Nov 24, 2014

 

News from Old Main

TONER SCAM
Several departments have reported being contacted by a toner company stating that it is time to order new toner cartridges for their Konica copier. This is a scam. According to the contract with Konica Minolta, EIU departments do not pay for toner cartridges, staples, and maintenance or repair parts. The only thing that is paid by an EIU department is the cost per copy. If you receive calls like this, forward to Lisa Standerfer (581-6010).

LISA J. STANDERFER, Purchasing
Posted: Nov 21, 2014

OUR CONDOLENCES...
Word has been received of the death of William Francis Thompson, 70, of Terre Haute, who died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Terre Haute Regional Hospital. Dr. Thompson taught in EIU's Department of Economics for nearly 30 years, retiring in the summer of 2009. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in St. Joseph University Parish, Terre Haute. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4–8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home, 605 South 25th St., Terre Haute. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph University Parish, Catholic Charities or the charity of your choice.

A full obituary can be found here.

An additional story found in the Terre Haute Tribune Star on Dr. Thompson can be found here.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Nov 20, 2014

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: Wednesday, Dec. 24; Thursday, Dec. 25; Wednesday, Dec. 31; and Thursday, Jan. 1. Employees may use accrued leave or leave without pay, with supervisor approval, from Monday, Dec. 22, through Friday, Jan. 2.

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 Sunday, Dec. 21, through Thursday, Jan. 1.

Inquiries regarding this information may be directed to the Benefits Office at 581-5825. Happy holidays!

PAUL McCANN, Interim Vice President for Business Affairs
Posted: Nov 04, 2014

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH CONSULTANT CONTACT INFORMATION
David Mead-Fox has been hired by the EIU Board of Trustees to assist in finding the next president for Eastern Illinois University. He is a senior client partner with the firm of Korn Ferry. Mead-Fox was recently on campus and met with various constituency groups to hear their views on "what they are looking for in a new president." If you were not able to attend one of these sessions and would like to share your views with Mead-Fox, he would welcome an email from you. His email address is david.mead-fox@kornferry.com.

CHERYL GILBERT, VPUA Operations
Posted: Sep 12, 2014

 

Meetings/Events

PREFERRED TRAVEL VENDOR
As earlier announced, Corporate Travel Planners (CTP) is the new “preferred” travel vendor for EIU. CTP will be on campus Dec. 1 and 2 in the Charleston/Mattoon Room in the MLK Jr. Union. Representatives will be available to provide training and answer questions from employees who will be utilizing the online booking tool. There will be three sessions to choose from. The first session will be from 1:30-3 p.m. Dec. 1. Tuesday’s sessions will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m.

LISA J. STANDERFER, Purchasing
Posted: Nov 20, 2014

2014 HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
Eastern Illinois University Holiday Luncheon
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Menu: spinach salad w/ hot bacon dressing, roasted turkey, seasoned green beans, sweet potatoes w/ pecans, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy, cranberry gel, dinner rolls w/ butter, pumpkin pie w/ whipped topping, pecan pie w/ whipped topping and no-sugar cherry pie. (Vegetarian meal available upon request.)

Tickets are $10 each. Stop by or call at: MLK Jr. Union, Room 2420; 581-3616. Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.

ANGELA M. HALLOWELL, Union General Operations
Posted: Nov 18, 2014

HOLIDAY ART SALE
The 28th annual Holiday Art Sale will be held at the Doudna Fine Arts Center, Room 1910, with the opening from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, and continuing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Holiday shoppers can choose from hundreds of one-of-a-kind original works of art handcrafted by local artists and EIU faculty, staff and students. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Art Department's Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact the Art Department at 581-3410.

SUE RARDIN, Art Department
Posted: Nov 17, 2014

BROOKS PRESENTATION ON 1960S FOOD TRENDS IS RESCHEDULED
Lisa Brooks, assistant professor of family and consumer sciences, has postponed her presentation in Booth Library’s fall program series, “Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s.” She will present “1960s Restaurant and Food Trends: Modern Day Influences” at 4 p.m. Dec. 2 in Booth Library’s Witters Conference Room 4440. Brooks’ program was originally scheduled for Nov. 18.

