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 Dec 18, 2017


News from Old Main

Office of Student Disability Services Closed During Break
The Office of Student Disability Services will be closed for semester break from December 25 to January 2. Thank you.

Julie Walters, Student Disability Services Operations
Posted: Dec 12, 2017

Class Packets at the Panther Print & Copy Center
It's Class Packet time! Please bring your syllabi/class packets to the Panther Print & Copy Center (Room 2055, MLK Union) for production in time for the Spring Semester! Class packets can be e-mailed or delivered to the Print Center, where they are printed and finished. Completed packets are sold through the University Union Bookstore. If you have questions or need assistance in any way, please contact Jon Crask by calling (217) 581-5334, or via email at Thank you for the chance to serve you, and your students!

Jonathan Crask, Arts & Crafts Coordinator/University Union
Posted: Dec 12, 2017

Gregg Technology Center Winter Break Schedule (2017/2018)

The Gregg Technology Center (GTC) will be closed from Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2018.

During that timespan, the GTC's doors will not be open to the general campus. On Jan. 4, the GTC will open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Transfer Day.

On Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 the GTC will resume its regular schedule, below:

  • Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Enjoy the holidays and hope to see you in the new year! Thank you.

Chad Elliott, CATS
Posted: Dec 11, 2017

Address Changes Should Be Reported to Human Resources

Faculty and staff should notify the Human Resources Employment Office of any change to your permanent address -- including updated phone numbers.

Departments need to notify HR of all new or changed campus addresses and phone numbers to ensure the accuracy of the online directory.

Your permanent address must also be correct in order to receive pertinent information from agencies such as Central Management Services (CMS) and SURS. It is also necessary in order to ensure you receive your W-2, if you do not choose to receive your W-2 electronically.
Please email address changes to Employment at

In addition to updating your permanent address, if your name has changed, please present your new social security card to the Employment Office in person to verify the name so the appropriate changes can be made in our system.

Please direct questions to

Linda Holloway, Human Resources
Posted: Dec 11, 2017

Holiday Office Hours for Human Resources
Human Resources will be minimally staffed during the designated holiday period. This includes Employment, Benefits, Testing, Student Employment, and Payroll. During the period of December 18 through January 2, before visiting the HR area, please call ahead to ensure someone will be available to speak with you. Regular office hours will resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. The entire Human Resources team wishes you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

Linda Holloway, Interim Director of Business Services
Posted: Dec 07, 2017

ALICE Training December 19

UPD is presenting ALICE Training in the Coleman Auditorium Tuesday, December 19 from 9am to noon.

ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Training is an instructor-led class that provides preparation and a plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome. Blank ammunition will be used to simulate gunfire during practical exercises. Please contact EIU Officer Tony Hoh or Chief Kent Martin at (217) 581-3213 if you have any questions.

Kent Martin, University Police
Posted: Dec 05, 2017

Spring Parking Permits on Sale

Permits for Spring 2018 go on sale December 8. You may purchase your permit online through PAWS

Payment of all prior fines must be made before you can purchase a new permit. If you owe a parking fine(s), you will not be eligible to purchase a new permit until the outstanding balance has been paid. You may pay citation(s) through PAWS until the last day of the month in which the citation was issued. For citations older than 30 days, please pay at the cashier's office. Contact Parking Services at (217) 581-5416 if you have any questions.

Chief Kent Martin

Kent Martin, University Police
Posted: Dec 01, 2017

Student Impact Grants for Faculty Mentors Award Winners

This fall, the Graduate School, in cooperation with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, held a grant competition to help support faculty who engage in high impact mentoring practices. They received 31 applications for the Student Impact Grants for Faculty Mentors. Of these submissions, 13 were selected. Each award winner received $1,500 to be used during the academic year. Below is the list of all the grant recipients. Congratulations to the award winners for their outstanding efforts in mentoring students!

  • William Addison, Psychology
  • John Bickford, Early Childhood, Elementary & Middle Level Education
  • Thomas Canam, Biological Sciences
  • Margaret Floress, Psychology
  • Kathryn Havercroft, Special Education
  • Danelle Larson, Music
  • Anabela Maia, Biological Sciences
  • Donald Pakey, Physics
  • Alan Pocaro and Samantha Osborne, Art, Foundations, Printmedia/ Art, Graphic Design
  • James Riley, Geology and Geography
  • Jemmie Robertson, Music
  • Radu Semeniuc, Chemistry
  • Edward Treadwell, Chemistry

  • Ryan Hendrickson, Dean of the Graduate School
    Posted: Nov 15, 2017

    2017-18 Winter Holiday Information

    The university will be closed in observance of Christmas and New Year's on Eastern's four official holidays: Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 25 and 26; and Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 1 and 2. Employees may use accrued leave or leave without pay, with supervisor approval, from Monday, Dec. 18, through Tuesday, 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 Monday, Dec. 18, through Monday, Jan 2. Inquiries regarding this information may be directed to the Benefits Office at (217) 581-5825.

    Happy holidays!

    Linda Holloway, VPBA Office
    Posted: Oct 19, 2017


    Please join us in welcoming Josh Reinhart to his new position as public information coordinator for Eastern Illinois University, succeeding Vicki Shaw-Woodard as the university's primary media contact.

    Please revise your EIU contact information to include the following:

    Josh Reinhart
    Public Information Coordinator
    Eastern Illinois University
    O: (217) 581-7400

    CHRISTY KILGORE, Marketing and Creative Services
    Posted: Sep 06, 2017




    Twenty years after the publication of the first Harry Potter book, Booth Library presents an exhibit and program series, "Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon." This exhibit will be on display at the library from Sept. 14 through Dec. 31, 2017.

