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july | 2008
Scott Smith, a retired EIU physics professor, holds a plaque that shows the location of an asteroid named in his honor by a former student who is now the director at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Robert Millis '63, director of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz., credits retired EIU physics professor Scott Smith with guiding him to his career in astronomy. So, when Millis recently discovered an asteroid, he decided to name it after his mentor and friend.
"This was an opportunity at long last to honor Dr. Smith in an appropriate and lasting way," Millis said. Click here for the story.
Schellas Hyndman '73, '77, a player on EIU's 1969 national championship soccer team, recently became head coach of Major League Soccer's FC Dallas.
Hyndman, one of the top college coaches in the country for a quarter-century, coached at EIU from 1977 to 1983, leading the Panthers to two national finals appearances and earning a National Coach of the Year award. Read more about his career here.
This fall, the Alumni Association will honor Eastern's female student-athletes who competed from the 1930s through the late 1980s by presenting them with the long overdue and well-deserved "EI" letters they never received.
If you plan to be at the Illinois State Fair on Friday, Aug. 8, we'd love for you to stop by and see us at our Campus Town tent, where you'll find giveaways, hands-on activities, departmental exhibits and performances.
Hillsboro Educational Foundation president Barbara Adams, left, presents the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr. R. Joe Campbell.
Dr. R. Joe Campbell '59 has spent decades studying Nahuatl, the language of the Aztec Indians. His extensive work with the language, which hadn't been documented in written form in more than 400 years, will provide an analyzed vocabulary of more than 90,000 words.
Read more about the retired Indiana University faculty member in this story about his receipt of the Hillsboro Educational Foundation's 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award.
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