IN THE CLASSR OOM:ENGAGED LEARNING ACADEMIC STRATEGIES CREATED FOR STUDENT SUCCESS
PEACE THE W I L L I A M P E A C E U NI V E R S I T Y B U L L E T I N I SUMMER2013
S U M M E R 2 0 1 3 CO N T E N T S
2 I PRESIDENTS’ MESSAGES
A Word on the Summer Issue
3 I OFFICE OF ENGAGEMENT’S MESSAGE By Julie E. Ricciardi
4 I ENROLLMENT GROWTH HITS ITS PACE AT WPU By Lynn C. Owens, Ph.D.
5 I COMMUNITY GROWTH IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD By John Michael McAllister
6 I ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
Maria Ewing ’12 & Erica De Long ’04
8 I WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE WPU 1857-2013
9 I DINWIDDIE CHAPEL REFLECTIONS A Giving Opportunity
10 I PEOPLE OF PEACE
Get to Know WPU Students, Faculty and Staff
14 I IN THE CLASSROOM: ENGAGED LEARNING
Academic Strategies Created for Student Success
19 I SPRING INTERNSHIPS
Preparing Students for Future Careers
20 I BACCALAUREATE & COMMENCEMENT 2013
Images From the Weekend
22 I WELCOME TO PACER COUNTRY
Spring Season Athletics Re-Cap & Coaches Spotlight
24 I ARTS & EVENTS CALENDAR 2013-14
Performing Arts, Concerts, Speakers and More
Cover photo: Nabeel Jaitapker © 2012 I Inside cover: Lauren E. Gerber © 2012
26 I FORTUNE FEIMSTER ’00 ’02
Guess Who’s Coming to Campus
27 I IN THE WORKS
Gifts & Sponsorships Support Programs & Projects
28 I NEWS BRIEFS
News from Around Campus
32 I PEACE BE WITH YOU
Devotional by Rev. R. Lee Carter, Ph.D.
34 I CLASS NOTES
Learn What’s Happening With Alumni
38 I WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Catch Up on the Latest News From Former Faculty/Staff
40 I OBITUARIES & MEMORIAL LISTING
In Memory of Those Who Have Passed Before Us
PUBLICATION MANAGER AND EDITOR Lauren E. Gerber, Director of Communications & Outreach DESIGN & LAYOUT Lauren E. Gerber, Director of Communications & Outreach PRODUCED BY THE OFFICE OF ENGAGEMENT
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS Mary Lloyd Hodges Barbera ’85, Alumni Representative Jessica Coscia-Ferns ’01, WPU Alumni Board Carolyn Hollis Dickens ’72, WPU Alumni Board Ian C. Dunne, WPU Digital Communications Specialist Yvette Holmes ’14, SPS Student Representative Cymone Kirsten Gee ’16, Student Representative Pastor John Michael McAllister, Community Representative Taylor C. Shaw ‘12, Alumni Representative Lynn C. Owens, Ph.D., Dept. Chair, Communication Program Kevin Daniels, WPU Assistant Athletics Director
COPY EDITORS Alison Trinkle, Executive Assistant Mary Lloyd Hodges Barbera ’85 Carolyn Hollis Dickens ’72 PHOTOGRAPHY Ian C. Dunne Lauren E. Gerber Nabeel Jaitapker Ryan McGuire
COVER PHOTO: DR. PATRICK MYER I BROOKE CAMPBELL ’16 I JOSH HARDIN ’16 INSIDE COVER PHOTO: DR. SCOT T MCELREATH I HANNAH MURPHY ’14 I BRANDON YOUNG ’16 I LUIS BELTRAN ’16
PRESIDENT Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D.
On May 11, William Peace University graduated 150 students. Like so many others before them, each received the traditional rose and bible as they crossed the Commencement stage. Our newest graduates then circled the fountain with their families and faculty, staff and board members gathered on Old Main’s porches. Together, we sang the Alma Mater. Poignant moments like this remind me why we all do what we do: we educate every student to become ethical, global citizens who are competitive and talented professional women and men. We live and breathe this mission every day. In reflecting over our first academic year as a co-ed institution, I am proud of the successes we’ve had. WPU’s Strategic Plan, which began implementation in 2011, outlined multiple goals and strategies designed to grow enrollment, develop new and current programs, leverage resources for growth opportunities, upgrade technology, engage students in student activities, clubs and organizations and enhance our relationship with the Presbyterian Church.
PRESIDENT Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D.
It is with these goals in mind, that we celebrate the graduates of the Class of 2013 and look forward to perpetuating our tradition of higher education leadership and continuing to embrace Peace’s future.
Photo: Lauren E. Gerber © 2013
What a terrific year we’ve had! I am so blessed to have made connections with students and alumni this year, which reminds me ― yet again ― why I feel such pride in my alma mater. The Alumni Board was very active and engaged, demonstrating to our students that there are many ways to remain connected to Peace, even after they graduate. President Townsley, Alumni Board members and I attended multiple campus and regional events alongside the President’s Ambassadors, Peer Mentors and the WPU Singers. And, every Alumni Board member was involved in mentoring a Peace student. Many of us also returned to campus to provide networking opportunities, or came to support students who were presenting, performing or leading activities. It has been very rewarding for us to see that the value of a Peace education remains strong. Though we are an ever-evolving institution, there are multiple ties and traditions that remain everlasting. Our young women and men make life-lasting friendships, experience a mentoring and supportive environment, become ethical citizens and learn to be career-minded.
It is with a strong foundation that members of the Class of 2013 now enter the professional world, and I know they will be successful because of it. Best wishes!
Alumni Board ALUMNI BOARD PRESIDENT Rachel Beach Reynolds ‘98 ’00
“On the Road” again for William Peace University
FROM L-TO-R: ALLISON LEGGET T WOOLARD ’01 I RACHEL BEACH REYNOLDS ’98 ’00 SHANNON O’DEA ’98 ’00 I LEIGH WALLACE HINES ’12 I TASHA THRIFT KING ’98 ’00 BARBARA EFIRD I MARY FOWLER ’10 I FARRAH KNAB ’11 I HANNAH ALRIDGE ’12 SARA JO ALLEN MANNING ’58 ’60
VICE PRESIDENT I OFFICE OF ENGAGEMENT Julie E. Ricciardi
Informed, Involved, Connected So much of what we do in the Engagement office with alumni is centered on providing experiences for our undergraduates. Whether it is a professional internship, an educational dig on the coast, trips to New York for our Honors Program and B.F.A. students, or even being a part of an on-campus activity with a service project, everything our faculty, staff and alumni work so hard to do results in the creation of a meaningful relationship with their alma mater.
Debra, Rachel and I traveled with student ambassadors this spring attending wonderful regional events hosted by Jane Wall Bondurant ’72, Elaina Bright ’11, Beth Chadwick Cherry ’72, Jane Bowman Fain ’76, Leigh Wallace Hines ’11, Megan Hoffner ’11, Kirsten Jarrell ’11, Fred and Judy Kelly, Farrah Knab ’11, Shannon O’Dea ’98 ’00, Jenny McNeill Purvis ’04, Rachel Beach Reynolds ’98 ’00, Dallas Thompson ’09 and Alli Leggett Woolard ’01. The Peace Singers and our B.F.A. students were also given multiple opportunities to perform, volunteer and be guest speakers throughout the State thanks to alumni and friends connected with the NC Governor’s Inaugural Ball, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Trinity United Methodist, Hillyer Memorial Christian and Samaria Baptist Churches, Winterfest, the Raleigh Christmas Parade, The Pink Alli, the NC Heritage Calendar Gala, Wake County Law Enforcement events, the NC Symphony and more! As Faith Inman ’13 (Miss Peace 2013) said in her recent letter to many of you, none of this would be possible without alumni and friends who support WPU’s programs and make Peace a priority for the future. If you haven’t given yet this year, give now and give often so we may continue to support students just like Faith who are making Peace proud!
Alumni Photo: Julie Ricciardi © 2013
Throughout the year, many of you made it a priority to make such life-changing moments and opportunities happen. Perhaps this is because you see yourself in our students or you have witnessed their ventures into future careers, taking with them the many lessons learned both in and out of the classroom. As our students begin to set the world on fire, they will continue to bring honor and glory to Peace, just as you did.
WPU expects more than 400 new students, about 320 of whom are incoming first-year students. Nearly 70% of the incoming students are female and 30% are male. Amber Stenbeck, Vice President for Enrollment Management, says in the past two years, applications to WPU have doubled, while other small private institutions are seeing a 10 to 20 percent decline in enrollment, according to The Wall Street Journal. “I am so proud of the entire Enrollment team,” Stenbeck said. “They have worked non-stop to make this happen for WPU and it’s incredible to see all of their time, persistence and hard work start coming to fruition.” Attendance at open house events has also reached a record high. Justin G. Roy, Vice President for Communications and Social Media, said not only are more prospective students visiting the campus, but they are doing it earlier than ever before. “We are getting many high school juniors inquiring about the school and attending the open houses,” Roy said. “Many of these students are just brilliant.” Stenbeck said the university has been recruiting nationally and competing with schools like Stanford, Duke and Arizona State. “It’s very exciting to make a student’s short list and hear the other institutions that we are competing against,” she added. Roy says the university is becoming a first-choice college for many prospective students.
ENROLLMENT GROWTH AT WPU HITS ITS PACE I PEACE.EDU
By Lynn C. Owens, Ph.D.
JAMES JOYNER ’16 I HANNAH MURPHY ’14 I JACQUI ROWLEY ’16
“There is a lot of discussion on social media about applying here and deciding to go here,” he said. “It’s very exciting.” With the expansion of athletics, student-athlete recruitment is also bolstering enrollment growth, especially with WPU’s first men’s soccer and baseball teams ready to play this year. In addition, existing women’s and men’s teams are seeing increased interest by prospective and current students and the School of Professional Studies (SPS) is also benefitting from expanded recruiting efforts. “SPS enrollments have grown more than 60 percent overall, since the program’s introduction,” said Lori McClaren, Ph.D., Director of Online Programs. “Today, students in the nontraditional program can now earn degrees in the evenings, online and/or through our Saturday program.” Degree types have also expanded, including programs offered in Business Administration, Psychology and Liberal Studies in the evening program. Through the Saturdays@Peace program, students can now earn their degree in Education and/or a teaching certificate.
Photo: MMI Public Relations © 2012
As a new school year quickly approaches, a record number of students are preparing to join the William Peace University community.
When students arrive on campus later this fall, they’ll have a grocery store and other new shops within walking distance of their dorm rooms.
However, despite the rapid growth of the area, the Mordecai/Oakwood/Peace Community is listed as a “food desert” by the US Department of Agriculture – a designation reflecting the nearest grocery store is several miles away. Daniel Whitaker and Chad McIntyre are changing this.
COMMUN IT Y GROWTH in our The two are leading efforts to open a combined grocery store, restaurant, and catering business later this summer. Whitaker, the CEO of Green Planet Catering, and McIntyre, the proprietor of the popular Market Restaurant, have joined forces to renovate the Person Street Plaza building at the intersection of Franklin and Person Streets, adjacent to the WPU campus. Person Street Plaza has been shuttered for nearly 15 years, but is currently undergoing extensive renovations. This summer, it will become the new home of “The Market Restaurant, Catering, & Grocery.”
by Rev. John Michael McAllister
The community surrounding William Peace University is experiencing tremendous growth and transformation. According to US Census Bureau projections, in the five year period between 2012-2017 the population within a one-mile radius of campus will grow by 10.3%.
CHAD MCINTYRE I DANIEL WHITAKER Photo: Dathan Kazsuk|Triangle Business Journal © 2013
The Market - Restaurant, Grocery & Catering will contain a 93-seat restaurant, 1,500+ square feet of retail & grocery, an in-house butcher, and prepared foods; all while maintaining an increased capacity for catering through a 2,500 sq.ft. kitchen.
The newly-renovated plaza will also be home to Yellow Dog Bakery and a coffee shop. Raleigh City Farm, also located on the property, will continue to supply locally-grown, organic produce to local-area restaurants, including The Market.
“The whole business will have an emphasis on sustainability,” Whitaker said.
When the businesses open later this summer, they will add nearly fifty jobs to the local economy. However, for local residents and students, the presence of a community grocery and other shops will enhance the attractiveness and livability of this already vibrant neighborhood.
The bodega-style grocery will offer high-quality food sourced from localarea farmers and vendors while being within walking distance of the WPU campus and Mordecai and Oakwood neighborhoods.
For more information about The Market – Restaurant, Grocery & Catering, check out their website: themarketraleigh.com.
