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Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 10:41am
William Carey University senior Angelo Morales is the 2016 recipient of the Hub Award Leadership Scholarship. He was recognized during the 38th annual Hub Award dinner on Nov. 15 at Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.
 
On receiving this recognition, Morales said, “It was an amazing experience to be recognized by Dr. King and the community this way. I was humbled to receive not only this recognition, but the financial scholarship associated with it.”
 
Morales is a nursing and intercultural studies major who has devoted the past several years to making a difference. He has been active on Carey’s campus and in the community. His activities on campus include serving as associate justice for the Student Government Association, serving as the representative for Level 1 students in the Student Nurses Association, membership in the Alpha Chi National Honor Society and Carey Connection. Morales also participated in the WCU Baptist Student Union activities. 
 
For the past six years, Morales has been giving back to his community by helping to rebuild homes and community life in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area. Throughout his involvement, he has had a role in rebuilding 40 homes. 
 
Morales is dedicated to serving others abroad as well. He has made six trips abroad to places such as China, Lebanon, Haiti and Mexico, all of which focused on service in some capacity. He has taken two trips to Mexico and one to Haiti to contribute to construction and medical relief. He has also taken two trips to Lebanon for study and service and one trip to China for service.
 
“I really have a focus on service, so my future plans are to continue serving as much as I can where I am needed while pursuing a doctorate in the healthcare industry, most likely in nursing,” said Morales.
 
The Hub Award Leadership Scholarship
An important part of the annual Hub Award event is contributing to the Hub Award Endowment at the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation to benefit students attending William Carey University and the University of Southern Mississippi. Each year a scholarship is awarded to a WCU and USM student who has demonstrated leadership and community service. Since its founding in 1979, the Hub Award has generated scholarship funds totaling over a half million dollars. 
 
Article written by Kaitlyn Watkins, managing editor of The Cobbler, the student newspaper of William Carey University. 
Posted 12/14/2016
Monday, November 28, 2016 - 2:52pm
Children who grow up overweight or obese risk developing secondary diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart/renal disease, and joint dysfunction. The William Carey University Tradition campus has partnered with Coastal Family Health Center and the National Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute to address the risk factors that lead to obesity and to encourage healthy eating and exercise habits for middle school students. 
 
The university received a $41,120 grant from the United Way of Jackson and George Counties for the “Interprofessional Team Approach to Childhood Obesity” project. This will be an interactive hands-on adaptation of the Centers for Disease Control Diabetes Primary Prevention Program and will focus on students in grades 6-8 at Moss Point Middle School. Coastal Family Health Center operates a primary care clinic at the school, and a family nurse practitioner will assist with the project.
 
“This concept grew out of discussions among the three partners and is in alignment with United Way Areas of Focus,” said Wanda Jones, assistant professor of nursing at William Carey University. “These three partners all have a passion for addressing the risk factors and determinants of health that lead to obesity and subsequent diabetes.”
 
Faculty and students from the William Carey University School of Nursing will work with staff from Coastal Family Health Care, Moss Point Schools and the National Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute to provide health assessments, educational information, and activities.
 
During the course of the program, students’ height, weight and blood pressure will be measured. The students will log their food intake and physical activity, either on paper, online or using an app on their smartphone. “Children love technology, and we will offer use of various free apps for the participants to record calorie intake, activities, and calories burned,” Jones said.
 
The program will begin in the 2017 school year, and Jones said the goal is to have 100 participants in the first year. If funding is approved for a second year, she said they plan to expand the program to a school in George County.
 
Jones said the ultimate goal is to achieve consistent participation in the program in order to increase the students’ knowledge about healthy nutrition, appropriate physical activities, and the use of motivational techniques to lose weight. Family support also will be a component of the program. Parents will receive similar educational and motivational techniques and will be encouraged to participate in the program along with their children.
 
For more information, please contact Wanda Jones at William Carey University, (601) 318-6696.
 
 
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 2:10pm

The August 2016 graduates of the pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at William Carey University’s Tradition campus received a 100 percent passing rate on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. 

 

“We are very proud of our students and faculty for this great accomplishment,” said Dr. Bobbie Loveless, associate dean and professor. The 13 students who graduated in August were the second class this year to receive the 100 percent pass rate; the May graduating class did so as well. 

