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William Peace Theatre Circle Mirror Transformation


Jackie Ammons Memorial Basketball Tournament


WPU Student-Alumni Travel Christmas at Biltmore


New Voices Documentary Certain Proof: A Question of Worth



William Peace Theatre Broadway Comes to Peace


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Athletic Hall of Fame


Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour


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Athletics Spurs Enrollment, Renovations


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4 I ATHLETICS HAS BIG IMPACT ON ENROLLMENT University has seen more than 85% increase in deposits

5 I DISGRACED An ethics lesson from America’s most crooked lobbyist

6 I ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT Leigh Umstead Cortesis ’83

7 I THE PEACE ADVANTAGE Student internships mean future success

8 I PEOPLE OF PEACE Get to know current students, faculty and staff

12 I SHARING THE SPOTLIGHT Athletics spurs enrollment, renovations

17 I IN THE WORKS Campus renovations of Hermann and Belk

18 I UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES 140 th COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES Confers three honorary doctorate degrees

20 I NEWS BRIEFS From around campus

24 I THE SPIRIT OF GIVING INCREASES AS ENROLLMENT RISES Major gifts received this year by the university

26 I CLASS NOTES Catch up on the latest news from your classmates

Alumni and friends who have passed

Outside/Inside cover photo: Ryan McGuire © 2012

President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D. Publication Manager and Editor Lauren E. Gerber, Director of Communications & Outreach

Advisory Board Members (2011-12) Jessica Coscia-Ferns ’01, Reporter, FoxNews Latino Carolyn Hollis Dickens ’72, Program Director, Motheread Lynn C. Owens, Ph.D., WPU Asst. Professor of Communication Kevin Daniels, Assistant Athletics Director

Graphic Design Ryan McGuire, Graphic Designer

Copy Editor Nabeel Jaitapker, Communications Specialist

Print Publication Management The National Group, Lafayette, IN Photography Lauren E. Gerber Nabeel Jaitapker Ryan McGuire





Cast of William Peace Theatre’s first musical theatre production

From the moment I saw the drafts for this issue of the Bulletin, my excitement surrounding Pacer Athletics tripled. And, I was reminded of what journalist Susan Casey said: “Sports remain a great metaphor for life’s more difficult lessons. It was through athletics that many of us first came to understand that fear can be tamed; that on a team the whole is more than the sum of its parts; and that the ability to be heroic lies, to a surprising degree, within.” Nothing could be truer for our student athletes. They live and breathe this reality every day and I am delighted at the opportunities on the horizon for them because of our investment in the athletic program and its facilities. NCAA Division III athletics affords student athletes the primary opportunity to focus on academics first, learning leadership, team work and other life lessons through their involvement in sports. Success is our mission. And, the prowess of Peace academics and our athletic program will continue to grow because of the strength of informed, involved and connected patrons and leaders like Alumni Board President Rae Marie Hall Czuhai ’85. Rae Marie’s commitment to her alma mater these past two years has been remarkable during challenging times for higher education and Peace. She will be greatly missed for her dedication, her focus on students and her wonderful optimism.


PRESIDENT Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D.

The Board of Trustees, our students, faculty, staff and alumni thank her for her tireless dedication.

As we prepared to welcome the newest Peace graduates as alumni at May Commencement, I was reminded once again of what Peace means to me. I’ve often shared these sentiments with the students we mentor as part of the Alumni Board; groups like the President’s Ambassadors, Peace Singers, the Student Government Association and others. The pride I feel in my Alma Mater comes from many places: memories from when I was a student, lasting friendships that weathered both the test of time and transition, the foundation of confidence I found through my academic programs, and the sense of accomplishment I gained as I entered the real world knowing Peace had given me the foundation I needed to be successful. The same is true today for the Class of 2012.

Alumni Board ALUMNI BOARD PRESIDENT Rae Marie Hall Czuhai ‘85



Simplicity, Integrity, Excellence. Three simple words which define our focus on students in the areas of academics, athletics and performing arts. What’s not so simple is the journey to get there.

Though our institution is an ever-changing living place, it is where our students continue to learn to become ethical citizens, to be careerminded and to build their own foundations of strength.

It takes a community to create the best of experiences, and this year was just the first step we’ve taken in raising that bar. And, the results are beginning to show.

Throughout the past two years as your Alumni Board President, I’ve had the sincere pleasure of being a small part of this experience. As I welcome the next Board president, I pledge that I will continue to stay informed, involved and connected.

We witnessed sold-out crowds for our performing arts productions and bigger crowds fill the stands at Pacer games and matches. We read rave reviews by IndyWeekly for CABARET, and we received the highest recognition from our neighbors in Oakwood. Local businesses and corporations supported us through sponsorships and community partnerships.


We also look forward to welcoming our first co-ed class this fall, which marks the beginning of an in-depth journey of discovery, learning and growing.


Peace is on the cusp of a great new era thanks to alumni, campus, student and community leaders. We hope you will continue to be a part of it.

Photos: Lauren E. Gerber © 2012


Enrollment Vice President Amber Stenbeck is excited about admissions growth for the fall and not just because of the energy and dedication she and her team have been putting forth over the past nine months. It’s also because of the partnership with recruiting partners in WPU’s athletics department.

Fallen Washington Lobbyist Jack Abramoff recently spoke on campus about how real world situations can pressure people into making bad choices.

“The introduction of male sports to our existing slate of women’s teams has been a positive influence on fall applications across the board,” she explained. “Having our coaches as recruiting partners to bring in additional high-quality students supports our strategic goals and diversity initiatives.”

The university partnered with the North Carolina Center for Voter Education to host the event that reflected on ethical issues affecting all Americans.

While Stenbeck and her team have traveled to 15 states this year visiting college fairs, high schools and making presentations, she’s quick to point out that the existing women’s athletic program continues to bring in high quality applicants. “Our ranking as an NCAA Division III school brings us both female and male applicants who are great students and athletes,” she said. “The addition of the men’s program has sparked an increased interest and bigger numbers this year.”

Once dubbed by Time Magazine as “The Man Who Bought Washington,” Abramoff’s involvement at the helm of the biggest corruption and influence peddling scandal in decades landed him in federal prison for his crimes.

Whether an athlete or not, a male or female, the goal is to ensure that WPU is a match for the student. That is the key to them not only coming to WPU, but staying here and graduating in four years. — Amber Stenbeck, Enrollment Vice President

Stenbeck’s optimism comes from getting nearly double the quality inquiries this year, compared to the previous recruiting year. Admissions Director Jenny Peacock ’01 ’03 also reports that by March the department had already exceeded both applications and acceptance totals for the previous year. The university has also seen more than a 85% increase in deposits as of the end of June and a 71% increase in transfer student applications. Stenbeck adds that recruiting strategies haven’t changed because of the addition of men’s sports and that her strategic plans are all about making sure a student is ready for a four year institution and that they are set up for success. “Our process hasn’t changed because of male sports or becoming co-ed,” she said. “We still look at every student and review their GPA, test scores and for their involvement in leadership and/or community service.”


She added her team is taking retention very seriously as a component of the application process.


“Students are invited in for interviews, tours and are spoken with at length,” she said. “Whether an athlete or not, a male or female, the goal is to ensure that WPU is a match for the student. That is the key to them not only coming to WPU, but staying here and graduating in four years.”

Now a free man, he is promoting his new book, “Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist”. He is visiting schools and lawmakers to share his story and offer his advice on ethics and cleaning up the American political system. Dr. David McLennan, Professor of Communication and Political Science, worked to bring Abramoff to campus. “We chose to host him because his story is one about making poor ethical choices and paying the price for those decisions,” McLennan said.

