Apr 17, 2014

 

News from Old Main

OUR CONDOLENCES...
Dr. James Tidwell, chairman of EIU's Journalism Department, died Saturday, April 12, following a 19-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 65.

Visitation will begin at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the First Baptist Church, 2800 University Drive, Charleston, with a memorial service to follow at 6 p.m.

A full obituary can be found here. Also, EIU alumnus Ted Gregory wrote this for the Chicago Tribune.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Apr 14, 2014

2014 SUMMER OFFICE HOURS
For several years, Eastern Illinois University has used a 4.5-day summer workweek for many areas on campus to promote energy efficiency and save approximately $500,000 in utility costs. For this summer, the administration again asks employees, whose work assignments allow, to compress their normal five-day workweek into a 4.5-day workweek.

Campus-wide summer office hours will be in effect from Monday, May 12, through Friday, Aug. 15, excluding the two holiday weeks of Tuesday, May 27, through Friday, May 30, and Monday, June 30, through Thursday, July 3. When summer office hours are in effect, all offices must be open Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. until noon. All administrative offices (and others where possible) will remain open during the lunch hour, Monday through Thursday. Because of ongoing operational needs, offices including, but not limited to, the President's Office, Admissions, Financial Aid, Bursar’s/Cashier’s Office, University Police, Booth Library and the Renewable Energy Center, will keep regular business hours and remain open on Friday afternoons.

Holidays will be observed on Monday, May 26, for Memorial Day and Friday, July 4, for Independence Day. For the holiday weeks of May 27–30 and June 30–July 3, all offices must be open for regular business hours from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Classes scheduled to meet on Friday afternoons will be relocated to buildings where the air conditioning will remain on. Employees are to work with supervisors to ensure that a 37.5-hour workweek is accomplished. Each office is to change voice mail, signs and other public communication to reflect its summer hours. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, Aug. 18. Questions may be directed to the Human Resources office.

WILLIAM WEBER, Vice President for Business Affairs
Posted: Apr 11, 2014

EASTERN APPOINTS NEW REGISTRAR
I am pleased to announce that Amy Lynch, assistant to the dean for Student Academic Programs in the College of Sciences, has accepted the position of registrar.

Amy's knowledge of and experience with EIU’s academic policies, programs, processes and student record systems, as well as her skill at interpreting and implementing complex rules and regulations, will serve her well in her new position. She also is a strong advocate for EIU and its students, to whom she is committed to providing service of the highest caliber.

Amy will assume her duties as registrar on May 19. Please join me in congratulating her on her achievement!

MARY HERRINGTON-PERRY, AVP Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Posted: Apr 10, 2014

 

Meetings/Events

CAMPERS WANTED FOR CAMP E3
The Business Solutions Center is asking the EIU community to help introduce students ages 14-18 to our upcoming Camp e3 (energizing emerging entrepreneurs). Parents, grandparents, family members -- this is a great opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and win prize money in a fun environment.

The camp will be held on the EIU campus from June 22-25, 2014, and the cost is $150. Please check out our website and go here for the flyer.

If you have questions, call the Business Solutions Center at 217-581-2913 or contact Jennifer Garren at jegarren@eiu.edu.

JENNIFER GARREN, Business Solutions Center
Posted: Apr 17, 2014

EIU OFFERS TWO BYSTANDER INTERVENTION LECTURES
The Counseling Center in collaboration with Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs, and the Sexual Assault Task Force is sponsoring two bystander intervention presentations for students, faculty and staff next week during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Alan Berkowitz, a nationally renowned speaker on bystander intervention, will offer an interactive presentation for students titled "Bystander Intervention: Strategies for Responding to Unwelcome Remarks and Behaviors." This presentation will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the 1895 Room of the Martin Luther King Jr. Union.

Berkowitz also will be providing an interactive presentation for faculty and staff from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 23, in the Great Hall at Pemberton Hall. The presentation is titled "Fostering Health and Social Justice on Campus through Active Bystander Intervention."

Please send any questions about the presentations to Jackie Hines, counselor and associate director, sexual assault prevention, at jchines2@eiu.edu.

ELIZABETH EDWARDS, Media Relations
Posted: Apr 17, 2014

CAREGIVER SERIES: SENIOR NUTRITION
Please join us from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Martinsville Room of the MLK Jr. Union as Ashley Sorrentino, a family and consumer sciences graduate assistant and HERC nutrition education coordinator, presents “Senior Nutrition” as part of the ongoing Caregiver Series offered by the Office of Training and Development. In this workshop, we will be covering the physiological, social and psychological changes older adults face relating to nutrition as they age. We will discuss ways to overcome these challenges and other nutrition recommendations for the older adult. These recommendations range from amounts of serving sizes they need each day from each food group to calorie needs. The last component of the presentation will be some nutrition resources older adults have available, such as the Meals on Wheels program. To register for this session, please click here.

