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  • TIME TO REGISTER for PANTHERPALOOZA!

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    Pantherpalooza, an Eastern tradition that occurs each year, is the first opportunity for students to join RSOs that interest them.  Hundreds of organizations set up booths around the South Quad/Library Quad so new students can quickly connect with people who share their interests.

    Student organizations create excitement and vibrancy on Eastern’s campus through their countless events and activities. These events reflect the culture, personality, and diversity of the student body and student organizations. Student organization events educate, inform, entertain, and enrich the university community. Student leaders and volunteers have the opportunity to learn and grow through the process of planning and running these events and activities.

    Pantherpalooza 2022 has officially been set for Tuesday, January 25.  It will be held in the MLK Jr. Union's Grand Ball Room and University Ball Rooms from 2 to 5 p.m.

    Questions?  Please contact Student Government at pantherpalooza@eiu.edu.

    Use the following link to schedule your table and space: go.eiu.edu/pantherpalooza

    Be sure to mark your calendars to showcase your RSO at Pantherpalooza this year!

     

  • Gift Days Announcement from President Glassman

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    Dear Members of the EIU Campus Community,

    I am writing to thank you for your ongoing and sustained efforts to serve our students, support one another, and to positively impact the lives of everyone in our campus community.  As we enter the holiday season, I am reminded each and every day that your contributions and efforts transform lives and advance Eastern Illinois University’s core mission.  I am also aware of the many challenges each of us continue to face as we navigate the lingering realities of COVID-19.  More importantly, I appreciate the outstanding efforts of everyone over the past year as the uncertainties of the pandemic have made the already important work we do even more complex, stressful, and critical than in prior years.

    For that reason, the leadership team of the university is committed to providing the entire campus community with an increased opportunity to focus on self-care and time with family over the winter break by providing additional gift days in December.  Specifically, I am pleased to announce that the University will recognize three days this year.  In addition to the previously announced gift date (Tuesday December 28, 2021), two additional days —  Wednesday December 29th and Thursday December 30th — will also be designated gift days.  As in prior years, employees will not have to use their own leave time for gift days.  Also as in years past, essential employees of the University will be required to work on approved gift days, but will be able to use these days at other times prior to March 31, 2022. FAQs regarding gift days are available here.

    Once again, I would like to share my sincere gratitude for everyone being All In for EIU and hope you enjoy the additional gift days to take time for yourself, relax, be with family and friends, and prepare for an outstanding spring semester in the New Year.

    Sincerely, 

    David Glassman
    President

  • Cafe in Klehm -- Last Day is December 9

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    The Cafe in Klehm Hall will be open December 2 and December 9, and then close for the semester. The Cafe is a student operated lab experience for hospitality & tourism, nutrition & dietetics, and FCS teacher certification students. For more information, including current menus, go to https://www.eiu.edu/cafe. The Cafe students thank our customers this semester for their patronage and patience as we dealt with many changes and menu revisions due to supply chain shortages. See you again next spring semester!

  • Faculty participation in commencement

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    Faculty members who wish to walk during their commencement ceremony should let us know by filling out this form. This will help us ensure appropriate seating arrangements and allow us to reserve parking for those participating. 

    More details will be emailed to you before the ceremony. Please be sure to fill out the form to participate.

    Ceremony schedule is as follows:

    Saturday, Dec. 18

    10 a.m.

    • College of Health and Human Services
    • Lumpkin College of Business and Technology

    12:30 p.m.

    • College of Education
    • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


    Please arrive to the Student Rec Center 45 minutes before your posted ceremony time.

    Forquestions please email Amber May at ammay@eiu.edu.

  • Monthly Payroll Deadline for December

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    New contracts, contract changes, requests for supplemental payments and all other items affecting the December monthly payroll must be received in the HR Employment Office by Monday, December 13. Any requests for payment after that date will be processed in the January payroll.  If you have questions, please contact the HR Department at (217) 581-7655 or (217) 581-2613. 

  • SIGN UP NOW TO GET YOUR W2 ONLINE

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    By consenting to receive your W2 online you can have immediate access to all your W2’s back to 2007. To activate your W2 consent please follow these directions:

    • Log-in to PAWS: https://www.eiu.edu/pawslogin/
    • Select the EMPLOYEE tab
    • Select TAX FORMS
    • Select W-2 WAGE AND TAX STATEMENT
    • Select 2019*, then click DISPLAY
    • A pop-up message will appear indicating you will need to provide CONSENT. Click OK
    • Under MY CHOICE, check the box that indicates you consent to receive your W-2 electronically. Click SUBMIT
    • Your consent is now complete.

