Apr 13, 2012


 

News from Old Main


UNIVERSITY NEWSLETTER ON HIATUS OVER THE HOLIDAYS
Please note that the University Newsletter will not be updated between Dec. 21 and Jan. 2.

Meanwhile, the Office of Communications, Marketing and Brand Strategies wishes everyone a happy -- and safe -- holiday season!

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Dec 19, 2012

EIU LAUDED BY CITY, STATE OFFICIALS FOR PROACTIVE APPROACH TO FIRE SAFETY

From the Charleston, Ill., Fire Department:

Fire officials believe, without a doubt, that fire sprinklers installed in on-campus housing at Eastern Illinois University have saved lives.

In the Fall 2012 semester alone, two separate cooking-related fires were quickly extinguished in University Court when sprinklers were automatically activated. And multiple lives were likely saved when, in December 2008, unauthorized candles ignited some silk sheets students had hung on the walls and doors of a room in Greek Court. Several students were trapped until a sprinkler head activated.

“These sprinkler activations have saved lives and property,” said Steve Bennett, assistant fire chief for the city of Charleston. “But (Eastern Illinois University) did not just do the bare minimum of installing sprinkler systems; they upgraded the fire detectors and alarm systems and installed a campus-wide alert system.

"Eastern Illinois University has gone above and beyond what was required of them to do.”

Bennett was joined by several city and state officials, including Illinois Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis, Tuesday (Dec. 18) to publicly laud Eastern for its pro-active approach to fire safety. Matkaitis presented a proclamation, commending the university for its “commitment to life safety and preservation of property.”

Please see here for more on the story.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Dec 18, 2012

HOLIDAY LEAVE POLICY
The university will be closed in observance of Christmas and New Year's on Eastern's four official holidays: Monday, Dec. 24; Tuesday, Dec. 25; Monday, Dec. 31; and Tuesday, Jan. 1. Employees may use accrued leave or leave without pay, with supervisor approval, from Monday, Dec. 17, through Wednesday, 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 Saturday, Dec. 22, through Tuesday, Jan. 1.

Inquiries regarding this information may be directed to the Benefits Office at 581-5825. Happy holidays!

WILLIAM V. WEBER, Vice President for Business Affairs
Posted: Nov 26, 2012

 

Meetings/Events


EIU ANNUITANTS ASSOCIATION CHAPTER MEETING
You are invited to attend the EIU Annuitants Association Chapter Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Neal Welcome Center. President Bill Perry; Steve Rich, assistant vice president, Alumni Services; and Cindy White, executive director, Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce, are our featured speakers.

President Perry will discuss “The State of the University.” Steve Rich and Cindy White will discuss the services and opportunities that their organizations provide for retirees and current employees.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. with refreshments, followed by the presentations at 9 a.m. All university employees and annuitants are invited to attend this informational meeting.

ALAN BAHARLOU, EIU Annuitants Association Newsletter Editor and Legislative Chair
Posted: Dec 19, 2012

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE: TAKING CARE OF YOUR BACK
Please join us from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Arcola/Tuscola Room, MLK Jr. Union, for an informative workshop on back safety while at home or at work. Dr. Brandon Combs, D.C., will discuss how back injuries happen, why they happen, exercises to strengthen, and how to avoid them if at all possible. He will also discuss the anatomy of the spine and what happens when the spine is injured. Please register here. Contact Julie Benedict, 581-8415, jabenedict@eiu.edu, for more information.

JULIE A. BENEDICT, Training and Development
Posted: Dec 18, 2012

STRATEGIC ENROLLMENT PLANNING OPEN FORUM
The Strategic Enrollment Planning Steering Committee will host an open forum for members of the campus community who are interested in learning more about the strategic enrollment planning process. Please join us from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the Arcola-Tuscola Room, MLK Jr. Union.

In the meantime, you’ll find a wealth of information on the Strategic Enrollment Planning website, including progress updates, a repository of planning resources, and a schedule of recruitment and yield events.

BLAIR M. LORD, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Posted: Dec 14, 2012

EASTERN TO HOST LIONS IN WINTER -- AN ANNUAL LITERARY FESTIVAL
Registration is now open for Eastern’s annual literary festival, Lions in Winter, set to take place Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, 2013. For the first time since the festival’s inception, it will be a two-day event, featuring workshops, lectures, readings, a book fair and more.

