November 2015

TWO PERFORMANCES OF OKLAHOMA CITY BALLET’S “THE NUTCRACKER” SCHEDULED FOR DEC. 5 AT ECU’S HALLIE BROWN FORD FINE ARTS CENTER

Two performances of the cherished holiday show Oklahoma City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” can be seen at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at East Central University’s Ataloa Theatre in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

The production is being presented by the Chickasaw Nation and Devon Energy.

ECU MUSIC DEPARTMENT TO PRESENT JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT ON DEC. 3

East Central University’s Music Department will present the ECU Jazz Ensemble Concert, under the direction of Kirk Palmer, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 in the Dorothy Summers Theater.

The concert, which free and open to the public, will feature musical selections such as: A Time for Love, Ain’t Misbehavin, Blue Daniel, In a Mello Tone, Mercy Mercy Mercy, Oh Holy Night, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Things Ain’t What They Used to be and I Snore, You Drive.

ECU TO HOST HYMNOLOGY AND LITURGY MUSIC CLASS IN SPRING

A course on hymnology and liturgy will be offered this spring as part of the sacred music concentration, offered by East Central University’s Department of Music on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-11:50 a.m. in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center, beginning Jan. 11.

The course 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, according to W.T. Skye Garcia, coordinator of the ECU Sacred Music Program and instructor for the class.

ECU AWARDED $2 MILLION GRANT FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER

East Central University, with the help of $2 million Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) Grant, is in the midst of establishing a one-stop shop to help students stay in college, graduate and earn a degree.

The five-year grant (at $400,000 per year) has led to the establishment of the ECU Academic Success Center, located on the second floor of the Administration Building on the ECU campus.

ECU CAMPUS TO CLOSE FROM NOV. 25-27 FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

East Central University will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 25 and running through Friday, Nov. 27. Tuesday night classes, on Nov. 24, will still be in session. The campus will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30.

 

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DR. JIMMY SCALES TO DELIVER ECU'S 2015 FALL COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS ON SATURDAY, DEC. 12

Dr. Jimmy V. Scales has been a pioneer, whether it’s being one of the first two African American football players at East Central University in the 1960s or being the first African American appointed to the Oklahoma State School Board in 1984.

Scales, a nationally-recognized educator, civic and social leader and former superintendent of Hamilton County Schools in Chattanooga, Tenn., will address 232 bachelor’s degree candidates and 101 master’s degree candidates during the 2015 ECU Fall Commencement Ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Kerr Activities Center.

ECU STUDENTS IN FRANCE DOING FINE AFTER TERRORIST ATTACKS

Four East Central University students – Hillari Snider, Ben Godwin, Baylee Williams and Yin Lai – are fine and doing well in France after terrorists ravaged portions of the city of Paris Friday, killing in excess of 120 people.

Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya, director of ECU’s Global Education Program, was able to contact those four students, who are attending the University of Limoges through ECU’s Study Abroad Program, over the weekend. Limoges is a three-hour train ride from Paris.

SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIRS IMPORTANT TO EDUCATION; ECU AT FOREFRONT OF CONDUCTING FAIRS

For Keli Steen, science fairs go way beyond achieving awards.

The Grove High School anatomy and physical science teacher has developed a curriculum called “Independent Scientific Research”, a program which takes place at the school, during the seventh and final hour of the day.

“THE HOBBIT: AN ADVENTURE PLAY” TO BE PRESENTED BY ECU THEATRE DEPARTMENT, NOV. 20-21

By Lacey McAdoo

Hobbit enthusiasts will be thrilled to know J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit: An Adventure Play,” adapted by Edward Mast and published by Dramatic Publishing, will be the next East Central University Theatre Department performance of the season.

The show will be performed Nov. 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ataloa Theatre inside the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. There will also be school performances on Nov. 19 and 20 at 10 a.m.

TIGER CONNECTION ENABLES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO EXPERIENCE WHAT BEING AN ECU STUDENT IS LIKE

Tiger Connection, a preview day for all senior high school and transfer students at East Central University, is set for Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.

The event is designed for prospective students to check out what ECU has to offer and enables participants to view what being an ECU student is like, from attending a class to eating in the cafeteria and talking with current ECU students. A free t-shirt will be given to each prospective student.

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