School Department News

Tradition Campus

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 4:20pm
William Carey University is reporting a 4.4 percent increase in enrollment for the fall 2017 trimester. With the close of late registration, enrollment stands at 4,694 compared to 4,496 in fall 2016.
Enrollment at the Hattiesburg campus is 3,544 (including 411 in the College of Osteopathic Medicine), and 1,150 students are enrolled at the Tradition campus in Biloxi. 
This is the third trimester since the January tornado that Carey has seen an increase in enrollment numbers compared to the previous year. Initially the university administration was concerned that the damage to campus would deter students, but they have found that is not the case. 
Admissions Director Alissa King said this incoming class will always remain in her memory because of their commitment to Carey under such unusual circumstances. 
“Following the devastating tornado, every student’s life being spared was such a blessing and all the inspiration we would need to move forward,” said King. “We are thrilled with enrollment numbers and excited to have the highest number of Carey Scholars in university history. This is a direct result of the tenacity and faith of our outstanding students. Our students make us Carey strong, and we credit each one of them for the university’s success.”
Carey Scholars is the university’s honors program. This year’s class of 41 Carey Scholars surpasses last year’s record of 36 students. To qualify students must earn a 29 or higher composite score on the ACT or a 1300 on the SAT (math and verbal only). The program promotes advanced academic pursuits, interdisciplinary study, critical thinking, and independent research.
When the tornado hit, the university was finishing the winter trimester and preparing for spring registration. Enrollment during spring trimester increased 1.4 percent and summer enrollment increased 2 percent compared to the same periods last year.
“We are so thankful to the Lord and to our hard-working admissions staff and faculty for this amazing result,” said WCU President Tommy King. “Our university theme for this year, ‘Carey Strong’ has been demonstrated.”
Each year, the university selects a theme as an idea to focus on throughout the year and to unify the campus. The 2017-2018 theme “Carey Strong – God is our Refuge and Strength” is based on Psalm 46:1-2, 11, which is the scripture the pulpit Bible in Bass Memorial Chapel was open to the morning the tornado hit.
Carey began the new school year on August 28. Most buildings on campus have been fully repaired, with the exception of the School of Business, which should be finished in October, and Clinton Gym, which will be ready for basketball season. Construction has started on the new buildings that will replace the five lost in the storm. The new buildings include two dormitories, Tatum Court administrative building, Asbury Academic Building, and an addition to Tatum Theatre. The new buildings are expected to be complete by August 2018.
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 10:53am
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 2:11pm
William Carey University will award degrees to more than 400 students during three commencement ceremonies August 11 and 12. All ceremonies will be held at Temple Baptist Church, located at 5220 Old Highway 11 in Hattiesburg. The graduation services have been moved off-campus this year due to continuing repairs from the January tornado.
Combined with spring commencement, Carey will graduate more than 1,000 students for the seventh consecutive year. 
The schedule and guest speakers are as follows:
Friday, August 11 at 6 p.m. – Commencement for doctoral candidates (education and nursing), education specialist, and master’s degree students from the Hattiesburg campus. Guest speaker will be Dr. Roger Parrott, who has served as president of Belhaven University since 1995. Prior to that he served as president of Sterling College from 1989-1995. He is a third-generation college president, and was one of America’s youngest college presidents, first elected at age 34. He serves on several boards and was chair of the 2004 Forum for World Evangelization hosted by Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. He is the author of “The Long View: Lasting Strategies for Rising Leaders.” Parrot earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration and a master’s degree in education administration, both from the University of Maryland. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Nazarene College. He and his wife MaryLou have two children.
Saturday, August 12 at 9 a.m. – Commencement for Hattiesburg campus undergraduates. Pastor Reginald Woullard will be the guest speaker. Woullard is a graduate of Hattiesburg High School, attended the University of Mississippi on a football scholarship, and received a Bachelor of Science in education from William Carey University in 1985. He served in the field of education for more than 20 years before retiring in 2007. Woullard entered the ministry in 1989. He received a bachelor’s degree in theology from Mississippi Baptist Seminary. In 2007, he received a master’s in theology and a doctorate in theology from the New Foundation Theological Seminary. He has served as pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Eastabuchie, Mary Magdalene in Eatonville, Good Hope in New Augusta, and Antioch Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. He has served on the board of trustees for Forrest General Hospital and the board of directors of the YMCA of Hattiesburg. Woullard and his wife Joyce have four children.
