Aug 23, 2014


Research and Creative Activity

Effective Aug. 15, 2014, Marko Grunhagen has been named the director of the new Sustainable Entrepreneurship through Education and Development (SEED) Center at Eastern, into which the outreach services of the former Business Solutions Center have been integrated. The primary focus of SEED is to foster collaboration among students, researchers and educators, and practicing entrepreneurs to promote, through integrative learning, an understanding of starting and managing a profitable business.

Grunhagen is a Lumpkin Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and a professor of marketing for the School of Business.

MAHYAR IZADI, Dean, Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences
Posted: Aug 20, 2014

The Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) Foundation has recognized Lou Hencken as a recipient of the 2014 Parthenon Award. This award recognizes supreme achievement in the campus housing profession, outstanding service, leadership and contributions to the field. Hencken was presented with the Parthenon Award at the 2014 ACUHO-I annual conference and exposition, held in Washington, D.C.

Hencken is a president emeritus at Eastern, and is celebrating 50 years with the institution. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education and his master’s degree in counseling and student affairs from EIU, and went on to serve the university in many positions, including hall counselor, associate dean of housing, director of Housing and Dining Services, and vice president of student affairs. He is currently on the faculty in the Counseling and Student Development Department, teaching counseling and student affairs classes.

Posted: Aug 18, 2014

The University & College Designers Association (UCDA) has presented Eastern Illinois University with an Award of Excellence for each of three separate projects created by the university’s Web team. Two of 11 recognized videos and one of eight websites receiving honors were produced by EIU’s Center for Academic Technology Support (CATS), according to Ryan Gibson, director of Web services. He was especially proud of the recognition when taking into consideration the size of Eastern compared to other schools receiving awards (Harvard, Northwestern, Auburn, University of Illinois, etc.).

One of EIU’s two award-winning videos featured the university’s Autism Center; it was produced in support of the center’s crowdfunding campaign. The second video -- a general recruitment-type production -- was created for use during Eastern’s Admitted Student Day activities in February. The award-winning website highlights the university’s 2013 Annual Report.

“A cool thing about these projects is that each had undergraduate students on the production teams,” Ryan continued. “At EIU, we talk a lot about hands-on experience. (Our students) now have award-winning videos/websites to include in their portfolio. In our industry, having these types of items in a portfolio gives our students a huge step up against other applicants.”

Although several individuals worked to bring each project to fruition, Gibson expressed his special thanks to Jamie Kemp, graphic designer, and Michael Babcock, videographer, for their contributions.

Babcock’s previously mentioned recruitment piece also recently brought home Award of Distinction honors at the 18th annual Videographer Awards Video Competition. Entered into the Educational Institution category, the EIU entry went up against work from all over the country and was one of eight videos in its classification to garner distinction status. According to the awards website, this is “one of the oldest and most respected awards programs in the industry” with an aim at “honoring talented individuals and companies in the video production field.”

Posted: Aug 13, 2014

The Council on Faculty Research grant competition will be held in early September. The council supports research and creative activity. Proposed projects must address a significant scholarly issue. All tenured/tenure track faculty in Bargaining Unit A, department chairs and associate chairs are eligible to submit in the Fall 2014 (FY 2015) competition. Individuals may receive only two consecutive fall awards, after which they will be ineligible for a fall award in the third year. Eligible persons who wish to apply for funding from the CFR should either apply online or hand-deliver one copy of their proposal to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 1102 Blair Hall, no later than noon, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. To obtain a copy of the application materials, applicants can contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at 581-2125, email Mary Mattingly (, or visit the CFR Web page.

BOB CHESNUT, Director, Research and Sponsored Programs
Posted: Aug 11, 2014

Axton Betz-Hamilton, assistant professor, School of Family and Consumer Sciences, is the recipient of the 2014 Meritorious Service Award from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Affiliate Councils Board. The purpose of this award is to recognize the service of affiliate members within their local, state and regional councils. Betz-Hamilton is the adviser of the EIU affiliate of NCFR and is the current president of the Illinois Council on Family Relations. She will receive this award at the 2014 annual NCFR conference, which will be held in Baltimore.

Posted: Aug 07, 2014

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