December 2012

ECU Instructor Jordan Inducted as Fellow into Prestigious Academy of Emergency Nurses

East Central University nursing instructor Jeff Jordan has been inducted as a Fellow into the prestigious Academy of Emergency Nurses, it was recently announced in Des Plaines, Ill.

The AEN fellowship is an honor recognizing emergency nurses for their contributions to patient care in and out of the emergency department.

Chickasaw Nation Governor Anoatubby to Address ECU's Fall Graduates on Dec. 15

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby will address candidates for bachelor’s and master’s degrees during fall Commencement ceremonies at East Central University on Saturday, Dec. 15.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Kerr Activities Center for 242 candidates for bachelor’s degrees and 102 candidates for master’s degrees.

Anoatubby has served as governor of the Chickasaw Nation since 1987. His effective leadership has led to ongoing growth within the tribe.

ECU's Reach Higher Program Gives Working Adults a Chance at Obtaining a Degree


East Central University is all about second chances.

ECU and Oklahoma’s Adult Degree Completion Program, called Reach Higher, make it possible to return to college while working and raising a family.

“With the new year coming, it’s a perfect opportunity to get a fresh start or second chance toward obtaining your bachelor’s degree in a flexible format that’s very convenient,” said Dr. Shirley Mixon, Professor of Business and Director of the Oklahoma Degree Completion Program.

Over 100 East Central University Students Inducted into Alpha Chi National Honor Society


One-hundred and one East Central University students were inducted into the Oklahoma Gamma Chapter of Alpha Chi, a national college honor society, in a Dec. 4 induction ceremony.

Membership in Alpha Chi is limited to no more than 10 percent of the junior and senior classes. At ECU, students must have a least a 3.5 grade-point average to be eligible to join.

Master's Degrees from East Central University Come Full Circle for Ugandan Pair

Charles Magabi, ECU President John Hargrave, Richard Kirabira and Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby

An act of generosity by Richard Kirabira and Charles Mugabi came full circle at East Central University’s fall graduation on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Their life-changing act in March of 2010 has led to the two Ugandan men obtaining their master’s degrees during ceremonies at ECU’s Kerr Activities Center.

Harper Earns Bob Bennett Fine Arts Scholarship

Harper (center)

East Central University student Morgan Harper (center) is the recipient of the new Bob Bennett Fine Arts Scholarship. The scholarship is named in memory of ECU alum Bob Bennett, who practiced law for 50 years and was an avid guitarist. Harper is a junior sacred music major from Comanche. The centennial scholarship comes from donations made by friends and family of Bennett. Also pictured are: Phyllis Danley (left), executive director of the East Central University Foundation, and Sally Bennett, widow of Bob Bennett.


A three-day class on Photovoltaic Systems Technology will be offered Tuesday through Thursday [DEC. 20-22] at East Central University.  There is no charge for the free class which is sponsored by The Southern Oklahoma Green Jobs Training Consortium.

Student-Produced One-Act Plays Set for Nov. 15-18 at East Central University

Set design for one-act play.

The second production of East Central University theatre brings unique experiences for the students participating.

Instead of the usual process of professor-driven auditions and productions, students under the supervision of Richard Groetzinger, director of theatre, will direct a selection a selection of one-act plays.

The one-act plays will take place in the Chalmers Herman Theatre located in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center on Nov. 15-18 at 7:30 p.m. Performances are free for ECU students, faculty and staff and $10 for the general public.

Noted Humanitarian Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe to Attend East Central University's Fall Graduation on Saturday

Sister Rosemary with Hargrave, Kirabira and Mugabi

When graduates of East Central University receive their diplomas on Saturday, Dec. 15, a special visitor will be in attendance. Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, a nun and noted humanitarian, will be in the audience in support of two Ugandan men – Richard Kirabira and Charles Mugabi - who are receiving their master’s degrees. Sister Rosemary is also a guest of ECU President John Hargrave and Reggie Whitten, founder of Pros for Africa. The commencement ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. at ECU’s Kerr Activities Center in Ada. Sister Rosemary is director of the St.

New Teacher Certification Program being offered at East Central University

East Central University’s Education Department is offering a new teacher certification program designed to improve mathematics and teaching skills.

The Elementary Mathematics Specialist certification is an 18-hour program intended for current elementary or early childhood teachers.