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  • March 3, 2015 Graduate School Panel Need info on Grad School and What to Expect? A panel of Peace alumni and community guests will discuss their experiences of applying and attending various Grad/Professional School programs. Come ask questions and learn what to expect. Questions? Contact the Career Center. view Event
  • March 3, 2015 Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series: Fanny Slater '10 - DATE CHANGE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 3, 2015 AT 3:30 PM IN LEGGETT THEATRE William Peace University welcomes Peace Alumna Fanny Slater '10  as part of the 2014-15 Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series on March 3, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. in Leggett Theatre. Slater will speak to the WPU Community (alumni, faculty, staff, students and the general public) about her journey. She will show clips from the Rachael Ray Show where she won last year's Great American Cookbook Challenge and a home video or two of Fanny cooking as a kid. Slater was most recently named by the StarNews as one of the "12 to Watch." RESERVE YOUR FREE TICKET 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. Fanny's Bio: My life is a recipe scrapbook composed of extraordinary culinary encounters. I did not receive formal training, but was homeschooled on the art of savory scratchmade eats by my parents. They taught me words like fresh sage and bouillabaisse and encouraged me towards a life of pursuing my passions. I did not travel the world feasting on global delicacies, but I did learn to roast Cornish hens with my dad and sauté buttery leeks with my mom. I have no idea what I learned in my second grade math class, but I will never forget how to shape crab cakes. I graduated from Peace College in 2010. One year later, I left Raleigh for the very first time and moved across the country by myself to Hollywood, California to chase a lifelong dream of becoming an actress. A year and a half later, I followed my stomach back to the east coast with a head full of new ambitions and a cat named after a fruit. While living in Los Angeles, every bit of hunger I ever held for cooking, eating, and writing fermented inside of me until I couldn’t take it any longer. I had spent the past twenty five years daydreaming about a life under the Hollywood sign, and it was that very place where I realized that the only part I ever needed to play—was myself. A little closer to home, I was ready to begin my next chapter. I chose the coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina and a professional path that paid the bills but allowed me some freedom to flex my food muscles on the side. One day, I finally said goodbye to a life of fruitless jobs and announced that I wouldn’t spend another minute in an unfulfilling occupation.  So, I got my Fanny in the kitchen and became CEO (Chief Eating Officer) of Fanfare Catering and a food writer in my trendy riverfront town. In my kitchen today, I create enriched adaptations of the food that has touched my life. I unravel the flavors and weave them back together into an eclectic new dish. In November 2013, I was given the opportunity to share this very concept with the world. Along with nearly 1,000 others, I submitted my culinary concept to a national cookbook competition held by Rachael Ray. I stuck to the moral of my California adventure—to simply “be myself”—and soared to the top 5. In front of millions on May 19th 2014, I was announced as the winner. I’m currently in pursuit of my own cooking show and wrapping up my soon-to-be-Rachael-Ray-published cookbook which is set to launch mid-2015. This book is a celebration and reconnection of the nourishing experiences that have guided my hungry soul. It’s seasoned with absurdity and wit, and sprinkled with hilarious childhood stories and photos. It is Tina Fey meets Rachael Ray meets the girl next door who drinks craft beer and makes bacon jam just for fun. The Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series The Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series began in 2013-14 through a platinum presenting sponsorship made by Duke Energy and its community grants program. The speaker series brings guest speakers and lecturers from North Carolina to the University's campus each academic year. The University's Honors Program Coordinator is closely involved with the selection of speakers. One of the most exciting and prestigious programs on campus, the Honors Program provides academically talented and motivated students opportunities to study, conduct research and exchange ideas in a challenging and supportive academic environment. The Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series was created specifically with the Honors Program students in mind. Speakers included author Adam Shepard, musician Chris Hendricks, motivational speakers Joseph B. Washington and Dr. Kevin Snyder, Maestro William Henry Curry of the North Carolina Symphony, Professor Emerita of Psychology Dr. Korrel Kanoy, and former Mayor Smedes York, among others. Later this year, the program will feature Rep. Debra Ross and Trish Healy. The 2014-15 arts and events season will feature multiple visiting speakers from across North Carolina including: Rep. Deborah K. Ross, NC General Assembly; Eugene A. "Gene" Conti, Jr., former Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation; Tom Darden, CEO of Cherokee and former Chairman of the Research Triangle Transit Authority; Trish Healy, Principal at Hyde Street Holdings; Steve Swayne, Professor of Music at Dartmouth College; Sarah Powers, Executive Director for Visual Art Exchange; Ryan Messer, Senior Division Mgr, Johnson & Johnson and Precinct Executive (Cincinnati). 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 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

