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Phone: 217-581-7400
Fax: 217-581-8444

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Charleston, IL 61920

Mar 30, 2013



This fall WAC produced a Writing Across the Curriculum Handbook that provides guidelines, recommendations and ideas for assignments and activities that all faculty members can use. In addition, the appendix provides sample assignment sheets and writing-related handouts that you are welcome to use in your classes.

Until the WAC website moves to a newer template, the director of WAC will disseminate the handbook via email. If you're interested in getting a copy of the WAC handbook, please email Tim N. Taylor (

In the coming years, the WAC committee plans to solicit more sample assignments and activities to showcase in subsequent WAC handbooks. If you are interested in sharing any documents that facilitate a process approach to writing in your classes or if you have any sample writing-to-learn activities that work for you, please send them to the director of WAC (

We will collect assignments and activities this year for the 2013/2014 edition of the EIU WAC handbook. As in this edition, contributors' names will be noted in the table of contents.

Posted: Nov 16, 2012

The 2012-13 Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Handbook and Appendix is now available on the redesigned WAC website.

The handbook provides guidelines, recommendations and ideas for assignments and activities that all faculty members can use. In addition, the appendix provides sample assignment sheets and writing-related handouts that you are welcome to use in your classes.

In the coming years, the WAC committee plans to solicit more sample assignments and activities to showcase in subsequent WAC Handbooks. If you are interested in sharing any documents that facilitate a process approach to writing in your classes or if you have any sample writing-to-learn activities that work for you, please send them to the director of WAC (

This year, we will collect assignments and activities for the 2013/2014 edition of the EIU WAC Handbook. As in this edition, contributors' names will be noted in the table of contents.

TIM N. TAYLOR, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum
Posted: Jan 08, 2013

Spring Commencement 2013 ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Faculty members can place cap and gown orders online here. The Customer Number (12004257000) and Order Number (1911329) must be entered. If you have ordered before and your name isn't on their list, please enter your information as a new customer.

Faculty who order online can pick up their gowns between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, through Friday, May 3, in the Charleston/Mattoon Room, MLK Jr. Union. You are asked to pay the rental fee with debit, credit, cash or a check at that time.

If you have any questions, contact Marty Hackler at 581-6892 or (More Commencement information is available here). Please join us in celebrating the achievements of our graduates.

MARTHA L. HACKLER, Alumni Services
Posted: Jan 29, 2013

Central Stores will be conducting a campus-wide key audit. Following is the procedure for this audit.

Key Audit will begin March 15:
· Phase I: Central Stores staff will mail all instructions and a listing of the keys currently issued to employees in each department to the department chair. By April 19, the department chair or their designee is asked to respond and confirm the accuracy of their list and update all inaccuracies. Between April 22 and May 10, department chairs or their designee will be contacted by Central Stores for any listings not yet received in our office.

· Phase II: Central Stores staff will prepare a summary of the audit and all keying information. Central Stores staff will mail the summary of the audit to the appropriate dean, department chair or administrative officer to confirm the accuracy of the audit so they can decide if their areas are secure or if any re-keying at their expense should occur. Completion of Key Audit letter will be sent to Internal Auditor by July 1.

JO ANNE THILL, Central Stores
Posted: Feb 12, 2013

FY14 is open in Banner, and you may now begin putting on your FY14 requisitions. To enter FY14 requisitions, you must change the transaction date and delivery date to July 1, 2013.

Please note the following deadlines:
March 4
FY13 large purchase (greater than $40,000) requisitions or FY14 large purchase requisitions that need to be in place by July 1, 2013, must be completed and approved in the Banner system. If you are anticipating a large purchase, but are still in the planning stages and will not be able to meet this March 4, 2013, notify Procurement immediately. These dates are critical, in order to meet the deadlines imposed by the state.

April 26
All FY13 small purchase requisitions (less than $40,000) must be completed and approved in the Banner system. 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.

NOTE: All equipment purchases must have your vice president's approval prior to entering a requisition. Remember to send your vice president approval with your specifications for all equipment purchases.

We appreciate all departments’ cooperation and assistance in helping us close out the university’s fiscal year in a timely manner.

SUSAN L. PROPST, Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services
Posted: Feb 20, 2013

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 1 (President’s Area, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for University Advancement) -- two-year term; District 2 (Vice President for Business Affairs) -- one-year term; and District 3 (Vice President for Student Affairs) -- two-year term.

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

Nomination forms can be obtained by visiting the Civil Service Council Web site. Forms should be submitted by campus mail to John Sigler, Facilities Planning and Management, or faxed to 581-5716 no later than May 10. Questions? Please email or call 581-7221.

MICHELLE L. MORGAN, EIU Civil Service Council
Posted: Feb 25, 2013

During the month of February, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,424 new titles. 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 if you have any questions.

DAVID S. BELL, Booth Library
Posted: Mar 04, 2013

In keeping with the bylaws of the Honors Council, nominations, including self‐nominations, of faculty interested in serving a three-year term on the Honors Council are now being solicited. All tenured and tenure‐track Unit A members with experience in honors education are eligible for nomination with the following exceptions: persons scheduled to be absent from the campus for the following academic year or members of the committee whose terms have at least one year to run. Members of the Honors Council who have served two consecutive three-year terms and who are currently on the council are ineligible to serve a third consecutive term.

I am seeking nominations for three faculty positions on the Honors Council – two representing the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and one representing the College of Arts and Humanities.

