November 2011

CHICKASAW PRINCESS TOSSES COIN AT ECU FOOTBALL GAME

East Central University President John Hargrave, game officials and senior Chickasaw Princess Nacobi Walker watch as the coin she tossed flies into the air to start the football game between ECU and Harding University during Chickasaw Nation Appreciation Day on Nov. 5. An Information Fair and tailgating were held earlier for Chickasaw high school and middle school students. The Chickasaw Nation Color Guard posted the colors before the game and Chickasaw Nation Martial Arts gave a demonstration at halftime.

OPERA THEATRE PRESENTING ‘THE IMPRESARIO,’ ‘HANSEL AND GRETEL’

Squabbling sopranos and a witch who eats children will be on stage Thursday through Sunday [NOV. 10-13] for two operas in East Central University’s Dorothy Summers Theatre in Science Hall.

The ECU Opera Theatre will present “The Impresario,” a one-act comic opera with spoken dialog, followed by “Hansel and Gretel,” based on the famous fairy tale. The performances will start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday.

BARRICK ESTABLISHES J.D. HANEY NURSING SCHOLARSHIP FUND

An East Central University student who decided to change careers and go back to school has received a new scholarship honoring a former Ada businessman. Rachel Baker has been awarded a $2,000 J.D. Haney Nursing Scholarship for 2011-12.

The scholarship fund was established by Dr. Charles Barrick, a retired ECU professor who taught in the Industrial Education and Technology Department and the Education Department. Barrick said he met J.D. Haney when he moved to Ada in 1971 and valued his friendship. He decided to name the scholarship after the late café owner.

ECU STUDENTS TO ENJOY HOMECOMING ACTIVITIES ALL NEXT WEEK

Homecoming activities are planned for East Central University students Monday through Friday [OCT. 10-14] before the traditional events on Saturday. The Campus Life and Leadership Office has changed some student events and added several new ones, including a Homecoming concert at 9:30 p.m. Thursday with Texas singer/rapper Chalie Boy.
           

GO GLOBAL: SPOTLIGHT ON SPAIN TOPIC OF PROGRAM THURSDAY AT ECU

Study Abroad opportunities in Spain will be discussed at East Central University Thursday [NOV. 10] at Go Global: Spotlight on Spain.

Spanish natives and ECU students who toured and studied in Spain will provide information from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Regents Room in Knight Hall. Spanish tapas and door prizes also will be available.

The evening is sponsored by ECU’s Global Education Office and the Global Education Committee. For more information contact Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya at msukholu@ecok.edu or Dr. Robert Newcomer at newcomer@ecok.edu.

STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR SPEAKING MONDAY AT ECU

The 2012 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, who will speak Monday [NOV. 7] at East Central University, believes her strength is loving to “start the applause” as she inspires her students to love school, strive for personal excellence and leave her classroom prepared for the future. 

Kristin Shelby, a 4th grade teacher at Sallie Gillentine Elementary School in Hollis, will speak at ECU’s Marvin Stokes Endowed Lectureship. She will discuss “The Race: Ours to Win!” at 6:30 p.m. in the Estep Multimedia Center in the Bill Cole University Center.

$2 MILLION GRANT TO ENHANCE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH, STUDENT ACADEMIC SUCCESS AT EAST CENTRAL UNIVERSITY

East Central University has been awarded a five-year, $2 million grant for Strengthening the Culture: Undergraduate Research and Student Academic Success, a program to improve and expand ECU’s capacity to serve Native American students and low-income students.


The grant, effective Oct. 1, was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, and is funded from the department’s Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions, Part F Program.

MARK TWAIN, HANNIBAL MUSEUM CURATOR, DR. ALVIN TURNER COMING TO ECU NO. 10 FOR DAY OF HISTORY-RELATED EVENTS

Mark Twain is coming to East Central University on Nov. 10 [THURSDAY], along with the curator of his museum in Hannibal, Mo., and retired ECU dean Dr. Alvin Turner, the author of a new book of poetry about a famous historical event in Ada.

         
In addition, Native American cultural events, demonstrations and performances are planned earlier that week for Nov. 7-9 [MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY].

            
All the history-related events are free and open to the public.

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