Month: August 2016

Long-Serving ECC Employee Receives Board Recognition

August 25, 2016 | Campus News

East Central College trustees recognized recently retired ECC Director of Public Relations Dot Schowe during its August 29 meeting. The board presented her with a formal resolution expressing its sincere gratitude and appreciate for her 36 years of service to East Central College.

During her career at ECC Schowe had a variety of roles. She started as a temporary secretary, to secretary/writer in the Community Relations department followed by a promotion to the Community Development Representative in the Single Parent/Displaced Homemaker program and then Coordinator of Adult Programs, and then became an academic advisor. Schowe was named ECC’s Director of Public Relations in 2005, a position she held until her retirement in August 2016.

ECC President Dr. Jon Bauer praised Schowe’s devotion to the college. “I had the pleasure of working with Dot for 20 years and have never worked with anyone who so tirelessly worked to promote East Central College in a positive light. She took pride in her work every day and it showed. Her influence and knowledge will be missed on campus.”

Schowe also spearheaded ECC’s United Way campaign. In 2014 she received the Senior Service award from the Missouri Community College Association.

She plans to spend retirement with her husband and family including a new grandchild expected later this year.


ECC Board of Trustees present Dot Schowe with resolution expressing gratitude for her 36 years of service to East Central College. Back Row (L to R) ECC President Dr. Jon Bauer; Board Treasurer, Prudence Fink-Johnson; Board Vice President, Dr. Joe Stroeker; Board Secretary Don Kappelman; Board Member, Dr. Eric Park. Front Row (L to R) Board President Ann Hartley; Dot Schowe; Board Member, Cookie Hays.

Revised Hours Set for Tuesday, August 16

August 16, 2016 | Uncategorized

On Tuesday, August 16, ECC faculty and staff will be attending pre-semester presentations and training.

The Cashier’s Office at the Union campus will be closed from 8 – 11:30 a.m. The Karen Sue Weida Student Service Center (admissions, financial aid, advising, and registration) on the Union campus will be closed from 8 a.m. – noon.  Student Services at ECC in Rolla will be closed from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

East Central College Receives Largest Donation In History

August 12, 2016 | Campus News

A gift of $250,000 has been presented to East Central College from Ace Manufacturing and Parts Co., Sullivan, Mo. The gift was made to the East Central College Foundation’s Building for Success campaign — An Initiative for Tomorrow’s Workforce — which is raising funds to help the college renovate a building adjacent to the main campus in Union into a Business and Industry Center.

The new 28,388 square foot center will house the Precision Machining, Industrial Engineering Technology and Heating and Air Conditioning programs. The Center for Workforce Development also will be located there, as well as a welding lab for support of other academic programs and short-term workforce training.

A manufacturing lab in the new center will be named after Ace in recognition of its gift. The ECC foundation is seeking to raise $1.2 million toward the renovation project and tax credits are available to individuals and corporations who want to contribute. More than $5 million will be invested through various funds to purchase and renovate the new center that’s scheduled to be completed in late September.

Kevin Ijames Sr., Ace president, is proud to make this investment. “We often look to East Central College to provide training for our employees as well as new skilled employees from its manufacturing programs. This gift is an investment in our area’s youth, community and the manufacturing industry.”

Diana Ijames, Ace public relations director and an ECC Foundation board member, said the company is extremely excited and proud to partner with ECC on the project.

East Central College president Dr. Jon Bauer said he’s deeply grateful for this investment in the college’s students. “We are thrilled about this commitment from Ace Manufacturing and the Ijames family,” Bauer said. “This project is based on the need to provide highly qualified, highly skilled and highly needed graduates in these career and technical programs. This commitment shows that our employers share this vision.”

Shannon Grus, ECC Foundation executive director, said the Ace donation is the largest gift received so far in the campaign. “This gift is truly a testament of the commitment the Ijames family has to not only ECC, but to manufacturing in our community,” Grus said. “We are so grateful for their incredible generosity and their continued support of our students, faculty, facilities and programs.”


 About the Building for Success campaign — An Initiative for Tomorrow’s Workforce

East Central College is approved to receive up to $600,000 in tax credits from the Missouri Development Finance Board to assist with fundraising efforts. Any taxpayer is entitled to the tax credits.  Contributors will receive a 50 percent tax credit for their donation.