For an updated schedule of events in the “Revolutionary Decade” series, visit the program website here.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Library Services -- Dean
Posted: Nov 12, 2014

PAINTINGS BY SHANE RODEMS ON VIEW AT TARBLE ARTS CENTER
The exhibition “Shane Rodems: All For Sale 2000 O.B.O.” is currently on view in the Tarble Arts Center’s Brainard Gallery through Dec. 14. Rodems’ mixed media painting and photography works are inspired by the lingos, slogans and abbreviations in Midwestern want ads. He also uses common items like duct tape and house paint to “pay tribute to the ‘slightly used’ feeling of the want ads.”

Rodems has exhibited his work throughout the Midwest, including the Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, and the Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights. His work appeared in the publication New American Paintings No. 99.

The artist holds a BA and MA from EIU and an MFA from Indiana University. Rodems is the Tarble Arts Center’s 2014 artist in the school's residency artist program and will be in residence at four area schools through Dec. 11. The residency is funded by the Ruth and Vaughn Jaenike Access to the Arts Fund, the participating schools, the Coles County Arts Council, and Tarble Arts Center membership contributions.

KATHRYN MORICE, Tarble Arts Center
Posted: Nov 11, 2014

UNIVERSITY ARCHIVIST SET TO RETIRE NOV. 30
Robert V. Hillman, university archivist and head of Special Collections at Booth Library, EIU, has announced his retirement, effective Nov. 30, 2014.

A celebration of his dedicated service to the EIU community will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Witters Conference Room 4440, Booth Library.

This gathering shall be one of immense merriment and scrumptious delights!

PEGGY A MANLEY, Library Services -- Dean"s Office
Posted: Nov 07, 2014

EIU HUNGER ACTION MONTH!
November is Hunger Action Month, presented by the EIU Hunger Action Team! The month-long EIU Hunger Challenge features a different opportunity every day during November in which students, staff, faculty and community members can engage and learn about hunger and poverty in Charleston, Mattoon, Coles County and the Eastern Illinois region. Such activities include food drives, advocacy opportunities, documentary screenings and a SNAP/Food Stamp challenge.

A full calendar of events, as well as updates, are posted to the EIU Hunger Action Team's Facebook Page, located here. You can also follow and participate on social media with the tag #EIUHungerChallenge.

MICHAEL GILLESPIE, Sociology/Anthropology
Posted: Nov 04, 2014

GET PAID TO TALK -- LEARN TO MAKE MONEY WITH YOUR VOICE
You could be the voice for audio books, training material, documentaries, animation and gaming, movie trailers, audio web content, commercials and more. Learn more by attending our session from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center, Room 2340. The cost is only $40 ($25 for EIU students). Please register here or by calling 581-5114 and asking for Debbie Meadows or Peggy Brown.

PEGGY A. BROWN, School of Continuing Education, Dean's Office
Posted: Nov 01, 2014

DRAWING/WATERCOLOR: ILLINOIS BIENNIAL EXHIBITION AT THE TARBLE ARTS CENTER
The 20th Biennial Drawing/Watercolor: Illinois exhibition will be on view at the Tarble Arts Center Oct. 25 through Jan. 11. This competitive exhibition was open to works on paper by artists living in Illinois. The majority are representational landscapes, cityscapes, figure studies and still lifes. Also included are works in a variety of other approaches, including abstract and non-objective styles. Entered was a total of 121 works by 52 artists from around the state -- from Macomb to Newton and Belle Rive to Chicago. The juror was noted Chicago-based abstract painter and educator William Conger. He selected 43 works by 30 artists for the exhibition, and designated the award winners.

(The Tarble will be closed Nov. 27-28 and Dec. 21 through Jan. 1 for the Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year’s holidays.) For information, contact the Tarble at 217-581-ARTS (-2787) or tarble@eiu.edu.

MICHAEL WATTS, Director, Tarble Arts Center
Posted: Oct 20, 2014

EXHIBITION: MACHINES THAT MAKE -- RECENT WORK BY FRANKIE FLOOD
The exhibition "Machines that Make: Recent Work by Frankie Flood" is on view through Dec. 18 in the Tarble Arts Center's eGallery. Flood’s interest in machines and tools and the influence of his working class upbringing is a source of inspiration for the functional art objects that he creates. The exhibition focuses on machines, objects and images made through the use of machines. Included are functional objects such as pizza cutters, custom made hand tools, hand-built 3D printers, and 3D-printed prosthetic hands, plus drawings made from these objects, and videos documenting some of the work. Some of the technical type drawings are also presented as woodcut prints.

