Recent News https://www.ecok.edu/news/2012_news/january_2012/fifth_nobody_added.htm en ECU PROFESSOR DR. LAURA BIXLER PART OF SPECIAL EDUCATION FORUM AT STATE CAPITOL https://www.ecok.edu/article/ecu-professor-dr-laura-bixler-part-special-education-forum-state-capitol <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-portrait-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-portrait/public/Bixler_Laura%202015.jpg?itok=dIgZXSN8" width="400" height="600" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-image-caption field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Dr. Laura Bixler</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>Burnout and frustration have led to a shortage and massive turnover of teachers who work with special-needs students.</p> <p>Dr. Laura Bixler, professor of special education at East Central University, is trying to help fix those problems after recently participating in a forum at the State Capitol. The forum was designed to address ways and ideas in limiting that turnover while improving resources and training for teachers in the State of Oklahoma.</p> <p>The forum was initiated by State Rep. Bobby Cleveland (R-Slaughterville), who was made aware of the struggles after encountering a campaign volunteer who had a disability.</p> <p>“As a result of spending time with the volunteer who had Tourette’s Syndrome and is on the Autism Spectrum, Representative Cleveland started visiting special education classes,” said Bixler. “Our legislators rarely understand the problems surrounding students with special needs. He realized the importance of special needs teachers in the state and has wanted to bring to light special education.”</p> <p>Bixler has a vested interest and desire to see improvement in the development and longevity of special education teachers. Not only has she been teaching and working in the special education field for 37 years, her twin brother has special needs and she is the legal guardian of a 5-year-old boy with Tourette’s Syndrome and epilepsy.</p> <p>“My little boy has been extremely fortunate to have teachers that understand and recognize his strengths and needs, Bixler said.</p> <p>Teacher shortages in special education has been an ongoing problem for years. Part of it is due to high caseloads, but another is due to the No Child Left Behind Act requirements.</p> <p>“For example, one graduate student in ECU’s Master’s Program, currently teaches special needs students in a rural school district. In order for her to be “highly qualified” (MCLB), she has to be certified the same as regular teachers in addition to being certified in the area of special education. This has led to her taking eight different subject area tests at a cost of $125 out of her pocket. She has to be certified in English, history, math and science, in addition to special education.”</p> <p>At the forum, teacher shortages were discussed, according to Bixler.</p> <p>“The forum gave an opportunity to not only identify concerns, but to offer possible solutions. Fifteen years ago, a volunteer committee developed a blueprint for shortage areas in special education, focusing in the 3 R’s – recruit, retrain and retain,” Bixler said. “It was designed not only for teachers, but for speech therapists, school psychologists and other professionals working in the area of special education. After two years of developing the blueprint, it was submitted to state officials, then put on a shelf and never implemented. The blueprint had excellent ideas that are still applicable to today’s shortage of professionals.”</p> <p>An idea for recruitment, Bixler believes, is to have high school students earn high school credit by working with special needs students in their high school. This has proved to be an avenue to attract potential careers in the field, according to Bixler.</p> <p>“We discussed how we can retrain veteran teachers or teachers who didn’t get the training they needed to work with students with disabilities. An example would be to retrain regular teachers to co-teach with special education teachers. This model tears down walls that exist between the different classrooms,” said Bixler. “We need to do a better job of teaching preparation or more development once they’re out of school.”</p> <p>Though not the ideal situation, ECU does offer one program called a ‘Boot Camp,’ which is an option for earning a teaching certificate in special education, according to Bixler.</p> <p>“It’s a non-traditional certification route for special ed teachers. If anyone has a degree in any area, they can go to the boot camp,” Bixler said. “If successful, they will earn a one-year provisional certificate. The Boot Camp includes three classes during the summer, along with 30 clock hours in the field/public school. The participants must then continue taking six hours of credit each year for three years. We’ve been offering this boot camp for three years.”</p> <p>Bixler says working with children who have disabilities is a privilege that should never be taken lightly.</p> <p>“The demands are high, the pay is low, but the reward is being able to look back and see the impact…one child at a time,” she said.</p> <p> </p> <p align="center"><strong>-ECU-</strong></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-immediate-release field-type-text-long field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">For Immediate Release:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;">Contact: Brian Johnson or Amy Ford</p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;">                                East Central University Communications and Marketing</p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;">                              580-559-5650 or 405-812-1428 (cell)</p> </div></div></div> Fri, 12 May 2017 17:13:40 +0000 bjohnson 14490 at https://www.ecok.edu FIVE ECU PROFESSORS RECEIVE OKA’ INSTITUTE’S SUMMER RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY AWARD https://www.ecok.edu/article/five-ecu-professors-receive-oka-institute-s-summer-research-opportunity-award <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-portrait-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-portrait/public/OKA%20Institute%20logo_0.jpg?itok=t7wokqj3" width="400" height="187" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>Five East Central University faculty members are the inaugural Summer Research Opportunity Award winners for the Oka’ Institute, it was recently announced.