Sep 02, 2015

 

News from Old Main

EIU STARTS FIRST AUTISM TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM IN STATE
To kick off the new school year, Eastern Illinois University’s Autism Center started a transitional program for incoming college students with autism spectrum disorders to help students navigate the college environment. The program, called Students with Autism Transitional Education Program, STEP, is the only one of its kind offered in the state.

Gail Richard, the director of EIU’s Autism Center, said the program enhances the collegiate experience for students with autism spectrum disorders by providing assistance to students with the social, daily and academic skills they need to transition into college. Students with autism spectrum disorders have difficulties with social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

The STEP program is designed to minimize the challenges faced by these students once they leave home for the first time. For a full story, click here.

Elizabeth Edwards , Marketing and Creative Services
Posted: Aug 31, 2015

LEVEL OF SERVICE FOR BUILDING CLEANING
As part of the permanent campus budget reductions, building service workers lost positions through attrition, resulting in adjustments to the cleaning schedule in some areas in academic facilities. Public areas that students and prospective students frequent will continue to be given the highest priority.

1) Public restrooms will continue to be cleaned at the highest level possible on a daily basis.
2) Classrooms will continue to be cleaned on a daily basis with the blackboards/whiteboards cleaned, floors swept and trash emptied.
3) Hallways will continue to be cleaned daily and buffed or burnished at least weekly. Hallway trash containers will be emptied daily.
4) Offices will be cleaned weekly and their trash containers will be emptied weekly.
5) Residence halls and food service areas will not be impacted by this adjustment and will continue to be cleaned at their previous high levels.

JOHN SIGLER, Property Management/Events
Posted: Aug 28, 2015

CATS OFFICE MOURNS LOSS OF IRA YARBROUGH
Ira Lee Yarbrough, 75, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Ira had the respect and admiration of the entire office. He was the foundation of CATS. He was a mentor, a friend, and a refuge on stressful days. No matter what the circumstance, everyone wanted to hear his perspective. He always gave an honest opinion and presented it with tact and respect. Ira was a hard worker who always had the best interests and future of CATS in mind.

Ira is survived by his loving wife Gisele, of 37 years; his daughters, Terra Brosseau, Heather Buxton, Ananda Faszold; a son, Aaron Yarbrough; a sister, Joan Kufrin; and six grandchildren.

Ira was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1940, and grew up in Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree in art from Eastern, and an MA and MFA in drawing and painting from Northern Illinois University. In 2014, he retired from EIU, where he worked as a graphic designer. Ira spent more than 40 years as an artist whose work included commercial illustration, graphic design and fine arts.

A memorial service will be held in his honor at a later date.

RHONDA F. BROTHERTON, CATS
Posted: Aug 25, 2015

 

Meetings/Events

BOOTH LIBRARY FALL BOOK SALE PLANNED SEPT. 16

Booth Library will host a fall book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 outside the south entrance of the library, under the alumni clock tower.

A large selection of books in all subject areas and hundreds of paperback fiction titles will be available for purchase. All items have been donated by the campus and local communities.

Library staff requests no sales in advance. The proceeds from the sale are used to enhance library programs and services.

In case of inclement weather, the sale will be postponed. For the latest information on scheduling, check the library website, www.library.eiu.edu, or find Booth Library on Facebook or Twitter.



ELIZABETH M HELDEBRANDT, Library Services - Dean
Posted: Sep 01, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS: YOU'VE BEEN FUNDED...NOW WHAT? WORKSHOP
Research & Sponsored Programs, in collaboration with Faculty Development, presents "Congratulations! You've been funded... Now What?" from 3-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 in Booth Library 4450.

This workshop is for faculty who have recently received funding or staff who will be managing grant funds, or for anyone who would like a refresher course on grant management. Learn how to check your balance on PAWS and how to keep your own electronic file of pending transactions. Important rules and regulations to keep in mind during your grant term will also be reviewed and you’ll have the opportunity to have all your grant related questions answered. Please register at here.

KRISHNA THOMAS, Assistant Director, Faculty Development
Posted: Sep 01, 2015

BOOTH LIBRARY SEEKS PROGRAM PROPOSALS FOR DUST BOWL SERIES
"Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry," a national traveling exhibition about the causes and aftermath of the historic Dust Bowl period, will be on display at Booth Library beginning in January 2016.

The exhibition recalls a tragic period in our history — the drought and dust storms that wreaked havoc on the Great Plains in the 1930s — and explores its environmental and cultural consequences. It raises several thought-provoking questions: What caused fertile farms to turn to dust? How did people survive? What lessons can we learn?

