Volume 7, #43
A Tale of Whales… and the Smithsonian, Today at 2 p.m.
Clayton State and Dr. Chris Kodani are pleased to host Dr. John Ososky from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, today, Friday, Apr. 13, in the Laboratory Annex Building (aka, The LAB) room 107, from 2 p.m. to about 4 p.m.
Ososky’s presentation is titled, "Battle of the Smithsonian: Spencer Baird vs. Jefferson Davis. A Look Back at the Evolution of Collections, Specimen Preparation and the Marine Mammal Program at the Smithsonian."
Kodani promises an interesting time for all attendees, noting that Ososky’s “Whale Seminar” will include one slide on Moby Dick, and he’ll also address Greenpeace, Jacques Cousteau, Teddy Roosevelt and Alexander Graham Bell. (What, no Star Trek 4?)
For more information on this tale of whales, go to; www.mnh.si.edu/onehundredyears/profiles/Whales_SI.html
Clayton State Theatre’s “I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change”
It’s a musical! Clayton State University does it again! The talented Theatre majors will be exploring love and relationships and the cumbersome situations that befall many of us as we move toward marriage and managing the issues that plague us on a daily basis with its spring 2012 production, “I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change.”
(Note: This show has adult content, it is not for young children.)
Show continues at 7:30 p.m., on Friday Apr. 13 and Saturday, Apr. 14, and concludes on Thursday, Apr. 19 and Friday, Apr. 20, again at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free to all Clayton State students and only $5 for non-students! There will be a second talk back session on Thursday, Apr. 19 following the production.
Clayton State Athletics to Raise Money for Make-A-Wish Foundation, Apr. 13
One of the community engagement projects endorsed by both the NCAA and the Peach Belt Conference is the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. With that in mind, Clayton State University student-athletes will hold a fundraiser to benefit the Make-A-Wish-Foundation® on Friday, Apr. 13, with a car wash from noon to 5 p.m., at the Rocky’s Pizza on Lake Harbin Drive in Morrow, Ga.
The Clayton State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has set this year’s fundraising goal for Make-A-Wish at $1,500. To meet this objective, each Clayton State sports team is selling donation cards that can be redeemed at the car wash on Friday. With a minimum donation of five dollars, each individual will get both a car wash coupon and a coupon to Rocky’s Pizza, a long-time supporter of Clayton State athletics.
Cash is accepted as well as checks. All checks can be made out to the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. All proceeds will benefit the local Georgia & Alabama Chapter of Make-A-Wish.
Biweekly Payroll Reminder
Notice to all employees and managers/supervisors:
Due to the centralization of payroll services, approvals of all biweekly time must be approved by 5 p.m., Friday, Apr. 13 for the payroll ending on Apr. 13.
If you have any questions, including password resets, while attempting to approve or update a time card, please contact our SSC Customer Support Team.
The Loch Shop’s “Spring Into Reading” Sale
The Loch Shop has ordered new bargain books for spring and summer, which means old stock has to go. Numerous bargain titles are now marked for clearance at $1.Many new and recent release books are also on sale for 50 percent off retail price, including former Book of the Week and Christmas Catalog titles. The Spring Into Reading Sale runs through Friday, Apr. 13.
GeorgiaVIEW Maintenance, Apr. 13 and Apr. 14
GeorgiaVIEW is planning an additional scheduled maintenance from 10 p.m., on Friday, Apr. 13, until 7 a.m., on Saturday, Apr. 14.
This maintenance involves the application of a Java certificate patch. Although the maintenance may not take the entire maintenance window, USG reserves the entire window in case of complications or if additional maintenance is necessary. This additional maintenance means GaView site will undergo maintenance for the next three weekend maintenance periods.
Disability Resource Center Final Exam Scheduling Spring 2012 Information for Faculty
Due to the greatly increased number of students that we are serving, the Disability Resource Center will need to slightly adjust our final exam scheduling in order to serve all students with disabilities who are requesting approved testing accommodations.
Test security and academic integrity will, without question, continue to be a priority for the Center. However, this minor schedule adjustment, will allow us to maximize the use of our limited testing space and appropriately accommodate most students during our regular business hours.
