November 2012

ECU Professor Dr. Greenstreet Participates on Two Panels at National Communication Association Convention

East Central University Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Robert Greenstreet served on two panels at the annual National Communication Association Convention in Orlando, Fla. In his first panel, Greenstreet joined select representatives from other colleges and universities in discussing efforts to encourage highly apprehensive students in the basic communication courses at ECU. “Since highly apprehensive people avoid communication, it is very difficult for these students to complete the general education speech course required by their major area of study,” Greenstreet said.

Dr. Jeff Williams Named East Central University's New Director of Athletics

Dr. Jeff Williams

East Central University is going within the family to hire its new director of athletics.

“We received numerous qualified applications from all over,” said ECU President John Hargrave. “But at the end of the day we decided that the best person for the job was right here on campus. We are very excited to have found such an outstanding person. He really encompasses everything we were looking for.”

Dr. Jeff S. Williams, who has served as chair of ECU’s Department of Kinesiology for the past two years, will assume the director of athletics post, beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

ECU Scholarship for Pauls Valley High School Senior Established in Memory of Jeremy Harrel

A scholarship, in memory of Jeremy Harrel, has been established for a Pauls Valley High School senior who plans to attend East Central University.

Harrel, who was an ECU sophomore majoring in business, died in a car wreck on Dec. 6, 2011 and, with the one-year anniversary of his passing approaching, friends, family and the ECU Foundation have established a memorial scholarship in his honor.

East Central University's Upward Bound Math/Science Center Receives $297,000 Grant Renewal

The East Central University Upward Bound Math/Science Center has received a $297,000 grant renewal from the U.S. Department of Education, it was recently announced.

The grant is designed to help Upward Bound students strengthen their math and science skills and prepare them for postsecondary educational programs that lead to careers in those fields.

The three priorities of the program are to:

Senior Art Exhibits Scheduled at East Central University

Five East Central University senior students – Blake Hargrove, Jack Aday, Brandon Arnold, Candace Sweatt and Dinah Boydstun - are showcasing their art exhibits from now until early December at the Pogue Art Gallery inside the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

Christmas Tour of Homes Scheduled for Dec. 3 in Ada

The Fourth Annual Ada Christmas Tour of Homes is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 3, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The festive tour has developed into a community event which ignites the spirit of the season. The historic homes on the tour provide participants with a glimpse into Ada’s history, while a newer constructed home, in the Oaks, features custom designs throughout and decorations that incorporate the unique interests of the family members.

Screening of Documentary ‘The Reconstruction of Asa Carter’ with Question-Answer Session Set for Nov. 27 at ECU

‘Fake Indian: Why America Bought a White Supremacist’s Native American Memoir’ will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at East Central University’s Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center.

Billie Fathree Floyd Elementary Physical Education Scholarship Established at East Central University

Billie Floyd and Jill Cliburn

The Billie Fathree Floyd Elementary Physical Education Scholarship, established by her family and close friends, will be awarded at East Central University for the first time in the spring of 2013.

The scholarship is limited to a teacher of physical education who is not a coach or an instructor at the junior high or high school level.

Floyd has been an educator, Oklahoma state senator and civic leader. In 2009, she was inducted into the ECU Gene and Evelyn Keefer Educators Hall of Fame.

Tickets on Sale Now for Holiday Classic ‘The Nutcracker’

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a special performance of “The Nutcracker” by the Oklahoma City Ballet on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center on the campus of East Central University. This event is hosted by the Ada Arts Council in conjunction with East Central University as part of the 2012-13 ECU Fine Arts Series. Included in the cast are local student dancers from the Central Oklahoma Dance Center, instructed by Cara Crawford.

East Central University to Recognize ‘A Day of Hunger’ on Nov. 20

“A Day of Hunger” will be recognized on the East Central University campus on Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the University Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bracelets, which reflect the message “No Child Should Go Hungry”, will be sold for $2 each to benefit Homer School’s Backpack Program, which provides food for 30-40 children every weekend. The fundraising goal is $400.

This service learning project is being conducted by Dr. Christine Pappas’ American Government classes. Students will also be fasting on Nov. 20 to raise awareness for child hunger.