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  • Survive and Thrive Sessions in September & October


    Survive and Thrive is a 4-week curriculum that offers a careful selection of evidence-based exercises to build coping skills and promote thriving. The ReST philosophy is that there are many routes to achieving greater resiliency. 

    Fill out this form to sign up:

    First Session              Date                      Time                         Location                               

                          Wednesday Sept 20th        5-6 PM                  Martinsville Room

    Second Session         Date                      Time                         Location 

                          Wednesday Sept 27th        5-6 PM                  Martinsville Room   

    Third Session             Date                      Time                         Location     

                          Wednesday Oct 4th            5-6 PM                  Martinsville Room

    Fourth Session           Date                      Time                         Location     

                          Wednesday Oct 11th          5-6 PM                  Martinsville Room

  • Hennings Reading Series October 26


    New EIU creative writing faculty member Amie Whittemore will read from her work; she will be supported by EIU student writer Ethan Miller. The reading will be followed by a brief Q&A. Join us at 5:30 p.m. in the Doudna Lecture Hall on Thursday, October 26. 

  • EIU Campus Beautification Day September 26 - Sign Ups Available!


    Tuesday, September 26. Volunteer times available from 2 - 4 pm and 4 - 6 pm

    All employees, students and community members are welcome to help make EIU's campus even more beautiful!

    The EIU Grounds Crew will be coordinating the activities and possible work includes spreading mulch, planting flowers/bulbs, pulling weeds, picking up sticks or trash, and many more things. All necessary hand tools will be provided. 

    Click here to sign up!

  • Registration is Open for the Seventh Annual Making Excellence Inclusive Conference: Friday, Oct. 20, 2023


    The 2023 The annual RISE conference is October 20, 2023 on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

    RISE – Reaching Inclusivity for Student Excellence – is the theme of this year’s conference with the intent to support and equally advocate for transformative learning and achievement through systemic collaboration and inclusion. At the upcoming RISE conference, the areas of focus will include emotional and mental wellness, accessibility, recognizing and celebrating different background and cultures, and ways to commit to promoting diversity and inclusivity in a higher education and K-12 classroom settings, as well as many other insightful topics. A two-hour Safe Zone training will also be offered. 

    Highlighting the conference will be keynote speaker Dr. Tamba-Kuii Bailey an associate professor in the Counseling Psychology and Counseling Programs at the University of North Dakota. Additionally, he currently serves as the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion at the University.

    A conference schedule and registration link is available here. Further inquiries about EIU’s upcoming conference can be directed to Dr. Catherine Polydore, chair of the RISE Conference Committee. She can be reached via email at or

  • Snoozin' Like a Panther September 26


    This presentation focuses on sleep habits including tips and tricks for a good night's rest.

    5:30 - 6:30 p.m                  MLK Union- Charleston/ Mattoon Room

    For more information: Click here and contact a staff member.

  • Stress Management September 25


    Stress Management. 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, self-care, mindfulness, and much more!

    Monday Sept 25th 3-4 PM MLK Union- Effingham Room

    For more information: Click here and contact a staff member.

  • Microsoft Teams Voice replacing EIU’s phone system in 2023/2024


    After 40+ years of service, EIU’s will be retiring the Centrex phone system in 2024. Our current system is at the end of its useful life and EIU has recognized that there are systems that will better meet the operational needs of the University. Over the course of a phased rollout, the traditional phone system and equipment will be replaced with Microsoft Teams Voice, which uses the existing Teams platform to make and receive external calls on a computer or mobile device.

    The transition to Teams Voice will offer modern calling enhancements, such as voicemail to email, call history, call blocking, call transferring, call forwarding, and much more. The switch will also permit EIU employees to use existing 581 numbers to simplify the transition and minimize disruption. In addition to adding modern calling features, this change allows EIU to offer phone services to all EIU employees starting July 1, 2024. Please see the FAQ for how the billing model will change with Teams voice.

    The move to Teams Voice is a large project currently in the testing phase. The project team is committed to effective communication and will update campus regularly through EIU announcements, presentations, direct communications, and the EIU Teams Site. The transition is expected to begin in November of 2023, followed by a phased rollout over the course of several months and being finished by July 1, 2024. The project team will connect directly with unit leadership regarding scheduling, training, and next steps.

    Please complete this machform if you have questions, concerns, or would like to be considered as an early adopter.

