Dec 05, 2016


News from Old Main

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Community residents are once again invited to join Eastern Illinois University's students, faculty and staff for a traditional holiday gathering. Guests are welcome to attend “Heartfelt Holidays,” scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. The event will take place in Old Main’s (the “Castle”) Cougill Foyer.

Parking is available in most university lots after 5 p.m. Guests may park in the "X" lot, located east of Old Main.

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

Posted: Nov 30, 2016

The Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteerism needs YOU to help make the Blanket Table at One Stop Community Christmas happen! We have collected enough blankets to ensure that EACH family will get a minimum of one blanket! We need a minimum of four people at a time to help ensure we can support the more than 1,000 families who will participate. One Stop Community Christmas is on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Lake Land College, and we need help between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Register to join us as a table volunteer at the Blanket Table TODAY!! Please register here!

CRYSTAL M. BROWN, Civic Engagement and Volunteerism
Posted: Nov 29, 2016

The EIU Alumni Service Office coordinates the commencement ceremonies for our graduating seniors in the fall and spring. The ceremonies are the culmination of all the hard work our graduates have put into their time here at Eastern and a day for their families to celebrate with them. As always, we rely on volunteers to make commencement a great experience for everyone. With that being said, we are always looking for volunteers to assist us in doing just that. Fall 2016 Commencement ceremonies will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17. There will be two ceremonies:
10 a.m.
Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and the Graduate School
College of Arts and Humanities and the Graduate School
1 p.m.
College of Education and Professional Studies and the Graduate School
College of Sciences and the Graduate School
School of Continuing Education (BGS Degree)

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, Dec. 15 and 16, in the Tuscola/Arcola Room and need some volunteers to help us disburse tickets to students. Generally, our time slots are as followed: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 2:30p.m. and 2:30 to 5 p.m.
2. Commencement Day. On commencement day, we will need volunteers for several different positions, which include: collecting tickets, passing out programs, helping students in the Rec Center, assisting with wheelchairs and helping answer questions in the main concourse. Please consider spending part or all of the day with our graduates and their families.

If you would like to volunteer for the Fall 2016 Commencement Ceremonies and help make this a great experience for the graduates and their families, please email Amber May at with what you are interested in assisting with. Even if you can only provide a few hours of assistance, everything is greatly appreciated.

Please feel free to share this with your colleagues. We would enjoy having them join us at commencement, as well. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 217-581-6616.

AMBER M. MAY, Commencement
Posted: Nov 07, 2016

It is that time again! Our opportunity to showcase EIU's commitment to DIVERSITY is upon us! EIUnity would like to extend to you an invitation to present during our ninth annual Diversity Conference, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, in the MLK Jr. Union. The conference is designed to raise diversity awareness and advocacy across EIU's campus. We are looking for presenters willing to present on your particular area(s) of expertise; specifics of such a presentation will be left open for you to decide. Some of the areas we are looking at targeting this year are race/culture, class and gender issues. If you believe that you have research that can benefit the Eastern community, you can submit a proposal online by Dec. 9 (extended date) by following this link to the registration form.

GEORGIA RYAN, Office of Minority Affairs
Posted: Oct 16, 2016


Professional Development

If you are working on an article, a book chapter, a grant report, or any other writing project, you might be interested in the "write-on-site" group that meets in the Faculty Development office. What does it mean to "write-on-site"? The term was coined by Kerry Ann Rockquemore (sociology and African-American studies at UIC) and describes people coming together to work on their particular projects for two hours at least once a week. Although people are working on their own projects, writing together in one place can provide the accountability of showing up, cultivate the sense that we are part of a community of writers and help create that energy buzz that comes from being around others who are doing the same thing.

During Fall 2016, our write-on-site block time is Mondays and Fridays, 1-4 p.m., except during holidays. Please join us. Just bring your laptop to the Faculty Development Office (which can be found in the Booth Library basement office, Room 1116, below the north entrance). Check in, grab a cup of tea or coffee (sometimes we even have cookies), and start working. There is space to work either in the office or in Booth Library's hidden treasure, the Faculty Reading Room.

