School Department News

Tradition Campus

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 1:45pm
A memorial service for Dr. Henry Pace, a pioneer of osteopathic medicine in Mississippi and an advocate and supporter of the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, will be held at 1 p.m. on October 9 in Bass Memorial Chapel on the Carey Hattiesburg campus.
A Tennessee native, Pace was introduced to osteopathic medicine while teaching at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in Missouri. He started recruiting students for osteopathic medical schools and continued this practice when he joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi’s School of Pharmacy. While at Ole Miss, Pace advised the student who would become Mississippi’s first doctor of osteopathic medicine.
Pace’s efforts also resulted in osteopathic physicians achieving full practice rights in the state in 1973. He worked with the American Osteopathic Association and local legislators to achieve this right. His efforts have resulted in over 2,000 students attending or graduating from osteopathic medical schools. Pace was also instrumental in the establishment of the Mississippi Osteopathic Medical Association and was active in the association’s operations.
Pace worked with university officials to help establish Carey’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, which is the first osteopathic medical school in Mississippi. The medical college, established in 2010, was granted full accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and graduated its inaugural class in 2014. A second class graduated in 2015. Over 400 students are now enrolled at the medical college.
The student lounge at the Carey medical college is named in memory of Pace, who was a friend and advisor to Carey’s medical administrators, faculty members and students. Pace was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from Carey and the state osteopathic medical association in May.
Pace, 85, died on October 4 in Water Valley. He had lived in his adopted hometown of Oxford since 1968. Memorials may be sent to the Henry Pace Scholarship at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, WCU Box 141, 498 Tuscan Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS 39401, or donated online at
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 1:42pm
William Carey University officials recently announced the 2015-2016 Speaker’s Bureau, a list of Carey faculty and staff members available to speak at civic clubs, area churches and other special events.
Faculty and staff members from both the Hattiesburg campus and the Tradition campus in Biloxi are represented in the bureau. Speakers are available from numerous fields, including biblical studies, nursing, education, history, physical education, psychology, business, art, music, osteopathic medicine, Carey athletics, chemistry, biology, physical therapy, human resources, fundraising and marketing.
To view the full bureau or to book a speaker, visit For more information on the bureau, contact Joshua Wilson, director of media relations and marketing, at (601) 318-6767 or by email at
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 1:38pm
The William Carey University Winters School of Music and Ministry will present Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” at 7 p.m. on October 16 in Smith Auditorium at the Hattiesburg campus and at 2 p.m. on October 18 at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs.
“Annie Get Your Gun” is based on the life of Annie Oakley (1860-1926), a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. The musical details Annie’s life, her romance and competition with fellow sharpshooter Frank Butler, her career in Buffalo Bill’s show and her involvement with the Sioux tribe and Sitting Bull, its chief. “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “Anything You Can Do” are examples of songs featured in the musical.
The main cast includes junior music therapy major Faith Westberry of Conehatta as Annie; junior church music major Kyle Conn of Porter, Texas, as Frank; junior church music major Bailey Hill of Thomasville, Alabama, as Buffalo Bill; junior vocal performance major Lauren Clear of Hattiesburg as Dolly Tate, a conniving seductress; and senior theatre major Ben Salters of Ocean Springs as Chief Sitting Bull. Students from Lamar Christian School in Purvis play Annie’s brother and sisters and comprise part of the “Wild West Audience.”
The musical is under the direction of Dr. Don Odom, dean of the Winters School. The assistant director is Dr. Kimberle Moon, artist-in-residence and instructor for voice and vocal arts. Brian Murphy, assistant professor of music, serves as musical director. Andrew Gilstrap, adjunct instructor of percussion, is conductor and Katie Ginn, adjunct instructor of dance, is choreographer.
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for military and senior adults and $5 for students with a school identification card. Tickets for the Hattiesburg performance may be purchased at the door or online at Tickets for the Ocean Springs performance may be purchased at the door or online at For more information, call the Winters School at (601) 318-6175 or email
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 9:06am
William Carey University has been ranked the number one “Best Value” among regional universities in the South in the 2016 college rankings released on September 9 by U.S. News & World Report.
The rankings also recognize Carey as an “A-Plus School for B Students” and as a school with the “Least Debt of 2014 Graduates.” Overall, U.S. News & World Report recognized Carey as number 41 out of 128 schools in its list of “Regional Universities” in the South, which includes both public and private universities in the 12 southern states.
The “Best Value” ranking was determined using factors such as the net cost of the 2014-2015 academic year to a student receiving the average amount of need-based scholarships or grants; the percentage of all undergraduates receiving these need-based awards; and the percentage of a school’s total sticker cost covered by these awards. The ranking also takes into account the academic quality of a school.
The “A-Plus School for B Students” ranking takes into account the individuality of the student body and opportunities available for students who did not make high ACT or SAT scores or did not place in the top 25 percent of their high school class. The “Least Debt of 2014 Graduates” ranking factors in the amount of loans students must take out to cover college costs and the percentage of graduates who graduated owing money and, by extrapolation, the percentage of students who graduated without debt.
“This year’s rankings confirm that Carey is solidly included with the elite regional universities in the South,” said Dr. Tommy King, Carey president. “We are especially proud of the ‘Least Debt’ ranking and that we have been recognized for our efforts to provide a strong academic program for all students as indicated by our inclusion in the ‘A-Plus Schools for B Students’ category.”
To view the full rankings and methodologies, visit
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 7:58am