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  • December 1, 2015 Christmas Lovefeast Chapel Service A Peace Christmas Tradition William Peace University invites members of the Peace community and its neighbors to join us for the annual Christmas Lovefeast Chapel Service 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: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 Event Time: 3:30 p.m. Event Location: Dinwiddie Chapel, 2nd Floor of Main Building Admission: FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC   view Event
  • December 5, 2015 Children’s Holiday Story Hour with Santa Here Comes Santa Claus! William Peace University invites you to join us for our 6th Annual Children's Holiday Story Hour with Santa. Listen to two stories read by a special guest. Have your pictures taken with the Clauses 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 Free Admission, Click Here to register! view Event
  • December 5, 2015 WPU Christmas Show William Peace University invites you to experience Christmas at PEACE! Our 2015 Christmas Show will feature performances from several campus groups and entertainers, including WPU's student a capella group Vocal MasterPEACE, the William Peace University Singers glee club, and our Gospel group the Ambassadors for Christ, as well as several singers within the Bachelor of Fine Arts program and others. Join us for this special concert filled with Christmas classics, holiday songs and carols (secular and sacred) from across the decades and from multiple genres. Bring the whole family! Date: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 Time: 3:30 PM Location: Kenan Hall Free Admission. Reservations required. - Coming Soon! William Peace University wishes to make every 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 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 Names Lori Holcomb McClaren, Ph.D., As Director Of Online Programs

By William Peace University on September 26, 2012 4:35 pm

Local Four-Year Baccalaureate University Adds New Director For The School Of Professional Studies

RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Lori Holcomb McClaren, Ph.D., has been named director of online programs. In this position, McClaren will be responsible for overseeing all online courses and programs offered within the School of Professional Studies, as well as working alongside university faculty to develop and deliver online curriculums for enhanced distance education. The online degree program, through the School of Professional Studies, provides distance learning courses to nontraditional students and offers a Bachelor of Science in business administration, a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. With an extensive career in distance education, McClaren previously served as the assistant professor of instructional technology at NC State University, where she taught instructional technology courses at the graduate level within the College of Education.

“The William Peace University School of Professional Studies offers Saturday, evening and online programs designed to meet the needs of our nontraditional students,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “Serving as the director of online programs, Lori fully understands the importance of educating and meeting the needs of all students, and I am confident that she will lead the development of our online programs in a way that will meet the needs of students now and in the future.”

“I am honored to serve as William Peace University’s director of online programs and assist in the outreach and educational process of our nontraditional student population,” said McClaren. “As educators, it is important that we recognize that all students take a unique approach to learning. The online programs offered through the School of Professional Studies addresses that unique learning style, and I look forward to further enhancing the programs and curriculums that we offer our distance education students.”

McClaren earned a Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education from Clemson University, a Master of Arts in educational psychology from the University of Connecticut and a Doctorate in educational psychology: cognition and instruction.

A native of Glastonbury, Conn., McClaren resides in Raleigh with her husband, Ryne.

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