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Phone: 217-581-7400
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Charleston, IL 61920

Jan 21, 2013


Especially for Students (Official Notices)

The Darwin Day Committee is please to accept entries from students interested in competing for the 2013 Stephen Jay Gould Award. The competition for this award is open to all students, undergraduate and graduate, regardless of their department and major.

Charles Darwin is often cited as an example of a person whose ideas “revolutionized” the way we view and understand our world. The topic to be addressed in essays submitted for the 2013 Stephen Jay Gould Award is "the impact of Darwin’s theory of evolution on particular academic fields of inquiry."

In your paper, you must address how Darwin's ideas, specifically those on evolution and natural selection, have impacted a particular discipline (e.g., sociology, political science, economics, biology, chemistry, philosophy, etc.). If you prefer, you may also include more than one discipline to broaden the scope of your paper. The paper must focus on the effect (such as causing or influencing a paradigm shift within a discipline) of Darwin's ideas on an academic discipline, not simply iterate a description of the particulars of Darwin's theory.

Submit the following items to the Darwin Day Committee in the Department of Biological Sciences' main office (Room 2070, Life Sciences Building): one typed, double-spaced copy of your paper, and a letter of nomination from an Eastern Illinois University faculty member that supports the quality of your paper. The submission deadline is noon on Monday, Jan. 28.

For additional information and evaluation criteria, please consult this website.

STEPHEN J. MULLIN, Biological Sciences
Posted: Nov 13, 2012

The “Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity” program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research. The awards program encourages students to utilize the wealth of information available at Booth Library to enhance their studies. These awards are not intended to duplicate or replace any other standing campus awards. Selected entries will become a part of Booth Library's Student Research and Creativity Collection.

The Booth Library “Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity” program is open to all Eastern Illinois University students. Each award consists of a certificate and a cash prize (up to $300). Certificates of Merit or Honorable Mention may be presented to selected additional entries.

The 2013 guidelines and application form can be found on Booth Library’s website here. Entries should be delivered to the Administration Office, Room 4700, Booth Library, no later than March 18, 2013. Recipients will be selected by April 3, 2013, and the winners will be announced during National Library Week, April 14-20, 2013. Works submitted for competition must have been completed within the last 12 months.

Posted: Jan 02, 2013

Applications are being sought for the EIU Parents Club Scholarship. The scholarship recipient shall be enrolled and a full-time student at EIU for the Fall 2013 semester. Applicants must have at least an overall 2.0 grade point average and must have earned 12 or more credit hours from EIU. Selection of the scholarship recipients will be made by the EIU Parents Club Scholarship Committee, based on financial need, academic achievement and community involvement.

The online application form is available on the Parents Club website. Completed applications with required documentation must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, to the Office of Student Programs, Room 3065.

DENISE R. LOVE, Administrative Aide, Office of Student Programs
Posted: Jan 03, 2013

All students scheduled to student teach in Fall 2013 must have a Criminal Background Investigation run through the Illinois State Police, based on fingerprinting. A fingerprint technician from Accurate Biometrics will be on campus on selected dates during Spring 2013. The following dates have been scheduled: Jan. 16 (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.); Jan. 22 (10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.); Jan. 30, Feb. 5, 14, 20, 26 (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.); March 6 (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.); March 27 (10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.); April 9 (1 to 5 p.m.); and April 23 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Check the Student Teaching website for additional information concerning fingerprinting.

JAMES KESTNER, Chair, Dept. of Student Teaching and Clinical Experiences
Posted: Jan 03, 2013

Pre-placement interviews for all Fall 2013 student teachers will be held on campus Thursday, Jan. 31, in the University Ballroom and the Student Teaching Suite. All students planning to student teach Fall 2013 must meet with their assigned coordinator during this time. Registration is required by signing up in the Student Teaching Office (2418 Buzzard). Registration dates are Jan. 14-18. Fingerprinting sign-up lists will also be available (in hallway at Student Teaching Dept. entrance) for student appointments.

BETTY CARR, Dept. of Student Teaching and Clinical Experiences
Posted: Jan 04, 2013

Health Service does not provide written excuses for class or work absence. Only faculty or an employer may excuse a student from class or work obligations. Health Service practitioners will recommend absences for prolonged or serious illnesses. This documentation may come from Health Service or the Office of the Registrar, depending on the duration of the recommended absence. The Health Service will not accommodate visits for the sole purpose of obtaining verification of a visit to the Health Service. If requested by an instructor or employer, patients may obtain medical documentation from the Health Service. Medical documentation is generally available within two business days.

