Nov 18, 2012


 

News from Old Main


UNIVERSITY NEWSLETTER ON HOLIDAY BREAK
Updates to the University Newsletter will resume the week of Monday, Nov. 26.

Meanwhile, we wish all a Happy Thanksgiving holiday!

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Nov 16, 2012

UPCOMING ELECTRICAL OUTAGES
On Monday, Nov. 19, from 5:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (10 hours), Student Services Building and the Steam Plant will be on generator power. Also, on Nov. 19, from 5:30 to 8 a.m. (2-and-1/2 hours), Physical Science, MLK Jr. Union Food Court, Blair Hall, Pemberton Hall and Old Main will be without electrical power.

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 5:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (10 hours), Old Main and Pemberton Hall will be without electrical power.

Upgrades are being done to the campus electrical distribution system.

CHAD WEBER, Mechanical Engineer
Posted: Nov 08, 2012

 

Meetings/Events


TWIN SIZE BLANKETS/BEDDING FOR LOCAL YOUTH NEEDED
One Stop Community Christmas is an organization to help families in need this holiday season in Coles, Clark, Cumberland, Edgar, Shelby and Douglas counties.

In the past, there have been many organizations with the focus of helping families at Christmas. Now, the cooperation between these entities has created the One Stop Community Christmas. Student Community Service is proud to be a partner and we need your help!

We are collecting twin size bedding and blankets. Please bring donations to the EIU Student Community Service office (3065 MLK Jr. Union) by Dec. 12. Thank you.

RACHEL FISHER, Student Community Service
Posted: Nov 16, 2012

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ON DEC. 15
One Stop Community Christmas is an organization to help families in need this holiday season in Coles, Clark, Cumberland, Edgar, Shelby and Douglas counties.

In the past, there have been many organizations with the focus of helping families at Christmas. Now, the cooperation between these entities has created the One Stop Community Christmas.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, to help distribute items to more than 800 families in our area. This is an incredibly rewarding day! You will be helping families fulfill their holiday needs. Please consider volunteering for a two-hour shift. To learn more, please call Rachel Fisher at 217-581-3967 or email volunteer@eiu.edu. Together, we can make a difference!

RACHEL FISHER, Student Community Service
Posted: Nov 16, 2012

PANTHER EXPRESS TOY DRIVE
Panther Express is a program allowing EIU student organizations and departments a chance to provide children in need (here in Charleston and throughout Coles County) with gifts of new interactive and creative toys. These children are identified through partner agencies in correlation with One Stop Community Christmas.

We need your help! Our goal is to collect at least 300 new toys for children of all ages, with an emphasis on toys for children aged 11-18. Toys can be delivered to Student Community Service through 9 a.m. Dec. 12. Also, we are seeking offices/areas to hold toy drives to help! We can easily deliver a box to your area, as well as pick up the box on the morning of Dec. 12. To host a box, please call Student Community Service at 581-3967.

RACHEL FISHER, Student Community Service
Posted: Nov 16, 2012

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE: DANCE THE CALORIES AWAY WITH CHA CHA AND WALTZ
Worried about gaining weight over the holiday season? Dance away those extra calories! Come to 1140 McAfee from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, to learn some fun cha cha and waltz dance steps from Diana Lenzi in the Kinesiology and Sports Studies Department. Famous dancer/choreographer George Balanchine said, "Dance is music made visible." Come and learn steps that will make your holiday celebrations more enjoyable. Please register here. Contact Julie Benedict, 581-8415, jabenedict@eiu.edu, for further information.

JULIE A. BENEDICT, Training and Development
Posted: Nov 16, 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

PAINTINGS BY BETH SHADUR ON VIEW AT TARBLE
An exhibition of works by painter Beth Shadur is on view at the Tarble Arts Center through Dec. 16. Her watercolor and mixed media paintings evoke ancient landscapes and universal symbols of spirituality.

Shadur has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and has created more than 125 large murals as public, private and community art projects in both the U.S. and Great Britain. She also serves as gallery director for Prairie State College in Chicago Heights. Her MFA is from the University of Illinois-Chicago and her AB from Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island).

