Jan 18, 2017

 

News from Old Main

NORMAN NAMED ASSOCIATE VP FOR ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
I am pleased to announce that Josh Norman will serve as associate vice president for enrollment management. This position is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and administering an effective enrollment management program. It was our goal to make the best decision we possibly could make in this appointment, and I am confident we have done so. Mr. Norman brings great enthusiasm, energy, creative and analytic skills to this position, and I know that you will join with me in welcoming him to this position and the significant responsibilities that go with it.

The appointment takes effect starting the week of Jan. 16. Mr. Norman’s office will be located in the Room 1010, Old Main.

BLAIR LORD, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Posted: Jan 13, 2017

LUKE BRYAN 2016 FARM TOUR TO BENEFIT FOUR EIU-BOUND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Country music singer/songwriter Luke Bryan spent the majority of his life thinking he would work in agriculture.

"Farming is pretty brutal, but you know it's also a very fulfilling life,” he once said in an Associated Press interview. “I could have farmed the rest of my life and really had a fun, happy enjoyable life."

Instead, he chose to concentrate on his music. And, “I think I picked the right profession,” he added.

The Georgia-born megastar – and the son of a peanut farmer -- didn’t forget his roots, however. Bryan launched the first of what has become an annual tradition – the Luke Bryan Farm Tour – in 2009, and has since performed before hundreds of thousands of fans in farm-based venues throughout the south. In turn, ticket sales proceeds from those concerts have generated dozens of scholarships for local college students from within the communities the tour visits.

College-bound individuals from the east-central Illinois region who plan to attend Eastern Illinois University will be among the latest to reap financial benefit from Bryan’s efforts. Four local students will receive a one-time $2,000 EIU Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship, made possible, in part, through Bryan’s Oct. 15, 2016, Farm Tour performance in Effingham.

Please see here for more on the story.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Jan 13, 2017

 

Meetings/Events

SAFE-ZONE TRAININGS HOSTED BY CENTER FOR GENDER AND SEXUAL DIVERSITY
The Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity (formerly known as the LGBTQA+ Resource Center) is hosting Safe Zone trainings for the EIU community (including staff and students) to participate in. The Safe Zone trainings are part of the Safe Zone Project, which was created to address the concerns of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, pansexual and ally community at EIU and the surrounding area. The Safe Zone Project is a way to reach out to these students and welcome them in all areas of the EIU community. Safe Zones are areas on and around campus where supportive people provide information and work toward the elimination of myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes.

This semester, the Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity is offering a variety of Safe Zone trainings including Safe Zone Core, Beyond Bystander (Ally/Advocate Training), Bisexual/Pansexual, Trans 101, LGBTQA+ History, and Asexual. Click here to to sign up for a specific training you are interested in.

VANTASIA JOE, Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity (LGBTQA Resource Center)
Posted: Jan 17, 2017

REGISTRATION ACCEPTED FOR TARBLE SPRING CLASSES
Tarble Arts Center spring art classes begin Feb. 24. Offered for children are "Adventures in Art" (ages 4-6), taught by Tara Starling; "Explorations in Art" (ages 7-9) and "Exploring 2-D Media" (ages 10-14), led by Mary Magee; and Friday classes for home-schooled youths ages 4-14, taught by Kit Morice. For teens and adults (ages 15+), offerings include "Glass Bead Making" led by Dave Hunter; "Investigations in Drawing and Painting", Reagan Carey, instructor; and "Woodland Wall Pockets," taught by Karen Reed. Contact the Tarble at tarble@eiu.edu or 217-581-2787 for complete information. Online registration is available here.

KATHRYN MORICE, Tarble Arts Center
Posted: Jan 13, 2017

ACADEMY OF LIFELONG LEARNING SPRING 2017 OFFERINGS
The EIU Academy of Lifelong Learning offers non-credit learning events for adults of all ages, with the purpose of keeping our brains nimble and adept. See the spring program guide here.

The Academy began at EIU in 2007 and now offers a wide variety of programs on topics that cover current events, the environment, history, wellness, culture and fine arts. The goal of the Academy is to provide educational opportunity for dialogue that helps individuals develop abilities to cope with the relentless change in our world. Single-session and multi-session classes are options, depending on the topic. A number of distinguished Eastern faculty and local area experts have taught classes over the years. Most classes are offered without charge, with a few exceptions. Discounted tickets for many Doudna performances are available to members. A gift Academy membership makes a unique present for friends or family that love to learn.

Academy of Lifelong Learning, 2201 Blair Hall; 217-581-5114

MARITA METZKE, Coordinator, Academy of Lifelong Learning
Posted: Jan 12, 2017

BOOTH LIBRARY TO OFFER TOURS
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 four 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 4 p.m. Jan. 9-Feb. 2.

Tours are also offered by appointment. Contact a reference librarian at 581-6072 to schedule a tour.

During the fall semester, Booth Library's regular hours will be from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday.

