May 27, 2013


 

News from Old Main


CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR'S DAY HOLIDAY INFORMATION
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

 

Meetings/Events


EIU ANNUITANTS ASSOCIATION CHAPTER MEETING
You are invited to attend the EIU Annuitants Association Chapter Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in the Neal Welcome Center.

EIU President William Perry will be our featured speaker, updating the status of Eastern Illinois University. There also will be brief presentations regarding the Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) and EIU Lifelong Learning programs.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. with refreshments, followed with the presentations at 9 a.m.

JILL F. NILSEN, EIU AA Vice President
Posted: Dec 10, 2013

BOOTH LIBRARY AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN STUDENT RESEARCH AND CREATIVITY

The Booth Library “Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity” program is open to all Eastern Illinois University students. Each award consists of a certificate and a cash prize (up to $300). Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention may be presented to selected additional entries.

The “Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity” program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research. The awards program encourages students to use the wealth of information available at Booth Library to enhance their studies. Selected entries will become a part of Booth Library's Student Research and Creativity Collection.

The 2014 guidelines, application and form can be found on Booth Library’s website here. For more information, call 581-6061.

Entries should be delivered to the Administration Office, Room 4700, Booth Library, no later than March 17, 2014. Recipients will be selected by April 9, and the winners will be announced during National Library Week, April 13-19, 2014. Works submitted for competition must have been completed within the last 12 months.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Booth Library
Posted: Dec 03, 2013

BOOTH LIBRARY TO PRESENT 'LET'S TALK ABOUT IT: MUSLIM JOURNEYS'

Booth Library will present "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys," a reading and discussion series, during the spring semester. Booth Library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to participate in the project, which seeks to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

"Muslim Journeys" will include a five-part, scholar-led discussion series on the theme "Pathways of Faith." In addition, an exhibition and related programming are planned.

Books in the series are "The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam" by F.E. Peters, "Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction" by Jonathan A.C. Brown, "The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life" by Ingrid Mattson, "The Art of Hajj" by Venetia Porter, and "A Rumi Anthology," edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson. Book discussions will be led by Brian Mann, Jaysinha Shinde and Ahmed Abou-Zaid.

Those who are interested in participating in the book discussion series are encouraged to register by emailing Kirstin Duffin, project director, at kduffin@eiu.edu or visit the library Web page. Patrons may participate in one or more of the book discussions. Those who register will be given a free copy of the book(s) to be discussed, along with other program materials.

In addition to the book discussions, related exhibits will be on display at Booth Library and the Tarble Arts Center. Other programs will include film discussions on "Prince Among Slaves," led by Michael Loudon, and "Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World," led by Janet Marquardt; student research presentations; an interfaith panel moderated by instructor Daniel Otto; and a panel discussion, Women in Veil, moderated by Bonnie Irwin. Activities are scheduled from Jan. 29 through April 15, 2014. More specific information will be posted on the program website as it becomes available.

"Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys" has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Booth Library
Posted: Dec 03, 2013

 

Professional Development


FACULTY DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT GRANTS
Applications are now being accepted for Spring 2014 Faculty Development Support Grants. These grants are awarded to individual faculty members for the improvement of instructional activity and course content. Unit A and Unit B faculty are both eligible to apply for support grants. Applications are due at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21; applicants must apply online here. For more information, please contact 581-7051 or email facdev@eiu.edu.

KRISHNA THOMAS, Assistant Director, Faculty Development
Posted: Dec 26, 2013

VISITING PROFESSORSHIP 2015-16 AT HARLAXTON COLLEGE -- UPDATED
Any faculty interested in teaching abroad as a visiting professor at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, must apply to the Office of Study Abroad by March 15, 2014, for the 2015-16 academic year.

All details can be found here.

All disciplines are welcome, with support of department chair and dean.

MARILYN COLES, Interim Director, Study Abroad
Posted: Oct 21, 2013

 

Human Resources


PAYROLL HOURS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The Payroll Office will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24 and 25. Staff will be limited on Dec. 23, 26, 27 and 30. If you need assistance, please call ahead (217-581-5510, 217-581-7799) to make sure the office is open and the individual you need to see is present.

Payroll will also be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.

Thank you and "Happy Holidays" from your Payroll staff.

