Apr 25, 2013

 

Miscellaneous

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM HANDBOOK
This fall WAC produced a Writing Across the Curriculum Handbook that provides guidelines, recommendations and ideas for assignments and activities that all faculty members can use. In addition, the appendix provides sample assignment sheets and writing-related handouts that you are welcome to use in your classes.

Until the WAC website moves to a newer template, the director of WAC will disseminate the handbook via email. If you're interested in getting a copy of the WAC handbook, please email Tim N. Taylor (tntaylor@eiu.edu).

In the coming years, the WAC committee plans to solicit more sample assignments and activities to showcase in subsequent WAC handbooks. If you are interested in sharing any documents that facilitate a process approach to writing in your classes or if you have any sample writing-to-learn activities that work for you, please send them to the director of WAC (tntaylor@eiu.edu).

We will collect assignments and activities this year for the 2013/2014 edition of the EIU WAC handbook. As in this edition, contributors' names will be noted in the table of contents.

TIMOTHY N. TAYLOR, WAC
Posted: Nov 16, 2012


WAC HANDBOOK AVAILABLE ON THE NEW WAC WEBSITE
The 2012-13 Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Handbook and Appendix is now available on the redesigned WAC website.

The handbook provides guidelines, recommendations and ideas for assignments and activities that all faculty members can use. In addition, the appendix provides sample assignment sheets and writing-related handouts that you are welcome to use in your classes.

In the coming years, the WAC committee plans to solicit more sample assignments and activities to showcase in subsequent WAC Handbooks. If you are interested in sharing any documents that facilitate a process approach to writing in your classes or if you have any sample writing-to-learn activities that work for you, please send them to the director of WAC (tntaylor@eiu.edu).

This year, we will collect assignments and activities for the 2013/2014 edition of the EIU WAC Handbook. As in this edition, contributors' names will be noted in the table of contents.

TIM N. TAYLOR, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum
Posted: Jan 08, 2013


YEAR-END PROCUREMENT DEADLINES
FY14 is open in Banner, and you may now begin putting on your FY14 requisitions. To enter FY14 requisitions, you must change the transaction date and delivery date to July 1, 2013.

Please note the following deadlines:
March 4
FY13 large purchase (greater than $40,000) requisitions or FY14 large purchase requisitions that need to be in place by July 1, 2013, must be completed and approved in the Banner system. If you are anticipating a large purchase, but are still in the planning stages and will not be able to meet this March 4, 2013, notify Procurement immediately. These dates are critical, in order to meet the deadlines imposed by the state.

April 26
All FY13 small purchase requisitions (less than $40,000) must be completed and approved in the Banner system. However, the Department of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services must be able to ensure items will be received and invoiced no later than Aug. 1.

NOTE: All equipment purchases must have your vice president's approval prior to entering a requisition. Remember to send your vice president approval with your specifications for all equipment purchases.

We appreciate all departmentsí cooperation and assistance in helping us close out the universityís fiscal year in a timely manner.

SUSAN L. PROPST, Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services
Posted: Feb 20, 2013


CONSIDER RUNNING FOR THE EIU CIVIL SERVICE COUNCIL!
The Civil Service Council is the voice for all civil service non-negotiated employees at EIU.

It is election time, and we are looking for representatives from District 1 (Presidentís Area, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for University Advancement) -- two-year term; District 2 (Vice President for Business Affairs) -- one-year term; and District 3 (Vice President for Student Affairs) -- two-year term.

Elections are open to EIU employees who meet the following criteria: 1) permanent non-negotiated, 2) continuous non-union, 3) non-academic civil service employee, and 4) not an off-campus contract appointment.

Nomination forms can be obtained by visiting the Civil Service Council Web site. Forms should be submitted by campus mail to John Sigler, Facilities Planning and Management, or faxed to 581-5716 no later than May 10. Questions? Please email jsigler@eiu.edu or call 581-7221.

MICHELLE L. MORGAN, EIU Civil Service Council
Posted: Feb 25, 2013


PROTECT YOURSELF FROM PHISHING
Phishing is the Number 1 cyber-security threat facing EIU. Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to steal sensitive information such as passwords and financial details. Information Technology Servicesí Information Security unit is working to educate the campus community about the dangers of phishing. If you receive a suspicious email asking you for personal information or your password, do not click on any link contained in the message or respond to the sender. Instead, forward the message to the Information Security unit at phishing@eiu.edu. To keep informed about recent phishing scams at Eastern, follow Information Securityís Twitter feed at EIU_InfoSec.