I think that it’s a character trait that can be channeled into the right areas or it can be dangerous as it got to be with me. — Jack Abromoff, former lobbyist and author


She said she came to listen to him fully prepared to get an ear-full of lip service surrounding the error of his ways. “He articulated time and time again that he was guilty of the actions he had been accused of and that his speaking out against the corruption [in Washington] in no way made up for his past mistakes,” she said. McLennan said the goal was to teach students and faculty to “do the right thing” within the context of an institution that reflects ethical behavior. Given that the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) focus is on ethical decision-making, Abramoff’s visit was timely and extremely well aligned with university goals to practice and teach ethics and integrity on campus and beyond. Dr. Marnie Arkenberg, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Instruction, said Abramoff was a provocative speaker on the ethics topic because of his readiness to discuss pivotal decision-making points that resulted in his downfall. Abramoff attributed his downfall to character traits gone awry.

He added that he wanted students and community members to hear from someone, who spoke about reforms that should be made in the campaign finance and lobbying systems.

“I don’t know if it was a lesson that I could have learned in college or anywhere,” he said. “I think that it’s a character trait that can be channeled into the right areas or it can be dangerous as it got to be with me.”

“These [systems] affect students of all majors because businesses and nonprofits are actively involved in lobbying federal and state governments for laws favorable to their respective organizations and unethical decisions have significant consequences to all citizens who are affected by these laws,” McLennan said.

University officials hope that the conversation on ethics addresses their QEP goals by helping students develop a personal set of ethical standards and behaviors for life-long ethical decision-making and by producing graduates who are capable of ethical leadership and responsible citizenship.

Before Abramoff’s visit to Peace, student Taylor White had only vaguely heard of him on The Colbert Report, on the Comedy Central channel.

*The program complements the university’s QEP focus to increase campus learning and commitment to ethical behaviors and issues.



by Lauren E. Gerber

BIGenrollment I M PAC T


by Jessica Coscia-Ferns ’01

A T H L E T I C S has


by Lauren E. Gerber


Active. Engaged. Connected.


Leigh Umstead Cortesis ’83 embodies each of these words and the attachment she feels for her alma mater is strong. Part of that connection stems from her legacy ties, which include sisters Ann Umstead Bridges ’81 and Sarah Umstead Merriman ’91 and their father, Parker Umstead, a former interim business manager at William Peace University. Her brother Parker, Jr., even dated a fellow Peace student.


Throughout the spring semester, Peace students interned in a variety of career settings. These opportunities, made possible by WPU’s Triangle-area partners, provided a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Nearly a decade ago, Cortesis began volunteering for admissions and engagement events aimed at students, alumni and friends in the Winston-Salem area. “We wanted Peace to be talked about here,” she said. “So, my husband Dino and I, opened our home to change that and to get this special institution the attention and interest it deserves.”

As a Press Office Intern for North Carolina Governor Beverly Purdue, Asia Sanchez ’13 (Mass Communications) was selected for the highly coveted and competitive internship. Her responsibilities included writing press releases, media advisories, county briefs and board and committee advisories, as well as gathering media clips, blogging and assisting with the governor’s photo ops and press events.

Cortesis is a 1983 (AA) Peace graduate. As a student, she was vice president for the Student Christian Association and today, is a dedicated member of WPU’s Alumni Board (2010-present), a Career Mentor to Peace students and a loyal donor to the university at the President’s Circle Level (annual gifts of $1,000 or more). She’s also an active and engaged member of her community and is involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Friends of Brenner Children’s Hospital, the Junior League of Winston-Salem and in her church, Annunciation Greek Orthodox. After graduating from Peace, Cortesis went on to receive a B.A. in Interior Design from UNC-Greensboro. Professionally, she works as a realtor for Prudential Carolinas alongside her mother, Linda. In 2006, Cortesis was named to the coveted “President’s Circle” of realtors, an honor bestowed on only the top five percent of real estate agents. Cortesis herself has been in the top three percent.

It’s an honor that will set Sanchez apart from other 2013 graduates.

LEIGH UMSTEAD Cortesis ’83

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“This experience will open many doors for me as a future journalist,” Sanchez said. “I’ve learned that good networking skills are just as important as a strong résumé, and I hope the relationships I built as a press office intern will allow me other opportunities in the media industry.” Not every university requires students to complete an internship and Sanchez thinks it’s great that Peace does. ”Internships help students put their education to work, build their self-confidence and bridge the gap between being a student and being a professional.” Sanchez serves as a third-year Resident Assistant and is the “Rants, Raves and Editorials” editor for The Peace Times. She also has a passion for serving the community and has volunteered at multiple community

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nonprofits. After Peace, she plans to attend Elon University’s Interactive Media Graduate Program.

She partnered with YES staff on domestic violence prevention, focusing on third through 12th grade.

For Lindsey Johnson ’12 (Communication), it was a passion for event planning that led to being a Business Expo Intern for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. There, she managed event logistics and communications for Raleigh-area businesses holding events.

“We talk about bullying, anger management, conflict resolution and more,” Rose explained. The goal is to educate children on these topics in order to prevent them from engaging in domestic violence in the future.”

“I gained so much knowledge about fundraising and community development,” Johnson said. “And, being able to work closely with local professionals will give me a head start on building a professional network.” Johnson previously interned with the American Diabetes Association as a Special Events and Public Relations Intern. On campus, Johnson is the News Editor for The Peace Times and was also involved with Phi Beta Lambda her junior year. She plans to build on her Peace foundation by attending UNC-Wilmington to obtain a Master’s in Public Administration after graduation. Amanda Rose ’12 (Psychology) was able to build on her classroom experiences through an internship with Interact of Wake County, working as the Shelter Children’s Group (SCG) Co-Facilitator and Youth Education Services (YES) Co-Presenter. She worked with preschoolers to help cofacilitate lessons about domestic violence and promote healthy relationships for the SCG.

Rose has a passion for helping others, and Interact gave her the chance to work with young children. Not only does she feel this helps her grow as a person, it also informed her future career and graduate school choices. She’s also previously interned with Triangle Family Services. “I decided to focus my internship experiences on children, to determine if this was a population I would like to work with or not,” she said. “My ultimate goal is to someday have a private practice working with adults.” Rose is actively involved with the Psychology Club and recently named to the Alpha Chi National Honor Society. She has also volunteered time at a homeless shelter and assisted children with language arts skills. She plans to continue her education at Liberty University in spring 2013 to obtain a Master’s degree in professional counseling. Students come to Peace for all different reasons, but it is because of the passion of our faculty, classroom experiences and real-world internship experiences that Peace graduates will stand out in the job market.


by Samantha Pendergraft ’12


As Director for William Peace University’s Office of Career Services, Barbara Efird lives and breathes the institution’s mission every day. It’s something she’s dedicated herself to throughout her 16 years at the school.

ELLEDEIA F. IJAMES I CLASS OF ’15 Dean’s List student Elle Ijames may be a first-year at William Peace University, but she’s already received big accolades. Earlier this spring, the Wendell native was named the USA South’s “Rookie of the Week” for women’s tennis. The award was the first time this year that a Peace player won an individual honor from the Conference.

“One of the greatest joys I have is receiving an email or voicemail that says, ‘I got the job!’ or ‘I got into grad school!’ and hearing about that student or alumni’s success,” Efird explains. “I still have the first B.A. group’s picture in my office from the Class of 1997.”

Tennis Coach Kathy Jacobs ’78 exudes pride in her young player.

Efird came to Peace in August 1996 when the university became a four-year baccalaureate institution. Committed to developing a comprehensive career program, she has been helping prepare students for professional careers since the position’s inception. She’s also helped welcome every incoming class, never missing a Move-In Day in all this time.

“Elle is a fine representative, on and off the court, for William Peace University and our conference,” Jacobs said. “She excels in the classroom and on the courts.” Ijames is also dedicated to academics and hopes to double major in Biology and Liberal Studies, with a concentration in Anthropology. Academic achievement runs strong in Ijames’s family. The first of three of her brothers recently graduated from Marshall University with a dual degree in Psychology and Latin, and his eyes are on law school. Now, Ijames is dreaming about med school or a graduate program in physical anthropology after Peace.

“Career Services is more than looking at employment and graduate school decision making,” she said. “We assist students and alumni from decisions on majors, to interpreting interest and personality assessments, to assisting them in finding relevant internships and reworking resumes, interviewing techniques, job searches, preparing graduate school applications and more.”

