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A Word on the Spring Issue


By Julie E. Ricciardi


By Lynn C. Owens, Ph.D.


Bringing the World to Community


Carlos Pena ’12 & Taylor Shaw ’12


Get to Know WPU Students, Faculty and Staff


Meeting the Needs of Parents and Students


Spotlight on the School of Professional Studies


Cover photo: Nabeel Jaitapker © 2012 I Inside cover: MMI Public Relations © 2012

Images from the Weekend


Fall Season Athletics Re-Cap


News from Around Campus


By Justin G. Roy


Catch Up on the Latest News from Your Classmates


Alumni and Friends Who Have Passed

PUBLICATION MANAGER AND EDITOR Lauren E. Gerber, Director of Communications & Outreach DESIGN & LAYOUT Ryan McGuire, Graphic Designer PRODUCED BY THE OFFICE OF ENGAGEMENT

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS Jessica Coscia-Ferns ’01, WPU Alumni Board Carolyn Hollis Dickens ’72, WPU Alumni Board Yvette Holmes ’14, SPS Student Representative Faith Inman ’13, Senior Class Representative Taylor C. Shaw ‘12, Alumni Representative Lynn C. Owens, Ph.D., WPU Asst. Professor of Communication Kevin Daniels, WPU Assistant Athletics Director


COPY EDITORS Nabeel Jaitapker, WPU Communications Specialist Carolyn Hollis Dickens ’72 Yvette Holmes ’14 PHOTOGRAPHY Lauren E. Gerber Nabeel Jaitapker Ryan McGuire Justin G. Roy Jessica Lytle ’13


PRESIDENT Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D.


Many qualified students pursuing post-secondary education often face challenging roadblocks. Each circumstance is unique, but students and their families concede three areas that significantly impact educational decisions — affordability, accessibility and accountability. I was offered a great opportunity by the Huffington Post last year inviting me to write several education articles about changes within the higher education landscape and also what today’s students and parents tell us they are seeking from colleges and universities. As educators our main focus should be to assist people who want to earn degrees for their benefit, in addition to impacting the long-term success and effectiveness of our schools and economy. Hence, our cover story in this issue of the Bulletin for the WPU community, which focuses on the new face of higher education.


I’m also excited to welcome new Alumni Board President, Rachel Beach Reynolds ’98 ’00, and the board’s new executive committee and other members. It has brought me tremendous joy to see so many returning alumni and friends back on campus. An overwhelming number of alumni (spanning 18 class years) came back with their families for the Children’s Holiday Story Hour this past December. I hope you’ll visit us soon.

PRESIDENT Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D.

In just a few short months, the Class of 2013 will leave WPU’s hallowed halls, brick pathways and tree-lined courtyards to step into the world as young professionals. But, I’m not worried about this newest group of alumni. In fact, I suspect many already have job offers and many more will either find employment in the coming months or enter graduate school. Why am I so certain about their future? It’s because my classmates and I ventured down this same road 13 years ago. I’m as confident in these graduating seniors and their abilities as I am of every graduating class at William Peace University. That’s because Peace prepares our students for professional careers through real-world internships, experienced faculty, in-depth programs and curricula that connect students globally and through interactions and mentoring by supportive, involved alumni from our community.


I’ve met and worked with many WPU students this year and I know our alma mater’s mission to educate each as ethical, global citizens with a focus on meaningful careers, means they will be competitive and talented women and men. As your Alumni Board president, my hope is to reconnect you to our alma mater and get you involved as mentors or financial supporters so that future graduates will continue to reap the benefits of a Peace education. As a former Peace Student, I know what this meant to me, so let’s all give back to the place that gave each of us so much.


Alumni Board ALUMNI BOARD PRESIDENT Rachel Beach Reynolds ‘98 ’00




Values, Versatiliy, Vision Peace continues to evolve into a well-established, vibrant institution of higher learning with staff and faculty committed to preparing students for an increasingly changing and complex world. Additona;lly, we continue to realize significant outcomes for which we can all be proud of, through a collective system of values, versatility and a cohesive strategic vision. Our first-year reading author, Doc Hendley, inspired the student body with his book, Wine-to-Water. We screened the award-winning documentary “Certain Proof: A Question of Worth” in partnership with the New Voices Foundation, Meredith College, Shaw University and NC State University. With a national election taking center-stage, we also led a WPU student group to experience the Democratic National Convention, while our campus learned about each of the two major political parties from local and state political figures. We even collected canned goods for “Cans Across America” , while Gamma Sigma Sigma held a dance-a-thon to benefit the American Cancer Society. The great work being done by our students and faculty you will read about in the following pages are made possible via generous gifts, time and the talents of our alumni, staff and friends. I hope you can make an impact through giving and help us continue to provide opportunities of enrichment for our students and faculty. Join us this spring as we welcome filmmaker Jonathan Dickinson and screen his documentary, “Father Spirit,” student productions of Into the Woods and Stop Kiss and a formal concert by the William Peace University Singers — so inspirational you’ll want to support the outstanding work being done on campus. To make a gift today, visit — It’s a great time to be involved with Peace. So, be sure to “Stay Informed. Stay Involved. And, Stay Connected.”

Photo: Ryan McGuire © 2012



Cast of William Peace Theatre’s third musical production

The student body increased to 791 students for the 2012-13 academic year, nine percent higher than the previous year. With only three months into the recruiting cycle, the university had received more than 10,000 inquiries for its traditional program, compared to 7,900 for all of last year and around 5,000 in previous years. Traditional new student enrollment for spring 2013 was also up, increasing 91%. Justin G Roy, Vice President for Communications and Social Media Marketing, attributes much of the success to better visibility in the Triangle and surrounding region. “Realigning our strategy in advertising and investing more in admissions has made a huge difference,” he said. Roy added that advertising has included an increased presence on social media and websites that prospective college students frequent, radio and newspaper ads, as well as sponsorship of community events such as the Hopscotch Music Festival and Raleigh Winterfest. Admissions counselors have been on the move, visiting more than 26 states this school year to recruit, compared with 15 states the previous school year and just three states the year before that. WPU’s School of Professional Studies also saw a big boom in enrollment, up 242% for fall Session I, and the program is on track to exceed spring enrollment numbers as well. “It’s the accessibility and the affordability that make the program so appealing,” Roy said. “Saturday classes and the ability to do some courses online allow for a lot of flexibility.” Enrollment Vice President Amber Stenbeck said personalized customer service also influences enrollment. “Increased enrollment doen’t happen by chance,” Stenbeck explained. “The entire campus community contributed to our efforts and our enrollment team has been energized by the results.” Roy also thinks the value of a WPU degree and life-changing impact that Peace has on its students accounts for a lot of word of mouth, leading to more inquiries.





By Lynn C. Owens, Ph.D.

“Increasing the number of first-year students who will benefit from a WPU education means they’ll keep telling their friends and family about Peace,” he said. “This year, we’ve already seen an upswing in legacy student inquiries.” While news of increased enrollment is encouraging and even electrifying, the enrollment team won’t be complacent. “Through our strategically designed initiatives, we’ll continue to bring in more bright and eager students,” Stenbeck added. “And, after their four-year WPU experience, we’ll watch them meet their goals for success, knowing we were each a part of their journey.”

Photo: MMI Public Relations © 2012

Enrollment at William Peace University is steadily rising, as is interest from prospective students.

The Office of Engagement and the Office of Communication and Marketing sought to create a thriving arts and events calendar to engage the campus and surrounding community over the span of five years.

“We want make sure that any art, event or speaker that comes in relates to our core mission and our program,” said Julie Ricciardi, Vice President for Engagement and head of WPU’s arts and events committee.

BRINGS THE WORLD William Peace University’s guest speaker series was made possible through The Betty Lou Fletcher Goodmon ’40 Visiting Scholars Fund, The Harkey Living Heritage Fund, support from First Citizens Bank and multiple annual sponsors.

to Community

by Taylor C. Shaw ’12

With performing arts and the addition of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre, the speaker series has a liberal arts focus.


The funding brings the speakers to the Peace campus and provides a unique experience that allows students to learn outside of the classroom. By giving students a different perspective, similar to traveling abroad, faculty can incorporate the same topics of the series in their lesson plan. “If you don’t have funding for these types of things, you don’t have the ability to reach beyond the gates of Peace,” Ricciardi said. Peace’s relationship with the North Carolina Symphony to produce the Manning Chamber Music Concert series, Wake Technical Community College, Wake County Public Schools and other business and organizations shows how important these partnerships are. From non-profits, philanthropy, science, technology or the humanities, WPU’s speaker series reflects all aspects of academics.

“Every piece of [the series] has something to do with what we are trying to accomplish as an institution,” Ricciardi said. Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World was the 2012 summer reading book for first-year students. North Carolina native and 2009 CNN Hero, Doc Hendley, wrote about Water to Wine, an organization that he established to provide clean water to those in need. Hendley’s organization reaches nine different countries and his visit to campus was the first in the speaker series.


“He was absolutely amazing,” sophomore Macy Beaman said. “I loved the seminar. I thought he was an awesome person and speaker.” Certain Proof: A Question of Worth, is an award-winning documentary that explores the lives of three children who have cerebral palsy. The film depicts the challenges families and teachers face to find ways to release the potential of children who cannot speak or use their hands to write. Written, directed and produced in Wake County by Ray and Susan Ellis, the documentary outlines the goal of the New Voices Foundation (NVF). The organization works to improve educational opportunities for children with severe communication and mobility disabilities. The film screening was made possible through a partnership with NVF, students at Shaw University, Meredith College and North Carolina State University along with WPU education students. The Spring semester guest speaker will be Jonathan Dickinson, producer of “Father Spirit.” The film tells of his journey in India as a caregiver of his estranged and terminally ill father. William Peace University’s mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. With a focus on arts at the university, students are engaged and learning through an interdisciplinary approach that introduces new ideas and perspective. “This type of enrichment is priceless,” Ricciardi said. The speaker series is free to the student body, WPU community and the public. For more information on arts and events on campus, or to sponsor an artist or speaker, visit


Photo: MMI Public Relations © 2012

William Peace University takes students, faculty, staff and communities to Africa, India and beyond with its new speaker series.


Carlos Pena ’12

Family. Education. Career. by Lauren E. Gerber

Carlos Pena’s life has been filled with family and a focus on education. Growing up as one of 10 siblings in Rio De Janeiro, he became fluent in four languages and concentrated on industrial electronics and technology in high school before entering college. Pena graduated from the Universidade de Mogi das Cruzes with an associate’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering (ASEET), and then from the Faculdade de Tecnologia de Sorocaba with a degree in production engineering. “I wanted to provide a better life for my wife, Cida, and my three children, Joe, Lais and Daniel,” Pena explained. “I knew I had to move to the United States to do so.” The family relocated to Massachusetts in 1999 and in 2000 Pena began a career with Schneider Electric (SE) as a senior engineer in Advanced Technical Support. With headquarters in France, being fluent in the language paid off and the company relocated the family to Knightdale where it has a major facility. “To improve my business acumen and be able to enroll in graduate school here in the U.S., I realized I needed to complete a bachelor’s degree,” Pena said. “That’s when I found William Peace University’s School of Professional Studies.” In May 2012, Pena graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business and Leadership and became one of the university’s first male alumni. But, the story doesn’t end here. In fact, Pena will soon become the first legacy father at Peace when his daughter, Lais, a transfer student from Johnston Community College, enrolls as a member of the university’s Class of 2015 later this fall.




