Jan 03, 2013

 

News from Old Main

EIU LAUDED BY CITY, STATE OFFICIALS FOR PROACTIVE APPROACH TO FIRE SAFETY

From the Charleston, Ill., Fire Department:

Fire officials believe, without a doubt, that fire sprinklers installed in on-campus housing at Eastern Illinois University have saved lives.

In the Fall 2012 semester alone, two separate cooking-related fires were quickly extinguished in University Court when sprinklers were automatically activated. And multiple lives were likely saved when, in December 2008, unauthorized candles ignited some silk sheets students had hung on the walls and doors of a room in Greek Court. Several students were trapped until a sprinkler head activated.

“These sprinkler activations have saved lives and property,” said Steve Bennett, assistant fire chief for the city of Charleston. “But (Eastern Illinois University) did not just do the bare minimum of installing sprinkler systems; they upgraded the fire detectors and alarm systems and installed a campus-wide alert system.

"Eastern Illinois University has gone above and beyond what was required of them to do.”

Bennett was joined by several city and state officials, including Illinois Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis, Tuesday (Dec. 18) to publicly laud Eastern for its pro-active approach to fire safety. Matkaitis presented a proclamation, commending the university for its “commitment to life safety and preservation of property.”

Please see here for more on the story.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Dec 18, 2012


DEPARTMENTAL NAME CHANGES WITHIN UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, Eastern’s Office of Philanthropy will be renamed the Office of University Development. In addition, University Marketing and Communications is now known as Communications, Marketing and Brand Strategies.

We believe these new titles better clarify our roles on the EIU campus. If there are any questions, please contact my office at 217-581-5983.

ROBERT MARTIN, Vice President for University Advancement
Posted: Jan 02, 2013


OUR CONDOLENCES...
Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of Michael Drake, 50, who died Tuesday, Jan. 1, at Carle Hospital, Urbana. Mr. Drake had been employed at Eastern since 1995, working in the Housing and Dining Department. Among his survivors are his wife, Lynette, who serves as director of Eastern's Health Service.

A rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, located at the intersection of Tenth and Jefferson in Charleston. Visitation will begin at 4:30 p.m., continuing until 8. The Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, with burial following in Roselawn Cemetery. It is requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the Knights of Columbus Council 4024 or to Boy Scout Troop 141. Gifts may be left on the memorial table at the visitation or memorial mass, or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston.

A full obituary can be found here.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jan 03, 2013


 


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