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University Newsletter  —  Archive: January 2024

  • 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

  • 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.
  • 2024 Spring Parking Permit Sales Now Open Online


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

    Spring permits are available online. Please note yearly permits are only offered in the fall semester. Students, faculty, and staff that plan to 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.

    Faculty/staff permits may be purchased through payroll deduction or credit/debit cards at this link. They will be distributed via campus mail to your campus department address. As stated in the parking rules and regulations, no one is eligible to purchase a permit if they owe parking fines. Please check your EIU email for fine invoices or other communications regarding parking. 

    Student permits ordered will be mailed to the student’s local or campus address. If you are not living in campus housing, please make sure your local address is updated on PAWS. PAWS will create your mailing label. Students may bill their student account or credit/debit cards are accepted online.

    The regular student lots will not be enforced until Tuesday January 16, 2024.

  • (WEIU TV) Take a Hike: The Mini-Series TASTE AWARDS Finalist


    WEIU-TV is excited to share Season 2 of “Take a Hike: The Mini-Series” is a finalist for the 15th Annual TASTE AWARDS. For over a decade, the TASTE AWARDS have celebrated the year's best in Food, Fashion, Health, Travel, and Lifestyle programs in Film, Television, Online & Streaming Video, Podcasts, Radio and Photography.

    Season 2 of Take a Hike: The Mini-Series, is a finalist in the following categories:

    • Best Travel Program
    • Best Nature or Animal Program, Film or Documentary

    • Best Action, Sports, Adventure or Outdoors Program, Film, or Documentary

    Take a Hike: The Mini-Series takes viewers on an “Outdoor Tour” of Illinois, showcasing a variety of federal, state, and local parks and nature areas. Host Lacey Spence shows viewers why they should “take a hike,” (or make the drive!) to the locations featured in each episode. Season 1 of the program was a finalist in the 14th Annual TASTE AWARDS in the category of "Best New Series." An announcement for this year’s award winners is expected later this Spring.

    For those who want to watch Season 2 of Take a Hike: The Mini-Series for themselves, visit the WEIU-TV Public Broadcasting Station YouTube Channel or find WEIU-TV on the PBS App.
    The show is spearheaded by Producer and Host, Lacey Spence. Take a Hike: The Mini-Series is among the lineup of WEIU-TV’s other local productions including WEIU News Watch, City
    Spotlight, The Paw Report, Issues & Attitudes, the This is Our Story Series, and Being Well (which is also hosted by Spence.)  “It’s such a blessing I get to call this ‘work!’ It’s not every day you score a job that lets you
    travel to some of the best outdoor spaces Illinois has to offer. The variety Season 2 had to offer is astounding, and myself and videographer Rameen Karbassioon are so excited the locations

    we visited are getting highlighted for a whole new audience!” said Spence.

    Season 2 Take a Hike Locations Include:
    • Episode 1 – Walnut Point State Park
    • Episode 2 – University of Illinois Arboretum
    • Episode 3 – Warbler Ridge Conservation Area
    • Episode 4 – Lake Sara
    • Episode 5 – Mill Creek Lake & Park
    • Episode 6 – Garden of the Gods

    Take a Hike: The Mini-Series is underwritten by: First Mid Bank & Trust and Rural King WEIU-TV is a service of Eastern Illinois University, and a partial PBS Station. Through the television and radio programs, EIU students are able to get hands-on experience in aprofessional broadcasting environment.

    More Information:

  • SRC Memberships Available for Spring 2024


    Spring 2024 memberships available now!  Join us at the Student Rec Center to get started on your New Year Resolutions, support your long term goals, or just have some fun.  New for 2024 - we now offer payroll deduction to pay for your SRC membership!

  • Handshake for Student Jobs -- Process Details


    Happy New Year!

    Career Services is receiving several emails from students seeking on-campus employment. We are encouraging them to check Handshake, our online job posting board. 15 EIU departments have created accounts in Handshake and are able to post student jobs. Posting in Handshake does not change your recruitment process, it simply gives students one place to begin their search.  Please create a profile and list your open student positions so our students who are seeking employment to sustain their education can find opportunities easily. If you need help creating your profile or posting a position call us at 217.581.2412 and we will walk you through the process!

