Dec 07, 2012

 

Miscellaneous

HONORARY DEGREE NOMINATIONS SOUGHT
Nominations for honorary degrees are being accepted by the university's Honorary Degree Committee. Honorary degees may be awarded to persons who have achieved a record of major distinction at the state and/or national level in such areas as education, public service, research, humanities, business or the professions, or those who have made a contribution to the university or higher education. Nomination materials may be obtained by contacting the Office of University Advancement, 1031 Old Main, or online at http://www.eiu.edu/advancement. Completed nominations should be returned to the Office of University Advancement no later than Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

CHERYL L. GILBERT, University Advancement
Posted: Oct 03, 2012


FINAL GRADE SUBMISSION FOR FALL 2012 NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH D2L
Unfortunately, final grade submission from Desire2Learn to Banner will not be available for Fall 2012 grades as we had hoped. Ellucian, the parent company to Banner, could not guarantee that the interface between D2L and Banner would be completed by the time final grades are due. In addition, in order to integrate D2L with Banner, the consultants would also be required to change the integration between WebCT and Banner. Both were risks we could not take at this time. Therefore, faculty using Desire2Learn this term will be required to submit final grades manually to Banner. Faculty using WebCT this semester will still be able to submit final grades to Banner through the WebCT grade book. Beginning Spring 2013, we will only be using Desire2Learn. The real-time integration between D2L and Banner allowing grade submission will be available for the spring term. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. For questions, contact John Henderson, CATS, at jghenderson@eiu.edu or Kathy Reed, ITS, at ksreed@eiu.edu.

JULIE A. LOCKETT, Director of Instructional Technology Services, CATS
Posted: Oct 11, 2012


EXTENDED HOURS FOR THE GREGG TECHNOLOGY CENTER
It is getting close to the end of the Fall 2012 semester. The GTC will be extending its hours to accommodate students' busy schedules toward finals.

GTC Extended Hours Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 3-6: 6 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.
Will be open continuously from 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, through 2 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10
Also, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 10-13: 6 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 14: 6 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Good luck and hope to see you back in Spring 2013.

CHAD P. ELLIOTT, GTC
Posted: Nov 14, 2012


WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM HANDBOOK
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 (tntaylor@eiu.edu).

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 (tntaylor@eiu.edu).

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.

TIMOTHY N. TAYLOR, WAC
Posted: Nov 16, 2012


STAFF SENATE IS LOOKING FOR YOUR IDEAS
EIU's Staff Senate is looking for your ideas. Please take a moment to fill out the survey below. All answers are confidential. We are simply seeking our constituents' concerns/suggestions for our EIU community.

In order to participate in the survey, please click the link below. The survey will take approximately five minutes.

See this link.

Any questions, please contact Antoine Thomas at 581-8397.

ANTOINE THOMAS, Staff Senate
Posted: Nov 27, 2012


TESTING AND EVALUATION OFFICE HOURS DURING FINALS WEEK
The Office of Testing and Evaluation will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Dec. 10-13, and will resume regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) on Friday, Dec. 14. Please note that our night drop slot will no longer be available during finals week.

Please refer to our website for information regarding submitting exams, or call our office at 581-5986 prior to finals week.

As storage space is limited in our office, we ask that you please pick up exams as soon as possible after you are notified that they are ready. Thanks!

JENNIFER L. SMITH, Testing and Evaluation
Posted: Nov 27, 2012


PROPOSED REVISION TO BOARD REGULATION 1.F.3.
A proposed revision to Board Regulation 1.F.3. is presented for review to members of the campus community. Click here to view the proposed revision. The Board of Trustees conducted a first reading of the proposal on Nov. 9, 2012, and the Board is expected to discuss and possibly vote on the proposal at its next regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 18, 2013.

