“Rename the Bookstore” Contest Planned
Clayton State University’s Bookstore was recently awarded a College Store of 2015 Investment Grant from the National Association of College Stores Foundation. The grant is valued at $1,000 to cover project expenses.
“It is always pleasing when hard works comes to fruition, and writing grant proposals can be hard work,” Todd Smith, bookstore manager, says. “Since coming to the Clayton State University Bookstore in June of this year, I have written two grant proposals for the University Bookstore, and we have been fortunate enough to have received grants on both occasions.”
Smith admits that the application process was fairly in-depth.
“I wrote the proposal after discussing the specifics with my supervisor, Carolina Amero, and with the bookstore staff,” he explains.
Plans for the grant will include renaming the bookstore.
““The bookstore staff and our Auxiliary Services administration will work with the bookstore advisory committee and the Student Government Association to plan a `rename the bookstore’ contest which will be open to our entire student body,” Smith says. “We are hopeful that students will come up with a name that reflects what we offer and what we do, but that is less solemn than `The University Bookstore.’ That name connotes somewhere you `have to go.’ We want to be a place where you `want to go.’
“We think our students are capable of coming up with something fun that still describes our core mission: to provide our students with the appropriate materials to make them academically successful at a competitive price.”
Smith is enthusiastic about the future of the Clayton State University Bookstore… under any name.
“I am still quite new to Clayton State University, and we are making some very positive changes in regards to bookstore operations that I think our customers will find exciting and helpful,” he says. “The positive feedback I received after fall back-to-school… the shorter lines we offered, the easier steps to purchasing a laptop with book money, the availability of more used textbooks… is very promising for the future.
“Overall, this is a very challenging time for college bookstores and higher education retail in general, and for our store in particular. I am looking forward to meeting these challenges while continuing to do what we do best, offer the best service possible to our various stakeholders: the students, faculty, and staff of Clayton State University.