  • December 2023 EIU Shout Out Video!


  • Homesickness Event for EIU Students January 24


    Moving to college can be a stressful time for both new students and returners. In this program students will learn tips and tricks to help become accustomed to college life or adjust to new environments!

    January 24th @ 3 PM - MLK Student Union Effingham Room

  • Important Update: Consolidation of IRB Protocol Forms and Reminder of Faculty/EAP Responsibilities


    Effective this semester, all IRB protocol review forms have been consolidated to one form: the Application for Review of Research Involving Human Subjects. This application replaces Forms A, B, C, and I. Each section within the Application has hyperlinks embedded in the section heading that will guide investigators to the newly created Protocol Submission Guide and Tutorial. Please visit the IRB Website to access the new application and the submission guide. If you have already started to compile a protocol using the previous version of the forms, it will be accepted for review.

    While the Protocol Submission Guide and Tutorial contains expanded guidance, it is not a substitute for direct instruction or Faculty/EAP sponsorship. As a reminder, the role of a Faculty/EAP Sponsor is to advise and support student researchers as they complete and submit unique, original applications for review and approval prior to the initiation of research. The Sponsor must not complete any or all components of a protocol on behalf of the PI, but rather guide the PI to complete their own protocol in accordance with IRB regulations. The Sponsor must ensure the student researcher understands the ethical standards described in the Belmont Report, federal regulations, and EIU policy, and verify the protocol is in alignment with those standards. The commitment to guide EIU's student researchers is valuable and very much appreciated. 

    Thank you for your cooperation with the implementation of this updated IRB protocol process. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at (217) 581-2125 or

  • Be Well Illinois Right on the Money


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    Start your 2024 off right by joining Be Well Illinois for Right on the Money!  Money mastery can be intimidating.  Right on the Money removes the fear by making learning about finances fun in a game you play on your phone or computer.  The more you learn, the more confidence you gain to make smart money choices now and in the future!

    The game is divided into 2-week rounds called Money Round and Double your Money Round, where you earn virtual dollars by completing topics most important to you.  Make personal finance fun just by playing the game!

    Starts Monday, January 8th.  Join here:

  • Spring Campus Update - Wednesday Morning, January 24 in Doudna


    President Jay Gatrell invites the entire campus community to the EIU Spring Update, scheduled for Wednesday, January 24.

    Join your colleagues for coffee and donuts at 8 a.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Concourse with the update beginning in the Dvorak Concert Hall at 8:30 a.m.

    We look forward to seeing you there if your schedule allows. If you cannot make it in person, you can watch the livestream via WEIU.

  • DCFS forms (Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status) now part of online ethics training


    The DCFS form (Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status) has now been attached to the end of the online Ethics Training.  Paper forms no longer need to be completed.  Thank you.  

  • 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 

  • Employment Opportunity -- Director of Institutional Research and Business Operation (Internal Candidates)


    Eastern Illinois University is seeking internal applications for a highly motivated and experienced administrator to serve as the University’s Director of Institutional Research and Business Operation Unit.  The Director of Institutional Research & Business Operations reports to the Vice President for Business Affairs and has responsibility for administering all aspects of programs and activities associated with the office of Institutional Research and Business operations. 

    Duties Include:

    • Coordinates research and analyses to inform the University’s decision-making process, support long-range planning and accreditation, and manage campus-wide data collection and archiving.
    • Supervises and assists in the development and presentation of reports for the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), Illinois State Legislature forms (ISL), Resource Allocation Management Program (RAMP), AAUP and CUPA.
    • Supervise and assist in the support and management of the technological operations for the Business Office and Business affairs to streamline and improve efficiency.  This includes working with the campus on Business applications, financial report preparations and data integrity. 
    • Collaborates with campus constituencies to support, advise and present data and reports on assessment and planning.
    • Support and promote a dynamic office environment and encourage staff members’ professional development.
    • Serving as liaison with faculty, staff and student users.
    • Adherence to the high professional and ethical standards.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in related field required.
    • Three years of recent applicable experience with data and research analysis as well as supporting technology for business operations.
    • Knowledge of data structures and enterprise systems. 

