Sep 14, 2013

 

Miscellaneous

IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING SCANTRON EXAMS
An upgrade to our scanning software has enabled the Office of Testing and Evaluation to provide faculty with Item Analysis Reports when combining multiple versions (test forms) of an exam.

When multiple test forms are scanned together (combined), you will receive one of each requested report for all versions of the exam combined; however, reports that provide data pertaining to individual questions (e.g., item analysis, test item statistics) will be provided separately for each version. For example, if you have two versions of an exam and select the Standard Report Set, you will receive one Student Statistics Report with all examinees listed, one Class Frequency Distribution Report for all examinees, and two Condensed Item Analysis Reports -- one for each version. When utilizing this option, please ensure that all examinees blacken the appropriate test form circle on their forms. Scanned forms that do not have the appropriate circle blackened will not be scored with the corresponding key.

Please see the Faculty Scoring Guide here for more information regarding multiple test versions and available reports.

JENNIFER L. SMITH, Office of Testing and Evaluation
Posted: Aug 05, 2013


LIBRARY OFFERS ACCESS TO HUNDREDS OF ONLINE-STREAMING VIDEOS
Thanks to a new database at Booth Library, faculty, staff and students now have access to hundreds of videos that stream online. The videos focus on American history, counseling, dance, ethnography and LGBT studies.

The video collections include content that's online exclusively through Alexander Street Press from partners such as The History Channel, Bullfrog, Chronoscope, Universal Newsreel, United News and more. Also included are documentaries and series from PBS.

For more information, visit the library website, contact your subject librarian or call the library reference desk at 581-6072.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Booth Library
Posted: Aug 14, 2013


INTERNAL GOVERNING POLICIES AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES BYLAWS, POLICIES AND REGULATIONS
The Internal Governing Policies are available on the Web here. Also note that the Board of Trustees' Bylaws, Policies and Regulations are also on the Web. See here for those. These documents have also been placed in the reference section of Booth Library.

BILLIE L. RAWLINGS, Office of Academic Affairs
Posted: Aug 16, 2013


ACHIEVEMENT AND CONTRIBUTION AWARD
Nominations for the Achievement and Contribution Award (ACA) are due to Brian Pritschet, Department of Kinesiology and Sports Studies, by 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. To be eligible for an ACA, tenured/tenure-track faculty must have completed at least one full academic year of employment in Bargaining Unit A and must not have been an ACA recipient last year. The first week of classes, information about the ACA is available under the Contract heading on the Vice President for Academic Affairs website. (See here.)

BILLIE L. RAWLINGS, Office of Academic Affairs
Posted: Aug 16, 2013


PRE-RETIREMENT SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS
Faculty eligible to apply for pre-retirement summer assignments must do so by Oct. 15, 2013. An application for the pre-retirement summer assignment obligation may be obtained here. To be eligible, faculty must have completed 15 years of service at the university in Unit A, must have an annual appointment that does not exceed 10 months, must not be on retraining leave or leave without salary, must not have previously received an approved university pre-retirement session assignment, and must declare a firm retirement date, under the provisions of Article 6.9.b.(1) of the EIU-UPI Unit A Agreement. Approval of eligible faculty members' requests for pre-retirement summer assignments will be made by Nov. 15, 2013.

BILLIE L. RAWLINGS, Office of Academic Affairs
Posted: Aug 16, 2013


JOURNALISM CLASSES CREATE IPAD MAGAZINE
Two journalism classes in Spring 2013 created an iPad magazine -- Generation Overload (GO Magazine). Stories were written by students in Professor Dan Hagen's feature writing class and the design and production work was done by Liz Viall's advanced publication design class. To access the magazine, go to the Apple App Store and search for "Generation Overload." The app is free.

JAMES TIDWELL, Journalism
Posted: Aug 16, 2013


APPLICATIONS FOR JAENIKE ARTS OUTREACH GRANT PROGRAM INVITED
Grant applications are invited for the Ruth and Vaughn Jaenike Access to the Arts Fund. The fall application deadline is Oct. 1 (a second deadline is Feb. 15). Applications for arts programs from schools and non-profit organizations, including divisions of EIU, are eligible for grant support for up to half of the overall costs. The fund is to encourage the presentation of the arts to new or underserved audiences; a priority is on service to people within a 50-mile radius of Charleston. Activities must be directed to a primarily non-university audience, though university faculty and students may be included as audience members or as participants. Grants are not awarded for the purchase of equipment or directly to artists or ensembles. The fund is administered by the Tarble Arts Center for the College of Arts & Humanities. For an application or for more information contact Michael Watts, Tarble Arts Center, at 217-581-2787, mwatts@eiu.edu.

MICHAEL WATTS, Director, Tarble Arts Center
Posted: Aug 26, 2013


PAINT THE TOWN BLUE -- HOMECOMING 2013: HOMECOMING SPIRIT T-SHIRTS
The EIU Homecoming Committee invites members of the EIU community to show their school spirit by purchasing a Homecoming Spirit T-shirt! Spirit T-shirts are ON SALE NOW between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Student Activity Center (across from Copy Express) in the MLK Jr. Union. Each Friday during September and October has been designated “Bleed Blue” Spirit Friday and EIU students, faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to wear their Spirit T-shirts and show their school pride! For an order form, email Laurel Fuqua at llfuqua@eiu.edu or call 581-5522. (A Homecoming 2013 [Oct. 18-20] activity.)