Students will now be scheduled for either a morning block, for courses whose final exams are scheduled prior to 12:30 p.m., or an afternoon testing block, for courses whose final exams are scheduled at 12:30 p.m. or later. The morning block will have a student reporting/check-in time of 8 a.m., with exams starting no later than 8:30 a.m. The afternoon block will have a student reporting/check-in time of 12:15 p.m., and a starting time of no later than 12:30 p.m. Final exams for students approved for accommodations are administered on the same day as the rest of the class is tested unless there is a logistical conflict, in which case a reasonable alternative will be negotiated with the professor.
We ask your assistance in providing exams to our office as early as possible prior to the start time of the exam so that we have sufficient time to register receipt of the exam, print it, convert it to an alternate text format, if necessary and/or install it on a computer where it can be accessed using appropriate assistive technology.
Faculty administration instructions are a critical part of our process and can be securely submitted by using the DRC –electronic Test Administration Form (e-TAF), or by printing, completing and submitting a paper form by fax or hand delivery. Both TAF options can be accessed on our website at http://www.clayton.edu/disability/testadministrationform.
For your convenience, you may e-mail exams to DisabilityResourceCenter@clayton.edu
or fax them to us securely at 678-466-5467
. Faculty members may also choose to personally deliver exams to our office and/or retrieve them once completed.
As always, we strive to maintain a partnership with faculty in support of student success that is in keeping with the mission of the university. We welcome your feedback so that we may effectively carry out our responsibilities of providing equal access for students while supporting academic integrity. Should you have any questions or comments that would assist in this goal, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Clayton State’s New “Mystery” Customer Service Initiative
Clayton State University continues to strive toward excellent customer service and this fiscal year has launched a new mystery shopper initiative.
Clayton State’s Customer Service Team worked together to implement this beginning in the fall 2011 semester. The areas of focus are: Dining Services, The Loch Shop, Recreation and Wellness, and The HUB.
“The purpose of each program will be to use individual customer experiences to provide in-depth, qualitative feedback that can be used to supplement existing customer measurement tools,” says Carolina Amero, Clayton State’s assistant vice president of Auxiliary & Administrative Services.
Each area is offering incentives to participating faculty, staff, and students with the mystery shopper program.
“For the Dining Hall, we offer our mystery diner a meal and a meal for a friend to evaluate their service, their options and quality of the experience. Then the mystery diner completes an online survey that gives us quality and detailed feedback,” says Amero. For the Loch Shop, mystery shoppers are given a $10 gift card to spend in the store.
Both Amero and the HUB’s Shannon Thomas are looking for new mystery shoppers. Qualified participants must be a current student, faculty or staff member. Those interested in participating in the mystery shopper program for The Loch Shop or Dining Hall are asked to contact Amero at CarolinaAmero@clayton.edu
. Those interested in participating with The Hub as a mystery client, are asked to contact Thomas at ShannonThomas@clayton.edu
Wild Azalea Festival, Apr. 14
The Clayton County Parks & Recreation Department’s Wild Azalea Festival will be held on Saturday, Apr. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Reynolds Nature Preserve, 5665 Reynolds Rd., Morrow (right behind Wal-Mart). This free event will feature guided hikes, live animal shows, nature center exhibits, face painting, azalea showcases, hands-on workshops, native plant sales, and informational booths.
Henry County Library System Book Sale, Apr. 14
The Henry County Library System will hold a book sale on Saturday, Apr. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the basement of the Henry County Library System’s Administrative Building, located at 1001 Florence McGarity Blvd., McDonough, Ga.
TAP Summer 2012 Deadline, Apr. 15
The Tuition Assistant Program (TAP) Summer 2012 application deadline is Apr. 15, 2012. Please forward your completed Systemwide TAP Application Form
to the Human Resource Department for processing.
- The tuition assistance program is available to full time benefits-eligible employees of the USG who have successfully completed at least six months of employment in a benefits-eligible position, as of the date of the TAP application deadline for the desired academic semester.
- An employee will be required to go through the regular student admissions process, prior to applying for TAP; and
- an employee must complete a TAP application for each semester in attendance.
An employee may seek approval to enroll in up to nine (9) academic semester credit hours for each of the three designated semester periods: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and Summer Semester.
