Aug 27, 2014

 

News from Old Main

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH CONSULTANT'S CAMPUS VISIT
The Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees has contracted with Korn Ferry to assist in the presidential search process. David Mead-Fox, the search consultant, will be on campus to meet with various groups and individuals on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 8 and 9. He has indicated that he would like input from the campus and community as to "what we are looking for in our next president." Please mark your calendar and plan to attend one of the following sessions, which will take place in the Charleston/Mattoon Room of the MLK Jr. Union:

Monday, Sept. 8 -- 4 to 5 p.m., open session for faculty
Tuesday, Sept. 9 -- 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., open session for faculty; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., open session for staff and students

CHERYL GILBERT, VPUA Operations
Posted: Aug 26, 2014

EIU TO REAP RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH LAND USE PARTNERSHIP
For some students at Eastern Illinois University, the traditional, enclosed classroom will soon be replaced with acres of wind-blown native grasses.

Via an arrangement that Thomas Canam, assistant professor of biological sciences, terms a “win-win-win situation for everyone,” some local landowners have agreed to allow Eastern to use nearly 120 acres of their Coles County property for research. Students and faculty of the university, as well as others, eagerly anticipate those enhanced research opportunities. And, in turn, area farmers will gain additional insight into potential alternative crops.

"This project is going to be helpful to us in so many ways,” Canam said.

While never slated to become a school for agricultural research, Eastern began exploring its expanded options even while the university’s now three-year-old Renewable Energy Center was in its planning stages. The REC, built to replace a decades-old, deteriorating coal-burning facility, was designed as a biomass-burning facility; two of its four boilers burn biomass, or biological material, while the other two boilers burn natural gas with a fuel oil backup.

When the opportunity arose for Eastern to partner with the Lumpkin family of Mattoon and their farm services manager, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, the university was faced with the specific decision as to what it would do with access to the roughly 120-acre plot of land located northwest of Charleston.

“The Lumpkin family has been involved with sustainability for some time, and has been growing organic crops on the land,” Canam said. “We talked with them about the Renewable Energy Center and its needs for the future – that we wanted to grow an alternative fuel for the Renewable Energy Center and that we wanted to grow biomass in a sustainable way.”

See here for more on the story.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Aug 22, 2014

EIU FACULTY LAUREATE SEEKS TO ELIMINATE 'COW TALK'

Grant Sterling isn’t a fan of a cow talk. No, the Eastern Illinois University philosophy professor expects more from his students then the mediocre or the blasé.

Like the famous philosopher Socrates, Sterling wants EIU students to examine their lives and think critically in everything they believe and do — especially in general education classes. He doesn’t want them to become entrapped by living what Socrates famously called the “unexamined life.”

“Socrates thought human beings were lucky because they have the capabilities and abilities you wouldn’t have if you were a cow or any type of animal,” he said. “We have a mind. We can think, learn and understand the world, but many don’t bother to do it.”

His solution to stop the “cow talk” is simple — general education classes. He challenges his colleagues and students to put an emphasis back on taking and providing rigorous classwork.

It’s no surprise that Sterling was named by his colleagues as Eastern’s 2014-2015 Faculty Laureate, an award that recognizes a faculty member for his/her excellence in teaching general education classes. As part of this year’s Convocation, a welcoming ceremony for incoming students, Sterling will present a keynote address focused on eliminating “cow talk.” The ceremony will begin at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, in Lantz Arena.

For more information, click here.

ELIZABETH EDWARDS, Media Relations
Posted: Aug 18, 2014

 

Meetings/Events

FACILITIES PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT AT EIU
Facilities Planning and Management is a vast and essential part of EIU. Just what do they do and have to offer departments at EIU? Join us from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Arcola/Tuscola Room, MLK Jr. Union, to learn all this and more. Topics will include grounds, property management and special events, mail services, maintenance, design and construction, the university fleet, keys, and shipping and receiving (to include FedEx and UPS). Please register here to reserve a seat. Contact Julie Benedict (581-8415, jabenedict@eiu.edu) for further information.