MARSHA D. GRAY, Payroll
Posted: Dec 16, 2013

REDUCED STAFFING IN HR DURING HOLIDAY BREAK
Beginning Dec. 18 and continuing through Jan. 3, Human Resources will be operating with limited staffing due to the holiday break.  This will include Benefits Services (581-5825), Employment/ Examinations (581-3463) and the director’s office (581-3514), which includes Training and Development (581-8415), Classification/Compensation (581-3816) and Workers’ Compensation (581-7835).  In order for us to best serve you, please call ahead to make sure the office you need is open and/or the individual you need to see is present.  This can be done by calling one of the numbers listed above. Voice mail messages will be updated in the case of total closures.  Please plan your business with HR accordingly during the holidays.  Thank you.

KELLY J. SIMMONDS, Human Resources
Posted: Dec 05, 2013

 

Employment Opportunities


PROJECT COORDINATOR INTERVIEWS
Interviews for the project coordinator position in the School of Continuing Education will be held the week of Jan. 6, 2014. The open campus sessions will be as follows: Melissa Sons-Ashmore, Jan. 6; Marita Metzke, Jan. 7; and Joy Wohlman Boyce, Jan. 9. These sessions will take place at 1 p.m. in Blair Hall 2116.

PEGGY A. HICKOX, School of Continuing Education
Posted: Dec 17, 2013

IT TECH SUPPORT ASSOCIATE -- HARDWARE/ON-SITE WARRANTY TECHNICIAN
Information Technology Support Associate -- Hardware/On-Site Warranty Technician, Information Technology Services



DIRECTOR OF STUDY ABROAD
Director, Study Abroad



ASSISTANT PROFESSOR -- TENURE-TRACK POSITION IN MANAGEMENT
Assistant Professor of Management



 

Research and Creative Activity


WRITE-ON-SITE TUESDAYS
If you are working on an article, a book chapter, a grant report or any other writing project, you might be interested in the "write-on-site" group that meets in the Faculty Development Office every Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. during the spring semester.

What does it mean to "write-on-site"? The term was coined by Kerry Ann Rockquemore (president and CEO of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity) and describes people coming together to work on their particular projects for two hours at least once a week. Although people are working on their own projects, writing together in one place can provide the accountability of showing up, cultivate the sense that we are part of a community of writers and help create that energy buzz that comes from being around others who are doing the same thing.

Please join us. Bring your laptop to the Faculty Development Office in Booth Library basement below the north entrance, check in, grab a cup of tea or coffee, and start working. For further information, call 581-7051.

WANDA KAY ROBINSON, Faculty Development
Posted: Dec 06, 2013

MISTY RHOADS
Misty Rhoads of Health Studies has been awarded a Writing Fellow by the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee. Hannah Green, a second-year graduate assistant affiliated with the Writing Center, will be embedded in "Research Methods for Health I," where she will serve as an ally for Rhoads' students at various stages of the writing process.

For more information about the Writing Fellow Program, see the Writing Across the Curriculum Web page.



TERRY A. BARNHART
Terry A. Barnhart, History Department, has published "Ancestral Faiths: Albert Taylor Bledsoe and the Southern Review" in the Fall 2013 issue of The Mayland Historical Magazine.



2014 SUMMER RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY GRANT COMPETITION DEADLINE WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5, 2014
In accordance with the 2012-2016 EIU-UPI Unit A agreement, Summer Research and Creative Activity Awards will once again be available this year. The awards are for research and creative activity projects conducted between the end of the spring semester and Aug. 31, 2014, by tenured/tenure-track faculty in Bargaining Unit A. Approximately 20 awards of $4,500 each in the form of personal services payments will be granted.

Faculty who wish to apply for funding can either apply online or hand-deliver proposals to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 1102 Blair Hall, no later than noon Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Researchers who have previously received a CFR grant and/or Summer Research and Creative Activity Award should make sure a progress/final report is on file for each award in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. To obtain a copy of the application materials, please visit our website. Applicants should be sure to use the most current application forms. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Mattingly at 581-2125 or mamattingly@eiu.edu.

ROBERT CHESNUT, Director, Research and Sponsored Programs
Posted: Nov 14, 2013

 

Miscellaneous


OFFICE MAX HOLIDAY DELIVERY SCHEDULE
Office Max will not be delivering orders beginning Monday, Dec. 23, and continuing through Wednesday, Jan. 1. Normal deliveries will resume Thursday, Jan. 2. Please place your orders in advance to receive them before leaving for the holidays. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Penny Walk -- 581-7749.

