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Apr 13, 2012


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From 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, April 16, in the Theatre in Doudna, Eastern Illinois University will host Jeffrey R. Brown and Robert F. Rich for a discussion of the Illinois pension system and the system’s associated impact on current policy questions.

Brown is the William G. Karnes Professor of Finance, a professor at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, and director of the Center for Business and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Rich is director and a professor at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. The duo recently authored “Fiscal Sustainability and Retirement Security: A Reform Proposal for the Illinois State Universities Retirement System (SURS),” which was published by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

WILLIAM L. PERRY , President's Office
Posted: Apr 10, 2012

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

Campus-wide summer office hours will be in effect from Monday, May 7, through Friday, Aug. 10, excluding the holiday weeks of Tuesday, May 29, through Friday, June 1, and Monday, July 2, through Friday, July 6. When summer office hours are in effect, all offices must be open Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. until noon. All administrative offices (and others where possible) will remain open during the lunch hour, Monday through Thursday. Because of ongoing operational needs, offices including, but not limited to, the President's Office, Admissions, Financial Aid, University Police, Booth Library and the Renewable Energy Center, will keep regular business hours and remain open on Friday afternoons.

Holidays will be observed on Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day and Wednesday, July 4, for Independence Day. For the holiday weeks of May 29–June 1 and July 2–6 (excluding July 4), all offices must be open for regular business hours from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Classes scheduled to meet on Friday afternoons will be relocated to buildings where the air conditioning will remain on. Employees are to work with supervisors to ensure that a 37.5-hour workweek is accomplished. Each office is to change voice mail, signs and other public communication to reflect its summer hours. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, Aug. 13. Questions may be directed to the Human Resources office.

WILLIAM WEBER, Vice President for Business Affairs
Posted: Apr 10, 2012

Eastern Illinois University has lost a great friend with the passing of Burnham Neal. On behalf of the entire EIU community, I express sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. Neal, whose overwhelming generosity made a positive difference in so many lives.

Mr. Neal and his late wife, Nancy, were among the biggest financial supporters in the university's history. In fact, the Neals were so representative of the spirit of leadership, dedication and generosity that EIU named its annual Philanthropy Awards after them in 1997. Mr. Neal received an honorary Doctor of Public Service from EIU in 2003.

The Neal family's biggest and most prominent gift to EIU was the $2 million Neal Welcome Center, which has greeted visitors entering Charleston from Illinois Route 16 and Interstate 57 since 2002. It also houses offices for the EIU Foundation and the Office of Philanthropy.

As an astute businessman, Mr. Neal recognized the importance of EIU to Charleston and the surrounding region, knowing that his contributions would have a significant return on investment in the form of enhancing the quality of life of the residents of east-central Illinois. The impact of his gifts is incalculable, and we will always be grateful for his forward-thinking generosity.

NOTE: Funeral services celebrating Mr. Neal's life will be held at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, 1200 Wabash Ave., Mattoon, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. that same day. Private entombment services will be held at the Toledo Cemetery in Toledo, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cumberland County Pet Connection Charity, P.O. Box 1, Toledo, Ill. 62468, in memory of Burnham's beloved dog, Fred, or to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, Ill. 60631.

See here for the full obituary.

ROBERT MARTIN, Vice President for University Advancement
Posted: Apr 12, 2012


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