School Department News

Noonkester School of Arts and Letters

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 10:07am
The William Carey University Student Art Show and Competition, featuring artwork by students from both the Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses, will be on display at the Kress Live in Biloxi from April 16-30.
The opening reception for the show will be from 5:30 until 8 p.m. on April 16. The reception will feature musical entertainment from the Rockestra Revolution, which is made up of student musicians from the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport under the direction of Dr. Tim Bergman. The group plays rock and other forms of popular music with orchestral instruments.
Over 80 student works have been entered in the competition, which will be judged by John Oles, a ceramic artist from New Orleans. There are eight competition categories, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, 3-D, design, Best in Show and the People's Choice Award. Cash prizes will be given to the winners of the categories.
For more information or to arrange a viewing, contact Tracy Williams, director of the Tradition campus art department, at (228) 702-1844 or by email at
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 9:29am
The William Carey University Lucile Parker Gallery will present “Perception Reflection,” an exhibit of works by faculty member Dr. Read Diket, from March 31 through April 16.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be from 4:30 until 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 2. Prior to the opening reception, Dr. Diket will give a gallery talk during the Mississippi Beta chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society’s Carey Collegium from 12:15 until 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 31.
Dr. Diket serves as chair of the Carey Department of Art and as a professor of art and education. She is also director of the Center for Creative Scholars, which provides an array of workshops, seminars and professional development resources for students, teachers and other education professionals, and a co-advisor for the Mississippi Beta Alpha Chi chapter.
In addition to her work at Carey, Dr. Diket also serves on the board of directors for the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel and has contributed to a number of academic journals and other scholarly works. In 2013, Dr. Diket’s daughter Tully published “Houdini and the Magic Molt,” a children’s book Dr. Diket illustrated.
The Parker Gallery, located at 512 Tuscan Avenue in Hattiesburg, is open from 1 until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday or by appointment by calling (801) 755-4052.
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 8:35am
The William Carey University Theatre will present John Cariani’s romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” at 7:30 p.m. from April 9-11 and at 2 p.m. on April 11 in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.
The play is a series of 11 vignettes that explore love and loss in the remote and mythical town of “Almost, Maine.” Carey students performing multiple roles include Taylor Abbott of Picayune; Billy Burkes of Meridian; Nicoli Hutchison of Picayune; Logan McCarty of Hattiesburg; Miranda Rester of Oak Grove; Joey Roderick of Blue Ridge, Ga.; Rebekah Romack of Poplarville; Liberty Sites of Crestview, Fla.; Nadia Trinanes of Hattiesburg; and Ashlyn Watts of Picayune.
The production is directed by Tim Matheny, chair of the Department of Theatre and Communication. Dewey Douglas of the theatre faculty is mentor for student designers. Scenic designer is Billy Burkes. Costume, makeup and hair designer is Ashlyn Watts. Jana Barkley of Picayune is lighting designer and the sound designer is Joey Roderick. Properties designer is Rebekah Romack.  
Carey faculty, staff and students are admitted free of charge. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for military and senior citizens and $5 for students. Reservations can be made by calling 601-318-6221. The box office is open from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning April 6.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 8:29am
The William Carey University Department of Art hosted the sixth annual High School Art Scholarship Competition on February 28 at the Lucile Parker Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus.
Students from area home schools and four local high schools, including West Jones, South Jones, Sacred Heart and Perry Central, participated in the competition, which awarded a $250 cash award known as the President’s Purchase Award and four scholarships to Carey ranging in amounts from $500 to $2,000.
Jessica Wade, a 10th-grader at West Jones, won the President’s Purchase Award for her work “Un-employed.” Lauren Jones, a 10th-grader at South Jones, won best in show for “Autumn Life” while Keegan Strickland, also a 10th-grader at South Jones, won first place for “The Night-Stacked Days.” Virginia Hosey, a 10th-grader at West Jones, won second place for “Broken Bottles” and Brandon Olmi, a 10th-grader at Sacred Heart, won third place for “Green Forest.”
Winning honorable mentions at the competition were Ciara Fountain, a 12th-grade homeschooler, for “Ye Olde Barn”; Stephanie Hill, a 12th-grader at Perry Central, for “Untitled #2”; and Laurel Jones, an 11th-grader at West Jones, for “Free-Flowing Lady.”
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 1:20pm
Representatives from the William Carey University Department of Language and Literature attended the annual meeting of the Mississippi Philological Association from January 23-24 at Mississippi State University.
Dr. Allison Chestnut, professor of language and literature, presented her essay titled “Looking for the Lost Boys: Changes in the World Literature Canon” and shared her creative poetry. Dr. Lorie Watkins, associate professor of language and literature, read an essay, “Around the State in Thirty Days: In Defense of the Scholarly Literary Pilgrimage,” chronicling her and Dr. Chestnut’s experiences teaching courses containing components of literary tourism.
Joining the professors in presentations were three Carey alumni. Susan Hammond, an instructor at Hinds Community College, read “David Wilson: Puddn’head” and “Doing the Right Thing Can Get a Man Killed, Threatened or Ten Years in Prison.” Deanna Roberts, an instructor at Meridian Community College, presented “Bringing Spoken Word Poetry into the Classroom,” and Ahrend Torrey, a graduate student pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at Wilkes University, read original poetry from his recent chapbook, “On This Side of Things.”
Joseph Goss, a junior English major from Picayune, also presented an essay at the meeting titled “Reconciling Africa through White and Black Heritage.”
In addition to presenting at the meeting, Dr. Watkins also edits the philological association’s academic journal, POMPA. The journal publishes select conference papers each year.