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  • Film, Environment, Comedy: Eco-Comedies on the Big Screen


    The book, Film, Environment, Comedy: Eco-Comedies on the Big Screen, written by Robin L Murray (Emeritus/English) and Joseph Heumann (Emeritus Communication Studies) has been published by Routledge Press (New York and London).

  • Employment Opportunity - Child Care Resource Specialist


    The Eastern Illinois University School of Family and Consumer Sciences Child Care Resource and Referral is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time Child Care Resource Specialist position.

    Responsibilities may include/but are not limited to:

    1.      - Promote ExceleRate Illinois to providers within the CCR&R’s SDA.

    2.       -Offer technical assistance and consultation services, both on-site and via phone or email, to child care providers specific to ExceleRate Illinois.

    3.    -   Use IDHS approved Consultation Agreement with each child care provider requesting multiple consultation sessions to prepare for application to ExceleRate Illinois.

    4.     -  Assist child care providers as needed in completing initial program assessments using specified process and assist in the coordination of training related to ExcelRate.

    5.      - Assist child care providers with developing and implementing a Continuous Quality Improvement Plan.

    6.       -Work with the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, the Training Coordinator and other CCR&R staff in providing resources, referrals and guidance to providers related to improving quality.

    7.       -Schedule and conduct silver verification visits at licensed child care centers and licensed homes using procedures and timelines as outline in the CCR&R Technical Assistance and Verification Manual.

    8.       -Use the standard computerized format to record the activities with providers and attend required training and meetings for QS/ITCCS.

     Minimum Acceptable Qualifications:

    1. A Bachelor’s degree in child development or early child education “OR” a Bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology/Behavioral Sciences, Family Consumer Sciences, Social Work, Elementary Education, Child Welfare, Family Services, Psychology, Sociology, or Human Development with a minimum of 18 semester hours in early childhood course work.
    2. Two (2) years paid experience working in a child care setting as a family child care provider, center-based administrator, center-based teacher or teacher assistant or Illinois Preschool for All teacher.

    Qualified candidates must be an Illinois resident and will be required to pass a Civil Service Examination.  To apply, please submit an application, resume, and transcripts online at  Applications must be submitted by June 2, 2022, to ensure consideration.

  • Student Rec Center Summer Memberships Available now!


    It's Summer at the SRC!

    Did you know faculty and staff can purchase themselves and their spouses a membership at the Student Rec Center?  Did you know that your membership includes all programs and facilities for no additional cost?  And did you know summer is the best time to try us out?  Now you do!  Come see us at the SRC!  We are happy to give you a tour of the facilities and answer any questions you have.  Membership for the summer is only $58!  If you have questions you can always call us at 217/581-2820, email us at, visit our Web site at, or just come in and see us!

  • EIU “Beautification Day” announced for Saturday, June 11


    Eastern Illinois University is working with faculty, staff, alumni, and EIU annuitants to begin what Eastern leaders hope will become an annual “Beautification Day’ on campus. This year’s event will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 11, to further beautify Eastern’s 320-acre campus.

    An online volunteer sign-up is available at EIU’s Civic Engagement and Volunteerism website.

    In 2019, EIU hosted its first-ever Beautification Day, which coupled the University’s grounds and facilities employees with approximately 100 volunteers. Together, the group devoted significant hours toward enhancing the allure and charm of Illinois’ most affordable public university. Crews helped pull weeds, assist with outdoor gardening projects, and other general clean-up efforts. This year’s event will be similar. Participants are able to use hand tools and interact with others who share the same passion for EIU’s aesthetic appeal.

  • Travel and Request for Payment Automation


    In an effort to streamline processes and improve data integrity, the Department of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services (PDCS) and Business Affairs operations, recently collaborated to convert the processes for Travel and Request for Payments (RFP) to an online web-based process. This process will go live May 9, 2022. Paper travel forms will still be accepted until 6/30/22. All FY23 travel must be on the new online forms.

    The new process will create the ability to submit and approve travel forms and RFP requests electronically (via pc, smartphone, or tablet), and will route requests to the appropriate approvers automatically. There will be no changes to the type of data collected on the forms.

    You can access the travel and RFP online application and approval process through the Business Affairs Dashboard using this link:

  • Benefit Choice Annual Enrollment: May 1 - 31, 2022


    Update your benefit choices at MyBenefits. Coverage Effective July 1, 2022

    This is your opportunity to make changes to your coverage. If you do not wish to make any changes to your current benefit elections, you do not need to take any action unless you want to:

    • Contribute to, or enroll in, a flexible spending account program including Medical Care Assistance Program (MCAP) and/or Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),
    • OR, if you are enrolled in the Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP) and want to make contributions to your Health Savings Account (HSA) account.
    • These elections do not carry over to the new plan year.

    Click here to register for live member seminars to review upcoming changes.

    Watch your mail for your Benefit Choice booklet with full details about benefits available on July 1, 2022. It should arrive around May 1, 2022.

    Visit to log in and review your benefit options and compare health plans. You can also review the benefits choice booklet online. If you have not registered before now, be sure to watch this video or review the registration guide on how to register.

