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University Newsletter  —  Archive: January 2019

  • Library Tours Available Through January 24


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

    Twenty-minute tours will be offered regularly during the first three 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. through Jan. 24. The library will be closed on Jan. 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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

  • Nominations for 2018 Outstanding Philanthropist


    The Eastern Illinois University Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Burnham & Nancy Neal Outstanding Philanthropist Award. The award is bestowed upon individuals and organizations who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to the academic and cultural well-being of Eastern Illinois University by providing sustaining financial support through lifetime contributions, and pledges or planned gifts as well as service to the University and the community.

    Criteria for Award: The award is bestowed upon individuals, corporations or foundations who have fulfilled all of the of the following criteria:

         1. Have provided sustaining financial support through lifetime contributions
         2. Have provided support in the form of pledges or planned gifts as of December 31, 2018 and
         3. Have demonstrated service to the University and the community.

    Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2019. Nominations can be submitted by visiting the Foundation’s website at or by mail to:

        EIU Foundation
        Attn: Nancy Murray
        860 W. Lincoln Ave.
        Charleston, IL 61920

  • Academy of Lifelong Learning: Spring 2019 Program Guide Available


    The EIU Academy of Lifelong Learning offers non-credit educational events for adults of all ages.  Most events are free and open to the public. The 2019 spring semester Program Guide is now available in Booth Library, 2201 Blair Hall, the Union Bookstore, Doudna FAC and the Tarble (TAC). The digital version may be accessed online at Contact the School of Extended Learning at (217) 581-5114 for additional information or multiple copies of the program guide for your group.  

  • EIU Choral Ensemble Dates for Spring 2019


    EIU Choral Activities has openings for all voice parts in the following choral ensembles:

    • CONCERT CHOIR - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 3:15 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1 to 1:50 p.m.
    • MIXED CHORUS - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 1:50 p.m.
    • CAMERATA SINGERS - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 6:50 p.m.

    EIU’s choral ensembles are open to all students regardless of major. Come be a part of one of EIU's and the Choral Ensemble's great traditions! Please email the director of Choral Activities Dr. Jason Harris for more information:

  • EIU VP of University Advancement Candidate on Campus January 17, 18


    Dr. D. Dale Walker, candidate for EIU's Vice President of University Advancement, will visit campus Thursday and Friday, January 17 and 18. The visit schedule is below:

    Thursday, January 17th

    • 8:30 a.m. -- Foundation Board Members -- Neal Welcome Center
    • 9:30 a.m. -- Open Session -- Neal Welcome Center

    Friday, January 18th

    • 8 a.m. -- Continental Breakfast Meeting with Members of the Community -- Neal Welcome Center
    • 9:30 a.m. -- Open Session -- 3108 Blair Hall

    EIU's University Advancement unit focuses on creating a heightened awareness of Eastern's state and national image, securing and increasing private and public support, and  advancing quality academic and athletic programs at the university. The Vice President for University Advancement and Foundation Executive Officer will have primary responsibility for the Advancement operation and Advancement staff (including Alumni Services, Development, and the EIU Foundation). This position also serves as the Chief Development Officer and the Executive Officer of the Foundation, and coordinates with EIU's Alumni and Foundation Boards, fundraising volunteers, donors, and other external funding sources.

  • ICGD Travel Grants Available


    The Interdisciplinary Center for Global Diversity (ICGD) is pleased to announce its travel grants competition for EIU faculty and students. The online application forms are accessible under "Announcements" in the ICGD home page at


    In accordance with the 2018-22 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, 2019 by tenured/tenure track faculty in bargaining Unit A. Approximately 20 awards of $4,000 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 6, 2019.  Researchers who have previously received a CFR grant and/or Summer Research and Creative Activity Award should make sure all progress/final reports are on file in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. To obtain a copy of the application materials, please visit our website ( If you have any questions, please contact Mary Mattingly ( or at (217) 581-2711


    Eastern Illinois University will host its Spring 2019 Marketing and Recruitment Update from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 16 in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall. The event will assist all employees in helping EIU meet its current and future enrollment goals. All EIU employees are encouraged to attend should their schedules allow. For those who are unable to attend, the update will be recorded and made accessible soon after the event. Topics will include:

