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School of Business

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 3:04pm

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.

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 10:35am

Hattiesburg, Miss., January 10 - Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Small Business Leadership Award, given annually by the Area Development Partnership (ADP) and William Carey University (WCU).

The award recognizes the important contributions small businesses make to the economic, social and cultural life of the community and the particular achievements of one individual or family. The award was established in 1990 and is given in memory of Dr. Joe Roberts, a former professor of communications at WCU and one of the founders of Aycock-Roberts Furniture.

Outstanding ADP-member small businesses within greater Hattiesburg and with less than 100 employees are eligible for the award, which will be presented at the Small Business Leadership Award Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on May 7 at Southern Oaks House and Gardens in Hattiesburg. Brent Christensen, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, will be the keynote speaker.
Nomination forms are available online at, at the ADP or at the WCU Office for Advancement. Completed forms may be sent by mail to the Small Business Leadership Award, c/o William Carey University School of Business, WCU Box 18, 498 Tuscan Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS 39401; by fax at (601) 318-6281; or by email at

For information on sponsorship opportunities and nominations, contact Dr. Lynne Houston at WCU at (601) 318-6231 or by email at

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 3:11pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., December 19, 2013 - William Carey University Business Leadership Institute students recently attended the Area Development Partnership (ADP) Annual Meeting featuring Governor Phil Bryant as keynote speaker. Led by Dr. Cheryl Dale, dean of the WCU School of Business, the Leadership Institute (LI) seeks to develop leadership skills of elite Carey business students through professional and community activities. Selection for the Institution is based on academic standing, involvement in university activities, community service, character, and demonstration of professional behavior.

"I invited the Leadership Institute students to attend an ADP event so they could learn more about networking opportunities," said Dr. Dale. "I chose  this particular ADP event so they could learn more about the state's economy from our governor."

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 3:37pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., November 21, 2013 - Dr. Billy Brown, professor of business and associate dean of business programs at William Carey University’s Tradition campus, presented a lecture titled, “Chasing the Rainbow in Search of Business Success” on November 19 in the Kresge Room of Thomas Business Building on WCU’s Hattiesburg campus. Dr. Brown is also a recruiter for the Tradition campus’ MBA program.

This lecture a part of the WCU’s University Lecture Series.

According to Dr. Brown, “Everyday regardless of what you are doing in business, or even in life for that matter, the competition of some kind, variety, shape or form is out to get you so you had best be running.”

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 3:18pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., October 30, 2013 - Twenty-eight business majors and three faculty members from William Carey University participated in Make a Difference Week October 22-25. The School of Business partnered with Volunteer Hattiesburg to serve as site coordinators for six homes in the Hattiesburg area affected by the February 10 tornado. Also, the organizations Gamma Chi and Pi Omega sponsored a car wash on campus to raise money for tornado victims. Students attended the Petal Fall Festival, as well, to collect funds for Recovering the Pine Belt, and some students assisted in the renovation of a damaged home. 

“The School of Business project with Volunteer Hattiesburg was organized by WCU student Jeremiah Lindley, and he worked closely with the organization’s director Dena Parker to make sure that volunteers were trained and available at all sites,” said Dr. Cheryl Dale, dean of the WCU School of Business. “I am impressed that he was able to recruit so many students to assist with this important project.”

Emily Sheckells, director of student activities, helped Gamma Chi and Pi Omega organize the car wash on campus to raise money for tornado victims, and also encouraged WCU faculty, staff, and students to eat at Raising Canes during Make a Difference Week while they were donating a portion of sales to R3SM, the local recovery agency.

“I think the students became aware of the needs in the Hattiesburg area through participation in Make a Difference Week and realized how they could impact others through community service,” said Dr. Dale.