The festival will begin with a reading by Jaimy Gordon, 2010 National Book Award winner for her novel “Lord of Misrule,” at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in Eastern’s Doudna Fine Arts Center’s Lecture Hall.

Individual events planned for Saturday, Jan. 26, include intensive genre workshops led by EIU creative writing faculty; craft lectures from featured writers Eduardo C. Corral, Tina May Hall and Randa Jarrar; an editor’s panel with editors from The Missouri Review, Ninth Letter, 32 Poems, PANK and Bluestem; and an evening reading by the festival’s featured writers.

All events will take place in the Doudna Fine Arts Center. Detailed schedules and information, including registration details and area hotel accommodations, can be found on the festival’s website.

Participant registration includes continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday, well as entry into workshops and/or lectures. Students may register to attend the craft lecture for free, or $10 for those who wish to join the group for lunch.

Admission to the readings on both Friday and Saturday are free and open to the public.

Lions in Winter, co-sponsored by EIU’s Department of English and College of Arts and Humanities, is an annual reading series for new and emerging writers. Past featured writers include Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Megan Stielstra, Maureen Stanton, Peter O’Leary and Anastasia Royal.

Those with questions should contact information@lionsinwinter.org.

ROXANE GAY, English
Posted: Dec 04, 2012

'BUILDING A BROTHERHOOD: FREEMASONS IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS'
"Building a Brotherhood: Freemasons in Central Illinois" focuses on Freemasonry in Central Illinois after World War II. Students enrolled in HIS 4930: Public History-Meaning and Method have researched, designed and installed this exhibit with the help of several Illinois Masons, including Michael Shirley, Department of History, EIU; Noel Dicks, Arthur; Frank Lincoln, Tuscola; Todd Creason, Fithian; Marc Wilson, Springfield; and William Jones, Villa Grove. The public is invited to the opening reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 28 in the West Reading Room, Booth Library. For information, contact Debra Reid, Department of History.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Booth Library
Posted: Nov 16, 2012

 

Professional Development


CATS TRAINING SERVICES JANUARY SOFTWARE TRAINING (Jan. 7-11)
CATS Training Services is pleased to announce the following training sessions for the week of Jan. 7-11:
D2L: Getting Started, 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7
D2L: Getting Started ONLINE!, 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7
D2L: Conquering the Content, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8
Project Planning Using Mindview, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8
D2L: Learner Management and Accessibility, 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9
D2L: Communication Tools ONLINE!, 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9
D2L: Communication Tools, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10
D2L: Desire2Learn 101, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10
D2L: Quizzes and Surveys, 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11

For locations and/or to register, go online here.

If you have any questions, please contact CATS Training Services at 581-8452 or at cats@eiu.edu.

We are also offering one-on-one training. Please contact CATS to schedule available time.

CLINTON LEE BROWN, CATS Training Services
Posted: Dec 25, 2012

DESIRE2LEARN FACULTY AND STAFF TRAINING (Jan. 1-4)
CATS Training Services is pleased to announce the following training sessions for the week of Jan. 1-4:
D2L Hands On Training, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2
D2L Hands On Training, 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2
D2L Hands On Training, 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 2
D2L Hands On Training, 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 2
D2L Hands On Training, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3
D2L Hands On Training, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan 3
D2L Hands On Training, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3
D2L Hands On Training, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3
D2L Hands On Training, noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3
D2L Hands On Training, 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3
D2L Hands On Training, 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3
D2L Hands On Training, 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan 3


For locations and/or to register, go online here.

If you have any questions, please contact CATS Training Services at 581-8452 or at cats@eiu.edu.

We are also offering one-on-one training. Please contact CATS to schedule available time.

CLINTON LEE BROWN, CATS Training Services
Posted: Dec 20, 2012

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT SPRING 2013 SUPPORT GRANTS
Applications for Faculty Development Support Grants are now available. Faculty Development Support Grants are awarded to individual faculty members for the improvement of instructional activity or course content, and are subject to the dollar maximums indicated. More information is available here.

Applicants must secure approval by submitting application forms before the review deadline. Unit A and Unit B faculty are both eligible to apply for support grants. The deadline for Spring 2013 Support Grant applications is 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. To apply, please go here. For more information, please contact the Faculty Development office at 581-7051 or at facdev@eiu.edu.