Program proposals are now being accepted. Scholars from all disciplines and community members interested in participating or proposing a program related to this topic are asked to contact Janice Derr at jmderr@eiu.edu or 581-5090 by Sept. 30.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Aug 28, 2015

EIU BRINGS CHINESE CONSUL GENERAL TO CAMPUS
The highest representative of China in the Midwest will speak next week on U.S. and China relations to the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Consul General Zhao Weiping will lead a delegation of four consuls to meet with and speak to students and faculty members on a lecture titled, “What has happened to the U.S. and China Relations?” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the Buzzard Auditorium in Buzzard Hall.

As the consul general to Chicago since 2013, Weiping serves more than 300,000 Chinese nationals and about 50,000 Chinese students in nine states in the Midwest including Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

EIU’s College of Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities will host a reception from 6-7:15 p.m. in Seventh Street Underground in the MLK Jr. Union to meet the consul general. The lecture is free and open to the public, and it is sponsored by EIU’s Public Policy Institute.

Elizabeth Edwards, Media Relations
Posted: Aug 27, 2015

EIWP/TWPS AT EIU INSTITUTE DAY ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16
Registration is now open for the Eastern Illinois Writing Project/Teaching with Primary Sources at EIU 2015 Institute Day for Teachers Across the Curriculum. Registration is available on our website: here.

The Institute Day will be held on October 16, 2015 from 8:30-1:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. This Institute Day is free and open to the public. Students are encouraged to attend and will receive a certificate. Lunch will be provided!

This year’s conference will focus on teaching literacy and technology across disciplines and the ELA Common Core Standards.

ROBIN L MURRAY, English
Posted: Aug 25, 2015

FACULTY READING GROUPS
The Faculty Development office encourages interdisciplinary conversations about teaching and the academic life. To facilitate this, the office has acquired books which provide rich fodder for discussion. All faculty interested in reading and discussing a particular writer or title on mentoring, teaching and/or learning are invited to join interdisciplinary faculty reading groups. Copies of the book, "Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning" (2014, Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel) will be provided for faculty reading groups. Faculty interested in these groups can call the Faculty Development office at (217) 581-7051 or email facdev@eiu.edu .

KRISHNA P THOMAS, Faculty Development
Posted: Aug 25, 2015

BOOTH LIBRARY TO HOST 'LINCOLN: THE CONSTITUTION AND THE CIVIL WAR'
Booth Library will host a national traveling exhibit titled “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” from Sept. 4 to Oct. 16.

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” offers a fresh perspective on Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Organized thematically, the exhibition explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War -- the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties. The exhibition presents a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.

In addition to the national exhibit, related exhibits will be on display on a variety of subjects, including Lincoln’s connection to Coles County. During the six-week period of the exhibit, the library will host several programs related to the Lincolns and the Civil War era.

The opening reception is planned at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the library's West Reading Room. The keynote speaker will be Lynne Curry, professor of history, who will speak on “Liberty, Security, History: Lessons from Lincoln in the Civil War."

For more information and the complete program schedule for “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” visit here. More information also may be obtained by contacting project directors Bradley Tolppanen (botolppanen@eiu.edu or 581-6006) or Steve Brantley (jsbrantley@eiu.edu or 581-7542).

The exhibit and all programs are free and open to the public.

"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibit has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

Local sponsors of the series are the Lincoln Lob Cabin State Historic Site in Lerna, the Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum in Charleston and Lincoln’s Trials and Tribulations in Oakland.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Public Relations Director/Booth Library
Posted: Aug 24, 2015

FACULTY/STAFF BOWLING LEAGUE BEGINS SEPTEMBER 14, 2015
Put some FUN in your Monday! The Faculty/Staff Bowling League is forming teams now! Bowling begins at 6:30 p.m., on the Monday after Labor Day. Practice starts at 6:15 p.m. Beginners and experienced bowlers are welcome! You can come alone or bring a 4-person team. Cost is $5 per night.

Bowling ball and shoes are available at the EIU Bowling Lanes located in the lower level of the MLK Jr. University Union (below the Food Court). For questions, contact Doug Brandt (debrandt@eiu.edu) or Arlene Brown (aebrown@eiu.edu, 581-6062).

ARLENE E BROWN, Office Manager, Library Services - Dean
Posted: Aug 24, 2015

TIME FOR A TUNE-UP! SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS PRESENTED BY THE SEED CENTER
The SEED Center is excited to present a NEW series of three workshops this fall. "Time for a Tune-Up" covers critical management issues for small business owners. This fall, the initial focus is on human resources and finance. All workshops start at 7 a.m., are just one-hour long and have easy-to-apply content.

