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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 kpope@wmcarey.edu. 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.
 
 
 
 
 
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 9:33am
Deadline to apply: May 1
 
The William Carey University School of Education is now accepting applications for the next class of students enrolling in the Educational Leadership program. Students completing the program may earn a Master of Education or an Education Specialist degree.
 
This program meets the requirements for applying for a K-12 administrator’s license upon successful completion of coursework, clinical practice, and a passing score on the School Leadership Licensure Assessment exam. The program is 36 hours and may be completed in five trimesters or 15 months, which includes 500 hours of documented activities in clinical practice. 
 
This is a hybrid program with the majority of classes offered online to meet the scheduling needs of working professionals. Face-to-face classes meet one Saturday a month each trimester. 
Completed applications must be submitted by May 1. Classes begin June 10. 
 
Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Official transcripts will be required as part of the application process.
 
Program requirements include:
  • A valid teaching license or a completed waiver of licensure form,
  • A GPA of 3.0 for the last 64 hours in the undergraduate program or 3.25 in a graduate program,
  • Two reference forms from present or previous administrators who supervised applicant’s work,
  • Documentation certifying a minimum of three years teaching experience,
  • A scholarly narrative of 1-2 pages of the applicant’s personal philosophy of educational leadership.
 
Each applicant must submit an online application to William Carey University Graduate School and pay the required application fee. The application is available at www.wmcarey.edu/admissions.
 
For more information, contact Dr. Liesa Weaver at (601) 318-6626 or email lweaver@wmcarey.edu
 
 
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:27am
The William Carey University School of Education will host a teacher education roundup on April 25 on the Hattiesburg campus and on April 27 on the Tradition campus.
 
The Hattiesburg round up will begin at 6 p.m. in the Student Conference Center. This event is open to any high school or college student interested in becoming a teacher. Those with college degrees in other fields who are interested in becoming teachers through the alternate route program are also invited to attend. To RVSP for the Hattiesburg event, please email dharris@wmcarey.edu.
 
During the Hattiesburg event, faculty members Phyllis Armstrong and Dr. Candice Aycock will present information, including curriculum and licensing details, to students interested in entering the teaching profession through the traditional or alternate routes. Aycock will be available to discuss the Science and Mathematics Alternate Route Teacher (SMART) program, which will enroll a new class of prospective teachers in fall 2017. The SMART program, funded by a grant from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation, provides an opportunity for non-education graduates to enter the teaching profession in the critical shortage areas of science and mathematics. The program will pay tuition and textbook costs along with reimbursements for the cost of the Praxis examinations.
 
The Tradition campus roundup will begin at 4 p.m. In addition to information about education degrees, Dr. Cassandra Conner will lead a discussion about the Elementary Teacher Assistant Academy at Tradition. To RSVP for the Tradition event, please email ncochran@wmcarey.edu or call (228) 702-1842.
 
Both events are free and open to the public. 
 
For information, contact Phyllis Armstrong at (601) 318-6142 or parmstrong@wmcarey.edu.