June 2018

ECU hosts “An Evening of Employee Recognition”

East Central University employees were recently honored with awards, promotions, for longevity and retirement during “An Evening of Employee Recognition” event held in ECU Foundation Hall of the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.

Dr. Michael Bay, professor of biology, and Susan Ingram, instructor of mass communication, received 2017-2018 Teaching Excellence Awards.

ECU to close for Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4

The East Central University campus and offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Campus offices will reopen on Thursday, July 5, at 7:30 a.m.


ECU student Corey Burton takes ninth place on National Excel Exam

East Central University student Corey Burton (second from right) recently took ninth place on the Excel 2016 Exam at the Certiport 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) United States National Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. Burton qualified for the national competition by virtue of an exceptionally high score on his Excel 2016 Exam and was declared Oklahoma’s champion earlier this year. Burton, from Mounds, Oklahoma and a Beggs High School graduate, is a double major in business administration management (with banking and finance certification) and instrumental music performance.

The Oka’ Institute’s Supervisor of Field Research Receives UAV Certification

Kevin Blackwood, supervisor of Field Research at the Oka’ Institute and adjunct professor in the Environmental Health Sciences Department at East Central University, recently earned certification as a remote pilot for Research Operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration.

“UAVs are useful tools when conducting aerial surveys,” said Blackwood. “Although they're really nothing more than a flying platform, it’s the payload and the operating skills of the pilot that make this useful for research purposes."

ECU Alumni Reunion to be held in Oklahoma City on Friday, June 29

The East Central University Alumni Association is hosting an Oklahoma City Area Alumni Reunion on Friday, June 29, beginning at 6 p.m. at TapWerks Ale House, 121 E. Sheridan, in Oklahoma City. Members and non-members of the ECU Alumni Association are welcome. Online registration is available at alumni.ecok.edu/OKC2018. For more information contact Ashia Hillman at ahillman@ecok.edu or 580-559-5651.


Oka’ Institute selects five East Central University professors for summer research projects

The Oka’ Institute is pleased to announce it has selected five East Central University professors – Dr. Randall Maples, Kevin W. Blackwood, Dr. Christine Pappas, Dr. Terrie Becerra and Dr. Leah S. Dudley - to lead summer research projects.

ECU’s Veterans Upward Bound Program to host series of Academic Boot Camps in Eastern Oklahoma

East Central University’s Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Program is hosting a series of Academic Boot Camps throughout portions of the Eastern half of Oklahoma in the coming weeks.

The Academic Boot Camps are one-day workshops designed to assist military veterans, guard members and reservists who would like to explore the options and resources for college or training at a vocational or technical school.

Topics addressed include: choosing a major and deciding on a career goal, application process, financial aid process, academic preparation and campus resources.