JULIE BENEDICT, Human Resources
Posted: Aug 26, 2014

STRESS AND SLEEP (FIRST SESSION IN THE FALL WORKSHOP SERIES)
As a part of the Stress Series offered by the Office of Training and Development during this fall semester, "The Relationships Between Stress and Sleep" will be led by HERC G.A. Kasey Evans. She will explain the important (and sometimes detrimental) relationships between sleep and stress and the importance of maintaining a healthy level of both. Register here to attend this session from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Rathskeller Loft.

KELLY SIMMONDS, Training & Development
Posted: Aug 26, 2014

EIU'S SEED CENTER AND LITERACY IN FINANCIAL ED (LIFE) CENTER OFFER DAVE RAMSEY'S FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY
We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is a plan that helps families and individuals get a better handle on their money and financial management. This isn't your typical "money class." This course is written and produced by Dave Ramsey, a well-known and respected financial adviser. Financial Peace University is practical, entertaining and fun!

FPU classes will meet from 7–8:30 p.m. each Wednesday for nine weeks. They begin on Sept. 17, 2014, in Lumpkin Hall, Room 1120. Class instruction will be by Jeff Oetting, EIU faculty member. Click here to see flyer. Sace is limited. To register online, please go here by Sept. 5. The cost for the classes and all workshop materials is $100. Checks should be made payable to Eastern Illinois University.

If you have questions or to make your payment, contact Jennifer Garren in the EIU SEED Center at 217-581-2913 or jegarren@eiu.edu.

JENNIFER GARREN, SEED Center
Posted: Aug 25, 2014

BOOTH LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE OFFERS FREE ACTIVITIES FOR ALL
Booth Library invites all students, faculty and staff to an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4. Members of the campus community are encouraged to stop by for free ice cream and other treats. Play a trivia game for a chance to win books, note pads, print cards, cups, pencils, bags, EIU clothing and memorabilia, and more.

"This will be a fun event to welcome students to the library,” said Janice Derr, reference librarian. “We want students to get to know the library staff. We’re here to help. As part of the fun, a green screen will be set up so that staff, students and their friends can pose to create their very own 'Read' poster. The finished poster will be sent digitally to the patron following the event.

Most activities will take place in the West Reading Room, in the northwest corner of the library’s main (third) floor. Tours will be offered beginning every half-hour from the Marvin Foyer on the north end of the building. All open house activities are free.

For more information, call the library reference desk at 581-6072, visit the library website, or find Booth Library on Facebook or Twitter.

ELIZABETH HELDEBRANDT, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Aug 20, 2014

OUCH! THAT STEREOTYPE HURTS -- A MATTER OF RESPECT
Staying silent in the face of demeaning comments, stereotypes or bias allows these attitudes and behaviors to thrive. This undermines our ability to create an inclusive workplace where all employees are welcomed, treated with respect and able to do their best work. How do we accomplish this? Please join us from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Arcola/Tuscola Room, MLK Jr. Union, to learn how to identify such behaviors and learn ways to respond with no blame, no guilt, no conflict -- just practical, specific skills that can be immediately applied in the workplace.

Please register here. Contact Julie Benedict or Kelly Simmonds, eiutraining@eiu.edu, for further information.

JULIE BENEDICT, Human Resources
Posted: Aug 20, 2014

FIND OUT HOW BOOTH LIBRARY CAN HELP YOU -- TAKE A BUILDING TOUR
Eastern students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to take a tour of Booth Library and find out what the library has to offer. Twenty-minute tours will be offered regularly during the first five weeks of the semester. There’s no need to sign up, just come to the north lobby of the library to join in any of the tours at 10 a.m., 1, 3 and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. on Fridays through Sept. 26.

During the fall semester, Booth Library’s regular hours will be from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. For more information on the library, visit the website, call 581-6072, or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

ELIZABETH HELDEBRANDT, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Aug 20, 2014

EIU FOOTBALL BOOK TO BE RELEASED; ON-CAMPUS SIGNINGS PLANNED
A history of Eastern Illinois football has been written and will be released in the coming days as Dan Verdun*, EIU alumnus and author, has documented the long, rich history of EIU Panther football. Verdun will have three campus signings at EIU during the 2014 football season; the book will be available for purchase ($39.95), along with autographs from the author and several EIU greats. "Eastern Illinois Panthers Football" is also available from NIU Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other book outlets. It will be available at the EIU Union Bookstore.

