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Apr 25, 2018


News from Old Main

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Sale in Bookstore April 27

University Union Bookstore Apple Store is offering Faculty/ Staff Appreciation Discount on April 27. Faculty and Staff can get up to $150 off Apple prices. Preorders receive a free gift and need to be ordered before April 18th. Come to the bookstore and demo the latest Apple products.

Robert Zerbst, Union Bookstore
Posted: Apr 20, 2018

Years of Service Certificates
The Human Resources Department would like to thank all of the 2018 Years of Service honorees for their many years of dedicated service to EIU. If you received an invitation, but were unable to attend the reception, you may still receive your certificate and pin. They may be picked up in the HR Employment Office in Room 2020, Old Main at your earliest convenience.

Carol Galey, Human Resources
Posted: Apr 20, 2018

"Tempted Yet Triumphant" Celebration April 29 via ACTS

At 11am Sunday, Sunday, April 29, in Buzzard Hall Auditorium, visitors can share in the celebration in a specially created space for students to express their spiritual passion through their combined talents. The theme for this wonderful event is "Tempted yet Triumphant." For more information: email Tania Ward.

Andrew Robinson, Communication Studies - ACTS Advisor
Posted: Apr 20, 2018

EIU Selects Newell as New Library Dean

Eastern Illinois University has named Zach Newell as its new library dean.

Newell comes to EIU from Salem State University in Massachusetts, where he served in various library roles over the past 10 years. Those roles will allow him to bring both educator and administrative perspectives to EIU, which will assist Booth Library in meeting the evolving demands of its students and faculty.

Newell said he is excited to be joining such a talented team in EIU’s Booth Library. He is especially impressed with the excitement and passion EIU’s faculty and staff share in working closely and collaboratively with the university’s diverse population of students—a critical component of EIU’s broader mission to foster opportunities for student-faculty scholarship.

As part of his passion for shaping the future of Booth Library, Newell plans to continue examining and reimagining the relationship between the campus community and the library’s existing on-campus spaces, while cultivating additional opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.  As part of an ongoing interest in internationalization and student success, Newell also indicated his intense interest in working closely with his new EIU colleagues to advance the library as a community and regional hub for transformative, lifelong learning.

Vice President of Academic Affairs and university Provost Dr. Jay Gatrell also shared his excitement about Newell’s future contributions to EIU’s campus and to the larger east central Illinois region.

“I’m enthusiastic about Zach joining the EIU community,” Gatrell said. “He brings a deep commitment to student success and understands the critical role Booth Library plays in advancing research, creativity and academic scholarship both on and off campus.”

Newell possesses a B.A. in philosophy, an M.A. in art history and an M.S. in library science. Currently, he is working to complete a doctoral dissertation focused on creativity and information literacy. Newell also was selected as a Fulbright Scholar, allowing him to serve at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt during the region’s recent Arab Spring movement.

EIU’s Booth Library offers a comprehensive program of services to students, faculty and community members, and was named in honor of Miss Mary Josephine Booth, who served as head librarian at Eastern from 1904 to 1945.

Posted: Apr 19, 2018

End of Semester Sale - Bookstore
The University Union Bookstore is holding their end-of-semester sale. Hurry on down get your sale items while they last!

Robert Zerbst ,
Posted: Apr 18, 2018

Staff Senate Elections April 26
Staff Senate elections will take place Thursday, April 26 via electronic ballot. Members may vote anytime from 6am to 11pm. To vote, visit to log on and enter your EIU user name and password. Thank you and PLEASE VOTE! Staff Senate Election Committee

Christine Childress, Facilities Planning and Management
Posted: Apr 18, 2018

EIU, Community Partners Hosting Events to Celebrate Status as Tree Campus USA April 26-27

EIU has partnered with the City of Charleston and the Charleston Rotary to raise money and purchase and plant more than 60 trees on campus and at Lake Charleston.

The on-campus tree planting will take place at 10am Thursday, April 26 in the circle drive grass just east of Old Main. Event coordinators and volunteers from the community and campus will be leading those efforts. On Friday, April 27, event coordinators and volunteers will head to Lake Charleston to plant 40 trees there as well. Volunteers are still needed for the Lake Charleston tree planting on Friday. People can register using this link.

These events roll into EIU and Charleston’s recent achievement of earning the prestigious Tree Campus USA status. Tree Campus USA recognizes college and university campuses engaged in effective management of their campus trees as well as development of connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy, urban forests. Recognized institutions also strive to engage their student population in these efforts by utilizing service learning opportunities centered on campus and community forestry efforts.

Beth Gillespie,
Posted: Apr 16, 2018

Arbor Day Tree Planting at EIU April 26
Faculty and students are invited to participate in this year's Arbor Day Observance Tree Planting at 10am Thursday, April 26 near the circle drive east of Old Main. The event is organized by EIU students, staff and faculty, and volunteers office.

