Sep 01, 2015


News from Old Main

To kick off the new school year, Eastern Illinois Universityís Autism Center started a transitional program for incoming college students with autism spectrum disorders to help students navigate the college environment. The program, called Students with Autism Transitional Education Program, STEP, is the only one of its kind offered in the state.

Gail Richard, the director of EIUís Autism Center, said the program enhances the collegiate experience for students with autism spectrum disorders by providing assistance to students with the social, daily and academic skills they need to transition into college. Students with autism spectrum disorders have difficulties with social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

The STEP program is designed to minimize the challenges faced by these students once they leave home for the first time. For a full story, click here.

Elizabeth Edwards , Marketing and Creative Services
Posted: Aug 31, 2015

As part of the permanent campus budget reductions, building service workers lost positions through attrition, resulting in adjustments to the cleaning schedule in some areas in academic facilities. Public areas that students and prospective students frequent will continue to be given the highest priority.

1) Public restrooms will continue to be cleaned at the highest level possible on a daily basis.
2) Classrooms will continue to be cleaned on a daily basis with the blackboards/whiteboards cleaned, floors swept and trash emptied.
3) Hallways will continue to be cleaned daily and buffed or burnished at least weekly. Hallway trash containers will be emptied daily.
4) Offices will be cleaned weekly and their trash containers will be emptied weekly.
5) Residence halls and food service areas will not be impacted by this adjustment and will continue to be cleaned at their previous high levels.

JOHN SIGLER, Property Management/Events
Posted: Aug 28, 2015

Ira Lee Yarbrough, 75, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Ira had the respect and admiration of the entire office. He was the foundation of CATS. He was a mentor, a friend, and a refuge on stressful days. No matter what the circumstance, everyone wanted to hear his perspective. He always gave an honest opinion and presented it with tact and respect. Ira was a hard worker who always had the best interests and future of CATS in mind.

Ira is survived by his loving wife Gisele, of 37 years; his daughters, Terra Brosseau, Heather Buxton, Ananda Faszold; a son, Aaron Yarbrough; a sister, Joan Kufrin; and six grandchildren.

Ira was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1940, and grew up in Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree in art from Eastern, and an MA and MFA in drawing and painting from Northern Illinois University. In 2014, he retired from EIU, where he worked as a graphic designer. Ira spent more than 40 years as an artist whose work included commercial illustration, graphic design and fine arts.

A memorial service will be held in his honor at a later date.

Posted: Aug 25, 2015

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