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The EIU Alumni Association builds lifelong relationships between alumni and their alma mater. The organization has traditionally pursued a number of broad objectives, including:

  • Sponsoring special events for alumni.
  • Assisting with homecoming and reunions.
  • Facilitating communication between alumni and the university.
  • Assistance in maintaining alumni records.
  • Helping with fundraising and other initiatives which contribute to the welfare of the university.

EIUAA also recognizes alumni accomplishments through its Distinguished Alumni Awards program.

2015 Alumni Award Nominations

The EIU Alumni Association is currently seeking nominations for the 2015 Alumni Awards. If you know of an outstanding alumna/us and would like to nominate her or him please do so by Monday, June 8.

Alumni may be nominated for the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Louis V. Hencken Alumni Service Award, Distinguished Educator Award or the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

Nominations, including this form, a formal letter of nomination and supporting materials (articles, resume, additional letters of support, etc.) should be sent to Steve Rich, EIU Alumni Association, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920 or via email to swrich@eiu.edu.

Recipients will be recognized during the 2015 Homecoming festivities, including a dinner held in their honor.

Position Announcement - Director: Annual Fund and Commencement

Eastern Illinois University invites applications for the position of Director of Annual Fund and Commencement. Primary responsibilities include the strategic execution and management of a comprehensive annual giving program (including direct mail, telephone and electronic solicitations; management of the call center; and coordination of the faculty-staff campaign); organization of commencement ceremonies; and assisting with select alumni activities. The individual will also develop strategies for elevating existing donors to higher giving levels.

Click here for a full list of requirements and to apply online!

Questions regarding this search process can be directed to Jonathan McKenzie, search chair, at jrmckenzie@eiu.edu. Review of applications begins April 6, 2015, and continues until campus interviews are scheduled.

Alumni Association Seeking Applicants for Board of Directors

The EIU Alumni Association is currently seeking applicants for a position on the board of directors, with the term to begin in July of this year. Graduates applying to serve on the board should be interested in advancing the interests of our alma mater and willing to actively participate in Association and university activities. The board meets four times annually (January, April, July and October) and directors are expected to attend each meeting. Applicants must also be members of the Alumni Association.

To apply, please send a letter expressing your interest and a resume to Steve Rich at swrich@eiu.edu by April 1, 2015.

Get Your Grad Packs!

As students, you are on campus for a short time. As alumni, you are Panthers for life. The EIU Alumni Association is a community of thousands of graduates who love EIU and know what a difference it makes.

Join the Alumni Association today for only $15 and receive a special Grad Pack. Get all the perks of an Alumni Association membership, plus a reusable EIU sport backpack, official EIU alumni license plate frame and plenty of discount coupons just for our new grads (a $25 dollar value).

2014 Alumni Award Recipients

The EIU Alumni Association is proud to announce the recipients of the 2014 Alumni Awards. They were recognized on Homecoming weekend at the annual alumni awards dinner. You can also read more about these extraordinary alumni!

Spring 2015 Commencement: Saturday, May 9

Ceremony Times

  • 9 a.m. - College of Sciences and The Graduate School
  • 12 p.m. - College of Arts and Humanities and The Graduate School
    - School of Continuing Education (BA in General Studies)
  • 3 p.m. - College of Education and Professional Studies and The Graduate School
  • 6 p.m. - Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and The Graduate School

Visit EIU's Commencement website for all the information you need to know about graduation!


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