“My father always spoke highly of WPU and his classroom experiences,” Lais said. “The beautiful campus, small classes and welcoming faculty and staff appealed to me just as it did to him.” Lais was born in São Paulo, Brazil, but attended high school in Massachusetts. After coming to North Carolina, she and her mother began taking classes together at JCC. After earning her associate of arts degree in May, Lais then plans to enroll at WPU as a Psychology major in the traditional day program. “After seeing the hard work and dedication my father put into his own education, I couldn’t be more proud of him,” Lais said. “Ever since attending his graduation from Peace, I knew that coming here I will be more than just a number.”




Photo: Lauren E. Gerber © 2012

As Lais follows in her father’s footsteps, she hopes to complete a B.A. in Psychology and eventually become a guidance counselor. “When I walk the stage at Commencement in 2015, my legacy father will be in the audience smiling back at me,” she added. “Together, we can be proud of the educational experience we share and know that we are just the first of what we hope are many father-daughter legacies to walk the pathways of Peace.”




Taylor Shaw ’12

Dream. Visualize. Become. by Faith Inman ’13

Making the major transition from college to the real world can be one of the toughest challenges a person will come across in their lifetime. Individuals choose to go to college for various reasons, but what sets successful students apart from the rest are their goals. Taylor Leigh Shaw, a 2012 graduate, is someone most people would describe as having been a successful WPU student. That’s because Shaw, the former Peace Times Editor-in-Chief, Resident Assistant, Miss Peace and television news intern, is a textbook example of a goal setter. She is currently working as a reporter for the Triangle Tribune, a community newspaper that targets African-Americans living in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. “I knew since my senior year of high school that I wanted to be a journalist,” she said. “When I began college, I positioned myself to my career goals.” Shaw knew her objectives, learned the industry and had the right mindset when it came to journalism. By joining a professional organization geared towards journalism and participating in programs outside of Peace, she was able to build a solid network that led her to a full-time job as a journalist. Every day provided a new opportunity for her to meet people who are passionate about what they do. In fact, she had the privilege of working with veterans, the first African American graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and mentoring programs for at-risk youth. “I get to provide a platform for these individuals to tell their story,” she explained. Shaw added that all of the hours spent searching and applying for jobs have proven to be rewarding for her and she now understands the battles that journalists face.


mni Ultimately, Shaw said she would like to have a career in television as an international correspondent. She is using benefits that the Triangle Tribune provides, allowing her to develop into the journalist she wants to become.

“I created a website to showcase my work, revamped my LinkedIn page and created a professional Twitter account and Facebook page,” she said. “I wanted to make myself stand out through social media.”




Photo: Lauren E. Gerber © 2012

In addition to Shaw’s professional accomplishments, she is also an engaged alumna, who is active as a panelist for WPU’s Career Connections events, is a new member of the WPU Bulletin advisory board and annually supports her alma mater through gifts made to The Loyalty Fund. She has also been involved in networking and young alumni events. With a passion for writing and video producing, there is no stopping Shaw in her endeavors. To her, it’s all about personal growth and professional development.


“The media industry is constantly evolving to digital outlets,” she said. “I want to evolve with the times. Newspaper readership is slowly decreasing. And as a journalist, you must continue to find new ways to draw an audience.”


Photo: Lauren E. Gerber © 2012

Junior transfer Christian Gray has been part of a lot of firsts at WPU: he was one of the first young men to enroll in the traditional program, is a member of the men’s Pacer basketball team and is one of the first male Resident Assistants. “As a team captain, Christian is developing into a great leader,” Coach Claude Shields said. “He leads by example with his work ethic, both on and off the court, which is a valuable asset as we begin our first year of competition.” A native of Fayetteville, Gray is also leading efforts to establish a new “emerging leaders” program at WPU, utilizing his previous experience as a studentmentor and building on WPU’s history of student scholarship, leadership and commitment to service. “One of the best things about being an R.A. is that people look to you for answers,” Gray said. “The young men in my hall come to me for advice, whether it’s in regard to school, finding a job or their social life.” A Psychology major, Gray credits his mother, Rebecca, with instilling a value system that focused on hard work and the drive to never give up. His relationship with his younger brother, Shamar, also influences his dreams of one day coaching basketball at the collegiate or high school level and wants to work with underprivileged or at-risk children. He also currently runs a summer youth basketball camp and has in the past been a volunteer at East Carolina University’s Building Hope Community Center. “I want to be able to make a difference in a child’s life and give them hope and a positive example they can look up to,” he said. In addition to the serious work Gray is focused on, he also boasts a playful side, often reciting movie phrases in everyday conversation to see if anyone picks up on it, and having a sneakers addiction.




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It’s no secret that Pat Weigant loves her subject matter. A faculty member since 1986, Weigant was “bitten by the Botany bug” in her 20s while traveling in Europe, but also counts Dr. Albert Radford of UNC-Chapel Hill – who was her mentor in college and nicknamed “the god of Botany” – with being a changing force in her life. “He believed in many and varied field trips to experience different habitats,” she explained. “One week-long field trip started in Pennsylvania and ended in Georgia. If travel broadens one’s horizons in general, then biology field trips do the same for appreciating the different ecosystems on Earth.” As associate professor of Biology, Weigant has spent nearly 30 years following Radford’s example in teaching because of how experiential learning affected her. And, with many of her students never having been out of the Piedmont, Weigant tries to provide them with their own life-changing experiences, including three student-faculty trips to the Galapagos. In 2000, after seven years as Chair of the Biology Division and helping develop its four-year degree program, Weigant returned to field work in Colorado. She spent several productive summers studying the rocky meadows called “fell fields.” Photo: Nabeel Jaitapker © 2012

“It was a natural segue from my research on high elevation plant communities in North Carolina to studying high elevation plant communities (tundra) in the Rocky Mountains,” Weigant explained. From her research, she has given several papers on that work, but says she still has more data waiting to be analyzed due to a “side path” into lichenology that was sparked by her Colorado research. She’s also coordinated many international studies trips and curricula over the years. Weigant’s children are now grown with families of their own. Her son, Brian, creates pattern recognition programs that are helping to identify the hidden genes in human DNA, while her daughter, Julia, is a licensed architect. As youngsters, they hiked with their mother as she worked on her dissertation for her Ph.D. “Now, I am happily ‘training’ their toddlers on the little trails in my gardens,” she added.

KATHY S. CORLEY ’02 I ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION As an alumna, Kathy Corley has an immediate connection with her students. She also relates easily to them because of her passion for the courses she teaches. Often referred to as one of the most influential mentors by Peace students, Alumni Board member, Farrah Knab ’11 said, “Mrs. Corley demonstrated passion for Human Resources (HR) every day in the classroom; it was contagious for her students.” Corley is currently an adjunct for WPU, Wake Tech Community College and ECPI. She’s also the Director of Community Services for Raleigh-Wake Society for Human Resources (SHRM), serves on the Collegiate Relations Committee for TSHRM and is the Collegiate Director for the NC State SHRM Council. After working as a V.P. of HR in various companies for more than 25 years, Corley went back to school to obtain a B.A. degree in HR (Peace, 2002, Summa Cum Laude) and an M.B.A. With Highest Honors (Meredith, 2005). Later, she earned the Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) and Global Professional in HR (GPHR) certifications and is particularly interested in global aspects of HR. “I enjoy teaching and know what a challenge it is to balance school, work and a home life having gone through it as an adult,” Corley said. At Peace, she previously taught HR and Business courses and served as the HR degree program coordinator. She was also a Faculty Advisor for the Student SHRM Chapter and coached the team to the number one spot five consecutive years in the North Carolina “HR Games.” In addition, she helped lead four international study abroad trips. “I’m very proud of what Peace students can achieve,” Corley said. “As an educator, I watch them grow into successful professionals and realize the significance of the student-professor relationship.” Corley has also been active as a career mentor and is a Career Services “Alumna of the Month” (Nov. 2012). She has regularly used her extensive business connections to introduce students, provide site visits and invited guest speakers and community mentors to Peace as a way to give back, in addition to supporting The Loyalty Fund. Corley resides in Raleigh with her husband, Garland.

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GEORGETTE LESSLIE I CLASS OF ’15 Georgette Lesslie recently enrolled in the university’s School of Professional Studies (SPS), taking classes online and through its new Saturdays@Peace program. A business systems analyst for the State of North Carolina in the Division of Mental Health, Lesslie wanted to further her education, but also had to be able to balance a full-time job, her family and her career. “It’s a difficult decision to make; knowing you need to get your degree in order to advance in your career, but trying to balance it with your existing life,” Lesslie explained. “The School of Professional Studies offered a way to make it all work.”

Lesslie and her husband, Randall, live in Clayton with their daughters, Mackenzie and Tori, and 19-year-old son, Hunter, who has special needs. As a family, they are also involved with the Special Olympics and their daughters’ gymnastics classes, in spite of a very busy schedule. “I’m so grateful for everyone in my family and their ongoing support of my educational goals,” Lesslie said. “I hope I am demonstrating the importance of higher education to my children.” After graduation, Lesslie wants to seek a PMP certification and an M.B.A.

TONITA HALL FEW I SPS ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR Tonita Few understands what education can do to change a life. She is living proof. An admissions counselor for the School of Professional Studies, Few began her career at Peace nearly nine years ago on the referral of an alumna, serving various roles in the areas of fundraising and student recruitment for the university. But, she has always wanted to do more with her career. “As I looked at where I was, an institution of higher learning, I knew I needed a college degree to further my career, and I knew I had to find a way to do it on my own while continuing to work and raise my son.” It wasn’t easy, but Few enrolled in Strayer University’s North Raleigh campus, taking seated and online classes, and in 2009 completed a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. “It was before WPU had the School of Professional Studies, so, it took nearly five years and a road trip to Charlotte for the graduation ceremony.” It was there, surrounded by family and supportive colleagues, that Few crossed the commencement stage, inspiring her son, Adam, to enroll at Johnson C. Smith University.


