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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
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  • 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 President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., To Serve On NCAA Working Group

By William Peace University on September 26, 2012 4:07 pm

President Of Local Four-Year Baccalaureate University To Participate In NCAA Division III Working Group To Discuss Possible Changes In Student Recruitment

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 to serve on the NCAA Division III Recruiting Working Group. The 13-person panel will evaluate alternative recruiting models for participating Division III colleges in the context of work-life balance and competitive equity, with the primary areas of discussion for potential legislative changes involving recruiting calendars and limitations on recruiting at nonscholastic events. Members of the NCAA Division III Recruiting Working Group will consider and recommend concepts regarding these issues throughout the latter half of 2012 and present them for a larger membership discussion at the 2013 NCAA Convention Issues Forum. Any potential legislative changes would be presented to the membership for a vote at the 2014 Convention.

Townsley was one of two college presidents selected for the group along with Barney Forsyth of Westminster College in Missouri. Additional members include:

  • Desirai Tongco, National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at Mills College in California;
  • David Ellis, senior vice president and CFO of enrollment management at Becker College in Massachusetts;
  • Fred Pfursich, vice president for enrollment at Whittier College in California;
  • Luis Reis, head women’s soccer coach at Wheaton College in Illinois;
  • Marci Sanders, head women’s volleyball coach at the University of Texas at Dallas;
  • Jerry Boyes, director of athletics and head football coach at Buffalo State College in New York;
  • Steve Fritz, director of athletics at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota;
  • Mike Mattia, associate director of athletics/senior compliance administrator at John Hopkins University in Maryland;
  • Karen Tessmer, associate director of athletics/senior woman administrator/head woman’s basketball coach at Worcester State University in Massachusetts;
  • Keri Luchowski, executive director/commissioner for the North Coast Athletic Conference;
  • Terry Rupert, vice president of athletics administration/director of athletics/management council liaison at Wilmington College in Ohio; and
  • Ellen Mayock, faculty athletic representative at Washington & Lee University in Virginia.

“It is a distinct honor to be asked to serve on this group to determine the changes needed in recruitment policies for Division III colleges,” said Townsley. “Today’s learning institutions are facing increasing competition in recruitment that has led to concerns there might be abuses in the system that do not allow for fair and equal opportunities to meet with students about their college prospects. I understand the challenges our colleges face in this area, and as a member of the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group, I pledge to keep an open mind and search for the best answers for everyone involved while working in consensus with my fellow group members.”

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 welcomed its first coeducational class 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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