May 2012

BOOKS FOR ADA BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB

Photo of Alpha Chi Volunteers with donated books

Joe Trail (left) and Connor Alford (right), members of East Central University’s chapter of Alpha Chi national honor society, present children’s books collected for the Ada Boys and Girls Club to the club’s education director, Chelsea Stoinski (second from right). Club member Cheyenne Hudsen looks over some of the 327 books that were donated to the Alpha Chi book drive.

SAFELY VIEW TRANSIT OF VENUS BETWEEN EARTH, SUN TUESDAY AT ECU

A public viewing of the transit of Venus, the rare occasion when Venus passes between the earth and sun, will be held Tuesday [JUNE 5] at East Central University’s observatory just north of the ECU Physical Plant parking lot, northeast of the football stadium.

The viewing will be from 5:15 p.m. until sunset, about 8:30 p.m., if the skies are clear and the sun is visible. Venus will appear as a small black dot in front of the sun.

ECU STUDENTS LISTED ON PRESIDENT'S, DEANS' HONOR ROLLS

High academic performance during the spring 2012 semester has earned listings on the President’s and Deans’ Honor Rolls for students at East Central University.

The President’s Honor Roll is reserved for students who earned A's in all their courses for a perfect 4.0 grade point average. The Deans’ Honor Roll lists students who have at least a 3.33 grade point average with no grade lower than a C. At least 12 credit hours must be completed successfully during the semester to be included on either honor roll.

FAMILY’S PRIVATE COLLECTION OF D.J. LAFON’S WORKS ON EXHIBIT THIS SUMMER AT ECU’S POGUE ART GALLERY

Photo of D.J. Lafon posing next to his work.

An exhibit of paintings and prints by noted artist D.J. “Pete” Lafon, all from the Lafon family’s private collection, will open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. June 5 [TUESDAY] in the Pogue Gallery in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center at East Central University in Ada.

The reception is open to the public. The exhibit, “D.J. Lafon: A Retrospective,” will continue through August 31.

Lafon, who was chair of ECU’s Art Department from 1964 to 1984, died in Norman last January at age 81.

WHERE SHOULD NEW ADA FIRE STATION BE LOCATED? ECU STUDENT WINS $500 AWARD FOR ANALYZING SITES

Mark Masoner had a plan to map the placement of Ada’s fire hydrants and their flow rates for his senior capstone project in East Central University’s Cartography and Geography Department. Ada Fire Chief Marion Harris thought it was a great idea – but, he said, he had another problem.

Where should the city of Ada relocate and build a new central fire station?

SALLISAW SENIOR RECEIVES PRESIDENT'S LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP TO ECU

Photo of scholarship recipient

Kendall Dobbs (right), a 2011 graduate of Sallisaw High School, presents the Vision Bank Presidential Leadership Program scholarship to Sallisaw senior Katie Brooks. The scholarship will provide Brooks with tuition and room waivers for four years at East Central University in Ada, beginning next fall. She will be part of the President’s Leadership Class – III, an elite group of 20 freshman leaders from across Oklahoma. Dobbs just completed her freshman year at ECU.

ECU PLANS FREE TRAINING FOR ‘GREEN JOBS’ IN ATOKA

Free training to qualify for “green jobs” in photovoltaic system design and installation and building thermography will be conducted in Atoka in June by East Central University.

ECU will teach two classes at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Atoka and will award certificates to participants who complete a class.

ECU PLANS FREE TRAINING FOR ‘GREEN JOBS’ IN McALESTER

Free training to qualify for “green jobs” in photovoltaic system design and installation, building design and building thermography will be conducted in McAlester in June by East Central University.

ECU will teach three classes at the Kiamichi Technology Center in McAlester and will award certificates to participants who complete a class.

The Photovoltaic System Design and Installation Class will be taught from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 5 and 6 [TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY]. Registration will end at 5 p.m. June 1.

STATE STUDENTS WIN AT INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE, ENGINEERING FAIR

Three Oklahoma students won prestigious awards last week (May 13-18) at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Jenna Reed Huling of Ada, Joseph Christopher Woodson of Tulsa and Elizabeth Grace Curran of Moore competed with nine other students from across the state as “Team Oklahoma.”

All 12 students earned the right to attend ISEF by competing in one of the eight ISEF-affiliated Oklahoma regional fairs and the Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair which is held annually at East Central University in Ada.

RITA ARAGON TO SPEAK; WORKSHOPS, INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT VETERANS & MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY MAY 24 AT ECU

Photo of Rita Aragon

Rita Aragon, Oklahoma’s secretary of veterans and military affairs and a retired Air Force major general, will speak at the Veterans & Military Appreciation Day program Thursday [MAY 24] at East Central University.

The day’s activities are free, open to the public and are come-and-go in the Bill S. Cole University Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. Workshops for veterans and their families will be conducted at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Appreciation Day program with Aragon and other presentations will begin at 11 a.m.

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