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Feb 23, 2018


News from Old Main

Geology/Geography to Host National Geographic Pre-Screening of Will Smith-Narrated Earth Documentary March 8

The Department of Geology and Geography has the honor of prescreening a new docu-series by National Geographic titled, "One Strange Rock." It is a "mind bending, thrilling journey that explores the fragility and wonder of planet Earth - one of the most peculiar, unique places in the universe."

Narrated by Will Smith, it features perspectives from 10 astronauts on the wonders of the Earth as seen from space. EIU's prescreening will take place from 12:30 to 2pm March 8 in Room 3040 of the Physical Science Building. Light refreshments provided. The nationwide broadcast will be on March 26.

See the teaser video here.

Diane Burns, Geology-Geography
Posted: Feb 20, 2018

GlobalFest Illinois March 3

Foreign language students and teachers from high schools/middle schools in Illinois will come to EIU for a day of celebration of world languages and culture during GlobalFest from 8:30am to 4:30pm on March 3. Locations include Lantz gymnasium, Coleman Hall, and the Doudna Fine Arts Center.

GlobalFest has been an Illinois tradition for over 25 years. This year, participants will enjoy immersion language rooms, cultural discovery rooms, global connections quiz bowl, and more.

Please volunteer at this exciting event by signing up at Volunteers can also contact Kristin Routt by emailing or calling (217)

For more information, visit, or contact Christiane Eydt-Beebe, Chair of Foreign Languages by emailing or calling (217) 581-5562.

Christiane Eydt-Beebe, Foreign Languages
Posted: Feb 19, 2018

2018 Sexual Harassment Training

Public Act 100-0554 (Senate Bill 4020) amended the Ethics Act to require state employees to complete annual sexual harassment training beginning in 2018.

New employees are required to complete training within 30 days after commencement of employment. New employees includes the classification of new hire, reappointment, re-employment, and re-hire. All new employees are also required to complete training on preventing sexual and interpersonal violence. Please visit to access the training programs. Once you have completed the programs, the online system will record your completion. You will also be able to print a certificate of completion for each program. Please provide a copy of the certificates to the Office of Civil Rights & Diversity, 1011 Old Main or via email at If you do not have access to a computer to complete the training, please contact the Office of Civil Rights & Diversity to request a paper booklet.

Shawn Peoples, Civil Rights & Diversity
Posted: Feb 19, 2018

EIU/UIUC Educators' Job Fair March 5th

The EIU/UIUC Spring Educators' Job Fair will be held Monday, March 5 at the University of Illinois Activities and Recreation Center in Champaign, IL. More than 100 schools will be participating.

    Open Fair - 9:30am - 12:30pm
    On-Site Interviews: 1 to 3pm (for students that have scheduled on-site interviews from the Open Fair session) Last year more than 80 interviews were secured by EIU students!
  • Parking is FREE in lot E14. Carpooling is recommended. Shuttles will be available on the campus of University of Illinois to transport students to the ARC Center.

Please share this information and encourage your students -- including underclassmen -- to attend. Faculty are also encouraged to attend. A high EIU turnout will make the EIU brand highly visible and desirable to participating schools. The fair returns to EIU next spring!

Students will need to dress professionally, bring plenty of resumes to distribute, and also bring their Panther ID.

A list of schools that will be recruiting is available at

Diane Smith, Career Services
Posted: Feb 15, 2018

Academic Works Scholarship Platform Training Available

Attention Scholarship Administrators! With the new Academic Works scholarship platform now in place, EIU will host several training sessions teaching users learn how to navigate the Scholarship Review Process.

Please visit the following web address today to sign up for your training!

Brad Green, University Development
Posted: Feb 14, 2018

Kids Day Out Spring 2018 March 24

The Education Scholars Program will host its Spring 2018 Kids Day Out: Adventures with Moana for children PK (generally 3 years old) through 6th grade from 8:30 to 11:30am on Saturday, March 24 in Buzzard Hall.

The event is styled after the movie Moana, with all of the day's activities centered around that themes. There will be games, crafts, a movie and lots 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 Monday, March 19.

Please call (217) 581-2524 with any questions.

Doug Bower, CEPS Dean
Posted: Feb 14, 2018

(Dis)Abilities in the Classroom -- Part of Let's Talk Do Teaching Series

(Dis)abilities in the Classroom, part of Let's Talk Do Teaching series, will take place Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, in 3732 Coleman Hall (note new date and room!)

