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EIU’s fall commencement ceremonies set for Saturday, Dec.15 12/13/18 Eastern Illinois University will host its fall 2018 commencement celebration in two ceremonies in Lantz Arena on Saturday, December 15. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. for students graduating from the College of Health and Human Services and the Lumpkin College of Business and Technology, and at 1 p.m. for students graduating from the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students enrolled in the Graduate School will march with their respective colleges. EIU
EIU to host “A Picture Perfect Holiday” at Old Main December 12 12/06/18 Eastern Illinois University invites the public to “A Picture Perfect Holiday” at Old Main from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 12. The event will take place in the Castle’s Cougill Foyer and feature refreshments, holiday music, and ornamental trees decorated by students from Ashmore, Carl Sandburg, Jefferson, Lake Crest, and Mark Twain elementary schools. For more information about EIU, and to learn more about its comprehensive programs and services, visit the university&rsquo
Douglas-Hart Foundation to operate EIU’s Whiteside Garden 12/06/18 Former Eastern Illinois University professor Dr. Wesley Whiteside dedicated his life to the study of botany. To further enhance and promote Dr. Whiteside’s enduring legacy, EIU has worked with its community partners at the Douglas-Hart Foundation to transition operation of the locally famous Whiteside Garden, which will be combined with the Douglas-Hart Nature Center and Friendship Garden. “Honoring Dr. Whiteside and his intent for the garden to positively impact generations of futu
"Entrepreneurship Week" at EIU to feature alumni guest speakers 11/07/18 Credit: Katelyn Eddington, Daily Eastern News Two Eastern Illinois University alumni guest speakers will give presentations as part of "Entrepreneurship Week," which starts Wednesday, November 7 and extends through November 14. Mike McKenna, an Eastern alumnus, and Diamond McKenna, who own Diamond Assets LLC, will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 7. Dale Morrissey, an Eastern alumnus and CEO of the Developmental Services Center in Champaign, will be the second speaker at
EIU’s November Open House offers prospective students inside look at Illinois’ top-ranked public regional university 11/01/18 (Charleston, IL) – Eastern Illinois University’s upcoming Open House will give future high school graduates and community college transfer students a first look at all the opportunities Illinois’ top-ranked public regional university can provide. Representatives from all academic areas represented at EIU, along with representatives from the Departments of Admissions, Financial Aid and Housing and Dining will be on hand during the November 12 Open House to make sure prospective
PSA: Newman Night at EIU November 10 11/01/18 (Charleston, IL) – Every year, the Newman Catholic Center community gathers to celebrate its past, present and future at its annual Newman Night Celebration. This year, the event will take place Saturday, November 10. As part of the event, a social hour, silent auction, dinner and dancing with a live DJ will be held following Newman Catholic Center’s 4:30 p.m. mass. Tickets for the event are $15. Interested attendees can call or email Maureen Smith at (217) 348-0188 or msmith@eiune
Three EIU speech-language pathology students earn perfect scores on national exams 10/23/18 (Charleston, IL) – Three Eastern Illinois University graduates formerly enrolled in the university’s Communication Disorders and Sciences program have earned perfect scores on a prominent national exam. Sydney Scamihorn (Marshall/Bloomington, IL), Melissa DeVlieger (Winnebago/Byron, IL) and Makenzie Bogner (Henry/East Peoria, IL) each scored a perfect 200 on the Speech-Language Pathology National Praxis Exam, is an industry-specific test required for American Speech-Language-Hearing
EIU to host community Halloween events on campus in October 10/19/18 (Charleston, IL) – Eastern Illinois University campus residence halls and its Greek Court communities invite community members to attend EIU’s upcoming Halloween celebrations. Several events are being hosted on campus. They include:Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 Pemberton Hall will play host to the Middleton Manor Haunted House from 8 to 11 p.m. each evening. The $2-per-person fee will help raise money for the HOPE—East Central Illinois organization, which empo
EIU to offer four-Saturday French language program for youth 10/19/18 (Charleston, IL) – Eastern Illinois University will offer La Petite École, a four-week, Saturday-only French-language program for youth.EIU’s Department of Foreign Languages, in coordination with EIU’s French Program and French Club, will offer a four-week French language exploration program to area youth in grades one through six. La Petite École, meaning “The Little School,” will begin on Saturday, October 27 and run through November 17. Students wil
EIU affirms “This is Who We Are” with 2018 Homecoming festivities 10/11/18 (Charleston, IL) – Eastern Illinois University is gearing up for next week’s 2018 Homecoming festivities, and university members are inviting its community members, alumni, friends and supporters to participate in the annual event at celebrations across a variety of locations on campus, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston. Weeklong events include a Spirit Cup Competition as various areas and organizations across campus decorate and celebrate; a ‘Paint the Town and Campus Blue!’
EIU Alumni Association to host 2018 Alumni Awards Dinner October 20Ten inspirational EIU alums to receive honors; dinner tickets still available 10/11/18 (Charleston, IL) – Eastern Illinois University will celebrate the accomplishments and ambitions of its 2018 Alumni Awards recipients during next week’s 2018 Homecoming festivities. Ten recipients will be recognized at this year’s Alumni Awards Dinner, which will take place in the university’s Grand Ballroom, located in the Martin Luther King, Jr. University Union on campus at 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston. A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner and award p
EIU Alumni Association to host 2018 Alumni Awards Dinner October 20 10/11/18 Ten inspirational EIU alums to receive honors; dinner tickets still available (Charleston, IL) – Eastern Illinois University will celebrate the accomplishments and ambitions of its 2018 Alumni Awards recipients during next week’s 2018 Homecoming festivities. Ten recipients will be recognized at this year’s Alumni Awards Dinner, which will take place in the university’s Grand Ballroom, located in the Martin Luther King, Jr. University Union on campus at 600 Lincoln Ave
The Illinois Bicentennial: Oct. 16 Event Sponsored by the Edgar Speaker Series 10/11/18 The Illinois Bicentennial: An Event Sponsored by the Edgar Speaker Series at Eastern Illinois University About the Speaker: Dr. Samuel Wheeler is a serving member of the Illinois Bicentennial Commission and director of research and collections at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, where he oversees the state's most treasured artifacts and documents related to the sixteenth president and the first two centuries of Illinois history. In introduction will be provide
EIU October, November Open Houses Offer Prospective Students Inside Look at Illinois’ Top-Ranked Public Regional University 10/03/18 Eastern Illinois University’s upcoming Open Houses will give future high school graduates and community college transfer students a first look at all the opportunities Illinois’ top-ranked public regional university can provide. Representatives from all academic areas represented at EIU, along with representatives from the Departments of Admissions, Financial Aid and Housing and Dining will be on hand during the October 8 and November 12 Open Houses to make sure prospective students
REMINDER: Apply to EIU by October 15 to Waive Application Fees; Explore EIU's Reduced Tuition Options 10/02/18 SUMMARY: High school seniors and undergraduate transfers are encouraged to apply before the October 15 deadline to have their application fees waived. In addition, high school students who apply also are encouraged to explore EIU's Commitment to Illinois, which can significantly reduce or completely offset EIU tuition costs. Full details on both the application fee waivers and the Commitment to Illinois program are below. Eastern Illinois University has waived its application fees through Octo
EIU Foundation Announces Whittenbarger as 2017 Annuitant Ambassador of the Year 10/01/18 The Eastern Illinois University Foundation has named Robert L. “Bob” Whittenbarger as its 2017 Annuitant Ambassador of the Year.Many EIU annuitants—or retirees—serve as volunteer ambassadors at the university’s nearby Neal Welcome Center, assisting the many visitors and guests. EIU students also visit Neal Welcome Center, most often to complete paperwork to finalize their most recent scholarships. In recognition and appreciation of those who have shown exemplary ser
"An Evening With Pavlo" at EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center October 13 09/26/18 From WEIU Tickets Available for a fun and exciting concert:An Evening With Pavlo at EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center10/13/18 at 7:30 pmPresented in Partnership with WEIU It will be an unforgettable night of exciting entertainment when internationally renowned, award-winning recording artist, performer, songwriter, and guitarist extraordinaire Pavlo performs in the Dvorak Concert Hall on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Born in Toronto to Greek parents, Pavlo has made a name for himself
EIU Announces Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College Scholarship Recipients 09/20/18 The Eastern Illinois University Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College has announced the 2018 recipients of the College’s most prestigious award—its Presidential and Pemberton Presidential Scholarships. Presidential Scholars: Up to 15 Presidential Scholars are awarded each year, covering $11,000 toward tuition and fees over a four-year span. This year, 13 recipients were selected for the scholarship. EIU’s 2018 Presidential Scholars are: -    &
Eastern Illinois University Reaffirms its Commitment to Illinois 09/13/18 State’s top-ranked public regional university to significantly reduce tuition & fees for qualified in-state students Eastern Illinois University is unveiling a new multifaceted financial aid program that can significantly reduce—and in some cases completely offset—tuition and fee costs for qualified Illinois students who enroll at EIU. This past spring, the Higher Education Working Group—a bipartisan group of legislators interested in finding common-ground and viabl
EIU Once Again Tops USNWR List of Illinois Public Regionals 09/11/18 Eastern also jumps to 5th in its class in USNWR’s 12-state Midwest region Eastern Illinois University is once again the highest-ranking Illinois school and has jumped to fifth overall among the Midwest’s top public regional universities, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 annual college ranking. EIU ranks in the top 25 scores of all Midwestern regional institutions offering a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, according to U.S. News
Jesse White Brings Services to Campus Sept. 11; EIU Collegiate License Plate Available 09/10/18 Secretary of State Jesse White is alerting Eastern Illinois University students, faculty, staff ad community residents that office services will be on campus Tuesday, Sept. 11. White’s office will provide certain driver and vehicle services on campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bridge Lounge of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Union. “I encourage motorists to take advantage of the convenience of the mobile unit on campus," said White. "Students, faculty and staff can show their colle
EIU’s Freshmen Enrollment Jumps Nearly 25 Percent 09/04/18 Overall enrollment up over 7 percent thanks to notable increases in online, transfer, graduate number Eastern Illinois University’s fall-to-fall first-time freshmen enrollment has increased by an unprecedented 24.5 percent, according to official numbers released this morning by the university. “Our students, their families, and our community partners understand and appreciate the quality and value of the Eastern Illinois University experience,” said Dr. David Glassman, Easter
Incoming Student Trustee Hopes to Expand, Enhance EIU’s Reputation 08/22/18 New Eastern Illinois University student trustee Zach Cohen wants to use his newfound leadership role to expand what he describes as EIU’s stellar reputation to everyone he can, and to further enhance the university’s standing in the region and throughout the state. “There are so many great things going on at Eastern,” Cohen said in an interview just prior to the beginning of the fall 2018 semester. “I feel like it’s my duty to help the students who are here k
Laura McLaughlin Named Eastern Illinois University General Counsel 08/22/18 Eastern Illinois University has named Laura McLaughlin as its new general counsel. McLaughlin, who started at EIU on Monday, July 30, brings an extensive background in legal counseling in both higher education and business, and looks forward to her new role at EIU and as a citizen of Central Illinois. “I’m extremely excited to be a part of Eastern Illinois University’s leadership team,” McLaughlin said. “EIU has an exceptional reputation across the region, inclu
Opt-in Text Alerts Available from Alert EIU 08/16/18 All EIU students and employees are encouraged to sign up for Alert EIU text notifications at www.eiu.edu/alerteiu/. EIU weather- and safety-related alerts are automatically shared with students via email and on the university website at www.eiu.edu. However, opting in to the text message functionality allows the system to send alerts quickly and directly to registered cell phones. More extensive information on class cancelations will be available at www.eiu.edu/status/. Bookmarking these sites
WEIU's "Kids Day at the Castle" Planned for Saturday, September 8 08/16/18 Eastern Illinois University's WEIU will host WEIU Kids Day at the Castle from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 8 on the university's front lawn, located at 600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL WEIU, a PBS affiliate station, will showcase PBS Kids character Daniel Tiger as the main character attraction at this year's event. Nearly 2,000 community members attend this free event annually. Eastern Illinois University Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteerism will co-host the event, with approxim
FAQs About EIU’s Enhanced College Alignments 08/14/18 As many may know, EIU is currently enhancing its college and departmental alignments. Below are some frequently asked questions about the updated alignments that may be helpful in understanding the current and upcoming changes. How will the new alignment affect students at the university? EIU has long maintained a great reputation for offering top-quality programs. These enhanced alignments will help EIU better meet student needs by creating a variety of new or improved program opportunities t
EIU’s Courtney Walton Selected for Prestigious $12K DFI Fellowship 08/02/18 Eastern Illinois University graduate student Courtney Walton, of Wheaton, will receive $12,000 as part of a prestigious Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship on her way to becoming an educator in the State of Illinois. Eastern Illinois University graduate student Courtney Walton recently learned she would be the recipient of a prestigious 2018-19 Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship. As a new DFI Fellow, Walton, of Wheaton, will recei
EIU’s 2018 Graduate School Award Recipients 08/02/18 Eastern Illinois University’s list of 2018 Graduate School Award recipients includes the following: Master’s AwardsRobert and Kathryn Augustine Distinguished Master’s Thesis AwardMiles Williams, Master of Arts in Political ScienceMaster’s Thesis Award of Excellence in the College of Arts and HumanitiesMichael Bradley, Master of Arts in HistoryMaster’s Thesis Award of Excellence in the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied SciencesSamantha Young, Master of Arts in
EIU Extends Partnerships with Girls State, Smith-Walbridge 08/02/18 Eastern Illinois University has recently extended its partnership to continue hosting two renowned state events each year. American Legion Auxiliary Illini Girls State, EIU extend contract for 10 years Representatives of both American Legion Auxiliary Illini Girls State and Eastern Illinois University used the occasion of the 33rd session in June to formally sign a 10-year contract extension. “Eastern Illinois University has had a long history of working with the American Legion Auxilia
EIU Nationally Recognized as a Transfer Honor Roll Institution 08/02/18 Eastern Illinois University is recognized as a Phi Theta Kappa 2018 Transfer Honor Roll institution, which identifies Eastern as a top four-year university for creating dynamic pathways to support its transfer students. Phi Theta Kappa recognized EIU for its institutional commitment and investment of resources to support community college transfer students, judged by a panel of four-year and higher education experts in transfer partnerships. The recognition is especially significant for commun
Two More EIU Students win Emmy Awards 07/18/18 Eastern Illinois University students Abbey Taylor and Maher Kawash are two of the university’s most recent students to win Emmy Awards for their onscreen performances. Taylor, of Wood River, won an Emmy Award in the Talent Entry in the 2018 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-America Student Television Awards. Kawash, of Bolingbrook, also received an honorable mention award in the talent category. EIU News Watch was also awarded first place for Outstanding Television New
EIU Waiving Application Fees for Prospective Students 07/18/18 High school seniors, undergraduate transfers encouraged to apply before deadline Eastern Illinois University has waived its application fees through October 15. EIU is encouraging all graduating high school and undergraduate transfer students who wish to begin their academic career at EIU in summer or fall of 2019 to save on the application fee—regularly $30—simply by applying online to the university prior to the October 15 waiver deadline. EIU is ranked as Illinois’ top-ra
EIU’s Mitchell named to Sigma Delta Pi’s National Board of Advisors 07/18/18 Eastern Illinois University’s Bailey Mitchell has been selected by the Executive Committee of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, to serve as one of three new members on its national Board of Advisors. Mitchell, a Spanish and Psychology double major representing EIU’s class of 2019, joins Marina Cox of Furman University and Juan Pablo Restrepo of the University of Albany SUNY as a national advisor. Mitchell began her two-year term effective May 15, joini
Consolidated Communications Contributes Additional Support for EIU 07/18/18 Company’s $5,000 gift expands student opportunities through Community Ambassador Scholarship Standing are Sarah Greider, Michael Smith, Doug Nelson, Kurt Rankin, Brad Campbell, Brett Bennett, EIU’s Mike Murray, Rob Farmer, Dan Romack, Diana Mietzner, Kelly Cole, Jessi Biggs, Debbie Love, Gina Fonner, Laura Connerly, Dawn Redfern, Steve Cottet and Brian Douglas. Seated are Christa Packer, Cindy Witto, Kathy Andrews, Sarah Bergin and Amanda VanScyoc. All are Consolidated Communicat
EIU’s Realignment Made Official 06/22/18 Board’s vote expands EIU’s academic landscape, creates additional student opportunities After learning in April how a realignment of Eastern Illinois University’s academic landscape would increase the university’s appeal and stimulate growth, EIU’s board voted Friday at their regular June meeting to approve the university’s realignment plan. The adjustments—driven by the university’s ongoing Vitalization Project—will begin to take shape in J
*UPDATED* EIU's Corpse Flower Expected to Bloom in Late June/Early July 06/19/18 UPDATED INFORMATION:EIU expects the Titan Arum to bloom on July 2 plus or minus a day. Live streaming video from the EIU Biological Sciences area on Ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/corpse-flower-bloom Steven Malehorn, manager of Eastern Illinois University’s H.F. Thut Greenhouse, is eagerly awaiting the sixth blooming of EIU’s Titan Arum – also known as the Corpse Flower. The plant previously bloomed in 2008, 2010 and 2012, 2014 and 2016.The developing Corpse Flower,
EIU’s Alexander Honored by Fraternity and Sorority Programs 06/19/18 Eastern Illinois University’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs awarded Jeremy Alexander, associate director for Marketing and Greek Court with University Housing and Dining Services, the 2018 Outstanding Fraternity and Sorority Advocate award. The award recognizes those who are outside of the fraternity and sorority community but work to support students and advocate on their behalf.  EIU student Halee Barker, a special education major from Chicago Ridge involved in fratern
EIU History Professor Wehrle Pens Revisionist History on Babe Ruth 05/31/18 Eastern Illinois University history professor Dr. Edmund Wehrle has a new available, which may help to revise how history—and how Major League Baseball—views one of the sport’s most charismatic personalities. Breaking Babe Ruth: Baseball’s Campaign Against Its Biggest Star makes a case that for far too long, baseball hero Babe Ruth has been viewed as a clownish figure—blessed with athletic power but limited in intellectual acumen. In the book, Wehrle demonstra
EIU Student Damann Earns National Award for Compositional Music Piece 05/31/18 Earlier this spring, Eastern Illinois University music student Ben Damann won the Allen Strange Memorial Award for his work “Sarin,” a compositional piece for flute, narrator, and computer. For winning, Damann received a cash prize of $250 and recognition at the SEAMUS National Conference, held in Eugene, Oregon in late March. SEAMUS is an acronym for the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States. The Allen Strange Memorial Award, named for Allen Strange (1943-2008),
EIU Speech Team Again Impresses on National Stage 05/31/18 Team performance, individual national championship defense enhances Panthers’ forensics reputation  Contributing Author: Kaitlyn Ebert   Edwyn Mitchell, Sara Gronstal and Cheyenne Flores with their trophies after their championship performances in the National Forensics Association tournament in Wisconsin last April. The Eastern Illinois University speech team’s performance in two recent national competitions has helped the Panthers reinforce their reputa
EIU Announces, Celebrates its 2018 Distinguished Seniors 05/22/18 Twenty-five students earn recognition for academic, community commitment Eastern Illinois University has announced its 2018 Distinguished Senior Award recipients. 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 Awards recognize those who have demonstrated outstanding character and leadership through academic achievement, campus and community involvement, and/or extra-cur
West & Company Partners with EIU to Offer Regional Student Scholarships 05/22/18 EIU’s Community Ambassador Scholarship to benefit from recent gift Leaders from West & Company in Mattoon, together with representatives of Eastern Illinois University, recently announced West & Company’s $5,000 investment in support of the EIU’s Community Ambassador Scholarship (CAS) program. Eastern’s CAS program encourages local high school graduates to stay in the area by continuing their academic careers at EIU. Like other local and regional businesses, West
EIU Recognizes Scholarship Recipients, Applauds Donors at Annual Tribute Event 05/22/18 Dr. Harry and Gladys Frost, Paul Snyder named 2017 Outstanding Philanthropists Eastern Illinois University’s annual Tribute event recognized a variety of student scholarship recipients, and celebrated the many donors who made those scholarships possible. The event, held in early April, celebrated those students who are currently taking advantage of at least one of the more than 600 scholarships the university offers students on an annual basis. In addition, the 2018 event highlighted the
EIU Commencement Ceremonies Set for Saturday, May 5 05/03/18 Groups of families and friends of new Panther alumni will be on hand Saturday to celebrate the academic achievements of EIU’s most recent graduating students.More than 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students have applied to graduate from EIU in spring 2018. Commencement ceremonies for the university’s various colleges will take place at 9 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m. May 5 in Lantz Arena, on Eastern Illinois University’s campus, 600 Lincoln Avenue in Charleston.  Students fr
Heartland Dental Awards EIU $20K for Regional Student Scholarships 05/03/18 Donation provides ongoing support to EIU’s thriving Community Ambassador Scholarship program Leaders from Heartland Dental in Effingham, together with representatives of Eastern Illinois University, came together May 1 to further support the university’s Community Ambassador Scholarship program, which encourages local high school graduates to stay in the area by continuing their academic careers at EIU. A ceremonial check presentation was held at Heartland Dental’s Effingham
EIU Offers 66 Community Ambassador Scholarships to Regional Students 05/03/18 Enduring commitment to local students a trademark of university’s history, future Eastern Illinois University has offered 66 regional students its Community Ambassador Scholarship—a scholarship program that encourages local high school graduates to stay in the area by continuing their academic careers at EIU. Each of the 66 students is eligible to receive a $2,000 reward to help offset tuition costs from the scholarship fund. The fund itself was created in late 2017 as a proactive
EIU’s Chadd Earns EIBEA Teacher of the Year Award 04/27/18 Dr. Julie Chadd, professor in Eastern Illinois University’s School of Technology, was selected as the Eastern Illinois Business Education Association’s (EIBEA) Teacher of the Year earlier this month. The EIBEA is made up of business teachers from Illinois’ eastern region and is an affiliate of the Illinois Business Education Association, whose purpose is to promote business education and share instructional resources and teaching techniques with other business educators. &l
EIU Earns Tree Campus USA Status 04/26/18 Arbor Day tree plantings to take place at Lake Charleston Friday PHOTO : As part of EIU’s Arbor Day celebration, several university and community leaders held an on-campus tree planting ceremony Thursday, April 26 in the circle drive area just east of Old Main. Tomorrow, event coordinators and community volunteers will plant trees at Lake Charleston as well. Eastern Illinois University has once again been awarded the prestigious status of “Tree Campus USA,” celebrating that
EIU Selects Newell as New Library Dean 04/23/18 Eastern Illinois University has named Zach Newell as its new library dean. Newell comes to EIU from Salem State University in Massachusetts, where he served in various library roles over the past 10 years. Those roles will allow him to bring both educator and administrative perspectives to EIU, which will assist Booth Library in meeting the evolving demands of its students and faculty. Newell said he is excited to be joining such a talented team in EIU’s Booth Library. He is especially i
EIU Grad School’s “Innovate” Podcasts Highlight University Research, Programs 04/18/18 Contributing Writer: Kaitlyn Ebert The students, faculty and staff of Eastern Illinois University’s Graduate School take great pride in their ability to be innovative. So when the opportunity to extend that innovation to the public emerged via an EIU Graduate School podcast presented itself last fall, people flocked to the idea. Today, the “EIU Innovate” podcast boasts six episodes featuring EIU graduate school faculty members representing a collection of areas across campu
EIU’s Access Granted Program Benefits First-Generation College Students 04/18/18 Data confirms EIU’s early, ongoing freshman engagement elevates, enhances student success outcomes Eastern Illinois University is helping several first-generation minority students achieve remarkable new heights. The university’s Access Granted is a recruitment and retention program for students of color who have been admitted to EIU as freshmen. Beginning in 2006 as a collaboration between the Office of Admissions and Minority Affairs, 50 to 75 prospective students are selected ea
EIU to Strategically Expand Academic Landscape 04/02/18 New Colleges, Schools to Provide Additional Opportunities for Growth, Outreach Eastern Illinois University’s academic landscape is expanding and transforming, and university officials are excited about the future opportunities and growth the upcoming changes are intended to create. In an on-campus town hall Monday, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jay Gatrell led a presentation for students, staff, faculty and administrators outlining plans to realign portions of the un
EIU Alumna Reichert Receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award 03/27/18 Contributing Author: Kaitlyn Ebert Erin Reichert, a social studies teacher at Bluffton High School in South Carolina and an Eastern Illinois University alumna, was selected as one of only 44 national honorees for the 2017-18 Milken Educator Award, which provides public recognition and individual financial rewards to elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and specialists from around the country who are furthering excellence in education. The prestigious award, which Teacher magazin
EIU’s Grünhagen Co-recipient of Arthur Karp Franchise Research Award 03/27/18 Eastern Illinois University’s Dr. Marko Grünhagen, professor of marketing, Lumpkin Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and director of the university’s Sustainable Entrepreneurship through Education and Development (SEED) Center, was recently named a co-recipient of the Arthur Karp Research Award by the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Education & Research Foundation. The Arthur Karp Research Award was established in honor of the Foundation’s
IBHE Reports High Illinois College Completion Rates 03/26/18 The March 23 Illinois Board of Higher Education Newsletter reports that Illinois nationally outpaces the national average of other states in six-year completion rates -- a standard metric for measuring completion rates in higher education. Other information is detailed in the infographic below.
Midland States Bank Gifts EIU $20K to Support Local Students, Economy Through Scholarships 03/16/18 Representatives from Midland States Bank gift $20,000 to Eastern Illinois University to advance the university’s Community Ambassador Scholarship program, which encourages local high school graduates to stay in the area by continuing their academic careers at EIU. Pictured here are (left to right) Midland States Bank’s Sara Mette, senior accountant; Eric Chojnicki, president of wealth management; Jeffrey Ludwig, chief executive officer; John Dietrich, director of marketing; Cindy K
EIU Women’s Basketball Helps Raise $10K for Local Patients at SBL Regional Cancer Center 03/16/18 During their last regular season home win over SIUE, the Eastern Illinois University women’s basketball team raised and donated $10,000 to the Sarah Bush Lincoln Regional Cancer Center for the immediate needs of its Cancer Center patients. In its inaugural CARE Game February 24, EIU Athletics joined with the community and local schools to support those fighting cancer in the region. The CARE Game was sponsored by Wave Graphics of Mattoon with additional support from First-M
Local Students to Benefit from $5K EIU Scholarship Gift from First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust 03/08/18 Leaders from First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust in Charleston and Eastern Illinois University came together March 6 to support the university’s Community Ambassador Scholarship program, which encourages local high school graduates to stay in the area by continuing their academic careers at EIU. A ceremonial check presentation was held at First-Mid’s Charleston branch Tuesday afternoon with representatives from both organizations in attendance. “Like EIU, First Mid has served
Local Students to Benefit from $5K EIU Scholarship Gift from Washington Savings Bank 03/08/18 Leaders from Washington Savings Bank in Mattoon and Effingham, together with representatives of Eastern Illinois University, came together March 7 to further support the university’s Community Ambassador Scholarship program, which encourages local high school graduates to stay in the area by continuing their academic careers at EIU. A ceremonial check presentation was held at Washington Savings Bank’s Mattoon and Effingham branches Wednesday afternoon with representatives from both t
Dynamic Outreach, Simplified Scholarship Search Helps EIU Embrace Local, Regional Roles 03/05/18 Eastern Illinois University continues to provide opportunities for local and regional students. Encouraged by the university’s recent spring enrollment increase, EIU representatives in every area are working vigorously to continue that trend. With expansive outreach to area high schools and community colleges—coupled with an energetic push to promote the university’s various available scholarships—EIU is helping local and regional students understand the vital roles the
Luke Bryan’s Farm Roots Plant Seeds of Hope for Two EIU Students 02/26/18 Scholarships help EIU’s Makenzie Hill, Luke Gilbert reach their higher education dreams It’s not often the son of a Georgia peanut farmer finds success as a global country music artist. But Luke Bryan has leveraged his talents to become one of the past decade’s hottest acts in country music. And for two students at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Bryan’s launch into superstardom has been music to their ears—in more ways than one. Charleston, located in
EIU Housing and Dining Services Now Offers Unlimited Meal Plan Options 02/26/18 Eastern Illinois University’s Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) is debuting a new unlimited meal plan option available for the 2018-2019 academic year. According to Director of UHDS Mark Hudson, the plan was proactively developed based on feedback from students. “Students asked for more options on campus, and we delivered. We’re very excited for this meal plan to debut next fall and continue to serve the evolving needs of our students,” Hudson said. The unlimited pla
EIU Earns “Best Online College” Distinction from National Organization 02/26/18 Eastern Illinois University was recently ranked as a "Best Online College in Illinois" by Affordable Colleges Online, a national organization that uses data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and the National Center for Education Statistics. Universities on the list were selected for "going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs an excellent option,” according to Dan Schuessler, the organization's CEO and founder. Affordable Col
EIU Bio Sciences to Celebrate the Father of Evolution, Host Open House in February 02/09/18 Darwin Days February 11-13 Contributing Author: Kaitlyn Ebert In honor of Charles Darwin’s 209th birthday, Eastern Illinois University’s Department of Biological Sciences will host a series of events on evolutionary medicine February 11-13 in the Doudna Fine Arts Center, on campus at 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston. Students and community members are invited to join in the celebration of the life, work and influence of Charles Darwin in this year’s program, which will focus on
EIU’s African American Heritage Month Celebration Continues Throughout February 02/09/18 Contributing Author: Kaitlyn Ebert Eastern Illinois University will continue to host several free events throughout the month of February honoring African American culture and promoting and celebrating diversity across its campus. Multiple cultural student organizations and academic departments have joined to create a full slate of programming, which recognizes historical black achievement and encourages attendees to unlock their fullest potentials. Events are intended to inform and empower, w
EIU Enrollment Jumps 5 percent 01/24/18 Freshmen, transfer, online and graduate students showing significant recruitment returns Eastern Illinois University’s spring-to-spring enrollment is up five percent over last year, and university administrators are calling the increase a tremendous step in demonstrating Eastern’s enduring success and progress toward future growth. According to official 10th-day data from the university, areas of increase include new enrolled freshmen, new enrolled transfer students, new enrolled d
EIU Astronomy Club to Host January 26 Observatory Viewing, Open House 01/24/18 Contributing Author: Kaitlyn Ebert The EIU Astronomy Club invites community members to the EIU observatory for an open house and viewing beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, January 26. Those attending the event will have the opportunity to observe clear skies with binoculars and telescopes. If the weather is overcast, attendees will receive a complete tour of the facility. The observatory contains a 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, which is computer controlled for both positioning and data acquis
EIU Receives Gift from Wells Fargo to Provide Local Scholarships 12/19/17 Community Ambassador Scholarship Program to Benefit Local Students, Boost Local Economy Leaders from Wells Fargo Advisors in Charleston and Eastern Illinois University came together today to celebrate a new scholarship program initially revealed last month. In early November, Wells Fargo Advisors in Charleston announced a donation of $20,000 to Eastern Illinois University as part of a Community Ambassador Scholarship package that will encourage local high school graduates to stay in the area.
Eastern Illinois University’s Fall Commencement Ceremonies Set for Saturday, Dec.16 12/12/17 Alumnus Dr. Matt Kircher ’00, ’02 to address EIU’s most recent graduates Eastern Illinois University will host its fall 2017 commencement celebration in two ceremonies in Lantz Arena on Saturday, December 16. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. for students graduating from the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities, and at 1 p.m. for students graduating from the College of Education and Professional Studies, the College of
EIU Top 5 in ROI for Underserved Student Engagement and Success Initiatives 12/07/17 The Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) has issued an executive summary affirming Eastern Illinois University is one of the top five universities in the state in its service to underrepresented students. Of the top five, EIU is the only university outside the Chicagoland area and the only public regional organization in the state with a top five distinction. According to the summary, the IERC analysis of Illinois 4-year postsecondary institutions was conducted to identify those instituti
EIU to Host Annual Holiday Celebration at Old Main December 13 12/07/17 Eastern Illinois University invites community members and EIU advocates to attend the university’s annual holiday celebration in Old Main’s Cougill Foyer from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 13. The 2017 celebration theme is “Together We Roar.” Attendees will be treated to holiday music and light refreshments, and can enjoy trees decorated by area students from Ashmore, Carl Sandburg, Jefferson, Lake Crest and Mark Twain elementary schools.
EIU Foundation Recognizes New Honorary Lifetime Member Award Recipients 11/16/17 Three individuals have been recognized as 2017 Honorary Lifetime Members of the Eastern Illinois University Foundation. This year’s Honorary Lifetime Members include Dr. Donald and Ferne Rogers of Port Charlotte, Florida, and Dr. Gail J. Richard of Charleston, Illinois. “The Eastern Illinois University Foundation is proud to recognize these pillars of the EIU community,” said Jonathan McKenzie, executive officer of the EIU Foundation. “Donald, Ferne and Gail are staunch
EIU Alum Kevin Jeanes Earns Emmy for Weather Coverage 11/16/17 Eastern Illinois University alumnus Kevin Jeanes, along with his co-worker and fiancée, Lisa Burris, both earned Emmy Awards for their shared feature covering the 2016 monsoon in Tucson, Arizona. “We couldn’t be more excited about the award. It’s going to be something special we share for the rest of our lives,” said Jeanes of their dual recognition. Burris served as executive producer while Jeanes acted as host of the 30-minute feature, called “Monsoon 201
EIU’s Jean Cornell Awarded Prestigious Beattie IBEA Scholarship 11/16/17 Eastern Illinois University’s Jean Cornell was awarded the Dora J. Beattie Illinois Business Education Association (IBEA) Scholarship during the 55th IBEA annual fall conference in Springfield. More than 100 business education professionals from high schools, community colleges, and universities across the state attended the event earlier this month. Cornell is a junior-level student working toward earning a business teaching degree from EIU. As a nontraditional student, she is attending
EIU’s Booth Library a Donation Spot for One Stop Community Christmas Program 11/16/17 Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library is a donation site for the One Stop Community Christmas program this year, in which the Charleston and EIU campus communities are encouraged to donate books, toys or money to help local families this Christmas. The One Stop Community Christmas program is a collaborative effort between civic groups, schools, businesses, aid organizations, churches, sororities, health care providers and others that provides help and hope to families from Clark, Co
EIU ROTC Cadet, Paris Native Winkler Receives High Honor at Veterans Ceremony 11/13/17 Story/Photo Courtesy of Journal Gazette & Times Courier Eastern Illinois University ROTC Cadet Joseph Winkler of Paris received The Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement, one of the highest honors a cadet can achieve, during the Veterans Day ceremony Friday morning on campus. Eastern President David Glassman presented the award, which was a surprise to Winkler, to this cadet during the annual ceremony in the Old Main atrium. Winkler, who was already helping lead the ceremony,
EIU Student to Accept Award, Speak on Behalf of State’s 2017 Lincoln Laureates 11/07/17 Eastern Illinois University’s Bailey Angeline Martin-Giacalone of Belleville has been selected by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureates to accept the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award, and to speak as a representative of all Illinois Student Laureates in a November 11 ceremony in Springfield.  Martin-Giacalone, a senior-level honors student majoring in biological sciences, will head to Springfield with her nominator, Sara Schmidt,
EIU’s 2017 Homecoming Wrap-up 10/23/17 Thousands of Eastern Illinois University supporters assembled in Charleston last weekend to take part in the university's 2017 Homecoming celebration October 21. The unseasonably temperate, dry weather in late October provided a wonderful backdrop for the day' events--a recap of which is provided below: Homecoming ParadeFormer head football coach and EIU stalwart Bob Spoo led the parade as the 2017 Homecoming Grand Marshal. With more than 100 local entries following EIU's Homecoming Court repre
EIU’s Renaud to be Inducted into College Media Association's Hall of Fame 10/18/17 Contributing Reporter: AJ Fournier, The Daily Eastern News Sally Renaud, chair of the department of journalism at Eastern Illinois University, will be inducted into the College Media Association’s (CMA) John A. Boyd Hall of Fame later this October in Dallas as part of the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association Fall National College Media Convention. “I have such reverence for the people who taught me and were my mentors,” Renaud said, offering that everything s
Pinderski Named EIU Journalism’s Alumnus of the Year 10/18/17 Paul Pinderski, an attorney in the Chicago area, has been named Alumnus of the Year by the Eastern Illinois University Journalism Department. He will be honored at an on-campus luncheon Friday, October 20 ahead of EIU’s Homecoming Weekend. To be eligible for EIU Journalism’s Alumnus of the Year Award, a recipient must be a graduate of EIU’s journalism program with significant college media experience, have attained a positive reputation as a professional, and have supported EI
EIU Invites Students, Community, Alums to “Let the Good Times Roar” During 2017 Homecoming Festivities 10/17/17   Eastern Illinois University invites community members, alumni, and EIU friends and supporters to this week’s Homecoming festivities, taking place at a variety of locations on campus at 600 Lincoln Avenue, in Charleston. EIU’s 2017 Homecoming celebration began Monday, October 16 with a Kickoff in the Quad and the coronation of the Homecoming Court in McAfee Gymnasium. Allison Oates, representing the National Association of Colored Women’s Club and Lincoln Hall, and Ca
EIU Names its Summer 2017 Honors Recipients 10/10/17 Eastern Illinois University has released the names of its summer semester 2017 honors recipients. In all, 34 students were named as honors designees for the summer semester 2017. Those students include: Summa Cum Laude (4.0-3.9 GPA)Jacob D. Galauner, Recreation AdministrationKayla M. Hermann, Elementary Education Brandon C. Howrey, Kinesiology and Sports Studies Clarissa E. Kocher, Family Services; Business Administration Ashley N. Langley, Kinesiology and Sports Studies Nicholas S. Lucy, Healt
*UPDATED: Charleston, Illinois Wins Governor's Hometown Award (with Video) 10/10/17 *Updated Information: WEIU FM and TV is inviting the public to a viewing of the video that helped Charleston win the Governor's Hometown Award for our beautiful Lake View Trails. WEIU partnered with the City of Charleston to produce a 22-minute video that was shown to the judges in Springfield, IL. This video represented a visual illustration, along with a presentation given by City of Charleston officials, that ultimately led to this outstanding recognition for the community. WEIU invites ca
EIU’s Maliya Smith Selected for Prestigious $13K DFI Fellowship 10/03/17 Eastern Illinois University graduate-level counseling student Maliya Smith '16 recently earned a prestigious 2017-18 Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship. As a new DFI Fellow, Smith, of Forest Park, will receive $13,000 to assist her in pursuing her goals to become an educator in the State of Illinois. "This is a wonderful opportunity for me to continue making a positive difference in advancing important diversity initiatives in Illinois higher education," Smith sa
EIU's Athletics Hall of Fame Weekend Packed with Events, Night Game at O'Brien Stadium 10/03/17 Eastern Illinois will add five new members to its Athletics Hall of Fame this Saturday during a ceremony surrounding the Panthers 6 p.m. October 7 football game against Tennessee Tech. Entering the Hall of Fame for the Class of 2017 are former student-athletes Zye Boey (Men's Track & Field/Decatur, Ill./MacArthur HS), Cara LeMaster (Women's Soccer/Collinsville, Ill./Collinsville HS), and J.R. Taylor (Football/Decatur, Ill./Mt. Zion HS); former Athletics administrator Dave Kidwell; and friend
Charleston, Illinois Ranked Second-Safest College Town in America 09/28/17 Safety honor bestowed on city for second straight year   A national survey developed by Safewise.com ranks Charleston, Illinois as the Second-Safest College Town in America. Security experts from Safewise.com analyzed the most recent FBI crime statistics against population densities, and explored safety-oriented programs and initiatives in college cities throughout the nation. That research culminated in a second-place ranking for Charleston and for Eastern Illinois University. "Eastern
National Autism Expert Dr. Gail Richard to Host Sept. 29 Conference at EIU 09/28/17 EIU professor emeritus to provide updates on spectrum disorders, causes, intervention strategies Eastern Illinois University will host a sold-out fall autism conference from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. Friday, September 29 in the University Ballroom, on campus at 600 Lincoln Avenue in Charleston. There, Dr. Gail Richard will deliver her most recent presentation, titled Update on Autism Spectrum Disorders: Etiology and Intervention Strategies, to some of the region’s most engaged autism educators and
Eastern Illinois University Ranked Among Highest in Nation by NSSE 09/18/17 EIU in top 10 percent for diversity, engagement, teaching  The 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) ranked Eastern Illinois University in the top 10 percent of all institutions in the country in ‘discussions with diverse others’ and ‘student-faculty interaction’ categories by freshman-level students, as well in the ‘effective teaching practices’ category by senior-level students. “We’re very pleased with our positive NSSE outco
EIU Again Ranked as Top Illinois Public Regional University 09/18/17 USNWR’s latest rankings strengthen EIU’s reputation for excellence in the Midwest Eastern Illinois University continues to be the highest-ranking Illinois school among the Midwest’s top public regional universities, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 annual college ranking. EIU also ranked in the top 30 scores of all Midwestern regional institutions offering a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, according to U.S. News and World Re
EIU partners with U of I, SIU to recruit southern Illinois students 09/14/17 First-ever event seeks to keep high-achieving students in Illinois for college Eastern Illinois University recently partnered with the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University to recruit southern Illinois students at the inaugural Salute to Illinois Scholars college fair held Tuesday in at Mount Vernon. About 170 high-achieving high school students from across southern Illinois—selected based on academic achievements such as high ACT scores and grade-point averages—a
EIU Enthusiastic About Strategic Enrollment Gains 09/08/17 Increases in key areas a result of targeted enrollment initiatives; suggest future growth Eastern Illinois University administrators are excited to announce increases in traditional transfer, first-time domestic graduate, and international undergraduate student enrollments for fall 2017. In addition, freshmen retention rates have jumped an additional four percent. According to official 10th-day data from the university, traditional transfer students increased by 19 percent, first-time domestic
EIU Invites Students to Attend Free #FuturePanther Football and Tailgating Event 09/01/17 EIU’s Office of Admissions will host the fourth annual junior and senior high school student tailgate opportunity on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Check-in for the event will take place from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. in Lantz Arena. Registered high school upperclassmen will receive free football tickets for them and a guest. (If students have additional guests, they can contact the Office of Admissions to receive discounted tickets.) After checking in, students will be shown a quick presentation
Students Displaced by Hurricane Harvey Welcomed at EIU 08/31/17 Eastern Illinois University is extending a welcoming hand to college students who have had their education placed on hold by Hurricane Harvey. President David Glassman announced this week that students whose education has been disrupted as a result of the storm will be extended in-state tuition rates and will have all application and late fees waived. In addition, EIU personnel will work with affected students to develop flexible payment plans and in finding any available sources for financial
Booth Library to Present Exhibit and Program Series: "Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon" 08/31/17 Twenty years after the publication of the first Harry Potter book, Booth Library presents an exhibit and program series, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon.” This exhibit will be on display at the library from Sept. 14 through Dec. 31, 2017. Author J.K. Rowling published “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (known in the U.S. as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”) on June 26, 1997, in Britain. The book was soon a
Illinois Premier Boys State, EIU Extend Contract for 10 Years 06/21/17 Christopher Benigno, chairman of American Legion Illinois Premier Boys State, gave EIU staff members an Illinois Premiere Boys State lapel pin after signing a 10-year contract extension.  Shown, from left to right, are Mark Hudson; Lynette Drake, interim vice president for students affairs; Matt Boyer, assistant director, Residential Life and Conference Services; and Jody Stone, senior associate director of University Housing and Dining Services. ********** Representatives of both Ameri
EIU's Mark Hudson Awarded Lifetime Service Award 06/15/17 Mark Hudson Eastern Illinois University’s Mark Hudson was awarded the National Association of College and University Residence Halls Incorporated (NACURH)’s Hallenbeck Lifetime Service Award.This is one of the highest honors in NACURH, an international organization for residential student leaders. The award is named after Dan Hallenbeck, former NACURH adviser, and recognizes “outstanding and continuous service to NACURH by a full-time housing or student affai
EIU to Accept Fall 2018 Student Applications Starting June 1; Application Fee Temporarily Waived 05/25/17 Students interested in attending Eastern Illinois University beginning in the fall of 2018 may apply to do so starting June 1, 2017. Furthermore, the $30 application fee will be waived for all freshmen and transfer students who apply between June 1 and Oct. 15, 2017, announced EIU President David Glassman. “We believe this will be an invaluable advantage for our incoming Panthers, accelerating the admissions process so as to allow them to capitalize on talented student merit scholarships
EIU Hosts Annual Maurice Shepherd High School Chemistry Contest 05/22/17 More than 90 students from 14 area high schools -- Altamont, Beecher City, Danville, Edwards County, Fisher, Lawrenceville, MacArthur, Mahomet-Seymour, Mattoon, Morrisonville, Neoga, Okaw Valley, St. Teresa and Villa Grove -- participated in Eastern Illinois University’s 42nd annual Maurice Shepherd High School Chemistry Contest. Students participated in a 60-minute written examination (50 questions), followed by a dinner break and talk by EIU associate professor of chemistry Radu Semeniu
EIU Employees Honored for Continuous Years of Service 05/19/17 Shown, from left to right, Row 1: Joann Daugherty (30), Karen Johnson (25), Christine Childress (25), Kelly Miller (25), Jean Smitley (25), Linda Coffey (30) and Fern Kory (25).  Row 2:  Lynette Drake (25), Cathy Johnson (30), Allen Lanham (25), Michael Bradd (25), Diana Ingram (30), Laurie Neese (25) and Kelly Partenheimer (25).  Row 3: Peter Liu (25), John Sigler (25), Samuel Fagaly (25), John Whisler (35), David Wolski (25) and Paula Embry (30). *********
EIU Reduces Summer Hours; Library, Admissions Among Exceptions 05/08/17 In its continuing effort to conserve resource dollars, Eastern Illinois University is once again closing selected buildings and offices from noon on Fridays until Monday mornings during the summer months. The affected time period began today (Monday, May 8), and will end Friday, Aug. 11. Building/office exceptions include, but may not be limited to, the President’s Office, Booth Library, University Police, the Renewable Energy Center and the Office of Admissions, which plan to keep norma
EIU Honors 2016-2017 Retirees 05/05/17 Approximately 80 Eastern Illinois University employees were recently recognized as faculty/staff members who have retired or plan to retire during the 2016-2017 school year. They include, from left to right, first row: Vicki Shaw Woodard, Marlene M. Slough, Ann E. Brownson, Allen K. Lanham, Diane Jackman, Marjorie E. Thennes, Diana S. Ingram and Ellen Shupe; second row: Leeila S. Ennis, Kathryn Hussey, Florentina C. Laribee, Kathryn L. Waggoner, Kathryn M. Olsen, Marilyn S. Thomas, Marsha A. Fi
EIU Commencement Ceremonies Set to Take Place Saturday, May 6 05/03/17 More than 1,700 undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies at Eastern Illinois University on Saturday, May 6. Ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m. in Lantz Arena.  Guest tickets are required for admission. Students from the College of Sciences will march in the morning ceremony, the College of Arts and Humanities and the School of Continuing Education at noon, the College of Education and Professional Studies at 3 p.m., a
Expansion/Renovation Work to Begin on EIU's Tarble Arts Center 05/02/17 Shown, from left to right, are Tim Zimmer, director, EIU Facilities Planning and Management; Blair Lord, EIU provost and vice president for academic affairs; EIU President David M. Glassman; Rehema Barber, director, Tarble Arts Center; Vaughn Jaenike, EIU development officer; Van Voyles, chief architect, White & Borgognoni Architects, P.C.; and Anita Shelton, interim dean, EIU College of Arts and Humanities. ********** Although construction work won’t officially
EIU Alumna Named as Newest Member of Board of Trustees 04/26/17 Barbara Baurer For its second consecutive meeting, the Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees will come together with a new member among those sitting at the table. Minier resident Barbara Baurer’s appointment by Gov. Bruce Rauner to serve on the eight-member board goes into effect immediately, although approval from the Illinois Senate is still needed to make it formal. “I’m excited and honored to be named as a trustee of Eastern Illinois University
EIU Names Gatrell as Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs 04/24/17 Jay Gatrell As Eastern Illinois University continues to move forward in its vitalization initiative, it will do so with a new face among its leadership team. Jay D. Gatrell, a professor of geography and environmental studies and vice provost for faculty affairs and research at Bellarmine University (Louisville, Ky.), has been chosen as EIU’s next provost and vice president for academic affairs.  His appointment goes into effect July 1, 2017. "I look forward to col
Criminology/Criminal Justice Major to Debut at EIU in the Fall 04/14/17 Samantha Berry joined the EIU police force after minoring in criminology. Although the new criminology/criminal justice major at Eastern Illinois University won’t begin to be offered until the fall, organizers are already confident that it will soon become one of the school’s most popular degree programs. “We’re really excited about this opportunity,” said Darren Hendrickson, chair of Eastern’s Department of Sociology/Anthropology. 
Activities Planned at Booth Library for National Library Week 04/07/17 Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library will celebrate National Library Week April 9-15 by sponsoring several activities. The theme is “Libraries Transform.” Eastern students are encouraged to participate in a library scavenger hunt for the chance to win an Amazon gift card! Pick up the entry form at any public service desk, then return it once it’s complete. A winner will be drawn each day, Monday through Friday, April 10-14. On Monday, April 10, the library will h
Scholarship Endowment Made Possible by EIU Community Collaboration 03/31/17 After having taught at Eastern Illinois University for nearly 40 years, Andrew McNitt found it increasingly difficult to settle into retirement and blindly accept whatever negative consequences the state budget impasse might have on the institution. “I was saddened by what I saw happening to the university and the excellent faculty and staff who work here,” he said.  “And I was retired and needed something to keep me busy.  This was the most productive thing I could
EIU to Once Again Offer English Studies Summer Camp for High School Students 03/14/17 Eastern Illinois University’s annual English Studies Summer Camp for High School Students will be held this year July 23 through July 29, 2017. This unique program allows students to customize their program of study, selecting two sessions from a range of offerings in creative writing, literature, professional/academic writing, media studies, and more. Students grow academically and socially as they prepare for college and are mentored by expert faculty who share their passion for reading
'A Question of History: Public History in Illinois' at Booth Library 03/07/17 Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library will debut a new exhibit, “A Question of History: Public History in Illinois,” on March 30, 2017. On Oct. 1, 2015, the Illinois State Museum closed its doors for nine months amidst a statewide budget crisis. This closure brought the topic of public history in Illinois to the forefront of a national conversation about the relevance of history. In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of public history, EIU’s 2016-20
Kesha & the Creepies to Perform at EIU on April 1 03/02/17 Tickets for Eastern Illinois University’s Saturday, April 1, concert featuring Kesha and the Creepies are now on sale to the general public. Tickets may be purchased at the MLK Jr. Union Ticket Office (217-581-5122) between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; they are also available here. The cost is $25 per ticket. (EIU students with their Panther Card ID may purchase their tickets at a cost of $20 each.) All seats are reserved. The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., with
Edible Book Festival Planned at Booth Library 03/02/17 Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University will sponsor its seventh annual Edible Book Festival on April 10 as part of National Library Week. Anyone in the community may enter a work made out of edible materials that has something to do with books in either its shape or content. The artwork will not be eaten. To view entries from last year’s competition, go here. Entries may be installed at the library after 3:30 p.m. April 10. Public voting will take place from 4 to 5 p.m., with the
Local Educators Invited to Apply for Summer Writing Institute at EIU 02/20/17 The Eastern Illinois Writing Project (EIWP) invites local educators from all disciplines in grades K-16 to apply for its 2017 Summer Institute for Literacy to be held as a hybrid course, online and on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The institute meets online on June 15, 19, 20, 21 and 22. The institute will meet on campus from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 12, 13, 14, 26, 27, 28, 29 and July 3, 5 and 6 in Coleman Hall 3130 and 3210. Teachers who attend the summer institute can rece
EIU Offers Free Summer Journalism Workshop for High School Students 02/15/17 High school students can learn journalism hands-on from award-winning reporters, editors and photographers at the Illinois Press Foundation workshop at Eastern Illinois University from June 20-30, 2017. Applications for the 11-day workshop, which is funded by the Illinois Press Foundation and EIU, will be accepted through May 24, 2017. Eighteen students will be selected to participate in this free journalism experience. Graduating seniors are eligible for this workshop as are those currently i
Interdisciplinary Center for Global Diversity Plans EIU Symposium -- Feb. 21 02/15/17 Juan Salgado An individual recognized nationally for his work for the educational, political and economic advancement of the Latina/o community will present the keynote address during the sixth annual symposium of Eastern Illinois University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Global Diversity. Juan Salgado, president and CEO of Chicago’s Instituto del Progreso Latino since 2001, will present “Your Voice Matters” as part of the day-long symposium set to tak
EIU/UIUC Spring Educators' Job Fair Set for March 6 on EIU Campus 02/14/17 Recruiters from school districts from across Illinois and beyond will be seeking employees at the Spring Educators’ Job Fair to be held on the Eastern Illinois University campus on Monday, March 6. EIU is a co-sponsor of the fair, along with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Eastern’s partnership with the U of I provides students and alumni from both institutions, as well as other interested individuals, the opportunity to connect with hiring professionals in one c
United States Air Force Band of Mid-America Freedom Winds to Present Free Concert at EIU 02/13/17 U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America Freedom Wings The Doudna Fine Arts Center welcomes the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America Freedom Winds on Valentine’s Day -- Feb. 14. The group’s diverse repertoire includes jazz and ragtime classics, along with popular themes from Broadway’s hit shows to Hollywood’s greatest films. The 7:30 p.m. concert is presented free of charge, but a ticket is required for admittance to Dvorak Concert Hall. Composed o
EIU’s Oratorio Society Seeks Singers for Spring Concert 02/13/17 Eastern Illinois University’s Oratorio Society is looking for singers to participate in the university’s annual spring concert.  Rehearsals will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the choral/jazz rehearsal room (Room 1360) in the Doudna Fine Arts Center. Interested participants are encouraged to bring a friend.   “We will be performing some of the most beautiful choral works from a variety of large oratorios,” said Richard Robert Rossi, director of EIU&rsqu
Frederick Douglass Subject of Next 'Big Questions, Great Books' Discussion at EIU 02/07/17 Frederick Douglass was one of America’s most influential anti-slavery activists, and in 1846 he traveled to England to advance the cause. On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Eastern Illinois University students, faculty and community members will discuss Douglass’ reception speech at Finsbury Chapel, as they investigate the questions: “What is slavery? What is freedom?” This event is among the first in a series of “Big Questions, Great Books” seminars hosted by Eastern&r
Twenty-two High Schools to Compete in EIU Scholar Bowl Tourney 02/01/17 The Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College at Eastern Illinois University will host its 32nd annual Scholastic Bowl Tournament Saturday, Feb. 4, in Coleman Hall. The tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m., with opening remarks and greetings presented in the Coleman Hall Auditorium (Room 1255).  Competition will begin at 9.  The round-robin tournament will involve nearly 200 high school students representing 22 teams from the surrounding area.  All teams are guaranteed at least three ma
ISU Regali Chamber Winds and Strings to Perform at EIU’s Doudna Fine Arts Center;
Chamber Concert to Feature the Works of American Composers
02/01/17 Ruby George A concert featuring the music of American composers will be presented in the Dvorak Concert Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 7.  The all-American concert will be presented by special guests the Indiana State University Regali Chamber Winds and Springs, conducted by Roby George. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $5 for general admission seats. Some of the feature pieces include “Serenade, Opus 40” by Arthur Bird, “Serenade for Winds” by Alec W
EIU Alumnus, Former Employee, Named to Board of Trustees 01/23/17 P.J. Thompson When Eastern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees meets this week, a new member will be among those sitting at the table. Belleville resident Phillip (P.J.) Thompson Jr.’s appointment by Gov. Bruce Rauner to serve on the eight-member board goes into effect immediately, although approval from the Illinois Senate is still needed to make it formal. “I am excited to serve my alma mater as a member of its Board of Trustees,” Thompson said.
Luke Bryan 2016 Farm Tour to Benefit Four EIU-Bound High School Students 01/13/17 Luke Bryan Country music singer/songwriter Luke Bryan spent the majority of his life thinking he would work in agriculture. "Farming is pretty brutal, but you know it's also a very fulfilling life,” he once said in an Associated Press interview.  “I could have farmed the rest of my life and really had a fun, happy enjoyable life." Instead, he chose to concentrate on his music.  And, “I think I picked the right profession,” he added. The Geo
Jesse White Brings Services to Campus; EIU Collegiate License Plate Available 01/06/17 Secretary of State Jesse White is alerting Eastern Illinois University students, faculty and staff, as well as community residents, that office services will be on campus Tuesday, Jan. 10. White’s office will provide certain driver and vehicle services on campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bridge Lounge of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Union. “Students, faculty and staff can show their pride in their university by displaying the EIU collegiate license plate on their vehicle,&rdquo
EIU Foundation Celebrates 2016 Award Recipients 12/15/16 Since its inception in 1953, the Eastern Illinois University Foundation has been dependent upon the generosity of its members and volunteers to fulfill its mission of support to the university. Since 1993, the Foundation has honored philanthropists and others in recognition of their gifts and dedication to EIU.  That tradition continues in 2016. “The Eastern Illinois University Foundation is pleased to recognize each of the following remarkable award recipients,” said Jonathan
EIU Fall Commencement Ceremonies Set for Saturday, Dec. 17 12/14/16 Approximately 450 graduates plan to participate in Eastern Illinois University's Fall 2016 Commencement, scheduled to take place Saturday, Dec. 17, in Lantz Arena. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Guest tickets are required for admission. Students from the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities will march in the morning ceremony, while students from the College of Education and Professional Studies, the College of Sciences
Eastern Illinois University Police Department Promotes Two 12/06/16 Two Eastern Illinois University police officers were recently promoted to lieutenant. Mike Southworth (left) has been with the department since 2011, having previously served as a police officer with the Oakland Police Department.  He also was deployed to the Middle East with the U.S. Army. A 27-year veteran of law enforcement, Jeff Endsley (right) has been with UPD since 1998, having previously served nine years with the Coles County Sheriff’s Department. “I am excited to ha
EIU Plans Annual Holiday Gathering at Old Main; Public Invited 12/05/16 Community residents are once again invited to join Eastern Illinois University's students, faculty and staff for a traditional holiday gathering. Guests are welcome to attend “Heartfelt Holidays,” scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12.  The event will take place in Old Main’s (the “Castle”) Cougill Foyer. Parking is available in most university lots after 5 p.m.  For the easiest access, guests may park in the "X" lot, located east of O
Top Students Honored by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois:
Ellis Grove Senior Recognized as Eastern Illinois University Representative
11/28/16 Shown, from left to right, Colleen Kattenbraker and Maranda Schaljo, EIU KSS faculty; Diana Rauner; Michaela Crabtree; Gov. Bruce Rauner, president of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois; and Stephanie Pace Marshall, chancellor of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. ***** SPRINGFIELD -- Outstanding students representing Illinois colleges and universities were honored by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois during the annual Student Laureate Convocation at the Old State Capitol in Spr
EIU Named Institution of the Year by the IRHA 11/21/16 The Illinois Residence Hall Association has named Eastern Illinois University the Institution of the Year for 2016.  This award is the highest honor an IRHA member school can attain.   The award acknowledges the outstanding achievements of EIU’s on-campus living communities. Commenting on the significance of this prestigious honor, Mark Hudson, EIU ‘s director of University Housing and Dining Services, said the award is a great reflection on the quality of Eastern’s
EIU, Rural King Partnership Gets Eastern's Name On the Road 11/15/16 By partnering with a Coles County-based business, Eastern Illinois University is getting its name spread throughout Illinois and beyond. EIU shares its billing with Rural King, a farm and home company headquartered in Mattoon, on vinyl wrappings covering four of hundreds of trailers that deliver goods to nearly 100 stores in an 11-state area. “The first time this sort of thing came to my attention was 10 or more years ago when a friend who worked there told me that the University of Mont
Recent EIU Graduate Returns to Campus as Police Officer 11/14/16 Samantha Berry Six months after graduating from Eastern Illinois University, Samantha Berry returned to her alma mater to accept the challenge of a quite different role. Having just completed 10 weeks of training at the Southwestern Illinois Police Academy in Belleville, the 23-year-old Heyworth native began work as an officer with the EIU Police Department.  Now she will spend the next 12 weeks in on-the-job training, working with the force’s more experienced offi
Fall Edgar Series Lecture to Focus on 2016 Presidential Race 11/09/16 David Yepsen “The 2016 Election and Illinois’ Future” will be the topic of David A. Yepsen’s fall lecture on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Yepsen, who enjoyed a 34-year career with the Des Moines Register, serving as the paper’s chief political writer, political editor and political columnist before becoming director (now retired) of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 2009, will be
Events to Commemorate Veterans Day on EIU Campus 11/08/16 Eastern Illinois University will commemorate Veterans Day 2016 with a series of events open to the public. Community residents are invited to join students, faculty and staff for the annual Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in Old Main’s Cougill Foyer. The 30-minute ceremony will include remarks by Paul Higgerson, an EIU student veteran, and EIU President David Glassman.  The ROTC Panther Battalion will post the colors and render a three-volley salute
Fall Education Job Fair Brings Opportunities to Job Seekers 10/28/16 Recruiters from school districts from across Illinois and beyond will be seeking employees to fill mid-year and anticipated vacancies for next year at the Fall Education Job Fair to be held on the Eastern Illinois University campus. All persons seeking positions in teaching, school administration and special services are welcome to attend the event, set to take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the MLK Jr. Union's Grand Ballroom.  There is no admission charge, and registrat
Prospective Students Invited to Tour Campus, More During Nov. 11 Open House 10/27/16   Eastern Illinois University invites all prospective students to get a first-hand look at the campus and its offerings during a free open house on Friday, Nov. 11. The open house, sponsored by the Office of Admissions, will provide prospective students and their families the opportunity to meet with faculty and student service personnel; hear from financial aid officers, housing staff and current EIU students; tour the campus, including residence halls and Greek Court;
2016 Embarras Valley Film Festival to Examine Civil Rights in Illinois 10/27/16 The Embarras Valley Film Festival, taking place Nov. 2-4 on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, celebrates its 12th year with a focus on civil rights in Illinois. The theme, "For All the World to See II:  Film Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights," expands on the “Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights” exhibit and program in Eastern's Booth Library. Admission to all festival events is free and open to the public. The festival kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Wedne
Visiting Top German Police Exec to Discuss Refugees, Terrorists 10/25/16 Wilhelm Schmidbauer A top German police executive will present his take on “Refugees and Terrorists in Europe” while visiting the campus of Eastern Illinois University on Monday, Oct. 31. Wilhelm Schmidbauer, director of the Bavarian State Police since 2013, will present a talk based on recent events that captured the world’s attention.  His presentation, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session, will begin at 7 p.m. in Lumpkin Auditorium
EIU Journalism Alum to Discuss Value of Liberal Arts Education in Media Careers, Beyond 10/25/16 Heidi Keibler Stevens Heidi Keibler Stevens, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, will present a free lecture at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Eastern Illinois University's Lumpkin Auditorium. Stevens’ column, called “Balancing Act,” focuses on work-life balance, relationships and parenting from a feminist perspective. Robert Martinez, an English professor who coordinated the event, first became interested in bringing Stevens to campus in February when she w
EIU to Host Halloween Activities for Area Children, Community 10/19/16 Eastern Illinois University will open its doors to area children in order to provide a fun and safe environment to celebrate Halloween. The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Greek Court Council and Fraternity and Sorority Programs will host trick-or-treaters from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in Greek Court, EIU’s on-campus fraternity and sorority housing complex.  Participating chapters will welcome trick-or-treaters at individual houses. A
Thomas Woodall Panther Trail Sign Dedication Set for Oct. 22 10/17/16 Friends and colleagues are invited to the 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, dedication of the Thomas Woodall Panther Trail sign on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The Kinesiology & Sports Studies Department, working collaboratively with EIU Athletics, will dedicate the sign, which marks the university’s two-mile cross country course that spans the western part of the EIU campus and surrounds many of the institution’s athletic and intramural facilities.  Woodall, of Cha
There's No Place Like EIU!: EIU Begins Week-long Homecoming 2016 Celebration 10/17/16 Thousands of proud Panthers will return to their alma mater this week as Eastern Illinois University celebrates “There’s No Place Like EIU:  Homecoming 2016.” Events, including “The Wizard of Paws” Homecoming Coronation, begin today, and will culminate with the traditional parade, football game and other popular events on Saturday, Oct. 22. Community residents are welcome to attend most Homecoming events, both on and off campus.     Early rise
Volunteers Seek Repeat of Last Year's Successful Sock Drive 10/17/16 For the second consecutive year, Eastern Illinois University will ask those who attend the annual Homecoming Parade for something in return – socks. Volunteers with the Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteerism will again collect new pairs of socks – for children and adults -- as they walk and hand out candy in the parade.  Donations will then go to local community agencies in need. The campaign will continue throughout the month of October with donation boxes at Eastern&rsq
Designed with the Working Professional in Mind: EIU to Offer Graduate Program in Cybersecurity Beginning in Fall 2017 10/13/16 EIU to offer information technology professionals a future in cybersecurity. Months of preparation and planning led to this month’s official introduction of Eastern Illinois University’s new Master of Science in Cybersecurity, offered collaboratively through the School of Business and the School of Technology in the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences. Pure coincidence allowed it to happen during October, also recognized as National Cybersecurity Aw
EIU Journalism Department Names Dave McKinney as Alumnus of the Year 10/12/16 Dave McKinney Dave McKinney, a Mattoon, Ill., native and a reporter for Thompson Reuters, has been named Alumnus of the Year by the Eastern Illinois University Journalism Department. The department’s Outreach & Service Committee, which selects the Alumnus of the Year award recipient, said McKinney, who graduated in 1986, has been an exemplary alumnus. “For many years Dave has given back to the department by working with Eastern’s journalism students as
Life-long City Resident Joins EIU Police Force 10/11/16 Joel Stewart is sworn in by Lynette Drake, interim VPSA Life-long Charleston resident Joel Stewart officially took his place as an officer with the Eastern Illinois University Police Department after being sworn in by Lynette Drake, interim vice president for student affairs.  The 31-year-old arrived on campus less than a week after completing 12 weeks of training at the Illinois State Police Local Law Enforcement Academy in Springfield.  As a patrolman, he will now
40th Annual Panther Marching Band Festival Set for Oct. 1 on EIU Campus 09/29/16 The public is invited to the 40th annual Panther Marching Band Festival, set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium. This annual all-day event is a field competition allowing high school bands a great way in which to close their performance season.  Awards in each class in the areas of music, visual, general effect, percussion, guard and drum major will be awarded.  Grand Champion and Spirit trophies will be awarded for Small
Prospective Students Invited to Tour Campus, More During Oct. 10 Open House 09/28/16 Prospective students and their families tour the EIU campus. ********** Eastern Illinois University invites all prospective students to get a first-hand look at the campus and its offerings during a free open house on Monday, Oct. 10. The open house, sponsored by the Office of Admissions, will provide prospective students and their families the opportunity to meet with faculty and student service personnel; hear from financial aid officers, housing staff and current EIU stud
Free #FuturePanther Tailgate:
EIU Invites High School Juniors, Seniors to Participate in Football Event
09/23/16 Eastern Illinois University’s Office of Admissions will host its fourth annual junior and senior high school student tailgate on Saturday, Oct. 8. Check-in for the event will take place from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. in Lantz Arena.  High school upperclassmen will receive free football tickets for them and a guest.  (If students have additional guests, they can contact the Office of Admissions to receive discounted tickets.) After checking in, students will be shown a quick presentatio
EIU Accepting Entry Applications for Oct. 22 Homecoming Parade 09/22/16 Eastern Illinois University is now accepting entry applications from individuals and/or groups wishing to participate in the EIU Homecoming Parade, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Residents of Charleston and other area communities are invited to participate as EIU celebrates “There’s No Place Like EIU!!” Homecoming 2016 during the week of Oct. 17-22. Borrowing from the theme of the timeless movie classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” this year’s EI
Nominations Sought for EIU Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal 09/22/16 Nominations for the Eastern Illinois University 2016 Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal are now being accepted. Being named Homecoming grand marshal is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an individual who exhibits and exemplifies EIU pride, service and contributions.  In addition to presiding over the Oct. 22 parade, the individual serving in the role takes part in other Homecoming events and activities, including the tailgate and football game later that same day. The grand marshal is select
Registration Deadline Nears for Annual EIU Autism Conference 09/21/16 Seats remain available for Eastern Illinois University’s Fall 2016 Autism Conference, scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in the Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union. Visiting expert Carol Kranowitz will spend the day discussing topics related to “The Out-of-Sync Child:  Understanding How Sensory Processing Disorder Affects Learning, Communication and Behavior.” This speaker has specialized in the area of sensory processing disorder and the import
Stories, Crafts, More to be Part of Booth Library Story Time 09/20/16 Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to free story times in the Ballenger Teachers Center of Booth Library, located on the Eastern Illinois University campus. Story times are planned from 10 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 1, 8 and 29; and Nov. 5 and 12. Programs will feature stories, crafts and activities. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. More specific information about the theme of each story time will be posted on the library’s Facebook and Twitter pages. For more information
Public Invited to Oh, Freedom! Music of the Civil Rights Movement 09/19/16 Chris Vallillo A free music program, “Oh, Freedom! Music of the Civil Rights Movement,” will be presented at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the West Reading Room of Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University. The music will be performed by Chris Vallillo, a nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and folk musician. Vallillo performs on six-string and bottleneck slide guitars and harmonica while discussing the impact of music upon the Civil Rights Movement. His program
Hong Kong Leader to Discuss City's Role in World Politics at EIU 09/15/16 The man who many predict will be Hong Kong’s next head of government will speak on “The Role of Hong Kong in World Politics” when he visits the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Admission to Jasper Tsang’s talk, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Lumpkin Hall Auditorium, is free and open to the public.  Tsang plans a 20-minute lecture, followed by a question-and-answer period.  A public reception will take place from 8:30 to
EIU Retains No. 1 Illinois Spot in U.S. News & World Report Rankings 09/13/16 Eastern Illinois University continues to be the highest ranking Illinois school among the Midwest’s top public regional universities, according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual college ranking. The university also remains listed in the top 40 among all Midwestern regional institutions offering a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs.  EIU is the highest ranking public university in Illinois on that list, released today as part of the magazine&rsqu
EIU Studies Enrollment, Makes Plans for University Growth 09/08/16 As Eastern Illinois University positions itself for the move forward on its “Pathway to Success,” officials are taking a strategic look at fall enrollment numbers to further develop plans and capitalize on the university’s programming strengths. While enrollment as a whole is down from a year ago, there are a number of very positive areas of growth. Graduate student enrollment has climbed significantly, up more than 10 percent from a year ago, and the number of international
Allen Lanham Named a Luminary by Illinois Library Association 09/08/16 The Illinois Library Association recently granted luminary status to Allen Lanham of Charleston, dean of library service at Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University. Illinois Library Luminaries honor those who have made a significant contribution to Illinois libraries during a career that has positively served the library profession. Lanham has served as professor and dean of library services at EIU for 25 years. He also served on the Charleston Public Library and library system boards, and
State of the University Address -- Presented by EIU President David M. Glassman 09/07/16 Good afternoon. Before I begin my remarks, I would like to welcome and recognize the Chairman of our Board of Trustees, Mr. Joe Dively, and Trustee Mr. Dan Caulkins.  Thank you for attending today’s Address and for the support and guidance we receive from our Trustees.  Welcome back to an exciting new year at Eastern Illinois University.  Our students have found their classes, our faculty have begun sharing knowledge, our staff are working diligently to support the educati
International Student Enrollment Reaches Another High at EIU 08/31/16 Pictured are some of the more than 400 international students attending EIU this fall. ---------- Individuals from more than 40 countries compose what Eastern Illinois University officials say will be another record-breaking international student enrollment for the institution. Bill Elliott, interim director, International Students and Scholars, said the department will see a significant increase from the 291 international students enrolled a year ago. While exact numbers w
Martin Appointed Chief of Police at Eastern Illinois University 08/31/16 Chief Kent Martin meets with students during "Coffee with the Cops" event. Eastern Illinois University’s new chief of police wants his department to better connect with the public -- both on campus and off. As interim chief, Kent Martin has given much thought to ways in which he can “get UPD reconnected to students, faculty and staff.”  A “Coffee with the Cops” event held earlier today in the MLK Jr. Union represents the type of informal int
Registration Now Underway for the Eastern Illinois Writing Project Fall Institute Day 08/29/16 Teachers, administrators and interested students are invited to attend the Eastern Illinois Writing Project/Teaching with Primary Sources at EIU Fall Institute Day Friday, Oct. 14, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. The Eastern Illinois Writing Project will present the annual institute day, titled “Beyond Pro vs. Con: Motivating Productive Arguments” from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center. The 2016 Institute Day will focus on teaching ar
Graduate Student Numbers on the Rise at Eastern Illinois University 08/25/16 Eastern Illinois University officials are pleased with recent growth in graduate enrollment as EIU’s graduate programs continue to attract new students. While exact numbers won't be official until the university releases 10th day enrollment figures in early September, Ryan Hendrickson, interim dean of EIU’s Graduate School, expects an increase of 10 percent or more in the number of graduate students. “That’s a significant growth from a year ago,” he said. In Fall
Newly Discovered Plant Species Named After EIU Botany Professor 08/22/16 Gordon Tucker Gordon Tucker doesn’t remember doing so, but he’s been told that as a toddler, he could not keep his hands off the nearby vegetation. “My mother told me that I would reach over the edge of my stroller or through the bars of my play pen, reaching out for any plant that I could get my hands on,” he said.  “And that I was transplanting garden seedlings before I could walk.” Decades later, Tucker – now a skilled botani
Faculty Laureate Address as presented by Richard G. Jones Jr.
