Dec 10, 2016

 

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Meetings/Events

FINALS WEEK ACTIVITIES OFFERED AT BOOTH LIBRARY
Feeling stressed as the end of the semester nears? Booth Library has you covered, with a variety of activities planned.

First, let your friends and families know how you're preparing for final exams by sending them a "Don't worry, I'm at Booth Library!" postcard. A limited number of postcards are available in the Marvin Foyer. Students are encouraged to fill out and address a postcard, then place it in the mailbox. Your friends at Booth Library will mail it for you! (U.S. postage free; international postage $1).

On Dec. 12 and 13, certified therapy dogs will greet students from 2 to 5 p.m. in the south lobby of the library.

Beginning Dec. 9, mad-libs, coloring pages and bookmarks, and Sudoku puzzles will be available in the Marvin Foyer and south lobby to take and complete on your own. Coloring supplies may be borrowed from the reference or LTS desks.

Students also are invited to help complete a larger jigsaw puzzle or group coloring page. These supplies will be set up in the Marvin Foyer.

From 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 12, free popcorn and lemonade will be served to students while supplies last.

All activities and refreshments are free.

For finals week, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10 (extended hours); noon to 1 a.m. Dec. 11; 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 12-15, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 16.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Dec 09, 2016

RECEPTION FOR BILL ELLIOTT
Please join us from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the Study Abroad Office, Blair Hall, Room 1207, to honor Bill Elliott for his service to the Graduate School and the Office of International Students and Scholars, and to say farewell as he departs EIU.

RYAN C. HENDRICKSON, Interim Dean, Graduate School
Posted: Dec 09, 2016

EIU PLANS ANNUAL HOLIDAY GATHERING AT OLD MAIN; PUBLIC INVITED
Community residents are once again invited to join Eastern Illinois University's students, faculty and staff for a traditional holiday gathering. Guests are welcome to attend “Heartfelt Holidays,” scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. The event will take place in Old Main’s (the “Castle”) Cougill Foyer.

Parking is available in most university lots after 5 p.m. Guests may park in the "X" lot, located east of Old Main.

Following an annual tradition, this year’s gathering again will showcase six holiday trees, five of which feature decorations made by students of Ashmore, Carl Sandburg, Jefferson, Lake Crest (Oakland) and Mark Twain elementary schools. Refreshments and holiday music will be available.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Nov 30, 2016

 

Professional Development

WRITE-ON-SITE
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. What does it mean to "write-on-site"? The term was coined by Kerry Ann Rockquemore (sociology and African-American studies at UIC) 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.

During Fall 2016, our write-on-site block time is Mondays and Fridays, 1-4 p.m., except during holidays. Please join us. Just bring your laptop to the Faculty Development Office (which can be found in the Booth Library basement office, Room 1116, below the north entrance). Check in, grab a cup of tea or coffee (sometimes we even have cookies), and start working. There is space to work either in the office or in Booth Library's hidden treasure, the Faculty Reading Room.

For further information, contact the Faculty Development Office at 581-7051.

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT, Office of Faculty Development
Posted: Nov 08, 2016

 

Human Resources

NEW DEADLINE FOR BI-WEEKLY TIME SHEETS
Due to the Christmas holidays, the pay date for Biweekly 26 will be moved from Friday, Dec. 23, to Thursday, Dec. 22. Because of this deadline, all web time needs to be submitted and approved by 11:59 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12. NOTE: This is also the deadline for all monthly leave reports, as well.

Also, please look forward to the BW 1 deadline. The 11:59 a.m. deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 27. Many of you will be out of the office for the holidays. Please make sure you have a proxy set up (who will be here) or that all time that can be submitted and approved is done before leaving for the holidays.

LAURA M. EASTERDAY, Payroll
Posted: Dec 07, 2016

TERMINATING FROM EIU IN DECEMBER?
Any employee planning to terminate their employment from EIU in December should consider that many university offices will be closed over the holiday season, so plan ahead to complete the exit process. Please try to complete Clearance Sheets early, or call ahead to check on the dates offices will be closed. If you have timing issues, or have concerns, please contact Carol Galey (cagaley@eiu.edu) or Cindy Maples (camaples@eiu.edu) for assistance.