Since opening in 2007, Whitaker’s catering business has seen at least 30% growth each year and has included a range of supplemental projects including a sustainable farm-site and biodiesel production facility. Likewise, since opening in 2010, McIntyre’s restaurant quickly gained a loyal following and outgrew its original location on North Blount Street. By merging their businesses, Whitaker and McIntyre hope to draw on the strength and success of both.
Maria Ewing ’12
Vision. Creativity. Dedication. by Lauren E. Gerber
Maria Ewing’s dream of completing college was realized in 2012 when she and her classmates walked the William Peace University Commencement stage and she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Liberal Studies and a minor in English. Though already a seasoned sales, marketing, promotions and advertising professional with more than 25 years’ experience, it wasn’t until she enrolled in the university’s School of Professional Studies that she was able to achieve her goal. “I left college in my junior year and went to work,” Ewing explained. “I was fortunate to have a great career in media sales and promotions and performing arts marketing. Over the years, I had attempted to complete my degree, but raising my children and work responsibilities took precedence.” In April 2010, Ewing noticed an advertisement regarding an information session for WPU’s School of Professional Studies. By May, she had enrolled and was in her first on-campus class. “From my very first meeting with an admissions counselor to graduation, it was always a personalized experience,” Ewing said. “I found peace at Peace.” But as an adult learner, Ewing wasn’t just a college student. She was also raising her youngest son and working at the North Carolina Symphony where she is the Director of Advertising & Promotions. There, she manages the Symphony’s advertising efforts to key media outlets and constituents throughout North Carolina. “She is a proven leader in relationship building and producing high quality special events and promotions,” said Linda Charlton, the Symphony’s Vice President for Marketing & Audience Development.
Ewing’s career prior to the Symphony has included serving in several professional roles: Community Relations Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Durham, Marketing and Development Director for The Carolina Theatre of Durham, Special Events Sales Director for Radio One, Director of Development for WNCU public radio at North Carolina Central University, Promotions and Marketing Director for Clear Channel Radio and Account Executive for the Independent Weekly.
But, that’s not all. Ewing has also managed to stay involved in her community. She previously served on the Board of Trustees for the Durham Art Guild (2007-2010) and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She’s also been a member of the Southside Church of Christ in Durham for more than 25 years. Recently, she began volunteering at William Peace University for the Manning Chamber Music Concert Series, which is a partnership between the North Carolina Symphony and WPU. A native of Fayetteville, Ewing grew up on military bases. When she
MARIA H. EWING ’12
Photo: Michael Zirkle Photography © 2013
was a teenager, her father retired and she and her family returned from Germany to Fayetteville, where she enrolled at Reid Ross High School. “Although I haven’t lived in my hometown for some time, I support the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County,” she said. “I think it is imperative that every child has an opportunity to experience visual and performing arts offerings in their communities.” Today, Ewing resides in Raleigh and stays active by participating in yoga classes, walking, reading books and enjoying music and the performing arts. She also spends quality time with her three children and two grandchildren.
Erica DeLong ’04
Values. Friendships. Career. by Asia M. Sanchez ’13
Climbing the corporate ladder can be a hard ascent, but it can be even harder while holding onto your authentic self. Yet the bubbly, open and refreshingly fun-loving Erica DeLong of G105 Radio’s Bob and the Showgram morning show was not afraid to show the broadcasting industry that a woman of Peace can rise to the top while holding onto morals and values. DeLong graduated in 2004 from Peace College with a B.A. in Communication, but she didn’t wait on her diploma to start gaining radio experience. As a sophomore, DeLong took a position as a student intern for the Triangle’s number one radio show, Bob and the Showgram. During her junior and senior years, she went on to work as an assistant producer for the show. DeLong credits her mentor, friend and fellow Peace sister, Emily “Fortune” Feimster ’00 ’02 of the “Chelsea Lately” show, for helping her kick-off her radio career. After graduating, the young radio personality took a field trip to New York City. She then proclaimed her love for the Big Apple and relocated from North Carolina to start her professional career at Radio City Music Hall. DeLong lived in NYC for four years, working for both Premier Radio and CBS Radio. After showing she had what it takes to be successful in broadcasting, she began co-hosting a show in Detroit.
ERICA DELONG ’04
Still, DeLong missed her family and friends in the South.
mni After being gone for eight years, she returned to Raleigh to become cohost of the show that helped start her career.
“I really missed working with Bob,” DeLong said. “We work well together.”
Photo: Nabeel Jaitapker © 2013
The former Peace College President’s Ambassador made her mark on the world of radio, and all without losing a grip on the teachings and practices of her alma mater.
“I was the shy girl sitting in the back of the class, while taking co-ed classes at NC State, but Peace taught me how to be strong and to never skip steps,” she explained. “Peace helped me build a solid [professional] foundation of morals and ethics.” Though DeLong admits to goofing off in her favorite professor’s class (Roger Christman, Associate Professor of Communication), she still sees her years at Peace as some of the most important in her life.
the one-on-one attention she and her classmates received and the friendships she built – friendships that have stood the test of time and distance. Her advice to current Peace students?
“Be who you are because people can see through a lie. Either they will get used to you or they won’t,” she said. “Be respectful of others, but never compromise who you are to make friends.” That’s how you climb the corporate ladder with integrity and grace.
Without hesitation, she says that her favorite college experiences include
JUNE 2013 ALUMNI TEA DONATED ALUMNI SILVERWARE
THROUGH THE YEARS
CLASS OF 1910 Photos: Lauren E. Gerber © 2013
Walk MEM ODown R Y Memory L A NLane E 1857 TO 2013
By Julie E. Ricciardi
When you have an afternoon to while away the hours, consider stopping by Old Main or the Lucy Cooper Finch Library and peruse William Peace University’s glorious archives that have been acquired over a great many years.
While it is commonly assumed that traditions have an ancient history, many Peace traditions were invented on purpose in later decades over shorter periods of time– whether socially,
culturally or politically motivated. And so it is at Peace, through a majestic one hundred and fifty-six years, that we annually add to each bit of history thanks to our many alumni and their own memories of our campus. Tokens of yesteryear have been left to us and bring recollections rushing back, like water cascading down the iconic fountain. Here, you may find tea pots, artwork, cake plates, class photographs or silverware proudly donated by alumni like Pat Dennis Taylor ’72, Sara Jo
Allen Manning ’58 ’60, Lib Averill Harkey ’38 or the late Caroline Jerritt Branstad ’38. Each was called upon to gift silver to their alma mater so long ago. And, each class ring, medal, pin – and even the dinner bell – have enduring historical value, handed over to us for safekeeping. This summer, members of the Alumni Board will continue to clean and display items, so please put Peace on your list of places to visit when you are in Raleigh. Come see what brings back memories of your time at Peace.
Photo: Lauren E. Gerber © 2013
If these walls could speak, Dinwiddie Chapel would tell tales of spiritual growth, kindness, lessons learned and loving commitments made by thousands over the years. Named in memory of Dr. James L. Dinwiddie, who served as Peace College president from 1890 to 1907, the beloved Chapel has been an important gathering place for pivotal campus moments. Not only a place of worship, the Chapel has also been home to traditional ceremonies and services, including Class Day, Awards Day, Omicron Delta Kappa Inductions, weddings, memorial services, Honor Code ceremonies and more.
1850 POMPLITZ ORGAN INSTALLED 1918 Photo: Ian C. Dunne © 2013
It’s the very first place students and parents come when
they arrive for campus tours and the first stop during Pacer Camp orientation for First Years. The Chapel is where Seniors gather before Baccalaureate and Commencement Services, so it’s also the last place they visit as they conclude their educational journey at Peace. Dinwiddie Chapel was renovated in 1972 with major funding from the descendants of James Dinwiddie, and William Peace University is once again readying to provide tender loving care for this sacred place.
2013 AWARDS DAY IN DINWIDDIE Photo: J&J Photography © 2012
Throughout the decades, Peace has been blessed to receive gifts from alumni and friends when it was needed to help maintain our Chapel. In 2006, Mary Cynthia Harris Monday ’68 ‘70 donated the beautiful red carpet in the Chapel, which was a perfect addition. In 2007, when another need arose, former Peace Security Chief, John Wieland, answered the call for much needed sound equipment in the Chapel. Now is YOUR chance to be a part of history by becoming a donor to the Dinwiddie Chapel Maintenance Fund. Tell us your story and send in a photo when you make your gift.
DINWIDDIE WEDDING Photo: Lauren E. Gerber© 2013
Come back during Homecoming Weekend in October and participate in the annual Alumni Chapel Service. Or, if you’re planning a wedding this year, consider making it special by having the ceremony in Dinwiddie Chapel. Whatever the reason, just remember how important your memories are as you reflect on a gift. Visit www.peace.edu/alumni/give today.
DINWIDDIE CHAPEL EST. 1883
Photo: Lauren E. Gerber © 2013
A 2012 graduate of Pine Forest Senior High in Fayetteville, Terrace Myles has been hard at work during his first year at WPU, and it’s paying off in big ways. “I was recently named President of the Sophomore Class,” he said. “It’s a leadership position that gives me the opportunity to make the school a better place as a whole. And, as president I want to focus on security, student involvement and making WPU an enjoyable and safe learning environment.” The rising Sophomore was also recently named a Peer Mentor for Pacer Camp, the WPU summer orientation program for new students. As a Peer Mentor, Myles will help lead activities and serve as both a mentor and a role model for new students during their transition to college life. “I feel I’ve gained a lot of experience during my first year at WPU,” Myles said. “It’s a very big transition from high school to college, but I’ve created friendships that will last a lifetime. And, a lot of the people I’ve met have been a big influence on the activities and clubs I’ve joined.” Myles is active on campus in the intramural sports program and as a member of both the Campus Activities Board (C.A.B.) and the Men’s Golf Team. Before coming to Peace, the young golfer worked as a Recreation Assistant at Stryker Golf near Fort Bragg. He also contributes as a sports writer for the online student-led newspaper, The Peace Times, and will be a Resident Assistant next year. A double major in Communication and Political Science, Myles aspires to be a news anchor and someday work for ESPN. He credits his family for their support. “My mother, grandparents and younger brother Terrington – with whom I share the same birth date – are the most important influences in my life.”
by Lauren E. Gerber
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CECILIA DHALI I CLASS OF ’14 by Lauren E. Gerber
When Cecilia Dhali first came to tour the Peace campus, she instantly knew it was the right school for her. “I immediately fell in love with the place,” she said. Since then, Dhali has become well-known for her involvement in student clubs, organizations and activities – even though she’s a commuter and doesn’t live on campus. Still, she has managed to remain engaged in many ways. A Business major and HR minor, Dhali is active as a Peer Mentor, a President’s Ambassador, president of the Commuter Student Association, president of Phi Beta Lambda and most recently was named Chief Administrative Officer for the Student Government Association (S.G.A.). She has also been active in the Peace S.H.R.M. (Society for Human Resource Management) chapter, and as a senior next year, she will take on the role of president for WPU’s Omicron Delta Kappa chapter. She also carries the distinction of being named an Outstanding Sophomore and an Outstanding Junior. Photo: Lauren E. Gerber © 2013
After a successful internship working for NEXTAFF, which is owned by Alumni Board President Rachel Beach Reynolds ’98 ’00, Dhali said she is ready for the professional world, having developed many skills she’ll need as she steps beyond the halls of her beloved alma mater. “This school has given me a bright and successful future, and I plan to make the most of this experience and continue to give back as a student and future alumna,” Dhali explained.
CHARLES WILLIAMS I PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER by Ian C. Dunne
If you’ve been on campus in the past decade, you’ve likely been greeted with the expression, “Alright, alright.” Charles Williams works for the university in the Department of Public Safety, where he often makes rounds and patrols campus. The New Orleans-native and former business owner has been a Peace employee for 13 years, but is contemplating retirement. “Maybe,” he said with a smile on his face. “I miss it. I miss New Orleans.” Most in the Peace community don’t realize that Williams was a successful club owner in the bayou state for more than a dozen years before making a move in the mid 90’s to North Carolina. There, he successfully ran “The Peppermint Lounge,” an establishment that is still up-and-running and located just a few blocks from the famous Bourbon St. “The first night it was packed,” Williams recalled. “Sometimes I would open up on a Monday and wouldn’t close until the following Monday – 24 hours (a day), three straight shifts.” The club was also where he coined his token phrase. “When I would walk through (the club) I would always be bringing things in, and I would just always say to people, ‘Alright, how y’all doing? Everything’s alright. Just go back to what y’all are doing.’” Williams eventually sold the business and retired. He and his wife, Katherine, live in Raleigh, but their hearts remain in New Orleans. “I love the food. I ain’t got the food here,” he chuckled. “Every time I make a run down there, I have to haul all the food back.” Williams also has his three children and family to look forward to seeing back in New Orleans when he retires. “They want me to come back. They want me to live around them again,” Williams explained. “Maybe in the next six months when I’m at year 14, I’ll be ready to get out of here.”