Welcome to Your Academic Home and Your Academic Family
08/19/16 Home is probably something that’s been on your mind recently. Most of you have just left one home for a new one. Most of you are setting up a home without your family for the first time. Some of you have been waiting excitedly for this move for a while. Some of you are already getting the first tinges of homesickness. Some of you might be not be thinking about home at all. In any case, I’d like to encourage you to think of EIU as your new home and this week as your extended house war
EIU Faculty Laureate Richard Jones:
General Education Key to Becoming 'Well-Rounded Person'
08/15/16 Richard Jones As an incoming college freshman in the late 1990s, Richard Jones already knew he wanted to someday teach. “I’d known I wanted to teach since I was 7,” he recalled.  “And I expected to teach music.  But, then I fell in love with communication.” All it took, he continued, were a couple of courses he completed shortly after enrolling in the University of North Carolina Greensboro – courses he may not have taken had the
'For All the World to See'
Booth Library Exhibit Series to Focus on 'Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights'
08/02/16 Life Magazine, June 28, 1963. (Photo: E.G. Shempf) “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” a national traveling exhibition, will be on display at Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University, from Sept. 1-Oct. 20. Through a compelling assortment of photographs, television clips, art posters, and historic artifacts, the exhibition traces how images and media disseminated to the American public transformed the modern civil rig
Record 245 Student-Athletes Earn OVC Academic Medal of Honor; EIU Leads OVC with 37 Winners 07/28/16 BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Today it was announced that a record 245 Ohio Valley Conference student-athletes have earned the OVC Academic Medal of Honor for the 2015-16 academic year. The OVC Academic Medal of Honor is given annually to the student-athletes who achieve the highest grade point average in a conference-sponsored sport. Every Academic Medal of Honor recipient for the 2015-16 academic year carried a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Of the 245 award winners, 29 were awarded Academic Me
A Record 1,335 Student-Athletes Named to 2015-16 OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll 07/27/16 BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- For the sixth straight year, a record number of student-athletes have been named to the Ohio Valley Conference’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll.  For this 2015-16 academic year, 1,335 student-athletes were recognized for performance in the classroom, topping the mark of 1,275 from last year.  (See complete 2015-16 OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll selections here.) To be listed, recipients must have achieved at least a 3.25 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale)
Reception to Showcase Work of High School Students at EIU English Studies Summer Camp 07/24/16 A public reception will showcase the work of 55 high school students who are participating in Eastern Illinois University’s inaugural English Studies Summer Camp from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 30, in the Tarble Arts Center Atrium. Educators, students, and community members are welcome to attend. The Showcase Reception will feature live performances, creative readings, poster presentations and digital work displays as the campers show off the work they have completed during their wee
EIU Budget Update -- A Letter from EIU President David M. Glassman 07/01/16 EIU President David M. Glassman Dear Campus Community, I am very pleased to share the news that an appropriation bill was approved by both chambers of the General Assembly and signed by Governor Rauner. The bill includes bridge funding for public universities to assist in operational expenses through December 31, 2016. This is positive news for Eastern and we thank the Governor and General Assembly for their support of this bipartisan bridge bill. The approved appropriation
Corpse Flower Readies for Fifth Blooming at EIU 06/13/16 EIU's Corpse Flower at full bloom in 2014 Eastern Illinois University’s Titan Arum (aka Corpse Flower) appears to be honoring its tradition of a biennial flowering. Steven Malehorn, manager of Eastern Illinois University’s H.F. Thut Greenhouse, is eagerly waiting the plant’s fifth blooming. Earlier bloomings took place in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. The developing flower (technically an inflorescence) could grow to be seven feet tall and three feet wide, and
Martin Named Interim Police Chief at EIU 06/10/16 Kent Martin A 19-year veteran of Eastern Illinois University’s Police Department has been appointed interim chief of police. Lt. Kent Martin will serve as head of the department until the position is permanently filled.  He replaces John Hatfill, who retired on May 31, 2016.  Hatfill replaced Adam Due, who retired on Dec. 31, 2015, after 12-plus years in the position. “Lt. Martin has wonderful plans for the University Police Department and is excited to
U.S. Army Cadet Command Inducts First Group of Former Cadets into Hall of Fame 06/10/16 Colonel (Retired) Robert Sinkler at Fort Knox on June 10 Eastern Illinois University received word that two EIU ROTC alumni were selected for induction into the U.S. Army Cadet Hall of Fame in Fort Knox, Ky.   Those inductees are Colonel (Retired) Robert Sinkler, Class of ’83, and Colonel Scott Kimmell, Class of ’86. Col. Sinkler, who attended the Fort Knox ceremony, retired from the U.S. Army in 2013 after a distinguished 30-year career.  He becam
EIU Budget Update -- A Letter from EIU President David M. Glassman 06/06/16 Dear Campus Community, As I am sure you are aware, our state leaders failed to resolve the budgetary impasse in Springfield by their scheduled adjournment date of May 31.  Although there was much work done in the capital to move toward a full compromise budget or an additional bridging bill that would include partial-year funds for public universities, neither was enacted.  We are now counting on our leaders to develop and enact budgets for both FY16 and FY17 prior to July 1, the
EIU Hosts Annual Maurice Shepherd High School Chemistry Contest 05/24/16 More than 70 students from 11 area high schools participated in Eastern Illinois University’s 41st annual Maurice Shepherd High School Chemistry Contest. Students participated in a 60-minute written examination (50 questions), followed by a dinner break and talk on "Organic Materials for Solar Energy Conversion,” presented by Hongshan He of Eastern’s chemistry department.  The top four teams and the top individuals were then recognized and awards presented.  A travel
EIU Honors 2015-2016 Retirees 05/23/16 More than 100 Eastern Illinois University employees were recently recognized as faculty/staff members who have retired or plan to retire during the 2015-2016 school year. They include, from left to right, first row:  President David Glassman (in attendance to greet and honor the retirees) and Robert Wiseman; second row:  Mary Hennig, Melinda Meehling, Duangrudi Suksang, Joni Lutz, Patti Bailey, Vicki Irby, Teresa Sims and Lisa Standerfer; third row:  James Conwell, Gary Fritz,
Lane Named 2015 Annuitant Ambassador of the Year 05/20/16 Steve Lane (right) with Foundation Executive Officer Jonathan McKenzie Steve Lane of Charleston has been recognized as the Eastern Illinois University Foundation’s 2015 Annuitant Ambassador of the Year. Many EIU annuitants (retirees) serve as volunteer ambassadors at the Neal Welcome Center, assisting visitors, guests and students who come in to complete scholarship paperwork. In recognition and appreciation of those who have shown exemplary service and dedication t
EIU Reduces Summer Hours; Booth Library, Admissions Among Exceptions 05/10/16 In a continuing effort to conserve resource dollars, Eastern Illinois University is once again closing selected buildings and offices from noon on Fridays until Monday mornings during the summer months. The affected time period began Monday, May 9, and will end Friday, Aug. 12. Building/office exceptions include, but may not be limited to, the President’s Office, Booth Library, University Police, the Renewable Energy Center and the Office of Admissions, which plan to keep normal working
President David Glassman's Spring 2016 Testimony: House Higher Education Committee 05/04/16 Madam Chair and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to meet with you today to testify on behalf of the students, staff, and faculty of Eastern Illinois University. My name is David Glassman and I have been proudly serving as EIU’s 11th president for the past 11 months. Eastern takes great pride in being the Illinois public university with the lowest administrative costs per student and the second lowest in tuition and fees.  And we were nationally recognized by U.
EIU Signs Agreements with DACC, IECC to Assist RNs in Earning Bachelor Degrees 04/08/16 EIU President David Glassman and Olney Central College President Rodney Ranes (seated) formally signed the agreement this week allowing associate degree-seeking nursing students at IECC to simultaneously begin work on their baccalaureate degree through EIU. Standing, from left to right, are Doug Klarup, interim dean, EIU College of Sciences; Renee Kidd-Marshall, director, EIU RN to BS in Nursing Program; Blair Lord, EIU provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Terry Bru
Chinese Supreme Court Justice to Visit, Speak at EIU 04/01/16 Justice Jingmin Zhai, vice president of the Beijing Supreme Court, will speak through an interpreter on the rule of law in China when he visits Eastern Illinois University. The forum will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, April 11, in EIU’s Lumpkin Hall Auditorium.  Members of the university community, as well as the general public, are invited to attend this free event and ask questions about China’s judicial establishment.  A reception will follow at 8:30 p.m., allowing audi
EIU to Showcase Students' Faculty-Mentored Research; Public Invited 03/30/16 More than 120 presentations involving the faculty-mentored work of 150 students will be shared during Eastern Illinois University’s Student Research and Creative Discovery Conference, scheduled to take place Friday, April 1. The event is open to all interested members of the community, as well as to fellow students, faculty and staff.  There is no admission fee. Bringing together undergraduate and graduate students from across campus, this celebration of student achievement will fea
EIU Dancers Present "Timeless" 03/22/16 The EIU Dancers will showcase and revive dance and music through the decades during "EIU Dancers:  Timeless."  The performance will highlight student and guest choreographers under the direction of Amanda Baima and assistant director Samantha Saunders.  General admission tickets are $10 and student tickets are $5, with performances at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 24 and 25, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Theatre. "EIU Dancers: Timeless" will include various genres of dance f
Legislative Testimony (Spring 2016)
Presented by EIU President David Glassman
03/10/16 President David Glassman Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee:  Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you today to testify on behalf of the students, staff, and faculty of Eastern Illinois University. We are proud to be the Illinois public university with the lowest administrative costs per student and the second lowest tuition and fees.  And we are situated in a community that was recently ranked the second safest and second most affordable college town i
EIU Offers Free Summer Journalism Workshop for High School Students 03/08/16 High school students can learn journalism hands-on from award-winning reporters, editors and photographers at the Illinois Press Foundation workshop taking place at Eastern Illinois University June 22 through July 1. Applications for the 10-day workshop, which is funded by the Illinois Press Foundation, Robert R. McCormick Foundation and EIU, will be accepted through May 18, 2016.  Eighteen students will be selected to participate in this free journalism experience. Graduating seniors are
2015-16 Cultivating Creativity Children's Art Exhibition: Opening at Arcola First National Bank 03/08/16 Eastern Illinois University's Tarble Arts Center is pleased to announce that "Cultivating Creativity 2015-2016: Consolidated Communications Children’s Art Exhibition" is coming to the Arcola First National Bank, 127 South Oak St.  The exhibit will be on view March 12 through April 17 during normal business hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The Cultivating Creativity Children’s Art Exhibition displays the m
Edible Book Festival Planned at Booth Library 03/01/16 Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University will sponsor its sixth annual Edible Book Festival on April 11 as part of National Library Week. Anyone in the community may enter a work made out of edible materials that has something to do with books in either its shape or content. The artwork will not be eaten. To view entries from last year’s competition, go here. Entries may be installed at the library after 3 p.m. April 11. Public voting will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m., with the win
EIU Budget Update -- A Letter from EIU President David M. Glassman to Students 02/22/16 Dear Students, First, let me thank you for all the love and support you have shown EIU through your participation in the various advocacy efforts over the last few weeks. You make me proud to be the president of this beloved university! Several of you are wondering about the budgetary impasse in Springfield and how it is affecting EIU.   There have also been a number of rumors going around that have caused some students to become anxious about their education.  I hope this email prov
EIU Budget Update -- A Letter from EIU President David M. Glassman 02/08/16 Dear Campus Community, Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the cost reductions made necessary by the budgetary impasse in Springfield.  I greatly appreciate the input and support I have received in this process from both within our campus community and beyond. There is very little additional news from Springfield.  A smattering of bills were filed last month providing various levels and scopes of funding for public higher education, including one that wou
EIU to Sponsor 2016 Darwin Days Events 02/04/16 Charles Darwin, a man often referred to as the “Father of Evolution,” would have celebrated his 207th birthday on Feb. 12. He sparked controversy among religious circles when he introduced the idea of evolution through natural selection with his international book, “The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.” Eastern Illinois University will commemorate Darwin’s birthday again this year by hosting three events during the week of his birthday aimed at edu
EIU Professor Places Spotlight on Bigfoot Believers, Writes Book 02/03/16 Like the men and women on a hunt for the legendary Bigfoot, Joe Gisondi was on the hunt for what drives these believers. As he traveled to eight locations across the country, Gisondi “trekked” in remote woods, swamps, harsh terrain and national parks with these men and women. After his travels, the Eastern Illinois University journalism professor released a book this month documenting his adventures. The book is titled “Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot.” A
EIU Budget Update -- A Letter to Students from EIU President David M. Glassman 02/03/16 Dear Students, It has come to my attention that some EIU students are worried about Eastern offering summer and/or fall classes. I would like to take this opportunity to assure students and their families that there is every expectation that an appropriation from the state of Illinois will eventually come, and your outstanding EIU education will continue uninterrupted. You may have heard some of the rumors circulating this year regarding funding of public universities in Illinois. All public u
Eastern Illinois University Releases Spring Enrollment Numbers 01/28/16 Officials at Eastern Illinois University are encouraged by a healthy increase in both the number of international students and graduate students in attendance during the Spring 2016 semester. “We are very pleased that our international student population has increased by nearly 100 students this semester,” said Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs.  “Their presence brings our overall international student enrollment to 382, which surpasses the forme
EIU Observatory Open House to Feature Binocular Tour of Winter Constellation, Stars 01/28/16 Eastern Illinois University’s physics observatory will hold its monthly open house beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. Participants will take a binocular tour of the winter constellation and stars while looking at “one of the best objects to see from a small telescope or binoculars” -- the great nebula in Orion. Those who have their own pair of binoculars should bring them.  Spares will be available for those without their own. The observatory is located in the sout
EIU Diversity Conference to Focus on “The Power of One” 01/27/16 The eighth annual diversity conference at Eastern Illinois University will focus on the “power of one” to unite the campus and community. The conference, titled “The Power of One…One Campus, One Community, One Commitment,” is designed to raise diversity awareness and advocacy across EIU's campus and community. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 at the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union on campus. Some of the topics of the conferenc
Hatfill Named Interim Police Chief at EIU 01/26/16 John Hatfill A 27-year veteran of Eastern Illinois University’s Police Department has been appointed interim chief of police. Lt. John Hatfill of Lerna will serve as head of the department until June 30, 2016, or until the position is permanently filled.  He replaces Adam Due, who retired on Dec. 31, 2015, after 12-plus years in the position. “Lt. Hatfill brings a depth of knowledge and experience to the interim chief position that will benefit EIU and our c
EIU Budget Update -- A Letter from EIU President David M. Glassman 01/25/16 Dear Campus Community, As we begin our spring semester, it is important that I update you on the financial position of the university.  Incredibly, the state’s legislature and governor have yet to approve a state budget for FY16.  This unprecedented action means that EIU has not received any of our annual appropriation (typically around $40 million), nor MAP reimbursement for EIU students (approximately $9 million).  Our state government is literally starving its public uni
Grant Allows EIU Snake Research to Continue at Fox Ridge State Park 01/19/16 The plight of the Midland Brownsnake population at Fox Ridge State Park continues to be a topic of interest at Eastern Illinois University. While usually keeping a low profile, the small and harmless brownsnakes begin preparing for the winter by migrating across a park road in search of suitable overwintering habitat. Sites in the park’s forested upland areas are much more suitable for hibernation than those where the snakes are active in the warmer months. Unfortunately, because of thei
Annual MLK Jr. Candlelight Vigil March, Tribute Planned at EIU 01/15/16 The Zeta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will host its 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil March and Tribute Monday, Jan. 18, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The event begins at 5 p.m. with the march -- punctuated with the singing of inspirational hymns -- beginning from the Thomas Hall lobby (2120 Seventh St.).  Before leaving Thomas Hall, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a prayer and write down their dreams to be placed on
The Meaning Behind a ‘Thank You’
EIU Employee Shares Experiences as a Motivational Interviewer, Writes Book
01/14/16 Dave Closson grew accustom to hearing the words “thank you.” These words didn’t come from Closson doing someone a favor. No, these words came from students he was issuing citations to. Serving as an Eastern Illinois University police officer, Closson used “motivational interviewing” to not only deescalate situations, but motivate students to change. Motivational interviewing is a conversation style used to strength a person’s own motivation to change his/her
Public Forum Scheduled To Discuss Possibility of WEIU FCC Spectrum Auction 01/05/16 The following message was sent by President David Glassman and Jack Neal, the general manager on WEIU TV to all EIU  faculty and staff on Tuesday, Jan. 5: Dear University Community, Below is a message from Jack Neal, General Manager of our WEIU TV station and network.  Although the message is quite long, I ask that you read it.  It contains important information about an opportunity  that I am considering relative to our WEIU spectrum and the digital environmen
Investigation Planned into Cause of Fire at EIU's Renewable Energy Center 12/16/15 An investigation is continuing into the cause of a fire that occurred Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, at the Renewable Energy Center on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Charleston firefighters were called to the site at 5:25 p.m. when a problem was reported inside a heat recovery unit, affecting one of the building’s four boilers. Over the next few hours, the fire spread inside the three-story heat recovery unit, necessitating a call for additional Charleston Fire personnel, along with
A Little Compassion Goes a Long Way
EIU Professor and Local Business Provide Holiday Meal to International Students
12/11/15 Wafeek Wahby experienced an eye-opening moment when he realized some of his international students had never imbibed in a true American Thanksgiving dinner. Having once been an international student himself, the Eastern Illinois University technology professor has always reserved a special place in his heart for those students who come to the U.S. from various other parts of the world.  Five years ago, after discovering many of “his” students stayed on campus instead of experie
EIU Plans Annual Holiday Gatherings at Old Main; Public Invited 12/07/15 Community residents are once again invited to join Eastern Illinois University's students, faculty and staff for two traditional holiday gatherings -- this year titled “A Magical Holiday at Old Main.” Guests are welcome to attend either of the two events, the first of which is scheduled to take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and the second from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14. Both will take place in Old Main’s (the “Castle”) Cougill Foyer. Parking is av
EIU Plans Annual Holiday Gatherings at Old Main; Public Invited 12/07/15   Community residents are once again invited to join Eastern Illinois University's students, faculty and staff for two traditional holiday gatherings -- this year titled “A Magical Holiday at Old Main.” Guests are welcome to attend either of the two events, the first of which is scheduled to take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and the second from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14.  Both will take place in Old Main’s (the “Castle”) Cougill Foyer
Richard Pryor is Theme of 2015 Embarras Valley Film Festival 11/06/15 The Embarras Valley Film Festival (EVFF) celebrates its 11th year with the films of Richard Pryor.  Held annually since 2004, this year’s festival will be held Nov. 13 and 14 at the Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, 2010 Ninth St., Charleston, and at AMC Showplace Cinemas, 2509 Hurst Dr., Mattoon. Born Dec. 1, 1940, in Peoria, Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III became one of the most influential comedians in the history of comedy. Few comics today will talk about
EIU to Commemorate Veterans Day with Series of Events 11/03/15 Eastern Illinois University will commemorate Veterans Day with a series of events, including its annual ceremony. Community residents are invited to join students, faculty and staff for the annual Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Old Main’s Cougill Foyer. The annual ceremony will include remarks by T.J. Prater, an EIU student and veteran, and EIU President David Glassman, as well as the laying of a wreath. The ROTC Panther Battalion will render a t
Risk Assessment, for the Birds:
Complex Factors Determine When Migrating Songbirds Make Their Journeys
11/02/15 Submitted by the National Science Foundation: The red-eyed vireo, shown with a radio transmitter fitted to its back. Every year, backyard songbirds across the United States make an arduous journey to warmer winter climes. They migrate hundreds of miles, occasionally braving tough terrain and nasty weather. Sometimes, they have no place to stop and refuel along the way.Birds actually weigh these risks using a combination of factors -- fat, weather and date -- to make a mig
Halloween 2015 at EIU 10/29/15  Photo courtesy of Mark Johnson Check out these Halloween-themed events open to the public! Block Party ‘15 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29; EIU South Quad This event will include carnival-style games hosted by different registered student organizations throughout campus, live entertainment from the community, Bingo with prizes from local businesses, and carnival-type foods.  Students and children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Open to EIU
EIU Entrepreneurship Week Kicks off Next Week 10/29/15 Eastern Illinois University’s Entrepreneurship Week kicks off next week with a lecture and panel discussion to highlight the spirit of entrepreneurship. The lecture kicks off the week at 5 p.m. Monday, with Bob Kehoe, the CEO of Leverage Marketing, an online marketing service company. The lecture, titled “Flyer in a Hot Dog Stand: How a Little Detour Led to Big Success,” takes place in Room 2030 in Lumpkin Hall. The panel discussion will focus on “The In’s an
EIU, Local Students Take Part in Admissions Efforts 10/28/15 Derek Pierce decided to take matters in his own hands, again, this year. The Mattoon native is tired of local students saying “It’s Just Eastern.” That’s why the sophomore finance and accounting major at Eastern Illinois University organized another informational session to set the record straight. The session included an informal chat about common misconceptions and myths about EIU and the collegiate experience. “I know local students feel like they know everythi
EIU ‘Gives Back’ During Homecoming Parade 10/21/15 Every year during Eastern Illinois University’s Homecoming Parade, student groups and community members throw candy to onlookers. This year, EIU is asking for something in return — socks. As part of the national Socktober campaign, EIU is teaming up with SoulPancake and Kid President to prove that even the smallest acts of love, like donating a pair of new socks, can make a difference for those in need. EIU’s student-cheering group, Blue Crew will collect socks as they walk a
Habitat Loss a Possible Threat
EIU Bat Research Provides Data as IDNR Establishes Management Plans
10/20/15 Those who enjoy an occasional shot of tequila may have a bat to thank. “Many bat species are pollinators, mostly in tropical areas and a few in our southwestern states,” said Jill Deppe, associate professor of biological sciences at Eastern Illinois University.  “They’re essential to fruit production and a couple are known to pollinate the tequila (or blue agave) plant.” But bats have other important roles to fill right here in Illinois.  There are about
Fall Edgar Lecture to Focus on 2016 Presidential Race 10/16/15 David Yepsen “Campaign 2016:  A Look at the Race for President” will be the topic of David A. Yepsen’s Oct. 22 lecture on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Yepsen, who enjoyed a 34-year career with the Des Moines Register, serving as the paper’s chief political writer, political editor and political columnist before becoming director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 2009, will be th
Tickets on Sale for 2015 EIU Alumni Awards Dinner 10/13/15 Those interested in attending the 2015 Alumni Awards Dinner, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24, on the Eastern Illinois University campus, can purchase tickets to do so. Tickets, priced at $30 per person, are available by contacting the EIU Alumni Association at 217-581-6616 or online at eiu.edu/alumni by Thursday, Oct. 22.  The event is set to begin with a 6 p.m. social hour, followed by the dinner at 7, in the Grand Ballroom of the MLK Jr. Union. Honorees include Larry Ankenbrand of Charl
EIU President David Glassman: Spring Semester Classes to be Offered as Planned 10/12/15 The following message was sent by President David Glassman to all EIU students, faculty and staff on Monday, Oct. 12: Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, Spring registration begins today and all should know that the spring semester will begin as scheduled.  There is no doubt we will be able to complete the entire semester as usual.   As you are aware, we are awaiting the completion of a state budget in order to receive our state appropriations for the current academic year. The state
Small Business Workshop To Focus on Value 10/08/15 Eastern Illinois University is sponsoring a workshop for small business owners next week that will focus on the “value” of their businesses. The workshop, titled “What is the Value of My Small Business,” will teach business owners to think long term. David McGrady, professor in EIU’s School of Business, will teach owners business strategies that look to the long term instead of only day-to-day operations. The workshop is part of the “Time for a Tune-Up&rdqu
EIU Ranked One of the Best Online Colleges in State 10/06/15 Eastern Illinois University has been ranked on two different lists as one of the best online colleges in Illinois for 2015. On the lists, EIU outranks all of its state competitors including Illinois State University, Western Illinois University and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and Edwardsville. The listings are called the “Most Affordable Online College in Illinois” and “Best Online Colleges in Illinois for 2015-2016.” Regis Gilman, EIU’s dean of the S
EIU’s Suicide Prevention Conference Set for October 10/05/15 Eastern Illinois University is hosting a free conference on suicide prevention this month focused on breaking the silence and learning how to help students struggling with depression. The Thomas A. Bonine Suicide Prevention Conference is scheduled for 8:30-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 in Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. The keynote speaker is Josh Rivedal, a one-man show from New York, whose primary focus is on suicide prevention as well as encouraging fellow students who are struggling with
Higher Education Hearing on Higher Education Budget
Statement Presented by EIU President David Glassman
10/05/15 Good morning and welcome to Eastern Illinois University! My name is David Glassman and I have been serving as Eastern’s 11th sitting president since June 1. I am pleased to have you on our campus on this beautiful fall day. I have come into this position at a crucial time, both for EIU and for the state, and despite the current challenges I am excited for the future of both. Upon my hiring, the Board of Trustees made it clear the university’s greatest concern and challenge was to re
Three Dog Night Concert Canceled 10/02/15 The Three Dog Night performance for Eastern Illinois University’s Family Weekend has been canceled because of health issues of one of its band members. The performance was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10 at Lantz Arena. The band canceled several upcoming tour dates in the South and Midwest because of health issues of the band’s co-founder and lead singer, Cory Wells.   According to the band’s press release, “the iconic classic hits band Three Dog Night is postponin
State of the University Address -- Presented by EIU President David M. Glassman 09/28/15 Good Afternoon, Before beginning my formal remarks, I would like to say how much of a great honor and privilege it is to be named the 12th president and 11th sitting president of Eastern Illinois University.  I take the trust that has been given to me by the Board of Trustees and the EIU community most seriously, and I pledge heartfelt dedication to lead our great university to unsurpassed success.  I would like to thank the Presidential Search Committee for their professionalism th
Public Invited to EIU Observatory Open Houses, Special Eclipse Talk 09/23/15 Eastern Illinois University’s physics observatory will hold a special open house to view the total lunar eclipse this Sunday, Sept. 27.  The event begins at 7 p.m., with totality at around 9 p.m. The special open house is in addition to the observatory’s regular monthly open house, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Friday. Also, Dave Linton, a faculty member in EIU’s Physics Department, will discuss Sunday’s lunar eclipse and two future solar eclipses.  His talk wi
EIU Conference to Address Strategies for Eliminating Bullying 09/22/15 Eastern Illinois University is continuing to take a lead in the fight against bullying. “With bullying, suicide, depression and many other behavioral challenges that cause anxiety, our focus is on prevention and intervention,” said Mildred Pearson, founder and director of the “A Time for Prevention: A Bridge to Intervention” conference, set to take place on the Charleston campus on Friday, Oct. 2. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We believe that equipping students
Booth Library Offers New Music Rehearsal and Recording Resources 09/21/15 Guitar and keyboard players have new software and equipment options at Booth Library. The library offers two Yamaha digital pianos and two electric guitars for use inside the library’s music rehearsal rooms. The keyboards and guitars are connected to a computer, allowing users to record a rehearsal session for review or make a multi-track recording. In addition to the instruments, advanced amplifier emulator software is available for guitars. Players can choose from 64 amplifiers, 77 cab
Three Dog Night Set to Bring “Joy” to EIU Family Weekend 09/18/15 The general public is invited to enjoy a night of joy with rock music icons, Three Dog Night as part of EIU Family Weekend festivities. The concert will start at 8 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 10 in Lantz Arena on EIU’s campus with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets for the general public are on sale for the general public. Some of the legendary rock band’s hits include “Joy to The World,” “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Black and White,” “Shambala,&rd
Expert to Address Behavioral Challenges at Fall Autism Conference 09/15/15 Eastern Illinois University’s Fall Autism Conference will focus on behavioral challenges faced by students with autism spectrum disorders later this month. Autism expert, Susan Stokes will present at the conference with a lecture titled “The Challenge of Challenging Behaviors! Understanding and Effectively Addressing Behavioral Challenges of Students with ASD.” The conference will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25 in the University Ballroom in the Martin Luthe
EIU Continues Local Admissions Strategies 09/14/15 As a continued part of local admissions efforts, Eastern Illinois University welcomes area senior high school students to a free Panther football tailgate and game this month. The #FuturePanther tailgate event is for prospective local students to experience EIU’s student life with a cookout, a free Panther T-shirt, a tour of campus and free admission to the home-opener football game against EIU’s state rival Illinois State University. The tailgate and game is scheduled for Saturday
EIU Mumps Advisory 09/14/15 Eastern Illinois University Health Service diagnosed a small number of students with mumps during the week of Sept. 8-11, 2015. Evaluation and management of these cases has been coordinated with local and state health departments. Mumps is a self-limited viral illness, which is spread through respiratory droplets, direct contact with infected fluids, such as saliva, and through contaminated objects such as eating utensils and drink ware. The illness generally lasts for 10 days. A person infect
Fall Enrollment Numbers Show EIU Admissions Efforts are Working 09/09/15 Fall 2015 new first-time freshman enrollment numbers at Eastern Illinois University have increased by 2 percent from a year ago, suggesting that the institution’s aggressive admissions efforts are working. Since taking office in June of this year, EIU President David Glassman has repeatedly said that the university’s first goal is to reach a point of enrollment stability, thus putting an end to a multi-year trend of decreasing enrollment.  “By closing that gap, I believe
EIU Moves Up in U.S. News & World Report's Annual Rankings 09/09/15 Eastern Illinois University continues to be recognized in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings, most recently being named No. 5 among the Midwest’s top public regional universities. It is the top ranking Illinois school on the list. Eastern also was ranked 30 -- up from 31 in the 2015 rankings – among all Midwestern regional universities offering a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs.  EIU is the highest ranking public universit
EIU Starts First Autism Transitional Program in State 08/31/15 To kick off the new school year, Eastern Illinois University’s Autism Center started a transitional program for incoming college students with autism spectrum disorders to help students navigate the college environment. The program, called Students with Autism Transitional Education Program, STEP, is the only one of its kind offered in the state. Gail Richard, the director of EIU’s Autism Center, said the program enhances the collegiate experience for students with autism spectrum d
New Small Business Workshop Series Offered at EIU 08/26/15 A new business workshop series will kick off this fall designed to give local businesses a little “tune up” with their management skills. The series, “Time for a Tune-Up,” is organized by the Sustainable Entrepreneurship through Education and Development (SEED) Center to provide local business owners with the necessary skills to succeed in their entrepreneurship ventures. The workshops start at 7 a.m. before many business owners open their stores for the day, allowing
EIU Brings Chinese Consul General to Campus 08/26/15 The highest representative of China in the Midwest will speak next week on U.S. and China relations to the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Consul General Zhao Weiping will lead a delegation of four consuls to meet with and speak to students and faculty members on a lecture titled, “What has happened to the US. and China Relations?” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2 in the Buzzard Auditorium in Buzzard Hall. As the consul general to Chicago since 2013, Weiping serves more than
'Claim Your EIU' -- 2015 Convocation Speech by Faculty Laureate Jeannie Ludlow 08/21/15 “You cannot afford to think of being here to receive an education; you will do much better to think of being here to claim one.” With these words, poet and scholar Adrienne Rich addressed new university students in 1977.  “‘To receive,” Rich explained, “is to come into possession of; to act as receptacle or container for; to accept as authoritative or true” while “‘to claim’ is: to take as the rightful owner.” The difference
Community Invited to Share in EIU’s First Night Activities 08/19/15 The EIU and surrounding community members are invited to attend the 2015 EIU First Night to officially kick off the school year. EIU First Night is the annual opening-night spirit rally designed to promote university pride while welcoming EIU students back to campus. The spirit rally will occur from 8 to 9 p.m. Sunday, August 23, on the South Quad.             The featured speaker of the rally is EIU’s President David Glassman, who will welcome students hom
EIU Faculty Laureate Advocates Laying Claim to Education 08/18/15    Jeannie Ludlow Jeannie Ludlow’s self-described “colorful education history” suggests that she could be called the ultimate poster child for claiming an education. She’s certainly the right person to serve as Eastern Illinois University’s 2015-16 Faculty Laureate, an honor presented to her by the institution's Council on Academic Affairs.  In addition to her duties as a full-time faculty member in the Department of English and as
Position Eliminations Result in Layoffs at EIU 08/18/15 In an effort to bring the size of Eastern Illinois University’s workforce more in line with current enrollment and appropriated funding, officials have identified 118 civil service and A&P (administrative and professional) positions for elimination.  While more than 50 of those positions are already vacated, the decision will result in the layoff of 67 employees. “These are excellent, high performing employees who are working in positions we felt we could no longer support
WEIU Continues Kids Day at the Castle 08/17/15 WEIU’s Kids Day at the Castle event will offer a bounce house, fun games and prizes for families on the front lawn of Eastern Illinois University’s Old Main on Saturday. The event will include a meet & greet with the PBS characters, Peg + Cat. Several local organizations will  offer free activities for children and families. The first 300 children will receive free activity bags, and a bike and helmet will be given to one boy and girl during the event. The free event will
EIU’s Featured Twirler to Compete at National Championship 07/21/15 Eastern Illinois University’s featured baton twirler will compete at a national baton twirling competition this week. Nicola Colucy, a Bolingbrook native and a junior kinesiology and sports studies student, will compete during the America’s Youth on Parade national baton twirling competition at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. In the competition, Colucy will represent EIU’s Panther Marching Band as the featured twirler for the part of the competition called t
EIU Budget Update -- A Letter from EIU President David M. Glassman 07/15/15 Dear Campus Community, There has been much discussion and planning since my last communication (June 30, 2015) with the campus concerning Eastern’s financial position and the very difficult and highly emotional decisions that are needed to balance our FY16 budget and create a sustainable and successful future for our university. We have already notified 26 annually contracted faculty that they will not be reappointed for the 2015-2016 academic year. It was essential that we notify those
EIU Budget Update -- A Letter from EIU President David M. Glassman 06/30/15 Dear University Community, The content of this message is not what I had hoped nor expected to be among my first communications with the EIU community.  It has personally been difficult to write.  However, the severity of the financial situation and its effect on our institution’s well-being requires urgent attention. Just one month ago, I began serving our university as its 12th president. It has been a whirlwind month of greeting and meeting with university staff, faculty and
Cavaliers Host 2015 Season Kickoff, Fan Appreciation Night at EIU 06/09/15 The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps will host its 2015 Season Kickoff and Fan Appreciation Night at Eastern Illinois University on Saturday, June 13. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., friends, fans, family, and the local community are invited to O'Brien Field for a showcase of The Cavaliers' 2015 production, GAME ON, in full uniform and costumes.  (Doors open at 7 p.m.) This free event will showcase what The Cavaliers' performing members,
EIU Offers ‘How to Start a Business’ Workshop in Mattoon, Pana 05/21/15 Two professional workshops focused on starting or expanding a business in Illinois will be offered in the summer. The Sustainable Entrepreneurship through Education & Development (SEED) Center of Eastern Illinois University will offer another round of business workshops to help combat the 80 percent of small businesses that fail within the first five years. The “How to Start a Business” workshops will cover topics such as an individual’s personal financial situation, eval
Heartland Community College and Eastern Have Reverse Transfer Agreement 05/21/15 NORMAL -- Heartland Community College and Eastern Illinois University now have a reverse transfer agreement. President Rob Widmer of Heartland and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Blair Lord of Eastern signed the agreement Tuesday, May 19. Reverse transfer is for students who elect to transfer from a community college to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution prior to completing their associate degree. Most likely, these students will complete the course work needed for thei
Hendrickson Named Interim Dean of EIU Graduate School 05/20/15 Ryan C. Hendrickson, a professor of political science at Eastern Illinois University, has been chosen to serve as interim dean of the institution’s Graduate School, Research and International Programs.       The appointment goes into effect July 1, 2015.  He will replace Robert Augustine, who has been appointed to a two-year term as the Council of Graduate Schools’ senior vice president. “While Dean Augustine leaves an accomplished legacy of
EIU to Reduce Summer Hours; Booth Library, Admissions Among Exceptions 05/08/15 In a continuing effort to conserve resource dollars, Eastern Illinois University will once again close selected buildings and offices from noon on Fridays until Monday mornings during the summer months. The affected time period begins Monday, May 11, and ends Friday, Aug. 14. Building/office exceptions include, but may not be limited to, the President’s Office, the Bursar’s/Cashier’s Office, Booth Library, Financial Aid, University Police, the Renewable Energy Center and the
More Than 1,400 Students to March in EIU Commencement Ceremonies on May 9 05/05/15 More than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students plan to participate in commencement ceremonies at Eastern Illinois University on Saturday, May 9. Ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m. in Lantz Arena.  Guest tickets are required for admission. Students from the College of Sciences will march in the morning ceremony, the College of Arts and Humanities and the School of Continuing Education at noon, the College of Education and Professional Studies at 3 p.m., and the L
Smoking/Tobacco Use Prohibited on EIU Campus, Effective July 1, 2015 05/01/15 Beginning July 1, 2015, all smoking and tobacco use will be prohibited on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. In accordance with the Illinois Smoke Free Campus Act and university policy, the use of all tobacco products will be prohibited on all campus property, both indoors and outdoors, including buildings, grounds, parking lots and vehicles that are owned, leased, occupied, operated or otherwise controlled by EIU.  The ban includes e-cigarettes and vaporizers, as well. Use of tob
Community Invited to Lawn of Old Main for Live Music, BBQ 04/24/15 The community is invited to the lawn of Old Main at Eastern Illinois University to celebrate the end of the school year with live music, barbecue and family-fun activities. The Old Main Lawn Party will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, on the lawn in front of Old Main, with community members throughout Coles County encouraged to attend the free, family-fun celebration. “Eastern Illinois University appreciates our community’s efforts to make our students feel at home i
EIU Board of Trustees Approves 2015-2016 Tuition and Fees Rates 04/24/15 Eastern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees approved a 2.1 percent increase in the cost of tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 academic year. This comes following a one-year rate freeze. The resident tuition rate will increase from $283 to $285 per semester credit hour for entering students.  This means that those with an average 15-course academic load will pay $4,275 per semester – an increase of $30. Additionally, incoming resident undergraduates will be able to lock in
EIU Honors 2014-2015 Retirees 04/21/15     More than 50 Eastern Illinois University employees were recently recognized as faculty/staff members who have retired or plan to retire during the 2014-2015 school year.* They include, from left to right, first row:  Cynthia Voudrie, Eneatha Secrest, Cynthia Nichols, Marjorie Hanft, Mary Dwiggins and Adrienne Paladino; second row:  Ira Rosenholtz, Carla Honselman, Michael Watts, Joy Russell, Tamera Zuber, Lora Green and Michael Elam; and third row:  Robe
EIU Plans Opportunity Fair in Effingham 04/08/15 Eastern Illinois University President Bill Perry, along with the university’s Department of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services, invites business owners and citizens from Effingham and surrounding counties to the EIU Opportunity Fair. The event will take place between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Thelma Keller Convention Center, located at 1202 N. Keller Dr. in Effingham. The fair is designed to raise awareness of university procurement procedures and busi
Public Invited to Opening of EIU’s Laboratory School Exhibit 04/06/15 The public is invited to attend the opening reception of a permanent exhibit Thursday honoring Eastern Illinois University’s Laboratory School.   The reception will be the inaugural display of the new Lab School Museum located on the first floor of EIU’s Buzzard Hall, which was the home of the Lab School from 1958-1974. EIU’s Lab School provided students in the community from grades kindergarten through 12th grade interdisciplinary education and cutting edge methods in t
Looking to Provide Others with the Opportunity He Never Had
Oncologist Gordon Grado Shares Knowledge, Expertise and Clinic with EIU Students
04/03/15 Mary and Gordon Grado during EIU Homecoming 2014 parade As Charleston native Gordon Grado was beginning his studies to become a doctor, he was also hoping to get some practical experience in the field. “I wanted to know what to do to improve my chances of getting into med school,” he recalled. His pre-med advisers told him what classes to take, but “there were no suggestions regarding volunteer work,” he said.  “I made inquiries on my own a
Through ‘Life-changing’ Experience, EIU Alumnus Gives EIU Students a Leg Up 04/03/15 Dr. Gordon Grado, David Constantinescu and Robert Skolik David Constantinescu and Robert Skolik share a lot in common. Both are honors students at Eastern Illinois University.  Both have perfect 4.0 GPAs.  They are roommates.  They are co-captains of EIU’s men’s tennis team.  And, they both spent two weeks in Scottsdale, Ariz., during July 2014 as the guests and mentees of Gordon Grado, founder/medical director of the Southwest Oncology Centers
Cancer Treatment Brings Allies Together…
Alumnus Advances Russell Means’ Work through Art Exhibit on EIU Campus
04/03/15 Opening Reception:"The Artwork of Russell Means"6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13Booth Library, Marvin FoyerExhibit runs through May 15 Special Guests:  Pearl MeansGordon and Mary Grado Speaker: Don Holly, EIU anthropology professor,to discuss Russell Means, his work and legacy_________________________________________ Russell Means and Gordon Grado met under challenging circumstances. Means, perhaps best known as a political activist and early leader of the American
Community Invited to Hunger Symposium, Collaborative Effort 04/03/15 The public is invited to a hunger symposium focused on bringing awareness to poverty and hunger in the Coles County area. The symposium will be from 1-4 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Coles County Time Out is sponsoring the event, which is a collaborative effort between Eastern Illinois University, the Lumpkin Family Foundation and various businesses, churches and non-profit organizations in the Coles County area.
Community Invited to EIU’s Autism Awareness Day 04/02/15 The public is invited to Eastern Illinois University’s Autism Awareness Day to bring awareness to autism spectrum disorders that effect 1 in every 68 children. Families are invited to attend EIU’s softball team’s doubleheader and children activities from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Williams Field on EIU’s campus. Activities include a bouncy house, face-painting, arts and crafts and relay races.   The games will start at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. that day. In case of
EIU Employee Invited as National Expert on Behavioral Health 04/02/15 An Eastern Illinois University employee was invited as the only Illinois representative at a national summit focused on behavioral health issues among college students in March. Eric Davidson, an associate director of EIU’s Health Service, spoke on the nonmedicinal use of prescription drugs to a room full of experts from substance abuse to suicide prevention.    The summit was sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), which is part of the Uni
Book Sale Among Activities to Celebrate National Library Week 03/23/15 Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library will celebrate National Library Week April 12-18 by sponsoring several activities. The annual book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 15 outside the south entrance of Booth Library in the Alumni Quad (weather permitting). The library requests no sales in advance. A large selection of books in all subject areas and hundreds of paperback fiction titles will be available for sale. All items have been donated by the campus and local commu
High School Juniors Encouraged to ‘Road Trip’ to EIU 03/18/15 All high school juniors are invited to road trip to Eastern Illinois University during their spring breaks for extended visit days. The “Preview EIU” days encourage juniors to experience a college campus before they start considering where to apply in the fall. The extended visit days include Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the weeks of March 23, March 30, April 6 and April 13. Chris Dearth, EIU’s admissions director, said tours are offered to prospective students thro
Rapper Mac Miller to Perform at EIU 03/17/15 Mac Miller The Pittsburgh-based rapper, Mac Miller, known for his throwback style, will perform at Eastern Illinois University next month. Ticket sales ($24) will be open to the general public on Wednesday, March 18. EIU students with a Panther Card ID may purchase tickets for $21. The 2015 Spring Concert is set to begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 in Lantz Arena with the doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Martin Luther King University Jr. Union Tic
Eastern Illinois University Names Glassman as New President 03/02/15 David M. Glassman David M. Glassman has been named the 12th president of Eastern Illinois University. Glassman, 61, was introduced to the EIU community Monday following an official vote by the university’s Board of Trustees.  He currently serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bradley University, a private university located in Peoria, Ill. Board Chairman Kristopher Goetz credited Glassman’s energy and enthusiasm, in part, for the boar
Public Invited to Women’s History Awareness Month Events 02/27/15 The public is invited to celebrate women’s contributions to history and culture during March, Women’s History and Awareness Month. The month, sponsored by Eastern Illinois University’s Women’s Studies Program and Women’s Resource Center, will offer a film festival, musical performances and lectures to highlight women’s accomplishments. For this year’s month, some of the events and lectures will be focused on the theme of “Gender & Sexuality.&
Safe Zone Trainings Create a Culture of Inclusiveness 02/25/15 Eastern Illinois University continues to offer Safe Zone trainings to create a culture of inclusiveness and address concerns of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. The public, EIU students and staff are invited to attend the Safe Zone trainings offered every semester. Cameron Carrara, graduate assistant of the LGBTQA Resource Center, said the Safe Zone trainings educate individuals to understand the concerns within the LGBTQA community and gives participants a general
EIU Employees Honored for Continuous Years of Service 02/20/15 Shown, from left to right, first row, are Sheila Poffinbarger (25 years), Mary Sanders (25), Virginia Trigg (25), Pamela Newby (25), Donna Nichols (25) and Lora Green (25); second row, Peggy Manley (25), Susan Kile (25), Timothy Mason (25), Janel Moore (25), Lisa Standerfer (25), Karla Watson (25) and Lori Creek (30);  and third row: John Hatfill (25), Phil Lang (25), John Looby (30), Philip Blair (35), Betsy Miller (25), Newton Key (25), Gary Aylesworth (25), Bruce Duzan (25),
Financial Classes Offered to Public 02/17/15 The public is invited to register for financial classes at Eastern Illinois University focused on spending and managing money wisely. The Financial Peace University course is not the typical “money class” instead the nine-week course incorporates video teaching, class discussion and interactive small group activities.  The classes will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. each Wednesday starting Feb. 25 in Room 1120 in Lumpkin Hall. The Sustainable Entrepreneurship through Education and Deve
EIU Student Groups Competing in Polar Plunge 02/17/15 Eastern Illinois University teams will be competing against each other in the 2015 Polar Plunge, with proceeds going toward Special Olympics in Illinois. The competition, called EIU College Cup, encourages university groups, student organizations and athletic teams to develop a Polar Plunge team, and raise funds to win the first place prize of $500 and a trophy. EIU teams can still register for the Polar Plunge, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Lake Sara in Effingham by clicking h
EIU To Host #FUTUREPANTHER Admitted Student Day 02/12/15 Eastern Illinois University’s Office of Admissions will host a #FuturePanther Admitted Student Day to give students a final look of campus. The Feb. 16 Admitted Student Day is part of a campus-wide effort to showcase EIU through tours of campus and opportunities to speak with representatives across campus from faculty to current students. “The days are a celebration of students’ accomplishments and what lies ahead of them,” said, Chris Dearth, director of the Office of
Student Operates Her Own Hair Salon 02/10/15 It’s only natural for Alante Johnson to spend her days in a hair salon.  As she trims and primps, each of her clients — giving them that extra boost of confidence — Johnson dreams of owning her own hair salon. Yet, at Eastern Illinois University that dream is more than a mere aspiration; for Johnson, it’s a reality. Since Fall 2013, Johnson operates a hair salon, called A-List, in Room 1705 in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.  Johnso
EIU Receives Official Notice of Reaccreditation Through 2024-25 02/09/15 Citing quality in personnel, instruction and support services, the Higher Learning Commission formally notified Eastern Illinois University of its reaccreditation for another 10-year period. The good news was revealed last week in a 60-plus-page report submitted by an external seven-member Peer Review Team. “The accreditation review and evaluation could not have concluded with a more favorable outcome for us,” said President Bill Perry and Provost Blair Lord in a joint statement t
Primary Center Named in Honor of EIU Professor 02/04/15 An Eastern Illinois University professor has been honored for his years of dedication and commitment to a school district. The Primary Center has been named in honor of Nick Osborne, an EIU professor of educational leadership, for his years of service to District 80, Mount Vernon City Schools.   Mike Green, current superintendent of District 80, said Osborne was instrumental in bringing students from neighborhood schools to attendance centers. Osborne oversaw the construction of the
Public Invited to SEED Center Grand Opening 02/03/15 The public is invited to the Sustainable Entrepreneurship through Education & Development (SEED) Center’s grand opening on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Eastern Illinois University. The SEED Center is the established home of entrepreneurial education, research and community partnerships. The facility provides students, faculty, staff and community members with resources to grow as entrepreneurs and develop comprehensive business plans.   To further show EIU’s commitment to entrepr
Room And Board Rates Set For 2015-2016 School Year At EIU 02/03/15 Eastern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved room and board rates for students living in EIU housing during the 2015-2016 school year. Students living in EIU’s residence halls and Greek Court will see increases of $83 to $94 per fall/spring semester (a 2 percent increase), depending on the chosen meal plan.  Room and board rates will range from $4,233 per semester for the 7 Meal Plan Option to $4,773 for the 15 Meal Plan Option. Four meal plan options ea
Eastern Illinois University Releases Spring Enrollment Numbers 01/29/15 Traditionally, fall-to-spring enrollment numbers at Eastern Illinois University decrease -- in large part, a result of the number of students who graduate at the end of the fall semester. Spring 2015 is consistent with years past.  Numbers are comparable to figures reported in the fall, with overall enrollment dropping from 8,913 to 8,214 – a loss of 699 students.  Given that 728 degrees were awarded to graduating students in December, the decrease was not unexpected. "Our fall
Tarble Foundation Donates Additional $3 Million for Arts Center Expansion, Support 01/28/15 Jan Tarble and EIU President Bill Perry The Tarble Foundation, a longtime supporter of the arts at Eastern Illinois University, has given another $3 million that will, in part, help in the further expansion/renovation of the institution’s Tarble Arts Center. More than a third of the gift -- $1.2 million – will be used in support of the proposed Tarble Arts Education and Outreach Expansion/Enhancement project, which will nearly double the amount of classroom space
LLC, EIU Agree to More Student-Friendly Reverse Transfer Process 01/23/15 EIU President Bill Perry, left, and LLC President Josh Bullock sign a new reverse transfer articulation agreement that eases the reverse credit transfer process for EIU students who began and wish to complete an associate degree at Lake Land College.  Officials from both institutions met recently at the Coles Together Office to celebrate the collaboration. ----- Students who complete coursework at both Lake Land College and Eastern Illinois University now have a simp
EIU Professor Invited to Speak at National Energy Education Summit 01/23/15 An Eastern Illinois University professor will speak at the National Energy Education Summit in Washington, D.C. this month about EIU’s clean energy research facility and sustainable energy program. Peter Ping Liu, a professor of technology and director of the Center for Clean Energy Research and Education, will elaborate on the development and delivery of the master’s program in sustainable energy and the creation of EIU’s research facility, CENCERE. The prog
Annual MLK Jr. Candlelight Vigil March, Tribute Planned at EIU 01/15/15 The Zeta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will host its 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil March and Tribute Monday, Jan. 19, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The event begins at 6 p.m. with the march -- punctuated with the singing of inspirational hymns -- beginning from the Thomas Hall lobby (2120 Seventh St.).  Before leaving Thomas Hall, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a prayer and write down their dreams to be placed on
Registration Open for Tarble Spring Classes 01/15/15 The spring session of art classes and workshops for ages 4 through adult is being offered through the Tarble Arts Center, beginning Feb. 24.  All courses are open to both Tarble Arts Center members and non-members, with workshop fees including both instruction and supplies.  Tarble members receive a 20 percent discount on course fees. Registration deadlines begin Feb. 19; registration may be taken online here, in the Tarble Arts Center Office, or via mail using the registration from in
'Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker: The History and the Legend' Exhibit and Program Series to be Presented at Booth Library 01/14/15 Quanah Parker Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker will be the topic of an exhibit and program series at Booth Library on the Eastern Illinois University campus. The exhibit “Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker: The History and the Legend” will be on display from Feb. 7 to April 9. In addition, a series of related programs and film screenings are planned Feb. 20-23. The saga of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker is well-known in Texas history, but the story really began in East Ce
Tarble Arts Center Presents Sculptor Michael Aurbach’s Exhibition Titled 'Three Decades After Eastern' 01/12/15 Sculptor Michael Aurbach served on the art faculty of Eastern Illinois University from 1984 to 1986. A new exhibition at the Tarble Arts Center presents work created by the artist since he left Eastern. The exhibition opens at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, with a lecture by Aurbach. Admission is free and the public is invited. An informal reception follows the lecture. States Aurbach: “The sculpture in this exhibition comes from the 'Secrecy Series' and the 'Critical Theory Series.' Both gro
Fulbright Scholar Picks EIU’s Sustainable Energy Program 01/12/15 Hector Daniel Flores earned the recognition as a Fulbright Scholar and chose EIU's sustainable energy program.   Hector Daniel Flores cares about keeping Earth sustainable. So, it’s only fitting that Flores picked Eastern Illinois University’s sustainable energy program to pursue his interests. Yet, unlike other students, Flores had the power to pick from any master’s program in the United States. And he chose EIU. Flores, an international student fr
EIU Presidential Search Advances; Names of Finalists Released 01/05/15 Four individuals have been invited to participate in on-campus interviews as Eastern Illinois University moves forward in its search for the institution’s next president. The EIU Presidential Search Advisory Committee has invited Margaret E. Madden, David M. Glassman, Sam Minner and Guiyou Huang to participate in on-campus interviews between Jan. 20 and 28. All currently serve as senior academic administrators at universities from across the country. “The search committee was very
Higher Ed Group Recognizes Welch with Award Named in His Honor 12/23/14 Leo Welch has been honored by the Illinois Community College Faculty Association by having one of the organization’s awards named after the O’Fallon resident. “As president of the ICCFA, I have been pushing the idea of naming our awards as a way to honor our leaders and distinguish each of the awards,” said David J. Seiler, a history instructor at Lake Land College in Mattoon.  “I proposed the idea of naming our Faculty of the Year Award after Leo earlier this
EIU Fall Commencement Ceremonies Set for Saturday, Dec. 20 12/17/14 More than 500 graduates plan to participate in Eastern Illinois University's Fall 2014 commencement ceremonies, scheduled to take place Saturday, Dec. 20, in Lantz Arena. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Guest tickets are required for admission. Students from the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities will march in the morning ceremony, while students from the College of Education and Professional Studies, the College of Sc
Charleston Family Creates Old Main Gingerbread House 12/16/14 The Old Main gingerbread house was created by Brian Sanders and his family for the Christmas in the Heart of Charleston event.    Brian Sanders and his children wanted to create something that embodied the “heart” of Charleston. That’s why the family created a replica of Eastern Illinois University’s Old Main completely out of — yes — gingerbread. His son, Zach, a freshman chemistry major at EIU, and his 14-year old daughter, Ha
Office of Student Community Service Asking for Blanket Donations 12/08/14 The Office of Student Community Service at Eastern Illinois University is asking for blanket donations for needy families as part of the One Stop Community Christmas program. Individuals can donate blankets for children of all ages and adults until Saturday, December 13. The blankets will serve families in a seven county region including Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie and Shelby counties. The program serves needy families around Christmas time in a collaborative effort with
EIU Students Lead Sessions at Mattoon High School 11/21/14 Derek Pierce decided to take matters in his own hands. The freshman finance major at Eastern Illinois University was tired of hearing of his friends overlooking his college. That’s why the Mattoon native decided to organize sessions at Mattoon High School to clear the air. “Being from Mattoon, I know there are some misconceptions about EIU that I wanted to clear,” Pierce said. “Once you are on (EIU’s) campus, it’s a completely different world.” This M
EIU Foundation Names 2014 Outstanding Members 11/21/14 The Eastern Illinois University Foundation has recognized three individuals as outstanding members for 2014.  This award -- established in 2009 -- is presented to individuals who provide exemplary service to the Foundation.  The EIU Foundation provides support to EIU’s academic and athletic programs. It is through the direct efforts of our members that the Foundation is able to fulfill its mission of support to the university.  Outstanding Foundation Member certificates are
‘How to Start a Business’ Workshop Offered in Toledo 11/10/14 A professional workshop focused on starting or expanding a business in Illinois will be offered next week in Toledo. The Sustainable Entrepreneurship through Education & Development (SEED) center of Eastern Illinois University will offer another workshop to help combat the 80 percent of small businesses that fail within the first five years. The top reasons indicated for small business failure are inexperienced management of day-to-day operations, insufficient capital for startup and backup
EIU to Commemorate Veterans Day with Series of Events 11/06/14 Eastern Illinois University will commemorate Veterans Day with a series of events focused on military education including its annual ceremony. Community residents are invited to join students, faculty and staff for the annual Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Old Main’s Cougill Foyer. The annual ceremony will include remarks by Derrick Jackson, an EIU student veteran, and EIU President Bill Perry, as well as the laying of a wreath.  The ROTC Panth
Alumnus Jim Edgar to Discuss 'From EIU to the Governor's Mansion' on Nov. 11 11/05/14 Jim and Brenda Edgar Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar will once again return to his alma mater as the next speaker in his own lecture series. His presentation -- “From EIU to the Governor’s Mansion” -- will address how his education and experiences at Eastern Illinois University helped him achieve the success he has had in life. The talk, set to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Buzzard Building Auditorium, will be followed by a reception.  Ad
St. Anne native uses talent, dedication to create mural for university community 11/03/14 It began in the pages of Katie Lowery’s sketchbook.  Each page contained a piece of a larger image she envisioned—an image of Ashmore, Ill., past and present. Through her talent and dedication paired with Eastern Illinois University students’ and Ashmore community members’ hard work, her image is displayed in the center of the community. The two-piece mural lies in Ashmore Village Park. It depicts the past and present of the village with farmland weaved together wi
Lake Zurich native uses passion, energy to revitalize spirit squad 10/29/14 Amie Hansen (in the middle) cheers on the Panther football team with fellow students during the EIU’s Homecoming Game.   It’s more than her blue bandana and Panther attire that sets Amie Hansen apart. She’s not only revived the Blue Crew, the student-cheering group, but she’s steadfast in her Panther spirit. The junior special education major and Lake Zurich native recreated the crew last year at Eastern Illinois University after a previous spir
EIU Spirit Cheerleader Spreads Blue Throughout Community 10/22/14 Tonya Green on an outing with Billy the Panther. The moment she wakes up, Tonya Green is thinking blue. The Greenup native may work at Eastern Illinois University, but to her the color means so much more.  It represents the opportunity to unite the community in one cause — a love and passion for being a “real” Panther. Every Friday, Green ventures out to Charleston businesses igniting community support. Through her passion and determination, she rallie
Panther Pride Turning Campus, City Blue in Time for EIU Homecoming Weekend 10/22/14 Billy Panther visits with campus employees. Panther Pride is on the rise in Charleston as the community prepares itself for Eastern Illinois University’s Homecoming 2014 activities. “Bright Lights, Blue City: Homecoming 2014” events are taking place this week, culminating with the traditional parade, football game and other popular events on Saturday, Oct. 25. This year’s Homecoming committee planned numerous thematic events and activities designed t
EIU Alumni Awards to be Presented During Homecoming 10/21/14 Recipients of the Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association’s 2014 alumni awards will be honored Saturday, Oct. 25, in conjunction with Homecoming activities. Distinguished Alumni Awards will go to Suzanne Barchers (’67) of Stanford, California; Chuck Bell (’67, ’69) of Scottsdale, Arizona; Nancy Elwess (’76) of North Hero, Vermont; Michelle Hanlon (’93) of Acton, Massachusetts; and Mary Anne Hanner ('72, '74) of Oakland. The Outstanding Young
Astronomy 'Hobbyist' Designs, Owns World's Largest Privately Owned Telescope 10/17/14 Robert E. Holmes Jr. (left) with EIU President Bill Perry WESTFIELD, Ill. -- The Earth may someday thank its lucky stars for a 25-cent purchase hastily made nearly a half century ago. It was then that a young Robert E. Holmes Jr. who, while shopping with his mother at a local dime store, was given a quarter with instructions to buy himself something.  At a loss for what to buy, he waited until his mother who, when done with her own shopping, told him she was ready to go
Santana Named Alumnus of the Year by EIU Journalism Department 10/17/14 Marco Santana, technology/startup reporter at the Des Moines Register, has been named Alumnus of the Year by the Eastern Illinois University Journalism Department. Santana, a 2008 graduate, is being awarded for his many contributions to the department. “Marco has been a very loyal alum since he graduated from our program,” said John Ryan, chair of the Journalism Department’s Outreach & Service Committee, which voted to honor Santana.  “He has volunteered numero
‘How to Start a Business’ Workshop Offered in Greenup 10/16/14 A professional workshop focused on starting or expanding a business in Illinois will be offered next week in Greenup. The Sustainable Entrepreneurship through Education & Development (SEED) center of Eastern Illinois University will offer a workshop to help combat the 80 percent of small businesses that fail within the first five years. The top reasons indicated for small business failure are inexperienced management of day-to-day operations, insufficient capital for startup and backup cost
Appearance of Nev Schulman Canceled; Rescheduled Date Pending 10/13/14 The appearance of Nev Schulman, the host of MTV’s Catfish, at Eastern Illinois University has been “canceled” and will be re-scheduled at a later date. The cancellation is because of scheduling conflicts with the taping of Nev Schulman’s “Catfish” MTV Reality TV Show scheduled to air this fall. The appearance was scheduled for Thursday, October 16.  Ticket sales have been suspended at this time and individuals who have purchased tickets in advance shoul
Former Students Give the Gift of Music for Retired Professor’s 90th Birthday 10/10/14 It all started with a handwritten note. The note, which contained a wish for a happy new year, wasn’t why it meant so much to Glenna Murphy. It represented her memories from 1975 to 1979 in Eastern Illinois University’s Music Department, and especially her memories of the author, Catherine Smith. Smith, a music professor emeritus, dedicated her career to musical education and taught for almost 40 years at EIU in piano performance.   Murphy, a Tuscola resident, was one of
Host of MTV's "Catfish" to Speak on Safety in the Digital World 10/06/14 The host of MTV’s hit television series “Catfish: The TV Show” will tackle some of the complexities of dating in the digital world and online safety during a lecture at Eastern Illinois University. Nev Schulman will share specific tips and lessons from his own experiences as host of the documentary series that exposes the truth about online relationships and catfishes. A catfish is a person who pretends to be someone they are not on the Internet. In the series, Schulman tells
Investigative Journalist/Author/Alumnus to Discuss 'Bloody Lies' on EIU Campus 10/03/14 John Ferak John Ferak, award-winning investigative team editor for Gannett Wisconsin Media and an Eastern Illinois University alumnus, will return to his alma mater to talk about investigative journalism and the story behind his book “Bloody Lies:  A CSI Scandal in the Heartland.” An open presentation is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Room 2120 of the Physical Science Building on EIU’s campus. His talk will be followed by a book-signin
U.S. News & World Report Recognizes EIU's Commitment to Veterans 10/01/14 Eastern Illinois University has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its commitment to military veterans. The magazine’s “2015 Best Colleges” rankings, published annually, list Eastern as the No.  13 “Best College for Veterans” among Midwestern regional universities (public and private).  EIU was the second highest ranked public university on the list. The region encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, N
International Alumnus Establishes Link Between EIU, Chinese University 09/30/14 Zhibo Wang, left, and Kevin Vicker While Eastern Illinois University has long appreciated the impact that dedicated alumni can have on potential students, few of those alumni actually operate their own EIU office. Zhibo Wang is the exception. Wang, who once came from China to study at EIU, now teaches in the Foreign Language Department at Linyi University, an institution that, like Eastern, began as a small teachers’ college.  Currently, the university, located in
Sen. Durbin, EIU Discuss College Affordability in Student Panel 09/25/14 U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin led a discussion with students and alumni during a panel today about their student loan debt and Eastern Illinois University’s continued efforts to alleviate the financial pressure. The panel consisted of EIU students and alumni, President Bill Perry and Carol Waldmann, EIU’s interim director of the Office of Financial Aid. “Eastern Illinois University has made many strides to lessen student loan debt by not increasing tuition, offering scholarships and
38th Annual Panther Marching Band Festival Set for Oct. 4 09/24/14 The public is invited to the 38th annual Panther Marching Band Festival, set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium. This annual all-day event is a field competition allowing high school bands a great way in which to close their performance season. Awards in each class in the areas of music, visual, general effect, percussion, guard and drum major will be awarded. Grand Champion and Spirit trophies will be awarded for Small Class and L
Expert Brings ‘Human Approach’ to Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders 09/23/14 From his own experiences as a parent with a child with an autism spectrum disorder, Dr. Luke Tsai takes a “human approach” of studying medicine and autism spectrum disorders. An accomplished researcher and scientist for more than 30 years, Tsai will speak during Eastern Illinois University’s annual Fall Autism Conference about the current assessment and medication treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The conference, open to the public, will be from
New Name of Movement Studio Represents “World Stage” 09/17/14 The movement studio in Eastern Illinois University’s Doudna Fine Arts Center was renamed in honor of alumni, Christopher and Nancy Desmond, for their love of Shakespeare and continued financial support. The studio, now called “The Globe,” is the primary rehearsal space for all theatre students and those in theatre productions. “Our students use the space to direct, act and rehearse for their student productions,” said J. Kevin Doolen, chairman of EIU’s theat
Eastern Illinois University Named a Lead Institution in Civic Engagement by National Association 09/16/14 Eastern Illinois University has been selected to participate in a national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement. Eastern Illinois University has been named one of nearly 100 colleges and universities in the nation as a Lead Institution by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession. As a participating institution in NASPA’s initiative, Eastern Illinois University will continue to encourage st
EIU Moves Up in U.S. News & World Report's Annual Rankings 09/12/14 Eastern Illinois University advanced in its placement in the annual U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings to No. 4 among the Midwest’s top public regional universities. Eastern also was ranked 31 -- up from 36 in 2013 – among all Midwestern regional universities offering a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs.  EIU is the highest ranking public university in Illinois on the list, released this week as part of the magazine’s 2014 edi
Tickets Still Available for Sinbad Comedy Show 09/11/14 Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all time, the comedian and actor, Sinbad, will perform as part of Family Weekend entertainment at Eastern Illinois University. The performance will kick off at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in Lantz Arena. Tickets, priced at $21, can be purchased at the Martin Luther King Jr. University Ticket Office (second floor, west side), via phone at 217-581-5122, or online here. Known for his “hit’ em in the face” style o
Admission Standards Retained; Enrollment Strategies Advance 09/10/14 Eastern Illinois University vowed to retain its admission standards while focusing on enrollment, and it was learned this week that those efforts were successful. In fact, the average ACT score of new freshmen increased slightly (from 21.52 to 21.55). Growing competition has led to aggressive efforts among the state’s higher education providers to influence students in their choice of colleges.  These efforts include increased tuition discounting, increased investments in facilities
EIU Student Recognized as 13th in Nation for Baton Twirling 09/09/14 An Eastern Illinois University student earned the distinction as the 13th top baton twirler throughout the nation this summer. Nicola Colucy, a sophomore kinesiology and sports studies major and Bolingbrook native, competed at the 45thannual America’s Youth on Parade national baton twirling competition at University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The competition required Colucy to compete in different categories of baton twirling, which is an activity that requires the use of a metal
EIU Professor Named President on International Franchising Board 09/08/14 An Eastern Illinois University marketing professor and franchising expert has been named the president of an international franchising board. The International Society of Franchising named Marko Grünhagen as president after more than 10 years of continuous membership in the organization, which focuses on the promotion of franchising through research. Since the formation of the organization in 1986, members have written more than 600 research papers focused on franchising. “The membe
Freshmen received training before first night at EIU 08/26/14 Before Eastern Illinois University freshmen arrived on campus, students were trained on alcohol safety and sexual assault prevention. But the resources and education don’t stop there. The Sexual Assault Taskforce, composed of EIU faculty, staff and community advocates, invites the campus and the community to attend a keynote presentation titled “Shattering the Silence of Sexual Violence” by Angela Rose. The presentations are sponsored by President Bill Perry and the Division o
EIU to Reap Research Opportunities Through Land Use Partnership 08/22/14 Bioenergy professor Thomas Canam and Ryan Kalinoski, a sustainable energy graduate student, walk through a field near Charleston where switchgrass and big bluestem has been planted in conjunction with research efforts through the Eastern Illinois University Center for Clean Energy Research and Education. (Jay Grabiec) ********** For some students at Eastern Illinois University, the traditional, enclosed classroom will soon be replaced with acres of wind-blown native
Area High School Students Welcomed at O’Brien Stadium for Home-opener Tailgate 08/22/14 Eastern Illinois University welcomes area junior and senior high school students to a Panther tailgate to cheer on the back-to-back OVC conference football champions. The #FuturePanther tailgate, on Saturday, Sept. 6, includes a cookout, a free Panther T-shirt, an insider’s tour of campus and free admission to EIU’s football home opener against in-state rival Southern Illinois University Carbondale. “We want to show prospective students what it’s like to be an EIU Panth
Community Invited to Share in EIU First Night Activities 08/20/14 The EIU Student Government Association extends an invitation to the EIU and surrounding communities to attend the 2014 EIU First Night -- “Blue Rising” -- from 8 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, in the South Quad. EIU First Night is the annual kick-off spirit rally designed to promote university pride and spirit while welcoming EIU students back to campus.  First Night kicks off the official start of a new EIU academic year. The spirit rally will feature appearances by the EIU
EIU Faculty Laureate Seeks to Eliminate “Cow Talk” 08/15/14 Grant Sterling isn’t a fan of a cow talk. No, the Eastern Illinois University philosophy professor expects more from his students then the mediocre or the blasé. Like the famous philosopher Socrates, Sterling wants EIU students to examine their lives and think critically in everything they believe and do — especially in general education classes. He doesn’t want them to become entrapped by living what Socrates famously called the “unexamined life.” “S
Videos, Website Bring Honors to EIU Web Team 08/13/14 The University & College Designers Association (UCDA) has presented Eastern Illinois University with an Award of Excellence for each of three separate projects created by the university’s Web team. Two of 11 recognized videos and one of eight websites receiving honors were produced by EIU’s Center for Academic Technology Support (CATS), according to Ryan Gibson, director of Web services. He was especially proud of the recognition when taking into consideration the size of Easte