Saturday, August 12 at 1 p.m. – Commencement for the Tradition campus students. Guest speaker will be Congressman Steven Palazzo, who represents Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District. Palazzo is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, a current member of the Mississippi National Guard, and former member of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee, where he sits on three subcommittees: commerce, justice, science; agriculture; and Homeland Security (recently named vice chair). His military experience has provided Palazzo the opportunity to lead the House National Guard Caucus, where he remains chairman. In 2016, he also took the helm of the House Aerospace Caucus. A Gulf Coast native, Palazzo is the father of three children.
For more information about commencement, please call the registrar’s office at (601) 318-6195.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 4:08pm
Each year William Carey University chooses an annual theme which provides an idea for the university community to focus on throughout the year. The theme for 2017-2018 is “Carey Strong – God is our Refuge and Strength,” which is based on Psalm 46:1-2, 11. 
In the early morning of January 21, 2017, as a tornado tore through Hattiesburg and across our campus, it shattered windows, splintered wood, and demolished buildings, but the pulpit Bible in Bass Memorial Chapel remained open to Psalm 46, boldly proclaiming, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” 
The strength of Carey is not found in buildings, it is found in the Carey family which is grounded in scripture, rooted in faith, and driven by mission. This year’s annual theme, “Carey Strong,” and Psalm 46 speak to more than recovery; they inspire the university to prepare students to face storms and challenges like the wise who build their lives on the rock.
Friday, June 16, 2017 - 12:01pm
William Carey University students aren’t letting damage from the tornado that hit campus on January 21 stop them from continuing their education.
Registration for the summer trimester closed on June 9, and the university is reporting a 2 percent increase in enrollment over summer 2016. The number of students enrolled on the Hattiesburg campus increased from 1,638 in 2016 to 1,650 this year. Enrollment at the Tradition campus in Biloxi and the programs at Keesler Air Force Base stands at 655, up from 621 in 2016. Total enrollment grew from 2,259 last summer to 2,305 this year.
“With the uncertainty of enrollment following the January tornado which devastated the campus, it is a very encouraging outcome to see an increase in summer enrollment,” said president Tommy King.  
The university saw a significant increase in the number of students enrolling in doctoral-level classes this summer. During summer 2017, the enrollment in doctoral classes grew to 247 students, up from 160 last year. 
“We believe the enrollment increase this summer is indicative of our expanding reputation for excellence in graduate study at William Carey,” said Dr. Frank Baugh, graduate dean. “Our doctoral programs in higher education administration, educational leadership, and physical therapy account for a majority of the growth. The success of these programs in attracting talented students is reflective of the dedication and enthusiasm embodied by all of our graduate faculty and staff. We look forward to maintaining this positive momentum in the coming years.”
The enrollment at the Tradition campus will continue to steadily rise in the coming years with the addition of the School of Pharmacy, which the university broke ground on in May. Pending approval from the Accreditation of the Council for Pharmacy Education, the School of Pharmacy should start enrolling students in the summer of 2018. The pharmacy school can accept 64 students in the first year.
Recovery Update
At the conclusion of the spring trimester in May, Phase 2 of the rebuilding and restoration work began. Many of the repairs immediately after the tornado were temporary measures made to quickly, yet safely, get the students moved back to campus and classes resuming on schedule. Work will continue on the buildings throughout the summer. 
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program moved back to campus at the end of May, and the College of Osteopathic Medicine began moving back this week. Both held classes at The University of Southern Mississippi during the spring trimester. The Winters School of Music is also in the process of moving back to campus after being housed at Hardy Street Baptist Church. 
Grading has begun for the construction of the new dormitories that will replace Ross and Johnson Halls, which had to be demolished after the tornado. Demolition of the historic Tatum Court is complete and a new administration building will be built near the entrance to campus. Construction of the three buildings is expected to take 12-14 months and should be complete by fall 2018.
Phase 2 of the recovery work also includes the construction of a new building that will serve as a temporary academic building to replace classroom space lost in the School of Business and Tatum Court. The building is located next to the new Ben Waddle Sports Facility on County Drive and should be completed by the time fall classes begin on August 28. The School of Business was severely damaged during the tornado and will not be ready for use again until fall 2018. 
A new academic building will be built behind McMillan Hall to house language and literature, communications, history, and other classes that were in Tatum Court. An addition to the Joe & Virginia Tatum Theatre will be the new home for the theatre classes that were in Tatum Court. 
William Carey University is currently enrolling for fall trimester. General registration will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 23 and classes start Monday, Aug. 28.