December 2007

ECU OFFICES CLOSING DEC. 21 THROUGH JAN. 2

East Central University's administrative offices will close at 5 p.m. Friday (DEC. 21) and reopen at 8 a.m. Jan. 3 (THURSDAY).

ECU faculty members will return to the campus on Jan. 7 [MONDAY[. Orientation for beginning freshmen will be held on Jan. 8 [TUESDAY], as well as regular enrollment for any students who have not enrolled for the spring semester.

Spring classes will begin on Jan. 9 [WEDNESDAY].

FIRST NIGHT ADA EVENTS INCLUDE LOOK AND SING LIKE ELVIS CONTESTS

The Elvis Karaoke and Elvis Look-Alike Contests are shaping up to be two of the New Year's most fun-filled events, according to organizer Dr. Donna Gough.

Gough will host the contests Dec. 31 [MONDAY] as part of the first-ever First Night Ada New Year's Eve Extravaganza which will be held at East Central University.

MICHEAL THOMPSON NAMED DEAN OF ECU SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Dr. Micheal Thompson, a successful businessman and professor of marketing and management at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., has been named dean of East Central University's School of Business. He will join the university on Feb. 1.

He succeeds Dr. Bill Chapman who had served as interim dean since July.

ECU MUSIC DEPARTMENT RECEIVES THREE NEW STEINWAY PIANOS

The first new Steinway pianos in East Central University's program initiative to become an all-Steinway school have been delivered to ECU's Music Department.

The three Boston UP-118S Studio Upright pianos, designed by the famous piano manufacturer Steinway and Sons, also are the department's first purchase of new pianos in more than 10 years and the first multiple purchase in more than 20 years.

'EXCHANGE' CLASS CHANGES ATTITUDES INSIDE, OUTSIDE PRISON

For a semester, now, 28 students - all scared at first - have pushed their chairs into a circle every Thursday night to begin their class.

A class inside a prison.

ART MUSEUM, WILDLIFE AREA TOURS PLANNED AT ECU

Tours to art museums and wildlife areas are planned from January through March by the Center of Continuing Education and Community Services at East Central University. All tour prices include transportation, entrance fees and guide. Lunch is not included in the cost.

A Winter Eagle and Snow Geese Tour on Jan. 12 [SATURDAY] will provide an easy opportunity to see both Oklahoma eagles and waterfowl. The cost is $45.

'EXCHANGE' CLASS CHANGES ATTITUDES INSIDE, OUTSIDE PRISON

For a semester, now, 28 students - all scared at first - have pushed their chairs into a circle every Thursday night to begin their class.

A class inside a prison.

ARLIE DANIEL TO BE PROFILED IN 'WHO'S WHO IN THE WORLD'

Dr. Arlie Daniel, professor of communication at East Central University, has been selected for inclusion in the 2008 edition of the biographical directory "Who's Who in the World." 

Daniel, who taught high school for nine years before coming to ECU in 1981, has won three awards for teaching excellence, the Central States Young Teacher Award in 1985, the ECU Teaching Excellence Award in 1995 and the Linscheid Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006.

McGEE RECEIVES FIRST CARA'S KIDS SCHOLARSHIP AT ECU

Michelle McGee of Marietta has been selected as the first recipient of the Cara's Kids Scholarship awarded to an outstanding dancer at East Central University. The $250 scholarship was presented by Cara Crawford, director of the Central Oklahoma Dance Center in Ada.

McGee, a senior, was selected for outstanding scholarship, dance technology and performance.

CORRELL PRESENTING PAPER IN AUSTRALIA ON COMPOSER’S VISIT TO ECU

Allen Correll, director of bands at East Central University, will be one of 11 presenters Dec. 7 at a symposium in Melbourne, Australia, that will mark the 125th anniversary of the birth of noted composer and virtuoso pianist Percy Grainger.

The symposium at the University of Melbourne will provide a forum for the presentation of new perspectives and possible areas of study relating to Grainger and his music. The university also houses the Grainger Museum.

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