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    IGP #116 Moving Expense Reimbursement ( was recently revised with approval of the president.  Please take time to review these changes.

  • Sign Up For Quantitative Reasoning Workshop March 26


    Quantitative reasoning (QR) is a very important and often overlooked undergraduate university learning goal at EIU.  In academic year 2018 nearly half of the departmental assessment plans at EIU did not include a QR learning goal.  In addition, national assessment data suggests that EIU freshmen and seniors register lower on QR skills than do their peers at other universities.  This workshop is designed to encourage more departments to focus on the quantitative reasoning learning goal and to incorporate it in their classes.  We will highlight the resources that are available to faculty and focus on best practices for instruction in teaching QR skills. This workshop will include examples of lesson plans, in-class assignments, and participation in a group activity.

    Please register at

    Date and Time: Tuesday, March 26 from 12:30 to 1:20 pm
    Facilitator: Dr. John Willems
    Location: MLK Jr. University Union - Charleston/Mattoon Room

  • Radio/TV Center Advisory Board Meeting Notice


    Radio/TV Center Advisory Board Meetings (Open to Public)
    WEIU Conference Room, EIU Buzzard Hall - 1521
    1:30 p.m. | Thursday, March 28, 2019

  • EIU/UIUC Educators' Job Fair March 4


    The EIU/UIUC Spring Educators’ Job Fair will be held on Monday, March 4 in the University Union Ballrooms.  Over 120 schools will be participating.   

    The event will be offered in open-fair format from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; students that have scheduled on-site interviews from the Open Fair session will also participate in a 1 to 3 p.m. session.    

    Please share this information and encourage your students—including underclassmen to attend.  Faculty members are also encouraged to attend.  A high turn-out of our students will make the EIU brand highly visible and desirable to these schools. Students will need to dress professionally, bring plenty of resumes to distribute, and also bring their Panther ID.   

    A full list of schools that will be recruiting is available at



    SURS will have a retirement counselor on campus Wednesday and Thursday, April 17 and 18, in the Shelbyville Room of the MLK Jr. University Union.  If you wish to speak to a SURS representative on these dates, they are now accepting appointments.  Please call (800) 275-7877 to obtain the necessary form for your appointment or log into your member account from the SURS website ( to complete the form online.  Once the form is received, SURS will contact you to schedule a counseling date and time.  Appointments will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Returning the form in a timely manner will help to ensure a campus appointment.

  • Hobart F. Heller Scholarship Applications Due March 29


    Nominations from the campus community are being sought for the Hobart F. Heller Scholarship, established in honor of the long and distinguished service of Heller, EIU's former Vice President for Instruction until his retirement in 1968.

    Criteria for scholarship nominations include the following:

    • “A person who by reason of scholarship, responsible character, sense of purpose, growth and service to the university community during their first three years, gives promise of a life of distinguished service and leadership.”
    • A junior entering their senior year with the majority of university attendance at Eastern.
    • Must remain enrolled as a full-time student their senior year.

    Nominations must be submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 29.  Applications are available online here, or may be picked up in the Vice President for Student Affairs Office at 1031 Old Main.



    Students at The Daily Eastern News brought home nine awards in the annual Illinois College Press Association competition open to student newspapers at four-year public and private universities in Illinois.

    The Daily Eastern News competes against students from such schools as the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University, Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Northern Illinois University, and Western Illinois University. The first-place award in column writing went to senior journalism major Carole Hodorowicz for her humorous column “Stop hiding it: We all know you’re a freshman.” History major Jordan Boyer and graphic design major Thalia Rouley, the photo editor and assistant photo editor, won second place in photo essay for their coverage of the ROC Fest cardboard boat race. The News staff won three third-place awards, including in entertainment supplement for its On the Verge of Homecoming Weekend.

    2018 journalism graduate Cassie Buchman, who was editor-in-chief of the News in the 2017-18 school year, and current EIC Analicia Haynes, a senior journalism major, took third place in news story for their coverage of two simultaneous protests on campus centered on the gun debate. Junior journalism major and assistant sports editor Dillan Schorfheide took third place in sports game story.

    Rounding out the News’ awards were three honorable mentions:

    • English major Colin Roberts in column writing;
    • journalism major Brooke Schwartz in feature story;
    • Boyer in feature photo.

    The awards were announced February 16 at the annual ICPA convention in Chicago and are for work done in the 2018 calendar year.

