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eiu alumni newsletter

october | 2008

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It's Homecoming Week!

EIU Homecoming

Check out more EIU photos in the EIU flickr group pool. Photo by Stephen Haas

We hope to see you back on campus this week for some of our alumni Homecoming events! But if you can't make it to Charleston, you can always check out the Homecoming site to see what's going on. Greek alumni, be sure to check out the points standings and see how your house is faring.

10 to receive Alumni Association awards

Each year, the Alumni Association honors nominated alumni who have distinguished themselves in various endeavors since leaving EIU. To see this year's recipients, please click here. To purchase tickets for the awards reception and dinner ($25 each), please call 800-ALUM-EIU by Thursday, Oct. 16.

EIU grad to lead 'Extreme Makeover' home project

Extreme Home Makeover LogoTy Pennington will soon be rubbing elbows with EIU alumna Melanie Spurgeon ’80, whose Design Built Homes Ltd. has been chosen to coordinate the building of a house in Peoria for ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." If you would like to join other EIU alumni in assisting in this monumental seven-day effort, please contact us at 1-800-ALUM-EIU or

Pool named in honor of Coach Padovan

The Lantz Gym pool has been renamed the Ray Padovan Pool in honor of the man who served as EIU's head swimming coach for 42 years before retiring in May. Former Panther swimmer Matt Bos ’00, ’02 has taken the EIU coaching reins. Congratulations to Coach Padovan on a great career, and best wishes to Matt as he returns to EIU!

Heads up!

Special Homecoming Offer

Alumni T-Shirt

Join the EIU Alumni Association between Oct. 18 and Nov. 1 and receive a free EIU T-shirt!

EIU Panthers vs. IUPUI Jaguars

Nov. 25 at Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
pre-game party • game admission • free T-shirt
Tickets now on sale

Vote for Coach Spoo!

Vote for Bob Spoo for Coach of the Year.

If you agree with us that EIU football coach Bob Spoo deserves Liberty Mutual's Coach of the Year Award, which recognizes that "how you win is every bit as important as winning itself," please vote! The winning coach in each division will receive $50,000 to donate to charity and a $20,000 grant for his school's alumni association to enhance student scholarships and activities.

Joan Allen ex ’78 subject of local film festival

Joan Allen

Joan Allen ex ’78

Oscar-nominated actress Joan Allen ex ’78, who began her college career studying theatre at EIU, will be the subject of this year's Embarras Valley Film Festival, to be held Nov. 4-8 in Charleston. For a schedule, plus details about Allen's outstanding career, please visit the EVFF site.

October alumni spotlight: Robert Corn-Revere ’77

Robert Corn-Revere '77

Robert Corn-Revere ’77

You already know about some of Eastern's NFL connections, but you might not have heard about one graduate's connection to one of the league's most well-known moments — the infamous Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction.

No, neither Janet Jackson nor Justin Timberlake is an EIU grad, but First Amendment attorney Robert Corn-Revere ’77 is, and he successfully represented CBS in the incident's ensuing indecency case.

Corn-Revere, who has also been involved in other high-profile cases, recently visited campus to speak about the future of the FCC and the media.

EIU alumni information

Join the Alumni Association today

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!

Show your Panther pride! Order EIU merchandise online

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Additional News

Alumni Events

Registration information and a complete listing of events is available on our Web site.

EIU Homecoming
Oct. 17-18th
Charleston, IL
Class of 1958: Golden Anniversary & Reunion Weekend
Oct. 17-18th
Charleston, IL
100 Years of Pemberton Hall
Oct. 17-18th
Charleston, IL
Homecoming West: Bringing Homecoming to California
Oct. 19th
Los Angeles, CA & Dublin, CA
Black Student Reunion
Oct. 31st-Nov. 2nd
Charleston, IL
Panther Pride: EIU Honors its Pioneers in Women's Athletics
Nov. 14-15th
Charleston, IL
EIU Panthers vs. IUPUI Jaguars
Nov. 25th
Indianapolis, IN

Other EIU Events

Philanthropy Awards Dinner
Oct. 17th
MLK Jr. Union, EIU
tickets: 866-581-3313
Doudna Fine Arts Center Rededication Celebration
Oct. 24-25th
EIU Campus
Fall Education Job Fair
Nov. 6th
MLK Jr. Union, EIU
Embarras Valley Film Festival: The Fine Art of Joan Allen
Nov. 4-8th
Charleston, 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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