Jun 30, 2015

 

News from Old Main

SERVICES FOR CHARLESTON MAYOR LARRY RENNELS
The funeral honoring and celebrating the life of Charleston Mayor Larry Wayne Rennels, 67, will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, June 29, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 902 Cleveland Ave., Charleston. Burial will immediately follow in Mound Cemetery, Charleston. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at Adams Funeral Chapel. Donations in his honor may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Mr. Rennels died Thursday, June 25.

A full obituary can be found here.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jun 26, 2015

CIVIL SERVICE SUPERVISORS -- ANNUAL PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS DUE JUNE 30
Civil service employee performance appraisals are required annually per Internal Governing Policy #39 and BOT Regulation II C-4. Performance appraisal forms for FY15 must be completed on all civil service employees by June 30, 2015. Directors and supervisors are accountable for their completion and submission to Human Resources. The evaluation form, along with a supervisor guidebook, is available here.

Remember to include the review period (which can be flexible, but in most cases is July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015) and comments/justification for ratings of "outstanding," "needs improvement" or "unacceptable." If you have questions, please contact Julie Benedict, training and development, at 581-8415 or jabenedict@eiu.edu.

RICHARD ENYARD, Director, Human Resources
Posted: May 18, 2015

SMOKING/TOBACCO PROHIBITED ON EIU CAMPUS, EFFECTIVE JULY 1
Beginning July 1, 2015, all smoking and tobacco use will be prohibited on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

In accordance with the Illinois Smoke Free Campus Act and university policy, the use of all tobacco products will be prohibited on all campus property, both indoors and outdoors, including buildings, grounds, parking lots and vehicles that are owned, leased, occupied, operated or otherwise controlled by EIU. The ban includes e-cigarettes and vaporizers, as well.

Use of tobacco products will be permitted only in private vehicles traveling through or parked on campus provided that second-hand smoke is contained within the vehicle.

The policy applies to any individual on campus property, including students, employees and visitors, and is applicable at all times.

It is anticipated that the policy will have minimal effect on the majority of Eastern’s constituencies, said Eric Davidson, associate director of EIU’s Health Service. Polls of students indicate that most fall in two of three groups -- those who are excited about the prospect of becoming a totally smoke-free campus and those who believe they won’t be affected at all by the change.

He acknowledged that the third group represents a “fair number” of individuals who will likely disapprove of the ban.

According to Davidson, individuals caught smoking will likely receive a verbal reminder for the first offense, while habitual offenders will be dealt with on an individual basis, depending on their classification (student, employee, etc.).

See here for more information regarding EIU’s Tobacco-free Campus.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: May 01, 2015

 

Meetings/Events

TARBLE OFFERING AUGUST WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS AND ADULTS
The Tarble Arts Center is offering three intensive workshops for teens and adults ages 15 and over in August. “3-D Mosaics” will be offered from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 6 and 11. “Glass Bead Making” is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, and “Day of the Dead Nichos” will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 18 and 20. For complete information and online registration, visit here and click on Classes and Workshops or contact the Tarble at tarble@eiu.edu or 581-2787.

KATHRYN MORICE, Tarble Arts Center
Posted: Jun 30, 2015

WELCOME OUR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS AND FAMILIES TO EIU ON FRIDAY, JULY 10!
The Office of Admissions will host our summer Open House for prospective students and families on Friday, July 10. The day will begin with check-in from 7:45 to 9 a.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center. Our guests will have have the opportunity to learn the admissions process, meet with academic faculty and support services staff, tour campus, enjoy lunch in Taylor Hall, and much more! Students will also have the chance to apply to EIU during their visit and pay NO application fee.

Please join us by welcoming our guests and wear EIU BLUE! Go Panthers!

BRITTANY M. TRIMBLE, Admissions
Posted: Jun 25, 2015

WEIU KIDS DAY AT THE CASTLE
This year's event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 22, in front of Old Main. Our PBS characters are "Peg + Cat."

A live Hit-Mix 88.9 radio broadcast, dance contest, arts/crafts, bounce house, games/prizes, free books and lots more can be expected! The first 300 kids will receive an activity bag, too! We hope you come join this free family-fun event with us!

KE'AN S. ARMSTRONG, Radio-TV Program
Posted: Jun 23, 2015

WRITING CENTER SUMMER HOURS (SIX-WEEK SESSION)
A writing consultant will be available in the Writing Center (3110 Coleman Hall) on Mondays and Wednesdays from to 10 to 11:30 a.m., 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. and 3:45 to 5 p.m. Hours are 8:30 to 11:30 and 12:45 to 2:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

On weekends, a writing consultant will be available in the Booth Library Reference Area: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon, and Sundays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

If you'd like a flier for your door or classroom, or have any questions or suggestions, just let me know (fkory@eiu.edu).