TAP Application Deadlines
The following University System of Georgia TAP application deadlines will apply to all University System of Georgia institutions: (If any of these dates fall on a holiday or on a weekend, the application deadline will be the last business day prior to the dates identified.)
- Fall Semester – July 15
- Spring Semester – Nov. 15
- Summer Semester – Apr. 15
For more information: http://www.usg.edu/hr/benefits/tuition_assistance_program_tap/
Wi2STEM Yoga and Chair Massage, Apr. 17
Come join Wi2STAM for yoga and a chair massage in UC 327 on Tuesday, Apr. 17, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
This is an event you will NOT want to miss! We know you are stressed out. Take advantage of any opportunity you can to relax in between your studies, and join us for our Spring Health and Wellness meeting! Yoga with Dr. Eric Bridges, our very own associate professor of Psychology, and chair massages by D’Lor Salon and Spa (first come, first served basis)!
Bridges will be leading us in yoga breathing and stretching exercises, so wear something comfortable! No yoga mat required.
Visit D’Lor Salon and Spa website for more information or to schedule a visit: http://www.dloratlanta.com/
Email Selena Uhl to join the list and receive reminders and information about what we have coming up email@example.com
Join Outdoor Adventure on a Backpacking Trip to Talladega National Forest
Thick hardwood forests, sunny rock outcrops, hidden waterfalls, and the southern edge of the Appalachians make Talladega National Forest prime country for hikers, bobcats, turkeys, and deer.
Join Outdoor Adventure on this backpacking trip that offers something for both beginner and experienced backpackers. All backpacking and camping gear is provided. Sign up at the front desk of the Student Activities Center (SAC).
Destination: Talladega National Forest, Ala.
Date: Friday-Sunday, Apr. 20-22, 2012
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2012
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, Assistant Director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, firstname.lastname@example.org
Greek Consul to Speak on "The Euro Crisis Revisited" at Clayton State on Apr. 18
The Consul of Greece, Dr. Vassilios Gouloussis, will be speaking to a College of Business class at Clayton State University on Wednesday, Apr. 18.
Gouloussis will be speaking to Associate Professor of Marketing Dr. George Nakos' “International Business” class, which meets in room 416 of the James M. Baker University Center from 12:45 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. The public is invited to attend. The subject of Gouloussis’ presentation will be, "The Euro Crisis Revisited." Gouloussis' visit to Clayton State was arranged by Clayton State Director of the Office of International Programs John Parkerson, through his connections with the local consular corps. Parkerson is the honorary consul for Hungary for the Southeastern United States.
MEISA Sponsoring Free Outdoor Concert by Clayton State Jazz Combo, Apr. 18
MEISA, the Music & Entertainment Industry Students Association of Clayton State University, is promoting a free outdoor concert featuring the Clayton State Jazz Combo.
The concert will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 18, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., live on the L. Jerry Eskew Stage of the Judge Eugene Lawson Amphitheater, located between the James M. Baker University Center and Spivey Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
Retirement Planning 101, Apr. 18
Fidelity Investments will be facilitating a workshop to provide tips on managing your personal finances and retirement on Wednesday, Apr. 18, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Clayton State – East Auditorium.
Preparing a Financial Plan
Common Pitfalls of Financial Planning
College Education & Other Goals
Bring your lunch, desserts will be provided.
Registration details: http://claytonstatefidelity.eventbrite.com/
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Cygnet Schedules Annual Launch Party, Apr. 19
Clayton State University literary magazine that highlights the literary and artistic work of the student body,Cygnet
, will hold its annual launch party on Thursday, Apr. 19, at 7 p.m., in room 101 in the Harry S. Downs Center.
The launch party is open to everyone on campus and to the community. The featured readers at the party will be students whose work was selected for this year’s issue.
The student editors of this year’s Cygnet
include: Sebastian Lubbers (Lakeland, Fla.), Jasmine Cason (Jonesboro), Christen Greene (Savannah) and Gregory Kirk (Jonesboro).
Day of Silence, Apr. 19
The Gay-Straight Alliance, Campus Life and Counseling & Psychological Services once again bring you the Day of Silence, Apr. 19. The Day of Silence is a day in which participants take a Vow of Silence in honor of those students who have been silenced by bullying and harassment due to their actual or perceived sexual orientation.
