School Department News

School of Nursing

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 2:11pm
Thirty William Carey University nursing students were inducted into the Carey chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing during the annual induction ceremony and luncheon on October 24 at the Hattiesburg campus.
Membership is by invitation only and extends to students completing both undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees. Criteria include successful completion of at least half of the program; a 3.0 grade point average on core nursing courses; inclusion in the top 30 percent of the nursing class; professionalism; and the display of Christian principles in nursing care and practice.
Dr. Susan Lacey, a nursing professor and the director of graduate studies, faculty development and planning for Carey’s School of Nursing, was the keynote speaker for the ceremony and the luncheon. Carey’s chapter of the honor society, Chapter 462, was chartered in 2007.
Inductees include LaQuisha Arbuthnot of Ocean Springs; Cathy Bates of Biloxi; Allison Blair of Jay, Florida; Carissa Martine Bolden of McHenry; Jennifer Maxine Cappel of Slidell, Louisiana; John Michael Churchill of Lauderdale; Ishanda Coleman of New Orleans, Louisiana; Jeffrey Vincent Collins of Saucier; Adriane Crabtree of Hattiesburg; Trish Elizabeth Dauphin of Gretna, Louisiana; Traci Easterling of Gulfport; Andria Entrekin of Purvis; Vanessa Gibbs of Hattiesburg; Kamero Haverstic of Long Beach; Keishandra Houston of Slidell; Tamela Leshell Hyland of Poplarville; Michelle Ladreyt of Destrehan, Louisiana; Emerald Lawrence of Hattiesburg; Lauren Martinolich of Hattiesburg; Ashley McCray of McComb; Jennifer Marie McDavid of Ocean Springs; Nar’Cissa McDonald of Gautier; Christopher Ryan McMillan of Hickory; Elizabeth Nicholson of Petal; Jon Parks of Saucier; Lucretia Moore Peters of New Orleans; Stacey Waldrop of Gulfport; India Natasha Webb of Summit; Amanda Williams of McLain; and Crystal Shawnta Williams of Marion.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 2:07pm
“Actions, not words” was not only the annual theme for William Carey University as a whole; it was also a call to action for 11 Carey nursing students.
The students, along with Assistant Professor of Nursing Felicia Browning, traveled to Villa de San Francisco, Honduras, from May 24-31 on an evangelical mission trip. The Carey team joined 46 others from multiple cities in Alabama and Mississippi in an effort organized by Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International to share the Gospel and assist the needy in the small Honduras municipality.
During the trip, the group presented the Gospel to over 3,000 people and also distributed 1,000 Bibles, 376 copies of John’s Gospel, 2,800 religious tracts and 780 salvation bracelets. The team operated a medical clinic that treated 2,877 patients and distributed clothing and shoes while a pharmacy filled 18,299 prescriptions.
The team also operated an eyeglass ministry that fitted 142 prescription glasses, including six pairs made in the field, along with distributing 570 reading glasses and many pairs of sunglasses. A kitchen crew fed 110 people 12 meals each while the entire team distributed $3,000 worth of beans and rice to local citizens. Over 800 participants were involved in a children’s church and youth sports activities led by team members.
The trip marked the third year nursing students have traveled to Honduras. In March 2011, Browning traveled with seven students to San Lucas. In May 2014, Browning and 14 students traveled to Jesus de Otoro. Browning said the planning for another trip started almost immediately after returning from the 2014 trip.
“Our work commenced in June 2014 as we met and decided to launch a campaign for clothing, shoes and accessories … at this early date, we didn’t know for certain that a trip would ‘go’ nor did we know the people we were packing for,” she said. “We knew, however, of the needs in Honduras.”
Prior to the trip, the nursing students and Browning packed over 60 boxes with clothing, shoes and other items. The Carey team also held fundraisers and church presentations throughout the year to promote the university’s partnership with the medical and dental mission and to bring awareness about the needs in Honduras.
“Our students were thoughtful, considerate liaisons for the Lord in their delicate conversations with those in need,” said Browning. “They provided much needed one-on-one conversations, with a translator, to people desperate to be cared for … they were flexible servants, traits not unnoticed by other team members.”
For more information on the School of Nursing and future mission projects, visit or call (601) 318-6478.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:05am
William Carey University will hold commencement ceremonies on Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8 in Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.
The Friday ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. for doctoral candidates from the School of Education and the Fail School of Nursing as well as Specialist in Education candidates from both the Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses. The speaker will be Dr. Chuck Benigno, superintendent of the Laurel School District.
Three ceremonies will be held on Saturday, beginning with the 9:30 a.m. ceremony for graduate students from the Hattiesburg campus. The speaker is Jermaine Brown, principal of Hattiesburg High School.
The second Saturday ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. for undergraduate students from the Hattiesburg campus. The speaker is Dr. Steven Bishop, president of Southwest Mississippi Community College in McComb.
The final Saturday ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. for graduate and undergraduate students from the Tradition campus. Dr. Argile Smith, pastor of Parkway Baptist Church in Biloxi and former interim president of Louisiana College, will be the speaker.
For more information on Carey’s commencement ceremonies, contact the registrar’s office at (601) 318-6051.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 10:15am
The William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine hosted the 2015 Research Symposium on April 17 with Dr. Stefanie Jeffrey of Stanford University as the keynote speaker.
Dr. Jeffrey, Stanford's chief of surgical oncology research and the John and Marva Warnock professor, joined three Carey faculty members in presenting lectures throughout the symposium. Her lecture topic was "Liquid Biopsy in Cancer." Following Dr. Jeffrey's lecture, Dr. Italo Subbarao, associate dean of pre-clinical sciences at the Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine, presented "Using Twitter Effectively to Prevent Injury and Deaths from Disasters."
Dr. Tyler Hodges, assistant professor of biological sciences, presented "Bioactive Surfaces and Their Applications," followed by Dr. Maude McGill, instructor of nursing, presenting "Increasing Dietary Phosphorous Knowledge and Adherence Among Adult Hemodialysis Patients through Peer Mentoring."
The lectures were presented free of charge and open to the public. Prior to the lectures, Carey students and faculty members from the medical college, the School of Nursing and the Master of Biomedical Science program competed in a research poster contest. The contest featured four categories, including graduate, medical, nursing and undergraduate. 
First place winners in the graduate category were Danielle Hagler and Justina Boles, students in the biomedical science program, for their poster, "Antimicrobial Peptides for Pathogen Reduction." Winners in the medical category were David Buford, Nabil Baddour, Allina Espinosa, Iben McCormick-Ricket and Dr. Subbarao for "An Evidence-Based Review of Resilience in Communities in the Face of Oil Spill Disasters."
Winning the nursing category was Denise Hancock, assistant professor of nursing, for "Leaving Academia: Work Experiences and Career Decisions of Former Nurse Faculty." Winning the undergraduate category was Pearl Ugwu-Dike, a senior biology major, for "Cross-Regulation Between the Notch Signaling Pathway and the Activin Signaling Pathway in the Ovary."