Jul 29, 2014

 

News from Old Main

OUR CONDOLENCES...
We extend our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Thomas Brown, 56, of Mattoon, formerly of Peoria, who passed away at 4:57 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Carle Foundation Hospital. Mr. Brown was a food service employee who worked in the various residence hall dining centers on campus.

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating his life will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 31, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 204 S. Pine Ave., Arcola. Burial will be at Dodge Grove Cemetery at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family. Memorial donations in Mr. Brown's honor may be given to Gift of Hope, 2442 Denver Drive, Springfield, Ill.

A full obituary can be found here.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jul 29, 2014

PORTION OF SEVENTH STREET TO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED
The section of Seventh Street between Johnson and Grant avenues on the EIU campus will be closed July 28 through Aug. 15. Travelers will be asked to use Ninth Street and turn west on Grant Avenue if they wish to park near the MLK Jr. Union. Access to the parking lot immediately east of Old Main will continue to be available via Seventh Street.

The temporary closure is the result of work taking place near the university's water tower and former coal-fired heating plant. Underground storage tanks, once used to hold fuel oil for the heating plant's boilers, were recently removed because they are no longer used and to prevent potential leaks. Crews will now begin removing a fuel oil line leading to the old facility.

Once the storage tanks are removed, the parking lot will be restored for continued use by staff and the general public.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jul 24, 2014

EIU STUDENT DESCRIBES EXPERIENCE AS MISS UNITED STATES COMPETITOR
As an Eastern Illinois University student competed on a national stage at the Miss United States pageant, she advocated for healthy lifestyles along the way.

Sylvia Crowder, a dietetics master’s student, spent her first week of July as Miss Indiana competing for the Miss United States crown. The competition is a beauty pageant similar to Miss USA and Miss America, where women are selected to represent the 50 states and territories.

Throughout the week, Crowder competed in interview, evening gown and swimsuit categories while promoting her passion for nutrition, which goes hand-in-hand with her degree. For full story, click here.

ELIZABETH EDWARDS, Media Relations
Posted: Jul 21, 2014

EIU PARKING LOT TO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Visitors and employees who usually park near the north side of Eastern’s campus will see some temporary changes in the coming weeks.

The Seventh Street parking lot located directly east of the institution’s water tower and former coal-fired heating plant will be closed July 5 through Aug. 15 as workers remove three underground storage tanks. The tanks, once used to hold fuel oil for the heating plant’s boilers, will be removed because they are no longer used and to prevent potential leaks. The Illinois Capital Development Board will manage the project, funded by the state through the Illinois Jobs Now! program.

Visitor parking spaces will be temporarily relocated to the administrative reserved spots just south of the Multi-Cultural Center across from Old Main. Those in need of ADA parking spaces should use the ones on the south side of Blair Hall or in the Old Main circle drive.

Once the storage tanks are removed, the parking lot will be restored for continued use by staff and the general public.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jul 02, 2014

 

Meetings/Events

WEIU KIDS DAY AT THE CASTLE
Annual FREE family fun event at a new location this year!!! WEIU Kids Day usually takes place in Charleston's Kiwanis Park; this year, however, it will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 23, on EIU's Old Main front lawn. Our PBS character for the meet-&-greet is Daniel Tiger -- don't forget your cameras!!! Several local organizations will have activities to interact and engage with children and families. There will be a bounce house, WEIU activities and a Live Hit-Mix 88.9 radio broadcast. The first 300 children will receive free activity bags. Don't miss out on the fun!!! **If you would like to participate and set up a booth, please contact me ASAP at ksarmstrong@eiu.edu or 581-7194.

KE'AN ARMSTRONG, Radio-TV Program
Posted: Jul 21, 2014

TARBLE OFFERING WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS AND ADULTS IN AUGUST
The Tarble Arts Center is offering three intensive workshops for teens and adults ages 15 and over in August. “Personal Memory Boxes” will be offered on Aug. 8 (6-8 p.m.) and Aug. 9 (1-5 p.m.). “Ceramic Bell Chimes” is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug. 11-20, and “Figure Drawing and Portraiture” will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 12-21. For complete information, visit here and click on Education or contact the Tarble at tarble@eiu.edu or 581-2787.

KATHRYN MORICE, Tarble Arts Center
Posted: Jun 23, 2014

 

Professional Development

CATS TRAINING SESSIONS FOR AUGUST
(To be held in CATS Training Lab, Room 1214 McAfee)

iMovie, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1-2 p.m.
GarageBand, Monday, Aug. 11, 10-11 a.m.
iTunes, App Store and iBooks, Thursday, Aug. 21, 3-4 p.m.