KRISHNA THOMAS, Assistant Director, Faculty Development
Posted: Dec 18, 2012

D2L INSTRUCTORS: MAKE YOUR FALL COURSE(S) INACTIVE
If you used D2L during Fall 2012, you need to make your course(s) inactive when you no longer want the students to access the course. Go to your course and select "Edit Course" > "Course Offering Information," then remove the check mark next to "Course is Active," then select "SAVE" at the bottom. In D2L, instructors have complete control over when students are able to access their courses.

JULIE A. LOCKETT, Director of Instructional Technology Services, CATS
Posted: Dec 17, 2012

VISITING SCHOLAR MICHAEL WESCH
On Thursday, Jan. 10, Faculty Development and the Center for Academic Technology Support are pleased to launch a collaborative, half-day symposium that promotes excellence in teaching and learning on Eastern’s campus. We see this as an opportunity to learn from and discuss pedagogical practices and issues with EIU faculty who are actively engaged in examining teaching and learning in their disciplines. This conversation will be sparked by a visiting scholar, Michael Wesch, who will give the opening plenary talk. There will be a break out session following his presentation and then a working lunch in which faculty will have the opportunity to discuss with each other the concepts Wesch introduces.

Dubbed "the Explainer" by Wired magazine, Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the effects of new media on society and culture. His videos on culture, technology, education and information have been viewed by millions, translated in more than 15 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide. Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, and he was recently named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. He has also won several teaching awards, including the 2008 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities.

Faculty are encouraged to bring their students to the plenary talk. Lunch will be provided for faculty who register. A detailed schedule can be found here. Registration is available here. For more information, please contact 581-7051 or email facdev@eiu.edu.

KRISHNA THOMAS, Assistant Director, Faculty Development
Posted: Dec 06, 2012

 

Human Resources


CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY HOURS
All bi-weekly employees should have Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25 (this is for bi-weekly 1 due Jan. 2 at noon) recorded in the Holiday Hours section of their time sheet. The Holiday Day Off section is only used when a holiday falls on the employee's scheduled day off. Please make sure to record the holiday for each status employee. If you need assistance, please contact the Payroll Office at 581-5510 or 581-2214.

MARSHA D. GRAY, Payroll
Posted: Dec 19, 2012

ARE YOU RECORDING HOLIDAY CORRECTLY?
BI-WEEKLY HOLIDAY EARN CODES
Have you ever wondered if you are reporting your holiday time correctly? The following defines the biweekly holiday codes. Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement should consult their agreement and supervisor on the proper reporting of worked and non-worked holiday hours.

HOLIDAY: Any employee qualified to receive holiday pay should report their normal hours under the Holiday code. This is the only code most employees will need to use. Employees who have a work schedule other than Monday-Friday may need to use this code along with another holiday code.

HOLIDAY ON DAY OFF: This code will be used by employees who are scheduled to work other than Monday-Friday. If a holiday falls on your scheduled day off, you will report your normal hours under Holiday On Day Off code instead of the Holiday code. These hours will be in addition to the hours you work that week.

HOLIDAY WORKED 1.5X or HOLIDAY WORKED 2.0X: If an employee works on a holiday, they need to report the hours they worked under the Holiday Worked code(s) AND report their normal time under HOLIDAY or HOLIDAY ON DAY OFF. Both Holiday Worked codes are overtime codes that pay at time-and-a-half (1.5X) or double-time (2.0X). Your timesheet contains all the codes you are eligible to use.

MARSHA D. GRAY, Payroll
Posted: Dec 18, 2012

LIMITED STAFFING IN THE PAYROLL OFFICE
The Payroll office will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25. Staff will be limited on Dec. 26, 27 and 28. If you need assistance please call ahead (217-581-5510, 217-581-7799) to make sure the office is open and the individual you need to see is present. The Payroll office will also be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, and reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Thank you and "Happy Holidays" from your Payroll staff!

