Jan 27, 2015

 

News from Old Main

CONDOLENCES...
Our thoughts are with the family, friends and former co-workers of Suellen Sly, who died Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the age of 60. Mrs. Sly retired from Eastern in May 2014 following 24 yeas of employment as a librarian at Booth Library.

A full obituary can be found here.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jan 26, 2015

LLC, EIU AGREE TO MORE STUDENT-FRIENDLY REVERSE TRANSFER PROCESS
Students who complete coursework at both Lake Land College and Eastern Illinois University now have a simpler way in which to combine their credits to earn an associate degree at Lake Land College.

According to the Memorandum of Agreement between the institutions, a process known as reverse transfer will assist eligible students in transferring coursework from EIU to LLC to complete requirements for their associate degree. Eligible students are EIU students who previously attended (or who are currently also attending) Lake Land and who have earned 32 credit hours or more through the college but have not yet earned their associate degree.

“The overall goal is to help students who complete courses at both Lake Land and Eastern to combine their courses and have them recognized through an associate degree at Lake Land College,” said LLC President Josh Bullock. “We want to award students credentials where credentials are due by making sure that they know they can transfer courses from Eastern to Lake Land for degree completion.”

See here for more on the story.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jan 23, 2015

APPROVED DATES -- FAMILY WEEKEND AND HOMECOMING 2015 AND 2016
Dates have been approved for Family Weekend and Homecoming as outlined below:

2015
Family Weekend -- Oct. 9–11
Homecoming -- Oct. 23–25

2016
Family Weekend -- Sept. 23-25
Homecoming -- Oct. 21–23

DANIEL P. NADLER, Vice President for Student Affairs
Posted: Jan 21, 2015

GLOBAL ADDRESS LIST TO INCLUDE STUDENTS
Employees will soon notice students will be listed in the Global Address List. This has been a long standing request of many faculty and staff. Due to this addition, there will be more accounts to search through. Information on how to search the Global Address List may be found on the ITS Self Help website.

CAY A. KOLLING, Information Technology Services
Posted: Jan 11, 2015

EIU PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH ADVANCES; NAMES OF FINALISTS RELEASED
Four individuals have been invited to participate in on-campus interviews as Eastern Illinois University moves forward in its search for the institution’s next president.

The EIU Presidential Search Advisory Committee has invited Margaret E. Madden, David M. Glassman, Sam Minner and Guiyou Huang to participate in on-campus interviews between Jan. 20 and 28. All currently serve as senior academic administrators at universities from across the country.

Eastern began its search for a new president when, in March 2014, President Bill Perry announced he will complete his service as president on June 30, 2015, consistent with the ending date of his contract. Perry began serving as EIU president in 2007. It is anticipated that a new president will be named before or during the March 13 meeting of the EIU Board of Trustees.

Resumes and interview schedules for each of the four finalists, as well as up-to-date information about the search, will be posted on Eastern’s Presidential Search website as it becomes available.

Please see here for more on the story.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jan 05, 2015

 

Meetings/Events

STUDY SKILLS WORKSHOP FEB. 3
What is your learning style? Find out and discover different strategies to best fit your learning style at the Reading Center Workshop. Join us from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Reading Center, Room 1320, in Buzzard Hall for more information on ways to amplify your study skills and apply them to the rest of your college career.

BRITNEY M. WHITEHEAD, EC/ELE/MLE
Posted: Jan 27, 2015

FACULTY AND STAFF APPRECIATION IN LANTZ ARENA
Panther Men's Basketball hosts Baker University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in Lantz Arena. In appreciation, EIU faculty and staff are welcome to two free tickets for the event. Faculty and staff may pick up their two free tickets at the Lantz ticket office on Monday, Feb. 2, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Tuesday, Feb. 3, between 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Go Panthers!

SANDRA L. KING, Intercollegiate Athletics
Posted: Jan 27, 2015

EIU BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
The EIU Board of Trustees will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union. This will be the open session of the meeting. The board has scheduled an executive session to take place earlier in the day. The agenda, table of contents, and board report are available for review and/or printing here.

CHERYL L. GILBERT, VPUA Office
Posted: Jan 27, 2015

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY COLLOQUIUM -- 4 P.M. JAN. 28
University of Kentucky Professor Carol Brock will talk about her recent work on "Failures of Fractional Crystallization" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the EIU Physical Sciences Building's Phipps Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

KRAIG A. WHEELER, Chemistry
Posted: Jan 26, 2015

AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH EVENTS -- FEB 1-7
Sunday, Feb. 1 -- National Association of Colored Women's Clubs (NACWC): Unity Brunch, Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union, noon
Monday, Feb. 2 -- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., "Life of a Black Man," Coleman Auditorium, 7:06 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 3 -- Black Taboo: Thinking Outside the "Black" Box, Lumpkin Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 4 -- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., HIV/AIDS Testing, Arcola/Tuscola Room, MLK Jr. Union, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 4 -- Black on Black Rhyme: Poetry Slam, Seventh Street Underground, MLK Jr. Union, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 5 -- Journalism Department Panel Discussion on Ferguson, Charleston/Mattoon Room, MLK Jr. Union, 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 6 -- EIUnity Diversity Conference, Third Floor, MLK Jr. Union, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 6 -- The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. $20/$10, students.
Saturday, Feb. 7 -- MTEA: Children's Read-On, Booth Library (BTC), 10 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 7 -- NAACP Image Awards, Grand Ballroom, MLK J.r Union, 7 p.m. $15 (dinner included). Formal attire.

