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Oct 21, 2017


News from Old Main

Monthly Payroll Deadline for November

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, new contracts, contract changes, Request for Supplemental Personal Service Payment forms, or any other item affecting the November monthly payroll must be received in the Human Resources Employment Office by Friday, November 10. Any requests for payment received after that date will be processed in the December payroll.

If you have questions, please contact Carol Galey at,/a>, or Cindy Maples at

Carol Galey, Human Resources
Posted: Oct 20, 2017

ALERT: SURS Self-managed Members Receiving Unsolicited Emails

EIU has been notified by the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) that Self-Managed Plan (SMP) Members could be receiving unsolicited e-mails from the following e-mail accounts:

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If you have received or receive emails of this nature, please know that these are unauthorized e-mails and SURS is not affiliated with this company nor do they recommend or endorse this company. Due to the number of complaints SURS has received, they have issued two cease and desist letters upon this company in an effort to stop this activity.

Linda Holloway, VPBA Office
Posted: Oct 19, 2017

2017-18 Winter Holiday Information

The university will be closed in observance of Christmas and New Year's on Eastern's four official holidays: Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 25 and 26; and Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 1 and 2. Employees may use accrued leave or leave without pay, with supervisor approval, from Monday, Dec. 18, through Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Employees who are in probationary status will be allowed to use any available accrued leave or take leave without pay during this time. Probationary employees who wish to use accrued leave during the holiday period must complete the Civil Service Employee Request for Accrued Leave During Probation form available in the Benefits Office. Supervisors are encouraged to approve such time-off requests unless the employment is required for essential duties during that period. Should an employee choose to take leave without pay, please note that accrued leave, sick leave and service credit will not be earned.

Please note that the following eligibility rules apply for holiday compensation. Employees must be in an approved pay status, with or without pay, on the last scheduled work day before the holiday and the first scheduled work day following the holiday in order to receive holiday pay. Employees who are subject to the provisions of a prevailing-rate area agreement or a collective bargaining agreement will be paid according to the terms of the respective agreement.

In order to conserve energy, building temperatures will be reduced Monday, Dec. 18, through Monday, Jan 2. Inquiries regarding this information may be directed to the Benefits Office at (217) 581-5825.

Happy holidays!

Linda Holloway, VPBA Office
Posted: Oct 19, 2017

Support the Non-negotiated Civil Service Scholarship Fund

The Non-Negotiated Civil Service Council is excited to offer fresh holiday wreaths, garland, and centerpieces in an effort to boost the Civil Service Council Scholarship Fund. You can read more about the scholarship and the council at

The wreaths are fresh and will be delivered the week after Thanksgiving. Orders are due November 6.

Please contact one of your council members to place your order.

Rhonda Nichols, Information Technology Services
Posted: Oct 18, 2017

Kids Day Out: Saturday, Nov. 4 -- Zootopia

Education Scholars Program will host its Fall 2017 Kids Day Out: Hoppin' to Kids Day Out with Zootopia for children PK (generally 3 years old) through 6th grade on Saturday, November 4th from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Buzzard Hall. This Fall we will be featuring the movie Zootopia with all of our activities centered around themes associated with the movie. There will be games, crafts, a movie and tons of other activities. There is no cost for this event but space is limited so register now. To register, send your child's (grandchildren or other relatives are welcome) name and grade as well as your name, email address, and phone number to Doug Bower at The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 31st.

Douglas Bower, CEPS Dean
Posted: Oct 17, 2017

Livingston C. Lord Scholarship: Nominations due November 17

The EIU Alumni Association requests your assistance in obtaining nominations for the 2018 Livingston C. Lord Scholarship. The scholarship was established by the Association in honor of Eastern's first president and for decades has been considered the University's most prestigious award for academic excellence. Of particular note: It is the only scholarship for which the recipients are honored annually during the spring commencement ceremony. The monetary award for each of the five scholarships presented in 2017 was $7,536.79.

Please keep in mind that it is possible for more than one student from a department to receive this scholarship and we would welcome multiple nominations.

The selection committee will evaluate the nominations on the basis of the individuals' potential for success in their careers. If the committee determines the qualifications of the candidates are equal, financial need will then be considered.

Should you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please contact the office at (217) 581-3619 or via e-mail at To link to the nomination form, please click here. Thank you in advance for your time and support!

Nominations are due Friday, November 17, 2017.

Christy Turner, Alumni Services
Posted: Oct 17, 2017

WEIU FM and TV Hosting Governor's Hometown Award Video Viewing, Celebration Reception October 23

WEIU FM and TV -- your public broadcasting station licensed to the Board of Trustees of Eastern Illinois University -- is inviting the public to a viewing of the video that helped Charleston win the Governor's Hometown Award for our beautiful Lake View Trails.

WEIU partnered with the City of Charleston to produce a 22-minute video that was shown to the judges in Springfield, IL. This video represented a visual illustration, along with a presentation given by City of Charleston officials, that ultimately led to this outstanding recognition for the community.

WEIU invites you to come to the Buzzard Auditorium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University for a 6:30 p.m. video viewing and celebration reception Monday, October 23. Station tours will be available following the reception.

Ke'an Armstrong, Radio-TV Program
Posted: Oct 16, 2017

Annual Ethics Training Oct. 16 - Nov. 14
All EIU employees must complete ethics training every calendar year. Employees who are employed 50 percent or more will complete the training online at between Oct. 17 and Nov. 15. Those employees required to take the online training will receive specific instructions, including user ID and password, on or after Oct. 16 in a letter from President Glassman. Please complete the state ethics training course as soon as possible. You will receive an automated email reminder each Monday morning and a notice in PAWS until you have completed the ethics training. If you are on an excused absence, you must complete ethics training as soon as you return to work. If you have questions or if you are unable to complete this training due to computer unavailability or any other reason, please contact Linda Holloway at (217) 581-6047 or email Thank you for your cooperation in completing this annual training requirement. Please visit our website at for more information.