Photo: Lauren E. Gerber © 2012


Her journey also inspires those she counsels through her role in SPS. “So many of our students share a similar story to mine,” Few explained. “I understand where they’re at and what they are about to embark upon. Returning to school is a major decision that impacts the rest of their life.” She feels privileged to be a part of her adult students’ journeys, though her own seems like it’s just beginning. Since graduating, Few has ignited her passion for “Spoken Word” or performance poetry as a founding member of SoulXpressions, a Raleigh-based group that supports poets and lyrical artists. A gifted writer, Few has penned her own book of poems and is currently searching for a publishing agent.

Photo: Lauren E. Gerber © 2012

A Raleigh native who has worked 16 years for the State of NC, Lesslie discovered WPU through former high school classmates who received their AA degrees from Peace. She is scheduled graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in May 2015. Afterwards, Lesslie hopes to have more career advancement opportunities with the State.

Atlanta native Josh Frank isn’t one to back away from a challenge. He proved that when he arrived at the university in January 2012 and was faced with a major overhaul to all of WPU’s IT systems. “I knew when I was hired that I would be confronted with an aging network and infrastructure, and my main task would be planning and executing this substantial project,” Frank said. “But it was a venture that I knew would result in essential stability, as well as the capacity to grow as the university does.” By the end of the summer of 2012, Frank had completed one of the most ambitious technology projects he’d ever been a part of. The result was a datacenter with suitable cooling, backup power and space needs; completion of the setup for a storage array and virtual server environments that would host 80% of the campus servers; an entirely re-architected network with security standards and protocols; a reconfiguration of 300 network devices; network replacement in 24 closets across campus totaling 40 switches and 2,000 ports; implementation of a secure wireless network and deployment of 75 access points, thereby replacing all existing units; and a redundant firewall and other security devices. Frank also coordinated with the university’s facilities department on the design and installation of 18 network public safety cameras, 6 door access readers, a Metis alert system and 18 new call boxes on campus, in addition to coordinating the cabling design and construction in the recently renovated and expanded athletic center and in two renovated residence halls. Though he holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Military Institute, he’s not just a techie. He’s also a music and arts lover– an interest that began as a teen when he began working in musical theatre at Galloway School where he was a drummer. Today, Frank still plays and records music and he’s a stage manager for SPARKcon (a program of Visual Art Exchange (VAE), a Raleigh non-profit whose mission is to support emerging artists and connect the community to the arts). He’s also the AV and music coordinator for VAE’s Gala Art auction. Frank and his wife, Annie, live in Raleigh with their daughter, one-year-old Sophie, and in April are expecting a baby girl, Lola.




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Meeting Student Needs for Affordability, Accessibility and Accountability

by Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D. with Lauren E. Gerber


here has been widespread discussion over the economic value of obtaining a degree lately. Even though the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that on average, professionals with a bachelor’s degree earn approximately 65% more per year than those without one. Still, it seems that a week doesn’t go by without a news report, magazine or online article begging the question, “Is it really worth going to college?” While it’s true that recent years have been marked by a lagging economy, such examination has also risen due to other factors such as adults who find themselves in the position of needing a post-secondary degree in order to find employment; traditional students and their parents with increasing expectations due to rising tuition and fees; substantial student loan debt and mounting loan defaults; a changing regulatory environment and decreasing governmental commitment. The convergence of these issues and others, demands institutions such as William Peace University to look at the changing higher education landscape, reevaluate and control costs, and maximize the return on education. Thus, our main focus as educators must be to assist people wanting to earn a college degree so they may significantly improve their employment options, ultimately increase their lifetime earnings and benefit the national economy as a whole. While each circumstance is unique, institutions like Peace have received feedback from students and their families which echoes a national trend spotlighting three areas significantly impacting personal educational decisions: affordability, accessibility and accountability.

Achieving Affordability in Higher Education As tuition at private educational institutions outpaces inflation and the cost of living, student loans now rank just behind mortgages in household debt. College Board Advocacy and Policy Center studies found that the average yearly cost for students enrolled in private four-year colleges and universities in 2012-2013 was $43,298 (including tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies and other expenses). Additionally, 43 states have cut financial aid funding to students and some grants to benefit scholars over the past five years. These defaults during the recession have also caused stiffer regulations, resulting in more difficulty in securing educational loans by incoming, current and even graduate students. So, William Peace University and similar institutions must become more creative and avoid complacency in considering affordability for students and their parents. While other rising educational expenses cannot be as easily controlled, WPU proactively reviews operating expenses to find ways to produce measurable reductions. We found that by eliminating waste and the duplication of services, we are able to pass savings onto our students through lowered tuition and/or freezes. This ideology is one of the most preemptive ways to maintain the price of education. So, how did we do it?

Photo: Ryan McGuire © 2012

William Peace University must become more creative and avoid complacency in considering affordability for students and their parents.



- President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D.


Photo: Ryan McGuire © 2012 JAMES JOYNER ’16 I TRICI’A R. SIMMONS ’16 I JACQUI ROWLEY ’16

Improving Tomorrow’s Students’ Accessibility Today Growth in higher education demands that institutions reach out to students where they are located, rather than requiring students to reside on campuses or take classes in a lecture hall.

For starters, Peace sought ways to decrease day-to-day expenses through environmental approaches. By recycling materials and becoming more energy efficient, our campus soon discovered significant reductions in our utilities bills. But, the green initiative extends beyond recycling. We also saw an increase in savings by installing low-flow showerheads and replacing old toilets with models that use half the amount of water but remain just as efficient. We found inventive ways to be environmentally conscious through the installation of a cistern last fall, which collects rainwater and is projected to supply the campus with 90% of the irrigation water needed to tend to our grasses and vegetation. This holistic review of all components of university operations and services played a large part in allowing the university to reduce its tuition this year. And, similar cost-saving approaches have allowed us to freeze tuition for the upcoming 2013-14 academic year. But, the tuition freeze doesn’t just affect students and parents.


There is a growing understanding that as more colleges and universities realize additional operational economies of scale, the more it will transform into disposable income for graduates. Through tuition savings, we lessen the burden of student loan debt, inevitably producing more alumni able to invest in their communities and also offer philanthropic support to their alma mater. This in turn, leads to a positive impact on the national economy.


Higher learning institutions continue to be creative about controlling costs to make education affordable by demonstrating to students that major steps are being made to hold the line on the cost of education, as well as continuing to show overwhelming evidence that the degrees students earn will increase their revenue in the future.

Convenience has become a key driver in whether or not students decide to enroll in an institute of higher learning over the last few years. With the adult student population skyrocketing, it is critical to understand these students have a much more intricate schedule than the 18- to 24-year-old demographic as we seek to remain relevant in impacting today’s economy. Whether students are raising a child, working more than one job or taking care of an aging parent, they all share a common thread — desperately seeking access to higher education but not wanting to sacrifice the existing work-life balance. Thus, for an economy to flourish, students must have access to higher education that suits their schedule, in addition to being affordable and relevant. And, some of the biggest changes today are technology-based that bring with them new challenges and opportunities for colleges and universities alike. So, educators and administrators must review how they are making courses available for current and prospective students. By having plenty of options in place for study to occur beyond the traditional weekday model, institutions such as WPU can upgrade economic activity by enabling students to learn, graduate and participate in the job market more swiftly. Colleges and universities continue working diligently to develop solutions that meet the needs of today’s students, many of whom are now adult learners. Evening classes have been the first answer, which most have implemented as a way to increase educational opportunities for all student demographics. Many schools now offer an array of courses in the evening that lead to degrees for most, if not all, of the majors offered in traditional daytime programs.

In response, WPU recognized the need to expand the offerings of higher education outside of the weekday and added Saturday mornings and afternoon classes. Our “Saturdays @Peace” schedule leaves students with their weeknights free to study and research, work and/or spend time with their family. Saturday programs also allow for larger blocks of learning at one time and, as a result, can help students complete their degrees faster than the traditional four years, and in turn, contribute more quickly to the overall economic growth. Online courses are another avenue to increase the accessibility of higher education since they appeal greatly to students seeking a self-driven learning experience or those who have variable working schedules, such as jobs with rotating shifts. These courses naturally help in distance learning, particularly for students who want to earn a degree from WPU, but are unable to attend classes on campus. They also allow students to pursue their degrees at the pace they seek, which therefore, can result in the benefit of more educated individuals joining our workforce, sooner. Additionally, partnerships between schools such as the one between William Peace University and Wake Technical Community College prove beneficial for students.

successes at William Peace University. Our enrollment for evening, online and Saturday programs has increased 242% for fall Session I for the 2012-2013 school year, of which some growth can also be attributed to the expanding access to many of our programs.

Accountability: Preparing Students for Tomorrow’s Careers As higher education leaders prioritize scholarship as their primary service, they must also evaluate which programs and activities can be modified or eliminated to continue providing the best educational courses for future graduates. Now more than ever, they must consider accountability and transparency. Colleges and universities must be transparent in their financial information, decision-making and communication with students, since it

for today’s needs is the cultivation of critical thinking, which is essential to opening our minds to new alternatives/options in order to be more effective problem-solvers. Empirical reasoning through math and lab sciences is certainly part of this movement, but there is more that we try to teach in this regard. Right now, there is an emphasis in college classrooms on impressing ethical decisionmaking among students. Courses have students examine the steps they take in making choices and how they communicate their reasoning to others so they better understand the decisionmaking process they will need to use in any professional role. Students must realize that any actions they take professionally can have far-reaching consequences on themselves and their businesses if they fail to consider the

Right now, there is an emphasis in college classrooms on impressing ethical decision-making among students.

helps gain a realistic grasp of the true cost of obtaining a degree, while also understanding the risks and benefits of attending college. Incomplete or inaccurate information can heighten the risk of students making poor financial decisions or academic program choices, ultimately leading to greater student loan debt, or lessening the likelihood of completing a degree program altogether. Therefore, institutions like WPU must guide undergraduates to the best majors in new and emerging markets, while steering them away from (or not offering) majors that hold no value in today’s economy. The Occupational Information Network reports that some of the newest emerging high-paying careers are in industries that require education beyond the high school level, such as solar thermal technicians in green energy companies and user experience designers working in the simulation and game design field.

In our case, certain classes allow students to transfer credits to WPU to obtain a baccalaureate degree, saving them considerable money and time in the process. This increased level of cross-training broadens the educational background and opportunities for participating students — a development that will only enhance the economy.

Colleges and universities are already responding to the needs of these industries and the skills that they require in multiple ways by improving the delivery of academic and financial information, in order to improve the educational decisions of students and their families.