PAMELA J. WARPENBURG, Minority Affairs
Posted: Jan 26, 2015

CEPS 18TH ANNUAL RESEARCH FAIR
Faculty, students and distinguished guests are invited to join us for the 2014 CEPS Research Fair (Feb. 16), where you'll enjoy learning about current, innovative research taking place right here at EIU. If you are a CEPS faculty member or undergraduate/graduate student and would like to either attend or present your research at this Research Fair, please register here by Feb. 5.

KATHRYN A. HAVERCROFT, Special Education
Posted: Jan 22, 2015

SEVENTH ANNUAL DIVERSITY CONFERENCE
EIUnity would like to extend an invitation to attend our seventh annual Diversity Conference on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in the MLK Jr. Union. The conference, titled “Hear No Stereotypes. See No Oppression. Speak No Disrespect,” is designed to raise diversity awareness and advocacy across EIU’s campus. The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and all meals will be provided during the conference FREE with registration! We have some AWESOME topics and presenters, and also will be offering Safe Zone Training I and II. Registration for this is also required. To register and/or view the full itinerary, please visit the Minority Affairs website.

B. JAMES GRIFFIN, Principal Counselor/Adviser -- Minority Affairs
Posted: Jan 21, 2015

FIND OUT HOW BOOTH LIBRARY CAN HELP YOU -- TAKE A BUILDING TOUR
Eastern students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to take a tour of Booth Library and find out what the library has to offer. Twenty-minute tours are offered regularly during the first four weeks of the semester. There’s no need to sign up; just come to the north lobby of the library to join in any of the tours at 10 a.m., 1 and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Feb. 5. Tours also are offered by appointment. Visit the reference desk to reserve a tour.

During the spring semester, Booth Library’s regular hours will be from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. For more information on the library, visit the website; call 581-6072; or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Jan 21, 2015

WEIU-TV FEATURES EIU FACULTY IN UPCOMING SPECIAL
Connect is a new program special, focused on telling stories of inspired ideas and creative thinking of the faculty at Eastern Illinois University. This one-hour special will include interviews with Andrew Methven, Department of Biological Sciences; Angela Yoder, Department of Counseling and Student Development; Marko Grunhagen, School of Business; and Charles R. Foy, Department of History. This program explores four unique research areas, including mycology, play therapy, franchising and 18th century black mariners.

Connect will air on WEIU at the following times: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28; 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29; 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1; 11 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4; 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9; and 11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10.

LORI A. CASEY, Radio-TV Program
Posted: Jan 20, 2015

DAVE RAMSEY'S FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY OFFERED BY THE SEED AND LIFE CENTERS -- Feb. 25
We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! This isn't your typical "money class." Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

FPU classes will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. each Wednesday for nine weeks starting Feb. 25, 2015, in 1120 Lumpkin Hall.

The cost for the classes is $100, which includes shipping and handling of materials. Please register here by Feb. 11 for this workshop. Click here for the class flyer.

JENNIFER E. GARREN, SEED Center
Posted: Jan 20, 2015

REGISTRATION ACCEPTED FOR TARBLE SPRING CLASSES
Tarble spring art classes begin Feb. 24. Offered for children are “Adventures in Art” (ages 4-6), “Exploring Art” (ages 7-9), and “Exploring 3-D Media” (ages 10-14), all taught by Josh Doniek, and Friday classes for home-schooled youths ages 4-14, taught by Kelsey Thrush. For teens and adults (ages 15 and over), course offerings include “Exploring Watercolor,” led by Jamie Willis; “Figure Drawing and Portraiture II,” taught by Reagan Carey; “Creative Drawing Essentials,” Natalie Boyer, instructor; and “Glass Bead Making,” led by Dave Hunter. The class brochure may be found on the Tarble’s website on the Classes and Workshops page. Online registration is also available through the website.

KATHRYN MORICE, Tarble Arts Center
Posted: Jan 16, 2015

STORY TIMES FOR CHILDREN PLANNED AT BOOTH LIBRARY
A series of story times for children is planned in the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library. Story times will begin on Jan. 31 with a special program featuring children’s book author Jessica Young of Ontario, Canada. She will read her award-winning debut picture book, "My Blue is Happy" (2013, Candlewick Press/Walker UK).

"My Blue is Happy" was included on the 2014 Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, the Texas Library Association’s 2014 2x2 Reading List, the Ontario Library Association’s Best Bets 2013 and the Library of Congress/Center for the Book’s 52 Great Reads list, among other accolades.

Young is one of the writers featured in the 2015 Lions in Winter literary festival, to be held Jan. 30-31 on the EIU campus. Young will give a craft talk at 1 p.m. Jan. 31 in Doudna Room 1518. She will discuss writing and publishing books for young readers, with a focus on picture books and chapter books. For more information on the Lions in Winter literary festival, see here.

Story times at Booth Library also are planned from 10 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28; and March 7. Programs will feature stories, crafts and activities. Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to attend and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information about the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library, visit here or call 581-8442.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Jan 16, 2015

SUSTAINABLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP THROUGH EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT (SEED) CENTER GRAND OPENING -- WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11
You're invited to the SEED Center's Grand Opening!
3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
The SEED Center's Conference Room (3011 Lumpkin Hall) and Roberson Auditorium (2030 Lumpkin Hall)
Please join us for refreshments, a tour of the SEED Center and special guest speakers.

