School Department News

Noonkester School of Arts and Letters

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 10:05am
The William Carey University forensics team recently placed first overall, winning in both speech and debate competition, and first in individual events at the Red River Swing Tournament at Louisiana State University in Shreveport.
During the tournament, which was held from November 6-8, Carey’s team was also awarded the 2015 Jarzabek Ethics Award and recognition as the tournament’s most ethical team. The ethics award recipient is selected by fellow teams competing in the tournament. Competitors in the tournament included, among others, LSU, the University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Tennessee State University and Texas Christian University.
Carey team members also won a number of individual awards. Treya Brown of Hattiesburg won first place in poetry interpretation while Kelseigh Redmon of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Nykila Norman of Greenville, South Carolina, placed first in duo interpretation. Balencia Crosby of Houston, Texas, won first in after-dinner speaking and first in prose interpretation. Farah Habad of Union City, California, was recognized as the top speaker in varsity debate while Kyle Wilhelm of Robinson, Texas, and Sarah Bonnewell of Camby, Indiana, were named octofinalists in novice debate.
The team, which is under the direction of Assistant Professor of Communication Jennifer Talbert, previously won third place in individual events at tournaments hosted by the University of Alabama and Ball State University in Indiana in October. In a September tournament at Western Kentucky University, the team placed first overall and third in individual events.
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 8:15am
The William Carey University Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum of Art will host the “All Creatures Great and Small” exhibit, a selection of paintings from various Mississippi artists featuring animals, from November 16 through January 18.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 4:30 until 6 p.m. on November 17 at the museum, which is located adjacent to the Smith/Rouse Library on the Hattiesburg campus. The reception will feature animals from the Hattiesburg Zoo, including a Flemish giant rabbit, the world’s second-largest species of rabbit, and a chinchilla, known as the world’s softest animal.
Selected artists featured in the exhibit include Alan R. Flattmann, Walter Inglis Anderson, James McConnell Anderson, Christopher Stebly and Gary McGregor. The works were selected from the university’s Gillespie Collection, which contains over 600 pieces of art and is considered to be the most comprehensive collection of art executed by Mississippians in the 20th century.
The museum will be closed for Thanksgiving break from November 23-29 and for Christmas break from December 18 through January 10. Regular operating hours are 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Special appointments may be made by calling (601) 318-6561.
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 8:06am
The William Carey University Lucile Parker Gallery will host an exhibit of contemporary abstract art by Gretchen Beck, a professional artist and former art faculty member at Concordia University in Irvine, California, from November 10 through December 17.
The opening reception will be held from 4:30 until 6 p.m. on November 10 at the gallery, which is located at 512 Tuscan Avenue in Hattiesburg.
Beck’s abstract work is inspired from her three years of residence in the west African country of Niger and portrays ritual and tradition in the Nigerien culture. Her art involves an exploration of the Nigerien landscape, the Djarma and Fulani cultures and the art forms they create. Her portfolio combines painting with oil on wood, drawing with oil paint, collage, ink drawings, mixed media works and graphite on paper.
The gallery will be closed for Thanksgiving break from November 23-29. Regular operating hours are 1 until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Special appointments may be made by calling (801) 755-4052.
Monday, October 26, 2015 - 8:40am