EIU Names Honors College for Alumni Couple
Eastern Illinois University announced today that it is naming its Honors College for Sandra and Jack Pine in recognition of their generosity and service to the university.
The couple – both graduates of the university – made a donation to support students within the Honors College majoring in physics, chemistry or mathematics.
Originally from Paris, Ill., Jack Pine is a 1964 graduate of the university where he earned a degree in physics. After graduation, he moved to the Chicago area where he was employed by Liquid Carbonic Corporation for approximately five years in various technical positions. He left Liquid to pursue a juris doctorate from Illinois Institute of Technology’s Kent College of Law. After law school, Mr. Pine spent nearly 30 years in private practice and as a corporate attorney with CBI Industries and Statia Terminals.
Sandra Pine graduated from EIU in 1965 as valedictorian with a degree in business education. She subsequently earned a master’s degree in education from Northern Illinois University and spent her 34-year career as a teacher and chair of the business department at Hinsdale South High School, District 86.
The couple met at EIU and were married after both graduated from the university.
“We’re very proud of our Honors College, and it is fitting to name it after Sandra and Jack Pine,” said Robert Martin, vice president of university advancement. “This is also a recognition of the key role that the sciences play at Eastern and the strong influence of the students from our Honors College.
“Their donation will fund a series of scholarships which will encourage students not only to major in science but to challenge themselves with honors-level courses,” Martin said.
“Students in our Honors College have additional opportunities to excel and are actively encouraged to participate in individual research while they are still undergraduates,” he added. “We believe these new scholarships will attract more high-achieving students to the university and encourage students who are already enrolled to consider the Honors College.”
The Eastern Illinois University Honors College was founded as the Honors Programs in 1982 to meet the needs of academically talented students and to encourage intellectual and social growth.