KELLY SIMMONDS, Training and Development
Posted: Apr 16, 2014

EIU CELEBRATES EARTH DAY WITH A WEEK OF EVENTS
Look to the castle on Earth Day (Tuesday, April 22), because EIU’s campus is “Bleeding Blue, but Going Green!” EIU’s "Green Team” has put together a large variety of activities to help celebrate the earth and educate folks on how they can live more sustainable lives. Events range from a tree-planting ceremony and a 5k race around the campus pond to a trash/recycling scavenger hunt. There are nearly 30 events scheduled to take place throughout the week (most on Tuesday) in the Library Quad. Flyers/posters will be up around campus or contact Ryan Siegel (rwsiegel@eiu.edu or 581-8395) for a detailed listing.

DIANE BURNS, Geology and Geography
Posted: Apr 16, 2014

'CHASING ICE'
On Thursday, April 24, EIU’s Departments of Geology/Geography and Physics will co-host a screening of the artfully done and intentionally disturbing film, “Chasing Ice.” The film follows National Geographic photographer James Balog as he pursues his vision of capturing our world’s changing climate through the destruction of our planet’s glaciers. The movie event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in Phipps Auditorium (Room 1205, Physical Science Building), beginning with light refreshments and followed by a panel discussion. The panel will answer questions from the audience as well as discuss points of the film. The event is free and open to the public.

DIANE BURNS, Geology and Geography
Posted: Apr 16, 2014

THE ART OF ARCHAEOASTRONOMY IN THE SOUTHWEST: NEW DISCOVERIES
James (Jim) Krehbiel will present an illustrated lecture, The Art of Archaeoastronomy in the Southwest: New Discoveries, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall.

In his presentation, Krehbiel will talk about his most recently discovered astronomical observatories at ancestral Pueblo sites in the American Southwest. He will analyze both common and anomalous astronomical markers and their place in our understanding of Pueblo ritual. The presentation includes four time-lapse sequences of solar alignment events as seen in the field, and an animation of a three-dimensional rendering of an ancient observatory. Some new breakthrough evidence will provide fresh insights into the ancient ancestral Pueblo culture.

JEFFREY G BOSHART, Art
Posted: Apr 15, 2014

FILM AND DISCUSSION: 'THE ACT OF KILLING' (2012)
The Asian Cinema Organization invites you to the screening of "The Act of Killing" (2014 Academy Award Best Documentary nominee) at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in Lumpkin Auditorium. When the Indonesian government was overthrown by the military in 1965, gangsters were promoted to death squad leaders to help the army kill more than one million alleged communists, Chinese and intellectuals. Unlike aging Nazis, these killers have not been forced to admit their crimes against humanity. Instead, they are revered as role models for millions of young paramilitaries in Indonesia today. Such impunity and memories of these perpetrators’ mass murder will be discussed following the film.

JINHEE LEE, Asian Studies
Posted: Apr 15, 2014

JOIN US TO KICK OFF EIU STEPS IT UP! AND EIU SCALES IT DOWN!
The EIU Steps It Up! and EIU Scales It Down! kick-off will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in 4440 Booth Library. Mark Kattenbraker of kinesiology and sports studies will discuss basic principles of effective exercise prescription in regards to frequency, intensity, type and time. There will also be time for a question-and-answer session.

Ashley Sorrentino, a graduate assistant in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences and nutrition education coordinator for the HERC, will present Nutrition 101: Steps to a Healthier You, which will cover current dietary guidelines, food groups, proper serving sizes and ways to apply portion sizing to meals and snacks. She will also discuss healthy grocery shopping tips and ways to save money while eating healthy, and she will distribute healthy recipes to attendees.

Join us as we kick off another successful year of stepping up and scaling down for better whole-body health. To register, please go here. To learn more about Steps It Up or Scale It Down and/or to register to participate, please go here.

KELLY SIMMONDS, Training and Development
Posted: Apr 14, 2014

CELEBRATION: A FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS RETURNS TO EIU APRIL 25-27
Celebration, EIU's annual arts festival, returns to campus Friday April 25. Food concessions will open at 11 a.m. and feature a wide assortment of fair favorites. There will be a variety of activities throughout the weekend. From live music performances on the outdoor stage, to theatre and dance performances, reading and demonstrations. Don't miss the Generation to Generation: Illinois Folk Arts program. See the reptiles at the Celebrate Herpetology exhibit, and don't forget about the Fine Arts Fair on Saturday and Sunday. For a complete schedule of activities, check out the Celebration website.

DANIEL CREWS, Celebration
Posted: Apr 14, 2014

CELEBRATION PARKING ANNOUNCEMENT
Celebration food vendors will start arriving on campus at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24. Festival organizers are requesting faculty and staff who park on Hayes Street (between Ninth Street and the Doudna Circle Drive), as well as the parking lot north of Buzzard Building, to have their vehicles removed by 5 p.m. in order to accommodate the placement of the concession trailers. This area will remain closed until Sunday evening (April 27). The Celebration Planning Committee greatly appreciates everyone's support and apologizes for this temporary inconvenience.

DANIEL CREWS, Celebration Planning Committee
Posted: Apr 14, 2014

ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH EVENTS (APRIL 15-17)
Tuesday, April 15 -- "Women in Veil," panel discussion moderated by Bonnie Irwin, 4440 Booth Library, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16 -- Teach Me Wednesday, Casey Room, 5:30-6 p.m.

Thursday, April 17 -- Asian Film Series, Lumpkin Auditorium, 5 p.m.

