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  • August 2, 2014 Alumni Cocktail Party Come celebrate with us! The Office of Engagement invites you to an end-of-summer Alumni Cocktail Party hosted by the Alumni Board. The Peace College / William Peace University alumni event will be held in Main Parlor and Main Patio where we will welcome some of our newest alumni. R.S.V.P. ONLINE BY JULY 28, 2014 - REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED view Event
  • September 8, 2014 Manning Music Series Concert: Steve Elmer Jazz Trio Performs William Peace University kicks off the 2014-15 Manning Music Concert Series with a performance by the Steve Elmer Jazz Trio, live from New York City, on Monday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Kenan Hall. The Steve Elmer Trio features Steve Elmer (piano), Don Gladstone (bass), and Bobby Cohen (drums) playing jazz standards and original compositions. Admission is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. The Manning Music Concert Series is made possible through a gift made by alumna Sara Jo Allen Manning '58 '60 and the Manning Music Series Fund.  For the 2014-15 performing arts season, the Manning Series will include 5 free concerts ranging from jazz, classical and contemporary to Broadway performances. The concerts this year include: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 featuring Broadway musicians Carolann Sanita and Lauren Kennedy, Visiting Professor of Music Theatre, in a "Broadway Comes to Peace" concert.* Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 featuring North Carolina musicians. Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 featuring North Carolina musicians. Monday, Apr. 6, 2015 featuring North Carolina musicians, alongside vocalists from the William Peace University Singers and within the Bachelor of Fine Arts major. * Note, the Broadway Comes to Peace concert is $10 for adults; $5 for students. All other Manning Series Concerts are free and open to the public with reservations required for general admission reserved seating. William Peace University is pleased to partner once again this year with the North Carolina Symphony. RESERVE YOUR SEAT FOR THE MANNING SERIES 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. view Event
  • September 9, 2014 Lunch & Learn: Proactive Health & Wellness William Peace University welcomes Dr. Josh McMillon from Proactive Health & Wellness in Raleigh, NC for the kick-off Lunch and Learn Series event on September 9, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Dr. Josh McMillon has a doctorate from University of Western States in Portland Oregon. His doctorate includes a masters level in nutrition all rolled into his doctorate program. He has also completed additional certifications in functional blood chemistry and nutrition from Apex Energetics and Standard Process seminars.  Proactive Health & Wellness has been part of the community for five years and is committed to giving back to many area nonprofits, helping ensure that the people of our community have opportunities to live well and live long. Tickets: $5 Students/ $10 Adults, lunch is included. REGISTER HERE. 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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