    Hodorowicz, Haynes and Schorfheide were present to accept their awards. Other Eastern students who attended the conference, which featured sessions by professional journalists in the Chicago area, were: sports editor JJ Bullock, news editor Logan Raschke, sports and feature reporter Tom O’Connor, and staff reporter Austen Brown. Daily Eastern News editorial adviser Lola Burnham, who is secretary-treasurer of the ICPA, also attended.

  • EIU partners with CareerStep to offer new online courses & Programs


    EIU has now partnered with CareerStep to offer online courses and programs such as Professional Medical Coding and Billing; Medical Transcription Editor; Medical Assistant; Pharmacy Technician; and many more.  Check out the website at A free informational webinar is being offered on March 19 at 6 p.m. -- RSVP at

  • Series of programs to complement Booth Library exhibit


    Booth Library has announced a full schedule of events in conjunction with its spring exhibit, "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Moon and Beyond." All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. The exhibit is available for viewing any time the library is open.

    • Feb. 5, 8 p.m., WEIU-TV airs “To the Moon and Back: An Oral History of the Lunar Landing” documentary.
    • Mid-February/date TBA, display of space-themed artwork by student of Chris Kahler, chair, Art Department; Booth Library.
    • Feb. 15, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. (two sessions), “Biological Effects on the Human Body During Spaceflight,” presented by James “Joel” Knapper, NASA Solar System Ambassador, sponsored by EIU Department of Biological Sciences; Room 3080 of Life Sciences Building.
    • Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m., “Baby Steps to the Moon,” presented by Steve Daniels, chair, Department of Physics; Witters Conference Room 4440, Booth Library.
    • Feb. 21, 7 p.m., “Hidden Figures” film screening, co-sponsored by EIU iSTEM group; West Reading Room, Booth Library.
    • Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m., “Orion: Back to the Moon and Beyond,” presented by Ann Over, 35-year veteran of NASA, deputy manager of European Space Agency Service Module for the Orion Project at NASA Glenn Research Center; Witters Conference Room 4440, Booth Library.
    • March 3, 4 p.m., “One Giant Leap: A Musical Celebration for the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing,” presented by the Eastern Symphonic Band and Concert Band; Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, $6/$6/$5.
    • March 21, 3:30 p.m., “How to Find Killer Asteroids,” presented by Tyler Linder, adjunct faculty member, Department of Physics, and astronomer at Astronomical Research Institute; Witters Conference Room 4440, Booth Library.
    • March 27, 2 p.m., “Celestial Suite,” presented by EIU Faculty Brass Quintet; Booth Library Atrium.
    • April 3, time and location TBA, Model Rocketry Day, co-sponsored by School of Technology and EIU Physics and Astronomy Clubs.

    For more information on the exhibit and programming, visit the website,, or search for Booth Library on Facebook and Twitter.

  • EIU Panthers Invite You to Participate in Spring Fling 2019


    EIU Athletics and the EIU Panther Club would like to invite you to join us for an evening of elegance at the 2019 Spring Fling.

    Hosted at Lantz Arena, the evening will include a live and silent benefit auction, hors d’oeuvres, plated dinner and dessert, all for the benefit of Eastern Illinois student-athletes. Be entertained and inspired by EIU student-athletes and alumni who will be personally sharing their stories of how their experiences as Panthers positively influenced their lives.

    Saturday, April 6
    EIU Lantz Arena, Charleston, IL

    Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
    ; event begins at 6 p.m.

    Join us for this philanthropic evening as it provides the biggest single-day impact of private support for EIU student-athletes. Previous support from this event has helped to assist with Panther student-athlete success both in the classroom and in their respective sport of competition:

    • 17 EIU teams qualified to compete in OVC tournaments
    • 6 EIU student-athletes earned OVC Player of the Year awards
    • 30 EIU student-athletes earned OVC Medal of Honor awards (highest in the OVC)
    • 128 EIU student-athletes on the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll (highest in the OVC)
    • 9 EIU student-athletes began professional sports careers.

    For information on how you can sponsor an individual, private group or corporate table, donate an auction item, or purchase tickets, call (217) 581-6014 or go online at Tickets are $75 for Panther Club members (through March 15) or $100 for non-members.