An EIU alumnus, Flood is an associate professor of jewelry/metalsmithing at the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He holds a BA and an MA from EIU, and an MFA from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. Flood exhibits his work nationally and internationally, and has received numerous awards, including being named in the 2014 Class of Outstanding Graduate Alumni. This is an EIU College of Arts and Humanities New and Emerging Artists Program, presented by the Tarble Arts Center and the Art Department.

MICHAEL WATTS, Director, Tarble Arts Center
Posted: Oct 13, 2014

 

Professional Development

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP GRANT RECIPIENTS
Faculty Development is pleased to announce the recipients of FY15 Partnership Grants: Stacey Knight-Davis (Booth Library), Todd Bruns (Booth Library), Gordon Tucker (biological sciences), Tina Jenkins (Booth Library), Melissa Ames (English), Robert Martinez (English), Kristin Runyon (Charleston High School), Kaleigh McRoberts (Mattoon High School), Stephen Lucas (secondary education), Matthew Landrus (Lake Land Community College), Jennifer Reichart (Lake Land Community College), Terri Fredrick (English), Fern Kory (English), Tim Taylor (English), Ann Brownson (Booth Library), Jamila Smith (English), Steven Daniel (biological sciences), Volker Muller (Johann Wolfgang Goethe University), Steven Di Naso (geography/geology), William Lovekamp (sociology), Fayeza Ahmed (psychology), Naomi Gurevich (communication disorders and sciences), Suzie Park (English), and Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowski (history).

WANDA KAY ROBINSON, Faculty Development
Posted: Nov 21, 2014

APPLY FOR A WRITING FELLOW TO SUPPORT STUDENT WRITERS IN YOUR CLASS
Applications for a Spring 2015 Writing Fellow will be considered starting Monday, Nov. 17.

A "writing fellow" is a veteran Writing Center consultant (tutor) assigned to a specific course or section to act as an ally for student writers by providing informed individualized feedback on drafts of writing they do for that course. Faculty who would like more information about this program should contact the WAC director after reading through the information on the application form (pdf) available on the WAC site here.

FERN KORY, Director, Writing Across the Curriculum
Posted: Nov 10, 2014

 

Human Resources

SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE AWARD 2015 NOMINATIONS
Nominations are now being accepted for the EIU Superior Performance Award. The Superior Performance Award is in its third year of a three-year pilot program. The award, which is a collaborative effort between the Civil Service Council and the President, is for non-negotiated civil service and administrative and professional employees with five or more years of service with EIU. Up to 10 awards of $500 each will be given to honor outstanding employees. Nominate a deserving employee by noon Friday, Dec. 5. Eligible employees are welcome to self-nominate, as well. For more information about this award and how to nominate, please visit the Superior Performance Award website.

JULIE A. BENEDICT, Training & Development
Posted: Nov 04, 2014

FACULTY/A&P PAYROLL DEADLINE FOR NOVEMBER
Due to the upcoming holidays, new contracts, contract changes, Request for Personal Services Payment forms, and any other items affecting the November payroll MUST be received in the Human Resources Employment Office by Wednesday, Nov. 12. All items received after that date will be processed in the next month's payroll.

If you have questions, please contact Carol Galey at 581-7655, or Cindy Maples at 581-2613.

CAROL A. GALEY, Human Resources
Posted: Nov 01, 2014

 

Employment Opportunities

OFFICE MANAGER
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Research and Creative Activity

EIU FOUNDATION NAMES 2014 OUTSTANDING MEMBERS
The Eastern Illinois University Foundation has recognized three individuals as outstanding members for 2014. This award -- established in 2009 -- is presented to individuals who provide exemplary service to the Foundation. The EIU Foundation provides support to EIU’s academic and athletic programs.

It is through the direct efforts of our members that the Foundation is able to fulfill its mission of support to the university. Outstanding Foundation Member certificates are presented to individuals who demonstrate the ideals of membership in the Foundation through their volunteer service to the Foundation and to the university’s academic and athletic programs, providing the leadership, expertise and knowledge essential for the work of its advisory and governing boards, administrative councils and committees, and its executives-in-residence programs.