“WPU has a wealth of opportunities, and it is absolutely wonderful here,” Ijames says. “The faculty and staff are great to work with, and I love the mixture of students.”

Efird has also focused on incorporating technology and social media into the program; from LinkedIn to Facebook, to online strategies for job searching. She is a graduate of Canisius College (B.S. Business) and NC State University (M.Ed.) and the recipient of the Roy Anderson Award (NCCDA, 2004-05). Efird and her husband, Jim, reside in the Raleigh area and make faith, family and watching the ACC Tournament a top priority every year.



Ijames is a graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School and the 2011-12 recipient of The Martin Marietta Academic Honors Scholarship and the daughter of Earl and Eugenia Ijames. She is also an avid – and self-professed shy – singer and songwriter who is thinking about a possible tryout with the William Peace University Singers next semester.


The Senior Class President says she’s not quite ready to say goodbye to her second home. “I know the world is waiting for me, and I’m ready because Peace prepared me, and I’ve already had job offers,” Pendergraft said. “Maybe it’s just that I can’t imagine not being a part of this amazing community. Luckily, as an alumna, I’ll be able to stay involved.” Pendergraft came to Peace after receiving an A.A. degree from Louisburg College. A major in Business and Communication, with a concentration in Public Relations, she is dedicated and passionate about her future as a marketing and communications professional. “For the past year I’ve worked part-time as a Marketing Intern for Louisburg College and I’m contributing to this issue of the Bulletin,” she said. In addition to representing the Class of 2012 on S.G.A., she’s also a contributing writer, student life editor, and former advertising editor for The Peace Times; a member of Phi Beta Lambda and Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK); an Admissions Ambassador, past Class Council vice president, a former Resident Assistant and past member of the university’s Step Team. She’s also consistently achieved Dean’s List with Distinction and in 2011, Pendergraft was honored with the W. Robert Everett Business Achievement Award and also named an Outstanding Junior.


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Everyone on the Peace campus knows Sam Pendergraft — either by the sound of her voice, her engaging smile or by the joyful and positive attitude she brings to everything she does.




Celebrating 30 years this fall, Adair Robertson remains a dedicated and passionate Peace educator who plans to continue teaching for years to come.

Dr. Charles Duncan’s dedication to his field isn’t just about being a professor of English at a small, private university. It’s also about bringing attention to great American writers.

“The greatest joy I receive from my work is guiding a student through a difficult subject and watching them succeed,” Robertson explained. “Our students are always the heart of Peace.” A native of Red Springs, NC, Robertson came to Raleigh for graduate school and fell in love with the city. After a brief career at Campbell University, she began teaching mathematics at Peace in fall 1982. Besides teaching courses ranging from intermediate algebra to differential equations, she has also served as a first-year advisor and was named an Alumni Distinguished Advisor in 2009. Robertson also served as the university’s International Studies program coordinator for nine years, traveling with students to such places as Mexico, Japan, Greece and the British Isles, and has guided many students through the department’s semester abroad programs. This summer, she will again be teaching and traveling in Mexico with Dr. Laura Vick. Robertson received a B.S. from UNC-Pembroke and an M.S. in Mathematics with a Concentration in Statistics from NC State University. In addition to being recognized as a distinguished Peace advisor, she is the recipient of the Dr. Janice Edwards Service Award (2008) and the McCormick Teaching Excellence Award (2004). Robertson also enjoys spending time gardening, traveling, reading, walking and spending time with family and friends. Her rat terrier, Lovely Rita, keeps her active on long walks in their neighborhood, at the beach and in exotic locales.

In fact, his research on African-American writer Charles W. Chesnutt resulted in two books, multiple articles and essays, and earned him the Sylvia Lyons Render Award. It also provided him with an opportunity to collaborate on a film version of Chesnutt’s story alongside Dante James, a filmmaker at Duke University. In 1998, Duncan came to Peace after relocating to be near family. By 2001, he’d earned tenure and in 2008 was promoted to Professor of English. Over the years, he’s also had the opportunity to be involved in great change at the university. “I’m really proud of the changes to the English Program that my colleagues and I have implemented,” Duncan said. He added that six years ago his department re-thought the way they taught first-year composition. More recently, they completely overhauled the English curriculum, including a focus on teaching writing in all four years of a student’s time at Peace — a change encouraged and supported by university President, Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D. These latest changes have Duncan excited about his department’s future. “The results have been amazing,” he said. “From last year’s Collegiate Learning Assessment tests, we found out that Peace outperformed about 90% of other college and university students in the amount they learned between their first year and senior year.” In addition to his work as a professor, he’s also been a faculty moderator, chair of the Faculty Executive Council, held membership on multiple academic committees and been honored by the university with the McCormick Distinguished Teaching Award and the Stockard Research Award.

MILLIE Y. VICK Housekeeping Supervisor Millie Vick is the key to nearly every successful campus activity or event happening at WPU since 1980. Anyone who has passed through the halls of Old Main has become familiar with “Miss Millie” and her smile, as well as the joy she brings to everything she does. Maybe that’s why the campus decided to recognize her dedication and service in 2002 by honoring her with the Dr. Janice Edwards Service Award. A native of Louisburg, NC, Miss Millie moved to Raleigh in 1968 and married her husband, Roger, in 1972. Since then, the couple has raised five children, one of whom has worked with her every day since 1999 — Peace housekeeper, Samantha Yarborough. Miss Millie also has four grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren who live nearby.

Duncan is a University of South Florida graduate where he obtained his B.A. and M.A.. He as a Ph.D. in American Literature from Florida State University.

C E L E B R AT E C H R I S T M A S 11.17.12 at

The Biltmore

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Many also know Miss Millie for her amazing cooking skills, especially her coveted chicken salad recipe. Jan Edwards, former Dean of Students, was just one of many who have attempted to make Miss Millie’s chicken salad over the years.


“Dean Jan Edwards tried, but it just came out wrong,” she said and smiled.


Perhaps it’s the wonderful sense of community Miss Millie said she feels that has kept her working at Peace for the last 32 years. Or, maybe it’s her faith as a dedicated member of the Greater Pentecostal Church of Raleigh where she’s worshipped for 14 years. Whatever the reason, the campus is grateful to have her.

Tickets: $120 per person Includes: round trip charter bus fare, a buffet lunch, a two-hour tour of Biltmore House, a behind-the-scenes winery tour and wine tasting, shopping and more in Antler Hill Village. Plus a very special gift from WPU. Bring your walking shoes! Email by Oct. 1 to be added to the event list.

Photo: Ryan McGuire © 2012


by Nabeel Jaitapker

spotlight W

hile William Peace University continues having its share of scholar-athletes participating in college athletics, its proud history of putting women athletes first has always ensured that they never have to compete for funding, practice time, media attention or the best coaches and equipment.

And, that won’t change with the introduction of men’s sports in the fall. “Women’s sports would only benefit with the introduction of men’s sports here,” said Kelly Johnson, athletics director and women’s head basketball coach. “Most high school recruits are accustomed to joining a coeducational institution, so we can expect to recruit more student athletes and a more diverse student body.” Assistant athletics director Kevin Daniels agrees. “Currently, a lot of prospects won’t even look at us since we are a single-gendered program,” said Daniels, who is also the women’s head volleyball coach. “Having men’s sports puts us on a level playing field with others in our conference in terms of recruitment.” Daniels added that men’s sports would not only make the Pacers more competitive, but the addition of better training and rehabilitation facilities will help recruit more female and male student athletes. “All our athletes will be able to train and rehab in one place,” he said. “And, a better facility would mean that we not only recruit one or two stud athletes, but also a great supporting cast around them.” Peace has never been a stranger to change and its leaders have always influenced that through a dedication to inspirational guidance, strategic vision and the boldness necessary to continue growing. The university expects to admit male students into the traditional day program in the fall with a gradual increase over the next few years.