</p> <p>Dr. Randall D. Maples, assistant professor in ECU’s Department of Chemistry; Dr. J. Bruce Moring, assistant professor in the Department of Biology; Dr. Terrie Becerra and Dr. Erick Ananga, assistant professors in the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies and Dr. Nicholas Jacob, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science developed proposals that are consistent with the Oka’ Institute’s research projects of enhancing aquifer recharge and groundwater and surface water interaction.</p> <p>The five were selected by virtue of their close alignment with the Oka’ Institute’s goals of education, research, information and policy development.</p> <p>In order to be considered for the Research Opportunity, ECU faculty had to first apply to become a research professor with the Oka’ Institute. Once their application was received, they were invited to submit a one-two page proposal outlining their research project, their goals/outputs and the supply and equipment budget of their project.</p> <p>Each research professor selected will receive supplemental pay for the eight-week research period and must include 1-2 undergraduate research study positions in their project. Research students will receive a stipend for their work and have the unique opportunity to participate in research on ECU’s campus as an undergraduate.</p> <p>Here is the biographical information on the five Summer Research Opportunity Award winners:</p> <p><strong>Dr. Randall Maples</strong></p> <p>Maples, who has held the rank of assistant professor of chemistry at ECU since 2016, earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a doctorate of philosophy in analytical chemistry from Oklahoma State University. His research as an analytic chemist has examined nanotechnology and neurotoxicology. His research project is entitled: <em>Quantitation of the movement of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles through porous media. </em>Maples and students will conduct research into the use of nanoparticles as tracers for groundwater flow in subsurface environments. They will create and study the characteristics of dye linked, magnetically recoverable nanoparticles under a variety of environmental conditions, including those that could be representative of the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer.</p> <p><strong>Dr. J. Bruce Moring</strong></p> <p>Moring earned a doctorate of philosophy in ecology from the University of North Texas (1991), master of science in biology from Angelo State University (1986), master of science in zoology from Texas Tech University (1984) and a bachelor of science in biology from Angelo State (1982). Moring brings 21 years of applied research as freshwater ecologist and senior biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Texas Water Science Center. He has additional experience overseeing the USGS’s National Water Quality Assessment Program from the Trinity River Basin in Texas. Moring’s research project is entitled: <em>Synoptic Survey of the Ecological Status of Streams in the Upper Blue River Basin, Oklahoma</em>. Moring and students will conduct a low-flow synoptic survey of the ecological status of perennial streams within the Upper Blue River Basin. The study will provide stream ecological data and associated interpretation that will support sustainable ecological management of streams in a river basin that is hydrologically dependent on groundwater inflows (base flow) from the Eastern Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer.</p> <p><strong>Dr. Terrie Becerra and Dr. Erick Ananga</strong></p> <p>Becerra’s emphasis area is natural resources and the environment. She held post-doctoral positions at both Kansas State University (2013-2016) and Oklahoma State University (2010-2012) before coming to ECU in the fall of 2016. Her research has focused on attitudes, perceptions and beliefs related to watershed management, water governance structures in Kansas, grazing land biodiversity and attitudes regarding climate change in the Southern Great Plains.</p> <p>Ananga earned a doctorate in geography and environmental science and policy from the University of South Florida, a master’s in politics and international development from the University of East Anglia Norwich UK and a bachelor in international development studies with economics major from the University of East Anglia Norwich UK. His research focuses on examining the tenability of community participation theory in explicating water production and management dynamics in urban informal neighborhoods. Previously, Ananga was an adjunct assistant professor at the School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida.</p> <p>The research project for Becerra and Ananga is entitled: <em>Mapping attitudes and behaviors regarding household water use in Ada, Oklahoma</em>. Becerra, Ananga and students will conduct research to identify water consumption behavior, attitudes, perceptions and beliefs of Ada area water consumers. Collection and interpretation of this information will be beneficial for initiating proactive, sustainable water management practices for the greater Ada community.