Members of the faculty, staff and student body may submit their views and comments in writing, via written correspondence or email, to the chairperson for distribution to the Board together with a recommendation for action on the proposal. Public comment at any Board meeting at which action is taken that is consistent with Board Regulations and the Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120/1, et seq., shall be permitted. Comments may be submitted to Cheryl Gilbert in the Office of the Vice President for University Advancement, located in Room 1031, Old Main, or to clgilbert@eiu.edu.

ROBERT L. MILLER, General Counsel
Posted: Nov 27, 2012


D2L IS COMING -- SPRING 2013 -- ARE YOU READY??
As previously announced, Desire2Learn will replace WebCT as the official EIU learning management system beginning with Spring 2013. WebCT will no longer be used for classes at the end of Fall 2012. Instructors will, however, be able to access WebCT to retrieve content and access grade information for previous classes until June 30, 2013.

GOT CONTENT IN WEBCT?
If you have content in WebCT which you want transferred to Desire2Learn, you must request to have the content migrated. Complete the request to have WebCT content migrated for use in D2L here.

ARE YOU READY FOR D2L?
Many instructors using D2L this semester have indicated ease of use and the fact that D2L is user friendly and more intuitive. However, due to the difference in the interface, the tools and the advanced features, training in Desire2Learn is highly recommended.

Desire2Learn TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:
-- Face-to-Face D2L workshops for faculty will continue through Dec. 7 at the end of fall term and resume on Jan. 3 for the spring term. Go here to view available workshops and to register.

-- Department/group training sessions or individual/one-on-one consultation sessions for D2L can be scheduled by contacting the CATS Training Center at 217-581-8452 or Antoine Thomas at 217-581-8397 or arthomas@eiu.edu.

-- Online, self-directed training tutorials for D2L are available for faculty and staff. Go here to request an account.

-- D2L orientation sessions for students are available beginning with the spring term. Contact Kim Ervin at 217-581-8358 or kservin@eiu.edu for more information.

JULIE A. LOCKETT, Director of Instructional Technology Services, CATS
Posted: Nov 28, 2012


CLASS PACKETS FOR SPRING 2013 SEMESTER
Now is the time to bring your class packets for Spring 2013 to Panther Print & Copy Center (Room 2055 of the MLK Jr. Union). We offer the lowest prices, the highest quality and the best customer service!

To ensure your packet is ready for the first day of classes, please bring your original to Panther Print & Copy Center no later than Wednesday, Dec. 19 (late arrivals will be completed as soon as possible on a first-come/first-served basis). Contact Jon Crask by calling 217-581-5334 or via email at jlcrask@eiu.edu.

Let Panther Print & Copy Center meet all your printing and copying needs this semester!

TED E. HART, MLK Jr. Union
Posted: Nov 30, 2012


DECEMBER IS CUSTOMER APPRECIATION MONTH AT PANTHER PRINT & COPY CENTER
At Panther Print & Copy Center, we appreciate our customers and the chance to serve our community and colleagues. To celebrate the holiday season, we want to show our appreciation by giving you and your department 5 percent off all orders. Please take advantage of this offer when ordering office stationary, business cards, signs, posters, banners, laminating, binding, color copies -- everything we offer. Place your order in December, receive 5 percent off, with our thanks. Contact Panther Print & Copy Center at 581-5334, or the Union Studio at 581-5611, if you have questions or need help placing your order. You can also email Jon Crask at jlcrask@eiu.edu, or Bonita Flynn at bjflynn@eiu.edu. Happy Holidays! And thank you, from the staff and students at Panther Print & Copy Center!

TED E. HART, MLK Jr. Union
Posted: Nov 30, 2012


CAMPUS HEATING/HOLIDAY BREAK TEMPERATURE REDUCTIONS
In an effort to lower campus heating costs, the administration has approved building temperature reductions for the heating months. Normal occupied building temperatures will be set to maintain 68 degrees minimum and should provide good general comfort conditions. Temperature set points during unoccupied times and during the holiday breaks will be set a few degrees lower beginning Dec. 22, 2012, through Jan. 1, 2013.