    Be watching the newsletter and your email in January. You don't want to miss the release of the online 2020 W2s.

    *Employees with an original hire date in 2020 may consent to receive their W2 online as soon as their 2020 W2 is available.

  • Reporting Legal Name & Address Changes

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    If you have changed your legal name or permanent addresses at any time during the year it needs to be reported to Human Resources. 

    To change your legal name please bring your new social security card to the Employment Office, Room 2020 Old Main. 

    Address changes can be made by emailing employment@eiu.edu. 

    Reporting your changes now prevents any delays in issuing your 2021 tax forms. 

  • Employment Opportunity -- Laboratory Manager (Chemistry & Biochemistry)

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     Eastern Illinois University has an opening for a Laboratory Manager in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.   This position will be responsible for the Chemistry stockroom and the undergraduate labs.   Duties will include:

    • Prepare, set-up, and take-down of undergraduate teaching labs.
    • Maintain apparatus and equipment used in labs.
    • Maintain inventory of chemicals, glassware, and other lab supplies and assist in the annual equipment inventory.
    • Coordinate the receival, distribution, storage, and disposal of chemicals, apparatus, and equipment.
    • Assist in the purchasing of laboratory chemicals, cryogens, gases, supplies, apparatus and equipment for labs.
    • Assist in maintaining an updated log of purchases and organize documents associated with each purchase.
    • Train, manage, and assign work to graduate students and student workers in the stockroom.
    • Assist department chair with development and implementation of policies and procedures as related to Stockroom and labs.

    Required qualifications

          1.      Bachelor’s degree in a natural science discipline or a closely related area and two years of experience in a laboratory or similar setting closely related to the position OR  a totalof five years (60 months) of any combination of education in a natural science discipline and/or work experience in a laboratory or similar setting related to the position.

    2.              2.      One year (12 months) of supervisory and/or administrative experience.

    (A Master’s degree in an area consistent with the duties of the position may be substituted for one year (12 months) of work experience).

    The preferred applicant will have experience working in a higher education or scientific laboratory setting and have some experience in purchasing.

    Applications:  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Priority will be given to applications received prior to December 6, 2021.  Candidates should submit an application, letter of interest, resume, transcripts, and contact information for four references online at:  https://www.eiu.edu/humanres/applications/login.php.  AA/EEOE

  • Student Insurance Spring 2022 Part-Time Enrollment

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    Student Insurance provides the student worldwide protection 24 hours a day.  The Plan has a $100 deductible per diagnosis and pays up to 70% of eligible expenses for physician and hospital expenses, lab and x-ray, surgery, ambulance transport, physical therapy, maternity expenses, mental health and substance abuse issues. The Student Insurance Plan also reduces copays for prescription medications at the Health Service Pharmacy. 

    Unlike an HMO or PPO, the Plan does not have a network, giving students a choice in their care and provides coverage for treatment the student receives while they are at home, at school, and wherever they may travel. 

    Student Insurance is an economical way to reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket expenses when family health plans do not cover 100% of medical costs because of deductibles, co-payment amounts, limitations on specific benefits, and out-of network penalties.  The Student Insurance Plan complements the family health plan.  Most students find it beneficial to carry both, particularly if the family plan has a deductible and/or coinsurance.

    You can find more information about the Plan at www.eiu.edu/studentinsurance or by contacting our office at 217-581-5290. There are 2 short videos on the website that do a nice job of explaining all about the Plan.

    Spring 2022 semester students enrolled in 5 or more hours (any program format), are eligible for coverage. Please note, students enrolled in an on-campus program taking 9 or more hours are automatically billed for coverage.

    Students wishing to enroll in the Student Insurance Plan must complete the Enrollment Form, available under the “My Health” tab in the students PAWS account. The deadline to enroll in the Plan is January 24, 2022. The cost of the coverage is $109.95. 

  • Student Insurance Spring 2022 Waiver

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    Student Insurance provides the student worldwide protection, 24 hours a day. The Plan has a $100 deductible per diagnosis and pays up to 70% of eligible expenses for physician and hospital expenses, lab and x-ray, surgery, ambulance transport, physical therapy, maternity expenses, mental health and substance abuse issues. The Student Insurance plan also covers prescriptions at the Health Service Pharmacy on campus.

