January 2015

ECU WINS VOTER REGISTRATION CONTEST

Through hard work and productive efforts in registering young voters, East Central University was the winner in the White Division of the Oklahoma Campus Compact’s 2014 Voter Registration Contest.

Students in Dr. Christine Pappas’ service learning American Government class spent one week hosting a voting registration booth on campus. Each student was required to find two other students to register. The result was 260 total registered voters on campus.

ECU OFFERING LITERACY TUTORING PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN

East Central University is offering a Literacy Tutoring Program for children in kindergarten through eighth grades, who are struggling and in need of additional support with reading and literacy development.

The program will be conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 12-April 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

THIRD ANNUAL DR. RANIYAH RAMADAN SYMPOSIUM TO FEATURE FOUR SPEAKERS ON JAN. 29

The Third Annual Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Research Symposium will feature three speakers from the neuroscience field and an East Central University student on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Raymond Estep Multimedia Center inside the Bill S. Cole University Center.

The symposium, free and open to the public, is named in honor of the late Dr. Raniyah Ramadan, who was a research scientist in neuro-ophthalmology.

PILLAI TO DELIVER ECU’S ANNUAL LOU WATKINS LECTURE ON JAN. 27

Aradhna Pillai, a 2008 George Nigh Award winner at East Central University, will deliver the annual Lou Watkins Lecture, entitled “A Life in International Relations,” from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the ECU Foundation Hall in the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

ECU TO SCREEN FOREIGN AND ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE FILMS

East Central University’s Foreign Film Festival and three Royal National Theatre productions will comprise ECU SCREENS’ return this spring semester.

Hundreds from ECU and the surrounding communities attended the cinematic events held during the inaugural season of ECU SCREENS during the fall semester.

The upcoming screenings, which range from contemporary works to classic literary masterpieces, are all open to the public. All films will be shown in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center, which acquired new high-quality production equipment this year.

THE SECOND CITY TO PERFORM HILARIOUS SKETCHES AT ECU ON JAN. 23

The Second City, Chicago’s legendary sketch and improvisation comedy theatre, will perform hilarious sketches, songs and improvisation about Ada as well as famed archive material in an event called “The Second City Hits Home” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23, at the Ataloa Theatre of East Central University’s Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

The event features some of Chicago’s brightest comedy players doing what they do best, finding laughs in everything from Ada’s history, events and hot button issues to headlines from The Ada News.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR AT “A VERY CHORALE VALENTINES” SET FOR JAN. 29 AT ECU’S FOUNDATION HALL

Love is in the air and it will be celebrated with “A Very Chorale Valentines” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, in the ECU Foundation Hall of East Central University’s Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.

The event features a dinner, auction and musical entertainment from members of the ECU Chorale.

NEW STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION HOFFMEISTER TO MEET WITH ECU FACULTY, STUDENTS; CONDUCT TOWN HALL MEETING

New State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister will meet with East Central University faculty and students and conduct a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the ECU Foundation Hall of the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.

ECU’S REACH HIGHER ENABLES WORKING ADULTS WITH FAMILIES EARN DEGREES

Kerri Matheny yearned to finish up earning a college degree, but was saddled with everyday work and family obligations.

Through East Central University and Oklahoma’s Adult Degree Completion Program called “Reach Higher,” Matheny was able to complete her degree in a year and a half.

“It worked out really well,” Matheny said. “Much of it was online, since I was working fulltime. Everything was just brought together.”

DR. J. STEVEN WALKER TO BE INDUCTED INTO OKLAHOMA MUSIC EDUCATORS HALL OF FAME

Dr. J. Steven Walker, East Central University director of choral activities, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Hall of Fame at the OMEA Winter In-Service Conference, Jan. 21-24, 2015, in Tulsa.

The awards are presented annually to experienced music educators who have distinguished themselves as teachers, officers in OKMEA and/or NAfME, researchers in music education and those members who have shown active political support of music education in the state and nation.

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