Linda Holloway, Human Resources
Posted: Oct 15, 2017

Booth Library adds 500+ items to its Collections

Booth Library has acquired and cataloged 508 new items. The full list can be viewed here. These acquisitions include donations to the library, re-cataloged library items, freely available government publications, and consortium-wide purchases.

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 (217) 581-7551 or email if you have questions.

David Bell, Library
Posted: Oct 13, 2017

EIU to Host One-of-a-Kind Fall Education Job Fair November 1

EIU's Fall Education Job Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, in the Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union. This event is open to all candidates seeking positions in teaching, school administration and special services.

EIU hosts the only fall event of this kind in Illinois...let's show potential regional employers that EIU is the place to go for recruitment events by encouraging a high turn-out of candidates!

Please encourage all students to attend and share this information with alumni. Verification of your students' attendance can be provided after the event. Faculty: Feel free to stop by the event and introduce yourself to our employers and welcome them to campus!

Schools will be seeking candidates to fill mid-year and anticipated vacancies for the next school year. Students should bring plenty of resumes and dress professionally.

TEACH Week events will also be held to help students get ready for the fair starting Oct. 23.

Attending schools/organizations and details about TEACH Week can be found at

See you at the fair!

Diane Smith, Career Services
Posted: Oct 05, 2017

Wear Your EIU Blue on October 9 and November 10 to Support Admissions!

The Office of Admissions will be hosting EIU Open House days on Monday, October 9 and Friday, November 10 when we will welcome hundreds of Future Panthers and their families! These are perfect opportunities to showcase Eastern Illinois University and the friendly, welcoming environment we are known for!

Be sure to wear your EIU blue on these days and welcome each Future Panther you meet!

Also, please join us these Monday mornings as we welcome our prospective students and families. Check-in will be located in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Concourse from 7:45 to 9 a.m., with our welcome program beginning at 9 a.m.

Do you know of any family members or friends who may be interested in Eastern Illinois University? Tell them about our Open House programs or pass their contact information along to us in admissions so we can reach out to them about becoming a #FuturePanther!

If you have any further questions, please contact our Associate Director of Admissions for Recruitment, Brittany Tierney, at or call (217) 581-7520.


Brittany Tierney, Admissions
Posted: Oct 05, 2017

Try-It! Illinois Statewide Database Trial Returns!

Try-It! Illinois database trial will be available from October 3 through November 30, 2017. This is an opportunity to access a variety of electronic resources that are not normally available to the university community. Try-It! Illinois is sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library. To access Try-It, Illinois, visit the Booth Library homepage and click on the Try-It, Illinois link in the News & Resources Section.

Karen Whisler, Library Services
Posted: Oct 03, 2017

2017 EIU Homecoming Little Prince and Little Princess Applications Sought

The 2017 Homecoming Committee is now accepting applications for the "Let the Good Times Roar" 2017 EIU Homecoming Little Prince and Little Princess. Children/grandchildren of students, faculty, and staff between the ages of four (4) and eight (8) years of age are welcome to apply. Please submit an application online here.

Submissions must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, October 6 to be considered.

LAUREL L FUQUA, Student Life
Posted: Sep 21, 2017

EIU Homecoming 2017 Race, Parade Participation Information

Members of the EIU and Charleston communities are invited to participate in the annual EIU Homecoming 2.5k Race on Saturday, October 21. Divisions will consist of Walk, Run, Roll (Wheelchair). Top finishers in each category will be recognized. To register, click here. Preregister prior to October 7 for $10. Late/Same-day registration is $15. T-shirts will be available for $5 before October 7.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. on the corner of 7th Street and Lincoln Avenue. Registration and check-in at Old Main Foyer begins at 8 a.m. All proceeds will go to the EIU Recreation Administration Student & Honors organizations to assist with continued education opportunities. For additional information about the race, please contact Diane Ratliff at (217) 549-6815 or email

Following the race, the EIU Homecoming Parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. and follow the traditional route using 7th, Monroe, Polk, and Division Streets. The annual EIU Homecoming Parade consists of over 100 campus/community parade entries and features a Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal, Distinguished EIU Alumni, decorated cars, bands, banners and floats.

EIU groups wishing to be in the parade can apply here.

Community entries also can apply to participate here.

LAUREL L FUQUA, Student Life
Posted: Sep 21, 2017


Applications for individuals planning to student teach in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 are now available through the Department of Student Teaching website. If you are interested in completing part of your student teaching overseas through the COST Program (Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching) more information is available on the student teaching website as well.

To complete (or update) the application you will need a current transcript (PAWS transcript is fine), an up-to-date resume (saved as a pdf), and a writing sample addressing specific criteria (saved as a pdf). If you need assistance with preparing your resume, please contact Career Services. Specification/requirements for the writing sample can be found here. Be very careful to select the proper semester and year in which you plan to student teach. If you plan to student teach in Fall 2019 or later you do not need to apply at this time.

Completed applications for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 are due no later than October 31, 2017. If you have questions, please email Dr. Doug Bower.

Posted: Sep 17, 2017


Please join us in welcoming Josh Reinhart to his new position as public information coordinator for Eastern Illinois University, succeeding Vicki Shaw-Woodard as the university's primary media contact.

Please revise your EIU contact information to include the following:

Josh Reinhart
Public Information Coordinator
Eastern Illinois University
O: (217) 581-7400

CHRISTY KILGORE, Marketing and Creative Services
Posted: Sep 06, 2017

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