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  • Posted on: 09 September, 2016

    Surrounded by bands, cheerleaders, pom squads and supporters, East Central University officially opened the new Chickasaw Plaza Friday with a ribbon cutting and fanfare termed “A House United” at Koi Ishto Stadium.

    Representatives from ECU, Ada High School and the Chickasaw Nation, including Gov. Bill Anoatubby, were on hand for the christening of the plaza.

    “It’s great to see how we unite behind a common cause,” said Gov. Anoatubby. “ECU needed this facility. Koi Ishto (Stadium) is important for a lot of reasons. Countless people learned diligence and teamwork here.”

  • Posted on: 08 September, 2016

    Entries are being accepted for the 2016 East Central University Homecoming Golf Tournament, hosted by the ECU Alumni Association and sponsored by the Chickasaw Nation, is set for Friday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. at the Oak Hills Golf and Country Club in Ada.

    The format for the tournament is a four-person scramble and the cost is $125 per person, which includes a free burger lunch prior to the event at 11:30 a.m. Those who are not playing but want to eat may do so for $10 apiece. A gift bag will also be presented to each golfer.

  • Posted on: 08 September, 2016

    Entries are being accepted for East Central University’s 2016 Homecoming Parade which is set for Saturday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m. in Ada. Categories include: float (competitive), float (non-competitive), decorated car or truck, marching band and walkers. The entry deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 5 p.m. For more information contact Tenecia Miller, director of student organizations and Greek life, at 580-559-5207 or



  • Posted on: 07 September, 2016

    A day of prevention and recovery will be the focus as “Step Out of the Darkness” will take place from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, beginning at the Pontotoc County Courthouse Plaza in Ada and concluding at East Central University.

    The event, free and open to the public, is being sponsored by the Brandon Whitten Institute for Addiction and Recovery at ECU and the Pontotoc County Drug Free Coalition.

  • Posted on: 07 September, 2016

    “Compassion Fatigue and Mobilizing the Public to Fight Slavery” will be the topic of discussion as Dr. Matthew Mason delivers East Central University’s Rothbaum Lecture on Monday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Estep Multimedia Center inside the Bill S. Cole University Center.

    The lecture, free and open to the public, is being conducted on Constitution Day, the celebration of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

  • Posted on: 01 September, 2016

    John R. Hargrave, who has served East Central University as president since 2009, has announced his retirement, effective in the spring of 2017.

    Connie Reilly, regent for the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO), was surprised by Hargrave’s decision and admitted, at first, she tried to talk him out of retirement.

    “He has done a wonderful job for ECU. He brought a passion and excitement to ECU that was much needed,” Reilly said. “He is a wonderful fundraiser and is always adamant about bringing alumni back to campus and generating more pride in the university.”

  • Posted on: 29 August, 2016

    Stephen H. Greetham, chief general for the Chickasaw Nation’s Division of Commerce, will deliver East Central University’s Lou Watkins Lecture on water law in Oklahoma at noon Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Foundation Hall of the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.

    Greetham also serves as the Chickasaw Nation’s special counsel on water and natural resources, where he works closely with tribal leadership in the management of complex litigation and resource protection and development strategies.

  • Posted on: 29 August, 2016

    East Central University students Kane Kosure (left) and Elsa Moseley (right) recently went to University of Limoges in France to study for the fall semester through ECU’s Go Global Study Abroad Program, which is directed by Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya (center). Kosure, a senior business management major from McAlester and a Savanna High School graduate, will receive concurrent credit at ECU and have the opportunity to a achieve a French bachelor’s degree.


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