Don't stop stressing! Stress is a part of our everyday lives. Come learn skills and strategies to help you manage your stress levels. We'll chat about time management, selfcare, mindfulness, and much more!
April 24th at 3 p.m. in the Effingham Room
The most distinguished seniors at EIU are individuals who have enriched the university community with their active involvement in all facets of campus life. The Distinguished Senior Award recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding character and leadership through academic achievement, campus and community involvement, and/or extra-curricular honors or awards. To apply for this honor, students must meet the following criteria:
Nominations and applications for the 2024 Distinguished Senior Awards must be submitted by Friday, March 29, 2024. If you have any questions regarding the awards please contact Koty Gough at (217) 581-7053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Permalink
Pedagogy Day 2024, a new one-day conference hosted at Eastern Illinois University. The purpose of this event is to cultivate a space where faculty and instructors can explore, share, and engage with proven effective practices for teaching and learning at the university level.
Inspired by the large learning strides possible through small instructional design and teaching adjustments, the theme for Pedagogy Day 2024 is “Small Changes with Big Impacts”. This theme draws support from the book “Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning,” by Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel who argue that many common teaching and learning habits, such as massed practice, rereading or cramming, and the “fire hose” method of lecturing are counterproductive. Rather, with small changes rooted in the learning sciences applied to instructional design and teaching, content retention, retrieval, and ultimately learning outcomes can improve.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Andrew C. Butler, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor of Education and Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Butler is interested in the malleability of memory – the cognitive processes and mechanisms that cause memories to change or remain stable over time.
Butler's research focuses on how the process of retrieving memories affects the content (e.g., events, specific details, narrative structure, etc.) and phenomenological characteristics (e.g., confidence, emotional intensity, vividness, etc.) of those memories. His program of research addresses both theoretical issues in cognitive psychology and practical applications to education and mental health.
Please save this date - March 14, 2024 - registration will open in January 2024.Permalink
WEIU Kids Day on the campus of Eastern Illinois University will be held on Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon inside Buzzard Hall. The physical address for the event is 1920 9th Street, Charleston, Illinois.
WEIU, a PBS affiliate station, will showcase PBS Kids characters Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat as the main character attractions at this year’s Kids Day for the community. Be sure to bring your cameras for a meet and greet opportunity at this free family fun event. Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center provided funding for the Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat characters.
Several businesses, groups, and organizations will take part in this free event including: True Force Martial Arts, Child Care Resource and Referral, Dance Life, SBLHC Healthy Kids Car “Healthy Hero,” Cub Scout Pack 41, Mid-Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mattoon Area Family YMCA, Douglas-Hart Nature Center, Mattoon Public Library, Charleston Parks and Recreation Department, HOPE of East Central Illinois, Phoenix Elite, Bunches of Treasures Art Studio, Fit-2-Serve, EIU Sky Watch Weather, Camp New Hope, Charleston Fire Department, Charleston Police Department, Urban Butterfly Initiative, EIU Chemistry Dept RSO ACSSA, EIU World and Language Cultures, EIU Police Department, and an appearance from Billy the Panther. More participants may attend as we continue to confirm participation.
Arts and crafts; including princess wand and knight shield making activities; face painting, and games/prizes will be available to children. There will also be a live Hit-Mix 88.9 WEIU broadcast, in addition to event music that will lead to a couple of dance contests with the children.
Ke’an Armstrong, Publicity/Promotions Associate for WEIU, said that she is happy to see several community organizations participate in this event. Each organization will offer an interactive educational activity for the children as well.
"We always receive lots of positive comments from community members during the event, such as, 'I am glad to see the university offering events such as this for the community' and 'having a local public broadcasting station is such an added value to the area,'" Armstrong said. She shared that WEIU’s mission is to serve the university and the rest of the communities in WEIU's 22-county broadcast viewing area.
WEIU invites the community to attend Kids Day to enjoy a fun time thanks those who will set up booths and activities, those who have taken part in the planning, and EIU staff.
Funding for Kids Day is provided in part by: City of Charleston Tourism Fund; Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center; EIU Office of Civic Engagement & Volunteerism; Coles County Sanitation & Recycling; Harris Metals & Recycling; Cooper Bumpus Insurance Agency; Auto, Truck, and Farm Repair; and other local oncoming underwriters.Permalink
Don't stop stressing! Stress is a part of our everyday lives. Come learn skills and strategies to help you manage your stress levels. We'll chat about time management, selfcare, mindfulness, and much more!
