Jan 03, 2013

 

Miscellaneous

HONORARY DEGREE NOMINATIONS SOUGHT
Nominations for honorary degrees are being accepted by the university's Honorary Degree Committee. Honorary degees may be awarded 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, or those who have made a contribution to the university or higher education. Nomination materials may be obtained by contacting the Office of University Advancement, 1031 Old Main, or online at http://www.eiu.edu/advancement. Completed nominations should be returned to the Office of University Advancement no later than Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

CHERYL L. GILBERT, University Advancement
Posted: Oct 03, 2012


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


PROPOSED REVISION TO BOARD REGULATION 1.F.3.
A proposed revision to Board Regulation 1.F.3. is presented for review to members of the campus community. Click here to view the proposed revision. The Board of Trustees conducted a first reading of the proposal on Nov. 9, 2012, and the Board is expected to discuss and possibly vote on the proposal at its next regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 18, 2013.

Members of the faculty, staff and student body may submit their views and comments in writing, via written correspondence or email, to the chairperson for distribution to the Board together with a recommendation for action on the proposal. Public comment at any Board meeting at which action is taken that is consistent with Board Regulations and the Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120/1, et seq., shall be permitted. Comments may be submitted to Cheryl Gilbert in the Office of the Vice President for University Advancement, located in Room 1031, Old Main, or to clgilbert@eiu.edu.

ROBERT L. MILLER, General Counsel
Posted: Nov 27, 2012


D2L IS COMING -- SPRING 2013 -- ARE YOU READY??
As previously announced, Desire2Learn will replace WebCT as the official EIU learning management system beginning with Spring 2013. WebCT will no longer be used for classes at the end of Fall 2012. Instructors will, however, be able to access WebCT to retrieve content and access grade information for previous classes until June 30, 2013.

GOT CONTENT IN WEBCT?
If you have content in WebCT which you want transferred to Desire2Learn, you must request to have the content migrated. Complete the request to have WebCT content migrated for use in D2L here.

ARE YOU READY FOR D2L?
Many instructors using D2L this semester have indicated ease of use and the fact that D2L is user friendly and more intuitive. However, due to the difference in the interface, the tools and the advanced features, training in Desire2Learn is highly recommended.

Desire2Learn TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:
-- Face-to-Face D2L workshops for faculty will continue through Dec. 7 at the end of fall term and resume on Jan. 3 for the spring term. Go here to view available workshops and to register.

-- Department/group training sessions or individual/one-on-one consultation sessions for D2L can be scheduled by contacting the CATS Training Center at 217-581-8452 or Antoine Thomas at 217-581-8397 or arthomas@eiu.edu.

-- Online, self-directed training tutorials for D2L are available for faculty and staff. Go here to request an account.

-- D2L orientation sessions for students are available beginning with the spring term. Contact Kim Ervin at 217-581-8358 or kservin@eiu.edu for more information.

JULIE A. LOCKETT, Director of Instructional Technology Services, CATS
Posted: Nov 28, 2012


MANDATED REPORTER INFORMATION AND TRAINING
On June 27, 2012, the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA) was amended to include personnel of institutions of higher learning as mandated reporters in the state of Illinois. All faculty, staff and student workers became mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect when this amendment took place.

The Department of Children and Family Services provides online training to help individuals understand their reporting responsibilities. The training is highly recommended; however, it is optional and can be accessed here.

The training will allow you to save and return if you are unable to complete it at one sitting. Please remember your username and password if you should need to access the training at a future date.

For more information on reporting neglect or child abuse, the law and amendment, a link to the DCFS site, and the DCFS reporting number, please visit here. The Department of Children and Family Services will provide an on-campus informational session after the first of the year. More information will be communicated when the session is scheduled.

JULIE A. BENEDICT, Training and Development
Posted: Dec 06, 2012


CAMPUS-WIDE DELL AND APPLE ORDERS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
The Center for Academic Technology Support (CATS), Information Technology Services (ITS), the EIU Bookstore and Purchasing announce the open order period for both Dell and Apple campus-wide purchases for FY13. This order is for campus equipment only. Unfortunately, this is not an opportunity to make personal purchases.

Requests are now being taken through a new web form, which may be accessed here and must be submitted no later than Jan. 15, 2013. NO exceptions please! Prices listed are the maximum any particular configuration will cost. Final pricing will vary depending on the number of machines on the final order.

Because this form also covers inventory and purchasing needs, please submit an order form for each end user. In the case where a single end user is receiving two different pieces of equipment, please submit an order form for each configuration.

