Oct 25, 2014

 

News from Old Main

EIU ALUMNI AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED DURING HOMECOMING
Recipients of the Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association’s 2014 alumni awards will be honored Saturday, Oct. 25, in conjunction with Homecoming activities.

Distinguished Alumni Awards will go to Suzanne Barchers (’67) of Stanford, California; Chuck Bell (’67, ’69) of Scottsdale, Arizona; Nancy Elwess (’76) of North Hero, Vermont; Michelle Hanlon (’93) of Acton, Massachusetts; and Mary Anne Hanner ('72, '74) of Oakland.

The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award recipient is Kristofer Howard (’00) of Libertyville. The Louis V. Hencken Alumni Service Award honoree is Jerry Zachary (’61, ’88) of Champaign. The Distinguished Educator Award will be presented to Eric Bright (’12) of Charleston.

“We are honored to be able to recognize such an extraordinary group of alumni for their accomplishments and the varied ways in which they represent their alma mater,” said Bob Martin, vice president for university advancement. “Their successes reflect well on Eastern Illinois University and motivate current and future students to follow their own dreams.”

For biographies of current and past award winners, please see here.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Oct 22, 2014


PANTHER PRIDE TURNING CAMPUS, CITY BLUE IN TIME FOR EIU HOMECOMING WEEKEND
Panther Pride is on the rise in Charleston as the community prepares itself for Eastern's Homecoming 2014 activities. “Bright Lights, Blue City: Homecoming 2014” events are taking place this week, culminating with the traditional parade, football game and other popular events on Saturday.

This year’s Homecoming committee planned numerous thematic events and activities designed to showcase EIU Panther Pride throughout campus and the city of Charleston. Several Charleston-area businesses plan to feature window displays, lawn signs and marquees displaying their EIU pride and spirit.

All are welcome to attend the many Homecoming events, both on and off campus. The most popular of those will occur on Saturday.

See here for details.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Oct 22, 2014


ASTRONOMY “HOBBYIST” DESIGNS, OWNS WORLD’S LARGEST PRIVATELY OWNED TELESCOPE
Faculty from Eastern's Department of Physics and other guests gathered to formally dedicate Westfield resident Robert E. Holmes Jr.'s personally designed/built 50-inch telescope this week. The scope is the most recent acquisition in Holmes’ collection, and is believed to be the largest privately owned telescope in the world.

Holmes, who is an adjunct professor with EIU’s physics department, is the founder of the not-for-profit Astronomical Research Institute (ARI), allowing him to facilitate outreach to schools, colleges and hundreds of students worldwide via his collection of four telescopes/observatories. In addition, Holmes collects images and reports the positions of asteroids and the occasional comet, including near-Earth objects (NEOs), to the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is responsible for nearly half of all the NEO measurements made in 2011.

“In other words, his observatory is responsible for more NEO data that anyplace else in the world,” said Steve Daniels, physics department chair. “From his observatory in Westfield, Bob Holmes stands guard over our world.”

See here for more on the story.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Oct 17, 2014


PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH CONSULTANT CONTACT INFORMATION
David Mead-Fox has been hired by the EIU Board of Trustees to assist in finding the next president for Eastern Illinois University. He is a senior client partner with the firm of Korn Ferry. Mead-Fox was recently on campus and met with various constituency groups to hear their views on "what they are looking for in a new president." If you were not able to attend one of these sessions and would like to share your views with Mead-Fox, he would welcome an email from you. His email address is david.mead-fox@kornferry.com.

CHERYL GILBERT, VPUA Operations
Posted: Sep 12, 2014





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