KATHRYN MORICE, Curator of Education, Tarble Arts Center
Posted: Nov 08, 2012

ACADEMY OF LIFETIME LEARNING WORKSHOP OFFERING
Yes! Sleep, Feel Good, Even When Stressed
9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4
EIU Blair Hall, Room 2116
Presented by Sally Ryan
Cost: Academy Member: $20; Non-member: $40
Register by Tuesday, Nov. 27

This course describes sleep across the lifespan and how it changes as we age. It summarizes what is known about the relationship between stress and sleep. Participants will learn practical solutions to this problem.

If you're interested in registering or would like more information about the Academy of Lifetime Learning, please contact the School of Continuing Education at 217-581-5114 or at academy@eiu.edu.

BETH CRAIG, School of Continuing Education
Posted: Nov 08, 2012

HOLIDAY ART SALE
The 26th annual Holiday Art Sale will be held at the Doudna Fine Arts Center, Room 1910, with the opening from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, and continuing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Holiday shoppers can choose from hundreds of one-of-a-kind original works of art handcrafted by local artists and EIU faculty and students. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Art Department's Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact the Art Department at 581-3410.

SUE RARDIN, Office Administrator, Art Dept.
Posted: Nov 07, 2012

KIDS DAY OUT SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, DEC. 1
Do you need time to grade papers, prepare your finals, study or do a little holiday shopping? Here is your opportunity! The Education Scholars Program will host its annual Kids Day Out from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 1, in Buzzard Hall. Have your child(ren), grandchild(ren) or other relative (PK-Grade 4) spend the morning with teacher education candidates playing games, making crafts and tons of other fun activities. There is no cost for this event, but space is limited, so register now. To register, send your child’s name and grade as well as your name, email and phone number to Doug Bower at djbower@eiu.edu. The deadline to register is Monday, Nov. 26. If you have questions, please email me or give me a call at 217-581-2524.

DOUGLAS J. BOWER, Associate Dean, CEPS
Posted: Nov 06, 2012

EIU HOLIDAY HUSTLE 5K
Students in the HON 1191 class this fall are doing a service learning project that will raise money to support the One Stop Community Christmas program in Charleston. One Stop Community Christmas helps families in need this holiday season in Coles, Clark, Cumberland, Edgar, Shelby and Douglas counties by providing toys, food, blankets, pajamas, household items, cleaning supplies, socks and underwear, puzzles, games and much, much more!

The students have decided to organize a 5K walk/run that will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1, on campus. If you would like to support these efforts, please visit this web page. If you register before Nov. 16, you will receive a T-shirt!

Please contact Andrew Donsbach (awdonsbach@eiu.edu) if you have questions.

JOHN P. STIMAC, Dean, Honors College
Posted: Nov 02, 2012

LINKEDIN WORKSHOP
Would you like to learn how to market yourself to employers on LinkedIn? Bobbi Kingery will inform students on how to use LinkedIn at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in Buzzard Hall, Room 2434. Come by and learn new ways to market yourself to future employers.

ERICA LORING, PRSSA Service Chair
Posted: Oct 31, 2012

EIU HUNGER CHALLENGE: FREEZE OUT HUNGER 2-MILE RUN
Get your workout in and help the Food Pantry! The second annual Freeze Out Hunger Run will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the EIU Campus Pond. The cost is $10 to register, and the first 50 participants will receive a free T-shirt.

All proceeds go directly to the Charleston Food Pantry. Every $1 donated to the food pantry becomes $10 worth of food to our community.

To register, please call 581-3967 or click here.

RACHEL FISHER, Student Community Service
Posted: Oct 29, 2012

EIU HUNGER CHALLENGE: PAPER PLATE ADVOCACY, MONDAYS 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.
November is EIU Hunger Challenge, and we are inviting all of campus to join in our Paper Plate Advocacy Project! The Paper Plate Advocacy Project occurs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Monday in November in the EIU Bridge Lounge, MLK Jr. Union.