     Preferred Qualifications:

    • Advanced degree in related field
    • Relevant professional experience in Higher Education

    Closing Date: Review will begin immediately and continue until filled. Candidates are encouraged to submit materials no later than January 29, 2024, for full consideration.

    Application: Applications must be submitted through the University's “Interfolio" application system. Submitted materials should include: 1) a cover letter addressing the candidate's experience and qualifications as related to the position description; 2) a resume or curriculum vitae describing the candidate's professional work history, education, and other qualifications; and 3) a list identifying the names, addresses, and contact information (phone and email) for three professional references.

    UNIVERSITY CONTACT: For questions regarding the search, contact Megan Wells, Screening Committee Chair at

  • Emergency Assistance Fund for currently enrolled students


    EIU now has an “Emergency Assistance Fund” for currently enrolled students to cover expenses that are unexpected and posing significant barriers to schooling. The funding helps support students experiencing housing challenges, as well as childcare and food insecurity. Offering financial help to students on a one-time basis, and generally up to a limit of $1,000, the funding is not for ongoing expenses. All applications are carefully considered. Award of funding is not guaranteed and is determined on an individual basis. This program is supported through an Illinois Board of Higher Education grant.


    Apply at:

  • Time to register for Pantherpalooza -- event taking place January 16 in the Union


    Pantherpalooza -- an Eastern tradition that occurs twice each year, is a great opportunity for students to join RSOs that interest them.  Hundreds of organizations set up booths around the MLK Jr. Grand and University Ball Rooms so new students can quickly connect with people who share their interests.

    Student organizations create excitement and vibrancy on Eastern’s campus through their countless events and activities. These events reflect the culture, personality, and diversity of the student body and student organizations. Student organization events educate, inform, entertain, and enrich the university community. Student leaders and volunteers have the opportunity to learn and grow through the process of planning and running these events and activities.

    Pantherpalooza 2024 has officially been set for Tuesday, January 16th.  It will be held in the MLK Jr. Union Grand and University Ball Rooms from 2 to 5 p.m.

    Questions?  Please contact Student Government at

    Use the following link to schedule your table and space:

    Be sure to mark your calendars to showcase your RSO at Pantherpalooza this year!

  • No Matter How Tired or Sad: A Conversation on Art and Mental Health at the Tarble Arts Center February 22


    From 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, a panel of experts including artists-in-residence Diane Christiansen and Jessie Mott—who are both practicing social workers as well as studio artists—will explore the relationship between art and mental health from their unique perspectives. This event will be free and open to the public, with refreshments served.

    For more information about the Tarble Arts Center and its upcoming events, or to sign up for the Tarble Arts Center newsletter, visit

  • 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

  • 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

  • 2024 Lions in Winter Festival at Doudna Fine Arts Center January 25 & 26


    The 2024 Lions in Winter festival features three internationally known writers: Other Names for Love author Taymour Soomro, ceramist and the author of Cost of Living: Essays Emily Maloney, and Bram Stoker Award and International Latino Book Award winner Cynthia Pelayo.

    The festival will feature a catered reception followed by readings and a Q&A session with visiting writers and students, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday January 25. Craft Talks will be presented by the featured writers on Friday January 26 beginning at 3 p.m. 

    The festival is free and open to the public and will be held at the Doudna Fine Arts Center on EIU's campus.

  • 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.

  • Mindful U Presentation January 22


    This presentation will teach you the history of mindfulness and a few skills to get you started in your practice! Skills will involve making students more aware of their mind ,body, and surroundings.

    Jan 22nd @ 1 PM in the MLK Student Union - Effingham Room

  • Koru Mindfulness Class January 23


    Koru Mindfulness Classes teach mindful skills such as deep breathing, mindful eating, and labeling thoughts and emotions. 

    Jan. 23rd at 3 p.m. in the Effingham Room

  • EIU Civil Service Council Guest Speaker (February 13, 8:30 a.m.) -- EIU Annuitants Association President Nora Pat Small


    The EIU Civil Service Council will host Dr. Nora Pat Small, Professor Emerita and President of the EIU Annuitants Association, at their February 13th meeting starting at 8:30 am (Rathskeller Lounge - 7th Street Underground). She will be there to discuss the benefits of joining the EIU Annuitant's Association and what they do for all current and retired faculty and staff of EIU.  The EIU campus community is invited to attend. You can learn more about the EIUAA at

  • Homesickness Workshop January 24


    This presentation will teach you the history of mindfulness and a few skills to get you started in your practice! Skills will involve making students more aware of their mind, body, and surroundings.

