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  • Stress Management Class April 24


    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 

  • Applications & Nominations for 2024 Distinguished Senior Awards Due March 29


    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:

    • Must be graduating in the Spring, Summer, or Fall of 2024.
    • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

    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

  • FDIC Announces Inaugural Pedagogy Day


    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.

  • WEIU Kids Day 2024 set for March 9


    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.

  • The MindBody Connection For Lowering Anxiety -- Workshop March 6


    Balance your Life: The MindBody Connection for Lowering Anxiety. Dr. Misty Rhoads is presenting this workshop, which will be held March 6 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Klehm Hall 1418. Registration is required. 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. 

    Register here:

  • Artists-in-Residence Opening Reception & Live Performance March 1 at EIU's Tarble Arts Center


    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

  • EmpowerED BI-EIU Bystander Intervention Training February 29


    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.

    1. Panel Discussion with Professionals
    2. EmpowerED BI-EIU Bystander Intervention Training
    3. Mental Health First Aid Training

    For more information contact

  • Art Speaks! w/ Diane Christiansen & Jessie Mott at Tarble Arts Center February 29


    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

  • Stadium Parking Lot Closure Feb. 25 for Special Olympics Polar Plunge



    Due to the Special Olympics Illinois hosting the Polar Plunge on Sunday, February 25, the Stadium lot will be closed beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 24 and will remain closed throughout the event ending on Sunday night.

    Any vehicles that remain in the lot will be cited and relocated at the owner’s expense. Special Olympics planners and UPD appreciates everyone's support and understanding at these times. Thank you!

  • EIU's Interfraternity Council wins Awards in Indianapolis


    On Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, at the Association of Fraternal Values and Leadership conference in Indianapolis, the Interfraternity Council was awarded two one-star awards through the Council Compass awards program. They were awarded a one-star in Accountability and another one-star in Education. The Panhellenic Council also received a two-star award in Accountability through the Council Compass awards program. 

  • New Email Subscription Options for External Audiences


    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!

  • Purchasing 101 Training is Now Live


    PDCS has been holding short training sessions called Purchasing 101 on campus.  The presentation is now recorded and available online in the Business Affairs training module in D2L.  If your office did not receive a live session and would like one, please contact PDCS by email at

  • EIU 2024 Homecoming Week and Family Weekend Dates Announced


    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.

  • Booth Library North Entrance Closure March 18, 19



    Booth Library North Entrance Closure 

    BUILDINGS OR AREAS INVOLVED:  Booth Library, North Entrance

    DATE/TIME:  Monday, March 18, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. – Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

    PURPOSE OF PROPOSED OUTAGE:  Masonry Exploration/Repairs

    POSSIBLE PROBLEMS / SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: The exterior door will be shut down to normal traffic.  Building occupants will need to plan to use an alternate entrance.

  • NEW INTERNAL GOVERNING POLICY #161.1 -- Use of Motor Vehicle Reports


    IGP #161.1 Use of Motor Vehicle Reports was recently added with approval of the president. Please take time to review this new policy.

  • Funds for Faculty for Open Educational Resources (OER)


    Booth Library and the FDIC are partnering to extend an opportunity for funding for EIU faculty interested in creating and adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) materials: textbooks and textbook alternatives, and other materials like simulations, case studies, videos, assignments, quiz banks, lecture slides, lab manuals, etc. The use of OER is a proven means for reducing the cost of education and enhancing student success, and an extensive corpus of high-quality materials exists and is readily available – to learn more visit: OER LibGuide at Booth Library.

    The Illinois State Library has announced a grant program to support the creation of OER content at institutions of higher learning, and academic libraries can apply for project funding.

    To qualify you must begin to use the new OER content in the 2025 academic year. EIU faculty with successful proposals under this State Library program will receive a one-time payment of $4,000, during the Summer 2024 semester, to support OER development and adoption.

    Following the OER implementation, the faculty member will assess the OER content. Refinements and adjustments will be made in Summer 2025. Once that review process is complete and the OER materials finalized, participating faculty will receive another $1,000 at the project's completion.

    An array of supports will be provided to participating faculty by the FDIC and Booth: instructional design, integration of content into D2L, proofreading, and copyright and accessibility consultations; along with help in discovering existing content.

    The OER projects eligible for the Illinois State Library funding must fit into at least one of the following categories:

    1. Author – Create and adopt a substantially new open textbook or open course where it is possible to demonstrate that quality resources are not currently available to meet learning objectives.

    2. Revise/Remix – Update existing OER with major revisions or develop custom course content from multiple open educational resources and original open content to support learning objectives not met by existing open resources.

    3. Ancillaries – Adopt existing OER and create ancillaries such as quiz banks, lecture slides, or lab manuals.

    4. Update – Update and adopt existing OER that requires minor editing for currency or relevance, without major changes to the content or structure.

    Interested in Participating? To express interest in participating in OER@EIU, please complete the Expression of Interest questionnaire, available on the Booth Library website, by no later than February 25, 2024. If you have multiple courses for which you are interested in creating OER for this grant, please make separate submissions if you have multiple courses. The grant proposal from EIU to the Illinois State Library must be submitted by the end of March, so expressions of interest after February 25, might not be considered.

    In addition, feel free to email Brian Keith, Dean of Library Services, at and Michael Gillespie, Director of the FDIC, at

    Find more information on our website.