From 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Clayton States students who are participating will be wearing red shirts and handing out cards that explain their silence to others. Those who are unable to take the vow of silence but wish to show their support (otherwise known as supporters) will wear black shirts and will help with volunteering for the event, such as setting up and breaking down the Safe Zone in the UC Loft and helping to prepare for the Breaking the Silence Rally that evening.
If you are interested in registering as a participant or a supporter go to http:dosatcsu2012.eventbrite.com
After the Day of Silence and the Student Involvement Fair, come out and help the Gay-Straight Alliance and the participants and supporters of the Day of Silence celebrate the lives of those who refused to be silenced by bullying and harassment. Come hear Kevin J. Thornton’s story with a musical and comical twist. Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance are free, but you must register as seating is limited! To reserve your seat visit http://dosrally2012.eventbrite.com
Campus Open Budget Meeting, Apr. 20
As is now usual practice, we will be holding a campus wide open budget meeting before sending materials to the University System Office.
The meeting is scheduled on Friday, Apr. 20, at 9 a.m. in Lecture Hall Room 12. There were literally few if any alternatives for the timing of this session, given a variety of schedule conflicts, and the requirement that the institution’s budget must be sent to the Board Office by month’s end. It was also necessary to have the list of possible new funding requests vetted by the Planning and Budget Advisory Committee prior to an open meeting. Waiting until that time will allow discussion of that group’s first take on priority recommendations for the coming year for new funding initiatives. It will also give us time to reflect on the connections between present budget uses and new budget requests, and the strategic plan.
If you have not seen the very excellent summary of details associated with the “budget process,” you might consider glancing at http://www.clayton.edu/budget/budgetprocess
. This provides an excellent reminder of the many steps associated with the budget process in our role as a member of the University System of Georgia.
Charity Yard Sale, Apr. 20, Apr. 21
A charity yard sale to benefit Shining Light Ministries will be held at Bethany Baptist Church, 4 Bethany Rd., McDonough, Ga., on Friday, Apr. 20 and Saturday, Apr. 21.
Clayton State Director of Financial Aid Pat Barton, one of the organizers of this event, says that donations are needed for the yard sale. To arrange for drop-offs for donations, contact her at email@example.com.
Shining Light Ministries is a non-profit, 12-month residential program with two housing facilities that treats drug addicts and alcoholics.
Clayton State University’s Annual Service Awards, Apr. 24
Clayton State University will gather on Tuesday, Apr. 24, in Spivey Hall to honor faculty and staff with the University’s annual Service Awards ceremony. This year will also celebrate the 17th annual announcement of the Alice J. Smith award winners. The event will begin at 2 p.m., followed with a light reception.
The Service Awards Ceremony is a time for Clayton State to celebrate and honor faculty and staff through recognizing years of service, tenure, promotions, and retirement.
The University’s 2012 Alice J. Smith Awards will be presented at the ceremony. An annual honor since 1995, the Smith Awards are presented to the faculty member and staff member deemed most outstanding as determined by committees of their peers. The award was established by local philanthropist Joseph Smith as a memorial to his wife, Alice, to honor her career in teaching and her love for learning. Nominees for the 2012 awards will be announced in the coming weeks.
SBDC to Hold “Starting a Business” in Griffin, Apr. 24
Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be holding a “Starting a Business” workshop at the Griffin Welcome Center/Griffin Chamber of Commerce, 143 N. Hill St., in Griffin, on Tuesday, Apr. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon.
“Starting a Business” is a comprehensive workshop on important decisions that need to be made prior to opening a business.
The cost is $69 per person with 50 percent off each additional person. All Clayton State students and employees also get 50 percent off.
To register, go to; http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?page_name=view_cart&addproduct=111025&cart=42bf1309-fcb0-4360-a239-8373c2ec544a
CID Apple Workshops, Apr. 25
The Center for Instructional Development is sponsoring the following Apple Workshop/Seminars on Apr. 25, in UC-138. These workshops will be presented by Andre Vlajk, our Apple HigherEd Account Manager. To sign up, click on the title of the workshop.