Schedule for the Grand Opening
3:30-4:30 p.m. -- Open House at the SEED Center, 3011 Lumpkin Hall.
5-6:30 p.m. -- Niche Entrepreneurs: The Publishing Business. Featuring Anne Hartnett, EIU alumna, managing partner/publisher, Agent Publishing, Chicago, and Steve Raymond, SEED Entrepreneurial Coaching success story, publisher, Effingham Teutopolis News Report, Effingham. Roberson Auditorium, 2030 Lumpkin Hall.

We are excited to share our vision for the center with you!

JENNIFER E. GARREN, SEED Center
Posted: Jan 16, 2015

EIU’S OLD MAIN LIGHTS TO SHINE ON NIGHTS IN JANUARY
Passers-by will see the walls of Eastern’s Old Main (the “castle”) lit up on nights to come as the institution honors individuals and commemorates events of university, local and national interest/importance.

Scheduled nightly illuminations for the month of January include a red, white and blue display in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 19. And, on the evenings of Jan. 20, 21, 22 and 27, the building will become blue as a welcome to EIU presidential candidates arriving for on-campus interviews. (See here.)

The color will turn to teal when, on Friday, Jan. 30, the Coles County-area Sexual Assault Counseling and Information Service (SACIS) sponsors a Rock Out Against Rape (ROAR) event. (See here for those details.)

Eastern’s programmable lighting system was installed in response to the university’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.

Those with suggestions for future light commemorations should submit ideas to vwoodard@eiu.edu.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jan 16, 2015

QUANAH AND CYNTHIA PARKER TO BE SUBJECT OF EXHIBIT AND PROGRAM SERIES
Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker will be the topic of an exhibit and program series at Booth Library beginning in February. The exhibit "Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker: The History and the Legend" will be on display from Feb. 7 to April 9. In addition, a series of related programs and film screenings are planned Feb. 20-23.

The saga of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker is well-known in Texas history, but the story really began in East Central Illinois. Cynthia Ann’s grandfather, Elder John Parker, her uncles, Benjamin and Daniel Parker, and other members of the family were among the first white settlers of what is now Coles County.

For more information about "Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker: The History and the Legend," including complete program and exhibit descriptions, visit the program Web page. More information also may be obtained by contacting Beth Heldebrandt, project director, at emheldebrandt@eiu.edu or 581-6064.

This program was made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly.

ELIZABETH M HELDEBRANDT, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Jan 15, 2015

CHARLESTON COMMUNITY THEATRE AND TARBLE ARTS CENTER PRESENT NEIL LABUTE'S "FAT PIG'
The Charleston Community Theatre, in partnership with the Tarble Arts Center, will present Neil LaBute’s play, “Fat Pig,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30-31 and Feb. 5-7, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 1, at the Tarble Arts Center.

Directed by Tracy Harpster and produced by Richard G. Jones Jr., “Fat Pig” tells the story of Tom, a conventional guy, who must face his own preconceived ideas of love and attraction when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy, and plus-sized librarian. Tom must face his own superficiality when forced to explain his new relationship to his friends and co-workers, Carter and Jeannie.

Admission prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. Doors always open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Due to the limited seating that is available, reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling the Tarble Arts Center at 581-2787. Note: The play contains adult language and is recommended for audiences over age 16.

RICHARD G. JONES, Communication Studies
Posted: Jan 15, 2015

NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH
This month Mid-Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters is celebrating National Mentoring Month. We have several boys and girls right here in our own community who need a great mentor in their life. Let that be you starting today! You can join our on-campus Big Brothers Big Sisters RSO by contacting Kelly Pembrook at kepembrook@eiu.edu. Help make a world of difference in a child's life by just spending a couple hours of quality time with them a week.

LAUREN L. HUTTON, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Posted: Jan 14, 2015

SAFE ZONE PHASE 1 AND PHASE 2 TRAININGS AVAILABLE!
Safe Zone: Phase 1 training is open to any student, staff or faculty member who is interested in becoming an ally for the LGBTQ community and learning more about LGBTQ-related issues. Topics that will be addressed include: LGBTQ terminology, the coming out process, heterosexual privilege, facts and myths about the LGBTQ community, the Riddle Homophobia Scale, and ways to engage in quiet activism.

Safe Zone: Phase 2 training is a case study-based, application-focused session. Participants will gain the tools they need to not only provide resources, but to become an active participant in making EIU's campus a more supportive, inclusive and affirming place for LBGTQ people. Completion of Phase 2 will result in becoming an identified Safe Zone Ally.

Questions? Please contact Cameron Carrara at 581-7117 or lgbtqa@eiu.edu. Trainings for departments and specific offices are available upon request.