Photo: Ian C. Dunne © 2013
by Lauren E. Gerber
Dr. Patrick Myer has been an avid collector of fish, amphibians and reptiles living the U.S. and other countries throughout his life. Since 1993, he’s taught in the university’s Biology Department, but he’s not your average Biology teacher. Myer has also been active as an environmental consultant with the Department of Energy, the Florida Wildlife Commission, the Disney Corporation and the Tennessee Valley Authority, just to name a few. He’s twice been chased by bears, had close encounters with tornadoes and been held at gunpoint by drug-runners. “Luckily, I had snakes in a bag so they didn’t believe I was law enforcement and let me go,” he said. “In fact, they showed me good localities for snake collecting.” Dedicated to engaged student learning at Peace for the past 20 years, Myer was recently named Associate Professor of Biology. With a B.S. cum laude in Biology from UNC-Wilmington, an M.S. in Zoology from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Myer feels the best part of his job is the interaction with his students. “I love the family-like feel our biology majors have with the faculty,” he explained. “In larger schools, it’s impossible to connect with undergraduates at any real level. At Peace, faculty are intimately familiar with all students, biology majors or not.” Myer first taught introductory Bio Labs at Peace while writing his dissertation. After several years as an adjunct, he was hired as program part-time. Now, fulltime he teaches Biology Lecture and Lab, Honors Biology Lab, Vertebrate Zoology Lecture and Lab, Human Physiology Lecture and Lab, Histology and Biogeography. “I try to incorporate field activities in most of my courses,” Myer added. “Nothing brings together student camaraderie and connection like walking in a creek seining for fish.” He also supervises yearly student environmental research projects and is a biology advisor. And, since 1999, Myer and Dr. Lisa Bonner, Biology Professor and Department Chair, have been developing an ongoing environmental research program for Peace students. “Field research activities are long lasting life experiences,” Myer said. “I still have students from 10 years ago talking about how fun the field was and how much they learned.” WPU students present their research findings at meetings of The North Carolina Academy of Sciences, the National Council on Undergraduate Research and The Association of Southeastern Biologists. Some have also won awards. At Peace, much of the biology research involves stream ecology and toxicology, and the close proximity of the university to Crabtree Creek affords a close study site. “Crabtree is heavily polluted with PCBs and our studies examine how the toxins move through animal populations,” Myer explained. “We have done a lot of research over the years and several projects have been or are in the process of being reviewed for publication.” Myer also acknowledges that students who perform research as undergraduates are at a distinct advantage when applying to professional and graduate schools, and that Peace research students have had huge successes in medical, dental, physician’s assistant and physical therapy schools. Such experiences have also meant the difference when getting a job in government agencies and in the private sector. For Myer, the future of biology is infinite, meaning there will be additional growth for the department at William Peace University.
“New fields in the biological sciences are opening all of the time,” he said. “Soon our department will be busting at the seams, and we’ll look to increase full-time faculty, lab and lecture space to fill that impending need.”
Myer resides in Clayton with his wife of almost 20 years, Tracey, who is a Biology teacher at Cary High School, their children David (14) and Jenna (12) along with their family boxer, numerous snakes, turtles and a few species of lizards that they breed and sell. “Our family enjoys offshore fishing, snake collecting and fossil collecting,” Myer added. “Our house is literally a zoo.”
Photo: Nabeel Jaitapker © 2012
PATRICK A. MYER, PH.D. I ASSOCIATE
ELIZA FISHER LASKOWSKI, PH.D. I LECTURER & DRAMATURG, ENGLISH DEPT. by Lauren E. Gerber
Dr. Eliza Fisher Laskowski is truly a Renaissance woman. Born in Atlanta and raised in Memphis, TN, she has been more than a lecturer in the university’s English department since 2008-09. She’s also been the Dramaturg for William Peace Theatre’s programs and productions, is classically trained in voice and music and has performed in musical and theatre productions, as well as special university Chapel services. “I love sharing medieval and Renaissance poems and plays with students because so many questions those authors wrestled with are questions that are still with us,” she said. “Students are able to see that, despite the hundreds of years that have passed.” Photo: Lauren E. Gerber © 2012
Laskowski’s interest in theatre began when she was a teenager helping out with summer musicals in her hometown community theatre. In college, she majored in English and minored in Music (B.A., 1996) at Sewanee (The University of the South), where she was also very involved in a student-run theatre company. By the time she graduated, Laskowski had appeared in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Importance of Being Earnest, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience and Reckless. She’d done everything behind the scenes from painting sets to producing three shows. Extensive choir training, including performances at the Kennedy Center, Winchester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, complemented her theatrical experiences and she decided to continue her studies in literature, receiving a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Concentrating on 16th and 17th-century drama, she focused her research on an elite form of entertainment called “masque” – a complex union of poetry, music, dancing, scenic spectacle and allegory – to which she brings a unique interdisciplinary perspective. Laskowski resides in Raleigh with her husband, daughter Beatrice (5) and two Welsh Corgis (“Tucker” and “Zoe”). In her spare time, she is involved in her church choir, gardening, cooking and creating her own jewelry.
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IN THE classroom
Introduction by Lauren E. Gerber
William Peace University has a long history of promoting engaged learning. The institution’s approach to higher education goes beyond lecture-based instruction to involve students more directly in their learning.
WPU’s majors are strategically designed with outcomes in mind, blending the professional world with academia as students learn relevant skills through classes taught by degreed faculty (no teaching assistants).
From faculty mentorship to individual scholarship, students receive educational opportunities that have been crafted to provide experiential learning with an academic foundation to propel them into successful future careers.
The university’s curricula begins with an innovative general education program that gives each student a firm foundation in interdisciplinary study, world citizenship and scholarly research, but Peace is different than other institutions, in that all WPU students
are required to complete an internship, three career development courses, a personal finance management class, a four-year writing program, public speaking and media literacy courses. Over the past 11 years, evaluations by students have continuously placed the university among the top 10 percent nationally in student-faculty interaction, supportive campus environment and enriching educational experiences. Evaluations by its Seniors also place the university highly within the two remaining categories: level of academic challenge and active and collaborative learning (National Survey of Student Engagement). Beyond the classroom, university faculty and staff encourage interaction with alumni and community mentors, facilitate networking among successful members of their fields, provide job search meetings, career panels and
What results is an annual average of more than 90 percent of graduates who are placed in jobs or graduate school within a year of graduation and 60 percent of graduates receiving job offers from their internship experience. Simply put, Peace students don’t graduate college looking for just any job. They graduate ready to enter the fields they went to college for in the first place. In the following articles, you’ll learn more ways the university is different from other institutions and how its academic programs are growing and changing.
NEW SCIENCE LAB TO OPEN THIS FALL by Lauren E. Gerber
This fall the university will unveil a new Science Lab in the Pressly Arts & Science Building to support the Biology program. The lab will serve
Bachelor of Science track will no longer need to leave campus to take Physics, which has previously been taught through the Cooperating Raleigh College’s (CRC) Program. The new Physics courses (PHY 211-212) deal with matter and energy and their interactions
graduate school discussions and advice.
Our majors are strategically designed with outcomes in mind, blending the professional world with academia, as students learn relevant skills through classes taught by degreed faculty (no teaching assistants).
upper level biology courses such as Botany, Ecology and Histology, as well as Physics. Students majoring in Biology under the
in the fields of mechanics, acoustics, optics, heat, electricity, magnetism, radiation, atomic structure and nuclear phenomena. The new lab ... continued on page 16
MELVIN GRAY ’16 I KIMBER GRAHAM ’13 I HANNAH MURPHY ’14 I DR. SCOT T MCELREATH
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space will also allow all of our biology students to further enhance their learning experience through experiments that will supplement the lecture. “Science faculty are eager to add the new lab to our facilities because it will afford more flexible scheduling of classes, allow an increase in the diversity of courses offered and accommodate larger enrollments in the Biology major,” said Dr. Lisa Bonner, Biology Department Chair and Professor. Providing physics on campus is a high priority because it is required for the B.S. degree and is a mandatory course for all students applying to healthrelated programs in Medicine, Dentistry, Physician Assistant, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy and graduate programs in the biological sciences. Students can also opt for the Bachelor of Arts degree in careers that require less mathematics, chemistry and physics.
“It’s no mistake WPU biology students hit the ground running when they graduate,” said Barbara Efird, Director of Career Services. “Peace offers small class sizes with experienced faculty members who take a stake in their future. Through exciting lab opportunities, students step out of the classroom and truly experience science.”
programs. They also provide contacts in the community who are often sources of internships for our students. Within the sciences field, this means experts who could serve on the Biology advisory board might come from industry-specific areas like biotechnology, medical laboratory research, pharmaceutical sales, dietetics and nutrition, forensics and other medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, medical technology and teaching organizations and businesses. At WPU, the Biology program has been strategically designed with desirable outcomes in mind. Biology graduates are consistently accepted into prestigious graduate schools and professional programs in health-related fields at colleges and universities like Methodist University’s Physician Assistant Program, UNC’s School of Dentistry, Auburn University’s Veterinary Medical School and Campbell University’s School of Pharmacy. Many Biology alumni also enter the workforce at companies like Merck Pharmaceuticals, Duke Health Systems, GSK, Biogen and the N.C. Laboratory of Public Health, among others.
NEW MAJOR SPAWNS LAB SPACE FOR SIMULATION & GAME DESIGN by Jessica Coscia-Ferns ’01
For tech-savvy students interested in blending their virtual prowess with the very real worlds of homeland security, defense, education and medicine the career opportunities are endless.
Biology students have opportunities to participate in off-campus internships, teaching assistantships in the laboratories and undergraduate research projects, where they can work alongside professors and are exposed to valuable mentoring experiences. And, Peace’s Biology professors don’t have to look far for proof of their impact.
The emergence of Millennials has opened the door for a revolutionary use of video games. While “gaming,” by its very name, has long been seen as a form of entertainment, video games have come a long way since the days of Super Mario Bros. and Atari.
“Every semester, our professors receive phone calls, emails and letters from graduates thanking them for the preparation they received for further education in graduate and professional schools and for the careers they’ve found with top companies,” Efird added.
The concept of “serious gaming,” or the use of digital simulation and video game design technology for non-entertainment purposes, is taking off.
In addition to the new science lab, all programs of study at WPU are led by department chairs and the faculty who teach. Last year, advisory boards comprised of experts in their fields began serving as advisors to various
Fortune 500 companies are integrating game mechanics and game-based learning into everyday applications, fundamentally changing the way we work. The military has been active in the market for years. Medical professionals are often challenged
There are currently more than 30 simulation and game companies in North Carolina’s Triangle-area alone. Nestled in the heart of North Carolina’s capital city, Peace is conveniently located near Research Triangle Park, world-class universities, medical institutions and the nation’s largest Army base, Fort Bragg. As proof of its commitment to prepare students for the careers of the future, WPU recently expanded its liberal arts education curriculum to include a major dedicated to the education of soon-to-be serious games professionals. Heading up the program, Roger Christman, WPU’s Associate Professor of Communications and Faculty Moderator, says that this major is not about the gaming industry that many may be familiar with. Serious gaming, he says, is where the industry is going to grow and that is where a bachelor’s degree is going to be valuable. “We’re not just creating a technician. We want them to be well-prepared for getting into a business and helping them not only change behaviors and outcomes, but we want them to understand why.” When Christman pitched the new major to the university’s Trustees, last year, he highlighted enrollment opportunities, career outlook, and also emphasized that half of the courses required were already being taught at Peace. “We’re just leveraging the assets we already have and then layering more specific skill-sets that make up that well-rounded person in this industry,” Christman said. “That in combination with a solid bachelor’s degree and liberal arts education is what is going to differentiate this program from the rest and make it successful.”
with opportunities to enhance their skills in the areas most valued by employers, including communication, critical and analytical thinking and problem solving.
Biology, Cultural and Physical Anthropology, Literature and Public Speaking. There are also a wide variety of Honors courses regularly offered at the upper level (300 or
Fortune 500 companies are integrating game mechanics and game-based learning into everyday applications fundamentally changing the way we work.
Christman said that internships with area companies like EPIC Games, IBM, ICARUS Studios, Lenovo, Red Storm Entertainment, Virtual Heroes and Wake Med Hospital have attracted incoming students motivated by onthe-job experience. The major, just two years away from its first graduating class, will roll out four new classes during the fall 2013 semester.