Verdun will have his first on-campus signing at the Panthers home opener on Saturday, Sept. 6, against Southern Illinois. The signing will take place in the EIU tailgate area with Verdun, former head coach Bob Spoo and 2014 EIU Hall of Fame inductee Brad Fichtel available to sign the book. The Sept. 6 book signing will take place from 5 until 5:45 p.m. and is sponsored by the EIU Athletic Department.

The second on-campus signing will be at the Sept. 20 Family Weekend game against Austin Peay. That signing will take place in the EIU tailgate area with Verdun scheduled to be joined by former EIU greats Rod Butler and Nate Anderson. The Sept. 20 book signing will take place from 12:30 until 1:15 p.m. and is sponsored by the EIU Parent’s Club.

The final on-campus signing will be during the Oct. 25 Homecoming game against Tennessee State. This signing will take place in the EIU tailgate area with Verdun, former head coach Bob Spoo and former EIU great Tim Carver available to sign the book. The Oct. 25 book signing will take place from 12:30 until 1:15 p.m. and is sponsored by the EIU Alumni Association.

Season and single game tickets are now on sale for the 2014 EIU football season and can be purchased by calling 217-581-2106 or online here. The Panthers will open the 2014 season on Thursday, Aug. 28, at Minnesota.

*Verdun graduated from Eastern in 1988 with a double major in journalism and history. A former Daily Eastern News sports editor,he won a number of awards for writing, including placing in the William Randolph Hearst Collegiate Awards (the first in EIU history).

RICH MOSER, Associate Athletic Director/Media & PR
Posted: Aug 20, 2014

2014 HEALTH FAIR EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION OPEN
Health Service and University Housing and Dining are planning the 2014 Health Fair to be even bigger this year! We are currently accepting exhibitor registrations here. Please mark your calendar for Nov. 19 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) to check out the fair in the MLK Jr. Union.

AMANDA J. HARVEY, Health Service
Posted: Aug 18, 2014

EIU STEPS UP!
Will you step up? This year, the Health Education Resource Center, along with other Student Affairs offices, are encouraging students, faculty and staff to complete Bystander Intervention Training. Register here. If you have a big group and would like a presenter to come to you, just let us know by clicking on this link. We look forward to hearing from you and providing these skills to our community!

AMANDA J. HARVEY, Health Services
Posted: Aug 18, 2014

BOOTH LIBRARY PLANS SERIES OF STORY TIMES FOR CHILDREN
A series of free story times for children is planned in the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library. Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to attend the story times from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 20 and 27, Oct. 4 and 11, and Nov. 1 and 8. Programs will feature stories, crafts and activities. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

In addition, Booth Library will participate in the WEIU Kids Day at the Castle on Aug. 23. A story time and activities will be presented by library staff. Other activities will include a bounce house, dance contest, games and prizes, free books, appearances by Daniel Tiger and much more. WEIU Kids Day at the Castle will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on the front lawn in front of EIU’s Old Main.

For more information about the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library, visit http://www.library.eiu.edu/btc/ or call 581-8442.



ELIZABETH HELDEBRANDT, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Aug 14, 2014

 

Professional Development

ACHIEVEMENT AND CONTRIBUTION AWARD
Nominations for the Achievement and Contribution Award (ACA) must be submitted electronically (preferred by ACA Committee) to aca@eiu.edu by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, or on paper to Amy Rosenstein, c/o Billie Rawlings, at 1020 Old Main by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. To be eligible for an ACA, tenured/tenure-track faculty must have completed at least one full academic year of employment in Bargaining Unit A and must not have been an ACA recipient last year. The first week of classes, information about the ACA is available under the Contract heading on the Vice President for Academic Affairs website.

BILLIE RAWLINGS, VPAA Office
Posted: Aug 25, 2014

UPCOMING FACULTY/STAFF/GA TECHNOLOGY TRAINING
CATS Center for Online Learning (COL) is offering one-on-one D2L help sessions for faculty, staff and GAs (Aug. 25-29 and Sept. 2-4). All sessions are held at the COL Lab -- McAfee 1214. These sessions will give participants the opportunity to ask individualized questions regarding D2L, while having access to the computer lab. To register for a session, visit here, then choose Workshop Schedule & Registration.