PENNY S. WALK, Purchasing
Posted: Dec 17, 2013

GREGG TECHNOLOGY CENTER -- WINTER BREAK/HOLIDAY HOURS
In order to focus on maintaining the labs and the GTC classroom before the Spring 2014 semester begins, the Gregg Technology Center doors will be closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 3. Although the doors will be closed, there will be limited phone support, except on days which are official university holidays. Call 581-7633 for information or general assistance. Thank you and enjoy the break.

CHAD P. ELLIOTT, Gregg Technology Center
Posted: Dec 16, 2013

ITS SYSTEM MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE OVER SEMESTER BREAK
ITS will be conducting maintenance and upgrades on various services over the semester break. Following is a list of the service maintenance dates and times:

Friday, Dec. 20
* There will be intermittent outage of the main web (www.eiu.edu) and PantherFile between 3 and 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, due to system maintenance.
* ITS will be changing the system PantherMail and PAWS use to verify login information on Dec. 20. If you have not changed your password within the last six months, please do so prior to Dec. 20 to avoid access issues after that date. To change your password, go to http://password.eiu.edu.

Sunday, Dec. 22
* Reportal, OnBase and Files Storage (M: and U: drives) will be unavailable on Sunday, Dec. 22, from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 29
* Banner INB/PAWS will be unavailable on Dec. 29, from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m., for system upgrades.

Monday, Dec. 30
* There will be intermittent outage of the main web (www.eiu.edu) and PantherFile between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, for system maintenance.

If any additional service interruptions are scheduled, they will be communicated in advance by email.

CAY A. KOLLING, Information Technology Services
Posted: Dec 13, 2013

EWP READERS SOUGHT
The Committee for the Assessment of Student Learning (CASL) seeks faculty interested in being readers for completed Electronic Writing Portfolios. Readers must teach at least one undergraduate course a year and be available for an all-day training on Friday, Jan. 25, 2014. Readers are asked to commit to three years of portfolio readings. Portfolio readings are conducted each spring semester; each reader assesses 12-18 portfolios, completes an evaluation sheet, and participates in a focus group with other readers concerning trends in student writing. A $100 stipend accompanies this service. Questions may be directed to Karla Sanders at 217-581-6056 or kjsanders@eiu.edu.

KARLA SANDERS, Executive Director, CASA
Posted: Dec 11, 2013

ARGOS UPGRADE -- SUNDAY, DEC. 22
ITS will be upgrading the Argos System on Sunday, Dec. 22. All environments of Argos will be unavailable from 7 a.m. to noon.

Once the system is upgraded, you will need to access Argos through new URLs. The new URLs will be:
• Most users: https://argos.eiu.edu/argos
• E Launcher: https://argos.eiu.edu
• Argos Web Viewer: https://argos.eiu.edu/argos/AWV

These links will be available, as always, from the Banner Web page.

Please remember to delete any existing Favorites/Bookmarks in your browser as they will no longer work.

CAY A. KOLLING, Information Technology Services
Posted: Dec 11, 2013

ITS CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT SEMESTER BREAK HOURS
ITS Campus Technology Support (Help Desk call center) will be adjusting hours for the semester break. The hours will be as follows:
Dec. 16–20 -- 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 23 -- 7 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 24-25 -- Closed
Dec. 26-27 -- 7 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 30 -- 7 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 -- Closed
Jan. 2-3 -- 7 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 6-9 -- 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 -- 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

CAY A. KOLLING, Information Technology Services
Posted: Dec 10, 2013

HOLIDAY CLOSING
The Academic Advising Center will be closed for the holidays Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. We will reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2. Our hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Have a happy holiday season.

MONICA A. ZEIGLER, Director/Academic Advising Center
Posted: Dec 09, 2013

TARBLE ARTS CENTER TO CLOSE OVER THE HOLIDAYS
The Tarble Arts Center will be closed for the holidays Dec. 21 through Jan. 1. Happy holidays from the Tarble Arts Center staff and advisory board, with our thanks to the Tarble’s many members and volunteers.

Want to volunteer? Just send us an email at tarble@eiu.edu or phone 217-581-ARTS (-2787) for more information.