The university has added men’s basketball, golf and cross country to its athletics program with soccer and baseball scheduled in 2014.


“This is an important time in our school’s history,” university President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., said. “We are embarking on a plan that propels the university in attracting and retaining more students.” see Spotlight on page 16

I Men’s Golf


I Men’s Baseball (2014) / Women’s Softball


I Course TBD


I TBD / Wachovia Field


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I TBD / 22


I Claude Shields


I TBD / Charlie Dobbins





I Get ready to hit the links and tee it

I The Pacers place talent all over the diamond, but look to

up in 2012. Golf was added to the WPU athletics

increase their consistency in the 2013 season. With a few big wins in

artillery and is already looking to hit some big

the recruitment department this offseason, they will be looking for the

drives in its first year. Coach Shields is looking to

breakthrough season they’ve been so close to having. In 2014, hardball

sink a few birdies in recruitment and is expecting

makes its way into the WPU lineup. Although two years away, details are

more than just a par 2012 golf season.

currently being worked out to make it a success right out of the box.


I Men’s & Women’s Soccer


I WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary, NC)


I Men’s & Women’s Basketball


I TBD (M) / 12 (W)


I Hermann Center


I TBD (M) / Keith Jenkins (W)


I 12-15 (M) / 11 (W)



I Claude Shields (M) / Kelly Johnson (W)



I A rather young and inexperienced

team in 2011, these Lady Pacers will be bringing


I Women’s Volleyball


a lot more experience to the field this year. After


I Hermann Center

is looking to put an experienced team back on the hardwood this fall. With

a season of finding its identity, the team looks to


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the Hermann Athletic Center getting a facelift, a new look team with a new

build upon its chemistry which should lead to


I Kevin Daniels

attitude will be looking to re-establish home court dominance. 2012 will also

some more firepower on offense. Recruitment is


feature the jump-off of the Men’s game. Coach Shields has been recuiting to

already underway for men’s soccer scheduled to


get this team running and gunning right from the tip.

kickoff in fall 2014.

strong on this team, while each player

I Unity and commitment run

I After reloading the women’s roster in 2011, Coach Johnson

continues sharpening the technical aspects SPORT

I Men’s & Women’s Cross Country


I Varied locations


I TBD / 4


I Michelle Simonson ’04 ’06





I Another young squad on the

of her individual game. Strength and stamina are key focuses this offseason as the team looks to continue the upward trend its displayed the last three seasons. These girls are looking to make some serious noise in 2012 season.


I Women’s Tennis


I Ragland Tennis Courts


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I Kathy Jacobs ’78


I A team loaded with freshmen and sophomores in 2012 will

trails, the women’s team made some noticeable

now comprise of upper classmen looking to learn from their growing pains

strides as the 2011 season went on. Recruitment

and building on experiences in the 2013 season. There is optimism this team

for men is underway with the mindset of taking

has a few more aces up its sleeve in the near future.

these Pacers from the middle of the pack to lead horse.

Photos: Ryan McGuire/Nabeel Jaitapker © 2012


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R E N O VAT I O N Renovations to the Hermann Center are currently underway with the athletic facility scheduled to house a fitness center, weight rooms and home and visiting team locker rooms for both female and male athletes. A field house for spring training and intramural space, a training room, a dance/aerobics studio and offices, is also planned.

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The changes will allow for more wellness and athletic space for students and the Pacers as the university expands its campus recreational activities.


“It gives us the flexibility to do more such as better train our athletes and help them be competitive,” Johnson said.

he William Peace University Board of Trustees approved significant campus improvements centering on upgrades to the Hermann Center and Belk Dining Hall in January.


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Shields was recently hired as the university’s first head men’s basketball and men’s golf coach. Prior to his arrival at Peace, he served as head coach for Guilford College’s junior varsity basketball team and served as an assistant golf coach at Greensboro Day School. He played two years of junior varsity basketball at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the son of Peace alumna Ginger Lancaster Shields ’77.




Peace’s athletic program gained national recognition in the 1970’s for focusing on women’s athletics, with the Pacers’ volleyball and basketball teams competing in several championship games against powerhouse institutions across the country. The 1976-77 Pacers basketball team even finished second in the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women’s National Junior College Tournament.

All three men’s teams are scheduled to compete as developmental varsity teams this fall as Peace becomes the area’s only Division III coeducational institution.

Some of the basketball greats include the late Kaye Young Cowher ’76, who was among the first women to play college basketball on a scholarship in North Carolina. She was the wife of former Pittsburgh Steelers’ coach Bill Cowher. And, after graduating from Peace, she, along with her twin sister and fellow alumna, Fay Young Miller ’76, played for North Carolina State University.

Ginger served on the university’s alumni board from 2008-2010 and was a recipient of a tennis scholarship in 1975. She represented the university in the first national tournament it participated in and was also a North Carolina State champion in mixed doubles in 1978.

Additionally, the Pacers also had Lyn Story Andrews ’77, who received the first-ever basketball scholarship at Peace and served as a team captain in 1977. The entire 1976-77 team was inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame in 2002.

But, Ginger isn’t the only one who helped bring Peace athletics to national prominence.

WPU officials hope this legacy continues and even carries over to the men’s athletics this fall.

Upgrades to the new, centralized student center will also include dining hall renovations, a new coffee shop, a student game and lounge space and student government offices.

As a result, several students shared their excitement about the changes and the university’s investment in student social, recreational and studying spaces.

Recruitment for men’s cross country, basketball and golf is currently underway with the hiring of alumna Michelle Simonson ’04 ’06 and Claude Shields.

Simonson, who currently serves as the head women’s cross country coach, will add to her duties by leading the first men’s cross country team at Peace. As a student, Simonson received the 2006 Outstanding Graduate award, the Scholar Athlete award and the athletic department’s Frazier Cup, annually rewarded to the individual who best exemplifies the characteristics of a student athlete.

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Johnson said this gives the athletes time to prepare for the NCAA Division III and USA South Athletic Conference. “We are going to play against junior colleges and other schools as a developmental program,” he said. “The same will apply for soccer and baseball in 2014.”

“I think that there are definitely a few changes that should be made,” Josie Carmona ’13 said. “These renovations are a really good start.” Renovations to the Hermann Center broke ground on March 26. The 1963 building, which was originally funded by Grover M. Hermann and family, will accommodate the university’s growing athletics program. Renovations include a fitness center, weight rooms, home and visiting locker rooms for both male and female student athletes, a field house for spring training, offices, a dance and aerobics studio and an auxiliary gym with intramural space and a new training room. Peace softball team member, Aaryn Deal ’14, feels the changes will help improve the way Peace athletes train. “I also think these changes will really help the current student body to become more active and get involved,” she said. Renovations to Belk include a relocation of the existing campus bookstore to the adjacent office services building, which will ultimately provide additional area for meetings and recreational activities for students.

Other planned improvements include long-term investments in energysaving devices, technology and the unveiling of a new university website this summer. The project will completed in Fall 2012, just in time for new and returning students.

He added that the goal is to have the men’s basketball team compete in accordance with NCAA standards during the 2013-2014 season. Daniels said that the developmental program would also help raise school spirit with female athletes coming out to support the males and vice versa and other students having the opportunity to attend more games. “Expanding our athletics program will also help raise school spirit and increase enrollment,” he said. “Being a part of a team sport engages students in critical skills of management, leadership, communication and decision making.”






