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Tradition Campus

Monday, June 20, 2016 - 11:14am
William Carey University announced June 17 the hiring of Dr. Michael Malloy as the dean for the proposed pharmacy school at the WCU Tradition campus in Biloxi. Dr. Janet Williams, associate vice president for health programs, introduced Malloy at a press conference at the Tradition campus.
 
Malloy comes to WCU from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where he has held several positions on the Worcester campus since 2000. Since 2005 he has served as dean and professor and also served as executive director of the Worcester campus from 2007 to 2010. From 2000 to 2005 he was professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Before moving to Massachusetts, Dr. Malloy was a professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Auburn University from 1989 to 2000.
 
Malloy earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from State University of New York in Buffalo and completed his residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital/University of Florida in Gainesville. He earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Florida. 
 
"We are very proud to welcome Dr. Michael Malloy as founding dean of our new School of Pharmacy,” said Williams. “His contribution will greatly enhance our efforts to bring resources and opportunities to South Mississippi."
 
Dr. Malloy said he appreciated the welcome he has received and looks forward to becoming a part of the campus and the community. “It’s the people that make a difference,” he said. He emphasized that pharmacy students are not the typical 18- or 19-year-old college student, and many of them have families that will relocate to the area with them. 
 
Malloy has already been looking at the hospitals and other relevant places in the coastal communities that can benefit from and partner with the pharmacy school. He said coming to WCU gives him “the opportunity to create a health care profession that can impact the entire coast. Because everyone goes to a pharmacy, everyone needs a pharmacist.”
School of Pharmacy
 
WCU’s pharmacy school will be the second school of pharmacy in Mississippi and will meet a major need in a state where pharmacists are in critical demand. The school will offer the Doctor of Pharmacy degree and train students to become professionals capable of ensuring the effective and safe use of drugs in patient care. 
 
“William Carey University has made great strides in filling unmet needs in the healthcare field,” said WCU President Tommy King. “Our mission is to prepare individuals to work in underserved areas of the Gulf South and the nation.”
 
A campaign is underway to raise the $4 million start-up costs of the proposed school. It is estimated an additional $12-$15 million will be needed in construction funds to build and equip the building. More than $3.4 million has been raised to date, including a $1 million gift from Joe F. Sanderson Jr. and his wife Kathy, as well as major gifts from Joe Canizaro, Trehern Charitable Foundation, Mississippi Power Company, Leo Seal Foundation, John “Shorty” Sneed, Chevron, Coast Electric Power Association and Merit Health Biloxi. 
 
“Today’s announcement would not be possible without the support provided by these donors and the Gulf Coast community,” said King. “We appreciate their generosity as we work together to improve the health and wellness of the people of Mississippi.”
 
Although additional start-up funds need to be raised, King said there are professors from around the country already showing interest in coming to the school. “We are stepping out on faith to go ahead and make this move now. We trust the people of the coast and others to support our efforts.”
 
The pharmacy school is projected to open in 2018 with 60-70 students in the initial class. The school will employ 20-25 faculty and staff. King said the school will be the first professional school on the coast, and the benefits will reach far beyond the coast.
 
The School of Pharmacy will anchor the Health Care Industry Zone, a five-mile radius around the Tradition campus established by the state legislature in 2012 to promote the growth of the health care industry along the Gulf Coast and in the entire state. The zone will encompass the Learning and Wellness Commons at Tradition, with the pharmacy school also serving as the base for a national diabetic research, treatment and prevention institute. 
 
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 10:42am
A collection of aerial photographs on display at the William Carey University Tradition campus combines artistry and concern for our coastal environment.
 
“Coastal Waterways” by Susan Guice features photographs illustrating the impact man has on the Mississippi and Louisiana waterways. Guice will discuss her work during a reception and presentation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at the Tradition campus, located at 19640 Hwy. 67 in Biloxi.
 
“When I fly over the marsh, I’m captivated by the sinuous curves of its natural waterway, the coarse texture of the marsh grass, and the rich colors of the reflected sky on still waters and shallow silty bottoms,” said Guice who is a licensed pilot as well as an accomplished photographer. “But, it’s hard to ignore the ugly slashes of straight lines. These canals and pipeline cuts for the oil industry signal the end of days for this unique part of the world.”
 