LAUREL L. FUQUA, Student Life
Posted: Aug 27, 2013


MILITARY STUDENT ASSISTANCE CENTER IS UP AND RUNNING
Over the summer, the Office of Veterans Services had a name change to Military Student Assistance Center. President Perry approved the name change on July 24, 2013. Coordinator Stephen Knotts says the name is a better reflection on the scope of the office’s mission. “We provide support and opportunities for all military students, including veterans, current military personnel and family dependents.”

Knotts has also been working hard to simplify several processes for both the university and military students. One example is the Military Student Assistance Center verifies all military students and keeps the veteran records. Now, military students only need to give a copy of their records to the Military Student Assistance Center, and the MSAC distributes to offices that need verification.

Questions? Call 217-581-7888 or email veterans@eiu.edu.

STEPHEN KNOTTS, Military Student Assistance Coordinator
Posted: Aug 27, 2013


LIBRARY OFFERS ACCESS TO OXFORD ISLAMIC STUDIES ONLINE; REGISTER NOW

For a limited time, Booth Library patrons can access Oxford Islamic Studies Online. This database, which covers global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics and culture, will be available to the community through Dec. 31, 2014.

EIU faculty members are encouraged to attend a one-hour training session on Tuesday, Oct. 8, to learn how to take full advantage of its features in classes. Sign up to attend either the noon or 2 p.m. orientation by emailing Pam Ortega at pfortega@eiu.edu.

Access to Oxford Islamic Studies Online is part of the "Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys" series. In addition to receiving access to Oxford Islamic Studies Online, Booth Library will host a five-part, scholar-led discussion series on the theme “Pathways of Faith” during the Spring 2014 semester.

"Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys," a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.

For more information on the Oxford Islamic Studies Online database or the "Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys" series, visit the library website.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Booth Library
Posted: Aug 28, 2013


1,038 NEW ITEMS ADDED TO BOOTH LIBRARY COLLECTIONS
During the month of August, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,038 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, Booth Library
Posted: Sep 06, 2013


LINCOLN ACADEMY OF ILLINOIS AWARD
Faculty and staff are invited to nominate an outstanding senior from the 2013-2014 graduating class to be Eastern's student laureate recipient of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois Award. Criteria for selection are academic achievement and overall excellence in curricular and extra-curricular activities. The recipient will attend an awards ceremony and luncheon in Springfield on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, where he/she will be presented the Lincoln Academy medallion, a certificate of achievement, and a check in the amount of $1,000 in recognition of outstanding achievement. Nomination forms may be obtained in the Vice President for Student Affairs office, 1211 Old Main, or from the Student Affairs web page (look under Scholarships). The completed form, accompanied by a letter of nomination, must be returned to the Vice President for Student Affairs office, 1211 Old Main, no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.

HOLLY A. COX, Student Affairs
Posted: Sep 09, 2013


REGISTERED STUDENT ORGANIZATION REGISTRATION
It is time for Registered Student Organizations at EIU to re-register for the FY 2013-14 academic year. The deadline to re-register your student organization is Sept. 30, 2013. Registering your student organization will allow you to maintain your current active status and standing as a Registered Student Organization at EIU for the upcoming academic year. Failure to re-register your RSO will result in the loss of active status and campus scheduling privileges.

If you are no longer serving in your primary role as the student organization adviser of record, please email the Student Life Office of your change in status at slo@eiu.edu. To begin updating your RSO information, you may go online to this website.

DENISE R. LOVE, Office of Student Programs
Posted: Sep 10, 2013


STAFF SENATE VACANCIES
Staff Senate is currently seeking new representatives from the Non-Negotiated Trades and the Administrative & Professional employee groups to fill vacancies on the Staff Senate. Open positions include one position from Administrative & Professional and one position from Non-Negotiated Trades. Participation in Staff Senate would begin immediately and require appointment through June 30, 2014. The positions will then be voted upon in the next general election, with terms beginning July 1, 2014.

If you are interested in becoming a staff senator from one of these areas, please submit a one-paragraph letter of interest to Antoine Thomas, CATS; Angie Campbell, Student Insurance; or Christine Edwards, Office of Financial Aid. Call 581-8397 if you have questions. Nomination petitions must be received by 3 p.m. Oct. 1, 2013.

Staff Senate meetings are open to the public, and questions or comments are appreciated.

ANTOINE R. THOMAS, President of Staff Senate
Posted: Sep 10, 2013


REVISED INTERNAL GOVERNING POLICY
Internal Governing Policy #14 -- Employment and Recruitment Procedures for Faculty and Academic Support Professional Positions, Continuing and Temporary was recently revised with the approval of the president. Please take time to review this change.

LEIGH A. COTTINGHAM, Internal Auditing
Posted: Sep 13, 2013


 


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