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Friday, July 21, 2017 - 2:48pm
It’s a hot, sunny summer day in Hattiesburg today, July 21, 2017. Six months ago in the early morning hours of January 21, many of our Carey students awoke to rain, thunder and lightning as storms rolled through the Pine Belt, bringing with them the EF-3 tornado that tore through our campus. 
 
That is a day that will remain in our memories, but we have made great progress in rebuilding the campus in a short amount of time. In those first hours, the university administration assured us Carey would come back stronger than ever, and indeed we are. “Carey Strong” was not just a slogan we adopted; we lived it and demonstrated it through the dedication of our students, faculty, staff and the community that supported us. 
 
“Losing so much in the tornado was a tragedy, but the opportunity to rebuild a better campus is a challenge that comes once in a generation,” said President Tommy King on the six-month anniversary of the tornado. 
 
After the spring trimester ended in May, the second phase of repairs and rebuilding began. Construction crews have been hard at work throughout campus this summer. All the dorm rooms are being repainted and new tile installed on the floors. New windows have been installed in almost every building on campus. Remember that big gaping hole on the front of Green Science building? It’s no longer there; the walls have been rebuilt and a much-needed elevator installed. 
 
The College of Osteopathic Medicine’s anatomy lab was a complete loss and had to be torn down. The new lab is almost finished and will be ready for the new class of medical students that arrives next week. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program has also moved back to campus, and classes have gone on as scheduled this summer.
 
When students return to campus in August, there will be a new academic building on County Drive, next to the new Waddle Sports Facility. This building will house the classes that were in Tatum Court and the School of Business while the new Asbury Academic Building is constructed. Upon completion of the Asbury building, the building on County Drive will be converted into a band hall, dance studio, and classrooms.
 
Construction has started on the new dorms to replace Ross and Johnson Halls. The new dorms will be ready in August 2018 and will provide 50 additional rooms that we did not have before the tornado.
 
We recently received good news regarding the School of Business building. Immediately after the tornado, we were not sure we could save the building due to the extensive damage. Once it was decided the building could be saved, we thought it would be August 2018 before we could move back into it. But the contractors are now saying it can be ready by October 2017.
 
Construction of the new Tatum Court will begin soon and is expected to take 12-14 months. 
 
As we begin the new school, year we will focus on our new theme, “God is our refuge and strength,” based on Psalm 46, the scripture found on the open pages of the pulpit Bible in Bass Memorial Chapel following the tornado.
 
While we have made progress in the past six months, there is still much work to do to rebuild our campus. As construction continues, let’s remember Carey’s strength is not found in buildings; it is found in the Carey family which is grounded in scripture, rooted in faith, and driven by mission.
 
Click here to view a "then and now" photo gallery posted by The Hattiesburg American.
 
"Carey grateful for blessings amid storm recovery" article published in The Hattiesburg American.
 
The tornado damage to campus is estimated to be almost $73 million. Below is an update on the construction that has been completed and the schedule for future repairs.
 
Phase I – repairs – these were all finished this spring
  • Cafeteria, post office/bookstore, library, Lawrence Hall to accommodate administrative offices
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) academic, administrative, and clinical building. Anatomy lab was completely destroyed.
  • Physical therapy building (Thomas Building)
  • Fairchild and Smith Halls (education buildings)
  • Thomas Fine Arts building (except auditorium)
  • North wing of Green Science building
  • New biology lab
  • Temporary repairs to dorms: Bass Hall, Bryant Hall, Polk Hall, Braswell Hall, Byrd Hall, Futral Hall, Davis Hall
  • Preliminary repairs to athletic fields and tennis courts
  • Ben Waddle Sports Facility (construction completed, this building was not damaged by tornado)
 
Phase II – to be completed this summer or early fall 2017
  • Permanent repairs to all dorms
  • South wing of Green Science Hall
  • Auditorium
  • Wheeler Alumni House/admissions offices
  • New annex to Clinton Gym
  • Repairs to Clinton Gym
  • Newly constructed “temporary” classroom and office space (will become permanent)
  • All dorms will have new permanent windows, flooring and ceiling tile and newly painted
  • Bass Chapel
  • Anatomy Lab (COM)
  • Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum
  • Tatum Theatre
 
Phase III – to be completed summer 2018
  • Complete renovation and restoration of School of Business. New date: October 2017
  • New dorms – Johnson and Ross Halls
  • New addition to Tatum Theater
  • New Asbury Academic Building
  • New Tatum Court
  • Conversion of “temporary” classroom building to permanent academic space
  • Continue to purchase property in the area; this is an ongoing goal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 2:20pm
William Carey University’s 2017 HEADWAE honorees Adrienne Madden and Dr. Noel Mann were recognized at the Honors Convocation held April 26.
 
HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence) was established by legislative resolution to honor individual academic achievement and the overall contribution of the state’s public and private institutions of higher learning. The annual Appreciation Day, hosted by the legislature each February in Jackson, is the legislature’s way of saying “thank you” to these students and faculty for their commitment to the future of Mississippi.
Madden graduated in May with a 4.0 GPA. She was a pre-med student with majors in biology and chemistry and was the recipient of the Rose G. West Pre-Medical Award. She is the daughter of Jerry Madden and Marissa Madden of Purvis and a graduate of Purvis High School. While at Carey Madden was a member of the Carey Scholars Honors College and Alpha Chi National Honor Society. She served as communications officer of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and editor-in-chief of The Cobbler student newspaper. Madden received a third-place award for "Best Sports Feature" in the student division of the 2014-2015 Mississippi Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest.
 