KIM ERVIN, Training Specialist/CATS -- Center for Online Learning (COL)
Posted: Aug 20, 2014

REGISTER FOR D2L AND OTHER TECHNOLOGY TRAINING SESSIONS
The Fall 2014 Center for Online Learning (COL) training schedule and registration is now available. Training sessions begin on Aug. 11, and are offered throughout the semester. Go here to view the workshop schedule and register for training. Workshops are available for all EIU faculty, staff and graduate assistants. A valid EIU netID and password are required for registration. For questions, contact Kim Ervin, training specialist, at kservin@eiu.edu.

JULIE LOCKETT, Director, Center for Online Learning, CATS
Posted: Aug 07, 2014

 

Human Resources

VALIC REPRESENTATIVE ON CAMPUS AUG. 27
A VALIC representative will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, in the Shelbyville Room, MLK Jr. Union. If you wish to make an appointment, please call 217-821-5289 or visit the Shelbyville Room on Aug. 27. A 403b is a voluntary tax-deferred supplemental retirement plan developed to enhance an employee's retirement. VALIC is just one of the approved 403b vendors offered by EIU. For more information about EIU's 403b plans, please visit here.

DENISE CORRAY, Benefits Services
Posted: Aug 14, 2014

BENEFITS ORIENTATION
Each Tuesday at 9 a.m., the Benefits Office holds a New Hire Benefits Orientation. All new, benefit-eligible employees must attend a Benefits Orientation session and make plan selections within ten (10) days of their start date.

The Benefits Orientation informs incoming employees about health, dental and vision plans; retirement offerings; disability plans; paid time off, and more. To attend a session, please contact the Benefits Office at 217-581-5825 or by email at benefits@eiu.edu.

Please note: Our annual faculty-focused orientations will be held on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21 and 22. Details to come.

THURMAN ETCHISON, Benefits Operations
Posted: Aug 05, 2014

ADDRESS CHANGES FOR FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
New faculty and staff should notify the Human Resources Employment Office of their new permanent address and phone numbers. We will update the Banner System and notify other necessary offices for you. Departments need to notify us of all new or changed campus addresses and phone numbers to insure the accuracy of the online directory. Please email changes to Carol Galey at cagaley@eiu.edu or Cindy Maples at camaples@eiu.edu.

CAROL GALEY, Human Resources
Posted: Aug 01, 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

 

Employment Opportunities

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN SPECIALIST FOR ONLINE LEARNING
Instructional Design Specialist for Online Learning, Center for Online Learning, CATS



FOOD SERVICE WORKER III
Food Service Worker III, Food Court



DRIVER (PART-TIME)
Driver, Panther Shuttle Service



 

Research and Creative Activity

BOOTH LIBRARY WINS AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING
Booth Library is the recipient of the 2014 Illinois Library Association Demco Library Innovative Award. This award recognizes a library’s achievement in planning and implementing an innovative or creative program or service that has had a measurable impact on its users. The award is sponsored by Demco, one of the nation’s leaders for library supplies.

The Demco Library Innovative Award will be presented at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference Awards Luncheon at noon Oct. 14 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.

Using the model of inclusivity, Booth Library in 2013 developed a creative series of programs that expanded the reach of a national grant far beyond the walls of the library. “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway,” funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Library Association and Tribeca Film Institute, supported a film series focusing on varied genres.

However, library staff saw the opportunity to both educate and entertain the larger area community through a wide variety of unique programming offered both on the EIU campus and in six communities in the region.

Read more about the library's honor at the Booth Library website.

ELIZABETH HELDEBRANDT, Booth Library
Posted: Aug 26, 2014

NEW DIRECTOR FOR SEED CENTER
Effective Aug. 15, 2014, Marko Grunhagen has been named the director of the new Sustainable Entrepreneurship through Education and Development (SEED) Center at Eastern, into which the outreach services of the former Business Solutions Center have been integrated. The primary focus of SEED is to foster collaboration among students, researchers and educators, and practicing entrepreneurs to promote, through integrative learning, an understanding of starting and managing a profitable business.

Grunhagen is a Lumpkin Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and a professor of marketing for the School of Business.

MAHYAR IZADI, Dean, Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences
Posted: Aug 20, 2014

LOU HENCKEN
The Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) Foundation has recognized Lou Hencken as a recipient of the 2014 Parthenon Award. This award recognizes supreme achievement in the campus housing profession, outstanding service, leadership and contributions to the field. Hencken was presented with the Parthenon Award at the 2014 ACUHO-I annual conference and exposition, held in Washington, D.C.

