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School Department News

Noonkester School of Arts and Letters

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 1:56pm

The William Carey University Theatre will present Tony Award winning playwright Mary Zimmerman’s “Scenes from Argonautika” (The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts) October 9 through 11 and 16 through 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre.

Zimmerman tells this classic saga with a contemporary twist, combining humor and drama, transforming this Greek adventure. The story begins with adventure seeking sailors of the ship Argo following their leader Jason (Joey Roderick of Blue Ridge, GA). Encountering an array of daunting challenges in their “first voyage of the world,” Jason and his mighty crew press on in their quest for the Golden Fleece. Argonauts include Meleager (Xavier Martin of Hattiesburg); Idmon (Branden Lindsay of Greenville, S.C.); Tiphys (Logan McCarty of Hattiesburg); Castor (Justin Taylor Abbott of Picayune); Atalanta (Rebekah Romack of Poplarville); Hercules (Billy Burkes of Meridian); and Hylas (Nicoli Hutchison of Picayune). Gods, goddesses, nymphs, and Kings are Amycus (Chris Permenter of Oak Grove); King Aeetes (Burkes); King Dymas (Hutchison); Hera (Miranda Rester of Oak Grove); Athena (Amanda Campbell of Picayune); Medea and Dryope (Nadia Trinanes of Hattiesburg); Andromeda and Eros (Haley Genberg of Warren, PA); and Aphrodite (Ashlyn Watts of Picayune). 

Based on the third century Greek epic, “Argonautika” explores a world where magic rules the everyday lives of those passionate enough to seek adventure. This is a world where gods laugh in the face of mortal promises like the one King Pelias makes, “Think of it Jason, to sail so far beyond where anyone has ever sailed… and when you return, covered in glory this kingdom shall be yours.” 

The production is directed by Tim Matheny, chair of the theatre and communication department. Dewey Douglas of the theatre faculty is technical director for student designers. Scenic designers are Chris Permenter and Jana Barkley of Picayune. The costume designers are Permenter and Ashlyn Watts. Barkley and Billy Burkes are lighting designers, and the sound designers are Joey Roderick and Burkes. Makeup and properties designers are Watts and Haley Genberg. Barkley also is lightboard operator and Sawyer Walters of Hattiesburg is sound board operator. Stage hands are Johonna Bush of Foxworth; Karlie Buss of Hilltop Lakes, TX; and Dana Buckley of Gulfport.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for military and senior citizens, and $5 for students. Reservations can be made by calling 601-315-6221. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. beginning October 6.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 8:43am

Chatham Meade Kemp, assistant professor of art at William Carey University, recently received an Artist Fellowship grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC).

The MAC grant of $4,500 was awarded to Kemp based on her exemplary work in her chosen field of painting. The Artist Fellowship program is highly competitive, with only a small number of the total applicants each year receiving an award of up to $5,000. The award is based solely on merit with the requirement that the funds be used to expand the artist’s ability to create new work.

“I will be using the MAC grant to create my next series of paintings, including materials, transport, framing and promotion of work,” said Kemp.

The grant is a portion of the $1.34 million in grants MAC awarded in 2014-2015. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The arts in Mississippi are now being recognized as a key component to economic development and as a driver for creative strategies for the growth of our communities,” said Dr. Tom Pearson, executive director of MAC. “Individual artists play a vital role as really the backbone of this movement, and it is an honor for this agency to be a part of their professional growth.”

According to Kemp, her paintings celebrate her “love of making discoveries with the expressive power of color and the physical process of layering paint on canvas.” Her work walks a line between representation and abstraction, suggesting natural forms such as plants, trees and flowers, along with weather patterns and other natural world references.

Kemp’s work has also been selected to be displayed at the bi-annual Mississippi Invitational Juried Exhibition at the Mississippi Museum of Art from November 1 until January 25, 2015. Through this exhibition, Kemp has also applied for a $15,000 travel/study grant. The winner of the grant will be announced in October.

“Going through the selection process for the exhibition was a great learning experience,” said Kemp. “The events for the exhibition, including the opening reception, will allow me to meet artists from all areas of the state.”

The Mississippi Museum of Art will also produce a full color catalog of all of the artists involved, including statements about the artwork and biographical information.

“It is a great honor to be included in this exhibit,” she said.

Kemp is the daughter of James W. Meade, an art faculty member at the University of Southern Mississippi for over 40 years, and local artist and teacher Myra Meade. She has taught at WCU since 2007.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 8:40am
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 2:15pm

Dr. Rafael Sanchez, a native of Spain and a respected educator of the Spanish language, has joined the faculty of William Carey University as professor of Spanish.

Dr. Sanchez will provide senior faculty leadership for the new Spanish major, which launches in the 2014-2015 school year. He will also work to develop and strengthen study abroad programs in Spanish in both Spain and Latin America.

Dr. Sanchez previously taught Spanish at The University of Southern Mississippi. He began his employment with USM in January 1981 and served as chairman of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures from 1995-2004. He has also worked with USM’s Office of International Programs, where he was heavily involved in creating and managing study abroad programs since 1997. He served as both director of international programs and director of the Center for International Education.

Dr. Sanchez has worked with the Mississippi Foreign Language Association in various capacities and served as president from 1998-2000. He is the developer of CATPRI (Computer Aided Total Physical Response Instruction), an interactive computer program to enhance foreign language teaching. He has also worked as director of liturgical ministries and director of Hispanic ministry at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hattiesburg. Prior to coming to the United States, Dr. Sanchez worked as a missionary in Uganda for 12 years.

He received his Ph.D. in Spanish Language and Literature from Tulane University in 1992 and his M.A. in Liturgy at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1978.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 3:39pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., November 21, 2013 - Three William Carey University students were formally inducted into the WCU Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society on November 15 on WCU’s Hattiesburg campus. Established in 1924 to confer distinction for high achievement in English language, literature, and writing, Sigma Tau Delta invites members to join based on academic excellence.

The 2013 Sigma Tau Delta Fall 2013 inductees were Lauran Burham of Laurel, Megan Bourne of Columbia, and Lauren Golson of Hattiesburg.  Faculty sponsor is Marsha Newman, associate professor of English, and co-sponsor is Dolores O’Mary, administrative assistant for language and literature. Sigma Tau Delta president is Alyssa Keyes of Ringgold, Ga.

A reception followed the ceremony.