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East Central University's Centennial History Book


East Central UniversityCelebrating 100 YearsEncompass the Past. Enrich the Future.1909 - 2009East Central University - Encompass the Past. Enrich the Future.Class of 1915East Central University - Celebrating 100 Years1Celebrating 100 YearsThis publication is a collection of memories from the past combined with a look toward East Central Universitys future.This book touches on some of the major aspects of life at East Central University over the past 100 years and is not all-inclusive. Narrowing down the selection of topics and information was a difficult task as the universitys history is so rich.It is our hope that both alums and friends of ECU will be inspired to reflect on their own memories of East Central University and be encouraged to get involved in ECUs next 100 years.As ECU looks forward to embarking on its second century, we honor all of those who have gone before us. Encompass the past. Enrich the future.The content of this book has come from a variety of sources including: AHistoryofEastCentralStateCollege,1909-1949,by John Gillespie & Dale Story, edited by W. Harvey Faust EastCentralStateCollege,1949-1969,by W. Harvey Faust TheEastCentralStoryfromNormalSchooltoUniversity,1909-1984,by Palmer Boeger, Casper Duffer, Marvin Kroeker, Bill Tillman, Lynda Stephenson, Don Stafford, Margaret Lewis, Orville Robbins, Stanley P. Wagner & Tom Wood, edited by John A. Walker EastCentralUniversity,1969-1989,by Palmer Boeger & Davis D. Joyce TheEastCentralUniversityStory,1980-2005, by Alvin O. Turner Articles from ECUs newspaper, TheJournal Articles from AdaEveningNews The PesagiYearbook ECU presidential reports Self-evaluation reports for North Central Accreditation Countless individuals who have shared their memories and/or gathered information to make this collection of memories possible The 2009 ECU faculty & staffGraphic Design/Layout and articles written/arranged by: Susan IngramExcept: 100YearsofLivingatECUwritten by Cathie Harding & Susan Ingram WhatHappenedtoEastCentralsElephant?written by Dr. B.J. Tillman, reprinted from East Central Universitys Public Service Program schedule, 1983 FundingtoSupportResearchOpportunitieswritten by Jill Frye ECUandtheArtsGoHandInHand written by Amy Ford LookingBack100Years-TigerAthleticswritten by Brian Johnson & Gerald WilliamsonWritten content contributed by: Diane Berty, Amy Ford, Jill Frye, Cathie Harding, Brian Johnson, Kathy Johnson, Gina Smith, Ryan Wetherill & Gerald WilliamsonEast Central University - Encompass the Past. Enrich the Future.2Encompass the Past. Enrich the Future.FeaturesOn behalf of the faculty and staff, both current and former, I welcome you to East Central University!It is a privilege at this point in history to serve as the Interim President of East Central University. Although Ive been at ECU for 19 years as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, to assume the Presidency during our centennial year is an exceptional honor. East Central University is steeped in riveting history and tradition that echoes through the halls and across campus. ECU has come from its modest beginningsin1909whenthefrstclasseswereheld in local churches to the beautiful campus of 2009 that boasts many venues for educating the 21st century student, including the newest addition, the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. This $27 million complex will become the home for the arts on the ECU campus and a venue to share many exciting events with the community and southeast Oklahoma.We treasure the history and traditions of East Central University, but we also strive to change, update and move into the 21st century with ever more technology that expands the classroom walls to encompass the whole world. As we discuss the past 100 years, current students may be as amazed at the ECU of 1909 as the 1909 students would be amazed at the world of 2009. All students who enter East Central University today are connected to our storied past. Just as the students of long ago came to East Central Normal School desiring more for their lives, students today come with the same desires. They may access their futures with different technologies, but the desires are very similar.We invite you to join in celebrating the history andtraditionofourfrst100yearsandtoanticipatewith excitement the changes that the next 100 years will bring. As we commonly say on campus, Once a Tiger, always a Tiger!Dr. Duane C. Anderson Interim President East Central UniversityEast Central University - Celebrating 100 Years3East Central State Normal School Thebeginning100 Years of Living at ECU AlookbackatresidencelifeFight On TigersRoarytheTiger,ECUsfghtsongandalmamaterThe Great DepressionEastCentralstrugglesthroughthedepressionyearsThe Rock GardenLooking Back 100 Years - ECU & the AutomobileThetimelessissueofcarsandparkingoncampusWar Brings Change to ECUAlookattheeffectsofwartimeatECUThrough the YearsApictorialhistory100 