CAMERON M. CARRARA, LGBTQA Resource Center
Posted: Jan 13, 2015

DARWIN DAY EVENTS AT EIU
The accomplishments of Charles Darwin have contributed more to our understanding of the natural world than any other individual. The 12th annual celebration of Darwin Day at EIU includes the following events, all of which are free and open to the public:

Monday, Feb. 9 -- Lecture: “Life on the Savanna,” presented by Jill Pruetz, Iowa State University, Department of Anthropology, 7 p.m., Doudna Lecture Hall

Tuesday, Feb. 10 -- Lecture : “Hormones, Health and Life Histories,” presented by Michael Muehlenbein, Indiana University, Department of Anthropology, 5 p.m., Doudna Lecture Hall

Wednesday, Feb. 11 -- Video presentation: “Are We Still Evolving?” (BBC Horizon series), 5 p.m., Life Sciences Building, Room 2080

STEPHEN J. MULLIN, Biological Sciences
Posted: Jan 13, 2015

LGBTQA RESOURCE CENTER SMALL GROUPS
ALL ABOUT THE 'G' -- A group for men who like men. This bi-weekly group is open to Eastern and Lake Land students, employees and community members. This group will meet on the first and third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Cultural Center. Facilitators: Brad Green, bjgreen@eiu.edu, and Jason Haarmann, jhaarmann@eiu.edu.

LESBIHONEST-- A group for women who like women. This bi-weekly group is open to Eastern and Lake Land students, employees and community members. This group will meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Cultural Center. Facilitators: Jess Ward, jward@eiu.edu, and Lauren Christina, lechristina3@gmail.com.

TALKIN' TRANS -- A monthly group open to Eastern and Lake Land students, employees and community members who identify outside of the gender binary, along with their romantic partners. Meetings will be held one Wednesday every month at 8 p.m. in the Cultural Center. Facilitators: Ben Wilburn, akwilburn@eiu.edu, and Aiden Ethington, aidenethington@gmail.com.

LGBTQ ALLIES -- A group for parents, siblings, children or friends of LGBTQ folk, as well as allies in general. Open to EIU and LLC students, faculty, staff and the community at large. The group will meet one Thursday evening each month at 7 p.m. in the Cultural Center. Facilitator: Donna Hudson, donna_sacis@consolidated.net.

LGBTQA DOCUMENTARY ENTHUSIASTS -- A monthly group devoted to watching and discussing LGBTQ-themed documentaries. The facilitator will select a film for the first night, and then the group as a whole will select the films for the remainder of the year. This group will meet one Monday evening a month from 5–7:30. Participants are encouraged to bring supper or snacks to enjoy while watching the film. Facilitator: Terri Fredrick, tafredrick@eiu.edu.

COMING OUT AS LGBTQ -- A bi-weekly group for those who are questioning or exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This group is open to Eastern and Lake Land students, employees and community members, and provides support and acceptance in a confidential environment. This group will meet on the second and fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Cultural Center. Facilitators: Brad Green, bjgreen@eiu.edu, and Jason Haarmann, jhaarmann@eiu.edu

LGBTQA OF COLOR -- A monthly group for LGBTQA individuals of color. This group is open to Eastern and Lake Land students, employees and community members. The group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Cultural Center. Facilitator: Yolanda Williams, yvwilliams@eiu.edu.

LGBTQA AND CHRISTIAN -- A weekly LGBTQA-focused Bible study. This group will meet on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in the Cultural Center. Facilitator: Paige Roberts, probers@eiu.edu.

BLOOMSBURY REBORN -- A monthly poetry workshop and forum for participants to practice their poetry-writing skills. The facilitator will provide a writing prompt in advance. Participants will then bring drafts of poems to read aloud and analyze/edit. This group will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Cultural Center one evening per month. Group is limited to a maximum of 10 participants. Facilitator: Kelly Simmonds, kjsimmonds@eiu.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact the facilitator for the small group you are interested in.

CAMERON M. CARRARA, LGBTQA Resource Center
Posted: Jan 12, 2015

CAREGIVER SERIES -- ASSISTIVE CARE AND RESOURCES
Sue Gosse of the EIU Nursing Program will provide attendees with tips and resources for efficient assistive care. From lifting techniques to tools that can be helpful and practical, the information she will share can help those in caregiving roles best equip themselves to effectively assist loved ones. To attend this session that will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the Martinsville Room, MLK Jr. Union, please register here. Contact Kelly Simmonds at eiutraining@eiu.edu or by calling 581-6402 with questions.

KELLY J. SIMMONDS, Training & Development
Posted: Jan 06, 2015

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR ANNUAL LITERARY FESTIVAL
Registration is now open for Lions in Winter, an annual literary festival scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31, 2015, on the EIU campus. Registration is required for craft talks by featured authors Stephen Graham Jones, David Tomas Martinez, Edward Kelsey Moore, Julija Šukys and Jessica Young, and the editors’ panel featuring representatives from five literary magazines on Saturday, Jan. 31.

College students, EIU faculty and high school students may register and attend for free, or pay $10 to add lunch. The cost for general admission is $40 per person prior to Jan. 30, and includes breakfast, lunch, the craft talks and editor’s panel. Registration can be completed here. Onsite general admission the day of the event is $50.

Several events are free and open to the public including a Friday afternoon roundtable discussion on the keynote speaker, evening readings with the authors, a Saturday morning children’s story hour and a book fair.

Visit here for the complete schedule of events.

SARAH B. MILLER, English
Posted: Dec 10, 2014

 

Professional Development

FINANCIAL MANAGER SERIES -- RECORDS & INFORMATION MANAGEMENT TRAINING
One of the many responsibilities of a financial manager is understanding and overseeing the retention, storage and destruction of a "record." Each department has a Records Retention Schedule that is specific to the departmental needs.