    • An Enrollment Overview will be provided as to where we are for this enrollment cycle.
    • New Scholarships for this year include our AIM HIGH scholarship programs will equate to more opportunities to provide financial assistance to our prospective students.
    • Enrollment yield objectives and upcoming events: Undergraduate admissions will talk about what we have planned, and how you can help bring in the Fall 2019 cohort.
    • New Online Storefront for print on demand provides access to entities across campus to create basic print and promotional marketing items quickly and easily.
    • New Majors/Minors database allows departments the ability to promote all academic offerings while providing enhanced functionality to increase ease of use:
    • New MyEIU departmental access that empowers departments to call, email and text prospective students, and to and see all of their progress and updates.

    Upcoming Recruitment Events

    • Saturday, January 26: Admitted Student Event at LLT Group
    • Sunday, Januaury 27: Admitted Student Event at Lombard
    • Friday, February 8: EIU Spring Transfer Student Open House

    Thank you for your continued advocacy! Employees can opt-in for all future Enrollment Management updates at

  • Deadline to Register is January 28 for EIU's February 1 EIUnity Conference


    EIUnity would like to extend an invitation to attend the university's 11th Annual EIUnity Diversity Conference Friday, February 1, 2019, in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. This year's theme is “Help Us Make A3 (Acceptance, Awareness & Access) the Norm” -- a concept designed to raise diversity awareness and advocacy across EIU’s campus. Event coordinators urge faculty and staff to attend this year's conference and hope that employees also can encourage students in their class, student leaders, and office colleagues as well. This informative event is free for the EIU Community! Faculty members who would like to bring class/program participants during a particular time slot also are encouraged to do so, but are reminded to register for the session(s) they would like to attend. Those wanting to attend the luncheon must register for the entire day or either the morning sessions or afternoon sessions.

    Event coordinators are excited to announce that this year's conference will feature some awesome topics and presenters, including offering Safe Zone Core Training (registration for this is required as well). The full itinerary is available at Please review the session topics, then click registration on the bottom of the page. Deadline for registration is 4:30 p.m. Monday, January 28.


  • Employment Opportunity: Office Support Specialist


    Eastern Illinois University is seeking candidates for a full-time Office Support Specialist in the Office of Admissions.  This position is responsible for the departmental budget and purchasing for the office. The Office Support Specialist is also the frontline point of contact for prospective students and families who visit campus, inquire with questions about the university and the admissions application process. Successful candidates must have:

    • a strong work ethic
    • attention to detail
    • excellent customer service skills
    • the ability to multi-task while working in a team environment

    Successful candidates must also have a strong knowledge of Excel and be comfortable working with modern technologies.

    Qualified candidates must be:

    • a high school graduate or equivalent
    • have twelve (12) months of clerical/office support work experience comparable to that performed at the Office Support Associate level of this series or in other positions of similar responsibility
    • have any one or combination totaling twenty-four (24) months from the following categories: (a) work experience performing clerical/office support work, including use of computer systems; (b) vocational training that provided a knowledge of generally accepted clerical procedures; (c) college or university coursework in Office Occupations, Business Administration, Business Education, or closely-related fields – 36 semester hours = twenty-four (24) months; (d) college or university coursework in any curriculum – 60 semester hours = twenty-four (24) months.

    Qualified candidates will be required to pass a Civil Service Examination. Minimum starting salary is $12.87/hour. To apply, applicants may submit an application online at Applications must be submitted by January 18, 2019 to ensure consideration.



    Eastern Illinois University Student Health and Counseling Services seeks a program assistant (temporary extra help) in the Health Education Resource Center. The Program Assistant will be responsible for assisting in the delivery of an institution-wide, comprehensive health promotion program. Responsibilities include:

    • supervising graduate assistant staff
    • delivery and management of health promotion programming
    • community capacity building
    • presenting and training
    • assessment and evaluation
    • health advocacy. 

    This temporary, extra help, civil service position is classified as a Program Assistant, and reports to the Director of Health and Counseling Services. The position will be filled as soon as possible and end on June 30, 2019. This is a non-benefit position, and will require approximately 37.5 hours/week, but no more than 900 aggregate hours between start and June 30, 2019.

