- February 20, 2016 Presidential Open House for the Classes of 2004-2011 A Chance to Be Heard Dr. Brian C. Ralph, William Peace University's 11th President, extends a special invitation to Peace College alumnae from the Classes of 2004-2011 to come back to their Alma Mater for a private open house. Meet Dr. Ralph from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Drop by for a quick visit, a long talk, a campus tour, or anything in between. Main Parlor will be set to receive individuals or groups. R.S.V.P. by Feb. 13, 2016 by clicking here. Refreshments served. view Event
- February 25, 2016 Twelfth Night by William Peace Theatre William Peace Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" directed by Dr. Wade Newhouse, Feb. 25-28, 2016. TICKETS: $15 Adult, $10 Faculty/Staff/Alumni, $5 Student REGISTER HERE William Peace Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s timeless comedy February 25 - 28 in Leggett Theatre on the campus of William Peace University. Drawing inspiration from the romantic comedies of influential filmmaker John Hughes, the show’s design captures the exuberant teen romance of the 1980’s. Twins Viola and Sebastian have been separated from each other in a shipwreck along the coast of Illyria. Disguising herself as a boy named Cesario, she enters the employ of Duke Orsino, who pines after the Lady Olivia. As Orsino sends her to deliver messages of love to Olivia, she falls for him and Olivia falls for her. Meanwhile, Olivia’s uncle, Sir Toby Belch, and a dimwitted knight named Sir Andrew Aguecheek, accompanied by various servants and clowns cause drunken mayhem and prank Olivia’s steward, Malvolio, into believing she is in love with him. Dr. Wade Newhouse directs this production. At William Peace University he currently serves as the Interim Program Coordinator for Theatre and Musical Theatre, and teaches such courses as Composition, Children’s Literature, Southern Literature, Storytelling for Simulation, Critical Approaches to Film, and American Hauntings. He has published articles and book chapters on a wide variety of authors, including Sir Walter Scott, Ambrose Bierce, William Faulkner, and Neil Gaiman. He is the Assistant Director of Raleigh’s Village Idiots and has performed with that improvisational comedy troupe for over ten years. As an actor, Dr. Newhouse has often appeared on the Peace stage, playing such roles as Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, the Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods, and the Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Dr. Newhouse has also performed with Bare Theatre, hiSTORYstage, and Forest Moon Theater. view Event
- March 3, 2016 Charlotte Alumni Reception An Evening with Dr. Brian C. Ralph Charlotte-area alumni and friends are invited to a special "Meet and Greet the President" cocktail reception hosted by Amanda Hollingsworth '01, Patton & Cindy Pinkston McDowell '87 and Jim & Beth Michael Moncure '77. Event Location: Dressler's Restaurant, 1100 Metropolitan Ave #125, Charlotte, NC (Complimentary Parking Available) Event Date: March 3, 2016 Event Time: 6:00 p.m. R.S.V.P. by February 24, 2016 by clicking 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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