Recipients of this award have an established record of leadership and expertise, and provide knowledge essential for the work of the EIU Foundation. This year’s honorees are Lillian R. Greathouse and Ronald M. Leathers, both of Charleston, and Ross A. McCullough Jr. of Alpharetta, Ga.

See here for more on the story.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Nov 21, 2014

HOW TO WRITE A PROPOSAL TO THE COUNCIL ON FACULTY RESEARCH (Note Revised Dates)
Research and Sponsored Programs will host two sessions of "How to Write a Proposal to the Council on Faculty Research" from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 1 and 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Martinsville Room, MLK Jr. Union. Eastern’s internal funding for research and creative activity is awarded on a competitive basis by the Council on Faculty Research. There are two rounds of funding, one in the fall and one in the spring. This presentation will include suggestions for making a proposal competitive, as well as examples of recent funded proposals. To register, please go here.

KRISHNA THOMAS, Faculty Development
Posted: Nov 01, 2014

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT GRANT RECIPIENTS FOR FALL 2014
Faculty Development is pleased to announce the Fall 2014 Support Grant recipients: Karen Drage (School of Technology), Stefan Eckert (music), Linda Ghent (economics), Jeannie Ludlow (women’s studies), Michael Mulvaney (recreation administration), T. M. Linda Scholz (communication studies), Amber Shipherd (kinesiology and sports studies), Christina Yousaf (School of Family and Consumer Sciences) and Jie Zou (physics).

WANDA KAY ROBINSON, Faculty Development
Posted: Oct 31, 2014

LISA BROOKS AND LINDA SIMPSON
A feature article by Lisa Brooks and Linda Simpson titled, "Experiential Learning in Higher Education: Implications for Improving Employability of FCS Graduates," was published in the Spring 2014 issue of the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences. The feature examines graduates' perceptions of transferable employment skills received as a result of experiential learning. Experiential learning in this study focused on respondents' participation in an internship and/or study abroad program. A significant finding was that internships and study abroad experiences were perceived to have a positive impact on respondents' personal growth, professional growth, and their ability to gain employment.



 

Miscellaneous

ATTENTION PANTHERFILE USERS: PANTHERFILE SERVICES BEING DISCONTINUED
ITS is in the process of decommissioning PantherFile services. As part of this process, ITS suggests PantherFile users migrate their data to PantherShare. Users that have files on PantherFile will receive an email from ITS informing them of steps to take to migrate their files and folders to the new service. Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 25, email will be sent weekly to users who have not migrated off PantherFile services. The email will include links to instructions on how to migrate data on your own or request ITS migrate the data for you.

DAVID P. EMMERICH, Information Technology Services
Posted: Nov 24, 2014

BUILDING TEMPERATURE REDUCTIONS DURING THE HEATING MONTHS
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. 20, through Sunday, Jan. 4.

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.

Facilities Planning and Management,
Posted: Nov 20, 2014

PERSONAL PACKAGES
Internal Governing Policy 134 prohibits the receipt and processing on campus of all personal mail, including packages. Consistent with this policy, personal packages sent by private courier should not be delivered to the university for handling unless the recipient resides on campus. Having personal packages delivered to campus could result in the misuse of university time and resources.

ROBERT L. MILLER, General Counsel and Ethics Officer
Posted: Nov 19, 2014

MICHAEL R. HOADLEY INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY AWARD
The Center for Academic Technology Support [CATS] invites nominations for the 2014-2015 Michael R. Hoadley Instructional Technology Award. This prestigious faculty recognition includes a $1,000 award to be used at the recipient’s discretion. For complete details on this award and the nomination process, please refer here.

Chair nomination and review deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.
Dean review deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2014.
Committee review deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.

RHONDA F. BROTHERTON, CATS
Posted: Nov 18, 2014

EIUAA MEMBERSHIP OPEN TO EIU EMPLOYEES
Did you know that current EIU employees are eligible for membership in the EIU Annuitants Association? And many current EIU employees are members! But why? The EIU Annuitants Association and the State University Annuitants Association (SUAA) work to preserve and protect the retirement benefits of current EIU employees as well as EIU retirees. As your advocates, EIUAA and SUAA have made a difference! Due to the work of EIUAA, SUAA and some of its partner organizations, SURS annuitant health care benefits have been restored. We may soon know if other retirement benefits will be restored. As a member of EIUAA, your dues assist in providing resources to successfully advocate for our benefits. Your membership also gives you a voice in our efforts to preserve your well-deserved retirement benefits. EIUAA dues are a nominal $36 per year and payroll deduction is available for EIU employees. For your convenience, the EIUAA membership form is on the website. Please join us as we work to ensure that your retirement benefits are there for you when you need them. If you have questions, email annuitants@eiu.edu.