    Required job qualifications include: Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education, Health Promotion, Public Health, Community Nutrition/Dietetics, Human Services, Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration, or related field. To apply, please submit application, resume/vita, transcripts, certifications/licenses, and the names and contact information for three (3) business references online at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

  • EIU Faculty Jazz Concert -- Celebration the Goodness of Music -- January 20


    The EIU Jazz Faculty Concert -- Celebrating the Goodness of Music -- will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, January 20 in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Theatre.  EIU faculty members Sam Fagaly (saxophone), Paul Johnston (piano), Sam Winternheimer (bass) and Jamie V. Ryan (percussion) will perform music by Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, and the Yellowjackets, along with new arrangements of jazz standards.  Vocalist Andrea Pope and trombonist Will Porter will also be featured on the program. Proceeds will support the David Frank Tanner/Ronald Eugene Gholson Endowed Fund Celebrating the Goodness of Music. Tickets for EIU Jazz Faculty Celebrating the Goodness of Music concert are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and can be purchased online at or at the Doudna Fine Arts Center Box Office.


  • *Revised Internal Governing Policies Updates


    The following internal governing policies were recently revised with the approval of the President.  Please take time to review these changes.

    Thank you.

  • Science Festival Showcase at EIU February 15


    Science for all ages will be available February 15 as the Department of Biological Sciences at EIU hosts a Science Festival Showcase on Friday, February 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the community. Explore tons of interactive booths with experiments, information tables, and quick, cool science projects. Meet a NASA representative, check out a real human brain, and build a DNA strand! Special science demonstrations and shows will be scheduled during the event. The Science Festival will be held in the University Ballroom of the MLK Jr. Student Union on EIU's campus. Free parking will be plentiful, and no sign-up is required. Contact Marschelle McCoy at with questions.



    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, 2019, the rate will increase from $.545 per mile to $.58 per mile.  The university's Travel Voucher will reflect the new rate on February 1, 2019. For questions, please contact Rachel Ballinger at (217) 581-7746.

  • Library exhibit celebrates space exploration


    EIU's Booth Library will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, as well as examine current and future space exploration, in a new exhibit, “On the Shoulders of Giants: The Moon and Beyond.” The exhibit will be on display from January 17 through May 31, 2019.

    “On the Shoulders of Giants” will include a look at several of the Apollo missions, with a focus on Apollo 11, the lunar landing of July 20, 1969; EIU alumni connections to the space program; biographies of specific astronauts; space exploration today and in the future; female contributions to space exploration; and more.

    An opening program to kick off the exhibit is planned at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 24 in the library’s West Reading Room. The event will feature the debut of the documentary “To the Moon and Back: An Oral History of the Lunar Landing.” The one-hour film features several local residents sharing their memories of the moon landing 50 years ago.

    The film is the result of a collaboration between Booth Library, WEIU-TV and the EIU History Department. WEIU-TV will air the film at 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 5.

    The exhibit and the opening program are free and open to the public. Additional programs related to the exhibit are being planned. For more information, visit the exhibit web site at, or follow Booth Library on Facebook or Twitter.

    Schools and other groups who would like to tour the exhibit are encouraged to contact Andy Cougill,, or call (217) 581-7548 to schedule a visit.

  • Students can enter Awards for Excellence competition; deadline March 22


    Eastern Illinois University students who have used Booth Library resources to enhance their research are encouraged to enter the library’s Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity program.

    The program is open to all Eastern Illinois University students. If campus finances allow, cash prizes of up to $300 will be awarded, in addition to certificates of recognition.

    The student entry may be a written work, art piece, exhibit, musical work, documentary, performance or other format.

    The 2019 guidelines and entry form can be found here. All entries must be submitted electronically. For more information, call (217) 581-6061.

    The deadline to enter is noon on Friday, March 22. Recipients will be selected by April 5, and the winners will be honored during a reception on April 17. Works submitted for competition must have been completed within the last 12 months.

  • Upcoming Events at Tarble Arts Center


    Join us at the Tarble Arts Center for a public Lecture by Sue de Beer at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 24.