Peter Liu, Center for Clean Energy Research and Education
Posted: Apr 12, 2018

MyBenefits Web Portal Registration

With Benefits Choice quickly upon us during the month of May, please remember to visit the MyBenefits web portal at to register.

A registration guide has been designed to assist members through the registration process and can be accessed by visiting the Benefit Services website at

One time registration is all that is if you've already completed the process then doing so again is not required. Please just verify the e-mail address provided during the initial registration process is still valid.


Amanda Zucco, Benefits Services
Posted: Apr 12, 2018

Six Students Receive Awards for Excellence

The Library Advisory Board of Booth Library named six students as winners of the 2018 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity. The students were honored at a reception on April 11.

Award winners were:

-- Wonjin Song, an undergraduate in economics and mathematics, for his paper, "International Debt Impact on the Value of South Korean Currency";

-- Junnatun Naym, an MBA student, for "Competition and Concentration in Banking Sector: Evidence from Bangladesh";

-- George Anaman, a graduate student in economics, for "Willingness to Pay Student Insurance as a Primary Plan among Eastern Illinois University Students";

-- Razak Dwomoh, a graduate student in elementary education, for "The Development and Implications of Social Studies and History Curricula in Ghana."

Honorable mention awards were presented to:

-- O. Tomiwa Shodipe, a graduate student in economics, for "The Impact of Real Interest Rate on Real Exchange Rate: Empirical Evidence from Japan";

-- Charity Huwe, a graduate student in curriculum and instruction, for "Representation of the Titanic in Children's Literature."

The Booth Library Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research. The program encourages students to enhance their studies by utilizing the wealth of information available at Booth Library and other research venues.

All entries were original works completed by Eastern students within the last 12 months. The award recipients were selected on the basis of excellence, creativity and the use of research resources. A digital copy of award entries will become part of the Library's institutional repository, The Keep, found at

Elizabeth Heldebrandt, Library Services - Dean
Posted: Apr 12, 2018

FALL 2018 URSCA Grants for Undergrads -- Deadline April 26

The Pine Honors College offers Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (URSCA) awards each semester. Student research and creative activity that has been funded by these competitive awards has been presented at regional and national meetings and at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. A faculty sponsor must provide supporting documentation along with the student''s URSCA application. (Students do not need to be in Honors.)

The deadline to submit applications for Fall 2018 URSCA awards is Wednesday, April 26, 2018. Details can be found at

Richard England, Honors College Dean
Posted: Apr 11, 2018

Summer Flex Schedules

Summer is quickly approaching! Have you completed your Summer Flex Schedule? If not, click here ( to complete your form today.

This year's summer hours run from Monday, May 7 through Friday, August 10, excluding the holiday weeks of Tuesday, May 29 through Friday, June, 1 and Monday, July 2 through Friday, July 6.

Amanda Zucco , Benefits Services
Posted: Apr 10, 2018

Sick Leave Bank Enrollment

Don't miss the opportunity to enroll in the Sick Leave Bank during Benefits Choice period.

To learn more about the Sick Leave Bank click here (

Please visit the EMPLOYEE tab in PAWS from May 1 through 31 to enroll in this benefit.

Amanda Zucco, Benefits
Posted: Apr 10, 2018

2018 Summer Research and Creative Activity Award Winners

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Council on Faculty Research would like to congratulate the faculty members who received a 2018 Summer Research and Creative Activity Award.

The council received 32 proposals. The College of Arts and Humanities submitted 9 proposals and 8 were funded; the College of Education and Professional Studies submitted 4 proposals and one was funded; and the College of Sciences submitted 19 proposals and 11 were funded.

Faculty members receiving awards are: Melissa Ames, English; John Bickford, Early Childhood, Elementary, & Middle Level Education; Melissa Caldwell, English; Gary Canivez, Psychology; Anna Cromwell, Music; Barry Kronenfeld, Geology/Geography; Scott Meiners, Biological Sciences; Nichole Mulvey, Communication Disorders and Sciences; Britto Nathan, Biological Sciences; Suzie Park, English; Lee Patterson, History; Gopal Periyannan, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Steven Scher, Psychology; Radu Semeniuc, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Jad Smith, English; Mukti Upadhyay, Economics; Edmund Wehrle, History; Charles Wharram, English; Yordan Yordanov, Biological Sciences; and Jie Zou, Physics.

Robert Chesnut, Director, Research and Sponsored Programs

Mary Mattingly, Research and Sponsored Programs
Posted: Apr 06, 2018

Booth Library Adds 1,227 Items in March

During March, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,227 new items. The full list can be viewed here.

These acquisitions include donations to the library, re-cataloged library items, freely available government publications, and consortium-wide purchases.

