merging Botany and Zoology Departments (fwd)

Kevin Mathe Franken cukmf4 at PANTHER2.PEN.EIU.EDU
Wed May 13 19:09:32 CDT 1998

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Date: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 14:33:14 PDT
From: kevin franken <kfranken at
Subject: merging Botany and Zoology Departments

 Please send this to AS MANY people and listservs that can help.  Thanks.

Hi. My name is Kevin Franken.  I'm a senior Environmental Biology major
here at Eastern Illinois University.  Currently, there is a proposal to
merge the Botany and Zoology Dept's into the Dept of Biological
Sciences.  The vast majority of the Botany faculty here OPPOSE it
because they fear the high-quality Botany program here will suffer (and
for many other reasons).  In past mergers at other universities, it has
been said that Botany faculty and course offerings DECLINE after such

What I'm looking for is DATA/EVIDENCE to support that idea.  Do you or
anyone you know have access to such data or can get a hold of such data
showing a decline of Botany faculty and course offerings AFTER a merger
with a Zoology Dept?  If you have such info, please show the Botany
faculty #'s and course offerings BEFORE the merger and AFTER.  If yes,
could you send that information to me via email or regular mail?  My
fellow students and I are trying to bring evidence to our Student
Senate, Faculty Senate, and administration.  Such info. would be very

Do you have any advice for our movement here?  Do you know any
names/emails of faculty at other universities who I could contact
regarding this?

Also, EIU currently offers a BS degree in Botany and Zoology and
Environmental Biology, if the merger goes through, only a BS in
Biological Sciences will be offered, with an option in Environmental
Biology, and a concentration in Botany (and other areas).  I don't think
a degree in Botany is the same thing as a concentration in Botany, do

Thank you for your time.

Kevin Franken
103 Taylor Hall
Charleston, IL 61920

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