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Dr. Myron Noonkester Chosen as WCU Humanities Teacher of the Year

Hattiesburg, Miss., October 10, 2013 - Dr. Myron Noonkester, dean of the Noonkester School of Arts and Letters, has recently been named as the 2013 Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year for William Carey University. Dr. Noonkester was selected by the Mississippi Humanities Council, who chooses one faculty member at each higher learning institution in the state.

Dr. Noonkester will present his humanities lecture titled, “The Last Shoe to Drop: The Educational Foundations of William Carey (1761-1834) and William Thames (1866-1942)” at 1 p.m. on October 30 in the lecture hall of Fail-Asbury Hall, which houses the School of Nursing.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Noonkester has taught at WCU for 30 years. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in history at Duke University before earning his master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.

The Mississippi Humanities Council is a private nonprofit corporation funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines to serve nonprofit groups in Mississippi. MHC sponsors, supports, and conducts a wide range of programs designed to promote understanding of our cultural heritage, interpret our own experience, foster critical thinking, encourage reasonable public discourse, strengthen our sense of community, and thus empower Mississippi's people with a vision for the future.

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Dr. Myron Noonkester, dean of the Noonkester School of Arts and Letters, chair for department of history, and co-director for the Center for Study of the Life and Work of William Carey, D.D., has recently been named as the 2013 Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year for William Carey University.