  • ACF Position in Computer Science in the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science


    The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences invites applications for an annually contracted position. The ideal candidate will enjoy teaching both lower and upper division computer science classes, be able to engage in curriculum development, and help facilitate our new computer engineering degree option. The position begins August 2024.

    Preference will be given to candidates with a PhD in Computer Science or related discipline, ABD or MS considered. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and experience with promoting inclusive excellence is required.

    Candidates can see the full announcement, along with instructions on how to apply at

  • 2023 Family Weekend Schedule of Events


    We are excited to welcome everyone to campus for a weekend of great events for Family Weekend, but most importantly -- to spend time together. This is a great opportunity for family to visit campus, engage in our campus and local communities, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Everyone in the family can plan to attend. We have something planned for all ages. Join us for the Panther Football Game, our Family Breakfast with the President, and more! 

    2023 Schedule of Events 

    Friday, September 22

    Family Weekend Check-In
    3 - 7 pm, EIU Bookstore Lobby, MLK Jr. Union

    Family Bingo
    7 - 10 pm, Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union

    Rock 'n' Bowl
    7 - 10 pm, Bowling Lanes, MLK Jr. Union

    Second City: Comedian Rhapsody
    7:30 - 9:30 pm, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center
    Are you looking for a fun night out?  Come see the renowned Second City perform "Comedian Rhapsody" right here at EIU!  The Second City is the premier brand in improv-based sketch comedy.  Famous alums include Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Quinta Brunson, and Keegan Michael-Key.  You can purchase tickets at  

    Saturday, September 23

    Family Weekend Check-In
    8 am - 1 pm
    EIU Bookstore Lobby, MLK Jr. Union

    Family Breakfast with President Gatrell
    9 - 11 am, Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union
    This is a free event. Reservations are required. Please RSVP here.

    Family and Friends Photo Shoot
    11 am - 3 pm, Library Quad

    Family Fun Fest!
    11 am - 3 pm, Library Quad
    Features creation stations, trackless train rides, and Kona Ice truck.

    Families Belong at the Library!
    1 -  4 pm, Booth Library
    Booth Library will host several events for Panther Families including "Legos at the Library", "Family Pictures:  Green Screen Style," and a chance to win Booth swag by collecting Booth Library trading cards as you follow along the Panther Path.

    Tarble Family Day
    1 - 4 pm, Tarble Arts Center
    The Tarble Arts Center, the Coles County Art Council, and the EIU Art Education, Fashion Merchandising and Design programs invite you to bring the whole family for an afternoon filled with art and exploration for all ages.  

    EIU Panther Football vs. McNeese State
    Kickoff: 2 p.m., O'Brien Stadium
    To purchase tickets, please click here.

    Rock ‘N’ Bowl
    7 - 10 pm, Bowling Lanes, MLK Jr. Union

    Magician Jason Hudy
    8 pm, Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union

    Ice Cream Social: Make Your Own Sundaes
    9 - 10 pm, Bridge Lounge, MLK Jr. Union

    Weekend Opportunities

    Java B&B, MLK Jr. Union
    Friday: 7:30 am - 5 pm
    Saturday: 7:30 am - 1pm

    University Bookstore, MLK Jr. Union
    Friday: 8 am - 7 pm
    Saturday: 8 am - 4 pm

    Fall Harvest Frolic Celebration
    Celebrate the arrival of autumn at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. Visit for directions and details.

  • Group Fitness Classes Available



     Just a reminder that group fitness classes are in session. These classes are free for anyone with a membership at the Student Rec Center. This is a great resource to help with physical and mental health and wellness. Don't miss out on the opportunity. Join us Monday-Thursday all semester long. 

  • Be Well Illinois Fall Into Fitness 5K/10K Team Walks


    Join the EIU Panther Parade as we walk our way to a team win in the Be Well Illinois Fall Into Fitness 5K/10K Challenge.  Every day we will meet to walk 1.5 to 2 miles on our quest to complete a 5K, 10K, 5,000 steps and 10,000 steps.  If you aren't registered for the event we encourage you to join our team by visiting  Even if you don't want to join the event we hope you will come walk with us!



    Take to the streets for this annual tradition. Sign up and join us for a fun 1.5-mile run/walk from Old Main to up and around the square and back! Prizes and awards will be given to the top place finishers in walk, run, and wheelchair categories.

