November 2017

SCHEEF TO SPEAK AT ECU COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES ON SATURDAY, DEC. 9

Craig T. Scheef, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Texas Security Bank and East Central University alumnus, will address 203 candidates for bachelor’s degrees and 88 for master’s degrees during ECU’s Fall 2017 Commencement Exercises on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. in the Kerr Activities Center.

Under Scheef’s leadership, Texas Security Bank, with $420 million, is one of the fastest growing and most profitable independent banks in the United States.

NEW SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT ESTABLISHED IN MEMORY OF TINA HOPE DAVIS AT ECU

The memory of early childhood educator Tina Hope Davis was recognized as Donna Cox and LaDona Hill, of Tina’s Legacy Committee, presented a $21,000 check to the ECU Foundation, Inc. in establishing a Centennial Endowment Scholarship at East Central University.

Davis, who passed away in 2015, attended ECU and earned her bachelor’s degree in education in 1984 and later earned her master’s degree in special education. As a student at ECU, Davis was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and also served as a Tiger mascot for the cheerleading squad.

ECU COLLEGE MOCK TRIAL TEAM PLACES THIRD AT SOONER INVITATIONAL

East Central University’s College Mock Trial Team took third place during the University of Oklahoma’s Sooner Invitational at the OU College of Law last weekend.

The competition featured 10 teams from various universities in the region. The ECU team competed in two preliminary rounds, one against a team from the University of Texas-Arlington and the other from the University of Houston.

ECU ENGLISH MAJORS STEVENS, TARPEY PRESENT PAPERS AT UNDERGRADUATE LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS CONFERENCE

East Central University English majors Avery Stevens, of Ada, and Karina Tarpey, of Seminole, presented papers at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Undergraduate Language and Linguistics Conference on Nov. 11.

Stevens’ paper was entitled “The Rhetoric of Reason in Religious Context: Forgiveness as a Necessary Limit on God.” In his essay, Avery proposed an effective counterargument to Anne C. Minas, who contends that given the traditional traits associated with God, it is logically impossible for God to forgive.

TWO ECU ENGLISH MAJORS PRESENT PAPERS AT 12TH NATIVE AMERICAN SYMPOSIUM

Two East Central University English majors – Sidney Lewis and Daniel Bonar – presented insightful papers at the recent 12th Native American Symposium, a professional academic conference held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant.

Lewis, from Velma, Oklahoma and a member of the Choctaw Nation, presented “Stead as a Beating Drum,” which dealt with patterns of presentation of Native Americans in film.

MOOSELTOE, THE MOOSE WITH A DREAM, COMES TO LIFE ON STAGE AT ECU’S ATALOA THEATRE

Mooseltoe, the Moose with a Dream, has a goal of becoming a reindeer for Santa Claus at the North Pole.

His dream and adventures come to life in “Mooseltoe: A New Moosical” at East Central University’s Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

In this colorful, magical and whimsical music tale, follow Mooseltoe as he pursues his seemingly impossible dream of being a North Pole reindeer. In the process, he learns many valuable lessons.

ECU WATER RESOURCE POLICY AND MANAGEMENT MASTER’S STUDENT RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP FROM OSEHP

Sarita KC, a master’s student in East Central University’s Water Resource Policy and Management degree program, has been awarded a scholarship from the Oklahoma State Environmental Health Professionals, it was recently announced.

“Not only did she (KC) meet the qualifications, but her movement into the public health field and desire to serve humanity resulted in her being chosen as this year’s scholarship recipient,” written in a statement from the OSEHP committee.

JUDE LAW STARS IN ECU SCREENS’ FALL FINALE

ECU SCREENS caps its fall season with Obsession starring Jude Law (The Young Pope, The Talented Mr. Ripley) at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center.

Open to the public, the screening is $10 for members of the community, and $5 for students.

ECU SOPHOMORE PLACES FOURTH IN INFORMATIVE SPEAKING AT OU

Ashley Keenan, a sophomore computer science major at East Central University, recently took fourth place in Informative Speaking at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Keenan, who is from Ada, is president of ECU Tiger Speech and Debate. The tournament, which included debate and other individual events, was attended by representatives from 25 other universities.

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ECU STUDENT JOSH HARDAGE HAS SUCCESSFUL INTERNSHIP IN KARNER’S LAB AT DUKE UNIVERSITY

Producing outstanding biology students is not foreign to East Central University.

Courtney Karner, ECU alumnus and assistant professor and research faculty member in the Department of Orthopaedics Research at Duke University, can attest to that.

Josh Hardage, from Washington, Oklahoma and currently in his senior year as molecular biology major at ECU, spent 12 weeks of his summer at the prestigious institution in Durham, N.C., working as an intern in Karner’s lab.

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