November 2012

ECU Honored at “Champions of Fate” Event

Champions of Fate

Holli Witherington, executive director of the East Central University-Brandon Whitten Institute, receives an award on behalf of ECU on “Champions of FATE Night” at the Bud Wilkinson Event Center at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 25. FATE (Fighting Addiction Through Education) held the event to celebrate those who have made significant contributions in substance abuse education and those who work fighting substance abuse. Also pictured are ECU President John Hargrave (left) and Jim Priest (center), director of FATE.

Tickets on Sale for “A Very Chorale Christmas” at ECU

Tickets are now on sale for “A Very Chorale Christmas” to be held on Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Regents Room of East Central University’s Memorial Student Union.

“A Very Chorale Christmas” is a night of food and entertainment to benefit the University Chorale which is preparing to make a trip to Washington D.C. in the fall of 2013. The ECU Chorale has the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center, National Cathedral and White House.

ECU Singers, University Chorale to Perform Concert on Nov. 19 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ada

The East Central University Singers and University Chorale will be performing a concert on Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ada.

The ECU Singers will be performing a new composition by Victoria Davison and Rudy Lupinski entitled “Now Go Ye in to Jerusalem.” The spirited piece will feature the performance of ECU faculty member Juliana Overmier on the piccolo and retired ECU assistant director of bands Dr. Doug Laramore on the shofar. ECU music major Chris Mayhew will be playing the gong.

Generous Donation Made to ECU Linscheid Library Student Lounge

Quaid Lounge Reception

A generous donation to East Central University has led to the refurbishment of the Linscheid Library’s student lounge.

Tommy Wayne Quaid Jr., a 1988 ECU alum, donated $8,000 ($7,000 toward the library and $1,000 for a basketball scholarship) and secured a company match from his employer NetApp Inc.of $8,000 to refurnish the student lounge in memory of his father, Tommy Wayne Quaid Sr.

Two Appointments Made in East Central University School of Business

Dr. Pat Fountain and Ms. Stacey Bolin

Two appointments have been announced in the East Central University of School of Business as Dr. Pat Fountain has been named director of the Oscar L. Parker Center for the Advancement of Ethical Standards in Business and Society, and Stacey Bolin will be the director of the Wilburn L. Smith Center for Entrepreneurship.


Set Design for One-Act Play
East Central University student Domineque Carey, a senior kinesiology major from Springer, Okla., works on a fireplace to be used in the set for a one-act play called “The Storm”.

East Central University Flute, Clarinet, Brass Ensembles to Perform Free Concert on Tuesday, Nov. 13

Flute and Clarinet Ensembles


ECU Flute Ensemble (Left to Right) Catherine Melton, Moore, alto flute; Rachael Bessert, Midwest City; Erin Burton, Oklahoma City; Debbie Allen, Ada; Eric Gibson, Wynnewood, bass flute; Lauren Webb; Juliana Overmier, flute ensemble conductor.

East Central University Professor Dr. Michael D. Bay Commissioned into U.S. Navy (Reserve) Medical Services Corps

Dr. Michael D. Bay and Sharon Chan

East Central University’s Dr. Michael D. Bay was recently commissioned into the U.S. Navy (Reserve) Medical Service Corps as a medical entomology officer. Bay, a professor of biology at ECU, was sworn in as a lieutenant commander in front of his class on Sept. 26, 2012. He is making a lateral transfer from the U.S. Army Reserve, where he had eight years of service as a medical entomology officer (major) with a tour of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2009-2010. Bay has been on the ECU faculty since 1995. Swearing in Bay is lieutenant commander Sharon Chan.

International Teas and Desserts, Alternative Christmas Market, Gift Fair Set for Nov. 16 at East Central University

Two events at East Central University will enable participants to explore the world through Exotic International Teas and Desserts and an Alternative Christmas Market and Gift Fair on Friday, Nov. 16.

The Exotic Teas and Desserts will be prepared by ECU’s International Student Connection Club and will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley Wagner Ballroom of the Memorial Student Union.

Legacy Lives on Through Virgil Taylor Scholarship at East Central University

Michael O'Brien, Phyllis Danley and ECU President John Hargrave

The late Virgil Taylor made an impression on Michael O’Brien as a friend and colleague.

Now O’Brien, executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, makes sure that Taylor’s legacy is being carried on through East Central University’s Virgil Taylor Scholarship, which has grown to $15,000.