Jun 30, 2016
Word has been received that Leonard "Bull" Durham, 90, passed away June 4, 2016, at Village on the Isle, Venice, Fla. Dr. Durham began his career at EIU in 1956 as a professor; he later served as director of Eastern's Division of Life Sciences, a program that combined zoology and botany. He was also an associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, chairman of the Department of Zoology, and chairman of the Foreign Languages Department.
A memorial service is being planned by his children. Currently the date is unknown. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Leonard and Olga Durham Scholarship Fund at EIU.
A full obituary can be found here.
VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jun 28, 2016
CORPSE FLOWER READIES FOR FIFTH BLOOMING AT EIU
Eastern's Titan Arum (aka Corpse Flower) appears to be honoring its tradition of a biennial flowering.
Steven Malehorn, manager of the H.F. Thut Greenhouse, is eagerly waiting the plant?s fifth blooming. Earlier bloomings took place in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
The developing flower (technically an inflorescence) could grow to be seven feet tall and three feet wide, and will definitely smell "nasty," Malehorn said. He "guesstimates", based on the plant's past four blooms, that the plant will bloom at 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 27, plus or minus two days.
"However, it will do what it will do, what it wants to do, when it wants to do it," he added. "The exact date can't be known until about a day or so before it actually blooms. But when it does bloom, it will happen fast -- within hours -- and the bloom will only last one night."
See here for more information.
VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jun 13, 2016
Please stop by the Study Abroad offices in Blair Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 30, to join us in wishing Marilyn Thomas well in her retirement and thanking her for her many dedicated years of service to EIU.
WILLIAM J. ELLIOTT, International Programs
Posted: Jun 16, 2016
JUMPSTART NEEDS YOUR HELP!
We are seeking individuals to serve as EIU staff/faculty volunteers during the eighth annual Jumpstart 2 G.I.V.E. activity on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 (9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.).
Jumpstart 2 G.I.V.E. is our largest service day of the year. As we welcome all incoming freshman and transfer students, we participate in 20 different critical service projects both on and off campus. Jumpstart 2 G.I.V.E. challenges students to integrate their personal interest and skills to meet the needs of the community. Ultimately this aids in setting expectations that EIU students will be challenged to apply learning and personal experiences to complex situations and become engage and responsible citizens.
Faculty and staff are asked to participate in this experience to strengthen our campus and community culture. This day provides an opportunity for a greater connection between faculty/staff and new students and is an easy way to help show our incoming students what makes our EIU community so strong! We need at least two site leaders for each of our 20 service projects. The role of a site leader is to help welcome the students, oversee the project to successful completion, and help our students enjoy their experience of strengthening our community.
To RSVP to join us or for more about the program, please contact the office today!
ELIZABETH M. GILLESPIE, Student Community Service
Posted: May 19, 2016
A VALIC representative will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Wednesday in the Sullivan Room, MLK Jr. Union. If you wish to make an appointment, please call 217-821-5289.
VALIC is one of EIU's approved vendors for the 403b plan. A 403b is a voluntary retirement plan developed to enhance an employee's retirement. VALIC is one of the approved vendors offered by EIU.
For information about EIU's 403b plans, please visit our page here.
THURMAN ETCHISON, Benefits Services
Posted: May 12, 2016
Any employee who is terminating from the university for any reason should always contact the Human Resources Employment Office as soon as your last day of work has been determined. It is a required procedure to complete a Clearance Sheet before leaving campus. Once we have your termination date, a Clearance Sheet will be sent to you in plenty of time to obtain all necessary signatures. Civil Service employees should call ahead and then come to the HR Employment Office to sign termination paperwork before receiving the Clearance Sheet. If you have any questions about the exiting process, please call the HR Employment Office at 581-3463.
CAROL A. GALEY, Human Resources
Posted: Apr 01, 2016
Benefits Representative, Human Resources Benefits Office
CHIEF OF POLICE
Chief Public Safety Officer (Chief of Police)
EXTRA HELP FOOD SERVICE WORKERS -- PANTHER CATERING
Extra Help Food Service Workers, Panther Catering
Eric Davidson, Health Service, co-delivered a presentation on implementing the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's Collegiate Alcohol Intervention Matrix at the American College Health Association's Annual Meeting on June 2.
David Closson will present on his book "Motivational Interviewing for Campus Police" at the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators annual conference in Phoenix, Ariz. This conference brings more than 500 campus police administrators from across the country.
