Sep 01, 2014

 

News from Old Main

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH CONSULTANT'S CAMPUS VISIT
The Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees has contracted with Korn Ferry to assist in the presidential search process. David Mead-Fox, the search consultant, will be on campus to meet with various groups and individuals on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 8 and 9. He has indicated that he would like input from the campus and community as to "what we are looking for in our next president." Please mark your calendar and plan to attend one of the following sessions, which will take place in the Charleston/Mattoon Room of the MLK Jr. Union:

Monday, Sept. 8 -- 4 to 5 p.m., open session for faculty
Tuesday, Sept. 9 -- 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., open session for faculty; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., open session for staff and students

CHERYL GILBERT, VPUA Operations
Posted: Aug 26, 2014


EIU TO REAP RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH LAND USE PARTNERSHIP
For some students at Eastern Illinois University, the traditional, enclosed classroom will soon be replaced with acres of wind-blown native grasses.

Via an arrangement that Thomas Canam, assistant professor of biological sciences, terms a “win-win-win situation for everyone,” some local landowners have agreed to allow Eastern to use nearly 120 acres of their Coles County property for research. Students and faculty of the university, as well as others, eagerly anticipate those enhanced research opportunities. And, in turn, area farmers will gain additional insight into potential alternative crops.

"This project is going to be helpful to us in so many ways,” Canam said.

While never slated to become a school for agricultural research, Eastern began exploring its expanded options even while the university’s now three-year-old Renewable Energy Center was in its planning stages. The REC, built to replace a decades-old, deteriorating coal-burning facility, was designed as a biomass-burning facility; two of its four boilers burn biomass, or biological material, while the other two boilers burn natural gas with a fuel oil backup.

When the opportunity arose for Eastern to partner with the Lumpkin family of Mattoon and their farm services manager, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, the university was faced with the specific decision as to what it would do with access to the roughly 120-acre plot of land located northwest of Charleston.

“The Lumpkin family has been involved with sustainability for some time, and has been growing organic crops on the land,” Canam said. “We talked with them about the Renewable Energy Center and its needs for the future – that we wanted to grow an alternative fuel for the Renewable Energy Center and that we wanted to grow biomass in a sustainable way.”

See here for more on the story.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Aug 22, 2014


EIU FACULTY LAUREATE SEEKS TO ELIMINATE 'COW TALK'

Grant Sterling isn’t a fan of a cow talk. No, the Eastern Illinois University philosophy professor expects more from his students then the mediocre or the blasé.

Like the famous philosopher Socrates, Sterling wants EIU students to examine their lives and think critically in everything they believe and do — especially in general education classes. He doesn’t want them to become entrapped by living what Socrates famously called the “unexamined life.”

“Socrates thought human beings were lucky because they have the capabilities and abilities you wouldn’t have if you were a cow or any type of animal,” he said. “We have a mind. We can think, learn and understand the world, but many don’t bother to do it.”

His solution to stop the “cow talk” is simple — general education classes. He challenges his colleagues and students to put an emphasis back on taking and providing rigorous classwork.

It’s no surprise that Sterling was named by his colleagues as Eastern’s 2014-2015 Faculty Laureate, an award that recognizes a faculty member for his/her excellence in teaching general education classes. As part of this year’s Convocation, a welcoming ceremony for incoming students, Sterling will present a keynote address focused on eliminating “cow talk.” The ceremony will begin at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, in Lantz Arena.

For more information, click here.

ELIZABETH EDWARDS, Media Relations
Posted: Aug 18, 2014





Next Section