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november | 2008
The Red Zone in the recently rededicated Doudna Fine Arts Center. Photo by Janice Hunt ’97
Great artwork and great performances highlighted the long-awaited Doudna Fine Arts Center Rededication Celebration (Oct. 24-26). Winifred Doudna, wife of the former EIU president after whom the building was named, was among the special guests in attendance. Read more here.
Cheerleaders perform at Tent City during Homecoming 2008. Photo by Christy Kilgore-Hadley ’01
Homecoming 2008 was marked by super weather, great camaraderie and exciting football (the Panthers defeated SEMO, 24-21, for EIU’s ninth straight Homecoming victory!). Be sure to check out photos from the parade and tailgate.
Several EIU graduates played major roles in last month’s Embarras Valley Film Festival that honored the work of EIU alumna Joan Allen. Dann Gire ’74, ’75, film critic for the Arlington Heights Daily Herald and president of the Chicago Film Critics Association, interviewed Allen via telephone, as she was unable to attend due to her film schedule.
Other presenters who have found major film-related success included Craig Titley ’89, Luke Ryan ’00 and Andrew Rodgers ’97 — read more about them here.
Volunteers from throughout the EIU community come together to make commencement a great day for graduates and their families. Alumni are welcome to take advantage of this rewarding opportunity to give back.
The fall ceremonies are set for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. If you’d like to help at one or both, please contact Jonathan McKenzie at 217-581-6338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff Strohm ’88, ’90 has helped lead Utah and Marquette to the NCAA Final Four, but these days, his leadership skills are more important off the basketball court than they ever were in a game. Strohm has put away his play book to devote himself to helping two of his daughters battle a life-threatening disorder. The family’s touching story puts it all in perspective.
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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Check the EIU Calendar for a full lisitng of upcoming events.
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