October 2012

GRANT FOR McNAIR SCHOLARS PROGRAM RENEWED FOR FIVE MORE YEARS

Bethany Beachel (left), a biology major and graduate student from Henryetta, meets with McNair Scholars Program Director Pat Sutton.

Bethany Beachel (left), a biology major and graduate student from Henryetta, meets with McNair Scholars Program Director Pat Sutton.

TEN EAST CENTRAL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AWARDED NOYCE TEACHING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MATHEMATICS

Group photo of scholarship recipients

A third and final group of East Central University students have been awarded Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships in mathematics worth $30,000 each.

The 10 students receive $10,000 for up to three years while they work toward bachelor’s degrees in mathematics with a secondary teacher certification option.

‘CHICKASAW TALES’ SCHEDULED FOR OCT. 12-13 AT EAST CENTRAL UNIVERSITY

Photo of actors in Chickasaw Tales

Passing down culture is an important value of the Chickasaw Nation and that expression can be experienced through East Central University’s rendition of ‘Chickasaw Tales’ on Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

Around the world, key components of cultures are passed down from generations in a number of ways. One of the most important avenues to transmit lessons to posterity is through indigenous stories. Humans have told stories all the way back through recorded history.

NEW FIVE-YEAR GRANT CYCLE APPROVED FOR EAST CENTRAL UNIVERSITY VETERANS UPWARD BOUND PROGRAM

Student working on computers in Upward Bound Office

The East Central University Veterans Upward Bound Program has been approved for a new five-year grant cycle of $275,153, it was recently announced.

The ECU VUB program is designed to provide academic and supportive services to eligible veterans in an effort to generate the skills and motivation necessary to enter and succeed in a program of post-secondary education, whether it be through a vocational or technical school or through a two or four-year college or university.

ECU STUDENT DUNNAM SERVING AS NATIONAL CHILD AWARENESS MONTH YOUTH AMBASSADOR

Photo of Loren Dunnam in D.C.

East Central University student Loren Dunnam has been serving as a National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador.

Dunnam, a junior accounting major from Coalgate and an enrolled member of the Creek Nation, is one of 51 Youth Ambassadors (each selected from the 50 states and Washington D.C.), who have received funding and training to lead a campaign called ‘Kids 4 Kids’, which will provide clothing and supplies to the children of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma.

She was selected for the project by Youth Service America (YSA) and the Festival of Children Foundation.

EAST CENTRAL UNIVERSITY ALUM, AUTHOR TO SIGN BOOKS DURING HOMECOMING FESTIVITIES

Photo of Maxine Davenports book

Maxine Davenport has written a fiction book which chronicles the other side of John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath.

The East Central University graduate will be in Ada during ECU homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 6, to sign copies of her book, Saturday Matinee. The book signing is set for 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. with a break to follow for the annual Golden Tiger Brunch. Following the brunch, she will resume her book signing.

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