How do ability and disability intersect? The Faculty Development, which has offered workshops on universal design, invites you to this workshop on ways to meet the needs of students with disabilities in and out of the classroom, and ways to modify course materials for wider (universal) success. The format is a set of opening remarks, followed by a wider discussion.

Presenteres include Abbey Lesko-Youngberg, Assistant Director, Disabilities Services; Gail Richard, Director of Autism Center; and Stephanie Woodley, Assistant Professor, Special Education.

Raquael Logan, Faculty Development
Posted: Feb 14, 2018

Eligible Employees Can Sign Up to Meet with SURS Retirement Counselors on Campus this April

SURS will have retirement counselors on campus on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in the Shelbyville and Sullivan rooms of the MLK Jr. Union. If you wish to speak to a SURS representative on this date, they are now accepting appointments. Please call (800) 275-7877 to obtain the necessary forms for your appointments, or log into your member account from the SURS web page (

Appointments are limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. An eligible employee is entitled to a counseling appointment or estimate once every 12 months.

Amanda Zucco, Benefits Services
Posted: Feb 13, 2018

SURS Offering Group Presentations this April

SURS will have retirement counselors on campus Thursday, April 12, 2018 to conduct group informational seminars. There will be a presentation at 10am for those enrolled in Tier 1 and at 1pm for those enrolled in Tier 2. Presentations will be held in the Charleston/Mattoon Rooms of the MLK Jr. Union.

For those employees unsure as to which tier they belong, please contact SURS at (800) 275-7877 or log onto

Amanda Zucco, Benefits Services
Posted: Feb 13, 2018

The Office of Student Disabilities is now in Room 2022 in 9th Street Hall
An update for faculty,staff and students: The Office of Student Disability Services has moved to room 2022 in 9th Street Hall.

Julie Walters, Student Disability Services Operations
Posted: Feb 12, 2018

Institutional Review Board Positions Available

Ryan Hendrickson, Dean of The Graduate School, is accepting nominations for four available positions on the EIU Institutional Review Board.

The IRB is responsible for reviewing all research involving human subjects in order to assure the protections of the rights and welfare of the participants. The four positions include:

1) One regular voting member from the Department of Psychology
2) One regular voting member from the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences
3) One regular voting member from the College of Education and Professional Studies, and
4) One alternate member from the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences.

Each position will be appointed to serve a three-year term beginning Fall 2018. Faculty and staff wishing to be considered for membership should submit a statement of interest to Cheryl Siddens, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, via letter or e-mail ( by Monday, February 26. Appointments will be announced prior to the end of the spring semester. For more information on the IRB and the available positions, please visit:

Cheryl Siddens, Research and Sponsored Programs
Posted: Feb 11, 2018

Job & Internship Fair March 1

The Spring Job & Internship Fair will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union. This event is open to all majors.

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

Students should bring their student I.D., plenty of resumes and be dressed professionally.

Career Week events will also be held to help students get ready for the fair. Some recruiters will be conducting on-campus interviews the next day.

More information about Career Week events, participating employers and vacancies, and interview opportunities can be found at:

See you at the fair!

Diane Smith, Career Services
Posted: Feb 06, 2018

Faculty-Led Study Abroad Proposals

The Office of Study Abroad has opened the proposal process for new faculty-led programs for calendar year 2019 (spring break and summer). Proposals are submitted online through the Study Abroad website. For more information, and to access the proposal process, visit here. If you have questions, please contact Kurt Olausen at or by calling (217) 581-3390.

Kurt Olausen, Office of Study Abroad
Posted: Feb 02, 2018

WEIU TV Featuring Stories on Local Communities; DVDs Available

WEIU TV is showing "This is Our Story" programs as part of a series on Thursdays at 7pm. The shows focus on local history. The series began with Effingham and will also include Mattoon, Charleston, Paris, Marshall, Arcola, Arthur, and Shelbyville. Each town has local storytellers who share stories about the history, events, and people that shaped their town.WEIU TV will share five to six stories each week. Viewers can also visit us online to learn more about each community, who the storytellers are and what their story topics are at

WEIU TV also offers "This is Our Story" DVD copies of all the communities featured on the program that support the station. For details, call WEIU TV at (217) 581-5956 or visit them online at and click "Donate Now."

