April 2012

LYSISTRATA’ OPENS THURSDAY AT ECU WITH PLAN TO END WAR

The rival Greek city states of Athens and Sparta have been fighting each other for two decades. The men go off to battle, leaving lonely wives and children at home and young women with little opportunity to find husbands. No peace is in sight until one woman comes up with a simple plan she knows will work.

“The women of Greece, led by Lysistrata, are tired of the Peloponnesian War and decide to withhold sex from their men until they negotiate peace,” said Dr. Richard Groetzinger, director of theatre at East Central University.

“They succeed,” he said with a smile.

GRAND PRIZE WINNERS NAMED IN STATE SCIENCE FAIR, JUNIOR ACADEMY OF SCIENCE COMPETITIONS AT ECU

Students from Latta, Bartlesville, Grove, Miami, Moore, Tulsa and Vici were the grand prize winners in the 2012 Oklahoma State Science & Engineering Fair and the Oklahoma Junior Academy of Science State Meet held annually at East Central University in Ada.

A combined 256 projects were in the competition for cash prizes and other awards.

In the OSSEF, the $500 Best of Fair Award in Division I (grades 10 to 12) went to Mishana Ellison, a sophomore at Latta High School, for her project, “An examination of plant stomatal response to changing atmospheric conditions.”

GRAND PRIZE WINNERS NAMED IN STATE SCIENCE FAIR, JUNIOR ACADEMY OF SCIENCE COMPETITIONS AT ECU

Students from Latta, Bartlesville, Grove, Miami, Moore, Tulsa and Vici were the grand prize winners in the 2012 Oklahoma State Science & Engineering Fair and the Oklahoma Junior Academy of Science State Meet held annually at East Central University in Ada.

A combined 256 projects were in the competition for cash prizes and other awards.

In the OSSEF, the $500 Best of Fair Award in Division I (grades 10 to 12) went to Mishana Ellison, a sophomore at Latta High School, for her project, “An examination of plant stomatal response to changing atmospheric conditions.”

LEARN ABOUT AFRICAN, CARRIBEAN COUNTRIES AT ‘FUSION NIGHT’ FRIDAY

The culture and traditions of African and Caribbean nations will be celebrated from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday [APRIL 20] during an African and Caribbean Fusion Night hosted by East Central University students who are from those countries.

Food, music, dances, storytelling, a fashion show and a silent auction will be included during the evening at the Trinity Baptist Church Hall, 123 N. Mississippi. Students also will have PowerPoint presentations about their native countries.

ECU’S SIFE TEAM, OTHERS IN MIDST OF EXTREME MAKEOVER AT WILLARD

East Central University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team, along with other ECU students and several community partners, are in the midst of an extreme makeover at Willard Grade Center.

The SIFE Team has led an effort that has resulted in more than 250 man hours being contributed to the project. Using a $2,000 grant from the Lowe’s Educational Foundation and working with Lowe’s Store 1749 in Ardmore, students are working hard to improve the already great conditions for Willard students, said Dr. Pat Fountain, ECU professor of business administration and SIFE sponsor.

FLUTE, CLARINET, BRASS ENSEMBLES PERFORMING MONDAY AT ECU

Clarinet EnsembleThe East Central University Clarinet Ensemble will join ECU’s Flute and Brass Ensembles for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday [APRIL 16] in the Ataloa Theatre in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

SPAIN'S MEDIEVAL ALHAMBRA PALACE TOPIC OF LECTURE AT ECU

Intricate details seen in the Court of the Lions at the Alhambra are repeated throughout the famous 14th-century Islamic citadel and palace in Granada, Spain. Dr. Cynthia Robinson of Cornell University will discuss the Alhambra at the first Lockmiller Lecture in Art History at 4 p.m. Thursday [APRIL 19] in the Estep Multimedia Center in the Bill Cole University Center. The Alhambra, a major tourist attraction, is often considered the culminating artistic achievement of medieval Hispano-Islamic civilization.

CLAYTON SULLIVAN WINS ECU’S FIRST CONCERTO COMPETITION

Clayton Sullivan of Tishomingo, a sophomore instrumental music education major at East Central University, is the winner of the ECU Music Department’s first Annual Concerto Competition.

The prize is a solo performance with the ECU Wind Ensemble on its spring concert which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday [APRIL 17] in the Ataloa Theatre in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. Sullivan will perform the first movement of Paul Creston’s “Concerto for Marimba.”

WILBURN SMITH’S ENTREPRENEURIAL CAREER TO BE HONORED BY ECU

Wilburn Smith was living his dream in Holdenville, Okla., during the late 1970s. He was serving as manager of the local IGA grocery store, working hard each week, with the promise of ultimately being offered a chance to purchase the thriving business.

Then something unexpected happened.

The store owner, for whom Smith had worked for over a decade, sold the business out from under him. The promise of ownership disappeared and, in 1980, with no other training and no other prospects, Smith took his cousin, Mike, up on an offer: to sell Pre-Paid Legal plans.

ECU SYMPHONIC BAND, WIND ENSEMBLE TO PERFORM APRIL 17

Rhythm and blues, jazz, Norwegian folk melodies, a march and even a duel between a euphonium and wind band will be on the program Tuesday [APRIL 17] for East Central University’s spring band concert.

The ECU Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Ataloa Theatre in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. Dr. Allen Correll, assistant professor of music and band director, also will announce the winners of the prestigious Saied Awards in instrumental music.

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