December 2011

ECU STUDENT FIRST RECIPIENT OF MOLLY SHI BOREN SCHOLARSHIP

Congratulating Andy Roller (center) of Tecumseh, East Central University’s first recipient of the Molly Shi Boren Centennial Scholarship, are Dr. Christine Pappas (left), coordinator of ECU’s Department of Political Science and Legal Studies, and Phyllis Danley, executive director of the ECU Foundation Inc. The scholarship honoring Boren, an ECU graduate, is designed to be awarded to a freshman and continue until the recipient graduates if certain qualifications are met.

VETERAN'S DAY DOOR DECORATING CONTEST AT ECU

Students in a Social Work II class at East Central University flank Kathy Baker (center left), switchboard supervisor at ECU, and switchboard operator Sherry Brady (center right), the winners of a Veterans Day door decorating contest at ECU. Class members organized the contest to honor veterans and currently serving military personnel. Judging was based on originality, patriotism and creativity. Baker and Brady decorated their door with photos of family members, some of whom are current members of the military.

ECU CLARINET ENSEMBLE PERFORMS AT RELEASE OF NEW QUARTER

Performing at the official launch ceremony in November of the new quarter honoring the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur was the East Central University Clarinet Ensemble. The ensemble performed “Chickasaw Fanfare,” a piece director Michael Whitworth composed for the ceremony, as well other ceremonial music and pieces from its fall concert. The quarter is the 10th coin in the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program. Its reverse side depicts the area’s scenic Lincoln Bridge which was dedicated in 1909.

AREA TEACHERS OF THE YEAR HONORED AT ECU

Area Teachers of the Year pose with the 2012 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, Kristin Shelby of Hollis (front row, center) at the Marvin Stokes Endowed Lectureship at East Central University. Recognized at the lectureship were Cherina Brown (front row, from left), Moss Schools; Debra Blackwood, Stratford Schools; Shelby; Tisha Martin, Latta Schools; and (back row, from left) Spencer Cody, Allen Schools; ECU President John Hargrave; Dr. Brenda Walling, dean of the ECU College of Education & Psychology; and Chris Elliott, Byng Schools.

ECU GRANT FUNDS NEW VEHICLE FOR CLEET

Dr. Steve Turner (second from right), vice president for finance and administration at East Central University, hands over the keys to a 2011 Dodge Charger to Steve Emmons, executive director of the Council for Law Enforcement Education and Training in Ada. Also shown are Jeff Coble (far left) and Bill Bullard, CLEET law enforcement driver training instructors, and Cassie Holloway (far right), administrative assistant for ECU’s Tribal Police Training Program and the Campus Law Enforcement Technical Assistance Program.

START NOW TO COMPLETE APPLICATIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIP AT ECU

It’s not too early to begin thinking about scholarship opportunities for the 2012-13 academic year at East Central University.

The deadline for scholarship applications for the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters is March 1, 2012. Applications are available in the ECU Foundation Inc. office and the ECU Student Development Office and on the ECU Foundation website at www.ecok.edu/foundation.

NATIONAL EARLY CHILDHOOD GROUP COMES TO ADA FOR TRAINING

Zero to Three®, a national group that supports research and training in early childhood development, came to Ada Nov. 9 and 10 to conduct a “Train the Trainer” workshop on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (PCAN).

Sixteen people, including child care directors, health department staff and OPAT directors from Pontotoc, Murray, Johnston and Garvin Counties, attended and are now trained to host trainings wherever they are needed in the four-county area.

FREE CLASS ON PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY BEGINS DEC. 20

A three-day class on Photovoltaic Systems Technology will be offered Tuesday through Thursday [DEC. 20-22] at East Central University.  There is no charge for the free class which is sponsored by The Southern Oklahoma Green Jobs Training Consortium.

RECEPTION WEDNESDAY TO HONOR DR. STEVE TURNER

A reception honoring Dr. Steve Turner, vice president for administration and finance at East Central University, will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday [DEC. 7] in the Bill S. Cole University Center. The reception is open to the public.


Turner, who also holds the title of executive assistant to the president for government relations and economic development, is leaving ECU to become president of Northeastern State University on Jan. 1.

TERRY W. WEST ADDRESSING ECU'S FALL GRADUATES DEC. 10

Shawnee attorney Terry W. West, a graduate of Francis High School who attended East Central University in 1956 and 1957, will address candidates for bachelor’s and master’s degrees during fall Commencement ceremonies on Dec. 10.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Kerr Activities Center for 217 candidates for bachelor’s degrees and 92 candidates for master’s degrees.

West transferred from ECU to the University of Oklahoma where he completed an undergraduate degree in 1961. He earned a law degree in 1966 from the University of Tulsa Law School.

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