MICHAEL WATTS, Director, Tarble Arts Center
Posted: Dec 04, 2013

1,113 NEW ITEMS ADDED TO BOOTH LIBRARY COLLECTIONS IN NOVEMBER
During November, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,113 new items. The list can be viewed here. The list is arranged by location: Ballenger Teachers' Center, Books, Electronic Resources, Illinois and Federal Documents, Maps, Media, Reference Collection, Special Collections and University Archives. The titles are listed by call number within each location. Please contact Karen Whisler, head of Collection Development, at 581-7551 or klwhisler@eiu.edu if you have any questions.

DAVID S. BELL, Reference Librarian/Booth Library
Posted: Dec 04, 2013

MAIL SERVICES HOLIDAY CLOSURES
During this holiday season, Mail Services will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 26 and 31, 2013, and Jan. 1, 2014.

Happy Holidays!

PAMELA A. NEWBY, Mail Services Supervisor
Posted: Dec 02, 2013

CAMPUS HEATING/HOLIDAY BREAK TEMPERATURE REDUCTIONS
In an effort to lower campus heating costs, the administration has approved building temperature reductions for the heating months. Normal occupied building temperatures will be set to maintain 68 degrees minimum and should provide good general comfort conditions. Temperature set points during unoccupied times and during the holiday breaks will be set a few degrees lower beginning Saturday, Dec. 21, through Sunday, Jan. 5.

Campus partners are reminded to dress for the season and expect the cooler indoor temperatures. If there are any occupants who have a medically related need for supplemental heat, please contact Human Resources for an accommodation determination.

TIM ZIMMER, Director, Facilities Planning & Management
Posted: Nov 14, 2013

 

Especially for Students (Official Notices)


CASH AWARD AVAILABLE FOR STUDENT
The Darwin Day Committee is please to accept entries from students interested in competing for the 2014 Stephen Jay Gould Award. The competition for this award is open to all students, both undergraduate and graduate, regardless of their department and major. The paper selected as the winner of this year's competition will receive a prize in the amount of $1,000.

Charles Darwin is often cited as an example of a person whose ideas revolutionized the way we view and understand our world. The topic to be addressed in essays submitted for the 2014 Stephen Jay Gould Award is: "The impact of Darwin's theory of evolution on particular academic fields of inquiry."

In your paper, you must address how Darwin's ideas, specifically those on evolution and natural selection, have impacted a particular discipline (e.g., sociology, political science, economics, biology, chemistry, philosophy, etc.). If you prefer, you may also include more than one discipline to broaden the scope of your paper. The paper should focus on the effect (such as causing or influencing a paradigm shift within a discipline) of Darwin's ideas on an academic discipline, not simply iterate a description of the particulars of Darwin's theory.

Submit the following items to the Darwin Day Committee in the Department of Biological Sciences' main office (Room 2070, Life Sciences Building): one typed, double-spaced copy of your paper and a letter of nomination from an Eastern Illinois University faculty member that supports the quality of your paper. The submission deadline is 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.

For additional information and evaluation criteria, please consult this website.

STEPHEN J MULLIN, Biological Sciences
Posted: Dec 16, 2013

PART-TIME STUDENT INSURANCE
Spring Semester 2014 students who are registered for six, seven or eight on-campus hours may purchase student insurance for the semester by obtaining an application from the Student Insurance Office prior to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 27, 2014. The “Part-time Enrollment Form” can also be downloaded from the Student Insurance website. The cost is $109.95. Students enrolled in a combination of continuing education and regular on-campus classes should contact the Student Insurance Office at 581-5290 for coverage eligibility, prior to the deadline.

KERI J. MARTI, Student Insurance
Posted: Nov 15, 2013

STUDENT INSURANCE WAIVER
The Spring 2014 student insurance fee will be automatically assessed to students enrolled in nine or more on-campus hours, graduate assistants under contract to the university, and international students who are enrolled in a minimum of three on-campus hours. Students with other insurance coverage may request a waiver of the student insurance fee if their other coverage meets the list of requirements for coverage. Students will be required to complete a Waiver Form and provide a copy of their insurance card. The Waiver Form is available in the Student Insurance Office and on the Student Insurance website. Jan. 27, 2014, is the last date these forms will be accepted for the Spring 2014 term. For more information, call 581-5290.

KERI J. MARTI, Student Insurance
Posted: Nov 15, 2013

 

EIU in the News


DECEMBER 2013
From Fox News.com -- Garoppolo Wins 2013 Walter Payton Award -- Dec. 16, 2013