Mann is a chemistry and physical sciences professor. Prior to joining the Carey faculty in 2014, he was a chemistry, physics, and polymer science teacher at Presbyterian Christian High School. He served as deputy director of the Mississippi Math and Science Improvement Program from 2007-2009, was a visiting professor for research in the polymer science department at The University of Southern Mississippi from 2005-2007, and served as chair of the science department at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College from 1974 to 2005. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after serving in the United States Army, Mississippi Army National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve from 1971 to 1996. Mann earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and physics, a Master of Science in Education from Delta State University, and a PhD from USM.
 
“Being selected by Adrienne Madden as the faculty HEADWAE recipient and representative for William Carey University is the crowning jewel of my career,” Mann said.
 
HEADWAE
On Appreciation Day, the honorees are invited to the State Capitol where they are welcomed by the lieutenant governor and recognized in each chamber of the legislature. A luncheon follows wherein each student and faculty honoree is recognized by name in front of their guests, institution leaders, corporate sponsors, and legislators.
 
The goal of the Appreciation Day is to encourage excellence among those involved in higher education as a way to further leadership, increase knowledge across the broad spectrum of education, promote good citizens capable of thriving in today's society, who are prepared to meet future challenges. To this end, one student and faculty honoree are annually selected from each of the 34 public and private member institutions of the Mississippi Association of Colleges to participate in the Appreciation Day activities. 
 
 
 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 9:37am
Jennifer Hotzman, assistant professor of anatomy at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, needed a CAT scan of Native American bones from the time shortly after Columbus arrived. She put out a call for assistance and Singing River Hospital stepped in to help. 
 
“Tipu is a unique Mayan archeological site in Belize that dates to the 1500s. It contains about 600 burials,” said Hotzman. “Of course, everyone knows Columbus came to the new world in 1492. The major question I want to answer is how the native population was influenced by their contact and interaction with the Spanish.”
 
She has bones of about 249 juveniles and several were chosen for the examination. “Since rapidly growing bones are most affected by nutrition and living conditions, these will be used for the CAT scan,” Hotzman said. “The scans will be compared with other databases to see if the Mayan children reached their developmental milestones appropriately.”
 
Karen Ehlers, chief technician of the radiology department, said Singing River Hospital was pleased to help with the research project. “This is very interesting. It is not every day we get to work with 500-year old bones.” 
 
Click here to see the story about Dr. Hotzman’s work that aired on WLOX.
 
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 1:34pm
William Carey University is ranked as having the #1 most affordable online master’s in criminal justice program, according to SR Education Group. 
 
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice began its inaugural class spring 2016 with eight master’s candidates. The fully online program is taught by full-time and adjunct faculty members who are qualified practitioners in the field of criminal justice. 
 
“I am thrilled to hear that our program has been ranked as the #1 most affordable online master’s degree in criminal justice,” said Dr. Karla Pope, chair of the department of criminal justice. “We are a practitioner-based program serving working professionals in the field of criminal justice as well as others interested in pursuing a graduate degree. We are honored to offer an affordable, quality opportunity for higher learning in criminal justice.”
 
Pope said the master’s program, which is based at the Tradition campus, was initiated in response to student request and in response to requests in the criminal justice community along the Gulf Coast. 
The program has grown from eight students during the first term a year ago to 21 students during spring 2017 term. Of the initial eight students, four graduated in May while three are anticipated to graduate in August. One of the initial students had to temporarily stop the program due to a death in the immediate family; he will resume the program this summer. 
 
In order to be admitted to the program, students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and maintained a minimum of 2.5 GPA during their last 64 hours. The students must also submit competitive GRE scores and letters of recommendation to complete the admission process. 
 
Once admitted, students have a choice to pursue a master’s degree with the thesis option or master’s degree without the thesis option. Both tracks require 30 hours of criminal justice coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree with the program being designed to be completed in five trimesters.  The thesis-track students will complete 24 hours of required coursework plus six hours of thesis work while the non-thesis track students will complete 24 hours of required coursework plus six hours of electives and a comprehensive examination. 
 
For more information about the Master of Science Criminal Justice program, contact Dr. Karla Pope at (228) 702-1834 or email kpope@wmcarey.edu. Click here to view the full list of rankings. 
 
Monday, April 17, 2017 - 4:47pm
William Carey University will host a research symposium on Friday, April 21 showcasing the work of students in the Master of Biomedical Sciences program and the College of Osteopathic Medicine.  The symposium will be held from noon to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Conference Center on the Hattiesburg campus.
 
Manuela Staneva, an epidemiologist from the Mississippi State Department of Health, will be the keynote speaker for the event. Staneva will speak about the “Causes and Scope of the Mississippi Opioid Epidemic.” His presentation will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Conference Center; lunch will be provided.
 
Additional speakers during the event include Dr. Steven Gustafson, WCUCOM professor of pathology, at 2 p.m. and Dr. Bob Johnson, WCUCOM professor of pre-clinical sciences, at 2:30 p.m.
 
The students will present their posters from 1 to 2 p.m., and the exhibit hall will remain open until 3:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 3 p.m.
 
The symposium is free and open to the public.