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Nov 20, 2017


News from Old Main

Monthly Payroll Deadline for December

Due to the Christmas holiday, new contracts, contract changes, Request for Supplemental Personal Services Payment forms, or any other items affecting the December payroll must be received in the Human Resources Employment Office by Tuesday, December 12. Any requests for payment received after that date will be processed in the January payroll.

If you have questions, please contact Carol Galey at, or Cindy Maples at

Carol Galey, Human Resources
Posted: Nov 20, 2017

What Every Employee SHould Know About Court-Required Service

Those who are called for jury duty or who must appear in court in response to a Subpoena must complete the "LEAVE FOR COURT REQUIRED SERVICE" form found here:

Court-required service is classified as a leave benefit and the University supports its employees in performing these civic duties. All fees and pay to serve in such a capacity, however, must be returned to the University (with the exception of mileage paid to travel to court). This form should be completed prior to serving and must be signed by the appropriate department director. Once service is completed, court services pay must be returned to the University Cashier's office. The form and the receipt from the cashier should then be forwarded to the Human Resources office for processing.

Should there be questions regarding this benefit, please contact the Benefits Services office at or by calling (217) 581-5825.

Linda Holloway, Interim Director of Business Services
Posted: Nov 15, 2017

Student Impact Grants for Faculty Mentors Award Winners

This fall, the Graduate School, in cooperation with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, held a grant competition to help support faculty who engage in high impact mentoring practices. They received 31 applications for the Student Impact Grants for Faculty Mentors. Of these submissions, 13 were selected. Each award winner received $1,500 to be used during the academic year. Below is the list of all the grant recipients. Congratulations to the award winners for their outstanding efforts in mentoring students!

  • William Addison, Psychology
  • John Bickford, Early Childhood, Elementary & Middle Level Education
  • Thomas Canam, Biological Sciences
  • Margaret Floress, Psychology
  • Kathryn Havercroft, Special Education
  • Danelle Larson, Music
  • Anabela Maia, Biological Sciences
  • Donald Pakey, Physics
  • Alan Pocaro and Samantha Osborne, Art, Foundations, Printmedia/ Art, Graphic Design
  • James Riley, Geology and Geography
  • Jemmie Robertson, Music
  • Radu Semeniuc, Chemistry
  • Edward Treadwell, Chemistry

  • Ryan Hendrickson, Dean of the Graduate School
    Posted: Nov 15, 2017

    December 2017 Commencement Volunteers Needed!

    The Alumni Services Department is looking for volunteers to assist EIU with Fall Commencement. As you may or may not know, 80% of the staff assisting at commencement are faculty, staff, annuitants and Alumni Association board members who graciously volunteer their time to help give students and their families an excellent experience. That said, we are looking for some more amazing people willing to volunteer a couple hours and help us celebrate all the hard work and success our students have achieved.

    We have two areas where we need volunteer assistance:

    1. Ticket Distribution - Wednesday, December 13 and Thursday, December 14
      Generally our time slots are as follows: 8:30-11:30a; 11:30a-2:30p and 2:30-5:00p
    2. Commencement Day - Saturday, December 16 - HIGHER NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS HERE
      We will need volunteers for several different positions, which include: collecting tickets, passing out programs, helping students in the Student Rec Center, assisting with wheel chairs and helping answer questions in the main concourse. Please consider spending part or all of the day with our graduates and their families.

    The Fall 2017 Commencement ceremonies will be held on Saturday, December 16. There will be two ceremonies:

    • 10 a.m.
      Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and the Graduate School
      College of Arts and Humanities and the Graduate School
    • 1 p.m.
      College of Education and Professional Studies and the Graduate School
      College of Sciences and the Graduate School
      School of Continuing Education - BGS Degree

    If you would like to volunteer for the Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremonies and help make this a great experience for the graduates and their families, please email Amber May at with what you are interested in assisting with. Even if you can only provide a few hours of assistance, anything and everything is greatly appreciated.

    Please share this information with your colleagues, we would enjoy having them join us at commencement as well.

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Amber May or call (217) 581-6425.

    Amber May, Alumni Services
    Posted: Nov 13, 2017

    EIU's 2016 Career Outcomes Exceed National, Regional Averages

    Exciting news has emerged from EIU's Career Services area!

    Did you know?

    • EIU career outcomes (employed full and part-time, attending graduate school, military or volunteer service) exceeded the national average by 10.3%.
    • EIU career outcomes exceeded the national average for medium-sized universities by 7.1% and large-sized universities by 13.3%.
    • EIU career outcomes exceeded our regional (Great Lakes) average by 9.6%.

    Please review the Career Services annual reportĀ online to learn more about career development services, recruitment activities, employment statistics, salaries and more!

    Bobbi Kingery, Career Services
    Posted: Nov 13, 2017

    2017 Holiday Luncheon - Reservation Deadline November 30

    The Annual Holiday Luncheon will be held on December 6, 2017 in the MLK JR. University Union from 11:30am to 1pm. The form will be sent electronically via email. If you would like to pay with a credit card or debit card, please go to If you would like to pay with cash or check, please submit the form to Room 2420, University Union. Deadline for reservations is Thursday, November 30, 2017.

    For more information, please call Cathy at (217) 581-3616.

    Thank you.

    Cathy Engelkes, Union General Operations
    Posted: Nov 09, 2017

    2017-18 Winter Holiday Information

    The university will be closed in observance of Christmas and New Year's on Eastern's four official holidays: Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 25 and 26; and Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 1 and 2. Employees may use accrued leave or leave without pay, with supervisor approval, from Monday, Dec. 18, through Tuesday, Jan. 2.

    Employees who are in probationary status will be allowed to use any available accrued leave or take leave without pay during this time. Probationary employees who wish to use accrued leave during the holiday period must complete the Civil Service Employee Request for Accrued Leave During Probation form available in the Benefits Office. Supervisors are encouraged to approve such time-off requests unless the employment is required for essential duties during that period. Should an employee choose to take leave without pay, please note that accrued leave, sick leave and service credit will not be earned.

    Please note that the following eligibility rules apply for holiday compensation. Employees must be in an approved pay status, with or without pay, on the last scheduled work day before the holiday and the first scheduled work day following the holiday in order to receive holiday pay. Employees who are subject to the provisions of a prevailing-rate area agreement or a collective bargaining agreement will be paid according to the terms of the respective agreement.

    In order to conserve energy, building temperatures will be reduced Monday, Dec. 18, through Monday, Jan 2. Inquiries regarding this information may be directed to the Benefits Office at (217) 581-5825.

    Happy holidays!

    Linda Holloway, VPBA Office
    Posted: Oct 19, 2017

    Try-It! Illinois Statewide Database Trial Returns!

    Try-It! Illinois database trial will be available from October 3 through November 30, 2017. This is an opportunity to access a variety of electronic resources that are not normally available to the university community. Try-It! Illinois is sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library. To access Try-It, Illinois, visit the Booth Library homepage and click on the Try-It, Illinois link in the News & Resources Section.

    Karen Whisler, Library Services
    Posted: Oct 03, 2017


    Please join us in welcoming Josh Reinhart to his new position as public information coordinator for Eastern Illinois University, succeeding Vicki Shaw-Woodard as the university's primary media contact.

    Please revise your EIU contact information to include the following:

    Josh Reinhart
    Public Information Coordinator
    Eastern Illinois University
    O: (217) 581-7400

    CHRISTY KILGORE, Marketing and Creative Services
    Posted: Sep 06, 2017

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