CAROL A. GALEY, Human Resources
Posted: Nov 28, 2016

MONTHLY PAYROLL DEADLINE FOR DECEMBER
Due to the Christmas holiday, new contracts, contract changes, Request for Supplemental Personal Services Payment forms, or any other items affecting the December payroll MUST be received in the Human Resources Employment Office by Monday, Dec. 12. Any requests for payment received after that date will be processed in the January payroll. If you have questions, please contact Carol Galey (cagaley@eiu.edu) or Cindy Maples (camaples@eiu.edu).

CAROL A. GALEY, Human Resources
Posted: Nov 28, 2016

CIVIL SERVICE PROCEDURE FOR LEAVING EIU
Civil service employees are required to contact the HR Employment Office when terminating from the university. Employees will be asked to sign a resignation or retirement form and will be given a clearance sheet which requires signatures from various offices on campus. The completed clearance sheet must be returned to the Employment Office by the termination date, or a paper check will be issued. If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact the HR Employment Office at 581-3463.

CAROL A. GALEY, Human Resources
Posted: Nov 28, 2016

REVISED VERSION OF FORM I-9 HAS BEEN RELEASED
USCIS has published a revised version of Form I-9 that can be used now, but will be mandatory by Jan. 22, 2017. This version may still be printed for manual completion, but the changes are designed to enhance form completion using a computer and to reduce errors. There have been many changes made to the form and the instructions, so it is advised that you study them carefully and begin using the revised version as soon as possible. Please go to the USCIS website to see the new version and instructions here.

If you have any questions about completing a Form I-9, please contact Carol Galey (cagaley@eiu.edu) or Cindy Maples (camaples@eiu.edu) in the HR Employment Office.

CAROL A. GALEY, Human Resources
Posted: Nov 16, 2016

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: Friday and Monday, Dec. 23 and 26; Friday, Dec. 30; and Monday, Jan. 2. Employees may use accrued leave or leave without pay, with supervisor approval, from Monday, Dec. 19, through Monday, 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 Monday, Dec. 19, through Monday, Jan 2. Inquiries regarding this information may be directed to the Benefits Office at 581-5825. Happy holidays!

LINDA C. HOLLOWAY, VPBA Office
Posted: Nov 14, 2016

PROCEDURE FOR EXITING EIU
Faculty and administrative employees must submit a letter of resignation or intent to retire to their direct report. Copies should be sent to the appropriate vice president and the Human Resources Employment Office. A clearance sheet will be sent to the employee from the HR Employment Office near the termination date. This form requires the employee to obtain signatures from various offices on campus and must be returned to the HR Employment Office by the deadline listed on the form. If the Clearance Sheet is not received by the deadline, a paper check will be issued and must be picked up in person at the Cashiers Office. This procedure also applies to temporary employees with specific contract end dates. If you have questions about the procedure, please contact Carol Galey (cagaley@eiu.edu) or Cindy Maples (camaples@eiu.edu).

CAROL A. GALEY, Human Resources
Posted: Nov 01, 2016

VALIC REPRESENTATIVE ON CAMPUS WEEKLY
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.

AMANDA K. ZUCCO, Benefits Services
Posted: May 12, 2016

 

Employment Opportunities

INTERIM DIRECTOR FOR OISS SEARCH
Eastern Illinois University is conducting an internal university search for an interim director of the Office of International Students and Scholars. This position is expected to be in place for the spring semester, 2017. The interim director provides administrative leadership for the recruitment and matriculation of international students. The interim director also oversees international student orientation, international student programming, administers and fosters international partnerships, ensures university compliance with all university and federal regulations associated with international students and scholars, and coordinates with student organizations. Interested applicants should email a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Ryan C. Hendrickson, interim dean of the Graduate School, by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. We seek to have this position filled by Jan. 3, 2017.

RYAN C. HENDRICKSON, Interim Dean, Graduate School
Posted: Dec 09, 2016

 

Research and Creative Activity

DAVID E. BARTZ
David E. Bartz of the Department of Educational Leadership recently had an article published in Leadership Matters by the Illinois Association of School Administrators. The article is titled "What is your 'Mindset'? And do you have 'Grit'?"



