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East Central University’s Honors Program is pleased to announce the publication of “ECU from A to Z,” a 35-page, hardback, full-color book that introduces readers to ECU’s campus and some of the many people who have brought it to life over the years. 

The just-published book is on sale in the Honors Program office and online. 

“ECU from A to Z” is a children’s ABC book first, but it will appeal to current and aspiring ECU graduates, faculty, staff and friends, according to the book’s co-authors – Charlynn Estes, an Honors Program senior; Dr. Steve Benton, Honors Program director; and Benton’s father, Jim Benton, an “adopted member of the Tiger family.”

“We wanted to create something entertaining,” said Estes, whose work on the book helped fulfill the requirements of her Honors thesis. “ECU has published historical books in the past, but they’ve generally focused on providing thorough, complete historical accounts. With ‘ECU from A to Z,’ we've included historical highlights in ways everyone can enjoy.”

According to Estes, each page of “ECU from A to Z” features a playful image of Roary, a hidden tiger claw mark and a short text simple enough for reading to children. The book also includes historical photos, little known facts and colorful anecdotes about ECU’s history that will interest Tigers of all ages.

Each letter of the alphabet is illustrated with a photograph taken of a sign somewhere on campus. Those familiar with the campus will enjoy trying to identify the location of those signs.

According to Dr. Benton, proceeds from the sale of “ECU from A to Z” will allow Honors students to experience a wider range of enrichment activities that might otherwise be unavailable to them.

“Over the past two years, we've taken full busloads of Honors students to visit museums, hear lectures and attend theatrical performances in Oklahoma and bordering states,” said Benton. “This year, some our students are hoping to go as a group to New York City. Proceeds from the sale of this book could help make once-in-a-lifetime trips like that a reality.”

Those interested can pick up a copy of “ECU from A to Z” for $15 in the Honors Center in Faust Hall Room 155, Monday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. when classes are in session. Call 580-559-5738 to confirm. Copies can also be ordered online at

For more information regarding “ECU from A to Z”, please visit or contact Benton at

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