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Jan 22, 2018


News from Old Main

EIU Board of Trustees meeting Friday, January 26

The EIU Board of Trustees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 26, in the Grand Ballroom of the MLK Jr. Union.

Immediately following the Call to Order and Roll Call, the Board will go into executive session. The open session of the meeting will begin at 1 p.m. The agenda, table of contents and board report will soon be available on the university’s website.

Josh Reinhart, Marketing and Creative Services
Posted: Jan 17, 2018

10TH Annual EIUnity Diversity Conference February 2

The 10th Annual EIUnity Diversity Conference will be held Friday, February 2, 2018, from 8am to 3pm in the EIU Martin Luther King Union. The theme for this year's conference is "Changing The Culture for the Culture: A Stand Against The Traditions of Bigotry, Social Injustice And More..."

This conference is designed to raise diversity awareness and advocacy across EIU''s campus. The conference registration and Safe Zone Training starts at 8am, with workshops beginning at 10am, and a luncheon provided during the conference. Please check for the full itinerary on the Minority Affairs website. For EIU students, faculty, and staff, please register for the conference at

Non-EIU guests may register for the conference on the Minority Affairs website (under Diversity Conference). The cost for attendance for non-EIU guests is $10 per participant. This may be paid the day of the conference. Cash, checks, and money orders will be accepted. Checks can be made payable to "Eastern Illinois University." For all attendees, the deadline for conference registration is Monday, January 29, 2018, by 4:30pm.

Prior to the event, non-EIU guests are encouraged to visit the University Police Department to obtain a daily parking pass for the conference.

If you have any questions, please contact EIU's Minority Affairs Office at (217) 581-6690. Thank you!

Georgia Ryan, Minority Affairs Office Manager
Posted: Jan 15, 2018

2018 Summer Research and Creative Activity Grant Competition Deadline February 7

In accordance with the EIU-UPI Unit A agreement, Summer Research and Creative Activity Awards are available this year. The awards are for research and creative activity projects conducted between the end of the spring semester and August 31, 2018 by tenured/tenure track faculty in Bargaining Unit A.

Approximately 20 awards of $4,000 each in the form of personal services payments will be granted. Faculty who wish to apply for funding should apply online ( or hand-deliver a proposal to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 1102 Blair Hall, no later than noon on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Researchers who have previously received a CFR grant and/or Summer Research and Creative Activity Award should make sure all progress/final reports are on file in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

To obtain a copy of the application materials, please visit our website ( Applicants should be sure to use the most current application forms. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Mattingly ( at (217) 581-2711.

Mary Mattingly, Research and Sponsored Programs
Posted: Jan 09, 2018

2017 Burnham and Nancy Neal Outstanding Philanthropist Nominations Now Being Accepted

The Eastern Illinois University Foundation is currently seeking and accepting nominations for the 2017 Burnham and Nancy Neal Outstanding Philanthropist Award.

The award is bestowed upon individuals and organizations who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to the academic and cultural well-being of Eastern Illinois University by providing sustaining financial support through lifetime contributions, and pledges or planned gifts as well as service to the University and the community. Deadline for nominations is January 31, 2018.

Nominations can be submitted by visiting the Foundation's website at
or by regular mail to:

EIU Foundation
Attn: Nancy Murray
860 W. Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

Nancy Murray, EIU Foundation
Posted: Jan 02, 2018

Recruitment Forum and January Enrollment Management Update

Campus Recruitment Forum
Our freshmen admit numbers are still higher than they have been in 10 years at this point in time. However, January is when prospective students start identifying their college of choice. Freshmen commitments will increase from now until May. Last year compositions of our total commitments were January (8%), Feb (17%), March (16%), April (24%) and May (16%).

In preparation for this critical time frame, we are holding a campus-wide recruitment forum from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, January 12 in the Doudna Lecture Hall. The forum will focus on departmental recruitment -- a key piece of our prospective students' decision-making process. The forum will include:

  • An introduction and an overview of current numbers.
  • Presentations by innovative academic departments that are now seeing significant gains from their recruitment efforts.
  • A review of resources for departmental recruiters.
  • The unveiling of the new Departmental Recruitment Funnels.
  • Tips for helping students make the right college choice.
  • An open discussion with the audience regarding ideas and current practices not covered by the session.

Space is limited for the event to the capacity of the lecture hall venue. Please RSVP if you plan to attend:

Upcoming Events this Month:

  • Saturday, January 27 - Admitted Student Event - Venue: LLT Group Office (company founded by two EIU alumni) Location: Naperville, IL
  • Sunday, January 28 - Admitted Student Event - Venue: The Carlisle Location: Lombard, IL

Enrollment Management Updates for January

  • Dual Credit Showing Early Signs of Return on Investment - Applications have doubled from last year in high schools where we are offering dual credit.
  • Promoting New Majors - A new major has just been approved--starting in Fall 2018, EIU will offer a B.S. in Neuroscience. Learn more at
  • One Stop for Scholarships- Thanks to the hard work of Brad Green and the Academic Works implementation team, the software goes live this month. Enrollment Management is truly excited about the great benefit of this software for current and prospective students. Learn more about this single solution to promote and manage scholarships at
  • Star Wars and EIU -As many moviegoers flock to Theaters to see the latest Star Wars movie, our 30-second advertisements are playing before the show in more than 40 theaters in Illinois and Indiana. Our movie theater ads will continue through January.
  • Scholarship Funds Continue to Grow for Local Students -If you know students who are local and would be great ambassadors for EIU, make sure to tell them about the EIU Community Ambassador Scholarship. Funding for the scholarship continues to grow, with donors generously giving nearly $30,000 for the scholarship. All of it will be awarded to local students. For more details see
  • Director of New Student and Family Programs Hired - We are excited to welcome Dr. Tanya Willard to the EIU family. We anxiously await the impact that all of her experience and education will bring to EIU.
  • Vitalization - As we continue to progress in constructing and fortifying the Enrollment Management infrastructure at EIU, there have been many updates on the recommendations made by Vitalization Workgroup 3. See those updates at

Story of the Month
This month's story is a letter received by the foundation with a $1,000 donation to go toward recruiting new students.

Dear EIU Foundation:
Congratulations on the tremendous job you are doing on recruiting and letting people know about the "BEST KEPT SECRET IN ILLINOIS" ----- EIU. We would like for this donation to go toward recruitment. It is a very expensive and time-consuming task, but you have definitely turned things around for this wonderful institution.
THANK YOU for a job well done, we know we have further to go in completing the task, keep up the great effort.
Anonymous Donor

Thanks to all of you for your continued advocacy for Eastern Illinois University!

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Josh Norman, Associate VP for Enrollment Management
Posted: Jan 02, 2018

Lost Panther Card Return Policies

Find a Panther Card?

If you find a Panther Card, please return the card to the Panther Card Office located in the Student Services Building, Room 3040. If you are unable to return it immediately, please notify the Panther Card Office at (217) 581-4357 with the name and E# that appears on the card, as well as the location we can direct the student to claim the card. You may also send this information via email to The replacement fee for a lost or stolen card is $20.

This process will help avoid re-issuing replacement cards and additional cost to our students. Thank you for helping in this regard.

Becky Shew, User Services and Records Management
Posted: Jan 02, 2018

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