    Sue de Beer is well known for her film and immersive sculptural environments, which both hold and transport viewers within and outside the frame of the artist’s lens. In Come Wind, Come Weather, de Beer has allowed the Tarble to present two of her films in concert: The Blue Lenses (2015) and The White Wolf (2018) to create a visually saturated viewing experience that harnesses the nostalgic character of place and the human desire —or even the basic instinct —to connect. This installation will take viewers on an exploration of the real and unreal, often blurring the curious boundary between specimen or the observer. De Beer’s environments become extensions of the film, as she asks viewers to not only see, but also be a part of the unfolding mysteries she creates within both works. Set in Abu Dhabi, The Blue Lenses is a two-channel film that follows a two-bit hustler and explores a young Arabic woman’s observations of his actions. Drawn from Daphne du Maurier’s short story, similarly titled, de Beer’s The Blue Lenses presents the Middle East as a protagonist where, based off the evidence presented by the artist, the viewers must decide what to believe. In de Beer's The White Wolf the artist reframes the classic tale of the werewolf as a way to present both themes of physical and psychological transformation. Juxtaposed together, both works are explorations of individual and collective memory, fact and fiction, truth, and subversion. As the spring’s signature exhibition, several programs will explore the themes presented in Come Wind, Come Weather.

    The exhibition will run from January 26 through May 19.

  • Tarble Reads Event - Blue Lenses January 31


    The Tarble Reads series will present Blue Lenses by Daphne du Maurier in the in the Tarble Atrium at 5 p.m., January 31.

    Needing surgery to fix her vision, the blind Marda West receives a complicated procedure. While at the hospital recuperating, as well as when she is released, she is plagued by feelings of dislocation. This thriller explores Marda’s re-entry into the world and the repercussions of her surgery on her and the people who surround her. Join us for a discussion of du Maurier’s work and how it connects to the film work by Sue de Beer, whose title references this intriguing short story.

    This event is free and open to the public.

  • Campus Advising Network Brown Bag Lunch January 23


    All academic advisors are invited to join The Campus Advising Network for a brown bag professional development opportunity from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 23 from. Todd Baughman will be providing some valuable information about the ROTC program and answering all our questions on things like the 104R, course sequencing, scholarships, etc.  

    Please bring a lunch with you and join us in the Effingham Room of the MLK Union! Cookies will be available for dessert!




    With additional snow anticipated in the upcoming days, EIU and the City of Charleston wish to send a campus- and community-wide reminder that during and up to 12 hours after snowfall accumulation in excess of two inches (2") in Charleston, parking in or along certain stretches of roadway is prohibited until city officials have determined that snow removal efforts have been completed.

    Please be aware that vehicles parked in or along the following stretches of roadway during the city’s snow removal efforts are subject to towing at the owner’s expense when snow accumulation in excess of two inches (2") occurs:




    Grant Avenue

    University Drive  

    4th Street  

    Harrison Avenue  

    Division Street  

    18th Street  

    Jackson Avenue  

    Division Street  

    18th Street  

    Monroe Avenue  

    Division Street  

    18th Street  

    6th Street  

    Railroad Avenue  

    Lincoln Avenue  

    7th Street  

    Railroad Avenue  

    Lincoln Avenue  

    10th Street  

    Monroe Avenue  

    Lincoln Avenue  

    11th Street  

    Monroe Avenue  

    Lincoln Avenue  

    For more information, visit EIU and the City of Charleston thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

  • Interviews for Dean of LCBT Candidates - Open Sessions


    There will be open sessions for three candidates for the Dean of the Lumpkin College of Business and Technology in the coming weeks.. The sessions will all be held from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. in the 1895 Room of the MLK Union on the following dates:

    • Thursday January 24 –   Dr. Stevie Watson
    • Tuesday January 29 –     Dr. Nick Delener
    • Thursday, January 31 –    Dr. Austin Cheney

    Please attend the sessions as you are able and participate in the search process.

