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EIU Alumni Newsletter

October 2011

Alumni spotlight: Jason Bertrand '99; David Caughran '98, '08

Jason Bertrand & David Caughran

Jason Bertrand '99 was an EIU student when he got his start in the music business, playing in a cover band with friends including David Caughran '98, '08. Jason and David are still making music together today, although they're abandoned covers in favor of their own original traditional country songs.

Check out Jason and The Haymakers' "mixture of train beats, guitars, drinking songs and battle scars" during their show at the Homecoming tailgate from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, on the practice fields just south of O'Brien Stadium.

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More alumni news…

Mike Heimerdinger

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It's almost Homecoming Week!

EIU Homecoming 2011

We hope to see you next week for "Greatness in Blue" Homecoming 2011. These links should help you plan your trip back to campus.

Did you miss the deadline to sign up for the Cheer Team reunion or Panther Marching Band and Pink Panther Dance Team alumni halftime performance? Don't worry, we're still taking registrations.

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Help decorate the alumni holiday tree from home


Each year, in the spirit of the holiday season, the university community decorates the foyer of Old Main. This year, the Office of the President has requested the help of our alumni to decorate one of the six holiday trees that will be showcased.

Please share with us your favorite EIU memory. Select memories will be printed onto ornaments and featured as decorations. To submit your memory, complete this form by Friday, Oct. 28.

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EIU LGBTQA alumni group forming

A small core group of alumni are working to establish an EIU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning and Ally (LGBTQA) alumni group. Preliminary discussions anticipate opportunities for networking; mentoring of LGBT students and new alumni; scholarship support for LGBTQA students; and establishing a dialogue between the Charleston community and LGBTQA students in support of greater understanding in the community and on campus.

For more information, please email with your contact information, including name, graduation year(s), address, email and phone number.

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Do you know a future Panther?

There are no better recruiters for EIU than its loyal alumni. If you know a high school or transfer student who would be a great asset to our university, let us know! It's easy -- simply complete the Recommend A Panther online form.

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News Briefs from the Alumni Association

  • This fall, the EIU Alumni Association will join 13 of the nation's best colleges for the MyWorkster Chicago Alumni Career Fair, an exclusive networking event that places you in front of the nation's leading employers. The admission cost is $10.
  • The Office of Minority Affairs will be hosting an alumni gathering in Oak Lawn, Ill., on Nov. 3. Each attendee is encouraged to donate a minimum of $5 (at the door). All proceeds will go toward scholarships supporting students of color. RSVP online or email
  • Tickets are still available for the Nov. 12 EIU Alumni Night on Broadway featuring "Billy Elliot The Musical" at the Fox Theater in St. Louis. Get yours today!
  • Do you know an EIU graduate from the College of Education and Professional Studies doing amazing things? Nominate him or her for a CEPS Alumni Award.
  • If you haven't been back to campus in some time, check out this awesome stop-motion tour of EIU.

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