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EIU Alumni Services

Class of 1973 - 50th Reunion

Friday, October 6, 2023 | Register Now

The EIU Alumni Services invites the class of 1973 back to campus to celebrate their 50th Anniversary in conjunction with EIU Homecoming.  

The 2023 Homecoming Weekend schedule will be as follows:


Friday, October 6

4 pm Campus Tour: Enjoy a riding tour around campus and experience firsthand all the exciting changes that have been taking place over the last 50 years.  

4:30 pm Legacy Social Reception: MLK Jr. University Union; University Ballroom. 

This is an opportunity for you and your classmates to join together to catch up on the last 50 years.  Host bar (beer and wine) available. 

5 pm Livingston C. Lord and Heritage Society Pinning Ceremony: MLK Jr. University Union; University Ballroom

The Livingston C. Lord Society was established to honor members of the 50 year class who return to campus for their Golden Reunion.  The Heritage Society honors individuals who made the commitment to support the University through planned gifts.  Each individual will be called forward to receive his or her society pins.    

5:30 pm Legacy Society Dinner: MLK Jr. University Union; University Ballroom $10 a ticket

6:00 pm Tribute Donor Recognition: MLK Jr. University Union; Grand Ballroom

Please join the Office of University Advancement for our exclusive event to honor the benefactors who inspire greatness here at EIU.  A social hour will begin at 6:00 pm the program will start at 6:30 pm.  The EIU Foundation will be presenting the Philanthropist of the Year award. 

Saturday, October 7

9:30 am Homecoming parade: 6th Street and 7th Street    

11:00 am Alumni Tailgate at Tent City: Behind O'Brien Stadium. Enjoy Tent City tailgating and stop by the Alumni tent prior to the kick-off!

2 pm Homecoming Football Game: O'Brien Field EIU hosts Lindenwood for the Homecoming Football Game.  Game ticket $15

6 pm Alumni Awards Dinner: MLK Jr. University Union Grand Ballroom Join us as the Alumni Association honors our Alumni during the 2022 Alumni Awards Dinner $45 a ticket.


2023 Tribute Event

Friday, October 6, 2023 | Register Now

Please join the EIU Foundation Board of Directors, President Gatrell, and other campus administration for an exclusive event to honor the benefactors who inspire greatness here at EIU.

See how your generous gifts benefit current students and shape the Eastern experience,
now and for years to come, as we celebrate our philanthropy award recipients and show thanks to our benefactors.

Check-in begins at 6 PM in the Grand Ballroom located in the MLK Jr University Union. The Program is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM. 


Please RSVP by September 22nd

2023 Alumni Awards Dinner

Saturday, October 7, 2023 | Register Now

Join us for the 2023 Alumni Awards Dinner as we honor nine of our alumni for outstanding achievements.

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Social Hour: 6:00 p.m.

Awards Dinner and Awards Ceremony:  7:00 p.m.


Grand Ballroom

Martin Luther King Jr. University Union

Second Floor


Tickets: $45 a person


Purchase tickets online or by calling 800-ALUM-EIU (800-258-6348)

Johnny Lee Lane Weekend - Keep the Groove Alive!

Saturday, October 21, 2023 | Register Now

We hope you can join us during our Johnny Lee Lane weekend, October 21-22, 2023.

Please consider making a gift to honor Prof Lane. To make a gift of any size, include “Prof Lane Scholarship” at the bottom of the reservation form. Your gift of any size will benefit music students at EIU today and tomorrow!

We hope you can join us!


Saturday, October 21, 2023

9:30 am - Tour of Doudna Fine Arts Center - The Doudna Fine Arts Center is celebrating the 15th anniversary since its dramatic re-opening as the home of fine and performing arts at EIU. Come see what all has changed since your days at EIU in this fantastic facility! The tour will start in the Doudna Concourse.

10:45 am - Campus Tour - From Old Main to the South Quad, the idyllic tree-lined quads of EIU's campus continually remind us of the special beauty of this University. Peak Fall colors promise to offer a grand show! Tours will start from the Doudna Concourse.

2:00 pm - EIU Football vs. Bryant University at O'Brien Stadium (Tickets are $15) - The Panthers take on Bryant University as part of "Hall of Fame" weekend with the Athletic Department inducting its newest class of former athletes into the Hall of Fame. The Panther Marching Band will offer an entertaining show at halftime and Prof Lane will get a well-deserved mention at the ballgame! 

6:00 pm - "Groove Party" at the home of Mike and Glenna Murphy '82 - Join us for a fun and informal celebration of Johnny Lane at the home of Mike and Glenna Murphy in Tuscola, IL. Cocktails at 6 pm (cash bar with free soft drinks) and dinner at 6:30 pm. Dessert and live music set to follow. Former students: bring your sticks and a drum pad because Prof Lane WILL put you through your paces on the rudiments! Food and soft drinks are generously provided by the Murphy's - only bring money if you want something from the bar.


Sunday, October 22, 2023

12:00 pm - Q&A with Professor Lane at Doudna PAC - A chance to connect with Prof Lane and catch up. Join us in the Doudna Fine Arts Center "Green Room" for this event. Prof Lane would love nothing more than to visit with any and all who have made the trip to Charleston for the weekend.

2:00 pm - Panther Marching Band Annual Fall Concert (Tickets are $10) - A rousing review of show music from the marching season, EIU standards, and special performances highlighting the talents of EIU's most spirited student group - the Panther Marching Band! The concert will also feature a special tribute to Professor Johnny Lee Lane and the awarding of the inaugural recipient of the Johnny Lane Percussion Scholarship. 

4:00 pm - Post-Concert Reception with Professor Lane in the Black Box Theatre - After the concert, join us for a celebration of the newly endowed "Professor Johnny Lane Percussion Scholarship" and to express our gratitude to all of the donors who made this scholarship possible.

EIU Alumni Reception - San Diego, CA

Thursday, November 2, 2023 | Register Now

Join administration from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for an EIU alumni reception at the Garage Kitchen + Bar on November 2nd!


Thursday, November 2, 2023

7:00 pm

Garage Kitchen + Bar

655 4th Avenue

San Diego, CA 92101



Register online or by calling 800-ALUM-EIU (258-6348)


EIU Men's Basketball - Alumni Pre-Game Event

Monday, November 6, 2023 | Register Now

Join us and fellow EIU Alumni at a pre-game event in Champaign.  After the reception, the EIU men's basketball team will take on the University of Illinois.


Monday, November 6 

5:00 - 7:00pm 

Papa Del's Pizza 

1201 S Neil St 

Champaign, IL 61820

$10 to attend 

Appetizers and a cash bar are available.  


RSVP online or by calling 800-ALUM-EIU (258-6348) 




Housing Legacy Courtyard

Tuesday, June 2, 2026 | Register Now

Leave your mark on campus. Alums who had memorable experiences on campus are taking the opportunity to buy a brick or paver as a permanent way to recognize those special times in the Memorial Courtyard located between Lawson and Andrews Hall.

4"x8" Imprinted brick-$100 16"x16" Imprinted paver -$250 16"x72" Bench Paver-$2,500


A representative from the EIU Alumni Services Office will reach out to you for your brick or paver message.  

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Contact Information

By Mail:

EIU Alumni Services
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-7206

In Person/Physical Address:

Brainard House
1548 4th St. Charleston, IL

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