WEIU TV broadcasts to 22 counties in East Central Illinois and partly into Vigo County, Indiana.

Ke'an Armstrong, WEIU-TV
Posted: Feb 01, 2018

Events Planned African American Heritage Month February 2018

You are cordially invited to attend the following events scheduled for African American Heritage Month (hereafter AAHM). (Downloadable Calendar Image Here).

  • Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, 6 PM
    AAHM Celebration Kick-Off with Mr. Keven Stonewall, Lumpkin Hall Auditorium, Sponsored by AAHM Committee, Vice President of Student Affairs Office, College of Sciences, Biology Department, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
  • Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, 8:30 AM-4 PM
    EIUnity Diversity Conference, 3rd Floor University Union
  • Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, 3:22 PM
    Black Is...Food For the Soul (Soul Food Dinner), Cultural Center, Sponsored by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. $5 and $7 Dinners Available
  • Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, 7 PM
    Black is...Empowerment (Freestyle/Open MIC), 7th Street Underground, MLK Union, Presented by NAACP
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, 6 PM
    Black is... Knowledge (Black Jeopardy), Coleman Hall, Presented by Black Student Union
  • Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, 6 PM
    How NOT to be Young, Dumb and Broke: Keys to Financial Success!, Phipps Lecture Hall, 1205 Physical Sciences Building, Sponsored by TRIO
  • Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, 9 AM-3 PM
    Basuah HIV/AIDS Testing, Arcola/Tuscola Room, MLK Union, Presented by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
  • Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, 7 PM
    UB Movie: The Wiz! The Panther, The Witch and the Scarecrow, Buzzard Hall Auditorium
  • Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, 7 PM
    "I Gotta Find a PEACE of Mind: Black and Mental Health," presented by Tulie Ceriser, Lumpkin Hall
  • Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, 7 PM
    Black is...Beautiful, Poet/Artist T. Miller, Phipps Lecture Hall, 1205 Physical Sciences Building, Sponsored by UB Mainstage Committee
  • Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, 6 PM
    Powerful Influences of Omega Men, Lumpkin Hall Auditorium, Presented by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, 6-9 PM
    Black is...Creative (Kadija's Paint and Sip), University Ballroom, MLK Union, Sponsored by UB's Special Event and Cultural Arts Committee
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, 6:13 PM
    "Proud Family: Black by Popular Demand," Phipps Lecture Hall, 1205 Physical Sciences Building, Presented by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, 7:06 PM
    Black is...Canvas, 7th Street Underground, MLK Union, Presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, 7 PM
    Ms. Black EIU Pageant, MLK Union, Grand Ballroom
  • Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, 6 PM
    Our Black is...Victorious, Unity Gospel Annual AAHM Gospel Celebration, Wesley United Methodist Church, 2206-4th St., Charleston, IL. 61920, (diagonal from Lawson Hall)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, 6 PM
    A Seat At the Table: How Unfamiliar Situations Create Anxiety for Black Students on College Campuses, Coleman Hall Auditorium, Presented by David Groves
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6 PM
    Dr. Duriel Harris (Scholar and Poet), Doudna Lecture Hall, Sponsored by AAHM Committee, Vice President of Academic Affairs Office, English Department, and the Women''s History and Awareness Month

Georgia Ryan, Office Manager for Office of Minority Affairs
Posted: Jan 30, 2018

University Foundations Instructors Sought

CASA is seeking qualified individuals to teach EIU 1111: University Foundations, Eastern''s freshman seminar, for Fall 2018. Interested people must have at least a master's degree and must work full-time for the University. Graduate students currently pursuing a degree are also encouraged to apply for practicum hours, which must be approved by the graduate''s department. New instructors will be in a team-taught section; returning instructors will teach alone or with a peer leader. Faculty in team-taught sections will receive 1.5 CUs; faculty teaching with a peer leader or alone will receive 2 CUs. ASPs will receive a 12.5% stipend for 4.5 months; civil service and A&Ps without academic rank will receive a $337.50 monthly stipend for 4.5 months for team-taught sections and $450.90 for peer-leader and individual sections. A&Ps with academic rank teach the course in-load. We welcome newcomers as well as returning instructors to this unique and rewarding teaching opportunity. Additional information about the course and the application are available at Please return the application to Dr. Karla Sanders in CASA or through email to Due dates are February 28, 2017 for returning instructors and March 15, 2018 for new instructors. The faculty workshop will be held May 9-10, 2018. Questions may be directed to Dr. Sanders at (217) 581-6056 or

