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  • Employee 2019 W2s are now available in PAWS

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    Employees' 2019 W2s are now available to print in PAWS.  By consenting to receive your W2 online employees can have immediate access to all their W2s dating back to 2007.


    To activate W2 consent, please follow these directions:


    • Log-in to PAWS
    • Select the EMPLOYEE tab
    • Select TAX FORMS
    • Select W-2 WAGE AND TAX STATEMENT
    • Select 2019, then click DISPLAY
    • A pop-up message will appear indicating the need to provide CONSENT.  Click OK
    • Under MY CHOICE, check the box that indicates consent to receive W2s electronically.
    • Click SUBMIT

    Consent is now complete.

  • Student Disability Services Testing Center Now Accepting Requests

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    Student Disability Services is now accepting faculty requests for our testing center for students with test accommodations. If a student in your class has talked to you about a testing accommodation and given you a letter from our office, you may want to ask us to proctor exams and provide testing accommodations.  You may continue to do this yourself as well.  Please realize this is a brand new system and we ask that you be patient with us as we work through any glitches that may arise. Faculty requests can be submitted using this link https://www.eiu.edu/apps/disability-services and on the SDS website https://www.eiu.edu/disability/. Questions may be directed to the SDS office at (217) 581-6583

  • CHANGE IN MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT

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    The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has decreased the mileage reimbursement rate for the use of privately owned vehicles in the conduct of official business to 57.5 cents per mile effective January 1, 2020.  According to the Travel Regulation Council rules and our Higher Education Travel Control Board rules, the mileage reimbursement rate for private motor vehicles is based on the rate established by the GSA. 

     The Fleet vehicle rule still remains in effect. If a Fleet vehicle is available but not used, the traveler will only be reimbursed at the Fleet rate.

    The Travel Voucher has been updated to reflect the new rate. If you have any questions, please contact Wynette Noll at  (217) 581-5367.

  • Gallery Conversation on Safety and Inclusivity January 28 and 30

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    Brendan Fernandes’ work asks us to think about the conceptual resistance and physical barriers that bodies may encounter while moving through spaces. Using this work as a jumping off point, we will be holding a cross-communities conversation about the concept of safe spaces.  This dialogue will use the fishbowl structure, a forum that is built on collaborative discussion and active listening, to ask what it means to claim safe space; what and who can be left out in the process; how and who defines safety, and if we should be asking different questions to build more empathetic and inclusive spaces.

    • January 28; 5 to 6:30 p.m.
      Charleston Mattoon Room, MLK Jr. Union

    • January 30; 5 to 6:30 p.m.
      McAfee Small Gym

    These events are free & open to the public.

     

  • D2L Brightspace Pulse App for Students

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    STUDENTS:  Keep a beat on your courses with the Brightspace Pulse app. Available on Android and iOS, this app allows you to check in to your courses that utilize D2L Brightspace even when you’re on the go.  For more information, visit https://www.eiu.edu/d2l/pulse.php.

  • On-Campus Interviews Scheduled for Director of Admissions

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    We are pleased to announce the candidates and schedule for on campus interviews for the Director of Admissions search.  All interview sessions will take place in the University Union.

    Dates and Location:

    • Thursday, January 23 – Kelly Miller – Effingham Room
    • Friday, January 24 - Lisa Shumard-Shelton - Effingham Room
    • Thursday, February 6 – Jonathan Elugbadebo - Martinsville Room

    Half Day Schedule:

    • 8-9am – Search Committee
    • 9-10am – Open Session
    • 10-11am – Admissions Staff
    • 11am-12pm – AVP Enrollment Management

    Candidate CVs can be found here: https://www.eiu.edu/search_admissionsdirector/ 

  • SRING JOB & INTERNSHIP FAIR February 12

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    The Spring Job & Internship Fair will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, in the Grand Ballroom of the MLK Jr. Union.  This event is open to 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 dress professionally.

    Career Services has several workshops and events planned to help students get ready for the fair. Topics include resume writing, interview success strategies, professional behavior, and networking.  Employers are traveling to campus on February 5 to help students with practice interviews.  Students will need to reserve their time slots early for this event!  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.   

    Check out some of the new opportunities and the majors employers are seeking: https://www.eiu.edu/careers/job_intern_fair.php. 

  • DELL offering a 12-hour computer sale for employees and students January 28

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    Dell is offering EIU faculty/staff and students a 12-hour sale on January 28, 2020.  This exclusive offer allows members of the EIU campus a 20% discount on computers.  Contact Connie Downey at (217) 581-7747 for more information.

  • Cannabis: Past & Present (Presentations 1/23 and 1/30)

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    Currently, CBD and THC are making headlines all over the world, but what do we really know about these cannabinoids and the cannabis plant? Join us as we take a look at cannabis use throughout history, the medical science behind it, and the current laws surrounding it. Now that forty-seven states are giving over three million people access to medical cannabis, and eleven states have allowed adult recreational use, it is time we understand what all the buzz is about. JB Faires will share his investigations and help clarify questions. These two sessions are free and open to students, community members, and employees.  Join us Thursday 1/23/2020 and 1/30/2020 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Arcola/Tuscola Room in the MLK Jr. Union.   


  • IRS launches a new Form W-4 for 2020

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    The IRS has released a new Form W-4 for 2020. It is recommended that you revisit your withholding. The payroll office strongly recommends you work with your CPA or visit the online IRS withholding calculator to estimate how much income tax to deduct from your pay. For questions you may also visit the FAQs here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-on-the-2020-form-w-4.


    Employees are not required to fill out a new IRS 2020 Form W-4. EIU will continue to calculate withholding based on the employee’s most recent Form W-4.