Each request will require your vice president’s approval for both encumbering the funds as well as approval for the actual purchase. After the deadline for submission date of Jan. 15, 2013, we will notify your VP that all requests from his area are ready for approval online. He will be able to log in one time and process all approvals. This process is a great improvement from last year’s email procedure and should make things much more efficient for all parties concerned.

Another improvement to last year’s submission process is that you will now be able to review the information you have entered and make corrections prior to submitting your order.

Please direct any questions regarding order processing to Rhonda Brotherton, rfbrotherton@eiu.edu; Apple configurations to Mitch Coe, mhcoe@eiu.edu; or Dell PC configurations to David Emmerich, dpemmerich@eiu.edu.

RHONDA F. BROTHERTON, Administrative Aide, CATS
Posted: Dec 06, 2012


BOOTH LIBRARY HOLIDAY HOURS
Booth Library Holiday Hours for December and January: Booth Library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 17-21, 27 and 28. The library will be closed Dec. 22-26 and Dec. 29 through Jan. 2; however, faculty may call the dean’s office at 581-6061 for admission to use the collection on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. The library will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 3 and 4. The library will resume regular semester hours on Sunday, Jan. 6.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Booth Library
Posted: Dec 11, 2012


OFFICE MAX DELIVERIES: HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
Office Max deliveries will be suspended beginning Monday, Dec. 24, through Tuesday, Jan. 1, for the holidays. The normal delivery schedule resumes Wednesday, Jan. 2. Any questions, please call Penny Walk at 581-7749.

PENNY S. WALK, Purchasing
Posted: Dec 12, 2012


BOOTH LIBRARY ADDED 1,000 NEW TITLES IN NOVEMBER
During the month of November, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,000 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: Dec 12, 2012


STUDENT RECREATION CENTER HOLIDAY HOURS
Come visit the Student Recreation Center during the holidays! Our hours are as follows:
Wednesday, Dec. 12 -- 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, Dec. 13 and 14 -- 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16 -- CLOSED
Monday through Friday, Dec. 17-21 -- 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday through Tuesday, Dec. 22-25 -- CLOSED
Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 26-28 -- 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday through Tuesday, Dec. 29 through Jan. 1 -- CLOSED
Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 2-4 --- 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 5 -- CLOSED
Sunday, Jan. 6 -- Noon to 10 p.m.

Regular SRC hours resume with the start of Spring 2013 classes on Monday, Jan. 7.

SARAH W. DAUGHERTY, Campus Recreation
Posted: Dec 12, 2012


GTC'S WINTER BREAK SCHEDULE
The GTC will be closed from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1. On Jan. 2, 3 and 4, the GTC will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. On Jan. 6, the GTC will resume the regular spring semester hours of 2 to 11:45 p.m. Enjoy the holidays and hope to see you in the new year. Thank you.

CHAD P. ELLIOTT, Director of GTC
Posted: Dec 19, 2012


APPLICATIONS FOR JAENIKE ARTS OUTREACH GRANT PROGRAM INVITED
Grant applications are invited for the Ruth and Vaughn Jaenike Access to the Arts Fund. The application deadline is Feb. 15 (a second deadline is Oct. 1). Music, theatre and visual arts activities are eligible for Jaenike Fund support of up to half of the overall costs. The fund is to encourage the presentation of arts activities and performances for new or under-served audiences, primarily within a 50-mile radius of Charleston. Applications are accepted from schools, non-profit organizations, divisions of EIU, and artists or ensembles. Grants are not awarded for equipment or to artists for creating artworks. Activities must be directed to a primarily non-university audience. For an application or more information, contact Michael Watts, Tarble Arts Center, 217-581-2787, mwatts@eiu.edu.

MICHAEL WATTS, Director, Tarble Arts Center
Posted: Jan 02, 2013


LMS LINK CHANGES ON EIU HOMEPAGE
Consistent with our transition from WebCT to Desire2Learn as our learning management system for Spring 2013, the links on the EIU homepage will be changing. Beginning on Jan. 2, 2013, the link in the upper-right corner of the EIU homepage will read “eiu online.” This will link to the current page containing the log-in for Desire2Learn. The link to the WebCT log-in will remain on the EIU Online page for faculty access to previous classes. The WebCT link on the EIU homepage will be removed.

Questions? Contact Julie Lockett at jalockett@eiu.edu.

JULIE A. LOCKETT, Director of Instructional Technology Services, CATS
Posted: Jan 02, 2013


BOOTH LIBRARY ADDED 868 NEW TITLES IN DECEMBER
During the month of December, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 868 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: Jan 03, 2013


 


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