  • Geology and Geography Department Features New Exhibit


    The Geology and Geography Department will be unveiling anew mineral display at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 21 outside of PHY 2040.  Some of the features of this collection include meteorites -- including one from the moon! Additionally, this display boasts an autographed photo of Harrison Schmitt, the first and only scientist to have gone to the moon. Dr. Schmitt holds the distinctions of being a geologist, university professor and former U.S. Senator as well as being the last living human to walk on the surface of the moon. This display has been created from donations and specimen loans from Rick Smith at the Doe Run Mine, Geno Persico, Jake Crandall and Diane Burns as well as departmental purchases. The collection is intended to be used academically and decoratively, with specimens being removed periodically from display for classroom demonstrations. Additionally, the display is open to the public for viewing during normal campus hours, and local schools have a standing invitation to set up instructional visits to enhance their curriculum.

  • Nominations for 2019 Distinguished Senior Award Due March 29


    The EIU Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Senior Awards. 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. This year's 25 recipients will be recognized during a ceremony on Saturday, April 27.

    Award criteria:

    • Student must be graduating in Spring, Summer of Fall 2019
    • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher

    Staff and faculty are encouraged to nominate eligible students for these awards by completing and submitting this form by March 29.

    Please contact Amber May in Alumni Services at (217) 581-6425 or with any questions.

  • Journalism professor selected as Road Scholar for Illinois Humanities


    Bryan Murley, associate professor of journalism, was selected for a slot on the Illinois Road Scholars roster for 2019-2020. The Road Scholars speaker program is part of Illinois Humanities and seeks to provide a variety of humanities programming to local non-profit organizations around the state at reduced cost.

    Murley has two presentations approved for the roster: “A Governor for Our Times: John Peter Altgeld on Illinois' Incarceration and Reform” and "Sifting Through the Ashes of Truth: John Peter Altgeld, the Press, and the Internet's Fake News Conundrum." More information about the program is available at

  • EIU Board of Trustees meeting Friday, January 25


    The EIU Board of Trustees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 25, in the Grand Ballroom of the MLK Jr. Union.

    Immediately following the call to order and roll call, the board will go into executive session. The open session of the meeting will begin at 1 p.m. The agenda, table of contents and board report are available on the university’s website.

  • W2s Now Available in PAWS


    Your 2018 W2 is now available to print in PAWS.  By consenting to receive your W2 online you can have immediate access to all your W2’s back to 2007. 

    To access and consent to receiving your W2 form through PAWS, follow these directions:

    • Log-in to PAWS:
    • Select the EMPLOYEE tab
    • Select TAX FORMS
    • Select 2018, then click DISPLAY
    • A pop-up message will appear indicating you will need to provide CONSENT.  Click OK
    • Under MY CHOICE, check the box that indicates you consent to receive your W-2 electronically.  Click SUBMIT
    • Your consent is now complete. 


    To Print Your W2

    • CAUTION:  The W-2 that will be displayed on screen will not have your social security number.  DO NOT PRINT this screen shot!
    • Scroll down the page and click PRINTABLE W-2
    • Re-enter your EIU Net ID and EIU Net Password
    • Print your W-2 using your browser commands.  Note: You may wish to change the print size and format (ie, suggest “landscape”)
    • You may print as many copies as you would like.  You may also return to the site anytime through April 15th and review or print your 2018 W-2.  Beginning April 16th you will only be able to view the W2 screen without your social security number showing.
    • By accessing your W-2 on-line, you will not be mailed a paper W-2 in the future.  To revoke your consent please contact the Payroll Office at (217) 581-5510 or email
    • For those who did not consent your W-2 will be mailed out on January 31.

    Faculty and Staff please provide name and address changes to Employment by emailing or calling (217) 581-2613. 

    Students should follow the instructions located on the Office of the Registrar web page,

  • Employment Opportunity -- Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs


    Eastern Illinois University seeks applications for the position of Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs.

    This is a full-time, 12-month administrative professional position that oversees compliance and broader activities in the areas of labor relations, as well as providing support for curriculum processes and day-to-day operations of the office.  Qualified applicants must have earned a master’s degree and have experience with human resource policies and practices; demonstrated familiarity with negotiated labor agreements; and a commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity. Experience in a higher education setting is preferred.