PAM WARPENBURG, Minority Affairs
Posted: Apr 11, 2014

RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR DEBBIE KIDWELL
Debbie Kidwell, adviser in the Academic Advising Center, is retiring at the end of May. We invite the campus community to come and celebrate Debbie's 18 years of service to EIU from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in Room 2100 in Ninth Street Hall.

LORA GREEN, Academic Adviser/AAC
Posted: Apr 11, 2014

SPRING 2014 SIDEWALK SALE FOR DISCONTINUED TEXTBOOKS
The Sidewalk Sale for discontinued textbooks will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 14-18. Paperbacks will be $1 and hardbacks will be $5, except on specially marked titles. Please bring your PantherCard. Payment options are cash, check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Discover).

CHRISTINA M. COFFEY, Textbook Rental Service
Posted: Apr 10, 2014

MENTORING: PAVING THE ROAD TO SUCCESS
Women in Science and Mathematics (WiSM), Minority Mentoring in Mathematics and Sciences (M3S), and the College of Sciences will host “Mentoring: Paving the Road to Success,” a panel discussion with Catherine Polydore, undergraduates Lisa Ford and Terricka Christian, and graduate student Vaskar Nepal. The panel will discuss ways to succeed at EIU by offering mentoring, advice and practical tips. A Q&A will follow the panel discussion. The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Effingham Room in the MLK Jr. Union on April 25. There will be light refreshments and all are welcome. Please RSVP to wism@eiu.edu by April 16.

ANABELA RESENDE DA MAIA, Biological Sciences
Posted: Apr 10, 2014

CHINA-TAIWAN TALK AND THE CRISES IN ASIA
In recent days, two Taiwan firsts have been in the international news. Taiwan and China governments have begun official talks for the first time since 1949 with the goal of setting up “embassies” in both capitals. Secondly, the Taiwan parliament buildings have been occupied by college students for the first time in Taiwan’s history.

In keeping up with the tradition of bringing current events to our students and faculty, the Public Policy Institute has invited the top Taiwan representative in the American Midwest, Baushuan GER, to come to EIU to give a short talk covering these latest developments, followed by a panel discussion featuring Edmund Wehrle, chair (history); David Carwell (political science); Marko Grunhagen (business); and Jinhee Lee (history). The talk will start at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Buzzard Auditorium. A reception sponsored by the College of Sciences to give students and faculty an opportunity to meet the director general will be held in the Buzzard second-floor atrium at 6:30 p.m. Members of the university community and public are cordially invited.

PING CHEN, Public Policy Institute
Posted: Apr 10, 2014

RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR CHERYL HOCHSTETLER
Please join the staff of the Student Insurance Office as we gather to honor Cheryl Hochstetler and celebrate her retirement. A retirement reception will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Financial Aid Conference Room. We invite you to stop by and wish her well as she begins this new chapter in her life!

ANGIE CAMPBELL, Student Insurance
Posted: Apr 07, 2014

SUE GROUNDS RETIREMENT CELEBRATION
Please join us as we celebrate the retirement of Sue Grounds, who has been with Eastern for more than 33 years. A reception will be held in the Office of the Registrar from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, to show our appreciation for her years of service.

JENNIFER L. PORTER, Office of the Registrar
Posted: Apr 07, 2014

RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR JERRY DANIELS
The campus community is cordially invited to help us celebrate 32 years of service to the Music Department at a retirement reception honoring Jerry Daniels. It will be held from 2-4 p.m. Friday, April 18, in the Music Office (Room 2620) Conference Room in the Doudna Fines Arts Center. Please stop by to wish him a wonderful retirement and enjoy cake and refreshments.

JERRI L. HINTON, Music
Posted: Apr 07, 2014

LAVENDER GRADUATION CEREMONY MAY 9 IN TARBLE ATRIUM
Lavender Graduation will take place from 4-6 p.m. Friday, May 9, in the Tarble Arts Center Atrium. This is an annual ceremony to honor EIU's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally students, and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the university. All graduates are invited to take part in the cording ceremony and celebration, along with their families and friends. To join us as a graduate, please go here. For guest registration, please go here.

KELLY J. SIMMONDS, LGBTQA Advisory Committee Member
Posted: Apr 03, 2014

FAREWELL RECEPTION FOR ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
Please join us as we bid farewell to EIU Athletic Director Barbara Burke. A reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the Ike Kennard Clubroom at Lantz. Barbara has accepted a job at Tulane University and will be their new deputy athletics director/chief operating officer.

MARSHA A. FIGGINS, Intercollegiate Athletics
Posted: Apr 03, 2014

JERRY DONNA RETIREMENT CELEBRATION
No more meetings or pages to fax! Jerry Donna, director of financial aid, has decided to retire and relax. Please come celebrate the retirement of Jerry Donna and thank him for his valued service and dedication to Eastern Illinois University and the Office of Financial Aid. A reception in his honor will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Concourse.

DIANA D. PEPPERDINE, Office Of Financial Aid
Posted: Apr 02, 2014

BOOKSTORE BOOK SALE
Selected books now $1. Other discounts on New York Times best sellers and other genres, as well. Sale runs April 1-30.