The list is arranged by location: Ballenger Teachers Center, Books, Electronic Resources, Illinois and Federal Documents, Maps, Media, Reference Collection, Special Collections and University Archives. The titles are listed by call number within each location. Please contact Karen Whisler, head of Collection Development, at (217) 581-7551 or if you have questions.

David Bell, Library Services
Posted: Apr 02, 2018

Commencement Volunteers Needed

EIU Alumni Services is looking for volunteers to help with Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 5. There will be four ceremonies: 9am (COS), 12pm (CAH and SCE), 3pm (CEPS), and 6pm (LCBAS).

We will need volunteers for several different positions, including:

  • collecting tickets
  • passing out programs
  • helping students in the student rec center
  • assisting with wheel chairs and helping answer questions in the main concourse.

You can spend one ceremony or all four ceremonies volunteering with us.

If you would like to volunteer for the Spring 2018 Commencement ceremonies and help make this a great experience for the graduates and their families please email Amber May at with which ceremonies and job duty you are interested in assisting with. Even if you can only provide a few hours of assistance, everything is greatly appreciated. If you have never volunteered or attended a commencement ceremony, it really is a rewarding experience seeing the smiles and excitement from our students and their families.

Amber May, Alumni Services
Posted: Apr 01, 2018

Public Memorial Service for Glenn Hild April 29; Endowed Fund Being Developed in His Honor

The EIU Foundation is working to commemorate the memory and contributions of Glenn Hild, who spent his entire academic career with EIU from 1980-2016 as a member of the Art Department as well as Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. He was instrumental in bringing the new Doudna Fine Arts Center to EIU, among other things.

The university will host a public Memorial Service for Glenn held at the Tarble Arts Center from 2 to 4pm on April 29. In addition, a group of donors have developed an endowed fund in honor of Glenn. Contributions can be made here by using the selection criteria and write-in box at the bottom of the screen to signify your gift is meant to honor/memorialize Glenn Hild.

For more information about honoring Glenn with a donation, please contact Randi Bohannon, Director of Development, via email at or by calling (217) 581-5045.

The College of Arts and Humanities and the Department of Art + Design are working together with the initial goal of raising $50,000 for an endowment to support the opening of a Student Art Gallery in Doudna to honor the memory of long-time Art Professor and Chair Glenn Hild. Glenn and Susan participated in early talks about this project, and Glenn, who was passionate in his support of Art students, expressed how honored he felt that his legacy in the Art Department would be carried on in this way.

Glenn saw the gallery as an important way for us to enhance the professional experience of our students. The Glenn Hild Student Art Gallery Fund endowment is being created to support a thorough remodel of the existing undergraduate student gallery in Doudna's Art Wing, as well as to provide funding for on-going projects associated with the gallery. A professional gallery space provides an opportunity for students to showcase their work and curate exhibitions, and would act as a dynamic core of the Department of Art and Design.

Glenn Hild first joined the Art Department as faculty in 1980, then served as the chair of the Art Department for most of the years from 1993 to 2014, after which, delaying his retirement, he served as Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, initially agreeing to one year, but, at the university's request during a period of existential crisis, generously agreeing to stay on an additional year.

Glenn Hild's impact on EIU and commitment to the success of our students is legendary in the Art Department, Doudna Arts Center, and beyond. This endowment not only serves as an appropriate legacy, but it honors a debt of gratitude we all feel for all that he did for EIU.

Randi Bohannon,
Posted: Apr 01, 2018

Special Olympics Illinois Region 1 EIU Spring Games Coming in April

When? Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:30am to 4pm
Where? EIU O'Brien Stadium

It is that time of year again when we ask for your help! We need volunteers for this very special event. Even if you only have an hour or two to give, we will welcome your help with gratitude!

All you need to do is stop by the Dept. of Special Education (Buzzard Hall, room 1212) to pick up a volunteer form. You can return the filled out form to the same location. Forms are due to the Dept. of Special Education Office by April 14.

There will be an informational meeting for all volunteers in Buzzard Auditorium (room 1501) at 6pm Tuesday, April 24.

We hope to see you at the 2018 Special Olympics!