Campus partners are reminded to dress for the season and expect the cooler indoor temperatures. If there are any occupants who have a medically related need for supplemental heat, please contact Human Resources for an accommodation determination.

DAVID CROCKETT, Interim Director, Facilities Planning and Management
Posted: Dec 01, 2012


EMPTY BANKERS BOXES FOR RE-USE BY CAMPUS OFFICES
I have been offered a quantity of empty bankers boxes (that are in good shape; measurements of 12 inches by 15 inches by 10 inches) for re-use by campus offices. The boxes meet the storage requirements for the Records Storage Center.

If you are in need of banker boxes, please contact me at 581-3318 or via email.

CATHY L. KIMBALL, Records Management
Posted: Dec 03, 2012


PERSONAL PACKAGES
Mail that is not university related cannot be accepted nor delivered through Campus Mail Services. Doing so would constitute a misuse of state-paid service personnel.

PAMELA A. NEWBY, Mail Services Supervisor
Posted: Dec 06, 2012


THIS YEAR SAY HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH A GIFT CARD FROM EIU!
Give them a gift card they'll actually use this year! Dining Dollar Gift Cards are accepted at the University Food Court, Panther Pantry, Java Beanery & Bakery, all four residential dining centers and the Marketplace Convenience Centers (C-Stores) in Carman and Thomas halls.

Purchase your gift cards here or at the Office of University Housing and Dining Services, located in the lower level, west wing, of the MLK Jr. Union. Gift cards are available in increments of $5.

CHAD M. FRANKS, Publicity and Promotions Specialist
Posted: Dec 06, 2012


MANDATED REPORTER INFORMATION AND TRAINING
On June 27, 2012, the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA) was amended to include personnel of institutions of higher learning as mandated reporters in the state of Illinois. All faculty, staff and student workers became mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect when this amendment took place.

The Department of Children and Family Services provides online training to help individuals understand their reporting responsibilities. The training is highly recommended; however, it is optional and can be accessed here.

The training will allow you to save and return if you are unable to complete it at one sitting. Please remember your username and password if you should need to access the training at a future date.

For more information on reporting neglect or child abuse, the law and amendment, a link to the DCFS site, and the DCFS reporting number, please visit here. The Department of Children and Family Services will provide an on-campus informational session after the first of the year. More information will be communicated when the session is scheduled.

JULIE A. BENEDICT, Training and Development
Posted: Dec 06, 2012


CAMPUS-WIDE DELL AND APPLE ORDERS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
The Center for Academic Technology Support (CATS), Information Technology Services (ITS), the EIU Bookstore and Purchasing announce the open order period for both Dell and Apple campus-wide purchases for FY13. This order is for campus equipment only. Unfortunately, this is not an opportunity to make personal purchases.

Requests are now being taken through a new web form, which may be accessed here and must be submitted no later than Jan. 15, 2013. NO exceptions please! Prices listed are the maximum any particular configuration will cost. Final pricing will vary depending on the number of machines on the final order.

Because this form also covers inventory and purchasing needs, please submit an order form for each end user. In the case where a single end user is receiving two different pieces of equipment, please submit an order form for each configuration.

Each request will require your vice presidentís approval for both encumbering the funds as well as approval for the actual purchase. After the deadline for submission date of Jan. 15, 2013, we will notify your VP that all requests from his area are ready for approval online. He will be able to log in one time and process all approvals. This process is a great improvement from last yearís email procedure and should make things much more efficient for all parties concerned.

Another improvement to last yearís submission process is that you will now be able to review the information you have entered and make corrections prior to submitting your order.

Please direct any questions regarding order processing to Rhonda Brotherton, rfbrotherton@eiu.edu; Apple configurations to Mitch Coe, mhcoe@eiu.edu; or Dell PC configurations to David Emmerich, dpemmerich@eiu.edu.

RHONDA F. BROTHERTON, Administrative Aide, CATS
Posted: Dec 06, 2012


 


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