April 2018

FLOYD/ALLEN FAMILY TO BE RECOGNIZED AT ECU’S EVENING OF HONORS

East Central University has been a common thread for the successful academic endeavors of the Floyd/Allen Family.

Billie Floyd, an ECU alum who served ECU for 31 years as an educator, and her two siblings – brother Dock Wade Fathree and sister Mary Lou Fathree – all graduated from the university as did her late husband Ben Floyd. All three siblings served as instructors, but Billie remained there the longest. Ben eventually taught biology at Ada High School.

Billie’s youngest daughter Amy married Russ Allen, who along with many of his family members attended ECU.

SUMMER ENROLLMENT ONGOING; PELL GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER

Summer enrollment is currently open at East Central University and the year-round Federal Pell Grant is back.

Beginning this summer, Pell Grant eligible students have the opportunity to receive up to 150 percent of the scheduled Pell award each year. If a student was Pell eligible in the fall of 2017 and/or spring of 2018, they may qualify for a Pell Grant this summer.

A student that received a Pell Grant for full-time enrollment for the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018, must be enrolled in at least six hours for the Summer 2018 Semester to be eligible.

“WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?” TO END ECU SCREENS SEASON

To wrap up its spring season, ECU SCREENS is presenting a recorded-live production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” on Friday, May 4, at 6:30 pm in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center.

This new production of Edward Albee’s emotionally charged drama, recorded live at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London, stars Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter) and Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones) as Martha and George.

SRIJITA “DIA” GHOSH NAMED WINNER OF ECU’S 2018 GEORGE NIGH AWARD

Srijita Dia Ghosh, an entrepreneurship specialist, active student and faithful volunteer, has been named the winner of the 2018 George Nigh Award at East Central University.

The award, presented to a top ECU senior at a luncheon Tuesday, April 24, is named in honor of George Nigh, the former governor of Oklahoma and ECU alumnus. Nigh served four terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, four as lieutenant governor and two as governor. He was also president of the University of Central Oklahoma.

JANICE L. GRAY TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD FROM ECU

Janice L. Gray has successfully navigated through many challenges in her life and has never forgotten her alma mater East Central University in the process.

From working her way through ECU while raising three children to managing a firm of certified public accountants, Gray exemplifies caring and determination.

Because of her drive toward excellence, Gray will be honored with ECU’s Distinguished Alumni Award on May, 11, at an Evening of Honors of Recognition. She will also address graduates at one of ECU’s two commencement ceremonies on May 12.

ECU ALUM DR. R. DARRYL FISHER TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

As the recipient of East Central University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1980, Dr. R. Darryl Fisher has made a constant impact on his alma mater.

By virtue of his generosity and passion for the university, Fisher has been named the recipient of ECU’s Distinguished Service Award for 2018. He will receive the award on May 11 at ECU’s Evening of Honors and Recognition.

ECU LEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM RANKED AT TOP IN STATE; FOURTH NATIONALLY

East Central University’s Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies Program has been named as the Best in the State of Oklahoma by PARALEGALEDU.org and it has been ranked fourth nationally for Best Paralegal Studies Degrees by collegechoice.net.

“The ECU Legal Studies Program is unique in the state. Because we work closely with the local legal community, our students are trained to be the best paralegals and legal professionals as possible,” said Dr. Christine Pappas, professor and chair of the ECU Political Science and Legal Studies Department.

MICHAEL O. BROWN TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD FROM ECU ON MAY 11

A qualifying and life member of the Million Dollar Round Table for 40 years, East Central University alumnus Michael O. Brown will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award on Friday, May 11, at the 2018 Evening of Honors and Recognition in ECU Foundation Hall of the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.

Brown will also address candidates for bachelor’s and master’s degrees on Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m. in the Kerr Activities Center.

DANGEROUS, UNUSED, UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS CAN BE DISPOSED OF ON SATURDAY, APRIL 28

In hopes of curtailing prescription drug abuse, the East Central University Campus Suicide Prevention Grant, Pontotoc County Drug Free Coalition and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is hosting an event in which citizens can get rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the 10Box Cost-Plus store at 1716 N. Mississippi in Ada.

The event is being held in conjunction with National Prescription Take Back Day. This service is free and anonymous as no questions will be asked.

CULTURAL ENRICHMENT LEADS TO BENEFICIAL PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN OKLAHOMA HERITAGE BANK, ECU

Cultural enrichment for students, faculty, staff and the community has led to a beneficial partnership between Oklahoma Heritage Bank and East Central University.

Because of those efforts, Oklahoma Heritage Bank was recently recognized with the Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The OHB-ECU partnership was one of 27 business and higher education partnerships throughout the state which were recognized as innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce.

Pages