March 6th at 3 p.m. in the Effingham RoomPermalink
Faculty, staff, students, and community are welcome to spend an hour learning about the connection between their minds, emotions, and bodies. During this time participants will learn how to lower anxiety and stress levels through mindfulness practices.
Explore the Tarble Arts Center Friday, March 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the Tarble’s 2024 Artists-in-Residence exhibition with a live performance by Diane Christensen and Steve Dawson of the band Dolly Varden. This event is free and open to the public with refreshments served.
Dolly Varden is the Chicago quintet built around the singing and songwriting of husband-and-wife duo Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen. Though the band’s name suggests a euphonious connection to a certain country singer, it is actually derived from a rare and beautiful species of trout, which in turn was named after a character in Charles Dickens’s short novel Barnaby Rudge. Strange but true: Dawson and Christiansen both had fathers who were avid fishermen who dreamed of one day catching the elusive Dolly Varden in an icy Alaskan lake.
For more information about the Tarble Arts Center and its upcoming events, or to sign up for the Tarble Arts Center newsletter, visit https://www.eiu.edu/tarble/.
Earn the EmpowerED BI-EIU certificate
EmpowerED Bl-EIU Bystander Intervention Training
Bystander Intervention (BI) is the act of stepping in to prevent harm. All sessions are open to students, faculty, and staff.
Part 1: Panel Discussion 4-5 pm, Thur. Feb. 29, 1418 Klehm Hall
Learn how to implement bystander intervention as a daily practice from a variety of professionals.
This is a 3-part series. You can attend 1, 2 or all 3.
For more information contact email@example.com.Permalink
On Thursday, February 29 from 5 to 7 p.m., artists-in-residence Diane Christiansen and Jessie Mott will give an evening presentation on their collaborative visual art practice.
Diane Christiansen is a visual artist, musician, and social worker. Her interdisciplinary creative practice uses painting, drawing, animation, and large-scale installations to explore her fascination with impermanence, birth, death, decay, and interconnectedness. Her studio practice has evolved toward an increasingly collaborative and collective modality, and her projects have been exhibited across the United States and in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Jessie Mott is a visual artist whose practice focuses on themes of identity and power by exposing unstable perceptions of the queer body. Using an array of media such as painting, drawing, and animation, she gives life to creatures that negotiate permeable boundaries. Mott’s work has been exhibited widely, including in the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Whitney Biennial.
For more information about the Tarble Arts Center and its upcoming events, or to sign up for the Tarble Arts Center newsletter, visit https://www.eiu.edu/tarble/.Permalink
EIU Marketing & Communications is excited to announce the launch of new email subscription options for external individuals interested in staying updated with campus news, events, and community highlights. With the introduction of the EIU Events Email, University Newsletter email, EIU Daily Digest email, and People of EIU feature, subscribers will have convenient access to curated content delivered straight to their inbox.
To sign up for these newsletters, interested individuals can visit EIU's Email Preferences Page and select their preferred subscription options.
Please share with anyone outside of EIU who may want to get info on campus news and events!Permalink
EIU Homecoming is scheduled for September 30 to October 5. The EIU Panthers will take on the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks at the Saturday, Oct. 5 Homecoming football game. The week-long celebration promises to provide students, faculty, staff, alums, EIU supporters and friends from local communities with additional varied activities – including a family fun night, royalty coronation, parade, tailgating, and much more.
EIU Family Weekend will take place from November 1 to 2. The Panthers will face the Western Illinois University Fighting Leathernecks at the football game on Saturday, Nov. 2, with additional family-oriented activities scheduled for throughout the weekend.Permalink
A News Release from EIU's Booth Library
(CHARLESTON, IL) -- Booth Library invites the campus and community to join us for the launch of a new speaker series this Spring semester, Authors@EIU. Six authors will be featured in three Spring 2024 Authors@EIU events to celebrate the research, scholarship and creative success of EIU faculty who have recently achieved publication of a book.
The library recognizes and celebrates the diverse, robust community of EIU teaching faculty who are contributing to scholarship or popular learning, through this series and has added the featured publications to the library’s collection.
