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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 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.



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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