</p> <p><strong>Dr. Nicholas Jacob</strong></p> <p>Jacob received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics in 2006 and his doctorate in applied mathematics in 2013, both from the University of Missouri. His graduate work was in statistical mechanics, creating a probability density function that captured the full dynamics of the system. Jacob has participated in research workshops sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. His students have presented research regionally and nationally. Prior to his arrival at ECU, Jacob was a Mathematical Association of America NExT Fellow. His project is entitled: <em>Economic Impact of Clean Water in Oklahoma</em>. Jacob and students will examine the correlation between water resourced and economics in the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer of Oklahoma. This research group will use a hedonic pricing model in an attempt to look at how changes in water quality and quantity affect the price of homes, agricultural land, companies and any other industry with direct relation to the aquifer.</p> <p align="center"><strong>-ECU-</strong></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-immediate-release field-type-text-long field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">For Immediate Release:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <p>Contact: Morgan Edwards at 580-559-5151 of the Oka’ Institute or Brian Johnson or Amy Ford of East Central University Communications and Marketing at 580-559-5650 or 405-812-1428 (cell)</p> </div></div></div> Fri, 12 May 2017 16:34:38 +0000 bjohnson 14489 at https://www.ecok.edu JOHN WATERS TO SPEAK, PERFORM AT MOMENTUM ADA ON FRIDAY, MAY 19 https://www.ecok.edu/article/john-waters-speak-perform-momentum-ada-friday-may-19 <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-portrait-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-portrait/public/John%20Waters%20Poster.jpg?itok=Qu4P92qD" width="400" height="600" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>John Waters is a man of many monikers - ‘The Prince of Puke,’ ‘The Duke of Dirt,’ and ‘The Sultan of Sleeze.’                     </p> <p>The raconteur will serve as the keynote speaker in “This Filthy World” as a part of Momentum Ada 2017 on Friday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ataloa Theatre of East Central University’s Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. The event is recommended for mature audiences only.</p> <p>Waters is famed throughout the world for his trash epic films including: “Pink Flamingos,” “Female Trouble,” “Desperate Living,” “Polyester,” “Serial Mom,” “Pecker,” “Cecil B. Demented,” and “A Dirty Shame.”</p> <p>Two of his surprisingly commercial films have been adapted for the stage. “Hairspray,” winner of eight Tony Awards, and “Cry Baby – The Musical,” which was nominated four Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Musical. In the summer of 2007, “Hairspray” reinvented itself cinematically as big-budget Hollywood movie, starring John Travolta, that became a smash hit worldwide. Waters also authored “Role Models,” published in 2010, as a self-portrait told through intimate literary profiles of the author’s favorite personalities – some famous, some unknown, some criminal and some surprisingly middle-of-the road.</p> <p>“This Filthy World” is Waters’ rapid-fire, one-man spoken word ‘Vaudeville” act that celebrates the film career and joyously appalling taste of the man William Burroughs once called “The Pope of Trash.” Updated and expanded from the original film versions that enjoyed critical success at the Edinburgh, Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals, the live performance of “This Filthy World” focuses on Waters’ early negative artistic influences, his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, the extremes of the art world, Catholicism, sexual deviancy and a love of reading.</p> <p>Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by going online to ecok.edu/FineArts, email at <a href="mailto:boxoffice@ecok.edu">boxoffice@ecok.edu</a> or by calling 580-559-5751. Season passes for the 2016-17 ECU Fine Arts Season will be accepted.</p> <p>The event, as part of Momentum Ada, includes the following sponsors: Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, The Chickasaw Nation, The Law Offices of James R. Neal, David and Deanna Piercy, GFC Enterprises, OG&amp;E, Mercy Hospital, Dr. F. Bradley Jessop and Stephen Kovash.</p> <p>Sponsors from the 2016-2017 Fine Arts Season include: Communication Federal Credit Union, The Ada News, Score Broadcasting, Hampton Inn and Suites, Vision Bank, Santa Fe Cattle Co., Citizen’s Bank, ECU Bookstore, Vintage 22 and LaQuinta Inns and Suites. Those who have a season ticket patron card can make it a dinner and show by presenting it at Rib Crib, Vintage 22 or the Santa Fe Steakhouse for a 10 percent discount on the night of the show.</p> <p>Momentum Ada 2017 is an interactive film and new media art event in which Oklahoma artists, 30 years of age and under, participate as two artists receive honoraria and curatorial guidance on a site-specific project or body of work.</p> <p align="center"><strong>-ECU-</strong></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-immediate-release field-type-text-long field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">For Immediate Release:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <p style="margin-left:6.5in;"><strong>Wednesday, May 10, 2017</strong></p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;">                                Contact: Brian Johnson or Amy Ford</p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;">                                East Central University Communications and Marketing</p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;">                              580-559-5650 or 405-812-1428 (cell)</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 10 May 2017 19:27:37 +0000 bjohnson 14471 at https://www.ecok.edu MAJOR ED PULIDO TO SERVE AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT ECU’S VETERANS AND MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY ON MAY 18 https://www.ecok.edu/article/major-ed-pulido-serve-keynote-speaker-ecu-s-veterans-and-military-appreciation-day-may-18 <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-portrait-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-portrait/public/Ed%20Standing%20Flag%20and%20Text%20v4.jpg?itok=pwkroZku" width="400" height="518" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-image-caption field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Major Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (retired)</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>Major Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (retired), will be the keynote speaker as East Central University’s Veterans Upward Bound Program is set to host Veterans and Military Appreciation Day on Thursday, May 18, in ECU Foundation Hall of the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.