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Friday, June 16, 2017 - 12:01pm
William Carey University students aren’t letting damage from the tornado that hit campus on January 21 stop them from continuing their education.
 
Registration for the summer trimester closed on June 9, and the university is reporting a 2 percent increase in enrollment over summer 2016. The number of students enrolled on the Hattiesburg campus increased from 1,638 in 2016 to 1,650 this year. Enrollment at the Tradition campus in Biloxi and the programs at Keesler Air Force Base stands at 655, up from 621 in 2016. Total enrollment grew from 2,259 last summer to 2,305 this year.
 
“With the uncertainty of enrollment following the January tornado which devastated the campus, it is a very encouraging outcome to see an increase in summer enrollment,” said president Tommy King.  
 
The university saw a significant increase in the number of students enrolling in doctoral-level classes this summer. During summer 2017, the enrollment in doctoral classes grew to 247 students, up from 160 last year. 
“We believe the enrollment increase this summer is indicative of our expanding reputation for excellence in graduate study at William Carey,” said Dr. Frank Baugh, graduate dean. “Our doctoral programs in higher education administration, educational leadership, and physical therapy account for a majority of the growth. The success of these programs in attracting talented students is reflective of the dedication and enthusiasm embodied by all of our graduate faculty and staff. We look forward to maintaining this positive momentum in the coming years.”
 
The enrollment at the Tradition campus will continue to steadily rise in the coming years with the addition of the School of Pharmacy, which the university broke ground on in May. Pending approval from the Accreditation of the Council for Pharmacy Education, the School of Pharmacy should start enrolling students in the summer of 2018. The pharmacy school can accept 64 students in the first year.
 
Recovery Update
At the conclusion of the spring trimester in May, Phase 2 of the rebuilding and restoration work began. Many of the repairs immediately after the tornado were temporary measures made to quickly, yet safely, get the students moved back to campus and classes resuming on schedule. Work will continue on the buildings throughout the summer. 
 
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program moved back to campus at the end of May, and the College of Osteopathic Medicine began moving back this week. Both held classes at The University of Southern Mississippi during the spring trimester. The Winters School of Music is also in the process of moving back to campus after being housed at Hardy Street Baptist Church. 
 
Grading has begun for the construction of the new dormitories that will replace Ross and Johnson Halls, which had to be demolished after the tornado. Demolition of the historic Tatum Court is complete and a new administration building will be built near the entrance to campus. Construction of the three buildings is expected to take 12-14 months and should be complete by fall 2018.
 
Phase 2 of the recovery work also includes the construction of a new building that will serve as a temporary academic building to replace classroom space lost in the School of Business and Tatum Court. The building is located next to the new Ben Waddle Sports Facility on County Drive and should be completed by the time fall classes begin on August 28. The School of Business was severely damaged during the tornado and will not be ready for use again until fall 2018. 
 
A new academic building will be built behind McMillan Hall to house language and literature, communications, history, and other classes that were in Tatum Court. An addition to the Joe & Virginia Tatum Theatre will be the new home for the theatre classes that were in Tatum Court. 
 
William Carey University is currently enrolling for fall trimester. General registration will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 23 and classes start Monday, Aug. 28.
Monday, May 15, 2017 - 2:18pm
Thirteen William Carey University graduate students have received $1,000 scholarships from the Mississippi Professional Educators (MPE). 
 
The organization awards scholarships each year to MPE members who wish to pursue graduate or advanced studies at a college or university in Mississippi. “These scholarships enable our members to improve their practice, which benefits not only our members, but their students, as well,” said Kelly Riley, MPE executive director. “Our scholarships are one of several ways we support our members’ continued growth as both professionals and lifelong learners.”
 
According to MPE, 34 members applied for graduate scholarships and 20 scholarships were awarded. 
 
Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the WCU School of Education, said the university appreciates the support and professional resources MPE provides students and graduates. “With very little assistance for graduate course work available, we are happy that our graduate students have this opportunity to apply for financial help to further their education. We are also very proud that WCU is represented with such a large number of recipients.” 
 