WPU’S EMERGING HONORS PROGRAM by Lauren E. Gerber
William Peace University’s Honors Program is an exciting and prestigious campus program, providing academically talented and motivated students opportunities to study, conduct research and exchange ideas in a challenging and supportive environment with guidance by dynamic faculty. Honors students explore topics that arouse curiosity and promote intellectual discovery and development. They also have the freedom to choose the path of their academic career and develop a course load that fits their goals. The Honors Program focuses on assisting highachieving students in making the most of their undergraduate education, so they are driven to excel both inside and outside the classroom. But, we also challenge them to go even further.
higher), many of which are tied into individual majors. During their junior and senior years, many Honors students conduct research with faculty in their field and present their work at regional and national conferences, such as the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (N.C.U.R.). Earlier this year, two of Andersen’s students, Ariel Wortham ’13 and Taylor V. White ’13, submitted research proposals to N.C.U.R. Both presentations centered on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale but differed in focus. Each was accepted for presentation and the duo traveled with Andersen in April to present at the conference alongside WPU seniors Amelia L. Allen ‘13 and Shauna Yates ‘13. Under the guidance of Betty S. Witcher, Ph.D., WPU’s Associate Professor of Psychology, Yates presented research on “The Association between Gender Roles and Domestic Violence” and Allen presented her research on “Social Networking and Risk-Taking.” WPU’s Honors courses and activities connect students with peers and faculty from across the university and the nation. Such connections provide opportunity for both social interaction and interdisciplinary academic collaboration. “We’ve also updated the Honors curriculum to feature two seminars open only to Honors students,” Anderson added.
This spring, classroom space in the Pressly Arts & Sciences Building was enhanced to house labs that facilitate collaboration and learning in art, design, 3D modeling, integrated media and software used in developing video games and simulation training programs.
“Honors students at WPU study with a core group of students in more than one course to help promote a group identity and support open and engaging discussions in the classroom,” said Dr. Corinne Andersen, Associate Professor of English and Honors Program Coordinator. “Enrollment [in Honors courses] is restricted so that students can expect smaller class sizes, dedicated faculty and highly interactive and engaging classes.”
At the first-year level, the Honors Seminar will be team-taught in a chosen theme, with the 2013-14 theme being “naturalism.” Drs. Charlie Duncan (English), Teresa Holder (Communication) and Lisa Bonner (Biology) will each teach a section during the academic year, with Dr. Holder utilizing the summer reading selection, Scratch Beginnings by Adam Shepard, for her section.
In an ever-changing job market, the Bachelor of Arts in Simulation and Game Design and the required internship, provides students
Honors students are also encouraged to choose from a variety of courses to fulfill Liberal Education requirements like Psychology,
The involvement of additional guest speakers, on- and off-campus activities, and an end of the year banquet are also anticpated. At the
to sharpen their skills in a virtual world before applying those skills to patients in the real world, and flight simulators used in the aviation industry have had an enormous impact on the safety and quality of our airlines.
300-level, the program may also incorporate domestic and/or international travel. WPU’s Honors Program is a unique blend of opportunities that provides students the resources of a comprehensive university and the individual attention traditionally associated with a small college while involving them in learning, heightening their critical awareness and encouraging their independent thinking and research.
WPU ADDS NEW MA JOR & CONCENTRATION By Justin G. Roy
William Peace University announced the expansion of its educational offerings with the addition of a major in Criminal Justice and a concentration of Sport Management in the Business Administration major. The Criminal Justice major will consist of interdisciplinary courses that will provide students with insight into the conditions – psychological and sociological – that lead to criminal behavior. Additionally, the program will cover components of the U.S. legal system as well as forensics. In addition to the core requirements of the
Criminal Justice major, students will also participate in the Raleigh Experience, a 40 hours per week co-op program, which will provide a hands-on learning opportunity for students to work alongside area professionals in fields specifically related to criminal justice. Through the program, students will work for three areas related to the criminal justice concentration, which includes advocacy and lobbying, governance, law, nonprofit administration, politics, policy research and public administration. Whether it is working for the FBI or assisting companies in protecting their private cyber material, our workforce has a growing demand for employees educated in the field of criminal justice. Students who pursue this major will gain first-hand experience in the field of criminal justice prior to graduation, positioning them as marketable candidates for future employers. The sports industry has become a dominant influence in American society and garners more media attention than any other industry. WPU’s Sport Management concentration will be offered through the existing Business Administration major and includes courses in sport management, sport law, anthropology of
sport and sport psychology. Unlike the majority of sport management programs in North Carolina, which are housed primarily in physical education or parks and recreation programs at colleges and universities, the WPU format affords students more opportunities for careers after graduation because, first and foremost, students earn a business degree. Located in Raleigh, William Peace University’s location makes it ideal for hosting this program. North Carolina is home to numerous professional and semi-professional teams and sports organizations, which creates a number of opportunities for WPU Sport Management students. WPU students have interned with the Durham Bulls, Carolina Hurricanes, NASCAR and USA Baseball. In addition, Raleigh has an abundance of public and private recreational facilities (e.g., parks and recreation, golf and tennis clubs), as well as high school and intercollegiate athletic programs where students can pursue internships and careers. For more information on WPU’s new majors, concentrations and programs, visit us online at www.peace.edu/academics.
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PEACE LEGACIES ABOUND In January, several legacy family members came to campus to visit their legacy students and William Peace. PIctured left to right are: (Back Row) Carlos Pena ’12, Lais Pena ’15, Delicia Hare ’14, Cymone Gee ’16, Alyssa Pence ’13, Samantha Pence ’16, Maria Geddis ’14, Sean Hargrove ’16, Faith Inman ’16, Chris Pittman ’14, Talia Pittman ’16, Steve Blankenship ’13; (front row) William Peace statue, Maria Geddis Simpson ’11, Marilyn Butler Inman ’84 and Stacy Blankenship ’08.
by Asia Sanchez ’13 Spring is a time for rebirth, so what better way to celebrate that renewal than a Spring internship? William Peace University requires every student to participate in an internship, focused in their aspired career, before graduating. Not only has this been an effective method for students to apply their skills in the real world, but this practice also results in 60% of interns being offered a job because of their internship experience. Additionally, more than 90% of WPU graduates report employment or enrollment in graduate school within one year of graduating. It’s an outcome that few other institutions can boast. Ashley Bass ’13 (Psychology) is one WPU student that found her career during her internship at the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA). As a Human Trafficking Consultant, Ashley assisted with state wide conferences, worked with the office attorney to understand legislation and nonprofit avocation and also helped build two Human Trafficking Best Practice Curriculums for mental health agencies. “I’ve grown as a professional and as a person,” Bass said. “[This internship] has helped me to understand that I am on the right track for what I would like to do with my life, while also providing first-hand experience in my field.” Ashley began a fulltime postition with the NCCASA immediately following graduation, and she feels that the internship prerequisite at Peace is much more than a requirement. “We receive guided experience and transition
RUBI HERNANDEZ ’14
DAHLIA DAHIR ’13
S P R I N G INTERNSHIPS
Preparing Students for Future Careers
more easily into the professional world and our fields,” she said. Bass advises students to start looking for their internships early and consider different subfields within their discipline. She also says students should research the companies and organizations they are applying to. Ashley’s next adventure is to begin graduate school in January 2014. Rubi Hernandez ’14 (Business Administration) interned as a Program Associate at the International Affairs Council and created local programs for international delegations, developed grant proposals, researched potential future area programs and developed techniques to improve their membership database. Rubi is doing much more than being a student; she is making a huge difference in our community. “I wrote a grant and designed an event for a Human Trafficking advocacy group,” Rubi said. “[We] competed with other councils in the United States and we [were] chosen.” A rising senior with a year to go at Peace, Rubi is already thinking about applying to the University of South Carolina’s Master of International Business program. As a student, she was involved with the Student Government Association and held the offices
of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Dalia Dahir’13 (Biological Anthropology) absolutely loved her internship at the Duke Lemur Center (DLC) as a primate technician assistant. The DLC holds the largest lemur population outside of their native Madagascar. Her responsibilities included providing a sufficient amount of food and water for the lemurs and insuring their environments were cleaned and cared for daily. Dalia is not a novice when it comes to hard work and knows that the greatest reward in life is to make a career out of one’s passion. “Having my internship at the DLC was the best opportunity to work closely with nonhuman primates and learn more about their behaviors,” Dahir said. “I am also helping animals that I love.” Named an outstanding junior in 2012 and this year’s Senior Class Speaker, Dalia hasn’t yet decided what she will do after graduation, but knows that her future is all the brighter because of her educational experiences. William Peace University is a step above the rest. From innovative approaches that give students a real world education, to propelling graduates for professional careers, WPU faculty and staff push students to strive for excellence. And, WPU students are meeting the challenges of the job market head on.
ASHLEY BASS ’13
ERSKINE B. BOWLES COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Confers Two Honorary Doctorate Degrees
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COMMENCEMENT CLASS OF 2013
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BACCALAUREATE & COMMENCEMENT MAY 10-11, 2013
William Peace University celebrated its athletes on Apr. 28 in Kenan Hall at the annual Athletic Awards ceremony. Kelly Johnson, Director of Athletics, presided over the awards ceremony, which honored individuals from all nine of its intercollegiate teams. The university also presented four individual awards to honor its outstanding student-athletes. Senior Rachel Lyons (Women’s Basketball) received The Frazier Cup, Junior Lauren Naugle (Women’s Volleyball) the Jeannie Grey Bierce Outstanding Athlete Award, Sophomore Nicole Ciaramitaro (Women’s Volleyball) the Scholar Athlete Award and First Year Cayla Monroe-Sellers ‘16 (Women’s Tennis) The Carolyn Ruth Hopkins Award.
SPRING SEASON RECAP The Women’s Softball team finished 10th in the USA South and featured several players who received conference awards: • Senior Outfielder Anna Weavil (Kernersville, NC) was selected to the All-Conference Team • Junior Pitcher Heather Dindinger (Riner, VA) and Junior Third Baseman Jacey Quarles (Richmond, VA) received Honorable Mentions • Junior Pitcher Aaryn Deal (Kinston, NC) was awarded AllSportsmanship honors Key wins featured a landslide victory against Mary Baldwin, 17-1, and a sweep of Maryville. The Women’s Tennis team went 4-10 overall, but rallied in conference play to finish 8th in the USA South. Key wins included victories over Averett, 7-2, and Mary Baldwin, 5-1. At the end of April, the team was awarded the USA South’s Sportsmanship award for the fifth consecutive year. Men’s golf swung into action this spring in its inaugural season. Two freshmen were featured on the roster, including Terrace Myles, who finished in the top 20 of two tournaments, and
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PA C E R C O U N T R Y Myles Owen, who shot a 90 in one tournament despite only playing the sport for two years.
First-year Head Coach Claude Shields said there’s reason for optimism. “We’ve got two recruits coming in, and looking to get two others, so we could double, maybe triple our roster size in less than a year.”
And, don’t forget about the inaugural Pacer Men’s Baseball season, which gets underway next spring. Head Coach Chris Duty, who was named to the job in December, will lead the first-year squad.
SHAUNA YATES ’13 & THE PACER MASCOT
“I’ve had a glove and a ball in my hand since I was four years old. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” The Rhode Island native serves on the NCAA Division III National Softball Committee, which oversees the selection process that determines the postseason fate for many teams around the country. He also owns and operates Grand Slam USA, a sports complex in Raleigh that offers services from batting camps to shooting hoops. Oh, and did I mention he’s a former college baseball and professional fast-pitch player?
Dobbins has led the Pacers since ‘99 and is widely credited with building the program into a contender. He’s produced 286 wins, 38 USA South All-Conference selections and 10 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Regional players.
By Ian C. Dunne
“Those early years were tough,” he said. “But, we started having success and now people look at us and say ‘They have a good ball team.’” Part of having a good team can be attributed to additional training his players can receive at a professional facility like Grand Slam USA. “I give them [the players] access to it while we’re in season so they can go over there and jump in the cages,” he said. “I also use it as a recruiting tool, where kids come in and have the opportunity to work with me and the rest of the coaching staff.” Dobbins also helps better his players by bringing in top-notch competition. “All these great teams, they want to come play us,” he said. “They know I get to put my eyes on them. They want to play in front of coaches on the national committee.” It also doesn’t hurt that Dobbins played professionally for 20 years with a world-renowned team. “After I completed my college career, I sat by the phone for about a week waiting on the Red Sox to call, but they obviously lost my number,” he chuckled. “I’ve tried to participate on every level that I can and I was fortunate enough to play for a premiere fast-pitch team. This is my life’s passion.” CHARLIE DOBBINS
HEAD SOFTBALL COACH
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William Peace University Head Softball Coach Charlie Dobbins lives and breathes the sport.
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JOSEPH B. WASHINGTON
Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series: Joseph B. Washington
Breaking The Spirit of Average І Kenan Hall І 4:00 p.m.
