May 27, 2015


News from Old Main

Heartland Community College, EIU Have Reverse Transfer Agreement
Heartland Community College in Normal and EIU now have a reverse transfer agreement. President Rob Widmer of Heartland and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Blair Lord of Eastern signed the agreement Tuesday, May 19.

Reverse transfer is for students who elect to transfer from a community college to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution prior to completing their associate degree. Most likely, these students will complete the course work needed for their associate degree after transferring to the four-year institution.

Reverse transfer agreements allow those transfer students to receive the degree they have earned. Under Heartland and EIU’s agreement, EIU’s registrar will contact university students who have earned 30 or more hours from Heartland but who have not been awarded a degree. EIU will offer to transmit each student’s transcripts to Heartland at the end of each semester, at no cost to the student.

Heartland will then conduct a degree audit. If the student has met the requirements for the associate degree, HCC’s staff will award the degree, also at no cost to the student.

This is Heartland’s first reverse transfer agreement. Eastern has an additional agreement with Lake Land Community College in Mattoon.

Posted: May 21, 2015

Ryan C. Hendrickson, a professor of political science at EIU, has been chosen to serve as interim dean of the institution’s Graduate School, Research and International Programs.

The appointment goes into effect July 1, 2015. He will replace Robert Augustine, who has been appointed to a two-year term as the Council of Graduate Schools’ senior vice president.

"While Dean Augustine leaves an accomplished legacy of leadership of our graduate programs, I look forward to working with Dr. Hendrickson to continue to enhance our excellence in graduate education,” said Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “He has extensive experience as a graduate coordinator, and has worked with all of the units that report to the graduate dean. I know Eastern's excellence in all these areas will continue under Dr. Hendrickson's leadership.”

During his 14 years as coordinator of graduate studies for Eastern’s Department of Political Science, Hendrickson has helped the department receive designation as one of EIU's "First Choice" graduate programs twice -- in both 2008 and 2015.

Since coming to Eastern in 1999, he has published three books, along with more than 70 journal articles, book chapters and essays. In addition, he has received a number of university-wide awards for teaching excellence and mentoring in graduate and undergraduate education.

"I am honored to be selected as Eastern Illinois University's interim graduate dean,” Hendrickson said. “Eastern has outstanding graduate programs and offerings. I look forward to serving as an advocate for graduate education at EIU, as well as for our outstanding international programs, and our research and grants endeavors."

Posted: May 20, 2015

Civil service employee performance appraisals are required annually per Internal Governing Policy #39 and BOT Regulation II C-4. Performance appraisal forms for FY15 must be completed on all civil service employees by June 30, 2015. Directors and supervisors are accountable for their completion and submission to Human Resources. The evaluation form, along with a supervisor guidebook, is available here.

Remember to include the review period (which can be flexible, but in most cases is July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015) and comments/justification for ratings of "outstanding," "needs improvement" or "unacceptable." If you have questions, please contact Julie Benedict, training and development, at 581-8415 or

RICHARD ENYARD, Director, Human Resources
Posted: May 18, 2015

Beginning July 1, 2015, all smoking and tobacco use will be prohibited on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

In accordance with the Illinois Smoke Free Campus Act and university policy, the use of all tobacco products will be prohibited on all campus property, both indoors and outdoors, including buildings, grounds, parking lots and vehicles that are owned, leased, occupied, operated or otherwise controlled by EIU. The ban includes e-cigarettes and vaporizers, as well.

Use of tobacco products will be permitted only in private vehicles traveling through or parked on campus provided that second-hand smoke is contained within the vehicle.

The policy applies to any individual on campus property, including students, employees and visitors, and is applicable at all times.

It is anticipated that the policy will have minimal effect on the majority of Eastern’s constituencies, said Eric Davidson, associate director of EIU’s Health Service. Polls of students indicate that most fall in two of three groups -- those who are excited about the prospect of becoming a totally smoke-free campus and those who believe they won’t be affected at all by the change.

He acknowledged that the third group represents a “fair number” of individuals who will likely disapprove of the ban.

According to Davidson, individuals caught smoking will likely receive a verbal reminder for the first offense, while habitual offenders will be dealt with on an individual basis, depending on their classification (student, employee, etc.).

See here for more information regarding EIU’s Tobacco-free Campus.

Posted: May 01, 2015

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