Hencken is a president emeritus at Eastern, and is celebrating 50 years with the institution. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education and his master’s degree in counseling and student affairs from EIU, and went on to serve the university in many positions, including hall counselor, associate dean of housing, director of Housing and Dining Services, and vice president of student affairs. He is currently on the faculty in the Counseling and Student Development Department, teaching counseling and student affairs classes.



VIDEOS, WEBSITE BRING HONORS TO EIU WEB TEAM
The University & College Designers Association (UCDA) has presented Eastern Illinois University with an Award of Excellence for each of three separate projects created by the university’s Web team. Two of 11 recognized videos and one of eight websites receiving honors were produced by EIU’s Center for Academic Technology Support (CATS), according to Ryan Gibson, director of Web services. He was especially proud of the recognition when taking into consideration the size of Eastern compared to other schools receiving awards (Harvard, Northwestern, Auburn, University of Illinois, etc.).

One of EIU’s two award-winning videos featured the university’s Autism Center; it was produced in support of the center’s crowdfunding campaign. The second video -- a general recruitment-type production -- was created for use during Eastern’s Admitted Student Day activities in February. The award-winning website highlights the university’s 2013 Annual Report.

“A cool thing about these projects is that each had undergraduate students on the production teams,” Ryan continued. “At EIU, we talk a lot about hands-on experience. (Our students) now have award-winning videos/websites to include in their portfolio. In our industry, having these types of items in a portfolio gives our students a huge step up against other applicants.”

Although several individuals worked to bring each project to fruition, Gibson expressed his special thanks to Jamie Kemp, graphic designer, and Michael Babcock, videographer, for their contributions.

Babcock’s previously mentioned recruitment piece also recently brought home Award of Distinction honors at the 18th annual Videographer Awards Video Competition. Entered into the Educational Institution category, the EIU entry went up against work from all over the country and was one of eight videos in its classification to garner distinction status. According to the awards website, this is “one of the oldest and most respected awards programs in the industry” with an aim at “honoring talented individuals and companies in the video production field.”



FY 2015 COUNCIL ON FACULTY RESEARCH (CFR) GRANT COMPETITION (Please Note Change in Deadline)
The Council on Faculty Research grant competition will be held in early September. The council supports research and creative activity. Proposed projects must address a significant scholarly issue. All tenured/tenure track faculty in Bargaining Unit A, department chairs and associate chairs are eligible to submit in the Fall 2014 (FY 2015) competition. Individuals may receive only two consecutive fall awards, after which they will be ineligible for a fall award in the third year. Eligible persons who wish to apply for funding from the CFR should either apply online or hand-deliver one copy of their proposal to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 1102 Blair Hall, no later than noon, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. To obtain a copy of the application materials, applicants can contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at 581-2125, email Mary Mattingly (mamattingly@eiu.edu), or visit the CFR Web page.

BOB CHESNUT, Director, Research and Sponsored Programs
Posted: Aug 11, 2014

BETZ-HAMILTON RECEIVES MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Axton Betz-Hamilton, assistant professor, School of Family and Consumer Sciences, is the recipient of the 2014 Meritorious Service Award from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Affiliate Councils Board. The purpose of this award is to recognize the service of affiliate members within their local, state and regional councils. Betz-Hamilton is the adviser of the EIU affiliate of NCFR and is the current president of the Illinois Council on Family Relations. She will receive this award at the 2014 annual NCFR conference, which will be held in Baltimore.



 

Miscellaneous

BRIGHT LIGHT, BLUE CITY -- HOMECOMING 2014
BRIGHT LIGHT, BLUE CITY -- HOMECOMING 2014: Homecoming Spirit T-shirts On Sale Now!!!!!

The EIU Homecoming Committee invites the EIU community to show their school spirit during Homecoming Week (Oct. 20-24) by purchasing a Homecoming Spirit T-shirt. Spirit T-shirts are on sale NOW for $5 in the Student Activity Center (across from Copy Express) in the MLK Jr. Union. Purchases may be made between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, has been designated School Spirit Day and EIU students, faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to wear their Spirit T-shirts and show their school pride during Homecoming Week. To get your order form, email Laurel Fuqua at llfuqua@eiu.edu or call 581-5522.

