September 2007

ECU BEGINNING COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES IN EARLY OCTOBER

Classes in everything from arts and crafts for kids to yoga for adults and violin lessons for both will begin in October through East Central University's Community Education Program.

For information on dates, times and costs, call ECU's Continuing Education Office at 559-5456.

Children's classes range from four to 11 sessions, depending on the activity, and the costs run from $45 to $80. Classes include arts and crafts, Spanish, violin, piano, gymnastics, swimming and dance techniques in ballet, tap and jazz.

ECU PROFESSORS PARTICIPATING IN WESTERN HISTORY CONFERENCE

Several historians and students from East Central University will participate in the 47th annual conference of the Western History Association Wednesday through Saturday [OCT. 3-6] in Oklahoma City.

ECU is one of the sponsors of the conference.

The WHA, which promotes the study of the North American West, is meeting in Oklahoma this year to celebrate the state's centennial. The theme of the conference is Crossroads of the West: Meetings and Exchanges, Old and New.

NEW ECU SCIENCE, RESEARCH INSTITUTE HOSTING FORUM FOR BUSINESSES

The new Institute of Environmental Science Education and Research at East Central University will kick off its efforts to develop partnerships between the university and business and industry in a forum Oct. 8 [MONDAY] at ECU. 

The IESER Science and Technology Forum will host representatives from three of Oklahoma's premier science and technology development agencies from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Estep Multimedia Center on the first floor of the University Center.

GARCIA WRITES CHORAL PIECE FOR ECU PRESIDENT'S INAUGURATION

Here's the challenge: Write some music appropriate for a 60-to 70-member choir to perform during the inaugural ceremony for the president of your own university.

When that suggestion was offered to W.T. Skye Garcia at the end of the spring semester, the ECU instructor of music and noted composer first thought, "three months is not long enough."

At the end of May, however, Garcia put everything aside and the creative process began.

"During the first two weeks, I selected the text," Garcia said. "Having accomplished this, I was convinced I could make it work."

ECU TO OFFER NURSING PROGRAM IN ARDMORE

East Central University's Department of Nursing will offer its generic (pre-licensure) nursing program in Ardmore beginning with the spring semester next January. Applications for the Ardmore program must be submitted by Oct. 15.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer this program to the Ardmore area," said Dr. Joseph T. Catalano, chair of ECU's Department of Nursing. "We have been teaching our RN to BSN completion program in Ardmore for 20 some years, and have noted the need for the basic program for a long time."

ECU TO INAUGURATE RICHARD RAFES AS SEVENTH PRESIDENT FRIDAY

Dr. Richard Rafes is like the Energizer Bunny -- he keeps going and going, intent on finding and making the most of any opportunity to advance East Central University.

After a year on the job as ECU's president, Rafes will be invested with the symbols of the office during his inauguration at 2 p.m. Friday [SEPT. 18] in Kerr Activities Center. The public is invited to the ceremony and a reception which follows in the University Center.

'TIGER TALES' GIVING FAST, LIGHT-HEARTED LOOK AT ECU HISTORY

A fast-paced, light-hearted look at what was "cool" at the time and how events shaped East Central University and its presidents will be presented at ECU Sept. 28 [FRIDAY] to celebrate ECU's history and the inauguration of President Richard Rafes.

"Tiger Tales" will begin at 6 p.m. in the Dorothy Summers Theatre and include multi-media presentations, skits and music, songs and dances that were popular during each ECU president's tenure.

ECU'S HOMECOMING QUEEN TO BE JOINED BY FIRST KING THIS YEAR

East Central University's first Homecoming king will be crowned Saturday [SEPT. 22] along with the traditional queen during a ceremony before the Homecoming football game.

The coronation ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. followed by a 6 p.m. kickoff of the game between ECU and Midwestern State University of Wichita Falls, Texas.

ECU HOMECOMING PARADE ENTRIES DUE FRIDAY

Entry forms to participate in East Central University's 2007 Homecoming Parade must be turned in by tomorrow [SEPT. 14]. Entries may be floats, marching bands, walking groups or decorated cars, trucks or trailers.

The forms are available online or in the Campus Life and Leadership Office in Room 152 of the University Center. Completed forms may be submitted online or returned to the office.       The parade will follow the Homecoming theme of "Orange, White and Tiger Striped" and will begin at 1 p.m. Sept. 22 [SATURDAY] at the ECU campus and proceed west on Main Street.

ECU HOMECOMING PARADE DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 5 P.M. MONDAY

The deadline has been extended until 5 p.m. Monday [SEPT. 17] to turn in entry forms for East Central University's 2007 Homecoming Parade.

"There's no need for anyone to panic if they can't get them to us on Friday," said Kathy Johnson, ECU director of campus life and leadership. "We'll be happy to take them on Monday. We're looking forward to a great parade with entries from ECU students and community groups." 

Floats, marching bands, walking groups or decorated cars, trucks or trailers may be in the parade which will begin at 1 p.m. Sept. 22 [SATURDAY].

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