    Jan. 24th at 3 p.m. in the Effingham Room 

  • EIU Alumni Day at Panther Basketball Games on January 27th

    Join fellow EIU Alumni and fans for a day at Groniger Arena and help cheer on the men's and women's Panther Basketball teams Saturday, January 27 as the Panthers take on Tennessee State! The women's teams tip off at 1 p.m. and the men follow at 3:30 p.m.
    Tickets will be $3 when purchased at the registration link below. Please plan to pick up your tickets from the Alumni Association table in the pool lobby on the day of the event.
    Purchase of a ticket includes admission to both games and pizza provided by the EIU Alumni Association in between games. You could also score a free t-shirt courtesy of the Alumni Association and Panther Athletics!
  • Open Session for College of Education Associate Dean Position January 30 in Buzzard Hall


    The College of Education will conduct an open interview session on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 for the Associate Dean position in Room 1441 Buzzard Hall.  The session will run from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m.  

    Candidate:  Dr. Christy Hooser
    Dr. Hooser's vita is available here.

  • WEIU TV and Hit-Mix 88.9 WEIU FM students win 2023 Illinois Broadcast Association Awards

    logo jdreinhart Submissions Create New Admin Submissions → Edit Submission Edit Submission Edit Submission Title: WEIU TV and Hit-Mix 88.9 WEIU FM students win 2023 Illinois Broadcast Association Awards Author Name: Ke'an Armstrong Author NetID: ksarmstrong Affiliation: Radio-TV Program Email: Phone: 2175817193 Start Date: 2024-01-18 End Date: 2024-01-31 Event Date (if applicable): mm/dd/yyyy 1672x1115

    Best Radio Longform Entertainment Programming - 1st Place - "A Haunted Hit-Mix Halloween" - Produced by John Wills - Eastern Illinois University

    Best TV News Package - 1st Place - Lake Shelbyville Fish Habitat Day - Produced by Jenna Minor, Drew Coffey - Eastern Illinois University

    Best TV News Package - Third Place - Mattoon High School Building Trades - Produced by Drew Coffey, Harrison Belsanti -Eastern Illinois University

    Best TV Newscast - 2nd Place - WEIU TV News Watch - Produced by WEIU TV News Watch Team - Eastern Illinois University

    Best TV Sports Package - 2nd Place - Coles County Clash - Produced by Jenna Minor -Eastern Illinois University

    Best TV Weather - 1st Place - WEIU Sky Watch Weather - Produced by Will Redden -Eastern Illinois University

    Congratulations to all student winners!




  • On-Campus Interview Candidate Schedule: Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs


    On-campus interviews for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs are being held Jan. 25 - Feb. 7. Please see the search website for times and locations of individual sessions, resumes for each of the candidates and links to the candidate evaluation forms. (Each candidate's evaluation form will become available once their open session has begun and will remain open until the end of the day on Thursday, Feb. 8.)

    The candidates are: 



    Dr. Ryan Hendrickson:
    Thursday, Jan. 25

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Open Sessions for Faculty, Administration, Staff, and Students:
      • 10:15 – 11 a.m., Recital Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center
      • 2:15 – 3 p.m., Buzzard Hall Auditorium


    Dr. Simone Cummings:
    Tuesday, Jan. 30

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Open Sessions for Faculty, Administration, Staff, and Students:
      • 10:15 – 11 a.m., Recital Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center
      • 2:15 – 3 p.m., Buzzard Hall Auditorium


    Dr. Brian Thomas:
    Thursday, Feb. 1

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Open Sessions for Faculty, Administration, Staff, and Students:
      • 10:15 – 11 a.m., Recital Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center
      • 2:15 – 3 p.m., Buzzard Hall Auditorium


    Dr. Denise Seabert:
    Wednesday, Feb. 7

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Open Sessions for Faculty, Administration, Staff, and Students:
      • 10:15 – 11 a.m., Recital Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center
      • 2:15 – 3 p.m., Buzzard Hall Auditorium




    Please plan to attend as your schedule allows. 

