December 2016

ECU STUDENT HAMMOCK WORKING TOWARD VALUED DEGREE WITH MINIMAL DEBT

The value of an education at East Central University can have far-reaching effects, and for Josie Hammock, her pursuit of a degree has been and will relatively be debt free.

A professional career awaits Josie Hammock, once she graduates with her business administration degree this May. With hard work, applying for scholarships and efficient financial planning from her family, Hammock is also expected to graduate with little debt.

DR. STEVEN WALKER, ECU CHORALE IMPRESS FAMOUS COMPOSER DR. MORTEN LAURIDSEN

Dr. Steven Walker and his East Central University Chorale was twice paid the ultimate compliment after the group captured the top prize at the recent Golden State Choral Competition in Monterey, California.

Not only did the ECU Chorale fare better than numerous professional and more experienced choral groups, they thoroughly impressed famous composer Dr. Morten Lauridsen, with one of his own and most difficult pieces of music – “Chanson Eloignee.”

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PROVIDED GIFTS WITH HELP FROM ECU’S CHAPTER OF STUDENT OKLAHOMA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

East Central University’s chapter of the Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA) helped provide Christmas gifts for students at Ada High School.

“Many people take the time to help with ‘Angel Tree’ gifts for elementary students, but they often forget that our older students like to be remembered at Christmas as well,” said Paula Keady, executive director of academics and instruction for Ada City Schools.

BREATHTAKING ‘WAR HORSE’ PRODUCTION TO SCREEN AT ECU

“Theatrical magic” comes to East Central University and the Ada community with the Royal National Theatre's internationally acclaimed production of "War Horse" (New York Times).

The recorded-live “theatre event of the decade” (Sunday Times) will screen in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. The screening is free for ECU students, $5 for other students, and $10 for general admission. Free ice-cream will be served during the interval.

ECU SCREENS TO PRESENT BAWDY MUSICAL ‘THE THREEPENNY OPERA’

ECU SCREENS is showing the Royal National Theatre's production of "The Threepenny Opera" at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center.

The running time is three hours and free ice-cream will be served during the 20-minute interval. The screening is free for ECU students, $10 general admission and rated “R” due to mature content.

THREE OKLAHOMA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF GRADUATES TO RECEIVE THEIR MASTER’S DEGREES AT ECU

Three Oklahoma School for the Deaf graduates will walk across the East Central University stage to receive their master’s degrees on Saturday, December 10.

The trio is currently employed by OSD, which is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Sisters Trudy Lynn Fox Mitchell and Donna Fox Saaty, who reside in Ada, will earn their master’s degrees in human resources administration and human services counseling respectively.

Amanda Bowerman Chebultz, from Sulphur, will receive a master’s degree in educational leadership.

ECU CHAPTER OF ALPHA CHI INDUCTS 85 NEW STUDENTS

The East Central University Chapter of Alpha Chi initiated 85 new students in a ceremony held on Nov. 15 in the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.

Alpha Chi is comprised of the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors at ECU. Students must have at least a 3.5 grade-point average to be eligible to join.  The objective of Alpha Chi is to promote and recognize superior scholarship and those elements of character which make scholarship effective for service. The society, founded in 1922, has more than 300 chapters.

The inductees include (name, hometown):

CHICKASAW NATION GOV. BILL ANOATUBBY TO ADDRESS ECU GRADUATE CANDIDATES ON DEC. 10

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby will address East Central University graduate candidates for the 2016 fall semester on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Kerr Activities Center.

There are 210 candidates for bachelor’s degrees and 99 for master’s degrees.

Anoatubby, an alum and 1972 graduate of ECU, has served as governor of the Chickasaw Nation since 1987. His effective leadership has led to ongoing growth within the tribe.

ECU TAKES FIRST PLACE IN VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE FOR THIRD STRAIGHT TIME

Through the efforts of students in East Central University’s Department of Political Science and Legal Studies, 533 new voters were registered as ECU took first place in the White Division (institutions of 3,001 to 7,000 full-time enrollment) of the Oklahoma Campus Compact Voter Registration Contest.

ECU registered 12.2 percent of its fulltime students during the registration drive which took place at a booth set up in front of the Horace Mann Building, Oct. 3-7. Northern Oklahoma College was second in the division at 6.3 percent.

CODY’S FITNESS APP LEADS TO WIN IN ECU’S TIGER TANK COMPETITION

An idea popped into Christian Cody’s mind as he sat in an organizational behavior class at East Central University on Oct. 31, 2016.

The senior business finance major from Tecumseh immediately jotted those ideas on an index card and has put his plan into action. As a result, Cody was the winner of ECU’s 2016 Tiger Tank Pitch Competition, three days later, on Nov. 3.

Cody attributes that successful first-place effort to the education he has received through ECU’s Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business.