LAURA A. SEVERSON, MLK Jr. Union Bookstore
Posted: Apr 01, 2014

GLOBAL THREADS ON VIEW AT TARBLE ARTS CENTER
An exhibition titled "Global Threads: International Folk Art Textiles" is currently on view in the Tarble's Brainard Gallery. Featured are textile traditions from Africa, the Americas, Haiti and India that have been drawn from the Tarble Arts Center's permanent collection and area private collections. The textiles included represent many different cultures, materials and functions, from home furnishings to religious and ceremonial objects. Antique quilts, embroidered and appliquéd cloth, beadwork, Navajo and Mexican weavings, flags, rugs, and many other forms make up the exhibition.

KATHRYN MORICE, Curator of Education, Tarble Arts Center
Posted: Apr 01, 2014

EIU STEPS IT UP! WALKING CHALLENGE
It's time for the sixth annual EIU Steps It Up! Challenge. Employees will participate individually or, if you enjoy a little competition, you can be a part of a team during this 10-week walking challenge that begins April 21. Walk for personal goals or walk to challenge and motivate others. Count your steps; the goal is to keep you active! Participants should obtain a pedometer to use.

EIU STEPS IT UP! is a great way to stay fit, motivate each other, and have fun and friendly competition with others while challenging yourself. Registration is required, and begins now, continuing through April 20. For information and/or to register, visit here.

JULIE A. BENEDICT, Training and Development
Posted: Mar 31, 2014

2014 GRADUATE ART EXHIBITION AT TARBLE ARTS CENTER
The 2014 Graduate Art Exhibition is on view April 5 through 27 at the Tarble Arts Center. This group thesis exhibition presents artwork by current MA candidates in Eastern’s studio art program: Essex Brassel, monotypes; Christen Contario and Kirbi Eckerty, mixed media sculptures; Shawn Fairchild, ceramics; Hannah Freeman and Danielle Muzina, oil paintings; Anna Freerksen, jewelry/metals; Emma Kroop, drawings and etchings;and Kyle Singer, mixed media drawings. The approaches include representational painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, plus functional ceramics, conceptual jewelry and abstract drawings and sculpture. Self-reflection and human interaction are common themes. Co-sponsored by the EIU Art Department and the Tarble Arts Center.

MICHAEL WATTS, Director, Tarble Arts Center
Posted: Mar 27, 2014

THOMPSON SQUARE TO PERFORM AT EIU
Thompson Square, the reigning Academy of Country Music Vocal Duo of the Year, will perform at Eastern Illinois University's Lantz Arena next month. The 2014 Spring Concert is set to begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24. Ticket sales ($23) will be open to the general public on Monday, March 31. EIU students with Panther Card ID may begin purchasing their tickets ($20) on Monday, March 18.

Tickets may be purchased at the MLK Jr. Union Ticket Office (581-5122) between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. They also may be purchased at universityuniontickets.com.

See here for more on Thompson Square.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Mar 18, 2014

PRESENTERS SOUGHT FOR 'REVOLUTIONARY DECADE: REFLECTIONS ON THE 1960S'

In the fall semester of 2014, Booth Library will host a major exhibition and event series: "Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s." We invite you to join us as we take a fresh look at the achievements, tragedies, triumphs, extraordinary personalities, and everyday lives of average people during what was arguably one of the most turbulent and eventful decades of the 20th century.

The library will present exhibits exploring aspects of this fascinating decade as Americans experienced it, including developments in the worlds of music, literature, visual arts, science and technology, politics and social movements.

We are seeking scholars from all disciplines interested in presenting perspectives on the 1960s through the eyes of their profession or field of study. Possible ways to participate include (but are by no means limited to):
-- Debate
-- Demonstration
-- Exhibit co-curator
-- Film moderator
-- Lecture
-- Panel discussion
-- Performance
-- Reading, prose or poetry
-- Student presentations

Details for this series will be finalized before the end of the spring semester; therefore, ideas are requested before April 25. If you are interested in participating or proposing a program for this series, please contact David Bell at dsbell@eiu.edu or 581-7547.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Booth Library
Posted: Mar 06, 2014

SAFE ZONE TRAINING
Safe Zone: Phase 1 training is open to any student, staff or faculty member who is interested in becoming an ally for the LGBTQ community and learning more about LGBTQ-related issues. Topics that will be addressed include: LGBTQ terminology, the coming out process, heterosexual privilege, facts and myths about the LGBTQ community, the Riddle Homophobia Scale and ways to engage in quiet activism on campus.

Currently there are three campus-wide Safe Zone training dates available during the 2014 Spring semester. Those dates are March 4 and 18, and April 16. To register for any of these sessions, please visit our LGBTQA Resource Center registration page.

For any other questions and/or to organize a departmental/group Safe Zone training, please contact Cameron Carrara at 581-7117 or lgbtqa@eiu.edu.

CAMERON M. CARRARA, LGBTQA Resource Center
Posted: Feb 24, 2014

 

Professional Development

CONGRATULATIONS TO FACULTY SELECTED TO ATTEND WAKONSE CONFERENCE
Faculty Development congratulates the following faculty members who have been selected to attend the Wakonse Conference on College Teaching from May 22-27, 2014, at Camp Miniwanca in Shelby, Mich.: Eric Schumacher (communication studies), Nanci Newstrom (School of Business), David Gracon (communication studies) and Felix Kumah-Abiwu (Africana studies).

