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Tradition Campus

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 8:13am
Students interested in taking courses in a five-week format during July and early August may still register for the second summer term at both campuses of William Carey University.
 
The second summer term will begin on July 6 and run through August 7. Undergraduate courses in history, English, Spanish, business, education, health, music, biology, chemistry and psychology are available at the Hattiesburg campus while undergraduate courses in art and English are offered on the Tradition campus in Biloxi. 
 
Graduate courses in history, education, biology and psychology are also available at the Hattiesburg campus with graduate courses in art and English available at the Tradition campus.
 
Schedules can be found online at www.wmcarey.edu/catalogs-and-course-schedules. For more information, contact the Hattiesburg campus admissions office at (601) 318-6103 or the Tradition campus admissions office at (228) 702-1775.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 10:42am
The William Carey University School of Business is offering a way for the working individual to earn a bachelor's degree in business in a hybrid format with Saturday class meetings at the Tradition campus in Biloxi.
 
The Saturday program will begin in fall 2015 and will offer students the Bachelor of Science degree in business with a concentration in management and marketing. Students will take three courses each term, including two in a hybrid format that meet three times during the term and one that meets each Saturday.
 
The program may be completed in two years if the interested student has completed general education requirements and enters the program with 64 hours of general education and core curricula courses earned at a community college or university. A further 64 course hours, including the business core and concentration requirements, are needed to complete the degree.
 
For more information, contact Bernie Cousins, director of business programs at the Tradition campus, at (228) 702-1847 or by email at bcousins@wmcarey.edu. Learn more about Carey's programs at www.wmcarey.edu.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 3:05pm
The William Carey University School of Education recently received a $296,200 grant from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation to create a Science and Mathematics Alternate Route Teacher, or SMART, program at the main campus in Hattiesburg and the Tradition campus in Biloxi.
 
The SMART program will provide an opportunity for non-education graduates to enter the teaching profession by obtaining new job skills and will also provide licensed teachers in critical teacher shortage areas in mathematics and science, said Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the education school.
 
"There will be a dual benefit from this program in that we increase the number of qualified teachers in these shortage areas while also ensuring more students have access to qualified mathematics and science teachers," said Burnett.
 
The Hearin grant will be distributed to Carey at $98,000 per year for three years and will fund scholarships for students entering the alternate route program at Carey. The program will work with Carey's current Master of Education degree in the art of teaching and will utilize current admission requirements for the art of teaching degree, including completion of two courses in classroom management and tests, measurements and evaluations. Candidates are also required to have a passing score on both the Praxis Core and Praxis II examinations.
 
Upon completion of the admission requirements, candidates are eligible to receive a three-year interim educator license and can be employed by a school district in the appropriate mathematics and science subject area. Program participants are then enrolled in an internship course in which they are monitored in their classrooms and attend planned Saturday learning sessions. After completion of the one-year internship course, participants will be eligible to receive a five-year educator license.
 
Funds from the grant will allow up to 20 scholarships to be given throughout a school year for a total of 60 scholarships during the life of the program. In addition to covering the cost of 12 semester hours for each participant, textbooks and other supplies will also be covered under the grant. Additional funds will be used to provide workshops for participants prior to the Praxis examinations and to pay the cost of the examinations.
 
"The Hearin Foundation has been generous to Carey in providing general scholarship grants, special grants for the nursing program and now this education program to meet critical needs in our state," said Dr. Tommy King, Carey president.
 
Burnett said the new program was great news not only for Carey but also for local school districts.
 
"We are thankful to the Hearin Foundation for their support of Carey's mission and their desire to fill teacher vacancies in these shortage areas," said Burnett.
 
The SMART program will begin in July. The application deadline is June 22. Applicants must have a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average. Interested candidates may email Burnett at bburnett@wmcarey.edu, call the School of Education at (601) 318-6600 or visit www.wmcarey.edu. The program application can be viewed at www.bit.ly/wcusmart.
 
The Hearin Foundation, which supports Mississippi higher education as well as economic development, was established in the will of the late Robert M. Hearin Sr., a former chairman and chief executive officer of Mississippi Valley Gas.
Monday, June 8, 2015 - 10:19am
A strong commitment to employee health and wellness has resulted in William Carey University being recognized as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association.
 
The Fit-Friendly Worksite program recognizes employers who build a healthy work environment during a time when more than two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. Gold Level status recognizes Carey's fulfillment of several Fit-Friendly objectives, including involving employees in physical activity, increasing healthy eating options, promoting a wellness culture and adhering to a tobacco-free policy.
 
Carey President Dr. Tommy King established the university's health initiative in 2013 with the founding of an employee walking program at the Hattiesburg campus. The program has also expanded to the Tradition campus in Biloxi. Through the program, which meets several times a week, employees have the benefit of working together to achieve wellness and the opportunity to win a weekend getaway twice a year.
 
University employees also benefit from a weekly newsletter sent by Deanna Graves, the applications manager in the Carey admissions office and the coordinator of the walking program on the Hattiesburg campus. The newsletter contains healthy living tips, wellness ideas and recipes for healthy food items. Healthy food options are also provided on a daily basis in the Carey cafeteria through food service provider MMI Dining Systems.
 
Also assisting employees in wellness efforts are on-site fitness facilities. The university has a walking track for employees to use as well as a fitness center on the Hattiesburg campus. The fitness center is equipped with state-of-the-art exercise equipment purchased through grant funds given by Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.
 
Heart association officials said Carey's efforts, combined with the efforts of more than 4,200 other Fit-Friendly employers across the nation, are helping to increase employee productivity while lowering health care costs, absenteeism, employee turnover and the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
 
For more information on the association's efforts and the Fit-Friendly Worksite program, visit www.heart.org/workplacewellness. 
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 5:00pm
Candidates interested in teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses in local school districts may earn their teaching licensure for free through a new program at William Carey University.
 
The Carey School of Education is offering up to 20 scholarships per year for three years through a grant-funded effort known as the Science and Mathematics Alternate Route Teacher, or SMART, program. The program will provide an opportunity for non-education graduates to enter the teaching profession by obtaining new job skills and will also provide licensed teachers in the critical STEM teacher shortage areas.
 
"There will be a dual benefit from this program in that we increase the number of qualified teachers in these shortage areas while also ensuring more students have access to qualified STEM teachers," said Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the education school.
 
The program will work with Carey's current Master of Education degree in the art of teaching and will utilize current admission requirements for the art of teaching degree, including completion of two courses in classroom management and tests, measurements and evaluations. Candidates are also required to have a passing score on both the Praxis Core and Praxis II examinations.
 
Upon completion of the admission requirements, candidates are eligible to receive a three-year interim educator license and can be employed by a school district in the appropriate STEM subject area. Program participants are then enrolled in an internship course in which they are monitored in their classrooms and attend planned Saturday learning sessions. After completion of the one-year internship course, participants will be eligible to receive a five-year educator license.
 
Textbooks, other supplies and workshop costs for participants prior to Praxis examinations will be covered along with the price of tuition.
 
The SMART program will begin in July. Interested candidates may email Dr. Burnett at bburnett@wmcarey.edu or call the School of Education at (601) 318-6600.