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june | 2008
Larry Shobe pictured in the garden surrounding his home near Eastern.
Larry Shobe '67, whose friendliness during Bill Perry's "secret shopper" campus visit helped convince Perry to accept the EIU presidency, is known throughout campus for his demeanor and his green thumb.
The campus groundskeeper recently talked to the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier about the path that led him to the job he loves. Click here for the story.
A rare tropical plant, the Titan Arum, is producing its first flower at EIU under the watchful eye of the H.F. Thut Greenhouse manager, Steven Malehorn '91, '93. The Titan Arum, also called the "corpse flower" because of its foul odor, has blossomed just more than 100 times in the world outside of its natural environment. For details on the EIU plant, including updated photos, click here.
Nominations are currently being solicited for the EIU Alumni Association's 2008 Alumni Awards. Awards are presented annually in the categories of Distinguished Alumna/us, Distinguished Educator, Alumni Service and Outstanding Young Alumna/us. Nominations are due June 30. Please visit the Alumni Association awards site for details.
The deadline is looming for those who still haven't purchased tickets for Alumni Day at the Ballpark with the Joliet Jackhammers on June 27 and the Schaumburg Flyers on June 28. Tickets will be mailed 10 days prior to the game. Ticket orders taken after Monday, June 16, will need to be picked up at the “will call” window on the evening of the selected outing.
Visit the Alumni Association events page for details.
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You might not know the name or the face, but if you've been around campus in the past 30 years, you've likely heard his voice. Matt Piescinski '79, '91 was recently featured in the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier for his years of work in announcing state track meets, EIU athletic contests and commencement ceremonies. To read the story, click here.
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!
Purchase your EIU merchandise by visiting our online bookstore.
Listen to WEIU via the Web at weiuhitmix.net
Registration information and a complete listing of events is available on our Web site.
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