Apr 25, 2017

 

News from Old Main

GATRELL NAMED PROVOST, VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
As Eastern Illinois University continues to move forward in its vitalization initiative, it will do so with a new face among its leadership team. Jay D. Gatrell, a professor of geography and environmental studies and vice provost for faculty affairs and research at Bellarmine University (Louisville, Ky.), has been chosen as EIU’s next provost and vice president for academic affairs. His appointment goes into effect July 1, 2017.

"I look forward to collaborating with the faculty on strategic initiatives as the leadership and entire community begin the important process of charting and implementing new pathways for student success,” Gatrell said. “Most importantly, I am excited to learn more about EIU's high quality academic programs and ongoing efforts to strengthen and enhance the campus experience for everyone--students, staff, faculty, Charleston and the region."

Gatrell was chosen from among 30 applicants in a search that began in 2016 after Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs since August 2001, announced his intent to retire at the end of June 2017.

“I was very pleased with the number of strong candidates who expressed interest in becoming Eastern’s top academic leader,” said EIU President David Glassman. “Jay stood out among the group not only for his outstanding professional experience and achievements, but also for his high level of energy and personable approach to leadership.”

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VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Apr 24, 2017


TOLPPANEN TO SERVE AS INTERIM DEAN, BOOTH LIBRARY
I am pleased to announce that Brad Tolppanen will serve as interim dean of Booth Library for the coming year starting July 1, 2017. He replaces Dean Allen Lanham who announced his intent to retire, effective June 30.

In these challenging times for higher education, Booth Library fulfills a critical role in ensuring that Eastern provides a superior education for our students. I look forward to Mr. Tolppanen continuing to have Booth Library at the center of our campus community both physically and intellectually. I know the campus community will welcome him to his new appointment.

BLAIR LORD, Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Posted: Apr 24, 2017


CRIMINOLOGY/CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAJOR TO DEBUT AT EIU IN THE FALL
Although the new criminology/criminal justice major at Eastern won't begin to be offered until the fall, organizers are already confident that it will soon become one of the school's most popular degree programs.

"We're really excited about this opportunity,"said Darren Hendrickson, chair of Eastern's Department of Sociology/Anthropology. "There's been a growing demand for this type of program and we've built it the way we think it should be done. We've offered a criminology minor for several years. In fact, that very successful minor led to the development of the major."

A recent report indicated that the department received more than 200 specific freshman inquiries about a major over the past three years. More than 330 inquiries were received from potential transfer students during the same period. While most community colleges in the region offer associate degrees in criminal justice, those institutions indicate that a large number of their graduates desire a four-year degree in the discipline.

"We believe that as word gets out, our initial enrollment rush will be individuals who have already earned their associate degree in criminal justice," Hendrickson said. "Combine those students with interested incoming freshmen and current EIU students transferring from the criminology minor that they're already enrolled in, I think we're destined for a popular degree program."

More on the story can be found here.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Apr 17, 2017


ETHICS MATTERS -- EXECUTIVE ORDER 16-04
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services has developed a Code of Personal Conduct for state employees pursuant to Executive Order 2016-04. Please review these at your next opportunity, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Code of Personal Conduct (See here)

Executive Order 2016-04 (See here)

ROBERT L. MILLER, General Counsel
Posted: Apr 06, 2017


NEW ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT UPDATES AVAILABLE TO ADVOCATES
New updates on current recruitment efforts and opportunities are available to interested campus advocates from the Office of Enrollment Management.

You can subscribe to receive future updates here.

You can see a copy of the current update here.

JOSHUA L. NORMAN, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
Posted: Apr 06, 2017


2017 SUMMER OFFICE HOURS
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 $500,000 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 8, through Friday, Aug. 11, excluding the holiday weeks of Tuesday, May 30, through Friday, June 2, and Monday, July 3, through Friday, July 7. 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 on-going 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 29, for Memorial Day and Tuesday, July 4, for Independence Day. For the holiday weeks of May 29-June 2 and July 3-7 (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. 14. Questions may be directed to the Human Resources office.

PAUL A. McCANN, Interim Vice President for Business Affairs
Posted: Mar 27, 2017





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