School Department News

Tradition Campus

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 12:01pm
William Carey University students aren’t letting damage from the tornado that hit campus on January 21 stop them from continuing their education.
Registration for the summer trimester closed on June 9, and the university is reporting a 2 percent increase in enrollment over summer 2016. The number of students enrolled on the Hattiesburg campus increased from 1,638 in 2016 to 1,650 this year. Enrollment at the Tradition campus in Biloxi and the programs at Keesler Air Force Base stands at 655, up from 621 in 2016. Total enrollment grew from 2,259 last summer to 2,305 this year.
“With the uncertainty of enrollment following the January tornado which devastated the campus, it is a very encouraging outcome to see an increase in summer enrollment,” said president Tommy King.  
The university saw a significant increase in the number of students enrolling in doctoral-level classes this summer. During summer 2017, the enrollment in doctoral classes grew to 247 students, up from 160 last year. 
“We believe the enrollment increase this summer is indicative of our expanding reputation for excellence in graduate study at William Carey,” said Dr. Frank Baugh, graduate dean. “Our doctoral programs in higher education administration, educational leadership, and physical therapy account for a majority of the growth. The success of these programs in attracting talented students is reflective of the dedication and enthusiasm embodied by all of our graduate faculty and staff. We look forward to maintaining this positive momentum in the coming years.”
The enrollment at the Tradition campus will continue to steadily rise in the coming years with the addition of the School of Pharmacy, which the university broke ground on in May. Pending approval from the Accreditation of the Council for Pharmacy Education, the School of Pharmacy should start enrolling students in the summer of 2018. The pharmacy school can accept 64 students in the first year.
Recovery Update
At the conclusion of the spring trimester in May, Phase 2 of the rebuilding and restoration work began. Many of the repairs immediately after the tornado were temporary measures made to quickly, yet safely, get the students moved back to campus and classes resuming on schedule. Work will continue on the buildings throughout the summer. 
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program moved back to campus at the end of May, and the College of Osteopathic Medicine began moving back this week. Both held classes at The University of Southern Mississippi during the spring trimester. The Winters School of Music is also in the process of moving back to campus after being housed at Hardy Street Baptist Church. 
Grading has begun for the construction of the new dormitories that will replace Ross and Johnson Halls, which had to be demolished after the tornado. Demolition of the historic Tatum Court is complete and a new administration building will be built near the entrance to campus. Construction of the three buildings is expected to take 12-14 months and should be complete by fall 2018.
Phase 2 of the recovery work also includes the construction of a new building that will serve as a temporary academic building to replace classroom space lost in the School of Business and Tatum Court. The building is located next to the new Ben Waddle Sports Facility on County Drive and should be completed by the time fall classes begin on August 28. The School of Business was severely damaged during the tornado and will not be ready for use again until fall 2018. 
A new academic building will be built behind McMillan Hall to house language and literature, communications, history, and other classes that were in Tatum Court. An addition to the Joe & Virginia Tatum Theatre will be the new home for the theatre classes that were in Tatum Court. 
William Carey University is currently enrolling for fall trimester. General registration will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 23 and classes start Monday, Aug. 28.
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 3:20pm
William Carey University inducted 22 students into Sigma Beta Delta international honor society in business, management and administration. The students were inducted during a ceremony on May 5 at the Tradition campus.
The purposes of Sigma Beta Delta are to encourage and recognize scholarship among students of business, management, and administration and to encourage and promote aspirations towards personal and professional improvements and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind. To be eligible for membership, students must be in the top 20 percent of their junior, senior or graduate class.
The inductees are: Tara Adinolfi, Jessica Allard, Stephanie Blocker, Malcolm Bounds, Crystal Crawford, Taylor Dowdy, Simon Ekman, Gleynder Ellett, Janell Goff, Matthew Haymes, Houston Jones, Janine Loftus, Brooke Morales, Lauren Phelps, Sarah Prewitt, Marlene Roney, Peter Rupert, Clayton Rush, Cassidy Sahuque, Jamie Sholar, Lindsay Smilek and Shawn Wiseman.
During the induction ceremony, students from the School of Business presented more than 1,000 cans of food and a cash donation to Barbara Ruddiman of The Lord is My Help food kitchen in Ocean Springs.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 10:44am
The William Carey University Tradition campus held its first Honors Day ceremony on May 4 at First Baptist Church of Gulfport.
Students were recognized for outstanding academic performance, leadership and community service. “These awards fall in line with our mission statement that addresses leadership, scholarship, and service,” said Jerry Bracey, administrative dean of the Tradition campus. “Faculty members selected students who stood out in these areas.”
