School Department News


Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 10:27am
William Carey University  inducted eight former students-athletes into the Sports Hall of Fame during the Seventh Annual Sports Hall of Fame ceremony at Southern Oaks House and Gardens on April 1. During the evening WCU also recognized John Clearman with the Legacy Award for his support of WCU athletics.
Marco Bruggner - Tennis 
Bruggner arrived at WCU from Switzerland in 1990 and played for WCU Hall of Famer Jack Jones. Bruggner won 70 percent of his matches and helped WCU to a Top 5 NAIA ranking for four straight years. He received the Prince Scholarship Award, was a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete, and a two-time recipient of the Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics award. Bruggner graduated from WCU in 1994 with a 3.93 GPA and a degree in mathematics and minor in biology. He returned to Switzerland after graduation and is currently working for a software development company that specializes in designing banking software. 
Dave Bush - Baseball 
Bush, a graduate of New Boston-Glenwood High School in Ohio, arrived at Carey in the spring of 1975 and played for WCU Hall of Famer John Stephenson. Bush, along with fellow inductee Carl Merritt, helped anchor a Crusader pitching staff that led to 168 wins over four seasons and a school record 53 wins in 1978. The legendary 1978 team won 28 straight games, captured the Southern States Athletic Conference Championship, and advanced to the NAIA World Series. Bush graduated from Carey with a degree in business administration in 1978 and has been involved in the banking industry for 39 years. He is currently the executive vice president and manager for the First Private Bank. 
John Clearman - Legacy 
A graduate of Sumrall High School and Pearl River Community College, John Clearman completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in religious education with a minor in social sciences in 1972 from Carey. A lifelong farmer, Clearman has served as a board member of the National Dairy Farmers Association, and in 1990 he became a life insurance broker, starting the Clearman Insurance Agency. Clearman has always given to his community; he was a founding member of Central Lamar Volunteer Fire Department and is a founding member of the Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center in Hattiesburg. He currently sponsors scholarships at both Pearl River and WCU. The legacy award was presented to John Clearman in honor of his continued support of William Carey athletics. 
Angela Thomas Cooper - Women's Basketball 
Angela Cooper, a graduate of Leedsville High School in Louisiana, played for former WCU women's basketball coach Katie Herrington at Jones County Junior College before arriving at Carey in 1991 to play for Tracy English. Cooper helped lead the Lady Crusaders to a school record 28 wins in 1992-93, two Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships, and the program's first appearance in the NAIA National Tournament. She holds the school record for most assists in a season with 265 and is the career holder for assists per game with 8.13. Cooper graduated from WCU with a bachelor's degree in education and recently earned a master's degree in accounting from the University of Phoenix. She is currently working as an accountant with Universal Aviation. 
Dr. Neal Gregg - Baseball 
A graduate of Hattiesburg High School, Dr. Neal Gregg played first base for Head Coach Bobby Halford from 1994-98, hitting 33 home runs with 105 RBIs in his career at WCU. Following graduation, Gregg was drafted in the 21st round of the 1998 draft by the New York Yankees organization. His professional career included stints in Oneonta, New York; Tampa, Florida; Staten Island, New York, and Greensboro, North Carolina. After 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. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, in 2010. Gregg is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon at Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, where part of his practice includes caring for student athletes at his alma maters of Hattiesburg High School and William Carey University. 
Greg Hatten - Men's Basketball 
Greg Hatten, a graduate of Hattiesburg High School, played for Coach Steve Knight from 1983 to 1987 and helped lead the Crusaders to an overall 89-42 record during his time at Carey. These very successful teams won four NAIA District 30 Championships, three Gulf Coast Athletic Conference titles, and made four consecutive appearances in the NAIA National Tournament. An excellent overall talent, Hatten is #8 on the WCU all-time scoring list with 1,645 total points and played only one season with the three point line. During that season, he set a school record for 3-point shooting percentage, making 44.8 percent, a mark that held for over 25 years until being broken just three seasons ago. He averaged 18.6 points per game his senior season and was a career 80 percent from the free throw line. 
Maghan James - Softball 
Maghan James, a graduate of Oak Grove High School, played two years at Pearl River Community College before arriving at Carey to play for Head Coach Wendy Hogue in 2005. She hit .320 during her two years at WCU and was a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete and All-GCAC selection. James earned her bachelor's degree in physical education and minored in biology. She returned to Pearl River as an assistant coach for the Lady Wildcat softball team, helping them to the 2010 MACJC State Title. She is the current dean of students at Pearl River Community College. 