Workshop: Records Basics -- If you are new to records management or would like to refresh your knowledge of the records management process, please attend this meeting. The workshop is a review of state-required records management, to include the records disposal process and inactive records storage process, and will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the Arcola/Tuscola Room of the MLK Jr. Union. To register, go here.

Please contact Cathy Kimball, records and information manager, 581-3318, recordsmanager@eiu.edu, with any questions regarding the content of the presentations.

KELLY J. SIMMONDS, Training & Development
Posted: Jan 20, 2015

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT SPRING 2015 SUPPORT GRANTS
Faculty are encouraged to apply for a Spring 2015 Faculty Development Support Grant. Faculty Development Support Grants are awarded to individual faculty members for the purposes of improving either course content or instructional activity. Applicants must secure approval by submitting application forms before the review deadline of 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Unit A and Unit B faculty are both eligible to apply for support grants. For more information, please click here or call 581-7051.

KRISHNA P. THOMAS, Faculty Development
Posted: Dec 30, 2014

 

Human Resources

SURS COUNSELORS ON CAMPUS MARCH 12
SURS will have retirement counselors on campus Thursday, March 12. If you wish to speak to a SURS representative on this date, they are now accepting appointments. Please call 1-800-275-7877 to obtain the necessary forms for your appointment or log in to your member account here to complete the form online and return to SURS via fax or mail. Once the completed forms have been received by SURS, you will then be able to contact them again at the above number to schedule your appointment.

Appointments will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Returning the forms in a timely manner will help ensure an appointment time. These forms can be faxed to 217-378-9800 or mailed to the address that is provided with the forms.

To schedule an individual counseling session, you must be within four years of retirement eligibility:
-- Age 55 with eight or more years of service;
-- Age 62 with five or more years of service; or
-- 30 or more years of qualifying service at any age.

An eligible employee is entitled to an appointment or estimate every 12 months.

Please follow this link for additional information.

DENISE CORRAY, Benefits Services
Posted: Jan 23, 2015

YEARS OF SERVICE GUEST TICKETS
Guest tickets to attend the Feb. 11 Years of Service luncheon are available for purchase in the Human Resource Director's Suite, 2010 Old Main. Tickets for guests can be purchased using cash or checks payable to EIU and cost $13. Tickets for Years of Service honorees are complimentary, but an RSVP is required. Questions? Please contact the Office of Training and Development at 581-8415 or email us at eiutraining@eiu.edu.

KELLY J. SIMMONDS, Training & Development
Posted: Jan 22, 2015

VALIC REPRESENTATIVE TO BE ON CAMPUS WEEKLY
A VALIC representative will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Wednesday in the Sullivan Room, MLK Jr. Union. If you wish to make an appointment, please call 217-821-5289 or visit the Sullivan Room any Wednesday through March 11.

VALIC is one of EIU's approved vendors for the 403b plan. A 403b is a voluntary tax-deferred supplemental retirement plan developed to enhance an employee's retirement. VALIC is just one of the approved vendors offered by EIU.

For more information about EIU's 403b plans, please visit here.

THURMAN B. ETCHISON, Benefit Services
Posted: Jan 20, 2015

 

Employment Opportunities

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Research and Creative Activity

AXTON BETZ-HAMILTON
Axton Betz-Hamilton, assistant professor in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, recently participated in a media interview on identity theft within the family which appeared in TIME Money, The Huffington Post, on Good Morning America and ABC News.



2015 SUMMER RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY GRANT COMPETITION DEADLINE WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4
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, 2015, 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 apply online here or hand-deliver the proposal to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 1102 Blair Hall, no later than noon Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Researchers who have previously received a CFR grant and/or Summer Research and Creative Activity Award should make sure progress/final reports are on file in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. To obtain a copy of the application materials, please visit our website. Applicants should use the most current application forms. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Mattingly at 581-2125 or mamattingly@eiu.edu.

BOB CHESNUT, Director, Research and Sponsored Programs
Posted: Jan 08, 2015

WRITE-ON-SITE WEDNESDAYS
If you are working on an article, a book chapter, a grant report or any other writing project, please join us for Write-on-Site every Wednesday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. in the Office of Faculty Development (1116 Booth Library). Bring your laptop and grab a cup of tea (perhaps a cookie now and then) and set to work in the quiet company of others also engaged in writing projects.

For further information, contact the Faculty Development Office at 581-7051.

WANDA KAY ROBINSON, Faculty Development
Posted: Dec 15, 2014

 

Miscellaneous

NEW USPS REQUIREMENT FOR PACKAGE SERVICES
As of Jan. 25, the Postal Service will require the use of Intelligent Mail® package barcodes (IMpb) on all commercial parcels and library mail. We are in the process of installing software and equipment so that the university will meet the new guidelines. This software is web-based, meaning the departments can go online to access the site where they will input their addressing (and by doing so, ensure that the USPS recognizes it as a deliverable address), and print out a shipping label that will accompany the parcel to Mail Services. We will scan the shipping label and, from there, print out the mailing label that contains not only the mailing address, but also the IMpb and postage necessary for that parcel. As an added benefit, by placing an Intelligent Mail parcel barcode (IMpb) on these, departments can track their package, once processed from Mail Services, to its final destination. I will be contacting departments impacted by this requirement with further instructions on access and use as it becomes available to me.