WANDA KAY ROBINSON, Faculty Development
Posted: Apr 10, 2014

NACADA WEBINAR: BALANCING ACADEMIC ADVISING WITH OTHER FACULTY RESPONSIBILITIES
Regardless of academic discipline and institutional type, many faculty feel stretched to their limits by teaching, research and academic governance responsibilities. In this Web event, sponsored by NACADA's Faculty Advising Commission, our panelists will share tools and strategies to balance advising with those other tasks. Participants will hear from a diverse panel of experienced faculty advisers from a broad range of institutional types, and will leave with practical ideas for ensuring that students receive the best possible advising without neglecting other responsibilities.

Sponsored by the Campus Advising Network, plan to join us at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Effingham Room, MLK Jr. Union. Following the webinar, we will have a facilitated discussion.

TERESA J. FARR, Academic Advising Center
Posted: Apr 04, 2014

 

Human Resources

REMINDER TO SUBMIT YOUR SUMMER FLEX SCHEDULES ONLINE
Just a reminder as we prepare to take advantage of the summer flex hours that anyone required to complete a flex form should do so online. Completing the form online will send your schedule request to your supervisor for approval and, following that approval, will be electronically routed to the Benefits Office for final approval. Email notifications will notify you and your supervisor of the status of the submitted form. Please use the online system rather than submitting a paper form. To access the online system, please click here. If you need assistance completing the online flex form, please contact the Benefits Office for assistance by calling 581-5825 or emailing benefits@eiu.edu. In addition, please use this process anytime you are requesting a temporary modification to your work schedule, such as an alternative work schedule to attend classes.

LINDA HOLLOWAY, Benefits
Posted: Apr 17, 2014

HR CUSTOMER SERVICE SURVEY
Human Resources has a new customer service survey (located here) in order to allow the campus to provide feedback on our services. By letting us know our challenges and successes on a continuous basis, we hope to evaluate our processes so we can be more effective for the EIU community we serve. We thank you in advance for your responses!

JEFFREY L. MARLO, Human Resources
Posted: Apr 07, 2014

CHECK YOUR MAILBOX!
Any faculty member, A&P or ASP who is terminating from the university for any reason must complete a Clearance Sheet before leaving campus. Check your mailbox because faculty Clearance Sheets will be mailed through campus mail during the month of April. The Clearance Sheet is required when leaving the university, so please carefully read and follow the instructions on the form to avoid the inconvenience of receiving a final paper check. If you have questions about the exiting process, or do not receive a Clearance Sheet, please contact Carol Galey (7655) or Cindy Maples (2613).

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

SURS INTERNET RETIREMENT ESTIMATOR
It has been communicated to us by our SURS employee representative that participants may now elect a July 1, 2014, annuity begin date to estimate the effect that PA98-0599 may have on their annuity.

Please contact SURS directly at 800-275-7877 with any questions, concerns or issues regarding the online retirement estimator.

AMANDA ZUCCO, Benefits
Posted: Mar 28, 2014

VALIC REPRESENTATIVE TO BE ON CAMPUS WEEKLY
A VALIC representative will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Wednesday in the Shelbyville Room, MLK Jr. Union. If you wish to make an appointment, please call 217-821-5289 or visit the Shelbyville Room any Wednesday through May 7.

VALIC is one of EIU's approved vendors for the 403b plan. A 403b is a voluntary tax-deferred supplemental retirement plan developed to enhance an employee's retirement. VALIC is just one of the approved vendors offered by EIU.

For more information about EIU's 403b plans, please visit here.

LINDA C. HOLLOWAY, Human Resources
Posted: Mar 21, 2014

 

Employment Opportunities

HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT MANAGER/CLASSIFICATION AND COMPENSATION MANAGER
Assistant Manager/Classification and Compensation Manager, Human Resources



ASSISTANT BOOKSTORE MANAGER
Assistant Bookstore Manager, University Union Bookstore



DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS
Director of Admissions



 

Research and Creative Activity

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS STUDENTS AND FACULTY
Devon Sacramento, management undergraduate and business honors student, and Richard Flight, associate professor/assistant chair of marketing, had their paper "Brand Attachment and the Compulsive Buyer" accepted and presented at the Marketing Management Association Conference in Chicago (March 26-28).

Elizabeth Schwindenhammer, accounting undergraduate and business honors student, and Michael Dobbs, assistant professor of management, had their paper "Executive Compensation in Higher Education: Effects of Institutional Characteristics and Performance on Presidents' Compensation" accepted and presented at the Society of Business, Industry and Economics Conference in Miramar Beach, Fla. (April 8-11).



CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WEIU NEWS WATCH TEAM!
The Illinois News Broadcasters hosted their annual spring convention in Peoria on April 12. Student broadcasting awards were handed out and News Watch brought home the hardware! Ninety students entered across the various radio and T.V. categories, and News Watch tied for first place in the category of best newscast. Student Braden Harp placed second for outstanding videography, while Savanna Tomei placed third for outstanding T.V. reporting.