Carl Merritt - Baseball 
A graduate of Valley High School in Lucasville, Ohio, Carl Merritt played at Carey for Hall of Famer John Stephenson from 1975-1978. Carl, along with fellow inductee Dave Bush, helped anchor a Crusader pitching staff that led to 168 wins over four seasons and a school record 53 wins in 1978. The legendary 1978 team won 28 straight games, captured the Southern States Athletic Conference Championship, and advanced to the NAIA World Series. Merritt, along with his brothers Harold and Mark, wife and former Miss WCU Beverly, and son Ryan all graduated from WCU. After spending 21 years in coaching, Merritt moved into administration, rose through the ranks, and is now superintendent of the Poplarville School District. 
Dennis Ray Smith - Baseball 
Dennis Ray Smith, a graduate of Petal High School, arrived at Carey in 1967 after a year at Jones County Junior College, and joined the baseball team coached by John O'Keefe. Smith graduated from WCU with a degree in physical education and became the head baseball coach at Petal High School. He coached his alma mater for 10 years, while also coaching the semi-pro Hub City Wheels as well as American Legion Teams. In 1980, Smith responded to the call of the ministry and began his 34-year career in the ministry as the youth pastor at Carterville Baptist Church. In 1982, he became the pastor at First Baptist Church in Pascagoula, retiring in 2014. Smith is currently the executive director of Trehorn Charitable Foundation.  
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 10:49am
The 2017 Homecoming festivities will include a book signing for recently published alumni and faculty members. The book sale and signing will be held Saturday, April 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the Crawfish Boil and Festival at the Kennedy Sports Complex. 
Dr. Richard Boada, Department of English 
Dr. Richard Boada joined the WCU English department faculty in 2016 as an assistant professor of English. Dr. Boada will sign and sell copies of his most recent poetry collection “The Error of Nostalgia” (Texas Review Press), which was nominated for the 2014 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Award. He is also author of two other poetry collections: “Archipelago” Sinking (Finishing Line Press); and “Victory Tattoo” (San Gabriel Valley Press), winner of the 2013 San Gabriel Valley Chapbook Contest. Boada is a graduate of the Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi. His poetry appears in the Southern Poetry Anthology, Urban Voices: 51 Poets /51 Poems, Rhino, Crab Orchard Review, Poetry East, North American Review, and Third Coast, among others.  
Dr. Edward Harvey, Class of 1960
Dr. Edward Harvey published “The Gospel According to the Universe” in 2016. “God may speak to us through a burning bush, dreams, visions, answered prayers, a miraculous healing, a still small voice, a sermon, the testimony of the changed life of a friend, or the Scriptures – all of these various epiphanies increase the luminosity of ‘The Light in the Window’ – making God more evident to prodigal humanity,” Harvey wrote for the back cover of his book. 
Dr. Harvey, a former Mr. WCU, received a BA in biology from William Carey College, a BD in theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in biology from The University of Southern Mississippi. He has worked in private and public institutional programs and retired in 2001 from California Baptist University, where he served as chair of the science division for 14 years. As a minister, he has served in pastoral positions in Mississippi, California, and Illinois. He and his wife, Rose, now live in Gautier. 
Dan Nelson, Class of 1973
Dr. Dan Nelson has served as pastor at First Baptist Church of Camarillo, California, for the last 33 years. After graduating from Carey, he attended Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. degree from California Graduate School of Theology, and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Janice have been married for 41 years and have two daughters. 
His first book “Baptist Revival: Reaffirming Baptist Principles in Today’s Changing Church Scene” addresses his concerns that many of the cherished Baptist teachings may be forgotten, in a rush to not turn off people by teaching doctrines “for whom many have fought and even died.” He wrote that the objective of his book “is to help those who have taken Baptist beliefs so lightly and loosely. In doing so, I want them to know we not only have a biblical faith, but that we are clear on why that faith is biblical.” He encourages others to “study and proclaim the truths that have made us great” and that in turn will bring revival to churches.
Dr. Nelson’s second book will be “Game On All the Time: Growing up in the Home of a Legendary Football Coach: L.R. Nelson” and he is awaiting publication of his book “A Burning Shining Light: The Testimony and Witness of George Whitefield.”
Danyele (Chance) Patrick, Class of 2014
Danyele Patrick graduated from Carey in 2014 with a degree in elementary education. She is a kindergarten teacher at Glade Elementary in Laurel and plans to begin work this summer on her master’s in dyslexia therapy. Danyele married Rease Patrick in June 2016 and they live in Ellisville.