Tips and Tricks on the iPad
(10 a.m. – 11 a.m.) – The workshop is designed to show ways to more efficiently use your iPad in education. The seminar is designed to be sharing and interactive so bring a tip/workflow/app if you have one to share. The target audience is higher education iPad users that are either users or planning on using an iPad.
Beyond Textbooks: Creating textbooks, distributing via new iTunes U, and access textbooks on the new iBooks
(11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.) - Apple recently announced three digitally transformative tools – iBook Author, iTunes U app and iBooks 2. Learn about the significance of this digital transformation and how it will be applied in education. The target audience is higher education faculty, staff, administrators, and leaders.
Accessibility: Reaching all Learners
(1 p.m. – 2 p.m.) - We will offer a tour of software and hardware accessibility features designed to accommodate students with disabilities. The Target Audience is those that are responsible for ADA compliance as well as any educators that are interested in learning how to reach all learners. This session, delivered by Chris Dunbar, senior systems engineer with Apple Education, is entitled "Accessibility: Reaching all Learners" and will include:
Jupiter String Quartet to be Featured on Public Broadcasting Atlanta., Apr. 25
- A tour of software and hardware accessibility features designed to accommodate students with disabilities
- A short history of Apple and Accessibility features
- An overview of Mac features for differing abilities
- VoiceOver (the spoken interface built in to every Mac and most Apple devices)
- Braille support iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Same device for any type of student
- Closed Caption topics
- Video chat for sign language (iChat and FaceTime)
- Content and apps for special education resources and profiles
- Demonstration of accessibility features, including new features of iOS 5 and Mac OSX Lion Q&A
Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA), which operates WABE 90.1 FM, will be featuring the Jupiter String Quartet on Wednesday, Apr. 25, with a recorded performance and interview.
The Jupiters will air on John Lemley’s “City Café” program on WABE from noon to 1 p.m. The performance was originally given at the PBA studio for members of PBA’s Cornerstone Society. The musicians’ edited interview, also with Lemley, will air during the same program. This broadcast occurs during PBA’s pledge week.
The performance in question was a highlight of the Jupiter String Quartet’s February/March 2012 residency week at Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall, under the auspices of “Project Jupiter,” a three-year community-outreach initiative of Spivey Hall and the Jupiter String Quartet. Project Jupiter is made possible with special funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts, and The Hampton Inn of Morrow, Ga.
Women’s Forum Scholarship Luncheon, Apr. 26
In partnership with the Clayton News Daily, the Clayton State Women’s Forum cordially invites you to join us on Thursday, Apr. 26 for the annual Scholarship Luncheon, with special guest speaker Ronda Rich.
The luncheon will be from noon to 1:30 p.m., in room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center.
Rich is the best-selling author of “What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should).” That book launched a new career for the former award-winning sports writer, who has now become a popular Southern sage, dispensing musings and observations in her weekly, syndicated newspaper column, Dixie Divas, and speaking at more than 100 events each year as a humorous and inspirational speaker.
R.S.V.P. for the luncheon are required by Apr. 23 to Francine Mocniak at (678) 466-5426, or FrancineMocniak@clayton.edu
. The cost is $15.
Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Auditions, Apr. 28
On Saturday, Apr. 28, the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program will hold its 19th annual season auditions. Started in spring of 1994, the choir program is wrapping up its 18th year and getting ready for the 2012/2013 season.
Arguably the most famous outreach program of Clayton State University’s world-famous Spivey Hall, the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program offers students professional-level instruction in vocal pedagogy, music theory, sight singing, ear training, presentation, and exposure to a variety of choral styles.
But that's not all. Being involved in the program also enhances children’s lives by helping them develop qualities of self-reliance, personal integrity, responsibility, compassion, and confidence in their abilities. This twofold purpose enables students to benefit as much as possible from an extracurricular activity.
For more information on scheduling a student audition, go to; www.spiveyhallchildrenschoir.org
, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
, or call (770) 946-9072.
It’s Coming… FAFSA Day at Clayton State, May 12
It’s just a month away… the Third Annual FAFSA Day at Clayton State University… the biggest, most informative event of the year for the Clayton State Office of Financial Aid.
For 2012, FAFSA Day will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room UC327 of the James M. Baker University Center on the Clayton State main campus in Morrow.