    The 2.5K (1.5 mile) race begins at 9 am at the corner of Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. Participants will make their way north on Seventh Street, race around the square (Monroe Avenue), and then return to Lincoln Avenue by heading south on Sixth Street to the finish line at the old First Financial Bank location, across the street from Old Main.

    Click here to register. 

  • Fall 2023 Autism Conference: Friday, Sept. 29


    EIU Communications Disorders & Sciences Fall 2023 Autism Conference: Using Applied Improvisation to Support Autistic Individuals

    8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Friday, September 29, ElU Grand Ballroom


    • Students - FREE
    • Families- $30
    • Professionals- $60

    Featuring Jim Ansaldo, PhD, a research scientist with the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL) at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University, Bloomington.

    Register here or by contacting Felicia Magee at or (217) 581-2712.

  • EIU EATS Cookbooks FOR SALE!


  • Booth Library to host Empowered Researcher series


    Booth Library will offer a series of six quick workshops in person and via zoom, each geared toward introducing students to library resources for efficient and effective research. The “Become an Empowered Researcher” series will include:

    • Using Keywords for Better Searches (September 18 – live/via zoom; September 19 – live)
    • What is a Scholarly Article? (September 25 – live/via zoom; September 26 – live)
    • Books@Booth (October 23 – live/via zoom; October 24 – live).

    All sessions will meet from 7 to 7:30 p.m. in Booth Library on the 4000 level. Register here.

  • 2023 EIU Homecoming Faculty Lord and Lady Nomination


     The 2023 Homecoming Committee is now accepting nominations for the “Panthers Royale!” 2023 EIU Homecoming Faculty Lord and Lady Nomination. 

    Please submit nomination form online at

    Submissions must be received by 4:30pm, Monday, September 25th, 2023 to be considered. 

    Note:  The winners of EIU Homecoming Faculty Lord and Lady must be able to attend Coronation on Monday, October 2nd, 2023 at 7 p.m..  Those chosen will be notified at least one week prior to Coronation.


  • 2023 EIU Homecoming Little Prince and Little Princess Applications


    The 2023 Homecoming Committee is now accepting applications for the “Panther Royale!” 2023 EIU Homecoming Little Prince and Little Princess.  Children/grandchildren of students, faculty, and staff between the ages of four (4) and eight (8) years of age are welcome to apply. 

    Please submit application online at

    Submissions must be received by 4:30 p.m. Monday, September 25, 2023 to be considered. 

    Note:  The winners of EIU Homecoming Little Prince and Little Princess must be able to attend Coronation on Monday, October 2, 2023 at 7 p.m. and the parade on Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 9 a.m.  Those chosen will be notified at least one week prior to Coronation.

  • EIU Homecoming 2023 -- October 2-8



  • Official Investiture of Jay D. Gatrell November 15


    The Board of Trustees of Eastern Illinois University cordially invite you to the investiture of Jay D. Gatrell, Ph.D. as EIU's twelfth sitting president.

    Event Details
    1 p.m., Wednesday, November 15, 2023Eastern Illinois UniversityDoudna Fine Arts Center
-- Dvorak Concert Hall; Charleston, IL 61920

    Reception to follow in the Doudna Concourse.

    This celebration is open to the public, all students, faculty, and staff. As seating is limited an RSVP is required. Faculty and Chairs are encouraged to participate in the procession in academic regalia. 

    This formal investiture ceremony of Jay D. Gatrell will feature guest speaker Harlan Cohen.

    This is an exciting and historic time for the Eastern Illinois University, and we look forward to celebrating with the campus and community.

  • Student Research Involving Human Subjects


    When a research project involves human beings as subjects and the Principal Investigator (PI) of the project is a student, a faculty sponsor or an executive, administrative, or professional (EAP) staff sponsor, is required. The primary responsibility of a faculty sponsor or EAP is to advise and support the PI in all aspects of the protection of human subjects. While the faculty sponsor or EAP serves as Co-Investigator on the project, the protocol must be compiled and written by the PI, under the guidance of the sponsor.

  • EIU Homecoming 2023 - Homecoming Parade Registration is OPEN!



    Members of the EIU and surrounding communities are invited to attend on Saturday, October 7 the annual EIU Homecoming Parade, beginning at 9:30am, on 7th, Monroe, Polk and Division Streets. The EIU Homecoming Parade is an annual tradition that consists of over 100 campus/community parade entries featuring a HC Parade Grand Marshal, Distinguished EIU Alumni, decorated cars, bands, banners and floats.

