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  • Posted on: 06 September, 2011

    Smart Start South Central has begun a fundraising campaign to help keep Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library alive in Pontotoc County.

    As is the case with most state-supported agencies, said Trish Little, SSSC community coordinator, Smart Start South Central’s funding has taken a big hit this year, leaving very few funds to keep the Imagination Library program in operation. The program sends a free, age-appropriate book to any Pontotoc County child who registers, up to age 5. It costs $28 per year to fund each child enrolled in DPIL.

  • Posted on: 01 September, 2011
    Bennett and Bliss Henson look over some of the books Smart Start South Central donated for the waiting area
    While waiting at the Pontotoc County Health Department, Bennett and Bliss Henson look over some of the books Smart Start South Central donated for the waiting area. Smart Start has donated numerous books to area pediatricians so that young children may look at quality reading materials while they spend time in waiting rooms. Smart Start South Central, which is based at East Central University, focuses on family support, health, child care and school readiness.
  • Posted on: 01 September, 2011
    An Ada restaurant will sponsor a dinner Sept. 20 [TUESDAY] for the Guard Officer Leadership Development (GOLD) Program at East Central University. Santa Fe Cattle Company will provide a steak/chicken dinner with sides, salads, and drinks at 6:30 p.m. at the Pontotoc County Agriplex.
     The ECU GOLD Program is a military leadership training program co-sponsored by the ECU School of Business and the Oklahoma Army National Guard. Successful completion of the program leads to a commission in the Oklahoma Army National Guard.
  • Posted on: 01 September, 2011

    A free, two-day training at East Central University on “Essentials of Healthy Housing” will identify home improvement and building techniques that can promote safe and sanitary housing as a way to prevent disease and injury.          

  • Posted on: 01 September, 2011
    Photo of Dr. Santa G. Velez

     Dr. Santa G. Velez of Norman, a nationally certified school psychologist, has joined the faculty of East Central University in Ada as an assistant professor of psychology.

    She had been a certified school psychologist for Norman Public Schools since 1997. She also is a licensed professional counselor in Oklahoma and was a licensed psychologist in Missouri and Iowa. 

  • Posted on: 31 August, 2011

    September is Yoga Month, and East Central University participates by starting its fall beginning and gentle yoga classes this week. Sessions for beginners start on Wednesday [SEPT. 7] from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on the ECU campus.  The hour-long gentle class starts at 7 p.m.

    Instructor Rebecca Gatz teaches the beginner’s class, but says that most people are beginners for years.

  • Posted on: 30 August, 2011

    Soloists from East Central University’s music faculty will perform a Faculty Showcase concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday [SEPT. 1] at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center. The concert will feature works by Rossini, Stravinsky, Massenet, Ginastera, Schultz and Garcia. Admission is free.           

    Faculty members who will perform are Mark Hollingsworth, clarinet; Starla Hibler, piano; Alan Marshall, baritone; W.T. Skye Garcia, piano; Becky Morrison, soprano; Bart Morrison, piano; Melody Baggech, soprano; and Susanne Woolley, violin.

  • Posted on: 19 August, 2011

    In an effort to reduce motor vehicle-related deaths and injury, the leading killer of children under 14, Safe Kids Oklahoma will sponsor a car seat checkup event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday [Aug. 25] during Family Fun Night at Wintersmith Park in Ada.

    The car seat checkup will be held in collaboration with Smart Start South Central, the Chickasaw Nation, ECU Child Care Resource and Referral, East Central University and Ada Regional United Way.            


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