All these approaches have resulted in major

One longtime tradition that has been modified

- President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D. implications and hold themselves responsible for the results. At WPU, we want to help prevent the ethical lapses that can lead and have led to, the downfall of several large organizations. Crucial areas such as communications, where students need guidance for job effectiveness and the need for clarity in speaking and writing in our media-saturated world, has never been more apparent than now. Public speaking courses equip students to better present themselves for whatever career they pursue after graduation. They walk through the processes of everything from argumentative debates to informational sessions, to discover how they can most effectively talk to their co-workers, company leaders and the media. People who master this class have the tools to handle any professional interview or discussion with tact, which naturally allows them better opportunities to win a job or contract, as well as handle any topic under discussion. For writing, WPU now requires students to take multiple years of English composition. While these programs offer courses focusing on various writing styles ranging anywhere from the more creative to nonfiction, the goal is for students to develop an understanding for proper grammar and sentence structure to use in their postgraduate life. Having such skills will


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However, given the rising amount of time people are commuting to and from work, these programs are not as helpful for some as they were in years past. Many students are consistently in motion, going from work during the day, to campus for class at night and then a commute back home for studying. The constant travel, paired with day-to-day challenges, creates a stressful and ultimately a counterproductive environment for studies. These adult learners who have responsibilities beyond school need other options if they are to have time to complete a degree and pursue jobs that will ultimately help our economy grow.


provide students with a competitive edge in obtaining a position or a work contract as compared to those without them. Some courses cover tools that students need for their own financial wellbeing. Debt has been a big problem, even among adults with a college degree, and steps must be taken to prevent it from occurring among the next generation. WPU for instance, has begun requiring all students to pass personal financial management classes to teach key facts and processes for overseeing credit cards, rental agreements, mortgages — everything involved in balancing an income. Students learn the reasons why they need retirement tools, such as a 401(k) plan, as well as how to implement them. This is to help them avoid making mistakes with their money. Along the same lines, many institutes of higher education are also teaching students the professional basics they will need to succeed in whatever career path they choose. In such courses, students create portfolios from their internships to share with employers and learn how to write résumés, practice interviewing and even participate in etiquette dinners. Again, understanding these behaviors will make them stand out. WPU has incorporated all of these approaches (critical thinking,

ethical decision making, public speaking, writing, personal financial management, professional development and more) as part of our general education core curriculum, and we have seen extremely positive results from our efforts at WPU. Our students must participate in an internship prior to graduation and more than 60% of them receive a job offer based on their experience in these internships. And on average, more than 90% of graduates are placed in jobs or further studies within one year of graduation. Such measurable outcomes demonstrate WPU’s commitment to meeting its mission of educating today’s students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. Our students now bring a broad vision of the world to the workplace and insights on how to be self-sufficient and respectful of others. And, we truly prepare them for whatever they may encounter as they pursue their professional occupations.

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E ven as a child, Steve Blankenship had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. One of the first books he read was called The Book of Totally Useless Information. He stood by the belief that “there is always something more one can learn from life,” through adulthood. But sometimes life gets in the way of learning – like it did for him.


A native of Raleigh, Blankenship went straight into the workforce after graduating from Athens Drive High School in 1998. He worked as a master control operator for WRAL-TV in Raleigh, for five years, and later as an inventory control specialist for Wal-Mart, before starting a five-year career as a product manager for the nation’s largest distributor of heavy duty aftermarket parts.

Between enjoying the good fortune of maintaining gainful employment and taking care of his growing family, Blankenship never thought of going to college. It wasn’t until he was laid off that he decided that it was time to advance his education. Though Blankenship had more than 10 years of experience under his belt, landing any job without a minimum of a bachelor’s degree was becoming increasingly difficult. “Every position I researched required nothing less than a bachelor’s degree,” he said.


the ability to understand their needs and find ways to meet those needs is very important,” he said.

He also explained that the School of Professional Studies alleviates some of the pressure for older, working professionals, and their families, by offering students the opportunity to study, learn and attend classes at their own pace.

Blankenship discussed his frustrations with his sister, Stacy, who graduated from Peace in 2008 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Art and Design. She spoke highly of her alma mater and recommended that he look into the university’s School of Professional Studies (SPS).

Blankenship hopes to graduate this May and then work his way toward a Master’s degree in social work.

Apart from its history as an all-women’s college, Blankenship knew very little about WPU. He met with the Dean of SPS and learned that, in 2009, the university had begun offering coeducational evening courses. The evening program adheres to the same seven-week accelerated format used by all SPS courses, which allows students to take classes on Saturday, online or in the evenings to meet their own needs.

Stacy ’08 will be proud to watch her legacy brother receive his degree.

With multiple Saturday sessions available in the B.S. in Business Administration, the B.A. in Psychology and the B.A. in Elementary Education, Blankenship had the opportunity to select a degree that fit his education around his life. He enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program, with a concentration in Clinical Counseling. There, Blankenship learned the skills needed for a career in human or social services and has prepared himself for graduate level counseling licensure programs.

Blankenship’s best memory at WPU was being inducted into Alpha Chi and said, “To be the first male to be inducted into the Psi chapter of Alpha Chi at William Peace University is an achievement that I will cherish and be proud of for the rest of my life.”

“Although negotiating business deals with vendors is not quite the same as working with people with social issues,

“No matter what the odds, they can accomplish anything they put [their] minds to,” he added.

“My ultimate goal is to work in the mental health field with at risk, low-income teens and young adults,” he said.

“I love that he is going to Peace,” she said. “I knew he would get the individualized learning experience that I was privy to and that he needed being an adult learner and returning student. I think that we both feel a loyalty to Peace that will always be there.”

He hopes his accomplishments will be something that his children will embrace and that will encourage them to continue with their own education.



by Jessica Coscia-Ferns ’01



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The center, originally built in 1963, was recently renovated to 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, plus a training room and offices. Additionally, the gym now boasts a new sleek design on the basketball court with a pacer logo and an oversized WPU logo. Students also took advantage of the Intramural Sports Program featuring flag football, dodgeball, air hockey and basketball tournaments this fall.

FALL SEASON RECAP The Pacers Volleyball team finished sixth in its conference after being projected by the USA South Conference for a 10th place finish at best. Head Coach Kevin Daniels said that his team did a great job against some stiff competition this season. “We fought hard in every outing and that’s all a coaching staff can ask for,” he said. “We are looking forward to getting back on the court in March.” Freshman Maddie Irvin destroyed the single season school record of 497 for digs with 566 this past season. Keith Jenkins, the Pacers Soccer team head coach, was encouraged by the strides his team has taken this year even though it recorded two wins this season. Senior Melissa Moran led the team in almost all categories and was tied for first with goals scored. Additionally, the Pacers Tennis team has increased their roster size and Head Coach Kathy Jacobs ’78 is excited about the new talent that has been recruited for the spring. by Nabeel Jaitapker


With winter sports heating up, the Pacers Women’s Basketball team used a tremendous night from the free-throw line to snap a four-game losing streak and pick up their first road win of the season, as they downed the Salem Spirits, 70-61, in a nonconference battle on Dec. 7.


The Men’s basketball team fought hard in their game bringing home a win at the Guilford College Invitational against Johnson & Wales in November. SAMANTHA PENCE ’16

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William Peace University board of trustee members joined President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D. at the re-dedication of the Hermann Athletic Center in October.

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by Nabeel Jaitapker

UNIVERSITY INTRODUCES FIRST E V E R H E A D B A S E B A L L CO AC H Chris Duty understands the importance of finding talent. After all, he once served as an associate scout for the Baltimore Orioles professional baseball team. But, Duty now plans on put his expert skills to use here. He was recently hired as the first ever head baseball coach at William Peace University — responsible for overseeing the recruitment of high school students and junior college baseball players in an effort to develop the first baseball team on campus. “One of the most exciting opportunities you can have as a coach is being able to serve on a college campus and build a team from the ground up,” Duty said. “As baseball is a sport that has encompassed my entire life, I value the opportunity the school has given me to work alongside students.” The Pacers baseball team will compete in the NCAA Division III USA South Athletic Conference.



Duty is a NC State University graduate and resides with his wife, daughter and twin sons in Clayton, N.C.




FEB. 6 – vs. ST. AUGUSTINE’S 2:00 P.M., 4:00 P.M. FEB. 12 – vs. SALEM 2:00 P.M., 4:00 P.M. FEB. 23 – vs. ROANOKE 1:00 P.M., TRIANGLE CLASSIC FEB. 23 – vs. HOOD 3:00 P.M., TRIANGLE CLASSIC FEB. 24 – vs. WILSON 11:00 A.M., TRIANGLE CLASSIC FEB. 24 – vs. MCDANIEL 1:00 P.M., TRIANGLE CLASSIC MAR. 10 – vs. NC WESLEYAN 1:00 P.M., 3:00 P.M. MAR. 13 – vs. COURTLAND ST. 2:00 P.M., 4:00 P.M. MAR. 20 – vs. MEREDITH *THINK PINK GAME 2:00 P.M., 4:00 P.M. MAR. 23 – vs. GREENSBORO 1:00 P.M., 3:00 P.M. MAR. 24 – vs. METHODIST 1:00 P.M., 3:00 P.M. APR. 6 – vs. LAGRANGE 1:00 P.M., 3:00 P.M. APR. 7 – vs. PIEDMONT 1:00 P.M., 3:00 P.M.






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2012 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee

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by Lauren E. Gerber

Peace College alumna Mary Lloyd Hodges Barbera ’85 was inducted into William Peace University’s Athletics Hall of Fame in October for her lifetime participation in and dedication to the sport of tennis. Established in 2001 to recognize and preserve the memory of superior athletic careers of former Peace student-athletes, Hodges Barbera ’85 joins previous Peace College inductees, including former basketball player Fay Jackson Anderson ’54 (2011), late Tennis Team Coach, Ruth Hopkins (2011), Dr. S. David Frazier, President Emeritus (2010) and the 1976-77 Basketball Team (2002). “I was thrilled to be the first tennis player named to the William Peace University Athletics Hall of Fame and to have so many family, friends, colleagues and former classmates there with me,” Hodges Barbera said. “Being recognized for lifetime achievements in the sport I love was a very special moment for me. I will always cherish my Peace memories and the lifetime friends I made while on this campus.” In addition to her immediately family, longtime friends from the classes of 1978, 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1986 were on hand to celebrate, along with former coaches, teachers and sports anchors, like the “semiretired” WRAL-TV sports anchor, Tom Suiter. Presently the director of marketing, membership and special events for the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) of North Carolina, Hodges Barbera joined the Peace Green Giants tennis team in 1983 following four years as a tennis player for Henderson Vance High School in Henderson, N.C., where she attained status as the N.C. High School Athletic Association State singles champion in 1981 and 1982. Recruited by former Peace College President S. David Frazier, Ph.D., and coached by the late Ruth Hopkins, she quickly became Coach Hopkins’ No. 1 singles player and was named an All-American Athlete by the National Junior College Athletic Association for Flight #1 Singles in 1984. After helping the Giants maintain a winning legacy and graduating from Peace with an Associate of Arts degree, Hodges Barbera transferred to NC State University, where she attained a career doubles winning percentage of .737 and lettered in 1986-1987. During that year, she led the Wolfpack women’s tennis team with 16 wins in singles action, including a 6-1 record against Atlantic Coast Conference competition. Hodges Barbera contributed to a 16-3 slate in doubles that included three wins in the ACC tournament. In 1991, she received the North Carolina Junior Tennis Council Award given in honor of John Peddycord for contributions to N.C. Junior Tennis. Eight years later, Hodges Barbera was named a Mary Milam Lifetime Achievement Award winner for outstanding contributions to tennis in North Carolina. In 2008, she earned the Marilyn Sherman Spirit Award for extraordinary spirit in growing the game of tennis in the USTA Southern Section. “Mary Lloyd is a deserving honoree, as her career in tennis has been exemplary, and her accomplishments at this university remain impressive,” President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D. said “We congratulate her on receiving this worthy honor and joining an illustrious list of previous winners.” As an involved and engaged alumna, Hodges Barbera remains a sports enthusiast and an active member of the William Peace University Pacer Club, supporting the women’s tennis team and the athletics program. She remains a dedicated member of her class committee, helping raise funds through gifts made to The Loyalty Fund, the university’s annual fundraising campaign, and as a reunion coordinator. For more information on the Athletics Hall of Fame, or to make a gift in support of Pacer Athletics, visit the WPU Athletics Website at


by Nabeel Jaitapker

ourtney Frye ‘03 ’05 never realized the importance of signing up to be a donor with the Be The Match Registry six years ago.