</p> <p>The event, made possible by generous donations, is free and open to the public and military attire is welcome. Vendor tables will be available at 9 a.m. with the program set to start at 10 a.m. Lunch is provided on a first-come, first-served basis and door prizes will be drawn during lunch. The program will feature the presentation of the Bret D. Isenhower Scholarship and, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., service providers will be doing speed sharing presentations.</p> <p>More than 40 programs, organizations, businesses and schools confirmed to have a vendor table.</p> <p>Major Pulido is a vision of resiliency after a traumatic life-changing event while serving his country in Iraq on Aug. 17, 2004 as he hit an Improvised Explosive Device (I.E.D.) or roadside bomb. During his time in the hospital, Pulido experienced the inner darkness of depression, PTSD and suicidal ideation that would cripple his positive spirit, along with eventually losing his leg with what happened that day.</p> <p>He described this inner darkness as a “deep wounding of a soldier’s spirit.” It was at this time, he understood that a Warrior could not walk alone in this journey. In that moment, he asked for help from God, country, family and the American people.</p> <p>The result of this intervention would put his life on the road to recovery. It would also be the building block for his understanding the inner wounds of war. Pulido’s firsthand account of coming out of the darkness of depression, made him an ideal candidate to educate the public on resilience.</p> <p>Pulido is now senior vice president for the Folds of Honor Foundation and founder of Warriors for Freedom and a spokesperson for AROGA Health. The Folds of Honor Foundation</p> <p>provides education scholarships to the children and spouses of fallen and disabled service</p> <p>members while serving our nation. The Warriors for Freedom Foundation is a resource dedicated to supporting and improving mental, physical and holistic wellness for our nation’s active military veterans and their families.</p> <p>Bart Culver, the son of an Army veteran, will be making a presentation as well. He started working for the United States Department of Veteran Affairs in 2007 in the customer service department. He then went on to process education benefit claims until 2012 when he became the USVDA education liaison representative for Oklahoma.</p> <p>Culver works with the Oklahoma State Accrediting Agency (OK SAA) as well as schools and training establishments across the state, making sure that they are operating in compliance with federal regulations.</p> <p>For more information on ECU’s Veterans and Military Appreciation Day, contact the ECU Veterans Upward Bound Office at 580-559-5459.</p> <p align="center"><strong>-ECU-</strong></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-immediate-release field-type-text-long field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">For Immediate Release:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;">Contact: Brian Johnson or Amy Ford</p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;">                                East Central University Communications and Marketing</p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;">                              580-559-5650 or 405-812-1428 (cell)</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 10 May 2017 18:19:52 +0000 bjohnson 14470 at https://www.ecok.edu ECU EMPLOYEE ALEXANDER WINS HER AGE DIVISION IN 5K RACE AT OKLAHOMA CITY MEMORIAL MARATHON https://www.ecok.edu/article/ecu-employee-alexander-wins-her-age-division-5k-race-oklahoma-city-memorial-marathon <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-portrait-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-portrait/public/Janet%20Alexander.jpg?itok=zrBUKFAI" width="400" height="533" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>Janet Alexander, dean’s secretary for East Central University’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, captured first place in her age division in the 5k race at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Run to Remember. Alexander, competing in the 65-69 women’s age group, clocked in at 32:26, which was 4:20 better than her closest challenger in Sharon Gooden, of Kingfisher. Alexander has run in 80 races and has placed first in her age group 59 times, since 2006.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-immediate-release field-type-text-long field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">For Immediate Release:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;">Contact: Brian Johnson or Amy Ford</p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;">                                East Central University Communications and Marketing</p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;">                              580-559-5650 or 405-812-1428 (cell)</p> </div></div></div> Fri, 05 May 2017 19:46:30 +0000 bjohnson 14457 at https://www.ecok.edu ECU TO CONDUCT COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES ON SATURDAY, MAY 6 https://www.ecok.edu/article/ecu-conduct-commencement-exercises-saturday-may-6 <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>East Central University is expected to grant bachelor’s degrees to 496 candidates and master’s degrees to 153 more during ECU’s 2017 Spring Commencement Ceremonies Saturday, May 6, at the Kerr Activities Center.