DAVID RAYBIN
David Raybin, English Department, was the invited speaker for The Medieval Studies Seminar Lecture Series at the University of Illinois on April 9. His 45-minute presentation, "Chaucer, Saint Thomas, and Canterbury," identifies a previously unidentified source for "The Canterbury Tales." An expanded version of the talk will appear in 2016 in "Chaucer: Visual Approaches" (ed. David Raybin and Susanna Fein, Penn State UP), a volume commemorating the 50th anniversary of the academic journal The Chaucer Review. Earlier on April 9, Raybin conducted a graduate seminar on the French poetry in British Library MS Harley 2253. He is translator of the French texts in "The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript in Three Volumes" (ed. Susanna Fein, with David Raybin and Jan Ziolkowski), now in press at Medieval Institute Publications.



WAFEEK WAHBY
Wafeek Wahby, construction technology professor, School of Technology, was elected as vice president of the University Division of the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). ATMAE is the national association that accredits the Applied Engineering and Technology (AET) program of the School of Technology at EIU.



CHRISTOPHER HANLON
Christopher Hanlon, English, will deliver an invited lecture on Walt Whitman, 19th-century telegraphy, and sound at the symposium on transatlantic literature at the Martin-Luther Universtät, Halle-Wittenberg, April 16-19, 2014.



RICHARD G. JONES
Richard G. Jones, communication studies, is quoted in a story in the April issue of Good Housekeeping magazine. See the article here.



HALEE L. HARRISON AND MARKO GRüNHAGEN
Halee L. Harrison, MBA alumna, and Marko Grünhagen, Lumpkin Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, had their paper "The Impact of Soccer Regulations on European Soccer Organizations’ Marketing Tactics" accepted and presented at the Association of Marketing Theory and Practice Annual Conference in Hilton Head, S.C. March 27-29.



ALLISON K. THARP AND DAVID BOGGS
Allison K. Tharp, MBA candidate, and David Boggs, associate professor/assistant chair of management, received the Human Resources Track Award for their paper titled "The Use and Usefulness of Social Network-Site Recruiting" during the North American Management Society Meeting held in Chicago, Ill., March 26-28.



KEVIN P. SAVAGE
Kevin P. Savage, MBA candidate, presented his research paper titled "Blazing the Trail: Establishing Audit Guidelines under the Affordable Care Act" at the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Meeting in Chicago, Ill., March 26-28.



ABDOU ILLIA AND ZHENTU HUANG
Abdou Illia, professor; Thomas Ngniatedema, Kettering University; and Zhentu Huang, MBA candidate, presented their paper titled "A Conceptual Model for Mobile Banking Adoption" at the 2014 Academy of Business Research Conference in New Orleans March 26-28.



CRAIG D. HARRIS AND DAVID BOGGS
Craig D. Harris, MBA candidate; David Boggs, associate professor/assistant chair of management; and Yunus Kathawala and John Hayes, Gulf University for Science & Technology, presented their paper titled "What Influences Americans Versus Kuwaitis to Accept an International Assignment?" during the Academy of International Business-Midwest Meeting in Chicago, Ill., March 26-28.



INGYU CHIOU AND YIFAN LIU
Ingyu Chiou, professor; Zhenghong Hou, MBA alumnus; and Yifan Liu, MBA candidate, presented their paper titled "The Effects of Pilot Financial Deregulation in China: Evidence from Shanghai’s Free-trade Zone" during the Academy of Finance Conference in Chicago, Ill., March 26-28.



UPD OFFICERS PARTICIPATE IN DIVERSITY TRAINING -- PHASE II
As part of an ongoing institutional initiative, 14 EIU law enforcement officers from the University Police Department participated in a Diversity and Cultural Awareness Training Program on March 11, 2014, hosted by the East Central Illinois Mobile Law Enforcement Training Team. Topics of the training, presented by Ramon Barboza of Reno, Nev., included policing with cultural competency, leadership strategies for fair and impartial policing, understanding diversity-centered leadership, and leadership and the honor - nobility of policing.

In September 2013, EIU initiated a diversity training session for local law enforcement personnel in which 30 officers participated, 14 of whom were from EIU.

DANIEL P. NADLER, Vice President for Student Affairs
Posted: Mar 31, 2014

FY2015 PROPOSAL INITIATIVE FUND
Proposals for grants to the Proposal Initiative Fund (PIF) are due by noon Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The purpose of the Proposal Initiative Fund (PIF) is to support projects with potential to lead to significant external funding. Eligible projects include—but are not limited to—research, creative activity, service, curriculum development and outreach. All university personnel are welcome to apply for PIF grants. For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see here.

ROBERT CHESNUT, Research & Sponsored Programs
Posted: Mar 10, 2014

WRITE-ON-SITE TUESDAYS
If you are working on an article, a book chapter, a grant report or any other writing project, you might be interested in the "write-on-site" group that meets in the Faculty Development Office every Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. during the spring semester.