CADET COMMAND INDUCTS FIRST GROUP OF FORMER CADETS INTO HALL OF FAME
Eastern Illinois University received word that two EIU ROTC alumni were selected for induction into the U.S. Army Cadet Hall of Fame in Fort Knox, Ky. Those inductees are Colonel (Retired) Robert Sinkler, Class of ’83, and Colonel Scott Kimmell, Class of ’86. See here for more on this story.
BRADD WINS STATE BROADCASTING AWARD FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Mike Bradd, associate professor of communication studies, won the 2016 Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award for Best Sports Play-by-Play in Small Market Radio. The award was presented for Bradd's broadcasts of EIU basketball on WEIU-FM. It's the third year in a row Bradd has won the award and the fourth time in his career. The award was presented at the IBA's State Convention on June 15 in Champaign.
DAILY EASTERN NEWS WINS GENERAL EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Daily Eastern News has won first place in overall general excellence for a newspaper that publishes more than weekly in the annual Society for Collegiate Journalists national competition.
The News staff brought home 12 awards in the competition, including three first-place finishes.
Other awards: First place, column or commentary, Roberto Hodge; first place, photo essay, Kevin Hall; second place, continuing coverage, Stephanie Markham and Cassie Buchman, for coverage of the state budget impasse; second place, news photo, and third place, photo essay, Jason Howell; and third place, feature photo, Molly Dotson.
Honorable mentions went to: Howell for sports photo and for sports page design; Chynna Miller for editorial cartoon; Analicia Haynes for column or commentary; and the staff for editorial.
LOLA A. BURNHAM, Journalism
Posted: May 19, 2016
In July of each year, we are requested to post a public notice called the "Consumer Confidence Report." It is a report concerning the quality of drinking water used on campus during the previous year (for the period of Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2015), and is required by the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1996. One way to serve notice is posting on the Web.
There are two reports to view and/or print -- the EIU Consumer Confidence Report and the City of Charleston Consumer Report. The web address to access both reports is http://www.eiu.edu/fpm/fpmdocs.php. If you would like a copy of these reports, please go to the link to print.
We are emailing all building coordinators with the link, as well, to ensure that all buildings connected to the campus water distribution system have a paper copy of both reports available for the building occupants to review. You will not receive a paper copy in the mail. The notice will be posted for public viewing in the same manner that other announcements are posted within your building. Also, a copy will be made available to any occupants who may request one. Thank you for your cooperation.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Aaron Kemper, Plumbing Shop, 217-581-7212.
TIM ZIMMER, Director of Facilities Planning and Management
Posted: Jun 22, 2016
THE WRITING CENTER IS OPEN FOR SIX-WEEK SUMMER SESSION
Please share this information with students in summer courses. (Flyer available.) And, consider introducing your students to the Writing Center by sharing the two-minute video on our website.
Call 581-5929 or drop by the Writing Center (Coleman Hall 3110) for a free 30-minute appointment with a trained writing consultant.
Our summer hours are Monday and Wednesday (10 to 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m.), Tuesday and Thursday (9 to 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m.)
ALSO, from June 29 through July 25, a writing consultant will be available in BOOTH Library for these evening hours: Monday through Thursday (7 to 9 p.m.) and Sunday (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.). (Location to be arranged. Ask at the Reference Desk.)
FERN KORY, Writing Center Director
Posted: Jun 14, 2016
EIU SUMMER CLASS PACKETS AT THE PANTHER PRINT & COPY CENTER
Please, during this time of budget concerns, bring your EIU class packets to the Panther Print & Copy Center, your on-campus resource for printing, located in the MLK Jr. Union. It is beneficial to your students and the university. If you have questions, please contact Jon Crask at 581-5334 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JONATHAN L. CRASK, Union General Operations
Posted: Jun 13, 2016
We have been working to streamline the records management process over the past few months. As part of this effort we have changed certain procedures for submitting a disposal request. For information about the changes, as well as the new procedure, please visit our website. There you will find information about records retention, as well as instructions for how to complete a Record Management Request.
Questions? Please contact email@example.com.
JOSHUA L. AWALT, Information Technology Services
Posted: Jun 13, 2016
BOOTH LIBRARY ADDS 564 ITEMS IN MAY
During May, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 564 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
DAVID S. BELL, Library Services
Posted: Jun 03, 2016
DELIVERIES FROM CENTRAL RECEIVING
Delivery of packages from Central Receiving will be on a limited basis from June 16 through July 5 due to our annual warehouse inventory. Because of our reduction in staff, during this period we will be delivering "Next Day" deliveries only. If you know of an item that will be delivered to our warehouse during this period and you need it delivered as soon as it comes in, please call and let us know. We will do our best to arrange delivery. As always, you are welcome to pick your packages up at our warehouse. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jo Anne Thill at 581-7572.