    Review of completed applications will begin February 15 and continue until the position is filled. A complete application includes a letter of application specifically addressing the applicant’s strengths and experience relative to the qualifications and responsibilities of the position; a current resume; and the names and contact information of three professional references.  Applications materials should be addressed to Dr. Doug Bower, Chair, EIU-AVPAA Search Committee and uploaded to the Interfolio link at Should you have any questions regarding this search, please direct them to the Search Committee Chair at  More information is available at

  • Cafe in Klehm Hall Opens on January 31


    The Cafe in KlehmHall is a hospitality and dietetic student-operated casual dining experience for the EIU community. This semester the Café is open only on Thursdays, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Cafe offers a buffet with a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches and pastas with menu items changing weekly. Cash only, please. No reservations required; located in 1414 Klehm Hall. Menus available soon at Stop in and enjoy lunch with a colleague!

  • Student Disability Services Closed Temporarily Part of February 1


    Student Disability Services will be closed on Friday, February 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Employment Opportunity -- Financial Aid Advisor Manager


    Eastern Illinois University is seeking candidates for a Financial Aid Advisor Manager position in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Qualified candidates must be a high school graduate or equivalent and have three (3) years of general office experience or college coursework in any field or any combination to equal three (3) years (30 semester hours = 1 year; 60 semester hours = 2 years; 90 semester hours = 3 years; 120 semester hours = 4 years) and three (3) years of experience in working with student employment, student financial aid/loans, student admissions/recruitment, scholarship/grant programs or other closely related work experience. Responsibilities will include advising of students and parents, processing Return to Title IV funds (R2T4), scholarships, and loan documents, as well as calculation of student aid eligibility, revision of aid, and other technical processes.  Other duties may be assigned as cross-training is essential to the position.

    Candidates also will be required to pass a Civil Service Examination. To apply, please submit anapplication, resume, references, and transcripts online at Applications must be received by February 23 to ensure consideration. AA/EEOE

  • EIU SP19 enrollment increases 7 percent


    After reporting a five percent increase in spring-to-spring enrollment a year ago, Eastern Illinois University’s enrollment has jumped another seven percent from spring 2018 to spring 2019.

    Of notable significance to EIU’s spring 2019 10th-day enrollment snapshot:

    • EIU’s degree-seeking graduate enrollment for spring 2019 reached 1,454 students—its highest point in nine years for the spring semester and a 5.5 percent increase over spring 2018’s numbers.
    • New transfer students from other four-year institutions increased by 80 percent; more meaningfully, 59 percent of those transfer students who are residents of Illinois are returning to EIU—and Illinois—from out-of-state institutions.

    University administrators credit the continued enrollment increase to heightened enrollment efforts, a stable and predictable state budget, and EIU’s robust and rising reputation as a first-choice option in Illinois higher education.

    EIU’s spring 2019 figures come from the university’s 10th-day enrollment reports. Tenth-day enrollment reports are the nationally accepted standard for tracking university and college enrollments. Several of EIU’s standalone enrollment reports are combined to create a comprehensive university enrollment report that, once complete, will be available at

    A full version of this announcement is available on the EIU Media Relations website.

  • Student Spring Job/Internship Fair Feb. 13


    The Spring Job & Internship Fair will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, in the Grand Ballroom, 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 be dressed professionally.

    Career Week events take place February 5-12 to help students get ready for the fair. Four employers are traveling to campus for Mock Interview Day on Feb. 5 to help students with practice interviews.  Students will need to reserve their time slots early!  Students can log in to their PANTHER TraCS accounts to learn more about these events and reserve a seat or call Career Services at (217) 581-2412.   

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

    More information about Career Week events, participating employers and vacancies, and interview opportunities, visit

    See you at the fair! 

  • Summer Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (URSCA) awards deadline – February 15, 2019


    The Pine Honors College offers Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (URSCA) awards each semester. Student research and creative activity that has been funded by these competitive awards has been presented at regional and national meetings. URSCA is open to all qualifying undergraduates. 

    Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. A faculty sponsor must provide supporting documentation along with the student's URSCA application. Submissions from all disciplines are welcome.

    The deadline to submit applications for Summer 2019 URSCA awards is Friday, February 15, 2019. Details and a link to the application on Academicworks can be found at

  • 2019 Homecoming Committee Member Nominations Due January 31


    Nominations for EIU's 2019 Homecoming Committee members are now being accepted! We are asking EIU faculty and staff to nominate students who shine as leaders and would be great at representing EIU during our biggest tradition on campus.