Come and write a message on an empty paper plate about hunger. We want to create 500 plates. For every plate created, a local donor will give $1 to the local food pantry. Let's raise $500 for our pantry which will equal $5,000 worth of food. Come and share what's on your plate and mind!

RACHEL FISHER, Student Community Service
Posted: Oct 29, 2012

ANCIENT GREECE EXHIBITS
A variety of exhibits examining Ancient Greece will be on display in the North Lobby and Marvin Foyer of Booth Library from Oct. 1 through Nov. 19. The exhibits are in conjunction with "A Futuristic Look Through Ancient Lenses: A Symposium on Ancient Greece," which will be held on the Eastern campus from Oct. 3 to Nov. 7.

The exhibits were curated by library staff and EIU students. They focus on several topics: "Arts and Humanities of Ancient Greece," "Sciences of Ancient Greece," "Alexander the Great," "Greek Philosophers," "Ancient Greece Through Fiction," "Military History of Ancient Greece," "Fables, Festivals, Gods and Heroes: Religion in Ancient Greece," "Greek Mythology for Children" and "Nutrition."

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Editorial Writer/Booth Library
Posted: Sep 28, 2012

2012 ART FACULTY EXHIBITION IN TARBLE ARTS CENTER MAIN GALLERIES
The 2012 Art Faculty Exhibition is at the Tarble Arts Center through Dec. 2.

The exhibition presents recent works by practicing artists of the EIU art faculty and emeritus faculty. Participating are Patricia Belleville (printmaking), Dorothy Bennett (jewelry/metals), Jeff Boshart (sculpture), Ke-Hsin Jenny Chi (drawing and painting), Ann Coddington Rast (fibers, mixed media installation and drawing), David Griffin (jewelry/metals), Chris Kahler (painting), Dwain Naragon (ceramics), Denise Rehm-Mott (printmaking), Charles Nivens (digital graphic design), David Richardson (digital animation) and Christopher Troutman (drawing).

The emeritus faculty represented are Hannah Eads (watercolor), Bill Heyduck (ceramics) and James K. Johnson (sculpture).

Presented in cooperation with the EIU Art Department.

MICHAEL WATTS, Director, Tarble Arts Center
Posted: Sep 28, 2012

 

Professional Development


CATS TRAINING SERVICES FACULTY AND STAFF NOVEMBER TRAINING SCHEDULE
Desire2Learn Transferring Content, 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26

Desire2Learn Transferring Content, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27

Desire2Learn Transferring Content, 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28

Desire2Learn Transferring Content, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29

Desire2Learn Transferring Content, 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. (Transferring Content Sessions are designed for participants to work one-on-one with a training specialist to migrate content from WebCT to Desire2Learn or to migrate data from other locations into Desire2Learn.)

For more information and/or to register, go here. Questions? Please contact CATS at 581-8452 or by email at cats@eiu.edu.

CLINTON LEE BROWN, CATS Training Services
Posted: Nov 14, 2012

DESIRE2LEARN ONLINE SELF-DIRECTED TRAINING NOW AVAILABLE
EIU faculty and staff now have the opportunity to complete online self-directed training hosted by Desire2Learn. The training is provided by CATS at no cost to faculty or staff. The D2L self-directed training contains robust content, including more than 125 video tutorials, fully integrated help documentation, learning activities and checklist. The training was recently revised to reflect the changes in D2L version 10. The training is available when you need it, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You complete the training at your own pace or it can also be used as a reference. Go here to request an account. For questions, contact Julie Lockett at jalockett@eiu.edu.

JULIE A. LOCKETT, Director of Instructional Technology Services, CATS
Posted: Oct 15, 2012

MAGNA COMMONS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH FACULTY DEVELOPMENT
In Spring 2011, Faculty Development conducted a series of talk-backs with each of the academic colleges at EIU, and one recurring theme was the demand for just-in-time teaching and learning resources and a best practices repository. Additionally, faculty requested an online space for shared resources that could be easily accessed at any time.

Eastern Illinois University now has a campus-wide site license and one-year subscription to Magna Commons, an online faculty development resource which provides on-demand professional development for faculty development, just-in-time teaching and learning, group meetings and discussion groups.

