july | 2007
After arriving in town the afternoon of June 28, William Perry only had a few days to adjust before starting his duties as Eastern’s next president. Perry’s first official day was July 1, which he spent meeting with several alumni and Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Webb. After settling into his new office, he took some time to walk around the campus and talk to people throughout the University community. He’s also already working toward his ultimate goal, for EIU to be a first-choice institution for more students, faculty and staff. “I want Eastern Illinois University to be the best in class.”
To read more on President Perry and his vision for the future, please visit
The portraits of Eastern’s past presidents are a focal point for many visitors to Old Main. In the words of Victoria Markley, current president of the Alumni Association, “When walking through Old Main, the presidential portraits are a majestic reminder of the outstanding leadership we have had at EIU over the years.”
After more than 40 years of service to the University, former president Lou Hencken’s leadership is no exception. Later this summer, Hencken’s presidential portrait will take its rightful place among the other past presidential portraits, thanks to a collaboration between the EIU Alumni Association and Foundation. Each group agreed that funding the portrait was a meaningful way to recognize and honor one of the institution’s most beloved alumni. The Hencken portrait was painted by artist Gilbert Early, who also painted the images of former EIU presidents Gilbert Fite, Stan Rives and David Jorns.
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Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar ’68 and wife Brenda Edgar ‘98 have demonstrated their continuing support for their alma mater by establishing the Edgar Speaker Series. The couple recently finalized details of a $150,000 gift which will allow Eastern to host two speakers a year. The series will focus primarily on state government, and shall address both current issues in government and historical implications. The Edgars expect to personally launch the speaker series during the 2007-2008 school year, with the governor planning to return in the fall as the first featured speaker. Mrs. Edgar will take her turn behind the lectern in the spring. When available, funding from the gift will also be used to support student attendance at off-campus conferences relating to government or public service.
Nine EIU graduate and undergraduate athletic trainers are working in various internships and jobs this summer, including four students who are with National Football League teams (the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers). Another student just finished up a year-long internship with the New England Patriots. Others are working with the Danville Dans of the CICL Summer Baseball League, the University of Michigan, and the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer.
Head football coach Bob Spoo has completed his 2007 coaching staff with the addition of Bobby Babich as the Panthers’ new secondary coach. Babich comes to EIU after spending last year as a graduate assistant at Kent State University, where he helped with the secondary for a Golden Flash team that went 6-6 overall, 5-3 in the Mid-American Conference.
Prior to embarking on his coaching career, Babich was a four-year letter winner at North Dakota State University, where he played cornerback. He was a two-time academic all-conference honoree as a junior and senior. Originally from Tulsa, Okla., Babich grew up in a football family. His father, Bob, was the head coach at North Dakota State from 1997 to 2002 and is now the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.
A new era in getting information on your favorite EIU sports teams has dawned with the recent launching of www.EIUpanthers.com, the official home for EIU Athletics on the Web. Once the 2007-2008 athletics season starts, the site will introduce several new interactive features, including weekly video interviews, live game statistics and Athlete of the Month highlights, just to name a few.
Two-time Ohio Valley Conference batting champion Erik Huber was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 12th round of this year’s Major League Baseball draft. A first-team Academic All-America and All-OVC selection this year, Huber became the first Panther since Kevin Seitzer ’85 to bat .400 in back-to-back seasons. Seitzer (arizona diamondbacks coach staff) , a former all-star who was the runner up to Mark McGwire for the 1987 American League Rookie of the Year award, is now the hitting coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. More information on Huber can be found here: http://www.jg-tc.com
Join your fellow alumni and fans to cheer on the Panthers Sept. 8 as they face the Purdue Boilermakers. Prior to the game, the Alumni Association will host a tailgate outside Ross Ade Stadium. Tickets to the game are $39 while tailgate tickets are $15 or $20 depending on the package you select. This event is sure to be fun for the entire family! For additional information or to order tickets, visit the Alumni Association events page.
Volunteer as a Panther Pal and join us as we welcome our new students on Thursday, Aug. 16. Panther Pals are volunteers who act as informational resources for students and their families during the official opening day of university housing. Panther Pal responsibilities may include greeting families, answering questions, providing directions and directing traffic. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon or from 1 to 3 p.m. All volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and lunch.
To volunteer or receive additional information, please contact the Alumni Services Office at 800-ALUM-EIU or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Homecoming 2007 is scheduled for the weekend of October 19-21. This year’s events include an array of actives such as the Homecoming parade, alumni Tent City, the football game vs. Tennessee Martin and the alumni awards dinner. Be sure to wear your blue and gray as you join us for a fun filled weekend of spirit and tradition. To make your early lodging reservations please visit our Charleston information page.
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 website.
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