august | 2007
Fifty years ago, Gov. William Stratton signed a bill making Eastern Illinois State College a university and gave the institution its fourth name – Eastern Illinois University. The name change didn’t create much of a stir among the students until July 1957, when 75 prospective graduates petitioned to put “Eastern Illinois University” on their summer diplomas. The name change later proved to be beneficial, for both enrollment and size. In 1957, almost 2,000 students were enrolled, and Booth Library was the south edge of campus. Today, enrollment surpasses 12,000, and the campus stretches over 320 acres. “Eastern Illinois University has a proud history, forged by dedicated individuals over a 110-year period, of providing an education of quality second to none,” said President William Perry. “In the coming years, we will continue to pursue excellence and
meet the needs of our students, our community, our region, and our other constituents.”
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The incoming Class of 2007 may have been a bit surprised when they received their first academic assignment months before the University’s official first day of classes. Over the summer, students were asked to read the novel “A Hope in the Unseen” by Ron Suskind and answer a series of questions prior to their arrival this fall. The reading assignment was part of a new orientation program named “Eastern Reads!” The program was established to introduce students to the intellectual life of the University, as well as provide a common sense of community. The program will continue throughout the fall. Faculty, staff and administrators will lead mandatory book discussions, engaging students in an exploration of the book’s underlying themes and introducing the rewards and rigors of academic dialogue. Students will also participate in a series of other special
events, including attending a lecture by Cedric Jennings, the man upon whom the book is based.
For more information about Eastern Reads! or to check out a schedule of events, please visit http://www.eiu.edu/~eiureads/student/student.php.
Nearly 2,300 students and their families arrived on campus, Thursday, Aug. 16, for the University’s official move-in day of 2007. More than 300 student and alumni volunteers, known as Panther Pals, were on hand to ensure a smooth transition for incoming students during their move into the residence halls. In addition, numerous University-sanctioned organizations and groups planned a variety of social events and activities in anticipation of the start of classes, including the Legacy Luncheon, hosted by the Alumni Association; the New Student Mixer, hosted by the Student Life Office; and the annual First Night celebration.
Andrews Hall recently became the first residence hall at EIU to receive a new emergency system that includes a new sprinkler system and a special command center where safety officers can communicate to students over an intercom. The upgrades should give students the information they need in times of emergency, school officials say. More buildings will receive the systems as finances allow.
To watch WCIA’s report on the system, please visit http://illinoishomepage.net/content/fulltext/?cid=7574.
Not too many individuals in Coles County and the surrounding area can claim to be both retirees and active college students. However, the School of Continuing Education hopes to change that. Starting in September, the school will offer short-term, educational programs for local retirees. The program structure is based on a series of learning opportunities for the “more mature” student. Course offerings for the fall series will include selecting trees for a home landscape, tips for aging gracefully, and an introduction to auctions. The academy will also offer a trip to Italy in October and a bus trip to Arthur’s Amish country.
For additional membership information and a list of programs, please visit
The Tarble Arts Center, a division of the College of Arts and Humanities, will be kicking off its 25th anniversary later this month. The Tarble Arts Center is a cultural art institution with the purpose of serving area residents by providing art education and outreach through related activities and programs. It is the only facility on Eastern's campus built entirely through donated funds.
As part of the year-long anniversary celebration, titled “The Tarble at 25,” alumni and their families are invited to attend the “Community Celebration” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Event highlights are to include hands-on art activities, music, refreshments, alumni giveaways and award-winning storyteller Patricia Hruby Powell.
For additional information on the Tarble Arts Center and upcoming events, please visit http://www.eiu.edu/~tarble.
Ohio Valley Conference coaches and sports information directors welcomed back head football coach Bob Spoo as they voted the Panthers the preseason favorite to win the 2007 OVC crown. This is the fourth time that EIU has been selected to win the OVC title. In EIU’s three previous seasons of being named the favorite, the Panthers won back-to-back OVC titles in 2001 and 2002, and finished second in 1997.
In the last seven years, the team has won four OVC titles and made five NCAA playoff appearances. This season, Eastern will look to become the first school in 20 years to win three straight OVC crowns.
Eastern also leads the conference with six preseason all-conference selections, three each on offense and defense. To learn more about preseason all-conference selections, please visit EIU Athletics.
Join your fellow alumni and fans to cheer on your Panthers as they face the Purdue Boilermakers on Sept. 8. Prior to the game, the Alumni Association will host a tailgate outside Ross Ade Stadium. Tickets to the game are $39; tailgate tickets are $15 or $20, depending on the package you select. For additional information or to order tickets, visit the Alumni Association events page.
Come home to EIU and see the new sights and sounds, experience new traditions and relive great memories. Homecoming 2007 is scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 19-21. This year’s events include an array of fun-filled activities sure to excite the entire family! Be sure to wear your blue and gray and join us for a fun-filled weekend of spirit and tradition. To preview a schedule of events, please visit: Alumni Events 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!
Purchase your EIU merchandise by visiting our online bookstore.
Listen to WEIU via the web at weiuhitmix.net
Registration information and a complete listing of events is available on our website.
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