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may | 2008

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Dan Marvin — A lasting legacy

Ted Gregory
Dan Marvin during his EIU presidency.

Daniel E. Marvin Jr., Eastern's president from 1977 to 1983, passed away on April 21. During Marvin's tenure, he worked tirelessly to move the university forward and promote its service to the region, most notably through the creation of the Tarble Arts Center, WEIU and the Honors Program, and his support of Study Abroad. Read more here.

Perry discusses first year at EIU

During a recent segment of WEIU-FM's "Issues and Attitudes" talk show, EIU President Bill Perry reviewed his first year in office, including his plan for EIU to become the best in the nation in the integrated academic and personal development of students. Watch the interview here.

Alumna Erin Weed addresses graduates

Erin Weed '99, who devoted her career to teaching women to defend themselves after the 2001 murder of her friend Shannon McNamara, spoke at one of the May 3 commencement ceremonies. Weed told graduates that if they find their purpose in life and work hard to reach their goals, success will follow. "The people here send you off to change the world,” Weed said. To read more about the commencement speech that President Perry called one of the best he's ever heard, click here.

St. Louis-area alumni offered discount on Missouri Botanical Gardens trip

The School of Continuing Education's Academy of Lifetime Learning, which offers short-term, noncredit classes to retirees, is expanding outside of Coles County. First up is a June 26 trip to St. Louis for a day at the Missouri Botanical Gardens and Lunch on “The Hill.” St. Louis-area participants who don't require transportation from EIU can register for a special rate of $35 (a savings of up to $55). For details and registration information, please see the ALL site.

Panther Service Day a success, thanks to you!

Eastern Illinois University's Panther Service Day, an annual tradition in Charleston since 2003, grew this year to communities across the country. Thanks to all who participated and spread the word about what EIU is all about! You can read a recap of the projects here.

May alumni spotlight: Matthew Polenzani

Ted Gregory

Matthew Polenzani, at center, with (from left) Nathan Leventhal, former president of Lincoln Center; Agnes Varis; General Manager Peter Gelb; and Muffy Sills
Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Matthew Polenzani '91, a tenor with the Metropolitan Opera, is this year's recipient of the $50,000 Beverly Sills Artist Award. For details, see the New York Times or the Met's Web site. Polenzani received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the EIU Alumni Association in 2004.

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Upcoming Events

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Springfield Reception
May 15th
Springfield, IL
Decatur Reception
May 22nd
Decatur, IL
Peoria Chiefs Baseball Outing
June 14th
Peoria, IL
Joliet Jackhammers Baseball Outing
June 27th
Joliet, IL
Schaumburg Flyers Baseball Outing
June 28th
Schaumburg, IL
Chicago Cubs Baseball Outing
July 25th
Chicago, IL


Each month, we hope to bring you a taste of what’s happening at your alma mater. Our alumni are important to us. It doesn't matter if you graduated five years ago, 25 years ago or 50 years ago…you are still EIU. Let us know what you think about the newsletter, including the types of items you’d like to see in it. We'll do our best to accommodate you.

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