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  • February 10, 2016 Pacer Discovery The Office of Admission invites you, and a family member to a snapshot of the life of a William Peace University student!  You will have the opportunity to meet fellow high school seniors, tour our beautiful downtown campus, and get a hands on feel in our classroom experience. After hanging out with us, be sure to grab the R-Line and visit some of the amazing downtown locations. Stand beside historical figures in the North Carolina Museum of History, watch the Carolina Hurricanes dominate the rink at PNC Arena, or catch your favorite artist in concert at the Raleigh Amphitheater. Space is Limited, call 919-508-2350 to reserve your spot view Event
  • February 20, 2016 Presidential Open House for the Classes of 2004-2011 A Chance to Be Heard Dr. Brian C. Ralph, William Peace University's 11th President, extends a special invitation to Peace College alumnae from the Classes of 2004-2011 to come back to their Alma Mater for a private open house. Meet Dr. Ralph from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Drop by for a quick visit, a long talk, a campus tour, or anything in between. Main Parlor will be set to receive individuals or groups. R.S.V.P. by Feb. 13, 2016 by clicking here. Refreshments served. view Event
  • February 25, 2016 Twelfth Night by William Peace Theatre William Peace Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" directed by Dr. Wade Newhouse, Feb. 25-28, 2016. TICKETS: $15 Adult, $10 Faculty/Staff/Alumni, $5 Student REGISTER HERE William Peace Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s timeless comedy February 25 - 28 in Leggett Theatre on the campus of William Peace University.  Drawing inspiration from the romantic comedies of influential filmmaker John Hughes, the show’s design captures the exuberant teen romance of the 1980’s. Twins Viola and Sebastian have been separated from each other in a shipwreck along the coast of Illyria.  Disguising herself as a boy named Cesario, she enters the employ of Duke Orsino, who pines after the Lady Olivia.  As Orsino sends her to deliver messages of love to Olivia, she falls for him and Olivia falls for her.  Meanwhile, Olivia’s uncle, Sir Toby Belch, and a dimwitted knight named Sir Andrew Aguecheek, accompanied by various servants and clowns cause drunken mayhem and prank Olivia’s steward, Malvolio, into believing she is in love with him. Dr. Wade Newhouse directs this production.  At William Peace University he currently serves as the Interim Program Coordinator for Theatre and Musical Theatre, and teaches such courses as Composition, Children’s Literature, Southern Literature, Storytelling for Simulation, Critical Approaches to Film, and American Hauntings.  He has published articles and book chapters on a wide variety of authors, including Sir Walter Scott, Ambrose Bierce, William Faulkner, and Neil Gaiman.  He is the Assistant Director of Raleigh’s Village Idiots and has performed with that improvisational comedy troupe for over ten years.  As an actor, Dr. Newhouse has often appeared on the Peace stage, playing such roles as Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, the Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods, and the Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  Dr. Newhouse has also performed with Bare Theatre, hiSTORYstage, and Forest Moon Theater. view Event

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William Peace University Dept. Chair and Associate Professor Dr. Lynn C. Owens Discusses Jobs Research on TWC News

By William Peace University on March 6, 2014 5:04 pm

William Peace University Dept. Chair and Associate Professor
Dr. Lynn C. Owens Discusses Jobs Research on TWC News
Communication Professor and Expert at Local Four-Year Baccalaureate
Shares Research Data with TWC News Anchor Marti Skold 

RALEIGH, N.C., March 6, 2014 – Lynn C. Owens, Ph.D., Communication Dept. Chair and Associate Professor of Communication at William Peace University, a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, appeared on Time Warner Cable News on Thursday, March 6, 2014 to discuss recent findings in her jobs research.

Dr. Owens’ research, “HELP WANTED: Mobile journalism skills required by top U.S. news companies,” found that more than half of job postings in journalism required applicants to have skills in social media and/or mobile applications. Owens’ research is the latest in a series of projects she has co-authored with Prof. Deb Wenger of the University of Mississippi. Their research won third place (the only U.S. submission to win) at the World Journalism Congress in 2012.

In the interview, Owens also discussed the importance of internships for students and the need for curriculum that better prepares students for an ever-evolving job market. She also mentioned WPU’s continued documented success in regards to its students and internships, which include a 100% student internship rate for graduates and a recent No. 1 national ranking by U.S. News & World Report concerning internships.

For a look at the full interview with TWC News Anchor Marti Skold, click on the video link below:

Marti: College students looking to venture out in the work world of today need a new set of skills to get hired. Dr. Lynn Owens, a professor at William Peace University, has new research published that won an international award and joins us now with more. It’s not like when we went to college, they need new skills, what are those skills?

Dr. Owens: What we’re finding is that half the journalism job postings in 2012 wanted new hires to have social media skills, and to also be able to write news for mobile applications. So like you said, completely different from even five years ago.

Marti: But, is it because you are finding that people are getting their news in different ways?

Dr. Owens:  Absolutely, more than 60% of Americans are on Facebook, and half of those get some form of news from Facebook.  One in ten adults get there news from twitter, so the landscape is changing for how people are getting their news; and certainly young people, college students get most of their news from social media or from the internet.

Marti: So, for your courses that you’re teaching, are there new courses available now that have those social media skills on an interactive platform?

Dr. Owens: Yes, at William Peace University we teach interactive and social media. It’s taking the students personal experience with social media and teaching them how to use it in a professional way. So we can utilize what they already know, and use it for a company, and to their company’s advantage.

Marti: Well, we are also seeing a lot of apps. Time Warner Cable News, our company, has a new app where people can see news anytime they need it, or Weather On The Ones or whatever. Could that be the wave of the future even for your students in your class right now?

Dr. Owens: It seems like that’s where things are going certainly. So, as the news audience moves to mobile apps and social media to getting news, it’s really up to the educators to teach our students those skills.

Marti: When you talked to the employers, you talked to how many of them?

Dr. Owens: We looked at 700 job postings, and then followed up with five different employers from different journalism companies.

Marti: And all of them needed the same set of skills?

Dr. Owens: Absolutely, they all have their eye on where things are going and that’s what they need.

Marti:  Okay, so when kids are going off to college, William Peace University has great social media classwork. In addition to that you guys have internships…

Dr. Owens: Absolutely, we’re ranked No. 1 by U.S News and World Report for internships. All of our students are required to have an internship, and about 50 percent of them get jobs from their internships, a job offer. And so a lot of my students have told me that their employers want them being able to use social media, and having those skills has been really marketable for them. It’s helped them out a lot.

Marti: Well thank you, we are looking forward to more research. You’re continuing to do more, so we’ll get you back when that comes out. Thank you so much, and good luck to you.

 

 

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