Fallen Branches Mean the End for EIU's Iconic Old Oak Tree 08/08/14 The tree as it appeared in the summer of 2012 Weather is not believed to be a contributing factor. Perhaps, just as a member of Eastern Illinois University’s grounds crew said, “It’s tired.” For whatever the reason, sometime around 5 a.m. Friday (Aug. 8), a large portion of the decades-old bur oak standing east of the university’s administrative building (“Old Main”) broke away and fell to the ground. The order soon came from President
EIU Credits Loyal Alumni, Friends for Continuing Fundraising Success 08/07/14 Loyal alumni and friends of Eastern Illinois University demonstrated their continuing Panther Pride by contributing to the more than $16.7 million raised in gifts, pledges and planned gifts in Fiscal Year 2014. This is the institution's fourth consecutive record-setting year in fundraising, said Bob Martin, vice president for institutional advancement. "I continue to be amazed at the generosity of Eastern Illinois University alumni," he added. "Their support is most appreciated, and is a stro
EIU Student Describes Experience as Miss United States Competitor 07/21/14 As an Eastern Illinois University student competed on a national stage at the Miss United States pageant, she advocated for healthy lifestyles along the way. Sylvia Crowder, a dietetics master’s student, spent her first week of July as Miss Indiana competing for the Miss United States crown. The competition is a beauty pageant similar to Miss USA and Miss America, where women are selected to represent the 50 states and territories. Throughout the week, Crowder competed in interview, evening g
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Dearth Selected as New Director of Admissions at EIU 07/01/14 Eastern Illinois University’s search for a new director of admissions has come to an end, with the chosen candidate scheduled to begin the job on Aug. 1. Chris Dearth, director of admissions at State University of New York at Fredonia, was chosen from among dozens of applicants during a national search. “Chris understands the enrollment-related challenges all universities are facing. He has a reputation for making sound decisions based on the data, as well as for cultivating positive rela
EIU’s Oldest Graduate Passes Away at 106 06/30/14 As Daisy Rittgers walked across the commencement stage in Lantz Arena at Eastern Illinois University, she was greeted with a standing ovation from her fellow classmates. The audience wasn’t amazed by Mrs. Rittgers’ strut across the stage, but her nearly seven-decade journey to get there. Considered to be one of EIU’s oldest alumni and the oldest graduate, Mrs. Rittgers passed away this month at age 106 in Shelby Memorial Hospital. A Shelbyville native, she began her career at EIU in 1927
Corpse Flower to Bloom at EIU 06/25/14 It appears to be happening again! Steven Malehorn, manager of Eastern Illinois University's H.F. Thut Greenhouse, is eagerly awaiting the fourth blooming of EIU's Corpse Flower. The plant previously bloomed in 2008, 2010 and 2012. The developing flower (technically an inflorescence) could grow to be seven feet tall and three feet wide, and will definitely smell "nasty," Malehorn said. It is growing from a 62-pound tuber, which is 20 pounds heavier than the one that bloomed in 2010. He "gue
More Than 250 East Central Illinois Teachers to Attend Professional Workshop at EIU 06/20/14 More than 250 local teachers plan to attend an Eastern Illinois University-sponsored professional workshop, which will focus on incorporating Common Core State Standards in a teacher’s classroom. The workshop, called “Dive into Common Core,” will take place from 1-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Buzzard Hall. Common Core State Standards set clear guidelines for students and metrics for teachers in the subjects of mathematics and English language arts. The state of Illinois adopted the standards i
EIU Volunteers Help Staff Free Summer Meals Program for Children in Charleston, Ashmore 06/19/14 School lunches are an important part of the nutrition for many school-age children -- especially for low- to moderate-income families. But, when summer comes, school lunches stop -- a challenge for many families, according to Rachel Fisher, director of Student Community Services at Eastern Illinois University. “Summer can be a crucial time for hunger in our community,” Fisher said. “While proper nutrition is important throughout the entire year, it may be even more important in the summe
Professional Development Program Helps Martinsville Teachers Navigate Common Core 06/19/14 Local teachers and teacher leaders with the Eastern Illinois Writing Project recently completed a Professional Development Program that was conducted in the Martinsville school district throughout the 2013-2014 school year. The program, titled "Professional Development in the Martinsville Schools: Language Arts Common Core,” was designed to build on the district’s assets: a strong commitment to authentic literacy instruction and new technology resources. “Because Illinois has adopted the
EIU History Professor to Journey on America’s Oldest Commercial Whaling Ship 06/16/14 For years, Charles Foy spent hours huddled in a library researching and writing about black mariners in the Atlantic World — even creating a database to document the thousands and thousands of mariners he discovered. His research only allowed the associate professor of history at Eastern Illinois University to imagine the smell of the ocean or the hardships of sailing on the rough waters of the Atlantic. But this summer, Foy will experience exactly what he has spent years researching. He wil
With Committee in Place, EIU Presidential Search Ready to Begin 06/11/14 The search for Eastern Illinois University’s next president officially got under way this week as the institution’s Board of Trustees approved the composition of a search advisory committee and the hiring of an outside firm to help with the search process. Formally known as the EIU Presidential Search Advisory Committee, the 18-member team will be responsible for conducting a national search, identifying finalists and bringing those individuals to the university for on-campus interviews. O
Cavaliers to Host 2014 Season Kickoff, Fan Appreciation Night at EIU 06/11/14 The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps will host a special 2014 Season Kickoff and Fan Appreciation Night for the community Saturday on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The public is invited to O'Brien Field, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., for an exclusive look at The Cavaliers' 2014 production, IMMORTAL, in full uniforms and costumes. The evening marks the end of the group’s pre-tour and completes the first third of the season before entering the 2014 Drum Corps International Summer Tour. This
Firefighter Training To Continue On EIU Campus 06/06/14 The Charleston Fire Department will continue to use a small section of Eastern Illinois University campus for firefighter training next week. No fire or smoke will be used in the training, but fire trucks will be in the vicinity, according to Charleston Fire Chief Pat Goodwin. Firefighters will participate in roof and hose exercises from 7 a.m.-noon Sunday and 1-4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (June 8, 9 and 10). The building used for the exercises is located about one block south of Lincoln Avenue
New EIU Grant Helps Some Middle Class Families Afford College 06/05/14 Eastern Illinois University is offering a new grant to help make college affordable for middle class families, according to Carol Waldmann, interim financial aid director. The new grant -- known as the EIU Opportunity Fund -- will provide $1,000 per student for up to four years. “This grant -- which does not have to be repaid -- will be offered to students who have already qualified for one of the Commitment to Excellence merit scholarships or a Transfer Excellence Award but whose family inc
Community Members Invited to Lawn of Old Main for Live Music, Food 05/29/14 Eastern Illinois University welcomes the community to the lawn of Old Main to celebrate the summer season with live music, food, drinks and door prizes during the Old Main Lawn Party. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5 on the lawn in front of the Old Main with community members throughout Coles County encouraged to attend the free event. “Eastern Illinois University appreciates all that our community members do every day to make our students feel at home in Charlesto
An Eagerness to Teach: First-year Teacher Wins Statewide Award 05/23/14 Every day Kaj Holm walks into the doors of Jefferson Elementary School armed with a smile and an eagerness to teach. “My first year of teaching has been absolutely amazing,” said Holm, a Charleston teacher and Eastern Illinois University alumnus. “I never woke up and felt like I had to get up and go to a job. I always wake up with a smile on my face, and I am happy to be able to do what I love, and actually get paid for it.” While Holm would be perfectly content with the everyday rewar
Camps are an Important Summer Business at EIU 05/22/14 More than 11,000 high school students will participate in 56 camps and programs over the summer at Eastern Illinois University, according to Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs. “The minute students move out of the residence halls in the spring, we begin work to get ready for the influx of our special guests,” he said. “The camps and conference opportunities include a wide variety of programs and interests from band and drama camps to Boys and Girls State and even the state tr
EIU Launches Master of Arts in Art Hybrid Degree 05/22/14 Eastern Illinois University’s Department of Art and the School of Continuing Education have launched a Master of Arts in Art hybrid degree program. This new degree program allows students to take courses online during the fall and spring semesters. A one-week on-campus studio session will be required during the summer. The program is designed for working professionals who want to continue to work while earning their advanced degree. The program features two different options -- art educati
New Online Options Add Flexibility to EIU Hybrid Transfer Programs 05/19/14 Three Eastern Illinois University transfer programs are adding more online classes to their programs to make them more attractive to transfer students – particularly from community colleges. “We’re already very transfer-friendly,” said Rita Pearson, the director of transfer relations at EIU. “But these new hybrid programs replace some of the face-to-face classes with online options to reduce the amount of time transfer students need to spend on the EIU campus. “Our transfer studen
EIU's Old Main to Celebrate Coles County High School Students' Graduations 05/15/14 Eastern Illinois University will share in the celebrations as Charleston, Mattoon and Oakland high school seniors graduate in the coming days. On Friday (May 16) evening, the institution’s administration building (Old Main, a.k.a., the “Castle”) will be illuminated in red and gold in commemoration of Charleston High School’s graduation activities. The actual ceremony is set to begin at 8 p.m. in EIU’s Lantz Arena. On the evening of Friday, May 30, the building will be decorated in g
EIU to Reduce Summer Hours; Booth Library, Admissions Among Exceptions 05/12/14 In a continuing effort to conserve resource dollars, Eastern Illinois University will once again close selected buildings and offices from noon on Fridays until Monday mornings during the summer months. The affected time period begins today (Monday, May 12), and ends Friday, Aug. 15. Building/office exceptions include, but may not be limited to, the President’s Office, the Bursar’s/Cashier’s Office, Booth Library, Financial Aid, University Police, the Renewable Energy Center and the Offi
Nearly 1,500 Students to March in EIU Commencement Ceremonies 05/07/14 Nearly 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students plan to participate in commencement ceremonies at Eastern Illinois University on Saturday, May 10. Ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m. in Lantz Arena. Guest tickets are required for admission. Students from the College of Sciences will march in the morning ceremony, the College of Arts and Humanities and the School of Continuing Education at noon, the College of Education and Professional Studies at 3 p.m., and the Lumpkin
Student Commencement Speakers Named at EIU 05/07/14 Students representing each of the four academic colleges at Eastern Illinois University have been chosen to speak at Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 10. In order to promote EIU's commitment to strengthening the academic and personal experience of EIU’s students and to showcase examples of exemplary writing and speaking, the university introduced the Student Commencement Speaker Series in Fall 2013. This program replaces the former student and faculty speaker traditions at Eastern. Spe
Workshops Create Community of Active Bystanders at EIU 05/05/14 Through lectures and workshops, Eastern Illinois University faculty, staff and students are determined to create a culture of active bystanders -- those who react. This April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, EIU community members did exactly that by engaging in two workshops focused on specific scenarios and activities of active bystanders. Alan Berkowitz, an expert on bystander behavior, led the workshops and enlightened EIU professionals about the importance of continuing to create a cult
School of Continuing Education’s Mobile App Recognized 05/02/14 The School of Continuing Education at Eastern Illinois University was recently recognized for its mobile application named as one of the 101 favorite apps by Best Online Universities. The application identifies EIU resources for adult students such as off-campus and online courses and degree completion programs. A mobile application (app) is a software application created for smartphones and other devices. The Center for Academic Technology Support designed the app. Danny Harvey, one of the de
High School Seniors Awarded EIU Honors College Scholarships 04/30/14 Twenty-one high school seniors have been offered scholarships via Eastern Illinois University’s Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College. The Pemberton Presidential Scholarship covers on-campus room and board (approximately $8,900 per year) and tuition and fees (up to $11,000 per year) for four years. High school students with an ACT score of 31 or higher and a grade point average of 3.75 or higher are eligible for the scholarship. The Presidential Scholars Award allows $11,000 per year for four
EIU to Offer ‘Money Smart’ Program for Older Adults 04/29/14 Eastern Illinois University students will be offering an educational program Wednesday, April 30 focused on preventing common frauds, scams and other types of elder financial exploitation. Students from the School of Business and the gerontology program will lead the discussion focused on information and activities identifying elder financial abuse. The one-hour program, titled “Money Smart for Older Adults: Protecting your Money from Fraudulent Activities,” will start at 6:30 p.m. in Room
EIU Names Honors College for Alumni Couple 04/25/14 Eastern Illinois University announced today that it is naming its Honors College for Sandra and Jack Pine in recognition of their generosity and service to the university. The couple – both graduates of the university – made a donation to support students within the Honors College majoring in physics, chemistry or mathematics. Originally from Paris, Ill., Jack Pine is a 1964 graduate of the university where he earned a degree in physics. After graduation, he moved to the Chicago area wher
EIU Continues Dedication to Emerging Field of Clean Energy 04/25/14 Eastern Illinois University continued its dedication to clean energy today by opening its new research facility, Center for Clean Energy Research and Education (CENCERE), dedicated to alternative fuel exploration. “Our students and professors at Eastern Illinois University will now be able to house their research projects focused on clean energy within a brand new 5,000-square-ft. state-of-the-art facility,” said Peter Liu, director of CENCERE. “The research is designed to determine add
Ten are Winners of National Medal for Museum and Library Services 04/24/14 The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the names of 10 museums and libraries in the United States that will be awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Booth Library on the campus of Eastern Illinois University was named a finalist for this honor; however, it was not chosen as one of the five libraries to receive the medal. Dean of Library Services Allen Lanham said that while it was disheartening to learn the library was not chosen for the medal, he is ex
EIU Named a Tree Campus for Fourth Consecutive Year 04/23/14 Just in time for Arbor Day this Friday (April 25), Eastern Illinois University has been named one of the nation’s “Tree Campuses” for the fourth year in a row. The designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation recognizes the importance EIU places on its campus tree program and effective campus forest management. In addition, the university had to meet other requirements including having a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus
Learning the Ins and Outs of an Emerging Field: CHS Students Learn, Grow from Guidance at EIU 04/22/14 Three Charleston High School students travel to Eastern Illinois University every week where they are learning much more than just the ins and outs of sustainable energy. “Our students are being challenged and inspired to grow as researchers and scientists,” said Jan Easter, a science teacher at Charleston High School. “But, they are also learning that sometimes they will fail, but they have to keep going.” Every Wednesday morning CHS students drive to EIU to chat with fellow undergrad
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus Tours EIU's Renewable Energy Complex 04/17/14 U.S. Rep. John Shimkus got a sneak peak at the new Center for Clean Energy Research and Education (CENCERE) during his visit to Eastern Illinois University this week. Shimkus also joined EIU President William Perry on a tour of EIU's Renewable Energy Center, which is pioneering the use of biomass fuels on the campus. "I'm very pleased to see the flexibility of this facility, with the option to use both fossil fuels like natural gas and oil along with plant-based fuels,” Shimkus said. “It'
More Than 40 Students Presented Research Projects at National Conference 04/07/14 More than 40 Eastern Illinois University students presented their undergraduate research projects at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research Thursday through Saturday in Lexington, Ky. Throughout the conference, EIU students gave oral or poster presentations on a range of topics from mental illness to bioenergetics. Richard England, dean of the honors college, said EIU has become a state leader in undergraduate research, and the university continues to make research a fundamental p
EIU Admissions Counselor to Recruit Families, Not Just Students 04/01/14 As Eastern Illinois University’s newest admissions counselor, Aseret Gonzalez plans to go out and recruit families – not just students. “The Hispanic population is very family-oriented,” Gonzalez said. “For them, it is not common practice to head off to college after graduating from high school. Rather, it is the Hispanic tradition to stay closer to home and help out the family.” Although she will be interacting with students of all races, Gonzalez will share a certain bond with
Annual English Studies Conference Expanded 04/01/14 The Department of English at Eastern Illinois University will host the annual English Studies Student Conference from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 on campus. “This year we made an effort to increase the size and professionalization of the conference,” said Melissa Ames, professor of English and director of English Education. “We have more panels derived from various English courses, graduate students acting as panel moderators, two different alumni lunch sessions and the newly a
‘Red Flag Campaign’ to Focus on Bystander Intervention 03/31/14 “Looking back, many survivors of violence can pinpoint the ‘red flags’ or signs that they were in an abusive relationship,” said Jackie Hines, a counselor at Eastern Illinois University. “But many of the people around them can see the problem when it’s happening,” she said. “They just don’t know how to help.” That’s why this year – as EIU participates in the national Red Flag Campaign against interpersonal violence, the emphasis will be on teaching bystanders how to hel
Fires, Floods and Trebuchets: EIU A Safer Place, Thanks to Gary Hanebrink 03/28/14 On the day Gary and Karen Hanebrink dropped off their daughter at summer camp, she called home at 10 p.m. "She told us that the fire extinguisher near her room had been ripped from the wall and that the fire alarm didn't work," Gary Hanebrink recalled. "Then she asked, 'What do I do?' "I knew then that I had created a monster," he said, grinning. For the past 20 years, Hanebrink has been the face of safety at Eastern Illinois University. Whether it be preparing the campus for a large event
EIU President Bill Perry to Complete Presidential Service in 2015 03/27/14 Eastern Illinois University President Bill Perry announced today that he will complete his service as president in 2015, consistent with the ending date of his contract. Perry said that he made his decision at this time in order for the university to have ample time to search for the next president of EIU. Perry noted in his email to the campus that in his remaining tenure he will continue to work with the campus to “forge opportunities and meet our challenges, always with an eye to providing
Jonathan McKenzie Named New Executive Officer of EIU Foundation 03/21/14 Jonathan McKenzie has been named the new executive officer of the Eastern Illinois University Foundation. “We welcome Jonathan to his new leadership role,” said Christine Robertson, president of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “In addition to his prior experience working with various boards, Jonathan brings 10 continuous years of professional experience at EIU, serving in the offices of Alumni Services, the Alumni Fund, University Advancement and Academic Affairs. “Through thes
Thompson Square to Perform at EIU 03/18/14 Thompson Square, the reigning Academy of Country Music Vocal Duo of the Year, will perform at Eastern Illinois University's Lantz Arena next month. The 2014 Spring Concert is set to begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24. Ticket sales ($23) will be open to the general public on Monday, March 31. EIU students with Panther Card ID may begin purchasing their tickets ($20) on Monday, March 18. Tickets may be purchased at the MLK Jr. Union Ticket Office (581-5122) between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday thr
News of EIU Research Project Hits International Radio Airwaves 03/13/14 The plight of the Midland Brownsnake population at Fox Ridge State Park has gone international. While usually keeping a low profile, the small and harmless brownsnakes begin preparing for the winter by migrating across a park road in search of suitable overwintering habitat. Sites in the park’s forested upland areas are much more suitable for hibernation than those where the snakes are active in the warmer months. Unfortunately, because of their small size and coloring, these particular sna
Wall Street Journal Reporter and EIU Alumnus to Speak on Campus 03/04/14 Wall Street Journal reporter and EIU alumnus, Tim Martin, will speak Wednesday about what’s it like to work at the journal and his time spent covering everything from the Affordable Care Act to the supermarket industry. Martin, who graduated EIU in 2006 with a journalism major and a minor in business administration and political science, started working for the journal back in 2008. The lecture titled “Inside the Wall Street Journal” will start at 4 p.m. in Lumpkin Auditorium in Lumpkin
Booth Library Named Finalist for National Medal for Museum and Library Service 03/03/14 The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced that Booth Library on the campus of Eastern Illinois University is a finalist for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community. Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of libraries and museums that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach
EIU Student Graces Cover of National Magazine 02/28/14 It was a happy coincidence. The American College of Sports Medicine wanted a cover photo for its January/February 2014 issue of Health & Fitness Journal. A Lincolnshire, Ill.-based photo studio had a young model they had worked with before; he was young, attractive and, perhaps most importantly, physically fit. The fact that he’s preparing for a career involving health and fitness was just icing on the cake. “This is definitely an unexpected, but exciting, opportunity,” said Tarrence W
EIU History Professors Reflect on African-American History Month 02/26/14 “Recognizing African-American history as an awareness month is important, but it is not enough,” said Debra Reid, EIU history professor. “Our society needs to continue to discuss African-American history all year long.” As the end of African-American History Month approaches, EIU history professors like Reid reflect on why studying African-American history is simply not just a monthly endeavor. Throughout the year, these professors spend hours researching and teaching Africana and Afric
EIU Employees Honored for Continuous Years of Service 02/24/14 Eastern Illinois University recently recognized nearly 250 of its employees for continuous years of service. A luncheon was held in recognition of university employees with continuous years of service in five-year increments. Those employed at EIU for five years were eligible for a certificate; those with 10 or more years of service were honored with both a certificate and a pin. The following were honored for theirs years of service: 55 Years -- Robert Wiseman. 35 Years -- Robert Augustine,
Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ to be Performed this Month 02/21/14 Eastern Illinois University student actors will perform five performances of William Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth” this month after mastering Scottish dialect and sword fighting techniques for the debut. Shakespeare’s classical tragedy, filled with lords, warriors and witches, centers on Macbeth’s thirst for power and his willingness to go to any means, even murder, to obtain it. Jean Wolski, professor of theatre at EIU, said they focused on a Scottish theme — requiring students to
Scholar to Give Two Lectures on Teaching and Learning in Diverse Classrooms 02/20/14 An accomplished scholar, Franklin Tuitt, will examine and explore how educators can teach and promote learning in diverse classrooms during two lectures Monday in the Lecture Hall at the Doudna Fine Arts Center. Lectures include: 1-2:30 p.m. (Doudna Lecture Hall) -- "Promoting Inclusive Excellence in the Classroom: Implications for Teaching and Learning in Diverse Classrooms." (Attendees may come and go as their schedules dictate). 4-5:30 p.m. (Doudna Lecture Hall) -- "Race and Higher Edu
School Districts to Seek Employees at Educators' Job Fair 02/19/14 Representatives from school districts from across Illinois, as well as other states and countries, will be seeking new employees at the upcoming Spring Educators’ Job Fair at Eastern Illinois University. In addition to EIU students, faculty and alumni, the general public is invited to the free event, which is set to run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the MLK Jr. Union's Grand Ballroom. The job fair is being sponsored by EIU Career Services. A list of the nearly 50 participa
43th Annual Miss Black EIU Scholarship Pageant Open to the Public 02/17/14 Community members are welcome to attend the 43th annual Miss Black EIU Scholarship Pageant on Saturday. Ten contestants will compete in four categories during the pageant including creative expression, African garment, talent and impromptu question with an evening gown. Before the pageant, the contestants participated in an interview panel with judges. Leah Reynolds, adviser for the pageant, said the pageant is a great opportunity to highlight the leadership abilities of African-American women
EIU Open House to Bring 1,000-Plus to Charleston, Campus 02/12/14 More than 1,000 high school seniors and their families will be in Charleston Monday in an effort to decide whether Eastern Illinois University is the school for them. The Feb. 17 Open House/Admitted Student Day will allow prospective students and their families, along with students who have already been admitted for Fall 2014, to tour the EIU campus, including residence halls, and speak with representatives from a variety of student services, as well as admissions counselors. Visitors from th
EIU Students Operate Coffee Shop; Learn Ins and Outs of Restaurant Business 02/07/14 The aroma of freshly ground coffee beans, warm cherry scones and the tunes of relaxing music fill the air each morning in Klehm Hall at Eastern Illinois University. The appealing smells and sounds are not coming from a break room, but from the dedication and determination of EIU students learning the ins and outs of operating their own coffee shop as part of the hospitality management program. Student manager Tara Page said she wants the coffee shop, called The Café, to be a place where profe
Eastern Gives Darwin More Than One Day 02/03/14 Eastern Illinois University is saying “Happy Birthday” to Charles Darwin with a series of events to honor his work in the field of science. According to Stephen Mullin, professor of biological sciences, evolution is a key element of science and every year on Feb. 12, people around the world celebrate the life and work of Darwin, an evolutionary biologist. This year marks the 205th anniversary of his birth. There are currently more than 100 events scheduled in more than 20 different countr
EIU Spring Enrollment Confirms Recruitment Efforts Are On Course 01/30/14 Spring enrollment numbers at Eastern Illinois University confirm that the institution remains on course in its effort to stabilize and increase the number of students who attend there. A modest increase in the number of freshmen, coupled with significant increases in the number of international and Hispanic students in attendance at Eastern, reflect evidence that recruitment efforts are working. The number of international students attending EIU increased to 223, up from 137 a year ago.
Public Invited to January Open House at EIU Observatory 01/30/14 Eastern Illinois University’s physics observatory will hold its monthly open house at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. The event will take place “snow or shine.” Visitors should dress warmly. If the weather is clear, visitors can observe the Orion Nebula through the facility’s main 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. The observatory is located in the southwestern corner of campus between O'Brien Stadium and the intramural softball fields. Those who attend may park their vehicles in the lot
EIU Receives Single Largest Gift in University History 01/28/14 Eastern Illinois University has received the largest single gift in university history, according to Robert Martin, vice president for university advancement. “We have received a $3.68 million gift from the estate of Paul L. Ward, former professor of educational psychology at EIU to provide scholarships for students majoring in counseling and student development,” Martin said. The bequest -- given through the EIU Foundation -- creates an endowment that will fund scholarships for graduate s
Award-winning Playwright to Speak about her Inspirations as a Writer 01/27/14 An award-winning playwright will share her inspirations as a writer and advice on how others can make a career out of the arts during a lecture Thursday at Eastern Illinois University. Elizabeth Wong writes plays filled with comedy and social satire. The Tanne Foundation recently awarded Wong with the Tanne Foundation Award for artistic achievement, and the City of Los Angeles commended her themes on human rights. Some of her plays include “Letters to a Student Revolutionary,” “China Dol
Looking to the Future: EIU Works to Realign Resources 01/24/14 Eastern Illinois University is working through a process of program analysis to deal with current fiscal realities while preparing for future growth, according to President William Perry. “It’s not a secret to anyone that costs in higher education have been rising for a number of years,” Perry said. “And, at the same time, we’ve faced declining high school graduating classes, a highly competitive environment and a changing economy.” As a result, he said, the university has underta
EIU Runners to Shed Clothing for Local Charity Organizations 01/21/14 Imagine runners shedding their winter clothes from scarves to coats in the frigid, cold January temperatures. On Saturday at Eastern Illinois University, runners will take off their clothing in support of local charities during the “Nearly Naked Mile” event. Students, staff and community members will gradually take off their new or gently-used winter clothing from hats, gloves, scarves, coats/jackets, shirts, pants and gently-used running shoes during the race while leaving their bathing su
Annual MLK Jr. Candlelight Vigil Planned At EIU 01/17/14 The Zeta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will host its 27th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil March and Tribute Monday, Jan. 20, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with the march -- punctuated with the singing of inspirational hymns -- from the Thomas Hall lobby (2120 Seventh St.) to the Grand Ballroom, located in Eastern’s MLK Jr. Union. The program there will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. Traditionally, between 100 an
Booth Library to Host 'Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys' 01/17/14 Booth Library on the campus of Eastern Illinois University encourages area residents to learn more about the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world through its program series, “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys.” The series will kick off with an opening at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 in the library’s West Reading Room and will continue through April 15. Leading the program series at EIU will be project scholar Brian Mann, assistant professor of hi
EIU Consolidates Off-site Locations in Greater Chicago 01/16/14 Eastern Illinois University announced today that it is consolidating some of its off-campus locations in the greater Chicago area to better serve students. “In the past, we’ve held classes in multiple locations, and found that Triton Community College and the University Center of Lake County are most effective, allowing to provide more undergraduate classes and more personalized service,” said Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We have full-time staff members
Every Reason to Hope: EIU Autism Center to open to serve individuals with Autism 01/13/14 Jennifer Smith remembers the fear and frustration as her family struggled to figure out why her two-year old son, Brandon, was not like other children. After taking him to appointment after appointment, Smith listened as doctors and therapists called her son “quirky,” or “strong-willed,” but she knew something else was going on. “I kept on telling the doctors that he knows all the complicated stuff, but I can’t get him to do the easy stuff, like answer a question,” Smith said. Af
New scholarship at EIU Offers Honors Students Fully-Paid Room/board and Tuition 01/06/14 Eastern Illinois University is offering up to five honors students scholarships that covers room and board as well as tuition and fees. The Pemberton Presidential Scholarship will be awarded for the first time this year, and is renewable for a total of four years. Students will have the choice of any of Eastern’s residence halls, but will be given priority in Eastern’s newly established Honors housing floor in Thomas Hall. Recipients of the scholarship will also be guaranteed support in pre
Connection Runs Deep Between Dively Family and EIU 12/27/13 Some could argue that were it not for Eastern Illinois University, Joe Dively might not, well… be here. And, of course, the same could be said for his brother, John, and sisters, Laura and Amy. But as the fates would have it, John Dively Sr., a young U.S. Army veteran from Paris, Ill., enrolled at what was then known as Eastern Illinois State College, met Joyce Reynolds, a young woman from Charleston, fell in love and married. That union produced four children. As those children approached
First Class of EIU Students Graduate from One-of-a-Kind Sustainable Energy Program 12/16/13 Fall 2013 commencement at Eastern Illinois University will mark the first graduating class earning a master’s degree in sustainable energy. The program, a collaborative effort of 10 departments throughout the university, prepares students to become leaders and managers in the energy industry. Students receive a mixture of hands-on learning and theory inside the classroom paired with internships and research practicums outside the classroom within EIU’s Renewable Energy Center. Rob Raschke
His Voice Opens Doors of Opportunity for Matt Piescinski 12/13/13 They may not recognize him by sight, but anyone who has attended Eastern Illinois University in the past 35 years has probably heard Matt Piescinski’s voice. He serves as the public address announcer at the spring state track meets and the badminton state finals, as well as at some of the university’s football and basketball games.  Acting as master of ceremonies, he presided over Eastern’s centennial celebration as they opened the cornerstone at Old Main, and participate
EIU Fall Commencement Ceremonies Set for Saturday, Dec. 14 12/11/13 More than 600 graduates plan to participate in Eastern Illinois University's Fall 2013 commencement ceremonies, scheduled to take place Saturday, Dec. 14, in Lantz Arena. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Guest tickets are required for admission. Students from the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities will march in the morning ceremony, while students from the College of Education and Professional Studies, the College of Sc
Panther Spirit Flags Are Now Flying in Charleston in Celebration of Upcoming Football Game 12/06/13 More than 40 Panther spirit flags are now flying along Lincoln Ave in Charleston to stir on the Panthers to victory for their upcoming playoff game. Flags, which are displayed from Morton Park to Ninth Street along Lincoln Ave, create a new entryway for Panther Nation and display Eastern Illinois’s dedication for school spirit. The second-round football game against Tennessee State University will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are available at EIU ticket office at (217) 581-2106 or o
'Just Moving Along, Following the Catfish...' 12/03/13 Somewhere in the Wabash River there swims a fish named after Robert Colombo, an associate biological sciences professor at Eastern Illinois University. “Little Rob” is one of 44 flathead catfish who have been stunned with electricity, collected and surgically tagged before being released back into the 500-mile-long river that flows from northwest Ohio, across northern Indiana and along the southern Illinois border. Anyone searching for these particular fish, however, would be advis
Medicare Advantage Informational Meetings Set for Nov. 27 on EIU Campus 11/25/13 Meetings designed to help state of Illinois retirees understand the new Medicare Advantage insurance program are scheduled to take place Wednesday, Nov. 27, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Janice Bonneville, deputy director of Central Management Services, will be on hand to explain the program that is being offered to eligible retirees, survivors and dependents. Vendors representing the available insurance plans will be in attendance, as well. Admission to either of two meetings
Director of Eastern Illinois Foodbank to speak about food insecurity at EIU 11/18/13 After serving eight years as executive director of the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, Jim Hires knows that food insecurity is an issue in the Coles County area. During a lecture titled “Mission to End Hunger” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Eastern Illinois University, Hires plans to enlighten students and community members on ways they can help put an end to food insecurity in their community. Hires’s lecture, at 7 p.m. in the Charleston/Mattoon room of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union, ma
Jeffrey Boshart Named 2013 Illinois Professor of the Year 11/15/13 Jeff and Karen Boshart Eastern Illinois University’s Jeffrey Boshart has been named the 2013 Illinois Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country – those who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students.  It is the only nation
EIU Commits to College Affordability with 'Zero Percent' Rate Increases 11/15/13 Citing continued commitment to college affordability and accessibility to higher education, Eastern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees on Friday voted not to raise room and board rates -- or tuition rates -- for the 2014-2015 school year. Noting that Eastern has consistently been the best value among Illinois public universities, Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs, said he was “very pleased and very proud” that the university was able to offer a "0 percent" in
EIU Students will “Stuff the Bus” for Local Food Pantries at Last Home Football Game 11/15/13 Before the Eastern Illinois University Panther football team plays its last home game of the regular season, students will “stuff the bus” with canned goods during a tailgate celebration Saturday morning. The “Stuff the Bus” event is part of EIU Hunger Challenge Month designed to bring awareness to the community about hunger and poverty in the Coles County area and help provide support to local pantries. “If you have food in the fridge and your parents are helping you out, hunger is
Charleston Ties Help Attract New Facilities Director to EIU 11/13/13 As a boy on a bicycle, Tim Zimmer raced over the sidewalks at Eastern Illinois University, not realizing at the time that he would, one day, ultimately be responsible for the upkeep of those same walkways. Earlier this year, the Mahomet resident was serving as associate director for construction services at the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign.  Upon discovering that Eastern was seeking a director for its Facilities Planning and Management division, Zimmer submitted his appl
EIU Groundskeepers Settle Into New Headquarters 11/12/13 President Bill Perry tries on a pair of work gloves before using a pair of pruning shears to cut the ceremonial blue ribbon. The grand opening was a simple one – cake, punch, a pair of pruning shears… A small but appreciative audience gathered recently as Eastern Illinois University President Bill Perry donned a pair of workman’s gloves and, using the pruning shears, cut a ceremonial blue ribbon signifying the completion of the institution’s newest bu
EIU to Commemorate Veterans Day with Series of Events 11/05/13 A series of events culminating with a Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11, will bring educational opportunities for and about military veterans to the forefront on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony has become an annual campus event.  Community residents are invited to join students, faculty and staff at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Old Main’s (the “Castle”) Cougill Foyer.  In addition to remarks by both Jaco
EIU Lauded by Illinois Fire Inspectors Association for Fire Safety Work 10/30/13 William Weber, vice president for business affairs, and Gary Hanebrink (center), EIU safety officer, receive Corporate Award from Joey Jeraminas (far right), Homer Township Fire District and IFIA president. Eastern Illinois University has received state recognition for its proactive approach to fire safety on campus. The Illinois Fire Inspectors Association honored EIU by presenting the institution with a Corporate Award during the IFIA’s annual Fire Prevention Week
EIU Students Demonstrate How to Put on Zombie Makeup for Halloween 10/29/13 EIU student Jake Cole models the less scary zombie look designed for children. Want to look like a zombie from the hit AMC show “Walking Dead” and truly scare your friends for Halloween?  Eastern Illinois University theater students say it’s easy to create the look of a gruesome flesh-eating zombie for the Halloween season. EIU theater students Miranda Buob and Chela Gurnea said the zombie look will only take about 20 minutes and parents and teenag
EIU Student from Stewardson Wins Statewide Writing Competition 10/29/13 Elijah D. Slifer, an Eastern Illinois University student from Stewardson, won first place in upper division of the 2013 Illinois Sociological Association Undergraduate Student Paper Competition. Slifer was one of three students from Eastern who won awards from the competition. Others included Kirsten Taylor, of Sullivan, with first place in the freshman/sophomore division and Sheldon Aaron, of Bloomington, with third place in the freshman/sophomore division. As a senior geography major at East
EIU Student from Sullivan Wins Statewide Writing Competition 10/24/13 Kirsten Taylor, an Eastern Illinois University student from Sullivan, won first place in the freshman/sophomore division of the 2013 Illinois Sociological Association Undergraduate Student Paper Competition. Taylor was one of the three Eastern students, who won awards from the competition. Others included Elijah D. Slifer, of Stewardson, with first place in the junior/senior division and Sheldon Aaron, of Bloomington, with third place in the freshman/ sophomore division. Her paper was titled "
New Facility for Honors College to Open with Rube Goldberg Machine 10/17/13 Eastern Illinois students are busily building a "Rube Goldberg" machine to handle the ribbon-cutting duties at the grand opening of the new home of the EIU Honors College this Friday. The machine – inspired by the contraptions of Pulitzer Prize -- winning cartoonist -- will use a long and complicated series of steps to perform the simple task of cutting the ribbon to officially open the new facility. "We have Honors students in programs throughout the university," said Honors College Dean Ri
Speakers to Present International Perspective to Gun Culture in U.S. 10/16/13 Two German police representatives -- Det. Captain Franz Plueckthun, commander of Undercover Operations of the Bavarian State Police, and Michael Tentler, consultant for the German BKA (FBI) -- will lead a discussion on how the issues of gun control are being handled in Europe. Hafeez Muhammad, long-time resident and community activist of Chicago, will address the problem of gun shootings in his city. These points of view, along with those of some Eastern Illinois University faculty members, wi
Homecoming Prizes in Store for Students Wearing Blue Friday 10/15/13 How often does the president of a university give you a ride and then offer you a chance to win prizes? That’s exactly what’s going to happen Friday as Eastern Illinois University staff -- including President Bill Perry -- drive golf carts around the campus and run a mobile trivia game. Based on the popular TV show “Cash Cab,” two golf cart “cabs” will pick up students wearing blue and give them a chance to answer trivia questions about Eastern as a kick-off to the 2013 Homecoming C
Parking, Traffic Restrictions Announced for Homecoming Parade 10/14/13 Parking and traffic flow will be restricted in some streets and parking lots for part of the day Saturday, Oct. 19, to make room for the Eastern Illinois University Homecoming Parade. The streets closed to traffic are as follows: 6 a.m.-noon: Ninth Street, from Lincoln to Roosevelt avenues; During parade: Grant Avenue, between First and Orchard streets; and 3 a.m.-noon: Johnson Avenue, between Seventh and Ninth streets. The areas closed to parking from 3 a.m. to noon are as follows:
Former EIU President Lou Hencken Takes Position as Interim Admissions Director 10/14/13 Former Eastern Illinois University President Lou Henken has agreed to serve as interim director of admissions for the university as it moves into a more aggressive recruiting program. “Eastern is just beginning to reverse a multi-year decline in enrollments,” said Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs.  “But we know the competition is just going to get tougher and we needed a proven manager to help lead our admissions team.” Lord said the univ
School Spirit is Turning the Town Blue in Time for EIU Homecoming 10/11/13 EIU's Facilities Planning and Management Unit shows school spirit. School spirit is on the rise at Eastern Illinois University – just in time for EIU Homecoming 2013! “Paint the Town Blue:  Homecoming 2013” activities will take place beginning Monday, Oct. 14, culminating with the traditional parade, football game and other popular events on Saturday, Oct. 19. This year’s Homecoming committee has planned numerous thematic events and activitie
EIU Alumni Awards to be Presented During Homecoming 10/10/13 Recipients of the Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association’s 2013 alumni awards will be honored Saturday, Oct. 19, in conjunction with Homecoming activities. Distinguished Alumni Awards will go to Barbara Baurer of El Paso, Ill.; Harry Frost of Paris, Ill.; Jonathan Gosse of Flossmoor, Ill.; Dennis Muchmore of Laingsburg, Mich. (formerly of Charleston); and Col. Robert Sinkler (ret.) of  Bettendorf, Iowa. The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award recipient is David Cesar of St. Char
More Than 100 Eastern Illinois University Athletes Packed 6,000 Meals for Haitian Families 10/05/13 More than 100 Eastern Illinois University student athletes spent their Saturday morning packing 6,000 meals in less than an hour for Haitian families in need at Lantz Area. The Global Hunger Expedition will transport the meals directly to schools and orphanages in Haiti. Mark Daily, a Global Hunger Expedition volunteer, collected money from local businesses and supporters to pay for the food and to help transport it to Haiti. In addition, some of the donated money will also go to a local food
Safety/Security Enhancements Planned for On-Campus Parties 09/26/13 Eastern Illinois University released its list of planned enhancements to safety and security for on-campus parties this afternoon.  President William Perry noted that this list was presented by a working group including both a student and staff members from a variety of campus offices. According to Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs, the working group reviewed existing policies and procedures for on-campus events and reviewed the practices of other colleges and universities &nd
EIU Has Third Consecutive Record Year in Fundraising Thanks to Dedicated Alumni and Friends 09/26/13  Dedicated alumni and friends of Eastern Illinois University are to be credited for the institution’s third consecutive record year in fundraising. Even after the multi-year “EI&U:  Expect Greatness” capital campaign ended a year ago, individuals continued to give in record amounts, said Bob Martin, vice president for university advancement.  Gifts and pledges during Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2012, through July 31, 2013) totaled $15.8 million. “We&rsq
EIU Named a Lead Institution in Civic Engagement by National Association 09/13/13 Eastern Illinois University has been selected to participate in a national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement. The university has been named one of 73 colleges and universities in the nation as a Lead Institution by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession. As a participating institution in NASPA’s initiative, Eastern will continue to encourage students’ civic development through though
EIU Notes Rise in U.S. News Rankings; Urges Prospective Students to Base College Decision on Personal Needs 09/12/13 Eastern Illinois University saw a significant increase in its placement in the U.S. News and World Report college rankings to No. 7 among Midwest public master’s institutions. "We're pleased that our rankings have increased and that because of U.S. News’ change in methodology, that they are more focused on the quality of college education,” said Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs.  “We continually improve our programs, but not because we are
EIU Apprenticeship Prepares Professor for Administrative Duties 09/11/13 As thousands of traditional students settle into a new semester of study at Eastern Illinois University, a student of a different kind is also learning his way around campus. Jose Antonio Rosa, professor of marketing and sustainable business practices at the University of Wyoming, will spend the academic year at Eastern as one of 50 2013-14 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows. The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to build leadership in American higher education by
Library Programs to Focus on 'Literature of Prescription' 09/06/13 Booth Library on the Eastern Illinois University campus will present “Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper’” from Sept. 23 through Nov. 2. This exhibit and programs will examine a 19th-century writer’s challenge to the medical profession and the relationship between science and society.  Artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman was discouraged by her doctor from pursuing a career in order to preserve her health.&nbs
Pokey LaFarge Coming to EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center; Western Swing/Country Blues Artist to Perform Sept. 12 09/06/13 Pokey LaFarge is a musician, songwriter, bandleader, entertainer, innovator and music preservationist, and he’s bringing his band to Eastern Illinois University on Thursday, Sept. 12.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center’s Dvorak Concert Hall.  Pokey LaFarge has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe with his creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing. Focusing on various forms of traditional American musi
Fall Numbers Show EIU's Enrollment Management Strategy Taking Hold 09/04/13 Eastern Illinois University has reversed a multi-year drop in the number of new freshmen, according to Provost Blair Lord.  This year, the university will see a modest increase of 2.50 percent in the number of new freshmen coming to EIU. However, the overall number of freshmen at Eastern remained even with last year with an offsetting reduction in the number of continuing and returning students.  Continuing freshman students are those who haven’t earned enough credits to move on
Fall Autism Conference Planned at Eastern Illinois University 08/23/13 A fall autism conference is planned for Oct. 3 and 4 on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. David Finch will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, on how he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome five years after his marriage and how he has since committed himself to relentless self-improvement, sometimes to a comical extent.  Finch is a humorist and author of the acclaimed New York Times best-selling memoir, “The Journal of Be
Faculty Laureate: 'Take Advantage of the Journey and Have Fun Along the Way' 08/08/13 It's not Michael Mulvaney's job to map out his students' lives. Michael Mulvaney As their teacher and mentor, however, he helps them explore the many directions available to them and provides the tools and equipment they'll need for the trip. After all, it's not been too many years since he made the journey himself, and the memory remains fresh in his mind. A native of Collison, Ill. -- a small Vermilion County farm-based community located between Champaign and Danville --
Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics Kick Off EIU's Doudna Season 08/05/13 The Doudna Fine Arts Center will kick off its 2013-2014 season with Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. What some people might call retro-soul or dynamic R&B, Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics’ roots are embedded in the rich sound and history of Georgia soul.  The group’s Charleston performance will take place on the center’s Theatre stage.Based out of Atlanta, Ga., the group has performed countless gigs since forming in 2005.  With a slew
EIU's Electronic Repository, The Keep, Reaches Patrons Worldwide 08/01/13 A photo of Joan Allen appearing in a 1974 EIU theatre production of “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” A 1904 senior scrapbook from Eastern Illinois State Normal School. A Nutrition Jeopardy game designed by EIU faculty.With a few computer keystrokes, these and thousands of other materials can be accessed in The Keep.The Keep, administered by Booth Library, is the institutional repository for Eastern Illinois University. The electronic, open-access database is accessible throug
EIU Having Busy Week with 1,000-Plus Summer Visitors 07/23/13 The official move-in day for the fall semester at Eastern Illinois University isn’t until Aug. 15.  It may have looked, however, like the university was conducting a trial run this past weekend. According to Matthew Boyer, EIU’s director of conference services, more than 1,000 campers arrived on campus for a week of music, baseball and badminton fun.  In addition, the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute -- the largest group currently in attendance -- brought more than 460 c
EIU Employees Recognized for Superior Performance on the Job 07/02/13 Shown, from left to right, are (front row) Julia Awalt, Michelle Morgan, Julie Benedict, Linda Barter and Cheryl Siddens; (second row) Joshua Norman, Jean Toothman, Susan DeRousse, Sally Bock and EIU President Bill Perry, who was on hand to congratulate the award recipients.  Not pictured is Jacqueline Joines. Ten Eastern Illinois University employees are the first recipients of the institution’s Superior Performance Award, designed to “acknowledge and rew
Arts and Humanities Grant Workshop is July 18 at the Tarble Arts Center 06/27/13 Company of Folk and the Illinois Humanities Council announce a special workshop on funding opportunities for individuals and organizations in the arts and humanities.  The workshop will be presented by Bucky Halker, director of Company of Folk, and Matt Meacham, a program officer with IHC. The workshop will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Tarble Arts Center, 2010 Ninth St., on the Eastern Illinois University campus.  Participation is free and everyone
Tarble Arts Center Showcases Drawings of Lincoln in Looking at Lincoln Exhibition 05/29/13 Drawings of Abraham Lincoln recently acquired by the Tarble Arts Center are featured in the latest version of the center’s Looking At Lincoln exhibition.  The exhibition explores the life and times of Lincoln through art selected from the Tarble’s permanent collection. Looking At Lincoln is on view through Aug. 11 in the Tarble’s main galleries.  A related exhibition, The Experiences of the Illinois Civil War Soldier: Reflections in Art and Artifacts, is on show in t
EIU Foundation Announces Recipients of 2012 Philanthropy Awards 05/21/13   Julie Nimmons  Carl Mito Since its inception in 1953, the Eastern Illinois University Foundation has been dependent upon the generosity of its members and volunteers to fulfill its mission of support to the university. And, since 1993, the foundation has formally presented the Outstanding Philanthropist Award.  In 1997, this award was renamed the Burnham and Nancy Neal Philanthropy Award in appreciation of the Neals' leadership, support and dedication to Ea
Barta Named 2012 Annuitant Ambassador of the Year 05/20/13 Richard Barta, right, with Leslie McDaniel, executive officer of the EIU Foundation Richard Barta of Charleston has been recognized as the Eastern Illinois University Foundation’s 2012 Annuitant Ambassador of the Year. Many EIU annuitants (retirees) serve as volunteer ambassadors at the Neal Welcome Center, assisting visitors, guests and students who come in to complete scholarship paperwork.  In recognition and appreciation of those who show exemplary service and
EIU Hosts Annual Maurice Shepherd High School Chemistry Contest 05/16/13 More than 80 students from 10 area high schools participated in Eastern Illinois University’s 38th annual Maurice Shepherd High School Chemistry Contest. Students participated in a 60-minute written examination (50 questions), followed by a dinner break and talk on "Chemistry:  Past, Present and Future Perspectives” by Radu Semeniuc of Eastern’s chemistry department.  The top four teams and the top 10 individuals were then recognized and awards presented.  A tra
EIU's Old Main to Celebrate Charleston, Mattoon Graduations 05/14/13 Red and gold lights will decorate the walls of Old Main in commemoration of Charleston High School's graduation ceremonies this weekend. Eastern Illinois University will share in the celebrations when Charleston and Mattoon high school seniors graduate in the coming days. On Thursday and Friday (May 16 and 17) evenings, the institution’s administration building (Old Main, a.k.a., the “Castle”) will be illuminated in red and gold in commemoration of Charlesto
Rain Barrels Available -- First-come, First-served -- on Saturday, May 11 05/09/13 Eastern Illinois University’s Office of Sustainability and Student Community Service will give out free rain barrels (on a first-come, first-served basis) on Saturday, May 11. Distribution will take place at the site of the Giving Garden, located at the VFW Way Park, located at 1821 20th St. behind the Charleston VFW lodge. Representatives will be giving out free rain barrels from 10 a.m. to noon. There is a very limited supply, so interested persons are asked to arrive early. The Givin
Noted Author, Illustrator and EIU Alumna Named as EIU Trustee 05/08/13 Jan Spivey Gilchrist was thrilled when she learned that Gov. Patrick Quinn had appointed her to serve on the Board of Trustees at Eastern Illinois University. “I’m so thrilled about this opportunity and I really want to help,” she said.  “I want to be significant in my service to EIU.” Gilchrist is no stranger to Eastern, having earned her bachelor’s degree in art education there in 1973.  She was named a Distinguished Alumna by the EIU Alumni Asso
Dr. Gordon Grado Receives Honorary Doctor of Sciences Degree from EIU 05/04/13 Renowned oncologist Dr. Gordon Grado received an honorary Doctor of Sciences degree from Eastern Illinois University today in recognition of his contributions to medical science and his commitment to his fellow man. Grado, founder and medical director of the Southwest Oncology Centers and the Grado Radiation Center of Excellence, has helped develop prostate brachytherapy programs worldwide for early stage, advanced and recurrent prostate cancer. The Scottsdale, Ariz., resident also heads the p
Gwendolyn Dungy Receives Honorary Doctor of Pedagogy Degree from EIU 05/04/13 EIU President William Perry with Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy Renowned educator and counselor Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy of Columbia, Md., received an honorary Doctor of Pedagogy degree from Eastern Illinois University today in recognition of her commitment to and achievements in education. As a young woman, Dungy -- then of the Chicago area -- never planned to go to college.  Instead, she took an exam to be a long-distance telephone operator -- a job that paid $45 a week.  O
Sean Payton Receives Honorary Doctor of Public Service Degree from EIU 05/04/13 Sean Payton, coach of the New Orleans Saints, received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Eastern Illinois University today in recognition of his generosity and service to society. Payton, who received his bachelor’s degree from EIU in 1987, is the coach of the 2010 Super Bowl XLIV Champion New Orleans Saints and was the NFL Coach of the Year in 2006.  Prior to becoming head coach of the Saints, he served as an assistant coach for NFL and collegiate teams.  Payton
Donald Gher Receives Honorary Doctor of Public Service Degree from EIU 05/04/13 Donald L. Gher of Bellevue, Wash., received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Eastern Illinois University today in recognition of his dedication, his generosity, and his service to others. Gher graduated from Eastern in 1973 with a degree in business and a concentration in marketing.  A fellow alumnus and classmate said of him, “Don exhibited the energy and drive that would propel him through his immensely successful business career.  In class, he was always at th
EIU Honors 2012-2013 Retirees 04/30/13   More than 50 Eastern Illinois University employees were recently recognized as faculty/staff members who have retired or plan to retire during the 2012-2013 school year.  They include, from left to right, seated, Deborah Woodley, Nanette Carli, Sue Harvey, Marsha Bowyer and Vicki Bradley; from left to right, second row, Ralph McCausland, Cheryl Crowdson, Jeri Matteson-Hughes, Mahmoud Kashefi, Lucy Campanis, Mary Kuhn and Cheryl Noll; and, from left to right, third row, Will Hine,
More Than 1,600 Students to March in EIU Commencement Ceremonies 04/30/13 More than 1,600 graduating students plan to participate in commencement ceremonies at Eastern Illinois University on Saturday, May 4. Ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m. in Lantz Arena.  Guest tickets are required for admission. Students from the College of Sciences will march in the morning ceremony, the College of Arts and Humanities and the School of Continuing Education at noon, the College of Education and Professional Studies at 3 p.m., and the Lumpkin College o
EIU to Reduce Summer Hours; Booth Library, Admissions Among Exceptions 04/30/13 In a continuing effort to conserve resource dollars, Eastern Illinois University will once again close selected buildings and offices from noon on Fridays until Monday mornings during the summer months. The affected time period begins Monday, May 6, and ends Friday, Aug. 9. Building/office exceptions include, but may not be limited to, the President’s Office, the Bursar’s/Cashier’s Office, Booth Library, Financial Aid, University Police, the Renewable Energy Center and the Of
Grant Gives Support to EIU Recycling Program 04/18/13 Ryan Siegel with one of 2,150 new recycling bins made possible via a grant from the Alcoa Foundation A grant through the Alcoa Foundation is allowing Eastern Illinois University the opportunity to build upon an already active recycling program at the institution. Ryan Siegel, campus energy and sustainability coordinator, announced that the grant enabled Eastern to obtain 2,150 deskside recycling bins to be placed in the university’s residence halls.  The approximat
Gilman Named New Dean, School of Continuing Education, at EIU 04/17/13 The newly named dean of the School of Continuing Education at Eastern Illinois University has a history of building strong relationships between a university and its local/regional constituencies. Regis M. Gilman, currently serving as interim dean of Educational Outreach at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., plans to assume her new position at the Charleston campus on July 1. “Our School of Continuing Education has traditionally offered a wide variety of outreach programs th
Kidney Disease Expert to Present Public Talk on EIU Campus 04/05/13   Dr. David S. Goldfarb, an internationally recognized expert on the prevention and treatment of kidney stones, will share some of his expertise when he visits the Eastern Illinois University campus as a visiting scholar. Admission is free and the public is invited to his seminar, “Kidney Stones:  Why Do They Happen and How Can We Prevent Them?”   The talk is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Lumpkin Hall Auditorium, Room 2030. Goldfarb, a
EIU Earns Place on National Honor Roll for Community Service 04/03/13 Eastern Illinois University was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation – presented to EIU for the second consecutive year -- is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the Corporation for Nati
Richard England Named New Honors College Dean at EIU 04/03/13 Richard England claims that a “vibrant honors community” transformed him as “a scholar, teacher and leader.” “Honors, done well, provides a learning environment that moves beyond disciplinary boundaries and gives the whole person – mind, body and soul – a profound opportunity for growth,” he said.  “This is true for its students, and for those lucky enough to teach them.” England will aim for such an environment at Eastern Illino
"Project: Hero" to Honor the Fallen, Assist U.S. Military Veterans 04/01/13 More than 300 Illinois service men and women, including Eastern Illinois University alumnus Lt. Jared Southworth of Oakland, will be honored at Booth Library on April 4 and 5. Stephen Knotts, EIU veterans services coordinator, said the Illinois Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial Wall is a near 200-foot wall of headshots of service men and women who were killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operating Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.  The wall includes the names, portraits, hometowns
EIU to Colorfully Promote Autism Awareness 03/29/13 B By coloring itself blue, Eastern Illinois University plans to join thousands of businesses, individuals and other colleges/universities in commemorating World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. The institution’s administration building (Old Main, aka the “Castle”) will be illuminated in blue during the evening hours on Tuesday, according to William Weber, vice president for business affairs. Additionally, the building will be lit up April 23-27 to further promote Autism Awar
Riccio Memorial Lecture to Discuss Satchel Paige and Black Baseball 03/21/13 A lecture about Satchel Paige is sure to be a lecture about baseball. “That’s pretty much a given,” said Ed Wehrle, professor of history at Eastern Illinois University.  “But I think you’ll find that this one addresses race, politics and culture, as well." “Satchel Paige and Black Baseball in the Rethinking of the Civil Rights Movement” will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, April 1, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center’s Lecture Hall.  Admissio
Welcome to Eastern! 03/21/13 In the pre-dawn hours Thursday (March 21, 2013), the Eastern Illinois University Panther Patrol hit the roads of Coles County to surprise area high school seniors who have been admitted as freshmen for the Fall 2013 semester.  Teams of current students and admissions staff – 19 individuals in all – braved icy temperatures and yes, even some mid-March snow flakes, as they visited homes in and around Charleston, Mattoon, Oakland, Ashmore and Humboldt.  Signs, balloons and bac
EIU's Old Main to Glow Red 03/20/13 Eastern Illinois University will have a special glow about it during the coming week. On the evenings of March 26, 27 and 28, the institution’s administration building (Old Main, a.k.a., the “Castle”) will be illuminated in red in observance of American Red Cross Month and Hemophilia Awareness Month. Additionally, the university will host a Red Cross blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the University Ballroom of the MLK Jr. Union.  The event is open to
'American Idol' Phillip Phillips to perform at Lantz Arena on April 16 03/18/13 Phillip Phillips, the most recent winner of "American Idol," is to perform at Eastern Illinois University's Lantz Arena next month. The concert is set for 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16. Tickets went on sale to EIU students on Monday, March 18; ticket sales will open to the public on Monday, March 25. Phillips' first single, “Home," hit the charts at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the most successful coronation song of any American Idol winner. His debut album, “The World fro
EIU Employees Honored for Continuous Years of Service 03/07/13 Shown, from left to right, front row, are Larry Ankenbrand, Cathy Engelkes, Mary Herrington-Perry, Jerry Daniels, Marilyn Thomas, Suzanne Mathews and Marsha Figgins; second row, Ali Moshtagh, Larry Shobe, Diane Ingle, Kevin Angell, Diane Smith, Judy Gorrell, Leeila Ennis, Karen Whisler, Wendy Long and Billie Rawlings; and third row, William Higelmire, Timothy Lewis, Andy Anderson and Kevin Larkin.   Eastern Illinois University recently recognized more than 250 of its emp
EIU 'Moves Mud'; Clean Energy Research and Education Center Advances 03/01/13 Artist's rendering of planned facility An exceptionally wet week meant that Friday’s groundbreaking was more like a mud-moving event. Spirits remained high, though, as Eastern Illinois University took the next step forward toward the construction of a much anticipated facility for its Center for Clean Energy Research and Education. “When, on Jan. 14, 2011, the Board of Trustees formally approved the creation of the center, we did so happily, knowing that this
EIU Board of Trustees Approves 2013-2014 Tuition Rates 03/01/13 Eastern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees on Friday approved the lowest annual tuition rate increase for new resident students at EIU since 1993. The 1.43 percent increase -- representing $4 per semester hour -- is the second lowest increase at EIU since 1979, according to President Bill Perry. “The increase we recommend today sends a strong message of our commitment to affordable excellence in higher education,” he said.  “Our incoming new students and their
EIU's Carman Hall to Undergo Assessment 02/12/13 Eastern Illinois University is moving forward in preparing its residence halls for the next generation of students, starting this summer with an assessment of Carman Hall. “In updating our housing master plan, we realized that we have an unusual window of opportunity to do a thorough analysis of Carman including all mechanical systems,” said Mark Hudson, director of housing and dining services.  “Right now, we have enough capacity to take Carman off-line for the next year
EIU Receives Governor's Award for Excellence in Education 01/22/13 From the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs: Going above and beyond basic veterans’ services while fostering a veteran-friendly atmosphere, Eastern Illinois University has been chosen as the Fall 2012 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs announced today. “On behalf of Governor Pat Quinn, we salute the professional and constructive efforts of Eastern Illinois University to support its student ve
Room and Board Rates Set for 2013-2014 School Year 01/18/13 Eastern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees on Friday approved room and board rates for students living in EIU housing during the 2013-2014 school year. Students living in EIU’s residence halls and Greek Court will see increases of $81 to $92 per semester (a 2 percent increase), depending on the chosen meal plan.  Room and board rates will range from $4,150 per semester for the 7 Meal Plan Option to $4,679 for the 15 Meal Plan Option. Four meal plan options each permit stu
Annual MLK Jr. Candlelight Vigil March Planned at EIU 01/10/13 The Zeta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will host its 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil March and Tribute Monday, Jan. 21, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a march -- punctuated with the singing of inspirational hymns -- from the Thomas Hall lobby (2120 Seventh St.) to the Grand Ballroom, located in Eastern’s MLK Jr. Union.  The program there will begin at approximately 6 p.m. According to Leon Fields,
Three Inducted as Lifetime Members of EIU Foundation 01/04/13 Three Charleston residents have been chosen as honorary lifetime members of the Eastern Illinois University Foundation. Ken Baker and Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Heath were inducted into this class when Foundation members met recently for their annual meeting. Lifetime membership is bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated exceptional and significant support for the university.  Previous recipients include former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar and his wife, Brenda; Richard A. Lumpkin; and Burnham
EIU Lauded by City, State Officials for Proactive Approach to Fire Safety 12/18/12 From the Charleston, Ill., Fire Department: Shown, from left to right, are Illinois Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis; Steve Bennett, assistant fire chief, Charleston; Pat Goodwin, fire chief, Charleston; EIU President Bill Perry; and Gary Hanebrink, EIU safety officer.  (Jay Grabiec photo) Fire officials believe, without a doubt, that fire sprinklers installed in on-campus housing at Eastern Illinois University have saved lives. In the Fall 2012 semester alone, two separate
Eastern Symphony Orchestra Embraces Area's Outstanding Youth Musicians 12/14/12 After the area's only school orchestra was cut in the 1970s, private music teacher Terry Coulton watched her young students diligently practice their craft alone, without the benefit of hearing their instruments the way they are most richly enjoyed -- as part of a symphony. "There was a huge void," Coulton said. "Some had achieved an advanced level of playing and were ready for that next step." On occasion, she'd get permission for outstanding young musicians to play with Eastern Illinois Univ
Senior Ranked Among Nation's Top 1% ROTC Cadets; Three Others in Top 15% 12/13/12 Eastern Illinois University senior Matthew Bochenek's longtime goal of becoming a military pilot is well on the way to becoming a reality. Thanks to years of hard work, Bochenek is ranked among the top 1 percent of cadets -- No. 55, to be exact -- in the entire U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps. Three fellow EIU cadets also made the National Order of Merit List: Steven Kutz of Holt, Mo., is in the Top 10 percent; and William Comstock of Charleston and Ryan Shumaker of Marshall are in
Message About Off-Campus Crime 12/13/12 A message from Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs, sent to all EIU students and employees: Eastern Illinois University has received several inquiries regarding an incident that took place in Charleston late Wednesday. The crime was committed off campus, and the alleged attacker was apprehended shortly thereafter. According to the Charleston Police Department (CPD), shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, CPD officers responded to a call on West Locust Street, located more than two
EIU Foundation Names 2012 Outstanding Members 12/12/12 Three individuals have been recognized as outstanding members of the Eastern Illinois University Foundation for 2012:  Alan Baharlou and June Giffin, both of Charleston, and Dennis Spice of Champaign. This award is bestowed upon individuals who demonstrate the ideals of membership in the Foundation through their volunteer service to the Foundation and to the university’s academic and athletic programs, providing the leadership, expertise and knowledge essential for the work of its ad
EIU Fall Commencement Ceremonies Set for Saturday, Dec. 15 12/11/12 Nearly 500 graduates plan to participate in Eastern Illinois University's Fall 2012 commencement ceremonies, scheduled to take place Saturday, Dec. 15, in Lantz Arena. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Guest tickets are required for admission. Students from the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities will march in the morning ceremony, while students from the College of Education and Professional Studies, the College of Scien
EIU to be Recognized for Commitment to Fire Safety 12/07/12 Representatives of the Charleston Fire Department will be joined by city and state officials to collectively recognize Eastern Illinois University for its proactive approach to fire safety on its campus. Larry Matkaitis, Illinois’ state fire marshal, is among those scheduled to attend a 2 p.m. ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the Cougill Foyer of Old Main on EIU’s campus.  The public is invited to attend. According to Fire Chief Pat Goodwin, Charleston and city fire department
EIU's William Addison to be Recognized with Mendez Service Award 12/04/12 Long-time colleague John Best remembers Luis Clay Mendez as a man who “recognized the essential dignity of each person with whom he worked.” William Addison “exemplifies Luis in just the same way,” Best added.  “By recognizing the value and worth of each individual, Bill brings out the best in that individual.” It was for that reason that Best nominated Addison for the 2012 Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award.  The award, presented annuall
EIU to Host Lions in Winter -- An Annual Literary Festival 12/04/12 Registration is now open for Eastern Illinois University’s annual literary festival, Lions in Winter, set to take place Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, 2013. For the first time since the festival’s inception, it will be a two-day event, featuring workshops, lectures, readings, a book fair and more. The festival will begin with a reading by Jaimy Gordon, 2010 National Book Award winner for her novel “Lord of Misrule,” at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in Eastern’s Doudna Fine
New EIU Lighting System Adds Color to the Charleston Community 11/30/12 Eastern Illinois University plans to make the trip down Lincoln Avenue a little more colorful for travelers. A newly installed lighting system will allow the institution to celebrate university and community events, as well as commemorate events such as World Autism Awareness Day, by displaying appropriate colored lighting on the front of Old Main (the “Castle”). The system will have its official debut on Monday (Dec. 3) evening, with the building being lit up in blue – one o
New Foundation Board Understands, Embraces Financial Responsibility to EIU 11/29/12 Since its inception nearly 60 years ago, the Eastern Illinois University Foundation has focused on giving. “The Foundation plays a very important role in supporting the university we care so much about,” said Timothy Burke, newly seated Foundation Board president.  “And the Foundation Board of Directors understands and accepts its responsibility to protect and grow the assets entrusted to us.” That responsibility has grown by leaps and bounds over the past two year
EIU Plans Annual Holiday Gatherings at Old Main; Public Invited 11/27/12 Community residents are once again invited to join Eastern Illinois University's students, faculty and staff for two festive gatherings -- this year titled “Celebrating the Arts” -- scheduled to take place in Old Main (the "Castle"). Guests are welcome to attend either of the two holiday events, the first of which is scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, and the second from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.  Both will take place in Old Main’s Cougi
Chicago Theatre Troupe to Perform Skits to Promote Understanding of Mental Health Issues 11/26/12 Erasing the Distance, a Chicago theater group dedicated to promoting understanding of mental health issues, will perform two shows at Eastern Illinois University on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The first show is to begin at 3 p.m. in 7th Street Underground in the MLK Jr. Union. The second show is set for 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom, also in the union. Both shows are free and open to the public. Erasing the Distance "uses the power of performance to disarm stigma, spark dialogue, educate, and promote he
Holiday Art Sale Offers Unique Handmade Items from Faculty, Students and Community 11/21/12 Eastern Illinois University's 26th annual Holiday Art Sale will offer a variety of handmade items, including ceramic dishes, jewelry, toy trains and much more. The shop will be open three days -- 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 -- in 1910 Doudna Fine Arts Center. Refreshments will be available. "All the items are handcrafted, one-of-a-kind items," said organizer Sue Rardin. "These people put their hearts and souls into these, and th
Faculty Member's Film Examines Significance of Independent Record Store; Screening Set 11/01/12 An Eastern Illinois University faculty member will screen his new documentary about the significance of an iconic independent record store on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The free showing of "Walls of Sound: A Look Inside the House of Records" -- an in-depth look at the 40-year history of the House of Records in Eugene, Ore. -- will begin at 7 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall at EIU. “I chronicle the history of (the store), the stories behind it, the social meanings of the store, h
EIU to Commemorate Veterans Day With Week of Events 10/30/12 A week-long series of events culminating with a Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 12, will bring educational opportunities for and about military veterans to the forefront on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. According to Stephen Knotts, EIU’s coordinator of Veterans and Military Personnel Student Services, “Veterans Week” will demonstrate both veterans’ support and veterans’ awareness. “We want to support our student veterans on c
School Districts to Seek New Employees at Fall Education Job Fair 10/22/12 Representatives from school districts throughout Illinois and beyond will be seeking new employees at the upcoming Fall Education Job Fair at Eastern Illinois University. Anyone who is or will be qualified for the positions offered is invited to the free job fair, which is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the MLK Jr. Union's Grand Ballroom. It is sponsored by EIU Career Services. School district representatives will be seeking candidates for teaching, administrative and support serv
Embarras Valley Film Festival to Honor Danville Native Gene Hackman 10/19/12 This year's Embarras Valley Film Festival will honor Academy Award-winning actor Gene Hackman, who grew up in Danville. A collaborative effort between the community and Eastern Illinois University, the film festival -- "The Versatile Gene Hackman" -- will offer film screenings and related events Oct. 27 and Nov. 1-3. All are free and open to the public. Five Hackman movies will be shown: In "Bonnie and Clyde" (R, 1967), a bored small-town girl and a small-time bank robber leave in their wak
Chuck Burke Named EIU's 2012 Journalism Alumnus of the Year 10/12/12 Chuck Burke, senior editor/designer and chief typographer at the Chicago Tribune, has been named 2012 Alumnus of the Year by the Eastern Illinois University journalism department. Burke, a 1998 EIU journalism graduate, is being honored this weekend in conjunction with the university’s homecoming. Before joining the Tribune, Burke worked in California at the San Jose Mercury News, in northwest Indiana at The Times and in Chicago’s south suburbs at Star Newspapers, a predecessor of t
EIU Alumni Awards to be Presented During Homecoming 10/11/12 Recipients of the Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association’s 2012 alumni awards will be honored Saturday, Oct. 13, in conjunction with Homecoming activities. Distinguished Alumni Awards will go to Jack Dadam of Lafayette, Calif.; Christopher Desmond of Glen Ellyn; Jaime Martinez of Naperville; William McNulty of Alexandria, Va.; Jill Nilsen of Charleston; Julie Nimmons of Litchfield; and Kevin Seitzer of Overland Park, Kan. The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award recipient is Richard K
View, Discuss Second Obama-Romney Face-Off at EIU 'Debate Watch' 10/09/12 The Eastern Illinois University Department of Communication Studies will host a viewing and discussion of the nationally televised presidential debate on Tuesday, Oct. 16. "Debate Watch," a voter-education program that brings citizens together to watch the televised debates and talk about what they learned, will begin at 7:45 p.m. in 1255 Coleman Hall. The televised debate -- the second debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney -- will be viewed live starting at 8 p.m.
Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences Plans EIU Homecoming Events 10/08/12 The Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences at Eastern Illinois University has planned a few events for its alumni Saturday as part of EIU Homecoming festivities. The School of Business Alumni Homecoming Breakfast is set for 8-9 a.m. in Lumpkin Hall. School of Business alumni and their guests are invited to enjoy a free breakfast, reconnect with faculty and alumni, meet current students, and tour the Lumpkin Hall classrooms and the newly renovated student lounge and building entryway
Community Invited to Help Celebrate EIU Homecoming 10/05/12 Eastern Illinois University will celebrate Homecoming 2012, "Pump Up the Blue," with several events incorporating the community throughout the week of Oct. 8. Of particular community interest are the coronation on Monday; Family Fun Night on Tuesday; and many Saturday events, including the pancake breakfast, 2.5K race, parade and football game. Throughout the week, Charleston businesses and residents are invited to participate in Paint the Town Blue by offering "Billy's Bucks" food discounts a
'EI&U: Expect Greatness' Campaign Exceeds Goal by 27 Percent, Ends Early 09/28/12 Eastern Illinois University's announcement that its "EI&U: Expect Greatness" campaign was ending -- nearly two years early and $13.7 million over goal -- was met with a bang… literally.  The declaration that the campaign had raised $63,696,747 was followed by a fireworks display near the university's Campus Pond. Celebrants included 300 donors and supporters gathered for a thank-you barbecue, scheduled to coincide with Eastern's 2012 Family Weekend activities.  The un
EIU Alumnus to Discuss His Role in Hurricane Cleanup 09/26/12 Col. Robert Sinkler, an Eastern Illinois University alumnus, will return to his alma mater to discuss, in part, his leadership role in the reconstruction of the New Orleans levee system in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. His presentation, “Solving the Nation’s Toughest Geology and Geography Problems,” will be presented at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in Phipps Lecture Hall, Physical Sciences Building.  It will be followed at 5 with a reception. The free
EIU's Athletic Training Education Program Approved for Reaccreditation 09/24/12 Eastern Illinois University’s Athletic Training Education Program has once again been recognized for its high quality by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The CAATE voted to award continuing accreditation to the program following a comprehensive evaluation, including a self-study and on-site visit. According to the final report from the CAATE, Eastern’s program “has met all of the nationally recognized standards for entry-level athletic training
Donated Van Allows Peace Meal Funding to Stay Focused on Meals 09/21/12 Shown, from left to right, are Alex Feliciano; Rene Hutchinson; Roger Kratochvil, chair, EIU Board of Trustees; Barbra Wylie; and EIU President Bill Perry. Less money spent on vehicle repair means more money to spend directly on meals for those who need them. That’s the bottom line for Barbra Wylie, director of Eastern Illinois University’s Peace Meal Senior Nutrition Program, who gratefully accepted a “gently used” van donated by Allstate Insurance Co
Smith Walbridge Agrees to Five More Years at EIU 09/19/12 A “great campus” helped influence Smith Walbridge’s decision to extend its relationship with Eastern Illinois University for another five years. “A major issue for us has always been space,” said Barry Houser, director of the Marching Illini at the University of Illinois and director of the Smith Walbridge Clinics.  “By the nature of our camps, we need access to what would be the equivalent of seven football fields.  Eastern, with all of its green s
EIU Conference to Address Strategies for Eliminating Bullying 09/07/12 Eastern Illinois University is taking a lead in the fight against bullying. “It’s become an issue more and more for schools to address,” said Melanie Mills, assistant chair of the “Beyond Awareness:  Strategies to Eliminate Bullying” conference, set to take place on the Charleston campus on Friday, Oct. 5.  Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. "Our event is, by design, geared primarily toward supporting K through 12 educators from throughout the state a
An Evening with REO Speedwagon: Tickets on Sale to Public Sept. 10 09/06/12 Tickets for the Sept. 29 Family Weekend performance of REO Speedwagon will go on sale to the general public on Monday, Sept. 10. The band will perform at 8 p.m. in Lantz Arena.  Tickets are $27 each, and may be purchased between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the MLK Jr. Union Ticket Office, located on the second floor of the west wing.  For phone orders, call 217-581-3616/581-5122.  Visa and Mastercard are accepted.  All seats reserved. Fronted by iconic voca
Enrollment Off Slightly as Expected; Aggressive Recruitment, Marketing Planned 09/05/12 Enrollments took a dip as expected this year at Eastern Illinois University, but the institution has already launched a new enrollment management effort designed to reverse the trend.  “There were a number of factors that combined to hurt our enrollments this year,” said Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs.  “And, while it will take a little while to reverse the trends, we are confident that we’re moving in the right direction.” &
EIU President Bill Perry Addresses Faculty 08/30/12 Good afternoon. Thank you for the opportunity to make a few remarks today on the coming year, and then some. First and foremost, thank you for your dedicated teaching, scholarly work, and service to the university. Consistent with our strategic plan and true to our history, you uphold academic excellence and build personal relationships with our students through mentoring undergraduate and graduate research, supervising study abroad, preparing students for national competitions, encouraging com
Remarks to the Faculty from Blair Lord, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs 08/30/12 While we are well into our second week, basically an eighth of the way through the semester, I believe it is still appropriate to say welcome back!  We have had a very smooth start made possible because of the hard work of you and your faculty and staff colleagues.  Thank you! My stated function this afternoon is to introduce the president for his annual address.  Starting my 12th year as provost, I’m going to take advantage of having the mike for a few moments and offer a
New HR Director Seeks to Make EIU 'Employer of Choice' 08/23/12 Eastern Illinois University’s newly hired Human Resources director operates via a “rallying motto.” "I want EIU to be an employer of choice,” said Richard Enyard. He acknowledges that with such designation comes much responsibility:  Competitive wages and benefits, exemplary customer service, fair and equal treatment, professional growth opportunities and challenges, excellent cooperation between colleagues, a diverse work environment, and the consistent applicatio
From Examining Room to Classroom: Stowell Says 'No Regrets' 08/13/12 As a young man, Jeffrey Stowell imagined himself treating aches, pains and broken bones.  Instead, years later, he finds himself teaching. “I don’t think I could have been nearly as happy as a doctor as I am in the classroom,” he said.  “I have no regrets.” Stowell’s talent and enthusiasm as a professor, coupled with his excitement for learning overall, are why his colleagues first nominated him as Eastern Illinois University’s 2012-2013 Facu
Iconic Old Oak Tree on EIU Campus to Continue as a 'Giving Tree' 06/29/12 Eastern Illinois University President Bill Perry has issued a reprieve for the giant sentry which has stood guard over the campus “castle” since it was built more than a century ago. For decades, a huge bur oak tree – estimated now to be 300 years old as evidenced by its 61-inch-wide trunk – has provided shade and shelter to students at work, at play and in love.  On warm spring days, entire classes have listened to lectures underneath its leafy branches.  Hund
Colleagues Honor Young with 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award 06/28/12 Bailey K. Young -- a professor of medieval history, French history, and archeology -- was honored with Eastern Illinois University's 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award by the Faculty Senate. Young studied Merovingian archaeology at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etude in France. From 1975 to 1987, he lived in France, doing research with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, holding visiting appointments with the Universities of Paris XII and Lille III, and working on medieval excavatio
CENCERE Receives $198,695 National Science Foundation Grant 06/28/12 Eastern Illinois University's Center for Clean Energy Research and Education (CENCERE) has received a three-year, $198,695 grant from the National Science Foundation. The funded project, "Enhancing Undergraduate Education Through Student-Led Research in Biomass Renewable Energy", will position EIU as a strong leader in educating students about renewable energy and biomass research. CENCERE will operate as an extension of EIU's Renewable Energy Center, one of the country's largest university bi
Methven Receives NSF Funding for Role in Major Macrofungi Project 06/27/12 Eastern Illinois University Professor Andrew Methven, biological sciences, is collaborating on a National Science Foundation-funded project, "The Macrofungi Collection Consortium: Unlocking a Biodiversity Resource for Understanding Biotic Interactions, Nutrient Cycling and Human Affairs." The project's total grant award amount is more than $2.8 million, and EIU will receive more than $50,000 for Methven's role. The study, led by an employee of the New York Botanical Garden, will digitize and s
Eastern Illinois University Honored for Community Service 06/18/12 Eastern Illinois University has been recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education for its commitment to bettering its community through service and service learning. The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.  Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled
Tropical "Corpse Flower' Flowering at EIU 06/18/12 The H.F. Thut Greenhouse, located on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, will soon smell like rotting meat – again. Manager Steven Malehorn eagerly awaits the third flowering of the university's titan arum, or corpse flower, affectionately named the Velvet Queen. And, again, he’s issuing an invitation to residents of east-central Illinois -- and anywhere else, for that matter -- to come join him. Malehorn estimates that the plant will flower sometime between June 23 and 25.
EIU Honors 2011-2012 Retirees 06/05/12 More than 100 Eastern Illinois University employees recently were recognized as faculty/staff members who have retired or plan to retire during the 2011-2012 school year.  They include, from left to right, seated, Margaret Garrett, Vicki Hampton, Linda Kingery, Nancy Dole, Lorraine (Rita) Baker, Robert Plummer, Sandy Bingham-Porter, Kay Carter, Anita Thomas, Sandy Nees and Joanne Roach; from left to right, second row, Tom Rennels, Dennis Updegraff, Terry Ramsey, Don Braswell, Carolyn (Jod
EIU to Host State-Level Emergency Exercise on Tuesday, June 12 06/01/12   UPDATED!! EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, JUNE 12 On the EIU Campus All public emergency alerts (Web-based, email, text-messaging, public address systems, etc.) issued as part of the June 12 exercise will be standard test messages.  IF A REAL EMERGENCY SHOULD OCCUR, the exercise will be immediately terminated and the appropriate warnings issued instead. Seventh Street between Johnson and Grant avenues is scheduled to be closed to the general public.  There should be no parking
Public Meetings Planned to Discuss Center for Clean Energy Research and Education Facility 05/31/12 Eastern Illinois University President Bill Perry invites university and community members to two public meetings to discuss the institution’s Center for Clean Energy Research and Education (CENCERE) and plans for a building in which to house the center. Groundbreaking for the 4,300-square-foot academic building, to be located immediately north of the newly commissioned Renewable Energy Center, is tentatively scheduled to take place in Fall 2012.  The site is located near the intersec
EIU to Again Reduce Summer Hours; Booth Library, Admissions Among Exceptions 05/03/12 In an effort to conserve resource dollars, Eastern Illinois University will once again close selected buildings and offices from noon on Fridays until Monday mornings during the summer months. The affected time period begins Monday, May 7, and ends Friday, Aug. 10. Building/office exceptions include, but may not be limited to, the President’s Office, Booth Library, Financial Aid, University Police, the Renewable Energy Center and the Office of Admissions, which plan to keep normal workin
Nearly 1,700 Students to Participate in EIU Commencement Ceremonies on May 5 05/02/12 Nearly 1,700 graduating students plan to participate in commencement ceremonies at Eastern Illinois University on Saturday, May 5. Ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m. in Lantz Arena.  Guest tickets are required for admission. Students from the College of Sciences will march in the morning ceremony, the College of Arts and Humanities and the School of Continuing Education at noon, the College of Education and Professional Studies at 3 p.m., and the Lumpkin College of B
EIU Foundation Announces Recipients of Outstanding Philanthropist Award 04/27/12 Since its inception in 1953, the Eastern Illinois University Foundation has been dependent upon the generosity of its members and volunteers to fulfill its mission of support to the university. And, since 1993, the foundation has formally presented the Outstanding Philanthropist Award. In 1997, this award was renamed the Burnham and Nancy Neal Philanthropy Award in appreciation of the Neals' leadership, support and dedication to Eastern and the foundation. The award is given to individuals and
EIU Featured in 'The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges' 04/19/12 Eastern Illinois University is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The well-known education services company selected EIU for inclusion in the just-released second annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition.” Created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the guide is the only free, comp
EIU Again Earns 'Tree Campus USA' Honor 04/18/12 Eastern Illinois University is one of 148 colleges and universities to achieve Tree Campus USA status for 2011. The Tree Campus USA program, a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, gives national recognition "for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship." To be eligible for the distinction, a school must have a campus tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan with dedicated annual expenditures, involvemen
EIU Board of Trustees Elects New Officers 04/13/12 The Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees elected new officers at its meeting Friday. Elected to one-year terms in their leadership positions were Roger Kratochvil of Mt. Olive, chairman; Leo Welch of O'Fallon, vice chairman; Joseph Dively of Charleston, secretary; and Rene Hutchinson of Chicago, member pro tempore. Kratochvil and Welch were appointed to the EIU Board of Trustees in August 2004. Dively and Hutchinson joined the board in October 2011. Roger Kratochvil of Mt. Olive, cha
Nineteen Faculty Members Awarded Tenure 04/13/12 Nineteen Eastern Illinois University faculty members have been awarded tenure, effective with the 2012-13 academic year. The EIU Board of Trustees approved the list Friday. Tenure, awarded in an academic department, connotes a relationship of continuing commitment between the university and a faculty member. Generally, in order to qualify for tenure consideration, a faculty member must complete a probationary period and demonstrate progressive achievement and effectiveness in three areas of e
EIU Mourns Loss of One of Its Greatest Supporters, Burnham Neal 04/12/12 From Bob Martin, vice president for university advancement at Eastern Illinois University: Eastern Illinois University has lost a great friend with the passing of Burnham Neal. On behalf of the entire EIU community, I express sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. Neal, whose overwhelming generosity made a positive difference in so many lives. Mr. Neal and his late wife, Nancy, were among the biggest financial supporters in the university's history. In fact, the Neals were so repres
Blagojevich Judge to Discuss 'The Breach of Public Trust' 04/10/12 The federal judge who presided over both trials of Rod Blagojevich plans to present a talk on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. However, U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel will probably refrain from talking specifics about the 2011 case that led to the former Illinois governor’s 14-year incarceration in a Colorado federal prison.  That case, under appeal, is still open. Instead, Zagel, who has served as a U.S. district judge since 1987, will speak more generally on “T
Former Governor Edgar to Return to Alma Mater, Give Lecture 04/02/12 Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar will return to his alma mater as the next speaker in his own lecture series. His student-oriented presentation -- “Unobstructed Views:  Lessons Learned from Charleston to Springfield” -- will address how his education and experiences at Eastern Illinois University helped him achieve the success he has had in life. The talk, to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall, will be followed by a reception in th
Veteran Administrator Named to EIU Dean's Post 03/19/12 The newly named dean of Eastern Illinois University’s College of Sciences, Harold Ornes, wants to play an active part in helping students reach their destinations in life. “One of my hobbies is piloting an aircraft,” said Ornes.  “Perhaps a metaphor for our future together would be to think of the College of Sciences as an airplane and the faculty, staff, and administration as the flight crew. “Our job would include studying, understanding and utilizing the c
Kick Butts 5K, Picnic Set for April 14; Register by March 26 for T-shirt 03/16/12 The fifth annual Kick Butts Day 5K run/walk and community picnic are to be held at Morton Park on Saturday, April 14. The run/walk will begin at 9 a.m., and the picnic will directly follow. Both events are sponsored by Eastern Illinois University's Health Service and Student Community Service to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco use, encourage smoking cessation and encourage an overall healthy lifestyle Registration for the 5K is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. The fee in
EIU Employees Honored for Continuous Years of Service 03/15/12 Eastern Illinois University recently recognized more than 250 of its employees for continuous years of service.  A luncheon was held in recognition of university employees with continuous years of service in five-year increments. Those employed at EIU for five years were eligible for a certificate; those with 10 or more years of service were honored with both a certificate and a pin. The following were honored for their years of service: 30 Years -- Lisa M. Childress, Rosalie Herrington,
Professor Revisits His Past with Acclaimed Film on Chile's Pivotal 'Woodstock' 03/12/12 When Gary Fritz headed to South America last year to document the ramifications of Piedra Roja, Chile's 1970 version of Woodstock, he simply wanted to preserve the history of the pivotal festival that he had helped organize as a teenager. Fritz, a biological sciences professor with little filmmaking experience, had no idea the resulting documentary would resonate so deeply with Chileans that it would even be chosen over a Martin Scorsese movie for film festival honors. Fritz's film, "Piedra Ro
EIU Among Top 5% of U.S. Master's Institutions in Preparing Doctoral Students 03/05/12 Eastern Illinois University continues to prepare more undergraduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees than any other master's college/university in Illinois, according to a recent National Science Foundation survey. In addition to ranking first in the state, EIU ranks in the top 5 percent nationwide, as it has for several years. "A great indicator of an undergraduate institution's quality is the success of its graduates in doctoral programs, and it comes as no surprise to us that our alumni
EIU Board of Trustees Approves 2012-2013 Tuition Rates 03/02/12 Eastern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees on Friday approved the smallest percentage increase in new resident student tuition at EIU in 11 years. The one-time increase for new students subject to EIU's resident tuition rate is from $269 to $279 per semester credit hour, and this rate is fixed by state law for at least four years of continuous enrollment. The one-time increase of 3.7 percent is half the 7.4 percent increase in the CPI-U (CPI-Urban) Midwest over the past four years.&
Eastern Takes Third in International District Energy Association Video Contest 02/29/12 A team of Eastern Illinois University students made a respectable showing, coming in third only behind Princeton and Harvard in the International District Energy Association’s first campus energy video contest. A video produced by Keith Sutterfield of Effingham, Wesley Smith of Chicago and Bobson Mercier of Ft. Myers, Fla., was chosen over entries from New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College, Texas A&M and the University of Connecticut. “We congratulate these students in bringi
EIU School of Business to Host 'Accounting Watchdog' during Holley Ethics Awareness Week 02/23/12 The Eastern Illinois University School of Business' Holley Ethics Awareness Week will include two March 6 lectures by "Accounting Watchdog" writer Francine McKenna. McKenna's writings have appeared in the Financial Times, Boston Review, American Banker, Columbia Journalism Review, Accountancy Age and Accountancy Magazine. She also has a website that covers the accounting industry and columns on Forbes.com ("Accounting Watchdog") and American Banker ("Accountable"). The first presentation, &ldq
Student Veterans to Honor William Miner Through Memorial March 02/20/12 Survivors of the 1942 Bataan Death March could not have envisioned anyone voluntarily making the grueling 26.2-mile journey. But 70 years later, thousands of active and retired military personnel, as well as civilians, are in training to do just that. And a group of student veterans from Eastern Illinois University plan to be involved. Michael Ruybal, EIU’s coordinator of Veterans and Military Personnel Student Services, said he and six others plan to participate in the Bataan Memorial De
EIU Surpasses $50 Million Fundraising Goal More Than Two Years Early 02/20/12 "EI&U: The Campaign for Eastern," the largest fundraising effort in Eastern Illinois University's history, has surpassed its $50 million goal more than two years ahead of schedule. A total of $53.1 million has been secured, fitting for a campaign with the theme "Expect Greatness," which was publicly launched in October 2010 with a goal of raising $50 million by July 2014. "When we began the 'Expect Greatness' campaign, I fully believed we would reach our goal, not only because Eastern touc
School Districts to Attend Mid-America Educator's Job Fair 02/13/12 Representatives from school districts from across Illinois, as well as other states and countries, will be seeking new employees at the upcoming Mid-America Educators' Job Fair at Eastern Illinois University. The public is invited to the free job fair, which is set for 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the MLK Jr. Union's Grand Ballroom. It is sponsored by EIU Career Services. A list of participating schools and available jobs in teaching, school administration and special services is av
EIU Dancers to Present Annual Spring Performance 02/02/12 The EIU Dancers will present four stagings of their 31st annual spring performance, "Alive on the Inside," Feb. 16-18. Shows are set for 7 p.m. Feb. 16; 7 p.m. Feb. 17; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 18, all in The Theatre of the Doudna Fine Arts Center. Antoine Thomas, the director of the EIU Dancers, said the performance is a celebration of different genres of dance, allowing the dancers to showcase their range of talents. "We look at exploring all types of dance, including jazz, lyrical, moder
Book Earns EIU Professor Praise From National Book Critics Circle 01/27/12 Readers of Roxane Gay’s book, “Ayiti,” shouldn’t expect to read about the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. “I’m sure I’ll write something about it in the future,” she says.  “Once I know what it means.  I haven’t yet figured it out.” Instead, “Ayiti” (the Haitian Creole name for Haiti) examines “what it means to be Haitian” through a collection of short stories and essays.  Some of the selections
EIU Student to Compete on 'Jeopardy! College Championship' 01/26/12 Eastern Illinois University will be in the national spotlight when one of its Presidential Scholars competes for $100,000 on the "Jeopardy! College Championship" on Feb. 2. Anne Rozek, a junior from Cary, was one of 15 students from throughout the nation chosen for the game show, putting EIU on the same stage as schools including Duke, Harvard, Stanford and Columbia. Rozek, who can't discuss how she fared on the show until after it airs, said the entire experience was surreal. It all began wi
Friend to Again Honor Former Charleston Resident Through Music 01/24/12 “That’s Goodness” -- the third annual David F. Tanner Benefit Concert for EIU Jazz Studies -- has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in Eastern Illinois University’s Grand Ballroom, located in the MLK Jr. Union. Funds generated will become part of the David Frank Tanner/Ronald Eugene Gholson Endowed Fund Celebrating the Goodness of Music, established through the EIU Foundation for the benefit of students participating in EIU's jazz studies program.  Funds
Room and Board Rates Set for 2012-2013 School Year 01/20/12 Eastern Illinois University's Board of Trustees on Friday approved an increase in room and board rates for students living in EIU housing during the 2012-2013 school year. Students living in EIU's residence halls and Greek Court will see increases of $128 to $145 per semester (a 3.25 percent increase), depending on the chosen meal plan. Room and board rates will range from $4,069 per semester for the 7 Plus Meal Option to $4,587 for the 15 Plus Meal Option. Four meal plan options each permit s
EIU Student Wins Top Honors in Statewide Radio Production Contest 01/04/12 A routine class assignment recently earned an Eastern Illinois University student top honors in a statewide radio production contest - and a few extra spending dollars, to boot.Korey Adkins, a senior communication studies major from Mattoon, was one of more than two dozen students in Mike Bradd's "Broadcast Announcing" class, assigned the task of producing a radio public service announcement promoting the Cell Phones for Soldiers Project.  The project encourages the public to donate their o
EIU Fall Commencement Ceremonies Scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17 12/15/11 Nearly 500 graduates plan to participate in Eastern Illinois University's Fall 2011 commencement ceremonies, scheduled to take place Saturday, Dec. 17, in Lantz Arena. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Guest tickets are required for admission. Graduating seniors from the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities will march in the morning ceremony, while students from the College of Education and Professional Studies, the Colleg
EIU Continues Cleanup, Recovery in Wake of Vandalism to Chemistry Labs 11/30/11 The process of recovering Eastern Illinois University chemistry labs that were the target of vandalism over the Thanksgiving holiday continues. The safety of students, faculty and staff, continues to be the top priority in the process of returning the labs to operational status, and the labs remain closed to the public. Cleanup is being handled by chemistry faculty and EIU facilities employees who are trained in the handling of hazardous materials. Doors to the affected laboratories and to the
Police Seek Information on Vandalism of EIU Chemistry Labs 11/28/11 Police are asking anybody with information about last week's vandalism of the Physical Science Building at Eastern Illinois University to provide tips to assist in the investigation. The damage to chemistry labs was discovered early Friday afternoon. Anybody who has any information that might assist law enforcement is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-345-8488, text “crimeleads” to 274637, or call the EIU Police Department at 217-581-3212. The investigation has been assi
Raybin Named 2011 Illinois Professor of the Year 11/17/11   David Raybin, an EIU English professor, has been named Illinois Professor of the Year. Eastern Illinois University's David Raybin has been named the 2011 Illinois Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The U.S. Professors of the Year program is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring. This year, 27 st
Community Invited to EIU Health Fair 11/08/11 The community is invited to learn more about health topics, as well as local and statewide health resources, at the 14th annual Health Fair at Eastern Illinois University on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The free event, set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center, is to feature many vendors from EIU, Charleston community and beyond. Games will be available, and door prizes will be awarded. The Health Fair, sponsored by EIU's Health Service and Health Education Resource Center, prov
Student Community Service Sets '30 Days of Change: EIU Fights Hunger' 11/04/11 Eastern Illinois University Student Community Service has planned several activities for the "30 Days of Change: EIU Fights Hunger" campaign throughout November. The campaign is motivated by local statistics: The Coles County poverty rate is above 19 percent, and according to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, which serves a 14-county area, one in six people may not have food for dinner tonight. Freeze Out Hunger, a new 2-mile fun trail run on the Panther Trail (around the Ca
Green Jobs Lecture, Franchising Panel Set for Entrepreneurship Week 11/04/11 The Eastern Illinois University School of Business will host a presentation on green jobs and a panel on franchising as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 14-18. "Which Green Jobs Look Promising for Rural Illinois?" will be presented by John J. Gruidl, professor of economics in Western Illinois University's Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. "The Ins and Outs of Franchising: What You Need to Know" panel discussion is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday
Community Invited to EIU Veterans Day Program 10/31/11 A Veterans Day program is set for 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in front of Eastern Illinois University's Old Main. Community residents are invited to join a host of individuals and groups, including the Student Veterans of Eastern and other student, staff and faculty veterans. Among those scheduled to speak are faculty veteran LTC Stephen Knotts, student veteran August Lamczyk and EIU Provost Blair Lord. Ann Boehlefeld, an EIU student veteran, will join Lord in the wreath presentation. Nar
Faculty/Staff Panel to Discuss Government's Role in Economy 10/31/11 A panel of Eastern Illinois University faculty and staff will discuss the government's role in the current economic crisis on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The panel discussion, "Government and the Economy: Does Government Have a Role?" is to begin at 4 p.m. in the Lumpkin Auditorium (2030 Lumpkin Hall). Panelists will be Jeanne Dau (Business Solutions Center, Lumpkin School of Business and Applied Sciences); Teshome Abebe (economics): Ed Wehrle (history); Kevin Anderson (political science); and Michael Gill
Quinn Appointments to EIU Board Include New, Continuing Trustees 10/25/11 When Eastern Illinois University's Board of Trustees meets in November, it will do so with some continuing and some new members. On Monday, Gov. Pat Quinn made a number of appointments to the state's more than 320 boards and commissions. His action included the reappointment of two individuals and the addition of four new members to the EIU board. All the appointments are temporary until approved by the Illinois Senate. Robert Webb of Mattoon and Roger Kratochvil of Mt. Olive will continue
School Districts to Seek New Employees at Fall Education Job Fair 10/24/11 Representatives from school districts throughout Illinois and beyond will be seeking new employees at the upcoming Fall Education Job Fair at Eastern Illinois University. Anyone who is or will be qualified for the positions offered is invited to the free job fair, which is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the MLK Jr. Union's Grand Ballroom. It is sponsored by EIU Career Services. School district representatives will be seeking candidates for teaching, administrative and sup
EIU Journalism Department Recommended for Reaccreditation 10/19/11 A four-person on-site evaluation team representing the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication has recommended that the EIU Department of Journalism be reaccredited. During the campus visit Oct. 9-12, the evaluation team inspected facilities and equipment; visited classes; and met with faculty members, students, administrators and representatives from other university departments. In preparation for the visit, journalism faculty members prepared a compreh
Alumni Awards to be Presented During Homecoming 10/17/11 Recipients of the Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association's 2011 alumni awards will be honored Saturday, Oct. 22, in conjunction with Homecoming activities. Distinguished Alumni Awards will go to Larry Closson '74 of Springfield; Will Keiper '72 of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; Gregg Kirkland '83 of Edwardsville; Keith Kohanzo '69, '71 of Charleston; and Ron Woods '86 of Milwaukee, Wis. The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award will go to Jake Byrne '07, '09 of Long Island City, N.Y. In addi
Film Critic Gire to be Honored as EIU Journalism Alumnus of the Year 10/17/11   Dann Gire Charleston native Dann Gire, longtime film critic for the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights, will be honored Friday, Oct. 21, as the 2011 Journalism Department Alumnus of the Year. "Dann has established himself as one of the premier journalists in the Midwest and has been a great supporter of our program over the years," said department chair James Tidwell. "Anytime we call on him to speak at an event on campus or in other parts of the state, Dann alw
EIU Homecoming to Feature Many Events for Community 10/13/11 Eastern Illinois University will celebrate Homecoming 2011, "Greatness in Blue," with a variety of events incorporating the community throughout the week of Oct. 17. Of particular community interest in this year's Homecoming are the coronation on Monday; Family Fun Night on Thursday; many Saturday events that include a pancake breakfast, 2.5K race, parade and football game; and daily "Greatness in Giving" service projects. Local businesses are encouraged to join in the fun by partici
EIU Celebrates Grand Opening of Impressive Renewable Energy Center 10/07/11   For more photos of Eastern Illinois University's Renewable Energy Center, see EIU's Flickr site. Eastern Illinois University and Honeywell today unveiled the school's Renewable Energy Center, one of the largest university biomass installations in the country, as part of a grand opening ceremony held on campus for students, faculty and the broader Charleston community. The REC is a 19,000-square-foot steam plant that will provide heat for buildings and classrooms across the univ
EIU Journalism Department to Host Reaccreditation Site Team 10/04/11 The Eastern Illinois University Department of Journalism will host four representatives from the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Oct. 9-12 as it seeks national reaccreditation. In preparation for the visit, journalism faculty members prepared a comprehensive self-study that has been sent to each member of the evaluation team, according to James Tidwell, chair of the department. The process takes place every six years. The EIU program was first accr
EIU Symposium to Focus on Lives, Achievements of Ancient Egyptians 09/30/11 Eastern Illinois University will host several events as part of its monthlong symposium "A Futuristic Look Through Ancient Lenses: Ancient Egypt." The symposium, which will take place from Oct. 6 through Nov. 2, will illustrate how today's scholars have utilized clues left by ancient Egyptians that provide insight into the lives and achievements of ancient Egyptians, and helped Egypt to become the superpower of its time. The symposium is made possible through the combined efforts of the Scho
Journalism Faculty to be Honored at National College Media Convention 09/27/11 James Tidwell Lola Burnham Two Eastern Illinois University journalism professors will be honored at the 90th Annual National College Media Convention in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 26-30. James Tidwell, chair of the department, will be inducted into the College Media Advisers Hall of Fame, and Lola Burnham, editorial adviser to The Daily Eastern News, will receive a four-year college newspaper Honor Roll Adviser Award from the organization. The Honor Roll award is presented to a CMA
EIU Offers New Scholarship for Students 09/21/11 Freshmen and new transfer students who anticipate attending Eastern Illinois University in the fall of 2012 will have the opportunity to apply for a new scholarship. "We're pleased to help students with a resource that makes earning a degree more affordable for Illinois students," stated Eastern President William Perry. The Panther Promise Scholarship will provide up to $2,500 per year for eligible students. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years if students maintain satisfactor
Faculty/Staff Giving Increases 75% During 'EI&U' Fundraising Campaign 09/20/11 Eastern Illinois University's "EI&U: The Campaign for Eastern" fundraising effort has been successful due to an influx of support from many people, including the university's own faculty and staff. The percentage of employees who donated to EIU in the past fiscal year increased 75 percent from the previous year, and 17 departments and offices had 100 percent participation, said Michelle Payne, director of EIU's Annual Fund. Donations were received from 35 percent of EIU's work force, up from
EIU Moves Up in U.S. News & World Report's Annual Rankings 09/13/11 Eastern Illinois University has moved up in the U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of higher education institutions. EIU is ranked 51st among all Midwestern universities offering a full range of undergraduate degrees and some master's degree programs. The region encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Among public universities on the list, EIU ranks 12th in its class in the 12-state region (u
Iraqi Ambassador Wants to Personally Thank Veterans for Service 09/13/11 When His Excellency, Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaid'ie, Iraqi ambassador to the United States, visits the campus of Eastern Illinois University, he intends to thank local veterans and their families for their service. A formal presentation in which he will talk about the future of Iraq and the Mideast, begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, in Dvorak Concert Hall, located in the Doudna Fine Arts Center. A question-and-answer session will take place immediately afterward. Admission is free and open to
Sea of Flags, Memorial, Dinner Highlight EIU's 9/11 Commemoration 09/08/11 The gateway to Eastern Illinois University will be transformed into a sea of red, white and blue as the institution commemorates the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. Volunteers from ROTC, the Student Veterans of Eastern and others will honor the 2,975 victims by placing flags on the lawn directly in front of Old Main (the "Castle"). According to Lt. Col. Stephen Knotts, there will be 2,603 U.S. flags and 372 foreign national flags in
EIU Enrollment Down; Officials Looking for Answers 09/08/11 Fall 2011 enrollment is down at Eastern Illinois University. "That Eastern has a decline in enrollment is a concern, and we're working hard to reverse the trend," said Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs. It is still believed that the economy is keeping some students close to home for the first two years of their higher education. "We know that economic conditions are making it difficult for some families to afford to send their children to a university," Lord sai
'The Coming Year': President Bill Perry Speaks to EIU's Faculty/Staff 08/31/11 The American poet Mary Oliver once wrote(1): " I like to say that I write poems for a stranger who will be born in some distant country hundreds of years from now." Today, we together, faculty and staff, are like the poet Mary Oliver -- we are creating something for the future. We are not writing poetry together, but we are building a university together: We are building a university for a student we do not know, who will be born this year, somewhere in the world. Unlike Mary Oliver, who wi
EIU Maintains AACSB International Business and Accounting Accreditation 08/29/11 The School of Business at Eastern Illinois University has maintained its business and accounting accreditation by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). AACSB accreditation is the mark of quality distinction most widely sought after by business schools. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. Only 633 scho
Henderson Named Assistant VP for Academic Affairs for Technology 08/17/11 A familiar face will be at the helm of Eastern Illinois University’s Center for Academic Technology Support as the new school year begins. John G. Henderson has accepted the appointment of assistant vice president for academic affairs for technology – a position he has held on an interim basis since November 2010. He replaced Michael Hoadley, who resigned from the position. “Mr. Henderson's many years of experience with academic applications of technology make him an exce
Intellectually Engaged Students Make for a Satisfied Professor 08/16/11 As a professor of history at Eastern Illinois University, David Smith has taught all levels of students - freshmen and graduate students, majors and non-majors even adult learners. And he likes that varying interaction, especially when a student of whatever age comes into the classroom excited and ready to learn. "My favorite student is a student who is fully engaged," Smith said. "It doesn't matter if the student is strong academically or struggling, if he or she is willing
From Student to Dean: Hanner Retiring After Long, Distinguished Career 06/24/11   Mary Anne Hanner Mary Anne Hanner has experienced many emotional moments in her long and distinguished career at Eastern Illinois University, but it's the thought of her first day as an EIU student in 1968 that still makes her misty-eyed. "The first day I drove here as a student, I felt very special -- very privileged to have the opportunity to go to school," she said. "The first day I drove to work here, I thoug
EIU Honors 2010-2011 Retirees 06/21/11 Nearly 60 Eastern Illinois University employees recently were recognized as faculty/staff members who have retired or plan to retire during the 2010-2011 school year. They include, from left to right, sitting - Janice Spraker, Roann Kopel, Valerie Leonard, Jennifer Hagerstrom, Gwen Little, Mary Anne Hanner and Beverly Findley; from left to right, second row, Joycelynn Phillips, Carl Lorber, David Arseneau, Thomas Coffey, Carolyn Woolever, Cheryl Hawker, Kay Woodward and Patricia Fewell; and, fro
Project Hero Seeking Assistance of Charleston-Area Residents 06/16/11 Eastern Illinois University is reaching out to the Charleston-area community for its assistance in making Project Hero a rousing success. Since the spring, students, faculty and staff have properly folded and placed in small bags 8½- by 11-inch American flags. Many individuals also wrote brief messages, thanking an unknown serviceman for his/her bravery and service. According to Michael Ruybal, EIU's veterans service coordinator, those flags and messages will soon be sent to men and
EIU Foundation Announces Recipients of Philanthropy Awards 06/06/11 Shown from left to right, are: front row -- Robert Martin, vice president for university advancement (accepting on behalf of the Florence Ballenger Estate); and Herbert Lasky. Back row -- Garry and Janet Ernst; Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs (accepting on behalf of Louise Boewe and Barbara Roberts); and Timothy Gover, mayor of Mattoon (accepting on behalf of Carol Richardson). Since its inception in 1953, the Eastern Illinois University Foundation has been depend
The Zukowski Family: "We Are EIU!" 05/06/11 At noon on Saturday, May 7, three members of the Walter Zukowski family from Peru, Ill., will participate together during a Spring 2011 commencement ceremony at Eastern Illinois University. Nancy, the mother, and daughter Abigail, 27, both are set to receive their bachelor of arts in general studies degrees, while son Will, 23, will receive his degree in mathematics. The family's successful association with Eastern Illinois University began with another daughter, Emily, who earlier found her
Cornebise Honored by Illinois Geographical Society 05/06/11   Michael Cornebise Michael Cornebise, chair of Eastern Illinois University's Department of Geology/Geography, has received the Distinguished Geographer Award from the Illinois Geographical Society. The award recognizes Cornebise's contributions to the IGS, as well as his efforts to advance geography in Illinois. Specifically, the awards committee cited Cornebise's work as editor of the IGS journal (The Bulletin) for the past three years, his wor
EIU to Reduce Summer Hours; Booth Library, Admissions Among Exceptions 05/06/11 In an effort to conserve resource dollars, Eastern Illinois University will once again close selected buildings and offices from noon on Fridays until Monday mornings during the summer months. The affected time period begins Monday, May 9, and ends Friday, Aug. 12. Building/office exceptions include, but may not be limited to, the President's Office, Booth Library, Financial Aid, University Police, the Steam Plant and the Office of Admissions, which plan to keep normal working hours. A
Approximately 1,500 Students to Participate in Spring 2011 Commencement at EIU 05/04/11 Approximately 1,500 graduating students plan to participate in commencement ceremonies at Eastern Illinois University on Saturday, May 7. Ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m. in Lantz Arena.  Guest tickets are required for admission. Students from the College of Sciences will march in the morning ceremony, the College of Arts and Humanities and the School of Continuing Education (Bachelor of Arts in General Studies Program) at noon, the College of Education and Pro
EIU Board of Trustees Approves 2011-2012 Tuition Rate 04/25/11 At the recommendation of President William Perry, Eastern Illinois University's Board of Trustees on Monday approved a 5.9 percent increase in the resident tuition rate for new undergraduate students. EIU's resident tuition rate will increase from $254 to $269 per semester credit hour for students entering the university during the 2011-2012 school year. This means that those with an average 15-course load will pay $4,035 per semester. Incoming resident undergraduate students will be able
Board of Trustees Grants Tenure to EIU Faculty Members 04/25/11 Twenty Eastern Illinois University faculty members have been awarded tenure, effective with the 2011-12 academic year. The EIU Board of Trustees approved the list based on the recommendation of the university's president. Tenure, awarded in an academic department, connotes a relationship of continuing commitment between the university and a faculty member. Generally, in order to qualify for tenure consideration, a faculty member must complete a probationary period and demonstrate progre
EIU Warns of Possible Security Risk from Release of Coarsely Shredded Documents 04/18/11 Coarsely shredded documents containing names and Social Security numbers of people who were employed at Eastern Illinois University in 2002 have been inadvertently released through improper disposal of the records. EIU officials are still in the process of determining which years' information was made available; at this point, only records from 2002 are known to be affected. People who have been determined to be at risk will be notified once that determination is made. EIU officials are workin
EIU Choral, Percussion Ensembles to Present 'Multi-Cultural Concert' 04/15/11 The Eastern Illinois University Choral Ensembles and Percussion Ensemble will join forces to present works that span the globe in their "Multi-Cultural Concert" in the Doudna Fine Arts Center on Friday, April 29. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Dvorak Concert Hall. A variety of cultures will be represented, including African-American, Cuban, African, Far Eastern, Eastern European, Jewish and Latin American. The concert is a collaboration between the Concert Choir (directed
EIU Jazz Ensemble to Feature Student Soloists 04/14/11 The Eastern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble will present a wide variety of jazz in its April 28 concert, which will feature many excellent student soloists. The concert is to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Theatre. Among the selections are fresh arrangements of well-known standards including Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “One Note Samba,” as well as big band treatments of guitarist Pat Metheny’s “The Gathering Sky,” Chick Corea’s &ldquo
EIU Filmmakers' Documentary to Mark One-Year Anniversary of Oil Spill 04/11/11 An Eastern Illinois University filmmaking team's documentary about the BP oil spill will make its big-screen and television debuts to mark the one-year anniversary of the Gulf Coast disaster. The big-screen premiere of "Returning to Paradise: Voices of the Human Spirit" will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in Buzzard Auditorium in EIU's Buzzard Hall. Filmmakers will be present to discuss the project. The one-hour documentary will then air on WEIU-TV at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 -- a
Next Edgar Lecture to Focus on State, Federal Politics 04/08/11 There's so much going on politically that David Yepsen wants to keep his options open. "2011 Political Overview," he said, announcing the title of his April 14 lecture on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. "Gives me room to maneuver between both state and national politics." Yepsen, who enjoyed a 34-year career with the Des Moines Register, serving as the paper's chief political writer, political editor and political columnist before becoming director of the Paul Simon Public Policy
EIU Professors Lead Economic Development Workshop in Northern Iraq 04/04/11   Participating Organizations Kurdish Textile Museum Iraqi Kurdish Non-Government Organizations Network Erbil Chamber of Commerce and Industry Women’s Empowerment Non-Government Organization Achievement, Community and Employment Directorate for Employee and Vocational Training and Employment/Duhok AG
Obia Named Interim Dean of EIU's College of Sciences 04/01/11 Godson C. Obia, associate dean of the College of Sciences and professor of geography at Eastern Illinois University, will assume the role of interim dean when Mary Anne Hanner retires, effective June 30, 2011. "Dr. Obia brings a wealth of experience in the dean's office, as well as a distinguished record as a faculty member," said Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "He knows the college well, its recent history, its programs, as well as its members. I look forward to
Theatre Arts to Stage 'Noises Off,' Comedy About Staging a Comedy 04/01/11 The Eastern Illinois University Department of Theatre Arts will present "Noises Off," a comedy about an acting troupe's outrageous behind-the-scenes antics. Five performances -- 7 p.m. April 15, 16, 18 and 19, as well as 2 p.m. April 17 -- will be staged in The Theatre of the Doudna Fine Arts Center on the EIU campus. This classic backstage farce by Michael Frayn follows a hapless acting troupe during the course of a disastrous provincial tour. Complete with slamming doors,
EIU Wind Symphony, Concert Band to Present 'Celebration Concert' 04/01/11 The Eastern Illinois University Wind Symphony and Concert Band will offer something for all ages in its "Celebration Concert" on Friday, April 15. The free concert is to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Dvorak Concert Hall in EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center. The Wind Symphony and Concert Band are conducted by Barry L. Houser. Three graduate student conductors -- Patrick Rheingruber, Sarah Todd and Chris Mroczek -- will each conduct a selection, as well. The program is comprised of se
Sherwood, an EIU Alumna, to Receive Sigma Xi Teaching Award 04/01/11 Charleston Middle School life science teacher Kim Sherwood will be honored for her teaching excellence with an award from the Eastern Illinois University chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Sigma Xi's Excellence in High School and Middle School Science and Mathematics Teaching Award goes to high school or middle school science or mathematics teachers who demonstrate excellence in teaching, actively involve students in critical thinking and problem-solving, actively involve stu
Izadi Named Dean of Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences 03/28/11 Mahyar Izadi has been chosen as permanent dean of Eastern Illinois University's Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences, effective July 1. The former chair of Eastern's School of Technology has served as interim dean since Fall 2010, replacing Diane Hoadley, who accepted the role of dean of the College of Business at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. "I am pleased to announce that Dr. Mahyar Izadi has agreed to serve as the next dean of the Lumpkin College of Business and
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars Bringing Uplifting Music to EIU's Doudna 03/28/11   Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, who achieved worldwide fame after fleeing civil war, will perform their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy at Eastern Illinois University on Saturday, April 16. The concert is to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Dvorak Concert Hall in EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center. From 1991 to 2002, the African country of Sierra Leone was wracked with a war that forced millions to flee their homes -- including a group of people who began playing music togeth
ESO, EIU Choral Ensembles to Present 'Musical Journey Through Time' 03/28/11 The Eastern Symphony Orchestra and EIU Choral Ensembles will present "A Musical Journey Through Time" on Sunday, April 10, in EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center. The concert -- a historical tour of orchestral and choral masterpieces from early Baroque to contemporary works -- is to begin at 4 p.m. in the Dvorak Concert Hall. EIU faculty members Sergei Pavlov and Janet McCumber will conduct the ensembles. The concert will feature the winners of the EIU music department's concerto compet
EIU Spring Concert to Feature Far East Movement, Mike Posner 03/17/11 Far East Movement Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 1, to the general public for the April 23 performance by Far East Movement and Mike Posner on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. (EIU students with Panther Card ID may begin buying their tickets on Friday, March 25.) Prices are $17 for EIU students and $20 for the general public. All tickets for the performance, set to begin at 8 p.m. in Lantz Arena, may be purchased between 9 a.m. and 3 p
EIU Foundation President Predicts Success for "EI&U: Expect Greatness" Campaign 03/16/11 Although Eastern Illinois University formally launched its "EI&U:  Expect Greatness" capital campaign just a few short months ago, the EIU Foundation predicts the campaign's success. "We will achieve greatness," said Donald L. Gher, Foundation board president. "We all recognize that in addition to the freezes and cutbacks in operational expenses, the Illinois budget crisis will continue to hinder the university's growth for many years to come.  However, in this time of econo
U.S. Air Force Brass in Blue Ensemble to Perform Free Concert 03/15/11   The U.S. Air Force Brass in Blue brass ensemble, one of the premier brass ensembles in the Midwest, will perform at Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center on Sunday, March 27. The free concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Dvorak Concert Hall. Representing more than 325,000 Air Force professionals around the world, Brass in Blue showcases the service’s excellence and precision. The ensemble features brass, percussion and a vocalist. Several EIU music
Students to Perform with U.S. Army Field Band's Jazz Ambassadors 03/15/11   The U.S. Army Field Band's Jazz Ambassadors, the Army’s premier touring big band, will perform a free concert at Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center on Thursday, March 24. The ensemble, also known as America's Big Band, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Dvorak Concert Hall. Three EIU students -- senior Brandon Jelks of Decatur, alto saxophone; senior Nick Grill of Park Ridge, trumpet; and sophomore Aaron Eckert of Belleville, trombone -- will perform wit
World-Renowned Tenor Polenzani, an EIU Grad, to Perform at Doudna 03/14/11   Matthew Polenzani Matthew Polenzani, one of today's most celebrated lyric tenors, will return to Eastern Illinois University this month to sing in the building where his stellar career began. Polenzani, a 1991 EIU graduate whose accolades include the Metropolitan Opera's 2008 Beverly Sills Artist Award, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. Polenzani is renowned for the artistic versatility and fresh lyricism that h
Building Name Honors Service of Former EIU Professor Louis M. Grado 03/11/11 Shown, from left to right, are Abigail Grado, Gordon Grado, Louis Grado, Mary Grado (Gordon's wife), and Rebecca (Grado) Surber. Growing up, the Grado children were accustomed to hearing the same question asked every night at the dinner table - "What have you done for humanity today?" "Their father, Louis Grado, was focused on service - to his community, to the university and to the world," said Robert Martin, vice president for university advancement at
EIU Music Theatre/Opera to Feature Women in 'Nuthin' But Treble' 03/11/11 The Eastern Illinois University Music Theatre/Opera Ensemble will present "Nuthin’ but Treble: An Evening of Musical Theatre Featuring Women," this month. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Recital Hall. The ensemble will perform Gilbert and Sullivan's "Trial By Jury," a one-act farcical courtroom comedy set in Britain, followed by scenes from "Spring Awakening," "Smokey Joe&r
EIU Dancers to Give Three Performances of Spring Concert 03/01/11 The Eastern Illinois University Dancers will perform to music by Janet Jackson, Pat Benatar, OneRepublic and the "Glee" cast in their annual spring concert this week. The free performances, with the theme "The Heart Speaks," are set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (March 3-5) in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Comprised of 16 EIU students with various majors, the EIU Dancers’ repertoire includes modern dance, ballet, jazz, ta
'EI&U: The Campaign for Eastern' Has Secured 85% of $50 Million Goal 02/25/11 A number of large gifts have led Eastern Illinois University 85 percent of the way to its $50 million "EI&U: The Campaign for Eastern" fundraising goal, and officials are counting on the generosity of the general public in raising the remaining funds. So far, $42.56 million has been secured in "EI&U: The Campaign for Eastern," the largest fundraising effort in EIU's history. The public phase began in October. The campaign theme is "Expect Greatness," an
Ruybal Hired to Look Out for Armed Services Veterans at EIU 02/24/11 For an armed services veteran, life on a traditional university campus can be a bit unsettling. "It's very foreign to us," said Michael Ruybal, newly hired veterans coordinator at Eastern Illinois University. "We've become accustomed to a very structured life style, so it can be hard to adjust, hard to adapt." The 36-year-old speaks from experience. Following 13 years of active duty in the U.S. Army -- years that took him to such far-away places as Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Macedonia --
Student Veterans Group Accepting Donations to Participate in Bataan Memorial Death March 02/24/11 Student veterans from Eastern Illinois University planning to participate in the March 27 Bataan Memorial Death March are, from left to right, first row, Nicholas Anson and James Wallace; second row, Katie Frantik, Nathen Camp, Michael Ruybal (adviser) and John Mefford. Michael Ruybal is getting off to a running start as Eastern Illinois University's newly hired veterans coordinator. Or, maybe, one might say he's getting off to a "marching" start. Li
Kick Butts Day to Include 5K, Community Picnic, Tobacco Education 02/24/11 The fourth annual Kick Butts Day 5K Run/Walk and Community Picnic, part of a nationwide initiative to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco use, will be held April 9 at Morton Park. The local Kick Butts Day events are sponsored by Eastern Illinois University's Student Community Service and Health Service. The run/walk will begin at 9 a.m. The cost -- $12 for adults, and $6 for ages 12 and younger -- includes a T-shirt (only guaranteed for those who register by March 18), snacks and refr
EIU Employees Honored for Continuous Years of Service 02/18/11 Honorees attending the recent EIU Years of Service Luncheon included, from left to right: Thomas Moncada (30 years) Sue Grounds (30 years), EIU President Bill Perry, Cheryl Hawker (30 years), Carol Miller (35 years) and William S. Davis (30 years). Eastern Illinois University recently recognized more than 300 of its employees for continuous years of service. A luncheon was held in recognition of university employees with continuous years of service in f
EIU Theatre Arts to Present Timeless Comedy 'Tartuffe' 02/18/11 The Eastern Illinois University Department of Theatre Arts will present Moliere's "Tartuffe" ("The Hypocrite"), transplanted from 17th-century France to the 1980s American South. Performances will be staged in the Black Box Theatre in EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center at 7 p.m. March 4, 5, 7 and 8, as well as 2 p.m. March 6. "Tartuffe," a timeless comedy written in 1664 by one of France's greatest playwrights, follows the outrageous activities of a penniless scound
Speaker to Discuss First-Hand Lessons Learned Through Ethics Violations 02/16/11 Mistakes can be a valuable learning tool - even when they happen to someone else. Justin Paperny, a former investment executive who now uses his talents and experiences to educate others on the perils associated with white-collar crime, hopes that by revealing his mistakes, he will help keep others from following the same path. Attendance to his lectures, "Lessons from Prison" and "Ethics in Motion," set to begin at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., respectively, on Tuesday, Feb. 22, is free and open to
Riccio Memorial Lecture to Discuss "Politics of Vaccination" 02/16/11 The Barry D. Riccio Memorial Lecture Series at Eastern Illinois University continues its tradition in 2011 with "The Politics of Vaccination in American History," a presentation set for Monday, Feb. 21. Admission to the presentation, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall, is free and open to the public. The talk will be presented by Robert Johnston, associate professor of history at the University of Illinois-Chicago, who has written extensively on the emergence of
Eastern Illinois Wind Symphony to Present 'Art of the Wind Band' 02/10/11 The Eastern Illinois Wind Symphony, the premier ensemble of the Eastern Illinois University band program, will present its "The Art of the Wind Band" concert on Saturday, Feb. 26. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall on the EIU campus. The program is to include "Festive Overture" by Shostakovich; "The Gum-Suckers March" by Grainger, led by graduate student conductor Chris Mroczek; "Angels in the Architect
Ahn Trio Returning to Doudna to Premiere Commissioned Work 02/09/11   Ahn Trio Ahn Trio to Perform with Eastern Symphony Orchestra The Ahn Trio will perform with the Eastern Symphony Orchestra at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20. The concert will take place in the in the Dvorak Concert Hall in Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center. The Ahn Trio and ESO will perform the "Hardware Concerto, Movement 1" by Kenji Bunch, one of the Ahn Trio's favorite composers. The program will also include a trio piece of the Ahns' choosing. The Easter
EIU Choral Ensembles to Present 'Songs of Love' 01/28/11   Sergei Pavlov Eastern Illinois University's Choral Ensembles will celebrate Valentine's Day and more in its "Songs of Love" concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, in EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center. "We decided to sing about love not only as a romantic attachment, but also about love that relates us to family, home, nature, memories, etc.," said Sergei Pavlov, who is directing the Choral Ensembles and the Eastern Symphony Orchestra while Richard Rossi is on sabbati
Jeff Hamilton Trio to Perform During EIU Jazz Festival 01/27/11   Jeff Hamilton Trio The Jeff Hamilton Trio will join the Eastern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble for a special performance during the upcoming EIU Jazz Festival. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, in the Dvorak Concert Hall in EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center. The concert is the only public performance scheduled during the two-day EIU Jazz Festival, in which visiting bands will perform, compete and participate in clinics. The Jeff Hamilton Trio is co
Kenyetta Dance Company to Explore African-American Traditions 01/24/11   The Kenyettá Dance Company will perform in the Doudna Fine Arts Center as part of African American Heritage Month activities at Eastern Illinois University. The performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, in The Theatre. Celebrated for its powerful stage presence and high energy, Indianapolis’ Kenyettá Dance Company has been hailed as an amazing and essential force in the local and regional dance scene. Siblings Vanessa Owens and Nicholas
M-pact to Bring its Signature Vocal-Only Pop-Jazz Sound to Doudna 01/21/11   M-pact, which uses only human voices to create its trailblazing signature pop-jazz sound, will perform at Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, Feb. 1. The Los Angeles-based sextet has been hailed as "one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world" by the San Francisco Chronicle, and their performance has been described as "a vocal wall of sound" by National Public Radio. The group describes its sound as a combination
"Suspicious Package" Deemed Safe; Human Services Building Reopened 01/13/11 The doors of Eastern Illinois University's Human Services building re-opened to faculty, staff and students early Thursday afternoon after an investigation of a "suspicious package" revealed no threat to the campus. The building, which houses Health Services, the Counseling Center, Career Services and the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, was temporarily closed shortly before 9 a.m. as a precautionary measure after an employee reported receipt of a "suspicious" hand
Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight March/Tribute to Take Place on EIU Campus 01/13/11 The Zeta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight March and Tribute Monday, Jan. 17, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The themed event - "A Purpose-Driven Life" -- begins at 5:30 p.m. with a march from the Thomas Hall lobby to the Grand Ballroom, located in Eastern's MLK Jr. Union. The program there - scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. - will feature Michael Stapleton, founder of the New Generation Christian Youth Fellowshi
President Perry: Douglas Hall Will Remain Douglas Hall; Education Efforts Will Take Place 01/12/11 A Message from EIU President William L. Perry: "This past fall semester, many individuals participated in discussions regarding a proposal from a faculty member regarding changing the name of Douglas Hall, which is part of the Lincoln-Stevenson-Douglas housing complex. The proposal was submitted in December to the University Naming Committee, which has student, faculty and staff membership. After thorough discussion, the committee did not recommend a change of the building name, and su
Celebrated Gypsy Jazz Group to Accompany Silent Films at EIU's Doudna 01/07/11   Hot Club of San Francisco (Photo Credit: Laura Turbow) The Hot Club of San Francisco will revive a lost tradition when it presents "Silent Surrealism," an evening of silent films accompanied by original gypsy jazz scores, at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, Jan. 21. The evening's events, which will be held in the Doudna Fine Arts Center, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a free lecture and question-and-answer session in the Lecture Hall. The ticketed concer
Benjamin Franklin Traveling Exhibition Comes to EIU's Booth Library 01/07/11 Eastern Illinois University's Booth Library invites the public to the opening reception and program for the exhibit "Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World." The event will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, in the Marvin Foyer. Following opening remarks, join Benjamin Franklin, as portrayed by Fred Krebs, in "An Evening with Benjamin Franklin" in the West Reading Room. The exhibit, "Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World," tells the remarkable story of the man w
Registration Deadline Jan. 17 for Student Technology Conference 01/07/11 Students in grades 3 through 12 have until Jan. 17 to register for the 11th annual Students Involved with Technology Conference, taking place on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Eastern Illinois University. The one-day event -- a unique technology conference for students, by students -- will take place from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and allow students to participate in technology workshops, learning from their peers, technology guest speakers, technology educators and mentors. Students can choose from a wide
Marquardt Honored with EIU's 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award 12/15/10 The honor of being named a recipient of Eastern Illinois University's Distinguished Faculty Award reaches beyond the borders of the campus, according to current recipient Janet Marquardt. "Faculty here sometime have difficulty getting credibility within our respective fields," the professor of art history/women's studies, said. "Colleagues make the assumption we're here because we're not as good as those who might be working at a larger, research-oriented institution." &
EIU Fall Commencement Ceremonies Set for Saturday, Dec. 18 12/15/10 Nearly 600 summer and fall graduates plan to participate in Eastern Illinois University's Fall 2010 commencement ceremonies, scheduled to take place Saturday, Dec. 18, in Lantz Arena. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Guest tickets are required for admission. Graduating seniors from the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities will march in the morning ceremony, while students from the College of Education and Professional Studi
Eberly Chosen As 2010 Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award Recipient 12/15/10 Charles G. Eberly has been selected as Eastern Illinois University's 2010 Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award recipient for his contributions in the area of service to the community, the university and his discipline. This award, presented by the Faculty Senate, honors the memory of Mendez, an EIU professor in Spanish who died in 2003. Eberly will formally receive the award at a Fall 2010 EIU commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 18. Eberly has been a part of the faculty at EIU s
Former Governor, First Lady Attend Dedication of Edgar Room 11/30/10   Former Illinois governor Jim Edgar, left, discusses a photo with Eastern Illinois University President Bill Perry before the dedication of the Edgar Room in EIU's Booth Library on Monday, Nov. 29. The room was named after Jim and Brenda Edgar for their outstanding contributions to the people of Illinois and to EIU. Both are EIU alumni. (Photo by Bev Cruse) Looking out at the standing-room only crowd Monday night, former Illinois governor Jim Edgar recall
EIU Jazz Ensemble to Perform Its Final Concert of the Semester 11/24/10 The Eastern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble will present a wide variety of jazz in its Dec. 10 concert, which will feature many excellent student soloists as well as a faculty trumpeter. The concert is to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Theatre. Among the selections are fresh arrangements of well-known standards, including Duke Ellington’s "It Don't Mean a Thing"; a very contemporary piece titled "Among the Pyramids"; a beautiful arrangeme
'It's a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre' Coming to Doudna 11/24/10   Take a fresh look at a holiday favorite with "It's a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre," a staged production about four 1940s radio actors' presentation of the classic story. Two performances are scheduled in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Theatre on the Eastern Illinois University campus: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. The show, produced by the North Carolina Stage Company and Immediate Theatre Project, takes the audien
Washington Post Columnist Next Lecturer in Edgar Speaker Series at EIU 11/22/10 The past few years have been exciting ones, politically, and national correspondent Dan Balz wants to talk about them. "We've just been through a historic election, just two years after another historic election, and I want to use my time at Eastern Illinois University to talk about what we've been through and what the choices are for those in power in Washington for the next few years," he said. Balz will present "What Next for Washington and the States" -- the sixth lecture in the Ed
Symphony Orchestra, Choral Ensembles to Present 'Holiday Concert' 11/22/10 The Eastern Symphony Orchestra and Eastern Illinois University Choral Ensembles, along with special guests from Charleston High School, will present their "Holiday Concert" on Sunday, Dec. 5. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. in Dvorak Concert Hall in EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center. The Charleston High School Advanced Chorus, under the direction of Juliane Sharp, will join the choirs and orchestra on John Rutter’s "Gloria." The program will also include Phili
Undergraduate Tuition Rates to Be Same for In-state and Out-of-state Students 11/19/10 Higher tuition rates will no longer be a deterrent for prospective out-of-state students wishing to attend Eastern Illinois University. The EIU Board of Trustees on Friday approved a tuition rate change for all undergraduate students from the five states bordering Illinois - Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin - from three times the in-state rate to the in-state rate. The change will take effect in Fall 2011. Previously, Eastern assessed undergraduates from any state the in-s
Prof Proves Economics Can Be Funny -- Not That There's Anything Wrong With That 11/12/10   George Lesica, assistant to the dean of the EIU College of Sciences, and Linda Ghent, chair of the EIU economics department, have collaborated with a former colleague to create "The Economics of Seinfeld," a website that shows how "Seinfeld" clips can be used to illustrate economic principles. For being about a show about nothing, an Eastern Illinois University professor's "Economics of Seinfeld" website sure is garnering a lot of attention. The
Health Fair to Provide Information on Health Topics, Area Resources 11/05/10 The community is invited to learn more about health topics and area health resources at the 13th annual Health Fair at Eastern Illinois University on Wednesday, Nov. 17. The free event, set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center, is to feature 65 vendors from EIU and the Charleston community. Door prizes will be awarded. The Health Fair, sponsored by EIU's Health Service and Health Education Resource Center, provides an opportunity for vendors to raise awareness of their
Eastern Symphony Orchestra Concert to Include Youth Orchestra, More 11/02/10 Several guest artists, including the East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra, will join the Eastern Symphony Orchestra for its "Ovations" concert at Eastern Illinois University on Sunday, Nov. 14. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. The Champaign-based East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra, directed by Kevin Kelly, is a program of The Conservatory of Central Illinois, the only not-for-profit community music school in downstate I
EIU Theatre Arts' 'Translations' to Explore Importance of Language 11/01/10 Eastern Illinois University's Department of Theatre Arts will present "Translations," a hauntingly lyrical play that deals with many issues, including language's effect on the soul of a nation. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Nov. 12, 13, 15 and 16, as well as 2 p.m. Nov. 14, in the Black Box Theatre of EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center. The play was written by Brian Friel, the acclaimed playwright of "Dancing at Lughnasa." "Translations," set in 1833 Irela
EIU Wind Symphony to Honor Veterans with 'Call to Duty' Concert 11/01/10 The Eastern Illinois University Wind Symphony will salute past and present members of the U.S. armed forces with "A Call to Duty: A Veterans Day Tribute" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. All active-duty military members and veterans will be admitted free to the concert, which will be held in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. The Wind Symphony, conducted by Barry L. Houser, will perform several patriotic musical selections: "The Star Spangled Banner" b
Pre-Hispanic Percussion Ensemble, Including EIU Grad, to Perform 10/26/10   EIU graduate Tom Nevill performs with Tunkul Percusiones Mexico. Tunkul Percusiones Mexico, a percussion ensemble that re-creates pre-Hispanic music with the help of an Eastern Illinois University alumnus, will perform at EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center on Nov. 9. The concert is to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. "The Charleston community will get a chance to experience a percussion performance focusing on the sounds and instruments of an ancient arts culture
EIU Students, Local Residents Chosen to Sing in '100 Years of Broadway' 10/25/10 Eight local residents and Eastern Illinois University students have been selected to join Broadway stars and an all-star New York band on stage in the "100 Years of Broadway" concert at EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 30. Singers auditioned for an opportunity to participate in the musical revue by recording videos of themselves singing show tunes and submitting them online. "The production manager for the show said they had about 18 submissions from our re
EIU Announces Beginning of "EI&U," A $50 Million Capital Campaign 10/22/10 "So we come together tonight, EIU family and friends, to put a stake in the ground, to make a statement. We say today, We will expect greatness of ourselves and our university.'" With these words, Eastern Illinois University President Bill Perry on Friday officially ushered in the beginning of "EI&U: The Campaign for Eastern" - a university-wide capital campaign designed to raise $50 million for student, faculty, facility and program support. "We make this statement in the context
School Districts to Seek New Employees at Fall Education Job Fair 10/22/10 Representatives from school districts throughout Illinois and beyond will be seeking new employees at the upcoming Fall Education Job Fair at Eastern Illinois University. Anyone who is or will be qualified for the positions offered is invited to the free job fair, which is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, in the MLK Jr. Union's Grand Ballroom. It is sponsored by EIU Career Services. School district representatives will be seeking candidates for teaching, administrative and suppo
Director of National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to Visit 10/22/10   Linda Birnbaum The nationally lauded director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program will visit Eastern Illinois University on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Linda Birnbaum will present a lecture on research, "A Good Start Lasts a Lifetime," at 2 p.m. in Lumpkin Auditorium (2030 Lumpkin Hall). The public is invited to attend. Birnbaum will also meet with students and faculty throughout the day, and then serve as the k
Homecoming 2010 to Include Race, Parade and a Visit From "The King" 10/19/10 A week-long series of events in celebration of Homecoming 2010 at Eastern Illinois University will culminate Saturday, Oct. 23, with a fun-filled day of activities and a visit from "The King." Mattoon resident Scott Wattles, a.k.a. Elvis Presley, will serve as grand marshal for this year's parade, while dozens of floats, flatbeds and other entries reflect, too, this year's Las Vegas-based Homecoming theme of "EIU Bets on Blue." Early risers can prepare for the day with a warm meal, courtesy
'100 Years of Broadway' Musical Revue Coming to EIU's Doudna 10/15/10 A dazzling cast of five Broadway stars, accompanied by an all-star New York band, will bring Neil Berg's "100 Years of Broadway" to Eastern Illinois University on Saturday, Oct. 30. The musical revue of Broadway's most celebrated shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. "100 Years of Broadway" recreates the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century, from brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics to th
ESO's 'Fright Night' to Feature Music, Costume Contest 10/08/10 The Eastern Symphony Orchestra's annual "Fright Night" concert, designed to appeal to kids of all ages, will feature exciting music and the ever-popular costume contest. The concert is to begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall on the Eastern Illinois University campus. The Eastern Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Richard Robert Rossi, will present Saint-Saëns' "Carnival of the Animals," a 14-movement piece featu
Public Invited to Opening Reception, Program of EIU Education Exhibit 10/08/10 Eastern Illinois University's Booth Library invites all interested persons to the opening reception and program for the "Teachers Tame the Prairie: Vignettes of Eastern Illinois University and Education in Illinois" exhibition. Activities will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the Booth Library West Reading Room. Following opening remarks, Terry Barnhart and Charles Titus, professors of history, will present "The Coming of the Normal School: Vision and Mission in the Founding of Eastern I
EIU Theatre Arts to Present Humorous 'Urinetown: The Musical' 10/04/10 The Eastern Illinois University Department of Theatre Arts will open its season with "Urinetown: The Musical," an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. "Urinetown" will be presented in The Theatre of the Doudna Fine Arts Building at 7 p.m. Oct. 15, 16, 18 and 19, as well as 2 p.m. Oct. 17. Produced in collaboration with the Department of Music and directed by new theatre arts faculty member Jeffrey Tangeman, the production features musica
EIU Ensembles to Perform 'Cathedrals, Castles and Colonies' Concert 09/27/10 The Eastern Illinois University Choral Ensembles and Collegium Musicum will perform music by English, French, German, Italian and American composers in the annual "Cathedrals, Castles and Colonies" concert on Sunday, Oct. 10. The concert is to begin at 4 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. Performances will feature the EIU Concert Choir and Camerata Singers, under the direction of Richard Robert Rossi, now in his 11th season as EIU's director of choral activ
Singers Invited to Audition for Roles in '100 Years of Broadway' Concert 09/27/10 Local singers will have the opportunity to join five Broadway stars and an all-star New York band on stage in "Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway" concert at Eastern Illinois University next month. Up to two winners and up to 10 runners-up will be selected by the show's panel of industry experts, including producers, singers, managers and Neil Berg himself, to sing during the show, which will be held in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Alo
EIU Ensembles to Present 'Life in the Groove' Jazz Concert 09/27/10 The EIU Jazz Ensemble and EIU Wind Symphony will present “Life in the Groove: The Influence of Jazz” during Eastern Illinois University's Family Weekend on Friday, Oct. 1. The concert is to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. General admission tickets are $5, or $3 for EIU employees, senior citizens and students. The EIU Wind Symphony, conducted by Barry L. Houser, will perform David Holsinger's "Scootin' On Hardrock"; "Bla
International Forum to Focus on "War and Peace in Asia-Pacific Region" 09/22/10 Continuing its tradition of bringing world events closer to the campus of Eastern Illinois University, the EIU Public Policy Institute is planning yet another international forum. Policy makers and other experts will discuss war and peace in the Asia-Pacific region during a half-day event that is to include a keynote address, two panel discussions and a public reception. Activities are scheduled to take place Thursday, Sept. 30. Raymond Burghardt, chairman of the American Institute in Taiwa
Subject of "Autism: The Musical" to Present Lecture on EIU Campus 09/21/10 When traditional therapies did not work for her son with autism, Elaine Hall turned to the arts. Hall, a professional acting coach, introduced actors, musicians and writers to her son's "isolated autistic world."  The results changed not only the life of her son, Neal, but those of other children throughout the whole world. Hall, now the subject of the two-time Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary "Autism:  The Musical," is scheduled to present a multi-media lecture to discuss her d
EIU Names Interim Dean of Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences 09/17/10 Mahyar Izadi has been named interim dean of Eastern Illinois University's Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences, effective Oct. 1. Izadi, who arrived at Eastern in 1984 and currently serves as chair of the School of Technology, replaces Diane Hoadley, who recently accepted the role of dean of the College of Business at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. "Dr. Izadi has a lengthy and proven record of leadership as chair of the School of Technology, and he understands we
EIU to Celebrate Good Times with Kool & The Gang! 09/14/10 Tickets are still available for Eastern Illinois University's 2010 Family Weekend concert, featuring '70s' funk legends Kool & The Gang. Tickets for the performance, set to begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in Lantz Arena, are $20. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) All seats reserved. Tickets may be purchased between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays through the MLK Jr. Union Ticket Office, located on the second floor, west wing. For information/credit card orders, phone 217-581-5122. Tickets may also
Tito Puente Jr. to Pay Homage to Legendary Father's Latin Music at EIU 09/10/10   Tito Puente Jr. Tito Puente Jr. will pay tribute to his famous father's Latin music legacy when he brings his high-voltage show to Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center. Tito Puente Jr. and His Latin Big Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in Dvorak Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $12 for seniors and EIU employees, and $7 for students. The younger Puente is passionate about not only his own rhythm-filled Latin
EIU Fall Enrollment Reflects Trend in These Economic Times 09/08/10 Fall 2010 enrollment numbers at Eastern Illinois University seem to further suggest that the economy is keeping students close to home - at least for the first two years of their higher education. "We know that economic conditions are making it difficult for some families to afford to send their children to a university," said Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "More and more students are beginning their college careers by attending their local community colleges an
President William Perry's State of the University Address 09/01/10 Today, I am making a few remarks about the state of the university. At the three-year mark in my service to EIU, such remarks seem timely. The overall academic quality of the institution is strong. Our disciplinary program reviews are consistently excellent and complimentary of our faculty qualifications, academic standards, and plans for progress. Because of demand, we are a selective institution at the undergraduate and graduate level, with more demand for admission than capacity. Our facult
Textbook Rental Service: Ribbon-cutting Planned to Celebrate Opening of New Building 08/31/10 Community residents are invited to join Eastern Illinois University students, faculty and staff in celebrating a milestone for the institution's Textbook Rental Service. A short ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at the TRS' newly constructed home, located at 975 Edgar Drive, just east of Carman Hall. "The building's already seen a lot of activity," said Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs. "Thousands of our students have visited there
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Funds EIU's "Green" Efforts 08/31/10 Priding itself for being ecologically responsible, Eastern Illinois University always thinks "green" before renovating or building on its campus. "Our energy conservation is the best in the state, and compared to other campuses our size, we're one of the best in the entire country," said Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs. "And we intend to stay that way." EIU officials believe the institution's new Textbook Rental Service facility will help that e
EIU Faculty Laureate Thanks 'Grandma Robinson' for Opening His Eyes 08/10/10 Eastern Illinois University students fortunate enough to have Cameron Craig as a teacher should thank “Grandma Robinson” for the pleasure. “She’s the one who opened my eyes to the fact that there’s much more to my life than music,” the geographer/climatologist/musician/historian/etc., said. “She’s also the one who taught me that there’s no such word as 'can’t.'” And now Craig’s on a mission to pass that same message o
EIU Names Director of Planning, Budget and Institutional Research 08/02/10 Michael S. Maurer, who begins his new role as Eastern Illinois University's director of planning, budget and institutional research this week, is happy to be returning to the Midwest where he was "born and bred." After years of working in California, Nevada and abroad, he welcomes the opportunity to once again live near his parents and other family members, two of whom - a sister and brother-in-law - are also employed at EIU. He even looks forward to the "really great opportunity" of helpi
Former EIU President Gilbert Fite Dies at 92 07/21/10   Eastern Illinois University President Gilbert C. Fite at his desk. Eastern Illinois University Photo Archives, Presidents Collection   Fite (second from left) is pictured with U.S. Vice President Gerald R. Ford (third from left), who visited campus during 1974 Diamond Jubilee. Booth Library Photo Archives Gilbert C. Fite, a prominent agricultural historian who served as Eastern Illinois University's fourth sitting president from 1971 to 1976, died July 13
EIU Filmmakers Document Oil Spill's Financial Impact on Gulf Coast 07/01/10 (From left) Eastern Illinois University faculty member Cameron Craig and EIU students Michael Gismondi, Zach Nugent and A.J. Schubert traveled to the Gulf of Mexico to document the "human element" of the BP oil spill's aftermath. When an Eastern Illinois University filmmaking team traveled to the Gulf Coast, they found that misconceptions about the oil spill's effects are adding to the woes of two of the hardest-hit towns in the form of decreased tourism. Despite the fact t
17 EIU Students Present Research at Prestigious National Conference 06/30/10 Seventeen Eastern Illinois University students presented their research at one of the country's premier conferences, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, on the University of Montana campus. Eastern Illinois University was well-represented when 17 students presented their research at one of the country's premier conferences this spring. The students joined some of the nation's top scholars at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in
Summer Institute Teaching Teachers Ways to Improve Students' Writing 06/29/10 Fifteen area teachers are dedicating four weeks of summer break to learning strategies for improving their students' writing skills at the Eastern Illinois Writing Project's Summer Institute on the Eastern Illinois University campus. The participants, who teach a variety of curricula and grade levels, will participate in an intense workshop focused on writing and the teaching of writing. “The best teachers of writing are writers themselves, and the best teachers of teachers are ot
EIU Foundation Announces Recipients of Annual Philanthropy Awards 06/22/10 Shown, from left to right, are Helen Price; Nancy Page, EIU Foundation Donor Relations, accepting award on behalf of Barbara Heise Clark; C. Roger Sorensen; and Margery and Jerry Heath. Since its inception in 1953, the Eastern Illinois University Foundation has been dependent upon the generosity of its members and volunteers to fulfill its mission of support to the university. And, since 1993, the foundation has formally recognized and honored its volunteers and donors. In 19
EIU Team Traveling to Gulf to Document 'Human Element' of Oil Spill 06/16/10 (From left) Eastern Illinois University faculty member Cameron Craig and EIU students Michael Gismondi, Zach Nugent and A.J. Schubert discuss travel plans as they prepare for a trip to the Gulf of Mexico, where they will document the "human element" of the BP oil spill's aftermath. For most people, the mention of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico conjures up images of an underground pipe spewing crude, plumes of oil floating in the water, and oil-soaked wildlife
Four Receive Top Faculty Honors From EIU's College of Sciences 06/16/10 Shown, from left to right, are John Best, Jonathan Blitz, Sean Peebles, Noel Brodsky and Mary Anne Hanner, dean of Eastern's College of Sciences. Eastern Illinois University has named Jonathan Blitz as its 2010 recipient of the College of Sciences' Ringenberg Award. This award, presented annually in the spring, is the highest faculty honor bestowed by the college, and is given to tenured faculty members within the college for "exceptional performance dur
EIU Honors 2009-2010 Retirees 06/10/10 Nearly 70 Eastern Illinois University employees recently were honored as faculty/staff members who have retired or plan to retire during the 2009-2010 school year. They include, from left to right, sitting - Norman Greer, Charlene Whitling, Gail Mason, Susan Hankenson, Brenda Wilson, Jacqueline Worden and Connie Huber; from left to right, standing -- James K. Johnson, Judith Barford, Jeffrey Lynch, Sharon Turner, Karen Nantz, Priscilla Wilson, J Sain, Alberta Reed, John Oertling, Mori Toosi, Al
EIU Faculty Members Receive Two $2,000 IDNR Grants for Research 06/04/10 The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has awarded faculty members in Eastern Illinois University 's biological sciences and chemistry departments two Wildlife Preservation Fund grants in the amount of $2,000 each. One grant supports the project titled "Compounds in Smoke Solutions Created When Burning Tallgrass Prairie Species." Participating EIU faculty members Janice Coons and Nancy Coutant , biological sciences, and Barbara Lawrence, chemistry, have been assisted by EIU st
Rare Tropical 'Corpse Flower' Flowering at EIU 06/02/10 Rotting meat. Stinky socks. Not words usually associated with flowering beauty. But the titan arum, or corpse flower, is no usual plant. It's so unusual -- rare, in fact -- that many individuals never have the opportunity to experience the large plant in its full and malodorous glory. As Steven Malehorn, manager of the H.F. Thut Greenhouse, eagerly awaits the flowering of Eastern Illinois University's titan arum, affectionately named the Velvet Queen, he's issuing an invitation to resident
Temporary Road Closures Planned as EIU Continues Construction Work 06/01/10 City residents and Eastern Illinois University employees, students and guests should use caution and be prepared for some inconvenience during the coming weeks as work continues on the institution's new Renewable Energy Center and related energy saving projects. Both vehicular and foot traffic will be affected to varying degrees as crews continue installing a new underground steam tunnel on campus. A tentative timeline has been established: June 14 through July 18 -- The portion of
City Residents to See Effects of Work Taking Place on EIU Campus 05/07/10 As work moves forward on Eastern Illinois University's new renewable energy center and other related energy saving projects, community residents will begin noticing the effects on portions of campus and in certain public areas. According to Chad Weber, campus mechanical engineer, workers will begin to drain the pond located between Carman Hall and Ninth Street Hall on Monday, May 10. When conditions allow, crews will begin installing an underground line that will provide steam generated at th
EIU to Reduce Summer Hours; Booth Library, Admissions Among Exceptions 05/07/10 In an effort to conserve resource dollars, Eastern Illinois University will once again close selected buildings and offices from noon on Fridays until Monday mornings during the summer months. The affected time period begins Monday, May 10, and ends Friday, Aug. 13. Building/office exceptions include -- but may not be limited to -- Booth Library, University Police, the Steam Plant and the Office of Admissions, which plan to keep normal working hours. All university offices must be open to
Nearly 1,600 Students to Participate During EIU Spring Commencement 05/06/10 Nearly 1,600 graduating students plan to participate in commencement ceremonies at Eastern Illinois University on Saturday, May 8. Ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m. in Lantz Arena. Guest tickets are required for admission. Students from the College of Sciences will march in the morning ceremony, the College of Arts and Humanities and the School of Continuing Education (Bachelor of Arts in General Studies program) at noon, the College of Education and Professional Studie
Graduate Students Collect Item-Filled Backpacks for Area Foster Children 05/04/10   Bill Elliott, assistant dean of Graduate and International Admissions at Eastern Illinois University, and Zachary Thuring, a member of the EIU Graduate Student Advisory Council, prepare items for Project Backpack. The group collected items to fill 32 backpacks, which were donated to the Charleston office of the Department of Children and Family Services to benefit area foster children. The Eastern Illinois University Graduate Student Advisory Council recently collected 32 back
Finding New Use for Some Plant Materials Goal of EIU Research 04/30/10 As local farmers go about the task of spring planting, few realize that research taking place in a nearby laboratory may, eventually, help put a few extra dollars in their pockets. Gopal Periyannan, a chemistry professor at Eastern Illinois University, believes that certain dead plant materials -- corn stalks, for example, or even saw dust -- can be broken down into useful chemicals for the manufacturing of items such as plastics or bio-fuel products. In addition, he believes the conversions
New General Manager of WEIU-TV/FM Named 04/29/10 The word "comfortable" popped up over and over again as Jack K. Neal explained his decision to accept the job as general manager of WEIU-TV/FM on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. "I grew up in Ohio and have worked in both Ohio and Indiana," he said. "I'm a small town guy, looking forward to returning to the Midwest. It's very much like coming home for me." For Neal, "coming home" means leaving his current job as station manager at KUHT-TV, H
EIU Board of Trustees Finalizes Tuition Rates for 2010-11 School Year 04/26/10 The Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees approved tuition increases for the 2010-11 academic year at its meeting on Monday. New in-state undergraduate students entering EIU in the fall will pay $254 per semester hour, and that rate will be locked in for four continuous academic years, as provided in the state "Truth in Tuition Law." Students with an average 15-hour course load will pay $3,810 in tuition per semester. "This is Eastern Illinois University's lowest recommended t
"Good-Hearted Students" are the Core of EIU's Volunteerism Success 04/23/10 According to Dan Nadler, the impressive record of student volunteerism at Eastern Illinois University all boils down to one thing. "We have good-hearted students at the university who want to make a difference," he said. "Many of the students we bring to this institution already have a history of giving to others. They've already been engaged within their own communities and to volunteerism. "They bring experience. Our role is to help them make the local connections while
Earth Day Presentation Topics to Include Iceland Volcano, More 04/21/10 The recent volcano eruption in Iceland will be one topic of discussion as five Eastern Illinois University faculty members mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by speaking about the environment and its effect on humanity. "Earth Day 2010: A Celebration of Our Home" will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in Room 3040 of EIU's Physical Science Building. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. Other topics will include overpopulation, sustainability and ren
EIU Choral, Percussion Ensembles to Present 'Multi-Cultural Concert' 04/16/10 The Eastern Illinois University Choral Ensembles and Percussion Ensemble will join forces to present works that span the globe in their "Multi-Cultural Concert" in the Doudna Fine Arts Center on April 30. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in Dvorak Concert Hall. A variety of cultures will be represented, including Armenian, South African, Hebrew and Afro-Cuban. Jamie V. Ryan, one of Eastern’s newest faculty members, is director of the Percussion Ensemble. Choral faculty
EIU Jazz Ensemble to Perform its Final Concert of the Semester 04/15/10 The Eastern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble will present a wide variety of jazz in its April 29 concert, which will feature many excellent student soloists, as well as guest student vocalist Sean Walker. The concert is to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Theatre. Among the selections are fresh arrangements of well-known standards such as "All of Me" and "Body and Soul," a very contemporary piece entitled "Big Sky," and a beautiful arrange
EIU Panel to Discuss 'Illinois Budget Crisis and the Future of Education' 04/15/10 Representatives of Eastern Illinois University's administration, faculty and students will discuss "The Illinois Budget Crisis and the Future of Education" on Monday, April 19. The forum will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Charleston/Mattoon Room of the MLK Jr. Union on campus. The public is invited. Panelists will be EIU President William Perry; Charles Delman, mathematics; Joy Russell, early childhood, elementary and middle level education; Richard Wandling, political sc
EIU Symphony Orchestra, Choral Ensembles to Present 'Songs of Fate' 04/12/10 The Eastern Symphony Orchestra and EIU Choral Ensembles will present "Songs of Fate" on Sunday, April 25, in Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. in the Dvorak Concert Hall. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $10 for seniors and EIU employees; and $5 for students. Seating is reserved. The program, which will later be televised on WEIU-TV, includes a variety of selections, including "Romeo and Juliet Overture" b
Documentaries Examine Impact of Agriculture on Environment, Us 04/08/10 Last year, Illinois grew 2 billion bushels of corn -- 15 percent of the entire U.S. corn crop. And to produce that much corn, tons of chemicals were applied to the land. Some of those chemicals are said to have ended up in rivers, lakes and oceans. Some claim that those chemicals also end up in us. Eastern Illinois University invites community residents to join director Aaron Woolf for screenings of two of his movies, " Big River" and "King Corn," that investigate how a
Booth Library to Celebrate National Library Week (April 11-17) 04/07/10 Eastern Illinois University's Booth Library will celebrate National Library Week during the week of April 11 through 17, and will host several events and exhibitions. On Monday, the library will host "An Evening with Neil Gaiman" from 5 to 7 p.m. in Booth Library Conference Room 4440. As the honorary chair of National Library Week, Gaiman will speak during this live streaming videoconference about his lifelong love of libraries and the role they play in a democratic society by suppor
Renowned Koresh Dance Company to Perform Two Shows in Doudna 04/07/10 Philadelphia's Koresh Dance Company will bring its powerful stage presence and high-energy style to Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center for two shows on April 23 and 24. Both performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in The Theatre. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for seniors and EIU employees; and $7 for students. Seating is reserved. Founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer Ronen Koresh, the Koresh Dance Company presents its audiences with an exciting an
Nobel Prize Winner's Lecture to Explore 'Why Can't Time Run Backwards?' 04/07/10   Sir Anthony Leggett The winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics will present "Why Can't Time Run Backwards?" on Friday, April 16, at Eastern Illinois University. Sir Anthony Leggett, a physics professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Lecture Hall. Admission is free, and the public is invited. "We can all tell when a movie of some everyday event, such as a kettle boi
Honors Student's Compost Program Aims to Keep Waste out of Landfills 04/06/10   Stephani Pescitelli, left, has received enthuastic help with a pilot study of a compost program from the Thomas Dining Center staff, including (from left) Diane Wilke, Renee Kerz and Mary Collins. Stephani Pescitelli wants to make the world a better place than when she found it, and that's why, even in her hectic final months as an Eastern Illinois University student, she has worked to start a compost program on campus. In a pilot run of the program, she found t
EIU Wind Symphony's 'Celebration Prelude' to Mix Serious Works, Humor 04/05/10   Maestro Hil Arioso, "The World's Greatest Conductor," will make an appearance during the EIU Wind Symphony's "A Celebration Prelude" concert on April 18. The humorous character is played by EIU Wind Symphony conductor Milton Allen.
