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  • February 10, 2016 Pacer Discovery The Office of Admission invites you, and a family member to a snapshot of the life of a William Peace University student!  You will have the opportunity to meet fellow high school seniors, tour our beautiful downtown campus, and get a hands on feel in our classroom experience. After hanging out with us, be sure to grab the R-Line and visit some of the amazing downtown locations. Stand beside historical figures in the North Carolina Museum of History, watch the Carolina Hurricanes dominate the rink at PNC Arena, or catch your favorite artist in concert at the Raleigh Amphitheater. Space is Limited, call 919-508-2350 to reserve your spot view Event
  • 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

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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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