- 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 Names Jeff Gonza As Sports Information Director
Four-Year Baccalaureate University Welcomes
Director As Sports Media Liaison
RALEIGH, N.C., SEPT. 24, 2013 – William Peace University, a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Jeff Gonza has been named sports information director. In this position, Gonza will be responsible for overseeing sports-related media relations and promotion for the university, and serve as official statistician and sports media liaison. The latter role will include developing story ideas, writing and distributing news releases, and coordinating media attendance at campus sporting events. Additionally, he will manage the WPU athletics website and monitor the execution of the university’s sports social media sites including Facebook and Twitter.
Gonza has five years of sports industry experience. After graduating with honors from NC State University with a Bachelor of Science in sport management and a minor in business administration, he worked with the NC State Athletic Department as a marketing liaison for multiple sports. His responsibilities included generating a marketing plan, creating a “buzz” on campus for sports and driving increased attendance at games. In addition to recruiting and coordinating volunteers at athletic events, Gonza has served as the public address announcer for several NCSU sporting events throughout the last two years, written articles and game recaps for the school paper, The Technician, and spent a summer interning with the Fayetteville SwampDogs, a member of the Coastal Plains League. Prior to his present position, he worked for the Budd Group, an organization contracted by WPU to provide maintenance and housekeeping services.
“As a recognized leader in several NCAA Division III activities that produces well-rounded student-athletes, William Peace University understands and appreciates the accomplishments made in sports by individuals who are studying at our institution,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “Jeff has the drive and the skills needed to express all aspects of what makes our sports programs so popular and successful to the media and the community at large.”
“My life has revolved around sports for as long as I can remember, and I have developed a passion I hope to convey in my new position,” said Gonza. “William Peace is a program on the rise, and I’m excited to promote the successes of our student-athletes in competition, in the classroom, and in the community.”
A native of Lewisville, N.C., Gonza resides in Raleigh.
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