- Eastern Illinois University
name =Eastern Illinois University
(as Eastern Illinois State Normal School)
endowment =$35,779,000 [http://www.nacubo.org/documents/research/2006NES_Listing.pdf]
William L. Perry
campus =Small town
colors =Blue and Grey|colours =
Eastern Illinois University is a state
universitylocated in Charleston, Illinois.
Eastern Illinois University has 12,179 students, and 2,000 faculty and staff. Admission is selective. Tuition is approximately $7,000 per year for Illinois resident and $17,500 for non-residents, making it one of the most affordable universities in Illinois. [http://www.collegebound.net/college-university/eastern-illinois-u.html] There are prominent Communication Disorders and Sciences and Biological Sciences programs, though the College of Education remains the largest department. The university has an endowment of approximately $35 million.
The university includes Colleges of
Science, Arts and Humanities, Education and Professional Studies,Engineering and Technology Program [Masters] , and the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences. Other academic divisions include the Graduate School, Honors College, and School of Continuing Education. Eighty-eight percent of graduates find work in a field related to their major within six months after graduation. [ [http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/directory/brief/drservices_1674_brief.php USNews.com: America's Best Colleges 2008: Eastern Illinois University: Services & Facilities ] ]
In the "
US News & World Report" college rankings, EIU is classified as a Masters university, meaning one that grants no doctoral degrees and draws students primarily from the surrounding area, rather than nationally. EIU ranks in the top half of US News' rankings of Masters universities within the Midwest region. [ [http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/directory/brief/drglance_1674_brief.php America's Best Colleges 2008: Eastern Illinois University: At a glance] from USNews.com]
Eastern Illinois University was established in 1895 as the Eastern Illinois State Normal School. Originally a teacher's college offering a two-year degree, it gradually expanded its curriculum to include
Baccalaureateand Master's degrees in most of the arts, sciences, and humanities.
The first building was finished in 1899 and is called Old Main, though it is formally named the
Livingston C. LordAdministration Building in honor of EIU's first president, who served from 1899 to 1933. Built of Indiana limestone in a heavy Gothic revivalstyle with turrets, towers, and battlements, its distinctive outline is the official symbol of the school. Old Main is one of the five "castles" built in the 1890s at the major Illinois state colleges. Governor John Peter Altgeldwas instrumental in funding the Illinois university system, and he was especially fond of the Gothic style. Eastern's "Old Main" and Illinois State University's Cook Hall are the only schools where the "castle" is not named after Altgeld. Other original Gothic Revivalbuildings include Booth Libraryand Blair Hall. Blair Hall was restored after a disastrous fire in 2004. In the fall of 2008, the university opened the newly constructed Doudna Fine Arts Center, designed by international architect Antoine Predock. The 138,000 square foot complex will house the music, theatre, and visual arts departments.
Eastern Illinois University's colors are
blueand gray; the sports teams' nickname is the Panthers. Except for men's soccer and swimming teams, the teams participate in NCAA Division I (I-AA for football) in the Ohio Valley Conference. The men's soccer program competes in the Missouri Valley Conferenceand the swim team competes in The Summit League. Eastern Football is coached by Bob Spoo.
Eastern Illinois University is the only NCAA
Division Iinstitution that offer women's rugby as a varsity sport.
Three current National Football League head coaches -
Mike Shanahanof the Denver Broncos, Sean Paytonof the New Orleans Saintsand Brad Childressof the Minnesota Vikings- are alumni of Eastern Illinois. Additionally, Tony Romo, the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, is an alumnus of the University, having actually been signed by Dallas on the advice of Payton, then an assistant coach for the team.
Eastern Illinois University was a member of the
Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conferencefrom 1912-1970.
"Eastern Loyalty" or "EIU Fight Song" is the fight song for the university. The lyrics are:
We are loyal EIU, we're loyal and true -
'though the odds be great or small
we'll still be cheering you (rah! rah!)
so fight you Panthers for the glory of our dear name
fight on for Eastern, come on Panthers lets win this game!
Joan Allen, actress
Brad Childress, head coach of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings
Jim Edgar, Governor of Illinoisfrom 1991 to 1999
Joan Embery, environmental activist
* Paul N. Hopkins, CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of
Farmers Insurance Group
Burl Ives, actorand folk singer. Did not graduate.
Joe Knollenberg, representative of the Ninth District of Michigan, United States House of Representativessince 1992*
Christine Korsgaard, philosopher. Transferred before graduation.
Charlotte Martin, singer-songwriter
Mike Shanahan, head coach of the NFL's Denver Broncos
Sean Payton, head coach of the NFL's New Orleans Saints
Matthew Polenzani, opera singer
Ron Westray, jazz trombonist, member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestraand the Mingus Big Band
John Malkovich, actor. [http://www.eiu.edu/~theatre/about_us/alumni.php#malkovich] Did not graduate.
* Larry Smith, CNN Headline News sports anchor [ [http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/smith.larry.html CNN Programs - Anchors/Reporters - Larry Smith ] ]
* Newton Tarble, one of the founders of
Jerry Van Dyke, actor. Did not graduate.
Tim Bogar- retired Major League Baseball infielder
Brad Childress- head coachof the Minnesota Vikingsof the National Football League
Kevin Duckworth, former National Basketball Associationall-star center
Jeff Gossett, NFLPro Bowl punter
Kyle Hill, professional basketball player
*Matt Hughes, professional MMA fighter
Schellas Hyndman, head coach of FC Dallas
John Jurkovic, former NFLdefensive lineman
Marty Pattin, MLB All-Star pitcher
Tony Romo, starting quarterbackfor the Dallas Cowboysof the National Football League
Kevin Seitzer- retired all-star Major League Baseballplayer
Chris Szarka, fullback for the Saskatchewan Roughridersof the Canadian Football League
Ray Fisher, former lineman - Dallas Texans of the National Football League
Dan Steele, track All-American, 400-meter National Champion, and Bronze Medalist at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics
* [http://www.eiu.edu Eastern Illinois University official website]
* [http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/directory/brief/drglance_1674_brief.php Information on EIU] from
US News and World Report
* [http://www.eiupanthers.com/ Official athletics website]
* [http://www.eiu.edu/map/map-color.pdf Campus map]
* [http://www.dennews.com/ The Daily Eastern News]
* [http://www.eiu.edu/~agora Agora, the English Department's online journal]
* [http://www.eiu.edu/~historia/ Historia, the History Department's online journal]
* [http://www.eiu.edu/~localite/coles/charleston/eiu/ Eastern Illinois University history and archives]
* [http://www.eiu.edu/~localite/coles/charleston/eiu/oldmain/a_building_for_the_ages.htm Old Main and Gothic architecture at Eastern Illinois University]
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