! Event Time: 7:30 p.m. Event Location: Leggett Theatre Tickets: $10 Adults / $5 Students (Note: a 3% entertainment tax is included in the ticket price.) Registration & Tickets: Individual Tickets (click here) view Event
- January 14, 2014 Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series: Patricia R. Healy Co-Founder and Principal-Hyde Street Holdings, LLC Duke Energy presents Patricia R. (Trish) Healy, Co-Founder and Principal at Hyde Street Holdings, LLC as part of the Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series on Jan. 14, 2014 at 11 a.m. Founded in 1996, Hyde Street Holdings, LLC, (“HSH”) is an advisor specializing in “monetizing embedded value” through engagement with people, assets and companies. Acting as a principal or advisor, HSH concentrates on the strategic, operational and financial opportunities created by either under optimized circumstances or new venture by employing innovative solutions to add value. The principals have built and sold companies; valued, consulted and acquired all types of assets, including large pools of nonperforming assets, repositioned individual assets and portfolios of assets; invested in and securitized large pools of mortgage loans, managed publically traded CMBS debt as a “rated special servicer”, restructured firms, and are active with startup enterprises, with a specialty in companies at the intersection of real estate and technology. In addition Hyde Street principals have experience on the board of both public and private real estate and technology companies. Core beliefs of Hyde Street Holdings include consideration of The Principals of Responsible Investment (ESG). Prior to HSH, Mrs. Healy was Co-Founder and President/COO of the Hanford/Healy Companies (1988-1996). The firm (through 5 national offices) provided real estate investment and advisory services, asset management (rated-special servicer) services and acted as a principal in the acquisition of loan portfolios and below investment grade portions of securities. The firm specialized in real estate analytics, loan workout, repackaging and sales (often through public market execution). General Motor’s subsidiary GMAC Commercial Mortgage purchased the Hanford/Healy Companies in September of 1996. Mrs. Healy has also held various management and board positions with real estate and financial firms. She currently serves as an Independent Director for RREEF America III, presently serving as the Compensation Chair. She is also providing nonexecutive chair advisory services for Milhaus Development. Trish is the Chair of The Green Chair Project and has served on the boards of North Carolina Symphony (audit chair); the Contemporary Art Museum Foundation; ArtSpace and Triangle Tomorrow (Raleigh). She was instrumental in raising the funds for the Repertory Theatre in Raleigh (Burning Coal);bringing “Winterfest” to downtown and is active in her church. Membership in professional associations include: Lambda Alpha; the American Society of Real Estate Councilors (CRE) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), in which she has served as a Trustee and is a Governor. Within ULI Trish has chaired two different product councils, the Annual Fund, the Inclusivity Initiative; and serves as Treasure of her District Council (Treasurer). For Fiscal Years 2009-2011, Trish served, on ULI’s (World Wide) Executive Committee and is now serving on ULI’s Nominating and Governance Committee. Trish has undergraduate (BA) from Tulane University and graduate degrees from Southern Methodist University (MBA) and The American Graduate School of International Management (MIM). Event Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Event Location: Main Parlor Tickets: Free and open to the public. Tickets are required. Click here for Registration & Tickets view Event
William Peace University Names Dr. Cindy Gnadinger
As Vice President for Academic Affairs
Four-Year Baccalaureate University Welcomes New Academic Administrator With More Than 19 Years Experience
RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 5, 2013 – William Peace University, a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Cindy Gnadinger, Ed.D., has been named its new vice president for academic affairs. In her position, Dr. Gnadinger will report directly to President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., and serve as a member of the senior cabinet to create institutional goals, priorities and policies, lead faculty, and implement and assess an innovative curriculum for the university. She will play a central role in the university’s faculty recruitment, promotion and professional development as well. As the university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, she will contribute to maintaining the standards set for accreditation by the organization.
With more than 19 years of experience in higher education, including a decade in academic administration, Gnadinger assumes her position after having served as assistant vice president for academic affairs and dean of the school of education at Bellarmine University, an independent Catholic institution of higher learning based in Louisville, Ky., where she was the recipient of a 2013 Fulbright Award. She joined Bellarmine in 2000 after having served six years in various capacities including part-time faculty, professional development school liaison, and as a researcher on several research grants at the University of Louisville. Gnadinger received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green before attaining her Masters of Education in early education and her Doctorate in supervision of instruction from the University of Louisville. In 2010, she was a recipient of a national leadership faculty appointment with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Gnadinger has served as a reviewer for the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges, as a Kentucky Board examiner for K-12 state accreditation, and on a Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board Committee. Her numerous publications, grants and presentations nationally have focused on developing and improving programming for K-12 educators and children.
Gnadinger will begin her role with the university in November 2013.
“Dr. Gnadinger brings valuable experience in academic administration to our staff, including several successes in faculty recruitment, mentoring and program development, and I am pleased she is assuming this role helping to lead our university as we grow and reach new levels of excellence,” said Townsley. “It is an honor to have her join William Peace University, and I look forward to her contributions to our institution.”
“I am honored to join William Peace University as its vice president for academic affairs,” said Gnadinger. “I have already experienced the warmth and welcoming nature of the William Peace University campus, and it is clear how passionate the entire university community is to supporting each other. The university has a remarkable faculty and staff, and I look forward to working closely with them as we prepare students for the careers of tomorrow.”
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