Karla Sanders, CASA Director
Posted: Jan 29, 2018

EIU Student Research and Creative Activity Conference March 23

Eastern Illinois University invites all students doing independent research, scholarship, or creative activity in any discipline to share their work at the Student Research and Creative Activity Conference. There will be diverse opportunities for sharing through posters, short presentations, panels, round-tables, performances, and displays of artwork. Students will have the opportunity to hone their skills as presenters and to talk about their work with fellow students, faculty, and staff from across the university. Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to participate.

Submit your proposal via the conference website at by the deadline: Friday, February 23, 2018.

Richard England, Dean of the Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College
Posted: Jan 29, 2018

Get Your W2s Online Through PAWS

Your 2017 W2 is now available to print in PAWS. By consenting to receive your W2 online you can have immediate access to all your W2s back to 2007.

To activate your W2 consent please follow these directions:

  • Log in to PAWS:
  • Select the EMPLOYEE tab
  • Select TAX FORMS
  • Select 2017, then click DISPLAY
  • A pop-up message will appear indicating you will need to provide CONSENT...Click OK
  • Under MY CHOICE, check the box that indicates you consent to receive your W2 electronically
  • Click SUBMIT

Your consent is now complete.
Printing Your W2

CAUTION: The W2 that will be displayed on screen will not have your social security number. DO NOT PRINT this screen shot!

  • Scroll down the page and click PRINTABLE W2
  • Re-enter your EIU NetID and EIU Net Password
  • Print your W2 using your browser commands. Note: You may wish to change the print size and format (ie, suggest "landscape")

You may print as many copies as you would like. You may also return to the site anytime through April 17th and review or print your 2017 W2. Beginning April 18th you will only be able to view the W2 screen without your social security number showing.

By accessing your W2 online, you will not be mailed a paper W2 in the future. For those who did not consent, your W2s will be mailed out on January 31st.

Merry Toberman, Payroll
Posted: Jan 24, 2018

Distinguished Senior Awards Nominations Being Accepted

The most distinguished seniors at EIU are individuals who have enriched the university community with their active involvement in all facets of campus life. The Distinguished Senior Awards recognize those who have demonstrated outstanding character and leadership through academic achievement, campus and community involvement, and/or extra-curricular honors or awards. This year's recipients will be recognized during a luncheon on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Award criteria:

  • Must be graduating with an undergraduate degree in the Spring, Summer, or Fall 2018
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Nominate students by completing this form:

For more information visit our website: or contact Amber May by calling (217) 581-6425 or emailing

Amber May, Alumni Services
Posted: Jan 23, 2018

Story Times Planned at Booth Library

Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to free story times in the Ballenger Teachers Center of Booth Library.

Story times are planned from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays, and each will have a specific theme. The schedule is as follows:

-- Jan. 27, Latino Culture, Three Kings Day, sponsored by Latino American Student Organization;

-- Feb. 3, Valentine's Day, sponsored by Math Energy Club;

-- Feb. 10, Fun with Fairy Tales, presented by Ellen Corrigan, Booth Library;

-- Feb. 24, Celebrating Special, sponsored by Sigma Rho Epsilon;

-- March 3, Dr. Seuss, sponsored by Kappa Delta Pi.

Programs will feature stories, crafts and activities. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information about the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library, visit or call (217) 581-8442.

Elizabeth Heldebrandt, Library Services - Dean
Posted: Jan 23, 2018

Applicants sought for the EIUAA Scholarship

Do you have a child or grandchild enrolled at Eastern? Please invite him/her to apply for the EIU Annuitants Association Scholarship! The application form and criteria are available at

EIU students eligible for this scholarship must be an undergraduate child or grandchild of a current or retired university employee with 5 or more years of service, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and must be enrolled in at least 6 semester hours at the time the award is received.

Application includes:

Applications are due March 1, 2018, by 4pm at EIU's Brainard House (on Fourth Street).

Nancy Dole, Annuitants Association
Posted: Jan 20, 2018

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