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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
  • December 5, 2015 Children’s Holiday Story Hour with Santa Here Comes Santa Claus! William Peace University invites you to join us for our 6th Annual Children's Holiday Story Hour with Santa. Listen to two stories read by a special guest. Have your pictures taken with the Clauses and get a special present from Santa himself! Enjoy cookies and refreshments in Main Parlor and Carols by the William Peace University Singers. This event is one of the most anticipated family events of the year at WPU. Be sure to register early! Event Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m. Event Location: Main Parlor Free Admission, Click Here to register! view Event
  • 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 Dr. Debra M. Townsley Named Mentor Within NCAA Outreach Program

By on November 28, 2011 12:42 pm

Leader Of Four-Year Baccalaureate University Assists New Division III College Presidents And Chancellors With Insights About Governance


RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of the university, was named a mentor within the NCAA Outreach Program for First-Time Chancellors and Presidents. The NCAA Outreach Program provides new chancellors and presidents of Division III colleges with important information about the NCAA and the management of intercollegiate athletics. The program is designed by the NCAA to lay the groundwork for greater presidential participation in the governance structure. Townsley recently visited and shared her experiences, offering best practices with Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa and agreed to serve as a future resource as needed. Townsley has participated as presenter at the annual NCAA Outreach Program for new presidents at the NCAA Annual Convention for the last two years since its inception.


Townsley became the 10th president of William Peace University in August 2010. Previously she served as president of Nichols College in Dudley, Mass., since 1998, following one year as dean of academic affairs. At Nichols, she undertook strategic planning initiatives to reconfirm the college’s mission, and under her leadership, Nichols grew from 620 full-time day students to 1,150. Prior to joining Nichols, Townsley worked at a number of colleges and universities, including Saint Michaels College in Vermont, Northern Virginia Community College, and Marymount University of Virginia. A native of Florida, she holds a bachelors of science in business administration with concentrations in marketing and management from American University, a MBA from George Washington University, a M.A. in psychology and a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Vermont.


"It is an honor and a privilege to be named a mentor within the NCAA Outreach Program for First-Time Chancellors and Presidents, and I am pleased to participate representing William Peace University," said Townsley. "The NCAA favors this outreach in small group settings where participants can facilitate candid discussion on a variety of topics, and I believe such talks provide crucial insights that new chancellors and presidents can incorporate for effective leadership at their own schools regarding NCAA policies. I enjoyed meeting with the president of Grinnell College, and I look forward to contributing whatever assistance is desired by my colleagues in the future."


For more information on the NCAA Outreach Program for First-Time Chancellors and Presidents, visit http://bit.ly/uEmECT.



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. 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 will begin 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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