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The William Peace University Board of Trustees recognized professional accomplishments and significant contributions made to the institution by conferring honorary doctorate degrees during the university’s 140th Commencement exercises in May. Those honored were The Honorable Burley B. Mitchell, Jr., who also served as graduation speaker, Josephine Beatty Chadwick’43 and Harvey A. Schmitt. The Honorable


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a former N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice, was honored for his longtime support of the university and distinguished legal career. He also served as commencement speaker and was accompanied to the event by his wife, Lou Willett Mitchell ’62, an active university alumna. Together, the couple co-chaired the largest fundraising campaign in the university’s history – the Promise of Peace Campaign. In 2008, the Mitchells established The Burley B. and Lou Willett Mitchell ’62 Fund for Unrestricted Endowment as their campaign gift to the university. Mitchell also holds legacy ties that span back to his grandmother and mother, both of whom graduated from Peace. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mitchell served as an assistant attorney general of North Carolina from 1969 to 1972, as district attorney for Wake County from 1972 to 1977, as a Court of Appeals Judge from 1977 to 1982, when he joined the N.C. Supreme Court and became its 24th chief justice in 1995. He retired in 1999 to head Womble Carlyle’s appellate advocacy and government relation groups at the law firm’s Raleigh office. Mitchell continues to dedicate his time to serving the North Carolina community through his seat on the board of trustees for NC State University, the University of North Carolina’s board of governors, and a chairman of the advisory panel on federal judicial nominees for U.S. Senator Kay Hagan. Mitchell received his B.A. in 1966 from NC State University and his J.D. in 1969 from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He is also a recipient of the prestigious North Carolina Award for Public Service, the highest civilian honor the state can bestow, and the NC State University Alumni Association’s College Meritorious Service Award. In addition to his honorary Ph.D. from Peace, Mitchell has also received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from NC State University (1995) and Campbell University (1998).

is a distinguished longtime supporter of her alma mater and has served throughout her life as a member of the Board of Trustees (1986-1995), the Alumni Board (19621970 and as its president from 1971-1973) and the Board of Visitors (1979-1982, 1983-1985). After earning an A.A. degree from Peace in 1943, Chadwick earned a B.A. in History from Longwood College (VA) and taught school in Elizabethtown and Wilmington before becoming a homemaker in 1950. Since graduating, she has remained a champion for education for students here at Peace by providing and acquiring significant funding for scholarships. She has also been active as a charter member of the Wilmington branch of the American Association of University women and a director of the Friends of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is an elder and honorary member of the Women of the Church of St. AndrewsCovenant Presbyterian Church, where she attends, a member of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Board, and a member of the Cape Fear garden Club for more than 50 years. In addition to her honorary Ph.D., Chadwick is the recipient of the university’s Distinguished Alumna Award (1974), Distinguished Service Award (1992), and William Peace Medallion (2007), the university’s highest award. She was named an Honorary Trustee during Peace’s Sesquicentennial year and is a member of the President’s Circle and Heritage societies, as well as the prestigious William Peace Society and is one of the university’s largest financial supporters.

Harvey A. Schmitt, a longtime Peace friend and community partner, is President and CEO of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (GRCC). It’s a position he has held since February 1994. Passionate about developing a thriving economy, Schmitt has assisted the university by introducing civic officials and business leaders who have helped our efforts to expand and prosper. He has successfully promoted William Peace University’s message of academic excellence to the community as well. A former member of the executive committee for the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), he served as chairman of the board from 1995 to 1996 and as chairman of the ACCE Trustees from 2002 to 2004. Schmitt serves on the board of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, where he has served since 2004. He belongs to the boards of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, and is the founding board member for the 200 Club of Wake County, a trustee for the Wake Education Partnership and a trustee of St. Augustine’s College. Previously, Schmitt served six years as president and CEO of the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce (1985-1990). He was also named Executive of the Year from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Executives (1987) and received a certified Chamber of Commerce Designation (1984). Schmitt is a graduate of Loras College (1970), the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management and the Academy for Advanced Management at the University of Notre Dame.

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Members of the Peace community got to know the Peace Jewels this year at Pacer Basketball Team home games, Admissions Office open house days and at campus tailgates, special events and receptions. Wherever they appeared, the Jewels got people excited with cheers like “We are the Mighty Pacers and We Can’t be Beat!” and “W-P-U!” Led by staff advisor Sharon Scarborough, the Jewels have been an exciting addition to list of growing campus groups and clubs. Members include Ebony S. White ’14 as Captain, Alexis Pittman ’15 as Manager, Jasmyne C. Mundy ’15, Rebecca V. Gattis ’15, Tenia L. Waddell ’15 and Tricia R. Simmons ’14, Crystal J. Dorsey ’15 and Sheadale J. Singletary ’15. This fall, the Jewels will welcome their first two male cheerleaders to the group. To see a video of the Jewels, visit



RAY WALKER MESMERIZES PEACE AUDIENCE Ray Walker hit the Kenan auditorium stage on April 10 to perform a selection of Broadway tunes for a packed house as part of the university’s “Broadway Comes to Peace” concert series. Walker made his Broadway debut as “Marius” in the smash hit musical Les Miserables but began his career at North Carolina Theatre. Throughout the years, he has thrilled audiences in NCT productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease!, Chess, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Children of Eden and Evita. His Broadway credits include “Annas” in Jesus Christ Superstar, “Doody” in Grease! with Rosie O’Donnell and Brooke Shields and “Whizzer” in Falsettos. He has also appeared in the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind directed by Hal Prince and sang with Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford at the London Palladium and on a North American tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Walker has sung all over the world including a concert tour with Academy Award winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and with the Bolshoi Symphony in Moscow. To signup for WPU’s arts and events mail list, send your name and contact information to

SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES LAUNCHES NEW DEGREE PROGRAMS The School of Professional Studies (SPS) recently announced they will be offering two new degrees starting fall 2012. Available online and through our evening programs will be a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree. Available on weekends will be a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. These degrees are in addition to the current B.S. degree in Business Administration and the B.A. in Liberal Studies. For more information contact the SPS Admissions Office at 919.508.2293 or Director Vea Carabine at

SPRING FLING BRINGS CAMPUS COMMUNITY TOGETHER The Peace community came back to campus for a visit with the Easter Bunny on March 24. Joining students and their families were alumni, faculty, staff and several neighborhood families who participated in Easter egg decorating, a children’s Easter egg roll, pictures with the Easter bunny, sing-alongs with the Peace Singers, games, bounce houses, putt-putt golf and more. Similar to the Children’s Holiday Story Hour with Santa and Mrs. Claus (Save-The-Date for Dec. 8), alumni and others were invited to the fun-filled afternoon and reconnected with former classmates and professors. In all, more than 100 families attended Spring Fling & Lil’ Sibs Day. To see the photos, visit our Facebook page at



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The Peace Times has left the newspaper box and has made a new home online. This spring, WPU’s student newspaper launched The website is run exclusively by the student newspaper staff, and has sections such as news, student life, opinion and sports, each with its own student editor leading the way. A multimedia section provides a space for student video projects to be featured, and ad boxes give students interested in graphic design the opportunity to create advertisements that they can add to their portfolios. Experiencing the immediacy of a news website was a first for most of the newspaper staff. Students learned that news can be posted in an instant, and reader feedback can be returned just as fast. And in today’s job market, particularly in the communications field, experience writing for and maintaining a website is invaluable. For more information contact


The Peace Singers showcased their talents at their Spring Show on March 28. The ensemble group of young women performed selections from across the decades including gospel, country, pop, blues, jazz, contemporary and classical numbers. The troupe represents some of the best and brightest students from a variety of majors and areas of study, including: Jennifer Baker ’14, Danica Co ’13, Sharon Hackney ’14, Jennifer Hallmark ’14, Samaya Henry ’15, Katie Johnson ’15, Christiane Newell ’15, Amber Oliver ’14, Sarah Osborne ’15, Sinclaire Owen ’15, Hannah Owens ’15, Tarecka Payne ’15, Erica Saraceno ’15, Christina Small ’13, Ginny Taylor’15 and Tanesha Watts ’15. Formed fall of 2011, the Singers have appeared at numerous Triangle-area functions this year. To book a performance with the Peace Singers, email or contact Julie Ricciardi in the Office of Engagement at 919.508.2043.

