Soon another academic year will draw to a close at Eastern Illinois University and a bulk of the student body will disperse across the state, country and world finding ways to enjoy and make the most of the 3 ½ months before the Fall 2014 term opens.
That doesn’t mean summer will be a boring time at EIU, however! Reality will be quite to the contrary as Eastern opens its campus to a number of camps, conferences, classes and competitions geared toward participants of all ages from all across the state.
Old Main Lawn Party
Community and campus are welcome for an evening of live entertainment from The Freezelands, hors d'oeuvres, drinks and door prizes on the lawn of Old Main!
Meet and welcome EIU's head football coach, Kim Dameron, and his staff.
Co-hosted by Eastern Illinois University and the Charleston Chamber of Commerce.
Camps and Conferences
Maybe your interests are athletics or dancing, or perhaps you’re a young musician or artist looking for a summer camp in which to participate. In any of those cases, we’ve got something for you! Even aspiring pilots and chefs will find summer camps geared toward their interests this summer at EIU.
All told, more than 50 camps and conferences will be offered this summer; you can visit the university’s office of Camps and Conferences website to get an idea of everything offered and links to more information about specific events.
As has become customary, a visit from the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps will kick off EIU’s busy summer. The Cavaliers, made up of teenage boys from across the country, will be on campus from June 2-17 preparing for their ensuing national tour. Their stay concludes with a full dress rehearsal at O’Brien Stadium; the 8 p.m. show on June 14 is open to the public.
Another long-standing tradition at EIU is its hosting of Premier Boys State and Illini Girls State; outstanding high school juniors from across the state come to campus for a program teaching about citizenship and government.
For kids ages 6-18, the Summerscape series of workshops, weekend seminars and week-long camps will provide educational opportunities for youth in such areas as technology, art, music, career, engineering and more.
Additionally, Tarble Arts Center has three summer programs for kids: Summer Art Investigations I for kids aged 4-6, Summer Art Investigations II for kids aged 7-9, and Introduction to Printmaking for kids aged 10-14. All three have early June registration deadlines, so visit the Tarble website to get signed up.
Camp e3, an interactive camp for “energizing emerging entrepreneurs” ages 14-18, is slated for June 22-25. Online registration is available here.
For Ages 50+
It’s not just kids who can find great programs over the summer at EIU – the Academy of Lifelong Learning’s eclectic, year-round offering of programs doesn’t stop during the summer months!
You can check out a fill listing of programs at their website, but some of the highlights include a calligraphy class, tours of the Coles County Animal Shelter and Coles County Courthouse, and an EIU garden tour.
At the Doudna
A couple summer performances are scheduled at Doudna Fine Arts Center; on June 12, you can check out An Evening with Janis Ian and have a little dinner before being entertained by this Grammy Award-winning artist.
A month later is another “dinner and a show” option with Mark Nizer 4-D. Original comedy, world-class juggling, movement, music and technology are all key elements of this show … and we’ll provide the 3-D glasses. You’ll need them!
Not all Eastern students will be away from campus this summer; Summer sessions -- which are comprised of both on-campus and Internet-based courses -- are offered in three different lengths: four weeks, six weeks and eight weeks.
The six- and eight-week sessions get underway June 16; sign up before then to avoid a $25 late registration fee. Visit the Summer Session website for full details.