DAVID BARTZ
David E. Bartz of the Department of Educational Leadership was a member of a panel presentation/discussion titled "Superintendent/Board Relationships" at the Triple I annual conference in Chicago on Nov. 19. This conference is sponsored by the Illinois Association of School Boards, Illinois Association of School Administrators, and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials. The panel's coordinator was Patrick Rice, an EIU graduate. The conference was attended by approximately 10,000 school board members/school administrators.



JODY STONE
Jody Stone of University Housing and Dining Services has received the John E. Collins Distinguished Service Award by the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers. The award is the highest honor presented to an individual who has contributed significantly to the profession and to the GLACUHO organization. With more than 21 years of service of assisting students, Stone has been attending and presenting programs at the regional conferences since he was in graduate school. He has served as the organization's president, a member of the Financial Advisory Board, and numerous other committees. Through his leadership, EIU is recognized as one of the leading universities in the country for developing residential life professionals.



 

Miscellaneous

S17 COURSES: LET US INTRODUCE YOUR STUDENTS TO THE EIU WRITING CENTER!
Do your students know they can visit the Writing Center (Coleman Hall 3110) to get help understanding a writing assignment and planning how to approach it?

We would love to send a Writing Center consultant to explain how they can use this free student support service at every stage of the writing process.

To request a 10- to 15-minute orientation for any or all of your classes, email Director Fern Kory. Include information about when and where your class meets, and what date/time would work best for you.

FERN KORY, Director, EIU Writing Center
Posted: Dec 01, 2016

ADMISSIONS TO GO AVAILABLE FOR RESERVATION
The Office of Admissions has To Go admissions bags that can be reserved to help with your department's recruitment efforts. Each rolling bag has admissions materials, inquiry cards, posters, talking points and pens. These bags help to bring EIU information out to prospective students while each department might be promoting and recruiting at specific events. To reserve yours, please email Libby Warner-Boyer at eawarner@eiu.edu.

LIBBY WARNER-BOYER, Admissions
Posted: Dec 01, 2016

READERS FOR ELECTRONIC WRITING PORTFOLIO SOUGHT
The Committee on Assessment of Student Learning (CASL) seeks individuals interested in being readers for the Electronic Writing Portfolio (EWP). Individuals must teach at least one course a year at Eastern to be eligible for this service opportunity. Training will take place on Friday, Jan. 6, and interested people must be available for training. Readers also will attend a focus group the week of Feb. 13. We ask that readers agree to serve for a three-year term. Training will only take place once. Then, readers will read portfolios early each spring semester and attend a focus group in February. If interested, please email Karla Sanders at kjsanders@eiu.edu. Thank you.

KARLA SANDERS, CASA Director
Posted: Nov 14, 2016

2016-2017 ASIAN STUDIES LEADERSHIP AWARD
The Asian Studies Program is accepting nominations for a leadership award for an EIU student whose contributions have made a positive impact on our campus to fulfill the mission of Asian studies: to promote education about Asia and take leadership in Asia-related programming and research. Please send your nomination to Jinhee Lee, coordinator of Asian studies (jlee@eiu.edu), by Monday, April 3, 2017. The award will be announced at the Asian Studies Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. For details, please visit here.

JINHEE J. LEE, Coordinator of Asian Studies
Posted: Sep 22, 2016

 

Especially for Students (Official Notices)

UDALL SCHOLARSHIP: TRIBAL POLICY
If you identify as a Native American or Alaska Native, and you are a sophomore or junior intending a career in tribal public policy, you may wish to visit here to learn about the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship. If you find this opportunity interests you, please contact Sara Schmidt, EIU faculty representative for the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, to schedule an appointment to discuss the application and nomination processes associated with this award (smschmidt@eiu.edu). The EIU campus deadline for submitting an application is March 1, 2017.

SARA M. SCHMIDT, Honors Adviser/Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College
Posted: Dec 06, 2016

NATIVE AMERICAN CONGRESSIONAL INTERNSHIP
If you are an undergraduate or graduate student who identifies as an American Indian or Alaska Native, and you are committed to a career related to tribal public policy, please visit here to learn about the Native American Congressional Internship. If you find this opportunity interesting, and you wish to be considered for an award tenable in the summer of 2017, please be certain to submit an application before Jan. 31, 2017. If you would like guidance in completing your application, please contact Sara Schmidt, EIU faculty representative for the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, at smschmidt@eiu.edu.