On Leap Day, the Peace community marked a very special occasion as 21 Peace students were inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society. Founded in 1914 at Washington and Lee University, the Society recognizes achievement in the following areas: Scholarship, Athletics, Campus/Community Service, Social/Religious Activities, Campus Government, Journalism, Speech, the Mass Media and Creative and Performing Arts. Inducted were Peace Seniors Martha C. Davis, Kristen M. Fitzpatrick, Felicia Hilton, Allana Jones, Jenevieve E. Mercer, Samantha C. Pendergraft, Laura B. Price, Robin Story, Tatum Townsend , Tricia Tran and Hannah Danielle Tucker along with Juniors Jiyoung Ahn, Sarah E. Blocker, Jeanna K. Buck, Lindsey A. Haver, Faith Inman, Rebekah Link, Rachel Lyons, Brooke Shearin, Ariel A. Wortham and Al-Mounawara Yaya.


NEW UNIVERSITY SIGNS UNVEILED At the end of May, President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., invited members of the Peace community to attend the official unveiling of new campus exterior signage provided by Woodcraft Signs. With the help of new Class of 2013 president, Shauna Yates ’13, a new William Peace University sign was unveiled at the corner of Delway and Blount Streets. New signage was also installed at gateway entrances on Halifax and Peace Streets, as well as front campus signage near Main parking lot. In attendance for the unveiling were members of the Board of Trustees and Alumni Board, students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university.

DR. ANN DENLINGER ‘64 NAMED NEW VP FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS Ann Tingen Denlinger ’64, Ph.D., has been named William Peace University’s new vice president for academic affairs. In this position, Denlinger will report to President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., and serve as a member of the senior cabinet to create institutional goals, priorities and policies, lead faculty, implement and assess an innovative curriculum. She will also play a central role in the university’s faculty recruitment, promotion and professional development. Denlinger will manage the departments of institutional research, academic affairs and instruction, the Finch Library, academic services and career services. As the university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), she will contribute to maintaining the standards set for accreditation by the organization. Denlinger has more than 40 years of professional educational experience and assumed her new position earlier this summer after having served as associate professor and director of the university’s education department. Denlinger is the recipient of the university’s Distinguished Alumna Award (2010) and is a legacy alumna.


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William Peace University was the recipient of multiple major gifts this academic year, echoing the growth of the university’s enrollment report. Alumni, friends, corporations and legacy families gave back to the institution, which is a centerpiece of downtown Raleigh. Kicking off the 2011-12 academic year, First Citizens Bank made an unrestricted gift of $50,000. In addition, many local companies and organizations provided gifts and sponsorships in support of WPU’s performing arts programming and our Qatar guest group who visited the campus in February. Legacy family members of the late Anne Weatherspoon Phoenix ’40, Stuart and Tricia Phoenix and Frank and Kaola Phoenix, made generous unrestricted gifts of $62,000 through their private foundation.

The university also recently was awarded a $710,000 grant from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) in support of WPU’s campuswide environmental water conservation program. The university launched its Rainwater Harvesting System project and will install a cistern near Bingham Hall, which is projected to supply campus with 90% of the irrigation water needed. In addition, William Peace University will continue to install new showerheads and sink aerators throughout the summer as part of its continued “going green” initiatives. Major giving by other alumni this year included a $25,000 gift from the late Jacquelin Quesenbery Jeutter ’50 to be added to her scholarship fund, a $15,000 gift from Sara Jo Allen Manning ’58 ’60 in support of the Manning Chamber Music Concert Series and a gift by Peace friend, the late James Douglas McQueen, for a $107,000 distribution to be added to the endowment. But, perhaps it was the gift made by Peace alumna, the late Mary Louise Melvin ’36, that was the most visionary. An exceedingly modest and intelligent woman and described by some as fearlessly independent and extremely self-reliant, Miss Melvin updated her will in 2002 to include a bequest for Peace.  The bequest resulted in an $83,000 distribution to support scholarships at the university. Miss Melvin’s attorney noted that her “vision for the future was remarkable in that she foresaw a time when her alma mater would admit male students, which she strongly favored.”  Accordingly, her will specified that her bequest “be used to encourage and help sustain enrollment by male students, if the college ever begins admitting regular, fulltime male students.”



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In June, the distribution was added to the William C. Pressly Scholarship Fund, which was established in 1964 to honor the late Dr. William C. Pressly, former Peace president (1926-1965).


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Sonja Eubanks ’90 married Robert Higgins on July 9, 2011. Sonja is also very happy to be the step-mother to Robert’s two daughters, ages 9 and 12.


Jennifer L. Eudy ’02 married Scott Nodine on Oct. 8, 2011. Paulette Morrison ’04 became engaged to Paul Plan in January. A Dec. 8, 2012 wedding is planned. Summer L. Greer ’06 married Will Smith on July 9, 2011. Erin Leigh Cashwell ’07 married SPC Ryan J. Timmermans on Nov. 14, 2011. Rebecca Kathleen Mimnall ‘08 married Mason Cole Davenport ’08 on Oct. 7, 2011 at Regents’ Glen in York, PA Tiffany D. DeLeone ’10 married SGT Michael Parker on Jan. 25, 2012. Katrina Leigh Calder ’11 married Brandon Hartweg on Jan. 29, 2012. ALLISON MOORE PRIDGEN ’02 & HARPER ADAM

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Carolyn Hollis Dickens ’72 and her husband, Kent, announced the arrival of their granddaughter, Catherine Davis Yelverton, on Feb. 20, 2012. Carey Ann Tingen Jones ’97 and her husband, Rodney, welcomed a daughter, Ava Catherine Jones, on Sept. 24, 2010. Julie Lister Hicks ’98 ’00 and her husband, Greg, welcomed their second child, a son, Andrew Gregory Hicks, on July 11, 2010. He joined big sister, Emma Grace Hicks. Miranda Buckner Duncan ’00 ’02 and her husband, Mark, welcomed a son, Luke Nathaniel Duncan, on June 29, 2011. Miranda reports that big sister Hannah has been head-over-heels in love ever since.


Jennifer Rowe Kalbaugh ’02 and her husband, Mike, welcomed a daughter, Kathryn Davidson Kalbaugh, on Dec. 4, 2011. The proud grandmother is alumna Susan Meuser Rowe ‘82. Allison Moore Pridgen ’02 and her husband, Adam, welcomed their first child, Harper Adam Pridgen, on Oct. 4, 2011. Jennifer Shephard Swanner ’03 and her husband, Matt, welcomed their third daughter, Catherine Ree Swanner, on Oct. 26, 2011 Jenny McNeill Purvis ’02 ’04 and her husband, Will, welcomed a son, William McNeill “Mac” Purvis, on Dec. 27, 2011. Courtney Lindsey Frye ’05 and her husband, Phillip, welcomed a baby boy, Davis Daniel Frye, on Nov. 25, 2011. Brittany Murdaugh Long ’08 and her husband, Bruce, welcomed twins, Lexie Ann and Michael Allan, on Aug. 3, 2011.


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Elizabeth Sneeden Bumbacher ’60 retired from Olin Corporation in East Alton, IL. Betsy Cox Brown ’78 was promoted to Senior Executive Director with Thirty-One Gifts in April 2011. Kim Bissette Hoffman ’82 was recently named a principal with Edward Jones. This is quite an honor, as she was one of 41 principals named from more than 42,000 employees. Christine L. Kays ’84 became the Executive Assisant to the Director of the National/Capital Region/Naval Postgraduate School in Arlington, VA, after relocating from the west coast. Sonja Eubanks Higgins ’90 left her position as Assistant Director of the Genetic Counseling Program at UNC-Greensboro after her recent marriage and relocation to Myrtle Beach, SC. Shelli R. Plott ’92 joined Brady Services of Greensboro as a control systems designer in January. Kathy Rissmiller Risley ’94 started a business painting faces for birthday parties and other events in November. Her website is www. Megan Parpart Williams ’96 was elected in Oct. 2011 as President-Elect of the North Carolina Nurses Association. Megan is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UNC-CH School of Nursing. She is married to Durward Williams, and they have a daughter named Logan. 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. Carolina L. Ambrose ’01 was named the Office of Career Services’ Alumna of the Month in Feb. 2012. Rhiannon M. Ratliff ’01 accepted a position in Dec. 2011 as a Stage Manager with the Home Shopping Network. Kathy Schwartz Corley ’02, SPHR, GPHR is the Community Services Director for the Raleigh-Wake Human Resource Management Association and is responsible for identifying and recommending community service projects to be supported by the chapter. She also makes chapter members aware of community organizations that would be beneficial to HR professionals or businesses.

