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April 23, 2024

Thanks to the generosity of faculty, staff, students, family members, alumni, friends, and community leaders, William Peace University surpassed its fundraising goal for its annual Day of Giving last week.

WPU students traveled to California for the NCUR this month.
April 19, 2024

Five students from William Peace University had the opportunity to showcase their capstone projects at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Long Beach, California this month. NCUR, which brings together a diverse array of students and their research from all over the country, was held at the Long Beach Convention Center from April 8-10.

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April 18, 2024

WPU Celebrates Day of Giving: Support Peace April 18, 2024 Aerial photo of the fountain and Main building. WPU is celebrating Day of Giving today, April 18th! We recognize that supporting our students is a collective effort, which is why we’re rallying our esteemed alumni, loyal friends, dedicated parents, and steadfast supporters from all corners. From fueling scholarship opportunities to advancing academic excellence, each and every contribution made during this event will directly shape the future of WPU students, preparing them for impactful careers and principled citizenship.

WPU's esports team practices Rocket League
April 15, 2024

Since the beginning of January, the WPU Esports teams have been meticulously perfecting their craft in hopes of winning their season championships. Sadly, the Rocket League team’s playoff run came to an end on April 8.

Students will showcase their work at Interactive Media Showcase
April 8, 2024

Professors from William Peace University, N.C. State University and Wake Tech Community College will put on the Student Interactive Media Showcase.

April 5, 2024

In the dynamic realm of Esports, athleticism, and viral challenges, few individuals stand out quite like Donnie Leahy, captain of this year’s Rocket League team.

WPU Students present projects during the annual WPU Student Showcase
April 4, 2024

The 19th annual Student Showcase will be held on campus April 23. The Showcase is a day for students to present their work, projects, and talents from throughout the year to their peers, faculty, and staff.

March 28, 2024

After two months of matches, WPU’s Esports teams finished their regular season games. The Rocket League team finished their season on March 18 in an intense doubleheader.

March 27, 2024

William Peace University is celebrating you with its very own Free Application Week from April 1-6. Now’s your chance to apply to William Peace University fee-free.

March 22, 2024

William Peace University announced today that Brian C. Ralph, Ph.D. will be concluding his tenure as president at the end of the 2023-24 academic year. WPU Board of Trustees has appointed Board of Trustees member Dr. Lynn Morton, Ph.D., as president for a two-year term.

Veteran WPU softball coach Charlie Dobbins set to retire after this season.
March 21, 2024

One of college softball’s legendary coaches is calling it a career. After 25 years, Charlie Dobbins will step down as head coach of the William Peace softball program – a program he elevated to national status – at the end of the 2024 season.

March 17, 2024

After weeks of intense battles and close matches, WPU’s Esports teams are nearing the end of their regular season games. The Rocket League team is set to finish their season with a doubleheader Monday, March 18th, while the Overwatch team finished their season on Tuesday.

Pictured above: Sarah Gaskill ‘02
March 14, 2024

Sarah Gaskill ‘02, Lyn Erdman ‘75, Kelly Gaines ‘82,  Taylor Shaw ‘12 and Kim Kitchings ‘90 serve on the Board of Trustees for WPU and bring their alumni perspective to the table when working to achieve what’s best for Peace students. 

Elizabeth Kusko
March 13, 2024

While WPU Professor Elizabeth Kusko’s endeavors span the political science spectrum, from working in Congress to authoring impactful research, what truly fuels her passion are the connections she creates among her students.

March 4, 2024

n the world of collegiate esports, triumph and defeat often stand as two sides of the same coin. This axiom rang true for WPU’s Esports Team as they navigated a rollercoaster of emotions in their recent matchups in the Rocket League and Overwatch circuits. While their Rocket League match ended in a close victory, the WPU Overwatch team was not so lucky.

Clay Whitehurst leads the WPU Esports team
February 26, 2024

The Esports teams at William Peace University continued to display their skill for all to see these past two weeks, with a dominant victory in Rocket League, another setback in Overwatch, and continued improvement in Super Smash Bros. WPU’s Pacers continue to strive for victory even in the face of adversity.

Honoring Peace College's First Woman of Color
February 23, 2024

In the story of Peace’s history, the class of ’74 holds a special place, and at its forefront is Patricia McCullers – a trailblazer, a pioneer, and the first woman of color to grace the halls of Peace in 1973.

WPU's Ethics Bowl team during the 2024 competition.
February 21, 2024

William Peace University (WPU) students recently showcased their academic excellence and ethical reasoning at the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Ethics Bowl held on Feb. 9 and 10. 

From Cap and Gowns to Lab Coats
February 21, 2024

Two recent William Peace University alumnae are on a remarkable journey from students to the forefront of AIDS research. Kiera Williams and Laura Langer, who graduated in May 2023, are carving their path as researchers at the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Laboratory at the University of North Carolina (UNC). 

Students pose during the 2024 Ebony Ball at WPU.
February 20, 2024

William Peace University’s vibrant campus came alive on Friday, February 16, as the Black Student Union (BSU) hosted the much-anticipated Ebony Ball. 

WPU's esports team practices Rocket League
February 8, 2024

The William Peace University Esports teams displayed their hard work for all to see this week, securing a close victory in Rocket League while facing a setback in Overwatch. Players from both teams fought tooth and nail to try and secure the victory in this electrifying first week of competition.

A WPU student plays Super Smash Bros during esports practice.
February 7, 2024

Expectations are as high as spirits on William Peace University’s three esports teams, which kicked off practices last week.

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February 4, 2024

For Senior Day at the Hermann Athletic Center, William Peace women’s basketball honored Keslee Hylton and Nautica Smiley on Feb. 3.

Current softball player Logan Ayers and former softball player Niki Dobbins of William Peace University were featured on the NCAA Division III Small Talk Podcast
February 2, 2024

Current softball player Logan Ayers and former softball player Niki Dobbins of William Peace University were featured on the NCAA Division III Small Talk Podcast on Thursday.

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