School Department News
Miss William Carey University 2014 Sarah Beth Sewell won two awards during the Miss Mississippi Pageant held July 9-12 in Vicksburg.
Sewell won the Non-Finalist Talent Award and the Alpha Talent Award. The Alpha Talent Award is given to a first-year contestant with the highest score in talent who did not win the preliminary.
For her talent, Sewell performed “Sempre Libera,” an aria that concludes Act I of Giueseppe Verdi’s opera, “La Traviata.”
Sewell, 18, is a junior vocal performance major at WCU and a native of Starkville. She entered college when she was 16 years old and was crowned Miss WCU in February 2014.
“Sarah Beth represented William Carey University with grace, beauty and honor,” said Cindy Cofield, WCU director of alumni relations and Miss WCU pageant director. “Her talent is remarkable and the awards are well-deserved.”
Hattiesburg, MS, June 20, 2014 - William Carey University held the annual Softball Day Camp at Carey’s Kennedy Sports Complex, June 10-12 and again June 17-19, coached by WCU Head Softball Coach Wendy Hogue along with Assistant Coach Craig Fletcher and a group of former Carey softball players.
The softball player alumnae who assisted with the camp were Anna Ard of Petal (class of 2011), assistant fastpitch coach and biology teacher at Petal High School; Alyssa Boutwell of Purvis (2008), pitching coach and math teacher at Biloxi High School; Megan Pittman Capuano of Gulfport (2008), softball coach and science teacher at West Harrison Junior High; Shana Gunter of Vancleave (2011), assistant softball coach and physical education teacher at Moss Point High School; Leah Kilpatrick of Greenville, N.C. (2008), Small Volume Finishing Supervisor at medical supply company Hospira; Kaitlyn Perry of Madison (2012), assistant softball coach at Madison Central High School and physical education teacher at Madison Middle, and Brittany Ladner Rogers of Gulfport (2008), varsity softball coach at West Harrison High School.
The camp allowed girls ages 13-18 to learn new techniques and practice their game. Running from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., Coach Hogue said that the camp covers all aspects of the game of softball, from throwing to catching, hitting to running, and introduces the young girls to the game of fastpitch. On Thursday, both groups of campers were split into teams to play games of fastpitch softball, and friends and family were invited to attend.
Hattiesburg, Miss., May 6, 2014 - William Carey University inducted nine former athletes into the Sports Hall of Fame during the Fourth Annual Sports Hall of Fame dinner at Southern Oaks House and Garden on April 26. The Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014 athletes includes Jim Arnold (‘70), men’s baseball and basketball; Oleg Baleyev (‘99), men’s soccer; Eldredge Boyd (‘59), men’s basketball; Oleg Chichkanov (’97), men’s soccer; Bobby Eades (’69), men’s baseball and basketball; Janice Butler McCullum (‘83), women’s basketball; Billy Salter (’58), men’s baseball and basketball; Doyle Wheat (‘58), men’s baseball and basketball, and Dale Willis (’69), men’s baseball.
A tribute was given during the dinner to the late Dr. Milton Wheeler, who was inducted as an honorary Sports Hall of Fame member for his years of loyal dedication to Carey athletics. Dr. Wheeler, who served as a history professor at WCU for 55 years, was especially fond of baseball, and supported the university with generous gifts, one being for the baseball field. In 2006, the baseball field was dedicated to him, and named in his honor. Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU, presented Dr. Wheeler with a plaque for his induction just weeks before his death on March 24.
Coach Steve Knight, athletic director and head basketball coach, served as master of ceremonies for the induction banquet. He was recognized by WCU President Dr. Tommy King for being named the 2013-14 NAIA Coach of the Year and for WCU’s athletic program receiving the David M. Halbrook Award. The Halbrook Award is given annually by the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities for the highest student-athlete graduation rate among private colleges and universities in the state of Mississippi. WCU had a 96 percent rate.
Hattiesburg, Miss., April 29, 2014 - The William Carey University Alumni Association inducted five outstanding graduates into its Hall of Fame at an awards dinner on April 25 at Southern Oaks House and Garden. The alumni were Gerald C. “Jerry” Bracey (‘87), Dr. Leo Day (‘88), W. Michael Hannaford (‘85), Dora Dunkley Harbin (‘56), and Chief Judge L. Joseph Lee (‘69).
Jerry Bracey, who received his B.S. in business in 1987 and his MBA in 1997 from WCU, has been the administrative dean for the WCU Tradition campus since 1999. He is also an adjunct instructor in the WCU School of Business, and formerly served as a senior administrator for the command section at Keesler Technical Training Center. Dr. Leo Day, who received a B.M. from WCU in 1988, is dean of the School of Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Day formerly served on the faculty at both WCU and New Orleans Theological Baptist Seminary, has performed all over the world, and has recorded two albums. W. Michael Hannaford, who received a B.M. from WCU in 1985, lives in Frisco, Texas, and serves as vice president of global product services for JCPenney. He formerly served as vice president of product integrity, and prior to his positions at JCPenney, served as vice president of product services for Kohl’s. Dora Dunkley Harbin, who received her B.S. in chemistry from WCU in 1956, is a former head nurse who served as a missionary in Brazil from 1969-1998. She helped Brazilians to receive proper health care, served as a nurse to missionary families, and wrote and coordinated human needs projects, ranging from $30,000 to $1.25 million. Formerly, she worked as a nurse in various hospitals and as a clinical instructor at Mather School of Nursing. Chief Judge L. Joseph Lee, who earned his B.S. in social science from WCU in 1969, serves as chief judge of the Court of Appeals. He has also served as an adjunct instructor of business law at WCU, as an attorney in Jackson, and is a licensed funeral director who formerly owned Baldwin-Lee Funeral Homes in Jackson and Rankin County.
Prior to the presentation of the Hall of Fame inductees, Dr. Tommy King (’64), president of WCU, gave a state of the university address, and legacy stone presentations were made by Ryan Kelly, chief advancement officer for Hattiesburg campus, and Monica Marlowe (’08), chief advancement officer for Tradition campus. WCU presented the Legacy of Learning designations to Dr. Dorman Laird, former professor of religion, and the late Dr. David Grutchy, former chair and professor of biology. The Legacy Scholarship Endowment honors faculty who have left a legacy of learning because they not only taught their subjects well, but invested in the lives of their students and made a lasting impact on them.