March 2009

CHILD CARE RESOURCE & REFERRAL AGENCY AT ECU ACHIEVES NATIONAL QUALITY ASSURANCE

The Child Care Resource & Referral Agency at East Central University has raised the bar for delivering information and referrals to families seeking child care in south central Oklahoma. The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) has announced that ECU's Child Care Resource & Referral Agency (ECU CCRRA) has attained Child Care Aware® Quality Assurance, national recognition for its high-quality family services.

SMART START SOUTH CENTRAL PROVIDES BOOKS TO LIBRARIES, HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Garvin County young children and their parents are benefitting in numerous ways, thanks to Chesapeake Energy and Smart Start South Central. Through a $15,000 grant awarded by Chesapeake, Smart Start South Central is implementing several different early literacy and parent education programs.

ECU OBSERVING MATHEMATICS AWARENESS MONTH WITH ART, SPEAKER

Mathematics Awareness Month will be observed at East Central University in April with a Chalk Art Competition and a guest speaker.

The ECU Math Club and Art Club will sponsor the Chalk Art Competition from noon until 2 p.m. April 3 [FRIDAY] on the campus mall. Artists must be current ECU students, and designs must be mathematics-related. Winners will be announced and cash prizes awarded at 2:30 p.m.

FEW OPENINGS REMAIN FOR TRIP TO RUSSIA, UKRAINE

A few openings remain for the trip in May to Russia and Ukraine being organized by East Central University's Study Abroad Program.

Participants will explore three Russian capital cities, Kiev, Ukraine, and Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, from May 13 to May 31. In addition, the trip offers six hours of academic credit which can be applied to ECU's new Russian studies minor.

AUTHORS TO READ WORKS AT ECU'S SCISSORTAIL WRITING FESTIVAL

The fourth annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival will be April 2 - 4 [THURSDAY-SATURDAY] at East Central University. What began four years ago as a few local writers coming together to share their work has grown into a three-day festival that features over 50 regional authors and is attended by approximately 1,000 people.

ECU OFFERS CENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR BEGINNING FRESHMEN

East Central University is in the midst of celebrating its 100th birthday, and as part of the year-long celebration, ECU has established a four-year scholarship for all first-time beginning freshmen.

The university was established on March 25, 1909, as the East Central State Normal School.

HANSEN, BAGGECH, HIBLER PERFORMING CONCERT SUNDAY AT AAHC

Tenor Robert Hansen will be a guest artist in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday [MARCH 29] with East Central University music faculty members Dr. Melody Baggech, soprano, and Dr. Starla Hibler, piano.

The concert of English songs, duets and arias will be presented by ECU's Department of Music at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center, 14th and Rennie. Admission is free.

ECU ALUM TO GIVE INAUGURAL LOUISE YOUNG DIVERSITY LECTURE

Dr. Louise Young, a 1969 graduate of East Central University, will deliver a lecture titled "Why Talk About It? Addressing GLBT Issues" at 7 p.m. Monday [MARCH 30] in the Estep Multimedia Center in ECU's University Center.

A reception sponsored by the Human Diversity Committee in honor of Young and Women's History Month will be held at 6 p.m. in the University Center. Women from the Ada community are invited to attend.

CITY INVITED TO ECU BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

Several dignitaries will attend the "Celebrating our Beginning" festivities Wednesday afternoon as ECU marks its 100th birthday.

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby, Regional University System of Oklahoma Chair Joe Anna Hibler and Ada Mayor Barbara Young will bring greetings to ECU following the 4 p.m. Whistle Blowing event.

NIKKI STONECIPHER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR ECU STUDENTS

Briana Tully, Ariana Rice and Steven Carrell, all of Tupelo, have been given the opportunity to complete their degree at East Central University thanks in part to the Nikki Stonecipher Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship fund was created in 2005 to provide deserving students a full scholarship for at least one year and possibly four to ECU.

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