February 2018

ECU ALUMNA SARAH JONES RECEIVES UNDER 30 MEDIA RELATIONS AWARD

An East Central University education can lead you down a different, but successful path.

Just ask Sarah Jones, who is now social media creative producer with the Chickasaw Nation. Jones, a 2015 ECU graduate, recently took home a Nextgen Under 30 Media/Public Relations Award from a statewide event which honors those, under the age of 30, who are already making an impact in their young careers by demonstrating talent, drive and service to their communities.

ECU TO PRESENT PUNCH AND PIE 3 JAZZ BAND CONCERT ON SUNDAY, MARCH 4

East Central University will present the Punch and Pie 3 Jazz Band Concert on Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m. in the Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

The free concert will not only feature the ECU Jazz Ensemble, but also the Konawa High School and Ada High School Jazz Ensembles.

SON OF IMMIGRANTS, FIRST-GENERATION ECU STUDENT RECEIVES NIGH PUBLIC SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP

As a son of immigrant parents, East Central University sophomore student Alexis Benitez, called Alex for short, is highly motivated to attend law school.

A first-generation student and the first in his immediate family to attend college, Benitez is pursuing a degree in political science and legal studies and was recently named the winner of the 2018 George and Donna Nigh Public Service Scholarship, an award presented to college students who are preparing for careers in public service.

ECU SYMPHONIC BAND, WIND ENSEMBLE TO CONDUCT MIDWINTER CONCERT ON SUNDAY, FEB. 25

The East Central University Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will conduct its Midwinter Concert this Sunday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. in the Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

The 45-minute concert is free and open to the public. Dr. Allen Correll will serve as conductor and Kirk Palmer is the assistant conductor.

Pieces of music by the ECU Symphonic Band include: First Suite in E-flat (by Gustav Holst), Fractures in Time (by Michael Sweeney and conducted by Edward Sallee) and Highlights from La La Land (by Hurwitz/Brown).

PIRATE SCHOOL! TO BE PRESENTED AT ECU ON MARCH 1

The madcap, swashbuckling, solo variety show Pirate School! will be presented by veteran New York physical comedian and actor David Engel on Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. at East Central University’s Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

ECU MUSIC DEPARTMENT TO CONDUCT 12th ANNUAL ECU FACULTY, STUDENTS AND FRIENDS COMPOSER CONCERT ON FEB. 26

Placing a special emphasis on student compositions, the East Central University Music Department is conducting its 12th Annual ECU Faculty, Students and Friends Composer Concert – Special Student Edition – on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

The concert is free and open to the public.

ECU ALUMNUS J. MICHAEL PRINCE NAMED CEO OF U.S. POLO ASSOCIATION GLOBAL LICENSING INC.

J. Michael Prince, who graduated at the top of his class from East Central University in 1993 and a Latta High School graduate, was recently named chief executive officer for United States Polo Association Global Licensing Inc., which is the official licensing arm and national broadcaster of the U.S. Polo Association.

Prince had served as chief operating officer of USPA Global Licensing Inc. since May of 2017. The USPAGL manages the U.S. Polo Assn. brand, the USPA’s $1.5 billion global sport-inspired apparel brand.

KARL MARX: UNDER THE MICROSCOPE AT ECU

On the 170th anniversary of the publication of The Communist Manifesto, Linscheid Library Academic Friends and ECU SCREENS are hosting “The Spectre of Marx: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Marxism, Its Origins, and Its Ghostly Presence in Our Contemporary World.”

At 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, the conference will begin with a series of presentations by six ECU faculty who will discuss Marx and his legacy from the perspective of the humanities, philosophy, history, legal studies, economics and Russian studies.

“WHEN ART HEALS” SETS STAGE FOR FOREIGN FILM FESTIVAL FINALE "NISE: THE HEART OF MADNESS" ON FRIDAY, FEB. 16, AT ECU

East Central University’s Eighth Annual Foreign Film Festival concludes on Friday, Feb. 16, with a screening of Nise: The Heart of Madness, which will be preceded by “When Art Heals”: an expert panel discussion with a question and answer session about the power of art to heal and to educate.

“When Art Heals” will begin at 3 p.m. and the film screening will begin at 4 p.m.  Both events will be held in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

ECU THEATRE DEPARTMENT TO PRESENT “HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING,” FEB. 15-17

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a Pulitzer Prize winning musical, will be presented by the East Central University Theatre Department, Feb. 15-17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

Based on Shepherd Mead’s 1952 book, the musical opened in October 1961 and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, a New York Drama Critics Award and the 1962 Pulitzer Prize. It starred Robert Morse and Rudy Vallee, who reprised their roles in the 1967 film.

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