    Unlike an HMO or PPO, the Plan does not have a network, giving students a choice in their care and provides coverage for treatment the student receives while they are at home, at school, and wherever they may travel. When you have other insurance, the Plan coordinates with the primary carrier. Student Insurance is an economical way to reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket expenses when family health plans do not cover 100% of medical costs because of deductibles, co-payment amounts, limitations on specific benefits, and out-of-network penalties. The Student Insurance Plan complements the family health plan. Most students find it beneficial to carry both, particularly if the family plan has a deductible and/or coinsurance.

    You can find more information about the Plan at www.eiu.edu/studentinsurance or by contacting our office at 217-581-5290. There are 2 short videos on the website that do a nice job of explaining all about the Plan.

    The Spring 2022 Student Insurance fee will be automatically assessed to students enrolled in an on-campus program taking 9 or more hours; graduate assistants under contract to the University; and international students enrolled in an on-campus program taking 3 or more hours.

    Students wishing to waive the Student Insurance Plan must complete the Waiver Form available under the “My Health” tab in the students PAWS account. The deadline to waive coverage for the Spring 2022 semester is January 24, 2022. 

  • Procedure for Leaving EIU

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    Any employee planning to leave the University for any reason should contact the HR Employment Office as soon as possible. Once a termination date is determined, an exit checklist must be completed to show clearance from specific offices on campus. Please contact Carol Galey at cagaley@eiu.edu, or call 581-7655.

  • 2021-22 Holiday Information

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    The university will be closed in observance of Christmas and New Year's on Eastern's four official holidays: Friday, December 24 and Monday, December 27;  Friday, December 31, 2021 and Monday, January 3, 2022. Please note all offices must remain open following fall graduation, December 20 up to and including December 23.

     

    In addition, this year, President Glassman has approved an extension of the Christmas Holidays offered to all benefit eligible employees.  The University has designated December 28 as a “gift” day.  Employees will not have to use their own leave time for this day.  Essential employees of the University will still be required to work on the gift day.  Vice-Presidents and/or Directors will identify those areas/employees deemed essential for University operations.  An employee(s) identified as “essential” will be allowed to flex the gift day at another time, but must use that time by March 31, 2022.  FAQ’s regarding the Gift day may be found at:  https://www.eiu.edu/humanres/benefits/.

    Employees who are in probationary status will be allowed to use any available accrued leave or take leave without pay during this time. Probationary employees who wish to use accrued leave during the holiday period must complete the Civil Service Employee Request for Accrued Leave During Probation form available here.  Supervisors are encouraged to approve such time-off requests unless the employment is required for essential duties during that period. Should an employee choose to take leave without pay, please note that accrued leave, sick leave and service credit will not be earned.

    Please note that the following eligibility rules apply for holiday compensation. Employees must be in an approved pay status, with or without pay, on the last scheduled work day before the holiday and the first scheduled work day following the holiday in order to receive holiday pay. Employees who are subject to the provisions of a prevailing-rate area agreement or a collective bargaining agreement will be paid according to the terms of the respective agreement.

     

    Time reporting codes have previously been created for use on time sheets and leave reports.  If you do not have to work on December 28, please report it under University Gift Day – Non-work (763).  If you must work on December 28, please report it under University Gift Day – Time worked (764).  If you must work and flex your day at another time, when you use that day, you will use the 763 – University Gift Day – Non-work at that time.

    In order to conserve energy, building temperatures will be reduced Monday, December 20 through Monday, January 3. Inquiries regarding this information may be directed to the Benefits Office at (2127)  581-5825.


  • New EIU Campus Calendar

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    Spread the word about your events by submitting them to the newly redesigned EIU Campus Calendar!

    New features include a cleaner interface, integration with the Panther Life app, easy setup for recurring events, audience and event-type tagging, and more!


  • Civil Service Council Meeting Schedule

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    The Civil Service Council will meet in accordance with the dates posted on the Civil Service Council Staff Senate Web page: https://www.eiu.edu/council/
    The 2021-22 meeting dates will be the second Tuesday of every month at 8:30 a.m., and will continue to be held virtually until further notice. 

    Civil Service Council meetings will occur via MS Teams.
    TO JOIN MONTHLY MEETINGS: PLEASE CLICK THIS STATIC LINK

     The meetings are open and anyone is welcome to attend.

    ~ Josh Reinhart, on behalf of the EIU Civil Service Council


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Media Relations
Josh Reinhart, Public Information Coordinator

2142 Old Main
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
217-581-7400
Fax: 217-581-8444
jdreinhart@eiu.edu


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