WPU Speaker Series: Adam Shepard
Summer Reading Author І “Scratch Beginnings” І Kenan Hall І 7:00 p.m.
Lunch & Learn Series: Vinnie Melomo, Ph.D.
WPU Concert Series: Abyss & UpRite Lions
WPU Concert Series: Chris Hendricks Band
WPU’s Field School in Historical Archaeology І Main Building Parlor І 12:00 p.m. Presented by phenoMEnal І Belk Courtyard І 7:30 p.m.
CHRIS HENDRICKS BAND
Concert & Bullying Discussion І Kenan Hall І 7:30 p.m.
William Peace Theatre: “No Exit” by Jean-Paul Sartre
Leggett Theatre І 7:30 p.m. (Wed-Sat) І 2:00 p.m. (Matinee on the 28th)
Manning Chamber Music Concert Series
Pre-Reception & Season Opener І Kenan Hall І 6:30 p.m. (Reception) І 7:30 p.m. (Concert)
Lunch & Learn Series: Valerie G. Hall, Ph.D., Professor Emerita Women At Work 1860-1939 І Main Building Parlor І 12:00 p.m.
WPU SPEAKER: ADAM SHEPARD
WPU Speaker Series: Peter Mandaville
Homecoming & Family Weekend 2013
Kenan Hall І Time is TBA
Broadway Comes to Peace І President’s Circle Society Reception І Athletic Hall of Fame Family Lunch І 50th Reunion Club Tea І Class-Y Cocktails І Pacer Volleyball І More!
WPU Concert Series: South Carolina Broadcasters Kenan Hall І 7:30 p.m.
Lunch & Learn Series: William Peace University Faculty
Main Building Parlor І 12:00 p.m.
MANNING CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
William Peace Theatre: “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
Leggett Theatre І 7:30 p.m. (Wed-Sat) І 2:00 p.m. (Matinee on the 23rd)
Alumni-Student Holiday Decorating
Main Building І 1:00 p.m.
Jackie Ammons Memorial Basketball Tournament
WPU Student-Alumni Trip to NYC
Athletic Center І Visit www.gopeacepacers.org for times and teams See the Big Apple at Christmas І Roundtrip Bus Fare І Eight Hours in NYC
KORREL KANOY, PH.D.
Children’s Holiday Story Hour with Santa
Story Time І Photos with Santa І Refreshments І Main Parlor І 9:30 a.m.
WPU Speaker Series: Korrel Kanoy, Ph.D., Professor Emerita
The Everything Parents Guide to Emotional Intellgence in Children І Leggett Theatre І 2:00 p.m.
CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY STORY HOUR
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WPU Christmas Chapel Service & Christmas Concert
Dinwiddie Chapel І 6:15 p.m. & Kenan Hall І 7:30 p.m.
Manning Chamber Music Concert Series
Concert & Reception І Kenan Hall І 7:30 p.m. (Concert) І 9:00 p.m. (Reception)
William Peace Theatre: Raleigh’s Village Idiots
Leggett Theatre І 7:30 p.m.
Lunch & Learn Series: William Peace University Faculty
WPU Chapel: Martin Luther King, Jr. Service
Main Building Parlor І 12:00 p.m. Dinwiddie Chapel І 7:00 p.m.
Lunch & Learn Series: William Peace University Faculty
Main Building Parlor І 12:00 p.m.
William Peace Theatre: “Spring Awakening”
Leggett Theatre І 7:30 p.m. (Wed-Sat) І 2:00 p.m. (Matinee on the 22nd)
WPU Concert Series: Steve Elmer, Jazz Musician
Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series: William Henry Curry
Concert & Reception І Kenan Hall І 7:30 p.m.
With Dr. Charles S. Duncan І Celebrating Black History І Kenan Hall І 6:30 p.m.
Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series: Chief Justice Sarah Parker Kenan Hall І Time is TBA
Lunch & Learn Series: William Peace University Faculty
WPU Concert Series: William Peace University Singers
Concert & Reception І Kenan Hall І 7:30 p.m. (Concert) І 9:00 p.m. (Reception) Main Building Parlor І 12:00 p.m.
Spring Concert І Kenan Hall І 7:30 p.m.
William Peace Theatre: “Much Ado About Nothing”
Leggett Theatre І 7:30 p.m. (Wed-Sat) І 2:00 p.m. (Matinee on the 5th)
10th Annual Student Showcase
1-5 WILLIAM PEACE THEATRE
Opening Celebrations in Kenan Hall І 10:00 a.m. Leggett Theatre І 7:30 p.m.
Manning Chamber Music Series Concert
WILLIAM HENRY CURRY
Children’s Easter Egg Roll & Spring Fling University Green І 10:00 a.m.
WPU Concert Series: Fortune Feimster ’00 ’02 Comedy Show Kenan Hall І 7:30 p.m.
Baccalaureate Service & Hooding Ceremony University Green І 6:00 p.m.
Commencement Exercises University Green І 10:00 a.m.
11-12 12 TBA
WILLIAM PEACE UNIVERSITY SINGERS
FORTUNE FEIMSTER ’00 ’02
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WILLIAM PEACE THEATRE Photo: © Michael Zirkle Photography
Featuring Old Main Building І Visit www.historicoakwood.org
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42nd Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour
by Lauren E. Gerber
fo r t u n e feimster ’00’02
Los Angeles-based comic and Peace College alumna, Emily “Fortune” Feimster ’00 ’02, will be on campus next spring to headline a comedy show, and she couldn’t be happier to be back on campus again. “I’m really looking forward to coming back, seeing old friends and making new ones,” she said. Referred to as a “loveable Southern comic with great hair and an even better personality,” Fortune honed many of her comedic skills as a member of the theatre company at Peace and often performed improv. After graduating Summa Cum Laude and back-packing through Europe, she moved to L.A. and became a columnist for Beck/Smith Hollywood. She also wrote for such outlets as the Creators Syndicate, netscape.com, and the NY Daily News. Fortune has since taken the national comedy scene by storm, making her national TV debut in 2010 on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” where she finished as a semi-finalist. Now she’s is a full-time writer and performer on the E! Network’s popular “Chelsea Lately” show.
C O M M U N I T Y PA R T N E R S
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A 2010 Young Alumni Award recipient and former Miss Peace, Fortune travels the country doing standup and can often be seen at the Hollywood Improv and the world famous Comedy Store where she is a paid regular. She also happens to be a highly accomplished sketch comedian and improv artist and is a member of the prestigious Groundlings Sunday Company, which boasts such alumni as Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, and Lisa Kudrow. While Fortune has already made tremendous strides in a short period of time, there’s no doubt this is only the beginning of what’s to come.
WILLIAM PEACE U N I V E R S I T Y
Platinum Presenting Partners, 2013-14
WILLIAM R. KENAN, JR.
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hroughout its history, William Peace University has been privileged to receive gifts that supported transformational change for students, the campus and community. This year we announce with tremendous gratitude several gifts that will positively impact and strengthen WPU. The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust awarded a $170,000 grant to be added to the institution’s Mary Lily Kenan Scholarship. A long-standing Peace endowment, the fund was established in 1991 by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust in honor of Peace Institute alumna Mary Lily Kenan, Class of 1896, and sister of William R. Kenan, Jr. A leading purpose of many grants delivered through the Kenan Charitable Trust has been to support education, with an increased emphasis on enhancing excellence of teaching and increasing student access to high-quality education. In its creation, the Mary Lily Kenan Scholarship represented scholastic opportunities for prospective students, as well as the institution’s first full scholarship for students. For the last 22 years, the scholarship has signified the single highest academic honor presented to a student of William Peace University. We are grateful for Honorary Trustees Josephine Beatty Chadwick’43, W. Trent Ragland, Jr. and his wife Anna Wood Ragland, as well as several anonymous donors, who contributed more than $385,000 collectively this year for unrestricted projects across the WPU campus and contributed to the nearly $1.3 million raised in gifts for fiscal year 2012-13. Two of our newest Platinum Presenting corporate partners, Duke Energy and Sodexo, also made generous contributions to help the university create new campus programs and physical spaces. Duke Energy and WPU’s partnership has also led to the creation of our first Honors Leadership Speakers Series that will feature leaders from across the state of North Carolina speaking on topics related to our Ethical Decision Making Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and align with our curriculum. “We have such excellent models of leadership right here in the Triangle and throughout the state of North Carolina,” said Corinne Andersen, Ph.D.,
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Associate Professor of English and Honors Program Coordinator. “Duke’s generous support of our Honors Leadership Speaker Series will allow us to foster meaningful interactions between this tremendous pool of talent and the best and brightest students at WPU. The series will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of leaders and encourage them to take the knowledge they’ve gained and pay it forward.” With construction underway for offices in WPU’s Student Services area and the Bookstore, we welcome our Sodexo partnership and their gift, which further supports the planned renovation and updating of Belk Dining Hall. “We are so thankful for gifts received by the university that give us, as students, amazing growth opportunities,” said Jessica Reveal ’14, S.G.A. Traditions Coordinator. “For the support of so many, on behalf of the student body and WPU, I would like to express my gratitude. Thank you to everyone who is contributing to help Peace rise to its full potential.” We know each of you share in our appreciation and recognition of these recent gifts and the generous ongoing support of our many alumni and friends who offer their time, talent and treasure to WPU. If you would like to make a gift, please visit www.peace.edu/alumni/give.
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William Peace University celebrated the end of the academic year with the annual Academic Awards ceremony held in Dinwiddie Chapel. Faculty members presented honors and awards to nearly 60 students for academic excellence. In addition to awards for excellence in Biology, Business, English, History, Honors, Humanities, Journalism, Poetry, Political Science, Prose and Psychology, several new members were inducted into Alpha Chi, Beta Beta Beta, Psi Chi, and Sigma Tau Delta honorary societies. Closing the ceremony was the traditional singing of the university’s Alma Mater and a reception in Main Parlor. (Read more about the award recipients on page 25.)
QUANESHA “MOE” AMANGELE ’16 I AARON MULL ’16
MARITZA ABONZA’13 I LISA BONNER, PH.D.
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HONORS INDUCTEES CELEBRATED AT ACADEMIC AWARDS CEREMONY At the end of April, William Peace University celebrated honors inductees during the 2013 Academic Awards ceremony. Alpha Chi National Honor Society inductees included Lindsay Allan ’13, Yolanda Bledsoe ’13, Jeanna Buck ’13, Barbara Cates ’13, Nicole Ciaramitaro ’15, Sarah Dameron ’13, Renita Debnam ’13, Reema Desai ’14, Danielle Gehle ’15, Theresa Gonzalez ’13, Lisa Manuel ’13, Brooke Norris ’13 and Jacqueline Reiter ’13. Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society inductees included Maritza Abonza ’13, Ji Young Ahn ’13, Megan Bridges ’13, Lauren Naugle ’14, Brooke Norris ’13, Anne Rodgers ’14, Sarah Troxler ’14 and Tori Wright ’15. Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society inductees included Steve Blankenship ’13, Yolanda Bledsoe ’13, Brooke Burleson ’14, Josie Carmona ’14, Ashley Freeman ’14, Sarah Horne ’15, Caroline Jackson ’14, Sakya King ’13, Christiane Newell ’15, Jessica Reveal ’14 and Simone Stevens ’16. Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society inductees included Amelia Allen ’13, Emily Giangrande ’15, Jenny King ’13, Sakya King ’13, Hannah Murphy ’14 and Shannon Wright ’14.
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARDS PRESENTED IN APRIL Awards for academic excellence were presented to WPU students at the end of April for the 2012-13 academic year. Al Mounawara Yaya ’13 received the BIOS Award in Biological Science; Hannelore Manchester ’14 and Brittany Sellek ’14 each received the W. Robert Everett Business Achievement Award; Katerina Dema ’13 and Anna Monaco ’13 received the Ida Withers Currie Business Award; Jadia Hooper ’13 and Taylor Murray ’14 received the Business Ambassador Award; Taylor White ’13 and Ariel Wortham ’13 each received the Schwertman Award for Excellence in English; Sierra Alley ’14, Maigan Kennedy ’14 and Caroline Murray ’13 all received a Penny Poetry Award; Ariel Wortham ’13 received the Elizabeth Gibson Taylor Prose Award; Faith M. Inman ’13 received the PEACE TIMES Award; Erin Wilber ’15 received the Psi Chi Research Award; Hannah Murphy ’14 received the Mary Pate Currie Humanities Award; Jaclyn Core ’14 and Marissa Lopez ’14 each received the Tyner-Crossno Award in History & Political Science; Faith M. Inman ’13 received the Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Leadership Award; and Rubi Hernandez ’14 received the Nancy J. Frazier Student Service Award.