  • Planned Power Outages March 9 & March 12


    Please be advised the following buildings will not have electrical power on the dates listed:

    • Saturday, March 9, 2019
      7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Primary #1)
      Old Main
      Pemberton Hall
      Student Services (portable generator will be in use for the Data Center), but the rest of the building will not have power);
      Old Steam Plant (generator power)
    • Tuesday, March 12, 2019
      7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Primary #2)
      Physical Science
      Physical Science Chiller
      MLK Student Union (Food Court only)
      Blair Hall
    • Summer Outage 2019 (to be determined)
      University Court
  • EIU to celebrate African-American Heritage Month in February


    Eastern Illinois University invites community members to join students, staff and faculty in celebrating African-American Heritage Month, which begins Friday, February 1.

    According to the African-American Heritage Month committee, EIU will offer a variety of cultural and educational events intended to celebrate black lives by honoring the men, women, families and communities that support and sustain black excellence. Events will center around a principal theme of “Black Lives Matter: A MOVEMENT not a moment,” and include an assortment of programs and activities that highlight black contributions and applaud the most fundamental elements of blackness in American and global culture.

    This year’s African-American Heritage Month events at EIU will include:

    Friday, February 1

    •    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.—EIU Diversity Conference
        3rd Floor of the MLK Jr. University Union
    •    7 p.m.—Revolution and Rhyme: Night of Neo Soul and Poetry featuring theinjuredparty
        7th Street Underground
    Monday, February 4
    •    Black Lives Matter: A MOVEMENT not a moment—Kickoff Celebration
        6 p.m.—Movie and Panel Discussion: Whose Street
        Doudna Lecture Hall
    Wednesday, February 6
    •    5 to 7:30 p.m.—Scholar-In-Residence Dr. Loretta Prater: “Excessive Use of Force”
        Buzzard Hall Auditorium
    Saturday, February 9
    •    10:30 a.m.—MTEA Story Time
        Ballenger Room, Booth Library
    •    7 p.m.—Unity Gospel Choir Presents “Make Jesus Famous Throwback Concert Part 1”
        MLK Jr. University Union Ballroom
    Sunday, February 10
    •    3:22 p.m.—Sigma Gamma Rho “Food for the Soul” Dinners
        ($5 and $7 dinners available)
        EIU Cultural Center
    Monday, February 11
    •    7:13 p.m.—Black By Popular Demand: Black Card Revoked! (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.)
        Coleman Hall Auditorium
    Tuesday, February 12

    •    5 p.m.—Dr. Tim Engles: “White Man, Listen!” Richard Wright’s Prophetic Warnings About Angry White Men
        Booth Library Conference Room (4440)
    Wednesday, February 13
    •    7 p.m.—Black Queer Lives Matter Panel Discussion (Pride)
        7th Street Underground
    Monday, February 18
    •    7 p.m.—The Evolution of the Black Woman (NACWC)
        Coleman Hall Auditorium
    Monday, February 18
    •    7 p.m.—Professor Gaines Foster (Louisiana State University)
        “Still Fighting The Civil War? How to Put Contemporary Controversies in Historical Context”
        (First Annual Presidential Lecture and the 13th Annual Barry Riccio Lecture on History;
        Reception to follow; Sponsored by the President’s Office and the EIU History Department.
        Doudna Lecture Hall
    Tuesday, February 19
    •    6:20 p.m.—Natural Curlz 101 (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.)
        7th Street Underground
    Wednesday, February 20
    •    6:06 p.m.—Black Women Who Made America (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.)
        7th Street Underground
    Saturday, February 23
    •    7 p.m.—Ms. Black EIU Pageant
        MLK Jr. University Union Grand Ballroom
    Sunday, February 24
    •    7 p.m.—Unity Gospel Presents “Make Jesus Famous Throwback Concert Part 2”
        MLK Jr. University Union Ballroom
    Monday, February 25
    •    7 p.m.—NAACP “An Historical Twist”
        Coleman Hall Auditorium
    Tuesday, February 26
    •    1 to 2 p.m.—8th Annual Interdisciplinary Center for Global Diversity Symposium
        (Keynote speaker: Mr. Sammy Rangel, “Is There Life After Hate?—The Life Experiences of Sammy Rangel”)
        Arcola/Tuscola Room
    •    6:30 p.m. Black Excellence—The Importance of Graduate School (Black Graduate School Association)
        Coleman Hall Auditorium

  • Employment Opportunity -- Development Officer


    Eastern Illinois University is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Development Officer for the WEIU Radio/TV Program.  This position will be responsible for organizing fundraising activities for WEIU which includes managing/organizing WEIU-TV/FM Pledge Drives; promoting WEIU at community events; maintaining an up-to-date donor list; and correspondence with current and potential members.