  • Judy Gorrell Retirement Reception January 31


    The President’s Office will host a retirement reception for Judy Gorrell, Executive Secretary to the President, on Wednesday, January 31st between 2 and 3:30 p.m. in Cougill Foyer of Old Main.

    Please stop by for cake and punch to celebrate Judy and  wish her well in retirement.

  • EIU Graduate School Options for Master's Degrees in Human Services or Aging Studies - Info Session February 6 & 7


    Topic: You're Invited! Join Our Zoom Meeting to Learn About EIU Graduate School Options for Master's Degrees in Human Services or Aging Studies!

    Times: Tuesday, February 6, 2024 from 12:00-12:45 p.m. Central Time OR Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 6:30-7:15 p.m.

    Join Zoom Meeting with this link:

    February 6th: 

    February 7th: 


    Join us for an informational session and question/answer time to learn more about graduate school at EIU and opportunities to earn a master's degree in Human Services or Aging Studies! Anyone is welcome to attend this Zoom - EIU undergraduate students in any major, graduate students or post-graduates interested in a second master's degree, EIU employees, and individuals who have been out of school for any length of time and are considering returning. 

    Our Department has fully online and hybrid (in-person + online) options for earning a master's degree in as little as one calendar year or at a slower pace as a full- or part-time student. Our graduate programs are high quality, accessible and flexible with year-round admissions and full- or part-time options, and among the most affordable in the U.S. 

    We hope you'll join us to learn more about our graduate degrees at one of these sessions hosted by Dr. Kathleen O'Rourke, Human Services/Aging Studies Graduate Coordinator and Professor! Please contact Dr. O'Rourke at for additional information or with questions. 

  • Four-Week Mindfulness Class Beginning January 30


    This 4-week course will teach you the history of mindfulness and a few skills to get you started in your practice! Skills will involve making students more aware of their mind, body, and surroundings.

    Jan. 30th at 3 p.m. in the Effingham Room

  • Narcan Training February 6


    Tuesday, February 6 in Robeson Auditorium (Lumpkin Hall 2030) from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

    Registration is required:

    Narcan (naloxone) is an opioid antidote. This means Narcan can reverse/stop someone from overdosing on an opioid. Opioids are: heroine, opium, codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone, and other prescription pain relievers

    Training includes: Education Narcan kit for those in person

    Sponsored by: Coles County ROSC Council and Hour House EIU College of Health & Human Services EIU Department of Public Health & Nutrition Eta Sigma Gamma, Beta Nu chapter Department of Human Services EIU Child & Family Life Education Center Student Section of Illinois Public Health Association 

  • EIU Night at the Brick House February 1

    EIU Faculty & Staff! The first Thursday of February is coming soon! 5 p.m. Thursday, February 1 is the perfect opportunity to kick back, catch up with your colleagues, and enjoy some well-deserved downtime. Brick House supplies the delicious appetizers, and you will be responsible for paying for your own beverages. Looking forward to sharing stories, laughter, and camaraderie with our EIU family members. Hope to see YOU there! (Please invite other EIU folks and forward this invitation to all of your colleagues.)
  • 2024 Summer Research and Creative Activity Grant Competition


    In accordance with the 2022-2026 EIU-UPI Unit A agreement, Summer Research and Creative Activity Awards are available this year.  The awards are for research and creative activity projects conducted between the end of the spring semester and August 31, 2024 by tenured/tenure track faculty in Bargaining Unit A.  Approximately 16 awards of $5,000 each in the form of personal services payments will be granted.  Faculty who wish to apply for funding should apply online ( or hand-deliver their proposal to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 1102 Blair Hall, no later than noon on Wednesday, February 7, 2024.  Researchers who have previously received a Summer Research and Creative Activity Award should make sure all reports are on file in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.  To obtain a copy of the application materials, please visit our website (  Applicants should be sure to use the most current application forms.  If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Wolf ( at (217) 581-2711.

