December 2009

RUSSIAN STUDENTS GOING HOME AFTER FOUR-MONTH EXCHANGE AT ECU

After four months in Oklahoma, it's time for East Central University's first two Russian exchange students to pack their bags and go home.

"It will be a huge problem to pack all the things I bought here," Ekaterina Sazonova said with a smile. "I've already bought an additional suitcase."

CHESAPEAKE GRANT HELPS CENTER STRENGTHEN FAMILY CONNECTIONS

Chesapeake Energy monies have been put to good use by some local child care centers, enriching their programs in numerous ways. One of the most recent was a family Christmas event at Great Beginnings Kiddie College in Pauls Valley.

FORMER ECU RUNNERS TRYING TO GET INTO GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS

ADA - Ten former East Central University cross country runners will be trying to land a spot into the Guinness Book of World Records on Dec. 31 in the final Centennial celebration event for the university.

ECU CLOSING FOR WINTER BREAK ON FRIDAY

Fall semester classes have ended at East Central University and campus offices will close early Friday [DEC. 18]. Offices will reopen on Jan. 4 [MONDAY]. Beginning freshmen can enroll Jan. 6 before spring semester classes begin on Jan. 7.

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ECU FALL GRADUATES RANGE IN AGE FROM 19 TO 65

Completing a college degree is important at any age, and two December graduates of East Central University are prime examples. Circumstances in their lives prevented Patsy Kay Mills, 65, of Shawnee from completing her education for a number of years and actually allowed Briana Dirrim of Ada to earn a bachelor's degree at age 19.

ECU WORKING TO ENSURE SAFE CAMPUS

As President John Hargrave walked across the East Central University campus late at night last summer, he wondered if women students felt safe after dark.

Hargrave became ECU's president on July 1 and lived in student housing for about two months. After working late at night, he walked the same sidewalks students would take to return to their residence halls.

SEVEN OKLAHOMA STUDENTS NAMED BRAD HENRY INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS

Seven students from Oklahoma's regional universities have been named Brad Henry International Scholars and will spend the spring 2010 semester participating in an international study and internship program at Swansea University in Wales.

REP. TODD THOMSEN RECEIVING REGENTS' AWARD THURSDAY AT ECU

State Rep. Todd Thomsen of Ada will receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Thursday [DEC. 10] at a ceremony at East Central University.

Dr. Glen Johnson, chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, will present the award to Thomsen at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Ataloa Theatre in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. The public is invited.

FORMER GOVERNOR GEORGE NIGH ADDRESSING ECU GRADUATES DEC. 12

Former Gov. George Nigh, who was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives when he was a senior at East Central University, will deliver the Centennial Commencement address Saturday [DEC. 12] for ECU's December 2009 graduates.

ECU'S OVERMIER WINS PRIZE IN SOLO ARTIST COMPETITION IN CHICAGO

Juliana Overmier, an adjunct flute instructor at East Central University, has been named a prize winner in the 2009 Solo Artist Competition sponsored by the Chicago Flute Club. The competition was held at the Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston.