Volume 7, #5
Clayton State Club Basketball Teams Open the 2012 Season, Jan. 13
The 2012 installment of the Clayton State University Men's and Women's Club Basketball teams will open their seasons this Friday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m., with a doubleheader against Macon State College. Both games will be held in the Clayton State Student Activities Center.
Unusual Sighting in the Clayton State Student Activities Center
The Clayton State University Student Activities Center (SAC), opened in 2008, is the hub of extracurricular activities for the University. While much of its use is dedicated to the students, the facility does get some use from outside organizations and individuals. However, there have been reports recently of an unusual user of the showers in the SAC.
Fortunately, Clayton State Chief of Police Bobby Hamil says the Clayton State Office of Public Safety is on top of the situation.
“Public Safety has been receiving a rash of reported sightings of an odd looking person/creature around campus lately. The sightings have occurred at different times of the day and week and at various locations. No pattern of activity has developed,” he reports. “Thus far, there have been no reports of any threatening actions by the person/creature, but we ask that any similar sightings should be reported to our office as soon as possible for officer response. We also caution against any acts of bravado in confronting the `thing.’ Although the presence of odd looking persons/creatures on a college campus is not unique in itself, this sighting is apparently extraordinary and has caused some concern.
“Our focus as always is the safety and comfort of our campus community.”
Following last week’s report of a new Loch in Clayton State’s Swan Lake, speculation is rampant on campus that the recent visitor to the SAC was Loch. The possibility exists that, after emerging from the lake, Loch was seeking a place to clean up, and found the showers at the SAC.
Investigative work on the new Loch is on-going. A new email address, firstname.lastname@example.org
, has been set up to report any new sightings, so stay tuned for further reports.
Introducing… The Loft Cafe
Now open at Clayton State — East… The Loft Café, located on the second floor of the main building.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Coffee, bottled sodas and water, Simply-to-Go sandwiches and salads, chips, cookies and snacks.
Auxiliary Services Hours for MLK Day, Jan. 16
In observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday, Monday, Jan. 16, Auxiliary Services will have the following operating hours:
- The Loch Shop: CLOSED
- The LakerCard Center: CLOSED
- Dining Services:
Lakeside Dining Hall: Brunch and Dinner Only
All retail locations: CLOSED
All locations will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, Jan. 17. For normal operating hours, visit: http://auxiliaries.clayton.edu/
Operation Study Announces Winners for Online Survey Contest
Congratulations to Ebony Purkiss and Lance Mealer, are winners for the Operation Study survey contest. Each student was awarded a $25 gift card for the Loch Shop Bookstore. Students who entered the survey contest provided quick feedback regarding their awareness, participation and interest in the new campus initiative, Operation Study which began in fall 2011.
Students can anticipate future e-mails about Operation Study events and the Study Bucks program for spring semester. For additional information about Operation Study, go to http://adminservices.clayton.edu/operationstudy
Library Offers Two Ways to Pay Fines
The Clayton State University Library will no longer be accepting payments in cash or providing change. Payments for library fines and fees for lost books may be made using LakerCards or by personal check.
The library’s services such as printing and copying will also use Laker Cards instead of coins. A Laker Card machine, allowing users to deposit cash or credit card funds onto their LakerCard, is conveniently located near the computer printer inside the library.
To avoid library fines, students may return their books inside the library or at the outside book return located in the wall next to the library lobby exit. Students may also renew their books online, in person or by calling the library circulation desk at (678) 466-4345 as long as the books are not overdue.
Visitors to campus who wish to print or make copies may purchase a reuseable visitor card at the LakerCard machine inside the library for one dollar to use in the library. Funds may also be deposited on this card using credit card or cash.
Library Will Soon Offer Three Locations to Return Books
The Clayton State University Library already offers two locations to return books; at the library circulation desk, and outside on the library “porch” near the library lobby exit.
Soon, the library will also have a return conveniently placed near its coffee shop entrance in the James M. Baker University Center. This brightly colored book return will provide students another way of getting their library books and other materials back on time. The new book return will be for returning books and materials that are not on reserve for classes. Items on reserve for classes will still need to be returned at the library circulation desk in order to avoid fines.
To avoid library fines on other materials than reserves, students may renew books in person, online or by calling the library circulation desk at (678) 466-4345. Library fines and fees for lost items may be paid at the library circulation desk using LakerCard or personal check.
