- December 8, 2013 WPU Community Lovefeast A Peace Christmas Tradition William Peace University invites members of the Peace community and our neighbors to join us for the annual WPU Community Lovefeast 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 Time: 3:00 p.m. Event Location: Dinwiddie Chapel, 2nd Floor of Main Building Tickets: Free, but reservations are required. Reserve your seat here. view Event
- January 6, 2014 Manning Chamber Music Concert Winter Concert and Reception William Peace University is pleased to present the 7th Annual Manning Chamber Music Concert Series in partnership with the North Carolina Symphony. The 2013-14 season will feature three concerts this year held on the institution’s campus in conjunction with the North Carolina Symphony and made possible through a gift made by alumna Sara Jo Allen Manning '58 '60 to establish The Manning Chamber Music Series Fund. The second Manning Concert for the 2013-14 performing arts season will feature concert in Kenan Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. with a reception held immediately following in Main Parlor (9:00 p.m.). This evening's program will feature the North Carolina Symphony's Woodwind Quintet: Mary E. Boone, Sandra Posch, Victor Benedict, Michael E. Cyzewski and Rachel Niketopoulos, along with Symphony musicians Rebekah Binford, violin and Craig Brown, bass. An eclectic mix of music will be performed, including Malcolm Arnold's Divertimento for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet, Op. 37; Barber's Summer Music for Wind Quintet, Op. 31 and Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. Limited seating is available and tickets are required for the event. Event Time: 7:30 p.m. Event Location: Kenan Hall Tickets: Free, but reservations are required. Click Here for Reservations view Event
- January 8, 2014 WPU Concert & Comedy Series: Raleigh's Village Idiots Raleigh's Homegrown Improv Comedy Group William Peace University is pleased to welcome back Raleigh's Village Idiots to the William Peace Theatre stage! The Idiots are Raleigh's own homegrown improv comedy group. They perform short- and long-form improv comedy, including scenes, stories, games and songs that are improvised based on audience suggestions. The exact combination varies from night to night, so you'll be as surprised as they are! Event Time: 7:30 p.m. Event Location: Leggett Theatre Tickets: $10 Adults / $5 Students (Note: a 3% entertainment tax is included in the ticket price.) Registration & Tickets: Individual Tickets (click here) view Event
Four-Year Baccalaureate University To Renovate Hermann Athletic Center, Expand Space In Student Center, Relocate Bookstore And President’s House
RALEIGH, N.C. – On Jan. 19, 2012, the Board of Trustees of William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, approved a multiyear plan of significant campus improvements, including the athletic center, student center, bookstore and President’s House.
The Hermann Athletic Center, built in 1963 with a gift from Grover M. Hermann and family, will be the first building upgraded and will include a fitness center, weight rooms, home and visiting locker rooms for both female and male athletes, a field house for spring training and intramural space, a training room, offices, and a dance/aerobics studio. These changes will accommodate the university’s students and expansion of three men’s sports teams beginning in the fall of 2012. Presently, William Peace University participates in NCAA Division III in the USA South Athletic Conference in six women’s sports.
For the student center, the bookstore will relocate from Belk Hall to allow for more meeting and recreational space. Renovations there will include an updated dining hall, coffee shop, student game and lounge space, and student government offices. The bookstore will move to the current location of the maintenance offices, which will be remodeled to ensure that students have access to the supplies and books that they need. The maintenance offices will in turn be relocated to a building on the back campus.
The Trustees have voted to bring the President’s House, which is currently located near North Hills, back to downtown Raleigh, in an effort to increase meeting and entertainment space for students, faculty, staff, alumnae and community members. The President’s House has served the university well in its location near North Hills since it was established in 1979. However, the Trustees believe a downtown Raleigh location will better serve these needs over the long run.
Additional long-term planned improvements by the university include investments in energy-saving devices, its website and other information technology initiatives that will produce considerable cost savings in operations in the future. Execution of this plan will begin in Spring 2012 and is expected to take several years.
"The Board of Trustees believes these investments are wise ones for the university to make to stay competitive and remain a top school of choice for students interested in an affordable, quality post-secondary education, and I concur with their decisions," said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. "The upgrades will offer great advantages and convenience that our faculty, staff, alumnae and visitors will appreciate as well, and we look forward to seeing these improvements once they are finished and ready to be enjoyed."
The total estimated cost for the improvements is $6 million, which includes all planned upcoming renovations on campus.
Money for the improvements came from donations, the William Peace University capital campaign and external financing. Gifts from alumnae and friends of the university are supporting the projects as well.
ABOUT WILLIAM PEACE UNIVERSITY:
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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