JILL NILSEN, EIUAA President, and VICKI HAMPTON, EIU President-Elect
Posted: Nov 18, 2014

TESTING & EVALUATION OFFICE CLOSING
The Office of Testing & Evaluation will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, so that the staff may attend the Holiday Luncheon. The drop slot is available for any instructors who need to drop off exams during that time.

WENDY LONG, Director, Office of Testing & Evaluation
Posted: Nov 17, 2014

OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ADVISER AWARD
The Campus Advising Network Award for Outstanding Academic Adviser is taking nominations now through Dec. 15. For detailed information and instructions on making your nomination, go to the CAN website here.

TERI FARR, Academic Advising Center
Posted: Nov 17, 2014

CAMPUS REC -- STUDENT REC CENTER THANKSGIVING BREAK HOURS
The Student Rec Center will be open over the Thanksgiving break. The SRC break hours are:
Friday, Nov. 21 -- Open 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 and 23 -- Closed
Monday, Nov. 24, through Wednesday, Nov. 26 -- Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 27-29 -- Closed
Sunday, Nov. 30 -- Open noon to 10 p.m.

Have a great break!

KEVIN S. LINKER, Recreational Sports
Posted: Nov 17, 2014

QUICK TIPS FOR EMAIL MANAGEMENT
Every employee should review email folders on a regular basis to determine what should be kept. If the email is a record, then it should be retained for the amount of time as indicated in your department’s retention schedule.

Regular review of your email will:
• reduce clutter,
• make information easier to find,
• decrease storage needs, which in turn saves money,
• and help to ensure that employees aren’t holding onto information that can be deleted.

Quick tips for email management from the Illinois State Records Commission can be found here.

Questions? See your departmental records coordinator or contact the EIU records manager at 581-3318.

CATHY KIMBALL, EIU Records Manager
Posted: Nov 15, 2014

FYI RECORDS AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT -- AVAILABILITY
Principles® from the International Association of Records Managers and Administrators (International ARMA) Availability is the sixth of the eight principles that can be found at the RIM website:

• An organization shall maintain records in a manner that ensures timely, efficient and accurate retrieval of needed information.
• Successful and responsible organizations must have the ability to identify, locate and retrieve the records and related information required to support its ongoing business activities.
• With properly structured information, personal productivity is improved, storage costs are minimized, and the reliability and speed of retrieval are optimized.
• Complete and accessible records in a well-managed environment minimize inconsistent and erroneous interpretation of the facts, simplify legal processes and regulatory investigations, and protect valuable information from being lost, corrupted, or stolen.

CATHY KIMBALL, Records & Information Management
Posted: Nov 14, 2014

GREGG TECHNOLOGY CENTER -- WRAPPING UP THE FALL SEMESTER
Starting at 2 p.m. Dec. 7, the Gregg Technology Center will start its extended schedule:

WEEK BEFORE FINALS
Sunday, Dec. 7: Opens at 2 p.m.; closes at 1:45 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 8: Opens at 6 a.m.; closes at 1:45 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 9: Opens at 6 a.m.; closes at 1:45 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 10: Opens at 6 a.m.; closes at 1:45 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 11: Opens at 6 a.m.; closes at 1:45 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 12: Opens at 6 a.m.; closes at 11:45 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13: Opens at 9 a.m.; closes at 4:45 p.m.

FINALS
Sunday, Dec. 14: Opens at 2 p.m.; closes at 1:45 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 15: Opens at 6 a.m.; closes at 1:45 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 16: Opens at 6 a.m.; closes at 1:45 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 17: Opens at 6 a.m.; closes at 1:45 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 18: Opens at 6 a.m.; closes at 1:45 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 19: Opens at 6 a.m.; closes at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 20: CLOSED

Good luck and enjoy the winter break!

Sincerely,
The GTC Staff

CHAD P ELLIOTT, CATS
Posted: Nov 13, 2014

ITS CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT -- THANKSGIVING BREAK HOURS
ITS Campus Technology Support (Help Desk call center) will be adjusting hours for the Thanksgiving Break.

