The Greater PineBelt Community
Foundation’s Ann Morris Memorial
Fund recently awarded $10,000 to the
William Carey University Quality of
Life Project, which pairs music therapy
students with adults with intellectual
developmental disabilities in activities
designed to enrich their lives. The
project has been in operation since
August 2009.
Dr. Paul Cotten, professor of
psychology and executive director
of the program, said that the Quality
of Life program serves a diversified
group, and WCU students have one-
on-one experiences working with
these adults. “Some adult individuals
with developmental disabilities do
not get a chance to get out of their
living quarters and go on outings. Our
program’s mission is to enrich the lives
of such individuals,” said Dr. Cotten.
“The grant will help us charter buses for
outings and provide funding for several
educational and recreational trips.”
The Ann Morris Memorial Fund was
set up to assist area organizations who
work to enrich the quality of life of
intellectually challenged adults. “Our
grant review process helps us to invest
in productive and contributing nonprofit
organizations in our local communities,”
said Theresa Erickson, executive director
of the PineBelt Foundation. “The Quality
of Life program at William Carey has
contributed greatly to the well-being
of many individuals in our community.
We know this funding will help them
continue their progressive mission.”
Jim Smith ’71
Award at
Honors Day
William Carey University held
Honors Convocation on April 24,
2013, in Smith Auditorium. During
convocation, Jim Smith, president
of Grand Bank in Petal, was
presented the Shoe Leather Award,
which is given for extraordinary
service to the university. Mr. Smith,
who played baseball and basketball
at WCU, graduated with a degree
in physical education in 1971. After
playing semiprofessional baseball
and minor league football, he was
drafted into the military. Years later
he took banking and finance classes
at both The University of Mississippi
and Vanderbilt, which led him to
his current position as president of
Grand Bank in Petal, his hometown.
He was recently nominated for the
Mississippi Athletic Hall of Fame.
Mr. Smith continues to support his
alma mater and recently served
as guest speaker during a Carey
Scholar Honors Colloquium.
Greater PineBelt Community Foundation
Awards Grant To WCU’s
Quality Of Life Project
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