“The letters looked like junk mail you often receive,” she said. “I just set them aside. But, they were relentless and I got curious.” That curiosity led Frye to realizing that she could help save a little girl’s life. After being tested to ensure she was the right match, Frye donated her bone marrow to help the five-year-old diagnosed with pre-leukemia.




Frye, who received multiple phone calls and letters from the registry operated by the National Marrow Donor Program in August, initially ignored attempts to reach her thinking representatives just wanted to update her biographical information.


“The magnitude of how important this was didn’t hit me until the day of the procedure,” she said. “I was overwhelmed when they applauded in the hospital for what this meant to not just who I was donating to, but other patients who live on because of their donors.”

Frye said that her biggest hope is that the bone marrow transplant will rid the little girl of her pre-leukemia condition.

More than 10,000 patients are diagnosed with diseases such as leukemia every year and their best or only hope of a cure is a transplant from an unrelated donor. As a result, most patients depend on organizations such as NMDP to find a match.

She also added that this whole experience has made her more thankful for her own health and the health of her family, especially her one-year-old son, Davis.

“The procedure was pretty painless and such a small price to pay for someone with such a huge need,” she said. “Don’t be afraid to help.”

“I can’t imagine what it’s like to see your child

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“I want her to go back to being a normal fiveyear-old girl,” she said.

fighting cancer or another life-threatening illness,” she said. “That’s what drove me to doing this. I’d be devastated if it was my child and if a donor couldn’t be found.” Frye hopes that more people learn from her situation and become donors.

by Lauren E. Gerber

Jeutter to be Honored with Ph.D. William Peace University will posthumously recognize the late Jacquelin Quesenbery Jeutter with an honorary Ph.D. presented to her family during the May 2013 Commencement Exercises. A graduate of the Class of 1950 and former Trustee, Jeutter passed away on Feb. 10, 2012. She was an active and engaged alumna, a member of the Board of Trustees (2001-08) and Foundation Board (2009-11), held membership in the prestigious William Peace Society (2000-present) and annually maintained membership in the President’s Circle Society. She and her late husband Jerry along with their family established The Jeutter Family Fund for Unrestricted Endowment and The Jeutter Family Scholarship Fund. Jeutter also held many leadership roles in her church and community, including being one of the first female ordained deacons in the Presbyterian Church, women’s circle and bible study leader, Sunday School teacher, member of Pastoral Nominating Committees, as well as president of school PTA’s, a Girl Scout Leader and Meals on Wheels volunteer. JACQUELIN JEUTTER ’50

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“I thought it was a great idea at the time so I did it,” the Peace alumna said. “I had no idea that it was going to change my life forever.”

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First-year Anthony McCue ’16 of Wake Forest was the first male student elected to the WPU Student Government Association this past fall. S.G.A. President, Jeanna Buck ’13 welcomed McCue ’16 to the group as a member-at-large, as a way to include co-ed input. McCue’s duties include assisting the university’s traditions coordinator and acting as a liaison between the Class Council and Executive Council. Also serving on S.G.A. this year are Dale Stephenson ’13 (V.P.), Rubi Hernandez ’13 (C.F.O.) and Haylee Damato ’13 (S.G.A. Traditions Coordinator). McCue was born in Maryland, relocated to Raleigh when he was 12 and enrolled at WPU as a pre-law major. During his first semester he ran for first-year class president, but lost out to classmate Skylar Noblezada ’16.



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For the past four years, Lynn C. Owens, Ph.D. assistant professor of Communication, has been researching hiring trends in the field of journalism. Dr. Owens and her research partner, Prof. Deb Wenger of the University of Mississippi, have analyzed thousands of job postings from US media companies, noting the skills and attributes sought by employers. “We’ve found that employers are looking for new hires who can do a little bit of everything,” Owens said. “For example, a reporter today is expected to not only know how to write, but to also know how to shoot and edit video, post to the Web and to promote the work through social media.” Owens hopes that the research can help communication educators make curricular decisions that will equip their students with the skills needed to land jobs after graduation. “Peace’s Communication program is definitely in line with what the industry demands,” she said. “Our students get the traditional skill set, along with the multimedia knowledge that will give them an edge.” Owens’ research has been published in a leading peer-reviewed mass communication journal, and as a chapter in a journalism textbook. She presented her most recent findings at the 2012 convention of the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication.

STUDENT DELEGATION FROM QATAR ARRIVES The WPU campus hosted a student delegation of ten female students from Qatar University (QU) in Doha, Qatar, accompanied by two chaperones, Jan. 27 – Feb. 2, 2013. Part of QU’s Off-Campus Educational Opportunities and Student Exchange program, the students, who are natives of the Middle East, attended several classes, toured the downtown ABC11 TV studios, visited ArtSpace, Raleigh-area museums and shopping centers, attended a Wake Tech pastry class and learned about U.S. culture. Two members of the WPU staff were in attendance at all events, providing assistance as the students experienced and learned more about living and working in Wake County. This is the sixth year that the two universities have conducted their student exchange programs, and last year, QU won the International Education Best Practice Award for its student exchange program with WPU.

WPU SENIOR’S RESEARCH PUBLISHED IN SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL AFTER UNCP INTERNSHIP Danica Co ’13 spent part of her summer as a research intern at UNC Pembroke’s (UNCP) Biotechnology Research and Training Center. Working alongside UNCP student, Matt Bowen, and faculty members Len Holmes and Floyd Inman, she researched beneficial nematodes as an insecticide (determining the effect of nematodes [roundworms] as a future potential organic insecticide). Some species of nematodes are beneficial in attacking insect pests, mostly sterilizing or otherwise debilitating their hosts. Together, they spent more than a month growing nematodes in bacteria media, harvesting them, and understanding the symbiotic relationship between the media and nematodes. With organic agricultural usage a primary goal and after harvesting the nematodes, the two tested and verified their effects as a potential insecticide. After receiving conclusive proof, Co and Bowen then sold nematodes to gardeners and farmers at the North Carolina Farmer’s Market. Co hopes that her research will have a positive impact on increasing organic pesticide use in the future, and decreasing the need for chemical pesticides. Co will graduate in May with her B.A. in Liberal Studies and a Concentration in Biology. She is also a current member of the William Peace University Singers, an Admissions Ambassador and Vice President of the University’s Spectrum Club. You can read Co’s article in the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities for the State of North Carolina.

HONOR ROLL OF DONORS NOW AVAILABLE The Office of Engagement published the University’s annual Honor Roll of Donors online for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Visit and click “Alumni” to download a copy from the Gift Planning section.


ESPN chose the William Peace University campus from dozens of other academic institutions as a backdrop for a major commercial shoot in October. Head basketball coaches Tubby Smith, from the University of Minnesota and Ron Hunter from Georgia State University were the talent for the television spot scheduled to be aired during the upcoming NCAA season. WPU students Faith Inman ‘13 and Haylee Damato ‘13 were selected by the Office of Communications and Marketing to be part of the film crew. Both students said they were excited to have the opportunity to gain practical experience outside the classroom. The entire commercial was shot in front of Old Main.

WILLIAM PEACE UNIVERSITY SINGERS INVITED TO NC GOVERNOR’S BALL The William Peace University Singers have been busy performing throughout the academic year, but nothing was more exciting than being asked to sing the National Anthem at the NC Governor’s Ball in January. To book the WPU Singers for your event, contact the Office of Engagement at





INTERNATIONAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES SUMMER STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM TO CUBA The International Studies Department has scheduled an eight-day adventure to Cuba centering on “Cuban Arts: Past and Present – Understanding Cuba through Writing, Religion, Music and Dance”, for July 13-20. Students will be able to take advantage of a rare opportunity to see the land of Hemingway, Castro and the Revolution, while earning two credit hours. For more information, contact Dr. Laura Vick, Ragland Professor of International Studies, at or Joann Clark at

ENGLISH FACULTY AND STUDENTS PRESENT RESEARCH PAPERS Dr. Corinne Andersen, associate professor of English, presented a paper entitled, “Trauma, Absence and Loss: Mexico as Infernal Paradise in Katherine Anne Porter’s ‘The Grave’” as part of the Ellen Glasgow Society Panel at the South Atlantic Modern Languages Association conference in Durham, NC in Nov. 2012. Two of Andersen’s students, Ariel Wortham ’13 and Taylor V. White ’13, recently submitted their own research papers to the National Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in application for presentation at the 2013 conference Archive Photo in April. Both presentations center on Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but in two entirely different ways. Wortham’s presentation examines context and the power of the familiar, as well as the flexibility of the meaning of words. She delves into how the power of the familiar can alter the context of biblical imagery and verses and also provides a glimpse into the main character’s despair over an inability to change her life or the society in which she operates. White’s presentation compares Atwood’s novel to Harriet Ann Jacobs’ work, “Incident in the Life of a Slave Girl,” and argues that Atwood’s work was not as innovative as has been previously argued. Rather, Atwood’s work is simply a gender-modified reemergence of the slave practices of the pre-Civil War South.