Please mark your calendars to attend Authors@EIU, 5 p.m. in Booth Library’s West Reading Room:
Events each session will include a shared reception at 5 p.m. and events beginning at 5:30 p.m. complete with introductory remarks, followed by presentations and question & answer sessions for each author.
All members of the Charleston and EIU communities are welcome, including students. Please join your colleagues in recognizing these accomplishments and for stimulating dialogues.Permalink
The Marketing & Communications web team are thrilled to share that the EIU Events Calendar can now feature non-EIU events too! Our aim is to strengthen the bond between the EIU campus and the surrounding community, providing everyone at EIU the chance to engage in local happenings.
Community businesses and organizations holding events that could appeal to the EIU community are welcome to submit their event through this form. Our team will evaluate the details and if suitable, we'll feature them on the calendar. This way, your event can reach out to EIU students, faculty, staff, and annuitants.
Please share this update with your community associates and let them know about this exciting opportunity!Permalink
The Division of Business Affairs, including the Business Operations Support team and Business Office have developed secure and encrypted web applications that allow students and employees to register their bank information for direct deposit of their student refunds/employee payments or reimbursements or to update their existing bank account details. These applications can be accessed through a computer, tablet or mobile phone.
Please note that Student Accounts and Payroll will no longer accept paper-based applications beginning February 12, 2024. Digital kiosks have been set up in the Cashier’s Office (for student refunds) and the Payroll Office (for paycheck deposit) for those who wish to submit their requests in person.
To complete the application, students/employees will need to upload a copy of a cancelled check or bank statement, and a copy of their Panther Card or state-issued ID card (like a driver’s license). These documents are required for security and authentication purposes.
Once the application is submitted, it will take up to three business days for the changes to take effect. The student/employee will be notified via email once the changes have been made in the accounts payable system.
During February, book lovers are invited to participate in “Blind Date with a Book” program. It's a fun way to discover new books you may not have picked out yourself! Patrons can choose from a selection of books wrapped in brown paper with descriptive hints written on the front. The books are available for checkout at the Circulation desk, and patrons can take them home to reveal their “blind date.” It's a great opportunity to fall in love with a new book!
15th Annual Awards for Excellence in Research and Creativity
The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in any major. Entries may be a research paper or thesis, artistic work, exhibit, musical work, video, podcast, documentary, oral history, performance, data analysis or visualization, or other formats. As long as the student(s) used library resources to complete the project within the last 12 months, it is eligible for the competition. Participants have a chance to win cash prizes up to $300. To be eligible for these awards, participants must submit their entries electronically before the deadline of 11:59 p.m. CST on February 29, 2024. This award is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their academic expertise and innovative creations! Thank you for announcing this super opportunity for our students to share their scholarly work and become part of the critical conversations in higher education!
In support of The Big Read from the National Endowment from the Arts and Arts Midwest, LAB students will team with librarian David Bell to host a student-led book club this spring. The theme, “Reconsidering the American Dream,” will be explored through the novel Infinite Country and the memoir Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth. Both books are available for checkout at Booth Library. Join members of the LAB at the following times:
Thursday, February 29, from 6
p.m. – 7 p.m. for book discussion in Edgar Reading Room
Thursday, March 28, from 6 p.m.
– 7 p.m. for book discussion in Edgar Reading Room
All events are open to students, faculty, and staff. Questions? Contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Please notify your building occupants of this outage. Any questions or concerns, please contact facilities at (217) 581-3520.
ANNUAL SPRING ELECTRICAL OUTAGE 2024
Type of Outage: Electrical (Switch Gear Cleaning)
Listed below is the schedule for the Annual Spring Break Electrical Outage. We are sending out the notice now, to give everyone an early heads-up for scheduling and planning purposes. As it gets closer to March, additional reminder notices will be sent out. The following buildings WILL NOT have electrical power on the dates listed.
Gregg Computer Lab
Tower Dining Service (generator power for freezers & coolers only)
MLK Union - Entire Building (both East & West)
Student Rec. Center
Please be aware that our campus Pest Control staff have hung crow decoys in some trees across campus. This is to help prevent crows from roosting overnight. They will be removed near the end of February. Thank you.Permalink
Retirement & Investment Plans
403(b) Universal Availability Notice 2024
Eastern Illinois University (the "University") sponsors the Supplemental 403(b) Retirement Plan (the "Plan"). Eligible employees of the University can voluntarily elect to defer a portion of their compensation to the Plan to supplement their retirement savings.
