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Apr 13, 2012


 

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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