January 2012

PAULS VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL DAY AT ECU

Local high school students and teachers gather before boarding an East Central University bus to return to Pauls Valley after participating in Pauls Valley High School Day at ECU on Jan. 25 [WEDNESDAY]. They met with President John Hargrave, Wendell Godwin, dean of ECU’s School of Business, and other ECU officials to learn about admission to ECU, applying for scholarships and life on campus. The students were treated to a tour of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center, the Kerr Activities Center and Pesagi Residence Hall.

NEW ECU SCHOLARSHIP HONORS DR. RANIYAH RAMADAN

 A scholarship honoring Dr. Raniyah Ramadan, a promising research scientist from Ada who passed away last July at age 34, has been established at East Central University.

The scholarship was established at the ECU Foundation Inc. by the Ramadan family through the Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Foundation. Her father, Dr. Tawfik Ramadan, provides campus health services for ECU students, and her mother, Siham Ramadan, is an ECU graduate. Three of her five siblings also are ECU graduates.

KEEL DISCUSSING NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AMERICAN INDIANS FEB. 2 AT ECU

Jefferson Keel, lieutenant governor of the Chickasaw Nation, will discuss the National Congress of American Indians, which he heads as president, Thursday [FEB. 2] at East Central University.

Keel, who became president of the nation’s oldest and largest tribal organization in 2009, will be the speaker for the Lou Watkins Endowed Lectureship at 7 p.m. in the Estep Multimedia Center in the Bill S. Cole University Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

ECU GRADUATE WINS NATIONAL ACTE TEACHER OF YEAR AWARD

Cindy Adams of Sulphur, an instructor of business and information technology at the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center in Ardmore, has been named the 2012 National Teacher of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education.

The award recognizes educators who have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs that are serving to improve and promote career and technical education.

HELP NEEDED TO KEEP GARVIN COUNTY FREE BOOK PROGRAM OPERATING

The two-year grant has ended that funded Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program for Garvin County children, and Smart Start South Central is looking for local “champions” to keep the program going and the books coming to the youngsters.

Smart Start South Central (SSSC) provided the program through a grant from Chesapeake Energy Corporation. The Imagination Library has sent a free, age-appropriate book each month to any Garvin County child who registered, up to age 5. About 190 Garvin County children currently receive books in the mail once a month.

FIFTH 'NOBODY' ADDED TO ECU COMEDY LINEUP THURSDAY

A fifth “nobody” has been added to the lineup when the Nobodies of Comedy perform Thursday [JAN. 26] at East Central University.

Andrew Schulz will join Erick James, Tim Krompier, Mark Viera, James Johann and Andrew Schulz for the show that begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Ataloa Theatre in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

The Nobodies of Comedy, part of ECU’s fine arts season, is a touring showcase of young comedians, all rising stars who are well known in regions across the country. Their raw, edgy comedy is intended for mature audiences.

ECU PLANNING TRIP TO FRANCE DURING SPRING BREAK

For a different spring break, try a trip to France.

Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya and Ben Johnson, faculty members in the Department of English and Languages at East Central University, will lead a 10-day trip to Paris and Limoges, France, from March 17 [SATURDAY] to March 26 [MONDAY].

The deadline to register for the trip, which is part of ECU’s Study Abroad Program, is Jan. 28. Participants will experience French culture and history along with immersion in the French language and can earn six hours of academic credit in French culture or language. 

ARTISTS' '24 WORKS ON PAPER' EXHIBITION STOPPING IN ADA

A traveling exhibition of works by living Oklahoma artists will be open to the public through Jan. 31 in East Central University’s Pogue Art Gallery.

The exhibition, “24 Works on Paper,” is a collaboration between Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO) and the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC). It is traveling the state for a full year, bringing original, contemporary Oklahoma artwork to viewers in communities large and small.

BREAK YOUR BAND OUT OF GARAGE WITH ECU CLASS

A class on how to be in a band, start your own band or improve your band’s performance will begin Jan. 23 [MONDAY] at East Central University. 

“This class will show you how to get a band going, keep it going and eventually get it out of the garage,” said instructor Dr. Rick Wetherill, who has been with three garage bands.

The class, part of ECU’s Community Education Program, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 23, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. The cost is $40. An informal jam session will follow each class.

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