Human Resources Workshop: Discipline and Termination: Knowing How and When to End the Employment Relationship; instructor: Melody L. Wollan, Ph.D., SPHR; 7 to 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9; Carle Physician’s Building, 2515 Hurst Dr. (in front of Showplace Movie Theater), Mattoon.

Finance Workshop: What is the Value of My Small Business; instructor: David McGrady, CFP, CPA; 7 to 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14; Eastern Illinois University, 2020 Lumpkin Hall.

Human Resources Workshop: Chaos or Consistency: The Importance of Policy Documentation for Employees; instructor: Scott Stevens; 7 to 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11; Eastern Illinois University, 1040 Lumpkin Hall.

$39 per session or $99 for entire series. Flyer available here. Register here.

JENNIFER E. GARREN, SEED Center
Posted: Aug 21, 2015

EIU LAB SCHOOL EXHIBIT
The EIU Lab School exhibit is now open at 1443 Buzzard Hall. Created by students in the EIU Historical Administration program, this permanent exhibit tells the story of EIU’s Lab School for its alumni, community members, and EIU students and faculty. Please visit the CEPS Dean’s office, 1420 Buzzard Hall, or email Mary Bower at mebower@eiu.edu to arrange a visit. The Lab School exhibit is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

MARY E. BOWER, CEPS Dean's Office
Posted: Aug 20, 2015

TARBLE OFFERING FALL ART CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
Tarble Arts Center fall art classes begin Sept. 25. Offered for children are “Animals in Art” (ages 4-6), taught by Kit Morice; “Exploring Art” (ages 7-9) and “Make it Pop!” (ages 10-14), Heather Siegel, instructor; and Friday classes for home-schooled youths ages 4-14, taught by Kate Portz and Kelsey Thrush. For teens and adults (ages 15 and over), course offerings include “Watercolor & More," taught by Jamie Willis; “Introduction to Monotypes” with Reagan Carey; and “Glass Bead Making,” led by Dave Hunter. Contact the Tarble Arts Center at tarble@eiu.edu or 217-581-2787 for complete information. Online registration is available here.

KATHRYN MORICE, Tarble Arts Center
Posted: Aug 19, 2015

FREE TOURS OFFERED AT BOOTH LIBRARY
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 Monday through Thursday. Tours will be offered at 10 a.m., 1 and 5 p.m. Aug. 24-Sept. 18 (except Labor Day).

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 this website; call 581-6072; or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Aug 17, 2015

KOGNITO AT-RISK TRAINING
Kognito At-Risk Training offers three  approximately 30-minute, free, online, self-paced, interactive training simulations that prepares faculty, staff and students to provide support to peers who are exhibiting signs of psychological distress such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicidal ideation. Kognito has created three different training courses specifically geared for helping and identifying (1) distressed students, (2) LGBTQ students struggling with acceptance, and (3) student veterans adjusting to college life.  Through three training simulations, participants build knowledge, skills, and confidence to identify, approach and refer an at-risk student to counseling, mental health or crisis support services.  To spread acceptance, education and a more supportive community at EIU, please visit here to get started.

BRITTANY FLOYD, Health Promotion Coordinator, HERC
Posted: Aug 06, 2015

 

Professional Development

WRITE-ON-SITE THURSDAYS
If you are working on an article, a book chapter, a grant report, or any other writing project, please join us for Write-on-Site which meets every Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Faculty Development Office, 1116 Booth Library (below north entrance).

What does it mean to “write-on-site”? Kerry Ann Rockquemore coined the term to describe people coming together to work on their particular projects for up to two hours at least once a week. 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. Please join us! Bring your laptop to the Faculty Development Office, check in, grab a cup of tea or coffee and start working. Faculty Development supports your research. For further information, contact the Faculty Development Office at 581-7051.

WANDA KAY ROBINSON, Faculty Development
Posted: Aug 25, 2015

WORKING WITH AND DEVELOPING STUDENT WORKERS
If you have student workers in your area, this workshop is for you. Join us from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Arcola/Tuscola Room, MLK Jr. Union, when experts from various university departments will discuss student employment, internships, international students and some of the special needs of our student workers. Whether they are graduate students, interns, work-study or part time, they have a lot to offer us and we have a lot to offer them. It is important that students recognize and reflect on the interconnectedness of all their learning experiences, including their on-campus employment. See how you can be a part of that process. You are also invited to bring along any tool you might use in your area to help deal with student employees to share at the end of the program. Register now here. Contact Julie Benedict, jabenedict@eiu.edu, 581-8415, for information.

