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Language and Literature
Dr. Rafael Sanchez, a native of Spain and a respected educator of the Spanish language, has joined the faculty of William Carey University as professor of Spanish.
Dr. Sanchez will provide senior faculty leadership for the new Spanish major, which launches in the 2014-2015 school year. He will also work to develop and strengthen study abroad programs in Spanish in both Spain and Latin America.
Dr. Sanchez previously taught Spanish at The University of Southern Mississippi. He began his employment with USM in January 1981 and served as chairman of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures from 1995-2004. He has also worked with USM’s Office of International Programs, where he was heavily involved in creating and managing study abroad programs since 1997. He served as both director of international programs and director of the Center for International Education.
Dr. Sanchez has worked with the Mississippi Foreign Language Association in various capacities and served as president from 1998-2000. He is the developer of CATPRI (Computer Aided Total Physical Response Instruction), an interactive computer program to enhance foreign language teaching. He has also worked as director of liturgical ministries and director of Hispanic ministry at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hattiesburg. Prior to coming to the United States, Dr. Sanchez worked as a missionary in Uganda for 12 years.
He received his Ph.D. in Spanish Language and Literature from Tulane University in 1992 and his M.A. in Liturgy at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1978.
Hattiesburg, MS, May 12, 2014 - William Carey University will graduate nearly 750 undergraduate, graduate, and College of Osteopathic Medicine students from the Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses May 16, 17, and 24. Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU, will preside at the ceremonies.
The ceremony for Hattiesburg campus students receiving graduate degrees is Friday, May 16, at 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. During this ceremony, the School of Education will graduate its inaugural cohorts for both the EdD and the PhD in Higher Education Administration. The speaker is Dr. Rodney Bennett, president of The University of Southern Mississippi.
The first ceremony for Hattiesburg campus students receiving undergraduate degrees is Saturday, May 17 at 9:30 a.m. in Smith Auditorium. Students receiving degrees from the school of arts and letters, school of nursing and school of natural and behavioral sciences will be recognized. The speaker is Mark Smith, pastor of First Baptist Church of Jackson.
The second ceremony for Hattiesburg campus students receiving undergraduate degrees is Saturday, May 17 at 1 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Students receiving degrees from the school of business, school of education, school of missions and Biblical studies, and the school of music will be recognized. The speaker is Alan Perry, a lawyer with Forman, Perry, Watkins, Krutz & Tardy, LLP, of Jackson.
The ceremony for Tradition graduate and undergraduate students is Saturday, May 17 at 4 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. The speaker is Dr. Scott Hummel, provost at WCU.
On May 24, the WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) will graduate its inaugural class of 94 students as doctors of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) at 10 a.m. in Smith Auditorium. The speaker for this historic graduation is Dr. Karen Nicholls, past president of the American Osteopathic Association. As the 26th school of osteopathic medicine in the country and the first in the state, the WCUCOM’s mission is to train future physicians for careers in primary care medicine to address the shortage of primary care physicians in the Gulf South Region. The medical school, under the leadership of Dr. James “Jim” Turner, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (CC-SACS).
For more graduation information, call the Office of the Registrar at (601) 318-6195.
Hattiesburg, Miss., May 1, 2014 - Dr. Anthony J. Harris, former Civil Rights activist, author, and professor of education at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., spoke to Dr. Josye Brookter’s African American Literature class at William Carey University on April 28. Following the lecture, he held a book signing in the Barnes and Nobles bookstore for two of his books: “Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round: A Coming of Age story and a personal account of the Civil Rights Movement in Hattiesburg, Mississippi” and “Gifts of Moments: Being Somebody to Somebody.” Dr. Harris also recently published a third book, “Fruits of a Disgraced Legacy.”
Dr. Harris, a native of Hattiesburg and a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, was an active participant in the local Civil Rights Movement during his teenage years. He participated in Freedom Summer, protested for voter registration rights in downtown Hattiesburg, and was among the first to desegregate W.I. Thames Junior High School in 1966. The second of three brothers, Dr. Harris grew up under the influence of their mother, who was a prominent leader of civil rights activities and secretary of the Forrest County NAACP in the 1960’s.
After graduating USM with a bachelor’s in Spanish and a master’s in counseling, he moved to Texas, completed his doctorate degree at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University – Commerce), and worked at the university for 17 years in various positions. In 1988, he participated in the Kellogg National Fellowship Program which allowed him to visit 17 countries, primarily in developing and Third World countries. Following the completion of the Fellowship he established Project Keep Hope Alive, a successful after school mentoring program for at-risk African American boys in the Commerce Independent School District.
Dr. Harris returned to his roots briefly, serving as executive assistant to the President at USM under the leadership of the late President Horace Fleming. After leaving USM in 2002, he returned to Texas and taught at Sam Houston State University until 2008. Since 2008, he has lived in Macon with his wife, Smithenia, and taught at Mercer University.