  • Campus Clocks Update

    Our campus clock system (Visiplex) has reached the end of its life.  The receivers in each clock have failed.  The clock system has been evaluated and the University has determined that we will replace some of our clocks with atomic clocks, which is a more cost-effective solution.  Classrooms have been prioritized first and the electricians are in the process of replacing the clocks in academic classrooms.  Clocks in offices and common areas (hallways) will not be replaced and over the coming months will be removed entirely.  Conference rooms are still being inventoried and evaluated.  Work orders no longer need to be submitted for the old campus clocks.  

  • Booth Library launches new spring speaker series: Authors@EIU


    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:

    February 28

    • Scott Meiners, Ph.D., Biological Sciences; Tree by Tree: Saving North America’s Eastern Forests, by Scott Meiners; Cornell University Press, 2023
    • Alexis L. Jones, Ph.D., Teaching, Learning and Foundations; Teaching is a Human Interaction: How Thoughtful Educators Respond, are Responsive, and Take Responsibility, by Alexis L. Jones; Information Age Publishing, 2023

    March 13

    • Julie D. Campbell, Ph.D., English; Women, Entertainment, and Precursors of the French Salon, 1532-1615, by Julie D. Campbell; Amsterdam University Press, 2023
    • Bob Klein, Ph.D., Teaching, Learning and Foundations; The Middle of Somewhere: Rural Education Partnerships and Innovation, ed. by Sara L. Hartman and Bob Klein; Harvard Education Press, 2023

    April 11

    • Stephen Eskilson, Ph.D., Art & Design Digital Design: A History by Stephen Eskilson; Princeton University Press, 2023
    • Ryan Burge, Ph.D., Political Science; The Nones, Second Edition: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going, by Ryan Burge; Fortress Press, 2023

    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.

  • Non-EIU Event Submission for EIU Calendar


    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!

  • New Online Applications Available for Employee Payroll and Student Refund Direct Deposit


    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.

    Access the Employee Payroll Direct Deposit application here.

    Access the Student Refund Direct Deposit application here.

  • Blind Date with a Book at Booth Library in February


    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!

  • Booth Library Announces 15th Annual Awards for Excellence in Research and Creativity -- Cash Prizes available, submissions due February 29


    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!

  • Book Club at Booth in February, March


    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 for more info.



    Please note time change in red below:

    Building Coordinators: Please notify your building occupants of this outage. Any questions or concerns, please contact facilities at (217) 581-3520.

    Type of Outage:  Electrical (Switch Gear Cleaning)              
    Requested By: Todd Thomason, Electrician Foreman                            

    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.   


    Saturday, March 16, 2024 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (11 hours) 
    Booth Library
    Gregg Computer Lab
    McAfee Gym
    Ford Hall
    McKinney Hall
    Weller Hall
    Lincoln Hall
    Stevenson Hall
    Powell-Norton Hall
    Tower Dining Service (generator power for freezers & coolers only)
    MLK Union - Entire Building (both East & West)
    Lantz Arena
    Field House
    Student Rec. Center


    Buildings To Be Determined

    O’Brien Stadium

    Greek Court Buildings

    University Apartment Buildings

    Facilities Planning & Management

  • Faculty/Staff Yoga in SP24 Semester - Register Here!


    Faculty/Staff Yoga is back! Join us in McAfee North Gym Mondays and Fridays at 12:05 for yoga with Raven. All levels welcome, from beginner to advanced, just bring your mat and water bottle!

    Registration appreciated, but not necessary: CLICK HERE to register.

  • Travel Rate Changes

    The Illinois Higher Education Travel Control Board has recently revised its regulations to align with federal government reimbursement rates for both domestic and international travel. This adjustment is anticipated to simplify the process of locating hotels within the approved rates for travelers. Effective January 2, 2024, the Business Affairs dashboard has been updated to adhere to these modifications. Consequently, travelers will be required to provide more comprehensive information in the dashboard to ensure accurate rate calculations.

    Moving forward, further adjustments will be implemented in accordance with changes in federal government rates.

    For any inquiries, please reach out to Procurement, Disbursements & Contract Services at 217-581-5313.
  • Crow Decoys Being Used in Trees Across Campus


    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.

  • 403(b) Universal Availability Notice 2024


    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.

    Contribution Limits

    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.

    To Enroll

    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.

    Approved Vendors

    To enroll in our approved 403(b) vendor plans, please visit the Tax-Deferred Retirement Accounts webpage at . 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

    TIAA-CREF: 800-842-2005

    VALIC: 800-448-2542

    VOYA: 888-311-9487

    More Information

    Contact the Benefits Services Office or one of the approved vendors directly with questions or for help enrolling in the Plan.

    Benefits Services Offices:, 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.

  • Indie Pop Singer/Songwriter Marielle Kraft at Doudna March 2 -- Tickets Available Now!


    Don’t miss indie pop singer/songwriter Marielle Kraft on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. in the Doudna’s Recital Hall. This Nashville-based artist displays craftsmanship beyond her years and is a joy to watch. For tickets go to

  • WindSync March 28 at Doudna -- Tickets Available!


    Witness a powerful performance by WindSync on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at 7:30pm. These amazingly talented people have established themselves as a vibrant chamber ensemble. Seating is limited, so get your tickets now at

  • Red Hot Chili Pipers April 6 at Doudna, Tickets Available!


    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 at


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