December 2017

ECU MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER DEPARTMENT HELPS SECURE GRANT FOR PONTOTOC ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY FROM PETSMART CHARITIES

East Central University and the Pontotoc Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) announced its receipt of a new $1,553.89 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America.

The new grant will support the daily operations of PAWS so they can continue their efforts to help local shelter pets thrive as they continued their journey to finding forever homes and families.

ECU CAPTURES VOTER REGISTRATION AWARD FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR

For the fourth year in a row, East Central University was honored for its civic engagement after tying for first place in the Oklahoma Campus Compact 2017 Voter Registration Contest.

ECU tied with Southwestern Oklahoma State University for first place in the Equality Division (institutions with enrollment of 3,001-7000 students) at 6.8 percent.

ECU EMPLOYEE SARAH GARCIA HONORED WITH SAUNDRA MACE AWARD

Sarah Garcia, secretary to the dean in East Central University’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, is the recipient of the Saundra Mace Award from the Oklahoma Political Science Association.

Garcia, who has worked at ECU for more than 30 years and is a graduate of the university, recently accepted the award at the OPSA’s Awards Banquet at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur

ECU STUDENT ACHIEVES SCIENCE COLLEGIATE ACADEMY AWARDS

Maranda Robin Clymer, an East Central University physics major from Ada, won Best Undergraduate Paper and the Outstanding Undergraduate Oral Presentation Award for Physical Sciences at the 106th Technical Meeting of the Oklahoma Academy of Science Collegiate Academy Awards for 2017.

Clymer’s winning presentation was entitled “The Effects of Temperature of the Attenuation Coefficient of Ultrasound.”

Her awards were two of six earned by ECU students at the conference.

HEARTBREAKING SITUATION LEADS TO PRUETT CONTINUING HER PURSUIT OF A MASTER’S DEGREE AT ECU

Rhonda Pruett is hoping to turn a heartbreaking situation into an exciting one as she prepares to attend East Central University this spring.

Pruett, a non-traditional student, resident of Lexington, Oklahoma and an elementary special education teacher for the Bethel Schools in the Shawnee area, was working hard on a master’s of counseling degree at St. Gregory’s University when she was blindsided by some awful news on Nov. 8.

JOHNSON NAMED NEW HEAD FOOTBALL COACH AT ECU

East Central University Director of Athletics Dr. Jeff Williams has announced the hiring of Al Johnson as the 19th head coach for the Tiger football program and just the fourth in the NCAA era, since 1997.

ECU STUDENT DIEGO CIFUENTES TO SERVE INTERNSHIP THIS SPRING FOR FLORIDA CONGRESSWOMAN ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN

East Central University double-major Diego Cifuentes is embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this spring.

The native of Miami, Florida and resident of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, is going to do an internship for U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida, representing the 27th District which encompasses most of Miami and Coral Gables) in Washington D.C., while earning 15 hours of college credit to kick off 2018.