Dec 08, 2013
The university will be closed in observance of Christmas and New Year's on Eastern's four official holidays: Tuesday, Dec. 24; Wednesday, Dec. 25; Tuesday, Dec. 31; and Wednesday, Jan. 1. Employees may use accrued leave or leave without pay, with supervisor approval, from Wednesday, Dec. 18, through Friday, Jan. 3.
Employees who are in probationary status will be allowed to use any available accrued leave or take leave without pay during this time. Probationary employees who wish to use accrued leave during the holiday period must complete the Civil Service Employee Request for Accrued Leave During Probation form available in the Benefits Office. Supervisors are encouraged to approve such time-off requests unless the employment is required for essential duties during that period. Should an employee choose to take leave without pay, please note that accrued leave, sick leave and service credit will not be earned.
Please note that the following eligibility rules apply for holiday compensation. Employees must be in an approved pay status, with or without pay, on the last scheduled work day before the holiday and the first scheduled work day following the holiday in order to receive holiday pay. Employees who are subject to the provisions of a prevailing-rate area agreement or a collective bargaining agreement will be paid according to the terms of the respective agreement.
In order to conserve energy, building temperatures will be reduced Saturday, Dec. 21, through Wednesday, Jan. 1.
Inquiries regarding this information may be directed to the Benefits Office at 581-5825. Happy holidays!
WILLIAM WEBER, Vice President for Business Affairs
Posted: Dec 06, 2013
'JUST MOVING ALONG, FOLLOWING THE CATFISH...'
Somewhere in the Wabash River there swims a fish named after Robert Colombo, an associate biological sciences professor at Eastern.
“Little Rob” is one of 44 flathead catfish who have been stunned with electricity, collected and surgically tagged before being released back into the 500-mile-long river that flows from northwest Ohio, across northern Indiana and along the southern Illinois border.
Anyone searching for these particular fish, however, would be advised to stay focused near the Illinois waters where EIU graduate student Sarah Huck concentrates her research. “It’s been our experience that the fish usually continue to navigate in the same area where we found them,” she said. “Three miles has been about the furthest we’ve tracked one of my fish.”
See here for more on the story.
VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Dec 03, 2013
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