Magna Commons offers a wide variety of full-length online seminars with new titles added monthly, addressing critical issues facing faculty today, including grading and feedback, student engagement, online teaching and learning, etc. These programs feature leading educators and consultants delivering thought-provoking, content-rich presentations. The subscription also includes supplemental materials custom-designed to help faculty implement strategies, handouts, in-depth facilitator's discussion guides and complete transcripts of each program. To access this resource, please contact the Faculty Development office at 581-7051 or at facdev@eiu.edu. Sign-up instructions will be provided.

KRISHNA THOMAS, Assistant Director, Faculty Development
Posted: Aug 20, 2012

 

Human Resources


DIRECT DEPOSIT REMINDER
All student employees must sign up for direct deposit of their wages. Supervisors should remind all student workers of this university policy, and direct students to the Payroll Office if they have not yet completed this paperwork. The Payroll Office will begin contacting supervisors of any student employees in their area who may be in violation of this policy. Questions? Contact the Payroll Office at 581-5510 or visit this web site to obtain the necessary form

MARSHA D. GRAY, Payroll
Posted: Nov 12, 2012

REMINDER TO SIGN UP FOR W-2 ONLINE
Please remember to sign up for the option to print your own W-2 online. Employees of EIU have the option of receiving their W-2 forms online. By completing an online consent, employees will have online access to their W-2s 24 hours a day and will no longer have to be dependent on the mail.

An electronic consent to receive your W-2 online must be done through PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) . Once in PAWS, click the "Employee" tab at the top of the page, click on "Tax Forms," and finally click on "Electronic W-2 Consent" in the Tax Forms menu. Read the explanation of electronic consent and then check the box under "My Choice." Electronic consents will remain in effect unless revoked (green check mark in box). Employees who provided consent last year for electronic W-2s are already set up and nothing additional is needed.

Remember, the quickest and easiest way to receive your 2012 W-2 is to access it online. Employees who do not have a sign-on for PAWS can contact the Information Technology Help Desk at 581-HELP to get set up. Contact the Payroll office at 581-5510 for questions concerning electronic W-2s.

MARSHA D. GRAY, Payroll
Posted: Nov 12, 2012

IMPORTANT PAYROLL HOLIDAY NOTICE!
Due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the Payroll Department would like to request a new deadline for submitting online time information to the Payroll Department for the pay period 11-5-12 to 11-18-12 BW 24.

We are requesting that you submit bi-weekly timesheets (Monday-Friday employees), including final approvals, by the close of business on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (However, please note approvers should not pre-approve time before it has been worked.) We further request that departments who have employees working the weekend, to please have time submitted and approved no later than noon on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.

For large departments that may have a problem meeting this deadline, please contact the Payroll Office in advance of these deadlines to discuss options.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping to ensure the payroll process is completed in a timely manner for this pay period. Please call 581-5510 if you have any questions or concerns regarding this issue.

ATTENTION APPROVERS: PLEASE MAKE SURE A WORKING PROXY IS ESTABLISHED IF YOU WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE.

MARSHA D GRAY, Payroll Specialist I
Posted: Nov 07, 2012

CHANGE IN DEADLINE FOR MONTHLY PAYROLL
Due to the upcoming holidays in November and December, new contracts, contract changes, Request for Supplemental Personal Services Payment forms and any other items affecting the November and December payrolls MUST be received in the Human Resources Employment Office by the 12th of each month to be processed. If you have questions, please contact Carol Galey at 581-7655 or Cindy Maples at 581-2613.

CAROL A. GALEY, HR Employment Office
Posted: Nov 06, 2012

 

Employment Opportunities


FPM REGULATORY SUPPORT SPECIALIST INTERVIEWS
Four candidates for the Facilities Planning and Management regulatory support specialist position will be on campus for interviews. If you are interested in meeting the candidates, you are invited to an open session in the Facilities Planning and Management Conference Room on Monday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and on Tuesday, Nov, 20, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

ELLEN G. COULTAS, Business Affairs
Posted: Nov 15, 2012

DISABILITY SPECIALIST CANDIDATES SCHEDULED FOR ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWS
Three candidates will be on campus the week of Nov. 26 to interview for the position of disability specialist in the Office of Student Disability Services. The search committee invites the campus to meet the candidates. For their resumes and and the interview schedule, please go here.

