December 2013

ECU CHAPTER OF ALPHA CHI HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTS 125 NEW MEMBERS

ADA – East Central University’s chapter of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society recently inducted 125 new members in a ceremony held in the Stanley Wagner Ballroom of ECU’s Memorial Student Union.

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.

Oklahoma's regional universities, including ECU, below national average for college costs

ADA – Recently the U.S. Department of Education announced the results of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study that showed the average price of attending a four-year public college or university has jumped $1,700 in the last four years.

The results highlight the financial challenges of higher education.

COURSE BEING OFFERED IN HYMNOLOGY, LITURGY AT ECU

ADA – The East Central University Department of Music is offering a course in Hymnology and Liturgy on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., beginning on Jan. 13, 2014, in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

The full-semester, 16-week course, being offered as part of ECU’s new Sacred Music degree, will provide an overview of the history and functions of hymns throughout the ages, as well as a study of their literary and theological significance.  The concept of liturgy in worship and its historical development will also be explored.

ECU STUDENTS CONSTRUCT ‘GREEN TREE’ AS SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT

ADA – East Central University students, as part of a service learning project for an advertising/public relations campaign class, formulated the idea for a “Green Tree” on display at Wintersmith Park during the holidays.

The students’ project was pitched to the Ada Recycling Coalition this fall. A smaller version of the tree, constructed by the ECU students, was on display at the Mabee Gereer Museum in Shawnee in November and the ARC loved the idea and had a larger version created at Wintersmith.

ECU FALL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES SCHEDULED FOR DEC. 14

ADA – Bachelor’s degrees will be awarded to 225 students, while 94 others will obtain their master’s degrees during East Central University’s 2013 Fall Commencement Ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Kerr Activities Center.

            The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. as Oklahoma State Senator Susan Paddack will be the keynote speaker. Paddack was elected as state senator for District 13, which includes Pontotoc, Hughes, and portions of Garvin and Coal Counties, in 2004 and serves as Democratic Caucus Co-Chair.

STATE SENATOR SUSAN PADDACK NAMED ECU DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS; TO ADDRESS FALL COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES ON DEC. 14

ADA – Oklahoma State Senator Susan Paddack has been named East Central University’s Distinguished Alumnus and will address candidates for bachelor’s and master’s degrees at ECU’s fall commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Kerr Activities Center.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. for 225 candidates for bachelor’s degrees and 94 candidates for master’s degrees.

Paddack was elected as state senator for District 13, which includes Pontotoc, Hughes, and portions of Garvin and Coal Counties, in 2004 and serves as Democratic Caucus Co-Chair.

“A VERY CHORALE CHRISTMAS” RESCHEDULED FOR LATER DATE

ADA – East Central University’s “A Very Chorale Christmas”, a musical dinner variety show and silent auction, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5, will be rescheduled for a later date in January. For more information contact Catie Caton at 580-559-5611 or catncat@ecok.edu.

 

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ECU GLOBAL EDUCATION DIRECTOR, SUKHOLUTSKAYA, RECEIVES

ADA – Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya, East Central University’s Global Education Director, has received an award that is near and dear to her heart.

Sukholutskaya was recently awarded the title of honorary doctor of two cooperating universities – the M.P. Dragomanov National Pedagogical University (Kiev, Ukraine) and the Ukrainian-American Liberal Arts Institute "Wisconsin International University (USA)- Ukraine" (WIUU).