Years of Student LifeAlookbackatstudentactivitiesoncampusThe Pesagi YearbookHorace Mann Training SchoolWhat Happened to East Centrals Elephant?Separatingthemyth&factofECUspopularlegendA Pictorial HistoryAcademicsECU & the Arts Go Hand In HandA Pictorial HistoryFaculty&StaffLooking Back 100 YearsTigerAthleticsEast Central University4 Encompass the Past. Enrich the Future.Summarized from The East Central Story, from Normal School to University, 1909 1984The citizens of early Ada aspired to see their town become a thriving community that offered plenty of opportunities for incoming families and businesses. They felt that one way to accomplish this goal was to secure a state-sponsored college.Afterstatehoodin1907,Adawasupagainstfveother towns, all of which were larger, to be chosen as one of three sites for a normal school. City leaders worked together to plan a strategy to secure the normal school and the Ada promoters agreed to keep a delegation of citizens atthestatecapitalinGuthrieinordertoinfuencethefrststate legislature.The people of Ada worked together to raise funds for the delegation by hosting band concerts and dinners. Otis Weaver, editor of the Ada Evening News, used the paper to help raise the needed funds for lobbying. He even listed the names of the individuals who had contributed and how much money they had given. If he didnt feel that an individual had given enough money he would write that they should exhibit greater civic pride.Unfortunately, the citizens of Ada were not the only ones who had this idea and delegations from the competing towns swarmed the legislative session. Competition for the normal schools became so heated duringthatfrstsessionthatafstfghteruptedonthefoorbetween Pontotoc Countys Sen. Reuben Roddie and Sen.J.S.MorrisofBooker.ThefrstOklahomaLegislatureadjourned without establishing any new normal schools for the state. During the second legislative session, approval came for three normal schools to be established one at Tahlequah, one at Durant and one at Duncan. At the last minute, some of the Ada delegates persuaded a member of the legislature to replace Duncans name with Adas. The bill eventually made it through both the House and the Senate after much additional political maneuvering.On March 25, 1909, Gov. Charles N. Haskell signed the Ada Normal School bill. When word reached Ada every mill and factory in town blew their steam whistles in celebration of the creation of the East Central State Normal School. 1909-1919EastCEntralstatEnormalsChool1919-1939EastCEntralstatEtEaChErsCollEgE1939-1974EastCEntralstatECollEgE1974-1985EastCEntraloklahomastatEUnivErsity1985-PrEsEntEastCEntralUnivErsityEastCEntralUnivErsitybEganasthEEastCEntralstatEnormalsChoolandthroUghoUtits100-yEarhistoryhashadfivEdiffErEntnamEs,markingECUsEvolUtionfromnormalsChooltoCollEgEtoUnivErsity.East Central State Normal School, students and facultyon the front steps of Science Hall, 1914East Central University - Celebrating 100 Years5Forthefrst11years,EastCentralStateNormalSchool served as both a high school and a two-year college. Classes began in September 1909, despite the fact the new college did not have its own buildings. Classes were held at various churches throughout the city and eventually moved to the high school.Most of the land for the original campus was donated by Dan Hays, a Chickasaw Indian. This was to be the beginning of a long-standing partnership with the Chickasaw Nation. EastCentralsfrstbuilding,ScienceHall,wasbuiltbyTexas Building Company for $94,700 and was completed by the summer of 1910. The second building on campus was a wooden gymnasium built in 1913. The gym was located just southeast of Science Hall.TheBoardofNormalRegentsnamedthefrstpresident of ECSNS as Rev. E.N. Sweet of Lawton. However, Sweet refused the job and the board named Charles W. Briles, Muskogee school superintendent, as East Centrals president. Briles had graduated from the University of North Carolina and taught in Texas for nine years before becoming a member of the faculty at the University of Texas.Briles served as ECSNSs president for seven years, surviving much political turmoil. The shaky politics of the new state greatly affected the normal schools, all of which went through two presidents during Briles seven-year term.Throughout the summer of 1915, Oklahoma Gov. Robert L. Williams removed several of the normal school presidents and on May 20, 1916, the state board dismissed Briles as the president of ECSNS. Briles moved to Stillwater and taught at Oklahoma A&M College.Briles successor was James Marcus Gordon.Gordon, who was the dean of Trinity University in Waxahachie, Texas, became the second president on May 20, 1916.During homecoming activities in the fall of 1916, the East Central Alumni Association was formed. Ola Davis, a 1913graduate,waselectedthefrstpresident.In 1918, ECSNS added commercial courses as part of thecurriculumandstartedtoexpanditsinfuencebeyondthe campus. The faculty began sponsoring debate clubs, literary