Awards presented include:
Outstanding Student in Biological Sciences – Jacob Anderson, Jessica Bennett, Karen Fountain, Neuman McCon
Best Student in Management Marketing – Gary L. Pitcovich
Best Student in Workforce Training – Stephanie A. Blocker
Best Student in Computer Information Systems – Jeffery C. Gee
Outstanding Education Student – Pierce Douglas Reid III
Debra Herring Excellence in Elementary Education Award – Donna Boling
Outstanding Criminal Justice Student (undergraduate) – Justin White, James M.A. Balius
Outstanding Criminal Justice Student (graduate) – Brad Auringer, Rodrique Hackett, Mike Lamberth, Patrick Levine
Nurse Crusader Award – Deandrea Williams
Nightingale Scholar – Jacqueline Cates
Outstanding Senior in Biblical Studies – Samuel Allen Piche
Spirit of Carey Award – Kara MacDonald
Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges - Jacob Anderson, Jessica Bennett, Courtney Hyter, Neuman McCon, Samuel Piche, Brittany Saucier, Brandon Warden
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 1:34pm
William Carey University is ranked as having the #1 most affordable online master’s in criminal justice program, according to SR Education Group. 
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice began its inaugural class spring 2016 with eight master’s candidates. The fully online program is taught by full-time and adjunct faculty members who are qualified practitioners in the field of criminal justice. 
“I am thrilled to hear that our program has been ranked as the #1 most affordable online master’s degree in criminal justice,” said Dr. Karla Pope, chair of the department of criminal justice. “We are a practitioner-based program serving working professionals in the field of criminal justice as well as others interested in pursuing a graduate degree. We are honored to offer an affordable, quality opportunity for higher learning in criminal justice.”
Pope said the master’s program, which is based at the Tradition campus, was initiated in response to student request and in response to requests in the criminal justice community along the Gulf Coast. 
The program has grown from eight students during the first term a year ago to 21 students during spring 2017 term. Of the initial eight students, four graduated in May while three are anticipated to graduate in August. One of the initial students had to temporarily stop the program due to a death in the immediate family; he will resume the program this summer. 
In order to be admitted to the program, students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and maintained a minimum of 2.5 GPA during their last 64 hours. The students must also submit competitive GRE scores and letters of recommendation to complete the admission process. 
Once admitted, students have a choice to pursue a master’s degree with the thesis option or master’s degree without the thesis option. Both tracks require 30 hours of criminal justice coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree with the program being designed to be completed in five trimesters.  The thesis-track students will complete 24 hours of required coursework plus six hours of thesis work while the non-thesis track students will complete 24 hours of required coursework plus six hours of electives and a comprehensive examination. 
For more information about the Master of Science Criminal Justice program, contact Dr. Karla Pope at (228) 702-1834 or email Click here to view the full list of rankings. 
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 9:31am
William Carey University will award degrees during three commencement ceremonies May 12 and 13, 2017. All ceremonies will be held at Temple Baptist Church located at 5220 Old Highway 11 in Hattiesburg. The graduation services have been moved off-campus this year due to continuing repairs from the January tornado.
The schedule and guest speakers are as follows:
Friday, May 12 at 6 p.m. – Commencement for Hattiesburg campus master’s degree students, specialists, and doctoral candidates. Guest speaker will be Dr. Neal Gregg, orthopaedic surgeon at Southern Bone and Joint Specialists. Gregg is a Hattiesburg native, a 1994 graduate of Hattiesburg High School, and he earned a Bachelor of Science from Carey in 1998. While at Carey he was a member of the baseball team and was recognized as NAIA Baseball All-America Scholar Athlete. Following graduation, Gregg was drafted in the 21st round of the 1998 amateur baseball draft by the New York Yankees organization. His professional career included stents in Oneonta, New York; Tampa, Florida; Staten Island, New York, and Greensboro, North Carolina. At the conclusion of his playing career, he received the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2005, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, in 2010. His practice at Southern Bone and Joint Specialists includes caring for student athletes at Hattiesburg High School and William Carey University. He also currently serves as an adjunct clinical professor for the WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he performs as a preceptor for third- and fourth-year osteopathic medical students on clinical rotations. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have three daughters.
Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. – Commencement for the Hattiesburg campus undergraduate students. Guest speaker will be Charles (Chuck) Scianna, co-founder of Sim-Tex, L.P., a leading supplier of Oil Country Tubular Goods to the oil and gas industry. Scianna, a native of Bay St. Louis, is a 1971 graduate of Bay High School, a 1975 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He has served on the board of directors of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the USM Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Country. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Bellville Council Knights of Columbus, St. Peter Catholic Church and St. Paul Catholic Church. He is a life member of the USM Alumni Association and a member of the USM Alumni Hall of Fame and the USM Circle of Champions. He and his wife Rita made a significant gift to Carey to assist in the recovery from the January tornado. 
Saturday, May 13 at 1 p.m. – Commencement for undergraduate and graduate students from the Tradition campus. Guest speaker will be Adam Breerwood, vice president for Pearl River Community College Poplarville Campus and Hancock Center. A native of Waveland, Breerwood is a Carey graduate and earned a history degree in 1997 and a Master’s in Education in 1999. He completed his Ph.D. in higher education administration from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2003. Breerwood has been employed at PRCC since 1997 when he was hired as assistant baseball coach. In 2002, he was named as PRCC’s assistant director of recruitment and orientation and was promoted to director in 2003. He served as dean of student services for eight years before being promoted to vice president of the main campus in 2011. In July 2017, Breerwood will become PRCC’s 11th president following the retirement of Dr. William Lewis. 
For more information about commencement, please call the registrar’s office at (601) 318-6195.