School Department News


Friday, March 6, 2015 - 4:04pm
The William Carey University School of Education hosted the 10th annual Young Authors’ Celebration, a day of honoring young artists while also promoting lifelong reading, writing and visual expression, on March 6 at the Hattiesburg campus. Approximately 450 first through sixth graders from Lamar County, Jackson, Columbia and Jefferson Davis County schools attended.
Activities started in Smith Auditorium with a magic show performed by Scot Jones of Hattiesburg, followed by the opening ceremony with keynote speaker Chad Watson, a music teacher at Oak Grove Upper Elementary School in Hattiesburg. Other guest speakers included Pine Belt restaurant owner and author Robert St. John of Hattiesburg; storyteller Diane Williams of Jackson; artist Kim Garraway-Braley of Hattiesburg; author Diane Sauls of Columbia; counselor Ginny Kemp of Columbia; artist Rick Anderson of Clinton; and Carey faculty members Dr. Read Diket and Christy Liverett.
Throughout the academic year, area educators who signed up to participate as event teachers held writer workshops in their classrooms. In these workshops, students learned about the drafting, editing and publishing stages of writing and illustrating through hands-on experience. Students brought the books they crafted to the event in order to showcase their own work.
At the event, students had the opportunity to meet regional authors and illustrators, participate in a book fair, have lunch and tour the Carey campus. Students were also able to meet Junie B. Jones (portrayed by Dr. Sue Whitcomb, associate professor of education at Carey), a popular book character from a children’s series by Barbara Park, and visit with author Paige Cochran of Waynesboro’s 8-year-old Shetland pony, Cricket.
The Young Authors’ Celebration is funded by the U.S. Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines. The event is led at the Carey campus by Dr. Barry Morris and Dr. June Hornsby from the School of Education.
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 3:01pm
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 8:29am
The William Carey University Department of Art hosted the sixth annual High School Art Scholarship Competition on February 28 at the Lucile Parker Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus.
Students from area home schools and four local high schools, including West Jones, South Jones, Sacred Heart and Perry Central, participated in the competition, which awarded a $250 cash award known as the President’s Purchase Award and four scholarships to Carey ranging in amounts from $500 to $2,000.
Jessica Wade, a 10th-grader at West Jones, won the President’s Purchase Award for her work “Un-employed.” Lauren Jones, a 10th-grader at South Jones, won best in show for “Autumn Life” while Keegan Strickland, also a 10th-grader at South Jones, won first place for “The Night-Stacked Days.” Virginia Hosey, a 10th-grader at West Jones, won second place for “Broken Bottles” and Brandon Olmi, a 10th-grader at Sacred Heart, won third place for “Green Forest.”
Winning honorable mentions at the competition were Ciara Fountain, a 12th-grade homeschooler, for “Ye Olde Barn”; Stephanie Hill, a 12th-grader at Perry Central, for “Untitled #2”; and Laurel Jones, an 11th-grader at West Jones, for “Free-Flowing Lady.”
Monday, February 9, 2015 - 9:14am
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 4:43pm
The Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum of Art at William Carey University’s Hattiesburg campus is hosting “Selections from the Gillespie Collection,” an exhibit of art by Mississippi-related artists, through March 31.
The exhibit includes 36 paintings by 34 artists either from Mississippi or with ties to Mississippi. Selected artists featured in the exhibit include Marie Atkinson Hull, Mildred Wolfe, Dollye Kirk, John Armistead, Dodie Dobson and Bobby Walters as well as others.
The Gillespie Museum is open from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment by calling (601) 318-6542. The exhibit will be closed during winter trimester break from February 17-20 and during spring break from March 9-13.