May 2014

NOTED ARTIST, HISTORICAL PERFORMER, CHICKASAW WOMEN, MUSICIAN CELEBRATING NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY AT ECU

An internationally renowned Native American artist, a noted historical performer, an award-winning Choctaw musician and the 2008 Dynamic Women of the Chickasaw Nation will visit East Central University Monday through Thursday [APRIL 7-10] for the annual campus series "On Oklahoma Ground: A Celebration of Native American History."

ECU PRESIDENT HARGRAVE NAMED TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR OKLAHOMA AFRICAN AMERICAN EDUCATORS HALL OF FAME

Nero and Hargrave Photo

ADA – East Central University President John R. Hargrave was named to the board of directors for the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame.

The Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame was founded by Distinguished ECU Alum and current OAAEHOF President Dr. Donnie Nero in 2010. The first induction class for the hall of fame was held in 2011.

ECU TO OFFER FIRST PERFORMANCE AT ADA’S WINTERSMITH PARK AMPHITHEATRE SINCE 1982

ADA – When Dr. Kurt Edwards, an East Central University assistant professor of performance studies, arrived in Ada a couple of years ago he had a vision to host a theatre production in the picturesque Wintersmith Park Amphitheatre.

He is happy to announce that dream is now becoming a reality.

ECU and the community of Ada will come together to stage Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on June 5-7 at 7:30 each night.

The production is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted.

ECU OFFERING SUMMER READING PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN

ADA – East Central University is offering a Reading Program for children, entering the first through sixth grades, including those repeating kindergarten, for the 2014-15 school year.

“Only 40 students will be accepted for this program,” said Dr. Regina Smith ECU’s early childhood education program director and interim director of the graduate reading program. “We will focus on an intensive reading program and work with students in small groups. The tutors will create a positive learning environment which helps students succeed.”

ECU STUDENT’S PASSION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LEADS TO VERY LITTLE IDLE TIME

East Central University student Linzi Thompson poses with a young girl in Cambodia during her trip in December.

ADA – Linzi Thompson is not the kind of person who kicks back with rest and relaxation during her breaks from pursuing an East Central University degree.

Her passion for environmental health science leads to very little idle time for the junior from Sulphur.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE EXERCISES BEING HELD AT ECU

WHAT: Emergency Response Exercises

WHEN: May 20-21 (setup is on May 19)

WHERE: East Central University’s Sports Complex (mainly Norris Field)

WHO: ECU, ECU Police Department, Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Incident Management Team, Ada Police Department, Lighthorse Police Department, Ada Fire Department, Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department, Pontotoc County Emergency Manager, Mercy Emergency Management Services

ECU VETERANS UPWARD BOUND PROGRAM RECEIVES FREE LAPTOP COMPUTERS

ADA – East Central University’s Veterans Upward Bound Program, through the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and the state of Oklahoma, received free laptop computers for use with veterans and military-related individuals.

A distribution ceremony was held on April 30 at the State Capitol with Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon as the keynote speaker.

The Christina Foundation donated the computers to the state of Oklahoma, according to Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, CareerTech military transition coordinator.

VETERANS, MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY SCHEDULED FOR MAY 15 AT EAST CENTRAL UNIVERSITY

ADA – Major General Rita Aragon will be the keynote speaker as the East Central University Veterans Upward Bound Program staff hosts a Veterans and Military Appreciation Day on Thursday, May 15, in the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center on the ECU campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

Aragon, secretary for veterans and military affairs for the State of Oklahoma, will deliver her message shortly after 11 a.m.

EDUCATION CAN CHANGE LIVES – STATE SEN. SUSAN PADDACK, FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE GRADUATE DELIVERS EMOTIONAL SPEECH

Senator Paddack

ADA – A lifetime of struggles, setbacks, victories and stalemates are nothing new for State Sen. Susan Paddack.

She’s battle-tested and analytical, intelligent and savvy and she was moved to tears May 2 when recalling she is the first in her family to be college educated.

“You’ll have to pardon me if I become a little emotional,” the five-term political leader said choking back tears, “but I was the first person in my family to receive a college education.”

PART OF STADIUM DRIVE CLOSED NEAR EAST CENTRAL UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

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ADA – Stadium Drive in Ada, between 14th and 18th Streets is closed due to road construction. Please plan accordingly if you are attending East Central University’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10, at the Kerr Activities Center.

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