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May graduates of the ECU @ Southeastern Nursing program in Durant are Melissa Gann of Hugo (front row, from left); Jennifer LaRue, Durant; Robin Smith, Sherman, Texas; and Erica Barber, Haworth; (second row) Sarah Reyes, Durant; Lyndsey Voto, Sherman, Texas; Katie Quisenberry, Durant; Amy Hill, Hugo; and Autumn Hembree, Granbury, Texas; (third row) Rebecca Weil, Boswell; Meghan Clark, Durant; and Destiny Pebworth, Atoka; and (fourth row) Emily Keels, Gunter, Texas. Graduates not shown are Carla Brown Miller, Boswell, and Jacy Shockey, Antlers. The ECU @ Southeastern program allows students to graduate from East Central University's nursing program but take all their classes at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and complete their clinical requirements in the Durant area.
East Central University's Groovy Grads of the 1960s and 1970s need to mark Oct. 9 on their calendars, along with other ECU alums, students and friends. That will be ECU's 2010 Homecoming. The ECU Homecoming Committee has announced the 2010 Homecoming theme, "Peace, Love and Happiness . . . Keep on Groovin,'" and wants to hear from alums of that era. Anyone with ideas about how to make Homecoming a true reflection of those decades on campus should contact Buffy Lovelis, director of alumni relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 580-559-5651.
Winners of East Central University's Saied Award in instrumental music, for the students who advanced the most in each class this year, stand with ECU's band director, Dr. Allen Correll (center). They are freshman Matthew Roland of Shawnee (from left), sophomore Kayla Franco of Owasso, junior Rebekah Unruh of Ardmore and senior Kyle Littlejohn of Wilburton. The award, also based on students' character and contribution to the music program, was established by the late James Saied, an ECU graduate and founder of the Saied Music Company in Tulsa. Saied portrayed John Philip Sousa, America's "March King," as he conducted concerts across the country, including at ECU. Saied also led the successful effort to have Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" designated as America's official national march.