JO ANNE THILL, Service Enterprise Manager, Central Stores
Posted: Jun 02, 2016
As of June 3, the U.S. Postal Service will no longer accept the hard-copy customs declaration forms currently in use (PS Form 2976, 2976-A and 2976-B). All senders of mail pieces requiring custom forms will need to fill them out online instead.
The most common mail categories requiring a customs form include: packages, Priority Mail and Priority Mail being sent to foreign countries OR military bases.
When shipping something needing a customs form, please call Mail Services to make sure someone will be present to assist you through the process. Bring over the unsealed package with address and return labels to our office and fill out the new online form on our computer. We will have to weigh each item within your package , as well as the total package weight, in order to complete the form. We will have the tape need to seal the package after contents have been weighed. After filling out all required online form fields, the mailer must print out the custom form, and sign and date. Each mailer may also want to jot down the customs form bar code number for tracking purposes before leaving our office.
Questions? Please contact Mail Services at 581-6035 or email@example.com.
JO A THILL, Central Stores Operations
Posted: May 23, 2016
SALES TAX ON MERCHANDISE SALES
Beginning July 1, 2016, all merchandise sales, even for fundraising purposes, made by any university department will be subject to Illinois sales tax at a rate of 6.75 percent. Please remember this when pricing your merchandise for sale. Contact Jo Gentry, Accounting, at 581-7750 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with the particulars of your plan to sell merchandise to ensure that the process for collecting, reporting and remitting the tax goes smoothly.
JOYCE M. SCHUMACHER, Accounting
Posted: May 19, 2016
NEED CHILD CARE REFERRALS FOR THIS SUMMER?
Summer is on its way and the children will soon be out of school! We would love to help with finding quality care for this summer. Give our office a call or stop by to get a list of child care providers in your area. Our referral areas include Coles, Clark, Cumberland, Edgar, Moultrie and Shelby counties.
ASHLEY R. NAILING, CCR&R Core FY16
Posted: May 16, 2016
SRC SUMMER HOURS
The Student Rec Center will be open Summer 2016 during the following hours:
Monday through Friday -- 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday -- noon to 4 p.m.
Please note that due to summer camp usage, some areas of the SRC may not be available.
SARAH W. DAUGHERTY, Campus Recreation
Posted: May 09, 2016
OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR SUMMER HOURS
Between Monday, May 9, and Friday, Aug. 12, the Office of the Registrar will be open as follows:
Monday through Thursday -- 7:30 a.m. to noon and 12:45 to 4:30 p.m.
Friday -- 7:30 a.m. to noon
During the holiday weeks of May 30 and July 4, the office will be open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (as each week has a Monday holiday).
JENNIFER L. PORTER, Office Registrar
Posted: Apr 22, 2016
YEAR-END PROCUREMENT DEADLINES
FY17 requisitions may now be entered by changing your transaction and delivery dates to July 1, 2016. All FY16 requisitions must be received in the office of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services by the deadlines listed below. Procurement cannot guarantee that requisitions submitted after the deadlines will be paid from FY16 funds.
All FY17 requisitions that are to be in place by July 1, 2016, need to adhere to the same deadlines below, or as requested by the buyer. Do not wait for FY17 budgets to be loaded.
Purchases exceeding the Board of Trustees approval limit: $250,000 for any purchase -- Feb. 19, 2016
Purchases exceeding the following: $20,000 for professional and artistic services (P&A); $50,000 for commodities, equipment and services; and $65,000 for construction -- March 31, 2016
Purchases less than the following: $20,000 for professional and artistic services (P&A); $50,000 for commodities, equipment and services; and $65,000 for construction -- April 29, 2016
Please notify Procurement if you have a purchase or are planning a purchase that cannot meet these deadlines.
SUSAN L. PROPST, Purchasing
Posted: Mar 09, 2016
International Students: Please request the new wire transfer instructions for making payments to the university from email@example.com or stop by the Student Accounts Office in Old Main. The new instructions dated Feb. 1, 2016, will be emailed to you upon request. The old instructions expire Feb. 12, 2016, and your payment will be returned to your bank after that date. Thank you!
BRUCE L. DUZAN, Accounting and Investment Services
Posted: Feb 02, 2016
From Illinois Public Media, "21st Show" -- "Corpse Flower Set to Bloom in East Central Illinois,'" June 21, 2016
From the JG-TC -- "CHS Science Students Experience College Atmosphere," May 21, 2016
From the JG-TC -- "EIU Grads Told to 'Dream Big' and 'Be the Change,'" May 9, 2016