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  • February 28, 2015 NC FAFSA Day The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC), the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the State Employees' Credit Union hosts a FAFSA Day each February. College/University financial aid officers and other volunteers assist students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Click here to learn more and register. view Event
  • 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

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William Peace University President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., Receives 2012 Women In Business Award

By William Peace University on October 4, 2012 3:33 pm

President Of Four-Year Baccalaureate University Honored
For Her Accomplishments In The Community By
Triangle Business Journal

RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., has been named by Triangle Business Journal as a recipient of the 2012 Women in Business Award. The award honors dynamic and exceptional local female business leaders with an established track record of significant accomplishments in the business arena and local community. The publication recognized Townsley and other award recipients at an Aug. 23 luncheon at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, N.C.

Inaugurated as the 10th president of William Peace University in August 2010, Townsley oversees a student body of more than 700 full and part-time students enrolled in Peace’s undergraduate day, evening, online and Saturday programs, and an alumni body of nearly 9,000. Her efforts as president include an emphasis on reviewing strategies to encourage new course offerings, athletic programs, campus facilities, staff, faculty and enrollment as part of overall expansion activities to accommodate future growth for the university. Under Townsley’s leadership, enrollment has increased 9 percent for the 2012-2013 school year to a total of 791 students. For the fall 2012 semester, the university welcomed 310 new students, an 82 percent increase over the previous year, 33.5 percent of which are male.

Townsley holds numerous professional positions on the state and national levels, including serving as chair of the audit committee and a board member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). She serves as chair of the USA South Athletic Conference and the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges and is a member of the Independent College Enterprise (ICE) board and the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group. In addition, Townsley has received numerous professional honors, including the Jackie M. Gibbons Leadership Award from Vermont Women in Higher Education and Young Career Woman from the Professional Women’s Association of Annandale, Va.

“Being named a recipient of the Triangle Business Journal’s 2012 Women in Business Award is truly an honor and a recognition I carry with deep pride,” said Townsley. “This award could not have been possible without the support and guidance of the alumni, faculty, staff and the board of trustees of William Peace University, and I thank them all for their assistance as we begin implementing changes that will provide more success to our institution in the future.”

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 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. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.

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