Clayton State Posts More Video on You Tube
The official Clayton State University You Tube channel (ClaytonSTNews) has a series of new videos available for viewing.
Included in the new You Tube postings are: The Strategic Planning Launch Party; Clayton State University Theater, “Moonshine and Magnolias;” Clayton State Women’s Basketball Team on Fox5; and the Fall 2011 Clayton State University Graduation Ceremony.
The link to Clayton State University You Tube Channel (ClaytonSTNews) is below:
Continuing Education Schedules Information Sessions
The Clayton State University Division of Continuing Education has scheduled a total of 17 information sessions for its winter/spring programming.
The information sessions cover career, computer and healthcare courses, and will be held from Jan. 24 to Apr. 11 at three locations; on the Clayton State main campus in the Harry S. Downs Center, at Clayton State – East (5823 Trammell Rd.), and at Lucy Huie Hall (9157 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, Ga.) All of the information sessions are free, and individuals can register for the information sessions or just drop-in.
For more information, call (678) 466-5050 or go to www.conted.clayton.edu
Basketball Doubleheader, Jan. 14
The Lakers will take on Augusta State at 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men) on Saturday, Jan. 14 in the Athletics & Fitness Center.
Annual Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr. Celebration, Jan. 16 to Jan. 19
Theme: “His Dream, Your Vision”
The Department of Campus Life will coordinate the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Jan. 16 to Jan. 19, 2012, in collaboration with AmeriCorps and Diversity Education Experiences for Peers (D.E.E.P.) Educators to commemorate the life of Dr. King. This year’s theme is “His Dream, Your Vision” will include a Day of Service and MLK Rally and March in Atlanta, MLK Rally at Forest Park High School and the MLK Showcase.
Of special note, this year’s celebration will feature an Essay Contest that is open to all high school students at Forest Park High School, Jonesboro High School, Morrow High School, and Mt. Zion High School. Participants will write an essay reflecting on the theme and focus on how Dr. King’s dream has influenced them personally, civically, and educationally. Students with the top three essay submissions will be acknowledged at the MLK Showcase on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
Monday, Jan. 16
Name of Event: MLK Day of Service – A Day On Not A Day Off
Time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. Clayton State students will have the opportunity to volunteer at several sites in Atlanta, Georgia through Hands On Atlanta. Upon completion of the service projects, students will participate in the Annual MLK Rally & March at 12:00 p.m. along Peachtree and Baker Street in Downtown Atlanta. Transportation will be provided for 50 participants.
Tuesday, Jan. 17
Name of Event: “His Dream, Your Vision” Rally
Time: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Location: Forest Park High School
Campus Life along with AmeriCorps and Diversity Education Experiences for Peers Educators will sponsor a rally at Forest Park High to educate students about Dr. King’s dream, vision, and life.
Wednesday, Jan. 18
Name of Event: “His Dream, Your Vision” MLK Showcase
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Spivey Hall
Clayton State students will showcase their interpretation of Dr. King’s dream, vision, and life through song, dance, or poetry. Additionally, finalists from the MLK High School Essay Contest will read their award-winning pieces. Free Admission and open to the public.
Thursday, Jan. 19
Name of Event: AmeriCorps’ Service Cinema – Viewing: The Human Experience
Time: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: SAC Ballroom C
In a world fraught with hostility and violence, an altruistic group of young men endeavor to understand the true essence of the human spirit by visiting forgotten souls such as homeless New Yorkers, Peruvian orphans and isolated Ghanian lepers. By spotlighting heartwarming stories from around the world, this uplifting documentary shows viewers that every single person, no matter his or her lot in life, is beautiful.
College of Business Schedules Spring 2012 Jim Wood Speaker Series, Starting Jan. 18
Clayton State University’s College of Business is set to host the Spring 2012 Jim Wood Speakers Series (JWSS), beginning Tuesday, Jan.18, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center. Kathy Betty, former owner of the WNBA Atlanta Dream basketball team, will be the first speaker.
Betty, a prominent Atlanta businesswomen, has a true entrepreneurial spirit; having spent most of her life helping others achieve their dreams. She has more than 25 years of business management and consultancy experience. Betty received her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Computer Sciences from the University of Alabama and Belmont College, and went on to work for Hayes Microsystems.