OUTSTANDING STUDENTS NAMED Outstanding students were recognized during the annual Class Day awards program in April. Three Outstanding First-Year students were named by the Office of Student Services: Delphon L. Curtis, Jr.’ 16, Alex Jarrell ’16 and Anthony McCue ’16. Macy Beaman ’15, Callie Yohn ’15 and Sarah Osborne ’15 were all named Outstanding Sophomores, while Taylor Murray ’14, Patty Livingston ’14 and Cecilia Dhali ’14 were named Outstanding Juniors. Also honored were Outstanding Seniors Rebekah Link ’13, Aneisha Montague ’13, Lucy Stone ’13 and Sidney Edwards ’13.
WPU ANNOUNCES TUITION, HOUSING AND BOARD FREEZES FOR 2013-14 William Peace University announced that it will freeze housing and board for the 2013-2014 academic year at the same level as the current academic calendar. The decision was made in an effort to monitor costs and provide students with a viable access to higher education. For students enrolling in fall 2013, standard housing will remain at $6,186 and the standard 14-meal plan will remain at $2,814. The housing and board freeze follows the institution’s previous announcement in 2012 to freeze tuition for the 2013-2014 academic calendar. Tuition will remain at $23,700. The tuition, housing and board freeze reflects the same amount it cost for students attending William Peace University since the 2012-2013 academic year, which marked a 7.73 percent reduction instituted in Fall 2012. The ability to freeze tuition, housing and board in the state of our current economy comes from the focus of William Peace University’s Board of Trustees on controlling institutional costs overall.
INTRAMURAL SPORTS SEASON 2012-2013 AWARDS
The 2012-13 Intramural Sports season capped off its inaugural year with an awards program in May. Created by Stephen Clayton, WPU’s Raleigh Fellows Program Coordinator, numerous intramural activities and events were held throughout the academic year. Award recipients included: LeAnna West ’16, Female Participant of the Year; Diamond Fletcher ’16, Male Participant of the Year; Aaron Mull ’16, Freshman (First Year) Participant of the Year; Challie Sullivan ’15, Sophomore Participant of the Year; Darius Herring ’14, Junior Participant of the Year; and Faith M. Inman ’13, Senior Participant of the Year.
The Council For Advancement And Support Of Education (C.A.S.E.) Southeast District III recognized William Peace University’s campus magazine, The PEACE Bulletin, with a Grand Award in the category of Design for Print and Digital Periodicals for its “imagination, original approaches and execution excellence in the realm of graphic design.” With more than 1,000 entries, the university was among only 55 recipients of the grand award recognition. The Bulletin Advisory Board is led by Lauren Gerber, Director of Communications and Outreach.
BULLETIN RECEIVES GRAND AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS NAMED
MISS PEACE 2013 NAMED FAITH MALONE INMAN ’13 During Class Day Awards in April, legacy student Faith Malone Inman ’13 was named Miss Peace 2013. The announcement came as a surprise to the graduating senior, who received the news from her best friend, fellow senior Haylee Damato ’13. Inman’s ties to Peace are lengthy and include her legacy mother, Marilyn Butler Inman ‘84, who was named May Queen as a student; legacy aunt Joyce O’Hara Prevette Brafford ‘05 ‘06 and legacy cousins Susan Goodman Prevette ‘72, Dr. Natalie Hatcher Rochester ‘03 and Jennifer Stoker Leggett ‘05. A dedicated member of the prestigious President’s Ambassadors, Inman has been active on campus as C.F.O. of the Student Government Association (2011-12), the Peace Bulletin Advisory Board, a writer and Co-Editor-In-Chief for the student-run newspaper The Peace Times, an inductee of the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and she has been named an Outstanding Sophomore, as well as been the recipient of The Freshman Christy Award (2011). Throughout her time as a Peace student, Faith’s dedication to her Christian faith has remained in the forefront of everything she does, and she well represents the university in all aspects of student leadership and student life. Faith graduated in May with her B.A. in Communication and a concentration in Integrated Media. She currently works as a Coordinator of Digital and Social Media at USA Baseball.
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William Peace University’s Office of Engagement, which is responsible for the publication of The PEACE Bulletin, recently named additional members to the 2013-14 Advisory Board: John Michael McAllister, Senior Pastor for Trinity United Methodist Church, fills a community member opening, while Mary Lloyd Hodges Barbera ’85 will be an additional alumni representative and Cymone Kirsten Gee ’16 joins the board as a student representative. Ian C. Dunne, WPU’s Digital Communications Coordinator, rounds out the slate of new members as an additional staff representative.
WPU FACULTY & STAFF SUBMIT PAPERS FOR PRESENTATION, ATTEND NATIONAL CONFERENCES AND REPRESENT THE UNIVERSITY IN 2013 Catherine H. Banks, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry, was co-author on a recent paper titled “Does the Type of Personal Response System Have a Correlation to Your Students’ Success?” She was invited to speak in Apr. at the 245th National American Chemical Society where over 15,000 chemists, academics, students, and other professionals met in New Orleans, LA, to address the issue of the relationship between chemistry and food in our society. Mark Cushman, Ph.D., Lecturer in Psychology, and WPU seniors Ashley Bass ’13 and Lindsay Allan ’13 (students he supervised and sponsored) presented a poster session, “An Exploration of College Study Habits” at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Psychological Foundation in Chapel Hill. In Mar., the student research team mentored by Cushman, presented a poster session, “Factors That Influence Students’ Decisions to Drop Out of School” at the STARS Symposium at N.C. State University. George W. Griffin, Ph.D., Education Department Chair was the keynote speaker in May at the AdvancED International Learning Disabilities Conference in Beirut, Lebanon. He presented “Critical Dimensions of Instruction for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities” and several sessions titled “Behavior Management Principles and Practices that Increase Student Achievement.” Approximately 200 educators from countries in the Middle East were in attendance. David McLennan, Ph.D., Department Chair and Professor of Political Science, spoke at the North Carolina Political Science Association annual meeting in Feb. and presented, “Is North Carolina really turning red: An analysis of the 2012 legislative election results.” In October, he spoke at the Oct. meeting of the Wake County Democratic Women about the November elections; at the fall meeting of the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation about the influence of money in elections; and at the International Association of Government Public Information Officers annual meeting on damage control strategies for government officials. McLennan will also be analyzing the 2013 legislative session of the General Assembly at the May meeting of the Wake County Democratic Men and at the spring meeting of the Apartment Association of North Carolina meeting. He has also given more than 100 interviews to journalists since Election Day. Stories featuring his political analysis appeared on WRAL, WSOC, WNCN, News14, WUNC and in stories in the News and Observer, Fayetteville Times, Charlotte Observer and Independent. These stories included comments about President Obama’s second term, Governor McCrory’s legislative agenda and leadership style and what Republican control of the branches of NC government means.
Lynn C. Owens, Ph.D., Department Chair and Associate Professor of Communication, had her research paper “An Examination of Job Skills Required by Top U.S. Broadcast News Companies and Potential Impact on Journalism Curricula” published in the Mar. 2013 issue of Electronic News, a peer-reviewed broadcast journalism academic journal.
Jennifer T. Tagsold, Ph.D., Adjunct Lecturer in WPU’s Departments of Education and English, along with an N.C. State University colleague, Jessica DeCuir-Gunby, Ph.D., recently had an article titled “Film in the College Classroom: Using ‘Twilight’ to Examine Adolescent Development” published by the Journal of Effective Teaching. Tagsold also presented a paper called “Why aren’t they paying attention to me? Strategies for preventing distraction in a 1:1
learning environment” at the Eastern Educational Research Association annual conference in Sarasota, FL. Kevin Daniels, Assistant Director of Athletics, Head Volleyball Coach and Title IX Deputy Coordinator, represented the university in Indianapolis (IN) at the N.C.A.A. Inclusion Forum at the N.C.A.A. Headquarters for a 3-day event held for college athletics administrators, subject matter experts and keynote speakers to discuss a range of topics related to policy, research, best practices, law and general issues as it relates to five areas of interest: race, gender, international student-athletes, LGBTQ and disability-access in sports. Lyndee Sargent, LAT, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer and Senior Woman Administrator, was featured in the national Collins Sports Medicine Catalog. The annual catalog often includes highlights on college and university athletic staff. For the 2013-14 issue, the article featured information on Sargent, her family and William Peace University. Stephen Clayton, WPU’s Raleigh Fellows Program Coordinator, represented the university at the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) National Conference in Las Vegas (NV). Barbara Efird, Director for the Office of Career Services, and Kathleen Monroe, Assistant Director, attended the 2013 National Association of Colleges and Employers (N.C.A.C.E.) annual conference in Blowing Rock (NC) in May where Monroe is also chair of the New Members Committee.
JEANNA BUCK ’13 INTERNS FOR NC CONGRESSMAN Outgoing Student Government Association President Jeanna Buck ’13 accepted a summer internship with Congressman Walter Jones (NC-3). Buck graduated from the university with a B.A. in Communication and a B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Graphic Design. She previously interned for the NC Governor’s Office (2011) and ArtSpace (2011) and is considering enrolling in a political communication Master’s program.
WILLIAM PEACE UNIVERSITY IN THE COMMUNITY William Peace University President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., recently participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by WALTER magazine on leadership alongside other independent colleges and universities based in Raleigh that are overseen by female presidents. Besides Dr. Townsley, the WALTER panel was comprised of Jo Allen, Ph.D., president of Meredith College; Dorothy Yancy, Ph.D., president of Shaw University; and Dianne Boardley Suber, Ph.D., president of St. Augustine’s University. With a focus specifically on higher education, the roundtable panelists shared their perspectives on how to teach leadership, how they themselves learned skills associated with the topic and how the city of Raleigh is playing a role in the creation of tomorrow’s leaders. Additionally, the participants evaluated the role of diversity in higher education and the learning curves throughout their professional career that assisted them in their approaches to education. The full discussion is available in the March issue of WALTER magazine. Justin G. Roy, Vice President for the Office of Communications and Marketing, was named to serve on the 2013 Wake County Community Health Assessment Steering Committee. The Committee identifies and evaluates factors affecting overall public health in Wake County through a comprehensive state-developed process. Roy was also recently named as a finalist for the 2012 International Brand Master award, sponsored by the Educational Marketing Group. Robin Johannesen, Executive Administrative Assistant for the Office of Engagement, participated in a St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser in April helping her team raise over $4,500. Peace alumna Samantha Pendergraft ’12 also participated as a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser. Both Johannesen and Pendergraft were part of a celebratory event where individual team members shaved their heads in support of adults and children with cancer.
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Kathleen Monroe, Assistant Director for the Office of Career Services, participated in the Race for Grace 5K in April. Proceeds raised went to Habitat for Humanity.
Laura Greer Vick, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology and Ragland Professor of International Studies was the 2013 recipient of The McCormick Distinguished Teaching Award for an unprecedented third time. Dr. Vick announced her retirement in May after 21 years.
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William Peace University’s commitment as a faith-based institution is strong and is outlined in the 2011 Strategic Plan. We encourage leading a Spiritual Life for students from all religious/spiritual backgrounds and support members of the campus community as they look to strengthen their own spirituality.
Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church for over 150 years, Peace continues to honor its historical relationship with the Presbyterian Church in many ways. Weekly Chapel services are held on Wednesdays, a greater number of Religious Studies courses have been added, and additional student groups whose focus is on spiritual life, like the Ambassadors for Christ, are growing in number. Are you sure that seeing is believing? Two-year olds, like my grandson, Charlie, amuse themselves by picking up an adult’s glasses (or pulling them off his face) and trying to see through them. The effect is strange and bewildering. They ask themselves, “How can people see the world that way?” The same may be said for those who are not used to seeing the world through the lenses of faith. They might ask themselves: “How can the lenses of faith help people to see their world, others and themselves from a clearer perspective?” Of course, we all see the world through lenses that have been shaped by gender, race, cultural background, economic status and a myriad of other
“O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. — 2 Kings 6:17
Faith is not believing stuff for which there is no evidence; it is the courage to see new possibilities for this world that do not yet exist and to act as though this world were in the process of redemption under God’s new management. Faith is a way of seeing others as of infinite value. It is perspective on understanding ourselves as beloved children of God. “Believing as seeing” lies at the heart of the creative process. The artist has his greatest “aha!” experiences as he paints or as she is in process of crafting a sculpture. It is in the process of writing that our creative juices start flowing and insights come to us as Muses from some unknown realm. We write to discover what we think. Flannery O’ Connor said of one of her short stories, “I didn’t know how it was going to come out. I had to discover how it was going to end.” C. Day Lewis, the late poet laureate, said that “poetry is not the expression of truth in verse; it is the discovery of truth in verse.” Believing is seeing. Astronomy did not begin when somebody looked at a star through a telescope. It began when somebody said, “Twinkle, twinkle little star. How I wonder what you are.” Believing is seeing.
influences. The old adage, “seeing is believing,” seems so grossly shortsighted and ego-centric.
