Jun 29, 2016

 

News from Old Main

OUR SYMPATHIES...
Word has been received that Leonard "Bull" Durham, 90, passed away June 4, 2016, at Village on the Isle, Venice, Fla. Dr. Durham began his career at EIU in 1956 as a professor; he later served as director of Eastern's Division of Life Sciences, a program that combined zoology and botany. He was also an associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, chairman of the Department of Zoology, and chairman of the Foreign Languages Department.

A memorial service is being planned by his children. Currently the date is unknown. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Leonard and Olga Durham Scholarship Fund at EIU.

A full obituary can be found here.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jun 28, 2016


CORPSE FLOWER READIES FOR FIFTH BLOOMING AT EIU
Eastern's Titan Arum (aka Corpse Flower) appears to be honoring its tradition of a biennial flowering.

Steven Malehorn, manager of the H.F. Thut Greenhouse, is eagerly waiting the plant?s fifth blooming. Earlier bloomings took place in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

The developing flower (technically an inflorescence) could grow to be seven feet tall and three feet wide, and will definitely smell "nasty," Malehorn said. He "guesstimates", based on the plant's past four blooms, that the plant will bloom at 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 27, plus or minus two days.

"However, it will do what it will do, what it wants to do, when it wants to do it," he added. "The exact date can't be known until about a day or so before it actually blooms. But when it does bloom, it will happen fast -- within hours -- and the bloom will only last one night."

See here for more information.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jun 13, 2016





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