POLITICS TAKE CENTER STAGE AT WPU DURING ELECTION YEAR Dr. David McLennan, Professor of Political Science and Communication, found many learning opportunities for his students this year outside of the classroom. He helped revive the College Democrats and College Republicans student organizations and also led a small student group to experience the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, N.C. With the Republican National Convention (RNC) held in Florida and too far to travel, McLennan found the DNC location an opportunity too good to pass up. WPU students spent several days at the event meeting national and local political figures, including former first-daughter Chelsea Clinton. The New York Post also interviewed McLennan’s students about their experience. Additionally, McLennan put together two political panels, offering a “Just the Facts” series with local and state Democratic and Republican leaders. On election night, six WPU students worked at News14 Carolina collecting election returns from around the state, while presidential debate watching parties were held in Belk Dining Hall. North Carolina Lobbyist Paula A. Wolf was also brought in the fall to teach a public policy course and became one of the newest adjunct faculty members. Professor Wolf took her Public Policy students on a field trip to the NC General Assembly where students sat in on a Joint Legislative Emergency Management Oversight Commission, were welcomed by Sen. Andrew Brock, visited Sen. Martin Nesbitt and the Senate Chamber and had a tour of the Legislative Buildings. They also met Rep. Pryor Gibson along the way.




Dr. Vincent Melomo, assistant professor of Anthropology, is working with Thomas Beaman, Anthropology Instructor at Wake Technical Community College, in preparing for the 2013 William Peace University Archaeological Field School. In the past two seasons (2009/2011), the field school has been held at the State Historic Site of Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson in Winnabow, N.C., and they hope to get permission from the State Department of Cultural Resources to work there again this summer. The field school will include approximately 20 students from WPU, Wake Tech and colleges and universities across N.C. and the U.S. The research will continue excavations associated with Fort Anderson in recognition of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The past year has been spent processing the materials recovered in 2011, working on site reports and presenting preliminary findings from the excavations. Dr. Melomo and Beaman co-authored a paper in 2012 titled,”…a pretty good shanty with a chimney:’ The ‘Peace-ful’ Exploration of Civil War Barracks at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site.” They also co-authored a paper with 2011 field school participant and anthropology student at Appalachian State University Daniel Polito, titled, “The Concept and Methodology Behind the 2011 Systematic Metal Detector Survey for Civil War Barracks at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site.” Versions of these papers were presented by Beaman and Polito at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Baltimore, MD; the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference, Virginia Beach, VA; and the Inaugural Southeastern Conference on Historic Sites Archaeology, Charleston, SC. Melomo has also been supervising an independent student research project in fall 2012 related to the archaeological field school. WPU Sophomore, Kiara Cobb, a participant in the 2011 WPU Archaeological Field School, and a class of ’14 double major in history and anthropology, conducted original research on the enslaved population in the Lower Cape Fear region of North Carolina in the 18th century. The project developed out of her internship with the N.C. Office of State Archaeology. Cobb interned under the direction of Assistant State Archaeologist John Mintz, who worked with her in developing her independent research project. Cobb will present her work at the Southern Anthropological Society meetings in March 2013.

Photo: Nabeel Jaitapker © 2012

BRAND ‘ By Justin G. Roy, Vice President for Communications and Marketing Over the past 18 months, we have seen – with much success – the evolution of the William Peace University brand and marketing pieces. We have overhauled strategies for advertising, print materials, digital communication and more. Our marketing collateral focuses on enrollment and audience-based messaging, both verbal and visual, which varies based on the piece. This academic year, the Office of Communications and Marketing will focus on digital strategy and convergence. Like any brand, our digital strategy focuses heavily on the monitoring and measurements of ROI (return on investment) and audience engagement. The department consistently assesses the success of our messages (copy and image), as well as constituent usage and attraction. We monitor page visits, time our visitors spend in specific areas of our website, the rate [and content intentions] of user bounce-backs and referral web sources. This information and reported metrics are used to adjust our strategy to continue to reach target audiences.

University Website: The university website went live in October and boasts several new features that make it easy for anyone to navigate. Site navigation and information adjusts with individual “home pages” depending on which constituent section you choose: prospective student for the day program, prospective student for the school of professional studies, or alumni. We launched our new live chat, a feature that allows visitors to connect with a university representative with their questions. Through the software used, we can see what page on our website a person is chatting from, which allows the appropriate department to respond. Athletics Website: In December, we launched our new athletics website, which also underwent a major rewrite and facelift. The new site provides up to the minute statistics and news, social feeds, page wraps and more interactive forms. Information about each sport, athlete highlights and statistics are also available. And, we added information about our newest sports, men’s baseball and men’s soccer (beginning next year).


Graphic Designer Ryan McGuire, pictured above, shared his talents by designing the new gym floor at the Hermann Athletic Center this past fall. McGuire is also responsible for collaborating with Under Armour Inc., an athletic apparel company, on designing the new athletics uniforms.

Social Media: The university continues to see significant increases in “fans” along with major growth in engagement on social networking sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Our location-based networking sites have seen, in most cases, over 100% growth this year, as we continue to work with the folks at Foursquare as an early adopter of their university program. In addition to our growth in branding and messaging, we recently welcomed Carrie Draper as an administrative assistant. Draper, Communications Specialist Nabeel Jaitapker, Graphic Designer Ryan McGuire, Sports Information Coordinator Brian Joura and I look forward to continuing our efforts as we move forward in the New Year.












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Update us at: Photo submitted by L. Ward Seynhaeve

wedding bells

WEDDING BELLS ARE RINGING Mitzi (Liz) E. Bondurant ‘89 married John Mattox on Aug. 11, 2012.

Katie Hartline ‘90 married Larry T. Gay, Jr. in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on Sept. 8, 2012. Katie moved from Charlotte, NC to Florence, SC where Larry co-owns ICE Recycling, LLC. She reports that she has married her first love. They met at Ocean Isle. Leigh Ann Hunter ‘91 married Michael Metts on Apr. 7, 2012. Jenny Lynn Beaver ‘98 married Kirk deViere on Nov. 10, 2012. Bridgette Barker ‘98 ‘00 married German Alberto Higuero on Apr. 21, 2012. Allison N. Leggett ‘01 married Ryan Woolard on Sept. 15, 2012. Emily Anne Atkins ‘03 ‘05 married Matthew Stuart Carr on Oct. 20, 2012. Sannia P. Delphonce ‘05 married Searcy Howard in Dinwiddie Chapel on Sept. 1, 2012. Lindsey R. Ward ‘03 ‘05 married Guillaume Paul Seynhaeve in Annapolis, MD on July 14, 2012. Molly Gaskins Wheatly ‘06 married Mickey James (MJ) Marsh on Sept. 7, 2012. Jennifer Ann Revell Aleksa ‘07 is engaged to wed Frank Haren in Dinwiddie Chapel on Aug. 3, 2013. Avera Elizabeth Acai ‘08 married David Yeatts Joyce on July 21, 2012. Lauren M. Seeger ‘09 is engaged to be married to Alan Hinnant. An Oct. 2013 wedding is planned in Dinwiddie Chapel. Ayla Megan King ‘10 is engaged to be married to Gene Smilek. An Apr. 2013 wedding is planned in Dinwiddie Chapel. Tiffany D. DeLeone ‘10 married SGT Michael Parker on Jan. 25, 2012. Ashley Elizabeth Dellinger ‘10 married Brian Wenger on July 16, 2011. Amanda Leigh Hammer ‘11 married Jerrod George on Apr. 28, 2012. Allison D. Gilmore ‘11 married Adam Hildenbrandt on Aug. 20, 2011. Leslye Valentin ‘11 married Jeff Park on July 15, 2012. Erika Marie Shingleton ‘11 married Douglas Kyle Whitley on Sept. 29, 2012. Kelsey Beth Johnson ‘12 married Matt Lowe on July 7, 2012. Jessica Lytle ‘13 became engaged to McHale Crew in Nov. 2012.

baby boom


Josephine Beatty Chadwick ‘43 announced the birth of her great-grandson, Davis Chadwick Cherry, on Oct. 18, 2012. Congratulations to proud grandparents Beth Chadwick Cherry ‘72 and her husband, Bob. Temple Hunter Creech ‘94 and her husband, William, welcomed a baby boy, Charles Worley Creech, on Mar. 7, 2012.

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Leslie Rand-Pickett ‘95 and her husband, Nathan, welcomed a son, Walker James Pickett, Nov. 27, 2012. Allison Siler Capps ‘98 ‘00 and her husband, Jason, welcomed a son, Luke Siler Capps on Dec. 1, 2012. Julie Lister Hicks ’98 ’00 and her husband, Greg, welcomed their second child, a son, Andrew Gregory Hicks, on July 11, 2010. He joins big sister, Emma Grace Hicks. Pamela Corbett Bailey ‘03 and her husband, Gray, welcomed a son, Mack Gray Bailey, on May 15, 2012. Jennifer Shephard Swanner ‘03 and her husband, Matt, welcomed their third daughter, Catherine Ree Swanner, on Oct. 26, 2011. Jennifer Hull-Rogers ‘04 and her husband, Jason, welcomed a daughter, Amelia Jane Rogers, on Sept. 7, 2012, and joins big brother, Jackson, who is three. Jenny Miller King ‘04 and her husband, John, welcomed a daughter, Sophie Grace, on May 21, 2012. Ashley Robertson Sisk ‘02 ‘04 and her husband, Jeremy, welcomed a daughter, Felicity Morgan Sisk, on June 29, 2012. Stacie John Hebner ‘05 and her husband, Paul, welcomed a daughter, Elayna Charlotte Hebner, on May 17, 2012. She joins older siblings, Olivia Grace, 6; Caleb Nathaniel, 5; and Isaiah Christian, 3. Ashley Ward Lee ‘04 ’06 and her husband, Joo, welcomed a daughter, Rebecca H-Eun Lee, on July 19, 2012. Sarah Bass Emmert ‘09 and her husband, John, welcomed twin boys, Liam and Jack, in Dec. 2012. Jennifer Novatt Luce ‘10 and her husband, Lenny, welcomed a son, Travis Leonard Luce, on Dec. 2, 2010.

career moves


Ellna Wilson Silver ‘71 is the Volunteer Coordinator for Tidelands Community Hospice in Georgetown, SC. Kay Robertson Lindsay ‘74 is a teacher with the Wake County Public School District. Marsha Wrenn Snyder ‘74 is the owner of Mews Floral Designers and is an exclusive wedding and reception florist. Recently, she has worked on several weddings at William Peace University. You can visit her online at Margaret Taylor Robison ‘77 was recognized as a Woman of Achievement by the YWCA Lower Cape Fear with an Education Award during their 27th annual event held in May 2012. Lynn Davis Minges ‘80 was named President and C.E.O. for the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA). She formerly served as the Assistant Secretary for Tourism, Marketing & Global Branding for the N.C. Department of Commerce. Mary Lloyd Hodges Barbera ‘85 was inducted into William Peace University’s Athletic Hall of Fame in October. Susan Louisa Peacock, R.N., ‘88 was recognized by Wayne Memorial Hospital for 17 years of service. After graduating from Peace, she attended East Carolina University. Today, she is a clinical educator in the intensive care unit.


Temple Hunter Creech ‘94 completed a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Barton College on Aug. 10, 2012.