    Each nominator will receive a free 2018 EIU Homecoming Shirt! They will be sent to your campus address following your nomination.

    Follow the link below to nominate now! Nominations close on Thursday, January 31.   

    Contact Paige Philpott at with further questions, comments, or concerns.

    Go Big Blue! 

  • Feb. 27 Critical Thinking Workshop Led By Dr. Marita Gronnvoll


    Critical thinking is one of the most important undergraduate learning goals adopted by EIU. Assessment data suggests EIU students have room to build on this skill to match peers at other universities. This workshop is designed to assist EIU faculty in helping their students address that skill. We will focus on best practices for direct instruction in teaching critical-thinking skills. This workshop will include examples of lesson plans, in-class assignments, and participation in a group activity. We will also highlight critical thinking resources that are available to faculty.

    This is noon brown bag luncheon on Wednesday, February 27, sponsored by the CASL and the FDIC and led by EIU Communication professor Dr. Marita Gronnvoll.

    Please register at

  • Tarble Reads - Her Body and Other Parties March 7


    This short story collection burst onto the scene when first published in 2017. Parul Sehgal, writing for the New York Times, describes Her Body and Other Parties as “a love letter to an obstinate genre that won't be gentrified. It’s a wild thing, this book, covered in sequins and scales, blazing with the influence of fabulists from Angela Carter to Kelly Link and Helen Oyeyemi, and borrowing from science fiction, queer theory and horror.” The eight stories that make up this vivid and arresting collection are wide ranging and mix psychology, magic, and fairy tale into the experiences of women’s bodies and lives.

    Free & Open to the Public
    5 p.m. March 7 in the Tarble Classroom

  • Junior Open House Monday, March 25!


    EIU will host a Junior Open House Monday, March 25. A full schedule of events is available here.

    Students can personalize their EIU Open House experience to hear what EIU can offer people with interests similar to their own from professionals in the fields that appeal to them. Representatives from a number of EIU offices will be on hand to make sure they leave with no uncertainty about what EIU can do for them.

    Not participating? No worries! Just be sure to wear blue...and if you happen to see these students taking tours or just exploring everything EIU has to offer, welcome them to our awesome campus!

  • Meningococcal Disease Brochure for College Students and their Parents


    In response to the Communicable Disease Prevention Act (410 ILCS 315/1.11), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has made available a meningococcal disease brochure for college students and their parents. This brochure can be found on the IDPH website at the bottom of the meningococcal disease page under ‘Resources.’ A direct link to the brochure can also be found here - IDPH Meningococcal Disease Brochure.

    Section 1.11 of this Act specifies that “Each public institution of higher education shall provide a copy of the brochure to all students and if the student is under 18 years of age, to the student's parent or guardian.” This announcement fulfills that request.

  • EIU's Health and Counseling Service’s Counseling Clinic Again Reaccredited by IACS


    The Eastern Illinois University Health and Counseling Service’s Counseling Clinic has been reaccredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), Inc., an Alexandria, Virgina-based organization for United States, Canadian and Australian counseling agencies. Eastern is one of five universities in Illinois with an IACS-accredited counseling center. The Counseling Clinic receives a comprehensive site visit every eight years, and completes an report each year to maintain its accreditation.

    According to Health and Counseling Services Interim Director Eric Davidson, the IACS reaccreditation two-day visit occurred in late August.  During the visit, the IACS site visitor met with staff and key constituents to determine compliance with IACS standards.  The site visitor found the Counseling Clinic to offer an effective and comprehensive array of programs and services that make a vital contribution to the quality of student and campus life, maintain excellent relations with campus constituency, facilitate a strong training program for interns, and provide access to psychiatric services.

    "This reaccreditation signifies the high quality services we strive to provide to our students and the campus community.  This process is one that is not easily taken, and the counseling clinic staff are to be commended for their efforts," Davidson said.

    The Health and Counseling Service’s Counseling Clinic, located in the Human Services Building, provides individual and group counseling services to currently enrolled EIU undergraduate and graduate students. Current professional staff members hold master's degrees and maintain licenses within the state of Illinois as mental health counselors. 

    For more information about the University Counseling Center, visit

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