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Tradition Campus

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.
Monday, February 29, 2016 - 2:38pm
William Carey University will host Super Saturday, an early registration event for incoming freshmen and transfer students, at both the Hattiesburg campus and the Tradition campus in Biloxi on March 5.
 
Super Saturday allows new students to finalize paperwork, tour the Carey campus, meet with academic advisors and financial aid officers, and register for classes for the summer and fall terms. Activities will be held from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Hattiesburg campus and from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Tradition campus.
 
Prior to attending Super Saturday, students should apply to the university. Students are also asked to RSVP by contacting the admissions office at the campus the student wishes to attend. To RSVP for the Hattiesburg campus, call (601) 318-6103 or email admissions@wmcarey.edu. To RSVP for the Tradition campus, call (228) 702-1815 or email kcameron@wmcarey.edu.
 
For more information about Carey or to apply to the university, visit www.wmcarey.edu.