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  • Posted on: 27 March, 2013

    “Stomp out Sexual Assault”, a community-wide awareness day, will be held on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wintersmith Park in Ada.

    East Central University’s Campus Initiative to Reduce Crime Against Women (CIRCAW) in partnership with The Chickasaw Nation, Family Crisis Center and the Pontotoc County District Attorney’s Office is staging the event in conjunction with April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

    The event will feature a 5K walk, free hamburgers, entertainment and other free park activities.

  • Posted on: 26 March, 2013

    East Central University music faculty members Melody Baggech, Doug Laramore, and Rudy Lupinski will present “Sound the Trumpet”, a recital featuring music for soprano and trumpet, on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center.

    The performance will include music of A. Scarlatti, G.F. Handel, Rossini, Purcell and local composers, Victoria Davison and Lupinski, as well as several jazz pieces. The concert will be assisted by Bronson Warren on contrabass and Ben Finley on drums.

    The concert is free and open to the public.

  • Posted on: 26 March, 2013

    East Central University will conduct a transfer enrollment day on Wednesday, April 10, at ECU’s Bill S. Cole University Center, beginning with a 12:30 p.m. check-in.

    Students will have the opportunity to view the campus, meet with staff members from multiple departments on campus, and enroll with a faculty advisor. Pre-registration and admission to ECU is necessary.

    For more information, contact Kyle Gardner at 580-559-5698 or

  • Posted on: 18 March, 2013

    The eighth annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, featuring Andrew Hudgins, Constance Squires, Anna Myers and Walter Bargen, in addition to more than 50 published authors from Oklahoma and beyond is April 4 - 6, 2013, on the campus of East Central University in Ada, Okla.

    All sessions are free and open to the public.

    Andrew Hudgins’ was born in Killeen, Texas and educated at Huntingdon College and the University of Alabama. He earned his MFA from the University of Iowa in 1983.

  • Posted on: 16 March, 2013
    Photo of President Hargrave and Holliman

    Students from Latta, Bartlesville, Grove, Miami, Moore, Tulsa and Vici were the grand prize winners in the 2012 Oklahoma State Science & Engineering Fair and the Oklahoma Junior Academy of Science State Meet held annually at East Central University in Ada.

    A combined 256 projects were in the competition for cash prizes and other awards.

    In the OSSEF, the $500 Best of Fair Award in Division I (grades 10 to 12) went to Mishana Ellison, a sophomore at Latta High School, for her project, “An examination of plant stomatal response to changing atmospheric conditions.”

  • Posted on: 14 March, 2013
    Students gathered in chairs for interscholastic meet

    Hundreds of high school students traveled to East Central University in February for the 97th Annual ECU Interscholastic Meet. Students from 14 high schools – Ada, Bethel, Bridge Creek, Broken Bow, Byng, Chickasha, Idabel, Jones, Plainview, Prague, Seminole, Southmoore, Western Heights and Westmoore - took competitive examinations in such areas as Art, Business, Communications, Computer Science, English, Foreign Languages, Geography, Government, History, Family and Consumer Sciences, Mathematics, Music, Natural Science and Psychology.

  • Posted on: 14 March, 2013

    Ada High School student Leah Huling (center) is pictured with ECU President John Hargrave (left) and her father Scott Huling after achieving several awards at the recent East Central Oklahoma Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Besides taking first place in the Environmental Sciences division, Leah won the Ricoh Americas Corporation Award for the project that best demonstrates sustainability, bringing corporate, social and environmental responsibilities into balance.

  • Posted on: 14 March, 2013
    Group photo of health officials.

    East Central University was recently selected as a Certified Healthy Campus by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. There were three levels of certification: basic, merit and excellence. ECU received merit certification with the help of its new tobacco-free campus policy. Pictured here in the ECU Wellness Center (left to right) are: Randi McCurley, assistant director of the ECU Wellness Center; ECU President John Hargrave, Peggy Saunkeah, project coordinator for the Campus Initiative to Reduce Crime Against Women (CIRCAW); Dr.


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