School Department News


Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 9:34am

Hattiesburg, MS, June 24, 2014 -  The Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum of Art at William Carey University is currently displaying a an exhibit “A Slice of Summer,” featuring works by Charles Ambrose, Walter Inglis Anderson, James McConnell Anderson, Leif Anderson, Christopher Stebly, and other Mississippi artists. The exhibit will hang until August 27.
Named for Hattiesburg native and art patron Sarah Gillespie, the museum houses the most complete collection of art produced by Mississippians in the 20th century. It includes over 600 works by Mississippi artists, and employs various media and a wide range of subject matter.
The exhibit is open to the public free of charge. During the summer, the museum is open by special appointment only by calling (601) 318-6542.

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 3:04pm

Hattiesburg, MS, May 12, 2014 - William Carey University will graduate nearly 750 undergraduate, graduate, and College of Osteopathic Medicine students from the Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses May 16, 17, and 24. Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU, will preside at the ceremonies.
The ceremony for Hattiesburg campus students receiving graduate degrees is Friday, May 16, at 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. During this ceremony, the School of Education will graduate its inaugural cohorts for both the EdD and the PhD in Higher Education Administration. The speaker is Dr. Rodney Bennett, president of The University of Southern Mississippi.
The first ceremony for Hattiesburg campus students receiving undergraduate degrees is Saturday, May 17 at 9:30 a.m. in Smith Auditorium. Students receiving degrees from the school of arts and letters, school of nursing and school of natural and behavioral sciences will be recognized. The speaker is Mark Smith, pastor of First Baptist Church of Jackson.
The second ceremony for Hattiesburg campus students receiving undergraduate degrees is Saturday, May 17 at 1 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Students receiving degrees from the school of business, school of education, school of missions and Biblical studies, and the school of music will be recognized. The speaker is Alan Perry, a lawyer with Forman, Perry, Watkins, Krutz & Tardy, LLP, of Jackson.
The ceremony for Tradition graduate and undergraduate students is Saturday, May 17 at 4 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. The speaker is Dr. Scott Hummel, provost at WCU.
On May 24, the WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) will graduate its inaugural class of 94 students as doctors of osteopathic medicine (D.O.)  at 10 a.m. in Smith Auditorium. The speaker for this historic graduation is Dr. Karen Nicholls, past president of the American Osteopathic Association. As the 26th school of osteopathic medicine in the country and the first in the state, the WCUCOM’s mission is to train future physicians for careers in primary care medicine to address the shortage of primary care physicians in the Gulf South Region. The medical school, under the leadership of Dr. James “Jim” Turner, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (CC-SACS).
For more graduation information, call the Office of the Registrar at (601) 318-6195.

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 4:14pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 21, 2014 - William Carey University held a reception to celebrate the opening of a Senior Art Majors Exhibit in the Lucile Parker Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus on April 17. Pictured are senior art majors (left to right) Jane Lee of Hattiesburg, Megan Bourne of Columbia, and Bethany Bell of Maribor, Slovenia.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 3:12pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 15, 2014 - William Carey University hosted a reception to celebrate the opening of the 2014 Student Art Show and Competition in the Sarah Gillespie Museum of Art on April 10. The exhibit, which will hang until April 28, includes a variety of artwork including paintings, fine art prints, drawings, photography, sculpture, graphic design, 3-D pieces and mixed media by art students from both the Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses.

The winners of the competition were as follows: Brendan Woods of Purvis, Best in Show for “A Table for a Melody” and Best Painting for “Winning Streak;” Jane Lee of Hattiesburg, Best Drawing for “Vanity” and Best Design for “Chanel No. 5;” Paul Goggin of Gulfport, Best 3-Dimensional Art for “The Definition of Art;” Jamie Nash of Ocean Springs, Best Mixed Media for “Homage to Bob’s Turtles;” Lucy Landry of Biloxi, Best Printmaking for “Aw Shucks,” and Christy DiMauro of Biloxi, Best Photography for “Jameson Festival.”

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Layla Accorsi of Gramado, Brazil, for “Panda;” Anna Dancsisin of Summit for “Morning Prayer;” Kellie Gutterman of Mandeville, La., for “Fishing for Water Spouts;” Kristy Knapp of Biloxi for “Life at the Speed of Hwy 90;” Robert Lewis of Ocean Springs for “Gift of Healing;” Joanna McKenzie of Monticello for “Contemplation,” and Tessa Stockstill of Biloxi for “Exhilaration.”

Kyle Goddard, gallery director of Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg, served as judge for the competition.

The public is invited to view the exhibit.  Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. or by appointment, (601) 318-6148.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 9:49am

Hattiesburg, Miss., March 11, 2014 - The art department of William Carey University hosted the Fifth Annual High School Art Competition in the Lucile Parker Gallery (LPG) on March 1. The exhibition gave area high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to showcase their talents and compete for scholarships. Thirty-two students from the following high schools participated in the competition: Oak Grove High School, Perry Central High School, Presbyterian Christian High School, South Jones High School, and West Jones High School. The event was directed by Dr. Read Diket, WCU professor of art and education, Dr. Ed Ford, assistant professor of graphic design and LPG director, and Chatham Meade Kemp, WCU art instructor.

Erin Dungan, a sophomore from South Jones High School, won Best in Show for her piece “Still Life Composition.”Gregory Dearmen, a senior from Perry Central High School, won first place for his piece “Tiger Creek.” Shane Cooney, a freshman from South Jones High School, won second place for his piece “Still Life with Alligator,” and Eric Nguyen, a junior from West Jones High School, won third place for his piece “Bottles.” WCU scholarships were given to all winners.

 In addition, the following students received Honorable Mention awards: Megan Grafton, West Jones High School, for “Sunset;”Asha Bolton, Perry Central High School, for “Sisters of Purity;”Sarabeth Sappington, Oak Grove High School, “Crimson,” and Mikaela Killingsworth, Presbyterian Christian High School, “Rainbow Reflections.”