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  • EIU's 2019 Wellness Health Fair October 8


    EIU's Health and Counseling Services is hosting the 2019 Fall Into Wellness Health Fair! The fair will be held on October 8 from 10 a.m.-to 4 p.m. in the University Ballroom. Fall Into Wellness includes tables with a variety of health and wellness related information and giveaways from organizations and businesses at EIU and from the outside community. The organizations and businesses have been recruited and coordinated by the Health Education Resource Center (HERC).

    In addition, there will be free flu shots for students located in the University Ballroom. Staff, faculty, and retirees can receive their flu shot in the Bridge Lounge in the MLK Jr. Union and check out the Health Fair as well. It is up to us to spread the word so that we can have a healthier EIU.

    For more information check out or contact with any questions.

  • Booth Library exhibit focuses on health care reform


    "For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform,” an exhibit that celebrates the citizen groups that have tried to make quality health care accessible to all, will be on display at Booth Library from Sept. 23 through Nov. 2, 2019.

    The library will celebrate the opening of the exhibit with a special keynote presentation, “Social Determinants of Health,” by Darren Hendrickson, chair of the EIU Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology. The program will begin at 4 p.m. Sept. 25 in the library’s West Reading Room.

    Health care reform has been a political issue for over a hundred years, according to the National Library of Medicine. In the early 20th century, the influx of industrialization, immigration and poor health conditions created a national concern. Health care reform has inspired citizen groups like farmers or activists in changing the shape of health care discourse.

    Citizen activist groups have fought against all different types of discrimination in health care. For example, women have fought for the right to decide what is right for their own bodies, creating feminist health clinics. Civil rights organizations have also fought to combat infant mortality rates in African American communities and racial discrimination in the American health care system.

    This exhibit shows the historical impact that U.S. citizens have had in the fight for national health care. This exhibit also brings awareness to the role of citizens in the debate for health care. A variety of topics will be covered such as abortion reform and the HIV crisis. Experts will be brought in to provide knowledge of health-related issues and medicine.

    In addition to the opening lecture, a complete schedule of programming related to the exhibit is planned at Booth Library:

    Sept. 26, 4 p.m., “Faith Community Nursing: What is it and Why Does it Matter?,” by Faith Roberts, executive director, Parish Nursing, Carle Foundation Hospital; library Witters Conference Room 4440.

    Oct. 2, 3 p.m., “Writing Reproductive Activism, from Abortion Reform to Reproductive Justice,” by Jeannie Ludlow, professor, English and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; library Witters Conference Room 4440.

    Oct. 8, 4 p.m., “The HIV Crisis in America: The Long Road to Action,” by Sheila Simons, professor, Department of Health Promotion; library Witters Conference Room 4440.

    Oct. 16, 6 p.m., “Root and Branch: The Search for Healing Among African Americans,” by Kevin Anderson, professor, Department of Political Science; library Witters Conference Room 4440.

    This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

    The exhibit and all programs are free and open to the public. For more information on the exhibit, visit

  • Benefits Counselor on Campus September 25


    TIAA representative Chris Stephens will be on campus Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 in the Sullivan Room of the MLK Jr. Union.  TIAA is an EIU-approved tax shelter annuity provider who can assist employees with financial and retirement planning.  To schedule an appointment, please call (800) 732-8353.

  • Employment Opportunity -- Grounds Gardener


    Eastern Illinois University is seeking candidates for a full-time Civil Service position of Grounds Gardener in the Department of Facilities Planning, and Management/Grounds.  Qualified candidates must have two (2) years of experience in the maintenance of gardens, lawns, shrubs, or trees.  Starting pay is $22.49/hour.

    Applicants may submit a completed application and resume online at  Applications should be submitted by September 24 to ensure consideration.

  • Instructional Designer Candidates on Campus


    The Faculty Development and Innovation Center, as part of our search for an Instructional Designer at Eastern Illinois University, is hosting three candidates on campus. We especially invite members of the university community to attend each candidate's open presentation on A Vision of Instructional Design for EIU, and to fill out and submit evaluation forms to help in the selection process (all open sessions will be held in the Witters Conference Room, Booth Library). Dates and times of on campus interviews, with the resumes of the candidates, are available on the FDIC website.

  • Fall Book Sale planned Sept. 25


    Booth Library will host its Fall Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25 outside the south entrance of the library.

