August 2016

GREETHAM TO DELIVER ECU’S LOU WATKINS LECTURE ON SEPT. 13

Stephen H. Greetham, chief general for the Chickasaw Nation’s Division of Commerce, will deliver East Central University’s Lou Watkins Lecture on water law in Oklahoma at noon Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Foundation Hall of the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.

Greetham also serves as the Chickasaw Nation’s special counsel on water and natural resources, where he works closely with tribal leadership in the management of complex litigation and resource protection and development strategies.

ECU TRIO STUDYING ABROAD IN FRANCE

East Central University students Kane Kosure (left) and Elsa Moseley (right) recently went to University of Limoges in France to study for the fall semester through ECU’s Go Global Study Abroad Program, which is directed by Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya (center). Kosure, a senior business management major from McAlester and a Savanna High School graduate, will receive concurrent credit at ECU and have the opportunity to a achieve a French bachelor’s degree.

WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER, HUMANITARIAN YOUSEF KHANFAR TO DELIVER ECU’S LOUISE YOUNG DIVERSITY LECTURE ON SEPT. 29

A camera is more than a tool of art for Yousef Khanfar.

The award-winning and Palestinian-American writer, photographer and humanitarian illustrates life, the way he sees it, by capturing it through a lens and a pen.

Khanfar will lead a panel discussion at East Central University’s Louise Young Diversity Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

ADAFEST TO FEATURE LIVE MUSIC, LOCAL ART ON SATURDAY, AUG. 27

Live music and local art will once again be the center of Ada’s Main Street, the Honorary Blake Shelton Boulevard and the Arts District of Ada near East Central University, with the return of the AdaFest Saturday, Aug. 27.

This year’s festival has focused putting the Ada back in AdaFest by featuring local artists and musicians from Ada or who have strong ties to the area.

SEE THE BEST OF BRITISH THEATER AT ECU

East Central University Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies Dr. Christine Pappas will give a talk on the death penalty in Oklahoma entitled “Oklahoma’s Legacy of Tinkering with the Machinery of Death” at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 29.

ECU WELCOMES 33 NEW FACULTY

East Central University welcomes 33 new faculty members for 2016-17.

The new faculty include five who began last spring and 28 new arrivals on campus this fall.

Here are the newcomers and their biographies:

NEW FACULTY WHICH STARTED IN THE SPRING 2016

Dr. Preston Draper

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies

WHEN OLYMPICS ROLL AROUND, ECU’S DR. WILLIAMSON LIKES TO GET IN CONTACT WITH FORMER TIGER STANDOUTS

Every four years when the Summer Olympic Games roll around, East Central University’s Dr. Gerald Williamson likes to make connections with three former ECU standout athletes.

All three of those stars competed for their respective countries – Cherene Hiesl-Castillo in softball for Team Canada and Gina Farmer and Rebecca Cotton in women’s basketball for New Zealand – in the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia.

NEW MASTER IN MANAGEMENT PROGRAM COMING TO ECU’S STONECIPHER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Approval has been granted from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for East Central University to institute a new degree program – a master in management – within the Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business.

DEAN PRESENTED WITH PLAQUE AT DEDICATION OF NEW PITSCO STEM MAKER SPACE LAB AT ECU

Dr. Harvey Dean (left), founder and CEO of Pitsco, Inc., is presented with a plaque by Dr. Brenda Sherbourne, dean of the East Central University College of Education and Psychology, during the dedication of the new Pitsco STEM Maker Space Lab in the Lanoy Education Building on July 27. Also pictured is ECU President John R. Hargrave. Dean, a 1965 ECU graduate, donated the materials and tools for the new and innovative lab, designed to integrate the STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and math - into the school curriculum.

NEW PITSCO STEM MAKER SPACE LAB OFFICIALLY OPENS IN ECU’S LANOY EDUCATION BUILDING

Dr. Harvey Dean, founder and CEO of Pitsco, Inc., demonstrates a straw rocket as Tammy Sparks, of Howe Public Schools, looks on in the new Pitsco STEM Maker Space Lab in East Central University’s Lanoy Education Building. Dean, a 1965 ECU graduate, donated the materials and tools for the lab which was dedicated on July 27. The new and innovative lab is designed to integrate the STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and math - into the school curriculum.

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