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

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT, Office of Faculty Development
Posted: Nov 08, 2016


Human Resources

Any employee planning to terminate their employment from EIU in December should consider that many university offices will be closed over the holiday season, so plan ahead to complete the exit process. Please try to complete Clearance Sheets early, or call ahead to check on the dates offices will be closed. If you have timing issues, or have concerns, please contact Carol Galey ( or Cindy Maples ( for assistance.

CAROL A. GALEY, Human Resources
Posted: Nov 28, 2016

Due to the Christmas holiday, new contracts, contract changes, Request for Supplemental Personal Services Payment forms, or any other items affecting the December payroll MUST be received in the Human Resources Employment Office by Monday, Dec. 12. Any requests for payment received after that date will be processed in the January payroll. If you have questions, please contact Carol Galey ( or Cindy Maples (

CAROL A. GALEY, Human Resources
Posted: Nov 28, 2016

Civil service employees are required to contact the HR Employment Office when terminating from the university. Employees will be asked to sign a resignation or retirement form and will be given a clearance sheet which requires signatures from various offices on campus. The completed clearance sheet must be returned to the Employment Office by the termination date, or a paper check will be issued. If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact the HR Employment Office at 581-3463.

CAROL A. GALEY, Human Resources
Posted: Nov 28, 2016

USCIS has published a revised version of Form I-9 that can be used now, but will be mandatory by Jan. 22, 2017. This version may still be printed for manual completion, but the changes are designed to enhance form completion using a computer and to reduce errors. There have been many changes made to the form and the instructions, so it is advised that you study them carefully and begin using the revised version as soon as possible. Please go to the USCIS website to see the new version and instructions here.

If you have any questions about completing a Form I-9, please contact Carol Galey ( or Cindy Maples ( in the HR Employment Office.

CAROL A. GALEY, Human Resources
Posted: Nov 16, 2016

The university will be closed in observance of Christmas and New Year's on Eastern's four official holidays: Friday and Monday, Dec. 23 and 26; Friday, Dec. 30; and Monday, Jan. 2. Employees may use accrued leave or leave without pay, with supervisor approval, from Monday, Dec. 19, through Monday, 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. 19, through Monday, Jan 2. Inquiries regarding this information may be directed to the Benefits Office at 581-5825. Happy holidays!

Posted: Nov 14, 2016

Faculty and administrative employees must submit a letter of resignation or intent to retire to their direct report. Copies should be sent to the appropriate vice president and the Human Resources Employment Office. A clearance sheet will be sent to the employee from the HR Employment Office near the termination date. This form requires the employee to obtain signatures from various offices on campus and must be returned to the HR Employment Office by the deadline listed on the form. If the Clearance Sheet is not received by the deadline, a paper check will be issued and must be picked up in person at 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 ( or Cindy Maples (

CAROL A. GALEY, Human Resources
Posted: Nov 01, 2016

A VALIC representative will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Wednesday in the Sullivan Room, MLK Jr. Union. If you wish to make an appointment, please call 217-821-5289.

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

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

AMANDA K. ZUCCO, Benefits Services
Posted: May 12, 2016


Employment Opportunities

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Research and Creative Activity

David E. Bartz of the Department of Educational Leadership recently had an article published in Leadership Matters by the Illinois Association of School Administrators. The article is titled "What is your 'Mindset'? And do you have 'Grit'?"

The Eastern Illinois University Foundation is pleased to announce the FY17 recipients of the John S. and Margaret Redden Fund for the Improvement of Undergraduate Instruction. During FY17, $150,000 in grants will be transferred for projects to improve undergraduate instruction.

Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs, approved the following grant recipients for FY17:

Alejandra Alvarado, mathematics and computer science; Melissa Ames, English; Jeff Ashley, political science; Bruce Barnard, School of Technology; David Bell, Booth Library; John H. Bickford III, EC/ELE/MLE; Matthew Boonstra, art; Wutthigrai Boonsuk, School of Technology; Mike Bradd, communication studies; Douglas Brandt, physics; Steve Brantley/Richard Jones/T.M. Linda Scholz, Booth Library; Kristin Brown, kinesiology and sports studies; Ann Brownson, Booth Library; Todd Bruns, Booth Library; John Cabage, School of Technology; Thomas Canam, biological sciences; Andrew Cheetham, music; Ruth Chestnut, biological sciences; Jerry Cloward, School of Technology; Ann Coddington/Matthew Boonstra, art; Ellen Corrigan, Booth Library;

Steven Daniel, biological sciences; Mona Davenport, Minority Affairs; Don Dawson, Gateway/Minority Affairs; Brad Decker, music; Jonelle DePetro, philosophy; Jill Deppe, biological sciences; Janice Derr/Pam Ferrell, Booth Library; Lauri DeRuiter-Willems/Lauri and Kathleen Phillips, Booth Library; Julie Dietz, Booth Library; Derrick Douros, biological sciences; Kirstin Duffin/Ann Fritz/Gopal Perlyannan, Booth Library; Stefan Eckert, music; Eden Effert-Fanta, theatre arts; Karen Eisenhour, theatre arts; Chistiane Eydt-Beebe, foreign languages; Pamela Ferrell, Booth Library; Terri Fredrick, English;

Gabe Grant, School of Technology; James B. Giffin, Minority Affairs; Sara Gronstal, communication studies; Kathryn Havercroft, special education; Kevin Hussey/Scott Ronspies, kinesiology and sports studies; Claudia Danyi Janssen, communications studies; Stacey Knight-Davis, Booth Library; Grant Lakeland, mathematics and computer science; Danelle Larson, music; Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, history; Abbey Lesko-Youngberg/Heather Santos, Student Disability Services; Jeannie Ludlow/Misty Rhoades, women's studies; Hasan Mavi, kinesiology and sports studies; Patricia McPhilipps, military science; Sham'ah Md-Yunus, EC/ELE/MLE; David Melton, School of Technology; Andrew Mertz, mathematics and computer science; James Ochwa-Echel, Africana studies; Jeanne Okrasinksi, EC/ELE/MLE; Rosemary Onyango, Africana studies; Kathleen O'Rourke, School of Family and Consumer Sciences;

Susie Park, English; Charlotte Pence/Jamila Smith, English; Gopal Periyannan, chemistry; Kathleen Phillips, health studies; Kathleen Philips/Nikki Hillier, Booth Library; Peter Ping Liu/Rendong Bai, School of Technology; Alan Pocaro, art; Bryan Poulter/Sally Renaud, journalism; Anabela Resende da Maia, biological sciences; Misty Rhoads/Julie Dietz, Booth Library; Stacey Ruholl, kinesiology and sports studies; Jamie V. Ryan, music; William Schultz Jr., Booth Library; Dan Sheeran, chemistry; Sheila Simmons/Nikki Hillier, Booth Libarary; Issac Slaven, School of Technology; Karen Swenson, political science; Anne Thibault, theatre arts; Bradley Tolppanen, Booth Library; Kathy Waggoner, Student Disability Services; Peter Wies, mathematics and computer science; Marjorie Worthington/Fern Kory, English; and Yordan Yordanov, biological sciences. Sciences, Jie Zou, Physics.

NANCY R. ZYTKA, Development
Posted: Nov 29, 2016

David E. Bartz of the Department of Educational Leadership was a member of a panel presentation/discussion titled "Superintendent/Board Relationships" at the Triple I annual conference in Chicago on Nov. 19. This conference is sponsored by the Illinois Association of School Boards, Illinois Association of School Administrators, and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials. The panel's coordinator was Patrick Rice, an EIU graduate. The conference was attended by approximately 10,000 school board members/school administrators.

