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  • 2022 Play Therapy Conference: Exploring The Therapeutic Power of Sandtray Play Therapy Friday, November 4

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    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

    If you attended last year's play therapy conference, you know what a talented and dynamic presenter Sophia Ansari is and why participants asked for her to come back! This year, Sophia will present on Sandtray which is appropriate for a variety of populations including children, adolescents, and adults! Come on out and join us Friday Nov. 4, 2022 for a day of reconnection, learning, restoration, and fun! 

    Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, author, educator, and owner of Let’s Play Therapy Institute. She provides workshops on play therapy to mental health professionals and is a passionate research trainer who has bridged her knowledge of neuroscience and creative therapies to provide in-depth and highly experiential trainings all over the world. Sophia co-hosts Hero Nation, a podcast on the Geek Therapy Network, which celebrates diversity in the media and explores how to use geek culture in therapy. Sophia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wright State University and her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Cincinnati. For more information on Let’s Play Therapy Institute visit, https://letsplaytherapy.org/.

    Don't miss this opportunity for phenomenal training at a bargain price. See alums, professors, and old friends as you earn CE hours and gather helpful interventions to increase your effectiveness with clients of all ages. We can't wait to see you there!!! 

    For more information on this event and to register CLICK HERE.

  • Employment Opportunity: Office Administrator – School of Communication & Journalism

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    Eastern Illinois University is seeking candidates for a full-time Civil Service position of Office Administrator in the School of Communication & Journalism.  The successful candidate will be resourceful, able to work independently, have strong communication and organizational skills, and the ability to multi-task.  This position will act as assistant to the department chair.  Responsibilities include:

    • Providing support to faculty and assistant chairs.
    • Managing fiscal transactions and budgets.
    • Entering class schedules, assigning rooms, registering students for classes, and reviewing and entering faculty assignments of duties information.
    • Providing support for school events, projects, and meetings.
    • Preparing and entering scholarships and awards.

    Candidates must meet the following requirements:

    1. High school graduate or equivalent.
    2. Any one or combination totaling one (1) unit of the following:
    3. Four years (48 months) of work experience comparable to the third level of this series (Office Support Specialist) = one (1) unit.
    4. Two years (24 months) of work experience comparable to the fourth level of this series (Office Manager) = one (1) unit.

    The qualified candidate will be required to pass a Civil Service Examination.  To apply, you may submit a completed application, resume, and the names and contact information for three (3) business references online at https://www.eiu.edu/~humanres/application/login.php  .  Applications must be submitted by August 16, 2022, to ensure consideration. 

  • Salary Distribution Option - Faculty and Administrative Staff

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    Faculty and administrative staff in nine, ten, or eleven month positions have the option to have their pay spread over 12 months, or to remove a payspread at the beginning of the academic year.  The Salary Distribution Option Form is located on the HR Forms website at:https://www.eiu.edu/humanres/salary_distribution.pdf.  This form must be returned to the Human Resources Employment Office prior to the first day of the employee's contract. If a form is not received by new employees, the plan will default to salary paid according to contract dates.  The salary distribution option plan chosen at this time cannot be changed during the current year and will continue in future years unless the Employment Office is notified of a change.  If you have questions, please contact Carol Galey at cagaley@eiu.edu, or Cindy Maples at camaples@eiu.edu.

  • Address changes for faculty and administrative staff

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    New faculty and staff should notify the Human Resources Employment Office of their new permanent address and phone number. We update the system and notify other necessary offices for you.  Please email permanent addresses to Carol Galey at cagaley@eiu.edu. All campus addresses and phone numbers can be updated on the on-line form found here: https://www.eiu.edu/humanres/machform/view.php?id=7417.



  • Fall 2022 Student Insurance 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 Fall 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 Fall 2022 semester is September 2, 2022. 

  • Fall 2022 Part-Time Student Insurance 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.

    Fall 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 September 2, 2022. The cost of the coverage is $109.95. 