The hours will be as follows:
Friday, Nov. 21 -- 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 24, through Wednesday, Nov. 26 -- 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

CAY A. KOLLING, Information Technology Services
Posted: Nov 12, 2014

GREGG TECHNOLOGY CENTER -- THANKSGIVING BREAK SCHEDULE 2014
From Nov. 22 through Nov. 29, the Gregg Technology Center will have its doors closed in order to allow the staff to focus on the maintenance of the labs and classrooms across campus. If you need assistance during that time, submit a Machform or Service Desk Plus ticket accordingly and the staff will respond as soon as possible. On Nov. 30, the GTC will resume its regular schedule, opening at 2 p.m. and closing at 11:45 p.m.

CHAD P ELLIOTT, CATS/Director, Gregg Technology Center
Posted: Nov 12, 2014

FALL 2014 EARLY ALERT SUBMISSION DEADLINE
In Fall 2014, the Early Alert System will be active through November. On Dec. 1, the system will be deactivated until Spring 2015. The intent of the Early Alert System is to warn students early in the semester to change their behaviors because they are at risk of not doing well in a course because of non-attendance, not turning in work, or doing poorly on tests and assignments.

Dec. 1 marks the start of the 14th week of the semester, and by this time in the academic semester, there is very little the early alert counselors can do to aid a student in making a success of the semester.

The EAS will be back up and running in the spring, but we will be deactivating it each semester toward the end of the semester.

KARLA SANDERS, CASA Director
Posted: Nov 11, 2014

DIVERSITY, NONDISCRIMINATION AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION NOTICE
America draws its strength and vitality from the diversity of its people. Eastern Illinois University is enriched by building a campus that celebrates and draws upon the talents of all its students, faculty and staff.

Eastern Illinois University provides equality of opportunity in education and employment for all students and employees. Discrimination based upon race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis of discrimination precluded by federal and state statutes, is strictly prohibited.

Moreover, as prescribed by federal guidelines, the university is committed to a program of affirmative action to alter patterns of employment that indicate under-representation of members of minority groups and women. The university further pledges itself to a program of affirmative action as prescribed by statute to employ, and advance in employment, qualified disabled individuals, Vietnam-era veterans and special disabled veterans.

IGP: 174 Diversity, Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action
Approved: Aug. 4, 2014
Monitor: President

M. HEATHER DRAGOO, Office of Civil Rights and Diversity
Posted: Nov 10, 2014

BOOTH LIBRARY IS DONATION SITE FOR LOCAL TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM
The campus community is encouraged to donate books, toys or money to help local families this Christmas. Booth Library, in conjunction with the Mattoon Public Library, is a donation site for the Toys for Tots program.

Donations will be distributed through the One Stop Community Christmas program. More than 2,000 area children will be helped through the program this year, and the goal is for each child to receive a book. Donations of new or gently used books or coloring books will be accepted. For a list of suggested book titles, visit the Booth Library website.

New, unwrapped toys also will be accepted. Donations may be placed in the Toys for Tots box located in the Marvin Foyer near the north entrance of Booth Library until Dec. 11.

Monetary donations in the form of cash or checks also will be accepted. Checks should be made out to the South Eastern Illinois Community Foundation (SEICF), with a memo indicating the donation is for “One Stop Books.” Mail donations to Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation: One Stop, P.O. Box 1211, Effingham, IL 62401.

ELIZABETH HELDEBRANDT, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Oct 31, 2014

TRY-IT! ILLINOIS RETURNS
Try-It! Illinois 2014, the 15th annual statewide database trial, sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library, will be available from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30. Try-It! offers the opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources that are not normally available to the university community. Thanks to the partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois. To access Try-It! Illinois, visit the Booth Library homepage and click on the "Try-It! Illinois" link or click here.

KAREN L. WHISLER, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Oct 08, 2014

HONORARY DEGREE NOMINATIONS SOUGHT
Nominations for honorary degrees are being accepted by the university's Honorary Degree Committee. Honorary degrees may be awarded to persons who have achieved a record of major distinction at the state and/or national level in such areas as education, public service, research, humanities, business or the professions, or those who have made a contribution to the university or higher education. Nomination materials may be obtained by contacting the Office of University Advancement, 1031 Old Main, or online here. Completed nominations should be returned to the Office of University Advancement no later than 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.