    Successful candidates should have strong communication and organizational skills, a knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, and have the ability to multi-task. Must be able to work a flexible schedule when needed.

    Qualified candidates must have one or an acceptable combination of: Bachelor’s degree or higher in public relations, communications or closely related field and one year of professional fundraising work experience with responsibility for developing and implementing fundraising campaigns, or four years of professional fundraising work experience with responsibility for developing and implementing fundraising campaigns.

    Candidates will be required to pass a Civil Service Examination. To apply, please submit an application, resume, references, and transcripts online at Applications must be received by February 28 to ensure consideration.


  • Multicultural Resource Drive Underway Through February


    The Multicultural Resource Drive is currently underway and will conclude on March 1.

    The drive is a collection of new or gently used books, dolls, games, and other toys that promote diversity and cultural appreciation. The drive is intended to promote a diversity-focused education for youth in the community. This year's drive will benefit two local public daycare facilities: Stepping Stones and Charleston Community Early Learning Center. You can visit our Facebook event by searching for "Multicultural Resource Drive" -- there you can click the Amazon Wish List Link or use the available drop-off locations at Bob's Book Store, the Charleston Carnegie Public Library, or EIU's TRIO Office in 9th Street Hall, Room 3015. Contact Kate (217) 218-3907 or Ky (217) 508-2284 for more ways you can donate or for questions. You can also send an email to If your department would like to set up a drop off location, please let us know so we can arrange for pickups.

    We appreciate your assistance with this drive!

    Maggie L. Burkhead

  • Schedule of Upcoming Open Houses and Transfer Student Days


    This spring’s Open Houses are similar to the ones in the fall, but at a different time of year to better suit transfer students and high school juniors. The Academic & Student Services Fair is in the morning and Meet Your Major is in the afternoon. Students who attend Open Houses are usually starting their college search process, so this is an exploratory day.

    • Transfer Open House: Friday, February 8
      Academic & Student Services Fair: 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
      Meet Your Major: 2 - 3 p.m.
    • Junior Open House: Monday, March 25
      Academic & Student Services Fair: 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
      Meet Your Major: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    Admitted student events are for students who have narrowed down their college search to EIU and likely one other school. The events are designed to get students to commit to EIU, and many students do commit by the afternoon and pay their enrollment deposit. During this event, students will go to their Academic Area from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.  First they will be seated with their academic major in the Dvorak Concert Hall during the Welcome from 9 to 9:20 a.m.  At the end of the Welcome, students and families will be escorted by a representative from the major/academic college to the designated meeting space. They should be dropped back off to Doudna by 10:45 a.m. The Student Resource/Involvement Fair is in the University Ballroom. This fair will be very similar to what was offered in the fall. Student involvement and resource groups are encouraged to participate. Groups interested in attending should contact Molly Button, to reserve a table. Reservations are due by February 8.

    • Admitted Student Event: Monday, February 18
      Department breakout: 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
      Student Resource/Involvement Fair: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    • Admitted Student Event: Saturday, March 2
      Department breakout: 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
      Student Resource/Involvement Fair: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 27 Critical Thinking Workshop Led By Dr. Marita Gronnvoll


    Critical thinking is one of the most important undergraduate learning goals adopted by EIU. Assessment data suggests EIU students have room to build on this skill to match peers at other universities. This workshop is designed to assist EIU faculty in helping their students address that skill. We will focus on best practices for direct instruction in teaching critical-thinking skills. This workshop will include examples of lesson plans, in-class assignments, and participation in a group activity. We will also highlight critical thinking resources that are available to faculty.

    This is noon brown bag luncheon on Wednesday, February 27, sponsored by the CASL and the FDIC and led by EIU Communication professor Dr. Marita Gronnvoll.

    Please register at

  • Nominations for 2019 Distinguished Senior Award Due March 29


    The EIU Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Senior Awards. 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. This year's 25 recipients will be recognized during a ceremony on Saturday, April 27.

    Award criteria:

    • Student must be graduating in Spring, Summer of Fall 2019
    • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher

    Staff and faculty are encouraged to nominate eligible students for these awards by completing and submitting this form by March 29.