JULIE A. BENEDICT, Training & Development
Posted: Aug 18, 2015

 

Human Resources

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 A. GALEY, Human Resources
Posted: Aug 01, 2015

SURS RETIREMENT COUNSELORS ON CAMPUS
SURS will have retirement counselors on campus on Sept. 23. 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 into 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.

THURMAN ETCHISON, Benefits
Posted: Jul 30, 2015

SALARY DISTRIBUTION OPTION -- FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATIVE
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 here. The Salary Distribution Option form must be returned to the HR 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 A. GALEY, Human Resources
Posted: Jul 15, 2015

 

Employment Opportunities

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Research and Creative Activity

DAVIDSON AND TOZER AWARDED EARLY STAGE RECOVERY GRANT
Eric Davidson and Mike Tozer (EIU Health Service) were recently awarded a $10,000 one-year Early Stage Recovery Grant from Transforming Youth Recovery. The grant will provide Eastern Illinois University with early-stage seed funding to engage in a capacity building approach aimed at building the relationships necessary to better meet the needs of students in substance recovery on campus. Through the grant, Eastern hopes to offer 12-step groups, social support, and networking opportunities for students in recovery. It is hoped that a recognized student organization for students in substance abuse recovery and their allies will be created by the end of the fall semester. For more information, contact Mike Tozer at mtozer@eiu.edu or 581-7786.

ERIC S DAVIDSON, Health Service
Posted: Aug 24, 2015

DAVIDSON AWARDED $200,000 GRANT
Eric Davidson of EIU's Health Service was recently awarded a $200,000 one-year grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Bureau of Positive Youth Development. The grant period runs from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016. The project provides training, professional development, technical assistance and networking opportunities for Illinois Institutions of Higher Education who wish to develop or enhance systems to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug abuse.

ERIC S DAVIDSON, Health Service
Posted: Aug 24, 2015

KRAIG WHEELER (EIU CHEMISTRY DEPT.) AWARDED THREE-YEAR ($290K) NSF-RUI GRANT
Kraig Wheeler (EIU Chemistry Department) was recently awarded a $290,000 three-year grant from the National Science Foundation Research in Undergraduate Institutions (NSF-RUI) Department of Materials Research. The grant period runs from Aug. 1, 2015, to July 31, 2018. The project explores how molecular shape impacts the internal organization of crystalline solids. Funding will be used to explore factors that affect the development of advanced materials and to train undergraduate research students in Wheeler's lab. In addition, Wheeler's research group will provide X-ray diffraction services to small colleges and universities across the nation that support rigorous undergraduate research programs.



ABBEY LESKO-YOUNGBERG
Abbey Lesko-Youngberg, assistant director for the Office of Student Disability Services, was elected president-elect for Illowa AHEAD for the 2015-2016 school year. Her position will continue as president for the 2016-2017 school year and as past-president for the 2017-2018 school year. She has served on the board as secretary since 2014.

Illowa AHEAD is the Illinois/Iowa Regional Chapter for the Association on Higher Education and Disability that acts as a resource for post-secondary disability professionals by providing expertise for information regarding disabilities, disability awareness, disability legislation, disability rights, and any other information as it relates to higher education.



FY 2016 COUNCIL ON FACULTY RESEARCH (CFR) GRANT COMPETITION
The Council on Faculty Research grant competition will be held in early September. The council supports research and creative activity that addresses a significant scholarly issue. All tenured/tenure track faculty in Bargaining Unit A, as well as department and associate chairs, are eligible to submit in the Fall 2015 (FY 2016) competition. Individuals may receive only two consecutive fall awards, after which they will be ineligible for an award in the third year. Those who wish to apply for funding should either apply online here 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. 9, 2015. To obtain a copy of the application materials, please visit our Web page.

ROBERT CHESNUT, Director, Research and Sponsored Programs
Posted: Aug 17, 2015

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

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

 

Miscellaneous

COPIER READINGS
All Konica Minolta copier readings must be read and posted to the Copier Reading website prior to Sept. 12, 2015, in order to be included in the monthly upload to Banner. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Standerfer (581-6010) or Connie Downey (581-7747).

LISA J. STANDERFER, Purchasing
Posted: Aug 31, 2015

NEW EIU DIVERSITY PAGE LAUNCHED
Eastern Illinois University is committed to fostering a learning community where all members feel welcomed and valued. The Office of Civil Rights and Diversity is proud to launch the university’s new diversity page which can be accessed here.