KARLA SANDERS, Executive Director, Center for Academic Support and Assessment
Posted: Nov 13, 2012

IT TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE - SENIOR REPORT WRITER
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CHAIR, SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY
Applications are being accepted for the Chair, School of Technology. Qualifications and application information can be found here.



CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE ARTS
The College of Arts and Humanities welcomes applications for the position of chair of the Department of Theatre Arts. For more information, please consult the announcement.

BONNIE IRWIN, Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
Posted: Oct 15, 2012

CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES
The College of Arts and Humanities welcomes applications for the position of chair of the Communication Studies Department. For more information, please consult the announcement.

BONNIE D. IRWIN, Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
Posted: Oct 15, 2012

EARLY CHILDHOOD, ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION TENURE-TRACK POSITION
Assistant Professor of Reading



 

Research and Creative Activity


HOW TO WRITE A PROPOSAL TO THE COUNCIL ON FACULTY RESEARCH (Research and Sponsored Programs)
This workshop will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, in the Paris Room, MLK Jr. Union.

Eastern's internal funding for research and creative activity is awarded on a competitive basis by the Council on Faculty Research. There are two rounds of funding, one in the fall and one in the spring. This presentation will include suggestions for making a proposal competitive, as well as examples of recent funded proposals.

To register, please go here and click on available seats.

WANDA KAY ROBINSON, Faculty Development
Posted: Nov 16, 2012

MICHAEL DOBBS
The School of Business is proud to announce that Michael Dobbs, assistant professor of management, was honored with the Best Paper Award at the 23rd annual Conference of the American Society for Competitiveness in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 26, 2012. Dobbs' paper, “Porter’s Five Forces in Practice: Templates for Firm and Case Analysis,” describes the tools he developed for strategic management students to utilize Michael Porter’s "Five Forces" industry analysis framework. The paper was selected as the top paper out of the more than 100 submitted for presentation at the conference.



EIU ENTRIES RECEIVE GOLD, BRONZE AWARDS IN CASE COMPETITION
Eastern recently received word that three of its entries in the 2012 Pride of CASE V Awards were selected as winners.

Each year, CASE (the Council for Advancement and Support of Education) presents its Pride of CASE V Awards program, honoring institutions and individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the concept and execution of advancement programs and communications. Award-winners are chosen from entries submitted by the nearly 400 universities and colleges represented in Great Lakes District V (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin).

Eastern’s Communications, Marketing and Brand Strategies office learned that it received a Gold Award in the Best Program in Case Statements/Cultivation Publications category for its “EI&U: Expect Greatness” case statement booklet--the anchor print piece for the “EI&U: Expect Greatness” capital campaign. The $50 million goal of the campaign was surpassed two years early, and the case statement was deemed an integral part of that overall success.

In addition, Eastern received two Bronze Awards in the Excellence in Photography category: one for “Cavalier at Dusk” under People and Portraits and one for “IHSA State Track and Field Hipstamatic Style” under Photo Essay.

“Cavalier at Dusk,” designed to highlight an ongoing activity taking place on campus and the facilities that are available for groups to use, featured a scene from the world-famous Cavalier drum corps on the EIU campus as its prepared for its competitive tour leading up to the Drum Corp International competition.

“IHSA State Track and Field Hipstamatic Style” is a photo essay taken during the IHSA State Track and Field meet, which is hosted by EIU annually. Several photographers made a challenge to shoot the event exclusively using iPhones.

Photographer Jay Grabiec and designer Pete Taylor were responsible for the photography entries.

The awards will be officially presented during the CASE District V and VI annual conference, scheduled to take place in Chicago in December.



FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP GRANTS
Faculty Development is pleased to announce the recipients of Partnership Grants: Carla Honselman (SCFS), Robert Bates (HST) and Jill Owen (KSS), Ann Brownson (LIB), Teresita Hunt (SEF), Fern Kory (ENG), Jeanne Okrasinski (EC/ELE/MLE) and Jamila Smith (ENG), Steven Daniel (BIO) and David Goldfarb (NYU School of Medicine), Wafeek Wahby (TEC) and Allen Lanham (LIB), Jeanne Okrasinski (EC/ELE/MLE), Dana Stodden (EC/ELE/MLE) and Ingrid Minger (Mattoon Middle School), Teresita Hunt (SEF), Robin Murray (ENG), and Rebecca Lawson (Sullivan High School).

KRISHNA THOMAS, Assistant Director, Faculty Development
Posted: Nov 02, 2012

BUSINESS SOLUTIONS CENTER AWARDED INNOVATION GRANT TO CREATE THE PRAIRIE SPARK E-HUB
The Business Solutions Center at EIU received $32,688 from the Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund to create the Prairie Spark E-Hub. This digital resource center will ignite entrepreneurship by providing online educational tools to help grow businesses and jobs in Illinois. Resources will include: youth entrepreneurship curriculum for inside and outside of the classroom, videos, geographic information systems maps for broadband access, library locators and other economic development resources. The e-hub will enhance the personal assistance that is already provided by the BSC's youth educator and entrepreneurial coach, and will exponentially expand the number of youth and entrepreneurs served in the region.

JEANNE C. DAU, Business Solutions Center
Posted: Oct 23, 2012

NEWTON KEY (History)
Newton Key, “Crowdsourcing the Early Modern Blogosphere,” which is scheduled to be published in print in historyblogosphere: Bloggen in den Geschichtswissenschaften, ed. Peter Haber and Eva Pfanzelter (Munich: Oldenbourg Verlag, 2013), has been posted in an open source peer review version here for review and comments through mid-December 2012.

Co-editor Eva Pfanzelter is an EIU MA in History, 1994, and was honored as a Graduate School Global Ambassador this year.

The open source peer review version is mentioned in the new Carnivalesque (no. 90) (see here) hosted by Adam Hooks at Anchora.



FACULTY DEVELOPMENT FALL 2012 SUPPORT GRANTS
Faculty Development is pleased to announce the recipients of Fall 2012 Support Grants: Melissa Ames (ENG), Jeffrey Boshart (ART), Steven Daniel (BIO), Karen Drage (TEC), Rose Gong (SED), Christopher Hanlon (ENG), Kai Hung (BIO), Teresita Hunt (SED), Melissa Jones-Bromenshenkel (SPE), Danelle Larson (MUS), Hasan Mavi (KSS), Robin Murray (ENG), Gopal Periyannan (CHM), Robert Petersen (ART), Linda Simpson (SFCS), Mary Caroline Simpson (ART), Betty Smith (G-G), Lisa Taylor (SFCS) and Richard Wilkinson (SFCS).

Please note that the due date for Spring 2013 Support Grant applications will be posted soon.

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

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

WRITE-ON-SITE
What does it mean to "write-on-site"? Coined by Kerry Ann Rockquemore, Write-on-Site is a program where faculty can come together to work on their particular projects for two hours at least once a week. Although people are working on their own projects, writing together in one place can provide the accountability of showing up, cultivate the sense that we are part of a community of writers, and help create that energy buzz that comes from being around others who are doing the same thing. During Fall 2012, the Faculty Development office (1116 Booth Library) will be open for Write-on-Site from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. Check in, grab a cup of tea or coffee, and start working. There is space to work either in the office or in Booth Library's hidden treasure, the Faculty Reading Room. For more information, please contact the Faculty Development office at 581-7051 or by email at facdev@eiu.edu.