EIU Theatre to Present Black Comedy 'Incorruptible' 04/05/10 The Eastern Illinois University theatre department will present a humorous take on how people gleefully twist their convictions to rationalize bad behavior with its staging of "Incorruptible: A Dark Comedy About the Dark Ages." Performances are set for 7 p.m. April 16, 17, 19 and 20, as well as 2 p.m. April 18, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Black Box Theatre. The play is not recommended for those younger than high-school age. The cast includes Tim Mason, Brian McElligott, G
EIU Dancers to Present Spring Concert 04/02/10 The Eastern Illinois University Dancers will present their annual spring concert -- "Unique Sole" -- at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 8, 9 and 10, in The Theatre in the Doudna Fine Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is free and open to the public. The concert will feature traditional forms of ballet, modern, tap and jazz to varied musical artists such as Whitney Houston, Colbie Caillat, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Citizen Cope, Enya and the sound track from "
EIU Invites Community Residents to Come and Help Kick Butts! 04/02/10 Eastern Illinois University's Health Service and Student Community Service Center invites the Charleston-area community to take part in "kicking butts" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in Morton Park. Kick Butts Day, a nationwide initiative to stop youth tobacco use, is designed to increase awareness of tobacco's impact on health and aid in tobacco cessation. This is the third year in which EIU has hosted Kick Butts Day events. Activities will begin with a 5K Walk/Run. P
Best-Selling Author Sarah Vowell to Appear at Doudna Fine Arts Center 03/26/10 Sarah Vowell, a best-selling author whose humorous commentary on America's past and present is a staple on late-night talk shows, public radio and the pages of leading publications, is coming to Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center. Vowell will take the stage in the Dvorak Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. April 9 to share her observations on the connections between the American past and present. Her personal, often humorous accounts typically cover everything from presidents and thei
Interim Head of Information Technology Services Unit at EIU Named 03/25/10 A 25-year veteran of Information Technology Services at Eastern Illinois University has been chosen to head the unit on an interim basis. Kathy Reed, who officially began her role as interim assistant vice president for ITS on March 15, will serve through June 30, 2011. Bill Weber, vice president for business affairs, said it was his intent to begin a nationwide search in Fall 2010, with the goal of having a person permanently fill the position in July 2011. Meanwhile, he added, "Ms. Re
Booth Library Seeking Information on Memories of Schooltime 03/25/10 Eastern Illinois University's Booth Library is developing a major exhibit to provide an overview of the Normal schools in Illinois, the training of teachers, and school life in Illinois. Preparations for this exhibit are underway, and community involvement would be appreciated. Allen Lanham, dean of Library Services, hopes that local residents of all ages will be a part of this project, providing stories or artifacts related to their school experience. Although Eastern will be featured, educ
Aloha Chicago to Kick Off Asian Heritage Month Activities at EIU 03/22/10 Aloha Chicago plans to bring the "magic of the Islands" to those in attendance at Eastern Illinois University's fifth annual Asian Heritage Month Reception on Sunday, March 28. The group, recognized for its stellar performances by the Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC, ABC and others, will perform beautiful dances from Hawaii, exciting drum dances of Ori Tahiti, fascinating Maori dances of New Zealand, and breath-taking athletics from Samoa. The event, planned as the kick-off to a month-long
ScienceFest to Celebrate 'Integration of Liberal Arts and Sciences' 03/15/10 Eastern Illinois University’s ScienceFest -- a celebration of student research and faculty mentoring, teaching, research and service -- is set for March 25-26. The 15th annual ScienceFest, sponsored by the College of Sciences, is themed "Teaching and Learning: Integration of Liberal Arts and Sciences." Activities will take place in the University Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union. ScienceFest will open at 7 p.m. March 25 with “Frankenstein: How Physics, Literature and Theatre led t
President Perry Addresses House Higher Education Appropriations Committee 03/11/10 Legislative Testimony Honorable Chairperson and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today and represent Eastern Illinois University, a university of opportunity since its founding in 1895. Thank you for your support of EIU. In previous years, I have been given the opportunity to talk to you about Eastern and our commitment to the academic and personal development of our students. I've also spoken about our commitment to access and affordability. Finally
Celtic Crossroads to Bring Fusion of Irish-Influenced Music to Doudna 03/11/10 Celtic Crossroads will bring its groundbreaking fusion of traditional Irish music, bluegrass, gypsy and jazz, set to the exciting rhythms of Irish dance percussion, to Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center on March 25. The show, known internationally for its explosion of youthful energy and dazzling musicianship, is to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Dvorak Concert Hall. Celtic Crossroads features seven world-class musicians playing more than 20 instruments, including uilleann pipes
EIU Sigma Xi Banquet to Include Award for Teaching Excellence 03/02/10 Brett Block, a Paris Cooperative High School physical science teacher, will be honored for her teaching excellence with an award from the Eastern Illinois University chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Sigma Xi's Excellence in High School and Middle School Science and Mathematics Teaching Award goes to high school or middle school science or mathematics teachers who demonstrate excellence in teaching, actively involve students in critical thinking and problem-solving, actively
Health Fair to Offer Information, Games, Door Prizes; Public Invited 03/02/10 A wealth of health information, games and door prizes will be available at Eastern Illinois University's "Back to the Health Fair" on Wednesday, March 10. The annual health fair, sponsored by the EIU Health Service and Health Education Resource Center, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center in the Lantz Building. The event is free, and the community is invited. More than 70 organizations are scheduled to provide information, including the American Cancer
EIU Employees Honored for Continuous Years of Service 02/23/10 Eastern Illinois University recently honored more than 280 of its employees for continuous years of service. A luncheon was held in recognition of university employees with continuous years of service in five-year increments. Those employed at EIU for five years were eligible for a certificate; those with 10 or more years of service were honored with both a certificate and a pin. Honorees are listed as follows: 40 years -- Joseph Martin. 35 years -- Deborah Gerdes. 30 years -- David Baile
Jack Milo, Therese Kincade to Star in EIU's 'Fiddler on the Roof' 02/23/10 Two local theatre favorites, Jack Milo and Therese Kincade, will star in Eastern Illinois University's upcoming production of "Fiddler on the Roof." Five performances -- 7 p.m. March 5, 6, 8 and 9, as well as 2 p.m. March 7 -- will be staged in The Theatre in EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center. Milo will play the role of Tevye, a dairyman dealing with his five daughters amidst the changing society in Czarist Russia. Kincade will portray his wife, Golde. EIU students are cast in all other
School Districts to Attend Mid-America Educators' Job Fair at EIU 02/15/10 Representatives from school districts from across Illinois, as well as other states, will be seeking new employees at the upcoming Mid-America Educators' Job Fair at Eastern Illinois University. The public is invited to the free job fair, which is set for 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in the MLK Jr. Union ballrooms. It is sponsored by EIU Career Services. A list of participating schools and available jobs, including teaching, administrative and special service positions, is a
Bibb, Dermody to Perform Acoustic Blues at EIU's Doudna 02/11/10 Blues guitarist Eric Bibb and harmonica player Grant Dermody will bring a rich blend of blues, folk, soul and gospel to Eastern Illinois University on Monday, March 1. The show is to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center. Already enjoying success in Europe, Bibb is becoming a familiar face -- and voice -- in the United States. Bibb, winner of the Best Newcomer title in the British Blues Awards, has been nominated for a Grammy and nine W.C. Handy Blues M
EIU Wind Symphony to Explore Modern Works 02/11/10 The Eastern Illinois University Wind Symphony will explore the musical and visual possibilities of the modern wind band with its “The Art of Wind Band” concert on Friday, Feb. 26, in EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center. The performance, featuring a variety of styles and subjects, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Dvorak Concert Hall. The concert will open with the intense “Mother Earth” fanfare, written with a meditative, spiritual center by award-winning composer David Mas
EIU-Sponsored Events to Focus on "Darwin Day" 02/08/10 While many recognize Feb. 12, 1809, as the date on which Abraham Lincoln was born, few realize that the 16th president entered into this world on the same day as naturalist Charles Darwin. That number continues to rise, however, as individuals and groups world-wide join efforts in celebrating Darwin's contributions to modern society, humanities and the sciences. British-born Darwin, known primarily for his efforts at introducing the idea of evolution through natural selection, is recognized int
Eastern Ensembles to Present 'Water Music' at Doudna Fine Arts Center 02/04/10 The Eastern Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Collegium Musicum will present "Water Music" on Sunday, Feb. 21, in Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center. The concert, which will begin at 4 p.m. in Dvorak Concert Hall, will include Handel's "Water Music (Suite in F major, HWV 348)" and Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" in the original orchestration for 13 instruments. In addition, two concerto competition winners, both of whom are EIU students,
Spring 2010 Enrollment "Right on Target" 02/02/10 Spring 2010 enrollment at Eastern Illinois University is "right on target." "Spring enrollment is always a few percentage points lower than what we see during the previous fall semester," said Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "And this year is no different." The current on- and off-campus enrollment total of 11,075 reflects a slight drop from 11,157 in Spring 2009. Spring 2010 numbers include an on-campus enrollment of 9,887 and an off-
High School Honor Choir to Join EIU Choral Ensembles for 'Songs of Love' 02/01/10 Eastern Illinois University's Choral Ensembles will join forces with other musicians, including outstanding area high school students, to present more than a dozen "Songs of Love" on Valentine's Day. The concert, featuring EIU's Concert Choir, Camerata Singers and University Mixed Chorus, as well as the EIU Honor Choir Festival Singers, will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. The EIU Honor Choir Festival Singers will be co
Area High Schools to Participate in Scholastic Bowl Tourney at EIU 02/01/10 The Eastern Illinois University Honors College will hold its 25th annual Scholastic Bowl Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 6, on the second floor of Coleman Hall. The tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks and greetings from Bonnie Irwin, dean of the Honors College. The round-robin tournament consists of 24 high school teams from the surrounding area that compete in head-to-head competition. All teams are guaranteed at least three matches. The winners from each bracket advance to t
Renowned Trumpeter Scott Wendholt to Open EIU Jazz Festival 02/01/10 Trumpeter Scott Wendholt and the Eastern Illinois Jazz Ensemble will open the Eastern Illinois University Jazz Festival with a concert on Friday, Feb. 12, at the Doudna Fine Arts Center. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dvorak Concert Hall. Admission will be $5 for the general public, and $3 for senior citizens, EIU employees and students. On Saturday, Feb. 13, Wendholt will serve as the guest artist at the 51st annual EIU Jazz Festival, in which high school and junior high schoo
Girlyman to Perform Eclectic Blend of Acoustic Americana, Rock at EIU 01/26/10 Atlanta-based trio Girlyman will bring its quirky blend of acoustic Americana and rock to Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center on Feb. 10. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre. General admission is $5. Seating is limited; advance tickets are highly recommended. Girlyman's style is influenced in part by '60s vocal groups like Simon and Garfunkel and The Mamas and the Papas, as well as years of classical and jazz training. Onstage, they often fini
Room and Board Rates Set for 2010-2011 School Year at EIU 01/22/10 Eastern Illinois University's Board of Trustees on Friday approved an increase in room and board rates for students living in EIU housing during the 2010-2011 school year. Students living in EIU's residence halls and Greek Court will see increases of $224 to $253 per semester (a 6.25 percent increase), depending on the chosen meal plan. Room and board rates will range from $3,808 per semester for a 7 Plus Meal Option to $4,292 for the 15 Plus Meal Option. Four meal plan options each permit s
Irwin Chosen as New Dean of EIU's College of Arts and Humanities 01/20/10 The newly named dean of Eastern Illinois University's College of Arts and Humanities looks forward to promoting what she's considered her "academic home" for the past 15-plus years. Bonnie Irwin arrived on the EIU campus in 1994, working her way up to be a full professor of English before being named dean of Eastern's Honors College in 2004. She will assume her new role on July 1. In addition to English, the college houses the departments of art, communication studies, foreign lang
Actor to Portray Frederick Douglass in One-Man Show at EIU's Doudna 01/19/10 An actor best known for roles in hit science fiction fare is now bringing real history to the stage with “Frederick Douglass: In the Shadow of Slavery," a one-man portrayal of the man some consider the father of the civil rights movement. Mel Johnson Jr.'s educational and entertaining performance, chronicling Douglass' life from his childhood as a slave to his eventual role as a leading abolitionist, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in The Theatre of Eastern Illinois
Scholarship Created in Memory of Local Writer Mary Jane Coartney 01/15/10 Friends and family of writer/artist Mary Jane Coartney want to honor her memory by supporting others just beginning their artistic careers. The Eastern Illinois University Foundation has announced the establishment of the Mary Jane Coartney Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship. Recipients of this award will be full-time students (junior status) enrolled at Eastern. Preference will be given to students majoring in English, history, journalism or theatre arts. The first award is expected to b
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet to Bring Wide Array of Musical Styles to EIU 01/15/10 The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, one of the world's leading guitar ensembles, will perform at Eastern Illinois University on Sunday, Jan. 31. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Recital Hall. With passion, style and musical sophistication borrowing from the best chamber music and string quartet traditions, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet balances a wide array of first-rate repertoire ranging from Renaissance and Baroque to Spanish, Latin American and Romanti
Former EIU QB's Fishing4Freedom Gives Back to Wounded Soldiers 01/14/10   More about Fishing4Freedom To learn more about Fishing4Freedom, or to find out how to make a donation, please see www.Fishing4Freedom.com. Final proceeds will go to the Special Operations Soldier’s Foundation and The Wounded Warrior Project. "Anything helps, and everything goes a long way," said organizer Anthony Buich. "I think everybody's degree of separation from somebody affected by either 9/11 or Iraq and Afghanistan is probably very small. It's a time where it doe
EIU Soccer Star Hyndman Living a Dream as Coach of FC Dallas 01/14/10 In 1969, soccer was a newer sport in collegiate athletics. Opportunities for aspiring players were few and far between. But that year became a pivotal one for a young freshman from Vandalia, Ohio. That year, Eastern’s men’s soccer team won the NAIA national championship, and that year, freshman midfielder Schellas Hyndman got to experience a national championship for the first time. It would not be his last. “Back then, it was great to win, but I didn’t know how hard
President Perry Addresses Economic State of the University 01/07/10 Members of the Campus Community: Our mission, and our public trust, is to deliver academic excellence as a university of opportunity for the citizens of Illinois. EIU serves its students with distinction and supports its faculty and staff in that service. The spring semester is beginning, with our enrollment at the expected levels and with the university prepared to offer the high quality of educational experience for which we are known. We do this in the face of long-delayed state payments
Newly Named Vice President Eager to Become a Part of the EIU Family 12/22/09 Bob Martin looks forward to becoming a part of the Eastern Illinois University family. He's excited about "enhancing a culture of philanthropy" throughout the EIU community. And he's happily anticipating the celebration of four seasons again. "I'm looking forward to returning to the Midwest and all that it brings," he said recently from his home in Auburn, Ala. Martin will officially be welcomed to Eastern on Feb. 1, 2010, when he begins his new role as the institutio
Award Provides Funding, Validation for EIU Undergrad Research 12/18/09 Although Sean Peebles is appreciative of the funding he's receiving, he and his colleagues are equally excited about the honor his recent award represents. The Eastern Illinois University chemistry professor was named one of seven individuals nationwide to receive a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award for 2009.  The award provides a five-year $60,000 unrestricted research grant to each recipient. Both Peebles and Mark McGuire, professor and interim chemistry chair at EIU, said that whi
EIU Fall Commencement Ceremonies Set for Saturday, Dec. 19 12/15/09 More than 500 summer and fall graduates plan to participate in Eastern Illinois University's Fall 2009 commencement ceremonies, scheduled to take place Saturday, Dec. 19, in Lantz Arena. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Guest tickets are required for admission. Graduating seniors from the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities will march in the morning ceremony, while students from the College of Education and Professional Studie
EIU Notifies Applicants of Possible Security Breach Involving Personal Data 12/04/09 Eastern Illinois University officials have mailed letters of notification to approximately 9,000 former, prospective and current undergraduate students regarding a possible security breach into files containing personal information. During a routine review on Nov. 16, employees of Eastern's Information Technology Services Department discovered that a server used by the university's Office of Admissions had been infected with a number of viruses, including several that would allow an external p
Annual Holiday Gatherings at Old Main Planned; Public Invited 12/02/09 Community residents are once again invited to join Eastern Illinois University's students and staff during the coming week for "Deck the Halls" -- two festive gatherings scheduled to take place in Old Main (the "Castle"). Guests are welcome to attend the two holiday events, the first of which is scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, and the second from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Parking is available in most university lots (excluding handicapped spaces) after 5
EIU Ensembles to Celebrate Holidays with Handel's 'Messiah' 11/23/09 The Eastern Symphony Chamber Orchestra, EIU Concert Choir and Collegium Musicum will celebrate the holiday season with their presentation of Handel's "Messiah" and its famed Hallelujah chorus. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall on the Eastern Illinois University campus. Two faculty guest artists will be featured in the performance: baritone Jay Ivey, and Mark DeGoti on piccolo trumpet. Ivey, who is new to the
Honeywell and EIU Bring the Heat with Biomass-Fueled Plant 11/20/09 [Note: Honeywell released the following press release in conjunction with the ceremonial groundbreaking held today (Nov. 20, 2009) on the EIU campus in Charleston, Illinois.] MINNEAPOLIS -- Honeywell today announced a $79 million renewable energy and building retrofit program with Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. The program, which combines energy-efficient facility upgrades with one of the largest biomass-fueled heating plants on a university campus, will help EIU address
Ceremonial Energy Center Groundbreaking Set for Friday 11/18/09 Although some ground has already been turned since the official beginning of the project on Nov. 9, a ceremonial groundbreaking is planned to commemorate the birth of Eastern Illinois University's Renewable Energy Center. All those interested are welcome to join members of the university community and their guests at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. Due to very limited parking at the construction site, located on the east side of campus near the intersection of 18th Street (Illinois 130) and Edgar
Author/Reporter James Merriner: "Will Reform Ever Come to Illinois?" 11/10/09 After having made a living writing about political corruption in Illinois, author/reporter James L. Merriner seriously wonders if change can ever take hold within the state. He plans to discuss his topic at length, offering historical background for any doubts, when he presents "Will Reform Ever Come to Illinois?" Merriner's address -- the fifth in the Edgar Lecture Series at Eastern Illinois University -- is set to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Roberson Auditorium, Lumpkin
Room Dedication to Honor the Late "Gabby" and Lucy Gabbard 11/10/09 Theatre alumni coming back for this weekend's departmental reunion at Eastern Illinois University will have the opportunity to share in an honor commemorating the lives of Glendon "Gabby" and Lucy Gabbard. Community members are also invited to help pay tribute to the husband/wife team who, together, dedicated years of their lives to entertaining and teaching others. Eastern plans to dedicate the "E. Glendon Gabbard and Luciana Paquet Gabbard Green Room," located in the new
EIU Search for VPUA Advances; Names of Finalists Released 11/09/09 Four individuals have been invited to participate in on-site visits as Eastern Illinois University moves forward in its search for the institution's vice president for university advancement. Pamela Christman of Urbana; James Salmo of Columbia, Mo.; Robert Martin of Auburn, Ala.; and Keith Carver of Martin, Tenn., have been invited to participate in on-site interviews during the month of November. According to Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs at EIU and chair of th
Embarras Valley Film Festival to Honor Lincoln through Film, More 11/09/09 The sixth annual Embarras Valley Film Festival, “Lincoln, the Civil War, and Memory,” will honor Abraham Lincoln through presentations and filmic representations of Lincoln’s life and the Civil War. A collaborative effort between the community and Eastern Illinois University, the film festival will be held Nov. 12-14 on the EIU campus and in downtown Charleston. All events are free and open to the public. The festival celebrates the contributions to the film arts by in
EIU Concert Band to Present 'A Walk in the Country' 11/09/09 The Eastern Illinois University Concert Band will embrace the southern rural lifestyle in its Nov. 17 concert, "A Walk in the Country." The 7:30 p.m. concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. The EIU Concert Band's membership encompasses students from across campus as well as local community members. The concert will include a 100-year anniversary performance of Gustav Holst's “First Suite in E-fl
On-campus H1N1 Vaccination Clinics Planned at EIU on Nov. 10 and 11 11/06/09 Eligible Eastern Illinois University students and faculty/staff will have their first on-campus opportunity to receive the H1N1 vaccine on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 10 and 11. H1N1 vaccination clinics will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days in the Lantz Concourse. (Update: Wednesday's (Nov. 11) clinic will take place in the Student Rec Center, Lantz Building.) People at high risk for the H1N1 flu and seeking to be immunized should enter the building via the north door (near the S
EIU to Host Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony 11/04/09 A Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony will take place Wednesday, Nov. 11, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Community residents are invited to join a host of individuals and groups, including the Student Veterans of Eastern and other student, staff and faculty veterans, at 10:30 a.m. in front of Old Main (the "Castle"). In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved inside the building. Lt. Col. Stephen Knotts, a faculty veteran, and Tyler Linder, an EIU studen
Extraterrestrial Life Among Topics of 'Other Stars, Other Planets' Talk 11/04/09 An accomplished astronomy expert will talk about the possibility of extraterrestrial life in his "Other Stars, Other Planets" presentation at Eastern Illinois University on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Jim Kaler, professor emeritus of astronomy at the University of Illinois, will speak at 7 p.m. in the EIU Physical Science Building's Phipps Lecture Hall. Admission is free, and the public is invited. In his presentation, Kaler will explore the more than 400 “extra-solar planets&rdqu
Eastern Symphony Orchestra to Celebrate Mendelssohn 11/02/09 The Eastern Symphony Orchestra and East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra will join forces to pay tribute to a legendary composer with the "Mendelssohn 200th Anniversary" concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. The concert, which will be held in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall on the Eastern Illinois University campus, will include the Eastern Symphony Orchestra (Richard Robert Rossi, conductor) performing Felix Mendelssohn's "Symphony No. 4 in A major, opus 90
EIU Theatre Arts to Present Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' 10/30/09 The Eastern Illinois University theatre arts department will stage five performances of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in November. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 16-17, as well as 2 p.m. Nov. 15, in The Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center. "The Tempest" is Shakespeare's romantic-comedic tale of an exiled duke and his daughter marooned on an idyllic mysterious island haunted by spirits and sprites. Bill Kincaid, professor of theatre and hea
EIU Wind Symphony's 'Call to Duty' to Honor Veterans Past and Present 10/27/09 In honor of Veterans Day, the Eastern Illinois University Wind Symphony will salute veterans past and present with "The Call to Duty" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. All active-duty military members and veterans wearing all or part of their uniforms or VFW regalia will be admitted free to the concert, which will be held in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. All Central Illinois veterans who have been killed in action, or who served but have since passed, will be
Local, State and National Teaching Jobs Available at Education Job Fair 10/21/09 Representatives from school districts near and far will be seeking new employees at the upcoming Fall Education Job Fair at Eastern Illinois University. Anyone who is or will be qualified for the positions offered is invited to the free job fair, which is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the MLK Jr. Union's Grand Ballroom. It is sponsored by EIU Career Services. Representatives of local, state and national school districts will be seeking candidates for teaching, administrat
Six to be Honored as EIU Foundation's 2009 Outstanding Members 10/16/09 Six individuals are to be recognized as the Eastern Illinois University Foundation's Outstanding Members for 2009. This new award is bestowed on individuals who demonstrate the ideals of membership in the Foundation by providing their own financial support to EIU; promoting philanthropy, either personally or through the combined efforts of their organizations; or volunteering their time and talents to enhance the university's academic, athletic and cultural programs. It is through the direct e
EIU Homecoming Events to Include Annual Breakfast, Race, Parade 10/13/09 A week-long series of events in celebration of Homecoming 2009 at Eastern Illinois University will culminate Saturday, Oct. 17, with a fun-filled day of activities, including an annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, 2.5K race and parade. Early risers can start off with a warm meal, courtesy of the Charleston Rotary Club. Serving for the 10th annual pancake breakfast will take place from 6:30 to 11 a.m. in the parking lot of Domino's Pizza, located at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Sevent
EIU 'Fright Night' Concert: Music, Lincoln Tribute, Costume Contest, More 10/12/09 The Eastern Symphony Orchestra's "Fright Night" concert will add a children's string band, as well as a 200th anniversary tribute to Abraham Lincoln, to its annual concert, costume contest and more. The concert is to begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall on the Eastern Illinois University campus. The Eastern Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Richard Robert Rossi, will be joined by the Bow-Dacious String Band, a Champaign-Urba
Four to be Inducted as Lifetime Members of EIU Foundation 10/12/09 Four individuals -- all with ties to the Coles County area -- have been chosen as honorary lifetime members of the Eastern Illinois University Foundation. Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar and his wife, Brenda; Richard A. Lumpkin; and Burnham Neal will be inducted into this Foundation class this weekend when the Foundation gathers for its annual meeting. Lifetime membership is bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated exceptional and significant support for the university. Previous recipien
EIU Foundation to Recognize Retiring Board Members 10/12/09 Five retiring board members will be recognized this weekend when the Eastern Illinois University Foundation gathers for its annual meeting. Steven L. Childers and Alice Shawver, both of Charleston; George Paulik of Marietta, Ga.; James Schnorf of Longwood, Fla.; and Mariann D. Younger of Findlay, Ohio, will be lauded for their years of service and dedication to the university. Steven L. Childers, a business graduate of Eastern, has a diversified background in accounting and a lengthy career
Four EIU Alumni Among 10 Finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year 10/09/09 Four of the 10 finalists for the Illinois State Board of Education's 2009-10 Illinois Teacher of the Year award are graduates of Eastern Illinois University. The award is to be presented at the Those Who Excel banquet on Oct. 24. EIU is proud to have awarded degrees to four of the finalists: Connie Harling '77 teaches fourth-graders at Witt Elementary School in the Hillsboro school district. Kevin Rutter '97 teaches economics to students in grades 10-12 at Carl Schurz High S
Nine to be Honored with EIU Alumni Awards During Homecoming 10/09/09 CHARLESTON -- Recipients of the Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association’s 2009 alumni awards will be honored Saturday, Oct. 17, in conjunction with Homecoming activities. “We are honored to recognize such an extraordinary group of alumni,” said Steve Rich, executive director of the Alumni Association. “Their accomplishments reflect well on Eastern Illinois University and serve as an inspiration for current and future Eastern students.” Distinguished Al
EIU Music Theatre/Opera Comedy to Mix Classic Songs, New Dialogue 10/09/09 "The Apprentices," an original comedy featuring music by well-known composers, will be staged by Eastern Illinois University's Music Theatre and Opera Ensemble this month. The production -- with music by Monteverdi, Mozart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rossini and others -- will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 and Oct. 24 in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Recital Hall. The show centers around a group of overworked summer apprentices as they gather backstage at the Imperial Opera
Third-Cycle Recertification Process Begins for EIU Athletics 10/09/09 Eastern Illinois University President Bill Perry has announced the start of the National Collegiate Athletic Association third-cycle recertification process for the university's department of athletics. The campus received its second certification by the NCAA in 2001. The most recent certification process will evaluate the athletic department's commitment to three operating principles outlined by the NCAA: Governance and commitment to rules. Academic integrity. Gender/diversity issues and s
Internationally Acclaimed Chamber Orchestra Kremlin to Perform at EIU 10/05/09 Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, recognized internationally as one of Russia's leading ensembles, will perform at Eastern Illinois University on Sunday, Oct. 18. The concert, in which founder and conductor Misha Rachlevsky will seamlessly meld music from 17 of Russia's finest young string players, will begin at 4 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. Chamber Orchestra Kremlin is known for its warmth and high energy, which create addictive performances that stay with list
Opening Ceremony Set for 'Harry Potter' Exhibit at EIU's Booth Library 10/02/09 The opening ceremony for "Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine," an exhibit at Eastern Illinois University's Booth Library, will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 14, in the Marvin Foyer. David Raybin, Ph.D., an EIU English professor who is currently teaching a course on "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, will present “Character, Structure, Perspective … and a Castle: A Medievalist Reads Harry Potter” at 7:30 p.m. in the adjac
Learn More about State and National Parks with Presentation, Hike 10/02/09 Two events -- a local expert's presentation on national parks, and a guided hike through Fox Ridge State Park -- are planned in conjunction with WEIU-TV's airing of Ken Burns' new documentary, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea." The first event, “Journey Through the National Parks," will feature a presentation by parks expert and emeritus EIU faculty member Bill Smith, on Monday, Oct. 5, in the Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union. At 6:30 p.m., park artifacts will b
Free "Aging with Grace" Mini-Conference Planned at EIU 09/30/09 Eastern Illinois University plans a multi-disciplinary look at aging -- a condition that affects us all -- in "Aging with Grace," an afternoon mini-conference planned for Friday, Oct. 23. Author and keynote speaker Dr. David Snowdon will highlight the free event with an hour-long presentation on the Nun Study, a 23-year-old on-going project in which researchers study aging and disability using data collected from nuns.  The goal of the study has been to determine the causes and
EIU Choral Ensembles to present 'Cathedrals, Castles and Colonies' 09/28/09 The Eastern Illinois University Choral Ensembles will perform music by English, German, Italian and American composers in the annual "Cathedrals, Castles and Colonies" concert on Sunday, Oct. 11. The concert is to begin at 4 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. The concert will feature the EIU Concert Choir and Camerata Singers, under the direction of Richard Robert Rossi; and the University Mixed Chorus, directed by Adam Stich. The Ensembles will perfo
EIU Musicians Joining Forces for 'Life in the Groove' Jazz Concert 09/28/09 The EIU Jazz Ensemble and EIU Wind Symphony will present “Life in the Groove: The Influence of Jazz” during Eastern Illinois University's Family Weekend on Friday, Oct. 2. The concert is to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. General admission tickets are $5 each. The EIU Wind Symphony, conducted by internationally recognized clinician/conductor Milton Allen, will perform "Shortcut Home" by Dana Wilson, "The Immovable Do&qu
Revised EIU Homecoming Parade Route Announced 09/24/09 Organizers of Eastern Illinois University's 2009 Homecoming parade plan to alter the route for this year's event, providing a "wonderful mix of tradition and new beginnings." In an effort to better promote school spirit and increase community involvement, the parade will represent a blending of previous EIU homecomings and the city of Charleston 's Independence Day parade route. "Eastern is excited about the improvements to this year's HC parade route, as it represents a fine
Tickets Still Available for EIU Family Weekend Styx Concerts 09/22/09 Tickets are still available for two Styx concerts, set to take place Saturday, Oct. 3, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Admission to the concerts, beginning at 6 and 8 p.m. in Lantz Arena, is $20. All seats reserved. Tickets may be purchased between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays through the MLK Jr. Union Ticket Office, located on the second floor, west wing. For information, phone 217-581-5122. Any unsold tickets will be available at the door the night of the concerts. The even
Children's Play 'Step on a Crack' to be Performed in EIU's Doudna 09/18/09 Families will enjoy a heartwarming glimpse into the fantasy world of a girl dealing with her widowed father's new marriage in "Step on a Crack," an upcoming children's production at Eastern Illinois University. The EIU theatre arts department's only public performance of the play is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in The Theatre of the Doudna Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $5 each. “Step on a Crack” revolves around Ellie Murphy, a young girl who lives happily wit
International EIU Alumni to be Recognized as Global Ambassadors 09/17/09 For more than 50 years, Eastern Illinois University has hosted international students on its campus. Eight of these individuals will be recognized and honored this weekend as Global Ambassadors for 2009. "We will honor these alumni who exemplify Eastern Illinois University's definition of global citizen," said Sue Songer, director of the Office of International Programs. "We once applauded them, as students, for their courage in leaving home to live and study in a new land and culture. They n
'When Stars Attack!' to Look at Exploding Stars' Effect on Earth, Beyond 09/11/09 "When Stars Attack! In Search of Near-Earth Supernova Explosions," a presentation by a University of Illinois faculty member, will continue Eastern Illinois University's yearlong celebration of the International Year of Astronomy. Brian Fields, associate professor of astronomy and physics at the U of I, is to speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the EIU Physical Science Building's Phipps Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public. In a supernova, a massive star i
EIU Fall Enrollment is Proof that Education is a Priority Among Illinois Families 09/09/09 Fall 2009 enrollment figures at Eastern Illinois University indicate that higher education is still a priority, despite the many economic challenges being faced by Illinois families. "We're very close to our optimum enrollment of 12,000," said Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs, commenting on the current on- and off-campus enrollment total of 11,966. "This tells me that our students realize the importance of a higher education and are willing to invest
Ahn Trio to Bring Acclaimed Mix of Classical, Pop Music to EIU's Doudna 09/04/09 The internationally acclaimed Ahn Trio, whose innovative style is drawing new audiences to classical music, is to perform at Eastern Illinois University this month. The concert -- featuring sisters Maria, Lucia and Angella Ahn on violin, cello and piano -- is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. "The Ahn Trio continues to break new ground," said Dwight Vaught, director of the Doudna Fine Arts Center. "They are superbly
Coalition of Illinois College Presidents Meets with Quinn; Urges Restoration of MAP Funding 09/03/09 College leaders representing Illinois public and private higher education conveyed an urgent message as they met with Governor Pat Quinn Wednesday: Find a way to restore funding for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) for the upcoming spring semester and avert the very real possibility that thousands of Illinois' neediest college students will not be able to continue their education. Presidents meeting with the governor included John Erwin, president of Illinois Central College in Peoria, repre
Great Expectations are What Make EIU Great 09/01/09 Eastern Illinois University President Bill Perry believes in great expectations. "Great expectations raise the bar and raise our sights. Great expectations of ourselves rubs off on our colleagues and our students. Great expectations motivate us to support our colleagues to move our university forward," he said, speaking at Eastern's 2009 Faculty Senate-sponsored back-to-school luncheon on Tuesday. And, he added, great expectations are what turned EIU into the successful institut
Banquet to Highlight Latin American Heritage Month 2009 09/01/09 Latin American Heritage Month activities at Eastern Illinois University will once again take place during September and October, with the major event -- the annual Latino Heritage Month Banquet -- set for Friday, Sept. 18. Folks interested in good food and good music -- Latino-style -- have until Friday, Sept. 11, to purchase tickets for this year's banquet. Tickets, priced at $15 ($8 for EIU students), can be purchased in the Minority Affairs Office, Blair Hall 1122. Cash or check only. For
2009 Illinois Teacher of the Year to Speak at EIU 09/01/09 Linda Smerge, the 2009 Illinois Teacher of the Year, will present "My Story -- From the Heart" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, in Buzzard Auditorium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Her appearance commemorates Eastern's College of Education and Professional Studies' Fall 2009 kick-off event, and is being sponsored by CEPS student professional organizations. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. As the 2009 Illinois Teacher of the Year, Smerge, a first-g
EIU Considers Student Success Center A Success for the University 08/28/09 RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY PLANNED A ceremonial ribbon-cutting will take place at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, to celebrate the opening of Eastern Illinois University's Student Success Center. An open house will follow until noon, with tours available. The center is located in Ninth Street Hall, located southeast of the Tarble Arts Center and west of Greek Court. The university welcomes all who are interested in attending. Eastern Illinois
Singer/Songwriter to Inaugurate Doudna's Performance Courtyard 08/27/09 Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Scott McKenna will be the first to play in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Performance Courtyard when he performs a free concert at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. "I'm truly honored to be the first act to perform in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Performance Courtyard," McKenna said. "I've always loved performing at colleges, and I hope everyone will sense the true excitement at the concert." McKenna said his style of acoustic guitar and vocal
EIU Again Ranked Among Best in Its Class by U.S. News and World Report 08/21/09 For the 10th consecutive year, Eastern Illinois University has been named one of the top Midwestern public universities in its class by U.S. News & World Report. EIU is ranked 11th among all Midwestern public universities offering a full range of undergraduate degrees and some master's degree programs. The region encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The rankings - part of the magazine's 201
EIU-Operated Shuttle Service Success Allows for Shelter Additions 08/21/09 Based on first-year operation costs, Eastern Illinois University made a sound decision when it decided to operate its own shuttle bus service for students. "Previously, we contracted with an outside company for the service. And over the two previous years (2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years), on average, operating expenses exceeded revenue collected by $20,000 annually," said Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs. "Last year (2008-2009), we turned that around and opera
Jesse White Bringing Office Services to EIU Once Again 08/17/09 Secretary of State Jesse White reminds Eastern Illinois University students, faculty and staff that they may renew their driver's license or state ID, purchase their annual vehicle license plate sticker, register to be an organ and tissue donor or conduct other transactions with his office on the Charleston campus on the following dates: Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 17, Jan.12, Feb. 16 and March 9. White's office will provide certain driver and vehicle services on campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p
From Student to "Dynamic" Professor, Benedict Comes Full Circle 08/12/09 Reed Benedict credits a certain "dynamic 'Intro to Sociology' professor" he had while in college for leading him down the path to his life's work. "I didn't even know what sociology was," Benedict said, recalling the class he took as a young undergraduate in his home state of Kansas and the struggle he was having trying to decide on a career. Twenty-five years later, he's come full circle. Benedict's back in the classroom, but now he is that "dynamic" sociolo
Booth Library to Host Harry Potter Traveling Exhibition 08/07/09 Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine," a traveling exhibition that uses materials from the National Library of Medicine to explore Harry Potter's magical world and its roots in Renaissance traditions, will be on display at Eastern Illinois University's Booth Library from Oct. 5 through Nov. 14. In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of
EIU Foundation Announces Redden Fund Recipients for 2009-2010 08/06/09 The Eastern Illinois University Foundation has announced the 2009-2010 recipients of the John S. and Margaret Redden Fund for the Improvement of Undergraduate Instruction. Grants, typically a maximum of $1,500, may be used for anything that improves undergraduate instruction: software, equipment, guest speakers, conference registration, teaching materials, etc. Only EIU faculty members can apply. The Foundation funds as many grants as possible based on the decisions of Eastern's vice presi
Bicycle Patrol Good for Patrolling, Environment and Good Will 07/02/09 Shown, from left to right, are Keith Cox, general manager, Bike and Hike; Officer Brian Shull; Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs; UPD Chief Adam Due; Officer Ryan Risinger; and Officer Rodney Mitchell. A police officer may want something with a little more horsepower in event of a high-speed, multi-mile chase, but for patrolling a small east-central Illinois university campus? Bicycles do quite well, thank you. They're quick and they're quiet
VP for External Relations Announces Plans to Retire from EIU 06/24/09 Jill Nilsen, vice president for external relations at Eastern Illinois University, has announced her retirement, effective Dec. 31, 2009. "Dr. Nilsen's retirement represents a great loss to EIU," said EIU President Bill Perry. "She has brought us to a stage of development in fundraising, marketing and governmental relations that allows us to continue to advance EIU from an extremely strong foundation. Our future effectiveness in advancing EIU has been strongly influenced by her
Renewable Energy Center on EIU Board of Trustees' Agenda 06/17/09 Eastern Illinois University's Board of Trustees' expected approval of an $80 million contract with Honeywell International Inc. will be the next step in making the institution's planned Renewable Energy Center a reality. Trustees are scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Monday, June 22, in the Grand Ballroom of the MLK Jr. Union. The public is invited to attend. If approved, the contract would authorize Honeywell to oversee the construction and installation of agreed-upon energy conservation measures
New Financial Aid Director Named at EIU 06/08/09 Illinois native Jerry Donna will return to his home state to serve as director of Financial Aid at Eastern Illinois University. Dan Nadler, EIU's vice president for student affairs, announced that Donna, who currently serves as director of Financial Aid at Salem College in North Carolina, will begin his new role on July 20.  He replaces Jone Zieren, who recently retired from EIU after more than 30 years of service. Donna, who attended the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, credi
Mother, Daughters to Graduate Together During EIU Commencement 05/08/09 From the bottom of the stairs up: Ralph Phillips; Jessie Phillips, with Gauge Phillips in lap; Jacob McDonald; Susan McDonald and Jon McDonald. Standing next to stairs: Roxanne Clodfelter with Rhett Clodfelter in arms, and Steven Clodfelter. It's the perfect combination Commencement/Mother's Day story. One mother. Two daughters with sons of their own. And one son/brother and three supportive husbands who helped their loved ones achieve their education goals. The
EIU to Reduce Summer Hours; Booth Library, Admissions Among Exceptions 05/08/09 In an effort to conserve resource dollars, Eastern Illinois University will once again close selected buildings and offices from noon on Fridays until Monday mornings during the summer months. The affected time period begins Monday, May 11, and ends Friday, Aug. 14. Building/office exceptions include -- but may not be limited to -- Booth Library, University Police, the Steam Plant and the Office of Admissions, which plan to keep normal working hours. All university offices must be open
More Than 1,600 to Receive Degrees from EIU 05/07/09 More than 1,600 students are eligible to graduate from Eastern Illinois University this spring, and the majority of those plan to participate in formal commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 9. Graduation ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m. in Lantz Arena. Guest tickets are required for admission into the ceremonies. Students from the College of Sciences will march in the morning ceremony; the College of Arts and Humanities and the School of Continuing Education (Bachel
EIU Honors 2008-2009 Retirees 05/06/09 Nearly 40 Eastern Illinois University employees recently were honored as faculty/staff members who have retired or plan to retire during the 2008-2009 school year. They are, from left to right, front row - Jone Zieren, Mary Jo Grasl, Julie McDivitt, Susan Kaufman and Carol Stevens; second row - Carol Morgan, Julia Abell, Deb Wolf, Sharon Curry, M. L. McCrary and Myrna Thomason; and third row - Ebrahim Karbassioon, Allen Horney, Douglas Hicks and Sammy Jones. President Bill Perry (far right, thir
From Microscopes to Moliere: Radavich Receives EIU's 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award 05/06/09 As a student at the University of Kansas, a young David Radavich contently sought his undergraduate degree among microscopes, petri dishes, dissecting kits and chemicals. "I loved chemistry and biology," he said, recalling the journey toward his bachelor's degree in psychology. And science seemed like such a natural fit for the son of a nuclear mathematician (his mother) and a metallurgical engineer (his father). But when Radavich began attending Simon Fraser University in Vancouve
EIU Hosts Annual Endowment Tea for Donors, Recipients 04/29/09 Eastern Illinois University recently held its annual Endowment Tea to recognize endowment donors and to allow them to meet with those who have benefited from their gifts in the past year. “This annual event is highly anticipated by our endowment donors,” said Karla J. Evans, EIU executive director of philanthropy. “It offers them the opportunity to see the tangible outcomes of their philanthropy.” Jill Nilsen, EIU's vice president for external relations, welcomed guests a
EIU Names Ray Long, Dave McKinney Journalists of the Year 04/24/09 Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune and Dave McKinney of the Chicago Sun-Times have been named Journalists of the Year by the Eastern Illinois University Journalism Department. Long and McKinney, Springfield bureau chiefs of their respective newspapers, will be honored Saturday, April 25, during the 50th annual Journalism/Student Media Banquet at the Grand Ballroom of the MLK Jr. Union on the EIU campus. "Long and McKinney have had impressive careers covering state government and are deserving
EIU Students to Mark Earth Day by Collecting Recyclables; Public Invited 04/20/09 Eastern Illinois University students and local recycling businesses are teaming up to collect a variety of recyclable materials on Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22). Community members and students are invited to drop items off at Eastern's Library Quad and South Quad from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, vehicles may be unloaded in the parking lot north of O'Brien Stadium and Lantz Arena from 3 to 7 p.m. Accepted items include glass, plastics 1-5 and 7, light bulbs, gently used clothing and small el
Public Invited to View New Design of EIU's Proposed Energy Center 04/17/09 Eastern Illinois University President Bill Perry invites the community to view an updated design of EIU's proposed Renewable Energy Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. The public meeting, which will include a report on the status of the project, will be held in the Rotary Room at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library, 712 Sixth St. The new design for the Renewable Energy Center was created after EIU officials received community input at public meetings earlier this year. Plans call for
EIU Orchestra, Choral Ensembles to Take 'Musical Journey Through Time' 04/14/09 The Eastern Symphony Orchestra and EIU Choral Ensembles will present "A Musical Journey through Time" in Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26. The concert, to be held in the Dvorak Concert Hall, will include special appearances by the Eastern Illinois University Mixed Chorus, Concert Choir, Oratorio Society and Collegium Musicum Ensembles. Richard Robert Rossi will be the conductor. The program provides a historical tour of orchestral and cho
EIU Alumni, Locals Invited to Participate in Panther Service Day 04/13/09 Eastern Illinois University volunteers soon will be prowling throughout Coles County, looking for ways in which to better the community-at-large. Local alumni and county residents are invited to join students, faculty and staff during EIU's seventh annual Panther Service Day, scheduled to take place Saturday, April 25. Since 2003, members of the university and Charleston communities have collaborated for this event, during which volunteers work on various projects for the benefit of all.
Presidential Historian, Biographer Next Speaker in EIU Edgar Series 04/10/09 Historian and biographer Richard Norton Smith has a mantra. "There's no excuse for a dull book, a dull museum or a dull speech," he says. "Especially when dealing with history -- the most fascinating subject I know." Campus and community residents will have the opportunity to see Smith practice what he preaches as the fourth speaker in the Edgar Lecture Series, hosted at Eastern Illinois University. His talk, "The Triumph of Politics:  Abraham Lincoln at 200," will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesda
EIU Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert to Include Big-Band Selections 04/09/09 The EIU Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert will bring classic and contemporary big-band music to Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center on Thursday, April 23. The concert, which includes several student compositions and arrangements, is to begin at 7:30 p.m. in The Theatre. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students; seating is open. The EIU Jazz Ensemble will be joined by three guest musicians: Allan Horney, trombone; Jeff Helgesen, trumpet; and Trish Marcus, vocals. Horney, a profe
EIU Jazz Ensemble Alumni to Perform in Honor of Former Director 04/08/09 Alumni spanning 40 years of the Eastern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble are to gather on campus to perform a concert honoring former director Allan Horney. The concert, the focal point of a weekend-long reunion, is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in The Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students; seating is open. The alumni big band, featuring at least 35 alumni, is to perform arrangements written by Horney, as well as the songs “Vine Street Ru
Visiting Astronomer to Present 'Stars That Go Bump in the Night' 04/08/09 A visiting astronomer will explain what happens when stars collide as part of Eastern Illinois University's celebration of the International Year of Astronomy. Robert D. Mathieu, professor and chair of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will speak about "Stars That Go Bump in the Night!" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the EIU Physical Science Building's Phipps Lecture Hall (Room 1205). "We are fortunate, indeed, to have a scientist of Dr. Mathie
Weather-Related Water Damage Takes Out 35 Percent of EIU's Telephones; Repairs Expected to Take Two to Three Days 04/06/09 UPDATE (Tuesday, April 8, 2009) -- We're happy to report that all major repairs were completed by 6 a.m. today. Individuals on campus still experiencing problems with their telephone service should contact Telecommunications at 581-5951. ***** Nearly 35 percent of Eastern Illinois University's campus will be without phone service while Consolidated Communications technicians work to replace damaged cable. Campus constituents are encouraged to use e-mail and cell phones until regular phone
4K Run/Walk for Shannon McNamara Set for April 26 at Campus Pond 04/06/09 The sixth annual 4K Run/Walk for Shannon McNamara, an Eastern Illinois University student who was tragically murdered in 2001, is set for Sunday, April 26. The run/walk is to begin at 2 p.m. at EIU's Campus Pond Pavilion. Check-in is to begin an hour before the race. Registration is $12 if completed online at http://www.active.com prior to the day of the event; those who pre-register will receive a T-shirt. Race-day registration is $15. All proceeds will go toward the Shannon McNamara Scholarshi
EIU Invites Community Residents to Kick Butts Day Activities 04/01/09 Community residents are invited to join Eastern Illinois University students, faculty and staff as they participate in local activities for Kick Butts Day, a nationwide initiative designed to stop youth tobacco use. Activities will take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Charleston 's Morton Park. In addition to a community picnic, where local vendors and businesses will have booths filled with free food, games and information regarding tobacco use and the effects it ha
First-Ever 'Showcase EIU' to Exhibit Students' Research, Service, More 03/30/09 Eastern Illinois University's first Showcase of the Exploration and Inquiry of Undergraduates will demonstrate EIU students' research, service, scholarship and creative activity. About 200 students and 100 faculty members have worked together on the projects and presentations that will be displayed 1-4 p.m. Friday, April 3, in EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center. The public is invited. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the displays, attend oral presentation sessions (1:15, 2:15 and
Acclaimed Pianist Jonathan Biss to Perform at Doudna Fine Arts Center 03/26/09 Internationally acclaimed pianist Jonathan Biss is to demonstrate his remarkable technique and versatility in an upcoming performance at Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center. Biss is to perform works by Mozart, Kurtág, Schubert and Chopin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the Dvorak Concert Hall. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and EIU employees, and $5 for students; seating is reserved. After the performance, Biss will be available for a meet
Weber Named EIU's Vice President for Business Affairs 03/23/09 Although William Weber has spent the better part of the past two decades dealing with academic issues facing Eastern Illinois University, he feels confident about his abilities to perform the duties of vice president for business affairs. He will assume the role of VPBA on July 1, according to EIU President Bill Perry, who publicly announced the appointment today. "If you look at my past work, you'll see that I've always been involved with issues tied to the business services of the un
ScienceFest to Explore EIU's Environmental Sustainability Efforts 03/23/09 Eastern Illinois University's College of Sciences will explore environmental sustainability efforts at EIU during ScienceFest, its annual celebration of student research and faculty activities. The public is invited to attend the 14th annual ScienceFest, which will have events from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, in the University Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union. At 9 a.m., attendees can attend a browsing session of undergraduate and graduate students' research posters. Coffee, tea, donuts
EIU Theatre Arts to Present New Twist on 'Princess and the Pea' 03/23/09 The Eastern Illinois University theatre arts department's commedia dell’arte adaptation of the classic "Princess and the Pea" breathes new life and energy into an old story. The play, written by renowned children’s playwright Lane Riosley, will be staged for two public performances, 2 p.m. April 4-5 in The Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center. All seats are $5. Seating is open. It will also be performed for area schools April 6-9. The production is directed by John Oertl
Concert to Celebrate Life of Late EIU Music Professor W. David Hobbs 03/23/09 Friends, students and colleagues are to take to the stage to celebrate the life and artistry of the late W. David Hobbs, a much-respected Eastern Illinois University music professor. The memorial concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students; all proceeds will support the W. David Hobbs Piano Scholarship. The program is to include some of Hobbs' favorite music. Pianists scheduled to per
EIU Sigma Xi Banquet to Include Award for Teaching Excellence 03/23/09 James Sparks, a Mattoon High School science teacher and EIU alumnus, will be honored for his teaching excellence with an award from the Eastern Illinois University chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Sparks is to be presented with the 2009 award plaque and stipend during a short Sigma Xi EIU chapter meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the University Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union. The public is welcome. Prior to the meeting, a banquet will be held, starting at 6 p.m. It
Three EIU Students Killed in Weekend Car Crash 03/22/09 In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 21, a tragic two-vehicle accident near St. Louis claimed the lives of three Eastern Illinois University students. Those pronounced dead at the scene were Anusha Anumolu, Anitha Lakshmi Veerapaneni and Priya Darshini Muppavarapu, all master's degree candidates in technology and all international students from India. Also killed in the accident was Miss Veerapaneni's cousin, who lived in northern Illinois. In addition, Miss Veerapaneni's fianc&eacu
The Stand-Up Economist to Offer Laughs in These Hard Times 03/19/09 Even in these difficult economic times, folks can find something to laugh about. Yoram Bauman, The Stand-Up Economist, will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in the University Ballroom of Eastern Illinois University's MLK Jr. Union. Admission is free and open to the public. Bauman has appeared at venues ranging from the New York Improv to the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting. He can also be seen on YouTube, where his videos have more than 500,000 hits.