Melissa Pannell ’05 became the training and development manager for the Pacific area with DTAG, Inc. and is responsible for 500 employees.G. Wright ‘04 was named William Peace University’s Career Services Alumna of the Month for Dec. 2011. Christy L. Shanks ’09 was promoted to enrollment counselor for Regent University School of Divinity. Christy is also enrolled at Regent working on her Master of Divinity. Dallas Blue Thompson ’09 was named Career Services Alumna of the Month for Jan. 2012. Dallas is an e-mentor, a member of the Alumni Board, and a campus community volunteer. She helped create a student internship position with her former employer, the Carolina Coastal Pines Council of the Girl Scouts. In June, Dallas accepted a new position as Operations Manager for the A.E. Finley Foundation in Raleigh. Stephanie A. Lilley ’10 was accepted into NC State University’s NC Teach Program for Licensure in 9-12 grade English. Stephanie began in January and will complete the program in May 2013. Randal N. McLean ’10 was recently accepted into the Physician Assistant Program at Methodist University. Elaina Bright ’11 was the recipient of a Young Careerist Achievement Award in March from the Business Professional Women’s Federation (Raleigh Chapter). She accepted a new position as an admissions counselor for Strayer University in June. Amanda Panico Eberhardt ’11 became an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) tutor and mentor for children with autism. She also recently began a Master’s degree program in ABA at Kaplan University. Farrah Knab ’11 was hired as a Sales and Business Development Manager by The Solution Center in Research Triangle Park. Margaret Minton Laws ’11 was recently accepted to graduate school at Ohio State University in the Sports Management Program. She is currently a Casulty Claims Associate with Nationwide Insurance. Lana Kubicki Quesenberry ’11 (BA, Liberal Studies) accepted a position as a Customer Service Representative/Receptionist for Kildare Animal Medical Center in Cary, NC in February. Katie M. Reaves ’11 was hired as Customer Care Specialist for Dakno Marketing in Raleigh. Samantha L. Stanyon ’11 was recently hired as a PR Account Coordinator with Howard, Merrell, and Partners where she interned as a student during fall 2011. Courtney K. Williams ’11 was recently hired as an Account Coordinator for Howard, Merrill and Partners, a PR firm in Raleigh. Martha Davis ’12 was accepted into Western Carolina University’s Master of Arts Program in Experimental Psychology. Elizabeth Ross ’12 was accepted into NC State University’s Sociology Ph.D. Program. Tatum Townsend ’12 was accepted into both Eastern Carolina University and UNC-Charlotte for a Masters in Social Work.

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Jenny L. Peacock ’01 ’03 was promoted to Director of Admissions for William Peace University in December after nine years of dedicated service in the Admissions Department.

Susan Barr McNeill ’78 reports that her daughter, Stephanie, was married in July 2010. She and her husband, Terry, celebrated their 30th anniversary by visiting Hawaii in October 2010. The couple recently moved to a new home in Burlington, NC and would love to hear from Peace alumni, especially from the class of 1978. Lorie Ward Lamb ’94 married her husband, Corey, June 6, 1998. The couple is currently living in Randleman, NC where Lorie works as a Radiologic Technician at Greensboro Orthopaedics. Lorie and Corey have two children, Braeden Noah Lamb (age 5) and Keirstan Celeste Lamb (age 1 1/2). Lorie says she is sorry she took so long to let everyone know. “Miss you guys!” Ivy Evans ’11 was named a 2011 Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Fellow.





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William Peace University extends heartfelt condolences to… Dixie Palmer Adams ’39 and family on the death of Dixie’s husband, Captain John Paul Adams, USN, retired, on Mar. 15, 2011. Betsy Bunting Boddie ’46 on the death of her husband, Nicholas Bunn Boddie, on Dec. 1, 2011. Gwen Gore Shaw ’50 on the death of her legacy sister, Elizabeth Gore Tingle ’43, on Dec. 31, 2011.

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Fannette Gore Ollendorf ’53 on the death of her legacy sister, Elizabeth Gore Tingle ’43, on Dec. 31, 2011.

January 11, 1989 – March 23, 2012

Kitty Flowers Hargett ’55 on the death of her husband, William Bryan Hargett, on Mar. 27, 2011. Elizabeth Sneeden Bumbacher ’60 on the death of her husband, Milton Stephen (Steve) Bumbacher, on Oct. 22, 2011. Petty McQueen Kunkle ’61 on the death of her legacy cousin, Elizabeth Gore Tingle ’43, on Dec. 31, 2011. Mary Paris Templeton ’66 on the death of her legacy aunt, Judith (Judy) Bullock Nisbet ’39, on Jan. 12, 2012. Judy Purvis Williams ‘68 on the death of her father, Dr. P.C. Purvis, on Apr. 20, 2012. Marian Little Steffner ’69 on the death of her mother, Mrs. Menefee Little, on Dec. 9, 2011. Winnie White Bolton ’71 on the death of her husband, Michael G. Bolton on Apr. 23,2012. Susan McCreary ’71 on the death of her twin legacy sister, Phyllis McCreary Harvey ’71, on April 5, 2011.

Former Pacer Softball Team Captain Kasie Leigh Moore passed away after a tragic accident on March 23, 2012 and was laid to rest three days later at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Clayton, North Carolina. She was part of a Peace legacy family that included her twin sister, Lindsey Erin Moore ‘11, and legacy cousin, Lauren Ashley Pleasant ‘07. Kasie graduated cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration last May alongside Lindsey, whom she did nearly everything with. She was also the recipient of the 2011 Ida Withers Currie Business Award and was a member of the Alpha Chi National Honors Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Phi Beta Lamda Business Organization and a Dean’s Scholar. After Peace, she worked as an agent with Liberty National Life Insurance Company and worked at Buffalo Wild Wings. She is survived by her parents, Chris Moore and DeAnne Stallings Moore, and sisters Lindsey, Kirby and Sydney. WPU and members of the Class of 2011 held a memorial service on April 4 to honor Kasie and her life.

Margaret Lynn Williams ’73 on the death of her mother, Jane Lewis McKinney, on Dec. 1, 2011. Prudence Gulley Boseman ’74 on the death of her brother, John Edgerton Gulley, on Jan. 16, 2012.

Anne Boddie Mosley ’75 on the death of her father, Nicholas Bunn Boddie, on Dec. 1, 2011. Janet Bender Purvis ‘79 on the death of her father-in-law, Dr. P.C. Purvis, on April 20, 2012. Frances Gulley Harris ’85 on the death of her father, John Edgerton Gulley, on Jan. 16, 2012. Rae Marie Hall Czuhai ’85 and her husband, Daniel, on the death of their nephew, Brian Apple, on Jan. 11, 2012. Shelli R. Plott ’92 on the death of her mother, Sharon Louise Knott Plott, on Jan. 13, 2012. Carey Maxwell Moore ’93 on the death of her mother, Betty Smith Maxwell, on Jan. 30, 2012. Shannon Craig Pate ’95 ’97 on the death of her father, Earl (Booty) Howard Pate III, on Aug. 9, 2010, and her mother, Trudy Howell Page, on Jan 29, 2011. Catherine Noell Hancock ’98 ’00 on the death of her grandfather, Nicholas Bunn Boddie, on Dec. 1, 2011. Sara Boseman Roberts ’03 on the death of her uncle, John Edgerton Gulley, on Jan. 16, 2012.


Rebekah Bryan Hancock ’03 ’06 on the death of her grandfather, Nicholas Bunn Boddie, on Dec. 1, 2011.