LAUREL FUQUA, Student Life
Posted: Aug 25, 2014

INTERNAL GOVERNING POLICIES AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES BYLAWS, POLICIES AND REGULATIONS
The Internal Governing Policies are available on the Web here. Also note that the Board of Trustees' Bylaws, Policies and Regulations are also on the Web. See here. These documents have also been placed in the reference section of Booth Library.

BILLIE RAWLINGS, Administrative Aide, Office of Academic Affairs
Posted: Aug 25, 2014

FACULTY STUDY ROOMS IN BOOTH LIBRARY
Booth Library has a few Faculty Study Rooms and research lockers available for faculty assignment during the academic year 2014-15. These rooms are located on the main level (3000). The lockers are 18"h x 35"w x 11"d and are located on the 2000 level. Priority will be given to current faculty demonstrating need for close proximity to library resources. Keys will be distributed once assignment has been made. Faculty will have access to rooms during regularly scheduled library hours. To request assignment to a room or locker, please send the following information to Arlene Brown (aebrown@eiu.edu), Booth Library, Office of the Dean: name, department, phone number and email address, along with a brief description of your project. Deadline for submission is Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.

ARLENE BROWN, Library Services -- Office of the Dean
Posted: Aug 25, 2014

PRE-RETIREMENT SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS
Faculty eligible to apply for pre-retirement summer assignments must do so by Oct. 15, 2014. An application for the pre-retirement summer assignment obligation may be obtained here.

To be eligible, faculty must have completed 15 years of service at the university in Unit A, must have an annual appointment that does not exceed 10 months, must not be on retraining leave or leave without salary, must not have previously received an approved university pre-retirement session assignment, and must declare a firm retirement date, under the provisions of Article 6.9.b.(1) of the EIU-UPI Unit A Agreement. Approval of eligible faculty members' requests for pre-retirement summer assignments will be made by Nov. 17, 2014.

BILLIE RAWLINGS, Office of Academic Affairs
Posted: Aug 25, 2014

PANTHER CATERING MENU
Panther Catering has updated its menu guide with new prices and ideas. Please refer to it when planning your next event. As always, if you have any special requests, we will do our best to fufill them. We have made it easy and convenient to book your catering event using our Panther Catering Order Form. Thank you.

KARLA DRUM, Panther Catering
Posted: Aug 25, 2014

CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND ASSESSMENT (CASA) OFFICE CHANGES AT NINTH STREET HALL
In July, CASA had a few employees relocated to different offices at Ninth Street Hall. Please note these changes in your campus directory: Karla Sanders, executive director, CASA, is now located in office 3001; Kimberly Sweeney, office manager, is now located in office 3002; Amy Richardson, EWP clerk, is now located in office 2100 in the Academic Advising Center; Wendy Long, director, Office of Testing and Evaluation, is located in office 2018; Amber Osborne, EIU4 coordinator, is located in office 3004; and Teri Farr, director, Academic Advising, has relocated to office 3012.

The CASA fax line (581-7100) has also been removed.

KIMBERLY SWEENEY, Office Manager, CASA
Posted: Aug 25, 2014

UNIVERSITY FLEET SELF-SERVICE KIOSK SYSTEM
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 fleet vehicles' keys will be picked up and returned to the Secure Asset Manager (a.k.a. “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 log-on name and password to log onto 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 any questions, please call or email Jo Anne Thill (581-7572) or Mike Cowan (581-2899).

JOHN SIGLER, Property Management/Events
Posted: Aug 21, 2014

POLICY FOR TEACHING AN ONLINE COURSE AT EIU
There appears to be some confusion regarding the Technology-Delivered Course Policy, effective Summer 2013. According to the policy, "Any instructors of technology-delivered courses/sections must submit proof of having completed the Online Course Development Institute (OCDI), the Illinois Online Network's Master Online Teacher (MOT) certificate , or another documented and equivalent training activity before teaching the courses/sections for the first time." Instructors who met the previous training requirements and were teaching online before Summer 2013 are grandfathered under the new requirement and do not have to complete additional training at this time. Department chairs are responsible for verifying that instructors teaching any course meet the requirements to teach that course, including the specific requirements for teaching online courses. Department chairs and deans can contact Julie Lockett at jalockett@eiu.edu for a list of faculty having completed the OCDI or MOT. Additional information for the online course policy and training can be found on the Center for Online Learning website.