PAMELA A. NEWBY, Mail Service Supervisor
Posted: Jan 20, 2015

WHY IS RECORDS AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT IMPORTANT?
Records are information assets and hold value for the organization. Organizations have a duty to all stakeholders to manage them effectively in order to maximize efficiency, control cost and ensure the vitality of the organization. Effective records management ensures that the information needed is retrievable, authentic and accurate. © International ARMA

CATHY L. KIMBALL, Records & Information Management
Posted: Jan 20, 2015

REVISED INTERNAL GOVERNING POLICIES
The following Internal Governing Policies were recently revised with the approval of the president: #49 -- Textbook Rental Service and #185 - Sexual Assault, Abuse and Misconduct. Please take time to review these changes.

LEIGH C. MOON, Internal Audit
Posted: Jan 15, 2015

UPDATED BROWSER SUPPORT FOR BANNER INB
Browser support for Banner INB has been updated. You may now use Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox 31 and Google Chrome 36. Additionally, Banner INB now supports Java 7. Due to these changes, EIU computers plugged in to the EIU network will be updated to the latest supported versions. If you use an application that is not supported by the updated browsers, please email itshelp@eiu.edu.

CAY A. KOLLING, Information Technology Services
Posted: Jan 11, 2015

EIU-UPI LABOR ESSAY CONTEST
Faculty, please encourage full-time graduate students who are working on labor-related topics to apply for the EIU-UPI Labor Essay Scholarship. To be eligible, students should have a 3.0 GPA and submit a (minimum) 2,000-word essay that makes a contribution to understanding the significance of organized labor.

Complete application and nomination packets are due to the dean of the Graduate School by Feb. 27. The CGS Scholarships Committee will select a recipient based on the highest ranked essay. The award will be presented at the Distinguished Graduate Students Awards Ceremony.

For up-to-date information, go here.

FERN KORY, English
Posted: Jan 10, 2015

LIBRARY ADDS 1,290 NEW TITLES IN DECEMBER
During December, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,290 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, Booth Library
Posted: Jan 08, 2015

YEAR END REQUISITION DEADLINES
FY16 requisitions may now be entered by changing your transaction and delivery dates to July 1, 2015. All FY15 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 FY15 funds.

All FY16 requisitions that are to be in place by July 1, 2015, need to adhere to the same deadlines below, or as requested by the buyer.. Do not wait for FY16 budgets to be loaded.

Deadlines:

Purchases exceeding the Board of Trustees Approval limit:
$250,000 for any purchase -- Feb. 13, 2015

Purchases exceeding the following:
$20,000 for Professional and Artistic Services (P&A); $50,000 for Commodities, Equipment and Services; and $65,000 for Construction -- March 13, 2015

Purchases less than the following:
$20,000 for Professional and Artistic Services (P&A); $50,000 for Commodities, Equipment and Services; and $65,000 for Construction -- May 1, 2015

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

SUSAN L. PROPST, Purchasing
Posted: Jan 08, 2015

MILEAGE RATE CHANGE
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services has announced an increase in the mileage reimbursement rate for the use of personal vehicles while traveling on official government business. Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the rate increased from $.56 per mile to $.575 per mile. The Travel Voucher will reflect the new rate on Feb. 1, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Teresa Sims at 581-7748.

TERESA A. SIMS, Purchasing
Posted: Jan 08, 2015

OTHER PROCUREMENT DEADLINES
Travel Applications Deadline:
All Travel Applications for the remainder of FY15 must be received in the Department of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services by June 5, 2015.

OfficeMax Deadline:
Final day to order through OfficeMax for FY15 -- Noon on Monday, June 29, 2015

P-Card Deadlines:
Transactions need a post date of June 30, 2015, or earlier on PaymentNet for P-Card purchases from FY15 funds. All FY15 transactions must be reviewed and approved on PaymentNet by July 1, 2015.

Final Payments:
All final FY15 Request for Payments, invoices, and Travel Vouchers must be received in the Department of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services by July 9, 2015.

SUSAN L PROPST, Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services
Posted: Jan 08, 2015

LET US TELL YOUR STUDENTS ABOUT THE WRITING CENTER!
One of our writing consultants can provide your students with a personal invitation to the Writing Center that gives them the information they need to make good use of this valuable student support service.

To request a brief (10- to 15-minute) Writing Center orientation for any or all of your classes, email Director Fern Kory (fkory@eiu.ed) or call the Writing Center (581-5929) during our open hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You might also want to consider showing the short video on our home page and providing a link on your D2L page to the Writing Center website.

FERN KORY, Director of the Writing Center & Writing Across the Curriculum
Posted: Jan 08, 2015

FYI RECORDS & INFORMATION MANAGEMENT -- DISPOSITION
The Principles® from International Association of Records Managers and Administrators (International ARMA)

Disposition is the last of the eight principles that can be found at the RIM website:
• Disposition of relevant records must be suspended in the event of pending or ongoing litigation or audit. The organization should designate records that are to be held pending resolution of the litigation or audit and notify all affected personnel when the hold is issued and when the hold is released.
• Destruction of records must be performed in a secure manner, ensuring that records to be destroyed are transported securely and destroyed completely.
• The transfer of records to the custody of a historical archives should be documented as part of the organization’s records retention policy.

