June 2011

RENE RYAN NAMED DISTINGUISHED ALUMNA IN COUNSELING AT ECU

An award-winning East Central University graduate who has worked in the field of human resources and deafness for more than 25 years has been named the 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award in Human Services Counseling by ECU’s Human Resources Department.

R. René Ryan of Tulsa received the award at the department’s awards and recognition program this spring in Ada. She has been the executive director of TSHA (Total Source for Hearing-loss and Access) in Tulsa for 18 years.

BAUMGARTNER NAMED DISTINGUISHED SOCIAL WORK ALUMNA AT ECU

From the time she was a 15-year-old candy striper at Weatherford Regional Hospital, Rita J. Baumgartner, the daughter of Bob and Jo Ramsey of Weatherford, knew she wanted to work in the health care environment. Over the years she continued to work in hospitals in various capacities.“When I considered advancing my education,” she said, “I felt I had waited too long. However, my biggest advocate, (husband) Richard, advised me that whether I went to college or not, life would continue to pass by.”

INGRAM FIRST RECIPIENT OF KROEKER BEST HISTORICAL PAPER AWARD

Susan Ingram of Ada has been awarded the first Dr. Marvin Kroeker Annual Best Historical Research Paper Award at East Central University.

Kroeker, a retired ECU professor of history, established the $300 cash award last year to be presented annually to the ECU student who prepares the best paper in history and/or Native American studies.

STUDENTS LISTED ON HONOR ROLLS AT EAST CENTRAL UNIVERSITY

 Students with high academic performance during the spring 2011 semester have been listed on the President’s and Deans’ Honor Rolls at East Central University.

                The President’s Honor Roll is reserved for students who earned A's in all their courses for a perfect 4.0 grade point average. The Deans’ Honor Roll lists students who have at least a 3.33 grade point average with no grade lower than a C. At least 12 credit hours must be completed successfully during the semester to be included on either honor roll.

ECU PLANS JUNE 21 MEETING ABOUT EARNING SOCIAL WORK DEGREE

Persons interested in earning a bachelor of social work degree from East Central University can attend an informational meeting at 6 p.m. June 21 [Tuesday] in Room 111 at the Eastern Oklahoma State College campus in McAlester.

The social work program offers opportunities for students interested in working in child welfare and those who wish to work with older adults.

ECU professors will teach three beginning-level courses for the BSW degree this fall at McAlester.