Grant Sterling has been awarded the 2016 Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award. Sterling has served at EIU for 25 years in the Department of Philosophy, taking on leadership roles and dedicating his time to initiatives on campus and in the Charleston community. He has not only served on the membership of nearly all of the most significant committees and organizations at EIU -- Faculty Senate, EIU-UPI, CAA,and CUPB, to name a few -- but also has held leadership roles in those groups and several others. While many of his service accomplishments are at the university, college, or departmental levels, he has actively participated in professional organizations and conferences at the state and regional level, served as a consulting editor at the national and international level, and contributed to local community organizations.

NICHOLE HUGO, School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Posted: Nov 28, 2016

Jody Stone of University Housing and Dining Services has received the John E. Collins Distinguished Service Award by the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers. The award is the highest honor presented to an individual who has contributed significantly to the profession and to the GLACUHO organization. With more than 21 years of service of assisting students, Stone has been attending and presenting programs at the regional conferences since he was in graduate school. He has served as the organization's president, a member of the Financial Advisory Board, and numerous other committees. Through his leadership, EIU is recognized as one of the leading universities in the country for developing residential life professionals.



Do your students know they can visit the Writing Center (Coleman Hall 3110) to get help understanding a writing assignment and planning how to approach it?

We would love to send a Writing Center consultant to explain how they can use this free student support service at every stage of the writing process.

To request a 10- to 15-minute orientation for any or all of your classes, email Director Fern Kory. Include information about when and where your class meets, and what date/time would work best for you.

FERN KORY, Director, EIU Writing Center
Posted: Dec 01, 2016

The Office of Admissions has To Go admissions bags that can be reserved to help with your department's recruitment efforts. Each rolling bag has admissions materials, inquiry cards, posters, talking points and pens. These bags help to bring EIU information out to prospective students while each department might be promoting and recruiting at specific events. To reserve yours, please email Libby Warner-Boyer at

Posted: Dec 01, 2016

The Committee on Assessment of Student Learning (CASL) seeks individuals interested in being readers for the Electronic Writing Portfolio (EWP). Individuals must teach at least one course a year at Eastern to be eligible for this service opportunity. Training will take place on Friday, Jan. 6, and interested people must be available for training. Readers also will attend a focus group the week of Feb. 13. We ask that readers agree to serve for a three-year term. Training will only take place once. Then, readers will read portfolios early each spring semester and attend a focus group in February. If interested, please email Karla Sanders at Thank you.

Posted: Nov 14, 2016

The Honorary Degree Committee is soliciting nominations for Eastern Illinois University's 2016 Honorary Degree Award(s). We are seeking your help and support in identifying for this significant award. Honorary degrees may be conferred to persons who have achieved a record of major distinction at the state and/or national level in such areas as education, public service, research, humanities, business or the professions. In exceptional circumstances, those who have made an especially outstanding and/or significant contribution to the university or to higher education are also eligible even though they have not achieved national/statewide recognition. Elected or appointed public officials in state/local government, members of Eastern's Board of Trustees, as well as members and employees of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, are ineligible to receive an honorary degree during their terms of office/employment.

Please participate in this opportunity for EIU to recognize the accomplishments of an alumnus, a friend of the university, or an individual with a record of distinction. Nomination forms are available in the President's Office or can be found on this website. Nominations for Spring 2017 honorary degrees are due by 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.

KARLA J. WATSON, on behalf of the Honorary Degree Committee
Posted: Nov 14, 2016

The Asian Studies Program is accepting nominations for a leadership award for an EIU student whose contributions have made a positive impact on our campus to fulfill the mission of Asian studies: to promote education about Asia and take leadership in Asia-related programming and research. Please send your nomination to Jinhee Lee, coordinator of Asian studies (, by Monday, April 3, 2017. The award will be announced at the Asian Studies Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. For details, please visit here.