Foundation Board, Volunteers "Stay the Course" During Hard Times 03/18/09 Since its inception in 1953, the Eastern Illinois University Foundation has made giving its goal. Specifically, the Foundation exists for three purposes: To encourage and provide private support to EIU and the region it serves, and to promote the ideals of volunteerism and philanthropy among alumni, friends and university employees; To assist and support EIU's educational and cultural mission through encouraging philanthropic gifts of cash, property and other materials of educational an
EIU Music Ensembles to Celebrate New French Double Harpsichord 03/16/09 The Eastern Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Collegium Musicum and Camerata Singers are joining forces to celebrate the official unveiling of Eastern Illinois University's new French double harpsichord. The concert is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, March 29, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and EIU employees, and $5 for students. Seating is reserved, and early ticket purchase is recommended. The harpsichord, designed in the style
'Side by Side by Sondheim' to Bring Familiar Songs to EIU's Doudna 03/16/09 Fans of musical theatre will likely feel like singing along to the many familiar songs in "Side by Side by Sondheim," which will be staged by Eastern Illinois University's music and theatre arts departments. This Tony Award-winning musical, a tribute to composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, is to be performed at 7:30 p.m. on March 27, 28, 30 and 31 in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Black Box Theatre. With minimal sets and costumes, a small cast, and two pianos that allow the brilli
N.Y. Theatre, Founded by EIU Alumni, to Debut 'Road Trips' at Doudna 03/12/09 The founders of Tree Theatre of New York, both Eastern Illinois University alumni, will debut their latest show at their alma mater's Doudna Fine Arts Center. “Road Trips," an original one-act play, will premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in The Theatre. Due to language and subject matter, "Road Trips" is intended for an adult audience only. Admission is $5. The production is part of the Coming Home Artists Series of the Doudna Fine Arts Center&rsqu
EIU Students Collecting Used Batteries for Recycling, Food for Charity 03/06/09 Through March 13, an Eastern Illinois University student group is conducting a used-battery drive to help the environment, as well as a food drive to help area residents. The EIU College of Science Student Advisory Board will recycle the batteries to keep them out of landfills, where they can contaminate the soil, water and air with lead, mercury, cadmium and other dangerous materials. The food drive will benefit the Catholic Charities food pantry. Collection boxes are set up in the fo
EIU to Present Lupe Fiasco in Concert April 4 03/05/09 Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 9, for Eastern Illinois University's spring concert headlining Lupe Fiasco and featuring special guest Shwayze. The live concert will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4, in Lantz Arena. Tickets, priced at $10 for EIU students with Panther Card ID and $20 for all others, are available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays through the MLK Jr. Union Ticket Office, located on the second floor, west wing. For information, phone 217-581-512
Explorer of Ancient U.S. Sites to Present 'Art and Archaeoastronomy' 02/26/09 Jim Krehbiel, a Charleston native who has spent decades exploring the backcountry of the Southwest, will present "Art and Archaeoastronomy: Anasazi Astronomical Shrine Sites" at 7 p.m. Monday, March 9, at Eastern Illinois University. The illustrated presentation, which is part of International Year of Astronomy events at EIU, will take place in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Lecture Hall (Room 1210). It is free, and the public is invited. Krehbiel, chair of the fine arts departmen
Conference on Middle East to Feature Top Arab Representative 02/26/09 In keeping with Eastern Illinois University's tradition of bringing world events closer to home, an all-day conference on the Middle East has been scheduled to take place on campus. Hussein Hassouna, ambassador from the League of the Arab States to the U.S., will present the conference's keynote address at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, in the Theatre of the Doudna Fine Arts Center. An open reception, with light snacks, will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the 1895 Room, MLK Jr. Union. The
EIU Employees Honored for Continuous Years of Service 02/25/09 Honorees attending the recent EIU Years of Service Luncheon included, from left to right: front row -- Vicki Hampton, James Johnson, Sharon Nichols, Robert Augustine, Mark Shaklee, Kathleen Phillips and Sandra Bingham-Porter, all with 30 continuous years of service; second row -- Nancy Page, David Arseneau, Allan Rathe, Robert Black, Larry Farris, Nancy Dole, Patricia Shonk, Anita Thomas and Cheryl West, all with 25 years of continuous service. Eastern Illinois University recently honored
'Mask Messenger' to Merge Comedy, Theatre, Dance and Poetry at EIU 02/23/09 Faustwork Mask Theatre, which captivates audiences with a unique synthesis of theatre, masks, physical comedy, dance and poetry, is coming to Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center. "The Mask Messenger," a series of vignettes ranging from comic to bizarre to poignant, is set for 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, in The Theatre. Admission is $5. The performance is not recommended for younger children. First, the performers present a brief and informative mock-lecture about t
EIU Wind Symphony to Present 'Art of the Wind Band' at Doudna 02/23/09 Special guest conductors will join the Eastern Illinois University Wind Symphony for its "Art of the Wind Band" concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center. The concert, to be held in the Dvorak Concert Hall, will include selections from the EIU Wind Symphony, with guest conductors Timothy Reynish of the United Kingdom and Russel Mikkelson of The Ohio State University Wind Symphony. The Wind Symphony is also planning an encore performance of Grammy Award
EIU Dancers to Present Spring Concert on March 6 and 7 02/18/09 The Eastern Illinois University Dancers will present their annual spring concert, "True Expression," at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, on the stage in McAfee Gym. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The concert will feature traditional forms of ballet, modern, tap and jazz to varied musical artists such as Tony Bennett, Aerosmith, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Michael Buble and The Pussycat Dolls. The event promises to be a foot-tapping, energetic production enjoyab
More Than 130 School Districts to Attend Education Job Fair 02/17/09 Representatives from school districts from across the United States and overseas will be seeking new employees at the upcoming Mid-America Educators' Job Fair at Eastern Illinois University. The public is invited to the free job fair, which is set for 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in the MLK Jr. Union ballrooms. It is sponsored by EIU Career Services. A list of participating schools and available jobs, including teaching, administration and specialist positions, is available via
"Copperheads" Subject of EIU Lincoln Bicentennial Lecture 02/16/09 "If Civil War battlefields saw vast carnage, the Northern home-front was itself far from tranquil. Fierce political debates set communities on edge, spurred secret plots against the Union, and triggered widespread violence. "And at the heart of this turmoil stood Northern anti-war Democrats, nicknamed 'Copperheads.'" This is how Oxford University Press introduces "Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln's Opponents in the North" (Oxford, 2006), written by Jennifer
A Message from the Presidents and Chancellors of Public Universities in Illinois to the People of Illinois 02/11/09 The public universities of Illinois play a critical role in the lives of our state's citizens and in our state's ability to compete in the national and global economies. We know your expectations of us are great as are the dividends of a high quality system of public higher education in Illinois. In good times and bad, our institutions are here for the people of Illinois. We never waver from the commitment to fulfill our missions of education, research, health care and public service in ways t
EIU Alumna Achieves Dream of Becoming a Contestant on "Survivor" 02/09/09 "Survivor: Tocantins" contestant Debra (Staton) Beebe was forced to lie to her employers -- the Auburn (Ala.) Board of Education. "They were led to believe I was going to take leave without pay in order to visit other countries to examine their school systems," Beebe said. "Luckily, (the board members) trust me. They thought I was out to change the world." And why wouldn't they? Beebe, a 1985 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, had been employed in the Au
Pianist to Pay Tribute to Late Professor with Performance at EIU's Doudna 02/09/09 Pianist James Litzelman, an Eastern Illinois University graduate, will perform at his alma mater to raise funds for a scholarship honoring the memory of a much-respected music professor. The concert, which will benefit the Alan R. Aulabaugh Music Scholarship, is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. General-admission tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. "It is a special honor to have Jim Litzelman perform at EIU in memory of A
On-Campus Sirens, Emergency Messaging Will Not Be Part of EIU Drill 02/09/09 If Eastern Illinois University campus and community residents hear emergency sirens sounding on campus on Friday, Feb. 20, they should react accordingly. It won't be part of the drill. University officials have announced that a portion of the institution's staff will be participating in an active shooter training exercise that may also include involvement by emergency personnel from the city of Charleston, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center and other law enforcement entities. It should be
'Dueling Pianos': Daughter to Pay Tribute to Ferrante & Teicher at EIU 02/06/09 The work of Ferrante and Teicher, a piano duo that sold 88 million albums over four decades, will be celebrated in an upcoming Eastern Illinois University concert featuring Teicher's own daughter. The concert, "Dueling Pianos," is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, in the Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and EIU employees, and $5 for students. Seating is reserved. Louis Teicher and Arthur Ferrante had a number of hit
EIU-Sponsored Events to Focus on "Darwin Day" 02/04/09 While many recognize Feb. 12, 1809, as the date on which Abraham Lincoln was born, few realize that the 16th president entered into this world on the same day as naturalist Charles Darwin. And just as individuals and groups world-wide make plans to honor the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, others are joining efforts to celebrate Darwin and his contributions to modern society, humanities and the sciences. British-born Darwin, known primarily for his efforts at introducing the idea of ev
Boston Brass to Perform at EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center 02/03/09 Boston Brass, a lively quintet that combines quality musicianship with humor and personality, is to perform at Eastern Illinois University on Tuesday, Feb. 17. The concert, which will also feature the EIU Wind Symphony, is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and EIU employees, and $5 for EIU students. Seating is reserved. Boston Brass features classical arrangements, vocal harmonies, jazz standards an
Celebrate Valentine's Day with the EIU Choral Ensembles' 'Songs of Love' 02/02/09 Romance will be in the air when Eastern Illinois University's Choral Ensembles present "Songs of Love" to wrap up the Valentine's Day weekend. The concert, featuring the EIU Concert Choir and Camerata Singers (conducted by Richard Robert Rossi) and the University Mixed Chorus (conducted by Adam Stich), is to begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. They will be joined by EIU music department faculty member Katie McBain on horn for
Grammy-Nominated Yellowjackets Jazz Quartet to Perform at EIU 02/02/09 The Yellowjackets Jazz Quartet, which is up for two 2009 Grammys, will help Eastern Illinois University's jazz festival celebrate its golden anniversary with "A Valentine’s Day Concert." The concert is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. Seating is reserved; tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and EIU employees, and $5 for EIU students. As another highlight of the 50th annual EIU Jazz Festival, Yellowjack
Reception, Keynote Address to Officially Open Booth Exhibition 01/31/09 An Eastern Illinois University faculty member will present the keynote address celebrating the national traveling exhibition, "Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African-American Identity," on display at Booth Library. Robert S. Petersen, an associate professor of art, will present "Kente in Context" as part of the opening program beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the library's West Reading Room. Admission is free and open to the public. A reception and open
One-Man Play -- "A Killing in Choctaw" -- to Highlight Annual Banquet 01/30/09 Tickets will be on sale through Wednesday, Feb. 4, for the 2009 African-American Heritage Celebration banquet, being held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. This year's event, set to take place Friday, Feb. 6, will feature the one-man autobiographical play, "A Killing in Choctaw," presented by Carl Ray. While being questioned by a white man in 1962, in the small town of Butler, Choctaw County, Ala., the then 18-year-old Ray responded by saying "yes' and "no"
EIU Honors College to Hold High School Scholastic Bowl Tourney 01/29/09 The Eastern Illinois University Honors College will hold its 24th annual Scholastic Bowl Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 7, on the second floor of Coleman Hall. The tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks and greetings from Bonnie Irwin, dean of the Honors College. The round-robin tournament consists of 24 high school teams from the surrounding area that compete in head-to-head competition. All teams are guaranteed at least three matches. The winners from each bracket advance
EIU's Booth Library to Host "Wrapped in Pride" Exhibition 01/27/09 For more than three years, a semitrailer has crisscrossed the nation, hauling three tons of special -- and very colorful -- freight to museums, schools and libraries. Eastern Illinois University's Booth Library has become the most recent stop in the series, and now invites all interested persons to the national traveling exhibition, "Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African-American Identity," scheduled to be on display Feb. 1 through March 10. Special commemorative guides will be availa
World-Renowned Composer to Present Concert, Lecture at EIU's Doudna 01/26/09 Grammy Award winner Libby Larsen, one of America’s most-performed living composers, will present a lecture and perform a concert of her original works at Eastern Illinois University on Feb. 10. Larsen's lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public. The concert, part of "A Year of Celebration: The Reopening of the Doudna Fine Arts Center," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Doudna's Dvorak Concert Hall. It will fe
Room and Board Rates Set for 2009-2010 School Year at EIU 01/23/09 Eastern Illinois University's Board of Trustees on Friday approved an increase in room and board rates for students living in EIU housing during the 2009-2010 school year. According to Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs, the new rates cover increases in operations including, but not limited to, fixed costs (e.g., utilities), student-employee wages, and food.  Three percent of the increases will be dedicated to capital projects. Nadler added that EIU retains one of the low
"Museum of Oppression" Returns to EIU Campus 01/22/09 Making its eighth appearance on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, "Beyond Words: Museum of Oppression" continues to provide insight into the issue of oppression through a self-guided historical and experimental walking tour. Sponsored by Eastern's Office of University Housing and Dining Services, this three-day event will be open to the community. Participants are invited to walk through a series of sensory experiences presented through the written word, audio, video and staged d
EIU Plans FAFSA Completion Workshops for Community Residents 01/21/09 Financial aid staff from Eastern Illinois University, in association with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and the Illinois Association of Financial Aid Administrators, will present two College Awareness and Preparation Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops. These workshops are available for any parents in the surrounding area who have college-bound students for the 2009-2010 academic year.  It does not matter whether your child plans to attend EIU or anothe
EIU to Host International Year of Astronomy's 'New Media Expert' 01/20/09 Pamela Gay, who has been chosen by the United Nations to serve as the "new media expert" for the International Year of Astronomy, is to speak at Eastern Illinois University this month. Her lecture, "The Once and Future Role of Citizen Science: The Great Discoveries of Public Astronomers Across History," is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the EIU Physical Science Building's Phipps Lecture Hall. Admission is free. The event will kick off EIU's yearlong celebration o
Martin Luther King Jr. March/Candlelight Vigil to Take Place at EIU 01/15/09 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. March and Candlelight Vigil Monday, Jan. 19, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a march from the Thomas Hall lobby to the Grand Ballroom, located in Eastern's MLK Jr. Union. The program there - scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. - will feature Cordell Ingram, principal of the Robertson Charter School in Decatur, speaking on "Shifting a Dream into a Plan." Ingram, wh
Students Keep 128-Year-Old 'Historical Climate Station' Tradition Alive 01/09/09 Eastern Illinois University students are continuing a 128-year-old tradition of keeping Charleston's daily weather records for the nation's top official weather organizations. The work, which relies on old-fashioned analog equipment and on-site observation, allows the Charleston station to retain its "historical climate station" status, while providing students with valuable experience they can't learn from a textbook. "If you can engage the students in a hands-on experien
EIU Search for VPBA Advances; Names of Finalists Released 01/09/09 Three individuals have been invited to participate in on-site visits as Eastern Illinois University moves forward in its search for the institution's next vice president for business affairs. William V. Weber of Charleston, Patrick D. Kirby of Buda, Texas, and Donald Chrusciel of Ames, Iowa, have been invited to participate in on-site interviews during the month of February. According to Robert Augustine, chair of the committee that conducted the national search, Eastern received 39 applic
EIU Sessions to Help Hearing Aid Users Get Maximum Benefits 01/09/09 The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at Eastern Illinois University will offer sessions for individuals who are considering hearing aids or for those who already own hearing aids and would like to maximize their benefit. Sessions will focus on understanding and coping with hearing loss, and provide good communication skills and strategies. Spouses, family members and friends are invited to attend, as well. Participants will attend a series of four sessions, with each s
EIU President Seeking Community Input Regarding Energy Center Design 01/07/09 Charleston residents -- especially those from neighborhoods near the planned Illinois Route 130 location of Eastern Illinois University's Renewable Energy Center -- will have two public opportunities to discuss the facility's design with President Bill Perry. Perry would like to hear suggestions from residents regarding the design of the facility, with particular attention to suggestions on external appearance. The date, location and time of this first meeting is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1
EIU Fall Commencement Ceremonies Set for Saturday, Dec. 20 12/18/08 Approximately 630 summer and fall graduates plan to participate in Eastern Illinois University's formal commencement ceremonies, scheduled to take place Saturday, Dec. 20, in Lantz Arena. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Guest tickets are required for admission. Graduating seniors from the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities will march in the morning ceremony, while students from the College of Education and Professional
Student's Exchange Experiences Lead to National Awards, New Outlook 12/18/08 Joseph Astrouski just wanted to get away, but he ended up getting so much more -- invaluable life lessons; a new self-image; and two national awards, including one for using his exchange-student experience to its fullest. Astrouski chose to attend Eastern Illinois University in large part due to its impressive study-abroad offerings. His original plan was to spend a semester studying abroad, and when Eastern joined the National Student Exchange in Fall 2007, he added a U.S. exchange exper
Vincent Gutowski Named EIU's Distinguished Service Award Recipient 12/15/08 One mention of the name "Vincent Gutowski" and words of praise start flowing from Godson Obia's mouth. "A stellar academic and a great person," Obia said of his friend and colleague. "Vince is such a giving person -- both to his students and to his department." Kind words such as these and the truth behind them are what led to Gutowski being named the 2008 recipient of Eastern Illinois University's Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award, presented by the
McCann Chosen to Serve as Interim Vice President for Business Affairs 12/02/08 Eastern Illinois University Treasurer Paul McCann has been chosen by President Bill Perry to serve as interim vice president for business affairs following the Dec. 31 retirement of Jeff Cooley. A national search is currently underway for Cooley's permanent successor. Officials hope to have a candidate in place by April 1, 2009. "I am very pleased that Paul agreed to serve Eastern as interim vice president," Perry said. "He will be very valuable to the university in this role
EIU Breaks Ground; Textbook Rental Service to Get New Home 11/26/08 A few small piles of overturned dirt are the only visible sign of Eastern Illinois University's plans to move forward with a new home for its Textbook Rental Service. But officials know that those small mounds will soon be replaced by a 19,200-square-foot facility equipped to house the approximately 220,000 textbook volumes supporting the university's academic programs. In fact, the new building is expected to be completed by the end of the Fall 2009 semester. "Over the past century,
EIU Plans Annual Holiday Gatherings at Old Main; Public Invited 11/25/08 Community residents are invited to join Eastern Illinois University's students and staff during the coming week for "Winter Wonderland" -- two festive gatherings scheduled to take place in Old Main (the "Castle"). Guests are welcome to attend the two holiday events, the first of which is scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, and the second from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4. Parking is available in most university lots (excluding handicapped s
EIU Musicians to Present 'Lessons and Carols' Holiday Concert 11/24/08 The Eastern Illinois University Department of Music will present its traditional historical rendition of the famous King’s College "Service of Lessons and Carols" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. The free concert, featuring the EIU Concert Choir and Collegium Musicum, will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2206 Fourth St., Charleston. "Lessons and Carols," adapted from the service performed at King's College in Cambridge, England, since 1918, tells the C
EIU Symphony Orchestra, Choral Ensembles to Present 'Gloria,' More 11/24/08 The Eastern Symphony Orchestra and EIU Choral Ensembles will present two classic holiday pieces -- "The Nutcracker Suite" and "Gloria" -- at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. The Holiday Concert, which will also feature soprano Janet McCumber, will be held in the Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" No. 1, Op. 71, was an instant hit when it was first performed in March 1892. The piece, which includes the “Dan
Carols to be Featured in EIU Instrumental Division Holiday Concert 11/24/08 Eastern Illinois University's outstanding wind, brass and percussion students will help usher in the holiday spirit with a concert featuring well-known carols in a variety of genres. The Instrumental Division Holiday Concert, a new EIU tradition, is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in the Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center. The concert, sponsored by the EIU Department of Music, will include genres from jazz to classical, performed by chamber groups to large ensembles. The pro
Renewable Energy Center Pulled From BOT Agenda; President Perry Issues Statement 11/18/08 Eastern Illinois University President William Perry announced today that items related to the institution's proposed Renewable Energy Center have been pulled from the agenda of Friday's (Nov. 21, 2008) Board of Trustees meeting. He also issued the following statement: "A new steam plant for Eastern Illinois University is the first step in providing reliable capacity of thermal energy necessary for our campus. The need for replacement is not in doubt, given the age of our current steam pla
EIU Foundation Announces Recipients of 2008 Philanthropy Awards 11/12/08 Since its inception in 1953, the Eastern Illinois University Foundation has been dependent upon the generosity of its members and volunteers to fulfill its mission of support to the university. And, since 1993, the foundation has honored philanthropists in recognition of their gifts and dedication to EIU. This year was no exception. Harold Marker, Wesley Whiteside and Patrick and Genie Lenihan, all of Charleston, have been named the EIU Foundation's Outstanding Philanthropists of the Ye
EIU Jazz Ensemble to Perform Wide Variety of Jazz in Nov. 20 Concert 11/10/08 The Eastern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble will present a wide variety of jazz in its Nov. 20 concert, which will feature many excellent student soloists, as well as faculty jazz pianist Paul Johnston. The concert is to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. Among the selections are fresh arrangements of well-known standards, including “April in Paris” and “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” a masterful medley arrangement of “Co
EIU Renewable Energy Center Moving Forward; Informational Meetings Planned 11/07/08 Eastern Illinois University officials recently announced plans to move forward with construction of a Renewable Energy Center on the east side of campus. The result will be an economical and ecologically friendly answer to Eastern's critical power needs, made necessary by the deterioration of the university's current coal-fired power plant. Built circa 1925, the plant has been plagued by persistent equipment failures and replacement parts have been difficult, if not impossible, to find due to
EIU Theatre Arts to Present Adaptation of Classic Greek Drama 'Medea' 11/07/08 Eastern Illinois University's theatre arts department will present "Medea," a 1946 adaptation of Euripides' classic fifth-century B.C. drama, this month in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Black Box. Performances of Robinson Jeffers' play are set for 7 p.m. Nov. 14, 15, 17, 18, as well as 2 p.m. Nov. 16. Admission will be $12 for the general public, $10 for senior citizens and EIU employees, and $5 for students. "Medea," one of the great tragedies of classical Greece, ev
EIU Music Theatre and Opera to Present Humorous One-Acts 11/07/08 Eastern Illinois University Music Theatre and Opera will present "A Comedic Evening of Overbearing and Manipulative Women … and the Men who Love Them" as its first production in the new Doudna Fine Arts Center. Performances of these humorous one-acts are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 15, in The Theatre. All of the segments will be performed in English. The evening will begin with the opening two scenes from "Rita" by Donizetti, where we
EIU Wind Symphony, PBL High School Band to Present 'Call of Duty' 11/06/08 The Eastern Illinois University Wind Symphony and Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Concert Band will present a Veterans Day concert, "The Call of Duty," as a tribute to those who have served our country. The concert is to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center’s Dvorak Concert Hall. The first half of the program will feature the PBL High School Concert Band, directed by a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Timothy Hess, who currently serv
Press Secretary, Adviser to Former Governor Next Speaker in EIU Edgar Series 11/05/08 Mike Lawrence contends that what many Illinois residents are calling a state budget crisis is really a leadership crisis. "Leaders have let us down by not dealing squarely with the state economy," he said, adding that neither the media nor the public has held public officials as accountable as they should have. Lawrence, former press secretary and senior policy adviser to Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar for nearly a decade, will discuss his topic at length when he presents "Illinois
Joan Allen Phone Interview to Highlight Embarras Valley Film Festival 11/04/08 A live telephone interview with Eastern Illinois University alumna Joan Allen will highlight this week's Embarras Valley Film Festival, which honors the Oscar-nominated actress's much-celebrated work. EIU alumnus and Charleston native Dann Gire, a film critic for the Arlington Heights Daily Herald and president of the Chicago Film Critics Association, will conduct the interview as part of his keynote presentation, "Joan Allen: Eastern's Elusive Alumna," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, N
Three EIU Music Ensembles to Join Forces for 'Mostly Mozart' 11/03/08 Three of Eastern Illinois University's premier music ensembles will present music by one of the world's greatest composers in their "Mostly Mozart" concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. The 4 p.m. concert -- featuring the Eastern Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Collegium Musicum (Early Music Ensemble) and Concert Choir, as well as special guest artist Magie Smith on clarinet -- will be held in Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center. Selections are to include Mozart's Eine Klein
Young Trick-or-Treaters Welcomed at EIU 10/28/08 On-campus students at Eastern Illinois University will open their doors to area children to provide a fun and safe environment to go trick-or-treating this Halloween. All activities are free of charge. On Oct. 31, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council will host "Ghost, Greeks and Goblins" from 5 to 8 p.m. in Greek Court, EIU's on-campus fraternity and sorority housing complex. Each chapter will welcome trick-or-treaters at their individual
Embarras Valley Film Festival to Spotlight EIU Alumna Joan Allen 10/23/08 2008 Embarras Valley Film Festival: The Fine Art of Joan Allen (Events are in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall unless otherwise noted.) Saturday, Nov. 1 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Stop-motion filmmaking workshop for ages 11-18. Tarble Arts Center, Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue. Tuesday, Nov. 4 3:30 p.m.: Performance of a scene from "The Crucible" by Jerry Eisenhour’s EIU theatre c
Illinois Legends to Help Rededicate EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center 10/16/08 Eastern Illinois University will celebrate the formal rededication of the newly expanded and renovated Doudna Fine Arts Center next weekend with the help of three Illinois arts legends. The celebration, to take place Oct. 24-26, will include the dedication of a major sculpture by Ruth Duckworth, a concert by legendary gospel and soul great Mavis Staples, and comedy by the venerable comedy troupe Second City. The weekend will also include several other special events and performances. Even
James Jones Lecture to Explore the Ending to World War II 10/14/08 Tsuyoshi Hasegawa's 1995 book, "Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman and the Atomic Bomb," compelled historians to re-think the end of the World War II. Members of the EIU and local communities will have the opportunity to judge for themselves when Hasegawa speaks on Eastern's campus at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Admission is free and open to the public for the event, scheduled to take place in the Lecture Hall of the Doudna Fine Arts Center. Hasegawa, a specialist in modern Russia
'100 Years of Pemberton Hall' Events to Celebrate Historic Building 10/13/08 A century ago, Eastern Illinois State Normal School became home to the Illinois' only state-funded residence hall, allowing students to live on campus for the first time. A lot has changed since 1908, including Eastern Illinois University's name, but Pemberton Hall -- and the camaraderie it inspires among the women who live there -- remain the same. To honor the 100-year milestone, Eastern Illinois University's Alumni Association is planning several events for Pemberton Hall alumnae and
Ten to be Honored with EIU Alumni Awards During Homecoming 10/10/08 Recipients of the Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association’s 2008 alumni awards will be honored in conjunction with Homecoming activities. “We are honored to be able to recognize such an extraordinary group of alumni for their accomplishments and the varied ways in which they have represented their alma mater,” said Steve Rich, executive director of the Alumni Association. “Their successes reflect well on Eastern Illinois University and motivate current and
EIU Homecoming Events to Include Annual Breakfast, Race, Parade 10/09/08 A weeklong series of events in celebration of Homecoming 2008 at Eastern Illinois University will once again culminate with a fun-filled day of activities, including an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, a 2.5K race and a parade, on Saturday, Oct. 18. Early risers can start the day off with a warm meal, courtesy of the Charleston Rotary Club and EIU Homecoming Committee. Serving for the ninth annual pancake breakfast will take place from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Domino's Pizz
Library Services Dean Named Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year 10/09/08 Allen Lanham, dean of Library Services at Eastern Illinois University, has been named the 2008 Illinois Academic Librarian of the year. A special reception in his honor will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Booth Library, Room 4440. The public is invited to attend. Lanham received the award at the Illinois Library Association Conference held at Navy Pier in Chicago. The award is given annually by the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries. The Consortium of
EIU Faculty to Discuss Ramifications of $700 Billion Bailout 10/06/08 Four Eastern Illinois University faculty members will examine the economic and political ramifications of the $700 billion financial sector bailout during a panel discussion at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8. Two economists (Noel Brodsky and James Bruehler) and two political scientists (David Carwell and Andrew McNitt) will discuss possible consequences of the measure and present alternative measures that could have been implemented. The free event, to be held in Lumpkin Hall's Roberson Aud
Eastern Illinois University's Booth Library Recipient of $100,000 Grant 10/03/08 Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University has been awarded a $100,000 Library Services and Technology Act grant for "Art and Architecture in Illinois Libraries, Part II." The Illinois State Library, a division of the Secretary of State's Office, administers LSTA grants with funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The original Art and Architecture project established a mechanism for collecting data about academic, public and research libraries in Illinois, e
EIU Education Majors, Neoga Sixth-Graders Learn from Each Other 10/02/08 What started as a simple research project for Neoga sixth-graders has blossomed into a mutually beneficial partnership with Eastern Illinois University education majors. The 54 middle school students spent Wednesday, Oct. 1, on the EIU campus, with activities including researching planets at Booth Library, visiting the observatory and finding six campus landmarks using GPS technology with help from Mattoon High School students. It all started earlier this year when Neoga teacher Donna
"New Deal" Symposium Made Possible Through Riccio Memorial Fund 10/02/08 The Eastern Illinois University History Department, in conjunction with the Barry D. Riccio Memorial Fund, will host a "Symposium on the New Deal in Illinois " on Thursday, Oct. 9. The event will feature a talk, one panel presentation, and an early evening keynote address by Donald Ritchie, associate historian to the United States Senate. Most events are free and open to the public; no registration is required. However, those wishing to attend the luncheon address, or who have questions
State Rep. Chapin Rose to Perform in EIU's 'Arsenic and Old Lace' 09/30/08 State Rep. Chapin Rose, who once had the lead in a Charleston High School musical, will return to the stage this weekend to help inaugurate The Theatre in Eastern Illinois University's new Doudna Fine Arts Center. Rose (R-Mahomet), a Charleston native who spent much of his youth on EIU's campus, will make a homecoming of sorts to play Teddy Brewster, a character who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt, in the classic comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace." "I haven't done anything lik
EIU Invites Prospective Students, Others to Take a Close Look 09/30/08 Eastern Illinois University wants prospective students and their parents, as well as other interested individuals, to take a close look at what's taking place on its 320-acre campus. And to help those folks take that in-depth look, Eastern has joined more than 300 universities and colleges nationwide by becoming a featured institution on the College Portrait Web site, launched earlier this week. The site provides high school students, parents, guidance counselors and other stakeholders w
School of Business Executive-in-Residence to Speak on Management 09/24/08 Jane Lockett, an Eastern Illinois University alumna who taught at Arcola High School before moving into corporate leadership roles, will speak next week as the EIU School of Business' current Executive-in-Residence. The public is invited to hear Lockett's open presentation, "Executive Management 101," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Lumpkin Hall's Roberson Auditorium (Room 2030). Lockett is senior vice president of customer operations for ConnectEdu, which, according to its We
Neighborhood Social to Include Free Performance by "The Whip Guy" 09/18/08 Rachel Z. Fisher didn't think Eastern Illinois University and the city of Charleston should get left behind while the rest of the nation celebrated. So she, too, organized an event in commemoration of National Neighborhood Day. And she's inviting all interested persons to the party. Beginning at noon Sunday, Sept. 21, Charleston residents, including EIU students, are invited to Charleston's Morton Park for a family-friendly social which will include free snacks and drinks (while they last
EIU Again Plans Exclusive Contract with Pepsi-Cola 09/16/08 Eastern Illinois University has once again offered an exclusive beverage contract to one of the country's two soft drink giants. The university has notified Pepsi MidAmerica of its intent to enter into a five-year partnership, with an option for an additional five-year period. The formal contract signing is expected within the next two weeks. Pepsi-Cola is no stranger to Eastern. The company's beverage products have been served throughout the university campus for more than a decade; Peps
EIU Grad Charlotte Martin, Ken Andrews to Discuss Music Industry 09/16/08 Singer/songwriter Charlotte Martin, a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and Charleston High School, will make a public appearance at EIU with her husband, music producer Ken Andrews, on Friday. The visit will provide an opportunity for Martin's local friends to say hello, as well as provide a chance for music enthusiasts to speak to the Los Angeles-based couple about the entertainment industry. At 2 p.m. Friday, the campus and community are invited to a meet-and-greet on the main
Screening, Reception Set for Film by EIU Faculty-Student Duo 09/12/08 "Expedition Nature's Realm," a documentary by an Eastern Illinois University faculty-and-student team, will be celebrated with a special screening and reception on Sunday, Sept. 21. The event is set for 2-4 p.m. in Buzzard Auditorium in Buzzard Hall, between Seventh and Ninth streets on the EIU campus. Refreshments will be served. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 18, by calling 1-877-PBS-WEIU (1-877-727-9348). "Expedition Nature's Realm," an
Fall 2008 Enrollment at EIU Nears Optimal Level 09/11/08 Nearly a year ago, Eastern Illinois University President Bill Perry determined that a total enrollment of near 12,000 was optimum for the institution with its resource base. "And I would say we pretty much hit it on the button," said Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs, commenting on Eastern's Fall 2008 on- and off-campus enrollment of 12,040.  "I am very happy with this number." Numbers reflect an on-campus enrollment of 10,863 and an off
Community Group Awards Grant to Eastern Symphony Orchestra 09/10/08 The Charleston Area Charitable Foundation, a longtime supporter of the Eastern Symphony Orchestra, recently awarded another $10,000 grant to boost the orchestra's offerings at this important point in its history. The opening of Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center, one of the finest facilities of its kind in the Midwest, deserves the best art, music and theatre offerings possible, and this gift will help make that possible, said Richard Robert Rossi, ESO director. &quo
Survey Results are Additional Proof of EIU's Quality Instruction 09/03/08 Since the success of students in doctoral programs can be one measure of the quality of instruction at the undergraduate level, officials at Eastern Illinois University are feeling pretty good about their institution. Recently released results from the Survey of Earned Doctorates -- a federal agency survey, or census, conducted annually by the National Organization for Research -- indicate that many Eastern graduates have done their alma mater proud by continuing their education, seeking do
Public Invited to View Jupiter from EIU Observatory 08/26/08 The public is invited to view Jupiter, plus hear about local plans for the 2009 International year of Astronomy, at Eastern Illinois University’s observatory open house at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. Even if it’s cloudy, the observatory will be open for tours, said EIU physics professor James Conwell. In 2009, International Year of Astronomy will commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of a telescope to study the skies, Kepler’s publication of "Ast
Banquet to Highlight Latino Heritage Month Celebration 2008 08/26/08 Latino Heritage Month Celebration activities at Eastern Illinois University will once again take place during September and October, with the major event -- the annual Latino Heritage Month Banquet -- set for Sunday, Sept. 14. Folks interested in good food and music -- Latino-style -- have until Friday, Sept. 5, to purchase tickets for this year's banquet. Tickets, priced at $15 ($8 for EIU students), can be purchased in the EIU Gateway Office, Blair Hall 2170. Cash or check only. For ticke
Former EIU Basketball Standout Kevin Duckworth Dies in Oregon 08/26/08 KERNVILLE, Ore. -- Kevin Duckworth, a two-time NBA All-Star who spent the majority of his 12 NBA seasons as the Portland Trail Blazers' center, has died. He was 44. Duckworth died Monday in Kernville, Ore., near the coastal town of Lincoln City. His death was confirmed by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. Duckworth was in town as part of a Trail Blazers group hosting a free kids' basketball clinic, Fox 12 reported on its Web site. The cause of his death was not released this mornin
Learning: Oh, For the Joy of a Fourth-Grader! 08/25/08 Most people would probably agree that the standard recipe for joy does not include long division and a written essay. But Melinda Mueller's 10-year-old daughter, Katie, might beg to differ. Mueller, a political science professor at Eastern Illinois University, remembers seeing her daughter step off a school bus last spring and begin jumping joyously into the air. When questioned about the origin of her good mood, Katie told her mother about her day's successes in long division and on an e
EIU Again Ranked Among Best in Its Class by U.S. News & World Report 08/22/08 For the ninth consecutive year, Eastern Illinois University has been named one of the top Midwestern public universities in its class by U.S. News & World Report. EIU is again ranked 14th among all Midwestern public universities offering a full range of undergraduate degrees and some master's degree programs. The region encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin . The rankings - part of the magaz
'Hard Work Pays Off,' Says EIU Student Interning on Wall Street 07/31/08 The real-world stock market experience provided by the Eastern Illinois University College of Business' Securities Analysis Center recently helped MBA student Jake Byrne edge out students from UCLA, North Carolina, Cornell and Yale to land a competitive Wall Street internship with Merrill Lynch. Byrne, a former key member of the Panthers basketball team who earned a bachelor's degree in finance with a 3.93 GPA in just three years, says EIU's facilities and its people made the difference i
EIU To Test New Emergency Notification Sirens 07/24/08 Some local residents will undoubtedly hear sirens going off Monday and Tuesday (July 28 and 29) as Eastern Illinois University tests the newest additions to its emergency notification system. Crews will be installing two new sirens and public address speakers, according to Gary Hanebrink, campus safety officer. And as the new installations will need to be tested, EIU employees and Charleston residents who live and/or work near campus are likely to hear emergency notification sirens, as well a
$623,000 Grant to Fund New Interactive Online Nursing Classes at EIU 07/23/08 Registered nurses now have the opportunity to take interactive online courses to earn bachelor's degrees from Eastern Illinois University, thanks to a three-year, $623,000 federal grant. "We're confident that this addition will meet the needs of our nurses so they can more easily go back to school," said Dianne Nelson, Ph.D., R.N., director of EIU's nursing program, which is beginning its second year. "This is going to allow us to offer so many more things and allow so many
EIU To Take Over Its Own Shuttle Bus Operation 07/14/08 Eastern Illinois University will no longer be relying on an outside company for shuttle bus service for its students. Instead, the institution will operate its own service with leased buses and university personnel as drivers. "This decision is in no way a reflection on past bus service," said Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs. "It's just that we've talked about doing this for years. And with our contract with H & H expiring, we thought this would be th
Retired Professor Has An Asteroid All His Own 07/07/08 Reprinted by permission from the The Daily News of Newburyport, Newburyport, Massachusetts. Few people in this world can look up into the sky at night knowing that somewhere, floating above them, there is a astronomical object with their name on it. Paul McCartney, Sean Connery and John Cleese can. Lou Gherig, Mark Twain and Beethoven could, as well. Now, Newburyport resident and retired Eastern Illinois University physics professor Scott Smith can add his name to the list of asteroids,
New Chair of Psychology Named at EIU 06/25/08 An experienced educator and accomplished researcher and author has been named as the new chairman of Eastern Illinois University's Department of Psychology. John H. Mace, chair and associate professor at the University of New Haven (Connecticut), will assume his duties at the Charleston campus on July 1. "I am very pleased that Dr. John Mace will be joining our psychology department and the College of Sciences," said Mary Anne Hanner, college dean. "Dr. Mace is an experienced department
VP for Business Affairs Announces Plans to Retire from EIU 06/10/08 Jeff Cooley, vice president for business affairs at Eastern Illinois University, has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31, 2008. "Jeff's retirement will be a huge loss to Eastern's administrative team," said EIU President Bill Perry. "His work has been absolutely critical to me in my first year at Eastern. His leadership and knowledge of fiscal matters, of the university and of state offices has been of great benefit to Eastern for many, many years. "We will mis
Rare Tropical 'Corpse Flower' Now Flowering at EIU; Crowds Expected 06/06/08 A rare tropical plant, the titan arum, is producing its first flower following six and a half years of vegetative growth in Eastern Illinois University’s H.F. Thut Greenhouse. The titan arum, which produces the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world, is on the World Conservation Union’s Red List of Threatened Species. The plant is also sometimes called the carrion flower or the corpse flower, as the flowers produce a scent similar to rotting meat. The university is
Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps Invites Public to Rehearsal at EIU 06/03/08 The world-class Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps will hold an open rehearsal to showcase what it has accomplished during its annual 11-day camp at Eastern Illinois University. The Cavaliers, the 2006 Drum Corps International champions, will perform from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, at O'Brien Stadium. The public is invited, and there is no admission charge. For their 60th anniversary season, the Cavaliers are presenting "Samurai," which celebrates the ancient Japanese warrior
EIU Chemistry Major Earns Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship 06/02/08 An Eastern Illinois University chemistry major whose very first research project yielded significant findings in her field has now earned the distinction of being named a 2008-2009 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Rebecca C. Grove is one of only 321 students in the country to be honored by the scholarship program, which is the premier undergraduate award of its type in science, math and engineering. Grove, who just finished her junior year, will receive $7,500 toward the completion of her und
Italian Culinary Expert to Teach Short-Term Courses at EIU 05/16/08 Locals who have an interest in Italian food and wine can learn from an expert this month without leaving central Illinois. Massimo Coppetti, who teaches at Italy's Apicius Culinary Institute of Florence, will lead two short-term courses at Eastern Illinois University, starting Monday, May 19. The courses may be taken for credit if desired, but a noncredit option is also available. For information on cost and registration, please call the EIU School of Continuing Education at 217-581
$116,000 Grant Allows Professor Opportunity to Represent EIU Abroad 05/15/08 Many will agree that Eastern Illinois University is not a large university. That didn't seem to matter, however, when the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded David Raybin a grant for more than $116,000, thereby enabling the veteran English professor the opportunity to represent the university abroad. He and his wife, Susanna Fein (a professor of English at Kent State University), plan to team-teach a four-week summer seminar in London and Canterbury, England, beginning June 22.
Son Gives EIU Scrapbook Compiled by Former President Buzzard 05/06/08 Charles "Buzz" Buzzard understands the importance of looking to the past to fully appreciate the present. That's why Buzzard, the youngest of four sons of Eastern Illinois University's second sitting president, Robert G. Buzzard, was proud to present EIU with a scrapbook that his late father compiled about his life and times. "Charles has given us something very meaningful to our university and very valuable to our history," said EIU President Bill Perry. Buzzard p
EIU Honors 2007-2008 Retirees 05/06/08 More than 60 Eastern Illinois University employees recently were honored as faculty/staff members who have retired or plan to retire during the 2007-2008 academic year. A celebratory dinner was held April 30. Those attending were, from left to right, front row -- Joy Craft, Vesta McLain, Barbara Powell, Martha Brown, Marilyn Klingenberg, Jan Hinkle and Pat Beaulieu; second row -- Doris Hamilton, Michael Chron, David Horsman, Daniel Carpenter, EIU President Bill Perry (on hand to congratulate
One-time Reluctant Teacher Receives Distinguished Faculty Award 04/30/08 Robert "Bud" Fischer may think he has people fooled; however, his friends and colleagues beg to differ. "Behind his sometimes gruff exterior is a patient and generous soul," said Bonnie Irwin, dean of Eastern Illinois University's Honors College. "His students appreciate his genuineness as much as his obvious knowledge and talent." Andrew Methven, chair of EIU's Department of Biological Sciences, concurred. "I've known Bud for more than 10 years, during w
EIU to Reduce Summer Hours; Booth Library, Admissions Office Among Exceptions 04/30/08 In an effort to conserve resource dollars, Eastern Illinois University will once again close selected buildings from noon on Fridays until Monday mornings during the summer months. Beginning Monday, May 5, and continuing through Aug. 15, air conditioning and, in some cases, electrical power will be turned off during the afore-mentioned hours. Building/office exceptions include - but may not be limited to -- Booth Library, University Police, the Steam Plant and the Office of Admissions, which
WIU President to Speak at Son's EIU Commencement 04/28/08 Al Goldfarb has witnessed many commencement exercises in his 31-year career in higher education, but it's safe to say that one at Eastern Illinois University on Saturday will rank among his favorite. Goldfarb, president of Western Illinois University, will deliver the commencement address during the 3 p.m. ceremony, when his son, Jason Goldfarb, receives his master's degree in college student affairs from EIU. "I'm very honored to be asked to speak by the administration at Eastern
EIU Graduates Prepare for Saturday Commencement 04/28/08 Nearly 1,800 students are to graduate from Eastern Illinois University this spring, and most plan to participate in commencement exercises Saturday, May 3. Ceremonies are set for 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in Lantz Arena. Guest tickets are required for admission. Students from the College of Sciences will march in the morning ceremony; the College of Arts and Humanities and the School of Continuing Education (Bachelor of Arts in General Studies program) at noon; the College of Edu
Former President Dan Marvin Passes Away, Leaving Enduring Legacy 04/21/08 Daniel E. Marvin Jr., who served as Eastern Illinois University's fifth sitting president from 1977 to 1983, passed away Monday at the age of 69. "Our thoughts and sympathies are with the Marvin family in this time of sorrow," said EIU President William L. Perry. "Dr. Marvin provided strong leadership to the university as its fifth president. "Through his leadership in the establishment of the Tarble Arts Center, as well as WEIU radio and television, he fulfilled his v
Tarble Gift Brings New/Emerging Artist Series Funding to $7.5 Million 04/21/08 The Tarble Foundation, a longtime supporter of the arts at Eastern Illinois University, has given another $2.5 million to help fund programming at the new Doudna Fine Arts Center, scheduled to open this fall. The money, along with earlier gifts from the Tarbles and other generous donors, brings total funding for EIU's New and Emerging Artists Series to its goal of $7.5 million.  The series will help the new Doudna facility stand out by bringing in artists who challenge the boundaries an
EIU Board of Trustees Finalizes Tuition Rates for 2008-2009 04/21/08 The Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees approved tuition increases for the 2008-09 academic year at its meeting on Monday. In presenting the proposed increases, EIU President Bill Perry assured trustees that the issue of affordability was important. "Eastern has always been a university of opportunity," he said, "and it is our mission to remain so." The process of determining any tuition increase is a complicated one, he added, which begins by determining cost
Alumni Across U.S. to Volunteer as Panther Service Day Goes National 04/14/08 Eastern Illinois University's Panther Service Day, an annual tradition in Charleston since 2003, is growing this year to include more than 500 alumni helping out in their communities across the country. Projects are scheduled in several states (events are set for April 19 unless otherwise noted): Alabama (Birmingham), Arizona (Phoenix on March 29), California (Orange County), Illinois (Bloomington, Chicago, Decatur on April 12, Edwardsville, Kankakee, Libertyville, Mattoon, Springfield,
Former First Lady of Illinois to Deliver Edgar Series Lecture 04/10/08 Former First Lady of Illinois Brenda Edgar will present "Her-story on His-story: A Conversation with Brenda Edgar" when she delivers the second speech in the newly established Edgar Lecture Series at Eastern Illinois University. Her talk will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Buzzard Hall Auditorium. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar and his wife, Brenda, demonstrated their continuing support for their alma mater b
EIU Accounting Challenge Set for April 9 04/07/08 Eastern Illinois University's accountancy program, offered through the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Science, will hold its third annual high school Accounting Challenge on Wednesday, April 9. More than 240 students from 19 participating high schools are expected to attend this year's event, set to begin at 8:30 a.m. in the University Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union.  A campus tour will be offered to participants at 11 a.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 12:45 p.m. The Chall
EIU Presents Jason Mraz in Concert 04/04/08 Tickets are now on sale for Eastern Illinois University's spring concert, headlining Jason Mraz, featuring Bushwalla and The Makepeace Brothers, and hosted by Magician Justin Kredible, on Friday, April 25. The event, part of Mraz's Music Magic and Make Peace Tour, will begin at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m., in Lantz Arena. Tickets are $10 for EIU students with university ID and $13 for the general public. They may be purchased between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays through the MLK Jr. U
EIU Receives National Award for Alcohol Prevention Efforts 03/27/08 Eastern Illinois University is one of 10 institutions and organizations across the country to be honored for outstanding alcohol-abuse prevention efforts. The Prevention Excellence Awards were recently presented to organizations that demonstrated their dedication to the health and safety of their students by implementing comprehensive alcohol prevention programs on their campuses. “I am both pleased and proud that Eastern Illinois University has received national recognition for
Burke Named New Athletic Director at EIU 03/21/08 Barbara Burke, the deputy director of athletics and senior women’s administrator at the University of Wyoming, has been hired as the new athletic director at Eastern Illinois University. The announcement was made by EIU President William L. Perry earlier today. Burke becomes the ninth full-time athletic director in the Panthers' 108 years of athletic competition. She replaces Ken Baker, who has served as the interim athletic director since August. “I would like to say thank yo
McCollum to Receive EIU Sigma Xi Award for Teaching Excellence 03/20/08 Charleston Middle School science teacher Tim McCollum will be honored for his teaching excellence with an award from the Eastern Illinois University chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. McCollum, an EIU graduate and Charleston native, is the second recipient of the chapter’s Excellence in High School and Middle School Science and Mathematics Teaching Award. McCollum is to be presented with the 2008 award plaque and stipend at the 11th annual Sigma Xi EIU chapter
EIU Dancers to Perform Spring Concert "With Heart and Sole" 03/12/08 The Eastern Illinois University Dancers will present their annual spring concert -- "With Heart and Sole" -- at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29, on the stage in McAfee Gym. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Admission is free, and open to the public. The concert will feature traditional forms of modern, ballet, tap and jazz to varied musical artists such as Tori Amos, Lenny Kravitz, the Pointer Sisters and Bruce Springsteen. The EIU Dancers, a university-recognized o
"History Detectives" Interrogates EIU Professor For Upcoming Episode 03/03/08 Edmund F. Wehrle, a professor of history at Eastern Illinois University, recently found himself far away from the classroom and, instead, in the mountains north of Los Angeles to film an episode of the PBS series "History Detectives." The program typically explores a "history mystery" submitted by a viewer. Wehrle's segment involves a letter signed by President Ronald Reagan, thanking a naval officer for selecting the site that eventually became Camp David, the presidential retreat in Western
27th Academic Challenge Set for March 6; 61 Illinois High Schools Set to Participate 02/29/08 Sixty-one Illinois high schools will send some of their brightest students to Eastern Illinois University for the sectional level of the WYSE Academic Challenge competition to be held on Thursday, March 6. Individuals and teams qualified for the sectional level of competition by placing either first or second at regional competitions held in February. During the Academic Challenge, students demonstrate their abilities in two of the following areas: biology, chemistry, computer fundamentals
"Portion Size Me" Creator Offers Seconds With "Portion Size Me, Too" 02/21/08 In 2005, James Painter created a documentary, "Portion Size Me," which follows two Eastern Illinois University students who eat nothing but fast food for a month -- and lose weight in the process. He's now offering seconds. "Portion Size Me, Too!" continues the work that Painter, chair of EIU's School of Family and Consumer Sciences, presented in the original documentary.  The new DVD explains how those same two students from "Portion Size Me!" lost weight and even lowered their c
Three Athletic Director Finalists' Interviews Scheduled 02/18/08 Schedules have been announced for the remaining on-site interviews of the finalists for the position of athletic director at Eastern Illinois University. -- Vaughn A. Williams , associate director of athletics/facilities management and planning at the University of Connecticut, is to be on EIU's campus on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 20-21. Open interview sessions are scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday in Room 3202, Booth Library; and 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Charleston/Mattoon Room, MLK Jr.
AP "Breaking News" Exhibit, Related Events, Explore Nuts/Bolts of News-Gathering 02/08/08 While many enjoy the morning ritual of reading a newspaper while sipping their first cup of coffee of the day, few give thought to the effort it has taken to get that news to their front door. Through exhibits, a movie and a host of special speakers, Eastern Illinois University hopes to broaden that understanding. Throughout the month of February, Booth Library and the Department of Journalism will co-present a series of events, all of which are free and open to the public. Activities cen
Two of Five Athletic Director Finalists to Interview Week of Feb. 11 02/08/08 Two of the five finalists for the position of athletic director at Eastern Illinois University will participate in on-campus interviews in the coming week. Bruce Van De Velde, director of development at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., will be on campus Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 11 and 12. Open interview sessions are scheduled for 2:45 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Tuesday, both in the Effingham Room, MLK Jr. Union. In addition, a Panther Club/community reception -- also open to the public
Prospective Students Invited to Tour Campus, More During Open House 02/08/08 Eastern Illinois University invites all prospective students to get a first-hand look at the campus and its offerings during a free open house on Monday, Feb. 18. The open house, sponsored by the Office of Admissions, will provide prospective students and their families the opportunity to meet with faculty and/or student service personnel; hear from financial aid officers, housing staff and current EIU students; tour the campus, residence halls and Greek Court; and enjoy a complimentary l
Schools from Throughout U.S. to Attend Mid-America Educators' Job Fair 02/07/08 Representatives of more than 130 school districts from across the United States will be seeking new employees at the upcoming Mid-America Educators' Job Fair at Eastern Illinois University. The public is invited to the free job fair, which is set for 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the MLK Jr. Union ballrooms. It is sponsored by EIU Career Services. A list of participating schools and available jobs, including teaching, administration and specialist positions, is available via a
EIU-Sponsored Events to Focus on "Darwin Day" 02/06/08 While many recognize Feb. 12, 1809, as the date on which Abraham Lincoln was born, few realize that the 16th president entered into this world on the same day as naturalist Charles Darwin. That number continues to rise, however, as individuals and groups world-wide join efforts in celebrating Darwin's contributions to modern society, humanities and the sciences. British-born Darwin, known primarily for his efforts at introducing the idea of evolution through natural selection, is recognized i
EIU Athletic Director Search Advances; Names of Finalists Released 02/04/08 Five individuals have been invited to participate in on-campus interviews as Eastern Illinois University moves forward in its search for the institution's next athletic director. The EIU Athletic Director Search Advisory Committee received more than 50 applications for the position, according to committee chair Mary Anne Hanner. Telephone interviews were conducted with 10 semi-finalists, and five were chosen to participate in on-campus interviews. While schedules are still being finalized, it
EIU Employees Honored for Continuous Years of Service 01/24/08 Eastern Illinois University recently honored more than 230 of its employees for continuous years of service. A luncheon was held in recognition of university employees with continuous years of service in five-year increments. Those employed at EIU for five years were eligible for a certificate; those with 10 or more years of service were honored with both a certificate and a pin. The 2007 honorees are listed: 35 years -- Richard Swartzbaugh and Charles Titus. 30 years -- Larry Anke
Kenyetta Dance Company to Perform at Annual EIU Banquet 01/23/08 Tickets will be on sale through Monday, Jan. 28, for the 2008 African-American Heritage Celebration banquet, being held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The Kenyettá Dance Company, a contemporary modern dance company based in Indiana, will perform at this year's event. The banquet will begin with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by dinner at 6, on Friday, Feb. 1, in the Grand Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Tickets, priced at $15 for adults and $8
EIU Honors College to Hold High School Scholastic Bowl Tournament 01/23/08 The Eastern Illinois University Honors College will hold its 23rd annual Scholastic Bowl Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 2, on the second floor of Coleman Hall. The tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks and greetings from Bonnie Irwin, dean of the Honors College. The round-robin tournament consists of 24 high school teams from the surrounding area that compete in head-to-head competition. All teams are guaranteed at least three matches. The winners from each bracket advanc
Room and Board Rates Set for 2008-2009 School Year 01/18/08 Eastern Illinois University's Board of Trustees on Friday approved an increase in room and board rates for students living in EIU housing during the 2008-2009 school year. According to Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs, the rates cover increases in operations including, but not limited to, fixed costs (i.e., utilities, trash removal, fire protection, elevator maintenance and the like); student and employee wage increases; insurance; food costs; and capital projects (i.e., room re
Martin Luther King Jr. March/Candlelight Vigil To Take Place at EIU 01/17/08 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. March and Candlelight Vigil Monday, Jan. 21, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a march from the Thomas Hall lobby to the Grand Ballroom, located in Eastern's MLK Jr. Union. The program there - scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. - will include comments from keynote speaker Chandra Gill and a performance by the EIU Unity Gospel Choir. Gill, who will serve as the executive d
Pink Panthers Clinic Allows Kids to Dance at EIU Basketball Game 01/17/08 Children who attend the Eastern Illinois University Pink Panthers’ dance clinic will have the opportunity to learn a new dance and perform it at halftime of an EIU basketball game. The Little Pink Panthers Clinic, for children from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade (ages 4-12), is set for Saturday, Jan. 26, in the EIU Student Recreation Center. The first session, for ages 4-7, will meet from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. to learn the routine, which they will perform at halftime of the 5 p
From President Perry: A Letter to the University Community 01/15/08 Dear Members of the Campus Community: I am writing to report to the campus my conclusions from the series of just over forty meetings I had with various groups of faculty, staff, students, and university friends from August through November. My objective was to listen and learn. The participation of so many people, about 1,000, was gratifying to me and educational for me. My sincere thanks go out to all who participated. In the beginning of this process, the letter I sent to student leaders,
Workshops to Help Leaders Teach Fitness Activities to Older Adults 01/14/08 A national organization is bringing two one-day workshops to Eastern Illinois University to help community volunteers and senior activity directors teach fitness and functional activity to older adults. The workshops -- "Guidelines for Physical Activity for Older Adults" and "Balance, Mobility and Fall Prevention" -- are designed for individuals who work with older adults in senior centers, senior-living facilities, churches, park districts, fitness cent
EIU Sessions to Aid Hearing Aid Users in Getting Maximum Benefits 01/07/08 The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences will again offer sessions for individuals who are considering hearing aids or for those who already own hearing aids and would like to maximize their benefit. Sessions will focus on understanding and coping with hearing loss, and provide good communication skills and strategies. Participants will attend a series of four sessions, with each session meeting from 11 a.m. to noon on consecutive Fridays on the second floor of Eastern's Hu
Research Lands EIU Professor on Cover of Trade Magazine 12/21/07 Research by an Eastern Illinois University faculty member has landed him on the cover of the January/February 2008 issue of "ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal." Jeffrey M. Willardson, assistant professor of kinesiology and sports studies, is featured with Jennifer Carter, a former student, in the issue coming out Friday, Dec. 28. The photo was taken by Doug Lawhead, also an EIU employee. The bi-monthly publication, published by the American College of Sports Medicine, contains
EIU's First Presidential Scholar to Graduate Saturday 12/14/07 Bloomington native Laura Lienhop has entered the history books at Eastern Illinois University by becoming the first Presidential Scholar to receive a degree. Lienhop, a 2004 graduate of Bloomington High School, entered EIU in August 2004 as one of 19 freshmen accepted into the EIU Honors College's prestigious new Presidential Scholars Program. The program provides four-year scholarships to students demonstrating academic excellence. Now, in less than four years, Lienhop has earned a bachelor'
EIU Fall Commencement Ceremonies Set for Saturday, Dec. 15 12/13/07 Nearly 670 summer and fall graduates will participate in Eastern Illinois University's formal commencement ceremonies, scheduled to take place Saturday, Dec. 15, in Lantz Arena. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Guest tickets are required for admission. Graduates from the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities will march in the morning ceremony, while graduates from the College of Education and Professional Studies, the Coll
EIU Offices to Reduce Hours During Holidays 12/13/07 Persons planning to do business at Eastern Illinois University during the next two to three weeks are encouraged to call before making their trips to campus. While official university holidays are scheduled for Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1, many offices and departments will be closed and/or operating with a reduction in staff between Monday, Dec. 17, and Wednesday, Jan. 2, as employees use vacation time to extend their holiday breaks. Regular office hours are expected to resume Wednesday, J
EIU Receives Grants to Enhance Alcohol, Tobacco Education Programs 12/04/07 Eastern Illinois University's Health Education Resource Center recently received two grants that will bolster its efforts to educate students about tobacco and alcohol. The first grant, $15,000 in continued funding from Live Free Tobacco Free, will allow the HERC to create an even stronger impact in its health education and promotion efforts concerning tobacco use and cessation. The second grant, $7,500 from the Illinois Higher Education Center, will be used to enhance alcohol-education effor
Santa, Mrs. Claus Coming to EIU; Area Children Invited, Too 12/04/07 Word was received this week that Santa and Mrs. Claus soon plan to visit the campus of Eastern Illinois University, where they will be eager to greet the youngsters of the community. The jolly couple will visit and share cookies and hot chocolate with children and their parents from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Bridge Lounge of the MLK Jr. Union. The first 100 children in attendance will also receive a gift bag. Also, in the nearby University Ballroom, EIU Student Life volunteers w
EIU Plans Holiday Gatherings at Old Main; Public Invited to Attend 11/30/07 Community residents are once again invited to join Eastern Illinois University's students and staff for some holiday magic as the university hosts two festive gatherings in Old Main. Guests are invited to attend either of the two events, the first of which is scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, and the second from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Holiday music, food and drink will be offered. Parking is available in most university lots (excluding handicapped spa
Secretary of State Jesse White Unveils EIU Vanity Plates 11/29/07 Secretary of State Jesse White today announced that motorists can now order vanity and personalized Eastern Illinois University specialty license plates. Those license plates were previously only available with numeric characters, but now they are available in letter or letter and number combinations. "Vanity and personalized license plates are very popular in Illinois, and we're pleased to be offering them for the Eastern Illinois University series," White said. In addition, Secretary White
Courtyard to Celebrate International Education at EIU 11/20/07 Eastern Illinois University is making plans to honor past, present and future international students with a courtyard that will signify the importance of globalization on the campus and throughout the world. The International Courtyard, which will be funded through donations, is to be constructed on the east side of Blair Hall, the building that houses the International Programs offices. "The courtyard will celebrate the thousands of international students who have enriched the lives of
Playoff-Bound EIU Panthers Shine on Field, in Classroom 11/20/07 Many of the schools competing in this year’s NCAA football playoffs have found success both on the field and in the classroom, and Eastern Illinois University ranks among the top in academic success in the Football Championship Subdivision. Among the 16 schools competing for this season’s NCAA Division I football championship, EIU’s student-athlete graduation rate ranks third, according to the latest NCAA release. Specifically, EIU graduated 78 percent of its student-athle
Lumpkin, Foundation Pledge $2 Million for Doudna Arts Programs 11/14/07 The Lumpkin Family Foundation and Richard Lumpkin have pledged $2 million to support new community arts programs that will be housed in Eastern Illinois University’s renovated Doudna Fine Arts Center. The gift to EIU’s New and Emerging Artist Series Endowment will assist in the creation of an annual series of outstanding musical performances for the community to enjoy, as well as related educational opportunities for area school children. "Our family has always believed
Inaugural Address: Perry Pledges to Help EIU Be the Best it Can Be 11/09/07 Faculty, staff, students, trustees, elected and appointed officials, alumni, foundation board members, presidents Marvin, Rives, Jorns, and Hencken, representatives of universities and learned societies, members of the surrounding communities, family, and friends, I am honored to stand before you today as a member of the Eastern Illinois University community. I stand humbled by the opportunity to serve as president of a university with a proud past and bright future. Today we formally observe a
Perry, Tours and Library Cards Await Visitors to EIU 11/05/07 Meet the president. Tour the newly renovated Blair Hall. Apply for a free library card. Community residents are invited to do all this and more as Eastern Illinois University continues its series of pre-inaugural events planned to commemorate President William L. Perry's formal oath of office, planned for later in the week. Interested persons -- including university faculty, staff and students -- are invited to visit with Perry and his wife, Linda, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8,
Humorist, Faculty Forum Next on Pre-Inaugural Event Calendar 11/02/07 John Cassis smiled when he heard the name of Eastern Illinois University 's new president.  As a pre-game motivational speaker for the Chicago Bears (1983-1995), Cassis recognized the name "William Perry" as a familiar one. Cassis understood that the two men were not the same individual.  He did give a hint, however, that the coincidence might become fodder for his talk commemorating the official inauguration of William L. Perry as president of Eastern Illinois University
Perry to Take Formal Oath of Office; Inaugural Events Open to Public 10/29/07 Community residents are invited to participate in a series of events commemorating the Friday, Nov. 9, inauguration of Eastern Illinois University President William L. Perry. Perry, who began serving as the institution's top administrator on July 1, will take the official oath of office at 3 p.m. in Eastern's Grand Ballroom, located in the MLK Jr. Union. Seating is limited, so the ceremony will also be shown on closed-circuit television in the nearby University Ballroom should additional space
Former Governor to Deliver First Lecture in Edgar Series 10/24/07 Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar will discuss "From Old Main to the Mansion: Lessons Learned Along the Way," when he delivers the inaugural speech in the newly established Edgar Lecture Series. His talk will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Eastern Illinois University's Buzzard Hall Auditorium. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. Edgar and his wife, Brenda, demonstrated their continuing support for their alma mater by recently establishing the Edgar Speaker Seri
3 Generations of Navajo Women to Speak About Keeping Traditions Alive 10/23/07 Three generations of Navajo women will kick off Native American Heritage Month activities at Eastern Illinois University by talking about how they keep their traditions alive in today’s world. A Navajo medicine woman will be joined by two daughters and a teenage great-granddaughter to discuss life at the Grand Canyon Navajo Reservation, including their family customs, foods, textiles, housing and environmental respect. Their presentation is set for 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 26, in th
Love for Eastern -- and Mother -- Prompt Couple's Gifts Totaling $1 Million to EIU 10/19/07 Harold and Lois Joseph's decision to leave their estate to Eastern Illinois University was based primarily on their love for a woman who graduated from the institution more than a century ago. Charleston resident Mary Coon Cottingham attended the opening of what was then Eastern Illinois State Normal School in 1899. A few years later, she began attending the teacher's college, graduating in 1904. Thirty-two years later, in 1936, Lois Cottingham -- Mary's daughter -- also graduated from her
EIU Athletic Director Search Advisory Committee Named 10/17/07 A 15-person advisory committee has been appointed to conduct the search for Eastern Illinois University's new athletic director. Mary Anne Hanner, dean of Eastern's College of Sciences, will chair the committee, which is comprised of the following: Jill Owen, kinesiology and sports studies, representing Academic Affairs; Brenda Major, Office of Admissions; Tim McCollum, EIU Alumni Association; Gary Reed, Facilities Planning and Management, representing Business Affair
Local, National Stars Among Recipients of 2007 EIU Alumni Awards 10/16/07 The recipients of the Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association’s 2007 alumni awards will be honored this weekend in conjunction with Homecoming activities. “We are very proud to honor such an outstanding group of alumni for their accomplishments and the stellar manner in which they have represented Eastern Illinois University, both near and far,” said Steve Rich, executive director of the Alumni Association. “Their success reflects well on the university and moti
Exhibit, Lecture Series to Honor Charleston Native Dudley's Career 10/11/07 One of Charleston’s most distinguished natives will be honored with an exhibit and lecture series, “Tilford E. Dudley: A Man of Conviction,” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. Dudley – a graduate of Eastern State High School (now Eastern Illinois University) and law school at Harvard University – served as a member of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal administration and became an influential labor lawyer. In 1982, Dudley donated his
EIU Homecoming Activities to Include Annual Breakfast and Parade 10/11/07 A weeklong series of events in celebration of Homecoming 2007 at Eastern Illinois University will culminate with a fun-filled day of activities, including an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, a 2.5K race and a parade, on Saturday, Oct. 20. Early risers can start the day off with a warm meal, courtesy of the Charleston Rotary Club. Serving will take place from 6 a.m. to noon for the organization's eighth annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast in the parking lot of Domino's Pizza, located
EIU Duo's 'Expedition Nature's Realm' to Premiere on WEIU-TV 09/25/07 An Eastern Illinois University instructor and student have teamed up once again to create a documentary that will premiere this week on WEIU-TV. The first episode of “Expedition Nature’s Realm,” a nine-part series about the coexistence of humanity and nature on Earth, will air at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 27) on WEIU-TV. Subsequent episodes will air on the fourth Thursday of each month. The documentary was directed and produced by Cameron Douglas Craig, an EIU geology/geogra
"Mythbusters" Cast Member to Lecture at EIU 09/21/07 You're minding your own business, filling up your gas tank, when your cell phone rings. Should you answer it? You've heard you shouldn't use cell phones near gas stations since they can produce small sparks that can ignite big fires. Can that be true? It's a tough job separating truth from urban legend, but that's exactly what the "MythBusters" do. And one Mythbuster will soon be on the campus of Eastern Illinois University to reveal some of the secrets behind the making of the popular Di
Booth Library Subject of 2007 Charleston Landmark Series Ornament 09/20/07 Released by the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce Easter Seals of Central Illinois and the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce announce the release of the ninth annual Charleston Landmark Series Ornament of Hope. The new ornament, which commemorates Booth Library on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, has been proclaimed by the Chamber of Commerce and Mayor John Inyart as the official ornament of the city. Eastern’s first library opened in 1899 in the southwest corner of the fi
History Dept. First to be Named EIU 'First Choice Graduate Program' 09/20/07 Eastern Illinois University’s history department has made a little history of its own by being named the university’s initial First Choice Graduate Program. The First Choice designation is given by the Graduate School to EIU departments that meet criteria that show that their programs are, indeed, worthy of being graduate students’ first choices. The history department – which offers a master’s degree in history, as well as an accompanying historical administratio
Search for EIU Athletic Director Gearing Up 09/14/07 The search for a permanent athletic director at Eastern Illinois University is expected to begin later this month with the naming of a search committee and the appointment of a committee chair. EIU President Bill Perry will begin contacting various constituencies Monday, calling for nominations of faculty, staff and students interested in serving on the search committee. "We are soliciting a number of names to ensure a sense of balance from a broad representation of stakeholders," he
Illinois Teachers of the Year Help Dedicate Statewide Hall of Fame at EIU 09/10/07 All past and future Illinois Teachers of the Year, including four Eastern Illinois University alumni, now have a permanent place of recognition on the EIU campus. The Illinois Teacher of the Year Hall of Fame was dedicated Monday in Buzzard Hall, the flagship building of EIU’s education department. All four EIU graduates who have been named Teacher of the Year were on hand for the unveiling: current Teacher of the Year Joe Fatheree of Effingham; Ruth Hawkins of Charleston; Peggy Allan of
EIU Enrollment Down Slightly as Officials Work to Keep Numbers Manageable 09/05/07 Eastern Illinois University's fall enrollment is down slightly from last year's record-setting figure, the result of officials' decision to pull in the reins to keep class sizes low and personal attention high. Altogether, EIU has enrolled 12,179 students this semester. Although that's down 1.4 percent from last fall's 12,349 figure, it's still the second-largest in the university's history. "A student enrollment of 12,000 is the right size for Eastern with its current resource base," said
Banquet to Highlight Latino Heritage Celebration 09/04/07 Latino Heritage Celebration activities at Eastern Illinois University will take place during the months of September and October, with the major event -- the annual Latino Heritage Banquet -- set for Sunday, Sept. 23. With its theme "Orgullo Latino:  Latino Pride," this year's celebration lineup includes music and movies, as well as lectures.  "We look forward to this year's celebration," said Juanita Cross, planning committee chair.  "Latino Heritage Month is an opportuni
Faculty Laureate Fritz Addresses New Students at Convocation 08/29/07 Eastern Illinois University's 2007 Faculty Laureate Ann Fritz spoke to new students at the annual Convocation ceremony Tuesday evening in the Grand Ballroom of the MLK Jr. Union. Following are her remarks: Good evening. My thanks for the wonderful introduction from Dr. Curry; it is a privilege to participate in tonight’s celebration, joined by many whom I recognize and respect as part of the fabric of EIU: former faculty laureates such as Dr. Curry, student leaders such as student body p
New EIU Nursing Program Welcomes First Class of Students 08/28/07 Sixteen registered nurses from throughout the area have become the first to take classes in Eastern Illinois University’s first-ever baccalaureate nursing program. The students bring a variety of experiences, including pediatrics, home care and emergency services, but they all have the same goal – to improve their knowledge and skills so they can better their careers, and, ultimately, patients’ lives. Most of the students work full-time, so the program strives to accommodate
EIU Faculty Laureate Fritz Touts Value of a Liberal Arts Education 08/22/07 Eastern Illinois University students in Ann Fritz’s biology classes certainly learn about the world’s plants and animals, but along the way, they also learn to be better global citizens. Fritz’s emphasis on critical thinking skills in her courses encourages her students to seek out new perspectives on the world. For her strong support of a well-rounded education for students, Fritz has been named EIU’s 2007 Faculty Laureate, the university's official spokesperson on th
Ken Baker Named Interim Athletic Director at EIU 08/21/07 Long-time Charleston resident Ken Baker has been named the full-time interim athletic director at Eastern Illinois University, effective immediately. In announcing the appointment earlier today, President William L. Perry said, "Ken is well-known to the campus and community; his integrity and his devotion to EIU are second to none; and his experience with athletics as a participant and official makes him extremely knowledgeable of the athletic arena. "His knowledge of fitness and his exper
EIU Again Ranked Among Best in its Class by U.S. News & World Report 08/17/07 For the eighth consecutive year, Eastern Illinois University has been named one of the top Midwestern public universities in its class by U.S. News & World Report. EIU is ranked 14th among all Midwestern public universities offering a full range of undergraduate degrees and some master’s degree programs. The region encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The rankings – part of the mag
EIU Establishes Program for the Not-So-Typical College Student 08/08/07 Not too many individuals in Coles County and the surrounding area can claim to be both a retiree and an active college student. Eastern Illinois University hopes to change that. "Our research has revealed a desire by the retired segment of the community for quality, short-term programs," said Will Hine, dean of the university's School of Continuing Education. "We propose to join the hundreds of universities across the nation that offer superior, inexpensive opportunities for learning to the v
EIU Expands Program Designed to Promote Responsible Drinking 08/02/07 Eastern Illinois University plans to once again use an innovative approach to addressing the issue of high-risk alcohol consumption by implementing AlcoholEdu, a mandatory online alcohol education program being adopted by public and private institutions around the country. According to Daniel P. Nadler, vice president for student affairs, Eastern will be the first institution in Illinois to implement AlcoholEdu for all new incoming freshman and transfer students. He believes the Charleston ca
Hencken's Portrait To Soon Join Those of His "Role Models" 07/02/07 Louis V. Hencken often stopped in the foyer of Old Main - Eastern Illinois University 's administration building - to look upon the portraits of the presidents who preceded him. "I would think to myself, I hope that you all are pleased with the job that I'm doing,'" he said. "Those folks are all role models for me, and I didn't want to disappoint them." Soon Hencken's likeness will take its rightful place among the others. The portrait, unveiled over the weekend, will share a wall wi
Collaborative Effort Brings Hencken Portrait to Fruition 07/02/07 The portraits of Eastern Illinois University's past presidents are a focal point for visitors to Old Main -- the university's administrative building that, from the outside, reminds one of a medieval castle. In the words of Victoria Markley, president of EIU's Alumni Association, "When walking through Old Main, the presidential portraits are a majestic reminder of the outstanding leadership we have had at EIU over the years. "The Alumni Association is honored to help commemorate President
Governor, Mrs. Edgar Establish Speaker Series at Alma Mater 06/22/07 Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar and his wife, Brenda, have demonstrated their continuing support for their alma mater by establishing the Edgar Speaker Series at Eastern Illinois University . Working in conjunction with the EIU Foundation, the couple recently finalized details of a $150,000 gift which will allow Eastern to host two speakers a year - one in the fall and one in the spring. The series will focus primarily on state government, and shall address both current issues in state gov
Board of Trustees to Vote on FY2009 Budget Recommendations 06/20/07 As Springfield lawmakers wrestle with finalizing the upcoming state budget, Eastern Illinois University is already working on its funding request for the following year. The EIU Board of Trustees’ Monday meeting is to include a vote on the university’s budget recommendations for fiscal year 2009, which will begin July 1, 2008. The meeting is set for 1 p.m. in the University Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union. The EIU BOT is expected to vote on a request for a $9.4 million increase in operati
Russell to Lead Education Department at EIU 06/18/07 Joy Russell, a longtime Eastern Illinois University faculty member, has been named chair of the EIU Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle Level Education. Russell, who has been at EIU since 1985, will assume her new leadership role on July 1. “Dr. Russell brings with her a wealth of experience at both the K-12 and higher-education levels,” said Diane H. Jackman, dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies. “Her previous experiences have prepared h
Scholarship Gets a Boost from Estate of Its Original Benefactor 06/06/07 More Hillsboro-area elementary education students at Eastern Illinois University will soon be receiving financial assistance, thanks to a recent increase in a scholarship endowment from the late Bertha G. Hoedebecke. Mrs. Hoedebecke, an EIU graduate and Hillsboro native who enjoyed a long career as an elementary school teacher, believed that good teachers give young people a sound foundation for the rest of their schooling. To benefit people preparing for teaching careers, she established the
Nelson Named Journalist of the Year at EIU 05/16/07 Jeff Nelson, managing editor of the Lincoln Courier, has been named Journalist of the Year by the Eastern Illinois University Journalism Department. Nelson was recognized for his "outstanding contribution to the field of journalism" over the course of his 36-year career at the State Journal-Register in Springfield and the Lincoln newspaper, both formerly owned by Copley Press Inc., but now owned by GateHouse Media Inc. "Jeff has had an outstanding career and is deserving of the honor," Jo
EIU Hosts Annual Maurice D. Shepherd High School Chemistry Contest 05/15/07 Please Note: Photos of the top four winning teams and top individuals from the below-mentioned contest can be found at http://www.eiu.edu/eiuchem/HScontest/results.html. Sixty-six students from 11 area high schools participated in Eastern Illinois University 's 32nd annual Maurice Shepherd High School Chemistry Contest. Students participated in a 60-minute written examination (50 questions), followed by a dinner break and talk on "Atmospheric Chemistry and Spectroscopy" by Rebecca Peebles
EIU Faculty Members Receive Promotions, Other Recognition 05/15/07 Nearly 70 Eastern Illinois University faculty members have received promotions or other forms of recognition for exemplary service, effective with the Fall 2007 semester. Each individual has demonstrated achievement and effectiveness in three areas of evaluation: teaching/performance of primary duties, research/creative activities, and service. Among these three areas, teaching/performance of primary duties is given the most consideration. In order to qualify for a promotion to professor,
Rohn, Former EIU Dean, Joins EIU Office of Philanthropy 05/09/07 A retired Eastern Illinois University dean who spent many years as a K-12 administrator is looking forward to working with old friends and making new ones in his latest role. Charles Rohn has joined EIU’s Office of Philanthropy (formerly the Office of Development), where he will be the staff’s primary contact for the Springfield area. “During my time here and since my retirement, it has become clear to me how closely tied alumni and others are to the university,” Rohn s
EIU Program Receives Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Endorsement 05/08/07 The Teaching with Primary Sources Program at Eastern Illinois University was recently informed that the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission is endorsing a College of Education and Professional Studies' program -- the Learning with Lincoln Institute. To encourage broad public participation in the bicentennial, the commission endorses programs that embody the bicentennial's message of "freedom, democracy and equal opportunity." Programs must demonstrate to the commission's satisf
EIU Honors 2006-2007 Retirees 05/07/07 Nearly 60 Eastern Illinois University employees recently were honored as faculty/staff members who have retired or plan to retire during the 2006-2007 school year. A celebratory dinner was held May 2. Those attending were, from left to right, front row - Lois Luallen, Marylin Lisowski, Kathleen Reed, Veronica Stephen, Karen Taylor and Nancy Marlow; second row - Bob Wayland, Joseph Barron, Allen Davis, Melinda Lewis, Linda Crawford, Pat Graves, Kathleen Bennett, Rosemary Harris and Norma Harr
EIU To Reduce Summer Hours; Booth Library, Admissions Among Exceptions 05/04/07 In an effort to conserve resource dollars, Eastern Illinois University will once again close selected buildings from noon on Fridays until Monday mornings during the summer months. Beginning Monday, May 7, and continuing through Aug. 10, air conditioning and, in some cases, electrical power will be turned off during the afore-mentioned hours. Building/office exceptions include -- but may not be limited to -- Booth Library, University Police, the Steam Plant and the Office of Admissions, which
Beck Adds Distinguished Faculty Award to Well-Rounded Resume 05/02/07 When Roger Beck calls receiving Eastern Illinois University’s Distinguished Faculty Award one of the highlights of his life, that’s really saying something. Beck, a professor of African and world history at EIU, is recognized locally, nationally and globally for his exemplary research, teaching and service. What few realize is that he has also excelled in other life experiences. “I spent 10 years after college traveling and teaching at international schools in Paris, Toyko an
Approximately 1,500 to Receive Degrees from EIU 05/02/07 Approximately 1,500 students are eligible to graduate from Eastern Illinois University this spring, and the majority of them plan to participate in formal commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 5. Graduation ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m. in Lantz Arena. Guest tickets are required for admission into the ceremonies. Students from the College of Sciences will march in the morning ceremony; the College of Arts and Humanities and the School of Continuing Education (Ba
EIU Helping to Bring Music Program Back to Beecher City School 05/01/07 After 13 years without a music program, the Beecher City Junior/Senior High School will soon offer students a chance to join a choral ensemble, thanks to a unique collaboration with Eastern Illinois University. Starting this fall, an EIU graduate student will lead Beecher City’s new choral program, funded almost entirely through a tuition waiver from EIU and donations from the community. Organizers hope to eventually expand the curriculum to include instrumental instruction at the grade
EIU BOT Finalizes Tuition and Fee Rates for 2007-08 04/27/07 The Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees approved tuition and fee increases for the 2007-08 academic year at its meeting on Friday. Decreased state funding and increased costs over the past several years have made tuition increases inevitable, said EIU President Lou Hencken. For example, in 2001-02, EIU received $54.8 million in state appropriations; this fiscal year, that amount was $49.5 million, up slightly after three years without an increase. Among the increasing financial burd
BOT Grants Tenure to EIU Faculty Members 04/27/07 Fourteen Eastern Illinois University faculty members have been awarded tenure, effective with the 2007-08 academic year. The EIU Board of Trustees approved the list Friday based on the recommendation of the university's president. Tenure, awarded in an academic department, connotes a relationship of continuing commitment between the university and a faculty member. Generally, in order to qualify for tenure consideration, a faculty member must complete a probationary period and demonstrate pro
EIU Employees Honored for 'Outstanding' Charitable Giving 04/26/07 Eastern Illinois University has again been honored for its employees’ generosity in a statewide fundraising campaign that benefits charities throughout Illinois. EIU was one of 40 governmental entities to receive an Outstanding Achievement Award from the State and University Employees Combined Appeal during a recent ceremony at the Executive Mansion in Springfield. “The award reflects positively on EIU,” said Linda Moore, director of EIU Career Services, who served as EIU&rs
EIU/DACC Agreement Will Assist Transfer Students' Transition 04/26/07 Representatives of Eastern Illinois University and Danville Area Community College recently entered into an agreement that will further improve the transfer process for Danville-area students interested in completing an associate’s degree and then transferring to EIU to complete a baccalaureate degree. The Dual Admission Transfer Agreement was signed by both institutions. Representing DACC were Alice Marie Jacobs, president, and David Keitzmann, vice president for academic services. Repre
Pact Between EIU, Parkland to Aid in Transition Between Schools 04/26/07 Representatives of Eastern Illinois University and Parkland College signed a 2+2 Articulation Agreement at a recent meeting of the Community College Presidents Advisory Committee, held on the EIU campus. Present for the signing were Robert Exley, president, and Tom Ramage, vice president for academic services, representing Parkland; and Lou Hencken, president, and Blair Lord, provost and vice president of academic affairs, representing EIU. The articulation agreement will further improve the t
Pact Between EIU, Richland to Benefit Nursing Students 04/26/07 Representatives of Eastern Illinois University and Richland Community College signed a 2+2 Transfer Agreement at a recent meeting of the Community College Presidents Advisory Committee, held on the EIU campus. Present for the signing were Gayle Saunders, president, and Jane Johnson, vice president for student and academic services, representing Richland; and Lou Hencken, president, and Blair Lord, provost and vice president of academic affairs, from EIU. The transfer agreement will further imp
EIU Board of Trustees to Consider Tuition and Fee Rates for 2007-08 04/25/07 The Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees is expected to finalize 2007-08 tuition and fee rates at its meeting on Friday, April 27. The meeting, which is open to the public, is to begin at 1 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union. Under the proposed tuition schedule, new in-state undergraduate students entering EIU in 2007-08 will pay $194.40 per semester hour. The rates are locked in for four continuous academic years, as provided in the state “Truth in Tuition Law.” Fo
EIU, Community to Work Together for Panther Service Day 04/25/07 Eastern Illinois University students will work side by side with members of the community during the annual Panther Service Day on Saturday. Organizers expect at least 200 volunteers to work on this year’s community service projects, which include painting four houses, picking up trash and performing other cleanup activities. Work is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Panther Service Day is an excellent event that helps strengthen the bond between EIU students and members of
EIU Plans Events in Support of Virginia Tech 04/20/07 Eastern Illinois University students will hold events Tuesday, April 24, to show support for the Virginia Tech community. From 1 to 4 p.m., students, faculty and community members will gather in the Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union, to write letters of condolence and support, record video messages and sign a banner that will be sent to Virginia Tech. At 4 p.m., a short ceremony will be held in the Grand Ballroom mourning those lost in the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech. EIU President Lou Hen
"We Are EIU Because of Lou" 04/18/07 The following was printed in the April 18 issue of "The Daily Eastern News," Eastern's student newspaper. Written by Sarah Whitney, a senior journalism major, the article celebrates EIU President Lou Hencken, his 40-plus-year tenure at Eastern, and the fact that he has been named the "Daily Eastern News'" Person of the Year. (Used by permission.) President Lou Hencken has a secret. He knows where the women in the Department of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Serv
Chinese Doctor Among Panelists to Speak on Health-Care Reform 04/18/07 A doctor from a government hospital in Beijing is among three panelists who will speak about health-care reform during an upcoming forum at Eastern Illinois University. The forum, “The Crisis in Health Care Reform: How Can China and the U.S. Deal with It?” is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Charleston/Mattoon Room, MLK Jr. Union. The event is free, and the public is welcome. Dr. Jianyang Hao, chief of the Family Care subdivision of Desheng Community Health Center in Chin
Tarble Foundation Gives $2.5 Million for New Artists Series at EIU 04/12/07 The Tarble Foundation, a longtime supporter of the arts at Eastern Illinois University, has given another $2.5 million to help fund programming at the new Doudna Fine Arts Center. The large gift will benefit EIU’s New and Emerging Artists Series, which will help the new Doudna facility stand out by bringing in artists who challenge the boundaries and conventions of traditional art, music, theatre arts and creative writing. “With the financial support this endowment will provide, we
Eastern Illinois University Names Perry as New President 04/10/07 After 36 years of living and working in Texas, William L. Perry is returning home to the Midwest, where he will begin his new role as president of Eastern Illinois University. The 61-year-old Missouri native will assume the post on July 1. "I'm excited about Eastern Illinois University, and I'm excited about the opportunity," Perry said. "(My wife) Linda and I felt very well-received during the interviewing process, and look forward to working with campus constituencies in our efforts to fu
'Must-See' Education Documentary to Make U.S. Premiere at EIU 04/10/07 The producer/director of a thought-provoking Canadian documentary on high school education will introduce the first U.S. showing of the film Monday at Eastern Illinois University. "Imagine a School...,” which looks at contemporary classroom life from students’ perspectives, will be shown in EIU’s Buzzard Auditorium at 7 p.m. Monday. The event is free, and the public is invited. Producer/director Kathy Gould Lundy, an internationally recognized drama and literacy speciali
EIU Faculty/Staff/Students, Community Invited to Meet New President 04/06/07 Community members, as well as the faculty, staff and students of Eastern Illinois University, are invited to come meet the institution’s new president Tuesday (April 10) afternoon. A reception is planned for approximately 4 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom, located in the MLK Jr. Union. Eastern’s Board of Trustees will meet at 3 p.m. in the University Ballroom, also located in the union, to formally vote on the selection of the university’s top administrator. The chosen individual, who will tak
'Celebration of Dedication' Reception Set for EIU President Hencken 04/05/07 As President Lou Hencken nears the end of his four-decade tenure at Eastern Illinois University, he'd like a chance to visit with people from throughout campus and the surrounding communities. Therefore, the public is encouraged to stop by and visit with Hencken and his wife, Mary Kay, at the "Celebration of Dedication," set for 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the University Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union. Refreshments will be provided. Hencken, a graduate of EIU, has served the universit
'Full House' Child Star to Talk at EIU about Alcohol, Drug Addiction 04/02/07 Jodie Sweetin, best known as "Stephanie Tanner" on the sitcom “Full House,” will discuss her post-series battles with alcohol and drugs when she visits the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Admission to her talk, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union, is free and open to the public. Following her show’s eight-year run (September 1987 through May 1995), Sweetin joined the Orange County High School of the Arts, an
Hood, Kaufman to be Honored as 'Women of Achievement' at Reception 03/29/07 Two women who make a difference – a nurse who educates new parents and an EIU journalism professor who leads a state labor union – will be honored at Eastern Illinois University’s Women of Achievement Awards reception. The awards, given annually by the EIU Women’s Studies Program to women who have improved the quality of women’s lives and advanced the status of area women, will go to Pam Hood of Mattoon, a prenatal educator at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Ma
EIU Employees Honored for Continuous Years of Service 03/28/07 Eastern Illinois University recently honored nearly 275 of its employees for continuous years of service. A luncheon was held in recognition of university employees with continuous years of service in five-year increments. Those employed at EIU for five years were eligible for a certificate; those with 10 or more years of service were honored with both a certificate and a pin. The honorees are listed: 35 years – Spencer Boyd. 30 years – Terrance Coffey, Paul Fahy, Russell F
Public Invited to View Moon from EIU Observatory 03/27/07 The public is invited to view the moon from Eastern Illinois University’s physics observatory starting at 8 p.m. Friday, March 30. Even if it’s cloudy, the observatory will be open for tours. The facility houses a state-of-the-art, computer-controlled, 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. A dome can open and rotate to provide views of all parts of the sky. The building is located in the southwestern corner of campus between O'Brien Stadium and the intramural softball fields.
