Alumni, faculty featured at homecoming book signing
The 2017 Homecoming festivities will include a book signing for recently published alumni and faculty members. The book sale and signing will be held Saturday, April 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the Crawfish Boil and Festival at the Kennedy Sports Complex.
Dr. Richard Boada, Department of English
Dr. Richard Boada joined the WCU English department faculty in 2016 as an assistant professor of English. Dr. Boada will sign and sell copies of his most recent poetry collection “The Error of Nostalgia” (Texas Review Press), which was nominated for the 2014 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Award. He is also author of two other poetry collections: “Archipelago” Sinking (Finishing Line Press); and “Victory Tattoo” (San Gabriel Valley Press), winner of the 2013 San Gabriel Valley Chapbook Contest. Boada is a graduate of the Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi. His poetry appears in the Southern Poetry Anthology, Urban Voices: 51 Poets /51 Poems, Rhino, Crab Orchard Review, Poetry East, North American Review, and Third Coast, among others.
Dr. Edward Harvey, Class of 1960
Dr. Edward Harvey published “The Gospel According to the Universe” in 2016. “God may speak to us through a burning bush, dreams, visions, answered prayers, a miraculous healing, a still small voice, a sermon, the testimony of the changed life of a friend, or the Scriptures – all of these various epiphanies increase the luminosity of ‘The Light in the Window’ – making God more evident to prodigal humanity,” Harvey wrote for the back cover of his book.
Dr. Harvey, a former Mr. WCU, received a BA in biology from William Carey College, a BD in theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in biology from The University of Southern Mississippi. He has worked in private and public institutional programs and retired in 2001 from California Baptist University, where he served as chair of the science division for 14 years. As a minister, he has served in pastoral positions in Mississippi, California, and Illinois. He and his wife, Rose, now live in Gautier.
Dan Nelson, Class of 1973
Dr. Dan Nelson has served as pastor at First Baptist Church of Camarillo, California, for the last 33 years. After graduating from Carey, he attended Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. degree from California Graduate School of Theology, and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Janice have been married for 41 years and have two daughters.
His first book “Baptist Revival: Reaffirming Baptist Principles in Today’s Changing Church Scene” addresses his concerns that many of the cherished Baptist teachings may be forgotten, in a rush to not turn off people by teaching doctrines “for whom many have fought and even died.” He wrote that the objective of his book “is to help those who have taken Baptist beliefs so lightly and loosely. In doing so, I want them to know we not only have a biblical faith, but that we are clear on why that faith is biblical.” He encourages others to “study and proclaim the truths that have made us great” and that in turn will bring revival to churches.
Dr. Nelson’s second book will be “Game On All the Time: Growing up in the Home of a Legendary Football Coach: L.R. Nelson” and he is awaiting publication of his book “A Burning Shining Light: The Testimony and Witness of George Whitefield.”
Danyele (Chance) Patrick, Class of 2014
Danyele Patrick graduated from Carey in 2014 with a degree in elementary education. She is a kindergarten teacher at Glade Elementary in Laurel and plans to begin work this summer on her master’s in dyslexia therapy. Danyele married Rease Patrick in June 2016 and they live in Ellisville.
Patrick’s book “Perfection” is a Christian romance that was published by Westbow Press (a division of Thomas & Nelson and Zondervan) on June 23, 2016. The storyline follows Georgia, an up-and-coming actress with her own television show and a spot in the constant limelight. But when the ghosts of her past beckon her to come home, she must answer pressing questions: Is perfection truly attainable? And if so, is it worth losing yourself to find it?