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November 2019

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Events in the month of November 2019
Community Update Breakfast

The Charleston and Mattoon Chambers of Commerce invite you to the November Community UPdate Breakfast. Join us to listen to guest speaker, Marilyn Sanders, Regional Director of the U.S Department of Commerce Census, discuss the importance of the upcoming 2020 census and how the census impacts our community. 

The Community Update Breakfast will take place on Thursday, November 7,2019 from 7:30-9:15 AM at The Unique Suites in Charleston. Tickets are $20 for Chamber members, $30 for non-members, or $200 for a table of 10. 

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Local health insurance expert Paul Tomshack of Clarence Miller Insurance has partnered with the Charleston Carnegie Public Library to offer an informational presentation about the Affordable Care Act and the 2020 Open Enrollment Period (OEP) detail. 

Join Paul on November 2nd at the Charleston Library for two presentations. ACA Basics begins at 10:30 am and will cover premium tax credit, cost sharing reduction, and qualified health plans. 
2020 OEP Update begins at 11:00 am and will cover overall changes for 2020, Marketplace stabilization efforts, and Q&A time. 

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Skin Deep by Jon Lonoff

A romantic comedy about a large, lovable lonely-heart who gives romance one last chance on a blind date set up by her sister.

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Shane Burcaw Presentation

Shane Burcaw, author, blogger, and entrepreneur, and his fiancée, Hannah Aylward, will visit EIU to talk about disability and inclusivity from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 4 at   the Buzzard Auditorium.
Shane, author of “Laughing at My Nightmare,” “Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability,” and “Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is My Nurse,” lives with Spinal Muscular Atrophy and is coming to share his message and experiences.
Shane grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Moravian College with an English degree. In 2011, he started his blog, Laughing at My Nightmare, and uses humor to address his struggles.
He also started a nonprofit organization with his cousin to help those living with muscular atrophy. His fiancée and he have a YouTube channel called Squirmy and Grubs, showing their lives as an interabled couple.  
Burcaw’s talk is free and open to the public. The event has been organized by Michele McDaniel, coordinator of the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library, and Dr. Christina Edmonds-Behrend, professor of special education.

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Stand Down

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LifeSpan Center Stand Down

LifeSpan is hosting a Stand Down for our military and local Veterans. 

The original Stand Down for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being.

That is the purpose of the Stand Down for homeless veterans, and achieving those objectives requires a wide range of support services and time. The program is successful because it brings these services to one location, making them more accessible to homeless veterans.

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Quebec Speaker Presentation

Martin Dionne, Quebec Public & Government Affairs Officer in Chicago, is coming to EIU to give a presentation, “Opportunities in Business & Technology in Quebec,” at Lumpkin Hall’s Roberson Auditorium (2030). This talk will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6. This event is free and open to the public.


Mr. Dionne started his term as Public & Governmental Affairs Officer on Oct. 9, 2017. Prior to this appointment, he held the position of Advisor at the Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie from June 2014.


He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economy and Politics and a master’s degree in International Relations. He has worked for the National Assembly of Quebec, the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the Ministry of Native Affairs.


While at EIU, Mr. Dionne will take a tour of the EIU campus and Booth Library. He will hold discussions with the Office of International Students and Scholars, World Languages faculty, and Career Services. Dionne will meet with MBA and other graduate students at Lumpkin 2121 from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. He will also talk to Blair Watson’s French 2201 and French for Business classes.


His visit to EIU was organized by Booth Library’s Bradley Tolppanen; Austin Cheney, Dean of Lumpkin College of Business & Technology; and Blair Watson, World Languages and Cultures. Last year, Booth Library received a grant from the Quebec/U.S. University Grant Program to improve library materials related to the study of Quebec and its culture.


He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economy and Politics and a master’s degree in International Relations. He has worked for the National Assembly of Quebec, the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the Ministry of Native Affairs.

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University Archives, Special Collections & IRAD

Booth Library's University Archives & Special Collections and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) housed within it are unique resources on the EIU campus. The University Archives houses the 1895 Old Main time capsule, Garner Sheet Music Collection, and an oral history interview collection. The Archives serve to preserve University history through photographs, documents, faculty manuscript collections, and other diverse ephemera. Booth Library’s Special Collections represent a broader range of resources, including postcard collections, regional history related resources, and rare bound volumes from as far back as the 17th century. 

Bill Schultz, Jr., Cataloging Librarian who also serves as the Interim Head of the University Archives & Special Collections will provide an overview of the University Archives, Special Collections and IRAD. He will show examples of the types of records and documents that can be found in each area, discuss archival practices to organize and preserve such materials, and also present an orientation to this department’s online archival resources. He will also touch on how individuals can take steps to preserve their own physical and digital collections. The session will last approximately 90 minutes and will include a tour of the University Archives. 

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Holiday Festival

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center begins the holiday season in November with the  Festival of Trees. Browse the retail area, employee tree & wreath room a to find the perfect gift for those on your list. Enjoy more the beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and specialty items.  
Nov. 21: Friends Night Out – 6 - 8 pm  $10
Nov. 22-23: Festival Opens 10 am – 8 pm $3
                                              10 am – 2 pm $3
Nov. 23: Gala and Live Auction 6 pm, $75

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