    A large selection of books in all subject areas and hundreds of paperback fiction titles will be available for purchase. No patrons will be allowed to browse or purchase items prior to the 9 a.m. start time.

    All items have been donated by the campus and local communities. The proceeds from the sale are used to enhance library programs and services.

    In case of inclement weather, the sale will be postponed. For the latest information on scheduling, check the library website,, or find Booth Library on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

  • Radio/TV Center Advisory Board Meeting Oct. 3


    Radio/TV Center Advisory Board Meetings (Open to Public)
    WEIU Conference Room, Buzzard Hall - 1521
    12 p.m. (noon) | Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019
  • Artists-In-Dialogue: Mentor/Mentee Panel Discussion September 26


    Join us at the Tarble Arts Center from 5 to 6 p.m. September 26 for In Conversation artists Morgan Calabrese, Chris Kahler, Erin Rice, and Anne Vieux. The artists will discuss their works in the current exhibition, their artistic practices beyond these works, and their relationships as makers. 

  • Open Studio Saturdays: Family Weekend at the Tarble Arts Center September 28


    Join us from 1 to 4 p.m. September 28 in the Tarble Arts Center for a full day of activities as we celebrate and build community while exploring and making art. Come meet our inaugural Gallery 1104 artists-in-residence and/or come for gallery conversations happening in our other galleries throughout the day. Kid friendly refreshments will be available. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Employment Opportunity -- Assistant Professor, Biopsychology or Behavioral Neuroscience


    The Psychology Department at Eastern Illinois University has an opening for a full-time (9-month) tenure-track assistant professor in psychology faculty position in biopsychology or behavioral neuroscience. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2020.

    Individuals applying for the position should hold a Ph.D. in biopsychology, behavioral neuroscience, or closely related areas (e.g., cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience). We are particularly interested in individuals whose research focuses on human neuroscience.

    Duties include teaching undergraduate courses in psychology (e.g., biological psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and other areas of expertise, as well as areas of general need, e.g., research methods), advising, maintaining an active research program, and participating in service to the department and university. Individuals should also demonstrate commitment to diversity and experience with promoting inclusive excellence.

    The Department of Psychology serves over 400 undergraduate and graduate students, having undergraduate programs in psychology (BA) and neuroscience (BS), as well as graduate programs in clinical psychology (MA) and school psychology (MA, SSP). The Department also has an undergraduate honors program, and serves approximately 200 minors in psychology and neuroscience.

    Candidates are expected to have a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) at the time of appointment. Other requirements include demonstrated evidence of teaching excellence at the college/university level and a commitment to research and scholarly activity.

    To apply, please submit the following: letter of application, vita, three letters of reference, and available reprints. Send application materials via Interfolio at  For questions regarding this search, please contact Jeffrey Stowell, Screening Committee Chair, at

    Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. 

    Eastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/female/disability/veteran – committed to achieving a diverse community.

  • Revised Internal Governing Policy (IGP #49/Textbook Rental Service


    IGP #49 Textbook Rental Service ( was revised with approval of the president.  Please take time to review these changes.

  • Summer Preretirement Forms Due October 14


    Please note that October 14, 2019 is the deadline for faculty to submit the summer pre-retirement assignment form to the Office of the Provost. The form is available at

  • Fall Job & Internship Fair October 3


    The Fall Job & Internship Fair will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, October 3, in the Grand & University Ballrooms of the MLK Jr. Union.  This event is open to students in all majors.    

    Please encourage your students to attend and feel free to share this information with alumni. Verification of your students' attendance can be provided after the event. Faculty -- Feel free to stop by the fair and introduce yourself to our employers and welcome them to campus!

    Students should bring their student I.D., plenty of resumes and be dressed professionally.

    Career Week events start September 26th through October 2nd to help students get ready for the fair. Employers are travelling to campus on the 26th to help students with practice interviews.  Students will need to reserve their time slots early!  Students can log in to their Panther TraCS accounts to learn more about these events and reserve a seat or call Career Services at (217) 581-2412.    

    There will be numerous internship and job opportunities at the fair in addition to great opportunities for students to begin networking.  Some recruiters will be conducting on-campus interviews the next day.   

    No!  This fair is not just for business majors!  I encourage you to check out some of the new opportunities and the majors employers are seeking: This year we anticipate filling 2 ballrooms!      

    See you at the fair! 

