November 2008

ECU A LEADER IN NATION IN GRANTS PRODUCTION

Question: What kind of impact does an "extra" $20 million a year have on East Central University, the Ada community and beyond?

Answer: A lot. That $20 million represents money ECU will receive during the 2009 fiscal year from grants and other external funding, not including donations.

ROTARIAN TO DISCUSS HONDURAN WATER SAFETY PROJECT AT ECU

The Rotaract Club at East Central University will host Rotary International District 5770 Water Project chair Brian Henderson at 2 p.m. Wednesday [DEC. 3] in the Regents Room of the Memorial Student Union. ECU students, faculty, staff and the Ada community are invited to attend.

Henderson is a Rotarian from Sayre. He will speak about Rotary's project to provide water filters to villages in areas of Honduras that have no access to clean drinking water.

ECU HOSTING HOLIDAY PARTY DEC. 4

Community members are invited to join East Central University students, faculty and staff members at ECU's annual Holiday Party on Dec. 4 [THURSDAY].

A reception will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the University Center. The tree lighting will be at 4 p.m. Also scheduled are carol singing and performances by ECU's Brass Choir and Musical Theater.

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ECU CHOIR PERFORMING JOHN RUTTER'S 'REQUIEM' DEC. 1 AT ST. JOSEPH'S

John Rutter's "Requiem" will be performed by the East Central University Choir at 7:30 p.m. Monday [DEC. 1] at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ada.

Dr. Steven Walker, ECU professor of music, will conduct the 54-member choir.

ADOPTION AWARENESS DAY

Students in East Central University's Social Work Practice II class listen as Ada Mayor Barbara Young (far right) reads a proclamation at ECU declaring Nov. 19 Adoption Awareness Day in Ada. The proclamation encourages citizens, community agencies, religious organizations and businesses to honor families that have adopted children. The class distributed information about the need for adoption on Nov. 19 as part of National Adoption Awareness Month.

DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR TRIP TO SPAIN

The deadline to sign up for a tour of Spain in East Central University's Study Abroad Program is Dec. 1 [MONDAY]. Participants can earn three hours of academic credit in Spanish culture or language as they experience Spain's culture and history and immersion in the Spanish language.

DR. RICHARD RAFES ACCEPTS POSITION AS WVSOM PRESIDENT

Dr. Richard Rafes, president of East Central University, announced today [Nov. 20] that he has been selected as the new president of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) in Lewisburg, W.V.

He will assume his new position Feb. 1, 2009.

SECOND ANNUAL GROUP OF CHESAPEAKE SCHOLARS ANNOUNCED AT ECU

Eight outstanding students at East Central University in Ada have been named recipients of Chesapeake Cartography Scholarships. Dr. Gregory Plumb, professor and chair of the Department of Cartography and Geography, announced the awards, which range from $1,000 to $1,500. The scholarship program is in its second year.

ECU SOCIAL WORK CLASS PRESENTING INFORMATION ON ADOPTIONS

Approximately 11,843 children are living in some type of foster care setting in Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Many have spent their lives in this "temporary" situation and have moved within the child welfare system more times than they care to remember.

As of Nov. 11, there were 2,569 children in foster care with a goal of adoption, the DHS said.

UNIVERSITY CHORALE CONCERT FEATURING LOCAL COMPOSERS' WORKS

New works by Ada composers Victoria Davison and Rudy Lupinski will begin the University Chorale's concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday [NOV. 24] at the First United Methodist Chapel.

Dr. Steven Walker, East Central University professor of music, will direct the select 22-member Chorale in Davison and Lupinski's "Song For Lord Jesus" and "In The Still of Evening."

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