August 2009

ECU INCLUDED ON MAGAZINE'S LIST OF MILITARY-FRIENDLY SCHOOLS

Its work with military veterans has earned East Central University a plaque and a spot on G.I. Jobs magazine's list of military-friendly schools for 2010.

ECU ranks in the magazine's top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.

OVERFLOW CROWD HEARS WHITTEN, PANEL DISCUSS EFFECTS OF ADDICTIONS

Reggie Whitten admits he once thought drug and alcohol addicts were bad people who made bad choices and who didn't want to quit their habit -- and that he was in denial long after he discovered his own "nearly perfect" son was a drug and alcohol addict.

"Why don't you just stop?" he said he asked his son, Brandon.

Later, addictions killed his son, he said.

ECU HIRES NEW FACULTY MEMBERS

New faculty members in kinesiology, accounting, math, education, nursing, biology, computer science, social work and communications have begun teaching at East Central University. A new librarian, an academic adviser in McAlester and a new director of institutional research also have been added.

The new faculty members are:

Riley W. Bailey

PROJECT INVEST BOOK DRIVE COLLECTING BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

The first Project Invest Book Drive, a community effort to collect books for children up to the age of four, is underway in Ada during August and September.

East Central University's Child Care Resource & Referral Agency, in collaboration with Smart Start South Central, is hosting the book drive.

EXPERTS JOINING WHITTEN'S PROGRAM ON ADDICTION, SUBSTANCE ABUSE

A state senator, district judge, district attorney and the director of prevention services for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHA) will join Oklahoma City attorney Reggie Whitten for a presentation on addiction and substance abuse Tuesday [AUG. 25] at East Central University.

ENROLL IN ECU COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES 24/7 ONLINE

The Community Education Program at East Central University is now accepting online registration for its fall non-credit classes and trips.

"This means that anyone can enroll in a class and charge the fee to a credit card 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Charlee Lanis, coordinator of the Community Education Program.

ECU TO HOST DICUSSION OF EFFECTS OF ADDICTION, SUBSTANCE ABUSE

A unique perspective on the ramifications of alcohol and substance abuse in Oklahoma, from the viewpoint of a parent and attorney, will be presented Aug. 25 [TUESDAY] at East Central University.

ECU STAFFERS WIN FIVE AWARDS AT CONFERENCE

Three writing awards and two promotional awards were presented to East Central University at the Oklahoma College Public Relations Association's summer conference.

Brian Johnson, ECU sports information coordinator, won first place in sports writing with "Pybas Supreme Model for Endurance," a story about Tyler Pybas, a senior outfielder on ECU's baseball team.

HALLIE BROWN FORD FINE ARTS CENTER DEDICATION PLANNED SEPT. 25

The long-awaited grand opening celebration of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center will be held Sept. 25 and 26 [FRIDAY and SATURDAY] at East Central University.

FRESHMEN ORIENTATION, WELCOME WEEK READY TO BEGIN AT ECU

Freshmen Orientation and Welcome Week events are ready for students returning to East Central University for the start of classes on Aug. 17 [MONDAY].

Students can begin moving into residence halls at 8 a.m. Aug. 15 [SATURDAY]. Tiger Streak 2009, ECU's freshman orientation, will begin Saturday afternoon.

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