    Booth Library''s exhibit takes a look at the popularity and influence of the Harry Potter world in today's society. A series of related programs, including quidditch, trivia, costumes, lectures, food and more, also are planned. For more information, visit The exhibit and all events are open to the public.

    Schedule of Events

    Opening program: Sept. 14, 7 p.m., "The Boy Who Lived: Harry Potter and the Culture of Death"; keynote speaker: Suzie Park, professor of English; West Reading Room;

    Sept. 15, 4 p.m., Family Weekend: EIU Quidditch Tournament; led by Chelsea Duncan, instructor of KSS; Library Quad;

    Sept. 28, 4 p.m., "Dark Arts and Other Wicked Ideas: Harry Potter, Banned Books and Intellectual Freedom"; by Michele McDaniel, reference librarian, and Ryan McDaniel, instructor of communication studies; Witters Conference Room 4440;

    Oct. 3 and 5, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Harry Potter Menu at The Café; presented by Richard Wilkinson, professor, and FCS students; Klehm Hall 1414; $5.50;

    Oct. 3, 7 p.m., "Poison Pen: Rita Skeeter, her Quick-Quotes Quill & Journalism Ethics in the Wizarding World"; by Lola Burnham, associate professor of journalism; Witters Conference Room 4440;

    Oct. 17, 4 p.m., "Muggles, Magic and Abuse"; by Angie Hunt, housing program director, HOPE of East Central Illinois; Witters Conference Room 4440;

    Oct. 26, 6-10 p.m., Harry Potter Night featuring trivia, costumes, music, activities and food at Booth Library and Tarble Arts Center, co-sponsored by Tarble Arts Center, UIUC Harry Potter Alliance, EIU Harry Potter Club;

    Nov. 28, 7 p.m., "Harry Potter & the Cult of Celebrity"; by Lola Burnham, associate professor of journalism; Witters Conference Room 4440.

    ELIZABETH M HELDEBRANDT, Library Services - Dean
    Posted: Sep 06, 2017


    Professional Development

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    Human Resources

    403(b) and 457(b) Contribution Limits Increased for 2018

    403(b) and 457(b) contribution limits will increase for 2018.

    Employees under the age of 50 can contribute a maximum of $18,500 for the year. Employees over age 50 can contribute a maximum of $24,500 for the year. The required Universal availability notice for 2018 is now available on the Benefits website.

    Linda Holloway, Interim Director of Business Services
    Posted: Dec 04, 2017

    Civil Service Procedure for Leaving EIU
    Civil Service employees are required to contact the HR Employment Office when terminating from the University. Employees must sign a termination form and will be given an exit checklist which requires signatures from specified offices on campus. The completed checklist must be returned to the Employment Office by the termination date, or a paper check will be issued. If you have questions about this procedure, please contact the HR Employment Office at (217) 581-3463.

    Carol Galey, Human Resources
    Posted: Nov 09, 2017

    Procedures for Exiting EIU
    Faculty and administrative employees must submit a termination letter to their Department Head with last day worked. Once a copy is received in Human Resources, a Clearance Sheet will be sent to the employee for completion before leaving campus. It is a required procedure for obtaining signatures from specified offices on campus. If the form is not returned by the published payroll deadline, a paper check will be issued and must be picked up in person in the Cashiers Office. This procedure also applies to temporary employees with specific contract end dates. If you have questions about the procedure, please contact Carol Galey (x7655), or Cindy Maples (x2613).

    Carol Galey, Human Resources
    Posted: Nov 09, 2017


    Employment Opportunities

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    Research and Creative Activity

    Journalism's Bright Publishes Teaching Article

    Journalism instructor Amanda Bright's article, "Using the beat system to connect students to journalism," appears in the newest issue of Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication (TJMC).

    In addition, her book review of "What is Journalism? The Art and Politics of a Rupture," by Chris Nash, came out in the latest edition of Journalism & Mass Communication Educator.

    Sally Renaud, Journalism
    Posted: Dec 04, 2017



    Booth Library Adds 362 Items in November

    During November, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 362 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 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 (217) 581-7551 or if you have questions.

    David Bell, Library Services
    Posted: Dec 07, 2017


    Especially for Students (Official Notices)

    New Student AlcoholEdu Mandate
    All new Spring 2018 undergraduate students, except international students, are required to complete Part I of AlcoholEdu no later than the first day of class, January 8, 2018. Registered students will be able to access this course through the MyHealth Link in PAWS. For more information contact the Health and Counseling Services Health Education Resource Center at (217) 581-7786.

    Eric Davidson, Health and Counseling Services
    Posted: Dec 11, 2017

    New Student Haven Understanding Sexual Assault Mandate
    All new Spring 2018 undergraduate students are required to complete Part I of Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault, no later than the first day of class, January 8, 2018. Registered students will be able to access this course through the MyHealth Link in PAWS. For more information contact the Health and Counseling Services: Health Education Resource Center at (217) 581-7786.

    Eric Davidson,
    Posted: Dec 11, 2017

    New Student Immunization Requirements

    The Illinois College Student Immunization Act (110-ILCS 20) requires that all students, including graduate students:

    • born ON OR AFTER January 1, 1957

    must submit proof of immunity for diphtheria/tetanus, measles, mumps and rubella.

    If the student is under the age of 22, a meningitis conjugate on or after their 16th birthday is also required.

    Signed and dated records should be submitted to the Health and Counseling Services Medical Clinic as soon as possible, but no later than January 8, 2018. For more information visit or call (217) 581-3013.

    Eric Davidson,
    Posted: Dec 11, 2017


    EIU in the News

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