School Department News

Tradition Campus

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 11:18am
The William Carey University School of Education is seeking applicants for the second year of the Science and Mathematics Alternate Route Teacher (SMART) grant at the main campus in Hattiesburg and at the Tradition campus in Biloxi.
The $296,200 SMART grant is funded for three years by the Robert M. Hearin Foundation. It provides opportunities for non-education graduates to enter the teaching profession by obtaining new job skills and also provides licensed teachers in the critical teacher shortage areas of mathematics and science.
The grant is distributed to Carey at $98,000 per year and disburses scholarships for students entering the alternate route program to become teachers. This grant works in conjunction with Carey’s alternate route teacher education program and the Master in the Art of Teaching degree, meaning potential grant recipients will need to meet current admission requirements. 
Candidates are required to have at least a 2.75 GPA and a passing score on the Praxis Core or an overall ACT score of 21 with each subscore a minimum of 18. Candidates also need to take and pass a Praxis II examination. 
Upon completion of the entrance requirements, candidates must take and pass two required courses: EDU 536 Classroom Management and EDU 650 Tests, Measurements and Evaluations. 
After meeting requirements, candidates are eligible to receive a three-year interim educator license and can be employed by a school district in the appropriate mathematics and science subject area. After receiving a teaching contract, program participants are then enrolled in an internship course for two terms (fall and winter) where they are monitored in their classrooms and attend planned Saturday learning sessions. After completion of the internship, participants will be eligible to receive a standard five-year educator license.
Grant funds allow the awarding of 20 scholarships per year. In addition to covering the cost of 12 semester hours for each participant, required textbooks and a few other supplies will also be covered under the grant. Additional funds will be used to provide workshops and additional teaching supports for participants. The grant will also reimburse one Praxis Core and one Praxis II exam once those are passed.
SMART for year two will begin in May for the summer term.
For more information about the SMART grant, contact Dr. Candice Aycock, instructor of education and program coordinator, at or by phone at (601) 318-6687.  
The Hearin Foundation, which supports Mississippi higher education as well as economic development, was established in the will of the late Robert M. Hearin Sr., a former chairman and chief executive officer of Mississippi Valley Gas.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 9:01am
William Carey University will observe spring break at both the Hattiesburg campus and the Tradition campus in Biloxi during the week of March 14-18.
Classes will not meet during the week. Offices will be open March 14-15 but will be closed for the remainder of the week.
Classes will resume and offices will reopen on March 21.
Monday, February 29, 2016 - 2:38pm
William Carey University will host Super Saturday, an early registration event for incoming freshmen and transfer students, at both the Hattiesburg campus and the Tradition campus in Biloxi on March 5.
Super Saturday allows new students to finalize paperwork, tour the Carey campus, meet with academic advisors and financial aid officers, and register for classes for the summer and fall terms. Activities will be held from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Hattiesburg campus and from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Tradition campus.
Prior to attending Super Saturday, students should apply to the university. Students are also asked to RSVP by contacting the admissions office at the campus the student wishes to attend. To RSVP for the Hattiesburg campus, call (601) 318-6103 or email To RSVP for the Tradition campus, call (228) 702-1815 or email
For more information about Carey or to apply to the university, visit
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:26pm
The William Carey University Tradition campus in Biloxi hosted the opening reception for “The Art of Osmo Visuri” exhibit on Feb. 25.
Twenty-six paintings by the late Finnish artist, which are on loan from Mary Pyle of Gulfport, are on display at the campus through March 31. Pyle met Visuri, who was a professor at the University of Helsinki and a noted photographer and author, in 1988 through her work as a presidentially-appointed member of the National Council on Vocational Education.
Visuri would later visit Pyle and her husband, Jack, at their home. During his visit, the artist and the couple attempted to find a place to exhibit his paintings. After finding no success in this endeavor during his month-long stay, Visuri left the paintings with Pyle. The art has been stored in a closet in Pyle’s home for 27 years and is now on display for the first time for local audiences.
Keijo Karjalainen, a cultural counselor from the Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C., attended the reception and gave brief remarks during a presentation about the artist’s life. Visuri, who died in January 2013, was a noted artist in his home country, according to the embassy representative. Visuri was also known in Italy, where he operated a studio, and in Israel, where he authored several books about the Biblical Parables.
The presentation included a video created by Visuri in the early 1990s to explain the settings of his paintings and his particular techniques. His watercolors depict scenes of Visuri’s native country and prominently feature a lake and landscapes near the artist’s home.
The exhibit is on display in the lobby of the A Building on the Tradition campus. It may be viewed during regular operating hours from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The exhibit will be closed for spring break from March 14-18.
For more information on the exhibit or for directions to the campus, call (228) 702-1775 or email Tracy Williams, director of the Tradition art program, at
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 12:26pm
Both campuses of William Carey University, including the main campus in Hattiesburg and the Tradition campus in Biloxi, will close early today (Tuesday, Feb. 23) as a result of anticipated severe weather conditions this afternoon and into this evening.​
The Tradition campus will close at 1 p.m. followed by a 3 p.m. closing for the Hattiesburg campus. Tuesday evening classes on both campuses are also cancelled.
Residence halls at the Hattiesburg campus will remain open. Campus security officers will remain available at both campuses.
University officials will monitor weather activity and communicate through SaderWatch, the university’s emergency notification system; through social media and the official Carey website, and through local media outlets. To register for or update your SaderWatch notification preferences, visit 
Regular hours of operation will resume on Wednesday, Feb. 24.