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Nov 15, 2012


What does it mean to "write-on-site"? Coined by Kerry Ann Rockquemore, Write-on-Site is a program where faculty can come 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 2012, the Faculty Development office (1116 Booth Library) will be open for Write-on-Site from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. Check in, grab a cup of tea or coffee, and start working. There is space to work either in the office or in Booth Library's hidden treasure, the Faculty Reading Room. For more information, please contact the Faculty Development office at 581-7051 or by email at

KRISHNA THOMAS, Assistant Director, Faculty Development
Posted: Aug 20, 2012

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, 2013, 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 hand-deliver one copy of their proposal to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 1102 Blair Hall, no later than noon on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Researchers who have previously received a CFR grant and/or Summer Research and Creative Activity Award should make sure a progress/final report is on file for each award in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. To obtain a copy of the application materials, please visit our website. Applicants should make sure they use the most current application forms. If you have any questions, please contact Brad Green in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at 217-581-2125 or

BOB CHESNUT, Director, Research and Sponsored Programs
Posted: Oct 08, 2012

Proposals for grants from the Proposal Initiative Fund (PIF) are due by noon on May 8, 2013. The purpose of the PIF is to support projects with potential to lead to significant external funding. Eligible projects include -- but are not limited to -- research, creative activity, service, curriculum development, and outreach. All university personnel are welcome to apply for PIF grants. For complete program guidelines and application instructions, click here.

BOB CHESNUT, Director, Research and Sponsored Programs
Posted: Oct 08, 2012

Faculty Development is pleased to announce the recipients of Fall 2012 Support Grants: Melissa Ames (ENG), Jeffrey Boshart (ART), Steven Daniel (BIO), Karen Drage (TEC), Rose Gong (SED), Christopher Hanlon (ENG), Kai Hung (BIO), Teresita Hunt (SED), Melissa Jones-Bromenshenkel (SPE), Danelle Larson (MUS), Hasan Mavi (KSS), Robin Murray (ENG), Gopal Periyannan (CHM), Robert Petersen (ART), Linda Simpson (SFCS), Mary Caroline Simpson (ART), Betty Smith (G-G), Lisa Taylor (SFCS) and Richard Wilkinson (SFCS).

Please note that the due date for Spring 2013 Support Grant applications will be posted soon.

KRISHNA THOMAS, Assistant Director, Faculty Development
Posted: Oct 18, 2012

The Business Solutions Center at EIU received $32,688 from the Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund to create the Prairie Spark E-Hub. This digital resource center will ignite entrepreneurship by providing online educational tools to help grow businesses and jobs in Illinois. Resources will include: youth entrepreneurship curriculum for inside and outside of the classroom, videos, geographic information systems maps for broadband access, library locators and other economic development resources. The e-hub will enhance the personal assistance that is already provided by the BSC's youth educator and entrepreneurial coach, and will exponentially expand the number of youth and entrepreneurs served in the region.

JEANNE C. DAU, Business Solutions Center
Posted: Oct 23, 2012

NEWTON KEY (History)
Newton Key, “Crowdsourcing the Early Modern Blogosphere,” which is scheduled to be published in print in historyblogosphere: Bloggen in den Geschichtswissenschaften, ed. Peter Haber and Eva Pfanzelter (Munich: Oldenbourg Verlag, 2013), has been posted in an open source peer review version here for review and comments through mid-December 2012.

Co-editor Eva Pfanzelter is an EIU MA in History, 1994, and was honored as a Graduate School Global Ambassador this year.

The open source peer review version is mentioned in the new Carnivalesque (no. 90) (see here) hosted by Adam Hooks at Anchora.

Faculty Development is pleased to announce the recipients of Partnership Grants: Carla Honselman (SCFS), Robert Bates (HST) and Jill Owen (KSS), Ann Brownson (LIB), Teresita Hunt (SEF), Fern Kory (ENG), Jeanne Okrasinski (EC/ELE/MLE) and Jamila Smith (ENG), Steven Daniel (BIO) and David Goldfarb (NYU School of Medicine), Wafeek Wahby (TEC) and Allen Lanham (LIB), Jeanne Okrasinski (EC/ELE/MLE), Dana Stodden (EC/ELE/MLE) and Ingrid Minger (Mattoon Middle School), Teresita Hunt (SEF), Robin Murray (ENG), and Rebecca Lawson (Sullivan High School).

