A warm hello to our esteemed alumni…there has been much afoot in our department this past year, some wonderful and one, in particular, very sad. As you may have heard, Dr. Jim Stratton suddenly passed away just a few months ago. His devotion to Geology, Paleontology and the Department was unfailing. In tribute, we have gathered submissions from you, his loved ones and others to remember him and his life. I hope you enjoy that section of this newsletter.
We have undertaken a fair bit since the last newsletter, including revising our Professional Science Master’s degree (PSM) to be a completely online program, being involved in an Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) project to evaluate urban growth possibilities for Arcola, IL, and having staff, faculty and students recognized for their achievements with awards and scholarships both locally as well as nationally. Thankfully, pressures and protocols related to COVID are relaxing, and it is wonderful to see our halls once again bustling with students.
I hope that you and yours are healthy, happy and enjoying some quality time doing what you love. This has been quite a year with many challenges, although it has been a true pleasure to see so many of you reaching out to share your stories with us. While Eastern may be a part of your past and not necessarily the first entity that pops to your mind to keep up to date on your successes, it really does bring joy to our hearts to hear of your achievements, big and small. If you are ever in the area, please stop in so I can chat with you and give you a tour of “your old stomping grounds.”
My absolute best to you all,