The Plan is a supplement to the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) pension. Participation in the Plan does not reduce any University benefits based on full salary, such as SURS, life insurance, disability, or survivor benefits.
Generally, all common law employees of the University who receive compensation reportable on a Form W-2 are eligible to participate in the Plan, so long as the employee elects to contribute at least $200 each year. The only employees not eligible to participate in the Plan are non-resident aliens with no U.S. source income.
Pre-tax Contributions - Both Federal and State income taxes are deferred on the contributions and any earnings thereon until distributed from the Plan. Distributions are taxed as ordinary income for Federal tax purposes. However, distributions are not taxed by the State of Illinois if distributions are made (i) in accordance with Plan provisions, (ii) on or after the participant has attained full retirement age, and (iii) while the participant is a legal resident of the State of Illinois.
Post-tax (Roth) Contributions – Federal and State income taxes are withheld from Roth contributions at the time that they are contributed to the Plan. However, contributions and any earnings thereon are not subject to Federal and State income taxes upon distribution if a five-year period has passed since Roth contributions were first made to the Plan and the distribution is a “qualified distribution”. A qualified distribution is a distribution (i) made on or after the date on which the participant attains age 59 ½, (ii) made to a beneficiary on or after the death of the participant, or (iii) attributable to the participant’s being disabled.
Employee contributions to the Plan can be allocated among the investment options offered by any approved vendor under the Plan. Employees are 100% vested in their accounts under the Plan at all times.
Annual contributions to the Plan are limited per IRS regulations. The contribution limits for the 2022, 2023 and 2024 calendar years are:
Basic Elective Contribution Limit
Age 50+ Catch-up Contribution
15 Years of Service Catch-up Contribution
*The 15 years of service catch-up contribution applies before the age 50+ catch-up, and is based on a formula that takes into account all past contributions to the Plan and the employee's total years of service to the University. The maximum 15 years of service catch-up available is $3,000 per year up to a $15,000 lifetime benefit, but an employee's actual catch-up may be lower than this maximum. If you wish to defer more than $23,000 ($30,500 if age 50 or older), please contact the Benefits office on your campus to determine if you are eligible for the 15 years of service catch-up, and/or if EIU offers this benefit for the plan you are or wish to become enrolled in.
Eligible employees may begin participating in the Plan at any time. To enroll in the Plan, an employee must complete both (i) an approved vendor's application to open an account and (ii) a Salary Reduction Agreement (SRA) to elect the contribution amount. Contributions may be designated as a percent of salary or as a flat dollar amount. The SRA will apply only to amounts earned after enrolling in the Plan, and an employee's election under the SRA will continue until the SRA is modified or revoked by the employee.
To Modify a Deferral Election
Employees may increase, decrease or stop their contributions to the Plan at any time. Employees may also change the approved vendor to which their contributions are made at any time. These forms are available on the Benefits website under the heading of Resources / Payroll and Benefits Forms.
To enroll in our approved 403(b) vendor plans, please visit the Tax-Deferred Retirement Accounts webpage at http://www.eiu.edu/~humanres/benefits/taxdeferredretirement.php . 403(b) representatives also make periodic visits to campus. Announcements on open counseling sessions with representatives are communicated through the use of our EIU Benefits website, Facebook, Twitter, and the University Newsletter.
American Funds (First Mid-Illinois Bank): 217-348-1244
Ameriprise Financial: 217-234-8136
Fidelity Investments: 800-343-0860
Contact the Benefits Services Office or one of the approved vendors directly with questions or for help enrolling in the Plan.
Benefits Services Offices: email@example.com, 217-581-5825
This notice is provided as a source of information and does not constitute legal, tax, or other professional advice. If legal advice, tax advice, or other professional assistance is required, the services of a professional advisor should be sought. Every effort has been made to make this notice as thorough and accurate as possible. However, there are other legal documents, laws, and regulations that govern the operation of the Plan. It is understood that in the event of any conflict, the terms of the Plan document, applicable laws, and regulations will govern.Permalink
It’s bagpipes, it’s rock, it’s the Red Hot Chilli Pipers (NOT the Peppers)! Join us for an amazing conclusion to our 2023-2024 season on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 7:30pm. This performance is sure to get you up off your feet and will rock the Dvorak Concert Hall like never before! Get your tickets now atPermalink