Highlights include: In The Spotlight, which will feature a panther who is leading the way on campus and within the community in the area of diversity and inclusion; resources, which can serve as a tool if you are in need of scholarly articles, presentation topics, or conversation tools as it relates to diversity and inclusion, and programming which will keep you up to date on activities that are happening around campus and within the community. Feel free to contact the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity with questions and comments.

ROBERT L MILLER, General Counsel
Posted: Aug 28, 2015

PRINT TO THE PANTHER PRINT & COPY CENTER
We are here to serve YOU!! Send your papers, resumes, worksheets and other class work to the Panther Print & Copy Center. We’ll print it, package it, and have it ready for you shortly. Save your work as a .pdf, and email it to jlcrask@eiu.edu. Let us know if it’s color, b/w, or mixed; what size the print(s) should be; on special paper or not; and how many copies you want. We can also bind your paper/reports. Give us your E-number or group’s Copy Card number, and we will charge it to your account. Quick, reliable, and courteous service... at a great price! Please contact Jon Crask with any questions, at 217-581-5334.

Summer hours for the Copy Center are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

TED E. HART, Panther Print & Copy Center
Posted: Aug 24, 2015

FREE CHARGING STATION AVAILABLE AT BOOTH LIBRARY
A free electronics charging station is now available for patrons at Booth Library. The station will charge both Android and Apple devices. Up to eight devices can be charged at one time. The station can be found on the north end of the fourth floor, near the elevator.

EBSCO Industries Inc., a content provider for libraries, provided the station thanks to the sponsorship of Cooper-Bumpus Insurance Agency in Charleston.

"We’ve all been in a situation when we needed to charge our phone or device. The charging station will provide another convenience for our patrons while they’re working at the library,” said Allen Lanham, dean of library services. “We are glad to be able to provide this service for our patrons, and we greatly appreciate our local sponsor for making it possible.”

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Aug 20, 2015

LET US TELL YOUR STUDENTS ABOUT THE EIU WRITING CENTER!
Did you know that students can come to Coleman Hall 3110 with just an assignment sheet and get help understanding and planning what they need to do?

Let a Writing Center consultant extend a personal invitation to the Writing Center to your students and explain how they can benefit from this valuable student support service at every stage of the writing process.

To request a 15-minute Writing Center orientation for your students, email Director Fern Kory (fkory@eiu.edu) or call 581-5929 during Writing Center hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

Also consider providing a link on your D2L page to the Writing Center website.

FERN KORY, Writing Center Director
Posted: Aug 19, 2015

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 2015-16. The rooms are located on the main level (3000). 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. The lockers are 18"h x 35"w x 11"d and are located on the 2000 level. 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, email address and a brief description of your project. The deadline for requesting a room is Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.

ARLENE E. BROWN, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Aug 19, 2015

THESIS PRINTING
Save time, energy, hassle and money... especially money. Bring your thesis (bachelor's or master's) to the Copy Center for quick, reliable, inexpensive service. We can print and bind your BA/BS thesis, or print your MA/MS thesis to your special paper and package it for delivery to Booth Library. If you have questions or need assistance in any way, please contact Jon Crask by calling 217-581-5334, or via email at jlcrask@eiu.edu. The Panther Print & Copy Center is located in Room 2055 of the Martin Luther King Jr. Union. We look forward to serving you!

TED E. HART, Panther Print & Copy Center
Posted: Aug 17, 2015

JOIN EASTERN IN CELEBRATING ITS 100TH HOMECOMING: HOMECOMING SPIRIT T-SHIRTS ON SALE NOW!
The EIU Homecoming Committee invites the EIU community to show its school spirit during Homecoming Week (Oct. 19-24) by purchasing Homecoming Spirit T-shirts! Spirit T-shirts are on sale NOW for $5 in the Student Activity Center (across from Copy Express) in the MLK Jr. Union, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Each Friday in October 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! For an order form, email Laurel Fuqua at llfuqua@eiu.edu or call 581-5522.

LAUREL L. FUQUA, Student Programs
Posted: Aug 04, 2015

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

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

 

Especially for Students (Official Notices)

INFORMATION SESSION: FULBRIGHT U.S.-U.K. INSTITUTES
•Are you a second-semester freshman or first-semester sophomore who has a 3.80+ cumulative GPA for all college coursework completed?

•Are you a U.S. citizen of at least 18 years of age?

•Do you have a long-standing and deep passion for the U.K., but have not yet had the opportunity to study abroad? Can you readily evidence that passion, in writing, in a way that demonstrates your awareness of the U.K. goes beyond how it may have been presented in the popular media?

