Jan 29, 2015

 

News from Old Main

EIU RELEASES SPRING ENROLLMENT NUMBERS
Traditionally, fall-to-spring enrollment numbers at Eastern Illinois University decrease -- in large part, a result of the number of students who graduate at the end of the fall semester.

Spring 2015 is consistent with years past. Numbers are comparable to figures reported in the fall, with overall enrollment dropping from 8,913 to 8,214 – a loss of 699 students. Given that 728 degrees were awarded to graduating students in December, the decrease was not unexpected.

“Our fall-to-spring enrollment changes are based on the number of students who graduate in the fall, enter in the spring, and who are retained across the semesters,” noted Mary Herrington-Perry, assistant vice president for academic affairs.

"Our freshman retention rate was exceptional once again (89 percent), and we also enrolled more ‘readmitted’ undergraduate and graduate students than we did last spring, which is a good sign: Student who have not been at EIU for a while are now returning to complete their degrees. That shows confidence in EIU and underscores the importance of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees which, as studies continue to show, lead graduates to higher lifetime earnings,” she added.

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VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jan 29, 2015


YOUR VOTE CAN HELP ENHANCE SAFETY EFFORTS ON CAMPUS!
We've made it to the top ten in the STANLEY Security Together for Safer Schools Grant Program! Keep voting every day to help EIU get $150,000 for safety enhancements on campus!

See here for program information and find out how to vote. Remember: You can vote every day through Feb. 13!

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jan 29, 2015


TARBLE FOUNDATION DONATES $3 MILLION FOR ARTS CENTER EXPANSION, SUPPORT
The Tarble Foundation, a longtime supporter of the arts at Eastern, has given another $3 million that will, in part, help in the further expansion/renovation of the institution’s Tarble Arts Center.

More than a third of the gift -- $1.2 million – will be used in support of the proposed Tarble Arts Education and Outreach Expansion/Enhancement project, which will nearly double the amount of classroom space available in the arts center. The classroom plays an integral role in hands-on fifth grade and junior/senior high school art enrichment programs available to schools throughout the Tarble’s seven-county service area. The enrichment programs also serve as the initial teaching experience for Eastern’s art education students, an important learning situation before they do their student teaching in the schools.

By moving the classroom elsewhere in the building, the Tarble will be able to transform the existing classroom space into an Open Collections Learning Laboratory where EIU students, local high school students and faculty can use the center’s art collections for study and discussion.

An additional $800,000 of the Tarble Foundation’s gift establishes an endowed fund that will provide salary and support resources to help administer the new classroom and collections laboratory.

The remaining $1 million was given to insure sustained leadership for the Tarble Arts Center by establishing an endowed directorship.

This most recent gift brings the total of gifts given by the Newton Tarble family in support of the arts at Eastern to approximately $18 million.

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VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jan 28, 2015


CONDOLENCES...
Our thoughts are with the family, friends and former co-workers of Suellen Sly, who died Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the age of 60. Mrs. Sly retired from Eastern in May 2014 following 24 yeas of employment as a librarian at Booth Library.

A full obituary can be found here.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jan 26, 2015


LLC, EIU AGREE TO MORE STUDENT-FRIENDLY REVERSE TRANSFER PROCESS
Students who complete coursework at both Lake Land College and Eastern Illinois University now have a simpler way in which to combine their credits to earn an associate degree at Lake Land College.

According to the Memorandum of Agreement between the institutions, a process known as reverse transfer will assist eligible students in transferring coursework from EIU to LLC to complete requirements for their associate degree. Eligible students are EIU students who previously attended (or who are currently also attending) Lake Land and who have earned 32 credit hours or more through the college but have not yet earned their associate degree.

“The overall goal is to help students who complete courses at both Lake Land and Eastern to combine their courses and have them recognized through an associate degree at Lake Land College,” said LLC President Josh Bullock. “We want to award students credentials where credentials are due by making sure that they know they can transfer courses from Eastern to Lake Land for degree completion.”

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VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jan 23, 2015


APPROVED DATES -- FAMILY WEEKEND AND HOMECOMING 2015 AND 2016
Dates have been approved for Family Weekend and Homecoming as outlined below:

2015
Family Weekend -- Oct. 9–11
Homecoming -- Oct. 23–25

2016
Family Weekend -- Sept. 23-25
Homecoming -- Oct. 21–23

DANIEL P. NADLER, Vice President for Student Affairs
Posted: Jan 21, 2015


GLOBAL ADDRESS LIST TO INCLUDE STUDENTS
Employees will soon notice students will be listed in the Global Address List. This has been a long standing request of many faculty and staff. Due to this addition, there will be more accounts to search through. Information on how to search the Global Address List may be found on the ITS Self Help website.

CAY A. KOLLING, Information Technology Services
Posted: Jan 11, 2015





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