December 2008

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED FOR SPRING 2009

East Central University's International Students Office needs host families for the spring semester, 2009. For more information, please contact Jerry Studebaker, ECU International Office at 580-332-8583.

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ECU CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY BREAK

East Central University will be closed for the holidays beginning at noon, Friday, Dec. 19. Classes will not be in session and offices will be closed. The university will re-open at 8 a.m., Monday, Jan. 5.

The Linscheid Library will also be closed during this time.

SUKHOLUTSKAYA GUEST SPEAKER IN RUSSIAN PROGRAM IN CONNECTICUT

Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya, associate professor of English and languages at East Central University, was a participant in the year-long observance of the 50th anniversary of the Russian Language Program in Glastonbury, Conn.

She gave presentations about Russian folktales to all the Russian classes in Glastonbury, which has the longest-running public school-Russian program in the country.

DR. DUANE C. ANDERSON NAMED INTERIM PRESIDENT OF ECU

Dr. Duane C. Anderson, provost and vice president for academic affairs at East Central University, was named interim president of the university Friday [DEC. 5] by the Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma.

LT. GEN. JAMES D. THURMAN TO ADDRESS ECU'S FALL GRADUATES DEC. 13

Lt. Gen. James D. Thurman, the deputy chief of staff of the U.S. Army, will be named an East Central University Distinguished Alumnus during ECU's fall Commencement ceremony on Dec. 13 [SATURDAY].

Thurman will receive the highest honor the university bestows upon its former students at 10 a.m. in the Kerr Activities Center. In the tradition of ECU, he will present the commencement address for ECU's December 2008 graduates.

ADA AREA SMART START COORDINATOR ORGANIZES BOOKS

Trish Little, Ada Area Smart Start Community Coordinator, organizes literacy books that are being distributed to a four-county area by Ada Area Smart Start at East Central University.  Child care centers and health departments in Pontotoc, Garvin, Johnston and Murray Counties will be recipients of the children’s books through funds made available from Smart Start, Oklahoma’s early childhood initiative.

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