</p> <p>J. Michael Prince, a global retail executive, will be the keynote speaker during the 10 a.m. ceremony while former Oklahoma Gov. George Nigh will address candidates during the 2 p.m. exercises.</p> <p>For the first time, the commencement ceremonies are scheduled to be livestreamed at <a href="http://www.ecutigers.com/watch/?Live=300&amp;type=Live">http://www.ecutigers.com/watch/?Live=300&amp;type=Live</a>.</p> <p>Here is biographical information on the two featured speakers:</p> <p><strong>J. MICHAEL PRINCE</strong></p> <p>J. Michael Prince, who graduated at the top of his class in 1993 while majoring in accounting at East Central University, is a global retail executive who has worked in senior leadership positions with some of the most iconic sports &amp; fashion brands in the world including Nike, Cole Haan, Converse, Hurley, Umbro and Guess? </p> <p>He is also a strategic advisor working across multiple industries partnering with Family Offices and Native American tribes on potential marketplace and investment opportunities.</p> <p>Prince started his professional career in Oklahoma with his first job at PriceWaterhouse where he earned his CPA.  He later worked for two of Oklahoma’s most prestigious companies, Devon Energy and BancFirst.  He most recently served as the president and board member of Cole Haan, the global fashion brand. </p> <p>As president of the company, he provided executive leadership over commercial, operational and financial aspects of the business including the Company’s 300 global retail stores, digital commerce and extensive international and licensing businesses as well as new product categories. </p> <p>Prince has both public and private company executive and board experience and has worked closely with the Wall Street and private equity communities. Prince’s accomplishments as an executive have ranged from overseeing a $4 billion portfolio of brands for Nike to expanding Cole Haan’s billion-dollar global retail and digital footprint internationally.  He has also worked with sports icons such as Dwyane Wade, formerly of the Miami Heat and now with the Chicago Bulls, as well as global collaborations with American Airlines. </p> <p>While at ECU, Prince was also vice president of the ECU Student Body. He earned his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and currently serves on the Board.  He was raised in the local Ada area where he graduated from Latta High School and is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.  He is a donor to East Central’s Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business and has established scholarships at Duke University and the Choctaw Nation.</p> <p>Finally, Prince has been a featured speaker at numerous collegiate events for Duke University, University of Oklahoma and ECU, discussing the topics of global brands, international business, and entrepreneurship. He is an advisory board member and investor of Toronto International Fashion Week (TIFW). Prince is also a member of New York Metro’s Young Presidents Organization and was honored in 2016 with the State of Creativity Award by Oklahoma’s Governor.  He and his wife Amanda reside in West Palm Beach, Florida and have two sons, Coleman and Benjamin.</p> <p><strong>GOV. GEORGE NIGH</strong></p> <p>Gov. George Nigh, a 1950 graduate of East Central University (then called East Central State College), served as the 17<sup>th</sup> and 22<sup>nd</sup> Governor of Oklahoma. His delivering of today’s commencement address enables him to set a Guinness World Record for the number of times in which a speaker has spoken at a college graduation ceremony.</p> <p>In 1950, Nigh began a 32-year career in public office. He was the youngest member of the House of Representatives when he was elected and taught at McAlester High School, taking a leave of absence in alternate years that the Legislature met.</p> <p>At the age of 31 in 1958, Nigh was elected lieutenant governor, the youngest in state history and the youngest in the nation at that time. He lost his bid for governor in 1962, but briefly served as governor of Oklahoma for nine days from Jan. 6-14, 1963 after the death of U.S. Sen. Robert Kerr. The sitting governor J. Howard Edmondson resigned in order to be appointed by Nigh to fill Kerr’s seat.</p> <p>In 1966, Nigh was elected lieutenant governor and served in that capacity until being elected governor in 1978 and ultimately being re-elected in 1982.</p> <p>Some of his achievements, include being the first Oklahoma Governor to be re-elected and the first to win all 77 counties in the state. He appointed the first two women – Yvonne Kauger and Alma Wilson – to serve as justices of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. He also is credited with increasing the numbers of minorities serving on state boards and commissions as well as management of state agencies. In addition, he introduced legislation designating “Oklahoma!” as the state song.</p> <p>Nigh later served as president of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.</p> <p>Born on June 9, 1927, Nigh served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-1946. He graduated from McAlester High School and Eastern Oklahoma College in Wilburton before graduating from ECU in 1950.</p> <p>He and his wife Donna head the Donna Nigh Foundation, a nonprofit organization serving Oklahomans with developmental disabilities.