May 2012

FREE TRAINING FOR ‘GREEN JOBS’ SLATED MAY 21-25 AT ECU

Free training to qualify for “green jobs” in building thermography, building design and photovoltaic system design will be held May 21-25 at East Central University in Ada.

ECU will provide free day care on its campus for the children of parents enrolled in the Ada classes. Parents should reserve spaces for their children at least three days before their class begins.

MAY 21 IS DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR OKLAHOMA BUSINESS WEEK CAMP

High school students interested in exploring careers in business have until May 21 [MONDAY] to apply for a one-of-a-kind summer camp filled with noted business and government leaders guiding them as they develop their own “companies.”

COMMUNITY SUMMER BAND REHEARSALS BEGIN MONDAY AT ECU

An opportunity “to relive those fun-filled days of school band rehearsal” will return this year when the East Central University Summer Community Band gets underway on Monday [MAY 14].

Dr. Allen Correll, ECU’s band director, and area band directors are organizing and conducting the band for adult former band members and current high school or college band students.

“There are many former wind and percussion students in the Ada area who have expressed an interest in a community band, so now here’s your chance,” Correll said.

FREE ‘GREEN JOBS’ TRAINING PLANNED IN ADA, McALESTER, IDABEL, ATOKA

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Free training to qualify for “green jobs” in building thermography and photovoltaic system design will be held between May 21 and June 21 at East Central University in Ada and the Kiamichi Technology Centers in McAlester, Idabel and Atoka.

ECU will provide free day care on its campus for the children of parents enrolled in the Ada classes. Parents should reserve spaces for their children at least three days before their class begins.

The university also will award certificates for all participants who complete a class.

YARBROUGH NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ALPHA CHI HONOR SOCIETY

SEARCY, Ark. — Dr. Trisha Yarbrough of Ada has been chosen to succeed Dr. Dennis Organ as executive director of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, beginning June 1. She was selected by the National Council, Alpha Chi’s governing board, after a seven-month search process that drew 38 applicants.

ECU ANNOUNCES 2012-13 FINE ARTS SEASON, DRAWING FOR SEASON TICKETS

Seven touring musical and comedy acts will stop in Ada during East Central University’s 2012-13 Fine Arts Season, which also includes “The Nutcracker” by the Oklahoma City Ballet and ECU’s theatre and opera productions, concerts and art exhibits.

In addition to the visiting productions, the season includes four ECU Theatre productions, an Opera Gala, nine vocal and instrumental concerts, a dance concert and ongoing art exhibits.

MICROSOFT EXECUTIVE TO ADDRESS ECU GRADUATES ON MAY 12

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David Porter started out with a part-time job assembling bicycles at Ada’s Wal-Mart store as he worked his way through East Central University. Two years after graduating in 1987, he found himself sitting down with founder Sam Walton at 6 a.m. every Friday to discuss that week’s activities at the company’s first super center store in Dallas, Texas.

WILBURN SMITH TO BE REMEMBERED AS ENTREPRENEUR AT ECU TUESDAY

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The late Wilburn L. Smith, a former president and sales manager of Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc., will be recognized posthumously as the Entrepreneur of the Year Tuesday [MAY 8] at East Central University’s annual Leonard Limes Endowed Lecture in Entrepreneurship.

Smith will be remembered at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Stanley Wagner Ballroom in the Memorial Student Union. The luncheon is open to the public. There is no cost but attendees must RSVP by 10 a.m. Monday [MAY 7] by calling Jordan Morris in the School of Business at 580-559-5274.

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