Angela Hallowell, Special Education
Posted: Mar 30, 2018

2018 Asian Heritage Month Events

You are cordially invited to attend EIU's 2018 Asian Heritage Month Events. The schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 3rd
    A Taste of Asia: Kick-Off Reception
    Doudna Atrium
    Noon to 1pm
  • Tuesday, April 3 through April 17
    Exhibition Opening: "Inside North Korea"
    Photography by Ray Cunningham, Booth Library West Reading Room
  • Thursday, April 5
    International Scholars Award Program
    7th Street Underground, MLK Jr. Union
    2 to 5pm
  • Friday, April 6
    Information Workshop: Study and Work in Asia
    Arcola-Tuscola Room, MLK Jr. Union
    2 to 3pm
  • Tuesday, April 10
    Interdisciplinary Center for Global Diversity Symposium
    Arcola-Tuscola Room, MLK Jr. Union
    1 to 3pm
  • Wednesday, April 11
    Do Your Own Calligraphy
    Arcola-Tuscola Room, MLK, Jr. Union
    1 to 3pm
  • Thursday, April 12
    Hong Kong Movie Night: "Shaolin Soccer" by Stephen Chow
    2030 Lumpkin Auditorium
    4:30 t 7pm
  • Monday, April 16
    Trump Policies on Middle East, East Asia and Beyond
    4440 Booth Library
    3 to 4:30pm
  • Thursday, April 19
    Asian Studies Awards Ceremony & Student Conference on Asia
    1895 Room, MLK Jr. Union
    1:30 to 4pm
  • Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22
    Celebration: A Festival of the Arts,
  • Thursday, April 26
    Student Panel Discussion: Current Issues & Pop Culture in Asia
    2030 Lumpkin Auditorium
    6 to 7:30pm
  • Friday, April 27
    A Choral Montage
    Doudna Recital Hall

Georgia Ryan, Minority Affairs Department
Posted: Mar 26, 2018

Level of Service for Building Cleaning

Please note the following adjustments to the cleaning schedule in some areas in Academic Facilities. Public areas that students and prospective students frequent will continue to be given the highest priority.

1) Public restrooms will continue to be cleaned at the highest level possible on a daily basis.
2) Classrooms will continue to be cleaned on a daily basis with floors swept.
3) Hallways will continue to be cleaned daily. Hallway trash containers will be emptied daily.
4) Departmental Offices will have trash emptied daily. Personal Offices will have trash emptied weekly. To aid in pest control, food trash in Personal Offices should be taken to the common area in the hallway, as these containers are emptied daily.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jim Thomas or Patty Murphy at the FPM BSW Office. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 4am to 3pm, phone (217) 581-5921. Jim Thomas can also be reached Monday through Friday from 4 to 11:30am at (217) 549-8873.

For all emergencies outside of our office hours, please call EIU After Hours Service, (217) 581-3416.

Patty Murphy, Building Services
Posted: Mar 23, 2018

MultiPresenters Installed in Library Study Rooms

Booth Library has debuted multipresenter technology in its study rooms, offering a place for students to practice presentations and work collaboratively with others.

NEC MultiPresenters have been installed in four of the study rooms on the library's fourth floor. The MultiPresenters work with all platforms and offer web access and wireless screen sharing so that multiple devices can be shared at once on the monitors.

Once students install the free software on their personal devices, such as laptops, iPads and cellphones, they may share their work directly from their personal devices on to the monitors. Instructions on how to use the new technology are available in each study room.

The study rooms also now have glass boards and marker boards to encourage collaborative discussion.

This new technological equipment is made possible thanks to generous donations made to the library. For more information on how to use this new technology, stop by the Library Technology Services desk on the fourth floor or call (217) 581-6091.

Elizabeth Heldebrandt, Library Services - Dean
Posted: Mar 21, 2018

New Parking Services Portal

The Parking Services Division of the University Police Department is excited to introduce our new Parking Portal. Faculty, staff, and students may purchase permits and day passes, pay citations, and update vehicle information through their PAWS account. Visitors and guests may purchase and print a day pass prior to arriving on campus by using this link:

Kent Martin, University Police
Posted: Mar 14, 2018

2018 Summer Office Hours Announced

For several years, Eastern Illinois University has used a 4.5-day summer workweek for many areas on campus to promote energy efficiency and save approximately $500K in utility costs. For this summer, the administration again asks employees, whose work assignments allow, to compress their normal five-day workweek into a 4.5-day workweek.

Campus-wide summer office hours will be in effect from Monday, May 7, through Friday, Aug. 10, excluding the holiday weeks of Tuesday, May 29, through Friday, June 1 and Monday, July 2, through Friday, July 6. When summer office hours are in effect, all offices must be open Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m., and on Friday from 8 a.m. until noon. Due to ongoing operational needs, offices including, but not limited to, the President's Office, Admissions, University Police, Booth Library and the Renewable Energy Center, will keep regular business hours and remain open on Friday afternoons.

Holidays will be observed on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day and Wednesday, July 4 for Independence Day. For the holiday weeks of May 29 through June 1 and July 2 through 6 (excluding the holiday), all offices must be open for regular business hours from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Classes scheduled to meet on Friday afternoons will be relocated to buildings where the air conditioning will remain on. Employees are to work with supervisors to ensure that a 37.5-hour workweek is accomplished. Each office is to change voice mail, signs, and other public communication to reflect its summer hours. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, Aug. 13. Questions may be directed to the Human Resources office.

Paul McCann, Interim Vice President for Business Affairs
Posted: Mar 08, 2018

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