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Dec 07, 2012


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 deadline to return Fall 2012 textbooks is 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Textbook Rental Service will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 10 and 11; from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 12 and 13; and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14.

Please visit the Textbook Rental Service portion on PAWS to review a list of textbooks checked out to you for the current semester/term. A $20 per book late fine will be charged on textbooks returned after 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. All textbooks do not have to be returned at the same time. You may return textbooks that are no longer needed for your courses or that you are finished with at anytime during the semester, without incurring any charges, with the exception of those associated with dropped/withdrawn courses.

For your convenience after business hours, please utilize our exterior book drop located under the awning at the northeast corner of our facility.

In order to expedite the return process, we encourage students to bring their Panther ID Card. We recommend transporting your textbooks in a waterproof book bag or another type of protective method to and from our facility. Please visit our website here for current information and our textbook check-in process.

PLEASE NOTE: Late fines, per book, will be posted to individual student accounts immediately following the return deadline of 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. The five-day grace period to return late textbooks with a $20 per book fine will expire at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. All textbook charges will then be posted to the associated student account, in addition to the previously posted late fines. There will be no refunds.

Textbook distribution for Spring 2012 will begin Wednesday, Jan. 2.

CHRISTINA M. COFFEY, Textbook Rental Service
Posted: Dec 05, 2012

Spring Semester 2013 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 and making payment prior to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 2013, in the Student Accounts Office. The cost is $109.95. If necessary, payment can be made at the Student Insurance Office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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.

CHERYL Y. HOCHSTETLER, Student Insurance
Posted: Dec 06, 2012

Students who have an approved EIU Student Insurance Waiver and wish to re-enroll in the Student Insurance program for Spring 2013 may do so by completing a re-enrollment form and making payment of $109.95 by January 18, 2013 before 4:30 p.m. A minimum of 6 on-campus semester hours, or a graduate assistantship is required to qualify for re-enrollment. The insurance will become effective when the application and the required premium are received by the University within the deadline of January 18, 2013. For more information, contact the Student Insurance Office at 581-5290. Students enrolled in a combination of Continuing Education and regular on-campus classes should contact the Student Insurance Office for coverage eligibility prior to the deadline.

Posted: Dec 06, 2012

The spring 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 who meet eligibility criteria and can show proof of having health insurance equal to or better than the EIU student insurance may request the Waiver Form from the Student Insurance Office. The Waiver Form can also be downloaded from the Student Insurance website. A copy of your insurance company's outline of coverage or a copy of your medical ID card MUST be attached to the completed Waiver Form. Jan. 18, 2013, is the last date these forms will be accepted for the 2013 spring term. For more information, call 581-5290.

CHERYL Y. HOCHSTETLER, Student Insurance
Posted: Dec 07, 2012


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