July 15, 2020

Nursing has never been more important — William Peace University is preparing registered nurses to make a difference in their careers and the community with quality, accessible and affordable educati …

July 10, 2020

As a marketing student at William Peace University, Hugo Fiscal-Martinez was a frequent face on campus. He served as chief financial officer for the Student Government Association, a peer mentor and o …

July 10, 2020

When Angela Gamble sees someone struggling, her first instinct is to help.  “I’ve wanted to be a formidable or influential presence in my community,” she says.  For this reason, Gamble believes studyi …

July 8, 2020

William Peace University is proud to recognize outstanding faculty members as we presented this year’s Outstanding Advisor Awards and McCormick Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Brian Ralph, WPU Presi …

July 6, 2020

Four years ago, Grayson Owens knew he was ready to pursue a Pre-Law degree at William Peace University. He didn’t know how profound an impact WPU would have on his career.  Owens comes from a family o …

July 3, 2020

#GoingToWPU First Year Orientation is typically an on-campus two-day experience for both families and students at WPU. This year, due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19, we made a major pivot as …

July 1, 2020

The Manning Music Concert Series is an annual event series that celebrates music, theatre and other art forms. The series began in 2007 and what originally started as a program focused on a partnershi …

July 1, 2020

For sixty years, Judge Fred Morrison, Jr. has been a proud friend of Maryville College, and now he is finally able to call himself an alumnus. On June 16, 2020, President Brian C. Ralph Ph.D., present …

July 1, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has changed the way we face the world. No longer do we shake hands, go to restaurants, or participate in group gatherings. Founder’s Day, Alumni Weekend, and Graduation are all eve …

July 1, 2020

July, 2020 – William Peace University proudly released the Second Edition of the PEACE Magazine. This “Piece of Peace” delves into some fantastic stories within the WPU Community. The magazine highlig …

June 30, 2020

We Are Listening Part of the WPU philosophy is to be responsive to the needs of students to continually improve the curriculum and offerings, and to find ways to enhance student outcomes. We understan …

June 19, 2020

William Peace University (WPU) graduate Caylan Harrison is no stranger to change. Throughout her college career, she excelled in the face of unexpected obstacles and transitions, meeting each challeng …

June 19, 2020

When students walk into the Career Design Center at William Peace University (WPU), they can expect to be greeted by Director Jenna Hartwell and Assistant Director Julie Cline. The two equip WPU stude …

June 18, 2020

William Peace University’s (WPU) senior leadership and Fall Planning teams continue meeting regularly to prepare to return to campus in August. To view the previously announced dates for fall semester …

June 15, 2020

As William Peace University’s director of Retention and the First-Year Experience (FYE), Dawn Dillon ensures that all Pacers are equipped to succeed, starting their first day on campus. Part of the Ce …

June 11, 2020

WPU Community, First of all, thank you. Last week, I asked our community to put our values into action – to be committed to community and embrace diversity, inclusion and respect. I have already heard …

June 10, 2020

The Center for Student Success (CSS) is William Peace University’s hub for student support. It is made up of three areas: the First Year Experience, the Academic and Tutoring Center, and Academic Advi …

June 4, 2020

Carolyn M. Blattner, M.Ed. is passionate about William Peace University. Since joining WPU in 2016, she has gone above and beyond to improve the lives of Pacers. While much of her impact is made behin …

June 3, 2020

William Peace University’s (WPU) senior leadership and Fall Planning teams have been meeting regularly to prepare to return to campus in August. In order to create an on-campus, in-person experience w …

May 31, 2020

Commitment to Community and Diversity, Inclusion and Respect Campus Community, There are no words to adequately address the current climate. The recent, horrific, senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and …

May 28, 2020

During this challenging time, William Peace University empathises with students and families who have been financially impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University has made and will continue …

May 22, 2020

Many things make William Peace University (WPU) a special institution, particularly our commitment to immersive learning experiences for our students. As a University that deeply values in-person inst …

May 19, 2020

A valuable resource and support services for students of WPU   “Successful people use resources. Using resources is not a sign of weakness—it’s a sign of strength.” At William Peace University (W …

May 15, 2020

Pop quiz: is it important to get a bigger university or a better education? Of course, the purpose of going to college is to learn more and, eventually, to land your dream job. That’s why it’s importa …

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