</p> <p><strong>-ECU-</strong></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-immediate-release field-type-text-long field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">For Immediate Release:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <p>Contact: Brian Johnson or Amy Ford</p> <p>                          East Central University Communications and Marketing</p> <p>                          580-559-5650 or 405-812-1428 (cell)</p> </div></div></div> Mon, 01 May 2017 15:38:22 +0000 bjohnson 14447 at https://www.ecok.edu ECU’S DR. MICHAEL SCOTT TO RECEIVE ACBSP REGION 6 TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD https://www.ecok.edu/article/ecu-s-dr-michael-scott-receive-acbsp-region-6-teaching-excellence-award <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-portrait-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-portrait/public/Dr.%20Michael%20Scott.jpg?itok=9zRMlZPn" width="400" height="716" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-image-caption field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Dr. Michael Scott</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>Dr. Michael Scott, professor of business administration in East Central University’s Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business, was selected for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Region 6 Teaching Excellence Award for 2017.</p> <p>For the third year in a row, an ECU faculty member from the Stonecipher School of Business has been honored. Dr. Stacey Bolin was chosen for the award in 2016 and Dr. Thomas A. Zeni in 2015.</p> <p>“I was excited to hear about being named as the Region 6 award winner,” said Scott. “It is such an honor to be recognized by our accreditation body in this manner.”</p> <p>Scott was picked for the award for Region 6, which consists of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana. He will receive a medallion and cash prize at the ACBSP National Conference in Anaheim, California in June and will be recognized with 10 other regional winners. All 11 are finalists for the ACBSP National Teaching Excellence Award, which will be announced in Anaheim.</p> <p>“As an educator, Dr. Scott challenges his students. He sets high expectations and holds them to that level throughout his courses. Students know that when they enroll in one of his courses, they are expected to perform,” said Dr. Charlie C. Jones, chair of ECU’s Department of Business Administration. “Dr. Scott is one of our more demanding professors. However, what he demands from the students, he is also willing to supply. Throughout his courses, he pushes himself to teach each course better than the last time and develop and implement new methods to reach the students.”</p> <p>Scott earned a Ph.D. in economics from Clemson University in 2012 with his primary fields of interest in international finance, international trade, empirical international trade and economic growth. His research centers around the causes and effects on banking crises, and more recently, the relationship between ethical behavior and firm valuation.</p> <p> “The administration and my colleagues at the Stonecipher School of Business had a big part in this,” Scott said. “This is the third year in a row that a professor from our department has received the honor. It speaks to the success of our department and the freedom and opportunities that we are given to succeed.”</p> <p>Scott is a member of the American Economic Association, the Society of Business Ethics, and has been teaching various levels of economics, finance, business ethics, and statistic since 2002. He earned a bachelor of business administration in economics and international business and a master of arts in research/applied economics from the University of Oklahoma in 2003. In addition to his academic appointment, he was named the director of the Oscar L. Parker Center of Ethics at ECU in 2015.</p> <p>“In the four years that Dr. Scott has been at ECU, he has proven himself as an effective educator and valued colleague,” Jones said. “Through his eagerness to contribute, he has played an important role in the success that both the department and the School of Business has experienced during this timeframe.”</p> <p>The ACBSP Associate Degree Commission established the International Teaching Excellence Award in 1995 to recognize outstanding classroom teachers. In 2002, the Baccalaureate Degree Commission created a similar award to recognize excellence in teaching at the baccalaureate/graduate degree level. ACBSP is the only specialized body for business schools that presents an award recognizing excellence in teaching, open to application by the entire membership.</p> <p> </p> <p align="center"><strong>-ECU-</strong></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-immediate-release field-type-text-long field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">For Immediate Release:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <p>Contact: Brian Johnson or Amy Ford</p> <p>                          East Central University Communications and Marketing</p> <p>                          580-559-5650 or 405-812-1428 (cell)</p> </div></div></div> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:19:49 +0000 bjohnson 14446 at https://www.ecok.edu ECU STUDENT KATE DRAPER TO DO MARINE BIOLOGY INTERNSHIP IN MARYLAND THIS SUMMER https://www.ecok.edu/article/ecu-student-kate-draper-do-marine-biology-internship-maryland-summer <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-portrait-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-portrait/public/Kate%20Draper.jpg?itok=dUCc2q6_" width="400" height="490" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-image-caption field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Kate Draper</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>Kate Draper is ready to try her hand in marine biology research this summer.</p> <p>The East Central University freshman biology major and Ada resident will do a marine and estuarine science internship at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, June 5-Aug. 11, through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.