MICHAEL A. GIOIA, Assistant Director of Information Security -- ITS
Posted: Mar 20, 2013


REQUEST FOR SCANNABLE FORMS
The Office of Testing and Evaluation requests that any scannable Blue (T-1) or Green (T-1) forms that are not going be used during the remainder of the current semester be delivered to our office at Ninth Street Hall. If you have any questions, please call 581-5986. Thanks.

JENNIFER L. SMITH, Office of Testing and Evaluation
Posted: Mar 27, 2013


BOOTH LIBRARY ADDED 1,523 NEW TITLES IN MARCH
During the month of March, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,523 new titles. The list can be viewed here. 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 klwhisler@eiu.edu if you have any questions.

DAVID S. BELL, Librarian/Booth Library
Posted: Apr 05, 2013


SCANNABLE FORM DISTRIBUTION CHANGE
The Office of Testing and Evaluation will no longer be able to provide faculty with T3 (green, half-sheet, 60-item) or T1 (blue, full-sheet, 200-item) scannable forms. We will now be distributing our new pink (200-item) scannable form in their place. Please stop by our front desk at Ninth Street Hall if you need the new form.

We are still able to scan the T3 and T1 forms and we ask that you please use what you have. However, if you have T3 and T1 forms, but do not have enough to administer an exam, we ask that you please send them to the Office of Testing and Evaluation. Thanks!

JENNIFER L. SMITH, Office of Testing and Evaluation
Posted: Apr 16, 2013


ONLINE EVALUATION ADMINISTRATION
The Office of Testing and Evaluation would like to remind all faculty and advisers utilizing the online evaluation administration system this semester to request students to take the surveys. The email invitations will be sent throughout the end of the semester to the studentsí EIU email accounts. The subject line will read as follows: EIU Faculty/Course or Adviser Online Evaluation. Please let the students know they may access the evaluations with any electronic media that has an internet connection (i.e., PC, Mac, laptop, smartphone or tablet). The email will include the link for the evaluation. The evaluations can even be accessed in the classroom setting if the administrator so chooses. For further questions, please contact Carrie Gossett at the Office of Testing and Evaluation -- cegossett@eiu.edu or 581-5986.

CARRIE E. GOSSETT, Office of Testing and Evaluation
Posted: Apr 16, 2013


GREGG TECHNOLOGY CENTER EXTENDED HOURS
Starting on April 22, the Gregg Technology Center will be extending its hours to give you more time to do research, study for examinations or just "de-stress."

GTC Extended Computer Lab Hours, starting April 22 and ending on May 3:
Monday through Thursday, April 22-25 -- 6 a.m.-1:45 a.m.
Friday, April 26 -- Does not close
Saturday, April 27 -- Open 24 hours
Sunday, April. 28: Open until 1:45 a.m. on Apr. 29
Monday, April 29, through Thursday, May 2: 6 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
Friday, May 3: 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

CHAD P. ELLIOTT, Gregg Technology Center
Posted: Apr 16, 2013


STAFF SENATE ELECTIONS REMINDER
Staff Senate elections will take place on Monday and Tuesday, April 29 and 30, via electronic ballot. Members may vote any time between 12:01 a.m. Monday until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. To vote, go here to log on and enter your EIU user name and password. Thank you and PLEASE VOTE!

Staff Senate Election Committee

CHRISTINA H. JENKINS, Staff Senate
Posted: Apr 22, 2013


UPDATED MANUAL FOR GRADE SUBMISSION THROUGH EIU ONLINE (DESIRE2LEARN/D2L)
Grade submission through EIU online (D2L) is now available for final grades. The "Export Grades to Banner" option is now visible in the EIU online (D2L) grade book for spring courses. A NEW UPDATED detailed guide for the grade submission process through EIU online can be downloaded here. Be sure to use this updated manual and not the link to the manual previously published.

Final grades submitted to Banner MUST be letter grades. Therefore, you need to follow the instructions in the manual to convert your final numeric grades to letter grades before exporting to Banner.

Of course, grades can always be submitted manually in Banner as in the past by logging in to PAWS.

Questions regarding the grade submission process can be directed to the CATS Training Center at 581-8452 or Antoine Thomas (581-8397, arthomas@eiu.edu). Technical issues with grade submission through EIU online can be directed to Janel Moore (581-7625 or jmoore@eiu.edu) or to the ITS Help Desk at 581-HELP.

For questions regarding grades or grade submission through PAWS/Banner, contact the Records Office at 581-3511.

JULIE LOCKETT, Director of Instructional Technology Services
Posted: Apr 25, 2013


 


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