MARSHA GRAY, Payroll
Posted: Dec 14, 2012

LIMITED STAFFING IN HUMAN RESOURCES
Beginning Dec. 17, 2012, and continuing until Jan. 2, 2013, Human Resources will be operating with limited staff due to the holiday break. This will include Benefits Services (581-5825), Employment, Examinations (581-3463), the Director’s office (581-3514), Training and Development, Classification/Compensation and Workers’ Compensation. In order for us to best serve you, please call ahead to make sure the office you need is open and/or the individual you need to see is present. This can be done by calling one of the numbers listed above. The voice mail messages will be updated in the case of total closures. Please plan your business with HR accordingly during the holidays. Thank you.

KELLY J. SIMMONDS, Human Resources
Posted: Nov 29, 2012

 

Employment Opportunities


ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF RESIDENTIAL LIFE
The Office of University Housing and Dining Services is searching for an assistant director for residential life. Please see here for details.

MATT BROWN, Associate Director Housing and Dining
Posted: Dec 10, 2012

DEAN SEARCH COMMITTEES FORMED
Search committees for the dean of the Honors College and the dean of the School of Continuing Education have been formed. John Best will serve as committee chair for the dean of the Honors College search, while Doug Bower will serve as committee chair for the School of Continuing Education search. Links to the position announcements are located on the Office Civil Rights and Diversity webpage as follows: Dean of the Honors College and Dean of the School of Continuing Education.

BLAIR M. LORD, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Posted: Dec 07, 2012

DEAN, SCHOOL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION
Applications are being accepted for the position of Dean, School of Continuing Education.



 

Research and Creative Activity


RICHARD V. RICCIO and TERRY A. BARNHART
Richard V. Riccio and Terry A. Barnhart, History Department, have co-authored “Where Art and History Meet: A Perspective and an Approach” in "A Handbook for Academic Museums: Exhibitions and Education," Stefanie S. Jandl and Mark S. Gold, eds. (Edinburgh and Boston: MuseumsEtc, 2012). Pp. 490-509. The essay is a case study of interdisciplinary collaborations between the History Department's M. A. in Historical Administration Program and the Tarble Arts Center.



2013 SUMMER RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY GRANT COMPETITION
In accordance with the 2012-2016 EIU-UPI Unit A agreement, Summer Research and Creative Activity Awards will once again be available this year. The awards are for research and creative activity projects conducted between the end of the spring semester and Aug. 31, 2013, by tenured/tenure track faculty in Bargaining Unit A. Approximately 20 awards of $4,500 each in the form of personal services payments will be granted. Faculty who wish to apply for funding should hand-deliver one copy of their proposal to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 1102 Blair Hall, no later than noon on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Researchers who have previously received a CFR grant and/or Summer Research and Creative Activity Award should make sure a progress/final report is on file for each award in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. To obtain a copy of the application materials, please visit our website. Applicants should make sure they use the most current application forms. If you have any questions, please contact Brad Green in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at 217-581-2125 or bjgreen@eiu.edu.

BOB CHESNUT, Director, Research and Sponsored Programs
Posted: Oct 08, 2012

FY2014 PROPOSAL INITIATIVE FUND
Proposals for grants from the Proposal Initiative Fund (PIF) are due by noon on May 8, 2013. The purpose of the PIF is to support projects with potential to lead to significant external funding. Eligible projects include -- but are not limited to -- research, creative activity, service, curriculum development, and outreach. All university personnel are welcome to apply for PIF grants. For complete program guidelines and application instructions, click here.

BOB CHESNUT, Director, Research and Sponsored Programs
Posted: Oct 08, 2012

 

Miscellaneous


GTC'S WINTER BREAK SCHEDULE
The GTC will be closed from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1. On Jan. 2, 3 and 4, the GTC will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. On Jan. 6, the GTC will resume the regular spring semester hours of 2 to 11:45 p.m. Enjoy the holidays and hope to see you in the new year. Thank you.

CHAD P. ELLIOTT, Director of GTC
Posted: Dec 19, 2012

OFFICE MAX DELIVERIES: HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
Office Max deliveries will be suspended beginning Monday, Dec. 24, through Tuesday, Jan. 1, for the holidays. The normal delivery schedule resumes Wednesday, Jan. 2. Any questions, please call Penny Walk at 581-7749.

PENNY S. WALK, Purchasing
Posted: Dec 12, 2012

BOOTH LIBRARY ADDED 1,000 NEW TITLES IN NOVEMBER
During the month of November, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,000 new titles. The list can be viewed here. 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 581-7551 or klwhisler@eiu.edu, if you have any questions.