What does it mean to "write-on-site"? The term was coined by Kerry Ann Rockquemore (president and CEO of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity) and describes people coming together to work on their particular projects for two hours at least once a week. Although people are working on their own projects, writing together in one place can provide the accountability of showing up, cultivate the sense that we are part of a community of writers and help create that energy buzz that comes from being around others who are doing the same thing.

Please join us. Bring your laptop to the Faculty Development Office in Booth Library basement below the north entrance, check in, grab a cup of tea or coffee, and start working. For further information, call 581-7051.

WANDA KAY ROBINSON, Faculty Development
Posted: Dec 06, 2013

 

Miscellaneous

FY14 TELECOMMUNICATIONS CHARGES DEADLINE
It is that time to plan for year-end telephone moves, adds and changes. Any orders that have a completion date after May 31, 2014, will post to FY15. Please note: Standard orders can take up to 10 business days to be completed.

BECKY SHEW, Telecommunications/Panther Card Office
Posted: Apr 10, 2014

CONSIDER RUNNING FOR EIU CIVIL SERVICE COUNCIL
The Civil Service Council is the voice for all civil service non-negotiated employees at EIU. It is election time, and we are looking for representatives from:
District I (President’s Area, Vice President for University Advancement, Vice President for Academic Affairs) for a one-year term;
District II (Vice President for Business Affairs) for a two-year term; and
District III (Vice President for Student Affairs) for a one-year term.

Please consider running as a representative.

Elections are open to EIU employees who meet the following criteria: 1) permanent non-negotiated, 2) continuous non-union, 3) non-academic employee, and 4) not an off-campus contract appointment.

A nomination form can be obtained by visiting the council's website. The deadline to submit nominations is April 30, 2014. Nomination forms should be submitted to Angie Campbell, Student Insurance Office, or faxed to 581-7507. If you have any questions, please email arcampbell@eiu.edu or call 581-5299.

RHONDA E. NICHOLS, DBA/ITS/Civil Service Council Secretary
Posted: Apr 08, 2014

GTC SCHEDULE FOR THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF SPRING 2014 SEMESTER
Sunday, April 27: 2 p.m. to 1:45 a.m.
Monday, April 28: 6 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.
Tuesday-Thursday, April 29, 30 and May 1: 6 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.
Friday, May 2: 6 a.m. to midnight
Saturday, May 3: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, May 4: 10 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. Monday-Thursday, May 5-8: 6 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.
Friday, May 9: 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11: closed

CHAD P. ELLIOTT, GTC
Posted: Apr 07, 2014

HELP US TELL YOUR STORY TO THE WORLD
Is something interesting happening in your department, around your office or in your classroom? Tell us so that we can spread the good news. Let us know a couple of weeks in advance if at all possible, but let us know.

Here's a link to a special news tip form to help you get started. (See "News Tip Form" under "Recruitment and Retention Toolbox.") Or, you can email us the information at mediarelations@eiu.edu.

PATRICK M. EARLY, Communications, Marketing and Brand Strategies
Posted: Apr 05, 2014

2,485 NEW ITEMS ADDED TO BOOTH LIBRARY COLLECTIONS IN MARCH
During March, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 2,485 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 S BELL, Booth Library
Posted: Apr 03, 2014

RECORDS & INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (RIM) FYI
Good email management helps a state agency meet its legal requirements. Reducing the volume of emails that are not records is important because it allows users to find necessary information quicker and with less effort. Plus, your mail box uses less space.

The guidelines listed on the RIM website will provide useful tips. See here. Source: Illinois State Archives

CATHY L. KIMBALL, Records & Information Management
Posted: Apr 01, 2014

ALUMNI AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE JUNE 6
Nominations are being accepted now through Friday, June 6, for the 2014 Alumni Awards.

Distinguished Alumnus Award:
Established in 1973, the Distinguished Alumni Award is the most prestigious award which is bestowed by the Alumni Association. This award is presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves in either academic or literary fields, business, public service and/or service to the university and who, through their accomplishments and service, have brought prestige to their alma mater. Alumni nominated for this award must have celebrated at least their sixth class reunion. In the case of an alumna/us who has not graduated, class year would be determined by the year he or she would have graduated.

Louis V. Hencken Alumni Service Award:
First presented in 1988, the Alumni Service Award is presented to alumni who have repeatedly displayed outstanding voluntary service to the university. In 2007, the name was changed to the Louis V. Hencken Alumni Service Award in honor of Eastern's outgoing president. Lou Hencken served Eastern in a variety of administrative positions for more than 40 years and was named university president on Aug. 1, 2001. He retired from the presidency on June 30, 2007.

Outstanding Young Alumnus:
First presented in 1988, the Outstanding Young Alumna/us is presented to an alumna/us who is 35 years of age or younger and has excelled in a new career and/or public service.

Distinguished Educator Award:
Established in 2004, the Distinguished Educator Award is presented to alumni who have distinguished themselves in the field of K-12 education.

ERIN Q. CLEMONS, Alumni Services
Posted: Mar 28, 2014

HEALTH SERVICE PHARMACY OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS
Did you know that the Health Service Pharmacy has over-the-counter medications? Faculty, staff and students may purchase over-the-counter medications in the pharmacy, located in the Human Services Building. Check out the EIU Health Service website for a listing of available medications. (See here.)