Brooke Myers Horne ’09 on the death of her husband, R.J. Horne, on Jan. 25, 2012. Lindsey Erin Moore ’11 on the death of her twin sister, Kasie Leigh Moore ’11 on Mar. 23, 2012. Martha C. Davis ‘12 on the death of her mother, Wilma S. Davis, on May 8.

ERRORS & OMISSIONS William Peace University makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of its reporting and announcements. In the Fall 2011 issue of the Bulletin, we should have noted that longtime Peace friend and generous donor, McNair Currie Maxwell, established The Katherine Pate Lyons & Virginia Bowen Lyons Scholarship in honor of Katherine and in memory of Virginia, her legacy nieces, along with her family. We regret the error.

S t a y I N F O R M E D . S t a y I N V O LV E D . S t a y C O N N E C T E D . HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE & BAZ AAR Wine, Shopping & Holiday Galore! Dec. 7, 2012 at 6 p.m. Per Person Ticket Cost: $20 Peace alumni, students and guests are invited to a holiday open house in Main Building. Enjoy food, wine and fun, all while filling your stockings with alumni and local community vendor merchandise!

CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY STORY HOUR With Santa & Mrs. Claus! Dec. 8, 2012 at 10 a.m. Free Admission Join us for our 3rd annual event. Open to the Peace community, there will be pictures with the Clauses, a present from Santa, two stories read by a special guest, Miss Denise’s holiday cookies and more!

Save the Date!


Elaine Wooten Wood ’74 on the death of her legacy sister, Martha Lynch Wooten ’76, on Jan. 20, 2012.


Obituaries Winter I Spring 2012 Jacquelin Quesenbery Jeutter

Menefee Bennett Little

Menefee Bennett Little, Little, longtime Peace friend and supporter, passed away Dec. 9. Little’s husband, James C. Little, Jr., represented Peace during its litigations with the Synod of North Carolina. He was also the founding member of and chair for the Foundation Board, and his mother, Mrs. Mary Alma Marsh Little was a graduate of Peace Institute. Little’s other family connections include her late sister-in-law, Irene Little Still ’32; her son, James C. Little III, a former member of the university’s Board of Visitors (19901995); and her daughter, Marian Little Steffner ’69. In addition, Little also leaves behind a daughter, Bennett Little Cotten. Little served the institution as a member of the Board of Visitors (1979-1985) and the Foundation Board (1980-2005). She graduated from Woman’s College, UNC-Greensboro (1943), was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Raleigh for more than 65 years, serving as Deacon, president and member of the Foundation Board of the Women of the Church, a Sunday school teacher and member of the Vanguard Class. She was president of Rex Hospital Guild and sat on the board for 24 years, and was the first woman in Raleigh appointed to a local bank board. She served in that capacity at NC National Bank (Bank of America) for 14 years. She was also a founding member and president of the Wake County Bar Auxiliary and president of the Wake County UNC-Greensboro Alumni Association. Little also served on the boards of Wake County Cerebral Palsy Center and the Tammy Lynn Center for Development Disabilities and was a sustaining member of the Junior League of Raleigh.

Anna Green Ligon

Anna Green Ligon ’33, a longtime, unwavering university supporter and William Peace Society member, passed away on June 15. Ligon was a native of Raleigh and the daughter of prominent businessman, Thomas E. Green and Minnie Klapp Green. As a student, she was known for her style and beauty, and she and her good friend, Dorothy Dent Park ’33, were both members of S.P.Q.R. (’27 & ’33). After Peace, she married Dr. J. Henry Ligon, Jr. (1947) and together they raised three daughters: Jill L. Heath, Patricia B. Ligon, and Robin L. White. Granddaughter, Anna Thomas Heath ‘05, and niece, Anna Karin Green ‘06, were also Peace graduates. Ligon’s devotion to family, friends and her church was apparent to everyone; she was active in volunteer service in both the church and community and served on the altar guild at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, the Rex Hospital Guild, and the board for Oberlin Road YWCA, was president of the N.C. 4th District Dental Auxiliary, a member of The Raleigh Fine Arts Society and a member of the Colonel Polk Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also a member of the Wesleyan Fellowship Sunday School Class and United Methodist Women’s Circle No. 8., both of which were dear to her. Ligon kept up with all things Peace and was one of the most dedicated alumni in her giving to The Loyalty Fund and established The Anna Green Ligon Scholarship in 1999.

In Memory of… Peace Alumni Who Have Passed Before Us Mary Dinwiddie Crow Gill ’31 I Dec. 27, 2011 Anna Green Ligon ’33 I June 15 Eliza Rose Bagby ’34 I May 3 Lillian Pace Hunter ’34 I Apr. 1 Judith (Judy) Bullock Nisbet ’39 I Jan. 12 Mary Cooke Williford ’40 I Jan. 20 Carley Aycock Gibson ’41 I Feb. 10 Elizabeth Gore Tingle ’43 I Dec. 31, 2011 Louise Alston Lemay ’43 I Mar. 22 Betty Howell Aberly ’45 I June 11 Sarah Willey Harrison ‘46 I Feb. 2 Mary Margaret Giles Augliere ’47 I Nov. 24, 2011 Aileen Welsh Hogge ’48 I Feb. 9 Jacquelin (Jacque) Quesenbery Jeutter ’50 I Feb. 10 Virginia George Johnson ’51 I Nov. 16, 2011 Anne Seawell McKenzie ’51 I Dec. 16, 2011 Olene Pleasants Book ’52 I Mar. 12 Billie Stokes Norman ’55 I Dec. 19, 2011 Anne Yudicky Bogdan ’55 I Mar. 10, 2011 Rebecca King Morris ’46 I Apr. 11 Rebecca Lee Watkins ’58 I Feb. 16 Betty Anne Graham Parker ’61 I Mar. 17 Terry Harles Hunt ’63 I Nov. 19, 2011 Anna Maria Adams Aldredge ’67 I Apr. 10 Lula Vinson Lewis ’67 I Apr. 1 Patricia Martin Morrison ’67 I Jan. 4 Charlie Strickland Wood ’72 I Feb. 26 Martha Lynch Wooten ’76 I Jan. 20 Cathee Stanley Winkie ’77 I Mar. 23 Kasie Leigh Moore ’11 I Mar. 23 Please notify William Peace University of an alumni’s passing by sending an email to our records division at or call 919.508.2043. To learn more about Memorial Services at WPU for alumni, contact the Office of Visitor Services at 919.508.2044 or email To make a memorial gift for your classmate, please visit and click on “Donate to Peace,” then select “Memorial Gift” option. Or, call the Office of Engagement at 919.508.2043.


Jacquelin Quesenbery Jeutter ’50, ’50, former Trustee, passed away on Feb. 10. After graduating from Peace with her A.A., Jeutter received a B.A. in Education (1952) from UNC-Chapel Hill and an Ms.Ed. (1954) from the University of Virginia (UVA). It was at UVA that Jeutter met her husband of 53 years, Jerry, who predeceased her in 2006. Together, they raised three children: Christa Jeutter Davidson, Barger Jeutter-Robertson, and Gerald A. (Jeb) Jeutter, Jr. a current Peace Trustee. Jeutter was an active student at Peace and was named to Phi Theta Kappa, Rho Delta Chi and was president of Sigma Pi Alpha. She received scholastic honors in both 1949 and 1950, was a member of The Lotus editorial staff (1950), the Athletic Association (1949) and was active on multiple student committees. She was also an engaged alumna active on the Board of Trustees (2001-08) and Foundation Board (2009-11). She was a member of the prestigious William Peace Society and the annual President’s Circle Society. Together, the Jeutters and their family established at Peace The Jeutter Family Fund for Unrestricted Endowment and The Jeutter Family Scholarship Fund. Jeutter was also committed to her community and to her faith. She was one of the first female ordained deacons in the Presbyterian Church, was active in the women’s circle and a bible study leader, a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Pastoral Nominating Committees and president of school PTAs, a Girl Scout Leader and a Meals on Wheels volunteer.


WPU Bulletin, Summer 2012  

WPU Bulletin, Summer 2012