FERN KORY, English
Posted: Jun 15, 2015

TEXTBOOK RENTAL SERVICE TO CLOSE FOR INVENTORY
Textbook Rental Service will be closed for inventory Wednesday, June 24, through Tuesday, June 30. As part of this process, we will not be able to conduct any business during this time; therefore, the exterior book drop will be unavailable. Please make arrangements to conduct all Textbook Rental Service business prior to or following our inventory closing. Drop/withdrawal charges will not apply during this time.

We will resume regular business on Wednesday, July 1. Our hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, July 1 and 2. We will be closed Friday, July 3, for the Independence Day holiday.

CHRISTINA M. COFFEY, Textbook Rental Service Operations
Posted: Jun 10, 2015

NEW FACULTY ORIENTATION
New Faculty Orientation will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19. For more information, please call the Office of Faculty Development at 581-7051.

WANDA KAY ROBINSON, Faculty Development
Posted: Jun 08, 2015

EIU TO BEGIN TRANSITION TO SOPHOS ENDPOINT SECURITY
Eastern Illinois University will begin the transition of all university-owned computers from Symantec Endpoint Protection to Sophos Endpoint Security. Technical staff across campus (ITS, CATS, departmental staff) will be working on this transition. This change will improve our security and reduce costs. Information about the transition may be found here.

CAY A. KOLLING, Information Technology Services
Posted: May 27, 2015

 

Professional Development

DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE
Dealing professionally and confidently with difficult people, whether it's a co-worker, a student or a customer, is one of the biggest challenges we face in the workplace today. Come join us from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 7, in the Rathskeller Loft, MLK Jr. Union, as we explore the various types of “difficult” people and how to work with them, how to ensure you are not the difficult person, and to transform conflict into cooperation. Please register here to reserve a seat. Contact Julie Benedict (581-8415, jabenedict@eiu.edu) for information.

JULIE A. BENEDICT, Training & Development
Posted: Jun 22, 2015

 

Human Resources

VALIC REPRESENTATIVE TO BE ON CAMPUS WEEKLY
A VALIC representative will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Wednesday in the Sullivan Room, MLK Jr. Union. If you wish to make an appointment, please call 217-821-5289 or visit the Sullivan Room any Wednesday through Aug. 26.

VALIC is one of EIU's approved vendors for the 403b plan. A 403b is a voluntary tax-deferred supplemental retirement plan developed to enhance an employee's retirement. VALIC is one of the approved vendors offered by EIU.

For more information about EIU's 403b plans, please visit our page here.

THURMAN ETCHISON, Benefits Services
Posted: Apr 30, 2015

 

Employment Opportunities

ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR
Admissions Counselor, directly responsible for the recruitment of traditional undergraduate students to the university



ADMISSION COUNSELOR/MULTICULTURAL RECRUITMENT (BILINGUAL-SPANISH)
Admissions Counselor/Multicultural Recruitment (Bilingual-Spanish), directly responsible for the recruitment of traditional undergraduate students to the university. The counselor will be bilingual to assist the enrollment team in communicating with Spanish-speaking families.



 

Research and Creative Activity

ALLEN LANHAM
Allen Lanham, dean of library services at Booth Library since 1991, was recently elected as a councilor to the American Library Association. He was elected to represent the Illinois Library Association at ALA. His three-year term begins July 1.

More information about his appointment can be found on the library website.



NEH SUMMER STIPENDS FOR 2016
The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced the 2016 Summer Stipend grant competition. Detailed information can be found on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs website here.

ROBERT W. CHESNUT, Research and Sponsored Programs
Posted: Jun 04, 2015

SUMMER WRITE-ON-SITE WEDNESDAYS
If you are working on an article, a book chapter, a grant report or any other writing project, please join us for Write-on-Site from 9 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday in the Office of Faculty Development (1116 Booth Library). Bring your laptop and grab a cup of coffee or tea (perhaps a cookie now and then) and set to work in the quiet company of others also engaged in writing projects. For further information, contact the Faculty Development Office at 581-7051.

WANDA KAY ROBINSON, Faculty Development
Posted: May 20, 2015

 

Miscellaneous

EAC REPRESNENTATIVE -- VANCE WOODS
Vance Woods, carpenter, Facilities Planning & Management, has been elected to the State Universities Civil Service Advisory Committee for the period of July 16, 2015, to Dec. 31, 2019. The election took place Tuesday, June 23.