Dr. Venera G. Ishmuratova ‘97 is the Finance Director for Waterway Finance, LTD. Brittainy Brown Schwartz ‘97 accepted a position as a Project Manager with the Health IT Services Group in Durham, NC. Allison Wickham Simmons ‘98 is the Personnel Director for Camp Seafarer in Arapahoe, N.C. She previously served as the PR Director for the YMCA of the Triangle.

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Tammy Tillotson’s ‘98 book Lady Fingers was recently published by Finishing Line Press. Tammy lives in rural Virginia with her husband and two boys. Her poems have appeared in Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse (Moonrise Press, 2010), Flashlight Memories (Silver Boomer Books, 2011), the Poet’s Domain, Sweetbay Review, Tidal Basin Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly and Scream online. This year, Tammy will also publish Becoming: What Makes a Woman through the Nebraska University Gender Programs. Tammy is a member of the Poetry Society of Virginia and the Writers Studio in South Boston. She holds an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Hollins University. Allison Siler Capps ‘98 ‘00 was named the Office of Career Services Alumna of the Month for May 2012. Abby Gallimore ‘98 ‘00 is Head Coach for the Mount Airy Girls Basketball Team. She is a former Pacer Basketball Team member. Julie Lister Hicks ’98 ’00 accepted a position in March with Duke University’s School of Medicine as the Lead Grant Manager for Duke Surgery Central Administration. Kathy Schwartz Corley ‘02, Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor, was named Career Services Alumna of the Month for Nov. 2012. Emily “Fortune” Feimster ‘00 ‘02, comedian and writer on the Chelsea Lately Show is set to write and star in an ABC comedy called “Discounted,” which will be executive produced by Handler. The show is billed as a half-hour comedy written, produced and starring Fortune, and revolves around half-sisters “Julie” and “Missy” who are “desperately trying to keep their Charlotte, N.C., furniture store afloat,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Christian Sineath ‘02 ‘04 received rave reviews for her performance at the DiCapo Opera Theatre in New York City as Rosabella in their production of Frank Loesser’s “The Most Happy Fella.” Julie Gay DiPresso ‘05 was promoted to Regional Support Manager at Strayer University in May 2012. Melissa R. Pannell ‘05 relocated to Hawaii a year after graduation and was offered an amazing job opportunity as a Training and Development Manager for the Pacific Area with DTAG, Inc. and is responsible for more than 500 employees. Elizabeth A. Rowland ‘05 has relocated back to the Triangle and has accepted a position at The Body Shop USA in Wake Forest as a Replenishment Analyst for Non-Retail. Lindsey Ward Seynhaeve ‘03 ‘05 is a teacher at Benjamin Banneker Middle School in Burtonsville, MD. Courtney A. Burns ‘05 ‘07 accepted a position as a Research Associate with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through the GEAR UP North Carolina project (“Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs”), which is a national college access initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Photo: Nabeel Jaitapker © 2013

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Charles S. Duncan, Ph.D., Professor of English, and Teresa L. Holder, Ph.D., CPLP, Professor of Communication, have been named associate deans for Academic Affairs at William Peace University.

Leah Catherine Daniel ‘07, MBA, PHR, was named as Deputy Finance Director for the North Carolina State Caucus of the NC Republican Party. Princess Robinson ‘07 accepted a new position as a Program Director in Child & Adolescent Day Treatment at One Care Behavioral Health Services in Wake Forest, NC in May 2012. Erin Cashwell Timmermans ‘07 was selected as the WPU Career Services alumna of the month in Sept. 2012. Cyndi R. Mandese ‘09 completed her Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Reading and Literacy in July 2011 and accepted a position as a pre-school teacher (3-year-old classroom) with New Hope Church in Durham. Cindy will work in her classroom Sept. - May. Dallas B. Thompson ‘09 accepted a position as the director of operations for the A.J. Fletcher Foundation in June. Lauren E. Rouse ‘10 accepted a position as a Recruiting Research Representative for ClinForce in RTP during the summer. Mary Caitlin Smith ‘10 accepted a new position as HR Coordinator at Epic Games in July. Emma V. Weavil ‘10 graduated from Physician Assistant School at Methodist University in Dec. Elaina Bright ‘11 was recipient of a Young Careerist Achievement Award from the Business Professional Women’s Federation, Raleigh Chapter, after competing in the Young Careerist Competition on March 27, 2011 at Brier Creek Country Club. She accepted a position as an Admissions Officer at Strayer University and began working at their Morrisville location in June 2012. Melissa S. Cheek ‘11 took a permanent position as an Interview Specialist and HR Administrator for Headway Corporation. Shekinah G. Clark ‘11 accepted a position as a Youth Program Educational Assistant for the state of North Carolina at the Whitaker Psychiatric Treatment Facility in Butner. Sierra E. Clarke ‘11 accepted a position as the Raleigh Manager of Wine and Design, owned by Peace alumna Harriet Edwards Mills ‘03. Carissa Dalton ‘11 accepted a position as a Screening Technologist with Lab Corps. Kasaundra Felder ‘11 accepted a position as a Senior Shared Services Coordinator at the Lord Corporation in Cary, NC. Amanda Hammer George ‘11 became a Talent Representative for Kforce Employment Agencey last Nov. Allison Gilmore Hildenbrandt ‘11 was promoted in October 2012 to Administrative Coordinator/Assistant Buyer at Capital Run Walk in Cameron Village in Raleigh. Megan E. Hoffner ‘11 accepted a position as an Administrative Assistant in the HR Department at UNC-Chapel Hill in July 2012. Melissa M. Holt ‘11 became a Documentation Coordinator for GENEX Services. Mary Kathryn Willis Kimray ‘11 accepted a position as a Patient Account Representative at Wake Medical Center in Morrisville, NC. Kelliann Miranda-Baltimore ‘11 was accepted to the Univ. of North Dakota in the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Program. Katie M. Reaves ‘11 was hired as Customer Care Specialist for Dakno Marketing in Raleigh. Brittany Tryon ‘11 was recently named resident director for William Peace University. Jessica E. Ward ‘11 accepted a position as the Director of Programs and Services for the NC Licensed Child Care Association. Hannah E. Aldrich ‘12 accepted a position as a Customer Service Assistant with International Society of Automation thanks to fellow alumna, Rachel Beach Reynolds ‘98 ‘00 and her company Nextaff.


Caroline M. Bobbie ‘12 is the Social Media Director for CareConscious, LLC.


Martha C. Davis ‘12 was accepted to Western Carolina University into the Master of Arts Program in Experimental Psychology. Felicia A. Hilton ‘12 accepted a position as a Sales Consultant for Swarovski Crystal in June.

Class Notes Photo: Lauren E. Gerber © 2012


Taylor C. Shaw ‘12 accepted a position as a Multimedia Reporter for “The Triangle Tribune,” a weekly African-American newspaper that covers Durham, Raleigh, Cary and Chapel Hill last summer. She was also named to the WPU Bulletin’s Advisory Board for 2012-13.

Leigh Wallace Hines ‘12 accepted a position as a Technical Recruiter for The Select Group in Raleigh, NC and began her position in July. Kelsey Johnson Lowe ‘12 accepted a position as a first grade teacher at S.P. Morton Elementary School in Franklin, VA. Tiffany Noble ‘12 accepted a position as an Account Manager for Dunnwell LLC in Durham, NC. Elizabeth C. Ross ‘12 was accepted to the Ph.D. Program in Sociology with a concentration in crime, deviance and inequality of race, gender and class at NC State University. Tatum Townsend ‘12 was accepted to East Carolina University and UNC-Charlotte to their Masters in Social Work programs. Patty J. Young ‘12 became the Marketing Director for Prosperity Capital Group in Raleigh, NC.

classmate updates


Congratulations to Vickie Biggerstaff Rudisill ‘69 on her daughter’s marriage, Mitzi (Liz) E. Bondurant ‘89 to John Mattox, on Aug. 11, 2012. Deborah Mears Robertson ‘72 welcomed a granddaughter, Felicity Morgan Sisk, on June 29, 2012, who was born to Debora’s legacy daughter, Ashley Robertson Sisk ‘02 ‘04 and Ashley’s husband, Jeremy. Congratulations to Jackie Welch Marsh ‘74 and her husband, Mickey, on the marriage of their son, Mickey James (M.J.) Marsh, to Peace College alumna, Molly Gaskins Wheatly ‘06, on Sept. 7, 2012. Nonnie Peace Dillehay ‘76 and her husband, Barry, are delighted to be living back in the U.S. after living overseas for 16 years.

Heather McKinney Daughtridge ‘94 recently published her first novel, Southern Discomfort. The book is available online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You can also learn more about Heather at Former Peace Pacer Softball player, Ashley Stansbury ’11, had her jersey retired (#21) at the WPU Athletic Banquet on Apr. 24, 2012.


Lynn Lawing Thomas ’79 (Shelby, NC) and members of the class of 1979 held a reunion in Ocean Isle Oct.11-14. Reunion attendees included: Carol Hendrix Rose ’79 (Shelby, NC), Linda Lafferty Justice ’79 (Jacksonville, NC), Mary Sykes Erdmann ’79 (Greenville, NC), Debbie Johnson Holterhaus ’79 (Grandy, NC), Nancy Tucker Brown ’79 (Wilson, NC), Kathy Reynolds Ross ’79 (Cary, NC), Pennie Gibson ’79, Martha Leroux ’79 (Ecuador), Lindsey Nelson Stewart ’79 and Julie Masencup Davidson ’78 (Rustleburg, VA).


in sympathy


Amelia Farrior Thompson ‘38 on the death of her legacy sister Dr. Louise Hussey Farrior on Oct. 5, 2012. Rosa Winborne Tucker ‘43 on the death of her legacy sister, Elizabeth Winborne Woltz ‘38, on July 13, 2012. Annie Edwards Sutton ‘48 on the death of her legacy sister, Nancy Sutton Collier ‘39, on July 13, 2012. Jeannine Copeland Dollar ‘49 on the death of her legacy sister, Barbara Copeland Horton ‘52, on Mar. 27, 2011. Lane Aberly Mitterling ‘58 on the death of her legacy aunt, Elizabeth (Betty) Howell Aberly ‘45, on June 11, 2012. Kaye Calhoun Hale ‘61 on the death of her husband, Dr. Leslie Morgan Hale, Jr., on Sept. 26, 2012. Irene Scarborough Brinkley ‘66 on the death of her legacy mother, Irene Barron Scarborough ‘38, on Oct. 14, 2012. Barbara Hoffman Curtis ‘66 on the death of her mother, Carolyn Hutaff Hoffman, on Oct. 6, 2012. Sara D. Scarborough ‘68 on the death of her legacy mother, Irene Barron Scarborough ‘38, on Oct. 14, 2012. Judy Purvis Williams ‘68, on the death of her father, Dr. P.C. Purvis, on Apr. 20, 2012. Elizabeth Woltz Shook ‘69 on the death of her legacy cousin, Elizabeth Winborne Woltz ‘38, on July 13, 2012. Jane Moore Beeding ‘71 on the death of her father, Samuel G. Moore, on May 28, 2012. Winnie White Bolton ’71 on the death of her husband, Michael G. Bolton, on Apr. 23,2012. Beth Chadwick Cherry ‘72 on the death of her mother-in-law, Lena Ozell Davis Cherry, on Oct. 18, 2012. Diane Ludlum Swindell ‘72 on the death of her mother, Frances S. Ludlum, on Nov. 25, 2012. Sue Donathan White ‘72 on the death of her husband, Dr. Timothy E. Davis, on Oct. 26, 2012. Kem Foster McAllister ‘75 on the death of her father, H. Kemp Foster, Jr., on Apr. 15, 2012. Julie Sutton Claywell ‘77 on the death of her legacy aunt, Nancy Sutton Collier ‘39, on July 13, 2013. Lydia Bray Hines ‘77 on the death of her mother, Mary Wallace Bray, on May 31, 2012. LeeAnne Boone Bolton ‘78 on the death of her brother-in-law, Michael G. Bolton, on Apr. 23, 2012. Edythe Lyon Foster ‘78 on the death of her father, H. Kemp Foster, Jr., on Apr. 15, 2012. Janet Bender Purvis ‘79 on the death of her father-in-law, Dr. P.C. Purvis, on Apr. 20, 2012. Lynn Lawing Thomas ‘79 on the death of her father-in-law, Robert E. (Bob) Thomas, Sr., of Hickory, NC, who passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 22, 2012.


