February 2012

ECU PRESENTING SIXTH ANNUAL FACULTY, STUDENTS, FRIENDS COMPOSER CONCERT

The sixth annual ECU Faculty, Students and Friends Composer Concert on Tuesday [FEB. 21] promises to be a musical collage of inspiration, imagination, dance, drama, espionage, humor and love.

Twelve original compositions by faculty, students and friends of East Central University will be premiered in a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Ataloa Theatre in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

FORMER PHANTOM OF OPERA BRINGING BROADWAY SONGS TO ECU FEB. 28

Franc D'Ambrosio, a multi-talented singer and actor best known for his impressive portrayal of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of The Opera,” will perform Feb. 28 at East Central University.

He will guide the audience through the different sections of his show, “Franc D'Ambrosio’s Broadway – Songs from the Great White Way,” a celebration of the music that has established Broadway as an American art form.

BALMER DISCUSSING ISSUES FOR ELDERLY CUSTOMERS, CLIENTS AT PARKER ETHICS LECTURE WEDNESDAY AT ECU

A former East Central University professor will be the speaker for the annual Parker Ethics Lecture Wednesday [FEB. 15] at ECU.

Dr. Thom Balmer, a former assistant professor of human resources at ECU, will discuss vulnerability and decision-making issues for elderly clients and customers in business environments. His presentation will begin at 2 p.m. in the Estep Multimedia Center in the Bill Cole University Center and is free and open to the public.

‘CABARET’ OPENS THURSDAY AT EAST CENTRAL UNIVERSITY

As German society was sliding toward the Nazis in the 1930s, its popular cabarets mixed decadent entertainment with controversial political themes, a combination mirrored in the musical “Cabaret” which opens Thursday [FEB. 16] at East Central University.

The Tony Award-winning production will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday [FEB.18] in the Ataloa Theatre in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Theatre. Because of suggestive musical numbers and risqué acts, “Cabaret” may not be appropriate for those under age 15.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CAN PREVIEW ECU AT TIGER CONNECTION FEB. 22

High school juniors and seniors can get a preview of college life – from seeing a residence hall room, eating lunch in the cafeteria and actually attending some classes and activities – at East Central University’s Tiger Connection on Feb. 22 [WEDNESDAY].

Following registration at 9 a.m. in the lobby of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center and a brief welcome in the Ataloa Theatre, prospective ECU students can choose from different activities offered during each of four breakout sessions throughout the day.

ECU CELEBRATING BLACK HERITAGE MONTH WITH BANQUET, COMEDIAN, DANCE ON FEB. 17

An Evening of Celebration Banquet, Comedy Show and Dance will be held Feb. 17 [FRIDAY] at East Central University as part of Black Heritage Month.

The banquet will honor the trailblazing ECU students who were the first African American athletes to play on ECU teams.

The African American Heritage Committee Inc. and the ECU Office of Campus Life and Leadership are co-sponsors and will begin the evening at 7 p.m. with an exhibit celebrating the contributions of the trailblazer athletes.

ECU PROFESSORS JUDGE MICROBIOLOGY PRESENTATIONS AT CONFERENce

Dr. Terry Cluck and Dr. Charles Biles, professors of biology at East Central University, were among 52 active researcher-educators who judged student presentations in microbiology recently at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in St. Louis, Mo.

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR ECU’S TRIP TO FRANCE DURING SPRING BREAK

The deadline has been extended for another week for the 10-day trip to Paris and Limoges, France, in East Central University’s Study Abroad Program.

Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya and Ben Johnson, faculty members in the Department of English and Languages will lead the trip from March 17 [SATURDAY] to March 26 [MONDAY]. The ECU group will be hosted by the University of Limoges.

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.

SUNRISE ROTARY DONATION - DOLLY PARTON IMAGINATION LIBRARY

Members of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Ada display their $1,200 donation in support of the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for children of Pontotoc County.  Through the efforts of local groups such as Sunrise Rotary, Smart Start South Central is able to continue the valuable literacy program that sends an age-appropriate book each month to children up to 5 years old.  Presenting the donation are Sunrise Rotary board members Nancy Thomason (front row, from left) Harrel Harbin, Cathy Battles, Suzanne McFarlane, Cindy Byrd, Mary Pfeffer, Jack Womble and (back row) Ann Barton, Dwight O

ECU ACCOUNTING STUDENTS PROVIDING FREE TAX RETURN ASSISTANCE

Students in East Central University’s School of Business are participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program again this year to provide free assistance to individuals with basic tax returns, particularly those with low and fixed incomes.

The national program is supported by the Internal Revenue Service.

The VITA site will open Feb. 6 at a new location, 1001 N. Country Club Road, where the former Carl Albert Indian Health Facility was located. April 12 will be the last day the assistance will be available.

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