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Dr. Myron Noonkester Chosen as WCU Humanities Teacher of the Year

Hattiesburg, Miss., November 4, 2013 - Dr. Myron Noonkester, dean of the Noonkester School of Arts and Letters, has recently been named as the 2013 Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year for William Carey University. A faculty member from each of the community and senior colleges in the state is chosen for this recognition each year.

Dr. Noonkester presented his humanities lecture titled, “The Last Shoe to Drop: The Educational Foundations of William Carey (1761-1834) and William Thames (1866-1942)” on October 30 in the lecture auditorium of Fail-Asbury Hall. His lecture focused on parallels in the lives and educational backgrounds and methods of William Carey, the “Father of Modern Missions” and the university’s namesake, and William Thames, the educator who founded the institution that evolved into WCU.

Dr. Noonkester has taught at WCU for 30 years. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in history at Duke University before earning his master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.

The Mississippi Humanities Council is a private nonprofit corporation funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines to serve nonprofit groups in Mississippi. MHC sponsors, supports, and conducts a wide range of programs designed to promote understanding of our cultural heritage, interpret our own experience, foster critical thinking, encourage reasonable public discourse, strengthen our sense of community, and thus empower Mississippi's people with a vision for the future.

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Pictured are (left to right) Dr. Jeanne Gillespie, secretary of the Mississippi Humanities Council, Dr. Myron Noonkester, dean of the Noonkester School of Arts and Letters, and Pamela Pridgen, board chair for the Mississippi Humanities Council. Dr. Noonkester has recently been named as the 2013 Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year for William Carey University. He gave his humanities lecture titled, “The Last Shoe to Drop: The Educational Foundations of William Carey (1761-1834) and William Thames (1866-1942)” on October 30 in the lecture auditorium of Fail-Asbury Hall.