Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby and Harland C. Stonecipher, former chairman of the board and former chief operating officer of LegalShield, will be the featured speakers as East Central University conducts the grand opening of the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center Thursday, Aug. 22.
Limited tickets are available for the grand opening dinner Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $50 per ticket. Reservations can be made by calling 580-559-5611.
As part of the grand opening, ECU will offer tours to the public from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a reception beginning at 4 p.m. and a ribbon-cutting ceremony to follow at 5 p.m.
The 59,111 square-foot facility, which will house the Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business, is located on the west side of the campus at Main and Center streets.
The facility sits directly west of another of ECU’s newer buildings, the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center, which opened in 2009.
The Chickasaw Business and Conference Center’s first floor houses the ECU Police Department and a convenient snack bar for grabbing a Starbucks brewed beverage. Inside and above the main entrance to the center, visitors can observe a message board which scrolls the latest stock market data and sports scores.
Also on the first floor is a large conference room, which doubles as a Federal Emergency Management Agency safe room. The same room functionality is possible because of a $1.46 million grant awarded to ECU by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Matching grants came from the City of Ada and ECU along with financial support from the Ada Jobs Foundation.
The 9,361 square-foot multi-purpose room, complete with an audio visual digital projection system and the latest technology, can hold 989 people for a full theater-seating conference and 1,900 people can occupy the area in a safe-room form in case of an emergency. The conference room, equipped with partitions, can also be divided into three separate conference rooms. Also on the first floor are two synergistic learning rooms.