If you answered “yes” to the questions above, you may qualify to apply to participate in a Fulbright U.S.-U.K. Summer Institute. Each institute is between three and six weeks in length and investigates a theme connected to British contemporary and/or historical culture. Most participant expenses are paid by the program. To learn more about this program, email smschmidt@eiu.edu to pre-register to attend an information session on November 3 or November 4. Both days, sessions will be held at 9-10:30 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m.

SARA M SCHMIDT, Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College
Posted: Aug 27, 2015

STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS FOR BERLIN AND LONDON
The Office of Study Abroad has two scholarships worth $6,000 each for students to spend a spring semester in either Berlin or London (one scholarship for each city) at one of CIEE's Global Institutes.

Courses available include disciplines such as Business, Communication, Media, Health Science, Political Science and Literature.

For more information, contact the Office of Study Abroad, or visit the programs' websites here or here.

KURT R OLAUSEN, International Programs
Posted: Aug 25, 2015

URSCA GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING 2016 DUE OCTOBER 2
To support the University's mission to foster opportunities for student-faculty scholarship, the Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College offers undergraduates the opportunity to apply for competitive funding to promote their research, scholarship and creative activities.

Applicants must be undergraduate students in good standing with a minimum 3.00 GPA and enrolled full-time for the current semester AND the semester in which the research/creative activity is to be conducted: for summer awards students must be enrolled in at least one class. Research must be completed and the summary reflection submitted to the Honors College prior to the end of the semester following the one for which the grant was awarded.

Applications for the Spring 2016 cycle of funding are now being accepted. The deadline for Spring 2016 URSCA awards is noon on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. For more information and the application form and directions, click here.

RICHARD ENGLAND, Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College
Posted: Aug 25, 2015

UNIVERSITY ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION MEETING
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 at 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, to be held in 1501 Buzzard Hall Auditorium, are available Fall Semester 2015 to initiate the selection process: Monday, Sept. 21, 5-5:50 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7-7:50 p.m.; and Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6-6:50 p.m. The next opportunity to initiate the "Selection Process" and apply for University Admission to Teacher Education will be during the Spring Semester 2016. Registration is not required.

JAN E. HICKOX, CEPS
Posted: Aug 24, 2015

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. Beginning Fall 2015, the Student Insurance plan now covers most service fees at the Health Service and reduces co-pays 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 Fall 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 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. Sept. 4 is the last date these forms will be accepted for the Fall 2015 term. For more information, call 581-5290.

KERI J. MARTI, Student Insurance
Posted: Aug 21, 2015

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. Beginning Fall 2015, the Student Insurance Plan now covers most service fees at the Health Service and reduces co-pays 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.

Fall Semester 2015 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. Sept. 4, 2015. The forms can be downloaded from the Student Insurance website. The cost is $109.95.

KERI J. MARTI, Student Insurance
Posted: Aug 21, 2015

INFORMATION SESSION: PAYNE AND RANGEL AWARDS
• Are you a current senior or graduate student at EIU with a 3.8+ cumulative GPA?
• Have you amassed extensive international experience in one or more of the following ways: by living/working, studying, interning, and/or volunteering abroad; by interning, working, and/or volunteering for U.S.-based international organizations; and/or by interning or working for government agencies focused on international issues and affairs?
• Would your ideal career be in foreign service, either with the U.S. Department of State (USDOS) or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)?
• If you are a senior, will you need to pursue a master’s degree in preparation for that career? If you are a graduate student, will you need to pursue a second master’s degree?
• Are you a U.S. citizen?

If you answered “yes” to the questions above, you may qualify to apply for a Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship (USDOS) or Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship (USAID). While enrolled in a two-year master’s program, each Fellow receives tuition and fees assistance, a stipend for living expenses, and preparation leading to possible employment with the USDOS or USAID. The approximate monetary value of a Rangel Fellowship is $95,000. The approximate monetary value of a Payne Fellowship is $90,000.

To learn more about these awards, email smschmidt@eiu.edu to pre-register to attend an information session on Sept. 22 or 23. Sessions are being held from 9-10:30 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. each of those days.

SARA M. SCHMIDT, Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College
Posted: Aug 21, 2015

INFORMATION SESSION: SCOVILLE PEACE FELLOWSHIP
• Will you graduate from EIU at the end of Fall 2015, or did you previously graduate from EIU at some point between Spring 2013 and Spring 2015? Was your degree in one of the following areas: history, political science, international economics, radiation physics, environmental biology or sustainable energy? Did/do you have a cumulative GPA of 3.8+, and do you possess strong writing skills?
• Are you driven to enter into a career focused on peace and security issues? Do you hope to work within one of the following: a public-interest organization, the federal government, academia or the media?
• Do you have experience with public-interest activism or advocacy, either through a current or recent professional position or through current or recent volunteer service?
• Have you previously spent no more than one semester working or volunteering for a public-interest organization or governmental office/agency within Washington, D.C.?