Carmen L. Greene ‘80 on the death of her mother, Elizabeth S. (Libby) Greene, on May 13, 2012.


Angela Horton Joyner ‘80, on the death of her legacy mother, Barbara Copeland Horton ‘52, on Mar. 27, 2011, and her father, Ernest Jackson Horton, on Dec. 9, 2011.

Class Notes


Melody Morgan Morton ‘80 on the death of her mother-in-law, Ruby Wall Morton ‘49. Betsy Covington Yohn ‘81 on the death of her mother, Doris White “Dott” Covington, on June 15, 2012. Cindy Creech Parrish ‘82 on the death of her legacy mother, Ione Jones Creech ‘58, on July 1, 2012. Lynn Parker Bolton ‘84 on the death of her brother-in-law, Michael G. Bolton, on Apr. 23, 2012. Karen D. Copeland ‘87 on the death of her legacy aunt, Barbara Copeland Horton ‘52, on Mar. 27, 2011. Mary Joe Creech ‘90 on the death of her legacy mother, Ione Jones Creech ‘58, on July 1, 2012. Malle Kathleen Manning ‘92, on the death of her father Dr. Charles H. Manning, on Sept. 22, 2012. Claudia A. Brown ‘95 ‘97 on the death of her father, Bernard Andrew “Andy” Brown, D.D.S., on Oct. 14, 2011. Dr. Venera G. Ishmuratova ‘97 on the death of her husband, Dima. CIndy Brown Spear ‘98 ‘00 on the death of her father, Bernard Andrew “Andy” Brown, D.D.S., on Oct. 14, 2011. Rhiannon (Nonnie) M. Ratliff ‘01 on the death of her mother, Judy McMullen Fussell, on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. Anna Thomas Heath ‘05 on the death of her legacy grandmother, Anna Green Ligon ‘33, on June 15, 2012. Anna Karin Green ‘06 on the death of her legacy aunt, Anna Green Ligon ‘33, on June 15, 2012. Martha C. Davis ‘12 on the loss of her mother, Wilma S. Davis, on May 8, 2012. Leigh Wallace Hines ‘12 on the death of her grandmother, Mary Wallace Bray, on May 31, 2012.

Photo: Lindsey Ward Seynhaeve © 2012

ERR ORS & OMISSIONS William Peace University makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of its reporting and announcements. In the Summer 2012 issue of The Bulletin, we incorrectly listed Paulette Morrison’s (‘04) fiancé’s name. Her husband, whom she married in December, is Paul Plank. We regret the error.


Lindsey R. Ward ’03 ’05, third from left, married Guillaume Paul Seynhaeve on July 14th, 2012 in Annapolis, MD. The couple met five years earlier at Will and Allison Andrews Goodson ‘01 ‘05 where Lindsey and Guillaume were both in the wedding party. Allison and Will returned the favor and were in Lindsey’s wedding party. Several Peace alumni attended the event: Terrell Williamson Kennedy ’05, Riley Nowell Weeks’06, Emily Ballard ’06, Elizabeth Hollingsworth ’04 ’06, Rebekah Hancock ’03 ’06, Quinn Etheridge ’03 ’06, Allison Andrews Goodson ’03 ’05, and Cathryn Caldwell ’03.


Obituaries Fall I Winter 2012-13 Lura Cowles Self Tally

Former State Senator Lura Cowles Self Tally ‘40 passed away on Aug. 28, 2012. The second of five children, Mrs. Tally grew up in Raleigh and graduated from Needham Broughton High School, Peace College and Duke University. Much of her life involved civic service and political activities. She was active in The Women’s Club, The N.C. Historical Society, Hay Street Methodist Church and many causes and organizations benefitting public education, the arts and the less fortunate in Cumberland County. She and her late husband, Joseph O. Tally, Jr., who was mayor of Fayetteville (1949-53), were known throughout the region for their support of civil rights in troubled times. In 1972, Mrs. Tally ran successfully for the N.C. House of Representatives, and served 22 years (11 terms) in that chamber and in the N.C. Senate, retiring in 1994 as the longest-serving female legislator in state history to that time. During her tenure, she established the Women’s Caucus and was on the forefront of environmental issues. She was also known for leadership roles in education and human rights, and continued to work after her retirement on the causes she would still urge others to fight for. Both Mrs. Tally and her legacy sister, the late Eleanor Self Tally ’43, were Peace graduates. During Sen. Tally’s second year at Peace, she led the very first student delegation to the State Legislature, foreshadowing her future in politics. In 1962, Mrs. Tally was awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award by Peace. She served her alma mater from 1978-84 as a member of Peace’s Board of Visitors and was also a member of The Heritage Society.

Edward Brandt Hipp, Sr.

Longtime friend and Trustee Edward Brandt Hipp, Sr. passed away on Nov. 11, 2012. A native of Greensboro, Mr. Hipp was an Eagle Scout, Golden Gloves champion and varsity athlete in several sports. After graduating from Davidson College, he was recruited by the NFL to play for the Philadelphia Eagles, but instead chose to volunteer for service in WWII where he was a Captain in the US Army. He fought in the Battle of Hurtgen Forest and received the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. While in an Army hospital, Mr. Hipp met his wife; he and Dorothy Duff were married for 62 years, until her death in 2008. After graduating from law school from UNC-Chapel Hill, Mr. Hipp began a 40-year career as a Raleigh attorney. He served on the N.C. Utilities Commission and was the Federal panel that oversaw the breakup of AT&T’s monopoly over the telecom industry before retiring in 1989. Mr. Hipp was also a former member of the Board of Editors for the NC Law Review and had been a NC Revisor of Statues. He authored the Preliminary Report Counsel, State of North Carolina, General Statues Commission Utilities Law Study, 1962, and was editor for North Carolina Uniform Commercial Code Study, 1965. A dedicated member of the First Presbyterian Church of Raleigh and Vanguard Class, Hipp served as a deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher. While serving on the Peace College Board of Trustees (BOT) from 1963 to 1973, under his guidance the school fought to maintain its campus in Raleigh. His successful litigation – and the commitment of others in the First Presbyterian Church of Raleigh – ensured the very existence of the institution. In 2002, Mr. Hipp was recognized with the William Peace Medallion for his dedicated service. Mr. Hipp also served Peace as a member of the BOT from 1979-88 and the Foundation Board, 2000-09.

Mabel Johnson Dorsey

Class of 1937 alumna, Mabel Johnson Dorsey, passed away on Dec. 25, 2012 with her legacy daughters, Miriam ’64 and Sarah ’67 by her side. Long passionate about her alma mater and a natural leader, Dorsey served on the Board of Visitors (1997-2003) and the Alumnae Association (1991-1993) and then received the Distinguished Service Award in 1998. As a young woman, Dorsey entered Peace Junior College in 1936; that same year, she helped her Uncle Colon Johnson spearhead the election of Chatham County native, Wilkins P. Horton, to become Lt. Governor. After graduating with her one-year commercial degree and sadly widowed just four years later, Dorsey persevered in raising her two young daughters alone, while also working full time. She became the first secretary to a First Lady when she went to work for Mary Scott, wife of former NC Governor Kerr Scott and later worked as a legal secretary. As Executive Director for Raleigh Sales and Marketing, she also filled a similar role at Capital Area Manufactured Housing. She held several other leadership roles within her community, including the Woman’s Club, the PTA and her local garden club, and she was a charter member of the Wake County Democratic Women and Chair of the Raleigh Human Resources and Human Relations Advisory Committee. In 2009, she was inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame.

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In Memory of… Peace Alumni Who Have Passed Before Us Ethel Coleman Dessaint ’35 І Nov. 3 Mabel Johnson Dorsey ’37 І Dec. 25 Rebecca Williams Hobgood ’37 І July 2 Irene Barron Scarborough ’38 І Oct. 14 Elizabeth Winborne Woltz ’38 І July 13 Nancy Sutton Collier ’39 І July 13 Mary “Slater” Mund McLean ’40 І July 19 Lura Self Tally ’40 І Aug. 28 Winifred Rose Shepard ’42 І Oct. 25 Doris Theodore Johnson ’44 І July 26 Cornelia Grissom McLeod ’44 І Dec. 24 Louise Alston Lemay ’44 І Mar. 22 Ann McRae Wooten Williamson ’46 І Oct. 30 Florine Strickland Winbon ’46 І Nov. 1 Hannah McCotter Cowell ’47 І Dec. 9 Ruby Wall Morton ’49 І July 26 Ione Jones Creech ’58 І July 1 Judith Patterson Sorrell ’61 І Aug. 23 Anna Beddingfield Stone ’61 І Dec. 22 Nancy Hazelton ’63 І Mar. 20 Patricia Cecil Hepler ’64 І May 13 Anna Maria Adams Aldredge ’67 І Apr. 10 Florence Brown Lee ’71 І Aug. 20 Sylvia Currin Holloman ’72 І Oct. 26 Jamie Keeter Reid ’82 І Sept. 17

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William Peace Theatre presents Raleigh’s Village Idiots


M AY 1

Sr. Student Athlete Dinner

Easter Egg Roll & Spring Fling


Senior Soiree


William Peace University Singers Spring Concert

10 Baccalaureate


Admissions Open House

11 Commencement

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William Peace University Bulletin, Winter 2013