The 2017 scholarship recipients who attend William Carey University are:
  • Abigail Arnold of Columbia, an interventionist at Columbia Elementary School. 
  • Meghan Cates of Mooreville, an assistant principal at Mooreville Elementary School.  
  • Ginnie Curtis of Purvis, a literacy coach at Lamar County School District. 
  • Sharon Fulgham of Mathiston, a math and science teacher at Fifth Street Junior High School.  
  • Carol Jones of Hattiesburg, a principal at Lumberton Elementary School.  
  • Jennifer Mathis of Lucedale, a math teacher at George County High School.  
  • Audrey Reed of Brandon, an English language teacher at Northwest Elementary.  
  • Jennifer Sills of Clinton, a band director at Madison Middle School.  
  • Kenya Travis of Hattiesburg, an academic coach at Hattiesburg Public Schools. 
  • Amanda Tucker of Greenwood Springs, a special education teacher at Nettleton Primary School. 
  • Candace Webb of Moselle, a kindergarten teacher at Moselle Elementary. 
  • Lisa White of Columbia, a federal programs director at Columbia School District.  
  • Robert White of Columbia, a principal at Columbia Elementary School.  
 
For more information about MPE, visit www.mpe.org. For more information about graduate programs available at William Carey University, visit www.wmcarey.edu.
 
 
 
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 1:34pm
William Carey University is ranked as having the #1 most affordable online master’s in criminal justice program, according to SR Education Group. 
 
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice began its inaugural class spring 2016 with eight master’s candidates. The fully online program is taught by full-time and adjunct faculty members who are qualified practitioners in the field of criminal justice. 
 
“I am thrilled to hear that our program has been ranked as the #1 most affordable online master’s degree in criminal justice,” said Dr. Karla Pope, chair of the department of criminal justice. “We are a practitioner-based program serving working professionals in the field of criminal justice as well as others interested in pursuing a graduate degree. We are honored to offer an affordable, quality opportunity for higher learning in criminal justice.”
 
Pope said the master’s program, which is based at the Tradition campus, was initiated in response to student request and in response to requests in the criminal justice community along the Gulf Coast. 
The program has grown from eight students during the first term a year ago to 21 students during spring 2017 term. Of the initial eight students, four graduated in May while three are anticipated to graduate in August. One of the initial students had to temporarily stop the program due to a death in the immediate family; he will resume the program this summer. 
 
In order to be admitted to the program, students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and maintained a minimum of 2.5 GPA during their last 64 hours. The students must also submit competitive GRE scores and letters of recommendation to complete the admission process. 
 
Once admitted, students have a choice to pursue a master’s degree with the thesis option or master’s degree without the thesis option. Both tracks require 30 hours of criminal justice coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree with the program being designed to be completed in five trimesters.  The thesis-track students will complete 24 hours of required coursework plus six hours of thesis work while the non-thesis track students will complete 24 hours of required coursework plus six hours of electives and a comprehensive examination. 
 
For more information about the Master of Science Criminal Justice program, contact Dr. Karla Pope at (228) 702-1834 or email kpope@wmcarey.edu. Click here to view the full list of rankings. 
 
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 9:31am
William Carey University will award degrees during three commencement ceremonies May 12 and 13, 2017. All ceremonies will be held at Temple Baptist Church located at 5220 Old Highway 11 in Hattiesburg. The graduation services have been moved off-campus this year due to continuing repairs from the January tornado.
 
The schedule and guest speakers are as follows:
Friday, May 12 at 6 p.m. – Commencement for Hattiesburg campus master’s degree students, specialists, and doctoral candidates. Guest speaker will be Dr. Neal Gregg, orthopaedic surgeon at Southern Bone and Joint Specialists. Gregg is a Hattiesburg native, a 1994 graduate of Hattiesburg High School, and he earned a Bachelor of Science from Carey in 1998. While at Carey he was a member of the baseball team and was recognized as NAIA Baseball All-America Scholar Athlete. Following graduation, Gregg was drafted in the 21st round of the 1998 amateur baseball draft by the New York Yankees organization. His professional career included stents in Oneonta, New York; Tampa, Florida; Staten Island, New York, and Greensboro, North Carolina. At the conclusion of his playing career, he received the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2005, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, in 2010. His practice at Southern Bone and Joint Specialists includes caring for student athletes at Hattiesburg High School and William Carey University. He also currently serves as an adjunct clinical professor for the WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he performs as a preceptor for third- and fourth-year osteopathic medical students on clinical rotations. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have three daughters.
 
Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. – Commencement for the Hattiesburg campus undergraduate students. Guest speaker will be Charles (Chuck) Scianna, co-founder of Sim-Tex, L.P., a leading supplier of Oil Country Tubular Goods to the oil and gas industry. Scianna, a native of Bay St. Louis, is a 1971 graduate of Bay High School, a 1975 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He has served on the board of directors of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the USM Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Country. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Bellville Council Knights of Columbus, St. Peter Catholic Church and St. Paul Catholic Church. He is a life member of the USM Alumni Association and a member of the USM Alumni Hall of Fame and the USM Circle of Champions. He and his wife Rita made a significant gift to Carey to assist in the recovery from the January tornado. 
 
Saturday, May 13 at 1 p.m. – Commencement for undergraduate and graduate students from the Tradition campus. Guest speaker will be Adam Breerwood, vice president for Pearl River Community College Poplarville Campus and Hancock Center. A native of Waveland, Breerwood is a Carey graduate and earned a history degree in 1997 and a Master’s in Education in 1999. He completed his Ph.D. in higher education administration from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2003. Breerwood has been employed at PRCC since 1997 when he was hired as assistant baseball coach. In 2002, he was named as PRCC’s assistant director of recruitment and orientation and was promoted to director in 2003. He served as dean of student services for eight years before being promoted to vice president of the main campus in 2011. In July 2017, Breerwood will become PRCC’s 11th president following the retirement of Dr. William Lewis. 
 
For more information about commencement, please call the registrar’s office at (601) 318-6195.
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 2:17pm
William Carey University’s School of Education continues to receive recognition for its elementary education master’s degree program offered online. Best Master’s Degrees ranked WCU as the #14 most affordable online master’s in elementary education program in the nation. 
 
“This ranking is another recognition of Carey’s efforts to provide quality educational programs at affordable prices,” said Carey President Tommy King. “The School of Education is commended for its efforts to serve the needs of area educators.”
 
To determine the rankings, Best Master’s Degrees reviewed 113 accredited colleges and universities that offered an online master’s in elementary education, early childhood education, or closely related program. The information used to determine the initial pool of schools was taken from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator. 
 
The pool was then narrowed to institutions with rankings from at least one major publication, such as Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review, or U.S. News and World Report. The 30 most affordable of these recognized institutions were ranked in order of affordability based on recent graduate tuition/fees, also listed by College Navigator. 
 
Earlier this year, Best College Values ranked WCU as number five on a national list of the most affordable online master’s degrees in elementary education. 
 
School of Education Dean Ben Burnett said Carey seeks to provide affordable online programs that meet the needs of educators.
 
“The classes are delivered in a fully online format that is perfect for the working student who wants to take their education to the next level,” said Burnett.
 
Master’s in Elementary Education Degree
The objective of the master’s degree in elementary education is to help teachers build their skills in order to create positive changes in their classrooms and school districts. 
The master’s degree in elementary education requires 30 hours of course work and may be completed in 15 months. Students may begin the program any term during the school year. The program engages students in the most current research, technology, and evidence-based best practices in working with children at all levels to reach their highest potential. Students will also have the opportunity to build a portfolio of materials to use in day-to-day instruction.
 
Students who complete a degree in elementary education can find work as elementary school teachers, curriculum directors, educational consultants, interventional specialists, educational researchers, community college instructors, and evaluation specialists. 
 
Click here to see more information about the online master’s degree in elementary education offered at William Carey University. You may also contact the School of Education at (601) 318-6600 or email Dr. Sue Whitcomb at swhitcomb@wmcarey.edu