Patrick’s book “Perfection” is a Christian romance that was published by Westbow Press (a division of Thomas & Nelson and Zondervan) on June 23, 2016. The storyline follows Georgia, an up-and-coming actress with her own television show and a spot in the constant limelight. But when the ghosts of her past beckon her to come home, she must answer pressing questions: Is perfection truly attainable? And if so, is it worth losing yourself to find it?
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 4:44pm
William Carey University alumni and guests are invited to attend the 2017 homecoming festivities on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1.
“In spite of the overwhelming damage to the campus, Carey is moving forward. We didn’t miss a beat with classes, and we won’t with Homecoming, either,” said Pam Shearer, director of alumni relations. “With creative planning and the support of our terrific alumni, we will have a great Homecoming weekend.”
Events will begin at 1:30 p.m. March 31 with the presentation of the homecoming court at Wheeler Field. The Crusaders baseball team will take on Bethel University at 2 p.m.
A Tea and Cookies reception for the classes of 1955-1967 will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Southern Oaks House and Garden, located at 1246 Richburg Road. The alumni banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Southern Oaks followed by a Broadway Revue presented by the School of Music at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a new event: The Decades Celebration. This event will honor the classes of 1957, ’67, ’77, ’87, ’97 and 2007 by recalling music and other trends from those years. Each decade will be featured during this celebration time at the new volleyball facility. 
The annual Crawfish Cookout and Festival will be held at 11 a.m. at the Kennedy Sports Complex. The Crusaders will take to the field again at noon Saturday for the second game of the doubleheader with Bethel University.
Saturday’s events also include a book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring published alumni and faculty members and a poetry read at 2 p.m.
The Sports Hall of Fame induction and dinner at 6 p.m. at Southern Oaks will wrap up the weekend.
Click here to view a full schedule and to register. For more information, contact Pam Shearer at (601) 318- 6561 or email
The Student Government Association will present several activities for students during the week. 
  • Monday: Movie Night at 9 p.m. in the Student Conference Center. Grab some popcorn and candy as you watch “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.”
  • Tuesday: Outdoor Concert at 8 p.m. in front of Common Grounds. Listen to a Carey band play and enjoy a cold glass bottle of root beer.
  • Wednesday: Homecoming Happy from 11 am. to 1 p.m. in front of the cafeteria. Be sure to get your homecoming treat 
  • Thursday: Tacky Tourist Semi Formal from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Student Conference Center. Throw on a Hawaiian shirt and socks with sandals to dance the night away. Refreshments will be served.
  • Saturday: Crawfish Boil from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fix your crawfish craving and enjoy homecoming entertainment and activities. 
Monday, March 14, 2016 - 8:27am
The William Carey University Student Foundation will host the fifth annual iRun 5K and 1-mile Fun Run during Homecoming festivities at the Hattiesburg campus on April 9.
Registration will begin at 7 a.m. at the Kennedy Sports Complex. The race will begin at 8 a.m. and will circle the campus. The Fun Run will immediately follow the 5K.
The cost of the 5K is $25 with a $5 discount given to those registered by April 8. The Fun Run costs $20 or $15 if registered by April 8. Carey students, runners under the age of 18 and members of the Pine Belt Pacers Running and Walking Club may receive a $5 discount during pre-registration.
Race profits will benefit the foundation, which raises money for institutional scholarships for deserving Carey students. Awards will be given to overall finishers; to top finishers in the age groups 19-under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-over; and to the top 10 finishers in the Fun Run. Fruits and beverages will be provided following the activities.
To pre-register, visit For more information, contact Stefan Sartori, coordinator of advancement services, at (601) 318-6068 or by email at
Friday, March 11, 2016 - 10:21am
William Carey University alumni and their guests are invited to attend Homecoming festivities from April 8-9 at the Hattiesburg campus.
Events will begin at noon on Friday, April 8 with the 50-year luncheon honoring the Class of 1966. Highlights of Friday’s activities include the second annual Homecoming parade, the alumni banquet and a pops concert hosted by the Winters School of Music and Ministry. 
On Saturday, April 9, events will begin at 8 a.m. with the Student Foundation 5K race and 1-mile fun run. Highlights of Saturday’s activities include the children’s character brunch, the crawfish festival and cookout, the inaugural car and motorcycle show, a softball doubleheader versus Bethel University, the poetry read and the Sports Hall of Fame awards dinner.
View the full schedule, pre-register and pay at Call the Office of Alumni Relations at (601) 318-6561 or email Pam Shearer, director of alumni relations, for more information at