William Peace University President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., Discusses Campus Projects and Upcoming Events on TWC NewsBy 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.
To see the full interview, click below.
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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