Apr 25, 2017

 

News from Old Main

MEMORIAL SERVICE HONORING BYRON EDINGBURG
A Student Memorial Service honoring Byron Edingburg, 23, of Chicago, will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The entire campus community is welcome to attend.

The event, which will feature spoken tributes from several of Mr. Edingburg’s friends, will include an open opportunity for students and faculty to share their thoughts, as well. Additionally, members of the campus community will have the opportunity to write messages in a memory book and leave cards of condolences; both will be presented to the Edingburg family.

“The entire university is deeply saddened by this tragic loss of one of our students,” said Lynette Drake, EIU’s interim vice president for student affairs. “Incidents such as this are so rare in our community that it truly leaves us in a state of shock. With a heavy heart, I ask that we each keep Byron’s mother, brother, family and friends in our thoughts and prayers. This is a difficult time for our university community.”

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Apr 25, 2017

GATRELL NAMED PROVOST, VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
As Eastern Illinois University continues to move forward in its vitalization initiative, it will do so with a new face among its leadership team. Jay D. Gatrell, a professor of geography and environmental studies and vice provost for faculty affairs and research at Bellarmine University (Louisville, Ky.), has been chosen as EIU’s next provost and vice president for academic affairs. His appointment goes into effect July 1, 2017.

"I look forward to collaborating with the faculty on strategic initiatives as the leadership and entire community begin the important process of charting and implementing new pathways for student success,” Gatrell said. “Most importantly, I am excited to learn more about EIU's high quality academic programs and ongoing efforts to strengthen and enhance the campus experience for everyone--students, staff, faculty, Charleston and the region."

Gatrell was chosen from among 30 applicants in a search that began in 2016 after Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs since August 2001, announced his intent to retire at the end of June 2017.

“I was very pleased with the number of strong candidates who expressed interest in becoming Eastern’s top academic leader,” said EIU President David Glassman. “Jay stood out among the group not only for his outstanding professional experience and achievements, but also for his high level of energy and personable approach to leadership.”

Please see here for more on the story.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Apr 24, 2017

TOLPPANEN TO SERVE AS INTERIM DEAN, BOOTH LIBRARY
I am pleased to announce that Brad Tolppanen will serve as interim dean of Booth Library for the coming year starting July 1, 2017. He replaces Dean Allen Lanham who announced his intent to retire, effective June 30.

In these challenging times for higher education, Booth Library fulfills a critical role in ensuring that Eastern provides a superior education for our students. I look forward to Mr. Tolppanen continuing to have Booth Library at the center of our campus community both physically and intellectually. I know the campus community will welcome him to his new appointment.

BLAIR LORD, Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Posted: Apr 24, 2017

CRIMINOLOGY/CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAJOR TO DEBUT AT EIU IN THE FALL
Although the new criminology/criminal justice major at Eastern won't begin to be offered until the fall, organizers are already confident that it will soon become one of the school's most popular degree programs.

"We're really excited about this opportunity,"said Darren Hendrickson, chair of Eastern's Department of Sociology/Anthropology. "There's been a growing demand for this type of program and we've built it the way we think it should be done. We've offered a criminology minor for several years. In fact, that very successful minor led to the development of the major."

A recent report indicated that the department received more than 200 specific freshman inquiries about a major over the past three years. More than 330 inquiries were received from potential transfer students during the same period. While most community colleges in the region offer associate degrees in criminal justice, those institutions indicate that a large number of their graduates desire a four-year degree in the discipline.

"We believe that as word gets out, our initial enrollment rush will be individuals who have already earned their associate degree in criminal justice," Hendrickson said. "Combine those students with interested incoming freshmen and current EIU students transferring from the criminology minor that they're already enrolled in, I think we're destined for a popular degree program."

More on the story can be found here.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Apr 17, 2017

ETHICS MATTERS -- EXECUTIVE ORDER 16-04
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services has developed a Code of Personal Conduct for state employees pursuant to Executive Order 2016-04. Please review these at your next opportunity, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Code of Personal Conduct (See here)

Executive Order 2016-04 (See here)

ROBERT L. MILLER, General Counsel
Posted: Apr 06, 2017

NEW ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT UPDATES AVAILABLE TO ADVOCATES
New updates on current recruitment efforts and opportunities are available to interested campus advocates from the Office of Enrollment Management.

You can subscribe to receive future updates here.

You can see a copy of the current update here.

JOSHUA L. NORMAN, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
Posted: Apr 06, 2017

2017 SUMMER OFFICE HOURS
For several years, Eastern Illinois University has used a 4.5-day summer workweek for many areas on campus to promote energy efficiency and save approximately $500,000 in utility costs. For this summer, the administration again asks employees, whose work assignments allow, to compress their normal five-day workweek into a 4.5-day workweek.

