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Language and Literature

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 3:17pm
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 11:47am
Sixteen William Carey University students were inducted into the Mississippi Beta chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society on April 15.
 
Membership into Alpha Chi is limited to no more than 10 percent of the junior, senior and graduate class members. Carey students must have at least a 3.70 grade point average on the 4.0 scale to qualify for membership.
 
The new inductees include Miguel Izquierdo Puertas of Burgos, Spain; Kasey McWilliams of Mendenhall; Brent Manint of Tylertown; Alyson Davis of Laurel; Malin Collin of Stromstad, Sweden; Kaitlyn Pitts of Ellisville; Colleen Stewart of Laurel; Spencer Hollingsworth of Hattiesburg; Tiffany DeVore of Picayune; Angelo Morales of Covington, La.; Haylee Pierce of Petal; Makayla Cooper of Columbia; Adrienne Madden of Purvis; Leonard Sechi of Friedrichsdorf, Germany; John Clark of Waynesboro; and Katie Sims of Purvis.
 
In addition to the student inductees, Dr. Garry Breland, Carey's vice president for academic affairs, received an honorary membership into the honor society.
 
The chapter's student officers for 2014-2015 are Erin Ford of Collins, president; Lexi Davis of Leakesville, vice president; and Kendal Banks of Wiggins, secretary. Advisors are Dr. Read Diket, chair of the Department of Art; Dr. Randall Harris, professor of biomedical sciences; Dolores O’Mary, administrative assistant for language and literature; Dr. Everett Roark, assistant professor of biomedical sciences; and Dr. Tom Richardson, chair of the Department of Language and Literature.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 1:20pm
Representatives from the William Carey University Department of Language and Literature attended the annual meeting of the Mississippi Philological Association from January 23-24 at Mississippi State University.
 
Dr. Allison Chestnut, professor of language and literature, presented her essay titled “Looking for the Lost Boys: Changes in the World Literature Canon” and shared her creative poetry. Dr. Lorie Watkins, associate professor of language and literature, read an essay, “Around the State in Thirty Days: In Defense of the Scholarly Literary Pilgrimage,” chronicling her and Dr. Chestnut’s experiences teaching courses containing components of literary tourism.
 
Joining the professors in presentations were three Carey alumni. Susan Hammond, an instructor at Hinds Community College, read “David Wilson: Puddn’head” and “Doing the Right Thing Can Get a Man Killed, Threatened or Ten Years in Prison.” Deanna Roberts, an instructor at Meridian Community College, presented “Bringing Spoken Word Poetry into the Classroom,” and Ahrend Torrey, a graduate student pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at Wilkes University, read original poetry from his recent chapbook, “On This Side of Things.”
 
Joseph Goss, a junior English major from Picayune, also presented an essay at the meeting titled “Reconciling Africa through White and Black Heritage.”
 
In addition to presenting at the meeting, Dr. Watkins also edits the philological association’s academic journal, POMPA. The journal publishes select conference papers each year.
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 3:55pm
William Carey University will present Lisa Loomer’s “Bocon,” an award-winning fable filled with humor and enchantment, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10 and at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 14 in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.
 
“Bocon” is a studio piece designed, directed and performed by Carey students. Actors include both theatre majors and students from various levels of Spanish classes. Student directors are Chris Permenter of Hattiesburg and Billy Burkes of Lauderdale. Other cast members include Taylor Abbott of Picayune, Ashlyn Watts of Picayune, Logan McCarty of Hattiesburg, Haley Genberg of Warren, Penn., Nadia Trinanes of Hattiesburg, Xavier Martin of Hattiesburg, Nicoli Hutchinson of Picayune, Miranda Rester of Sumrall, Treya Brown of Hattiesburg, Baxter Walters of Hattiesburg, Amanda Gibson of Columbia, Michaela McCraw of Rapid City, S.D., Gunner Stewart of Petal, Zachary Singletary of Madison, Alisha Fishel of Olive Branch, Devin Sorrell of Bardstown, Ky., and Lindsay Knight of Hattiesburg.
 
The fable, written in response to the turmoil in Central America during the late 1980s, tells the story of the 12-year-old Miguel, an irrepressible “bocon” (the Spanish word for big mouth). Miguel, a natural storyteller, loses his voice when his parents are taken away by a military regime. He then begins a metaphorical journey north to Los Angeles. The journey shows Miguel meeting a host of dangerous magical spirits and again finding his voice along with the courage to cross the border into a new life.
 
Permenter said the fable is a remarkable tale that appeals to anyone.
 
“It’s a very challenging piece because the show is written and performed in both Spanish and English,” said Permenter. “However, it has a beautiful message that will touch a place in everyone’s heart.”
 
Admission to “Bocon” is free, but advance reservations are required. Reservations may be made by calling (601) 318-6221. The box office will be open from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning February 3.