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september | 2008
After years of hard work and anticipation, the Doudna Fine Arts Center reopened this fall, and the results are phenomenal.
The Rededication Celebration, set for Oct. 24-26, is to feature a lecture by Antoine Predock, the internationally renowned architect who designed the building; a concert by legendary singer Mavis Staples; and much, much more. For a schedule, plus pictures of the facilities, please see www.eiu.edu/doudna.
Eastern's excellent undergraduate experience has inspired so many alumni to continue their academic careers that Eastern has earned a spot in the state and national spotlight.
According to the National Science Foundation Survey of Earned Doctorates, Eastern produced more doctoral students than any of the other 22 Illinois master's institutions from 1997-2006. Additionally, the 313 EIU graduates who obtained doctoral degrees in that period placed Eastern in the top 5 percent in our class in the nation!
Thanks to the more than 200 alumni who joined us for Alumni Association's EIU vs. U of I tailgate on Sept. 6! It was a great party, thanks to our loyal alumni!
Schedule of events
Living on the west coast and can’t make it back for Homecoming? We’ve got you covered!
Plans are being finalized for Panther Pride, when female student-athletes from through the years make their way back to campus to receive their long-overdue athletic letters. The schedule for the Nov. 14-15 event, as well as a PDF registration form, can be accessed online.
On Aug. 21, students and their families arrived on campus for official move-in day. More than 600 student volunteers, known as Panther Pals, were on hand to ensure a smooth transition.
Also that day, the EIU Alumni Association hosted its second annual Legacy Luncheon for alumni whose children are now EIU students. Congratulations to Alisa Snider, daughter of David Snider '86 and Kris Snider '87, for winning our $500 scholarship raffle.
Have you taken a little bit of Eastern with you by planting seeds from Old Main's 210-year-old bur oak? Andy Methven, an EIU biology professor, says many alumni around the country have. If you're one of them, please let us know so we can share your story!
Buster, Kirby Pringle '79, Barney and Cindy Pringle on a break from one of their photo sessions.
As you might expect, some alumni have gone to the dogs. Such is the case with Kirby Pringle '79, a former award-winning journalist who is now working full-time with his wife, Cindy, creating photos of "dog people." Their humorous work, which must be seen to be fully appreciated, can be viewed in two books and online at www.dogtownartworks.com.
Please consider joining the EIU Alumni Association. Your membership will allow us to continue to expand our programming and offerings to the university community.
The association has been able to steadily increase its financial support to the university over the past several years in the form of student scholarships and grants because of the support of members like you.
In addition, you don't want to miss receiving Old Main Line, the alumni magazine which is for members only. It's a great way to stay on top of what's happening on campus for only $30 annually. Join online or call us at 800-ALUM-EIU. We appreciate your continuing support!
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