After consultation with the provost, the dean of the Honors College will present the slate of nominees to the Council of Academic Affairs for its review. The Honors Council typically meets from 2 to 3 p.m. every other Thursday during the regular academic year.

Nominees should email a letter (in Word or PDF formats) stating their interest and qualifications to John Paul Stimac (, dean of the Honors College, by the close of business on Monday, April 1.

JOHN P. STIMAC, Dean, Honors College
Posted: Mar 04, 2013

The EIU Staff Senate has established a memorial to Greg Boyd who was a facilities employee of Eastern and a member of the Staff Senate.

The Staff Senate is looking to raise $1,000 to be able to honor Mr. Boyd with a tree and paver to be located near the maintenance building where he worked.

If you would like to make a donation, you may do so either by giving a personal check made out and sent to the EIU Foundation (noting Greg Boyd Memorial in the memo section) or through payroll deduction made payable in one month or multiple months. (Please note: If choosing to donate through payroll deduction and already donating to another fund, note a beginning and end date to donate to the Greg Boyd Memorial and then a continue/resume date to continue donations to the other fund.)

The paver and tree will not be installed until the balance due is paid in full. Anything over $1,000 will go to Booth Library in Greg Boyd’s name.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Angie Campbell at 581-5299.

ANTOINE THOMAS, President, Staff Senate
Posted: Mar 07, 2013

EIU seniors and freshmen have been invited to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). This survey takes about 15 minutes for students to complete, using any computer with an Internet connection. Survey results will provide the university with a wealth of information about how our students spend their time in and out of class, and how they value these experiences.

We hope that you will encourage your students to provide feedback that will help us improve the undergraduate experience at EIU.

Click here to view a sample NSSE survey.

MARY C. HERRINGTON-PERRY, Assistant VP for Academic Affairs
Posted: Mar 13, 2013

Phishing is the Number 1 cyber-security threat facing EIU. Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to steal sensitive information such as passwords and financial details. Information Technology Services’ Information Security unit is working to educate the campus community about the dangers of phishing. If you receive a suspicious email asking you for personal information or your password, do not click on any link contained in the message or respond to the sender. Instead, forward the message to the Information Security unit at To keep informed about recent phishing scams at Eastern, follow Information Security’s Twitter feed at EIU_InfoSec.

MICHAEL A. GIOIA, Assistant Director of Information Security -- ITS
Posted: Mar 20, 2013

The Interdisciplinary Center for Global Diversity awards EIU faculty presenting original research/creative activity at a conference or participating in a refereed scholarly workshop in keeping with the ICGD’s mission: promoting a greater awareness of global diversity and interdisciplinary approaches to African-American, Asian, Latin-American and Women’s Studies.

Grants are for reimbursement of documented travel expenses up to $500. Upon completion of travel, recipients will present the funded projects at an ICGD interdisciplinary symposium.

Individuals may submit one application per semester and are eligible to receive one award per academic year. Funds must be used for travel expenses incurred as per EIU policies for activities occurring between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.

For Spring 2013 competition, all applicants must complete the online application form and submit a signed Travel Application Form, along with all supporting materials, to James Ochwa-Echel, director, ICGD (3165 Blair Hall), by 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2013. If travel has already been completed, the applicant must submit both a Travel Voucher and a signed Travel Application Form. (All necessary paperwork to process the reimbursement request for successful candidates must be submitted by Friday, April 26, 2013. If the travel takes place between April 26 and June 30, 2013, please contact Ochwa-Echel at 217-581-5719 for instruction regarding the reimbursement process.)

Please answer the questions concisely, keeping the interdisciplinary nature of the center in mind. Incomplete, multiple or late applications will not be considered. The ICGD’s Grants Committee will review applications and forward its recommendations to the ICGD director.

Questions? Please contact Ochwa-Echel at 217-581-5719.

CONNIE CLARKSON, Clerk/Africana Studies
Posted: Mar 21, 2013

Please note that the Staff Senate will conduct its annual elections electronically on April 29 and 30.

Open positions include:
Two positions from Union 981,
One position from negotiated physical plant,
One position from the University Police Department,
One position from contract appointment or grant funded, and
One position from non-negotiated (excluding non-negotiated trades).

If you are interested in becoming a staff senator from one of these areas, please contact Tina Jenkins, Booth Library, 581-6091; Tammy Miller, Booth Library, 581-7558; Michelle Morgan, School of Family and Consumer Sciences, 581-6076; Jessica Ward, Residential Life, 581-7699; or Zoraida Irizarry to request a nomination petition. Or you may email for a petition.

Nomination petitions must be filed by 3 p.m. April 8.

Staff Senate meetings are open to the public and questions or comments are appreciated.

TINA JENKINS, Chair Election Committee, Staff Senate
Posted: Mar 27, 2013

The Office of Testing and Evaluation requests that any scannable Blue (T-1) or Green (T-1) forms that are not going be used during the remainder of the current semester be delivered to our office at Ninth Street Hall. If you have any questions, please call 581-5986. Thanks.

JENNIFER L. SMITH, Office of Testing and Evaluation
Posted: Mar 27, 2013

This year for Earth Day (April 22), Earthwise is planning several events. We would like to advertise your Earth Day events, as well. Please submit your Earth Day events to the Office of Energy and Sustainability at to be included in the Earth Day advertisements. Submissions must be received by April 8 to be included.

RYAN W. SIEGEL, Campus Energy and Sustainability Coordinator/Facilities Planning and Management
Posted: Mar 28, 2013


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