September 2015

ECU SCREENS BRINGS BEST OF BRITISH THEATER TO ADA

Experience the finest of English drama without traveling thousands of miles as ECU SCREENS presents three Royal National Theatre recorded-live stage performances this fall.

The screenings range from classic literary masterpieces to popular contemporary works. All are open to the public.

DEDICATION, OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED FOR REMODELED ECU COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND PSYCHOLOGY BUILDING ON OCT. 1

The East Central University College of Education and Psychology will celebrate the opening of its remodeled building with a formal dedication, ribbon-cutting and tours, beginning at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1.

The dedication, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony, will take place next door in the atrium of the Linscheid Library at 4 p.m. Tours of the remodeled facility will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

NEW $1.1 MILLION TRIO GRANT TO BENEFIT VETERAN STUDENTS AT ECU; STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES GRANT RENEWED FOR ANOTHER FIVE YEARS

Veterans now have the opportunities and tools to achieve a higher-education degree at East Central University, thanks to a $1.1 million ($220,000 per year) Veterans Student Support Services Grant through the U.S. Department of Education.

The TRIO grant, set up for an initial five-year run, led to the establishment of the Veterans Student Support Services Office on campus, Sept. 1. Jill Williamson is the interim director and Clint Fisher is the program coordinator.

GRAMMY NOMINATED PIANIST PETRONEL MALAN TO PERFORM IN ADA; PRESENT MASTER CLASS TO ECU STUDENTS

Petronel Malan, a multiple Grammy nominee and gold medalist of several international piano competitions, will perform a free concert Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ada Arts and Heritage Center.

In addition to the Oct. 1 performance, Malan will be conducting a master class to East Central University students at noon, Oct. 2, in the Faust Auditorium. That is free and open to the public as well.

Described as formidable…dizzying…magical by New York reviewer Harris Goldsmith, Malan brings a uniquely captivating style and continuously enthralls audiences worldwide.

ECU MUSIC INSTRUCTORS BERMAN, AGUIRRE PERFORM IN PERU, FRANCE

It was a summer of performing abroad for East Central University’s Nathaniel Berman and first-year ECU instructor Alexandra Aguirre.

The pair had the honor to play as part of a flute trio with Brielle Frost, of Greeley, Colo., at the Festival Internacional de Flautistas in Lima, Peru this summer as well as playing at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France.

ECU WELCOMES LARGE FRESHMEN CLASS; INTERNATIONAL STUDENT POPULATION SOARING AT UNIVERSITY

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East Central University welcomed a large freshman class, with 752 new students, for the fall 2015 semester, it was announced recently by the university.

ECU also enrolled 360 international students, including those returning, which is up by 116 from 244 for the 2014-15 school year.

ACCLAIMED CHICAGO TAP THEATRE PERFORMANCE SLATED FOR OCT. 6 AT ECU

The acclaimed Chicago Tap Theatre will bring the Chicago Jazz Club experience to East Central University’s Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, by recreating the sights and sounds of a smoke-filled Chicago supper club with internationally-acclaimed dance works and music.     

GROUNDBREAKING OF NEW CHICKASAW PLAZA SET FOR SATURDAY

“Chickasaw Appreciation Day” will be celebrated with the groundbreaking of the new Chickasaw Plaza at 5 p.m. Saturday at East Central University’s Koi Ishto Stadium.

The groundbreaking, at the northwest corner of the football stadium, is being held one hour before the kickoff of the Tigers’ home football game with Southern Nazarene University at 6 p.m.

Free admission to the game is available for the entire family with Chickasaw employment badges or Chickasaw citizenship cards.

DR. DIAZ TO DISCUSS U.S.-MEXICO BORDER SMUGGLING AT ECU’S 2015 ROTHBAUM LECTURE

Smuggling along the U.S.-Mexico border will be the topic of discussion as Dr. George Diaz delivers the 2015 Rothbaum Lecture entitled “Prohibition and Porous Borders: Unintended Consequences of the 18th Amendment” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Estep Multimedia Room of the Bill S. Cole University Center.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The event is being held in conjunction with Constitution Day.

“STEP OUT OF THE DARKNESS” SET FOR SATURDAY, SEPT. 19

A day of prevention and recovery will be the focus as “Step Out of the Darkness” will take place from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, beginning at the Pontotoc County Courthouse Plaza in Ada and concluding at East Central University’s Bill S. Cole University Center.

The event, free and open to the public, is being sponsored by the Brandon Whitten Institute for Addiction and Recovery at ECU and the Pontotoc County Drug Free Coalition.

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