See here for information.

CATHY L. KIMBALL, Records Management
Posted: Jan 01, 2015

 

Especially for Students (Official Notices)

DISTINGUISHED SENIOR AWARDS
The most distinguished seniors at EIU are individuals who have enriched the university community with their active involvement in all facets of campus life. The Distinguished Senior Awards recognize those who have demonstrated outstanding character and leadership through academic achievement, campus and community involvement, and/or extra-curricular honors or awards.

Nominations and applications for the 2015 Distinguished Senior Awards are now being accepted. The deadline is Thursday, March 26, 2015. Recipients will be recognized during a luncheon on Saturday, April 25. Visit here for nomination/application forms.

Award Criteria
To apply for this honor, students must meet the following criteria:
• Must be graduating in Spring, Summer or Fall 2015.
• Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Application/Nomination
Eligible students may either apply or be nominated.
• Students may apply by submitting the online application form.
• Anyone within the EIU community (faculty, staff, alumni, parents, etc.) may nominate a student by submitting the online nomination form.
The deadline to apply/nominate is Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Award Selection and Presentation
Up to 25 recipients will be chosen and recognized during the luncheon held in their honor on April 25. More information will be sent to those selected the second week in April.

AMBER M. MAY, Alumni Services
Posted: Jan 26, 2015

SUMMER STUDY ABROAD APPLICATION DEADLINE
The deadline to apply for EIU's faculty-led summer study abroad programs is Friday, Jan. 30. If you are considering taking part in one of these exciting educational opportunities, you must have your application submitted to the Office of Study Abroad (1207 Blair Hall) by the end of business on Friday. More information on the programs, and the application process can be found here.

KURT OLAUSEN, Office of Study Abroad
Posted: Jan 26, 2015

BGS SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE UPDATE
There has been a change to the deadline for Bachelor of Arts in General Studies scholarships. Scholarship application materials must be submitted by Feb. 9, 2015.

BETH CRAIG, School of Continuing Education
Posted: Jan 22, 2015

FLORENCE KAPLAN FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
Applications are now being accepted for the Florence Kaplan Foundation Scholarship, awarded to a female student who is committed to the Jewish faith. The recipient must demonstrate that she is engaged in her faith community, has a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and will be attending EIU full time (12 semester hours or more). Preference is given to applicants with financial need. This award is paid during the fall semester. Application may be picked up at the Neal Welcome Center, 860 W. Lincoln Ave., or from here. The application deadline is May 1.

CRIS D. COSTANTINO, University Development
Posted: Jan 13, 2015

EDGAR COUNTY LIVINGSTON C. LORD SCHOLARSHIP
Applications are now being accepted for the Edgar County Livingston C. Lord Scholarship. This scholarship is available to any student who graduated from one of the high schools in Edgar county (Paris, Kansas, Shiloh or Chrisman). The applicant must be in good academic standing and must be able to demonstrate financial need.

Applications maybe be picked up at the Neal Welcome Center, 860 W. Lincoln Ave., by calling 581-3313 or here. The deadline for completed applications is March 30, 2015.

CRIS D. COSTANTINO, University Development
Posted: Jan 13, 2015

WALTER & LOLA STEPHENSON COLE SCHOLARSHIP
Applications are now being accepted for the Walter & Lola Stephenson Cole Scholarship. This scholarship is available to any student who graduated from Marshall (Illinois) High School. The applicant should show promise of academic achievement and must be able to demonstrate financial need.

Applications may be picked up at the Neal Welcome Center, 860 W. Lincoln Ave., by calling 581-3313 or here. The deadline for completed applications is March 30, 2015.

CRIS D. COSTANTINO, University Development
Posted: Jan 13, 2015

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 during 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 for Spring Semester 2015 to initiate the process: Tuesday, Jan. 27 (6-6:50 p.m.); Wednesday, Feb. 25 (5-5:50 p.m.); and Thursday, April 16 (6-6:50 p.m.). Pre-registration to attend a meeting is NOT required. All meetings are held in 1501 Buzzard Hall.

JAN E. HICKOX, CEPS
Posted: Jan 12, 2015

EIU-UPI LABOR ESSAY CONTEST FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
Full-time graduate students who are working on labor-related topics in any discipline are encouraged to apply for a scholarship sponsored by the faculty and academic support professionals of the EIU Chapter of the University Professionals of Illinois. To be eligible, you need a 3.0 GPA and a (minimum) 2,000-word essay that makes a contribution to understanding the significance of organized labor.

Complete application and nomination packets are due to the dean of the Graduate School by Feb. 27. The CGS Scholarships Committee will select a recipient based on the highest ranked essay. The award will be presented at the Distinguished Graduate Students Awards Ceremony.

For up-to-date information, go here.

FERN KORY, English
Posted: Jan 10, 2015

OLD MAIN MEMORIAL ACADEMIC AWARD SCHOLARSHIP
Applications are currently being accepted for the Old Main Memorial Academic Award Scholarship. Eligible applicants should meet the following criteria: full-time student(s) in an undergraduate or graduate program who is attending Eastern Illinois University, in good academic standing and disciplinary standing, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to student(s) who have participated in or are currently participating in undergraduate or graduate research. Scholarship applications are due by Feb. 2, 2015. Applications can be found here.