    Please contact Amber May in Alumni Services at (217) 581-6425 or with any questions.

  • W2s Now Available in PAWS


    Your 2018 W2 is now available to print in PAWS.  By consenting to receive your W2 online you can have immediate access to all your W2’s back to 2007. 

    To access and consent to receiving your W2 form through PAWS, follow these directions:

    • Log-in to PAWS:
    • Select the EMPLOYEE tab
    • Select TAX FORMS
    • Select 2018, 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. 


    To Print Your W2

    • CAUTION:  The W-2 that will be displayed on screen will not have your social security number.  DO NOT PRINT this screen shot!
    • Scroll down the page and click PRINTABLE W-2
    • Re-enter your EIU Net ID and EIU Net Password
    • Print your W-2 using your browser commands.  Note: You may wish to change the print size and format (ie, suggest “landscape”)
    • You may print as many copies as you would like.  You may also return to the site anytime through April 15th and review or print your 2018 W-2.  Beginning April 16th you will only be able to view the W2 screen without your social security number showing.
    • By accessing your W-2 on-line, you will not be mailed a paper W-2 in the future.  To revoke your consent please contact the Payroll Office at (217) 581-5510 or email
    • For those who did not consent your W-2 will be mailed out on January 31.

    Faculty and Staff please provide name and address changes to Employment by emailing or calling (217) 581-2613. 

    Students should follow the instructions located on the Office of the Registrar web page,

  • Geology and Geography Department Features New Exhibit


    The Geology and Geography Department will be unveiling anew mineral display at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 21 outside of PHY 2040.  Some of the features of this collection include meteorites -- including one from the moon! Additionally, this display boasts an autographed photo of Harrison Schmitt, the first and only scientist to have gone to the moon. Dr. Schmitt holds the distinctions of being a geologist, university professor and former U.S. Senator as well as being the last living human to walk on the surface of the moon. This display has been created from donations and specimen loans from Rick Smith at the Doe Run Mine, Geno Persico, Jake Crandall and Diane Burns as well as departmental purchases. The collection is intended to be used academically and decoratively, with specimens being removed periodically from display for classroom demonstrations. Additionally, the display is open to the public for viewing during normal campus hours, and local schools have a standing invitation to set up instructional visits to enhance their curriculum.




    With additional snow anticipated in the upcoming days, EIU and the City of Charleston wish to send a campus- and community-wide reminder that during and up to 12 hours after snowfall accumulation in excess of two inches (2") in Charleston, parking in or along certain stretches of roadway is prohibited until city officials have determined that snow removal efforts have been completed.

    Please be aware that vehicles parked in or along the following stretches of roadway during the city’s snow removal efforts are subject to towing at the owner’s expense when snow accumulation in excess of two inches (2") occurs:




    Grant Avenue

    University Drive  

    4th Street  

    Harrison Avenue  

    Division Street  

    18th Street  

    Jackson Avenue  

    Division Street  

    18th Street  

    Monroe Avenue  

    Division Street  

    18th Street  

    6th Street  

    Railroad Avenue  

    Lincoln Avenue  

    7th Street  

    Railroad Avenue  

    Lincoln Avenue  

    10th Street  

    Monroe Avenue  

    Lincoln Avenue  

    11th Street  

    Monroe Avenue  

    Lincoln Avenue  

    For more information, visit EIU and the City of Charleston thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

  • Students can enter Awards for Excellence competition; deadline March 22


    Eastern Illinois University students who have used Booth Library resources to enhance their research are encouraged to enter the library’s Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity program.

    The program is open to all Eastern Illinois University students. If campus finances allow, cash prizes of up to $300 will be awarded, in addition to certificates of recognition.

    The student entry may be a written work, art piece, exhibit, musical work, documentary, performance or other format.

    The 2019 guidelines and entry form can be found here. All entries must be submitted electronically. For more information, call (217) 581-6061.

    The deadline to enter is noon on Friday, March 22. Recipients will be selected by April 5, and the winners will be honored during a reception on April 17. Works submitted for competition must have been completed within the last 12 months.



    The Illinois Department of Central Management Services has announced an increase in the mileage reimbursement rate for the use of personal vehicles while traveling on official government business. Effective January 1, 2019, the rate will increase from $.545 per mile to $.58 per mile.  The university's Travel Voucher will reflect the new rate on February 1, 2019. For questions, please contact Rachel Ballinger at (217) 581-7746.

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