    Amanda Wolf
    Grants & Contracts Associate

  • Anna Sipes earns distinction as 2023 Lincoln Laureate


    Eastern Illinois University’s Anna Sipes of Charleston, Illinois, recently was celebrated as a Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate. Sipes was officially recognized for her achievement in a ceremony held November of 2023 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield, Illinois. She joins other recipients as members of the 49th class of the Lincoln Academy Student Laureate program recognized for their excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities benefiting their institutions and communities.

    “We are proud of Anna for her hard work, determination, and her many meaningful contributions to EIU,” said Dr. Ryan Hendrickson, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at EIU. “Anna represents the best of EIU and follows in the footsteps of many other amazing EIU seniors recognized as Lincoln Laureates in years past.”

    Sipes was double nominated by Coordinator of Pine Honors College Student Development Sara Schmidt and EIU’s University Pre-Health Professions Advisor Mary “Sam” Laingen.

    For the full media story, visit the EIU Media Relations page

  • SURS On-Campus Counseling Sessions March 6


    SURS On-Campus Counseling Sessions

    SURS representatives will be on campus Wednesday, March 6 to conduct face to face retirement counseling sessions with eligible employees who schedule an appointment.

    The schedule is now open and will close Wednesday, February 28, 2024. Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and run through noon. Afternoon sessions will be available if the morning sessions fill. Sessions will be held in the MLK University Union, Shelbyville and Sullivan rooms. Appointment requests will be taken on a first come/first served basis. Please call early to reserve your desired time!

    There will also be a presentation at 3pm in the Mattoon-Charleston Room for any SURS members who may like to attend. This is an open, information only presentation, and appointments are not required.

    Please see the following for more information on SURS counseling sessions, and to register.


    Scheduling a Counseling Session with SURS

    To schedule a retirement counseling appointment or request a written estimate, members in the Traditional or Portable plan should be eligible to retire within ten years and for members in the Retirement Savings Plan (RSP), they should be eligible to retire within four years, based on the following criteria:

    Tier I Traditional & Portable

    Participant prior to 01/01/2011

    Tier II Traditional & Portable

    Participant on or after 01/01/11

    Tier I & Tier II Retirement Savings Plan

    Age 62, with at least 5 years of service

    Age 67, with at least 10 years of service

    Age 62, with at least 5 years of service

    Age 55, with at least 8 years of service (age reduction may apply, if applicable)

    Age 62, with at least 10 years
    of service (with age reduction)

    Age 55, with at least 8 years of service (age reduction is not applicable
    to RSP)

    At any age, with at least 30 years of service

    At any age, with at least 30 years of service

    Other Important Facts:

    Members are limited to one counseling appointment or written estimate every 12 months. While eligible employees are allowed to meet with a counselor every 12 months, it is not necessary unless the previous estimate information has changed significantly. Counseling appointments are limited to 45 minutes in length.

    Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) members meeting with a SURS counselor will receive illustrations from one of the RSP providers, as well as an explanation of the options available at retirement. All members are encouraged to follow up with the RSP provider for more specific explanations or questions. Members will receive a copy of the illustrations prepared after their appointment.

    Online Benefit Estimator:

    An online benefit estimator is available on the member website, at The estimator is a helpful tool that can be used by members in the Traditional and Portable Plans when they do not meet the criteria for a counseling appointment. However, please keep in mind that the online estimator has limitations. Therefore, please contact our office if you have part-time service, reciprocal service, or service as police officer or firefighter.


    A retirement estimate in no way commits the employee to retire on a specific date – it is merely a projection to assist the employee in retirement planning and determining a future retirement date. An application for retirement must be submitted to SURS to initiate a retirement claim.

    Scheduling an Appointment:

    Eligible members who are in the Traditional and Portable plans must complete a retirement estimate request form prior to scheduling an appointment or requesting a written estimate.

    To access the retirement estimate request form:

    1. Visit and click on Member Login to gain access to your member webpage. After logging in to your secure member webpage, click on Retirement Counseling on the left menu and complete the retirement estimate request form for either a written estimate or a retirement counseling appointment. Once this form is completed and submitted electronically, you will be prompted to follow a link to schedule an appointment. Currently, we are offering Virtual (via Microsoft Teams), Office, and Telephone Appointments. Alternatively,

    2. Call SURS at (800) 275-7877 to request a form. SURS will send a retirement estimate request form via U.S. Mail to the member’s home address or fax. Once the completed form is returned, SURS will immediately notify you via U.S. mail or electronic notification on your member web page that you can contact SURS to schedule an appointment.

