Apr 24, 2014


News from Old Main

Dan Nadler, EIU's vice president for student affairs, has been appointed interim athletic director by President Bill Perry. Nadler will serve in the interim position, in addition to remaining in his vice presidential role, as former athletic director Barbara Burke departs for her new position at Tulane University. Burke will take over as deputy director of athletics/chief operating officer beginning Monday, April 28.

Perry has also announced that Bob Martin, vice president for university advancement, will serve as the chair of the athletic director search committee.

“We will move forward in an efficient manner with the goal of having a new director in place by Aug. 1, 2014,” Nadler said. "During the interim, we will work hard as a team to continue the excitement and excellence Barbara Burke has created at EIU. We will continue to keep our student-athletes as the cornerstone of our efforts, striving to maximize their academic, athletic and personal development. “

RICH MOSER, Associate Athletic Director/Media & Public Relations
Posted: Apr 24, 2014

Just in time for Arbor Day this Friday (April 25), Eastern Illinois University has been named one of the nation’s “Tree Campuses” for the fourth year in a row. The designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation recognizes the importance EIU places on its campus tree program and effective campus forest management. In addition, the university had to meet other requirements including having a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program and a student service-learning project promoting healthy trees.

"We recognize the importance of trees on our campus,” said Andy Methven, a biological sciences professor who encouraged EIU to submit its application. “They are essential to creating a beautiful and welcoming campus, and they also help keep our air and water clean.”

Methven noted that a number of trees on Eastern’s campus have been recognized locally as “trees of distinction” and that some are several hundred years old. “This simply wouldn’t be the same campus without our trees and it is wonderful to be recognized for our work in maintaining the trees we have and for the university’s work in constantly working to plant additional specimens,” he said.

The Tree Campus USA program was launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and is sponsored by Toyota. The program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

PATRICK EARLY, Communications, Marketing and Brand Strategies
Posted: Apr 23, 2014

For several years, Eastern Illinois University has used a 4.5-day summer workweek for many areas on campus to promote energy efficiency and save approximately $500,000 in utility costs. For this summer, the administration again asks employees, whose work assignments allow, to compress their normal five-day workweek into a 4.5-day workweek.

Campus-wide summer office hours will be in effect from Monday, May 12, through Friday, Aug. 15, excluding the two holiday weeks of Tuesday, May 27, through Friday, May 30, and Monday, June 30, through Thursday, July 3. When summer office hours are in effect, all offices must be open Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. until noon. All administrative offices (and others where possible) will remain open during the lunch hour, Monday through Thursday. Because of ongoing operational needs, offices including, but not limited to, the President's Office, Admissions, Financial Aid, Bursar’s/Cashier’s Office, University Police, Booth Library and the Renewable Energy Center, will keep regular business hours and remain open on Friday afternoons.

Holidays will be observed on Monday, May 26, for Memorial Day and Friday, July 4, for Independence Day. For the holiday weeks of May 27–30 and June 30–July 3, all offices must be open for regular business hours from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Classes scheduled to meet on Friday afternoons will be relocated to buildings where the air conditioning will remain on. Employees are to work with supervisors to ensure that a 37.5-hour workweek is accomplished. Each office is to change voice mail, signs and other public communication to reflect its summer hours. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, Aug. 18. Questions may be directed to the Human Resources office.

WILLIAM WEBER, Vice President for Business Affairs
Posted: Apr 11, 2014

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