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  • 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

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William Peace University Names Marnie E. Arkenberg, Ph.D., Assistant Dean Of Academic Affairs and Instruction

By on December 13, 2011 8:11 pm

Four-Year Baccalaureate University Promotes Faculty Member To Advisory Position

 

RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Marnie E. Arkenberg, Ph.D., has been promoted to serve as assistant dean of academic affairs and instruction, where she will be responsible for advising students on their academic, career and personal goals, developing strategies to better optimize student learning, and assisting faculty members in the implementation of new teaching methods. Additionally, Arkenberg will execute the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) on Ethical Decision Making by working with instructors who teach courses that contain elements of the QEP and informing the campus community about what ethical decision making is and how it benefits university students. A participant in the William Peace University Arts and Events series planning team, Arkenberg will assist in the recruitment of compelling speakers, reviewing potential plays and productions that compliment the QEP, and analyzing future events that will bolster the intellectual climate on campus.

 

Previously Arkenberg served as a William Peace University faculty member in child development, teaching courses in cross-cultural development, biopsychology, speech and language development, and children’s thinking. Prior to joining the university, Arkenberg was a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University from 2005-2007, where she taught psychology courses and researched how elementary school teachers use linguistic techniques such as revoicing children’s utterances to help their classes learn sophisticated concepts such as symmetry. She has been teaching college courses either as an adjunct, graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or a tenure-track faculty member since 2001.

 

"Higher education has always been a natural fit for my career, as I have consistently held a passion for the learning and developmental process of education," said Arkenberg. "My new position will allow me to expand my thinking and learning about how students develop expertise in their fields of study, as well as how skilled professors are able to negotiate between their deep levels of understanding and the rudimentary knowledge students bring to the classroom."

 

"Marnie has an exceptional background in researching and studying how people learn, making her the ideal candidate to serve as our assistant dean of academic affairs and instruction," said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. "Her considerable experience on the faculty of William Peace University will provide the additional insight needed in improving the overall student learning process and teaching methods incorporated by faculty members for the most effective classroom education."

 

Arkenberg earned her B.S. from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, her M.A. from the University of Nebraska Graduate College and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Penn State University at State College.

 

She is a member of the Association for Psychological Science, the International Association of the Study of Child Language, and The Professional and Organizational Development Network for Higher Education.

 

Her community involvement includes advocating for experiential learning by teaching courses that include a service component where students must provide assistance to programs that serve children and their families, such as StepUP Ministry, Neighbor to Neighbor, and the Boys and Girls Club. She also participates in literacy development by reading to children at local child care centers.

 

A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., Arkenberg resides in Durham, N,C., with her husband, Bob, her 4-year-old son, Derek, two cats and a dog.

 

ABOUT WILLIAM PEACE UNIVERSITY: 

William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and will begin admitting male students to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.

 

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