</p> <p>“This is a great opportunity to make connections for graduate school and help get the ECU name out there,” said Draper “I’m really excited for being able to work in both the field and lab and it will help me focus on what I want to do with my career.”</p> <p>Draper applied online for the internship through the National Science Foundation. The internship is one of only 15-20 spots available through the Maryland institution as Dr. Alisha Howard, assistant professor of biology at ECU, helped guide Draper through the application process.</p> <p>“This is great for Kate and East Central. She’ll be introduced to the competitive, intense drive that most scientists have. It will be amazing,” said Howard. “Doors will be opened for her to do more research, if she would like, here and her research experience will be good for ECU.”</p> <p>Each research student will have a mentor during the summer internship, according to Draper.</p> <p>“They were mostly looking for students that didn’t have easy access to the ocean. So, growing up in Oklahoma helped me get that internship,” Draper said.</p> <p>About to complete her freshman year at ECU, Draper credits her ECU professors – Dr. Howard and Dr. Kenneth Andrews – in helping prepare her for this opportunity, one that doesn’t usually go to someone who is about to complete only their freshman year.</p> <p>“Both have helped me cultivate my love for science,” said Draper. “They’ve shown me hard work ethic, how to do things correctly and, if I’m struggling, they’ll help you learn the material better.”</p> <p>Draper says he love for biology began at Ada High School, under the tutelage of Kay Gamble, who is now a biotechnology instructor at the Pontotoc Technology Center in Ada.</p> <p>With it being her first research experience, Draper says she is not sure what to anticipate, but thanks to the foundation laid through her high school and ECU freshman-year experience, has the confidence to make it an exciting and rewarding endeavor.</p> <p><em>ECU’s College of Health and Sciences offers more than 19 degree programs in all aspects of natural, health and mathematical sciences. This college houses the department of biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, family and consumer science, mathematics, computer science, nursing and pre-professional. The programs enable students to gain knowledge and skills within each of these fields and become informed citizens that can effectively serve society as teachers, research specialists, medical professionals, inventors, computer programmers and numerous other professionals.</em></p> <p> </p> <p align="center"><strong>-ECU-</strong></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-immediate-release field-type-text-long field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">For Immediate Release:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <p>Contact: Brian Johnson or Amy Ford</p> <p>                          East Central University Communications and Marketing</p> <p>                          580-559-5650 or 405-812-1428 (cell)</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:31:36 +0000 bjohnson 14445 at https://www.ecok.edu HENDERSON NAMED WINNER OF ECU’S PRESTIGIOUS GEORGE NIGH AWARD https://www.ecok.edu/article/henderson-named-winner-ecu-s-prestigious-george-nigh-award <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-portrait-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-portrait/public/Nigh%20Award%201.jpg?itok=kHWyMuc1" width="400" height="300" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-image-caption field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">East Central University President Dr. Katricia Pierson (left) and former Oklahoma Gov. George Nigh (right) pose with the four finalists for the George Nigh Award. From left (next to Pierson) are Jessica Potter, of Cyril; Kristina Mayfield, of Pauls Valley; Anna Lawler, of Chandler and the George Nigh Award winner Carlee Henderson, of Ada and Latta High School. The George Nigh Award is presented to the top graduating senior from ECU. The ceremony was held at the annual George Nigh Award Luncheon on Wednesday.</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>East Central University biology major Carlee Henderson was named the 2017 George Nigh Award winner for being the top graduating senior, it was announced at a luncheon on Wednesday in ECU Foundation Hall of the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.</p> <p>Henderson, an Ada resident and Latta High School graduate, was one of four finalists for the prestigious honor. The other three were Anna Lawler, a nursing major from Chandler; Kristina Mayfield, a history-teacher certification major from Pauls Valley and Jessica Potter, an elementary education major from Cyril.</p> <p>The award 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.</p> <p>The late Julian Rothbaum, a Tulsa oilman, banker and one-time state regent for higher education, established an endowment through the ECU Foundation Inc. to fund the Nigh Award. Each year top ECU seniors are selected to apply for this award and undergo a rigorous application and interview process.</p> <p>Henderson is set to graduate in May with a bachelor of science in biology and chemistry. She plans to continue her education at the Oklahoma State College of Osteopathic Medicine where she will pursue a medical degree. Henderson is a certified nurse aide and has more than 75 hours of experience shadowing local physicians.</p> <p>She is a member of the ECU Spanish Club as well as being a member of the Alpha Chi and Beta Beta Beta Honor Societies. Henderson is also a member of the McNair Scholars Program and the Vision Bank Presidential Leadership Program. She has been a member of the ECU softball squad since 2013 and was part of a Great American Conference Championship Team in 2015-16. She has also served as a volunteer for several local organizations, including Abba’s Tables, Athletes for Others, Oklahoma Blood Institute and the Compassion Outreach Center.