    If you do wish to fill out a new form you may now update your Federal W4 through PAWS! https://www.eiu.edu/pawslogin/


    Simply click on Employee tab/Tax Forms/W4 Tax Exemptions or Allowances. You will find the “Update” button in blue near the lower middle of your screen.


    No changes are currently being made to the Illinois Form W-4 but if you wish to make changes, please submit a paper form. You can find the form here https://www.eiu.edu/humanres/payroll/IL%20W4.pdf


    Questions may be directed to payroll@eiu.edu.


     


     


  • RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR DR. NANCY CRONE - JANUARY 30

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    The Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation Department will host a retirement reception for Dr. Nancy Crone, Academic Advisor, from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, January 30 in Room 2821 Ike Kennard Room. Please join us in celebrating Nancy's upcoming retirement and her many years of service to Eastern Illinois University.

  • Attention Students: Booth Library study rooms can now be reserved!

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    Students: You asked, and we delivered! Over the years Booth has had many patron requests that our fourth-floor group study rooms be made available by reservation. We now have a system in place to do that.

    Study rooms may be reserved by groups of two or more people for up to two hours per day. Unreserved study rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that our study rooms are intended for group use; rooms cannot be reserved for individual use.

    Only current EIU students with a valid Panther Card may reserve a room. Reservations for a group study room can be made up to two weeks in advance.

    Rehearsal and viewing rooms on the fourth floor also can now be reserved.

    To learn more about reserving a study room, visit https://library.eiu.edu/news/study-rooms-can-now-reserved/.

  • Learn about your library; take a tour!

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    Eastern students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to take a tour of Booth Library and find out what the library has to offer.

    Twenty-minute tours will be offered regularly during the first four weeks of the semester. There’s no need to sign up; just come to the Research Help desk on the north end of the library to join in any of the tours Monday through Thursday. Tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Jan. 13 through Feb. 6. The library will be closed on Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    Tours are also offered by appointment. Contact a research help librarian at (217) 581-6072 to schedule a tour.

  • 2020 change in mileage reimburement rate

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    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, 2020, the rate will decrease from $.58 per mile to $.575 per mile. Keep in mind, per IGP #111, if a Fleet vehicle is available but not used, the traveler will only be reimbursed at the Fleet rate, with few exceptions. If you are requesting the full mileage reimbursement rate, please provide the justification, and/or the reservation cancellation from the FPM Fleet reservation system with your Travel Voucher. For questions, please call (217) 581-5313.

  • Memberships on Request for Payment or P-Cards Reminder

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    When seeking reimbursement or paying for memberships on Request for Payment or P-Card, make sure you are including the members name and the membership dates in the comments. The dates are required for reporting purposes.

  • University Foundations Instructors Sought for Fall 2020

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    ASC is seeking qualified individuals to teach EIU 1111: University Foundations, Eastern's freshman seminar, for Fall 2020. Interested people must have a master's degree or higher and must work full-time for the University or be a recent retiree. Graduate students currently pursuing a degree may apply to teach for practicum hours, which must be approved by the graduate's department.  Most sections will be taught with a peer leader. Faculty teaching with a peer leader or alone will receive 2 CUs. ASPs will receive a 12.5% stipend for 4.5 months; civil service and A&Ps without academic rank will receive a $337.50 monthly stipend for 4.5 months for team-taught sections and $450.90 for peer-leader and individual sections. A&Ps with academic rank teach the course in-load.  \We welcome newcomers as well as returning instructors to this unique and rewarding teaching opportunity.  Additional information about the course and the application are available at http://castle.eiu.edu/eiu1111/.  Please return the application to Dr. Karla Sanders in CASA or through email to kjsanders@eiu.edu. Due dates are February 15, 2020 for returning instructors and February 28, 2020 for new instructors.  The faculty workshop will be held May 12-13, 2020.  Questions may be directed to Dr. Sanders at (217) 581-6056 or kjsanders@eiu.edu.


  • Thrift Store for Students Needing Business Casual Attire

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    Student Disability Services has started a thrift store for students that has casual business attire.  Clothing is free and does not need to be returned.  Students may utilize the thrift store during our office hours, we are open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, located in 9th Street Hall, Room 2022.

    Thank you,

    Student Disability Services  


  • STUDENT INSURANCE WAIVERS AVAILABLE

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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.

    The Spring 2020 Student Insurance fee will be automatically assessed to students enrolled in 9 or more on-campus hours; Graduate Assistants under contract to the University; and International Students who are enrolled in a minimum of  3 on-campus hours. Students with other insurance coverage may request a waiver of the Student Insurance fee if their other coverage is a PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) compliant plan.  Students will be required to complete a Waiver Form and provide a copy of their insurance card. The Waiver Form is available in the Student Insurance Office and on the Student Insurance website at: https://www.eiu.edu/studentinsurance/Spring%202020%20Waiver%20Form.pd

    January 27, 2020 is the last date these forms will be accepted for Spring 2020 term. For more information, call (217) 581-5290.

  • PART-TIME STUDENT INSURANCE FOR PART-TIME, ONLINE AND OFF CAMPUS STUDENTS AVAILABLE

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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.

     Spring Semester 2020 students, who are registered for 5 or more hours, may purchase Student Insurance for the semester by submitting the Part-Time Enrollment Form to the Student Insurance Office prior to 4:30 p.m. on January 27, 2020.  The forms can be downloaded from the Student Insurance website at: https://www.eiu.edu/studentinsurance/Spring%202020%20Enrollment%20Form.pdf.

    The cost is $109.95.

  • 2019-20 Internal Governing Policies Notification for Faculty

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    The Office of Academic Affairs is required to notify faculty that the Internal Governing Policies may be found at the following website:
    http://castle.eiu.edu/auditing/igplisting.php.

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

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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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