EIU Presidential Search Advances; Names of Finalists Released 03/08/07 Three individuals have been invited to participate in on-site visits as Eastern Illinois University moves forward in its search for the institution's next president. Following off-campus interviews with nine semi-finalists last week, the EIU Presidential Search Advisory Committee has invited William L. Perry, Blair M. Lord and Sue Kiefer Hammersmith to participate in on-site interviews the week of March 18. "The committee was extremely pleased with the qualifications of the candidates who
Finalists for EIU Presidential Post to be Named March 8 03/01/07 The names of the three finalists vying for the position of president at Eastern Illinois University will be made public on March 8. "All three have been contacted and have accepted the invitation to come to campus for on-site visits," said Robert Webb, vice chair of Eastern's Board of Trustees and chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee. "We are now setting up schedules." The on-site visits, which are to include open interview sessions with the various campus constituencies, as w
Barry D. Riccio Memorial Lecture Series Sponsors Annual Event 02/23/07 The Barry D. Riccio Memorial Lecture Series at Eastern Illinois University continues its tradition in 2007 with "History, Theory and the Metropolis," a presentation set for Thursday, March 1. Admission to the presentation, beginning at 7 p.m. in Lumpkin Auditorium, Room 2030, is free and open to the public. The talk, to be presented by Thomas Bender, University Professor of the Humanities and professor of history, New York University, will explore the dynamic factors -- both human and envir
$100,000 Being Given as Seed Money: Alumni Honor Hencken with Scholarship Funds 02/21/07 When Lou Hencken announced his intention to retire as Eastern Illinois University's 10th president, Tim and Vickie Burke suddenly had the answer to a question that had been puzzling them for years. While the Evanston, Ill., couple had regularly contributed to their alma mater's annual fund, they were also interested in making a more lasting gift. The question arose, however, as to where that money would go. As the news filtered out that Hencken would retire after more than 40 years of service
EIU Presidential Search Narrowed to Nine Semi-Finalists 02/20/07 The search for Eastern Illinois University's 11th president moved one step closer to completion Tuesday with the identification of nine semi-finalists. These individuals are expected to begin meeting with the EIU Presidential Search Advisory Committee in off-campus interviews in less than a week's time. "We think we have a slate of extremely well-qualified individuals who could certainly serve as president of Eastern Illinois University," said Robert Webb, vice chair of Eastern's Board of T
EIU Faculty Share More Than $16,000 in IDNR Research Grant Money 02/20/07 The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has awarded 10 Eastern Illinois University biological sciences faculty members more than $16,000 for scientific research. Janice Coons and Nancy Coutant received $2,000 ($4,000 total) for both "Workshops on Using Illinois-adapted Native Plants in Landscaping for Gardeners, Nurseries and Educational Institutions" and "Increasing Gardener Familiarity with Illinois-adapted Native Plants to Use in Landscaping." According to Coutant, the goal of the "W
State Farm Donates $45,000 to EIU School of Business 02/19/07 State Farm Insurance Co. has donated $45,000 to bolster the new management information systems major in Eastern Illinois University's School of Business. The gift will provide $25,000 for computer equipment in Lumpkin Hall, and $20,000 for enhancement of student recruitment efforts for the major. The management information systems major, which will begin in Fall 2007, will replace the computer information systems major with a new curriculum made possible in large part by State Farm's gift.
'Farm Life' Exhibition Takes Root in EIU's Booth Library 02/02/07 A national traveling exhibition, “Farm Life: A Century of Change for Farm Families and Their Neighbors,” will take root at Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library this month. Several events are planned throughout the exhibit’s tenure at EIU, including an opening reception at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the library’s Marvin Foyer. The reception will include music by a local country string band (Jerry Ellis, mandolin; Phil Goodman, banjo; Mark Esarey, guitar; a
Golden Dragon Acrobats to Make Fourth Appearance on EIU Campus 02/02/07 The Golden Dragon Acrobats will return Wednesday, Feb. 7, for their fourth University Board-sponsored performance on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The act, representing the best of a time-honored tradition and art form that began more than 25 centuries ago, will begin at 8 p.m. in McAfee Gym. Tickets, priced at $5 and $3 (EIU students with ID, senior citizens and children under the age of 12), will be available at the door. Tickets also may be purchased in advance through the M
EIU Documentary Details Past Harsh Winters on the Illinois Prairie 02/01/07 Now that winter is making its presence known across the region, it’s a great time to look back at how our ancestors braved such harsh conditions on the prairie without modern conveniences. "An Illinois Winter: A Documentary Film,” created by Eastern Illinois University students, details the historic “Winter of the Deep Snow” that impacted the state in 1830-31. The film will air three times on Consolidated DVS’s Channel 13: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5; 7 p.m. Thu
Computer Theft Results in Security Breach; Students Notified 01/26/07 Letters have been distributed to approximately 1,400 Eastern Illinois University students, notifying them that confidential information, including their Social Security numbers, were stored on a desktop computer recently stolen from the university's Student Life office. According to Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs, an individual or individuals broke into the office sometime late Wednesday/early Thursday and removed the password-protected desktop computer and the hard drive an
Despite Large Number of Fall Graduates, EIU Enrollment Remains High 01/24/07 Despite having the largest number of fall graduates in its history, Eastern Illinois University's spring enrollment remains high. A total of 11,336 students are enrolled in on- and off-campus classes, making Spring 2007 the second largest spring enrollment period in the university's history. Enrollment figures hit a record-breaking 11,414 one year ago - a difference of 78 students. A breakdown of Eastern's total Spring 2007 student enrollment is as follows (with Spring 2006 figures in par
Public Invited to View Skies from EIU Observatory 01/23/07 The public is invited to view the skies from Eastern Illinois University 's physics observatory starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26. "Hear about the cosmos," said Jim Conwell, EIU physics professor. "And if it's clear out, look at the Orion Nebula through our 16-inch telescope for the last time until next year." Even if it's cloudy, the observatory will be open for tours. The facility houses a state-of-the-art, computer-controlled, 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. A dome can ope
Walter King Jr. -- "The Spellbinder" -- to Entertain at Annual Banquet 01/22/07 For more than 20 years, Walter King Jr. has been spellbinding audiences from Las Vegas to the Caribbean Islands. He plans now to include the campus of Eastern Illinois University to his list. King (a.k.a., "The Spellbinder), one of Chicago 's premier illusionists, will entertain at this year's annual African-American Heritage Celebration banquet, set to take place Friday, Feb. 2. The event will begin with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by dinner at 6, in the Grand Ballroom of the Martin Luther
Room and Board Rates Set for 2007-2008 School Year 01/19/07 Eastern Illinois University's Board of Trustees on Friday approved an increase in room and board rates for students living in EIU housing during the 2007-2008 school year. According to Mark Hudson, director of Housing and Dining Services, increases were needed to help cover expected hikes in utilities and food costs, as well as to fund residence hall improvements. As the largest student employer on campus, the department also will need the increased revenue to help offset the pending $1-per
Former EIU Student Body President Joins EIU Development Staff 01/16/07 A former Eastern Illinois University student body president has returned to her alma mater to work in the Development Office. As a development director, Alison M. Mormino will be meeting and visiting face-to-face with alumni and friends of the university to share philanthropic opportunities available at EIU; attending events to further charitable efforts; and building lasting relationships with alumni, friends and community leaders. ”I am very happy to be back on campus and working for a
Entries Being Accepted for "New Beginnings" Window Project 01/12/07 When the new president takes office this summer, his/her presence will, in a sense, signal a new beginning for Eastern Illinois University. And retiring President Lou Hencken expects to welcome his successor accordingly. Earlier in the school year, Hencken announced plans to replace the large wall of windows located in the bridge walkway of the MLK Jr. Union with more energy-efficient ones. And because the wall of windows overlooks "beautiful Booth Library, and a work of art - our newest sig
Martin Luther King Jr. March/Candlelight Vigil Set at EIU 01/11/07 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. March and Candlelight Vigil Monday, Jan. 15, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a march from the Thomas Hall lobby to the Grand Ballroom, located in Eastern's MLK Jr. Union. The program there - scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. - will include comments from the Rev. William Bumphus III of Indiana; two selections sung by Eastern's Unity Gospel Choir; a short video on King's life
The Goo Goo Dolls to Perform at EIU 01/05/07 Tickets will go on sale soon for Eastern Illinois University's Spring 2007 concert, featuring The Goo Goo Dolls, with special guest, Augustana. The event will begin at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 4, in Lantz Arena. Tickets, priced at $12 for EIU students and $17 for the general public, will be available to EIU students with student ID on Tuesday, Jan. 16. They will become available to the general public on Monday, Jan. 22. All tickets can be purchased through the MLK Jr. Union Ticket Office (second
Blair Hall Restoration Nets Another Award 12/18/06 Just weeks after winning top honors from one trade magazine, the reconstruction of Eastern Illinois University’s Blair Hall has earned accolades from another publication. The rebirth of fire-ravaged Blair Hall was named Renovation/Restoration Project of the Year by Midwest Construction magazine. The story appears in the December issue. After an April 2004 fire destroyed the building’s interior, university officials chose to save the existing limestone exterior. The story details ho
$60,000 Grant Allows Purchase of Two EIU Peace Meal Delivery Vans 12/15/06 Senior citizens in Oakland, Rantoul and beyond are benefiting from a $60,000 grant by the Retirement Research Foundation, awarded to Eastern Illinois University's Peace Meal Senior Nutrition Program for the purchase of food delivery vehicles. Two Hot Shot Delivery Vans, equipped with refrigeration and heated compartments with racks and drains, help deliver quality meals to approximately 400 individuals a day, said Barbra Wylie, Peace Meal director. The Oakland kitchen provides an average of 10
EIU Confirms Case of Mumps; Probability of Additional Outbreaks Extremely Low 12/14/06 The Eastern Illinois University Health Service confirmed today that a university student has been diagnosed with mumps, but the probability of additional outbreaks is extremely low. The student, who lives off campus, is no longer considered contagious, and all potentially susceptible individuals have been notified. No students or employees of the university are considered susceptible at this time. Health Service and university authorities are working collaboratively with the Coles County Hea
EIU Offices to Reduce Hours During Holidays 12/14/06 Persons planning to do business at Eastern Illinois University during the next two weeks are encouraged to call before making their trips to campus. While official university holidays are scheduled for Dec. 25 and 26, and Jan. 1 and 2, many offices and departments will be closed or operating with a reduction in staff between Monday, Dec. 18, and Friday, Dec. 29, as employees use vacation time to extend their holiday breaks. Regular office hours are expected to resume Wednesday, Jan. 3. Stude
Reid to Receive 2006 Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award 12/12/06 Debra Reid, an associate professor of history at Eastern Illinois University, has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award. The award, given annually since 2004, honors the memory of Clay, an EIU Spanish professor who died in 2003. Recipients must exemplify the Clay’s dedication via service to the university, their profession, and the community at large (local, national and international). Reid is to receive the award during the 10 a.
EIU Fall Commencement Ceremonies Set for Dec. 16 12/11/06 More than 1,560 summer and fall graduates are eligible to participate in Eastern Illinois University’s formal commencement ceremonies, scheduled to take place Saturday, Dec. 16, in Lantz Arena. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Guest tickets are required for admission. Graduates from the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities will march in the morning ceremony, while graduates from the College of Education and Professional S
EIU's Blair Hall Restoration Receives Top Award from Magazine 12/06/06 The restoration of Eastern Illinois University’s fire-ravaged historic Blair Hall has earned top honors from PM Engineer magazine. KJWW Engineering Consultants of St. Louis, Mo., received the 2006 Excellence in Design Award from the trade publication, which judged projects on several criteria: innovation in design, customer satisfaction, ability to meet schedules, cost-efficient strategies and community improvement. As a result, Blair Hall was featured on the magazine's November 2006 cov
EIU Plans Holiday Parties at Old Main; Public Invited to Attend 11/29/06 Community residents are once again invited to join Eastern Illinois University’s students and staff during the coming week as the university “presents” its “present” to its constituencies -- two festive gatherings scheduled to take place in Old Main. “Eastern Illinois University ‘Presents’ the Holidays 2006,” this year’s theme for the university’s annual community/campus holiday parties, will feature décor composed of pac
EIU Faculty Member to Appear on CBS's 'The Early Show' This Friday 11/29/06 An Eastern Illinois University faculty member is to appear on CBS’s “The Early Show” on Friday, Dec. 1, thanks to Katie Couric’s interest in his research on food portions. The network flew James Painter, chair of EIU’s School of Family and Consumer Sciences, to New York over the weekend to tape a segment about his recent health-related studies. CBS had originally planned to do a segment on Painter’s “Portion Size Me” documentary on the CBS Evenin
Former EIU Runners Create Scholarship in Memory of Special Teammate 11/27/06 Walt Crawford conquered many challenges many would never dare attempt. After dropping out of Eastern Illinois University to join the Marines, he returned to complete a degree as an adult. He ran 60-plus-mile races and become one of the nation’s best distance runners. And he devoted his life to teaching troubled inner-city youth. In the end, a paralyzing neurodegenerative disorder – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease – became a most unwelco
EIU Presidential Search Committee Prepares to Advertise Position 11/21/06 The Eastern Illinois University Presidential Search Advisory Committee met today to hone a document that will guide the remainder of the search process. The committee offered finishing touches to the position profile and advertisement prepared by Elaine Hairston, a consultant with the search firm Academic Search Inc. Hairston was hired earlier this year by the EIU Board of Trustees as a consultant for a national search to replace President Lou Hencken, who is to retire in June. Hairston’
Offices to Close for Holiday; Residence Halls to Open for Playoff Game 11/20/06 In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, offices at Eastern Illinois University will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24. No classes are being held this week for Thanksgiving break. Although residence halls are currently closed, special plans are being made to open them Saturday morning to allow students to attend the EIU Panthers’ NCAA football playoff game at 1 p.m. Saturday at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston.
Supporters of Nontraditional Students Honored at EIU 11/15/06 A longtime faculty member, a helpful office staff and the university president were all honored by the Eastern Illinois University School of Continuing Education earlier this month. The awards were given during the Open House and Awards for Excellent Service to Nontraditional Students, held during National Nontraditional-Student Week, Nov. 6-10. Awards were based on votes placed by nontraditional students. Susan Woods received the faculty award for providing outstanding service to nontradit
Survey: Most New Teachers Feel Well-Prepared, Happy with Career 11/14/06 The vast majority of first-year teachers in Illinois feel well-prepared for their jobs and plan to dedicate their careers to education, according to the 2006 results of an ongoing statewide survey of new teachers. The Teacher Graduate Assessment project, now in its second year, is coordinated by Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Nearly 98 percent of new teachers reported satisfaction with their career choices, and more than 93 percent were happy with the quality of their colleges&rsqu
Munich Police Commissioner to Speak About International Terrorism 11/14/06 The man who recently presided over security arrangements for three major world events in Germany is coming to Eastern Illinois University for a symposium on international terrorism. Wilhelm Schmidbauer, police commissioner of Munich, Germany, was instrumental in coordinating security for the World Cup, the Pope's visit to Germany and Oktoberfest. Schmidbauer is to speak on "Protection Against Terrorism at World Events" at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, in the Buzzard Hall auditorium. He
UPI Ratifies Four-Year Contract with EIU Board of Trustees 11/10/06 The Eastern Illinois University chapter of University Professionals of Illinois has completed ratification of a four-year contract with the EIU Board of Trustees. Ninety-five percent of the UPI Local 4100 voters were in favor of accepting the contract. UPI members started voting Tuesday, and ballots were due by noon Friday. The president received formal notification Friday that the UPI membership had approved the deal. “I think it’s a good contract, and I’m pleased to have r
EIU Faculty Development Program Receives National Award 11/10/06 Too often, universities’ new faculty members tackle a teaching role at an unfamiliar campus feeling lost and completely on their own. That is not a problem at Eastern Illinois University, where a rapidly growing Faculty Development program reaches out to new employees to encourage and support them in all facets of their lives, professional and personal. The program, which started forming in 2002, has been so revolutionary that it was one of only eight institutions to be awarded a 2006 In
Sun-Times' Britt to be Inducted into EIU Journalism Alumni Hall of Fame 11/09/06 The Eastern Illinois University journalism department will induct the ninth member into its Alumni Hall of Fame on Monday, Nov. 13. Jeff Britt, a 1988 graduate who has been copy-desk chief at the Chicago Sun-Times since 1999, will be recognized in a 3 p.m. ceremony/reception in Buzzard Hall, Room 2504. The Alumni Hall of Fame was established in 2001 to recognize alumni of journalism department/student media programs for their loyal support and contributions to the department’s reputation
EIU BOT Approves Faculty Contract, Pending Union Ratification 11/08/06 The Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees held a special meeting Wednesday to approve an agreement with the faculty union, pending the union’s ratification of the proposal. “I congratulate both the administrative negotiating team and the negotiating team for the University Professionals of Illinois,” said Leo Welch, chairman of the BOT. The University Professionals of Illinois Local 4100 started voting Tuesday, and ballots are due in by noon Friday. If the president&
Veterans to be Honored at EIU Ceremony 11/03/06 Eastern Illinois University will honor past and present members of the military at a veterans ceremony on Friday, Nov. 10. Refreshments will be served in Old Main’s Cougill Foyer starting at 11:30 a.m., followed by a ceremony at the Old Main flag pole at noon. Speakers are to include EIU President Lou Hencken; Major Larry G. Coblentz, a professor of military science at EIU; and Charleston Mayor John Inyart. The ceremony is also to include a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps. In the
Native American Heritage Focus of November Celebration at EIU 10/31/06 Although some questions exist as to the full story of Mary Jemison's captivity and her subsequent years living among the Senecas, there is no denying the influence she had on her adoptive family and friends and their ancestors. An Eastern Illinois University faculty member is prepared to discuss this influence as the opening event for the campus' celebration of Native American Heritage Month 2006. Carol Stevens of EIU's English department will present "Utopia and the Citizen/Captive" at 8 p.
EIU to Mark Nontraditional-Student Week with Awards, More 10/30/06 Eastern Illinois University has planned several activities to mark National Nontraditional-Student Week, which starts Monday, Nov. 6. Events, sponsored by the EIU School of Continuing Education, are to include informational booths at the MLK Jr. Union and a reception and awards ceremony for excellent service to nontraditional students. “Honoring our nontraditional students through these activities is important because the number of nontraditional students is growing at both our off-campu
Halloween at EIU: It Promises to be a Scream! 10/25/06 Ghosts, goblins and a host of other foul-looking beasties planning to roam the campus of Eastern Illinois University this weekend invite boys and "ghouls" of all ages to come and share in the fun. Unless otherwise noted, all activities are free and open to the public. Costume-wearing guests will be welcomed! "Late Night at the Haunted Union" activities begin at 8 p.m. Saturday with the showing of the film "Rocky Horror Picture Show" in the Charleston/Mattoon Room, located on the third floor
Sketches of Fallen Soldiers, Drawn by EIU Student, Coming to EIU 10/24/06 A hugely popular and moving collection of sketches of Illinois’ fallen soldiers will soon be coming to the artist’s school, Eastern Illinois University, as part of the project’s statewide tour. Cameron Schilling, an EIU student from Mattoon, has received much praise and attention for the sketches he’s drawn to memorialize Illinois soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. The collection of sketches, called “Portrait of a Soldier,”
Recipients of 2006 Alumni Awards Announced 10/19/06 The Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 2006 recipients of its annual alumni awards. In conjunction with this weekend's Homecoming activities, these alumni will be honored on Saturday during a dinner held in recognition of their accomplishments. “We are quite proud of these individuals and how they have represented their alma mater in their respective professions,” said Steve Rich, executive director of the Alumni Association. “While it w
Tentative Agreement Reached Between EIU and Its Faculty Union 10/18/06 Representatives of Eastern Illinois University and the University Professionals of Illinois have announced that a tentative agreement has been reached between the two parties. The agreement covers faculty and academic support professionals. A summary of the agreement is expected to be released in the near future. The agreement will be submitted to the faculty for ratification, and to the EIU Board of Trustees for its approval, as soon as possible. Robert Wayland, chief negotiator for East
EIU Alumnus Jerry Van Dyke to Serve as Homecoming Grand Marshal 10/11/06 A much-loved veteran of dozens of television classics will add a personal touch to Eastern Illinois University’s Homecoming 2006 celebration. Danville native and EIU alumnus Jerry Van Dyke will serve as grand marshal during the annual parade, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. His appearance will be quite fitting, given the week’s theme – “EIU Homecoming 2006 Tunes In To Classic TV Land Flicks.” Perhaps best-known to younger crowds as Assistant C
$1.8 Million Grant to Pave Way for EIU Student Success Center 10/06/06 Eastern Illinois University officials were pleased and excited to learn this week that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded the institution a five-year $1.8 million institutional development grant for expanded student support services. Gratified that nearly two years of dedicated work and planning have been rewarded, Eastern officials now plan to move ahead with implementation of a Student Success Center. "It really is quite remarkable for an institution to be funded on its first su
With Committee in Place, EIU Presidential Search Ready to Begin 10/06/06 The search for Eastern Illinois University 's 11th president officially got under way Friday as the institution's Board of Trustees heard and approved the composition of the search committee. Formally known as the EIU Presidential Search Advisory Committee, the 17-member team will be responsible for conducting a national search that will culminate with the naming of approximately three to five finalists and bringing those individuals to the university for on-campus interviews. Trustees will ha
EIU Volcano Expert Featured on PBS's 'Nova'; to Air on WEIU-TV 10/02/06 An Eastern Illinois University volcano expert was featured prominently on a recent episode of the PBS program “Nova” that will air this week on WEIU-TV. Professor Craig Chesner – the EIU geology/geography department’s resident mineralogist, petrologist and volcanologist – is one of the researchers consulted in “Nova’s” “Mystery of the Megavolcano.” The program description states, “’Nova’ joins four scientists in thei
Blair Hall Featured as Charleston Landmark Series Ornament of Hope 09/13/06 Released by the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce Easter Seals of Central Illinois and the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce announce the release of the eighth annual Charleston Landmark Series Ornament of Hope. The new ornament, which commemorates Blair Hall on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, has been proclaimed by the Chamber of Commerce and Mayor John Inyart as the official ornament of the city. In 1911, the Illinois Legislature appropriated $75,000 for a Model School to be
Tickets on Sale for Foreigner Performance on EIU Campus 09/12/06 Tickets are now on sale to the public for Foreigner, scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The tickets, priced at $18, may be purchased through the MLK Jr. Union Ticket Office (second floor, west wing) between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. For ticket information, phone 217-581-5122. All seats are reserved. When Foreigner takes to the EIU stage, band members will be celebrating more than fou
Events on EIU Campus to Commemorate 9/11 Anniversary 09/07/06 In the days following the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, Eastern Illinois University students, faculty and staff honored the fallen with a ceremony on the South Quad. Now, just as then, they invite community residents to join them in gathering at the same location in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the tragedy and in honor of the many who lost their lives. Co-sponsored by the EIU Counseling Center and the Office of Orientation, the event, scheduled to begin at 8:
EIU Reaches Record Enrollment; Officials Pledge to Maintain Quality 09/05/06 Statistically speaking, the 220-student increase in Eastern Illinois University’s enrollment doesn’t seem incredibly drastic. The more attention-grabbing fact behind the 1.8 percent jump is that, at 12,349, this fall’s enrollment brings the 111-year-old institution to its highest enrollment ever. The increase includes a jump in honors students, minority students and international students, giving officials even more cause for celebration. “We are very pleased that the
EIU Now Offers Criminology Minor 09/05/06 Two Eastern Illinois University departments have joined forces to offer students a minor in criminology, a move designed to benefit EIU, the students and society as a whole. The courses that comprise the criminology minor were already in existence at EIU, but students who took them had no way to have it officially noted as part of their degree. Now, through a partnership between the sociology and anthropology department and the political science department, students who take the slate of crimi
Banquet to Highlight Latino Heritage Celebration at EIU 08/31/06 Latino Heritage Celebration activities at Eastern Illinois University are scheduled for September and October, with a major event, the annual Latino Heritage Banquet, set for Sept. 17. With its theme “Latino/a Roots: Past, Present and Future,” this year’s celebration lineup includes music and movies, as well as lectures and workshops. “This is an opportunity for the Latino community to celebrate its heritage and roots,” said Jennifer Sipes, celebration coordina
"Great Beginnings" -- President's Speech to the Faculty 08/30/06 Eastern Illinois University President Lou Hencken welcomed faculty members during the annual back-to-school Faculty Luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 30, in the Grand Ballroom. Following are his remarks: As most of you know, for about 15 years, I have had the privilege of going to work each morning in the Livingston C. Lord Administration Building, known universally as Old Main. I feel honored to walk into that building every morning because I know that I am standing on hallowed ground. And I've
Faculty Laureate Curry Addresses New Students at Convocation 08/30/06 Eastern Illinois University's 2006 Faculty Laureate Lynne Curry spoke to new students at the annual Convocation ceremony Tuesday evening in the Grand Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Following are her remarks: I am deeply honored this evening to join Dr. Kory, President Hencken, Provost Lord, and Student Body President Sean Anderson in welcoming you, the entering class of 2006, to Eastern Illinois University. Along with the EIU faculty and staff, it is wonderful to be
EIU President Hencken Announces His Intentions to Retire 08/25/06 After 41 years at Eastern Illinois University – the last six as president – Louis V. Hencken has announced he will retire in a year’s time. “I have always been told that ‘to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens,’ and I firmly believe that there is a natural rhythm to academic institutions like this one – a time to begin and a time to end,” Hencken said Friday during a special meeting of the university’
Images from Student Move-In Activities 08/21/06 Move-in days are always an exciting time on the Eastern Illinois University campus. Dozens of volunteers from throughout campus pitch in to help make the process easier for students and their parents. Even President Lou Hencken gets behind the wheel of a golf cart to taxi people around campus, as seen in the first picture below. Following are some images that capture part of the excitement of new students' first day on campus. Please click on a thumbnail image to see a larger version.
Faculty Laureate: Today's Decisions Impact Tomorrow's World 08/21/06 Lynne Curry has always loved helping students delve into history and consider how events could have turned out differently under different circumstances. Now, the Eastern Illinois University professor is excited about using her post as EIU’s 2006-2007 Faculty Laureate to encourage students to consider how the choices they make in their education will affect the stories of their lives. As the university's official spokeswoman on the importance of a general, liberal-arts education, she wil
EIU Again Ranked Among Best in Class by U.S. News & World Report 08/18/06 For the seventh consecutive year, Eastern Illinois University has been named one of the top Midwestern public universities in its class by U.S. News & World Report. EIU is ranked 10th among all Midwestern public universities offering a full range of undergraduate degrees and some master’s degree programs. EIU is the only Illinois public university in the top 12. The findings are part of the magazine’s 2007 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” which is to appe
Alpha Phi Sells House to EIU, Creates $25,000 Scholarship Fund 08/18/06 The Alpha Phi sorority recently donated $25,000 to create a scholarship fund for Alpha Phi members at Eastern Illinois University. The funds were part of the sorority’s proceeds from selling its former EIU sorority house, at 1816 Ninth St., to the university earlier this year. "Talk about a win-win situation,” said Karla J. Evans, EIU’s executive director of development. “The university was fortunate to purchase the property the former Alpha Phi house stood on, and
EIU Honors Construction Workers with Luncheon 08/03/06 The hundreds of construction workers -- Eastern Illinois University employees and outside contractors -- working on EIU’s many projects this summer were honored with a Construction Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday in the MLK Jr. Union. The event also recognized the economic impact these projects are having on the university, the region and the state. Brief remarks were given by EIU President Lou Hencken and state Rep. Chapin Rose. Also in attendance were state Sen. Dale Rig
EIU Adopts Program Designed to Teach Students Responsible Drinking 08/01/06 Officials at Eastern Illinois University are using a new approach to addressing the issue of first-year-student drinking by implementing a new mandatory online alcohol education program being adopted by public and private institutions around the country. According to Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs, Eastern will be the first institution in Illinois to implement AlcoholEdu for incoming freshman students and their parents. He believes the Charleston campus to be among good compan
EIU Professor Serves on State Board to Protect Endangered Species 07/27/06 Tom Nelson views his role on the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board as a link to his personal past and a bridge to Illinois residents’ futures. The Eastern Illinois University biological sciences professor was appointed to the board by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill the vacancy left by the death of Alan Woolf, a nationally respected scientist who served as Nelson’s doctoral adviser. In addition, Nelson’s master’s degree adviser, Bill Klimstra, once served on the
Annual Film Festival to Pay Tribute to Burl Ives 07/19/06 The second annual Embarras Valley Film Festival, featuring the films of Eastern Illinois University alumnus and Jasper County native Burl Ives, will take place Sept. 20 through 23 on the EIU campus and at the historic Will Rogers Theatre in downtown Charleston. All programming will be free and open to the public. The event kicks off with viewings of "Desire Under the Elms" ( 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20) and "East of Eden" ( 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21) at EIU's Tarble Arts Center. Then, on F
Hiring of EIU Treasurer Allows Retired Incumbent to Stop Working 06/27/06 Marlyn Finley retired as Eastern Illinois University's treasurer on Jan. 1, 2000. Now, with the appointment of a new treasurer, he can actually stop working. "I told him now he'd actually have a chance to do some other things," said Paul McCann, whose first day on the job was June 19. "Things you might actually associate with retirement." As a cost-saving measure, the university officially went without a full-time treasurer after Finley's retirement six-and-a-half years ago. Fortunately, th
EIU Offices to Reduce Hours Over Long Holiday Weekend 06/27/06 Persons planning to do business at Eastern Illinois University Monday are encouraged to call before making their trips to campus. While Tuesday, July 4, has been designated an official university holiday, many offices and departments also will be closed or operating with a reduction in staff on Monday, July 3, as employees use vacation time to extend their holiday break. Regular summer office hours are expected to resume Wednesday, July 5.
EIU's Board of Trustees to Review FY'08 Budget Recommendations 06/21/06 When Eastern Illinois University's Board of Trustees meets next week, it will consider the university's proposed Fiscal Year 2008 operating and capital budget requests which, combined, total nearly $67 million. The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 26, in the University Ballroom of Eastern's Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Eastern, as part of the state's annual budgeting process, must submit its appropriations request to the Illinois Board of Higher Education who, in turn,
Nelson Returning to Area to Lead EIU's New Nursing Program 06/15/06 Dianne E. Nelson, a familiar face to many local nurses, has been chosen to serve as the founding director of Eastern Illinois University’s nursing program. Nelson taught hundreds of students in nursing classes in her eight years at Lake Land College before leaving in 2002 to become an assistant professor in Indiana State University’s College of Nursing in Terre Haute, Ind. Starting July 1, Nelson will be back in Coles County to help shape the future of EIU’s bachelor’s
Student Researchers Find Ways to Improve Third-World Water Supplies 06/14/06 Some global-minded Eastern Illinois University students hope their research will lead to healthier rural water supplies throughout Haiti and other developing countries. The EIU team was one of only 50 groups in the country to receive $10,000 in research funding for the past academic year through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet. That distinction also allowed the students to att
EIU Adds Hybrid Car to Fleet to Cut Fuel Consumption 06/12/06 In an effort to cut its gasoline use, Eastern Illinois University has added a fuel-saving hybrid car to its fleet and is investigating the possibility of buying more. EIU received its 2006 Toyota Prius in January, and fleet manager Ron Mathenia is recording its performance and costs to determine whether it might be beneficial to purchase additional hybrids. Based on what he’s seen so far, Mathenia thinks hybrids suit the university’s needs well. “We’ve got to reduce th
EIU Honors 2005-2006 Retirees 05/23/06 More than 40 Eastern Illinois University employees recently were honored as faculty/staff members who have retired or plan to retire during the 2005-2006 school year. They are, pictured from left to right, front row – Nancy Grant, Joyce Harwood, Julie Sloat, Molly Evans and Merlene Wittenberg; second row – Wesley Connelley, Charles Rohn, Ron Miller, Kathryn Bayles and Susan Bazargan; and third row – Keith Kohanzo, Richard Barta, Michael Strader, Peter Voelz and Howard Price.
EIU Journalism Department Earns Reaccreditation 05/19/06 Eastern Illinois University’s journalism department has once again been recognized for its high quality by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The department is one of 106 programs in the nation to receive ACEJMC accreditation. EIU’s journalism department was the first unit to be assessed using a new set of standards to measure performance in several areas, including curriculum, teaching, facilities, resources and diversity. “We&rsquo
Hoberman Honored with EIU's 2006 Distinguished Faculty Award 05/05/06 Although Ruth Hoberman was thrilled to learn she had been named Eastern Illinois University’s 2005-2006 Distinguished Faculty Award recipient, she also felt “a little silly over it.” “Eastern has a lot of distinguished faculty, ones who are just as deserving as I am,” the English professor said. “To be recognized by them for this honor is extremely meaningful.” Hoberman will formally receive her award – a plaque and monetary gift – during
Photos from Rededication of Historic Blair Hall 05/05/06 On April 24, 2006, people from throughout campus and the community gathered outside of Blair Hall to rededicate the building, two years after it was nearly destroyed by fire. Speakers were President Lou Hencken, Board of Trustees Chairwoman Julie Nimmons, faculty member Janet Cosbey, Dean Will Hine, student body President Ryan Berger and Charleston Mayor John Inyart. To read media coverage of the rededication, click on the following links: The Daily Eastern News; Journal Gazette/Times-Courier.
EIU to Reduce Summer Hours; Library, Admissions Office Among Exceptions 05/02/06 In an effort to conserve resource dollars, Eastern Illinois University will once again close selected buildings from noon on Fridays until Monday mornings during the summer months. Beginning Monday, May 8, and continuing through Aug. 14, air conditioning and, in some cases, electrical power will be turned off during the afore-mentioned hours. Building/office exceptions include -- but may not be limited to -- Booth Library, University Police, the Steam Plant and the Office of Admissions, which
EIU Graduates Prepare for Saturday Commencement 05/01/06 About 1,640 students are to graduate from Eastern Illinois University this spring, and the majority plan to participate in commencement exercises Saturday, May 6. Ceremonies are set for 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in Lantz Arena. Guest tickets are required for admission. Students from the College of Sciences will march in the morning ceremony; the College of Arts and Humanities and the School of Continuing Education (Board of Trustees Bachelor of Arts in General Studies program) at noon; t
Twenty-Seven Granted Tenure by EIU Board of Trustees 04/24/06 Twenty-seven Eastern Illinois University faculty members have been awarded tenure, effective with the 2006-2007 academic year. Tenure is awarded in an academic department and connotes a relationship of continuing commitment between the university and a faculty member. EIU's Board of Trustees confers tenure upon individuals, based on the recommendation of the university's president after a comprehensive evaluation process. Generally, in order to qualify for tenure consideration, a faculty mem
Alumnus to Speak about His Award-Winning Coverage of Iraq Executions 04/21/06 A Chicago Tribune correspondent will visit Eastern Illinois University to discuss his award-winning series on how human trafficking benefiting U.S. military support operations in Iraq resulted in the execution of 12 men from Nepal. Cam Simpson, an EIU graduate who works as a Washington-based correspondent for the Tribune, will lead a presentation on “Pipeline to Peril: A Journalist’s Journey Behind One of Iraq’s Worst Massacres” at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Buzzard Hall Au
EIU Trustees to Consider Hikes in Tuition, Student Fees 04/20/06 When Eastern Illinois University 's Board of Trustees meets Monday (April 24), its members plan to consider increases in tuition and student fees, thus finalizing student costs for the 2006-2007 school year. The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom, located in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union Students who began attending Eastern either in Fall 2004 or Fall 2005 will continue to pay $137.75 or $154.30, respectively, per semester hour,
Charlotte Martin and Video-Game Music Icon to Speak on Music Business 04/20/06 Singer/songwriter/pianist and former RCA recording artist Charlotte Martin will join a renowned video-game music composer in giving a presentation at Eastern Illinois University about the music business's past, present and future trends. Martin, a Charleston native and EIU graduate, is to speak with Tommy Tallarico from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the Grand Ballroom of the MLK Jr. Union. “I think this will be a golden opportunity for students and community members, as well as loca
Community Invited to Blair Hall Reopening Celebration 04/19/06 Nearly two years ago, residents of Charleston and surrounding areas provided overwhelming support to the Eastern Illinois University community as it dealt with the tragic near-destruction by fire of its historic Blair Hall. The university now invites its supporters back for a celebratory dedication of the renovated structure - the third oldest building on Eastern's campus, completed just south of Old Main in 1913. A brief ceremony, scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Monday, April 24, on the east
Recipients, Donors Celebrate Impact of Scholarships, Program Funds 04/18/06 In a room full of tales of the importance of scholarships, Alan Baharlou’s personal story of how a scholarship changed his life stood out, as he spoke from the perspective of a donor and a recipient. Baharlou was among the speakers at Eastern Illinois University’s annual Endowment Tea, which brought together donors and recipients of scholarship and program funds to celebrate their impact. Baharlou told his emotional tale of how a scholarship allowed him to leave his native Iran and
Son of Eastern's Second President Gives $250,000 in Memory of Parents 04/17/06 The oldest son of a former Eastern Illinois University president has donated $250,000 to fund EIU scholarships in his parents’ names. The substantial gift from John Buzzard of Greenville, N.C., will benefit students through the Robert G. Buzzard Presidential Memorial Scholarship and the Irene Couchman Buzzard Scholarship. “Charleston was their life, and Eastern Illinois University was certainly their life,” Buzzard said. “I have strong feelings for the university and th
Architect: Doudna Fine Arts Center to be 'Glorious Destination' 04/12/06 One of the world’s most celebrated architects visited Eastern Illinois University on Wednesday to talk about his design philosophy and explain his plans for the Doudna Fine Arts Center. Antoine Predock took obvious delight in presenting a slide show of some of his works and enlightening the large crowd at the Tarble Arts Center with the ideas behind his designs. He showed the same excitement for the Doudna Fine Arts Center as he did for some of his many other out-of-the-box creations, al
Class Makes Curtains, Room Dividers for Homeless Shelter 04/11/06 A local homeless shelter now offers a more cheerful atmosphere and more privacy, thanks to new curtains and room dividers provided by an Eastern Illinois University class. The 16 members of Katie Shaw’s clothing construction class spent at least 10 hours this semester measuring, shopping for material, sewing and hanging the curtains for the Public Action to Deliver Shelter facility in Mattoon. “It was nice for them to be able to visit and see where their work was going to,” Sh
WWII Veteran to Speak About Experiences as Prisoner of War 04/07/06 Charlie Dukes, a World War II veteran with harrowing tales of being a prisoner of war, is to share his story in an upcoming presentation at Eastern Illinois University. Dukes, author of “Good Morning – But the Nightmares Never End,” is to speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the Grand Ballroom of EIU’s University Union. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. Dukes emphasizes the importance of freedom and self-discipline, while urging listeners to z
EIU Effort to Start Nursing Program Clears Final Hurdle with IBHE's OK 04/04/06 Eastern Illinois University is poised to bring some relief to the state’s nursing shortage, as the Illinois Board of Higher Education unanimously approved the university’s new nursing degree program Tuesday. EIU is accepting applications for the founding director, and plans call for classes to begin in the fall of 2007. The program will provide bachelor of science in nursing degrees to those who already have earned registered nursing licenses. It is telling that of the six new p
Spring Concert to Feature Country Music's Emerson Drive 04/04/06 The country music band, Emerson Drive, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, in Lantz Arena as Eastern Illinois University's spring concert. Fellow country music group Ryan Shupe and The Rubberband will open for Emerson Drive. Tickets, priced at $18 ($14 for EIU students with university ID), may be purchased in advance via the University Union Ticket Office, open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Visa/Mastercard are accepted. Purchases may be made in person or over the phone at (217) 581-512
Doudna Fine Arts Center Architect to Update Campus on Project 04/04/06 Antoine Predock, the internationally renowned architect who designed the renovation of Eastern Illinois University’s Doudna Fine Arts Center, is to speak about the ongoing project during a visit to campus next week. Predock’s presentation, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the Tarble Arts Center Atrium. Predock recently joined the ranks of Thomas Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright, I.M. Pei and Cesar Pelli when he received the 2006 AIA Gold Med
WEIU Launches Digital Channel; Will Expand Offerings, Coverage Area 04/03/06 Tuesday’s official launch of WEIU-TV’s digital channel will allow owners of digital televisions to see a glimpse of the future of TV broadcasting. For now, programming on the new digital channel (Digital Channel 50), will be identical to WEIU’s original analog broadcast (Channel 51) that we’ve all been used to. The difference, however, will be apparent in the DTV’s movie-quality picture and sound, which will be far superior to that offered on the analog broadcast. I
Jackman to Succeed Rohn as CEPS Dean at EIU 03/30/06 Diane H. Jackman has been named the next dean of Eastern Illinois University’s College of Education and Professional Studies. The appointment will be finalized once the university’s Board of Trustees grants Jackman tenure. That approval is expected to be given at the board’s next meeting, scheduled to take place April 24. Jackman will succeed Charles Rohn, who is retiring. The appointment will take effect July 1, 2006. “Dr. Jackman has a long and distinguished record
Panther Service Day Nears; Volunteers/Donations/Sites Being Sought 03/29/06 Student Government at Eastern Illinois University will be sponsoring its fourth annual EIU Panther Service Day -- "One Campus, One Community" -- scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 22. Panther Service Day is a day of community service in which hundreds of volunteers from the EIU and Charleston communities participate in a city-wide clean-up campaign. Projects include external home painting, yard work, streets/alleys clean-up and parks/recreational area clean-up. This annual campaign w
Accounting Challenge Expected to Introduce HS/CC Students to EIU 03/29/06 Eastern Illinois University hopes its 2006 Accounting Challenge -- an event featuring both individual and team academic competition for high school and community college students -- will become an annual affair. "This event is a great opportunity for students to participate in a challenging intellectual exercise, get introduced to the collegiate environment and obtain recognition for their efforts to master the discipline of accounting," said Richard J. Palmer, director of Eastern's accounta
Couple Leaves "Seed" Money to Revive Classical Music in Coles Area 03/28/06 A free weekend concert is planned as a memorial to two special community members and to raise money for the revival of a classical music artist series in the Coles County area. More than 30 years ago, Eastern Illinois University and community residents regularly enjoyed concerts performed by symphony orchestras and well-recognized classical musical artists such as Van Cliburn, Jan Pierce and Isaac Stern. Now, thanks primarily to a $75,000 endowment left by the late Raymond and Sue McKenna of
Sisters Among Four Women of Achievement Award Recipients 03/28/06 Four women – two sisters who secretly nominated each other, a groundbreaking African-American journalist and a Planned Parenthood director – are this year’s recipients of the Women of Achievement Awards at Eastern Illinois University. Sisters Diana Veach and Tammy Veach, both of Charleston, will be joined by Annette Samuels of Charleston and Robin Beach of Mahomet in being honored at a reception at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the Tarble Arts Center on the EIU campus. The even
ScienceFest to Celebrate Faculty-Student Mentoring at EIU 03/28/06 EIU faculty and students plan “A Celebration of Mentoring” for this year’s ScienceFest, held by Eastern Illinois University’s College of Sciences. ScienceFest activities, including panel discussions and award presentations, are planned for 1-4:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, in the University Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Activities are free and open to the public. “ScienceFest is an event at which the faculty and students in the College of S
Former Blair Hall Occupants Prepare to Move Back into Building 03/27/06 Nearly two years after fire severely damaged Eastern Illinois University’s historic Blair Hall, its former occupants are preparing to move back into the renovated and expanded building. Faculty and staff members who have had temporary quarters throughout the campus and community will return to Blair Hall on a tentative staggered schedule. (Please note that the move-in schedule changed on March 30, 2006, affecting the first two move-in days. The following tentative schedule reflects the
EIU/Alumni Partnership Allows Business Students to Learn by Doing 03/24/06 Thanks to the efforts of a unique partnership involving Eastern Illinois University, the EIU School of Business Advisory Board and various alumni and friends, business students have a new lab that will provide them a realistic environment to practice the theory taught in most traditional finance classrooms. A grand opening being held to celebrate the EIU Securities Analysis Center will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the Lumpkin Hall Atrium.  The public is invited to attend. "
Cultural Significance of Blood in Botswana is Topic of Lecture 03/20/06 A DePauw University assistant professor is to speak at Eastern Illinois University about the strong symbolic significance of blood in the African nation of Botswana. Rebecca L. Upton, from DePauw’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, is to present “The Disagreement of Blood: AIDS and Infertility in Northern Botswana” at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, March 24, in 2020 Lumpkin Hall. The lecture will explore how people talk about blood, fertility and HIV/AIDS. It will also addr
Executive-in-Residence to Discuss How "Everything Is Possible!" 03/17/06 Joy Schreder, vice president-agency development for State Farm Insurance, will discuss "Everything is Possible - You Can Make It Happen!" when she visits the campus of Eastern Illinois University as an executive-in-residence. Admission to her presentation, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday (March 22) in Roberson Auditorium, Lumpkin Hall, Room 2030, is free and open to the public. The open lecture also represents the Grace T. Bair Lecture Series, which helps annually commemorate Women's
"Sex Tourism" Topic of Documentary, Lecture on EIU Campus 03/17/06 A documentary film and a lecture, both addressing some aspect of "sex tourism," highlight the week's events as Eastern Illinois University continues to commemorate Women's History and Awareness Month. Meredith Ralston, a faculty member at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, will introduce "Hope In Heaven," a documentary film on sex tourism in the Philippines, at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Roberson Auditorium, Lumpkin Hall, Room 2030. She will then present a lecture, "Traf
National Weather Service Offers Storm Spotters Course at EIU 03/16/06 Coles County-area residents interested in helping emergency officials keep an eye on the sky are invited to attend the National Weather Service’s upcoming Storm Spotters Training Course at Eastern Illinois University. The free course is to begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in the EIU Physical Science Building’s Phipps Auditorium (Room 1205). Storm spotters are a vital component of public safety when severe weather strikes. Although weather technology has improved by leaps
EIU Faculty, Staff Recognized for Grant-Seeking Successes 03/14/06 Eastern Illinois University’s Graduate School and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs recently honored dozens of individuals, including those responsible for bringing in $8 million-plus in external funding. ORSP, which helps EIU faculty and staff with applications, negotiations and procurement of grant funding, co-sponsored a recognition reception, which recognized individuals from many different disciplines within the university. Although the projects differed widely in scope, al
Alumna Leaves Nearly $325,000 to Fund Art Collection at Tarble 03/08/06 A retired teacher who lived frugally but dreamed big has taught one final, lasting lesson in generosity and loyalty by leaving her entire six-figure estate to her alma mater, Eastern Illinois University. Mildred Grush Timmons, who died last March at the age of 96, specified that her entire $324,352 fortune be used to create the Mildred Grush Timmons American Regionalists Collection at EIU’s Tarble Arts Center. “The endowment will have a major and lasting impact upon the Tarble Arts
EIU Weather Center Provides Up-to-the-Minute Local Data Online 03/07/06 Weather aficionados who like to keep an eye on the sky can now get in-depth local information, even in real-time, from Eastern Illinois University’s new online Weather Center. Using information gathered by a weather station perched above the EIU Physical Science Building, the EIU Weather Center – found online at www.eiu.edu/weather – lists a wide variety of data, from the basics such as current temperature, humidity and wind speed to more comprehensive statistics and archives.
Miss Black EIU 2006 Pageant Set for Feb. 25 02/20/06 Eastern Illinois University’s annual Miss Black EIU Pageant will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union’s Grand Ballroom. This year’s pageant, with the theme, “Wishing on a Star,” will feature five contestants, each being judged in creative expression, talent, African garment and evening gown competitions, as well as their response to an impromptu question. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Fri
Poverty is Focus of EIU Communication Day Events 02/20/06 Cara Finnegan will speak about the role photographs play in illustrating poverty in America as part of the Eastern Illinois University Communication Studies Department’s annual Communication Day on Wednesday. Communication Day activities are set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the third floor of the University Union to provide undergraduate communication students and the public an opportunity to enhance their perspectives on poverty aspects. Each hour-long panel gives a detailed description of
University Presidents Support Governor's Budget 02/14/06 "I am sharing with the University community a letter signed by all Illinois public university presidents regarding Governor Rod Blagojevich's proposed FY2007 budget for higher education and other higher education initiatives. The governor will present his budget address on February 15." The Honorable Rod BlagojevichGovernorState of IllinoisStatehouse Room 207Springfield , IL 62706 Dear Governor Blagojevich: We, the public university presidents, discussed your proposed FY07 budget f
"You Are EIU" Campaign Reaches $10 Million Goal 02/10/06 A three-year, $10 million fund-raising campaign at Eastern Illinois University has reached its goal - five months early. But that doesn't mean "You are EIU" campaign efforts will cease. "We're thrilled with the outcome thus far," said EIU President Lou Hencken. "Our alumni and other donors have really shown their support over the past two-and-a-half years, and for that, we're truly grateful. "However, needs still exist. We owe our students and faculty our continued efforts to further suppo
Rising Costs, Safety Improvements Lead to Housing-Rate Increase 02/10/06 The Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees on Friday approved an increase in room and board rates for students living in EIU housing in the 2006-2007 school year, but the rates are still among the lowest in the state. The increase is needed to help cover expected increases in utilities and food costs, as well as to fund residence hall improvements, including the sprinkler-system installation project already in progress, university officials said. Students living in EIU’s residence
Four Successful Alumni to Receive Honorary Degrees from EIU 02/10/06 Four Eastern Illinois University alumni who found great success in four different careers have been named recipients of honorary degrees at their alma mater. The EIU Board of Trustees voted Friday to honor newspaper publisher Patrick Coburn, actor William Phipps, financial services expert Jeffrey G. Scott and cable telecommunications industry leader Charles Jacobs Younger. Honorary degrees are awarded by the board to those who have achieved records of major distinction at the state or national
EIU Student Group to Sponsor Open Chess Tourney 02/07/06 A Feb. 14 registration date has been set for those interested in participating in a chess tournament, being sponsored by the Society of Physics Students at Eastern Illinois University. According to Steve Daniels, the group's advisor, the tournament will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Charleston/Mattoon Room of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. There will be three divisions: high school, college and open. There is an entry fee of $15, with a $5 discount for those who br
Students Partner with Bridal Shop to Rework Outdated Wedding Gowns 02/06/06 Four outdated, unwanted wedding gowns have been given a chance at a glamorous new life, thanks to an extreme makeover by some Eastern Illinois University students. The gowns were rescued from the past-sale rack at Ducky’s Bridal and Formal Wear in Champaign, where the redesigned, one-of-a-kind dresses will now head back to the selling floor. “The dresses were quite out of date, fashion-wise, but the fabric and lace were still good,” said Mary Gray, the shop owner who offered to
EIU-Sponsored Events to Focus Around "Darwin Day" 02/06/06 While many recognize Feb. 12, 1809, as the date on which Abraham Lincoln was born, few realize that the 16th president entered into this world on the same day as naturalist Charles Darwin. That number is rising, however, as individuals and groups world-wide join efforts in celebrating Darwin's contributions to philosophy and science. British-born Darwin, known primarily for his efforts at introducing the idea of evolution through natural selection, is recognized internationally as the author
EIU Offers Help With Financial Aid Forms 02/03/06 Sending a child off to college is stressful enough. Add to that the complicated process of applying for financial aid and a parent might want to resign himself to sitting in a corner and staring out the window. Eastern Illinois University wants to help. The Office of Financial Aid is offering three free sessions to provide assistance with completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - the form that determines a student's eligibility for all types of federal student fin
EIU to Participate in Black HIV Awareness Events 02/03/06 Working in conjunction with Gov. Rod Blagojevich's office, Eastern Illinois University 's Office of Minority Affairs will be hosting a live simulcast of BASUAH on Campus, being held Tuesday in connection with National Black HIV Awareness and Information Day. On Sept. 15, 2005 , the governor launched a comprehensive HIV/AIDS awareness campaign to address the alarming trend of infection among the state's African-American community. The initiative was called the BASUAH Project: Brothers and Sist
Grateful Alumni Give Half-Million Dollar Gift for EIU Renovation 02/02/06 More than 50 years ago, newlyweds Max and Mary Cougill had to sell their car in order to help make the $250 monthly payments on their newly purchased grocery store. Five decades and several profitable business ventures later, the couple are being thanked for their generous gift of a half-million dollars to Eastern Illinois University -- the school both of them credit for their success. “Eastern gave me, along with my wife, the tools to work with,” Mr. Cougill said, noting, too,
Annual EIU Scholastic Bowl Tourney Set for Saturday 01/31/06 The Eastern Illinois University Honors College will hold its 21st annual Scholastic Bowl Tournament on Saturday on the second floor of Coleman Hall. The public is invited to attend. There is no admission charge. The tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks and greetings from Margaret Messer, director of Honors Student Affairs. The round-robin tournament involves 24 high school teams from the surrounding area that compete in head-to-head competition. All teams are guaranteed
Elite Internship Opens Many Doors for EIU Senior Gabe Grant 01/30/06 Students who pursue higher education sometimes find themselves faced with so many career opportunities that making a choice can be difficult. That, of course, is a good problem to have. Just ask Gabe Grant, a Mattoon native who is in his final semester as an undergraduate industrial technology major studying digital printing and Web technology at Eastern Illinois University. Last summer, Grant earned a coveted internship at the Wisconsin company Quad Graphics, the third-largest commercial print
Spring Numbers Mean Another Record-Breaking Enrollment 01/27/06 Eastern Illinois University 's record-setting fall enrollment has translated into a record-setting spring enrollment, as well. But although President Lou Hencken is pleased that Eastern has been chosen as the school of choice by so many, he anticipates saying goodbye to a large graduating class at the end of the semester. As a result, numbers at the university may drop somewhat next year. "This is the largest spring enrollment in the history of EIU," Hencken said, referring to the 11,414
"Cousin Jeff" Johnson to Speak at EIU Banquet 01/25/06 "Cousin Jeff" Johnson, host and producer of BET's "The Cousin Jeff Chronicles," will speak at this year's annual African-American Heritage Celebration banquet, being held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The banquet will begin with a 5 p.m. social hour, followed by dinner at 6, on Friday, Feb. 3, in the Grand Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Tickets, priced at $15 for the general public and $8 for students, are available through Jan. 31 at the Office of
State Farm Gift Helps EIU Replace Outdated Driving-Simulation System 01/20/06 Future driver education teachers are getting state-of-the-art training at Eastern Illinois University, thanks in large part to a gift from State Farm Insurance. The $5,000 contribution was combined with university funds to purchase a driving-simulation system that allows participants to sit behind a steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedal to react to real-life traffic situations presented on a video screen. “This allows students to practice things we wouldn’t be able to do othe
"War Letters" Author To Lecture On Campus Of EIU 01/20/06 Andrew Carroll hated the thought of old war letters - eyewitness accounts of portions of our country's history - being lost or destroyed. His commitment to saving those letters led to the 1998 founding of the Legacy Project, a national, all-volunteer, preservation effort. And at 7 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 26), Carroll will be on the campus of Eastern Illinois University to discuss "The Legacy Project: Writing the Wartime Experience." Admission to the event, scheduled to take place in Lumpkin Hal
EIU Employees Recognized for Years of Service 01/19/06 Eastern Illinois University recently recognized more than 250 of its employees for continuous years of service. A luncheon was held Jan. 18 in recognition of university employees with continuous years of service in five-year increments. Those employed at EIU for five years were eligible for a certificate; those with 10 or more years of service were honored with both a certificate and a pin. Honorees are as follows: 35 years – Suzan Braun, Vickie O’Day and Kathlene Shank. 30 yea
Entries Being Sought for African-American Heritage Art Contest 01/19/06 Community residents, as well as Eastern Illinois University students and staff, are invited to submit entries into a creative art contest being sponsored in celebration of African-American Heritage Month. Art pieces including, but not limited to, paintings and sculptures should be brought to EIU's Afro-American Cultural Center, 1525 Seventh St. (just east of Old Main), between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. A brief description of the work, along with an application form, should accompan
Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute March Set for Monday 01/13/06 Isaiah Collier is looking forward to being a part of Eastern Illinois University’s annual candlelight march honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. Collier, new assistant director of student life at EIU, is helping to organize the event with members of EIU’s chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, the fraternity Collier belonged to as a student at the University of Akron in Ohio. King was also a member of the fraternity. “I’ve heard about how phenomenal it is
EIU Business Alumnus to Share Expertise w/ Students, Community 01/13/06 An Eastern Illinois University alumnus plans to return to his alma mater to talk about what he knows most - credit unions. More specifically, Stanley Hollen, chief executive officer of CO-OP Network, will speak on "Credit Unions and the Evolving Payments System" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in Lumpkin Hall's Roberson Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. Hollen will be visiting Eastern as one of this year's three executives-in-residence. The School of Business ' Executive-In-R
Toys for Tots Goal Met; 700-Plus Children Benefit 01/12/06 More than 700 local children benefited from the generosity of community residents via their participation in the 2005 Toys for Tots campaign, hosted by Eastern Illinois University. According to organizer Tony Kwiatkowski , the goal to collect more than 2,000 new and unwrapped toys was met. In fact, a total of 2,163 items were collected, surpassing last year's collection total of 1,312. In addition, the group collected 270 used toys and 320 books. Two university student groups' fund-raising ef
EIU Unveils Poster of Orion Nebula, Newest Hubble Image 01/11/06 Eastern Illinois University is one of 72 institutions in the world to own a copy of what is considered one of the largest and most magnificent images ever taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The image provides a breathtaking view of the Orion Nebula, with never-before-seen features of the star-forming region. Just hours after NASA revealed the image to an international audience on Wednesday, Mary Anne Hanner, dean of the EIU College of Sciences, unveiled the university’s 4-foot-by-4-foot
Roche Named General Manager of WEIU 01/09/06 Denis Roche was officially given the title of general manager of WEIU on Jan. 1, but after a year on the job in an interim capacity, he and his staff have already amassed quite a list of accomplishments. As general manager, Roche oversees the television and radio operations at Eastern Illinois University, and he’s happily accepting the challenge to move the stations forward. “Denis brings to the role of general manager of WEIU years of experience in the television field,” said
EIU Nursing Degree Proposal Moves Closer to Reality with BOT Approval 12/14/05 A proposed new nursing degree program at Eastern Illinois University moved one step closer to reality Wednesday when the Board of Trustees gave its unanimous approval. EIU officials will now prepare to present the plan to the Illinois Board of Higher Education, which will make a determination on final authorization and funding. The program, often termed an “RN to BSN completion program,” would provide bachelor of science in nursing degrees to those who already have earned registered
EIU Offices to Reduce Hours During the Holidays 12/12/05 Persons planning to do business at Eastern Illinois University during the next two weeks are encouraged to call before making their trips to campus. While official university holidays are scheduled for Dec. 23, 26 and 30, and Jan. 2, many offices and departments will be closed or operating with a reduction in staff between Monday, Dec. 19, and Monday, Jan. 2, as employees use vacation time to extend their holiday breaks. Regular office hours are expected to resume Tuesday, Jan. 3. Students w
EIU Fall Commencement Ceremonies Set For Dec. 17 12/12/05 More than 1,400 summer and fall graduates are eligible to participate in Eastern Illinois University 's formal commencement ceremonies, scheduled to take place Saturday, Dec. 17, in Lantz Arena. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Guest tickets are required for admission to the ceremonies. Graduates from the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities will march in the morning ceremony, while graduates from the College of Education and
EIU Board to Consider Creation of New Nursing Degree Program 12/09/05 Eastern Illinois University will move one step closer to creating a new nursing degree program if its Board of Trustees approves the proposal Wednesday, Dec. 14. The board must endorse the plan before it can move to the Illinois Board of Higher Education for final authorization and funding. EIU’s vision is to offer a bachelor of science in nursing degree to those who already have earned registered nursing licenses. Demand for the degree, often termed an “RN to BSN completion program
Mother Nature to be Featured Guest at Annual Holiday Gatherings 11/30/05 The beauty of Eastern Illinois University’s many gardens will live on this holiday season. “Homegrown Holiday,” this year’s theme for EIU’s annual community/campus holiday parties, will feature décor made from various plant life found on the university’s grounds. Grasses and pinecones, twigs and leaves. . . Even hydrangeas and brightly colored hot peppers will be found adorning the wreaths, tree limbs and tables of the 2005 festive gatherings. Gu
Success in 2004 Spurs This Year's Toys for Tots Drive 11/30/05 Organizers of the 2005 Toys for Tots Drive hope to build on last year's success by collecting enough toys to help 1,000 local children this holiday season. "I have to admit (that) I was pleased beyond words with the support we received in our very first year," said organizer Tony Kwiatkowski . "I sat back several times and shook my head in amazement. While delivering the toys and seeing the looks on the social workers' faces, and some of the parents' faces, I had to do everything I could to ho
Family Ties Provide Winning Edge for EIU Clothing Design Student 11/21/05 It could be said that Elizabeth Walter’s recent success in clothing design is a direct result of family ties. That’s because an award-winning dress she created earlier this year was inspired by the extensive neck tie collection owned by her grandfather, James Bailey, a retired Shelbyville school principal. Earlier this month, Walter’s dress, called “All Tied Up,” was accepted into two prestigious international shows: the International Textile and Apparel Associatio
EIU Professor's Documentary to be Featured on CBS Evening News 11/16/05 An Eastern Illinois University professor’s documentary about the importance of consuming proper portion sizes is to get national exposure in a CBS Evening News series on Americans’ eating habits. The report, part of CBS’s ongoing special series “Road to Ruin: Fighting Obesity,” is scheduled to air during the CBS Evening News broadcast at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22. The CBS news crew traveled to Charleston earlier this month to talk to EIU Professor James Painter ab
EIU Employees Lauded for Service to Nontraditional Students 11/15/05 An individual and a campus office have been publicly honored and thanked for their outstanding efforts on behalf of Eastern Illinois University’s nontraditional student population. The event was part of EIU’s School of Continuing Education’s celebration of National Nontraditional Student Week, held Nov. 7 through 11. Events were held throughout the week to bring focus and attention to Eastern’s nontraditional commuting students and their important contribution to the un
World-Renowned Golden Dragon Acrobats to Perform at EIU 11/07/05 For more than 27 centuries, Chinese acrobats have been thrilling audiences, making it the longest running folk art form in history. In China, acrobats are revered much the same way prima ballerinas and opera singers are in the West. The performers of the Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of this honored tradition, mixing award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes and ancient and contemporary theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellb
Survey: Most New Teachers Feel Well Prepared, Plan to Remain in Profession 11/03/05 The vast majority of first-year teachers in Illinois feel well-prepared for their jobs and plan to dedicate their careers to education, according to a new survey. Nearly 99 percent of new teachers reported satisfaction with their career choices, and nearly 92 percent were happy with the quality of their colleges' education programs. The survey also found that more than 95 percent of new teachers plan to stay in education, with more than 85 percent planning to remain in a teaching role. In
Reputation for Faculty/Student Research has its Monetary Benefits 10/28/05 When asked to explain the National Science Foundation’s generosity in awarding Eastern Illinois University a $450,000 grant, Barbara Lawrence says simply, “faculty/student collaboration.” The NSF, which has awarded numerous grants over the years to various departments at the Charleston university, acknowledges through its support that when Eastern touts close, personal relationships between faculty and students as one of its major strengths, it’s more than just words.