Campus-wide summer office hours will be in effect from Monday, May 8, through Friday, Aug. 11, excluding the holiday weeks of Tuesday, May 30, through Friday, June 2, and Monday, July 3, through Friday, July 7. When summer office hours are in effect, all offices must be open Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m., and on Friday, from 8 a.m. until noon. Due to on-going operational needs, offices including, but not limited to, the President's Office, Admissions, University Police, Booth Library and the Renewable Energy Center, will keep regular business hours and remain open on Friday afternoons.

Holidays will be observed on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day and Tuesday, July 4, for Independence Day. For the holiday weeks of May 29-June 2 and July 3-7 (excluding the holiday), all offices must be open for regular business hours from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Classes scheduled to meet on Friday afternoons will be relocated to buildings where the air conditioning will remain on. Employees are to work with supervisors to ensure that a 37.5-hour workweek is accomplished. Each office is to change voice mail, signs and other public communication to reflect its summer hours. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, Aug. 14. Questions may be directed to the Human Resources office.

PAUL A. McCANN, Interim Vice President for Business Affairs
Posted: Mar 27, 2017

 

Meetings/Events

STAFF SENATE ELECTIONS REMINDER
Staff Senate elections will take place on Thursday, April 27, via electronic ballot. Members may vote anytime from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. To vote, go here to log on and enter your EIU user name and password.

Thank you and PLEASE VOTE!

STAFF SENATE ELECTION COMMITTEE, Staff Senate
Posted: Apr 22, 2017

RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR BLAIR M. LORD, PROVOST AND VPAA
A retirement reception is being held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the Cougill Foyer for Blair M. Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs. Please join us in recognizing more than 15 years of service he has provided to the students, faculty and staff of Eastern Illinois University. Although his staff wishes him the very best in retirement, his leadership, dedication and commitment to the university will truly be missed.

KAREN S. JOHNSON, VPAA Office
Posted: Apr 10, 2017

RETIREMENT CELEBRATION FOR ANN BROWNSON
Please join us as we offer Ann Brownson best wishes on her retirement after 19-and-a-half years of service to Booth Library, the Ballenger Teachers Center, and Eastern Illinois University. A reception in her honor will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in the Edgar Reading Room, Booth Library.

PEGGY A. MANLEY, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Apr 07, 2017

ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH EVENTS
You are invited to attend Asian Heritage Month Events, which are listed below:

Through May 2 -- Sohn Sung Hyun Photo Exhibit (Booth Library), "Waking Japan's War Ghosts: Recognition, Remorse & Reconstruction in East Asia"

Thursday, April 6 -- Speak Like Asian: Hangeul & K Pop Contest, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Effingham Room, MLK Jr. Union

Friday, April 7 -- Global Culture Night, 7 to 10 p.m., Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union

Tuesday, April 11 -- Film & Discussion, "So Long Asleep: Waking the Ghosts of a War" (Directed by David W. Plath). Presented by Sohn Sung Hyun, 7 to 9 p.m., 2030 Lumpkin Auditorium

Thursday, April 13 -- Panel Discussion: Current Issues in Asia and Asian-America, 4 to 6 p.m., Charleston/Mattoon Room, MLK Jr. Union

Tuesday, April 18 -- Study Abroad in Asia: Information Panel, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., 2761 Coleman Hall

Wednesday, April 19 -- Trivia Night: Asian Cultures and Societies, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Martinsville Room, MLK Jr. Union

Friday, April 21 -- Make Your Own World Culture Food, 5 to 8 p.m., Christian Campus House

Saturday, April 22 -- Asian Studies Field Trip to Champaign (World Culture & Art Museums, Japan House and Moore). Email Jinhee Lee at jlee@eiu.edu for details.

Saturday, April 22 -- Holi: A Festival of Colors, noon to 2 p.m., Booth Library Quad

Tuesday, April 25 -- Asian Studies Conference & Award Ceremony, 1 to 4 p.m., 1895 Room, MLK Jr. Union

Friday, April 28 -- Multicultural Night, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center. Tickets required.

Saturday, April 29 -- Chi Alpha Dinner, 7 to 9 p.m., Pemberton Hall

GEORGIA A RYAN, Office of Minority Affairs
Posted: Apr 06, 2017

'HARRY POTTER: CELEBRATING A PHENOMENON'
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book, Booth Library will host an exhibit and program series in the 2017 fall semester titled "Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon."

As with other past exhibits, the library will host programs in conjunction with the exhibit. Speakers, presenters and exhibitors are being sought.

If you are interested in participating in programming for this exhibit, please email library@eiu.edu

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Mar 28, 2017

COMMENCEMENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
EIU Alumni Services is looking for volunteers to assist with the 2017 Spring Commencement ceremonies. Commencement is on Saturday, May 6, and includes four ceremonies -- 9 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m.

