june | 2007
Nominations Sought for Alumni Awards
The EIU Alumni Association is currently seeking nominations for the 2007 alumni awards. Alumni may be nominated for the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Louis V. Hencken Alumni Service Award, the Distinguished Educator Award or the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. More information on the criteria, as well as brief biographies of past recipients, can be found on the Alumni Association web site. The award recipients will be recognized during Homecoming festivities, including a dinner held in their honor on Saturday, October 20.
Nominations, which should include a letter of nomination and any supporting materials such as articles or additional letters of support, should be sent to Steve Rich, Executive Director, EIU Alumni Association, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920. The deadline is Friday, July 6.
More Hillsboro-area elementary education majors at Eastern will soon be receiving financial assistance, thanks to a recent $62,000 increase in a scholarship endowment from the late Bertha G. Hoedebecke ’40, ‘45.
To benefit students preparing for teaching careers, she established the Bertha G. Hoedebecke Elementary Education Scholarship in memory of George Gewe, her older brother, in 1991. Since then, scholarships have been awarded each year to elementary education majors from Montgomery County, with preference given to students from Hillsboro High School.
The Hoedebecke scholarship is facilitated through the EIU Foundation, which promotes volunteerism and philanthropy for the benefit of the university. For more information on how you can create a scholarship or fund to benefit Eastern students, call 217-581-3313.
Changing jobs, a new career or any other major life event – there are many reasons you could be without medical coverage for a short period of time. That’s why the EIU Alumni Association sponsors GradMed® Short Term Medical. It’s affordable short-term coverage that helps you fill the gap. Our new graduates and their families have been taking advantage of this program for the last few years and we would like to extend the opportunity to you, as well.
Both accidents and illnesses are covered by GradMed, but pre-existing conditions are excluded. Other benefits, like dependent coverage, vary by state. For complete details about GradMed or to apply for next day coverage, visit Eastern's page on the GradMed site. Or, you can call our plan administrator at 1-800-922-1245. GradMed is not available in all states. It is underwritten and issued by Fidelity Security Life Insurance Company or Time Insurance Company.
Booth Library has been selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities to host the traveling exhibition Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World. One copy of the traveling exhibit will circulate amongst 20 library sites beginning in November and Eastern was selected as one of those.
The exhibition content will illustrate Franklin’s political career and personal life; while allowing attendees to explore the breadth of Franklin’s interests and accomplishments. Library personal will also receive an array of educational and promotional materials supporting the themes of the exhibition, as well as training, with presentations by the curator, exhibit designer, and librarians from around the country.
The College of Arts and Humanities recently received a $10,000 contribution from the James Jones Literary Society to help establish the James Jones Chair in World War II Studies endowment. The contribution, which honors late writer and Army veteran James Jones, was made possible by the will of Charles Robb, a former member of the Handy Writers Colony. After the $1.5 million endowment is fully funded, a visiting writer or scholar will be selected to spend time residing in either the English or history departments to focus on the work of Jones and the studies of World War II. The college will also host an annual James Jones Lecture Series to help raise awareness of Jones and the chair throughout the campus community. Jones is perhaps best known for his World War II novels "From Here to Eternity" and "The Thin Red Line."
Charles Rohn, who retired in 2006 as dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies, is looking forward to working with old friends and making new ones in his latest role. Rohn recently joined the Office of Philanthropy (formerly the Office of Development), where he will be the staff’s primary contact for the Springfield, Ill. area. In his newest role, he will focus on assisting EIU achieve its goals for private philanthropy and act as an asset to alumni and donors who wish to invest in higher education. Rohn come to Eastern in 2000, as the department chair in educational administration before becoming dean. He served on many on-campus committees and councils, as well as in a variety of professional organizations.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo ’02; Willie High ’96, ‘97, the second leading rusher in school history; and former NFL defensive backs Ray McElroy ’99 and Chris Watson ex ’99 are among those expected to provide instruction to area youngsters at a football camp planned for July 11-14 at Eastern. Former NFL MVP Marshall Faulk of the St. Louis Rams and wide receiver Aaron Moorehead of the Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts are also expected to attend. More information can be found here.
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.
We need your help! Volunteer as a Panther Pal and join us as we welcome our new students on Thursday, August 16. Panther Pals are student and alumni volunteers that 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 p.m. to 3 p.m. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch.
Not only is this a great opportunity to welcome new students to campus and show them first-hand what it means to be a part of EIU, but it's also a fun time to tour your old stomping grounds, reconnect with friends and reminisce. To volunteer or for additional information please contact the Alumni Services Office at 800-ALUM-EIU or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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Registration information and a complete listing of events is available on our website.
St. Louis Cardinals Day at the Ballpark
St. Louis, Mo.
Chicago Cubs Day
at the Ballpark
Panther Club Golf Outings
July 13 - September 29
EIU vs. Purdue Tailgate & Football Outing
Ross Ade Stadium
West Lafayette, Ind.
Campus of Eastern Illinois University
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