For more information on the library, visit the website; call 581-6072; or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Jan 06, 2017

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES
-- 1 to 6 p.m . Wednesday, Jan. 11, MLK Jr. Union University Ballroom; sponsored by Tau Beta Sigma

-- 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, Lawson Hall

-- 1 to 5 p.m. Friday. Jan 27, Andrews Hall

Please donate and help save lives!

STEVE LANE, EIUARC Blood Drive Committee
Posted: Jan 06, 2017

 

Professional Development

CALL FOR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM PROPOSALS
The Office of Study Abroad has opened its annual call for faculty-led program proposals. Any faculty member interested in developing and leading a program during calendar year 2018 (spring break, summer, other) is welcome to submit a proposal here. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2017. Questions can be directed to Kurt Olausen at krolausen@eiu.edu, or 581-3390.

KURT R. OLAUSEN, Office of Study Abroad
Posted: Jan 17, 2017

 

Human Resources

SURS RETIREMENT COUNSELORS ON CAMPUS
SURS will have retirement counselors on campus on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. If you wish to speak to a SURS representative on this date, they are now accepting appointments. Please call 800-275-7877 to obtain the necessary forms for your appointment or log into your member account from the SURS Web page to complete the form online. Upon completion, please return the form to SURS via fax at 217-378-9800 or mail to the address that is provided on the form. Once received, SURS will then contact you to schedule a counseling appointment. Appointments will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Returning the forms in a timely manner will help to ensure an appointment time. 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 --Any age with 30 or more years of qualifying service An eligible employee is entitled to an appointment or estimate every 12 months.

AMANDA ZUCCO, Benefit Services
Posted: Jan 06, 2017

ANNUAL PRUDENTIAL LONG-TERM DISABILITY RATE INCREASES
The annual Prudential calculations have been completed and updated in Banner. You may notice a change in payroll deduction amounts. Premium increases were effective Dec. 1, 2016. Premium costs are based on salary and age factors. A change in either or both over the course of the previous 12 months will result in a change in premiums.

AMANDA K. ZUCCO, Human Resources
Posted: Dec 23, 2016

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

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

 

Employment Opportunities

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Research and Creative Activity

GAIL RICHARD
Gail Richard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, took office as the 2017 president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) on Jan. 1. In this role, Richard works to advance the objectives of ASHA and its 186,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.

Richard has been on the faculty at Eastern in communication disorders and sciences for 35 years, including 14 years as department chair. She retired from the teaching faculty in May 2014 to serve as director of a new initiative—the Autism Center on the EIU campus. In her current work with the Autism Center, she conducts evaluations, consultations and educational workshops.

“I am honored, humbled, and excited to serve ASHA members as their president in 2017," said Richard. “It is a wonderful opportunity to encourage greater awareness of the impact communication disorders have on the lives of those served by ASHA members as well as foster progress in cross-disciplinary collaboration."



CFR FUNDING FOR SUMMER 2017 PROJECTS
2017 SUMMER RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY GRANT COMPETITION -- DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017

In accordance with the 2012-2017 EIU-UPI Unit A agreement, Summer Research and Creative Activity Awards are available this year. The awards are for research and creative activity projects conducted between the end of the spring semester and Aug. 31, 2017, by tenured/tenure track faculty in Bargaining Unit A. Approximately 20 awards of $4,000 each in the form of personal services payments will be granted. Faculty who wish to apply for funding should apply online (see here) or hand deliver their proposal to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 1102 Blair Hall, no later than noon on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Researchers who have previously received a CFR grant and/or Summer Research and Creative Activity Award should make sure all progress/final reports are on file in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. To obtain a copy of the application materials, please visit our website. Applicants should be sure to use the most current application forms. If you have any questions, please contact Bob Chesnut (rwchesnut@eiu.edu) at 581-8453.

ROBERT W. CHESNUT, Director, Research and Sponsored Programs
Posted: Dec 13, 2016

 

Miscellaneous

CAMPUS TONER COLLECTION
The Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteerism is glad to collect empty toner cartridges and recycle them. If you are interested in participating in our program, please fill out this online form. We will collect toner from across campus monthly or as needed. If you have any questions, please call Beth or Crystal at 581-3967.

CRYSTAL M. BROWN, Civic Engagement and Volunteerism
Posted: Jan 04, 2017

2016 OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIST NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
The EIU Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Philanthropist. The award is bestowed upon individuals and organizations who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to the academic and cultural well-being of Eastern by providing sustaining financial support through lifetime contributions, and pledges or planned gifts as well as service to the university and the community. The deadline for submission is Jan. 31, 2017.

Nomination forms are available on the Foundation website. For more information, please contact Nancy Zytka at 217-581-7388.

NANCY R. ZYTKA, EIU Foundation
Posted: Jan 04, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Especially for Students (Official Notices)

DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR EIU SUMMER STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS
The deadline to apply for EIU's faculty-led study abroad programs is Feb. 3, 2017. If you are interested in participating in any of these programs, we must have a completed application by that date. Visit our website and click on "EIU Faculty-Led Programs" to explore the options, and get started!

KURT R. OLAUSEN, Office of Study Abroad
Posted: Jan 17, 2017

BOOTH LIBRARY AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN STUDENT RESEARCH AND CREATIVITY
The Booth Library Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity program is open to all EIU students. Each award consists of a certificate and a cash prize (up to $300). Certificates may be presented for those receiving honorable mention.

The Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research. The awards program encourages students to use the wealth of information available at Booth Library to enhance their studies. Selected entries will become a part of Booth Library's Student Research and Creativity Collection.

The student entry may be a written work, art piece, exhibit, musical work, documentary, performance or another format.

The 2017 guidelines, application and form can be found on Booth Library's website. For more information, call 581-6061.

Entries should be delivered to the Administration Office, Room 4700, Booth Library, no later than March 24. Recipients will be selected by April 7, and the winners will be announced during National Library Week, April 10-14. Works submitted for competition must have been completed within the last 12 months.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Jan 13, 2017

NON-NEGOTIATED CIVIL SERVICE COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR
Applications are being sought for the Non-Negotiated Civil Service Council Scholarship. This scholarship was started to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the EIU Civil Service Council. Applicants who receive financial assistance or tuition waivers are encouraged to apply. The scholarship is intended to assist with tuition, fees or other costs associated with attending EIU (such as housing, supplies, daycare, gas, etc.). The award is payable in Fall 2017 to the recipient's student account, and any remaining amount will be disbursed to the recipient. Fall 2017 enrollment must be verified before scholarship is awarded.

The recipient must: 1) be a former, current or retired non-negotiated civil service employee, or a child or grandchild of a former, current or retired non-negotiated civil service employee; 2) be a current or incoming freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate EIU student and enrolled in a minimum of six semester hours; and 3) maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and good academic standing. (High school seniors accepted to EIU shall enroll in a minimum of six semester hours of coursework and be ranked in the top 25 percent of their class.) Financial need shall be the determining factor if all other qualifications are equal. Applications are being accepted online here. The deadline is May 31, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Morgan (581-6076) or email mlmorgan@eiu.edu.

MICHELLE L. MORGAN, EIU Civil Service Council
Posted: Jan 04, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

STUDENT INSURANCE WAIVER
Student Insurance provides the student worldwide protection, 24 hours a day. The plan has a $50 deductible per diagnosis and pays up to 80 percent of eligible expenses for physician and hospital expenses, lab and x-ray, surgery, ambulance transport, physical therapy, maternity expenses, mental health and substance abuse issues. The Student Insurance plan now covers most service fees at the Health Service and reduces copays for prescription medications at the Health Service Pharmacy.

Unlike an HMO or PPO, the plan does not have a network, giving students a choice in their care, and provides coverage for treatment the student receives while they are at home, at school, and wherever they may travel. When you have other insurance, the plan coordinates with the primary carrier. Student Insurance is an economical way to reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket expenses when family health plans do not cover 100 percent of medical costs because of deductibles, co-payment amounts, limitations on specific benefits, and out-of-network penalties. The Student Insurance Plan complements the family health plan. Most students find it beneficial to carry both, particularly if the family plan has a deductible and/or coinsurance.

The Spring 2017 Student Insurance fee will be automatically assessed to students enrolled in nine or more on-campus hours, graduate assistants under contract to the university, and international students who are enrolled in a minimum of three on-campus hours. Students with other insurance coverage may request a waiver of the Student Insurance fee if their other coverage is a PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) compliant plan. Students will be required to complete a Waiver Form and provide a copy of their insurance card. The Waiver Form is available in the Student Insurance Office and on the Student Insurance website. Jan. 23, 2017, is the last date these forms will be accepted for Spring 2017 term. For more information, call 581-5290.

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

PART-TIME STUDENT INSURANCE FOR PART-TIME, ONLINE AND OFF-CAMPUS STUDENTS
Student Insurance provides the student worldwide protection 24 hours a day. The plan has a $50 deductible per diagnosis and pays up to 80 percent of eligible expenses for physician and hospital expenses, lab and x-ray, surgery, ambulance transport, physical therapy, maternity expenses, mental health and substance abuse issues. The Student Insurance Plan now covers most service fees at the Health Service and reduces copays for prescription medications at the Health Service Pharmacy.

Unlike an HMO or PPO, the plan does not have a network, giving students a choice in their care, and provides coverage for treatment the student receives while they are at home, at school, and wherever they may travel.

Student Insurance is an economical way to reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket expenses when family health plans do not cover 100 percent of medical costs because of deductibles, co-payment amounts, limitations on specific benefits, and out-of network penalties. The Student Insurance Plan complements the family health plan. Most students find it beneficial to carry both, particularly if the family plan has a deductible and/or coinsurance.

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

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

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

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

 

EIU in the News

JANUARY 2017
From the JG/TC -- "EIU Professor: Contemporary Issues, Obama Inspire Continued King Following" -- Jan. 17, 2017

From the Effingham Daily News -- "Eastern Illinois University President Encourages Students to Remain in State" -- Jan. 6, 2017



DECEMBER 2016
From the JG/TC -- "EIU Alum Pushes New Graduates to be Curious" -- Dec. 18, 2016

From the Champaign News Gazette -- "Top of the Morning" -- Dec. 17, 2016

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