CHERYL L. GILBERT, VPUA Operations
Posted: Oct 07, 2014

 

Especially for Students (Official Notices)

EIU NATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2015-2016
EIU is the only Illinois member of the National Student Exchange (NSE). NSE is a consortium of 200 universities in the United States and Canada. Any full-time EIU student in good standing with a 2.5 GPA is eligible.

If you'd like to learn more about it, go to NSE’s website. Your application is due by Feb. 15, 2015. EIU students are currently on exchange to two different Hawaii campuses, Oregon and Arizona.

If you're interested, please contact Tom Spencer, EIU’s NSE coordinator, at tmspencer@eiu.edu or 581-2017.

THOMAS M. SPENCER, Pine Honors College
Posted: Nov 17, 2014

STUDENT INSURANCE WAIVER
Student insurance provides the student worldwide protection, 24 hours a day. The plan has a $50 deductible per diagnosis and pays up to 80 percent of eligible expenses for physician and hospital expenses, lab and x-ray, surgery, ambulance transport, physical therapy, maternity expenses, mental health and substance abuse issues. Unlike an HMO or PPO, the plan does not have a network, giving students a choice in their care and providing coverage for treatment the student receives while they are at home, at school, and wherever they may travel.

When you have other insurance, the plan coordinates with the primary carrier. Student insurance is an economical way to reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket expenses when family health plans do not cover 100 percent of medical costs because of deductibles, co-payment amounts, limitations on specific benefits, and out-of-network penalties. The Student Insurance Plan complements the family health plan. Most students find it beneficial to carry both, particularly if the family plan has a deductible and/or coinsurance.

The Spring 2015 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. 26, 2015, is the last date these forms will be accepted for Spring 2015 term. For more information, call 581-5290.

KERI J. MARTI, Student Insurance
Posted: Nov 14, 2014

PART-TIME STUDENT INSURANCE
Student insurance provides students worldwide protection, 24 hours a day. The plan has a $50 deductible per diagnosis and pays up to 80 percent of eligible expenses for physician and hospital expenses, lab and x-ray, surgery, ambulance transport, physical therapy, maternity expenses, mental health and substance abuse issues. Unlike an HMO or PPO, the plan does not have a network, giving students a choice in their care and providing coverage for treatment the student receives while they are at home, at school, and wherever they may travel.

When you have other insurance, the plan coordinates with the primary carrier. Student insurance is an economical way to reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket expenses when family health plans do not cover 100 percent of medical costs because of deductibles, co-payment amounts, limitations on specific benefits, and out-of-network penalties. The Student Insurance Plan complements the family health plan. Most students find it beneficial to carry both, particularly if the family plan has a deductible and/or coinsurance.

Spring 2015 students, who are registered for six, seven or eight on-campus hours may purchase student insurance for the semester by submitting the part-time enrollment form to the Student Insurance Office prior to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2015. 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 14, 2014

CORRECTED DUE DATE FOR EIU-UPI LABOR ESSAY CONTEST
Please inform full-time graduate students working on labor-related topics about the scholarship award sponsored by the EIU Chapter of the University Professionals of Illinois. Submission packets are due to the Graduate School by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (*This is a corrected date.)

Students with a 3.0 average in any discipline are eligible for nomination by a faculty member if they have produced a 2,000-word (minimum) essay that makes a contribution to understanding the significance of organized labor. The CGS Scholarships Committee will select the recipient based on the highest ranked essay. The award will be presented at the Distinguished Graduate Students Awards Ceremony.

See here for details.

FERN KORY, English
Posted: Nov 10, 2014

 

EIU in the News

NOVEMBER 2014
From the (Champaign) News Gazette -- "'If You're a Size 2, Own It. If You're a Size 20, Own It'" -- Nov. 20, 2014

From the JG-TC -- "Professor Talks Poverty During Hunger Awareness Month" -- Nov. 19, 2014

From the JG-TC -- "Former Gov. Edgar Speaks on Rauner, Elections" -- Nov. 11, 2014



OCTOBER 2014
From the JG-TC -- "EIU to Hold 'Be the Match' Registration" -- Oct. 10, 2014

From the JG-TC -- "EIU '60s Research Presentation" -- Oct. 9, 2014