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Once a Panther, Always a Panther

The student body president and alumni want Eastern students to understand they will always be Panthers, even after graduation day.

That's why Alumni Services and the EIU Alumni Association created the Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) organization, which aims to engage current students with Eastern alumni.

Erin Clemons, assistant director of Alumni Services, has worked with Student Body President Kaci Abolt to jumpstart the organization.

The main purposes of STAT are to help students network with EIU alumni and for alumni to feel engaged with their alma mater, Clemons said. Abolt, a senior communication studies major, emphasized the importance of the latter.

“Eastern alumni make so much of what we do at EIU possible,” Abolt said. “As a result of their giving, as well as constant support, we are able to grow and continue to excel in all forms of university life.”

-- Read this story on Eastern's new student alumni association in its entirety at EIU 360.