JULIE A. BENEDICT, Traiaing & Development
Posted: Jun 24, 2015

NEW PASSWORD MANAGEMENT TOOL
Eastern Illinois University is implementing a new Password Management Tool on July 1, 2015. This tool offers added features of allowing alternate email addresses or mobile phone numbers to assist in resetting your password when you have forgotten it. You will receive an email notification any time your password is changed.

Beginning July 1, all EIU faculty, staff and students will need to enroll in the new service. You will enroll by selecting your security questions and entering your answers. You also have the option to add an alternate email or mobile phone number to receive a verification code to reset your password. More information may be found on the ITS Help Desk website.

CAY A. KOLLING, Information Technology Services
Posted: Jun 24, 2015

2015 CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT
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, 2014), 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 that need printed -- the EIU Consumer Confidence Report and the Charleston Consumer Report. A person can access both reports here. If you would like a copy of these reports, please go to the link to print.

We are emailing all building coordinators 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 Doug Messmore, Plumbing Shop, 217-581-7212.

TIM ZIMMER, Director of Facilities Planning & Management
Posted: Jun 19, 2015

LIBRARY ADDS 1,378 NEW TITLES IN MAY
During May, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,378 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 questions.

DAVID S. BELL, Booth Library
Posted: Jun 03, 2015

HONORS MENTORS NEEDED
The Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College is looking for faculty members who would be interested in mentoring freshman and sophomore Presidential Scholars. Mentors are matched with students who share one or more academic or personal interests. The role of the mentor is to assist students in acclimating to college life, processing new ideas, and considering opportunities for personal, academic and pre-professional growth. Most mentor-student pairs meet for one to two hours, once or twice a month. Any faculty interested in serving as mentors may contact Sara Schmidt at smschmidt@eiu.edu.

SARA M. SCHMIDT, Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College
Posted: May 12, 2015

GREGG TECHNOLOGY CENTER: SUMMER 2015 SCHEDULE CHANGES
The GTC will be closed the week of May 11-15 to to do essential maintenance and inventory in areas across campus.

GTC Computer Lab hours for the summer, beginning on May 18, are as follows:
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. to noon
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Various holidays will modify the schedule above. The revised schedules will be placed online and on the doors of the GTC.

CHAD P. ELLIOTT, CATS
Posted: May 05, 2015

YEAR END REQUISITION DEADLINES
FY16 requisitions may now be entered by changing your transaction and delivery dates to July 1, 2015. All FY15 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 FY15 funds.

All FY16 requisitions that are to be in place by July 1, 2015, need to adhere to the same deadlines below, or as requested by the buyer.. Do not wait for FY16 budgets to be loaded.

Deadlines:

Purchases exceeding the Board of Trustees Approval limit:
$250,000 for any purchase -- Feb. 13, 2015

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 13, 2015

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 -- May 1, 2015

Please notify Procurement if you have a purchase or are planning a purchase that cannot meet these deadlines.

SUSAN L. PROPST, Purchasing
Posted: Jan 08, 2015

OTHER PROCUREMENT DEADLINES
Travel Applications Deadline:
All Travel Applications for the remainder of FY15 must be received in the Department of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services by June 5, 2015.

OfficeMax Deadline:
Final day to order through OfficeMax for FY15 -- Noon on Monday, June 29, 2015

P-Card Deadlines:
Transactions need a post date of June 30, 2015, or earlier on PaymentNet for P-Card purchases from FY15 funds. All FY15 transactions must be reviewed and approved on PaymentNet by July 1, 2015.

Final Payments:
All final FY15 Request for Payments, invoices, and Travel Vouchers must be received in the Department of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services by July 9, 2015.

SUSAN L PROPST, Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services
Posted: Jan 08, 2015

 

Especially for Students (Official Notices)

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EIU in the News

JUNE 2015
From the JG-TC -- "Pure Whimsy: After Years of Making Them, Man Now Shares the History of Whirligigs," June 20, 2015

From the JG-TC -- "School's B.I.O.N.I.C. Program Reaches Early Milestone," June 11, 2015

From the JG-TC -- "EIU Staff, Officials Serve on Panels as Outreach," June 6, 2015



MAY 2015
From the JG-TC -- "Eastern Illinois Grads Move their Tassles," May 11, 2015

From the JG-TC -- "Shanahan Reflects Back on EIU Days," May 11, 2015

From the JG-TC -- "Students are Tending Hazelnut, Chestnut Orchard in Casey," May 9, 2015