Dec 10, 2012


 

News from Old Main


EIU TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR COMMITMENT TO FIRE SAFETY
Representatives of the Charleston Fire Department will be joined by city and state officials to collectively recognize Eastern for its proactive approach to fire safety on its campus.

Larry Matkaitis, Illinois’ state fire marshal, is among those scheduled to attend a 2 p.m. ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the Cougill Foyer of Old Main on EIU’s campus. The public is invited to attend.

According to Fire Chief Pat Goodwin, Charleston and city fire department officials are “very proud” of Eastern’s commitment to the installation of sprinkler systems in the institution’s residence halls and Greek housing, and further laud the fact that Eastern is the first state institution of its type and size to reach 100 percent compliance.

By the beginning of the Fall 2012 semester, residence halls at EIU were 100 percent upgraded with a sprinkler system in each of its 28 residential buildings, Goodwin added.

An Illinois state mandate passed in 2004 requiring that residence halls in all public and private colleges and universities have sprinkler systems installed by 2013. Eastern was ahead of the curve in that it had started its own sprinkler system update in 1999, with the process beginning in Pemberton Hall.

The state further mandated – via the Greek Housing Fire Safety Act of 2010 – that automatic fire sprinkler systems be required in all Greek housing structures built before Jan. 1, 2011, and that those systems be installed before Jan. 1, 2019. The first of Eastern’s on-campus Greek housing was retrofitted with sprinklers in 2001, Goodwin said.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Dec 07, 2012

ADDISON TO BE RECOGNIZED WITH MENDEZ SERVICE AWARD
Long-time colleague John Best remembers Luis Clay Mendez as a man who “recognized the essential dignity of each person with whom he worked.”

William Addison “exemplifies Luis in just the same way,” Best added. “By recognizing the value and worth of each individual, Bill brings out the best in that individual.”

It was for that reason that Best nominated Addison for the 2012 Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award. The award, presented annually by Eastern Illinois University’s Faculty Senate, recognizes an individual who exemplifies Mendez’s service to the university, their respective profession and the community-at-large (local, national and international).

The award will be officially presented to Addison during EIU’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 15. Mendez, an EIU professor of Spanish, died in 2003.

See here for more on the story.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Dec 04, 2012

NEW EIU LIGHTING SYSTEM ADDS COLOR TO THE CHARLESTON COMMUNITY
Eastern plans to make the trip down Lincoln Avenue a little more colorful for travelers.

A newly installed lighting system will allow the institution to celebrate university and community events, as well as commemorate events such as World Autism Awareness Day, by displaying appropriate colored lighting on the front of Old Main (the “Castle”).

The system will have its official debut on Monday (Dec. 3) evening, with the building being lit up in blue – one of Eastern’s official colors.

“One of the goals emerging from last year’s strategic planning process was to pay more attention to the streetscape along Lincoln Avenue,” said William Weber, vice president for business affairs. “The new lighting on Old Main will provide the community with a visual reminder of some of the many worthwhile events occurring at EIU and in Charleston.”

The new programmable lighting system was installed in response to Eastern’s efforts, in working with the city of Charleston, to create a “collaborative landscape/streetscape plan” from the Neal Welcome Center, located at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Douglas Street, eastward to 18th Street (Route 130).

In addition to helping provide a welcoming corridor along Lincoln Avenue, the new lighting is expected to strengthen the connection between campus and the community, and showcase the building’s outstanding architectural features.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Nov 30, 2012

NEW EIU FOUNDATION BOARD UNDERSTANDS, EMBRACES FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Since its inception nearly 60 years ago, the Eastern Illinois University Foundation has focused on giving.

“The Foundation plays a very important role in supporting the university we care so much about,” said Timothy Burke, newly seated Foundation Board president. “And the Foundation Board of Directors understands and accepts its responsibility to protect and grow the assets entrusted to us.”

That responsibility has grown by leaps and bounds over the past two years as Eastern engaged in its “EI&U: Expect Greatness” capital campaign. The expectation was that the campaign, which publicly began in October 2010, would run through June 2014 and raise $50 million for student, faculty/staff, program and facility support. Response was so positive, however, that the university ended the campaign in September 2012 – two years early and $13.7 million over goal.

“The original goal of $50 million was eclipsed by almost $14 million – an accomplishment made possible through more than 43,000 individual gifts,” Burke said. “Many of these individuals supported the campaign because of their desire to allow future students the same opportunities they had as a result of their EIU experience.”

As Foundation president, Burke will head an 11-person board of directors who, in turn, represents a 300-member organization. See here for more on the story.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Nov 29, 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


TARBLE HOSTING AIE RESIDENCY CLOSING RECEPTION AND STUDENT ART EXPO
The public is invited to a closing reception and student art expo to celebrate the Tarble’s 2012 Illinois Arts Council Arts-in-Education Residency from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Tarble Atrium. Meet resident artist Beth Shadur and view works of student art created during the residency. Refreshments will be served.

