School Department News

Noonkester School of Arts and Letters

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 4:42pm
The William Carey University Tradition campus hosted on January 22 an opening reception for “Identity,” an exhibit of artwork done by senior art students.
The exhibit, which will run through February 9, features work by Hayley Benefield of Gulfport, Ashton Gibson of Gulfport, Jamie Suzanne Nash of Ocean Springs, LucyEllen Landry of Biloxi and Tessa Stockstill of Biloxi.
“Identity” can be viewed in the Tradition campus A Building foyer, located at 19640 Highway 67 in Biloxi. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, call (228) 702-1775 or email Tracy Williams, chair of the art department, at
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.
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 1:02pm
Forty-two William Carey University students were inducted into the Mississippi Beta chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society on January 14.
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 Philip Alford of Kingsport, Tenn.; Rachel Barr of Fort Davis, Texas; Ashton Biggs of Clinton; Jessica Boyette of Biloxi; William Buchanan of Baton Rouge, La.; Kathryn Bynum of Collins; Jameka Calcote of Hattiesburg; Haley Chalk of Hattiesburg; Ashlee Champagne of Vancleave; Allison Clark of Leakesville; Ramsi Dykes of Hot Coffee; Mabry Ely of Raleigh; Christopher Givens of McComb; Joseph Goss of Picayune; Cathryn Guice of Biloxi; William Guidry of Hattiesburg; Brooklyn Guillot of Port Allen, La.; Kaylin Henderson of Purvis; Austin Henderson of Petal; Ashlynn Hust of Petal; Thilo Koerperich of Duisburg, Germany; Sean Laird of South Bend, Ind.; Lauren Little of Raleigh; John Madden of Petal; Meghan Maddox of Waveland; Morgan Marfisi of Tomball, Texas; Elisabeth Mayes of Jacksonville, Ala.; Hunter Owens of Saucier; Jessica Rasberry of Lucedale; Andrew Rauch of Petal; Joseph Roderick of Blue Ridge, Ga.; Allison Romack Alford of McComb; Lindsey Rowe of Madison; Alexandra Salazar of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Laura Scovel of Wiggins; Conner Sears of Columbia; Deborah Sills of Enterprise; Eric Warren of Wilmer, Ala.; Faith Westberry of Conehatta; Katie Williamson of Columbia; Shannel Wilson of Carnes; and Heather Wilson of Lucedale.
The student officers for 2014-2015 are Erin Ford of Collins, president; Lexi Davis of Leakesville, vice president; and Kendal Banks of Wiggins. The sponsors for Alpha Chi are Dr. Read Diket, professor of art and education; Dr. Randall Harris, professor of biomedical sciences; and Dolores O’Mary, administrative assistant for language and literature.
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 1:00pm
Five William Carey University art students recently earned honors in the Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition, an art contest held annually among both public and private universities and colleges throughout the state.
WCU students contributed 81 entries, including 56 from the Hattiesburg campus and 25 from the Tradition campus, to the contest, which garnered a total of 709 entries from all of the competing institutions. A total of 138 pieces were selected by the judge, Jean Nunez Donegan of Nicholls State University, including seven pieces from WCU.
The selected pieces will be exhibited at the Arts Center of Mississippi, located on East Pascagoula Street in downtown Jackson, from February 7 through March 13 with an opening reception to be held from 2 until 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 7.
WCU students contributing selected pieces for the contest include senior art majors Amber Holifield of Collins, Joanna McKenzie of Monticello, Melissa Murphy of Bay Springs, Rick Wilemon of Hattiesburg and Tessa Stockstill of Biloxi. Three of Murphy’s pieces were selected for the show with the other students each contributing one piece.
Monday, December 15, 2014 - 9:50am
Fourteen William Carey University students were inducted into Alpha Gamma Gamma, the William Carey University chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta English honor society, on December 12.
Those inducted included Jonna Bonnette of Hattiesburg; Jessica Boyette of Biloxi; Ignacio Cerda of Seminary; DeAnna Edwards of Ovett; Mabry Ely of Raleigh; Joseph Goss of Picayune; Sean Laird of Gulfport; Ryan Lott of Pearl; Juliana Oswalt of Hattiesburg; Houston Cole Saxon of Lumberton; Nigel Simmons of Picayune; Alyson Speights of Hattiesburg; Gunner Stewart of Petal; and Bethany Truhett of Meridian.
WCU has been affiliated with Sigma Tau Delta for over 20 years. The honor society was founded in 1924 as “an order designed to promote the mastery of written expression, encourage worthwhile reading and foster a spirit of fellowship among those specializing in the English language and literature.” Admission to the chapter is open to undergraduate and graduate students with an overall “B” average in English courses and ranking in the highest 35 percent of the student’s class in general scholarship. The sponsor of the WCU chapter is Dr. Marsha Newman, associate professor of English.
For more information on Sigma Tau Delta, visit For more information on WCU’s chapter, contact Dr. Newman at