William Peace University Sponsors Two Downtown Raleigh Alliance Events

Four-Year Baccalaureate University Supports Raleigh Winterfest, Annual Meeting and Downtown Achievement Awards Program for Nonprofit Organization

Raleigh, NC, December 31, 2011 --(PR.com)-- William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that the university is sponsoring two events held by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, Raleigh Winterfest and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance Annual Meeting and Downtown Achievement Awards program. Raleigh Winterfest is a two-month-long extravaganza featuring an outdoor rink with natural ice in City Plaza that opened Dec. 3 and offers skate rentals for participants. The meeting and awards program will honor, recognize and celebrate the contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations that are making downtown Raleigh a more vibrant urban core at a gala event to be held Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. The Downtown Raleigh Alliance is a nonprofit organization created in 1996 by a coalition of community advocates, corporate leaders and government officials to promote the district as a dynamic element of North Carolina’s capital city.

“As we at William Peace University enjoy celebrating the diversity of businesses that surround our campus, we are proud to sponsor Winterfest and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance Annual Meeting and Downtown Achievement Awards,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “We recognize that our proximity to downtown Raleigh is a major asset that our students, staff and faculty appreciate, and we believe in showing our support for efforts to maintain and improve it as a great area to shop, eat, and enjoy a variety of cultural and leisure activities.”

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- For more information on Downtown Raleigh Alliance, please visit http://www.godowntownraleigh.com.

- For more information on Winterfest, please visit http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/raleighwinterfest/index.htm.

About William Peace University:
William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and will begin admitting male students to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.

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