School Department News

Noonkester School of Arts and Letters

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 12:57pm
A support group for diabetics and pre-diabetics founded by William Carey University students and Dr. Josye Brookter, assistant professor of language and literature, will meet for the first time at Merit Health Wesley in Hattiesburg from 9 until 10:30 a.m. on April 9.
The group, part of a service-learning project for Brookter’s Expository Writing students, is called Peers for Wellness and will meet in the Glen Smith Room on the main floor of the hospital. The group, which will meet twice monthly after the first meeting, will explore topics related to health, exercise and meals.
In addition to planning the initial meetings, Carey English students have also used their writing skills to develop documents on healthy living and the management of diabetes.
The meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, call (601) 318-6619.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 8:46am
Dr. Read Diket, chair of the Department of Art and professor of art and education at William Carey University, was recently awarded the Maryl Fletcher de Jong Service Award by the Women’s Caucus of the National Art Education Association.
The award, which is given annually, honors an individual in the field of art education who has made noteworthy service contributions to art education as an advocate of equality for women and all people who encounter injustice. This individual gives outstanding service of community, state, national or international significance that contributes to eliminating discriminatory gender and other stereotyping practices for individuals and groups.
Diket was nominated for the award by Dr. David Burton of Virginia Commonwealth University with letters of support from Dr. Robert Sabol of Purdue University and Dr. Sheri Klein, the president of the Women’s Caucus. Their letters presented aspects of Diket’s service, including her presidency of the Seminar for Research in Art Education and of the Women’s Caucus. Diket has also served as president of several American Educational Research Association groups, including arts and education and brain, neuroscience and education.
Appropriate to the award, the letters also highlighted Diket’s 17 years of work as leader of the art education university consortium for secondary analysis and interpretation of National Assessment of Educational Progress visual arts from 1977, 2008 and 2016. Diket also contributes to an international dialogue on leadership and will publish a Taylor & Francis Group book chapter in 2016 on the ideology of thought leadership in social media.
In her acceptance speech, Diket spoke of Carey and the climate for service that has been such a strong component in its community for learning. She mentioned that kindness and empathy are mediums of respect that lead to positive outcomes for students, events and work at the university. From childhood, these components have figured into Diket’s orientation to the world.
Additionally, on April 2, Diket presented at Penn State University a paper on “Living the Vision.” The occasion was the 50th anniversary of the seminar that reoriented education in the arts at schools. Creativity needs for the race into space, needs for defining the disciplines in art and a spirit of collaboration despite consternation marked the original seminar. 
Diket showed through her reading of the event papers, and through autoethnography, that national ideas found positive expression in Mississippi schools, and further, that Mississippians in the arts are known to contribute leadership within the national discussion.
Monday, April 4, 2016 - 1:41pm
Houston Saxon of Lumberton, a junior English and history major and philosophy minor at William Carey University, recently scored in the 100th percentile nationally on the Area Concentration Achievement Test for English.
The ACAT is administered as part of the coursework for ENG 498, a senior-level course, and assesses content knowledge and retention by students at the completion of their major field of study. The ACAT is a timed exam scored on an 800-point scale and acts as a comparison standard to some of the best undergraduate programs in the country.
Students who do well on the ACAT for English must be well-read in British and American literature. Sections on the ACAT for English include American to 1865; American Modern; British Medieval; British Renaissance; British Romantic Period; British Victorian Literature; Linguistics; Restoration/18th Century/Romantic; and Shakespeare.
Saxon scored a 779 on the exam, with perfect scores on the British Renaissance and Restoration/18th Century/Romantic sections. Other noteworthy sectional scores were a 740 in British Romantic and a 749 in Linguistics, although his scores were high on all sections.
“I’ve worked with students and the ACAT for more than seven years and we’ve had some great scores. However, Houston’s score was exceptional,” said Dr. Thomas Richardson, chair of the Department of Language and Literature. “The ACAT is taken without any specific preparation, other than degree coursework and a lifetime of reading and study. Having a student score in the 100th percentile shows his dedication to scholarship and we are so proud of him and his work.”
During the summer, Saxon will complete his graduation requirements, as well as enroll in courses in Latin through Louisiana State University’s distance learning program. After graduating from Carey in August, he will travel to Angers, France, for a semester of intensive study in French through the Consortium for Global Education. He hopes to apply for and be accepted into a post-baccalaureate program in classical studies in the fall of 2017.
“My ultimate goal is to be a writer of literature. To be a great writer and not have read thoroughly in the tradition is impossible. My scores show I have studied the various styles and aspects of English literature, making me a better writer,” said Saxon.
Monday, March 21, 2016 - 2:30pm
William Carey University and Oddfellows Gallery will present “The Art of Osmo Visuri,” an exhibit of watercolor paintings by the late Finnish artist, from April 14 through May 21 at the gallery in downtown Hattiesburg.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. on April 14.
The exhibit, which consists of 26 paintings on loan from Mary Pyle of Gulfport, is currently on display at the Tradition campus in Biloxi through March 31. Pyle met Visuri, who was a professor at the University of Helsinki and a noted photographer and author, in 1988 through her work as a presidentially-appointed member of the National Council on Vocational Education.
Visuri would later visit Pyle and her husband, Jack, at their home. During his visit, the artist and the couple attempted to find a place to exhibit his paintings. After finding no success in this endeavor during his month-long stay, Visuri left his paintings with Pyle. The art was stored in a closet in Pyle’s home for 27 years until the Tradition campus exhibit this year.
The watercolors depict scenes of Visuri’s native country and prominently feature a lake and other landscapes near the artist’s home. A presentation about the artist’s life, along with Pyle’s memories of her friend, will be given, along with a video created by Visuri in the early 1990s explaining his unique techniques and settings.
Keijo Karjalainen, a cultural counselor from the Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C., attended the opening reception for the Tradition exhibit on Feb. 25 and commented on Visuri’s prominence in his home country. Visuri was also known in Italy, where he operated a studio, and in Israel, where he authored several books about the Biblical Parables.
Oddfellows Gallery, located at 119 E. Front St., is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information on the exhibit, call (601) 318-6561.
Friday, March 11, 2016 - 10:23am
The William Carey University Department of Art hosted the seventh annual High School Art Scholarship Competition on March 5 at the Lucile Parker Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus.
Homeschool students and students from Picayune High School, South Jones High School and West Jones High School entered the contest, which awarded scholarships ranging in amounts from $500 to $2,000. Thirty-six students participated in the competition.
West Jones student Lauren Stevens won best of show for her work, “Posing in the Deep.” The first place winner was South Jones student Lauren Jones for “Midnight Slumber.” South Jones student Lizbeth Sanchez won second place for “Lady of the Forest” while Sarah Wedgeworth, a homeschool student, won third place for “Lizard Stalking Butterfly.”
Honorable mention winners included Paige Walters of West Jones, Kayla Yates of West Jones, Samantha Grafton of West Jones and Keegan Strickland of South Jones.