 

Loveless said she attributes the success to an emphasis on high academic standards, a focus on educational competency via a concept-based curriculum, and a well-qualified faculty. 

 

“The Tradition nursing faculty on average have nearly 30 years of clinical nursing experience and 18 years of nursing education experience,” she said. “Seventy percent of the faculty are educationally prepared at the doctoral level and have earned terminal degrees in nursing.”

 

For more information about the William Carey University School of Nursing, visit wmcarey.edu or call (228) 702-1825 to speak with Denise Hancock, undergraduate program director for the Tradition campus.

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 9:01am

The Student Nurses Association at William Carey University’s Hattiesburg campus is leading a drive to collect items for the flood victims in Louisiana. The drive began September 5 and will continue through September 19. Student organizations and individuals from across campus are contributing to the relief drive, and the public is invited to contribute as well. Some of the items being collected are canned food, water, clothing, shoes, diapers, baby wipes, pet supplies, hygiene and cleaning products. Items may be dropped off at the School of Nursing located in Fail-Asbury Hall on William Carey Parkway. Pictured are Dr. Jenna Barton, SNA treasurer Natalie Bourn, SNA president Joshua Jones, and Dr. Emily Scott.

Posted 9/16/2016

Friday, August 26, 2016 - 10:13am
Sam Whichard lost his wife of 41 years to cancer. Now he is fighting the disease. The professional care and personal attention he and his wife received has led him to make a contribution that will further healthcare education in Mississippi.
 
He is honoring his wife’s memory by establishing the Martha Elizabeth Whichard Endowed Chair of Nursing at the William Carey University Tradition campus in Biloxi. 
 
Whichard, a native of Gulfport and long-time Perkinston resident, said the people of the coastal counties benefit from an abundance of vibrant, growing education institutions such as William Carey University at Tradition, Tulane University, University of Southern Mississippi, and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. “They all make a footprint, and it is evident there is a vision that I do not remember in my youth. I am particularly excited by the multiplicity of health programs intact or in development at WCU such as nursing, physical therapy, osteopathic medicine, and pharmacy. My gift in Martha’s name to WCU is small, but I know that it will be used effectively.”
 
Whichard believes there are two components to healthcare: professional expertise and empathy. He said professional expertise blossoms with knowledge and a magical empathy that healthcare workers share with those they serve. “Professional expertise is measured by a rigorous certification process. Empathy is measured by the heart,” he said.
 
 “My wife and I have benefitted from health care professionals with a high level of expertise. We understood more clearly their ‘human touch.’ For instance, there was a hospice nurse who patiently sat on Martha’s bed and stroked her face. There was the ER nurse who just recently assured me that I was facing the beginning, not the end.”
 
Martha Whichard worked for the Stone County School District, and her husband describes her as “a champion for people with Down’s Syndrome and autism.” Mrs. Whichard passed away in 2009, but her enthusiasm and positive attitude are still remembered. 
 
“I met Martha Whichard several years ago, and the impression she left on my life and my son’s life will certainly not be forgotten,” said Tonya Bolton, former Perkinston Elementary School principal. “I will never forget our first meeting. In walks a petite woman with a bright spark in her eyes. She greeted me with enthusiasm and wanted to get right to work. I did not know it at the time, but that was Martha - always ready to lend a hand and get to work on helping our students at Perkinston Elementary to succeed.”  
 
Over the years Whichard served as substitute teacher, volunteer, speech pathologist, mentor, parenting coach, and friend. Bolton said Whichard had a special relationship with children and that her classroom was the first and last place her son visited each day. “He always had a story to tell, and she was always eager to listen. Martha had a special way of bringing out the best in people, especially children and those with special needs.”
 
Whichard often told Bolton, “Don’t sweat the small stuff, life is too short to worry.”  Bolton said. Whichard kept that attitude throughout her illness. “She remained steadfast in her dedication to our students and our school,” she said. “The world lost a beautiful soul when Martha transitioned on. Her spirit lives on in the lives of the students and people she influenced and will continue to impact through this endowment.”
 
The endowment will help fund the nursing department chair position at the Tradition campus. “We are truly humbled that Sam chose William Carey University to establish this endowment. Martha’s legacy of service to others will be remembered each year as students pursue their dream of a career in nursing,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, chief advancement officer for William Carey University. “We are honored to have this prestigious position named in Martha’s memory as the first endowed chair on the Tradition Campus.”