September 2017

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL TO PERFORM AT ECU ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 29

Country music band Asleep at the Wheel will take the stage on Friday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in East Central University’s Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

The venerable Western swing band has been performing since 1970 and has won 10 Grammy Awards and released over 20 albums. Their highest-charting single “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read,” peaked at No. 10 in 1975, with their next highest being “House of Blue Lights” at No. 17 in 1987 (reached No. 12 on the Canadian charts).

ECU STUDENT ALREADY PUTTING SKILLS INTO ACTION AFTER WINNING i2E LOVE’S ENTREPRENEUR’S CUP PITCH COMPETITTION

East Central University student Srijita “Dia” Ghosh is already putting her entrepreneurial skills into action.

The senior from Kolkata, India won the pitch competition and placed second in the small business division at the i2E Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup held this past spring.

Ghosh’s winning product is called “StoPanic,” an emergency device, resembling a hearing aid, that is designed to help people overcome panic attacks by playing calming music when it detects certain physiological changes.

ECU’S LINSCHEID LIBRARY, ADA PUBLIC LIBRARY PARTNERING TO CELEBRATE THE FREEDOM TO READ DURING “BANNED BOOK WEEK”

East Central University’s Linscheid Library is partnering with the Ada Public Library in cherishing the freedom to read during “Banned Books Week,” set for Sept. 25-30.

A series of events is scheduled to celebrate the freedom to read and raise awareness of the harms of censorship.

Throughout the week, anyone can participate in a scavenger hunt by visiting the Linscheid Library or Facebook.com/ECUlibrary each day from Sept. 25-29 to find a clue. Those who find the banned book cover at its hidden location, can follow the instruction on the back to return it for a prize.

DR. KATRICIA PIERSON, REGENT CONNIE REILLY ALL SMILES DURING ECU PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION

Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) Regent Connie Reilly (left) and East Central University President Katricia G. Pierson are all smiles during Pierson’s ECU Presidential Inauguration on Friday, Sept. 15, in the Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. Pierson is ECU’s ninth president.

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PROJECT WILD WORKSHOP BEING CONDUCTED AT ECU ON SEPT. 30

Learning about Oklahoma’s wildlife and discovering fun ways to teach about the outdoors will be the focus of a Project WILD Workshop, being conducted at East Central University on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Lanoy Education Building, Room 101.

The workshop is open to all educators (classroom teachers, Scout, 4-H and other youth group leaders) and any adults who are interested in teaching kids about the outdoors.

SEPTEMBER POETRY SERIES SET FOR TUESDAY, SEPT. 19 AT ECU

East Central University’s Poetry Series, featuring speakers Jenny Yang Cropp and Sly Alley, will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Estep Multimedia Center inside the Bill S. Cole University Center.

The event is free and open to everyone.

Cropp’s first full-length collection of poems, entitled String Theory (an Oklahoma Book Award finalist in poetry) was released in September of 2015 by Mongrel Empire Press.

McCOOL TO DELIVER ECU’S ROTHBAUM LECTURE ON SEPT. 18

Dr. Daniel McCool, professor and author, will deliver East Central University’s Rothbaum Lecture, entitled “The Most Fundamental Right Under Threat.”  on Monday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

INAUGURATION OF DR. KATRICIA PIERSON AS NINTH PRESIDENT OF ECU SET FOR SEPT. 15

The inauguration of Dr. Katricia Pierson as East Central University’s ninth president is set for Friday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. in the Ataloa Theatre of ECU’s Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

The event is open to the public.

Pierson was named ECU president on Feb. 19, 2017 and took over the duties on March 1.

Welcome and introductions will be made by Dr. Adrianna Lancaster, ECU acting provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

ECU SENIOR ELSA MOSELEY TO INTERN WITH U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Elsa Moseley is excited about the opportunity to correspond with Russian high school teachers and students without leaving the United States.

The East Central University senior from Sulphur has received a Virtual Student Federal Service internship with the U.S. Department of State. Through this internship, Moseley will correspond for a year with Russian high school teachers to design and implement teaching objectives for Russian high school students in the “Russia Access” program – an extracurricular program to teach English to talented youth from low-income families.

ECU STUDENT BIPIN SHIWAKOTI ONE OF SIX WINNERS IN STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONAL WATER INSTITUTE PHOTO CONTEST

East Central University student Bipin Shiwakoti, of Nepal, was selected as one of only six winners worldwide of the #WaterWomen Photo Contest, conducted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

Shiwakoti’s photo featured ECU Professor Dr. Christine Pappas and graduate student Sarita KC, both volunteers of Blue Thumb, as they monitored Little Sandy Creek in Ada for water quality, management and conservation.

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