The exhibit is a compilation of work that began in 2007, and the photos were collected over approximately 2,000 flight hours. Guice shot the photos with a Nikon digital SLR camera. She said the images are as she captured them with her camera using a variety of lenses; they have not been altered or manipulated.  
 
“Susan Guice’s aerial photography gives us not only images of nature with exquisite vibrance, but also a unique perspective on man’s impact on the coastal waterways where we live,” said Tracy Williams, director of the Tradition campus art department. “The work is engaging on so many levels.”
 
Guice said each photo represents a moment in time.  “These wetlands are disappearing so rapidly that the image you see here now may already be gone. Government data indicate that every 15 minutes an area the size of a football field is lost to open water.”
 
Nearly 2,000 square miles of the coastal wetlands have disappeared since 1932. “Today, because of the works of man, the marsh that took the Mighty Mississippi millennia to create is quickly becoming open water,” Guice said. “What was once a vibrant nursery for seafood, an unequaled habitat for wildlife, and protective barrier between the Gulf of Mexico and New Orleans is now merely the skeletal remains of its former self.”
 
The Louisiana marsh once helped flood waters to safely disperse across the Mississippi River. Recent catastrophic floods affecting residents all along the Mississippi River were worse because of wetlands loss in Louisiana alone.
 
Guice’s photos capture a disappearing landscape. She said, “Enjoy these photographs as you would a rainbow after a thunderstorm. One day, they will only be a reminder of what once was.”
 
For more information, contact Tracy Williams at (228) 702-1844 or at twilliams@wmcarey.edu.
 
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 indigo.wmcarey.edu/misc/homecoming.asp. Call the Office of Alumni Relations at (601) 318-6561 or email Pam Shearer, director of alumni relations, for more information at pshearer@wmcarey.edu.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 11:18am
The William Carey University School of Education is seeking applicants for the second year of the Science and Mathematics Alternate Route Teacher (SMART) grant at the main campus in Hattiesburg and at the Tradition campus in Biloxi.
 
The $296,200 SMART grant is funded for three years by the Robert M. Hearin Foundation. It provides opportunities for non-education graduates to enter the teaching profession by obtaining new job skills and also provides licensed teachers in the critical teacher shortage areas of mathematics and science.
 
The grant is distributed to Carey at $98,000 per year and disburses scholarships for students entering the alternate route program to become teachers. This grant works in conjunction with Carey’s alternate route teacher education program and the Master in the Art of Teaching degree, meaning potential grant recipients will need to meet current admission requirements. 
 
Candidates are required to have at least a 2.75 GPA and a passing score on the Praxis Core or an overall ACT score of 21 with each subscore a minimum of 18. Candidates also need to take and pass a Praxis II examination. 
 
Upon completion of the entrance requirements, candidates must take and pass two required courses: EDU 536 Classroom Management and EDU 650 Tests, Measurements and Evaluations. 
 
After meeting requirements, candidates are eligible to receive a three-year interim educator license and can be employed by a school district in the appropriate mathematics and science subject area. After receiving a teaching contract, program participants are then enrolled in an internship course for two terms (fall and winter) where they are monitored in their classrooms and attend planned Saturday learning sessions. After completion of the internship, participants will be eligible to receive a standard five-year educator license.
 
Grant funds allow the awarding of 20 scholarships per year. In addition to covering the cost of 12 semester hours for each participant, required textbooks and a few other supplies will also be covered under the grant. Additional funds will be used to provide workshops and additional teaching supports for participants. The grant will also reimburse one Praxis Core and one Praxis II exam once those are passed.
 
SMART for year two will begin in May for the summer term.
 
For more information about the SMART grant, contact Dr. Candice Aycock, instructor of education and program coordinator, at caycock@wmcarey.edu or by phone at (601) 318-6687.  
 
The Hearin Foundation, which supports Mississippi higher education as well as economic development, was established in the will of the late Robert M. Hearin Sr., a former chairman and chief executive officer of Mississippi Valley Gas.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 9:01am
William Carey University will observe spring break at both the Hattiesburg campus and the Tradition campus in Biloxi during the week of March 14-18.
 
Classes will not meet during the week. Offices will be open March 14-15 but will be closed for the remainder of the week.
 
Classes will resume and offices will reopen on March 21.