JULIE LOCKETT, Director of the Center for Online Learning, CATS
Posted: Aug 20, 2014

BATTERY RECYCLING UPDATE
Due to changes by our Recycling Partners, EIU will no longer accept single use batteries for recycling. These batteries no longer contain mercury as they once did and can be disposed of in the normal trash. Rechargeable batteries are still being accepted for recycling. Collection is available at the MLK Jr. Union Book Store, or requests for pick-up can be made with the ink/toner recycling through the Office of Community Service website using the Toner Request link on the left side of the page.

RYAN SIEGEL, Facilities Planning and Management
Posted: Aug 18, 2014

FACULTY: RESERVES SERVICES AVAILABLE AT BOOTH LIBRARY
Booth Library offers a comprehensive reserves program for EIU faculty. Electronic, print and media items may be placed on reserve for student access. Library staff will locate the appropriate materials, scan and copy items, coordinate student access and much more.

For information on reserves services at Booth Library, click here.

ELIZABETH HELDEBRANDT, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Aug 08, 2014

653 NEW ITEMS ADDED TO BOOTH LIBRARY COLLECTIONS IN JULY
During July, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 653 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, Library Services
Posted: Aug 07, 2014

RECORDS & INFORMATION MANAGEMENT -- INTEGRITY
The Principles® from International Association of Records Managers and Administrators (International ARMA): Integrity is the third of the eight principles that can be found at the RIM website.

• A recordkeeping program shall be constructed so the records and information generated or managed by or for the organization have a reasonable and suitable guarantee of authenticity and reliability.

• Integrity of a record is directly related to the ability to prove that a record is authentic and unaltered. Authenticity requires proof that a document comes from the person, organization, or other legal entity claiming to be its author or authorizing authority.

CATHY KIMBALL, Records Management
Posted: Aug 01, 2014

 

Especially for Students (Official Notices)

UNIVERSITY ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION MEETINGS
Students must attend a meeting to formally apply for University Admission to Teacher Education and to initiate the selection process. The College of Education and Professional Studies schedules meetings each semester. The required formal application form is distributed and collected during the meetings, and the rules and regulations concerning selection, admission to and retention in teacher education are explained. Students who have not previously applied must attend a meeting.

The following meetings are available for Fall Semester 2014 to initiate the process: Tuesday, Sept. 23 (6-6:50 p.m.); Monday, Oct. 13 (6-6:50 p.m.); and Wednesday, Nov. 19 (5-5:50 p.m.). Pre-registration to attend a meeting is NOT required. All meetings are held in 1501 Buzzard Hall.

JAN HICKOX, CEPS
Posted: Aug 25, 2014

GRE REVISED GENERAL TEST WORKSHOP
A GRE representative from ETS will be on campus Tuesday, Sept. 9, for an interactive presentation titled "More Opportunities for Success with the GRE Revised General Test." This presentation, scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. (bring your lunch), will be held in the Martinsville Room of the MLK Jr. Union. Topics that will be covered include: an overview of the GRE Revised General Test, content and structure of the test, scores and score reporting, test preparation materials, test-taking strategies and additional program resources. Anyone planning to take the GRE and all those advising prospective graduate students will benefit from this informative workshop.

LORI HENDERSON, Graduate School Dean's Office
Posted: Aug 25, 2014

ALCOHOLEDU & HAVEN
The requirement for all new incoming students, AlcoholEdu & Haven, went live on Aug. 1. Students must complete both the alcohol module (AlcoholEdu) and sexual assault module (Haven) by Aug. 25 to avoid a hold on their account. To sign in, go through your PAWS account, click on the totaleiu: MyHealth tab, then click on AlcoholEdu to begin. Remember: Students must also complete Haven, which requires them to go back to PAWS and log in again after completing AlcoholEdu.

AMANDA J. HARVEY, Health Service
Posted: Aug 11, 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, 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

 

EIU in the News

AUGUST 2014
From the JG-TC -- "Murals Unveiled in Ashmore Village Park" -- Aug. 25, 2014

From the JG-TC -- "EIU Students Move In for Fall Semester" -- Aug. 22, 2014



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