School Department News

School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

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.
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 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. 
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 3:30pm

The Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation’s Ann Morris Memorial Fund recently awarded $10,000 to the William Carey University Quality of Life Project, which pairs students with adults with intellectual disabilities. The money will support recreational and educational projects.  


The Pinebelt Community Foundation also awarded $10,000 to a program called “Harnessing Adults’ Full Potential Through Music Therapy.”  This program will provide music therapy services to adults with intellectual disabilities at day rehabilitation centers to increase acquisition of skill building and activities for daily living.  


"This Quality of Life project provides both William Carey University students and clients opportunities to learn from each other while enjoying educational and recreational outings,” stated Dr. Paul Cotten, Quality of Life director.  “Not only do our students become better prepared to work with individuals with disabilities, but they also become aware of the special nature of their clients.  An interdependent relationship between students and clients is developed, thanks to the opportunities provided by the funding.


“The music therapy program is truly blessed as the funds will be used to engage William Carey University music therapy graduates and train future music therapists while bringing new programmatic services to PineBelt Mental Health Resources,” said Jim Pierce, assistant professor of music therapy.


The Ann Morris Memorial Fund was set up to assist area nonprofit organizations that coordinate programs that enrich the quality of life of intellectually challenged adults. “Our grant selection committee is made up of individual reviewers who ensure that all funding is given to organizations that meet the criteria of the donor,” said Theresa Erickson, executive director of the Pinebelt Community Foundation.


The Pinebelt Community Foundation exists to strengthen communities by connecting charitably minded people to causes that matter most to them. For more information, contact the Community Foundation at (601) 583-6180 or