KRISHNA THOMAS, Assistant Director, Faculty Development
Posted: Nov 02, 2012

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (URSCA) Committee has selected the following students be awarded URSCA grants for Spring Semester 2013:

Jessica Berlinghof, (PSY, Margaret Floress), “Assessing Adaptive Sleep Habits in Young Children”; Karissa Genenbacher, (CDS, Jill Fahy), “Executive Functions as Rated by Teachers in Preschool Children with Language Impairment and Typical Language Skills”; Iwo Gross, (BIO, Stephen Mullin), “Assessing and Alleviating the Negative Effects of Vehicle Access on a Snake Community Within a State Park”; Meredith Healy, (CDS, Lynn Calvert), “A Comparison of Intervention Approaches Using the iPad”; Chengdong Hu, (SOT, Jerry Cloward), “Investigating the Local Biomass Resources for Sustainable Energy”; Logan Hurst, (CHM, Gopal Periyannan), “Xylan Degradation and Membrane Transport by Caulobacter crescentus”; Savannah Kapper, (CHM, Mark McGuire), “Synthesis and Evaluation of a New Dye Molecule for Use in Dye-Sensitized Solar (DSS) Cells”; Olga Livshits, (CHM, Edward Treadwell), “Altering Light Switches by Modifying the Nitrogen Group in Cinnamaldehyde Semicarbazone”; Kristina Pourtabib, (GEL, Elisabet Head), “The Road Less Traveled: Explosive Primitive Flank Eruptions”; Johnathan Ritchie, (PSY, Ronan Bernas), “Explaining the Role Mindfulness Plays in Fostering Pro-Environmental Concerns”; Emily Scarbrough, (HIS, Lynne Curry), “The Illinois Suffrage Battle”; Sarah Schlund, (BIO, Andrew Methven), “Puccinia marlae-wilsonlae and Claytonia virginica: A Pathogen’s Tale”; Elizabeth Schroeder, (PSY, Margaret Floress), “Aggression in Play Based Assessments”; Clare Smith, (HIS, Newton Key), “Seventeenth-Century Perceptions of the Henrician Reformation in Popular History”; Patrick Snyder, (CHM, Svetlana Mitrovski), “Electrochemical Alterations Effect on Strontium Titanate”; Megan Tredway, (CDS, Brenda Wilson), “Cognitive Aspects of Stuttering”; Nathan Ulrich, (CHM, Sean Peebles), “A Novel Approach for the Characterization of Unstable Ionic Species, Using Fourier Transform Microwave Spectroscopy and a Fermion Emission Source”; Suzanne Walker, (CHM, Gopal Periyannan), “Characterization of the B-Ketoadipate Pathway in Caulobacter crescentus: Secrets of Pollutant Organic Compound Degradation.”

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Committee congratulate these recipients.

JOHN PAUL STIMAC, Dean, Honors College
Posted: Nov 06, 2012

Eastern recently received word that three of its entries in the 2012 Pride of CASE V Awards were selected as winners.

Each year, CASE (the Council for Advancement and Support of Education) presents its Pride of CASE V Awards program, honoring institutions and individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the concept and execution of advancement programs and communications. Award-winners are chosen from entries submitted by the nearly 400 universities and colleges represented in Great Lakes District V (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin).

Eastern’s Communications, Marketing and Brand Strategies office learned that it received a Gold Award in the Best Program in Case Statements/Cultivation Publications category for its “EI&U: Expect Greatness” case statement booklet--the anchor print piece for the “EI&U: Expect Greatness” capital campaign. The $50 million goal of the campaign was surpassed two years early, and the case statement was deemed an integral part of that overall success.

In addition, Eastern received two Bronze Awards in the Excellence in Photography category: one for “Cavalier at Dusk” under People and Portraits and one for “IHSA State Track and Field Hipstamatic Style” under Photo Essay.

“Cavalier at Dusk,” designed to highlight an ongoing activity taking place on campus and the facilities that are available for groups to use, featured a scene from the world-famous Cavalier drum corps on the EIU campus as its prepared for its competitive tour leading up to the Drum Corp International competition.

“IHSA State Track and Field Hipstamatic Style” is a photo essay taken during the IHSA State Track and Field meet, which is hosted by EIU annually. Several photographers made a challenge to shoot the event exclusively using iPhones.

Photographer Jay Grabiec and designer Pete Taylor were responsible for the photography entries.

The awards will be officially presented during the CASE District V and VI annual conference, scheduled to take place in Chicago in December.

The School of Business is proud to announce that Michael Dobbs, assistant professor of management, was honored with the Best Paper Award at the 23rd annual Conference of the American Society for Competitiveness in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 26, 2012. Dobbs' paper, “Porter’s Five Forces in Practice: Templates for Firm and Case Analysis,” describes the tools he developed for strategic management students to utilize Michael Porter’s "Five Forces" industry analysis framework. The paper was selected as the top paper out of the more than 100 submitted for presentation at the conference.


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