</p> <p>During her undergraduate career, Henderson has received multiple awards, including the Crafton-Tull GAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete, Division 2 Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award and was named ECU’s 2015 Homecoming Queen.</p> <p>Here are short biographies of the other three finalists:</p> <p><strong>Anna Lawler</strong></p> <p>Lawler is expected to graduate in May with a bachelor of science in nursing. She has spent two summers in Hong Kong serving the Chinese people through ministry and works as a volunteer in local nursing homes. Lawler has completed over 700 clinical hours and was recognized as the American Red Cross Nursing Pin this spring. She is a member of the TriBeta National Biological Honor Society, Alpha Chi and the East Central University Nursing Student Association. Lawler has received multiple awards, including the George and Donna Nigh Leadership Scholarship Academy, Presidential Plus Scholarship and the Genevieve Goodman Community Service Award and Scholarship. She is passionate about serving others and excited to begin her career as a registered nurse.</p> <p><strong>Kristina Mayfield</strong></p> <p>Mayfield plans to graduate in May with a bachelor of arts in history (teacher certification). She is a member of Alpha Chi and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Societies and has served as the President of the Oklahoma Gamma Chapter of Alpha Chi. Mayfield has also served as vice president of the Student Oklahoma Education Association of ECU, treasure of the Student Council for Exceptional Children and senator of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences to the Student Government Association of ECU. She actively pursues professional development opportunities, including the Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA) Fall Professional Development Conference, Oklahoma Leadership Retreat and Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English (OCTE) Conference. Mayfield is an adamant supporter of public education and plans to continue pursuing her master’s degree in school counseling while teaching social studies or English Language Arts (ELA) at a middle school.</p> <p><strong>Jessica Potter</strong></p> <p>Potter is expected to graduate in May with a bachelor of arts in elementary education. She was an ambassador for the NASA Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium and treasurer for the Student Oklahoma Education Association. Potter is a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society Oklahoma Gamma Chapter. She volunteers locally at Abba’s Tables, PAWS and H2O Engage and The Loop. Potter was a presenter at the Space Exploration Educators Conference and has attended the Upward and Onward Conference and multiple SOEA conferences. She will be pursuing her master’s degree in sports psychology while teaching in a middle school classroom in the Ada area. She ultimately plans to pursue a doctorate degree.</p> <p> </p> <p align="center"><strong>-ECU-</strong></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-immediate-release field-type-text-long field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">For Immediate Release:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <p>Contact: Brian Johnson or Amy Ford</p> <p>                          East Central University Communications and Marketing</p> <p>                          580-559-5650 or 405-812-1428 (cell)</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:10:03 +0000 bjohnson 14444 at https://www.ecok.edu WOODWIND CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT SET FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 30, AT ECU https://www.ecok.edu/article/woodwind-chamber-music-concert-set-sunday-april-30-ecu <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/styles/article-landscape/public/default_images/logo_1.png?itok=Sg_U3IZG" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>East Central University’s Boswell Chapel will be the site as the ECU Student Woodwind Chamber Music Concert will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 30.</p> <p>The concert is free and open to the public.</p> <p>The program will feature a woodwind duo, coached by Alexandra Aguirre, with Chance VanSandt, of Claremore on the flute and Sarah Sanford, of Ada via Byng High School, on the clarinet. A woodwind quintet, also coached by Aguirre, will feature Flora Knight, of Wynnewood, on the flute; Anna Parker on the flute; Shiloh Earsom, of Jennings, on the bassoon; Kadin Keenom on the horn and Krysta Brown, of Prague, on the clarinet.</p> <p>A saxophone quartet, coached by Nathaniel Berman, will include Dillyn Stephens, of Norman; Anthony Smith, Oklahoma City; Shelby Hubbard, Chelsea and Abigail Hardage, Washington, Oklahoma. Another woodwind duo, coached by Berman, will feature Knight on the saxophone and Kelly Gage, of Antlers, on the bass clarinet.</p> <p>A clarinet quartet, coached by Berman, consists of Kayle Humphreys, of Beggs; Jasmine Johnson, of Oklahoma City via Southmoore High School; Autumn Morris; Nolan Pullen, of Davis and Katelyn Rogers, of Checotah.</p> <p>Finally, a clarinet quartet also coached by Berman, will include Krysta Brown, of Prague; Quentin Palmer, Ada; Colton Groover and Sanford.</p> <p align="center"><strong>-ECU-</strong></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-immediate-release field-type-text-long field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">For Immediate Release:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> <p>Contact: Brian Johnson or Amy Ford</p> <p>                          East Central University Communications and Marketing</p> <p>                          580-559-5650 or 405-812-1428 (cell)</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:20:49 +0000 bjohnson 14441 at https://www.ecok.edu