DAVID S. BELL, Librarian/Booth Library
Posted: Dec 12, 2012

STUDENT RECREATION CENTER HOLIDAY HOURS
Come visit the Student Recreation Center during the holidays! Our hours are as follows:
Wednesday, Dec. 12 -- 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, Dec. 13 and 14 -- 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16 -- CLOSED
Monday through Friday, Dec. 17-21 -- 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday through Tuesday, Dec. 22-25 -- CLOSED
Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 26-28 -- 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday through Tuesday, Dec. 29 through Jan. 1 -- CLOSED
Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 2-4 --- 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 5 -- CLOSED
Sunday, Jan. 6 -- Noon to 10 p.m.

Regular SRC hours resume with the start of Spring 2013 classes on Monday, Jan. 7.

SARAH W. DAUGHERTY, Campus Recreation
Posted: Dec 12, 2012

BOOTH LIBRARY HOLIDAY HOURS
Booth Library Holiday Hours for December and January: Booth Library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 17-21, 27 and 28. The library will be closed Dec. 22-26 and Dec. 29 through Jan. 2; however, faculty may call the dean’s office at 581-6061 for admission to use the collection on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. The library will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 3 and 4. The library will resume regular semester hours on Sunday, Jan. 6.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Booth Library
Posted: Dec 11, 2012

PAYROLL HOURS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Limited staffing in the Payroll Office

The Payroll office will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25. Staff will be limited on Dec. 26, 27 and 28. If you need assistance, please call ahead (217-581-5510, 217-581-7799) to make sure the office is open and the individual you need to see is present.

Payroll will also be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Thank you and "Happy Holidays" from your Payroll staff.

MARSHA D. GRAY, Payroll
Posted: Dec 10, 2012

MANDATED REPORTER INFORMATION AND TRAINING
On June 27, 2012, the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA) was amended to include personnel of institutions of higher learning as mandated reporters in the state of Illinois. All faculty, staff and student workers became mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect when this amendment took place.

The Department of Children and Family Services provides online training to help individuals understand their reporting responsibilities. The training is highly recommended; however, it is optional and can be accessed here.

The training will allow you to save and return if you are unable to complete it at one sitting. Please remember your username and password if you should need to access the training at a future date.

For more information on reporting neglect or child abuse, the law and amendment, a link to the DCFS site, and the DCFS reporting number, please visit here. The Department of Children and Family Services will provide an on-campus informational session after the first of the year. More information will be communicated when the session is scheduled.

JULIE A. BENEDICT, Training and Development
Posted: Dec 06, 2012

CAMPUS-WIDE DELL AND APPLE ORDERS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
The Center for Academic Technology Support (CATS), Information Technology Services (ITS), the EIU Bookstore and Purchasing announce the open order period for both Dell and Apple campus-wide purchases for FY13. This order is for campus equipment only. Unfortunately, this is not an opportunity to make personal purchases.

Requests are now being taken through a new web form, which may be accessed here and must be submitted no later than Jan. 15, 2013. NO exceptions please! Prices listed are the maximum any particular configuration will cost. Final pricing will vary depending on the number of machines on the final order.

Because this form also covers inventory and purchasing needs, please submit an order form for each end user. In the case where a single end user is receiving two different pieces of equipment, please submit an order form for each configuration.

Each request will require your vice president’s approval for both encumbering the funds as well as approval for the actual purchase. After the deadline for submission date of Jan. 15, 2013, we will notify your VP that all requests from his area are ready for approval online. He will be able to log in one time and process all approvals. This process is a great improvement from last year’s email procedure and should make things much more efficient for all parties concerned.

Another improvement to last year’s submission process is that you will now be able to review the information you have entered and make corrections prior to submitting your order.

Please direct any questions regarding order processing to Rhonda Brotherton, rfbrotherton@eiu.edu; Apple configurations to Mitch Coe, mhcoe@eiu.edu; or Dell PC configurations to David Emmerich, dpemmerich@eiu.edu.

RHONDA F. BROTHERTON, Administrative Aide, CATS
Posted: Dec 06, 2012

CAMPUS HEATING/HOLIDAY BREAK TEMPERATURE REDUCTIONS
In an effort to lower campus heating costs, the administration has approved building temperature reductions for the heating months. Normal occupied building temperatures will be set to maintain 68 degrees minimum and should provide good general comfort conditions. Temperature set points during unoccupied times and during the holiday breaks will be set a few degrees lower beginning Dec. 22, 2012, through Jan. 1, 2013.