KATHRYN MORICE, Curator of Education, Tarble Arts Center
Posted: Dec 10, 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

EIU PLANS ANNUAL HOLIDAY GATHERINGS AT OLD MAIN
President Bill Perry invites students, faculty and staff to two festive gatherings -- this year titled “Celebrating the Arts” -- scheduled to take place in Old Main.

Guests are welcome to attend either of the two holiday events, the first of which is scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, and the second from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Both will take place in Old Main’s Cougill Foyer.

Following an annual tradition, this year’s gatherings will showcase six holiday trees, five of which feature decorations made by students of Ashmore, Carl Sandburg, Jefferson, Lake Crest (Oakland) and Mark Twain elementary schools. Refreshments and holiday music will be available at both gatherings.

Family members and others unable to attend either of the two events but who still wish to see their child’s ornament on display are welcome to view the decorated trees between Monday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 13. The building will be open between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Nov 28, 2012

TARBLE ARTS CENTER GIFT SHOP OFFERS UNIQUE GIFT ITEMS
Remember the Tarble Arts Center Gift Shop for holiday shopping. The Tarble Gift Shop will be open for the holiday season up to Christmas weekend (through Dec. 21). Just received is a selection of handmade hardwood cutting boards by Dwain Naragon. Also available are many types of ceramics, blown and fused glass, a variety of turned wood pieces, jewelry from many makers, T-shirts and needlework, plus watercolors and woodcuts, all created by area artists -- many of whom are EIU alumni. All proceeds support Tarble Arts Center programs.

Open hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For information, contact the Tarble Arts Center at 581-2787 or tarble@eiu.edu.

MICHAEL WATTS, Director, Tarble Arts Center
Posted: Nov 27, 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

'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

 

Professional Development


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


ANNUAL PRUDENTIAL LTD INCREASES
Annual Prudential calculations have been completed and updated in Banner. You may notice a change in payroll deduction amounts for voluntary supplemental long-term disability coverage. Any premium increases are effective Dec. 1, 2012, and will show up on paychecks dated 12/14/12 (BW25) or 01/02/13 (MN1). Premium costs are based on salary and age factors. Changes in either or both over the course of the previous 12 months could result in a premium increase to occur.

AMANDA K. ZUCCO, Benefits
Posted: Dec 10, 2012

DON'T DELAY YOUR PAY
Will you be working?

The pay period Dec. 3 through Dec. 16 (BW 26) will be paid on Friday, Dec. 28. Anyone considering closing bank accounts, please be advised you will have pay coming to you for those two weeks after you have left campus. In addition, please note the Cashier’s Office in Old Main will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, for any employee who will have a manual paycheck issued for that period. The Cashier's Office will re-open on Jan. 2, 2013.

MARSHA D. GRAY, Payroll
Posted: Dec 05, 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

CVS JOINS EXPRESS SCRIPTS MAINTENANCE NETWORK
Effective Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, CVS Pharmacy joined the Express Scripts (Medco) Maintenance Network. The Maintenance Network allows plan participants of HealthLink OAP, Health Alliance Illinois, Coventry Health Care OAP and the Quality Care Health Plan to receive a 90-day supply of medication through a retail pharmacy for only two co-payments. This does NOT affect members of Health Alliance HMO. As of Nov. 16, all CVS pharmacy locations nationwide are in the network.

The Latest News section of the CMS Benefits website will be updated with the news of this change as soon as they receive the new information from Express Scripts.

The CMS Benefits website link here provides general information about the Maintenance Network.

DENISE CORRAY, Benefits Services
Posted: Nov 26, 2012

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

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


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

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR FOR USER SERVICES
Administrative Coordinator for User Services



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.



DIRECTOR OF EMPLOYEE AND LABOR RELATIONS
Director, Employee and Labor Relations



 

Research and Creative Activity


KATIE VIGIL
Katie Vigil, experiential learning adviser at Career Services, will showcase a "best practices" program during a national webinar presented by Intern Bridge. She will be presenting on the Student Internship Ambassadors (SIA), a student group she launched in October that has since become a registered student organization. The SIAs serve as knowledgeable representatives to promote awareness and participation in experiential learning opportunities. The ambassadors strive to cultivate leadership, service, and professional development. More information about the webinar can be found here. More information about the SIAs can be found on their website.



ROBIN MURRAY and JOSEPH HEUMANN
Professor Robin L. Murray (English) and Professor (Emeritus) Joseph K Heumann (communication studies) have been informed that their book, "Films About Everyday Eco-Disasters," has been accepted for publication by the University of Nebraska Press.



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.



ROBERT WISEMAN
At the recent Central Illinois Camera Club Association's fall salon competition, Robert Wiseman had one honor print and one accepted print. Both prints were entered in the large print division which had more than 200 prints entered.

Also, at the recent 70th year FSRTC Conference held on the campus of Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., Wiseman presented a program on the preservation and restoration of photographic images.



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.



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

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


FINAL EXAMS SCANTRON PICK-UP
Any exams with electronic results not picked up by 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, will be returned to their respective departments via campus mail on Tuesday, Dec 18.

WENDY LONG, Director, Office of Testing and Evaluation
Posted: Dec 10, 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

PERSONAL PACKAGES
Mail that is not university related cannot be accepted nor delivered through Campus Mail Services. Doing so would constitute a misuse of state-paid service personnel.

