School Department News

Noonkester School of Arts and Letters

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 3:08pm
Auditions and interviews for cast and crew positions for the 41st season of Carey Dinner Theatre will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on March 12 in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus of William Carey University.
The dinner theatre, which was founded in 1975, presents two musicals in June and July. In its history, more than 60 colleges and universities have been represented by students in the company. Company members, including performers and staff members, are paid. The financial package includes a salary, tips (company members serve during dinner), and housing.
Those auditioning as performers will present a one-minute monologue from a modern prose play (no dialect) and a one-minute vocal selection from a Broadway musical. Those auditioning will also participate in a dance audition. An accompanist will be available, but will not transpose. Taped accompaniment may be used. Each person who auditions should bring comfortable clothes for the dance audition.
Audition requirements for pianists include a prepared two-minute selection from a Broadway musical. Sight reading will be required.
Interviews will be held for technicians, costume assistants, house/box office managers and office assistants. Each person will complete an application and an interview with dinner theatre staff. Portfolios are encouraged. Performers may also apply for staff positions.
Each applicant should bring a headshot to the audition or interview. Contracts are offered only to those who have graduated from high school by May 30, 2016. The company commitment is May 30 through July 25.
For more information, call (601) 318-6218 or email
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 2:56pm
Eleven William Carey University students were inducted into the Alpha Gamma Gamma chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta English honor society on Jan. 22.
Inductees include Jared Best of Nashville, Tennessee; Katelyn Courtney of Purvis; Sarah Gibson of Petal; Casey Grinder of Carriere; William Kelly of Aberdeen; Allison McSwain of Petal; Miranda Rester of Sumrall; Rebecca Delaney Smith of Lucedale; Colleen Stewart of Laurel; Katharine Thompson of Columbia; and Elizabeth Whipps of Diamondhead.
Admission to the chapter is open to undergraduate and graduate students with an overall “B” average in English courses and a ranking in the highest 35 percent of the student’s class in general scholarship. The sponsor of the Carey chapter is Dr. Marsha Newman, associate professor of English.
Carey has been affiliated with Sigma Tau Delta for over 20 years. The honor society was founded in 1924 as an order designed to promote the mastery of written expression, encourage worthwhile reading and foster a spirit of fellowship among those specializing in the English language and literature.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 9:35am
Seventeen works by William Carey University art students have been selected for inclusion in the upcoming Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition, a contest held annually among both public and private universities and colleges throughout the state.
The works were selected by the competition’s juror, Richard Doubleday, an assistant professor of graphic design at Louisiana State University. Works selected for the competition will be on display from February 13 through March 18 at the Arts Center of Mississippi, which is located on East Pascagoula Street in downtown Jackson. Award winners will be announced during the opening reception at 2 p.m. on February 13.
Carey students selected for the competition include Donnia Adams of Hattiesburg; Nikki Ainsworth of Laurel; Zina Brown of Hattiesburg; Chance Cherry of Waynesboro; Sunny Couch of Biloxi; Anne Guille of Long Beach; Tina Mason of Gulfport; Kaitlyn McKee of Vancleave; Tessa Stockstill of Biloxi; Nykeshia Swaw of Biloxi; Rick Wilemon of Hattiesburg; and Destini Willis of Hattiesburg.
The selected works may be viewed online at
Friday, January 8, 2016 - 8:19am
The William Carey University Lucile Parker Gallery will feature an exhibit of oil paintings by Marshall Polson, a Mississippi-based artist and educator, from January 12-28.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 4:30 until 6 p.m. on January 12 at the gallery, which is located at 512 Tuscan Avenue in Hattiesburg.
Polson, who works mainly in oils and watercolors, paints “pictures from the real world … both figures and landscapes” with the use of “intense colors to capture the effects of light.” A native of Ridgeland, Polson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art from Mississippi College. He teaches art courses at Gulfport High School.
The gallery is open from 1 until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday or by appointment by calling (801) 755-4052. The gallery will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on January 18.