EIU Faculty Share Nearly $16,000 in IDNR Grant Money for Research 10/28/05 The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has awarded eight Eastern Illinois University faculty members a total of nearly $16,000 for scientific research. Robert “Bud” Fischer, biological sciences, will use $2,000 of the grant money for his project, “The Effectiveness of Artificial Riffles in Illinois Streams.” According to Fischer, in the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries, large expanses of land in the Midwest were drained for agricultural activities. This also
Halloween at EIU: It Promises to be a Scream! 10/26/05 Ghosts, goblins and a host of other foul-looking beasties planning to roam the campus of Eastern Illinois University this weekend invite boys and “ghouls” of all ages to come and share in the fun. Unless otherwise noted, all activities are free and open to the public. Costume-wearing guests are welcome! “Late Night at the Haunted Union” activities begin at 5 p.m. Saturday with the first of two showings of the film “Amityville Horror.” It and the 9 p.m. sh
Guster to Perform Its Distinctive Style of Rock Friday at EIU 10/26/05 Guster will bring its unique rock sound to the stage at Eastern Illinois University’s Lantz Arena on Friday. The show is to begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets – $17 for the general public, and $13 for EIU students – may be purchased through the University Union Ticket Office, open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visa/Mastercard are accepted. Orders may be placed in person or over the phone at (217) 581-5122. Band members Ryan Miller (guitar,
Full Slate of Activities Accompanies 'Frankenstein' Exhibition 10/21/05 Alive! It’s alive! Yes, the long-awaited “‘Frankenstein’: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature” exhibition is now, indeed, on display at Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library, and accompanying it is a wide array of educational, thought-provoking and even down-right fun activities. All events, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public. Don Smith, a specialist in popular culture and host of WEIU-TV’s “Monsterbeast Theatre,&rdquo
EIU's Booth Library to Host 'Frankenstein' Traveling Exhibition 10/19/05 Everyone knows the story of Frankenstein. Or do they? If not… well, there’s no time better than the present. One of the most enduring myths of the Western world -- Mary Shelley's “Frankenstein” – will be examined in-depth as the focus of an exciting new traveling exhibition that will begin a six-week visit to Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library on Thursday, Oct. 20. The “Gala Opening” of the exhibition is scheduled for 7 p.m. in th
EIU Prof's 'Portion Size Me' Says Bring on the Fast Food -- In Moderation 10/17/05 Fast-food restaurants got a black eye from the Oscar-winning “Super Size Me” documentary, but James Painter thinks the industry deserves a break today. After all, the Eastern Illinois University professor points out, even cheeseburgers and fries can occasionally be included in a healthy diet. Healthy choices can be found at every fast-food restaurant. “Portion size is the key to the American obesity epidemic,” said Painter, chair of EIU’s School of Family and Consu
EIU Community Donates More Than $12,000 for Hurricane Victims 10/14/05 Representatives from throughout Eastern Illinois University’s campus gathered Friday to donate more than $12,000 to the American Red Cross to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina. The campuswide fund-raising effort, called Paws for the Cause, set out to raise $10,000. In the end, that goal was exceeded, and $12,239.60 was given to the Red Cross’ Disaster Relief Fund. “Eastern, you’ve done a fantastic job,” said Student Body President Ryan Berger of Grayslake. &ldquo
Chicago Entrepreneur Honored as EIU's Business Alumnus of the Year 10/14/05 Mark A. Dronen, president and CEO of GO! Products of  Elmhurst, Ill., has been named the 2005 Distinguished Alumnus for Eastern Illinois University’s School of Business. He was chosen as this year’s recipient based on both his accomplishments in his field and his service to the school. Dronen, a native of Peoria, actively works in product and brand development on a variety of mobile applications, an emerging market that he both envisioned and developed. He has earned
Founder, Owner of Michele Foods to Speak at Eastern 10/14/05 Twenty years ago, a divorced ex-school teacher had children to support, a family secret and a dream. Michele Hoskins’ determination to “leave my daughters a business instead of just a recipe” was the inspiration for Michele Foods. And now, after having achieved much success throughout her past two decades in business, she plans to share some of her keys to that success with the students and staff of Eastern Illinois University. Community residents can also hear what she has
Literature Conference Examines Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' 10/11/05 Lovers of great books are invited to “Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein,’” this year’s literature conference, scheduled to take place Oct. 20 and 21 on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The conference takes place in conjunction with a national exhibit being hosted by EIU’s Booth Library. Several of the conference’s events are free and open to the public. No registration is required. The library will sponsor a gala reception at 7 p.m. Thursda
EIU Homecoming Activities to Include Annual Breakfast, Parade 10/10/05 Although the theme for this year’s Eastern Illinois University Homecoming celebration is “Oh, The Places You’ll Go at EIU,” the place to be this Saturday will be right here in Charleston. A week-long series of Homecoming events will culminate with a fun-filled day of activities, including the annual pancake breakfast and the traditional parade. Early risers can start the day off with a warm meal, courtesy of the Charleston Rotary Club. Serving will take place from 6:3
Queens from Homecomings Past to Gather at EIU 10/10/05 To mark the occasion of the crowning of Eastern Illinois University’s 75th Homecoming queen, royalty from throughout EIU’s history will make their way back to campus. Eighteen queens, representing Homecomings ranging from 1938 to 2004, are to receive new sashes during their visit, which includes an invitation-only reception and luncheon. Some of those attending also plan to ride on a float in Saturday’s Homecoming parade. “I think it’s a lovely idea,” said M
Recipients of 2005 Alumni Awards Announced 10/07/05 The Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 2005 recipients of its annual alumni awards. In conjunction with this weekend's Homecoming activities, these alumni will be honored on Saturday, Oct. 15, during a dinner held in recognition of their accomplishments. “We are quite proud of these individuals and how they have represented their alma mater in their respective professions,” said Steve Rich, executive director of the Alumni Association. “
Lacking State Funds, Child Passenger Safety Resource Center Closes 09/30/05 After six years of leading the state’s efforts to keep kids safe in vehicles, the Child Passenger Safety Resource Center at Eastern Illinois University closed its doors permanently on Friday. The center was notified in August that its grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation was not being renewed, making Sept. 30 the last day of business. The Child Passenger Safety Resource Center’s two employees, Cathy Kimball and Denise Love, are both taking other positions at EIU, but
Illinois Broadcasters Association Presents $20,000 Scholarship Fund 09/28/05 Eastern Illinois University has become one of only five Illinois universities to receive a $20,000 scholarship endowment from the Illinois Broadcasters Association. Dennis Lyle, president and CEO of the Illinois Broadcasters Association, visited EIU’s campus today to officially present the gift to university officials in the WEIU-TV studio. In 1999, the IBA initiated its $100,000 College Endowment Program to benefit five universities deemed the state’s finest in providing broadcast
New Orleans Resident Welcomed; Finds Temporary Employment at EIU 09/27/05 A month ago, Kimberly Crowley never expected she’d be joining former colleague Dan Nadler as an employee of Eastern Illinois University. But a series of circumstances -- some good, some bad -- paved her a pathway that led from New Orleans to Charleston, Illinois. “It’s a temporary appointment,” said Nadler, who is preparing to begin his third month as Eastern’s vice president for student affairs. “But it’s an appointment that’s going to benef
Lecture to Discuss Realities, Perceptions of Warfare 09/27/05 Thomas Palaima – the Raymond F. Dickson Centennial Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin – will deliver Eastern Illinois University’s 16th annual fall Phi Beta Kappa lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in Lumpkin Auditorium (room 2030). Admission to the lecture, “Home Front and War Front in Ancient and Modern Times,” is free and open to the public. This lecture will look at how 20th- and 21st-century western cultures have sheltered ci
Students Displaced by Hurricane Katrina Happy to Find Kindness at EIU 09/23/05 As Hurricane Rita caused a second round of flooding in Louisiana on Friday, eight students from Dillard University in New Orleans had even more reason to be thankful to have a temporary home at Eastern Illinois University. The students have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity they’ve found at EIU, where employees donated more than $5,000 for them in one afternoon and worked nights and weekends to help them settle into campus. “Several of the students arrived in Charlesto
$20,000 Gift to Boost EIU's Alcohol Education/Awareness Efforts 09/13/05 The Michael Andretti Foundation donated $20,000 from a $100,000 fund provided by Jim Beam to Eastern Illinois University at Chicagoland Speedway Sunday, Sept. 11. Andretti presented the check personally to university officials, which included EIU President Lou Hencken, in front of fans during pre-race ceremonies before the start of the IndyCar® Series race. The donation is earmarked for the purpose of alcohol education programs on university campuses, and institutions are selected based on r
Special Olympics Family Festival Seeks Volunteers 09/09/05 Last year, after President Lou Hencken’s emphasis on student volunteerism, the Special Olympics Family Festival had a surge in student helpers. This year, however, the number of volunteers is down, and officials are asking for more students to set aside part of their Saturday to help a worthy cause. The Special Olympics Family Festival, set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Lake Land College in Mattoon, is designed to be a fun outing for more than 1,000 Olympians and their fam
EIU Plans Activities to Educate Citizens on U.S. Constitution 09/09/05 Most teenagers have more knowledge about television shows than basic facts of the U.S. Constitution, a national survey shows, but Eastern Illinois University is trying to help change that. In response to a new federal mandate, EIU has planned several activities for Sept. 12-18 to observe Constitution Day, which marks the anniversary of the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the U.S. Constitution. After a 1998 survey revealed that a greater percentage of U.S. teenagers could name three Three Stooges (59
EIU Enrollment Numbers Up; Pose Challenges for the Future 09/08/05 Officials at Eastern Illinois University are happy that their institution is the university of choice for a record number of students. But they also realize that this record-breaking enrollment will pose challenges for the campus. “This is the largest enrollment in the history of the university,” said EIU President Lou Hencken, referring to the record-breaking 12,129 students currently enrolled in on- and off-campus classes. “But it’s an enrollment that would be difficult
The Legendary James Brown to Perform at EIU 09/06/05 James Brown, the “Godfather of Soul,” will present this year’s Family Weekend concert on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The University Board-sponsored performance is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in EIU’s Lantz Arena, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20; all seats are reserved. Tickets are now available through the University Union Ticket Office, open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visa/Mastercard are accepted. Ord
Students Displaced by Katrina Welcomed at EIU 09/02/05 Eastern Illinois University is extending a welcoming hand to college students who have had their education placed on hold by Hurricane Katrina. President Lou Hencken announced this week that students whose education has been disrupted as a result of the storm will be extended in-state tuition rates and will have all application and late fees waived. In addition, EIU personnel will work with affected students to develop flexible payment plans and in finding any available sources f
President Welcomes Faculty to 'One of the Best Universities in America' 08/31/05 Eastern Illinois University President Lou Hencken outlined the status of the university during the Faculty Luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the Grand Ballroom. Following are his remarks: I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new faculty in attendance today and to welcome back the excellent faculty members who teach at one of the best universities in America. Those of you who know me best know how excited I get at the beginning of a new school year and that September is my favo
Provost Challenges Faculty to Help Move EIU to 'Next Level' 08/31/05 EIU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Blair Lord outlined some goals for the future of Eastern Illinois University at the Faculty Luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the Grand Ballroom. Following are his remarks: I, too, want to welcome you back (or for those new to Eastern this term, just a simple welcome). We have had a very smooth start of the year, and it is due in significant measure to you, so thank you. One of the things I got to do this summer was attend a meeting for provo
Faculty Laureate Kory Addresses New Students at Convocation 08/31/05 Eastern Illinois University's 2005 Faculty Laureate Fern Kory spoke to new students at the annual Convocation ceremony Tuesday evening in the Grand Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Following are her remarks: Welcome all. I particularly want to welcome those of you who have just joined us here at EIU, and give a special welcome to international students, who have come such a long way to join us. There are others among you who have come less far but whose journey was diffic
Banquet to Highlight Latino Heritage Celebration 08/26/05 Latino Heritage Celebration activities at Eastern Illinois University are scheduled for September and October, with the main event, the Latino Heritage Banquet, set for Sept. 18. Banquet tickets – $6 for EIU students, $12 for the general public – must be purchased by Sept. 9 at the Minority Affairs Office in the basement of Ninth Street Hall on campus. The event is to begin with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. with music performed by the EIU’s Latin Jazz Group, followed by dinner and en
EIU Moves Higher in U.S. News & World Report's Annual College Guide 08/19/05 For the sixth consecutive year, Eastern Illinois University has been named one of the top Midwestern public universities in its class by U.S. News & World Report. EIU is ranked eighth among all Midwestern public universities offering a full range of undergraduate degrees and some master’s degree programs. EIU is the only Illinois public university in the top 15. In addition, in a comprehensive list of all 142 Midwest institutions, both public and private, EIU’s overall rank ros
EIU Faculty Laureate Fern Kory Encourages Students to Dive into Education 08/19/05 Fern Kory’s advice to incoming Eastern Illinois University students about their college education can be boiled down to one sentence: “You get out of this what you put into it.” Kory, an EIU English professor, is happy to have the chance to impart that advice in her role as EIU’s 2005-2006 Faculty Laureate. As the university's official spokeswoman on the importance of a general, liberal arts education, she will speak during EIU’s Fall Convocation, a welcoming ceremo
Retiring Professor Feels Gratitude Toward EIU and Community 08/01/05 Much to his mother's chagrin, Alan Baharlou often ran around as a youngster with holes in his pants pockets - the result of his carrying rocks and other sharp items of nature that he found while exploring nearby river beds. "I was always discovering things," he said. "I loved the different colors and shapes. And being in nature brought me tranquility; it gave me peace. It was my friend." More than five decades have since passed, and the years have provided the 69-year-old Charleston resident
Pakistani Students Find Acceptance, Tolerance at EIU 07/26/05 When Naveed Baqir and Amna Latif decided to leave Pakistan to further their education in the United States, they expected to find a society intolerant of their Muslim culture. Instead, they found overwhelming support and acceptance at Eastern Illinois University, where their differences were embraced, not rejected. The people at EIU, located in the small, friendly, rural community of Charleston in east-central Illinois, were extremely accommodating, the married couple said. “When we c
Sixteen-year Veteran of EIU's Facilities Division Named Director 06/24/05 Gary Reed says he’s “honored and very excited” to be named director of Facilities Planning and Management at Eastern Illinois University – a campus he considers “a small city in itself.” The Watson resident and 16-year employee of the institution began his career at Eastern in 1989, when he was named superintendent of utilities. From 2000-2003, he served as assistant to the director and, for the past 19 months, he has served as acting director. As direct
Professionals Become Certified Teachers Through Alternative Program 06/21/05 Professionals from throughout Illinois recently became certified school teachers through the Alternative Route to Teacher Certification program at Eastern Illinois University. The program, now starting its third year, provides Illinois teaching credentials to those who have bachelor’s degrees in certain subject areas and at least five years of related employment experience. "This program is all about equipping individuals who already possess academic knowledge and work experience with
Weber Named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs 06/20/05 It’s official: After serving since 2000 as acting associate vice president for academic affairs at Eastern Illinois University, William Weber has assumed the role on a permanent basis. As associate vice president for academic affairs, Weber manages budgetary matters for the division, oversees faculty development and handles student and parent concerns. He also serves as director of EIU’s summer sessions. “In these challenging financial times, Dr. Weber’s expertise in b
EIU Trustees Approve Hikes in Tuition, Student Fees 06/20/05 Eastern Illinois University 's Board of Trustees approved increases in tuition and student fees Monday, thus finalizing student costs for the 2005-2006 school year. Students who began attending Eastern in Fall 2004 will continue to pay $137.75 per semester hour, a "locked-in" rate which will not change during the estimated time they will attend Eastern in order to receive their baccalaureate degree. This policy was developed in accordance with provisions of State of Illinois Public Act 93-02
EIU Alumnus O'Rourke Appointed to EIU Board of Trustees 06/20/05 A former Eastern Illinois University student senator with a long history in state government is the newest member of the EIU Board of Trustees. William O’Rourke of Springfield, a 1974 EIU graduate who still vividly recalls the kindness of then-housing-official Lou Hencken, was appointed to the seat June 16 by Gov. Rod Blagojevich. “I think it’s a wonderful honor,” O’Rourke said. “Eastern was a tremendous place to go to college, and I owe much of what I am t
Computer Discounts Offered to EIU Students, Employees 06/15/05 As wireless Internet access becomes more available at Eastern Illinois University and more tasks rely on online access, demand for laptop computers is increasing by leaps and bounds. To help ease individuals’ financial burden, EIU is harnessing the buying power of its students, faculty and staff to offer discounted computer prices. “It is clear that our students are becoming more mobile and they want their Internet access to be readily available for checking e-mail, sharing docume
EIU Honors 2004-2005 Retirees 05/27/05 Nearly 50 Eastern Illinois University employees recently were honored as faculty/staff members who have retired or plan to retire during the 2004-2005 school year. They are, from left to right, front row - Cheryl Birkhead, Nancy Nordtvedt, Mickey Carrell, William Myers, Wanda Reid, Alan Baharlou, Lynda Kayser, Lydia Roley and Joyce Cooley; second row - John Messer, Suhrit Dey, Ron Wohlstein, Sanford Wright, Roger Luft, Alphonso Joyner, Chris Sims and Richard Jacques; and third row
Nadler Named EIU's Vice President for Student Affairs 05/26/05 The new vice president for student affairs at Eastern Illinois University says if he were to custom design a university with his needs and interests in mind, that university would be EIU. "I can't tell you how impressed I am with the staff, the faculty and the leadership that is in place there," said Daniel Nadler, who currently serves as associate vice president for student affairs at Tulane University in New Orleans. "I'm so excited about coming to Eastern." Nadler, who will begin his new
Levi, Co-founder of Global Business, to Receive Honorary Degree 05/04/05 Leading an innovative global business has earned Richard H. Levi a successful career. Living a life full of generosity and concern for others has earned him an honorary doctorate. Levi, a 1969 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, is to accept an honorary doctor of public service degree from his alma mater during the 6 p.m. commencement ceremony Saturday in Lantz Arena. “It’s certainly quite an honor, and I’m obviously very pleased to be receiv
Luft Honored with EIU's 2005 Distinguished Faculty Award 05/04/05 Roger Luft, a professor in Eastern Illinois University’s Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences, has earned a reputation as a caring, inspiring mentor in his 34 years of teaching. Luft has been honored for his dedication and excellence by being chosen as the recipient of EIU’s 2005 Distinguished Faculty Award. Luft will formally receive his award – a plaque and monetary gift – during the 6 p.m. commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, in Lantz Arena.
More Than 1,500 to Receive Degrees from EIU 05/04/05 More than 1,500 students are eligible to graduate from Eastern Illinois University this spring, and the majority of those plan to participate in formal commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 7. Graduation ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m. in Lantz Arena. Guest tickets are required for admission into the ceremonies. Students from the College of Sciences will march in the morning ceremony; the College of Arts and Humanities and the School of Continuing Education (Board
Dettro resigns seat on EIU Board of Trustees 04/25/05 For Roger Dettro, considered to be one of the most influential figures in Eastern Illinois University’s first century, has decided to leave his post on the EIU Board of Trustees. Dettro announced his resignation, effective June 30, during the board’s meeting on Monday. “I’ve been on the board for almost six years, and it’s time to move on and let someone else serve the university,” Dettro said. “I will still be active in supportive roles at EIU.&rdquo
Board of Trustees Extends EIU President Lou Hencken's Contract 04/25/05 Undecided as to whether he wanted to continue as president of Eastern Illinois University, Lou Hencken was advised by his fellow university presidents to ask himself one question - "Do you enjoy what you're doing?" "And when I asked myself that, the answer was a definite yes," Hencken said. Thus, with the enthusiastic president looking on, Eastern Illinois University 's Board of Trustees on Monday officially extended Hencken's contract by one year - from June 30, 2006 , to June 30, 2007.
Alumni Association Clock Tower to be Dedicated During Celebration 04/21/05 The new clock tower at Eastern Illinois University, a gift from the Alumni Association in celebration of its centennial, will be dedicated Saturday, April 30, during Celebration: A Festival of the Arts. The ceremony is to begin at 1:30 p.m. in the south lawn of Booth Library, where the clock tower was recently constructed. While on campus, those who attend the dedication will be able to take advantage of the many activities scheduled for Celebration, which will be held on the Library Quad on
Students to Present $1,500 to Habitat to Build 3 Sri Lankan Homes 04/20/05 Three Sri Lankan families will be receiving new homes thanks to the fund-raising efforts of an Eastern Illinois University housing class. Students, touched by the suffering caused by the Dec. 26 South Asian tsunami, set out to raise $500, the amount needed to build one modest home in Sri Lanka. In less than a month, they collected three times that amount. The students and their professor, Pat McCallister, plan to present $1,500 to local Habitat for Humanity officials at 10 a.m. Thursday, Apr
Lounge Created for Adult, Commuting Students; Grand Opening Set 04/13/05 Adult and commuting students at Eastern Illinois University now have a home away from home when they’re on campus. An Adult/Commuter Student Lounge – complete with lockers, tables, Internet hookups for laptops, carpet, plants and even a couple of comfortable stuffed chairs – has been created in the balcony area that overlooks the food court in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. “There are a lot of places you can study on this campus, but I think it’s n
Eastern to Celebrate 50 Years of Graduate Education 04/05/05 Eastern Illinois University will celebrate 50 years of graduate education on April 14, 15 and 16 by welcoming 50 outstanding graduate alumni back to campus, where they will be recognized for their achievements. Eastern began its graduate education curriculum in 1951 with an initial enrollment of three students. The university currently enrolls more than 1,700 graduate students across all of its academic colleges, and confers approximately 500 graduate degrees each year. To acknowledge Easte
First-of-its-Kind Faculty Symposium Takes Place at EIU 03/31/05 Eastern Illinois University, in conjunction with Lake Land College and Parkland College, sponsored its first Faculty Symposium for community college and Eastern faculty today. The symposium allowed faculty members from community colleges to join their colleagues from Eastern in discussing topics of interest related to their academic disciplines and improving the academic experience for transfer students. The symposium's program and agenda were jointly planned by representatives from four aca
EIU Professor Aims to Solve Mystery of Acid Rain's Formation 03/30/05 So, you don’t understand what causes acid rain? Don’t feel too bad – scientists don’t quite get it, either. But Rebecca Peebles, an assistant professor in Eastern Illinois University’s chemistry department, hopes to change that. Peebles has received a competitive $30,000 grant to allow her to study the destructive phenomenon. Only nine similar grants were awarded throughout the nation by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation this year. In simple terms, Peeb
Third Annual Panther Service Day Set For April 16; Volunteers Being Sought 03/29/05 For the third consecutive year, crews of Eastern Illinois University students and staff are planning "Panther Service Day," scheduled to take place Saturday, April 16. And members of Eastern's Student Government hope that volunteers from the Charleston community will join university students, faculty, staff and administrators as they paint homes and clean up yards and parks in the city. Interested persons may pick up applications and information packets at the Student Activities Center, loca
"You Are EIU" Fund-Raising Campaign Going Strong w/ $7.4 Million Collected 03/22/05 Eastern Illinois University’s “You Are EIU” fund-raising campaign has already collected $7.42 million in gifts, putting it well on its way to raising the targeted $10 million by June 2006. Since its inception in July 2003, the three-year campaign has enjoyed strong, steady support. It was bolstered further in February with a $2 million gift to the endowment from the Tarble Foundation. “I’m thrilled with the campaign’s progress,” said EIU President Lou
EIU Professor Receives Grant for Ground-Breaking Study on Weeds 03/10/05 If Scott Meiners has his way, out-of-control weeds like kudzu and garlic mustard could eventually become relics of the past. Meiners, a biological sciences assistant professor at Eastern Illinois University, is heading up research of weeds – known by scientists as “exotic plants” – in a study that has been ongoing for more than 45 years, making its data very useful. The research project, called the Buell-Small Succession Study, is considered important enough that it
Nathaniel Anderson, Chair of EIU's Board of Trustees, Announces Resignation 03/07/05 Nathaniel Anderson, chair and the last remaining charter member of Eastern Illinois University 's Board of Trustees, publicly announced his resignation today. His formal letter of resignation to Gov. Rod Blagojevich's office was mailed last week. The resignation took effect Friday, March 4. "It's been a great ride for me," he said, "but it's come time for me to pursue some other interests." Anderson's initial appointment to the university's self-governing board - made by then-Governor Jim
Melvin Excited to Lead EIU Music Dept. as Doudna Project Moves Forward 02/25/05 As the new head of the music department at Eastern Illinois University, W. Parker Melvin looks forward to helping orchestrate the beginning stages of the new Doudna Fine Arts Center. Melvin, chosen to serve this semester as acting chairman after the resignation of Roger Stoner, has been a member of the EIU faculty since 1991, so he’s been on campus since the Doudna project was just a gleam in Stoner’s eye. This semester, after years of waiting and hoping, officials have accepted
Timeline Honoring Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. to be Unveiled 02/23/05 Jeff Collier believes that Martin Luther King Jr. deserves to be honored with more than a portrait in the Eastern Illinois University student union that bears the slain civil rights leader’s name. “I feel like, years later, we can still expand the tribute,” Collier said. “It’s just a portrait of Martin Luther King. It doesn’t necessarily reflect the contributions that he made.” That’s why Collier, president of EIU’s Black Student Union, h
NCA Team Gives Glowing Report, Recommends EIU Reaccreditation 02/16/05 A North Central Association accreditation team unofficially recommended another 10-year accreditation for Eastern Illinois University during the presentation of an overwhelmingly positive report Wednesday. "This is the best recommendation we could have received," said EIU President Lou Hencken. "Terms such as, We found a true sense of community,' and one of the most positive NCA visits I have ever been on' were typical of the glowing report that we received." The NCA team, comprised of ad
Tarble Generosity Continues; $2 Million Gift to Support TAC Activities 02/14/05 A new $2 million gift from the Tarble Foundation will continue to support Eastern Illinois University 's Tarble Arts Center and its programs and collections. In announcing the news Monday, EIU President Lou Hencken offered his utmost gratitude to the Foundation. "The generosity of the Newton E. Tarble family has touched so many lives over the years. We are thrilled to accept this gift, which will allow the Tarble Arts Center and Eastern Illinois University to further serve our students, faculty
EIU Leading State Project to Assess New Teachers, Improve Education 01/28/05 Eastern Illinois University is heading up a new statewide project designed to improve the quality of children's education by better preparing new teachers. The project, Teacher Graduate Assessment, will survey new public high school teachers in the year following their graduation from Illinois ' 12 public colleges and universities. Using opinions from the teachers and their supervisors, the project will gauge how well college prepared the teachers for their jobs and how to improve that effor
Tidwell to Lead EIU Journalism Department Through "Transition" Period 01/27/05 Professor James Tidwell views his role as acting chairman of the journalism department as an extension of his service to Eastern Illinois University and his profession. The journalism department is in a particularly critical stage, as it is making its six-year accreditation bid, implementing new curriculum and preparing to lose some retiring faculty members, making continuity in its leadership particularly important, Tidwell said. "I've had other chances to go into administration before, but
EIU Employees Honored for Continuous Years of Service 01/26/05 Shown, from left to right, are EIU President Lou Hencken; Joseph Martin; Jeff Cooley, vice president for business affairs; Wanda Reid; Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Richard Keiter. Martin, Reid and Keiter were recently honored for 35 years of continuous service to Eastern Illinois University. Eastern Illinois University recently honored nearly 300 of its employees for continuous years of service. A luncheon was held Jan. 20 in recognition of university e
Drake Named Acting Vice President for Student Affairs at EIU 01/25/05 Lynette Drake, once an Eastern Illinois University student herself, has been chosen to serve as acting vice president for student affairs at her alma mater. Drake, who will continue to perform some of her duties as EIU's director of health service, will begin the six-month appointment on Feb. 1, as a national search begins for a permanent replacement. "I've worked with Lynette a long time," said EIU President Lou Hencken after announcing his decision. "Lynette has broad experience in studen
February 21 Open House Geared Toward Prospective EIU Students 01/19/05 Still undecided about which college to attend? Eastern Illinois University is taking some of the guesswork out of the decision by offering an information-packed, hands-on open house on Feb. 21. Prospective students and their parents will have the opportunity to talk to EIU's faculty, tour the campus and even find out how good EIU's residence hall food really is. "It's a day to ask questions and observe what Eastern has to offer," said Maxine A. Lane , admissions counselor. "It's a great way
EIU Trustees to Consider Housing Costs for 2005-2006 School Year 01/18/05 Eastern Illinois University 's Board of Trustees plans to consider hikes in housing costs for the 2005-2006 school year when it meets for the first time in 2005. The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, in the Grand Ballroom, located in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. If approved as presented, room and board rates for students living in Eastern's residence halls and Greek Court will increase between $198 and $223 per semester (a 7.7 percen
Charleston Businessman Appointed to EIU Board of Trustees 01/18/05 Less than a year ago, Donald W. Yost received his bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University. This week, Gov. Rod Blagojevich's office sent official word that the 61-year-old Charleston businessman had, as of Jan. 17, been temporarily appointed to the university's Board of Trustees. The six-year appointment will become permanent upon confirmation by the Illinois Senate. "I'm extremely appreciative for the opportunity, and offer my sincere thanks to Governor Blagojevich," Yost said.
Fall 2004 Commencement Ceremonies to Take Place Saturday at EIU 12/15/04 Nearly 950 students are expected to graduate from Eastern Illinois University this fall, and more than half that number - about 550 - will participate in formal commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 18. Those planning to participate in ceremonies also include some of the nearly 500 students who officially graduated at the end of the summer term in August. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Guest tickets are required for admission to the ceremonies. Graduates from the Lumpki
First Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award Goes to Long-Time Friend 12/15/04 David Carpenter's pleasure over being named the first recipient of the Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award has been somewhat overshadowed by grief. "I'm honored, obviously," he said. "But I really miss my friend." Carpenter will receive the Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award during Eastern's 10 a.m. commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 18. Sixty-year-old Mendez, a former Eastern Illinois University professor of Spanish, died of a heart ailment in October 2003. Less tha
EIU Vice President for Student Affairs Announces Impending Retirement 12/12/04 Shirley A. Stewart, acting vice president for student affairs at Eastern Illinois University, has announced her retirement, effective Jan. 1, 2005. "I've worked with Shirley for over 30 years," said EIU President Lou Hencken. "I've asked her to reconsider, but she is firm in her decision to retire. I am going to miss her and the work that she does in the student affairs area. She totally supports her staff and the students at EIU." Stewart, who received both her bachelor's and master's degr
EIU Plans Holiday Gatherings at Old Main; Public Invited to Attend 12/01/04 Community residents are invited to join Eastern Illinois University's students and staff during the coming week for "Christmas Around the World" - two festive gatherings scheduled to take place in the foyer of Old Main. Guests are welcome to attend either of the two events, the first of which is scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, and the second from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. Parking is available in any university lot (excluding handicapped spaces) after 5 p
Doudna Project to Move Ahead; EIU Community Truly Thankful 11/19/04 The students, staff and faculty of Eastern Illinois University found out this week that they have one thing more to be thankful for this holiday season. The state's Capital Development Board announced plans to begin seeking bids for the long-awaited $46 million Doudna Fine Arts Center expansion/renovation project. Building specifications are expected to be released sometime within the next two weeks, according to Steve Shrake, design and construction manager at Eastern. A date of Jan. 4 has
WEIU-TV Awaits BOT Approval Before Continuing Digital Conversion Project 11/16/04 Two years ago, WEIU-TV began its conversion to digital television, beginning with its production and master control facilities. Soon, if Eastern Illinois University 's Board of Trustees gives its expected go-ahead, the process will continue with the acquisition of land and the installation of a 492-foot tower and transmitter. Trustees are scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Grand Ballroom, located in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. The public is invited to atten
Pact Between EIU, Parkland College to Aid in Transition Between Schools 11/05/04 Shown, from left to right, are Tom Ramage, vice president for academic services, Parkland College; EIU President Lou Hencken and Blair Lord, EIU provost and vice president of academic affairs Representatives of Eastern Illinois University and Parkland College signed a Dual Admission Transfer Agreement at the recent annual fall meeting of the Community College Presidents Advisory Committee, held on the EIU campus. Tom Ramage, vice president for academic services, representing Parkland
Agreement Between Lake Land, EIU Will Assist Transfer Students in Transition 11/05/04 Blair Lord (left), EIU provost and vice president of academic affairs, shakes hands with Scott Lensink, vice president for academic services at Lake Land College. Representatives of Eastern Illinois University and Lake Land College recently entered into a Dual Admission Transfer Agreement which will further improve the transfer process for Lake Land students interested in completing an associate degree and then transferring to Eastern to complete a baccalaureate degree. Scott Lensink,
EIU Department Shoots For The Stars; Succeeds With Completed Observatory 10/26/04 When Eastern Illinois University students reach for the stars, they'll be able to get a good look at them, too. A new campus observatory, complete with a state-of-the-art computer-driven 16-inch telescope, became operational this fall, giving both students and faculty at the university unprecedented access to the skies above Charleston. The new observatory will be dedicated this Friday, Oct. 29, and the public is welcome to join students and staff at the site at 9 p.m. as they put the new eq
EIU'S Own 'Shining Stars' Make Physics Observatory a Reality 10/26/04 While James Conwell and other physics faculty and students provided much of the construction labor for Eastern Illinois University's campus observatory project, most of the funding came from the contributions of Eastern alumnus Randall P. Wright and his wife, Brenda , and retired physics faculty member P. Scott Smith. Wright, senior vice president of Texas Children's Hospital in Houston , Texas , is a Charleston native and a 1970 graduate of the university with a degree in physics. Earlier this
Recipients of 2004 Alumni Awards Announced 10/14/04 The Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 2004 recipients of its annual alumni awards. In conjunction with this weekend's Homecoming activities, these alumni will be honored on Saturday at a dinner held in recognition of their accomplishments. "We are quite proud of these individuals and how they have represented their alma mater in their respective professions," said Steve Rich, executive director of the Alumni Association. "While it was through their own ha
Super Heroes Flock to Charleston: It's EIU Homecoming 2004! 10/13/04 "There's no need to fear Underdog is here!" As are Superman...and Batman and Spiderman and Wonderwoman and Might Mouse Indeed, Charleston may very well be the safest place around this week as Eastern Illinois University 's 2004 Homecoming celebration welcomes super heroes of all shapes and sizes. Activities, many of which depict this year's Homecoming theme - "It's a Bird, It's a Plane It's EIU Homecoming 2004!" - will culminate in a fun-filled day of activities on Saturday, Oct. 16. E
Creedence Clearwater Revisited Planning Two Concerts on EIU Campus 09/16/04 Tickets are now on sale for two shows to be presented by Creedence Clearwater Revisited as part of Eastern Illinois University 's Family Weekend activities. Having performed before audiences all over North America, Europe and Asia, Creedence Clearwater Revisited will bring its sixties rock revival to the stage at EIU's Lantz Arena at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. Tickets cost $17 and all seats are reserved. Tickets may be purchased through the Martin Luther King Jr. University Unio
EIU Enrollment Climbs for Third Year in a Row 09/09/04 For the third consecutive year, Eastern Illinois University has seen an increase in total enrollment. Eastern's Fall 2004 enrollment of 11,651 exceeds last year's number of 11,522 by 129 (1.1 percent). The figures also indicate that the numbers of sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as graduate students, are up, while freshman numbers are down. This proves to university officials that their enrollment management efforts have been successful. The university's goal was to admit 3,000 n
EIU Trustees to Consider Blair Hall Roofing Contract; Renovation to Begin 09/08/04 Almost five months have lapsed since Eastern Illinois University 's Blair Hall was nearly destroyed by fire. Following Friday's meeting of the EIU Board of Trustees, renovation of the historic structure will begin in earnest. The meeting, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. (Friday, Sept. 10) in the University Union's Grand Ballroom, is open to the public. Trustees are expected to approve a contract with Grunloh Construction, Inc., of Effingham, allowing for the replace
"Have Tote, Will Travel"
EIU School of Continuing Education Moves to "Permanent Temporary" Home
09/08/04 Less than five months ago, the staff of Eastern Illinois University's School of Continuing Education could do little but stand helplessly by as they watched fire consume the upper level of Blair Hall, their campus home. Twenty-four hours later, however, those same employees could be seen sitting around long plain tables, folded out end-to-end to allow their occupants ample space in which to try and regroup. A large hand-made sign declared that the mint-green building known as Buzzard House w
Convocation Address by Dr. Nancy Marlow -- August 31, 2004 09/01/04 I first want to say that it is truly an honor to serve as Eastern's Faculty Laureate and to be included with those outstanding individuals who held this position before me. It's also a privilege for me to have to opportunity to speak to you, our newest students tonight. I hope that at least one thing I have to say tonight is meaningful for you-if not now perhaps sometime in the future. I have to admit I've been enjoying the past two weeks. It's fun to open EIU's web page and to be greeted by me
Provost Lord Brings Greetings to Faculty, As Well 09/01/04 As most of you know, President Hencken and I enjoy joking about having to follow one another as a speaker. Just now as he was speaking, I made a short list of the topics he covered in his remarks. They included fundraising, enrollment, our U.S. News and World Report rating, the upcoming North Central Association accreditation visit, extended library hours, the library's acquisition budget, capital equipment expenditures, and program initiatives in nursing and community service. Maybe this is ho
President Lou Hencken Speaks to EIU Faculty at Annual Welcome Back Luncheon 09/01/04 I would like to welcome back all returning faculty to the University and a special welcome to the 53 faculty who have joined our ranks. I am pleased to note that we continue to add diversity to our faculty. It is my expectation that all departments across campus will continue their efforts to recruit highly qualified, diverse applicants. I truly believe that the strength and vitality of our campus is enhanced when we attract students, faculty, and staff from around the nation - indeed the world
EIU Retains Spot as One of Midwest's Top Universities 08/20/04 Eastern Illinois University has retained its spot as one of the Midwest 's top universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Rankings released in the magazine's annual guide to "America's Best Colleges" indicate that EIU is the highest ranking public university in Illinois on the list of "Top Public Universities - Master's (Regional/Midwest)," a category which represents those universities which offer a full range of undergraduate degrees, as well as some master's degree programs.
Governor Appoints Three to EIU's Board of Trustees 08/16/04 When Eastern Illinois University 's Board of Trustees meets for its next meeting on Sept. 10, it will do so with a full eight-member board. It was announced today that Roger L. Kratochvil of Mt. Olive, Robert D. Webb of Mattoon and Leo Welch of O'Fallon have been temporarily appointed EIU trustees, effective Wednesday, Aug. 18, by Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The appointments will become permanent upon confirmation by the Illinois Senate later this fall. President Louis V. Hencken said he was pl
Lonestar Coming To EIU's Lantz Arena 08/11/04 Eastern Illinois University announces that tickets for the Friday, Sept. 10, performance by LONESTAR will go on sale to the general public Friday, Aug. 27, at a cost of $22 per ticket. Tickets for EIU students (priced at $17, with Panther Card ID) will go on sale Thursday, Aug. 19. All tickets may be purchased through the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union Ticket Office, in-person or via phone at (217) 581-5122. Visa and MasterCard will be accepted. Regular ticket office hours are from
EIU Faculty Laureate to Pass Along Father's Message for Learning to Students 08/04/04 Nancy Marlow's inspiration to be a life-long learner came from her father. "He seeks out information and knowledge just because he enjoys it," she says. "I'm lucky. Both of my parents strongly encouraged my education." Marlow - now a professor of marketing by trade - follows in her father's footsteps. And her passion for learning is what led to her selection as Eastern Illinois University 's 2004-2005 Faculty Laureate. As such, she will spend the coming year as the university's official s
EIU Spring 2004 Graduates Named 07/30/04 Degrees have now been officially awarded to more than 1,260 Spring 2004 semester graduates at Eastern Illinois University. The students were certified by their respective deans as having completed all requirements leading to the awarding of degrees. Abbreviations following the graduates' names indicate their course of study - Bachelor of Science (BS); Bachelor of Arts (BA); Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB); Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE); Master of Science in Education (MSE); Maste
New BTI Director Intent on Helping Regional Businesses Succeed 06/29/04 The economy is turning, training needs are changing within the workplace and Eastern Illinois University 's Business and Technology Institute has a new director. Coincidence? Well, yes. But it's one of those fortunate coincidences that could result in a win-win-win situation for all involved. As BTI's new director, Jeanne Dau has jumped right in, reassessing and reanalyzing the business needs of the region. Unlike so many other facets
Music's Loss is Student Teaching's Gain; Poulter Named Department Chair at EIU 06/28/04 Patricia Poulter plans to leave her position as a faculty member in Eastern Illinois University 's music department. But she won't be going far. As of July 1, Poulter will assume new duties as chair of the university's Department of Student Teaching. "The College of Education and Professional Studies is very pleased that Dr. Poulter has accepted the position," said Dean Charles Rohn. "She brings a very positive background and strong leadership qualities to this p
Irwin Named New Dean of EIU's Honors College 06/25/04 Bonnie Irwin will begin her 11th year at Eastern Illinois University as the new dean of the institution's Honors College. She assumes her new role July 1, replacing the retiring dean, Herbert Lasky. Lasky, who is credited for establishing Eastern's honors programs in 1982, expanded the program from 52 students to the nearly 700 enrolled today. He is retiring following 38 years of service to the university. "I believe that Dr. Irwin will bring exceptional leadership to our honors activitie
Director of Grants and Research Named at EIU 06/11/04 Robert W. Chesnut has been named the new director of the Office of Grants and Research at Eastern Illinois University. He will officially begin his duties as director on July 1, replacing Edwin L. "Bud" May who retired from the university in September 2003 after 25 years of service to the university. Chesnut has served as acting director since January 2004. As director, his primary responsibilities will include the leadership and administration of the university's grants and research program
EIU Names New Director of Development 06/11/04 Although her formal title stands as "director of development," Madelynn Arana suggests that an appropriate substitute might be "match maker." "Academic departments have certain needs and individual donors know what's important to them," she said. "I perform a match-making service; I find a way to match the two." In announcing Arana's June 1 appointment, Karla Evans, Eastern Illinois University 's executive director of development, noted that Arana will assume deve
BLAIR HALL UPDATE 05/27/04 On Wednesday, April 28, 2004, Blair Hall (an academic building located southeast of Old Main on EIU's campus) suffered extensive damage as the result of a mid-afternoon fire. The building was safely evacuated and no injuries were reported.   EIU'S BLAIR HALL FIRE CLASSIFIED AN ACCIDENT BY STATE FIRE MARSHAL The April 28 fire which destroyed much of Eastern Illinois University 's Blair Hall has been classified as an accident. Acco
New Director of Admissions Named at EIU 05/12/04 Brenda L. Ross has been named the new director of admissions at Eastern Illinois University, and is expected to begin her duties on Aug. 2. As director, her primary responsibility will be the administration of the university's undergraduate recruitment, admissions, application processing and enrollment planning activities. These are areas in which Ross is well versed, having served in a similar position at Millikin University in Decatur for the past three years. "I am excited about joining t
Commitment to Others Earns Two Honorary Doctorates of Public Service 05/07/04 Those accustomed to giving to others often find it hard to take something back in return. Two such individuals, however, will be publicly recognized this weekend when they receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service. Randall P. Wright of Houston, Texas, and Eulalee Anderson of Charleston will receive their honorary doctorates during commencement ceremonies taking place this weekend at Eastern Illinois University 's Lantz Arena. Wright, originally from Charleston and a 1970 EIU g
John Best Named Recipient of EIU's 2004 Distinguished Faculty Award 05/06/04 A true scholar . . . exceptionally conscientious . . . demanding and fair as a popular instructor . . . a model for colleagues and students alike. With accolades such as these, it is of no wonder that John Best, professor of psychology at Eastern Illinois University, was chosen as this year's recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award. He will formally receive his award, consisting of a plaque and small monetary gift, during the 9 a.m. commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 8, in Lant
Spring 2004 Commencement Ceremonies Set For Saturday; Durbin Among Speakers 05/03/04 More than 1,500 students are eligible to graduate from Eastern Illinois University this spring, and a vast majority of those will be seen crossing the commencement stage during ceremonies scheduled to take place Saturday, May 8. Ceremonies are set to take place at 9 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m. in Lantz Arena. Guest tickets are required for admission. Graduates from Eastern's College of Sciences will march in the morning ceremony, while graduates from the College of Arts and Humanities and the
Davenport Named Director of Minority Affairs at EIU 05/01/04 Effective July 1 of this year, Mona Davenport will have the word "interim" removed from her title as interim director of Eastern Illinois University 's Office of Minority Affairs. Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced that Davenport had accepted his offer to assume the position on a permanent basis. The offer was issued following a national search which brought several candidates to Eastern's campus. "We've been very pleased with her work as interim director,
EIU Trustees Approve Hikes in Tuition, Student Fees and Housing Costs 04/26/04 Eastern Illinois University's Board of Trustees approved increases in tuition, student fees and housing costs on Monday, thus finalizing student costs for the 2004-2005 school year. Tuition for continuing EIU students will increase by 7.5 percent. These Illinois undergraduates will pay $127.65 per semester hour, an increase of $8.90, while Illinois graduate students will pay $134.40 per semester hour, an increase of $9.40. New students, including transfer students, will pay $137.75 per semes
Celebration: A Festival of the Arts Set for April 30, May 1 and 2 at EIU 04/20/04 The return of spring means Eastern Illinois University's annual Celebration: A Festival of the Arts is only days away. This year's festival makes its return to the Charleston campus April 30, May 1 and 2. This year marks the festival's 27th year of presenting a wide variety of arts programs to the people of east central Illinois. No matter what their age, visitors will surely find something of interest during Celebration. The festival offers live musical performances, an arts fair on Saturday a
EIU Fall 2003 Graduates Named 04/15/04 Degrees have now been officially awarded to more than 800 Fall 2003 semester graduates at Eastern Illinois University. The students were certified by their respective deans as having completed all requirements leading to the awarding of degrees. Abbreviations following the graduates' names indicate their course of study - Bachelor of Science (BS); Bachelor of Arts (BA); Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB); Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE); Master of Science in Education
Shantytown 2004 to Raise Awareness, Funds for Habitat 04/02/04 There's a new community springing up on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, but no one will want to live there - permanently, that is. The EIU Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity will sponsor Shantytown 2004 from noon Thursday, April 8, to noon Friday, April 9. Student volunteers will spend the night in cardboard boxes and shake cans in the Library Quad to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity. The local affiliate - Coles County Habitat for Humanity - will provide a s
Musical Selections from Elizabethan Times to Start Off Week's Events 03/26/04 Visitors to Eastern Illinois University will have the opportunity to hear the same music which once sounded on the ears of 16th-century royalty as Booth Library continues its celebration of Queen Elizabeth I. Eastern's Saxophone Quartet will perform several selections from four different composers, beginning at 1 p.m. Monday, March 29, in the library's Marvin Foyer. Pieces are to include "Fantazia I" and "Fantazia II" by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), "April is in my Mistress' Face" by Thomas Mor
Celebrated St. Louis Businesswoman to Lecture at EIU 03/25/04 Deanna Daughhetee-Vinson, chief executive officer of American Equity Mortgage, Inc., will present "Today's Business World: Are you Ready?" at 7 p.m. Monday, March 29, as part of Eastern Illinois University's School of Business' Grace T. Bair Lecture Series. The event is set to take place in the Lumpkin Hall Roberson Auditorium (room 2030). Admission is free and open to the public. The lecture series serves to honor the memory of Grace T. Bair who was the first graduate of Eastern's School o
Annual Women of Achievement Awards Ceremony Planned 03/25/04 Two local women and a recent graduate will be honored as Women of Achievement when Eastern Illinois University concludes its Women's History and Awareness Month celebration next week. Joanna Swick of Mattoon, Janet T. Marquardt of Charleston and EIU alumna Stefanie Michaelis will be the guests of honor at this year's annual awards reception, scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the 1895 Room of Eastern's University Union. The public is welcome - and encouraged - to attend.
EIU Alum, Founder of "Girls Fight Back!" to Lecture at Eastern 03/23/04 When her friend and sorority sister, Shannon McNamara, was violently murdered three years ago, Erin Weed decided that women need to know more about fighting back against attackers. From the loss was born "Girls Fight Back," a program designed to teach women to trust their "gut" in threatening situations and how to effectively fend off a rapist or other attacker. Weed, a 1999 graduate of Eastern Illinois University , will return to her alma mater at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, so that she may
Continuing Celebration of Queen Elizabeth Begins w/ Debate Over "Who's Greater?" 03/16/04 Who was England 's greater queen - Elizabeth I or Anne? The answer seemingly depends on who you ask. Visiting professors of history will share their differing opinions when they meet on the campus of Eastern Illinois University on Monday, March 22. Carole Levin, from the University of Nebraska , and Robert Bucholz of Loyola University, Chicago , will exchange views, beginning at 7 p.m. in Buzzard Auditorium, room 1501. Admission to the debate is free and open to the public. Levin will begin
"Howie Day" Concert Coming to EIU's Lantz Arena on April 4 03/09/04 As the first of two spring concerts, Howie Day will perform live at Eastern Illinois University 's Lantz Arena at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 4. EIU student tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 10, for $8. General public tickets may be purchased for $15, beginning March 22. Tickets may be bought at the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union Ticket Office ( 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday), or by calling (217) 581-5122. Cash, check, Mastercard and Visa will be accepted. Day, a 22-year-old s
Alternative Spring Break 2004
EIU Students/Employees and Community Members Lend Helping Hands
03/09/04 Teams of Eastern Illinois University students, faculty and staff are doing what they can to make a difference in other people's lives as they participate in this year's Alternative Spring Break. The program, sponsored locally by Newman Catholic Center 's Student Volunteer Center , places teams in communities around the country to engage in community service and experiential learning. All trips involve hands-on service, education, reflection and cultural experiences.
Volunteers, Homes Sought for "Panther Service Day" 03/03/04 In an effort to expand on last year's successful "Bucket Brigade," crews of Eastern Illinois University students and staff are planning "Panther Service Day," scheduled to take place Saturday, April 24. Caleb Judy, Eastern's 2003-2004 student body president, hopes volunteers from the Charleston community join those from Eastern as they plan to paint homes and clean up yards and parks in the city. Interested persons may pick up applications and information packets at the Student Activity Cen
Musical Fanfare to Welcome Queen Elizabeth I to EIU Campus 03/03/04 A six-week commemoration of the rule of Queen Elizabeth I will begin Thursday with some of the same pageantry the queen herself experienced 400 years ago. A musical fanfare will open the ceremony, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Eastern Illinois University 's Booth Library's Marvin Foyer. All interested persons are invited to attend. The highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of a new traveling exhibition - "Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend" - which examines the queen's long and colorf
ERA Proponent to Bring Campaign to EIU Campus 02/25/04 A leading proponent of the Equal Rights Amendment plans to bring her campaign for the bill's ratification to the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Laurel Prussing, former Illinois state representative from the 103 rd District, will present "ERA, Simple Justice It's Time" at 7 p.m. Monday, March 1, in the Charleston/Mattoon Room of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public. Ratification of the federal Equal Rights Amendment came t
Governor Unleashes $46 Million in Funds for Doudna Arts Center 02/24/04 (Used by permission of The Daily Eastern News) By Evan Hill, Campus Editor (Publication Date: Feb. 24, 2004) The Doudna Fine Arts Center's day has come. Gov. Rod Blagojevich released more than $46 million in state funding for the project, bringing excitement to Eastern administrators. "To say that I am elated would be the biggest understatement of the day," President Lou Hencken said. "We've been working on it a long time. We also extend our most heartfelt thanks to our local legislato
EIU Invites Public to Meet Women of History 02/24/04 Nine influential women of history will share their life stories as Eastern Illinois University once again gears up for Women's History and Awareness Month -- a celebration of women, their contributions and accomplishments. Admission to the Living History performance, which begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 29, at the Greenwood School on Eastern's campus, is free and open to the public. A Girl Scout cookie reception will follow the performance. "This is a great experience for EIU students to br
EIU's Booth Library To Host Traveling Exhibition About Queen Elizabeth I 02/09/04 The story of Queen Elizabeth I of England has fascinated and inspired the world during the four centuries since her reign. She claimed to have "the heart and stomach of a king," like her father, Henry VIII, and a long line of Tudor monarchs. But she also had a brilliant and cunning mind that guided her judgments, ruled her actions and helped her transform England into one of the most powerful countries in the world. A new traveling exhibition - "Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend" - which opens at
EIU Prepares for Accreditation With NCA Survey; Seeks Community Input 02/09/04 One year ago this month, Eastern Illinois University began the lengthy process of preparing for its next North Central Association (NCA) accreditation visit. This process has now reached the stage at which the university requests input from a wide range of EIU constituents, including the community at large, via an on-line survey. Eastern requires accreditation if it is to continue its comprehensive participation as an institution of higher learning. Thus, the accreditation process continues
EIU Dancers to Present Annual Spring Concert 02/06/04 The Eastern Illinois University Dancers will present three showings of their annual spring concert, "Power in Grace," later this month. Shows have been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 and 28, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 29, on the stage of McAfee Gym. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain time, and admission is free to all. The performance promises to be enjoyable for those of all ages. The concert will feature traditional forms of modern, ballet, tap and jazz to varied mu
EIU-Sponsored Events to Commemorate "Darwin Day" 02/04/04 While many recognize Feb. 12, 1809 , as the date on which Abraham Lincoln was born, few realize that the 16 th president entered into this world on the same day as naturalist Charles Darwin. That number is rising, however, as individuals and groups world-wide join efforts with The Darwin Day Program in celebrating Darwin 's contributions to philosophy/science. British-born Darwin , known primarily for his efforts at introducing the idea of evolution through natural selection, is recognized int
Tickets Still Available for African-American Heritage Celebration Banquet 02/03/04 The deadline for purchasing tickets for this year's African American Heritage Celebration Banquet, scheduled to take place at Eastern Illinois University this Saturday, has been extended to noon Thursday, Feb. 5. Tickets, priced at $14 per person ($6 for children six to 12 and EIU students with Panther Card ID), can be purchased through Eastern's ticket box office, located on the second floor of the west side of the University Union. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and p
Leadership Training Program Gives EIU Supervisors the "Edge" 01/21/04 Shown, from left to right, are: Front Row -- Peggy Brown, Susan Smith, Joyce Hampsten, Cathy Gray and Teresa Sims; Second Row -- Heidi Hawkins, Clay Hopkins, Rick Bagwell, Chris Sims, Jan Dowland, Julie Griffin, and Sandy Bowman (training coordinator); Third Row -- Tom Rennels, University President Lou Hencken, Gary Hanebrink, John Looby, John Bailey, Steve Pearcy and Eric Davidson. Not pictured is Charles Phillips. Eighteen Eastern Illinois University employees recently graduated from
Nearly $300,000 in Grants Allows EIU To Expand Teacher Support Programs 01/16/04 Eastern Illinois University - one of the state's top producers of elementary, junior high and high school teachers - prides itself on its efforts to lend post-graduate support and mentoring to its alumni and others in their work in the classroom. And now, thanks to generous financial support from federal sources and the confidence of the Illinois Board of Higher Education in Eastern's work, those efforts will expand during the coming year. The "Improving Teacher Quality State Grant Program
Federal Grant to Help EIU Introduce Library of Congress Resources to Region 01/16/04 The more Cindy Rich learns about the Library of Congress, the more excited she gets. "It's an untapped resource," she says. "The teachers of our area need to be made aware of what's available to them." Now, thanks to the support of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and an 18-month federal grant in excess of $400,000, elementary and secondary teachers in east central Illinois will get just that chance. The funding will pave the way for Eastern Illinois University to host "An Adventure of the America
Interim Director for Minority Affairs Announced 12/17/03 Mona Davenport of Normal has accepted the position of interim director of Eastern Illinois University 's Office of Minority Affairs, beginning Jan. 26. She replaces Johnetta Jones, who passed away in October. According to Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Davenport is no stranger to Eastern, having previously served in various staff positions in the Office of Minority Affairs. Between 1991 and 1997, Davenport served as chief academic advisor for Eastern's Gateway P
Methven to Assume Role as Chair of EIU's Biological Sciences Department 12/16/03 Andrew S. Methven of Charleston will assume the role of acting chair of Eastern Illinois University 's Department of Biological Sciences, effective Jan. 1, 2004 , and then take on the role of chair, beginning July 1. He will replace Kipp Kruse, who plans on taking an administrative leave during the first six months of the year and then plans to return to full-time teaching. Methven, who arrived on Eastern's campus in August 1987, has served as the department's associate chair for the past
Obia Named Associate Dean of EIU's College of Sciences 12/16/03 Godson C. Obia has been named associate dean of the College of Sciences at Eastern Illinois University. He has served as acting associate dean since October 2000. Previously, he served as a professor in Eastern's Department of Geology/Geography, having arrived on Eastern's campus in August 1994. "I am very pleased that Dr. Obia will be the associate dean of the College of Sciences ," said Dean Mary Anne Hanner. "During the past three years, he has gained substantial knowledge and expertise
Fischer to Serve as Associate Chair, EIU's Biological Sciences Department 12/16/03 Robert U. "Bud" Fischer of Charleston will assume the role of acting associate chair of Eastern Illinois University 's Department of Biological Sciences, effective Jan. 1, 2004 , and then take on the role officially, beginning July 1. He will replace Andrew Methven who, in turn, will become chair of the department. Fischer, who arrived on Eastern's campus in August 1994, currently serves as a professor of biological sciences, with emphasis on aquatic ecology, fisheries biology and stream e
Fall 2003 Commencement To Take Place Saturday at EIU 12/10/03 More than 950 students are expected to graduate from Eastern Illinois University this fall, and more than 600 of those will participate in formal commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 13. Those planning to participate in ceremonies also include some of the 630 students who officially graduated at the end of the summer term in August. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Guest tickets are required for admission. Graduates from the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Scien
Nearly 300 Recognized for Years of Service at EIU 12/05/03 CHARLESTON - Eastern Illinois University recently honored nearly 300 of its employees for continuous years of service. A luncheon was held in recognition of university employees for continuous years of service in five-year increments. Those employed at Eastern for five years were eligible for a certificate; those with 10 or more years of service were honored with both a certificate and a pin. Honorees included: 45 Years - Robert Wiseman. 35 Years - Donald Su
EIU Plans 2003 Holiday Gatherings at Old Main; Public Invited to Attend 12/04/03 Community residents are once again invited to join Eastern Illinois University's students and staff during the coming week for "Giving From the Heart" - two festive gatherings scheduled to take place in the foyer of Old Main. Guests are welcome to attend either of the two events, the first of which is scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, and the second from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. Holiday music, food and drink will be offered. Parking is available in any u
Temporary Job Turns Into 36-Year-Plus Career For EIU Employee 11/25/03 Thirty-six years ago, newlywed Carol Strode began work as a clerk/stenographer on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. On Wednesday, she will retire as the institution's director of facilities planning and management. As such, her responsibilities have included the supervision, coordination and administration of programs and activities related to all of the university's physical facilities. "That's just the type of opportunity Eastern offers," she said matter-of-factly. &qu
Eastern Works to Become State's Most Transfer-Friendly University 11/13/03 Eastern Illinois University is making it easier for community college students from across the state to transfer to the institution. The university is partnering with colleges throughout Illinois in a series of initiatives aimed at simplifying the transfer process and making Eastern the destination of choice for students wishing to continue their undergraduate education. These programs range from off-campus credit programs, to articulated and 2 plus 2 agreements between schools, to formal coll
Hencken Named Ninth President of Eastern Illinois University 11/07/03 "We have a president." With those words Friday, the term "interim" was stripped from his title and Louis V. Hencken officially became Eastern Illinois University's ninth president. Eastern's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve a contract which appoints Hencken as president and extends his contract until June 30, 2006. Hencken, 59, has served as Eastern's top administrator since Aug. 1, 2001, when President Carol D. Surles resigned due to health reasons.
Open the Doors and Say "Wow!" 11/05/03 That's what many are expected to do when they visit Eastern Illinois University's newly opened Human Services Building for the first time Friday. The public is invited to join faculty, staff and students for the official 4 p.m. dedication, and to tour the facility during an afternoon open house, scheduled to take place from 1 to 4 p.m. The new building is located on Seventh Street, between Klehm and Thomas halls. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the two-story building which, with ne
Release of Funding Allows for Temperature Control Upgrades 10/31/03 Eastern Illinois University received word this week that Gov. Rod Blagojevich has authorized the university to move forward with its plans to replace temperature control systems in four of its buildings. By announcing the release of $72,000, the governor gave Eastern the go-ahead to eliminate/retire antiquated equipment in Lantz, Lumpkin, Klehm and the Physical Science buildings. Replacement equipment will offer greater reliability and operation capabilities, increase building efficiency and be
EIU Officials "Euphoric" Over $1.465 Million Software Gift 10/21/03 When Jean Dilworth recently learned that $1.465 million worth of U4ia (euphoria) software was being donated to Eastern Illinois University, her feelings matched that of the name of the gift. Lectra, the world leader in providing a comprehensive range of high technology solutions (CAD/CAM software/hardware) for the apparel industry, announced its gift last week. And as word leaked out, officials at Eastern voiced their excitement over the company's generosity. It is believed that the Lectra g
EIU Presidential Search Postponed; Hencken to Be Offered Extended Contract 10/01/03 Eastern Illinois University's Board of Trustees has voted to postpone its search for a new president and will offer a two-year extended contract to Interim President Louis V. Hencken. Under the terms of the contract, the 59-year-old, who has served as EIU's president for the past two-plus years, will have the interim removed from his title and his contract extended through June 30, 2006. Hencken has served as Eastern's top administrator since Aug. 1, 2001, when President Carol D. Surles resigne
Applications Being Taken for EIU Homecoming Parade 09/24/03 Applications will be accepted no later than Tuesday, Sept. 30, for those wishing to participate in this year's Eastern Illinois University Homecoming Parade. The parade, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, will follow the traditional route leading north on Seventh Street to the Charleston Square, then back south to campus via Fourth Street. The theme of this year's Homecoming celebration is "The Good, The Bad and The Eighties." There is no cost for participation in the parade, an
Wayne Brady to Appear in Two Shows at EIU 09/24/03 Tickets to see comedian Wayne Brady on the campus of Eastern Illinois University are now on sale to the general public. Brady will perform during two shows - at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - on Saturday, Oct. 11, in EIU's Lantz Arena. Tickets for the performances, which are part of the university's Family Weekend entertainment, cost $20 each, and are available through Eastern's ticket box office, located on the second floor of the west side of the University Union. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mond
Annual Latino Heritage Celebration Underway at EIU 09/19/03 Tickets will go on sale Monday, Sept. 22, for the 2003 Latino Heritage Banquet, set to take place Saturday, Oct. 4, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. This year's event, which will begin with a cocktail "hour" at 6:30 p.m., will be followed by dinner at 7 in the Grand Ballroom of the University Union. Featured entertainment will include performances by the Luna Negra Dance Theater and Latin dancing. Tickets for the banquet, which takes place annually as part of the university's Lati
Lieutenant Governor to Visit EIU; Seeks Constituents Input Into Energy Issues 09/18/03 Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn plans to visit the campus of Eastern Illinois University in order to hear his constituents' thoughts on energy conservation and renewable energy. His visit is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in Lumpkin Hall, room 2011. Admission is free and open to the public. Quinn, as chair of Illinois' "Special Task Force on the Condition and Future of the Illinois Energy Infrastructure," has been charged by Gov. Rod Blagojevich with the task of analyzing the st
Deadline Nears for Annual EIU History Conference 09/17/03 A registration deadline of Sept. 26 has been set for "Building Bridges: Collaborative Efforts in Examining the World Around Us," Eastern Illinois University's 24th annual history teachers - and history enthusiasts - conference set to take place Friday, Oct. 3. This year's conference is being held in conjunction with the "History at the Grassroots - Local History and Its Audiences" conference. The $44 fee includes continental breakfast, morning break, lunch, all presentat
Annual Lecture to Focus on American Attitudes Toward Death Penalty 09/16/03 Phoebe Ellsworth, a professor of psychology and law at the University of Michigan, will deliver Eastern Illinois University's 15th annual Fall Phi Beta Kappa Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Buzzard Auditorium (room 1501). Her topic will be "American Attitudes Toward the Death Penalty, 1950-2003." Admission is free and open to the public. She explained her lecture topic as follows: "In the last quarter of the 20th century, Americans favored the death penalty far more strongly th
Manion Resigns As EIU Trustee 09/11/03 Robert Manion has submitted his letter of resignation from Eastern Illinois University's Board of Trustees, effective immediately, citing "business and personal reasons" for his decision. The Hinsdale resident, who was appointed to the university's governing board in April 2001 by former Gov. George Ryan, replaced Carl P. Koerner, former BOT chair, who passed away on Jan. 20, 2001. It will now be up to Gov. Rod Blagojevich to choose a successor for Manion. Appointments are made by the governo
EIU Fall Enrollment Up; Freshman Class Sets Another Record 09/11/03 Official figures released following the 10th day of classes at Eastern Illinois University indicate a total Fall 2003 enrollment of 11,522 - an increase of 359 (3.22 percent) from last year's figure of 11,163. And, for the second consecutive year, a record was set. A total of 2,927 freshmen enrolled at Eastern this fall, making it the largest freshman class in the university's history. The number represents an increase of 176 over last year's record-breaking 2,751. An even closer look at f
EIU Retains Top Tier Ranking in U.S. News & World Report 07/22/03 Eastern Illinois University has retained its spot in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report's top public universities in the Midwest for the third consecutive year. Rankings released in the magazine's annual guide to "America's Best Colleges" shows Eastern once again ranks 31st among 143 public and private Midwestern/regional institutions, and is the only public university in Illinois listed in the first, or top, tier (four tiers total) in the "Best Universities - Master's

 

 

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