    NEW FOR FY23

    • Rate Changes: Contribution amounts for both members and dependents have changed and vary based on the member's salary and chosen health plan. Review the new member and dependent contributions for each benefit plan.
    • Health Plan Availability: Members have multiple health plans from which to choose, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), Open Access Plans (OAPs) and Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs) Network.  Be sure to check the Benefit Choice Booklet and carrier websites for coverage details and provider availability to pick the plan that’s right for you.
    • Dental Only Coverage Benefit: State employees, in addition to retirees, now have the option to enroll in Dental Only coverage even if not enrolled in health coverage through the State.
    • Medical Care Assistance Plan (MCAP) & Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP):
      • Any unused funds from your MCAP/DCAP account will be rolled over as long as you re-enroll in that program.
      • MCAP maximum contribution limit is $2,850.00.
      • DCAP maximum contribution limit is $5,000.00.
      • You must enroll/re-enroll each year to keep from forfeiting unused amounts.

    What else can you do during Open Enrollment?

    • Add or drop dental coverage.
    • Add or drop dependent coverage.
    • Review MyBenefits Plus Voluntary Benefit Options.
    • Verify your contact email and select your communication preference.

    Contact MyBenefits Service Center at 844-251-1777, or 844-251-1778 (TDD/TTY) with inquiries. Representatives are available Monday- Friday, 8 am - 6 pm CT.

    CORRECTIONS to Printed Books ONLY: There are errors on pages 5 & 6 in the printed booklets which members received in the mail. Corrected amounts are listed on the online version regarding copayment amounts for the Prescription Drug, Maintenance Choice (90-day supply) for Open Access Plans (OAP) and Quality Care Health Plan (QCHP).

  • COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave


    In accordance with Public Act 102-0697, Eastern Illinois University is administering a COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave program. Provisions in part A of this policy will allow eligible faculty and staff to have returned to their leave benefit balances any sick, vacation, compensatory time, or personal days used during the 21/22 academic year for absences related to qualifying COVID-19 reasons.

    Beginning April 5, 2022, eligible individuals employed may qualify for COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave for absences related to qualifying COVID-19 reasons. Provisions in part B of this policy will apply during any time the Governor has declared a disaster due to a public health emergency pursuant to Section 7 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act and the University, the State or any of its agencies, or a local public health department has issued guidance, mandates, or rules related to COVID-19 that restrict an employee of the University from being on University property due to the qualifying reasons listed on the website in part B

  • Protocols for leaving EIU


    Any employee who is terminating from the university for any reason should always contact the Human Resources Employment Office as soon as you know your last day of work. There is a process that requires everyone to complete a Clearance Sheet before leaving campus. Faculty and administrative employees should provide a resignation/retirement letter to the Chair/Director and copy Human Resources. Civil Service employees need to contact the HR Employment Office to sign an official separation notice before receiving an Exit Checklist. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the HR Employment Office at 581-3463 or email Carol Galey at

  • FY22 Purchasing Deadlines


    As a continued strategy to recover from budget shortfalls, ensure all purchases are coordinated with your supervisor.

    FY22 Non-essential purchases will not be approved. All FY22 requisitions must be received in the office of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services (PDCS) by the deadlines listed below. Procurement cannot guarantee that requisitions submitted after the deadlines will be paid from FY22 funds.

    FY23 requisitions may be entered by changing your transaction and delivery dates to July 1, 2022.

    All FY23 requisitions that are to be in place by July 1, 2022, need to adhere to the same deadlines below, or as requested by the buyer. Do not wait for FY23 budgets to be loaded.

    Purchasing Deadlines:

    Purchases exceeding the Board of Trustees approval limit:
    $250,000 for any purchase – February 25, 2022

    Purchases, including equipment, exceeding the Small Purchase Threshold:
    $100,000 for any purchase – April 15, 2022

    Purchases, including equipment, less than the Small Purchase Threshold:
    $100,000 for -- May 13, 2022

    Please notify Procurement if you have a purchase or are planning a purchase that cannot meet these deadlines. Note: Lead times for purchases are increasingly longer as a result of the breakdown of the supply chain during the pandemic. Please plan purchases accordingly.

    Other Deadlines:

    Copier Readings: All copiers need to be read and reported no later than 4:30 PM,  June 30, 2022.

    Office Depot Deadline: Final day to order through Office Depot for FY21 is NOON, June 29, 2022.


    P-Card Deadlines:

    Equipment- Equipment ordered on P-Card needs to be ordered no later than June 13, 2022 and ensure a delivery and transaction date of June 30, 2022, or earlier, on PaymentNet for purchases to come from FY22 funds. If a purchase is not received by June 30, 2022, the purchase will be an FY23 expenditure. No exceptions.


    All other transactions- Transactions need a transaction date of June 30, 2022, or earlier, on PaymentNet for P-Card purchases from FY22 funds. All FY22 transactions must be reviewed and approved on PaymentNet no later than June 30, 2022.


    Invoices already received on campus for FY22 purchases:  Any invoices that have been submitted to campus for FY22 purchases should be submitted to PDCS no later than NOON, Thursday, June 24, 2022, to allow for payment prior to June 30, 2022.

    Final Payments: All final FY22 request for payments, invoices, and travel vouchers must be received in the Department of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services no later than NOON, July 12, 2022.

  • Civil Service Council Meeting Schedule


    The Civil Service Council will meet in accordance with the dates posted on the Civil Service Council Staff Senate Web page:
    The 2021-22 meeting dates will be the second Tuesday of every month at 8:30 a.m., and will continue to be held virtually until further notice. 

    Civil Service Council meetings will occur via MS Teams.

     The meetings are open and anyone is welcome to attend.

    ~ Josh Reinhart, on behalf of the EIU Civil Service Council

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Josh Reinhart, Public Information Coordinator

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

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