Campus partners are reminded to dress for the season and expect the cooler indoor temperatures. If there are any occupants who have a medically related need for supplemental heat, please contact Human Resources for an accommodation determination.

DAVID CROCKETT, Interim Director, Facilities Planning and Management
Posted: Dec 01, 2012

D2L IS COMING -- SPRING 2013 -- ARE YOU READY??
As previously announced, Desire2Learn will replace WebCT as the official EIU learning management system beginning with Spring 2013. WebCT will no longer be used for classes at the end of Fall 2012. Instructors will, however, be able to access WebCT to retrieve content and access grade information for previous classes until June 30, 2013.

GOT CONTENT IN WEBCT?
If you have content in WebCT which you want transferred to Desire2Learn, you must request to have the content migrated. Complete the request to have WebCT content migrated for use in D2L here.

ARE YOU READY FOR D2L?
Many instructors using D2L this semester have indicated ease of use and the fact that D2L is user friendly and more intuitive. However, due to the difference in the interface, the tools and the advanced features, training in Desire2Learn is highly recommended.

Desire2Learn TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:
-- Face-to-Face D2L workshops for faculty will continue through Dec. 7 at the end of fall term and resume on Jan. 3 for the spring term. Go here to view available workshops and to register.

-- Department/group training sessions or individual/one-on-one consultation sessions for D2L can be scheduled by contacting the CATS Training Center at 217-581-8452 or Antoine Thomas at 217-581-8397 or arthomas@eiu.edu.

-- Online, self-directed training tutorials for D2L are available for faculty and staff. Go here to request an account.

-- D2L orientation sessions for students are available beginning with the spring term. Contact Kim Ervin at 217-581-8358 or kservin@eiu.edu for more information.

JULIE A. LOCKETT, Director of Instructional Technology Services, CATS
Posted: Nov 28, 2012

PROPOSED REVISION TO BOARD REGULATION 1.F.3.
A proposed revision to Board Regulation 1.F.3. is presented for review to members of the campus community. Click here to view the proposed revision. The Board of Trustees conducted a first reading of the proposal on Nov. 9, 2012, and the Board is expected to discuss and possibly vote on the proposal at its next regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 18, 2013.

Members of the faculty, staff and student body may submit their views and comments in writing, via written correspondence or email, to the chairperson for distribution to the Board together with a recommendation for action on the proposal. Public comment at any Board meeting at which action is taken that is consistent with Board Regulations and the Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120/1, et seq., shall be permitted. Comments may be submitted to Cheryl Gilbert in the Office of the Vice President for University Advancement, located in Room 1031, Old Main, or to clgilbert@eiu.edu.

ROBERT L. MILLER, General Counsel
Posted: Nov 27, 2012

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM HANDBOOK
This fall WAC produced a Writing Across the Curriculum Handbook that provides guidelines, recommendations and ideas for assignments and activities that all faculty members can use. In addition, the appendix provides sample assignment sheets and writing-related handouts that you are welcome to use in your classes.

Until the WAC website moves to a newer template, the director of WAC will disseminate the handbook via email. If you're interested in getting a copy of the WAC handbook, please email Tim N. Taylor (tntaylor@eiu.edu).

In the coming years, the WAC committee plans to solicit more sample assignments and activities to showcase in subsequent WAC handbooks. If you are interested in sharing any documents that facilitate a process approach to writing in your classes or if you have any sample writing-to-learn activities that work for you, please send them to the director of WAC (tntaylor@eiu.edu).

We will collect assignments and activities this year for the 2013/2014 edition of the EIU WAC handbook. As in this edition, contributors' names will be noted in the table of contents.