A donor can donate in three calendar years — 2016, 2017, and 2018 — and receive the credits. Each year’s credit can be carried forward for up to five years. All donations are tax-deductible and donors can make a one-time donation or pledge an amount to be paid over one to five years. Pledges, matching gifts from an employer, planned gifts in memory or in-kind donations will be accepted.

Capital donations of $1,000 or more will be recognized in a permanent location in the building. In addition to the naming opportunity for major gifts, the campaign has established additional contribution levels: $25,000 to $100,000, major gifts; $15,000 to $24,999, leadership gifts; $5,000 to $14,999, special gifts; and up to $4,999, general gifts. Visit for more information.


Photo Caption

Ace Manufacturing and Parts Co. in Sullivan donated $250,000 to the East Central College Foundation’s campaign to renovate the former Gala Center adjacent to the Union campus into a Business and Industry Center. Kevin Ijames Sr., second from right, Ace president, and his wife Diana, right, Ace public relations director, along with Kevin Ijames Jr., Administrative Manager, and his wife Stephanie, look over construction plans for the facility. Also pictured is Dr. Jon Bauer, East Central College president. The donation is the largest ever made to the college.

Police Officers Assigned to Union Campus

August 11, 2016 | Campus News

East Central College will begin the 2016 fall semester with a Union police officer permanently assigned to the Union campus.

Union police officer Tommie Lowe is assigned to work primarily on campus during the daytime. Union police officer Todd Schlitt will be scheduled during the evening once his replacement completes his training as a traffic officer later this year.

The college agreed to a contract earlier this year with the Union police department to have the 2 school resource officers permanently assigned to the campus.

East Central College president Dr. Jon Bauer said the officers will enhance the safety and security of the campus. “The safety and security of our students and employees is paramount. Having officers on our campus enhances the safety of our students and staff.

“Our first goal is deterrence and prevention. But in the event of an incident on campus, the officers will be able to respond in minutes,” Bauer said.

In addition to patrolling the campus, the officers will help the college with emergency planning and training.

In an effort to keep start-up costs manageable, the Union police department will pay half of the officer’s salaries and equipment costs for the first two years of the agreement.

Union police chief Norman Brune said having the officers on the east side of Union cuts down on the department’s response time to the area. “In the event we have a serious situation on the east side of town, the campus officers will be able to respond to that incident much faster. We will have officers cover the campus while the campus resource officers respond.”




Community Education Classes Now Available!

August 11, 2016 | Campus News

The 2016 schedule of non-credit classes offered through ECC’s Center for Workforce Development has been released.

It features a variety of classes for children and adults. In addition to always popular classes in dance, fitness, computer skills; the schedule also includes courses in bird watching and archery for adults.

There are many options for children this fall.  Robotics classes for school age children are available and five different Kindermusik classes (for ages newborn to 7) are being offered.

Check out all of the class offering. For more information call 636-584-6528.  The Community Education Registration Form can be completed and sent to:

Sessions for New Students August 17 & 18

August 9, 2016 | Uncategorized

New Student Orientation

In Rolla

Wednesday, August 17

5 – 8 p.m.

ECC-Rolla’s Main site at Rolla Technical Center (500 Forum Drive)


In Union

Thursday, August 18

4 – 8 p.m.

Donald D. Shook Student Center, first floor Café


Orientation is designed for students who will be new to East Central College  Orientation check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the session.

Auditions for Fall Theatre Production August 24 & 25

August 9, 2016 | Campus News

Auditions for Book of Days

Wednesday & Thursday, August 24 & 25

Starting at 6:30 each evening

John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center

Chris Swanson will direct ECC’s production of Lanford Wilson’s Book of Days which will be presented Thursday-Saturday, October 6-8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 9 at 2 p.m.

When murder roars through a small Missouri town, Ruth Hoch begins her own quest to find truth and honesty amid small town jealousies, religion, greed, and lies.  This tornado of a play propels the audience like a page-turning mystery.

For more information visit

Postcard From Spain – Friday, August 26

August 9, 2016 | Uncategorized

Join pianist Annette Burkhart and soprano Tamara Miller-Campbell for “Postcard from Spain”, a light-hearted afternoon of Spanish music. Leave your passport at home and travel with us as we explore the works of Rodrigo, Obradors, Falla and more.