  • Undergraduate Research Grants Available for all disciplines for Spring 2020

    The Pine Honors College offers Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (URSCA) awards each semester. Student research and creative activity that has been funded by these competitive awards has been presented at regional and national meetings and at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. A faculty sponsor must provide supporting documentation along with the student's URSCA application. (Applicants do not need to be in the Honors college.) The deadline to submit applications for Spring 2020 URSCA awards is Friday, October 25, 2019. Details can be found at .
  • Share your six words as part of The Race Card Project


    How would you describe your thoughts or experiences about race in only six words? The EIU community will be invited to share their “six words” as part of The Race Card ProjectTM at Booth Library. The program is sponsored by Making Excellence Inclusive, the Office of Inclusion and Academic Engagement, and the Pine Honors College.

    Patrons will be encouraged to share their “six words” on provided comment cards and post them on the wall in the library’s Marvin Foyer from Sept. 3 through Oct. 11. The official kickoff will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 3, in conjunction with EIU’s commemoration of the 400th, a series of events evaluating the impact of slavery in America.

    The local project is part of the nationally acclaimed The Race Card Project.

  • Student Impact Grants Available


    EIU Student Impact Grants for Faculty Mentors are available again this Fall. Each grant of $1,500 is intended to support faculty who engage in high impact mentoring practices. Full-time faculty (Unit A or B) who will be mentoring at least one student during the 2019-20 academic year are eligible. Eligibility is biennial, i.e., no one is eligible for two consecutive years.

    Applications are due to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by noon on October 7, 2019 (either hand delivered or emailed to Further details, including format requirements, are available at

  • Free Research 101 workshops offered at Booth Library


    Students who need tips for conducting research are encouraged to attend free workshops at Booth Library.

    • Seminar 1: Researching the Literature with Steve Brantley
      6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 and again from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 19 in Room 4450 of the library.
    • Seminar 2: Organizing your Reference Using Citation Management Software with Kirstin Duffin
      6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and again from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 26 in Room 4450 of the library.
    • Seminar 3: Presenting your Thesis (to the World) with Todd Bruns
      6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 and again from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 3 in Witters Conference Room 4440.

    Register for the free seminars at  

    For more information contact Steve Brantley, head of Research, Engagement and Scholarship, at (217) 581-7542 or

  • Student Disability Services


    Welcome back everyone!  Those of us in the Student Disability Services Office want to extend a welcome and remind you we are here if there is anything we can do to support you.

    Our goal is to level the playing field for students with disabilities in the academic arena. That said, we are also an on-campus resource for any faculty or staff members who have questions, concerns, or who just want to collaborate! We invite you to call, stop by, or email with any questions, concerns, or ideas.  We are located in 9th Street Hall, room 2022.  We can be reached by phone at (217) 581-6583 or  We look forward to a collaborative semester!

    April, Heather & Julie

  • 2019-20 Internal Governing Policies Notification for Faculty


    The Office of Academic Affairs is required to notify faculty that the Internal Governing Policies may be found at the following website:

    This fulfills the notification requirement for academic year 2019-20.

  • Summer Pre-retirement Forms Due October 14


    Please note that October 14, 2019 is the deadline for faculty to submit the summer pre-retirement assignment form to the Office of the Provost.  I\\The form may be found at

  • 2019-20 Internal Governing Policies


    The Office of Academic Affairs must notify faculty that the Internal Governing Policies may be found at the following website:  This fulfills that notification requirement for academic year 2019-20.

  • 2019 Achievement and Contribution Award Nominations Due September 23


    Please note that September 23, 2019 is the deadline for EIU's 2019 Achievement and Contribution Award nominations to be received by the Office of the Provost.  The nomination form may be found at the following website:

  • 2019 Outside Employment Application


    Please note that the Outside Employment Application can be found at the following website:

  • 2019 Homecoming Spirit Shirts -- ON SALE!


    The EIU Homecoming Committee invites the EIU Family and the EIU community to show their school spirit during Homecoming Week – October 21-25 – by purchasing a limited-edition Homecoming Spirit T-shirt! Spirit T-shirts are on sale now in the Student Activity Center (across from Copy Express) in the MLK Jr. Union, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Each Friday in October has been designated School Spirit Day and EIU students, faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to wear their Spirit T-shirts to show their school pride! For an order form, e-mail Laurel Fuqua at or call (217) 581-5522.

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