AMANDA J. HARVEY, Health Service
Posted: Mar 17, 2014

EMAIL MANAGEMENT
Regularly scheduled disposal actions should be built into the email management workflow so that email volume does not build up unnecessarily. This not only reduces IT costs, but protects your agency from legal risk in the future. Remember, no records can be disposed of before the appropriate Records Disposal Certificate has been filed with and approved by the State Records Commission. If you are unsure about required procedures, please contact the EIU records manager with any questions regarding the process.

Source: Illinois State Records Commission

CATHY L. KIMBALL, Records and Information Management
Posted: Mar 12, 2014

YEAR-END PROCUREMENT DEADLINES
It is time to plan for your year-end procurements. In order to be compliant with purchasing laws, the following deadlines have been set. If you are unable to meet the following deadlines, notify the Department of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services immediately.

March 7 -- FY14 large purchase requisitions (greater than $40,000) must be completed and approved in the Banner system. All FY14 small purchase requisitions (less than $40,000) can be completed and approved in the Banner system at later dates. However, the Department of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services must be able to ensure items will be received and invoiced no later than Aug. 1.

June 6 -- Any FY14 travel applications that have not been encumbered must be received by the Department of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services.

June 27 (Noon) -- The cutoff date and time to order through OfficeMax for FY14. The OfficeMax website will not be available until July 1 for delivery July 2.

June 27 -- Any PCard transactions with a post date on PaymentNet through and including June 30 will post to FY14 on Banner. Any transactions that have a post date after June 30 will post to FY15.

July 10 -- All request for payments, invoices and travel vouchers must be received in the Department of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services. Unless they are significant to the university's financial statements, any invoices and travel vouchers received after this date will be processed against FY15 budgets.

SUSAN L. PROPST, Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services
Posted: Feb 28, 2014

 

Especially for Students (Official Notices)

STUDENT INSURANCE SUMMER 2014
Students who will not be enrolled in the Summer 2014 term are eligible to extend student insurance provided that the student was insured under the Student Insurance Plan for the Spring 2014 semester. The premium for Summer 2014 student insurance is $87.45. Coverage effective dates for Summer 2014 are June 16 through Aug. 20.

Students who do not intend to enroll for a minimum of nine on-campus hours in the summer may obtain coverage by submitting a completed enrollment form and making payment on or before June 13, 2014. Enrollment forms are available in the Student Insurance Office, second floor, east wing, Student Services Building, or by calling 581-5290.

Please note: Offices at the university close at noon on Fridays during the summer; therefore, completed enrollment forms and payment of $87.45 must be received in our office by noon Friday, June 13, 2014, to meet the published deadline.

KERI MARTI, Student Insurance
Posted: Apr 11, 2014

PART-TIME STUDENT INSURANCE
Summer 2014 students who are registered for six, seven or eight on-campus hours may purchase student insurance for the semester by obtaining an application from the Student Insurance Office prior to 4:30 p.m. June 23, 2014. The “Part-time Enrollment Form” can also be downloaded from the Student Insurance website. The cost is $87.45. 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: Apr 11, 2014

STUDENT INSURANCE WAIVER
The Summer 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. June 23, 2014, is the last date these forms will be accepted for the Summer 2014 term. For more information, call 581-5290.

KERI MARTI, Student Insurance
Posted: Apr 11, 2014

EIU STUDENT EMAIL AND OFFICE 365
On May 14, 2014, ITS will begin migrating current student email accounts to a new system powered by Office 365. This service will allow students greater email storage, plus online file storage space.

Additionally, students will have access to a full version of Office Pro Plus, at no cost to them, while they remain a student at EIU. More information about the migration process and timelines may be found here. An email will be sent to all students about this on April 9, 2014.

CAY A. KOLLING, Information Technology Services
Posted: Apr 07, 2014

FLORENCE KAPLAN FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
Applications are now being accepted for the Florence Kaplan Foundation Scholarship. This is awarded to a female student who is committed to the Jewish faith. The recipient must demonstrate that she is engaged in her faith community, has a GPA of 3.0 or higher and will be attending EIU full-time (12 semester hours). Preference is given to applicants with financial need. This award is paid during the fall semester. Applications may be picked up at the Neal Welcome Center, 860 W. Lincoln Ave., or get one here. Application deadline is May 5.

CRIS D. COSTANTINO, Scholarship Administrator
Posted: Mar 06, 2014

KATE BOOKER STAPP SCHOLARSHIP
Applications are currently being accepted for the Kate Booker Stapp Scholarship. Established in 1948, this scholarship serves to assist a female student who is a widow (or whose husband is incapacitated) and who has at least one child under the age of 18 living at home. The recipient should be teaching or be planning to teach. Students eligible to apply for this scholarship must be majoring in one of the following areas: early childhood education, elementary education, kinesiology and sports studies, master teacher, math education, middle level education, science with teacher certification, secondary education and foundations, social science teaching or special education. Please send applications to the Office of Financial Aid, Attn: Christine Edwards, no later than May 1, 2014. To secure an application, please go to this website.

CHRISTINE E EDWARDS, Financial Aid
Posted: Feb 01, 2014

 

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