TIMOTHY N. TAYLOR, WAC
Posted: Nov 16, 2012

HONORARY DEGREE NOMINATIONS SOUGHT
Nominations for honorary degrees are being accepted by the university's Honorary Degree Committee. Honorary degees may be awarded to persons who have achieved a record of major distinction at the state and/or national level in such areas as education, public service, research, humanities, business or the professions, or those who have made a contribution to the university or higher education. Nomination materials may be obtained by contacting the Office of University Advancement, 1031 Old Main, or online at http://www.eiu.edu/advancement. Completed nominations should be returned to the Office of University Advancement no later than Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

CHERYL L. GILBERT, University Advancement
Posted: Oct 03, 2012

 

Especially for Students (Official Notices)


EIUONLINE (D2L) STUDENT ORIENTATION
CATS Training Services is offering training sessions for students on EIU's new online learning system (Desire2Learn) to kick off the Spring 2013 semester. Training dates and times are as follows: 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6; noon to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7; 11 a.m. to noon and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8; 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 9; 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10; and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11.

All sessions will be held at the Gregg Technology Center. To register for a session, go here, then choose Workshop Registration in the center of the page.

KIMBERLY S. ERVIN, Center for Academic Technology Support (CATS)
Posted: Dec 10, 2012

STUDENT INSURANCE WAIVER
The spring student insurance fee will be automatically assessed to students enrolled in nine or more on-campus hours, graduate assistants under contract to the university, and international students who are enrolled in a minimum of three on-campus hours. Students who meet eligibility criteria and can show proof of having health insurance equal to or better than the EIU student insurance may request the Waiver Form from the Student Insurance Office. The Waiver Form can also be downloaded from the Student Insurance website. A copy of your insurance company's outline of coverage or a copy of your medical ID card MUST be attached to the completed Waiver Form. Jan. 18, 2013, is the last date these forms will be accepted for the 2013 spring term. For more information, call 581-5290.

CHERYL Y. HOCHSTETLER, Student Insurance
Posted: Dec 07, 2012

PART-TIME STUDENT INSURANCE
Spring Semester 2013 students who are registered for six, seven or eight on-campus hours may purchase student insurance for the semester by obtaining an application from the Student Insurance Office and making payment prior to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 2013, in the Student Accounts Office. The cost is $109.95. If necessary, payment can be made at the Student Insurance Office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students enrolled in a combination of Continuing Education and regular on-campus classes should contact the Student Insurance Office at 581-5290 for coverage eligibility, prior to the deadline.

CHERYL Y. HOCHSTETLER, Student Insurance
Posted: Dec 06, 2012

STUDENT INSURANCE RE-ENROLLMENT
Students who have an approved EIU Student Insurance Waiver and wish to re-enroll in the Student Insurance program for Spring 2013 may do so by completing a re-enrollment form and making payment of $109.95 by January 18, 2013 before 4:30 p.m. A minimum of 6 on-campus semester hours, or a graduate assistantship is required to qualify for re-enrollment. The insurance will become effective when the application and the required premium are received by the University within the deadline of January 18, 2013. For more information, contact the Student Insurance Office at 581-5290. Students enrolled in a combination of Continuing Education and regular on-campus classes should contact the Student Insurance Office for coverage eligibility prior to the deadline.

CHERYL Y HOCHSTETLER, Student Insurance
Posted: Dec 06, 2012

CASH AWARD FOR STUDENT
The Darwin Day Committee is please to accept entries from students interested in competing for the 2013 Stephen Jay Gould Award. The competition for this award is open to all students, undergraduate and graduate, regardless of their department and major.

Charles Darwin is often cited as an example of a person whose ideas “revolutionized” the way we view and understand our world. The topic to be addressed in essays submitted for the 2013 Stephen Jay Gould Award is "the impact of Darwin’s theory of evolution on particular academic fields of inquiry."

In your paper, you must address how Darwin's ideas, specifically those on evolution and natural selection, have impacted a particular discipline (e.g., sociology, political science, economics, biology, chemistry, philosophy, etc.). If you prefer, you may also include more than one discipline to broaden the scope of your paper. The paper must focus on the effect (such as causing or influencing a paradigm shift within a discipline) of Darwin's ideas on an academic discipline, not simply iterate a description of the particulars of Darwin's theory.

Submit the following items to the Darwin Day Committee in the Department of Biological Sciences' main office (Room 2070, Life Sciences Building): one typed, double-spaced copy of your paper, and a letter of nomination from an Eastern Illinois University faculty member that supports the quality of your paper. The submission deadline is noon on Monday, Jan. 28.

For additional information and evaluation criteria, please consult this website.

STEPHEN J. MULLIN, Biological Sciences
Posted: Nov 13, 2012

 

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