    To register for the parade, click here!



    Part of your responsibility in driving a university owned vehicle is to report any accidents involving that vehicle to Mike Hutchinson, the University Risk Manager. You will need to come to Old Main - Room 1140 within 48 hours to fill out a claim report. If there is a police report, please bring it with you. Incidents involving damage to university property must also be reported. If you are unable to come into the office, call 217-581-2921.

  • Homecoming Spirit T-shirts On Sale!


    The EIU Homecoming Committee invites the EIU Community to show your school spirit during Homecoming Week – October 2nd-7th, by purchasing your Homecoming Spirit T-shirt! Spirit T-shirts are available NOW for pick up in the Student Activity Center (MLKU2070) or can be delivered to your office.  Each Friday in September & October has been designated School Spirit Day and EIU students, faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to wear your Spirit T-shirts and show your EIU pride! For an order form, e-mail Laurel Fuqua at or call (217) 581-5522.




  • Write Night & Study Buddies event planned at Booth Library


    Booth Library will host “Write Nights & Study Buddies @ Booth Library,” an academic support event. Students are invited to bring a friend, partner or group to the library to work on a research paper or project with academic support and resources at hand. Booth Librarians and representatives from the Writing Center, Academic Success and TRIO tutors will be on hand to help guide students in their efforts, answer questions, etc. Goodie bags will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is required for this event, which will meet Monday, October 2, 6-8 p.m. in the Atrium and Center for Student Innovation on the library’s 1000 level. Register to attend.

  • Children of Eden November Dates at Doudna -- Tickets Available!


    From musical theatre greats, Stephen Schwartz and John Caird, comes a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith... not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! Adam, Eve, Noah and the "Father" who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet. but inspiring. message: that "the hardest part of love... is letting go.

    November 2-4 & 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m.
    November 5 & 12 at 2 p.m.

    The Theatre

    Tickets: $25/$20/$15

    Groups of 4+ Save $5.00 per ticket (Contact the Box Office for savings)

  • Outside Employment Application


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

    As a reminder, the University’s Internal Governing Policies requires full-time faculty members to obtain specific approvals before undertaking, contracting for, or accepting anything of value for research or consulting services outside the University (Federal, State local governments exempted).

  • Pre-Retirement Summer Assignments Application & Eligibility


    Faculty eligible to apply for pre-retirement summer assignments must do so by October 13, 2023.  An application for the pre-retirement summer assignment obligation may be obtained at

    To be eligible, faculty must have completed 15 years of service at the University in Unit A, must have an annual appointment that does not exceed 10 months, must not be on retaining leave or leave without salary, must not have previously received an approved university pre-retirement session assignment, and must declare a firm retirement date, under the provisions of Article 6.2.i. of the EIU-UPI Unit A Agreement.

    Approval of eligible faculty members' requests for pre-retirement summer assignments will be made by November 15, 2023.

  • Internal Governing Policies and Board of Trustees Bylaws, Policies and Regulations


    The Internal Governing Policies are available on the EIU website at Also note that the Board of Trustees' Bylaws, Policies and Regulations are also on the EIU website.  See

  • No Cost Adobe Creative Cloud Access


    Beginning Fall 2023, all EIU students and employees will have access to the complete Adobe Creative Cloud at no cost. There will no longer be a need for students and employees to buy Adobe software for personal use on their computers. Adobe Creative Cloud provides apps, web services, and resources for all your creative projects — photography, graphic design, video editing, UX design, drawing and painting, social media, and more. Click here to view all apps.

    This decision was made by EIU to enhance support for instructional curricula and address the digital divide many of our students face. Please find the FAQ section below for more information.

    How can I get access to the Adobe Creative Suite? 


    All EIU employees will have access by default (visit and will not require an additional request. 


    1. Visit and login with your EIU credentials.
    2. In the upper right hand corner select "Add apps" then "Request new apps".
    3. Under suggested apps select "Adobe Student Access" then "Add".
    4. Access may take up to 1 hour to be granted. You will receive an email telling you when you have access.

    Are all EIU students eligible?

    All students, with the exception of dual credit students, are eligible.

    Why did EIU make this investment?