    3. IMPORTANT: The accuracy of your estimate(s) is only as good as the information provided to SURS. SURS does not have access to your current salary, vacation, or sick leave balances. Therefore, please collect the following information prior to logging in to complete the electronic form (or completing the paper version):

    • Anticipated retirement dates (you may choose 2 dates)
    • If academic: length of base contract
    • Salary: if academic, base salary, plus summer or any overloads, if applicable
    • Salary: if staff, salary plus expected overtime
    • Percentage of anticipated salary increases
    • Sick leave balances (unused/unpaid sick leave earned prior to 01/01/84 or after 01/01/98)
    • Vacation balance
    • Information on other service such as eligible purchases or reciprocal service

    4. Once a counseling appointment has been scheduled, you should receive an email confirmation. If you do not receive an email confirmation that day, please contact SURS to confirm that the appointment was scheduled correctly. The confirmation email includes a link to the scheduling site. If it is necessary to cancel or reschedule, this link can be used up until 48 hours prior to the scheduled appointment time. If the appointment needs to be rescheduled or cancelled within 48 hours prior to the appointment, you will need to contact a SURS representative at (800) 275-7877.

    During your appointment, your retirement counselor will discuss the estimates prepared in addition to the following information: how to file for retirement, preliminary estimated payments, increases after retirement, taxability, employment after retirement, death and survivor benefits and any benefits that may be applicable to the member. There will also be time allotted to answer any questions you may have.

    5. If you requested a written estimate, you should receive your estimates within 45-60 days of your request. If you do not receive them within this timeframe, contact a SURS representative at (800) 275-7877.

    Please keep in mind that while SURS members are limited to only one counseling appointment or written estimate every 12 months, we are always happy to assist you! If after your appointment or written estimate, you still have questions, please feel free to call our office at (800) 275-7877 to speak with a Member Service Representative. SURS hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Civil Service Council Nominations sought for District 3 (term February 13 through March 31 2025) - Forms Due February 2


    The Civil Service Council is the voice for all non-negotiated civil service employees at EIU. 

    The Civil Service Council seeks nominations to fill a two-year term ending May 2025 in District III (Vice President Student Affairs).  The elected person will replace a member who recently resigned from the Council.   Eligible nominees must be from the Vice President Student Affairs area and be 1) a permanent non-negotiated, 2) a continuous non-union, 3) a non-academic, and 4) not an off-campus contract appointment.  

    Nominations can be submitted by clicking here: Civil Service Council Nomination Form Nominations must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on February 2, 2024. 

     The Council will hold an election on February 9th and notify the winner by February 12.  If you have any questions, please email Michelle Morgan (

  • Bookstore Clearance Sale - Extended


    The EIU Bookstore is extending their clearance sale! Stop in for 20% off winter coats & select sweaters, 15% off all EIU Gnomes, and so much more. Check out the last-chance rack for limited edition items - get them before they're gone! *See store for details - clearance sale is in-store only. 

  • Stress Management Workshop February 5


    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!

    Feb. 5th at 3 p.m. in the Effingham Room

  • Four-Week Mindfulness Class Beginning February 6


    This 4-week course will teach you the history of mindfulness and a few skills to get you started in your practice! Skills will involve making students more aware of their mind, body, and surroundings.

    Feb. 6th at 3 p.m. in the Effingham Room

  • Four-Week Resiliency Class Beginning February 7


    This is a 4-week curriculum that offers a careful selection of evidence-based exercises to build coping skills and promote thriving.

    Feb 7th at 3 p.m. in the Effingham Room 



    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

  • 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:

  • Food Truck Friday - Anna's Hands Soul Food February 9


    Join us in celebration of African American Heritage Month by enjoying soul food from Anna's Hands Soul Food truck.  Due to possible inclement weather, the food truck meals will be served in the Doudna Concourse on Friday, February 9th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  


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