Aug 31, 2016

 

News from Old Main

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ENROLLMENT REACHES ANOTHER HIGH
Individuals from more than 40 countries compose what Eastern Illinois University officials say will be another record-breaking international student enrollment for the institution.

Bill Elliott, interim director, International Students and Scholars, said the department will see a significant increase from the 291 international students enrolled a year ago. While exact numbers won't be official until the university releases its Fall 2016 10th day enrollment figures in early September, projections indicate an enrollment of well over 400 international students, representing both undergraduate and graduate students.

"Certainly, we've put forth an aggressive international engagement effort," Elliott said. "But I believe the true key to our success has been the campus community working so well together."

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VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Aug 31, 2016


MARTIN APPOINTED CHIEF OF POLICE
Eastern Illinois University's new chief of police wants his department to better connect with the public -- both on campus and off.

As interim chief, Kent Martin has given much thought to ways in which he can "get UPD reconnected to students, faculty and staff." A "Coffee with the Cops" event held earlier today in the MLK Jr. Union represents the type of informal interactions he has already planned to strengthen ties between various campus constituencies.

With the announcement that Martin will assume the permanent role of chief, effective Sept. 1, he can now schedule other such events while exploring even more ways in which to familiarize the EIU and Charleston communities with his department. See here for more on the story.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Aug 31, 2016


STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY ADDRESS
On Wednesday, Sept. 7, I will present my annual State of the University address, beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. My remarks will focus on the strength of the university and our progression to 2020 and beyond.

I invite all to attend and ask supervisors to allow staff members interested in attending to be able to leave their work areas for the presentation.

I look forward to seeing you there.

DAVID M. GLASSMAN, President
Posted: Aug 26, 2016


GRAD STUDENT NUMBERS ON THE RISE AT EIU
Eastern Illinois University officials are pleased with recent growth in graduate enrollment as EIU's graduate programs continue to attract new students.

While exact numbers won't be official until the university releases 10th day enrollment figures in early September, Ryan Hendrickson, interim dean of EIU's Graduate School, expects an increase of 10 percent or more in the number of graduate students.

In Fall 2015, 1,318 graduate students made up 15.5 percent of the university's total enrollment. With that number continuing to increase, Hendrickson anticipates "a significant and positive impact on EIU's identity."

"Graduate education always boosts a university's reputation," the dean continued. "In addition to providing advanced professional training to its students, it enhances the research component of the university."

According to Hendrickson, the growth in graduate students is being experienced by all four of Eastern's academic colleges: the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Education and Professional Studies, the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences, and the College of Sciences. The departments seeing the largest gains are technology, educational leadership, nutrition and dietetics, biological sciences, educational administration, political science and music education.

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VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Aug 25, 2016


NEWLY DISCOVERED PLANT SPECIES NAMES AFTER EIU BOTANY PROFESSOR
Gordon Tucker doesn't remember doing so, but he's been told that as a toddler, he could not keep his hands off the nearby vegetation.

"My mother told me that I would reach over the edge of my stroller or through the bars of my play pen, reaching out for any plant that I could get my hands on," he said. "And that I was transplanting garden seedlings before I could walk."

Decades later, Tucker -- now a skilled botanist and long-time faculty member at Eastern Illinois University -- continues to "reach out" in his study of plants. His area for study, however, now stretches a lot further than a toddler's arm.

Known primarily as a vascular plant systematist, Tucker specializes in what is known as the sedge family, flowering plants which outwardly resemble grasses and rushes. The family is large with some 5,500 known species, many of which can be found in Asia and South America.

Since entering the field of botany professionally in the late 1970s, Tucker has published dozens of papers and monographs on the sedges of North America, Venezuela and Brazil. Working in collaboration with the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Chinese National Academy of Sciences, he conducts research for the Flora of China, a scientific publication aimed at describing plants native to China. He has also extensively studied the native plants of Illinois in collaboration with EIU students.

Additionally, along with fellow Eastern professor Zhiwei Liu, he co-teaches a study abroad course, Plant Usage and Culture in China.

It's no wonder, then, that Tucker was excited to learn earlier this year that not only had another new species in the sedge family been discovered, but that the botanists who made the discovery had decided to name the plant -- Fimbristylis tuckeri -- after him. The official announcement was made in the September 2016 issue of the Kew Bulletin, a leading international journal for the botanical community and published by the Royal Botanic Garden near London.

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VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Aug 22, 2016


ETHICS TIPS -- POLITICAL CAMPAIGNING
As the political campaign season begins in earnest, please remember to avoid using EIU property (including email accounts) if you participate in political activities. Participation in these activities must also be done during your personal time and not during your scheduled work hours. Click here to learn more about the ethics act and prohibited political activities.

ROBERT L. MILLER, General Counsel/Ethics Officer
Posted: Aug 15, 2016





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