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EIU Alumni Newsletter

September 2011

Alumni spotlight: Stephanie Rasmusen '07

Stephanie Rasmusen '07

EIU's women's rugby team has been blazing new trails in the emerging sport since 1999, and every player who has been involved with the team has been a pioneer.

One of the most notable seasons came in 2002, when EIU's squad became the first NCAA women's rugby team, compiled an 11-0 record with wins over major schools, and dominated their opponents with a 683-12 scoring total.

This past weekend, 2002 team veteran Stephanie Rasmusen '07 was among the former players who headed back to campus to watch another big moment in EIU rugby history — the first-ever contest between two NCAA Division I teams. Rasmusen, now a high school physical education teacher, got to witness a 24-0 win over Quinnipiac.

In this story, Rasmusen reminisces about her time on the groundbreaking EIU women's rugby team.

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More alumni news …

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Have President Perry speak to your organization

EIU President Bill Perry is interested in visiting with organizations such as Rotary Clubs and Chambers of Commerce throughout Illinois, as well as in the St. Louis and Terre Haute areas, to share campus news and provide an update on the state of higher education.

If you are a member of one of these organizations and would be interested in scheduling him to speak, please contact the alumni services office at 800-258-6348 or

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2011 Alumni Awards recipients announced

The EIU Alumni Association is proud to announce the recipients of the 2011 Alumni Awards!

  • Outstanding Young Alumnus: Jake Byrne ‘07, ‘09
  • Louis V. Hencken Alumni Service Award: Tim ‘71, ‘72 and Vickie Burke ‘72, ‘75
  • Distinguished Educator: Craig Lindvahl ‘79
  • Distinguished Alumna/us: Larry Closson ‘74; Will Keiper ‘72; Gregg Kirkland ‘83; Keith Kohanzo ‘69, ‘71; Ron Woods ‘86

The award winners will be honored at a dinner on Oct. 22 (Homecoming weekend). To learn how to purchase tickets, please visit our Awards Page.

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Homecoming registration reminder

EIU Homecoming 2011

If you are planning to attend one of our three special Homecoming reunions, please be sure to submit your registration materials as soon as possible.

To view a general schedule of events for alumni and friends, check out “Greatness in Blue” Homecoming 2011.

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News briefs from the Alumni Association

EIU vs. Northwestern Tailgate 2011
  • Thank you to the 500+ alumni and Panther fans who attended our EIU vs. Northwestern Football Weekend. We had a great time and hope you did, too. Click here to view our photo gallery.
  • Join us at a reception in Springfield, Ill., on Sept. 22 to learn more about the EI&U: Expect Greatness campaign. Enjoy an evening among friends and discover how you can support our mission.
  • This is Coach Spoo's 25th and final year as EIU's head football coach – and your last chance to help him win the 2011 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award. If he wins, he will receive $50,000 to donate to his favorite charity, and the EIU Alumni Association will receive $20,000 for student scholarships. Vote now!
  • Chicago alumni! Help recruit the best students to EIU by volunteering at college fairs in the greater Chicagoland area. Learn more about Alumni Ambassadors.
  • With Homecoming right around the corner, and we want you to start showing your Panther pride. Click here to download EIU ringtones and wallpaper.
  • Share your favorite EIU memory, and it could be printed onto an ornament to help decorate a tree in Old Main's foyer this winter! Submit your memory by Oct. 28.

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