CHRISTINE E. EDWARDS, Financial Aid and Scholarships
Posted: Jan 08, 2015

STUDENTS: GET CREDIT FOR YOUR RESEARCH!
The Booth Library "Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity" program is open to all EIU students. Each award consists of a certificate and a cash prize (up to $300). Certificates may be presented for those receiving honorable mention.

The “Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity” program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research. The awards program encourages students to use the wealth of information available at Booth Library to enhance their studies. Selected entries will become a part of Booth Library's Student Research and Creativity Collection.

The student entry may be a written work, art piece, exhibit, musical work, documentary, performance or another format.

The 2015 guidelines, application and form can be found on Booth Library’s website here. For information, call 581-6061.

Entries should be delivered to the Administration Office, Room 4700, Booth Library, no later than March 27, 2015. Recipients will be selected by April 8, and the winners will be announced during National Library Week, April 12-18. Works submitted for competition must have been completed within the last 12 months.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Jan 08, 2015

STAN & SANDY RIVES EXCELLENCE IN UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION AWARD
Applications are currently being accepted for the Stan & Sandy Rives Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award. Eligible applicants should meet the following criteria: full-time student(s) in an undergraduate program who is attending Eastern Illinois University, in good academic standing and disciplinary standing, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to student(s) who have participated in or are currently participating in undergraduate research. Scholarship applications are due by Feb. 2, 2015. Applications can be found here.

CHRISTINE E. EDWARDS, Financial Aid and Scholarships
Posted: Jan 08, 2015

EIU PARENTS CLUB SCOLARSHIP
Applications are being sought for the EIU Parents Club Scholarship. The scholarship recipient shall be enrolled and a full-time student at EIU for the Fall 2015/Spring 2016 school year. Applicants must have at least an overall 2.0 grade point average and must have earned 12 or more credit hours from EIU. Selection of the scholarship recipients will be made by the EIU Parents Club Scholarship Committee, based on financial need, academic achievement and community involvement.

The online application form is available on the Parents Club website. Completed applications with required documentation must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, to the Office of Student Programs, Room 3065.

DENISE R. LOVE, Student Programs
Posted: Jan 08, 2015

CAROL SPECHT MEMORIAL AWARD
Applications are currently being accepted for the Carol Specht Memorial Award. Eligible applicants should meet the following criteria: The recipient must be an undergraduate female who is the single parent of at least one child living in her home; be enrolled as a student in a field leading to a career in one of the helping professions, including, but not limited to, counseling, teaching and social work; and demonstrate financial need. The application deadline for this scholarship is Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Applications can be found here.

CHRISTINE E. EDWARDS, Financial Aid and Scholarships
Posted: Jan 08, 2015

McKENNA SECONDARY EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP
Applications are currently being accepted for the McKenna Secondary Education Scholarship. Eligible applicants should meet the following criteria: 1. The recipient shall be a full-time student enrolled in the field of English or history and who is pursuing secondary teaching certification; 2. Be a junior or senior who is currently enrolled in or has completed at least one education course required for the secondary teaching certification; 3. Shall have a 3.1 GPA on a 4.0 scale; 4. Financial need shall not be a criterion; and, 5. Shall have demonstrated an interest in research either in his/her major field or in secondary education. Applications, along with a letter of recommendation from a professor in the applicant’s field of study, should be sent no later than Feb. 2, 2015. The application can be found here.

CHRISTINE E. EDWARDS, Financial Aid
Posted: Jan 08, 2015

EI&U LEADERSHIP FUND
Applications are currently being accepted for the EI&U Leadership Fund. Eligible applicants should meet the following criteria: full-time student(s) who have attended Eastern Illinois University for at least one year, are in good academic standing and disciplinary standing, and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to student(s) with financial need who have demonstrated leadership, with priority to those with campus and/or community service. Scholarship applications are due by Feb. 2, 2015. Applications can be found here.

CHRISTINE E. EDWARDS, Financial Aid and Scholarships
Posted: Jan 06, 2015

CIVIL SERVICE COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE
Applications are being sought at this time for the 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 Spring 2015 to your student account, and any remaining amount will be disbursed to the recipient. Spring 2015 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 student at EIU 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 Feb. 28, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact Angie Campbell at 581-5299 or email arcampbell@eiu.edu.

RHONDA E. NICHOLS, Information Technology Services/Civil Service Council
Posted: Dec 05, 2014

 

EIU in the News

JANUARY 2015
From the Mt. Vernon Register-News -- "Primary Center to be Renamed After Nick Osborne" -- Jan. 24, 2015

From the JG-TC -- "WEIU-TV Films Interviews for Mattoon Documentary" -- Jan. 12 , 2015

From the Decatur Herald & Review -- "Eastern Uses a More Open Process" -- Jan. 8, 2015



DECEMBER 2014
From the JG-TC -- "Former EIU Runner Weathers Change" -- Dec. 21, 2014

From the JG-TC -- "Charleston Family Creates Yummy Landmark" -- Dec. 21, 2014

From the JG-TC -- "EIU Launches Opportunity Fair to Connect with Local Businesses" -- Dec. 5, 2014

From the JG-TC -- "Professor Molds Wonder for Riddle Students" -- Dec. 3, 2014

From the JG-TC -- "EIU Students Address Ferguson, Race in America" -- Dec. 2, 2014