SARA M. SCHMIDT, Honors Adviser/Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College
Posted: Dec 06, 2016

UDALL SCHOLARSHIP: CONSERVATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT
If you are a sophomore or junior intending a career in conservation, environmental stewardship or environmental policy, and you have pursued both coursework and campus/community activities aligned with that career path, you may wish to visit here to learn about the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship. If you find this opportunity interests you, please contact Sara Schmidt, EIU faculty representative for the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, to schedule an appointment to discuss the application and nomination processes associated with this award (smschmidt@eiu.edu). The EIU campus deadline for competing an application is March 1, 2017.

SARA M. SCHMIDT, Honors Adviser/Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College
Posted: Dec 06, 2016

NEW TRANSCRIPT ORDERING PROCESS
EIU has implemented a new transcript ordering process. Through an agreement with Credentials Inc., students may now order official transcripts through PAWS 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays. Students will click "Order Official Transcript" under the "Student Records" menu to start their order. Complete instructions can be found on the transcripts page of the Office of the Registrar website. Former students who no longer have access to PAWS will also order their transcripts online, using a web address found on the Office of the Registrar website, but ordering through PAWS is even faster. An all-student email went out on Dec. 2, 2016, with this information.

AMY J. LYNCH, Office of the Registrar and Enrollment Management
Posted: Dec 06, 2016

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. The Student Insurance plan now covers most service fees at the Health Service and reduces copays for prescription medications at the Health Service Pharmacy.

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 Spring 2017 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 is a PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) compliant plan. 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. 23, 2017, is the last date these forms will be accepted for Spring 2017 term. For more information, call 581-5290.

TINA M. LUCE, Student Insurance
Posted: Nov 29, 2016

PART-TIME STUDENT INSURANCE FOR PART-TIME, ONLINE AND OFF-CAMPUS STUDENTS
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. The Student Insurance Plan now covers most service fees at the Health Service and reduces copays for prescription medications at the Health Service Pharmacy.

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.

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 Semester 2017 students, who are registered for five or more hours, may purchase Student Insurance for the semester by submitting the Part-time Enrollment form or the Online and Off Campus form to the Student Insurance Office prior to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 23. 2017. The forms can be downloaded from the Student Insurance website. The cost is $109.95.

TINA M. LUCE, STUDENT INSURANCE
Posted: Nov 29, 2016

ASIAN STUDIES STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS
The Asian Studies Study Abroad Scholarships are available for EIU students who are minoring in Asian studies. The scholarship shall be used to defray the cost to study abroad in Asia within the current or the following academic year. Please send your letter of application to Jinhee Lee, coordinator of Asian studies (jlee@eiu.edu) by Tuesday, Nov. 15, for the Fall 2016 competition, or, by Monday, April 3, 2017, for the Spring 2017 competition. For details, please visit here.

JINHEE J. LEE, Coordinator of Asian Studies
Posted: Sep 22, 2016

LOOKING FOR EIU STUDENT CHILD CARE PROVIDERS
The Child Care Resource and Referral office at EIU is seeking student providers. Need to be an EIU student, preferably FCS, elementary education or early childhood education majors.

Child Care Resource and Referral provides referrals for families looking for child care in the six counties we serve. Student provider applications are given out to families requesting child care. Families may also call our office and request EIU student providers. Job duties will vary with families.

EIU students may pick up an application at our office, 1325 Klehm Hall, or on the bulletin board located outside our office. Please feel free to contact the Child Care Resource and Referral office if you have questions.

ASHLEY R. NAILING, CCR&R Core FY16
Posted: Aug 22, 2016

 

EIU in the News

DECEMBER 2016
From Columbia Journalism Review -- "Teaching Journalism After Election a Tricky Endeavor" -- Dec. 8, 2016



NOVEMBER 2016
From WalletHub -- "2016's Best & Worst Cities for WalletFitness" -- Nov. 29, 2016