    Through a partnership with all Illinois public higher education institutions EIU has secured the Creative Cloud at a significantly reduced cost. This has resulted in substantial savings for EIU students while also expanding access to the software for the entire student community.

    How long will I have access to the Adobe Creative Cloud?

    The Adobe agreement is for 3 years, and any eligible student will have access for the duration of the Adobe agreement. Students will need to re-apply for access annually.

    Are there any restrictions on the use of Adobe Creative Cloud or where I can use it?

    No restrictions as long as the student/employee maintains eligibility.

    Faculty question: If I want to incorporate this into my course instruction, how do I learn more about its capabilities? 

    EIU is working directly with Adobe and the FDIC to provide workshops on instructional use cases.  In the short term you can learn more by visiting the Adobe website.

  • DATES CORRECTED: Evaluation Portfolio Workshops October 9 & 10


    Evaluation portfolio workshops are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, October 9 & 10.

    • Monday, October 9 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Witters Conference Room, Booth Library
    • Tuesday, October 10 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in the Effingham Room of the MLK Union

    Please contact Cindy Hutchison at if you are planning to attend.

    *A previous version of this story listed an incorrect date

  • Third Annual Play Therapy Conference November 3


    2023 EIU Department of Counseling and Higher Education’s 3rd Annual Play Therapy Conference FAMILY PLAY THERAPY with Heather Maritano, LCSW, RPT-S

    Friday, November 3, 2023 @ 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    The Department of Counseling and Higher Education at EIU is very pleased to announce our 3rd Annual 2023 Play Therapy Conference on Friday, November 3, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the University Ballroom located on the 2nd floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

    The program will feature keynote speaker Heather Maritano, LCSW, RPT-S, founder of Inner Resources Counseling & Training.  With over 25 years of experience working with children and families, Heather brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her audiences and provides them with hands-on, experiential training. For more information about Heather Maritano, visit ( The Conference will focus on utilizing the power of play in family therapy work with individuals of all ages. Participants can earn continuing education credits from NBCC and the Association for Play Therapy.  

    An effort is being made to encourage graduate students to participate in this conference.  Therefore, a special registration of $30 has been established for students enrolled in six semester hours or more of graduate coursework.  Cost for regular registration is $60. Contact us for more information or register online at 2023 Play Therapy Registration.


    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

    Phone: (217) 581-2400; Email:

  • Abilene Doudna Performance October 14 -- Tickets Available!


    Abilene is a collective of artists whose cinematic compositions marry classical and modern elements with an emphasis on narrative storytelling that will excite and wow you.  See them perform on Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Doudna’s Recital Hall. 
    Through experience, they have discovered that the use of electronics, percussion, household items, and singing on top of traditional textures is engaging, timely, and allows for imaginative narrative through compositions.

     Tickets are available at

  • Funding for Research and Creative Activity projects by students

    EIU has created a one-time grant fund for students who participate in research and creative activity projects. The amount of the grant is $1,000 per student. For application instructions, see the Honors website at

  • Scholarships for Study Abroad: Application Deadline October 15


    EIU has created a one-time scholarship fund for students who participate in faculty-led study abroad. The amount of the scholarship is $1,000 per student; applications are due by October 15, 2023. For application instructions, see the Study Abroad website



    Parking Permits for Fall or Yearly are now available online. Please note yearly permits are only offered in the fall semester.  Yearly permits include Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

    Students who plan to bring a vehicle and park on campus during parking enforcement will be required to display a valid parking permit. If you live on campus, (including all Residential Halls, Greek Court, University Apartments, University Court) your vehicle will need a valid parking permit displayed.

    Please visit our website at and select "Get Permits" to purchase your permit.

    Parking Permit fees for 2023-2024:

    • Underclass Permits: $100 Semester, $200 Year
    • Upperclass Permits: $50 Semester, $100 Year
    • Staff/Faculty Permit: $50 Semester, $100 Year
    • Motorcycle Permit: $5 Semester, $10 Year

    Delivery and Payment Options

    All faculty staff permits will be mailed to the campus departments. All student permits ordered up through August 6th were mailed to the student's permanent address. Student permits ordered August 7th or after are being mailed to the student’s local or on-campus address. If you are not living in campus housing, please make sure your local address is updated in PAWS. 


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Josh Reinhart, Public Information Coordinator

2142 Old Main
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600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-8444

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