If you answered “yes” to the questions above, you may qualify to apply for a Scoville Fellowship. Scoville Fellowships enable their holders to work for one of 26 participating organizations in Washington, D.C., for six to nine months. A salary of $2,900/month is provided for each Scoville Fellow, along with health insurance, travel expenses to Washington D.C., and $1,000 of professional development funding. To learn more about this fellowship, email smschmidt@eiu.edu to pre-register to attend an information session on Sept. 28 or 29. Sessions will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. on both days.

SARA M. SCHMIDT, Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College
Posted: Aug 21, 2015

INFORMATION SESSION: GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIP
• Are you majoring in mathematics, the natural sciences or pre-engineering? Will you still have at least one full year of undergraduate study remaining at the end of Spring 2016?
• Do you plan to pursue a career in research?
• Have you undertaken, or will you soon undertake, one or more of the following: independent research at EIU, one or more REUs or one or more research internships?
• Have you presented, or will you soon present, your work at a field-specific research conference? Have you published, or will you soon publish, your work in a field-specific journal?
• Do you have a 3.80 or higher cumulative GPA?
• Are you a U.S. citizen?

If you answered “yes” to the questions above, you may qualify to apply for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. This national award offers up to $7,500 per year, for up to two years, toward undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board. To learn more about this award, email smschmidt@eiu.edu to pre-register for an information session on Sept. 14 or 15. Sessions will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. on both days.

SARA M. SCHMIDT, Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College
Posted: Aug 19, 2015

INFORMATION SESSION: BOREN SCHOLARSHIP
• Are you an undergraduate student possessing a cumulative GPA of 3.50+?
• Is your intended career within the federal government in one of the following areas: international affairs or diplomacy, international trade or economics, sustainable development, global disease or hunger, or population growth or migration?
• Are you passionate about studying a language and experiencing a culture considered critical to U.S. security? Have you already identified an appropriate study abroad program of one to two semesters in length, or are you currently working with the Office of Study Abroad to identify such a program?
• Are you a U.S. citizen?

If you answered “yes” to the questions above, you may qualify to apply for a Boren Scholarship. Boren Scholarships provide financial support for studies abroad of one to two semesters in length that are focused on the acquisition of critical language and culture skills. To learn more about this scholarship, email smschmidt@eiu.edu to pre-register for an information session on Sept. 9 or 10. Sessions are being held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. both days.

SARA M. SCHMIDT, Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College
Posted: Aug 19, 2015

INFORMATION SESSION: BOREN FELLOWSHIP
• Are you a senior applying to graduate schools, or a current graduate student less than half-way into your degree? Do you have a cumulative GPA of 3.50+ (senior) or 3.80+ (graduate student)?
• Is your intended career within the federal government in one of the following areas: international affairs or diplomacy, international trade or economics, sustainable development, global disease or hunger, or population growth or migration?
• Are you passionate about studying a language and experiencing a culture considered critical to U.S. security? Have you already identified an appropriate study abroad program of at least 12 weeks in length, or are you currently working with the Office of Study Abroad to identify such a program?
• Are you a U.S. citizen?

If you answered “yes” to the questions above, you may qualify to apply for a Boren Fellowship. To learn more about this award, email smschmidt@eiu.edu to pre-register to attend an information session on Sept. 16 or 17. Sessions are being held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. both days.

SARA M. SCHMIDT, Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College
Posted: Aug 19, 2015

INFORMATION SESSION: UDALL UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP
• Do you intend a career in service to the environment?

• Do you possess significant undergraduate service and leadership experience related to environmental protection?

• Will you still have one or two full years of undergraduate study remaining, at the end of Spring 2016?

• Is your cumulative GPA at least a 3.50?

If you answered “yes” to the questions above, you may qualify to apply for a Udall Undergraduate Scholarship. This national award offers up to $5000 toward payment of tuition, fees, books, room and board, for one year of undergraduate study.

To learn more about this award, email smschmidt@eiu.edu to pre-register to attend one an information session on October 20th or 21st. Both days, sessions will be held at 9-10:30 a.m. and 4-5:30 pm.

SARA M SCHMIDT, Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College
Posted: Aug 17, 2015

INFORMATION SESSION: FULBRIGHT MTVU AWARD
• Are you a graduating senior music major who anticipates, or a recent graduate of music who has achieved, a final cumulative GPA of 3.80+ for all college coursework completed?