KRISHNA THOMAS, Assistant Director, Faculty Development
Posted: Aug 20, 2012

 

Miscellaneous


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

SURVEY TO GATHER FEEDBACK ON UNIVERSAL MEETING TIME
In May 2011, the Committee to Study Shared Governance at EIU presented a report to President Perry with actionable recommendations to enhance shared governance at EIU. One of those recommendations for action was the following: “Institute a universal meeting time during which all university employees and students are free, to the fullest extent possible, from any scheduled non-emergency responsibilities.” President Perry has endorsed the recommendation of a universal meeting time and has asked the Council on University Planning and Budget (CUPB) to gather feedback on this recommendation from the university community.

In an effort to do so, CUPB has prepared a nine-question electronic survey which should take less than five minutes to complete. This survey will be sent to all university employees via email on Tuesday, Nov. 27, and will be available through 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7. The survey was designed using Qualtrics. If your Panthermail is forwarded to a gmail account, please be aware that the email will likely go to your spam folder. Your participation in this survey would be greatly appreciated and will assist tremendously with this planning endeavor.

JENNIFER L. SIPES, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs
Posted: Nov 16, 2012

EXTENDED HOURS FOR THE GREGG TECHNOLOGY CENTER
It is getting close to the end of the Fall 2012 semester. The GTC will be extending its hours to accommodate students' busy schedules toward finals.

GTC Extended Hours Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 3-6: 6 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.
Will be open continuously from 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, through 2 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10
Also, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 10-13: 6 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 14: 6 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Good luck and hope to see you back in Spring 2013.

CHAD P. ELLIOTT, GTC
Posted: Nov 14, 2012

FY2012 DEGREES AWARDED
Did you know...

In FY 2012, Eastern awarded a total of 2,782 degrees: 2,189 bachelor's degrees, 25 post-bachelor's degrees, 530 master's degrees and 38 specialist degrees.

Majors with the largest number of bachelor's degree recipients in FY 2012 are general studies (236), elementary education (203), kinesiology and sports studies (166), communication studies (156) and family and consumer sciences (134).

Other majors in the "top ten" for undergraduate degree recipients are psychology, special education, sociology, management and marketing. Of the 530 master's degrees awarded, 110 were in educational administration; 57, technology; 44, business administration; 41, counseling; and 33, kinesiology and sports studies.

In FY 2012, minorities received 367 degrees, or 13 percent of the total degrees conferred.

Eastern's six-year graduation rate is 59 percent.

VICKI SHAW-WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Nov 13, 2012

NOVEMBER PAPER SALE!
20 percent off all prints made on 8.5-by-11-inch 20# tan and/or 24# deep orange paper through the month of November only. While supplies last.

TED E. HART, MLK Jr. Union
Posted: Nov 09, 2012

BOOTH LIBRARY ADDS 1,085 TITLES IN OCTOBER
During the month of October, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,085 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: Nov 05, 2012

MICHAEL R. HOADLEY INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY AWARD
The Center for Academic Technology Support (CATS) invites nominations for the 2012-2013 Michael R. Hoadley Instructional Technology Award. This prestigious faculty award includes a $1,000 award to be used at the recipient’s discretion. For complete details on this award and the nomination process, please refer here.

Nomination deadline is 4 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2012.

RHONDA F. BROTHERTON, Administrative Aide
Posted: Nov 02, 2012

FINAL GRADE SUBMISSION FOR FALL 2012 NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH D2L
Unfortunately, final grade submission from Desire2Learn to Banner will not be available for Fall 2012 grades as we had hoped. Ellucian, the parent company to Banner, could not guarantee that the interface between D2L and Banner would be completed by the time final grades are due. In addition, in order to integrate D2L with Banner, the consultants would also be required to change the integration between WebCT and Banner. Both were risks we could not take at this time. Therefore, faculty using Desire2Learn this term will be required to submit final grades manually to Banner. Faculty using WebCT this semester will still be able to submit final grades to Banner through the WebCT grade book. Beginning Spring 2013, we will only be using Desire2Learn. The real-time integration between D2L and Banner allowing grade submission will be available for the spring term. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. For questions, contact John Henderson, CATS, at jghenderson@eiu.edu or Kathy Reed, ITS, at ksreed@eiu.edu.