We have two areas where we need volunteer assistance:
1. Ticket Distribution: We will distribute tickets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 4 and 5, in the Tuscola/Arcola Room (MLK Jr. Union) and need volunteers to help us disburse tickets to students. Our time slots are as followed: 8:30-11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and 2:30-5 p.m.
2. Commencement Day: We will need volunteers for several different positions, which include: collecting tickets, passing out programs, helping students in the Student Rec Center, assisting with wheelchairs, and helping answer questions in the main concourse. You can spend one ceremony or all four ceremonies volunteering with us.

If you would like to volunteer to assist with Spring Commencement, email Amber May at ammay@eiu.edu.

AMBER M. MAY, Alumni Services
Posted: Mar 14, 2017

 

Professional Development

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Human Resources

YEARS OF SERVICE CERTIFICATES ARE AVAILABLE
The Human Resources Department would like to thank everyone who helped make the 2017 Years of Service Reception a success. We would also like to congratulate all the honorees and thank them for their dedicated years of service to EIU! Any honoree who was unable to attend the reception but met their anniversary date in 2015 or 2016, may pick up their certificate and/or pin in the Human Resources Employment Office, Room 2020, Old Main. Please call 581-3463 if you have any questions.

CAROL A. GALEY, Human Resources
Posted: Apr 21, 2017

BE PREPARED FOR BENEFITS CHOICE IN MAY
The 2017 Benefits Choice period is approaching. During the entire month of May, employees are able to make changes to their benefit elections. This year, employees are being asked to make these changes through the MyBenefits web portal rolled out by Central Management Services' benefits administrator, Morneau Shepell. Every employee will need a log-in and password in order to access the system. Please consider going to the MyBenefits website in advance of May to log in for the first time. If you need assistance signing up, the Benefits Services Office will be conducting training sessions from 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in the Charleston/Mattoon Rooms, MLK Jr. Union. Anyone needing to access this new self-service portal is welcome to attend. Whether you are making changes or not, access to this system will allow you to view your elections and give you access to other information related to your benefits. This is an exciting improvement that provides you the ability to be in control and informed. Don't delay!!!

LINDA C. HOLLOWAY, Benefits Services
Posted: Apr 06, 2017

SUMMER FLEX REMINDER
Summer is quickly approaching! Have you filled out your Summer Flex Schedule yet? If not, click here to complete your form today. This year's summer hours run from Monday, May 8, through Friday, Aug. 11. Questions should be directed to the Human Resources Office at 581-5825 or by emailing humanres@eiu.edu.

LINDA C. HOLLOWAY, Benefits Services
Posted: Apr 01, 2017

EXITING EIU
Any employee who is terminating from the university for any reason should always contact the Human Resources Employment Office as soon as you know your last day of work. There is an exiting process that requires everyone to complete a Clearance Sheet before leaving campus. Faculty and administrative employees should provide a resignation/retirement letter to their chair or director and copy the appropriate VP. Civil Service employees need to call first with their last day worked and then come to the HR Employment Office to complete termination paperwork before receiving the Clearance Sheet. If you have any questions about the exiting process, please call the HR Employment Office at 581-3463.

CAROL A GALEY, Human Resources
Posted: Apr 01, 2017

 

Employment Opportunities

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Research and Creative Activity

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Miscellaneous

REMINDER: SALES TAX CHANGE COMING JULY 1
Effective July 1, 2017, the sales tax on general merchandise will increase from 6.75 percent to 7.75 percent. This 1 percent increase was voted on during the November 2016 election as a county-wide sales tax. Excluded from the tax increase are qualifying food items, drugs and medical appliances, which will remain the same.

If you have taxable sales, please update your cash registers and/or other methods used to calculate sales tax.

JO J. GENTRY, Accounting
Posted: Apr 07, 2017

BOOTH LIBRARY ADDS 1,011 ITEMS IN MARCH
During March, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,011 new items. 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 questions.

DAVID S BELL, Library Services
Posted: Apr 06, 2017

YEAR-END REQUISITION DEADLINES
FY18 requisitions may now be entered by changing your transaction and delivery dates to July 1, 2017. All FY17 requisitions must be received in the office of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services by the deadlines listed below. Procurement cannot guarantee that requisitions submitted after the deadlines will be paid from FY17 funds.

All FY18 requisitions that are to be in place by July 1, 2017, need to adhere to the same deadlines below, or as requested by the buyer. Do not wait for FY18 budgets to be loaded.