JINHEE J. LEE, Coordinator of Asian Studies
Posted: Sep 22, 2016


Especially for Students (Official Notices)

Student Insurance provides the student worldwide protection, 24 hours a day. The plan has a $50 deductible per diagnosis and pays up to 80 percent of eligible expenses for physician and hospital expenses, lab and x-ray, surgery, ambulance transport, physical therapy, maternity expenses, mental health and substance abuse issues. The Student Insurance plan now covers most service fees at the Health Service and reduces copays for prescription medications at the Health Service Pharmacy.

Unlike an HMO or PPO, the plan does not have a network, giving students a choice in their care, and provides coverage for treatment the student receives while they are at home, at school, and wherever they may travel. When you have other insurance, the plan coordinates with the primary carrier. 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, co-payment amounts, limitations on specific benefits, and out-of-network penalties. The Student Insurance Plan complements the family health plan. Most students find it beneficial to carry both, particularly if the family plan has a deductible and/or coinsurance.

The Spring 2017 Student Insurance fee will be automatically assessed to students enrolled in nine or more on-campus hours, graduate assistants under contract to the university, and international students who are enrolled in a minimum of three on-campus hours. Students with other insurance coverage may request a waiver of the Student Insurance fee if their other coverage is a PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) compliant plan. Students will be required to complete a Waiver Form and provide a copy of their insurance card. The Waiver Form is available in the Student Insurance Office and on the Student Insurance website. Jan. 23, 2017, is the last date these forms will be accepted for Spring 2017 term. For more information, call 581-5290.

TINA M. LUCE, Student Insurance
Posted: Nov 29, 2016

Student Insurance provides the student worldwide protection 24 hours a day. The plan has a $50 deductible per diagnosis and pays up to 80 percent of eligible expenses for physician and hospital expenses, lab and x-ray, surgery, ambulance transport, physical therapy, maternity expenses, mental health and substance abuse issues. The Student Insurance Plan now covers most service fees at the Health Service and reduces copays for prescription medications at the Health Service Pharmacy.

Unlike an HMO or PPO, the plan does not have a network, giving students a choice in their care, and provides coverage for treatment the student receives while they are at home, at school, and wherever they may travel.

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, co-payment amounts, limitations on specific benefits, and out-of network penalties. The Student Insurance Plan complements the family health plan. Most students find it beneficial to carry both, particularly if the family plan has a deductible and/or coinsurance.

Spring Semester 2017 students, who are registered for five or more hours, may purchase Student Insurance for the semester by submitting the Part-time Enrollment form or the Online and Off Campus form to the Student Insurance Office prior to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 23. 2017. The forms can be downloaded from the Student Insurance website. The cost is $109.95.

Posted: Nov 29, 2016

The Asian Studies Study Abroad Scholarships are available for EIU students who are minoring in Asian studies. The scholarship shall be used to defray the cost to study abroad in Asia within the current or the following academic year. Please send your letter of application to Jinhee Lee, coordinator of Asian studies ( by Tuesday, Nov. 15, for the Fall 2016 competition, or, by Monday, April 3, 2017, for the Spring 2017 competition. For details, please visit here.

JINHEE J. LEE, Coordinator of Asian Studies
Posted: Sep 22, 2016

The Child Care Resource and Referral office at EIU is seeking student providers. Need to be an EIU student, preferably FCS, elementary education or early childhood education majors.

Child Care Resource and Referral provides referrals for families looking for child care in the six counties we serve. Student provider applications are given out to families requesting child care. Families may also call our office and request EIU student providers. Job duties will vary with families.

EIU students may pick up an application at our office, 1325 Klehm Hall, or on the bulletin board located outside our office. Please feel free to contact the Child Care Resource and Referral office if you have questions.

Posted: Aug 22, 2016


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