october | 2007
Alumni from across the country will return to campus Oct. 19 and 20 as Eastern celebrates "EIU Homecoming 2007 Lights, Camera, Action!" We hope you'll be there, too!
Homecoming is a time to come back to Eastern and remember the joys of days gone by. Catch up with friends you made while you were a student, and say hello to former professors. Revisit your old stomping grounds and link up with current students in an effort to share all the things you've learned and loved about EIU.
We strongly encourage you to come back to campus and share with us your news and accomplishments from the world beyond Charleston.
For event and lodging information, please contact the Alumni Office at 1-800-ALUM-EIU or by email at email@example.com.
For information on student and campus events, visit the EIU Homecoming site.
As part of this year’s Homecoming festivities, the EIU Alumni Association will honor nine alumni for their achievements at a dinner held in their honor on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Awards are given to nominated alumni who have distinguished themselves in philanthropic endeavors, public office, service to the University, community and volunteer activities, or business or professional fields, or those who have made a contribution to education.
A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union, followed by the annual awards dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and will be on sale until Oct. 18. To purchase tickets to the event, please call 800-ALUM-EIU. We hope to see you there!
To read more on the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, please visit the Awards page.
The Alumni Services office is preparing to hire an alumni events coordinator to assist with events and other associated activities. We’re seeking a motivated individual with an outgoing personality who would enjoy working to support Eastern’s mission. For more information on the position, visit our Web site. The review of applications will begin on Nov. 5, 2007.
EIU’s annual Family Weekend was the perfect setting for the electrifying classic rockers REO Speedwagon to perform. In high gear from the start, the timeless rock group kept the energetic crowd of students and their parents, grandparents and siblings exploding in cheers, fist pumps and even some aisle dancing.
Past Family Weekend performers have included Bill Cosby, The Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin, 3 Dog Night, Jeff Foxworthy, Wayne Brady, Creedence Clearwater Revisited (CCR) and James Brown.
On Friday, Nov. 9, Dr. William L. Perry will be formally installed as Eastern’s 10th president. On behalf of the EIU Board of Trustees, all alumni, students and community members are cordially invited to attend the celebration and officially welcome President Perry to Eastern. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union.
The EIU Foundation will recognize its 2007 award winners at the Annual Philanthropy Awards Dinner on Friday, Oct. 19. Those being honored are Ronald D. and Myra Jeffris, outstanding philanthropists; Jon and Jo Ann Laible, outstanding volunteer; Newman Catholic Center, outstanding organization; Levi, Ray & Shoup Inc. Foundation, outstanding foundation; and State Farm Companies Foundation, outstanding corporation.
The evening will include performances by EIU musicians, as well as displays of students' academic and artistic works. The social will begin at 6 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union, followed by the awards dinner at 6:45 p.m. Please call 866-581-3313 to reserve your tickets.
On Sept. 27, faculty, staff and friends welcomed back alumni from across the globe during the institution’s first-ever on-campus international alumni reunion. Throughout the weekend, attendees participated in numerous activities including a campus tour, commemorative luncheon and dinner held in their honor. As a part of the commemorative luncheon, University officials unveiled the new plan to create a permanent international presence, a plaza to be constructed on the east lawn of Blair Hall. The plaza will contain a depiction of the world, flag poles for the flying of international flags, a seating area and lawn space for events. During the closing banquet, 11 alumni were also honored as the University’s first class of Global Ambassadors, a title given to those whose post-graduate work has made a difference in the global community.
Easter Seals of Central Illinois and the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Booth Library is the featured image on the ninth annual Charleston Landmark Series Ornament of Hope. The 24K-gold plated ornaments come packaged in a royal blue velvet case, ready for shipping. They retail for $16 each. Proceeds from the sale of the ornaments support Easter Seals programs and services for children and adults with disabilities in Coles County.
For more information, please contact the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce at 217-345-7041 or Easter Seals of Central Illinois at 217-429-1052, ext. 110. For additional information and the history behind Booth Library, click here.
The history department has made a little history of its own by being named the University’s initial First Choice Graduate Program. The First Choice designation is awarded by the Graduate School to departments that meet specific criteria that show their programs are worthy of being graduate students’ first choices.
Programs that are awarded First Choice status will retain the designation for three years. During that time, they will be eligible to receive additional funding from the Graduate School to further strengthen their status. There are seven other graduate programs currently under consideration for the designation. At this time, the history department offers two graduate programs: a master’s degree in history and a historical administrative option.
Former and future Illinois Teachers of the Year, including four EIU alumni, now have a permanent place of recognition on campus. The Illinois Teacher of the Year Hall of Fame was recently dedicated in Buzzard Hall. All four EIU graduates who have been named Teacher of the Year were on hand for the unveiling: current Teacher of the Year Joe Fatheree ’89,’05; Ruth Hawkins ’47; Peggy Allan ’71; and Robert Grimm ‘84. Their names, along with the other 43 former recipients, are now etched on two plaques displayed alongside photos of EIU’s honored graduates and the two Illinois teachers of the year who have gone on to earn the National Teacher of the Year distinction.
An instructor and student have teamed up once again to create a documentary that recently premiered on WEIU-TV. The first episode of “Expedition Nature’s Realm,” a nine-part series about the coexistence of humanity and nature on Earth, debuted on Thursday, Sept. 27. Subsequent episodes will air on the fourth Thursday of each month. The documentary was directed and produced by Cameron Douglas Craig, a geology/geography instructor/climatologist, and Kevin H. Jeanes, a student from Naperville.
Click here for more information on “Expedition Nature’s Realm”.
Cedric Jennings, subject of Ron Suskind’s book “A Hope in the Unseen,” was like a living historical figure to the students who participated in the “Eastern Reads!” freshmen summer reading initiative program (featured in the August 2007 edition of the electronic newsletter). During his visit to campus, Jennings participated in a campus-wide open discussion, sharing with the audience a recap of his life, as well as other life stories and lessons not accounted for in the novel. At the end of the program, students were given the opportunity to ask Jennings a series of questions that may have been provoked during the reading of the novel. The 2007 “Eastern Reads!” program will end on Nov. 28. Several group discussions and a showing of “Good Will Hunting,” as well as an art contest, will round out the program for the semester.
The Tarble Arts Center recently acquired its first two stone sculptures, the latest additions to the outdoor sculpture court. Sculptor and art professor Jeff Boshart invites people to utilize the bench-like figures. “They were designed as sculptures, but they’re intended to use as benches,” he told the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier. “They do serve double duty.” The sculptures were dedicated during the center’s Sept. 30 community celebration in recognition of its 25th anniversary. Other afternoon activities included storytelling by Patricia Hruby Powell, music by The Staple Crop Ramblers and hands-on art projects for children.
Athletic director Ken Baker '72, '73 has announced the signing of a contract that will have the football team traveling to play Penn State on Oct. 10, 2009. The game will mark the fourth straight season that Eastern has played a school from the Big Ten Conference.
“This is the biggest game we have signed with a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision,” Baker said. “This will be a great opportunity for our football team to play in one of the top environments in college football.”
Next season, EIU will play the University of Illinois for the second time in three seasons, as the Panthers are scheduled to be the first guests in the renovated Memorial Stadium.
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