JULIE A. LOCKETT, Director of Instructional Technology Services, CATS
Posted: Oct 11, 2012

'TRY-IT! ILLINOIS' RETURNS
Try-It! Illinois 2012, the 13th annual statewide database trial, sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library, will be available from Oct. 1, through Nov. 30. Try-It offers the opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources that are not normally available to the university community. Thanks to the partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois. Participating vendors include ABC-Clio, Alexander Street Press, BioOne, Cambridge UP, FINTEL, Gale-Cengage, Oxford UP, Taylor & Francis, ValueLine and many others. To access Try-It! Illinois, visit the Booth Library homepage and click on the "Try-It! Illinois" link or click here.

KAREN L. WHISLER, Booth Library
Posted: Oct 03, 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

FALL 2012 OPEN HOURS SCHEDULE AT THE GREGG TECHNOLOGY CENTER
GTC Open Hours for Fall 2012
Sundays: 2 to 11:45 p.m.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 7 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Fridays: 7 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

During midterms and finals, the GTC will have a modified extended hours schedule which will be posted closer to those dates.

If you require assistance or information from the GTC, call 581-7633.

CHAD P. ELLIOTT, Gregg Technology Center
Posted: Aug 09, 2012

 

Especially for Students (Official Notices)


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

EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY ANNUITANTS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP
Applications are now being accepted for the EIU Annuitants Scholarship. The applicant must meet the following criteria:
1) The recipient(s) may receive the scholarship one time only.
2) At the time of selection, the recipient(s) must be a junior or senior enrolled in at least six semester hours, accepted to Eastern Illinois University.
3) The recipient(s) must be the child or grandchild of a current EIU full-time or part-time employee with five or more years of consecutive service to the university OR the child or grandchild of a retired EIU full-time or part-time employee with five or more years of consecutive service to the university.
4) The recipient(s) must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
5) Applicants must submit a written statement listing career goals and financial need.
6) Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from an EIU adviser or faculty member.
7) In the event that there are several suitable applicants, preference will be given to the recipient(s) with financial need.
8) The award(s) shall be payable in the fall/spring semester to EIU to be first applied against costs (tuition, fees, housing, etc.) associated with the recipient(s) attending EIU. Any remaining amount will be disbursed to the recipient(s).

Applications are due no later than Nov. 28, 2012. Send applications to EIUAA, Brainard House, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920. For the application, go here.

ALAN BAHARLOU, EIU Annuitants Newsletter Editor and Legislative Chair
Posted: Oct 25, 2012

TAKE EIU HOME FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK
Students, please stop by the Admissions Office in Old Main and pick up a Panther Packet of EIU brochures to share with your friends back home. If you're planning to stop by your high school to let your friends and teachers know how well you're doing, why not wear the official T-shirt we'll include in your packet!

Don't forget to stop by the Office of Admissions in Old Main before you head home. Gail and Stacy are expecting you.

BRENDA L. MAJOR, Director of Admissions
Posted: Oct 11, 2012

UNIVERSITY ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION MEETINGS
Students must attend a meeting to formally apply for University Admission to Teacher Education and to initiate the selection process. The College of Education and Professional Studies schedules meetings each semester. The required formal application form is distributed and collected at the meetings, and the rules and regulations concerning selection, admission to, and retention in teacher education are explained. Students who have not previously applied must attend a meeting.

The following meetings are available Fall Semester 2012 to initiate the selection process: Monday, Sept. 10 (5-5:50 p.m.); Tuesday, Oct. 2 (6-6:50 p.m.); Wednesday, Nov. 14 (5-5:50 p.m.); and Monday, Dec. 3 (4-4:50 p.m.). Registration is NOT required. All meetings are held in 1501 Buzzard Hall.

DOUG BOWER, Associate Dean/College of Education and Professional Studies
Posted: Aug 20, 2012

 

EIU in the News


OCTOBER 2012
From the JG-TC -- "Homecoming 2012: EIU Alums 'Have That Common Bond'" -- Oct. 15, 2012

From the JG-TC -- "Autism Lecture at EIU A Big Success" -- Oct. 11, 2012