May 23, 2017


News from Old Main

Eastern Illinois University recently recognized nearly 400 employees for continuous years of service.

A reception was held in recognition of university employees with continuous years of service in five-year increments (as of calendar years 2015 and 2016). Those employed at EIU for five years were eligible for a certificate; those with 10 or more years of service were honored with both a certificate and a pin.

You can meet these individuals here.

Posted: May 19, 2017

Approximately 80 Eastern Illinois University employees were recently recognized as faculty/staff members who have retired or plan to retire during the 2016-2017 school year.

They include, from left to right, first row (in photo found here): Vicki Shaw Woodard, Marlene M. Slough, Ann E. Brownson, Allen K. Lanham, Diane Jackman, Marjorie E. Thennes, Diana S. Ingram and Ellen Shupe; second row: Leeila S. Ennis, Kathryn Hussey, Florentina C. Laribee, Kathryn L. Waggoner, Kathryn M. Olsen, Marilyn S. Thomas, Marsha A. Figgins, Anne L. Youakim, Cindy M. Diehl and Julie A. Wilkerson; and third row: Blair M. Lord, Kevin Hussey, Tim Mason, Michael Bradd, Brian L. Murphy, Gregory J. Lee, Karla Watson, Sherri L. Arnholt, Jeffery Brown and EIU President David Glassman (in attendance to greet and honor the retirees).

Other retirees include Sirus Aryainejad, Tami Babbs, Kim Bagwell, Linda K. Barter, Sally Bock, Carol A. Boroughs, Parley Boswell, James L. Bush, Max L. Carpenter, Michael L. Carter, Craig A. Chesner, Steven L. Daniel, Sonya S. Davee, Carl Dell, Ralph C. Embry,

William E. Feltt, Kenneth F. Gerhardt, Brenda Good, Daniel U. Hagen, John D. Hatfill, Jan E. Hickox, David Hilligoss, Gloria E. Keener, Linda J. Kirby, Cherie B. Lehman, Diana E. Lenzi, Tina Leonard, Wendy Long, Denise R. Love, Michael Maurer, David G. McGrady, Gilbert L. McMichaels,

Kathleen McSherry, Tammy D. Miller, Daniel P. Nadler, James M. Novak, Jill D. Owen, Brian Poelker, Debra Reid, Colin C. Robinson, Anita L. Sego, Michael Shirley, Patricia A. Shonk, Ronald E. Shook, Stanley D. Shull, Stephen Swords, Tammy F. Veach, Steven C. Vickroy, Richard Whitaker, John T. Wiley, Keith A. Willison, Diana Wyatt and Janet Sue Yocum.

Posted: May 05, 2017



The EIU Police Department is excited to partner with the American Red Cross on Wednesday, May 24, to launch the first of what we hope will be many blood drives. We’ll be working together to give back to the community in a truly life changing way since each donation we collect can save up to three lives.

The drive will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in the University Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. Union. Please stop by and roll up your sleeve to help us meet our goal of 22 pints. You may call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit here and enter EIU to schedule an appointment if that is more convenient.

Thank you, and I hope to see you on Wednesday.

KENT MARTIN, Chief of Police, UPD
Posted: May 19, 2017

After 11 years at EIU, Diane Jackman, dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies, will retire on June 30, 2017. Please join us from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, in the 1895 Room of the MLK Jr. Union, to wish her the best in her retirement!

Posted: May 02, 2017

Please join the Office of Admissions, Room 1230 Old Main, for cake and punch from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, as we bid a fond farewell to Regional Admissions Counselor Kathy McSherry. She is retiring after 29+ years with EIU.

GAIL M. BAHNEY, Admissions
Posted: May 01, 2017


Professional Development

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Human Resources

The 2017 Benefits Choice period is here. 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. If you need or would like to make any changes to your health, dental or life insurance plans and/or re-enroll or enroll in an MCAP/DCAP account, please visit this site for information on how to register and manage and/or change your plans. 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. You may also enroll in the Sick Leave Bank during the month of May. Please visit the EMPLOYEE tab in PAWS to enroll in this benefit. If you are needing assistance during Benefits Choice period, due to the number of people we are trying to assist, we would encourage calling for an appointment in order to avoid a long wait. We would also encourage sending an e-mail to for questions that can be addressed in this manner.

LINDA C. HOLLOWAY, Business Affairs
Posted: May 18, 2017

Civil service employee performance appraisals are required annually per Internal Governing Policy #39 and BOT Regulation II C-4. Performance appraisal forms for FY17 must be completed on all civil service employees by June 30, 2017. Directors and supervisors are accountable for their completion and submission of these evaluations to Human Resources. The evaluation form, along with a supervisor guidebook, is available here.

Appraisals should be an accurate and honest reflection of the employee's performance for FY17.

Remember to include the review period (which can be flexible, but in most cases is July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017) and comments/justification for ratings of "outstanding," "needs improvement" or "unacceptable." If you have questions, please contact Linda Holloway at 581-6047 or

LINDA C. HOLLOWAY, Business Affairs
Posted: May 16, 2017

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

Student journalists from The Daily Eastern News, the Warbler and WEIU's News Watch brought home awards in the 2017 Society for Collegiate Journalists national competition.

The Daily Eastern News won first place in newspaper overall excellence and companion newspaper website overall excellence for These awards are for the 2016 calendar year. Stephanie Markham, a 2016 journalism graduate, was editor-in-chief in the Spring 2016 semester. Kalyn Hayslett, a 2017 journalism graduate, was EIC in the Fall 2016 semester. The News won a total of 15 awards.

WEIU's News Watch took second place in television news show overall excellence for its Oct. 3, 2016, broadcast. News Watch won a total of five awards.

The 2015-16 Warbler yearbook took second place in all six yearbook categories: overall excellence, coverage of the year, concept of the book, reporting in words, photography, and display. Dominic Baima, a 2016 graduate, was the EIC for the book.

For News Watch, junior journalism major Abbey Taylor took second and third places in the television feature package category. 2017 graduate Kallie Koester, a communication studies major, took first and second place in the television news package category.

For The Daily Eastern News, other awards were:
-- Feature page, first place;
-- Front page, honorable mention;
-- Editorial page, second place, 2016 journalism graduate Chris Picazo;
-- Editorial page, third place, junior English major Shelby Niehaus;
-- Sports page, second place, 2017 journalism graduate Lauren McQueen;
-- Photo essay, first place, journalism senior Molly Dotson;
-- Photo essay, honorable mention, 2017 journalism graduate Jason Hardimon;
-- News stories, honorable mention, 2016 journalism graduate Stephanie Markham and junior journalism major Cassandra Buchman;
-- Editorials, third place, 2017 journalism graduate Jason Howell;
-- Multi story news series, honorable mention, Cassandra Buchman;
-- Continuing coverage, second place, Cassandra Buchman;
-- Sports columns, honorable mention, journalism junior Sean Hastings;
-- Feature photography, third place, Molly Dotson.

LOLA A. BURNHAM, Interim Director/Student Publications
Posted: May 09, 2017



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

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

JO GENTRY, Accounting
Posted: May 19, 2017

During April, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 773 new items. The list can be viewed here. These acquisitions include donations to the library, re-cataloged library items, freely available government publications, and consortium-wide purchases. The recent university spending freeze (due to statewide budget issues) has limited the number of new items being added to library collections.

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 if you have questions.

DAVID S. BELL, Library Services
Posted: May 08, 2017

The Eastern Illinois University Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Honorary Lifetime Member and the 2017 Outstanding Foundation Member awards. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2017.

Nomination materials and criteria for these awards can be found by visiting the Foundation website.

Complete and email your nomination to or mail to EIU Foundation, Attn: Nancy Zytka, 860 W. Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920.

NANCY R. ZYTKA, EIU Foundation
Posted: May 01, 2017

Between Monday, May 8, and Friday, Aug. 11, the Office of the Registrar will be open as follows:
7:30 a.m. to noon and 12:45 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

During the holiday weeks of May 29 and July 3, the office will be open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed Monday, May 29, and Tuesday, July 4).

JENNIFER L. PORTER, Office of the Registrar and Enrollment Management
Posted: Apr 28, 2017

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.


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)

Established in 2014, the Donald P. and Suellyn Lindsey Garner Scholarship was created in the memory of Donald P. Garner. Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

The recipient(s) must be a full-time undergraduate student(s) accepted to Eastern Illinois University at the time the check is issued. The recipient(s) must have a minimum overall 3.0 GPA. Financial need is a consideration. Attach a brief essay explaining the student's financial need.

The award shall be announced in the spring and paid in the fall semester to EIU, to be first applied against costs (tuition, fees, Housing, etc.) associated with the recipient(s) attending EIU. Any remaining amount will be disbursed to the recipient(s). The award(s) shall be issued annually.

The recipient(s) may be eligible to apply for, and receive, the award again provided she/he continues to meet the criteria stated above. Suellyn Lindsey Garner shall be informed at the earliest possible convenience of the awards(s). Recipient(s) will be notified by email.

Applications are due at the close of business on June 2, 2017.

The application is available on the VPAA webpage here.

Posted: May 10, 2017

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

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


EIU in the News

MAY 2017
From the JG/TC -- "EIU Grads Told to Strive for Goals, Share in Their Success" -- May 8, 2017

From the JG/TC -- "EIU Speech Panthers Place High in National Contest" -- May 4, 2017

From the JG/TC -- "EIU Police Officers, Charleston Business Honored" -- May 1, 2017

APRIL 2017
From the JG/TC -- "Shank Receives First Midge McDowell Lifetime Service Award" -- April 29, 2017

From the Champaign News-Gazette -- "30 Days, 30 Grads: Almost Failing Helped Armstrong Alum Learn" -- April 28, 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