The old gossip who says, “I just don’t see what Jill sees in that Jack fellow” will never see because suspicion, hostility and cynicism always hide what love, trust and openness reveal. The latter is the lens of faith.
The Talmud, that great collection of Jewish wisdom and lore, reminds us, “We don’t see things the way they are. We see them the way WE are.”
Believing is seeing!
If you believe only what you see, you won’t see very much. That’s why the world’s great religious traditions recognize that “believing is seeing.”
This Devotional is the first of many to come. Additional columns, written by Reverend Dr. R. Lee Carter, William C. Bennett Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Religion, will be featured in bi-annual issues of the PEACE BULLETIN and in bi-monthly @PEACE issues.
William Peace University has seen a great deal of change over the last few years. The University has undergone a complete rebranding, become a full-time co-educational institution and experienced physical renovations in several campus areas. This summer is no different. The school plans on breaking ground on several projects that will result in the creation of a central courtyard, a new campus bookstore, offices for student services and a complete renovation of Belk Dining Hall.
A G andR a OWING CAMPUS
Big Summer on Tap
by Ian C. Dunne
“We know that student life is really the synergy that happens on campus,” said Julie Ricciardi, Vice President of Engagement.
“If we’re going to be a campus that promotes student engagement, we have to be focused on areas that encourage their involvement and attendance,” she added. “Although they come for an education, they also initially think about what the school can offer them socially.” academic spaces, once completed this summer,” said Ricciardi.
Between Belk and the athletic center will be a newly renovated and expanded facility. The two-story building will house the new bookstore on the bottom floor and student services offices on the second. “The idea is that we want the center of the university campus to be a regular gathering and social space for our students, faculty and staff. This will also create natural campus boundaries to the north, because that doesn’t exist today,” said John Cranham, Associate Vice President of Buildings and Grounds. “That is what is so important about the bookstore and Belk; they create a centralized location.” Also on the summer to-do list are completely renovated Physics and Simulation and Game Design Labs, which will be located, respectively, on the second and third floors of the Pressly Arts & Science Building. “We know we have to have high-tech capabilities – software, hardware – and I think these will be amazing
“Teaching takes precedence over space, but we also know that it can certainly enhance what we’re doing.” Both Cranham and Ricciardi said growth is always on the minds of university leaders. “With the expansion of students, we need to figure out how to best use our land, so we will soon begin a master plan for campus,” Ricciardi added. “With Belk and the bookstore, we believe that after we change the landscape, that’s where people will want to be,” said Cranham. “When we’re looking at next summer, the courtyard should be complete, the bookstore will be functioning and student social and service space will be renovated on the second floor of Belk.” Physical changes aren’t all that are on tap for growth, as President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., recently noted in an interview with Raleigh’s Public Record. “We’ve already added a new Criminal Justice program that complements our existing Political Science, Pre-Law and Biology programs, and we’re now looking at MOOCs (massive open online courses), experimenting with ‘flipping’ in the classroom (where lectures are held online and the classroom is focused on problem-solving discussion) and future graduate studies,” Townsley said. Keep updated on campus news at www.peace.edu/news.
The new Belk Dining Hall is scheduled to be completed by Columbus Day and will feature increased seating and a variety of food stations that offer different course meals on a daily basis. The second floor will center on a new student union, featuring pool and air hockey tables, a stage for student performances and flat-screen televisions.
DEBORAH MCNEILL & WILLIAM “MAC” PURVIS
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JAMI UPCHURCH ’13 & CHARLES W. WATKINS III MARRIED BY REV. DR. R. LEE CARTER
GRANT, JAMES AND FORD FISHER
ERICA JOYCE HUTCHERSON
STEVEN UMPHLETT & JO-ELLE BROWN UMPHLETT ’87
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WEDDING BELLS ARE RINGING
Bernetta Sydnor Wallace ‘82 married Jeffery Boseman on May 19, 2012. Mrs. Boseman and her new husband reside in Virginia. Cindy Spear Williams ‘86 married Brad Smith on Mar. 16, 2013 at Ironwood Golf and Country Club in Greenville, NC. Cindy and Brad are both realtors with Prudential Prime Properties in Greenville. Jo-Elle Brown Bridges ‘87 married Steven Umphlett on the gulf coast of Florida on Dec. 31, 2012. Bernice Rios Bako ’89 married Bernard ‘Dewey’ Newton on Feb. 17, 2013. Natalie Rose Heath ‘00 ‘02 married Craig Haffner on Apr. 12, 2013 in San Diego, CA. The couple reside in Napa, CA and “plan to remain here as first generation Napkins!” Christian E. Garrett ‘06 married Cameron VandeVeer in Wilmington, NC on May 12, 2012. Regina R. Schantz ‘06 married Shawn Poppie on Apr. 6, 2013 Cheryl Ann Notter ‘07 is engaged to be married to Nic Ashley. A Sept. 2013 wedding is planned in the Gaddy Garden. Tildsley Clifford ‘08 is engaged to Cory McManus. An August wedding is planned. Amber T. Harris ‘09 married Jason Kane Hogg on Oct. 27, 2012. Lauren M. Seeger ‘09 will marry Alan Hinnant in Oct. 2013. Melissa A. Folckemer ‘10 became engaged to Michael Troy Spencer in Dec. 2012. A Sept. 2013 wedding is planned. Megan Hunt ‘11 married Bryan Stevens May 12, 2012. Sarah K. Jordan ‘11 married Ethan L. Scott on Nov. 24, 2012 Leslie Brooke Roach ‘11 married Wesley Morris on March 31, 2012 at Stovall United Methodist Church in Stovall, NC. Erika Marie Shingleton ‘11 married Douglas Kyle Whitley on Sept. 29, 2012. Laura Beth Price ‘12 became engaged to Tyler Staton in Senegal, Africa in Jan. 2013. Leigh Anne Sims ‘12 married Richard Keith Ivey on June 29, 2013 in Greensboro. Sarah Elizabeth Blocker ‘13 married Jason Pate in Dinwiddie Chapel on June 22, 2013.
IT ’S A BABY BOOM
Mary Brent Smith Wright ‘68 and her husband, Lubba, welcomed a granddaughter, Mary, in December. Connie Nobles Mintz ‘72 and her husband, Rudy, announced the birth of their grandson, Davis Chadwick Cherry, on Oct. 18, 2012. Lee Adams Rast ’75 and her husband, Phil, announced the birth of their granddaughter, Madison Grace Rast, on May 28, 2013.
Wendi Walker Seward ‘90 and her husband, John, welcomed a daughter, Caroline Elizabeth, on Dec. 19, 2012. She joins big brother, John E. Seward IV. continued on pg. 36
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Leslie Rand-Pickett ‘95 and her husband, Nathan, welcomed a son, Walker James Pickett, Nov. 27, 2012. LeaAnn Oakes Hutcherson ‘96 ‘98 and her husband, David, welcomed a daughter, Erika Joyce Hutcherson, on Aug. 02, 2012. Allison Siler Capps ‘98 ‘00 and her husband, Jason, welcomed a son, Luke Siler Capps on Dec. 1, 2012. Luanne Tart Lane ‘08 and her husband, Greg, welcomed a son, William Graham Lane, on Mar. 13, 2013. Sarah Bass Emmert ‘09 and her husband, John, welcomed twin boys, Liam and Jack, in December. Leslye Valentin Park ‘11 and her husband, Jeff, welcomed a daughter, Gabrielle Park, on Feb. 18, 2013. “We are so over the moon with her. Our family (me, Jeff, and big sister Celine) feels complete!” Maria Geddis Simpson ‘11 and her husband, Brian, welcomed a daughter, Maria Julia Ann (Mia) Simpson, on Feb. 28, 2013.
career moves & updates
C A R E E R M O V E S & U P D AT E S
Allison Mills Duncan ‘67 retired from teaching in Miami in June and is looking forward to retirement. She has three beautiful granddaughters who live in California and looks forward to hearing from other alumni from her class. Wanda Stephens Musselwhite ‘70 recently ran into her Peace College Freshman-Year Roommate, Jeanne Franklin Menefee ’70, at Wrightsville Beach where they had lunch. The duo had not seen each other in 35 years. 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 www.mews-designs.com. Ginger Lancaster Shields ‘77 was named the new assistant tennis pro at Carolina Country Club in Raleigh in January. Her son, Claude, is the men’s basketball coach at William Peace University. In October 2012, Lynn Davis Minges ‘80 was named Career Woman of the Year by the Raleigh Federation of Business Professional Women (BPW/Raleigh). Cora Jones Godwin ‘81 was named Assistant Principal at Clayton High School in Clayton, NC after serving as an English and Journalism teacher at South Johnston High School for 18 years. Megg Potter Rader ‘81 has been named the new Executive Director for Alliance Medical Ministry, which provides affordable, quality healthcare for working uninsured adults in Wake County.Read more at http://ammnow.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/ megg-rader. Elizabeth Yarborough Schrull ‘82 was named Lee County Schools “Teacher of the Week” in February. Tammy Raynor Petrosillo ‘88 became an Advertising Account Executive with Curtis Media Group in Raleigh, N.C. Bernice Rios Bako Newton ’89 is the Director of Marketing for Turner Construction Company (New York, NY). Eva Sutton Smithwick ‘96 is a Vice President with Wells Fargo Bank, promoted April 2013 as Credit Analysis Manager for Wells Fargo’s North Carolina Triangle East Region. Leah Blanchard Poplin ‘99 was named the Office of Career Services Alumna of the Month for February 2013.
Rachel Beach Reynolds ’98 ’00 was elected in April to a second term as president of the William Peace University Alumni Board for 2013-14.
Amy Carlisle Dixon ‘00 became the new Manager of Volunteer Services for Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in May. Caroline Boney Domack ’01 recently started an online bakery business “Sweet Caroline’s Baked Goods.” Visit her online and order yummy treats at www.sweetcarolinesbakedgoods.com.
Brooke Johnson ‘04 has been named the new head women’s basketball coach for the St. Andrews University Lady Knights. Courtney Frye ‘03 ‘05, WPU’s former cashier and purchasing coordinator, accepted an Accounting Specialist position with Centerline Digital in Dec. 2012. Elizabeth A. Rowland ‘05 accepted a position in 2012 as a Replenishment Analyst at The Body Shop – USA in Wake Forest, NC. In her current position, she buys/manages all non-retail and “Create Your Own Gift Inventory” for the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Hanna E. Whitley ‘06 graduated in May with a dual M.A. in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling. In January, she relocated to Pittsburgh to take a full-time Dance/ Movement Therapy position at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic. Lara Lee King ‘07 was named as Director of Student Leadership and Service in the Office of Student Services at William Peace University in March 2013. Erin Cashwell Timmermans ‘07 began serving as a Program Specialist for Give an Hour, a national non-profit providing mental health services to service members and their loved ones in May. In June, she was elected to serve as a Board Member with the Association Executives of North Carolina. Sarah G. Heenan ‘08 accepted a position as William Peace University’s Director of Student Activities in May. Melissa A. Folckemer ‘10 is the Programs Director for Doing My Part, Inc., in Charlotte, NC. Stephanie Ann Lilley ‘10 accepted a position as the writing teacher for grades 3-5 at Franklin Academy Charter School in Wake Forest, NC. She completed North Carolina State’s NC TEACH program for Middle School English in May. Ann Christopher Britt ‘11 began working for the Public Schools of Robeson County in October 2012 as the Dropout Prevention Coordinator for Fairmont High School in Fairmont, N.C. Sierra Clarke ‘11 accepted a new position as a Creative Services Assistant for FOX 50 @ Capital Broadcasting; FOX 50-WRAZ. She began in February. Leslie Roach Morris ‘11 is currently a 2nd grade teacher at C.G. Credle Elementary in Oxford, NC. Lana Kubicki Quesenberry ‘11 accepted a position in Sept. 2012 with Biogen Idec in RTP as a Active Support Coordinator for Patient Services. Lana works with MS patients to help remove barriers to obtaining long-term MS drug therapies. Megan Hunt Stevens ‘11 started working as a Health Advisor with United Healthcare in Greensboro, NC in Oct. 2012. Anna E. Tyson ‘11 was accepted to University College London. In Sept. 2013, she will relocate to London and begin working toward her Master of Science degree in Social Epidemiology. Lindsey M. Johnson ‘12 accepted a position as a Public Relations and Marketing Director for the NC Boys and Girls Club. Lindsey is also pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration at UNC-W.