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William Peace University President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., Discusses Campus Projects and Upcoming Events on TWC News

By William Peace University on February 11, 2014 4:30 pm

William Peace University President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D.,
Discusses Campus Projects and Upcoming Events on TWC News
President of Local Four-Year Baccalaureate
Talks Renovations & Campus Updates In Television News Interview

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb 11, 2014 - Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University, appeared on Time Warner Cable News on Feb. 11, 2014 with Morning Anchor Marti Skold to discuss recent renovations and projects on campus, along with upcoming events.

Townsley highlighted recent upgrades made to Belk Dining Hall, which include increased seating and new dining booths, several flat-panel televisions, and new food stations provided by Sodexo. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the renovations will be held on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Townsley also provided updates on construction to the new Student Services building, which is set to open by the end of the year, plus details on FASFA Day (Feb. 22) and upcoming Open House dates.

To see the full interview, click below.

Transcript:

Marti: “Tell us, first of all you’ve had some construction going on.”

Dr. Townsley: “We’ve renovated our dinning hall, Belk dinning hall, so it’s newly renovated. Sodexo is our food service provider, and this year we’ve gone to continuous dinning for students.”

Marti: “We’ve got the video and it’s beautiful because it’s wide open, but the nice thing is with student you know they schedule kind of their own life, so this makes it easier for them to eat whenever they need to eat.”

Dr. Townsley: “It does. They can do five small meals a day or six meals; they can do three big meals a deal; they can work around their athletic schedule or class schedule. It really works out well and the students are loving it.”

Marti: “Tell us about your other big project.”

Dr. Townsley: “We are finishing a new Student Services building. It’s beautiful; right in the center of campus.”

Marti: “I love this time lapse video because it kind of shows it from the beginning, and you are really making some inroads on this.”

Dr. Townsley: “Yes, it should be opening in the next couple of months I think, so we’re very excited about that too.”

Marti: “William Peace is a great place to go. We have students from there that intern with us; great education. Tell us about FASFA day that’s coming up for any students or parents that are thinking, ‘I want to go to William Peace.’ What do you have?”

Dr. Townsley: “On February 22nd, the CFNC, which is the College Foundation of North Carolina, is sponsoring FASFA Day. William Peace University is one of the hosts, so our financial aid staff and admissions staff will be helping families to fill out their FASFA. Also, if anybody wants to apply to William Peace University that day, we are waiving the application fee.”

Marti: “Which is a great thing for moms and dads. I can tell you that from having kids in college. So you also have some open houses, which is a good idea for parents to go along with the student to kind of get a feel for the campus.”

Dr. Townsley: “We have open houses coming up on March 8, March 22, and April 26. It’s a wonderful time for students and families to get a sense and get all of their questions answered. We hold a variety of events. There is a fair with professors so they can talk with professors in the program that they are interested in. We have coaches there and student services depending on what sport, government, or clubs they want to do. Then we break up the students so they can talk to students, and the parents can talk to administrators and staff and everybody can get their questions answered.”

Marti: “Such an important thing you do, and you guys just got number one for internships which is amazing. Here are all the details, as we’ve run out of time. FASFA day coming up on February 22; free application for seniors to get some help; open houses coming up on March 8, 22, and April 26.  Congratulations on all your new changes over there.”

 

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