School Department News

Tradition Campus

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 2:52pm
Children who grow up overweight or obese risk developing secondary diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart/renal disease, and joint dysfunction. The William Carey University Tradition campus has partnered with Coastal Family Health Center and the National Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute to address the risk factors that lead to obesity and to encourage healthy eating and exercise habits for middle school students. 
The university received a $41,120 grant from the United Way of Jackson and George Counties for the “Interprofessional Team Approach to Childhood Obesity” project. This will be an interactive hands-on adaptation of the Centers for Disease Control Diabetes Primary Prevention Program and will focus on students in grades 6-8 at Moss Point Middle School. Coastal Family Health Center operates a primary care clinic at the school, and a family nurse practitioner will assist with the project.
“This concept grew out of discussions among the three partners and is in alignment with United Way Areas of Focus,” said Wanda Jones, assistant professor of nursing at William Carey University. “These three partners all have a passion for addressing the risk factors and determinants of health that lead to obesity and subsequent diabetes.”
Faculty and students from the William Carey University School of Nursing will work with staff from Coastal Family Health Care, Moss Point Schools and the National Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute to provide health assessments, educational information, and activities.
During the course of the program, students’ height, weight and blood pressure will be measured. The students will log their food intake and physical activity, either on paper, online or using an app on their smartphone. “Children love technology, and we will offer use of various free apps for the participants to record calorie intake, activities, and calories burned,” Jones said.
The program will begin in the 2017 school year, and Jones said the goal is to have 100 participants in the first year. If funding is approved for a second year, she said they plan to expand the program to a school in George County.
Jones said the ultimate goal is to achieve consistent participation in the program in order to increase the students’ knowledge about healthy nutrition, appropriate physical activities, and the use of motivational techniques to lose weight. Family support also will be a component of the program. Parents will receive similar educational and motivational techniques and will be encouraged to participate in the program along with their children.
For more information, please contact Wanda Jones at William Carey University, (601) 318-6696.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 2:14pm
Now accepting applications for master’s degree program
William Carey University is expanding its dyslexia therapy program and will begin offering the Master of Education in dyslexia therapy on the Tradition campus in Biloxi.
The program is a comprehensive literacy approach that is Orton-Gillingham based and designed specifically for training therapists to serve students with dyslexia. The WCU program is accredited through the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). The program’s schedule is designed to accommodate working teachers with classes held for two weeks in the summer and one weekend each trimester. Therapists in training will provide therapy to students as they progress through the program. 
WCU is now taking applications for the cohort that will begin classes in July 2017 on the Biloxi campus. Click here to apply online or call the Admissions Office at (601) 318-6106. 
For more information, contact Cena Holifield, director of the dyslexia therapy program, at or call (601) 318-6600.
Posted 11/16/2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 2:38pm

The William Carey University Tradition campus will present “Anderson, A Mississippi Legacy,” an exhibit featuring works by three generations of the Walter Inglis Anderson family from October 19 – November 11. A reception will be held Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the administration building.


Walter Inglis Anderson was among the most prolific and talented artists of the 20th century, and his name is often associated with art of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. A native of New Orleans and long-time resident of Ocean Springs, Anderson was educated in New York and was a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. He spent his life capturing the essence of the Mississippi coastal heritage, particularly Horn Island. 


William Carey University’s Sarah Ellen Gillespie Collection includes works by Walter Anderson, his brother James McConnell Anderson, his daughters Lief Anderson and Mary Anderson Pickard, and his grandson Christopher Inglis Stebly. 


In September the university partnered with Oddfellows Gallery in Hattiesburg for a historic showing of works by three generations of the Anderson family. “The Sarah Gillespie Collection includes many works by the Anderson family, and they have never been out of the vault at one time and exhibited together,” said Rick Wilemon, an adjunct art instructor at WCU and graduate assistant at the Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum of Art. “Now we want to share these works with our Tradition campus and the Gulf Coast community.”


The exhibit can be seen in the lobby of the administration building at the Tradition campus, located at 19640 Highway 67 in Biloxi. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. For more information, call (228) 702-1775.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 2:35pm

William Carey University has announced the hiring of Dr. David Weldon as the associate dean of the proposed School of Pharmacy at the Tradition campus.


Weldon, a native of Clarksdale, received a Bachelor of Science in forensic chemistry and a PhD in medicinal chemistry from the University of Mississippi. He met his wife, Abby, who is from Amory, while a student at Ole Miss. 


Weldon has been a professor in Loma Linda University’s School of Pharmacy in California since August 2008 and was appointed vice chair of the department of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences in July. He has also served as a contract teacher in the university’s School of Dentistry and the School of Allied Health.


“I appreciate this opportunity to return to Mississippi and to work with the William Carey University leadership team in developing the new School of Pharmacy on the Tradition campus,” said Weldon. “It’s exciting to be a part of this new chapter in WCU’s history as the university continues to provide programs that will help improve healthcare in the Gulf Coast region.”


Dr. Michael Malloy, dean of the pharmacy school, said Weldon will be his “right-hand man” and will be responsible for developing the school’s assessment plan, leading the operation procedures for developing accreditation reports, and working with students on success and retention. Weldon also will help design the initial curriculum and hire the faculty.


“I am excited to be able to attract an individual of Dr. Weldon’s caliber and experience to join us as the associate dean of the School of Pharmacy,” said Malloy. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and stability to our leadership team.”


Weldon is currently working as a consultant to WCU and is helping write the application for pre-candidate for accreditation status that will be submitted to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. He will begin work on campus January 2, 2017. 


“I look forward to being a leader for WCUSOP in the areas of assessment and curricular development and am excited to expand the culture of health science excellence already established by William Carey University in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast,” said Weldon.


 “We believe Dr. Weldon is going to be a great asset as we design our curriculum,” said Dr. Janet Williams, dean of the College of Health Sciences.


WCU President Tommy King said he was pleased to have Dr. Weldon join the administrative staff of the School of Pharmacy. “His knowledge of Mississippi and academic pharmacy will be a great asset as we build a leadership team.”


Malloy said in addition to writing the pre-candidate accreditation application, he and the school’s leaders are meeting with the architect to design the School of Pharmacy building, and interviewing and hiring additional members of the leadership team. Malloy has stressed the importance of working with the local medical community. “I am meeting with pharmacy directors at local hospitals and clinics and with pharmacists to create partnerships with them in the future to help educate our students.”


The School of Pharmacy is expected to open in 2018. For more information, contact Dean Michael Malloy at (228) 702-1859 or email

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 2:10pm

The August 2016 graduates of the pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at William Carey University’s Tradition campus received a 100 percent passing rate on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. 


“We are very proud of our students and faculty for this great accomplishment,” said Dr. Bobbie Loveless, associate dean and professor. The 13 students who graduated in August were the second class this year to receive the 100 percent pass rate; the May graduating class did so as well. 


Loveless said she attributes the success to an emphasis on high academic standards, a focus on educational competency via a concept-based curriculum, and a well-qualified faculty. 


“The Tradition nursing faculty on average have nearly 30 years of clinical nursing experience and 18 years of nursing education experience,” she said. “Seventy percent of the faculty are educationally prepared at the doctoral level and have earned terminal degrees in nursing.”


For more information about the William Carey University School of Nursing, visit or call (228) 702-1825 to speak with Denise Hancock, undergraduate program director for the Tradition campus.