• Are you intrigued by how contemporary/popular international music can simultaneously express the uniqueness of foreign cultures and precipitate positive cultural changes within them? Have you ever considered going abroad to investigate how contemporary/popular international music might be used to assist the people of another country in achieving a cultural change they desire? [For the sake of clarification, here is an example provided by Fulbright: “One of the inaugural recipients…used music ‘to empower Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians by creating opportunities and spaces for young musicians from opposing sides to work together, hear each other, and amplify their voices to influence the world around them.’ Aaron started a nonprofit organization, Heartbeat, as a result of his Fulbright-mtvU Award.”]

•Would you have the foreign language ability necessary, to connect with the people of your chosen host country? Would you have the technical skills needed to maintain a blog chronicling your activity, a blog including sounds and images central to your discussion?

If you answered “yes” to the questions above, you may qualify to apply for a Fulbright-mtvU Award. All award recipients receive funding to cover transportation to and from the host country and room, board, and incidental costs based on the cost of living in the host country. Other costs may or may not be defrayed. To learn more about this award, email smschmidt@eiu.edu to pre-register to attend an information session on November 9 or November 10.

SARA M SCHMIDT, Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College
Posted: Aug 17, 2015

INFORMATION SESSION: MARSHALL SCHOLARSHIP
• Are you a junior who will complete your undergraduate degree in Spring 2017? Do you currently have a 4.0 cumulative GPA?

•Is your dream graduate program housed at an institution in the U.K.?

•Is it your professional goal to not just have a job or a career, but also impact both your field and your world in significant ways?

•Have you excelled in service and leadership, not just on campus but also out in the “real world?” Have you started unique programs that have had a deep impact on others, or have you taken existing programs to dizzying new heights?

•Are you a U.S. citizen?

If you answered “yes” to the questions above, you may qualify to apply for a Marshall Scholarship. Marshall Scholarships are national awards that cover most expenses related to the pursuit of 1-2 years of graduate study at a British university. To learn more about this award, email smschmidt@eiu.edu to pre-register to attend an information session on November 17 or November 18. Both days, sessions will be held at 9-10:30 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m.

SARA M SCHMIDT, Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College
Posted: Aug 17, 2015

INFORMATION SESSION: CARNEGIE JUNIOR FELLOWS PROGRAM
• Are you a senior preparing for a career in international affairs? Will you graduate with your bachelor’s degree, in Spring 2016 and with a final cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher?

•Have you undertaken independent research related to your principal interest area, through completion of 4000-level courses in your major, by assisting with ongoing faculty research projects, or by pursuing summer REUs?

•If applicable to your intended career path, do you possess near-native fluency in a language other than English?

• Are you either a U.S. citizen, or an international student on an F-1 Visa?

If you answered “yes” to the questions above, you may qualify to apply for a Carnegie Junior Fellowship. Fellows spend a year in Washington, D.C., assisting an associate researcher for the Carnegie Endowment with an ongoing project related to world peace. During their year of service, Fellows are paid a monthly salary of $3,083 and receive medical, dental, and life insurance coverage as well as limited vacation leave. Housing is not provided. To learn more about this award, email smschmidt@eiu.edu to pre-register to attend an informational session on October 6 or October 7. Both days, sessions will be held at 9-10:30 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m.

SARA M SCHMIDT, Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College
Posted: Aug 17, 2015

INFORMATION SESSION: RANGEL SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
• Are you a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior at EIU, who has a 3.8+ cumulative GPA?

•Are you strongly interested in international affairs, and seriously considering a related career?

•Have you previously participated in a summer-long, semester-long, or year-long study abroad experience? Alternately (or in addition), have you served any of the following as a volunteer, a paid intern, or a regular employee: a company located outside the U.S.; a U.S. office for an international organization; a state or federal government office; a U.S.-based NGO or service organization concerned with international issues?

•Have you completed at least one or two courses, at EIU, that had an international affairs focus, earning an “A” grade? Alternately (or in addition), have you held leadership positions in on-campus or off-campus organizations focused on international affairs and/or community service?

•Are you a U.S. citizen?

If you answered “yes” to the questions above, you may qualify to apply for the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program, a six-week exploration of international affairs issues, trends, graduate programs and career paths. It includes a coursework component as well as the opportunity to interact with current field professionals, and funding covers tuition, housing, two meals a day and travel expenses. A $3,200 stipend is also provided. To learn more about this program, email smschmidt@eiu.edu to pre-register to attend one of an information session on October 26 or October 27. Both days, sessions will be held at 9-10:30 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m.

SARA M SCHMIDT, Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College
Posted: Aug 17, 2015

 

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