School Department News

School of Nursing

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 2:48pm
It’s a hot, sunny summer day in Hattiesburg today, July 21, 2017. Six months ago in the early morning hours of January 21, many of our Carey students awoke to rain, thunder and lightning as storms rolled through the Pine Belt, bringing with them the EF-3 tornado that tore through our campus. 
That is a day that will remain in our memories, but we have made great progress in rebuilding the campus in a short amount of time. In those first hours, the university administration assured us Carey would come back stronger than ever, and indeed we are. “Carey Strong” was not just a slogan we adopted; we lived it and demonstrated it through the dedication of our students, faculty, staff and the community that supported us. 
“Losing so much in the tornado was a tragedy, but the opportunity to rebuild a better campus is a challenge that comes once in a generation,” said President Tommy King on the six-month anniversary of the tornado. 
After the spring trimester ended in May, the second phase of repairs and rebuilding began. Construction crews have been hard at work throughout campus this summer. All the dorm rooms are being repainted and new tile installed on the floors. New windows have been installed in almost every building on campus. Remember that big gaping hole on the front of Green Science building? It’s no longer there; the walls have been rebuilt and a much-needed elevator installed. 
The College of Osteopathic Medicine’s anatomy lab was a complete loss and had to be torn down. The new lab is almost finished and will be ready for the new class of medical students that arrives next week. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program has also moved back to campus, and classes have gone on as scheduled this summer.
When students return to campus in August, there will be a new academic building on County Drive, next to the new Waddle Sports Facility. This building will house the classes that were in Tatum Court and the School of Business while the new Asbury Academic Building is constructed. Upon completion of the Asbury building, the building on County Drive will be converted into a band hall, dance studio, and classrooms.
Construction has started on the new dorms to replace Ross and Johnson Halls. The new dorms will be ready in August 2018 and will provide 50 additional rooms that we did not have before the tornado.
We recently received good news regarding the School of Business building. Immediately after the tornado, we were not sure we could save the building due to the extensive damage. Once it was decided the building could be saved, we thought it would be August 2018 before we could move back into it. But the contractors are now saying it can be ready by October 2017.
Construction of the new Tatum Court will begin soon and is expected to take 12-14 months. 
As we begin the new school, year we will focus on our new theme, “God is our refuge and strength,” based on Psalm 46, the scripture found on the open pages of the pulpit Bible in Bass Memorial Chapel following the tornado.
While we have made progress in the past six months, there is still much work to do to rebuild our campus. As construction continues, let’s remember Carey’s strength is not found in buildings; it is found in the Carey family which is grounded in scripture, rooted in faith, and driven by mission.
Click here to view a "then and now" photo gallery posted by The Hattiesburg American.
"Carey grateful for blessings amid storm recovery" article published in The Hattiesburg American.
The tornado damage to campus is estimated to be almost $73 million. Below is an update on the construction that has been completed and the schedule for future repairs.
Phase I – repairs – these were all finished this spring
  • Cafeteria, post office/bookstore, library, Lawrence Hall to accommodate administrative offices
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) academic, administrative, and clinical building. Anatomy lab was completely destroyed.
  • Physical therapy building (Thomas Building)
  • Fairchild and Smith Halls (education buildings)
  • Thomas Fine Arts building (except auditorium)
  • North wing of Green Science building
  • New biology lab
  • Temporary repairs to dorms: Bass Hall, Bryant Hall, Polk Hall, Braswell Hall, Byrd Hall, Futral Hall, Davis Hall
  • Preliminary repairs to athletic fields and tennis courts
  • Ben Waddle Sports Facility (construction completed, this building was not damaged by tornado)
Phase II – to be completed this summer or early fall 2017
  • Permanent repairs to all dorms
  • South wing of Green Science Hall
  • Auditorium
  • Wheeler Alumni House/admissions offices
  • New annex to Clinton Gym
  • Repairs to Clinton Gym
  • Newly constructed “temporary” classroom and office space (will become permanent)
  • All dorms will have new permanent windows, flooring and ceiling tile and newly painted
  • Bass Chapel
  • Anatomy Lab (COM)
  • Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum
  • Tatum Theatre
Phase III – to be completed summer 2018
  • Complete renovation and restoration of School of Business. New date: October 2017
  • New dorms – Johnson and Ross Halls
  • New addition to Tatum Theater
  • New Asbury Academic Building
  • New Tatum Court
  • Conversion of “temporary” classroom building to permanent academic space
  • Continue to purchase property in the area; this is an ongoing goal
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 10:41am
William Carey University senior Angelo Morales is the 2016 recipient of the Hub Award Leadership Scholarship. He was recognized during the 38th annual Hub Award dinner on Nov. 15 at Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.
On receiving this recognition, Morales said, “It was an amazing experience to be recognized by Dr. King and the community this way. I was humbled to receive not only this recognition, but the financial scholarship associated with it.”
Morales is a nursing and intercultural studies major who has devoted the past several years to making a difference. He has been active on Carey’s campus and in the community. His activities on campus include serving as associate justice for the Student Government Association, serving as the representative for Level 1 students in the Student Nurses Association, membership in the Alpha Chi National Honor Society and Carey Connection. Morales also participated in the WCU Baptist Student Union activities. 
For the past six years, Morales has been giving back to his community by helping to rebuild homes and community life in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area. Throughout his involvement, he has had a role in rebuilding 40 homes. 
Morales is dedicated to serving others abroad as well. He has made six trips abroad to places such as China, Lebanon, Haiti and Mexico, all of which focused on service in some capacity. He has taken two trips to Mexico and one to Haiti to contribute to construction and medical relief. He has also taken two trips to Lebanon for study and service and one trip to China for service.
“I really have a focus on service, so my future plans are to continue serving as much as I can where I am needed while pursuing a doctorate in the healthcare industry, most likely in nursing,” said Morales.
The Hub Award Leadership Scholarship
An important part of the annual Hub Award event is contributing to the Hub Award Endowment at the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation to benefit students attending William Carey University and the University of Southern Mississippi. Each year a scholarship is awarded to a WCU and USM student who has demonstrated leadership and community service. Since its founding in 1979, the Hub Award has generated scholarship funds totaling over a half million dollars. 
Article written by Kaitlyn Watkins, managing editor of The Cobbler, the student newspaper of William Carey University. 
Posted 12/14/2016
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.
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.

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 9:01am

The Student Nurses Association at William Carey University’s Hattiesburg campus is leading a drive to collect items for the flood victims in Louisiana. The drive began September 5 and will continue through September 19. Student organizations and individuals from across campus are contributing to the relief drive, and the public is invited to contribute as well. Some of the items being collected are canned food, water, clothing, shoes, diapers, baby wipes, pet supplies, hygiene and cleaning products. Items may be dropped off at the School of Nursing located in Fail-Asbury Hall on William Carey Parkway. Pictured are Dr. Jenna Barton, SNA treasurer Natalie Bourn, SNA president Joshua Jones, and Dr. Emily Scott.

Posted 9/16/2016