Questions should be directed to Lynette Drake at

ERIC S. DAVIDSON, Associate Director, Health Service
Posted: Jan 07, 2013

Students must attend a meeting to formally apply for University Admission to Teacher Education and to initiate the selection process. The College of Education and Professional Studies schedules meetings each semester. The required formal application form is distrubuted and collected at the meetings, and the rules and regulations concerning selection, admission to and retention in teacher education are explained. Students who have not previously applied must attend a meeting.

The follow meetings are available Spring Semester 2013 to initiate the process: Tuesday, Jan. 29 (6-7 p.m.); Monday, Feb. 18 (5-6 p.m.); Thursday, March 28 (7-8 p.m.); and Wednesday, April 10 (6-7 p.m.). Registration is NOT required. All meetings are held in 1501 Buzzard Hall.

DOUGLAS J. BOWER, Associate Dean/College of Education and Professional Studies
Posted: Jan 08, 2013

Students who will be juniors or seniors (earned at least 60 hours) in Fall 2013 are encouraged to apply to be a peer leader for University Foundations, Eastern's freshman seminar course. Peer leaders must have a 3.0 GPA at the time of application, maintain that GPA through the Fall '13 semester, be active on campus, and interested in teaching and mentoring freshmen. Peer Leaders must be available for training on May 3 and Aug. 14, 2013. Peer leaders are paired with an instructor; courses are taught for 50 minutes twice a week between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Applications are due by March 5. Additional information about the course and applications are available here. Any questions may be directed to Karla Sanders.

KARLA SANDERS, Executive Director, Center for Academic Support and Assessment
Posted: Jan 15, 2013

Secondary Education and Foundations scholarship applications for the 2013/2014 academic year are now available on the departmental website.

The following scholarships will be awarded: Thomas R. Drury Scholarship (graduate students pursuing a career in education), Alice Groff Pennybacker Scholarship (full-time students seeking secondary certification with a 2.5 minimum GPA; preference given to Lawrence County graduates), Secondary Education Telefund Scholarship (undergraduate secondary education students seeking teacher certification with 3.0 minimum GPA, or graduate students with a 3.5 minimum GPA), Errett and Mazie Warner Presidential Award (graduate/undergraduate students pursuing a career in education with a minimum GPA of 3.0), Moler-Austin Scholarship (undergraduate education students with at least 60 semester hours and a 3.0 minimum GPA; preference given to English majors and Coles County graduates), and the Lou and Mary Kay Hencken Scholarship (full-time student with at least 60 hours and a minimum 2.75 GPA; preferably a CTE major; must be from Coles, Douglas, St. Clair, Macoupin or Montgomery counties, and must reside in university housing).

Applications for these scholarships are also available in 2147 Buzzard Hall. The deadline to turn in applications and any additional required documentation is 4:30 p.m. on March 8, 2013.

Questions? Call the SED/EDF office at 217-581-5931.

BARBARA K. CATRON, Secondary Education and Foundations
Posted: Jan 15, 2013

Applications are currently being accepted for the McKenna Secondary Education Scholarship. Eligible applicants include full-time junior- or senior-level students who are enrolled in the field of English or history and who are pursuing secondary teaching certification. Applicants must be currently enrolled in or have completed at least one education course required for secondary teaching certification and shall have a 3.1 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Applicants shall have demonstrated an interest in research either in his/her major field or in secondary education. Financial need is not considered. Applications, along with a letter of recommendation from a professor in the applicant’s field of study, should be sent to the Office of Financial Aid, attention to Christine Edwards, no later than Feb. 8, 2013. Applications can be located here.

Posted: Jan 16, 2013


CATS Training Services kicks off training sessions for students next week. Below is the schedule of sessions being offered. All sessions are free to students and held at the Gregg Technology Center which is located directly west of Booth Library. For more information about each session or to register, visit here, then choose "Workshop Registration."

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Qualtrics (survey development)

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 4:45-6 p.m., SPSS (statistical software)

Thursday, Jan. 24, 4-5 p.m., Premiere Basics (video editing)

KIM ERVIN, Center for Academic Technology Support (CATS)
Posted: Jan 18, 2013


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