PAMELA A. NEWBY, Mail Services Supervisor
Posted: Dec 06, 2012

THIS YEAR SAY HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH A GIFT CARD FROM EIU!
Give them a gift card they'll actually use this year! Dining Dollar Gift Cards are accepted at the University Food Court, Panther Pantry, Java Beanery & Bakery, all four residential dining centers and the Marketplace Convenience Centers (C-Stores) in Carman and Thomas halls.

Purchase your gift cards here or at the Office of University Housing and Dining Services, located in the lower level, west wing, of the MLK Jr. Union. Gift cards are available in increments of $5.

CHAD M. FRANKS, Publicity and Promotions Specialist
Posted: Dec 06, 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

EMPTY BANKERS BOXES FOR RE-USE BY CAMPUS OFFICES
I have been offered a quantity of empty bankers boxes (that are in good shape; measurements of 12 inches by 15 inches by 10 inches) for re-use by campus offices. The boxes meet the storage requirements for the Records Storage Center.

If you are in need of banker boxes, please contact me at 581-3318 or via email.

CATHY L. KIMBALL, Records Management
Posted: Dec 03, 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

CLASS PACKETS FOR SPRING 2013 SEMESTER
Now is the time to bring your class packets for Spring 2013 to Panther Print & Copy Center (Room 2055 of the MLK Jr. Union). We offer the lowest prices, the highest quality and the best customer service!

To ensure your packet is ready for the first day of classes, please bring your original to Panther Print & Copy Center no later than Wednesday, Dec. 19 (late arrivals will be completed as soon as possible on a first-come/first-served basis). Contact Jon Crask by calling 217-581-5334 or via email at jlcrask@eiu.edu.

Let Panther Print & Copy Center meet all your printing and copying needs this semester!

TED E. HART, MLK Jr. Union
Posted: Nov 30, 2012

DECEMBER IS CUSTOMER APPRECIATION MONTH AT PANTHER PRINT & COPY CENTER
At Panther Print & Copy Center, we appreciate our customers and the chance to serve our community and colleagues. To celebrate the holiday season, we want to show our appreciation by giving you and your department 5 percent off all orders. Please take advantage of this offer when ordering office stationary, business cards, signs, posters, banners, laminating, binding, color copies -- everything we offer. Place your order in December, receive 5 percent off, with our thanks. Contact Panther Print & Copy Center at 581-5334, or the Union Studio at 581-5611, if you have questions or need help placing your order. You can also email Jon Crask at jlcrask@eiu.edu, or Bonita Flynn at bjflynn@eiu.edu. Happy Holidays! And thank you, from the staff and students at Panther Print & Copy Center!

TED E. HART, MLK Jr. Union
Posted: Nov 30, 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

TESTING AND EVALUATION OFFICE HOURS DURING FINALS WEEK
The Office of Testing and Evaluation will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Dec. 10-13, and will resume regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) on Friday, Dec. 14. Please note that our night drop slot will no longer be available during finals week.

Please refer to our website for information regarding submitting exams, or call our office at 581-5986 prior to finals week.

As storage space is limited in our office, we ask that you please pick up exams as soon as possible after you are notified that they are ready. Thanks!

JENNIFER L. SMITH, Testing and Evaluation
Posted: Nov 27, 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

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

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

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

FALL 2012 TEXTBOOK RETURN DEADLINE IS 3 P.M. FRIDAY, DEC. 14
The deadline to return Fall 2012 textbooks is 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Textbook Rental Service will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 10 and 11; from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 12 and 13; and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14.

Please visit the Textbook Rental Service portion on PAWS to review a list of textbooks checked out to you for the current semester/term. A $20 per book late fine will be charged on textbooks returned after 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. All textbooks do not have to be returned at the same time. You may return textbooks that are no longer needed for your courses or that you are finished with at anytime during the semester, without incurring any charges, with the exception of those associated with dropped/withdrawn courses.

For your convenience after business hours, please utilize our exterior book drop located under the awning at the northeast corner of our facility.

In order to expedite the return process, we encourage students to bring their Panther ID Card. We recommend transporting your textbooks in a waterproof book bag or another type of protective method to and from our facility. Please visit our website here for current information and our textbook check-in process.

PLEASE NOTE: Late fines, per book, will be posted to individual student accounts immediately following the return deadline of 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. The five-day grace period to return late textbooks with a $20 per book fine will expire at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. All textbook charges will then be posted to the associated student account, in addition to the previously posted late fines. There will be no refunds.

Textbook distribution for Spring 2012 will begin Wednesday, Jan. 2.

CHRISTINA M. COFFEY, Textbook Rental Service
Posted: Dec 05, 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

 

EIU in the News


DECEMBER 2012
From the JG-TC -- "A Happy Holiday Meal" -- Dec. 11, 2012

From the JG-TC -- "Christmas Season Busy Time of Year at University Union Bookstore" -- Dec. 1, 2012



NOVEMBER 2012
From the JG-TC -- "Babers is Named OVC Coach of the Year" -- Nov. 20, 2012