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  • March 10, 2015 Teacher Network Fair Presented by the Office of Career Services The William Peace University Office of Career Services invites WPU students to attend the Teacher Network Fair held in conjunction with Meredith College. The event is scheduled for March 10, 2015 in Belk Dining Hall on the Meredith College campus from 9:30-11:30 a.m. This is a Career fair for education majors seeking teaching positions; Private and public schools systems from the southeast will be in attendance. Questions? Contact Barbara Efird, Director of Career Services. view Event
  • March 17, 2015 WPU Speaker Series: Howard Mortman of C-SPAN William Peace University welcomes C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman as part of the William Peace University FREE Guest Speaker Series on March 17th at 3:30 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium. Mortman comes to William Peace University as part of the Scripps Howard/AEJMC Social Media Fellowship Program. WPU Associate Professor of Communication, Dr. Lynn Owens, won the competitive fellowship and spent two weeks in Washington, D.C. working with Mortman and his team at C-SPAN this past June. On his visit to WPU, Mortman will also be guest lecturing in Communications courses and working with students one-on-one to review their professional portfolios. During his campus visit, he will discuss the exciting and often tumultuous challenge of covering politics in Washington, D.C., as well as how social media is being used to reach and engage audiences. Members of the WPU Community and local media professionals are invited to attend at no cost.  To reserve your spot, click here. About Howard Mortman Howard Mortman is a member of the executive leadership team for the nation's only public affairs cable TV network, and leads the organization’s million-followers-strong social media efforts.  Mortman worked previously as Public Affairs Directors for New Media Strategies, and as the Communications Director for the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors. He was also a producer for the MSNBC Program “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” 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. Exclusively an all-women's institution for its first 152 years, 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 began 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. William Peace University wishes to make all events accessible to all people in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Titles I and II of the ADA of 1990, and Sections 503 & 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Reasonable accommodations to fully participate in on-campus events may be made by contacting the Office of Engagement at Engagement@peace.edu or 919.508.2362.  For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu. William Peace University wishes to make this 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 Engagement@peace.edu or 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
  • March 17, 2015 Founder's Day Tea & Presentation Celebrating the Founding of Peace Institute in 1857! The William Peace University community is invited to a special Founder's Day presentation and Tea in Main Parlor, featuring Peace College Alumna and William Peace historian, Besty Johnson Shaw '51 '83, with words from WPU's William C. Bennett Chaplain Rev. Dr. R. Lee Carter, and a short presentation by WPU students. Join us for a wonderful discussion about the founding of Peace Institute and our founder William Peace. Enjoy a lovely tea, check out items from our history made possible by Finch Librarian Diane Jensen, and learn more about the history of William Peace University. To register a seat for this FREE event, R.S.V.P. by March 12, 2015 by clicking here. William Peace University wishes to make this 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 Engagement@peace.edu or 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 Sorien Schmidt As Adjunct Professor And Pre-Law Advisor

By William Peace University on May 14, 2013 3:46 pm

William Peace University Names Sorien Schmidt As Adjunct Professor And Pre-Law Advisor
Four-Year Baccalaureate University Expands Faculty With The Hiring Of 25-Year Legal Veteran

 RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Sorien Schmidt, JD, will serve as adjunct professor and pre-law advisor. In her role, Schmidt will be responsible for teaching a course on law and the legal system, as well as providing educational and professional guidance to students seeking a career in the legal profession following their graduation.

With 25 years of professional experience as a lawyer, Schmidt previously served as a lobbyist and lawyer on behalf of low-income families and children for both the North Carolina Justice Center and Action for Children, where she delivered speeches, met with state legislators, advocated with administrative agencies, provided policy analysis, and handled related duties in order to reduce poverty and improve the lives of North Carolina’s families and children. Prior to that position, she practiced law with Legal Aid of North Carolina for six years.

Schmidt has participated in many professional organizations throughout her career, including the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, the American Civil Liberties Union and Advocates for Justice. She has received awards from the NC Association of Women Attorneys and from Legal Aid of North Carolina for her work on behalf of representing women, children and low-income families. Schmidt earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Juris Doctor from the UNC School of Law.

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“There is a crucial need to educate people on the basic information required to better understand the courts and the law and the impact it has in our everyday lives,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “Sorien is bringing to us a strong background of excellence in her field that will enlighten all who attend her class and receive her advice.”

“I am pleased that William Peace University has chosen me to provide instruction on an overview of the legal system to students,” said Schmidt. “As an adviser, my door is open to share my experiences and insights to help students who are considering whether to pursue this field in their future.”

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