For information, phone the CATS office at 217-581-8452 or email cats@eiu.edu.

MICHELLE M. SANGPEAL, CATS
Posted: Jul 28, 2014

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 Wednesday, Aug. 6 , in the Arcola/Tuscola Room, 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 further information.

JULIE BENEDICT, Training & Development
Posted: Jul 15, 2014

CATS TRAINING SESSIONS FOR JULY
(To be held in CATS Training Lab, Room 1214 McAfee)

Discover Your iPad, Thursday, July 10, 1-2 p.m.
OC X Mavericks, Monday, July 14, 2-3 p.m.
iCloud, Tuesday, July 22, 10-11 a.m.
iPhoto, Wednesday, July 30, 3-4 p.m.

For information, phone the CATS office at 217-581-8452 or e-mail cats@eiu.edu.

MICHELLE M. SANGPEAL, CATS
Posted: Jul 07, 2014

 

Human Resources

SURS COUNSELORS ON CAMPUS SEPT. 18
SURS will have retirement counselors on campus Thursday, Sept. 18. If you wish to speak to a SURS representative on this date, they are now accepting appointments. Please call 1-800-275-7877 to obtain the necessary forms for your appointment or log in to your member account here to complete the form online and return to SURS via fax or mail. Once the completed forms have been received by SURS, you will then be able to contact them again at the above number to schedule your appointment.

Appointments will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Returning the forms in a timely manner will help ensure an appointment time. These forms can be faxed to 217-378-9800 or mailed to the address that is provided with the forms.

To schedule an individual counseling session, you must be within four years of retirement eligibility:
-- Age 55 with eight or more years of service;
-- Age 62 with five or more years of service; or
-- 30 or more years of qualifying service at any age.

An eligible employee is entitled to an appointment or estimate every 12 months.

Please follow this link for additional information.

LINDA HOLLOWAY, Benefits Services
Posted: Jul 24, 2014

SICK LEAVE BANK REMINDER
Please be aware that all donations to the sick leave bank belong to the university and cannot be returned to the employee for any reason. Feel free to contact the Benefits Office (581-5825) if you have any questions about this. Thank you.

DENISE CORRAY, Benefits Services
Posted: Jul 16, 2014

SALARY DISTRIBUTION OPTION: FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
Faculty and administrative staff in nine-, 10- or 11-month positions who wish to change their salary distribution plan must complete a Salary Distribution Option Form found on the HR website. The Salary Distribution Option form must be returned to the Human Resources Employment Office prior to the first day of the employee's contract. If a form is not received for new employees, the plan will default to salary paid according to contract dates. The salary distribution option plan chosen at this time cannot be changed during the current year and will continue in future years unless the Employment Office is notified of a change. If you have questions, please contact Carol Galey at 581-7655 or Cindy Maples at 581-2613.

CAROL GALEY, Human Resources
Posted: Jul 07, 2014

EARNING STATEMENTS
It is each department’s responsibility to mail EFTS when the employee/student worker is on leave or no longer employed here at Eastern. Earning statements are also available on PAWS to view or print.

MARSHA GRAY, Payroll Department
Posted: Jul 01, 2014

APPROVAL PROXIES
If you are responsible for approving web time entries and are going to be out of the office, a proxy can be set up to approve the entries in your absence. If you need assistance, please contact the Payroll Office at 581-7799 or -5510.

MARSHA GRAY, Payroll Department
Posted: Jul 01, 2014

PAYROLL CHECK DISTRIBUTION
University policy requires all new or rehired employees to participate in direct deposit of their wages as a condition of employment. Enrollment forms are included in the hiring packets for new employees. Employees who currently do not participate in direct deposit may enroll at any time by submitting a completed form to the Payroll Office, Room 2011, Old Main.

MARSHA GRAY, Payroll Department
Posted: Jul 01, 2014

WHEN DOES MY PAY APPEAR IN MY BANK?
Every bank has its own schedule of when deposits will appear in your account online and at an ATM. If you have a question about your direct deposit, please call your bank to inquire when the deposit will appear and when the funds are available for your use.

MARSHA GRAY, Payroll Department
Posted: Jul 01, 2014

PROXY SECURITY
The person you appointed as your proxy needs to have the same approver security set-up as you. Please ask each person you chose as your proxy to test their access. They should see the same orgs and employees to approve in PAWS or enter in PHATIME that you do. With vacations and the upcoming holidays, this is a perfect time to make sure everyone has the access they need so time is entered and approvals are completed by the deadlines. Contact the Payroll office at 581-7799 or 581-5510 with any proxy issues.