Photo: Lauren E. Gerber © 2012
Ashley C. Bass ‘13 accepted a position as a Human Trafficking Coordinator and Trainer for the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Lara Lee King ‘07 was promoted by to Director of Student Leadership and Service at WPU. In her new position, King will work directly with student leadership groups, such as the Student Government Association. She celebrates six years with the university this summer.
W H E R E A R E THEY NOW? U p d a t e s o n Pe a c e Fa c u l t y & S t a f f by Taylor C. Shaw ’12
JUDY PAGE I BOB PAGE, PH.D.
Dr. Robert “Bob” Page, former Registrar and lecturer in religion, has a heart for giving. Since retiring from Peace in 2007, Page has spent much of his time with his children and grandchildren traveling, hiking and camping. He also takes time to coordinate his church’s Inter-Faith Food Shuttle BackPace Buddies Program, packing 70 bags of food every Wednesday to distribute to five locations across Raleigh, and also serves on several church committees. Prior to coming to Peace in 1990, Page served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand teaching English in Thai high schools for two years. (He met his wife, Judy, while serving.) For 16 years, the couple were missionaries in Southeast Asia where Page served eight years as faculty teacher and registrar at Philippines Baptist Theological Seminar in Baguio and eight years at Thailand Baptist Theological Seminary in Bangkok. Page says his experiences abroad prepared him for role as Peace’s Registrar for 17 years, where he also taught Old and New Testament courses, periodically gave chapel sermons and married many Peace brides in Dinwiddie Chapel.
“I really enjoyed working with students and helping them plan and meet graduation requirements,” he said.
Near his retirement from Peace, Page returned to Thailand to teach for a semester at the Thailand Baptist Theological Seminary. Through several mission trips, the Pages traveled to other countries in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa. Today, he enjoys studying Cambodian and Thai as a way to keep connected to those countries. Page stays involved with Peace through his
connection to alumni and news from the university in the Peace Bulletin, and in 2011, he returned to Peace as Interim Registrar for a few months. Dr. Korrel Kanoy joined the Peace faculty in 1981. Rising through the ranks, she became Professor of Psychology, and served in several administrative roles, including Dean of Academic Affairs from 2006-2009. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Kanoy provided leadership to the university’s Institutional Research area, helping increase the use of assessment and other data, contributing directly to preparing for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) review for reaccreditation.
is associated with healthier relationships and more academic or work success,” she explained. In 2008, first-year Peace students were required take a test measuring emotional intelligence. According to longitudinal research Kanoy did, the students with the highest EI scores as first-year students were more likely to graduate four years later, even though they did not have better high-school GPAs or SAT scores than non-graduates.
In addition to her academic ties to Peace, Kanoy was also connected to the institution through her late mother-in-law, Peace College alumna Betsy Fields Kanoy ‘41.
In 2004, Kanoy co-founded, with former Peace professor Dr. Heather Lee, Developmental Associates, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in developing emotional intelligence and leadership skills for individuals working in education, government and non-profit settings. What started as part-time work that she described as interesting and fun became full-time after she retired from Peace in July 2012.
Through over 30 years teaching psychology, child development and emotional intelligence, Kanoy maintained an active scholarly life, writing books and articles on parent-child interactions, emotional intelligence, and retention.
Kanoy enjoys spending more time with her family and traveling, though she misses working with and advising Peace students, as well as her former colleagues. Returning as a guest lecturer last semester, Kanoy will be back on campus this year as a guest speaker.
In 2011, higher-education publisher Jossey-Bass invited her to write a textbook, facilitation guide and student workbook titled The Student EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and Your Academic and Personal Success – all released in February of 2013. Seeking a new challenge, Kanoy noted the writing, “stretched me in ways that I had not been stretched before.” She also published The Everything Parent’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence in Children in 2013. (All available on Amazon.com.) “Emotional intelligence is the capacity for recognizing how one’s emotions are affecting behaviors and then managing those emotions more effectively to improve outcomes (such as better decision making or more effective communication) which
KORREL KANOY, PH.D.
I N S Y M PA T H Y
Margaret Durfey Timberlake ‘36 on the death of her legacy sister, Betty Whitmel Durfey Lyon ‘44, on May 5. Marion Vurnakes Aretakis ‘41 on the death of her legacy sister, Elaine Vurnakes Fotiades ‘44, on Feb. 24. Dorothy (Dot) Durfey Hoover ‘42 on the death of her legacy sister, Betty Whitmel Durfey Lyon ‘44, on May 5. Beth Glenn Bussey ’44 on the death of her legacy sister, Cornelia Grissom McLeod ‘44, on Dec. 17, 2012. La Brine (Bena) Vurnakes Russos ‘44 on the death of her legacy sister, Elaine Vurnakes Fotiades ‘44, on Feb. 24. Edith Grissom Shelden ’48 on the death of her legacy sister, Cornelia Grissom McLeod ‘44, on Dec. 17, 2012. Fannette Gore Ollendorf ’53 on the death of her legacy sister, Gwen Gore Senior Entwistle Shaw ‘50 on Feb. 7. Petty McQueen Kunkle ’61 on the death of her legacy cousin Gwen Gore Senior Entwistle Shaw ‘50 on Feb. 7. Margo Van Beach Nye ’61 on the death of her mother, Martha Humphrey Beach on Dec. 4, 2012. Annette Yandell Halberstadt ’62 on the death of her mother, Bonnie Rickard Yandell, on Jan. 16. Miriam J. Dorsey ’64 on the death of her legacy mother, Mabel Johnson Dorsey ‘37, on Dec 25, 2012. Margaret Timberlake Doyle ‘66 on the death of her legacy aunt, Betty Whitmel Durfey Lyon ‘44, on May 5. Dr. Sarah Dorsey Hayes ’67 on the death of her legacy mother, Mabel Johnson Dorsey ‘37, on Dec 25, 2012. Madeline Timberlake Morgan ‘69 on the death of her legacy aunt, Betty Whitmel Durfey Lyon ‘44, on May 5. Beverly Timberlake Chenoweth ‘70 on the death of her legacy aunt, Betty Whitmel Durfey Lyon ‘44, on May 5. Susan E. Pittman ’73 on the death of her sister, Anne Pittman Hardison, on Dec. 21, 2012. Carol Anne Hodges Rosemond ’73 on the death of her mother, Anne Miller Parker Hodges, on Jan. 4. Barbara Timberlake Sacknoff ‘73 on the death of her legacy aunt, Betty Whitmel Durfey Lyon ‘44, on May 5. Susan Craft Quinn ’74 on the death of her father-in-law, Milford R. Quinn, who passed away on. Mar. 22. Mary Jane Lockamy Evans ’76 on the death of her legacy mother, Jane Pope Faires ‘51, on Mar. 5. Jane Coleman Murray ’77 on the death of her cousin, Anne Pittman Hardison, on Dec. 21, 2012. Betsy Hodges Gwin ’78 on the death of her mother, Anne Miller Parker Hodges, on Jan. 4. Patricia Bartholomew Jenks ‘79 on the death of her legacy mother, Elizabeth Jackson Frazier Bartholomew ‘41, on June 8. Missy Bartholomew Lewis ‘83 on the death of her legacy mother, Elizabeth Jackson Frazier Bartholomew ‘41, on June 8. Gigi Senior Robinson ’85 on the death of her legacy mother, Gwen Gore Senior Entwistle Shaw ‘50 on Feb. 7.
Karen Merritt Little ’04 on the death of her father, Thomas Williams Merritt, who passed away on Feb. 10. Stephanie Ann Lilley ’10 on the death of her grandfather, F. Eugene Lilley, former Peace College Business Manager, on Jan. 3.
Susan Senior Catherine ’85 on the death of her legacy mother, Gwen Gore Senior Entwistle Shaw ‘50 on Feb. 7.
Obituaries Spring I Summer 2013
Photo: Karen Nolan © 2010
Reverend George Alexander Thomas
Former Peace College Chaplain and Faculty Emeritus Reverend George Alexander “Sandy” Thomas passed away on Mar. 17 after a lengthy battle with hydrocephalus. Former students will recall the many life lessons Rev. Thomas provided during his campus Chapel services, and still others will remember him for presiding over their wedding nuptials in Dinwiddie Chapel. He also spent many hours traveling the roadways of North Carolina attending regional alumni events, many of which included students who accompanied him.
Educated in Carthage (N.C.) public schools, Rev. Thomas attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving an A.B. in English and Music and a B.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he also obtained a Th.M. in Old Testament Wisdom Literature. He completed postgraduate studies in American Church History at Duke Divinity School and in Theological Studies at Oxford University, England.
Rev. Thomas met his wife, Judith Ann Fey, while she was also a graduate student at Princeton Seminary, and the couple married in 1965 just before Rev. Thomas became Peace College’s William C. Bennett Chaplain and Mary McNair Jones Professor of Religion. As newlyweds, the couple lived in the Merrimon-Wynne house (built 1870 and now located on Blount St.) and became house parents to several Peace students who lived upstairs. Though he loved being Chaplain and a Peace professor, Rev. Thomas also enjoyed working as a Supply Pastor for many North Carolina Presbyterian churches on many Sundays throughout his career. His weekly Peace Chapel sermons reflected his great observation of “people, human nature and God’s love” as described in his obituary, which appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer. After serving Peace for 34 years, Rev. Thomas retired in 1999. “When I think back on my time at Peace, the first thing that comes to mind is a vision of Rev. Thomas sitting on a bench, holding court with a group of girls – in his preppy attire, right down to the argyle socks he was famous for,” recalled Perri Stowitts Anderson ’84, who was married to her husband, Kevin, by Rev. Thomas. “Rev. Thomas had a rare gift of being able to be both mentor and friend,” said Anderson. “He knew how to communicate just when you needed it most and was as quick to play a practical joke as to lend a listening ear. One of my favorite Chapel services was one in which he wrote a skit for my roommate and me to read, reflecting on the life and struggles of two college girls. The influence of his Wednesday morning Chapel services, quick wit, and of course, talks on the bench, continue to shape my life today. He was a treasure to Peace and wonderful man whom I am happy to have had the privilege of knowing.” Rev. Thomas was loved by so very many former Peace students that 30 women and their families stepped forward in 2006-2007 for a minicampaign to recognize him on the William Peace statue donor bench, which was created by renowned artist, Chas Fagan. When the statue was unveiled during Founder’s Day 2007, Rev. Thomas attended the unveiling. It was the final campus event he was able to attend. Rev. George “Sandy” Alexander Thomas’ legacy lives on in the impact he made on the lives of those he touched and in the annals of Peace’s history. “To all who I have known in what has seemed a breathtakingly brief time: I hope that the years here have led you gently, but ever so persuasively, to the understanding that love is exciting, courageous and magnificent and that it, alone, may relieve the world of smallness, bigotry and hatred. I hope that the intellectual pursuits here have enabled you to become understanding realists, anxious not only to provide for yourselves but for your brothers an enriching life in traditional and innovative ways. I hope that your energy and vision may know health and prosperity. But whether this proves true or not, you have the faith and understanding to see beyond it. And with that faith, no institution, however esteemed, no book, however gracious, no words, however eloquent, need be your memorial...If I am fortunate enough to know the feel of the earth at the bottom of my foot fifty years from now, I will know you and what you have meant to the world.” ~ Rev. George Alexander “Sandy” Thomas The Lotus, 1972
In Memory of… Peace Alumni Who Have Passed Before Us Kathryn Blackwell Benton ‘33 І Jan. 15 Jessamine Coates Colbert ‘36 І Mar. 15 Vivan Frazelle Bailey ‘37 І Jan. 28 Mary Carlton Schofield ‘37 І Feb. 7 Nadelle Watkins Hodge ‘40 І May 13 Elizabeth (Lib) Frazier Bartholomew ’41 І June 8 Margaret Fuquay Spain ’43 І Feb. 1 Elaine Vurnakes Fotiades ‘44 І Feb. 24 Betty Whitmel Durfey Lyon ‘44 І May 5 Mary Frances Currin Watkins ‘44 І June 1 Geraldine Hamilton Richardson ‘45 І Jan. 28 Betty Jones Gardiner ‘46 І Feb. 24 Jane Morris Pearce ‘46 І Jan. 28 Pheatress Strickland Thigpen ‘46 І Feb. 4 Sarah Green Lloyd ‘49 І June 10 Gwen Gore Senior Entwistle Shaw ‘50 І Feb. 7 Jane Pope Faires ‘51 І Mar. 5 Renie Butler Colyer Brooks ‘53 І Apr. 3 Mary Susan Bass Mumford ‘63 І May 7 Molly DeVries Sparkman ‘63 І Oct. 26, 2012 Ilene D. Stewart Partridge ‘66 І Jan. 15 Kathryn Pate Broadwell ‘74 І Mar. 4
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Mary Susan Lee ‘77 І Feb. 2
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