Deadlines:

Purchases exceeding the Board of Trustees approval limit: $250,000 for any purchase -- Feb. 17, 2017

Purchases exceeding the following: $20,000 for Professional and Artistic Services (P&A); $75,000 for Commodities, Equipment and Services; and $85,000 for Construction -- March 31, 2017

Purchases less than the following: $20,000 for Professional and Artistic Services (P&A); $75,000 for Commodities, Equipment and Services; and $85,000 for Construction - April 28, 2017

Please notify Procurement if you have a purchase or are planning a purchase that cannot meet these deadlines.

SUSAN L. PROPST, Purchasing
Posted: Jan 19, 2017

 

Especially for Students (Official Notices)

DO YOU NEED STUDENT INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR SUMMER?
Student Insurance is available for the Summer 2017 term. The coverage effective dates are May 10 through Aug. 13, 2017. The cost for the coverage is $87.45.

Spring term students covered under the plan, who desire summer coverage and do not intend to enroll for a minimum of nine on-campus hours in the summer term, may obtain coverage by submitting the Summer 2017 Extension of Summer Coverage Form by 4:30 p.m. on May 9.

Students who enroll for five or more hours for the summer term may obtain coverage by submitting the part-time enrollment form by May 16. Coverage is effective upon receipt of the enrollment form.

Student insurance provides the student worldwide protection 24 hours a day with no network. The plan pays up to 80 percent of eligible expenses for physician and hospital expenses, lab and x-ray, surgery, ambulance transport, maternity expenses, mental health and substance abuse issues.

Student insurance is an economical way to reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket expenses when family health plans do not cover 100 percent of medical costs because of deductibles or co-payment amounts.

For more information, visit the Student Insurance website or call the office at 217-581-5290.

TINA M. LUCE, Student Insurance
Posted: Apr 17, 2017

ATTENTION JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATION STUDIES MAJORS -- DANIEL E. MARVIN JR. WEIU SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED!
Daniel E. Marvin Jr. WEIU Scholarship
Description: Recipient must be a full-time Eastern Illinois University student, majoring in journalism or communication studies and having a concentration in broadcast news or media production. The recipient must have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of the award. The recipient must have worked a minimum of two semesters in the television and/or radio station. The recipient must provide two letters of recommendation from faculty members or professional staff at the WEIU Radio-TV Center. Financial need is a consideration. Completed applications should be sent to Jack Neal, WEIU FM & TV, 1521 Buzzard Building. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2017.

The application can be found online here.

AMANDA J. STARWALT, Financial Aid and Scholarships
Posted: Apr 06, 2017

NON-NEGOTIATED CIVIL SERVICE COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR
Applications are being sought for the Non-Negotiated Civil Service Council Scholarship. This scholarship was started to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the EIU Civil Service Council. Applicants who receive financial assistance or tuition waivers are encouraged to apply. The scholarship is intended to assist with tuition, fees or other costs associated with attending EIU (such as housing, supplies, daycare, gas, etc.). The award is payable in Fall 2017 to the recipient's student account, and any remaining amount will be disbursed to the recipient. Fall 2017 enrollment must be verified before scholarship is awarded.

The recipient must: 1) be a former, current or retired non-negotiated civil service employee, or a child or grandchild of a former, current or retired non-negotiated civil service employee; 2) be a current or incoming freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate EIU student and enrolled in a minimum of six semester hours; and 3) maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and good academic standing. (High school seniors accepted to EIU shall enroll in a minimum of six semester hours of coursework and be ranked in the top 25 percent of their class.) Financial need shall be the determining factor if all other qualifications are equal. Applications are being accepted online here. The deadline is May 31, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Morgan (581-6076) or email mlmorgan@eiu.edu.

MICHELLE L. MORGAN, EIU Civil Service Council
Posted: Jan 04, 2017

 

EIU in the News

APRIL 2017
From the JG/TC -- "EIU Professor Announced 'Break Up' with Rauner, State Via Letter" -- April 14, 2017

From the JG/TC -- "EIU Historical Administration Program to be Put on Hiatus" -- April 13, 2017

From the JG/TC -- "Sculpture Donations a Part of Future Grander City Project" -- April 7, 2017

From the JG/TC -- "EIU Speech Team Places Seventh in National Competition " -- April 7, 2017

From the News Gazette -- "Top of the Morning -- April 6, 2017" (Tony Romo-related) -- April 6, 2017



MARCH 2017
From the News Gazette -- "Top of the Morning, March 8, 2017" -- March 9, 2017

From the News Gazette -- "Higher Ed Leaders: More State Cuts Would Be Devastating" -- March 8, 2017

From the JG/TC -- "Retired EIU Speech Pathologist Goes Global" -- March 6 2017

From the Terre Haute Tribune Star -- " Driver, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Provide a Needed Ride: Friends, Racers Create Emotional Lift for Young Leukemia Patient" -- March 4, 2017