MARSHA GRAY, Payroll Department
Posted: Jul 01, 2014

 

Employment Opportunities

LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE (LPN I)
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Miscellaneous

UNIVERSITY FLEET SELF-SERVICE KIOSK SYSTEM (UPDATED)
The University Rental Fleet has moved to a self-service system with a kiosk and key box in the lobby of Central Stores. The key control system is a self-service device comprised of a touch-screen computer and a secure key box. All keys to fleet vehicles will be picked up and returned to the Secure Asset Manager (aka “Key Box”). The main entrance to Central Stores will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to accommodate our customers picking up and returning fleet vehicles.

In order for university personnel to pick up their keys, they must have a FleetCommander logon name and password to log on to the kiosk system. Customers will not be able to check out a vehicle more than one hour before their scheduled pick-up time.

Personnel will continue to use the online FleetCommander website to make reservations for university fleet vehicles. For information on how the kiosk system operates, follow this link. If you have questions, please call or email Jo Anne Thill (581-7572) or Mike Cowan (581-2899).

TIM ZIMMER, Director, FPM
Posted: Jul 09, 2014

730 NEW ITEMS ADDED TO BOOTH LIBRARY COLLECTIONS IN JUNE
During June, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 730 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 BELL, Reference Librarian/Booth Library
Posted: Jul 08, 2014

JULY 2014 FYI RECORDS & INFORMATION MANAGEMENT -- TRANSPARENCY
The Principles® from International Association of Records Managers and Administrators (International ARMA)

Transparency is the second of the eight principles that can be found at the RIM website.

It is in the best interest of every organization, and of society in general, that all parties clearly understand:
• The recordkeeping system accurately and completely records the activities of the organization.
• Activities conducted to implement the recordkeeping program are conducted in a lawful and appropriate manner.
• Accurately and completely record the activities undertaken to implement the program.
• Be written or recorded in a manner that clearly sets forth the information recorded.
• Be readily available to legitimately interested parties.

CATHY KIMBALL, Records Management
Posted: Jul 01, 2014

2014 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, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2013), 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 print -- the EIU Consumer Confidence Report and the Charleston Consumer Confidence Report. This link provides access to both reports. 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 campus mail. The notice will be posted for public viewing in the same manner that other public announcements are posted within your building. Also, a copy will be made available to any occupant who may request one. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alan Haga, plumber foreman, FPM, 581-7212.

TIM ZIMMER, Director of Facilities Planning and Management
Posted: Jun 11, 2014

NO OFFICE MAX DELIVERY ON FRIDAY -- SUMMER HOURS
There will be no Office Max deliveries on Fridays during our scheduled summer hours. This will begin the week of May 11, continuing through Aug. 8. Please plan your needs accordingly. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Penny Walk, 581-7749.

PENNY WALK, Procurement, Disbursement & Contract Services
Posted: May 07, 2014

 

Especially for Students (Official Notices)

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, and 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 provides 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.

Fall 2014 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 Sept. 8, 2014. The form can 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 MARTI, Student Insurance
Posted: Jul 24, 2014

STUDENT INSURANCE WAIVER
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, and 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 provides 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 Fall 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. Sept. 8, 2014, is the last date these forms will be accepted for Fall 2014 term. For more information, call 581-5290.

KERI MARTI, Student Insurance
Posted: Jul 24, 2014

WRITING CENTER OPEN FOR SIX-WEEK AND EIGHT-WEEK SUMMER SESSIONS
The Writing Center will be open from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, through week 7 of the eight-week session, closing on July 31. (We reopen for the fall semester on Aug. 27.)

For a free individualized appointment with a writing consultant, students should come by Coleman Hall 3365 or call 581-5929 during our open hours.

We look forward to talking to EIU students in classes across the curriculum about their writing-in-progress.

FERN KORY, Writing Center
Posted: Jun 16, 2014

 

EIU in the News

JULY 2014
From the JG-TC -- "Michael Shows His Emotions About EIU Job" -- July 23, 2014

From the JG-TC -- "Firefighters Take Training to Carman Hall Heights" -- July 23, 2014

From the JG-TC -- "Two Share Golden Deeds Honors" -- July 15, 2014



JUNE 2014
From the Herald & Review (Decatur) -- "EIU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic Helps Those with Disorder Find Balance" -- June 29, 2014

From the JG-TC -- "Teachers Get to Program's Core" -- June 26, 2014

From the Champaign News-Gazette -- "Secrets Aren't for Everyone" -- June 22, 2014

From the JG-TC -- “Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon Addresses Illini Girls State” -- June 20, 2014

From the JG-TC -- "Student Chefs Stand the Heat" -- June 19, 2014