  • Tickets to the Big Game - courtesy of Mike Shanahan, Super Bowl Coach and EIU alumnus

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    Here is your chance to attend the Super Bowl and support your EIU Panthers! We are raffling off two Super Bowl LVII tickets, Guest House lodging for up to five nights in Scottsdale, Arizona (30 minutes from Glendale), and $1,000 cash. "I promise that no one will be disappointed in the location of these Super Bowl seats," said EIU alum Mike Shanahan. The game is on Saturday, February 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. Raffle tickets are $100 each and limited to 2,000. The winning ticket will be drawn at the EIU Homecoming football game vs Lindenwood on October 15, 2022. Learn more and get your ticket at EIUBigGameEvent.givesmart.com or text EIUBigGameEvent to 76278. Thank you, and let's go Panthers!



  • Booth Library honored for its digital literacy program

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    Booth Library is the recipient of the Illinois Library Association’s 2022 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award for Interlibrary Cooperation, which is awarded annually for sustained activity and contributions having a lasting impact on librarianship. The award is supported by the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Fund and by the Valerie J. Wilford Memorial Fund established in recognition of contributions to multi-type cooperation and resource sharing.

    In 2021, EIU’s Booth Library was awarded a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Illinois Broadband READY program. The library received $44,000 to create a digital literacy program for the Southeast region of Illinois. With the grant funds, a digital literacy coordinator was hired to create curricular materials related to digital literacy for all ages – from elementary school students to retirees.

    With proper feedback, the digital literacy coordinator successfully created a robust curriculum that covered various digital literacy topics. Additionally, a “train-the-trainer” model was implemented along with vigorous online literacy guides. Booth Library partnered with the Charleston Carnegie Public Library, Mattoon Public Library, Effingham Public Library, and the Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library in Sullivan. Additional program partners were the Lake Land College Adult and Alternative Education program, EIU Academy of Lifelong Learning, and Mattoon Community Unit
    School District 1.

    Chris Houchens, Director of the Charleston Carnegie Public Library wrote in his nomination letter, “Booth Library has been an excellent partner not only to us, but all of the surrounding libraries in our littler corner of Illinois. I could not think of a better Library for the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award for Interlibrary Cooperation.”

    The Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award will be presented at an awards ceremony during the 2022 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference. The conference will take place Oct. 18-20, 2022, in Rosemont, Illinois.

  • EIU IT Encourages Students, Employees to Review Best Practices for Cyber Safety

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    EIU is committed to providing students and employees with best-practice approaches to avoiding cyber threats, phishing scams, and other rogue or inauspicious behavior within our IT infrastructure. To that end, Information Technology Services requests that all students and employees familiarize themselves with the policies, guidelines, and regulations available at https://www.eiu.edu/panthertech/policies.php. Should anyone need further clarification on any of the information therein, please contact Information Security at info-sec@eiu.edu with any questions, concerns, or feedback.

  • CHANGE TO FY23 HOLIDAY CALENDAR

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    Please be advised that there has been a change to the FY23 Holiday calendar.  In order to align the Holidays with the Academic calendar, Lincoln's Birthday will be observed on Friday, February 17, 2023 instead of Friday, February 10, 2023 as previously published.  A new FY23 Holiday calendar has been published and is available at: https://www.eiu.edu/humanres/forms/Holiday_schedule.pdf .

  • 2022 Consumer Confidence Report IL -- 0295500

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    In July of each year, EIU posts a public notice called the “Consumer Confidence Report”.  It is a report concerning the quality of drinking water used on campus during the previous year (for the period of January 1 – December 31, 2021) and is required by the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1996.  One way to serve notice is posting on the web.  There are two reports to view and/or print --- the EIU Consumer Confidence Report and the City of Charleston Consumer Confidence Report.  Access to both printable reports can be found here: 

     

    https://www.eiu.edu/fpm/docs/EIU_Water_Consumer_Confidence_Report_2021.pdf

    https://www.eiu.edu/fpm/docs/Charleston_Water_Consumer_Confidence_Report_2021.pdf

     

    Facilities is e-mailing all Building Coordinators the links as well to ensure that all buildings connected to the campus water distribution system have a paper copy of both reports available for the building occupants to review.  Paper copies will not be distributed via mail.  The notice will be posted for public viewing in the same manner that other announcements are posted within EIU buildings.  Also, a copy will be made available to any occupants who may request one.  Thank you for your cooperation.  For questions or concerns, contact Aaron Kemper, Plumber Foreman, (217) 581-7212.

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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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