Also scheduled for the spring JWSS are the following speakers;
- Louis Miller, general manager, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, will speak in the James M. Baker University Center, room 272, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. When it comes to aviation leadership, Miller is considered an expert on a global level. Not only does he manage the busiest airport in the world, but he also serves as treasurer for Airports Council International worldwide.
- John Quinn, CEO of Spalding Regional Medical Center, will speak in room 272 of the Baker Center from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30p.m. Quinn, chief executive officer of Spalding Regional Medical Center in Griffin since 2003, oversees the operations of the 160-bed acute care facility.
- Chef Alain Bouzoubaa, Five Star Chef and owner of Seven Cables Restaurant, will speak in room 272 of the Baker Center from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Growing up in the south of France, food was the center of life. Combine that with a family of competitors who were always trying to outdo each other at family gatherings, and you have a recipe for success. Through this friendly competition, which included his mother and aunts, Bouzoubaa learned and perfected the art of cooking.
For detailed information about each speaker please visit: http://business.clayton.edu/speakers.htm
Genealogy Research & Workshop Day, Jan. 21
The Clayton State Genealogy Group will have a research and workshop day on Saturday, Jan. 21.
All interested parties are invited to join the group from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room L200 of the Clayton State University Library. (Please enter the Library through the courtyard.) There will be several speakers and plenty of research time.
The workshop is free. Participants should bring their own lunch or a dish to share at the potluck lunch. Vending machines will also be available. There will also be door prizes.
Participants are urged to bring their laptops, or paper files, or anything that needs to be scanned. Experienced genealogy enthusiasts will also be present to help research and organization, and the Ancestry Library edition will be free to use.
“We will be discussing family group sheets, pedigree charts and how to use citations,” says Clayton State Archivist Rosemary Fischer. “We will learn what you should bring when you are researching away from home and new ideas on how to collect information at a family reunion. Learn organizing tips for your paper and digital files and photographs, plus creative ideas on sharing family history.”
Learn more at http://ourgenealogygroup.blogspot.com
For questions and to RSVP, contact Angela Pendleton at email@example.com
, or call (678) 386-3490, or call Fischer at (678) 466-4333.
Vietnamese Student Association to Host Lunar New Year Event, Jan. 27
Clayton State University’s Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) will be celebrating the Lunar New Year on Friday, Jan. 27, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the University’s outdoor Lawson Amphitheater, located between the James M. Baker University Center and Spivey Hall. The event is free and open to the public
The event will highlight Vietnamese customs around this major holiday, known as “Tet” in the Vietnamese language. The Lunar New Year that starts in 2012 is the “Year of the Dragon.” It officially begins on Monday, Jan. 23 on the solar calendar.
For more information about this event, contact Uyen Lamb, Clayton State International Student Services Office assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Time Change for Jan. 28 Basketball Doubleheader
The times for Clayton State’s basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 28 with USC Aiken have been changed to 3:30 p.m. (women — big game; Aiken is the only team to beat last year's national champions, and they undoubtedly think they’re hot stuff) and 5:30 p.m. (men).
Seminar on Trade with China/Chinese New Year Event, Feb. 2
As president of the World Trade Center Atlanta, Clayton State Director of International Programs John Parkerson is offering a Feb. 2 seminar on bi-lateral trade with China (from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.) free of charge to any Clayton State students or faculty who want to gain insights into doing business in China.
Interested persons also are invited to remain for the evening “Chinese New Year Event” at $25 price, also noted at http://www.globalatlanta.com/article/25310/
Event: “Seminar on Bi-Lateral Trade with China”
Date: Feb. 2
Time: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Venue: WTC Atlanta Prague and Beijing Rooms
Price: $25 for WTC Atlanta members/$35 for non-members
Sponsors: Ackerman & CO/WTC Savannah/ACP/GSU Confucius Institute
Event: “Chinese New Year Event”
Date: Feb. 2
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Venue: WTC Atlanta Restaurant
Price: $25 –WTC Atlanta members (one drink, light appetizers, parking, door prizes)
$35 for non-members
Anyone who is interested should contact Parkerson at email@example.com
, and he will facilitate seminar registration.
Clayton State Alumni Association to Sponsor Trip to Highlight Factory, Feb. 4
Clayton State alumni and friends, it’s time for a trip to the “Highlight Factory.”
The “Highlight Factory” is the home of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, and the Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Department of Recreation and Wellness, is planning a trip to Philips Arena on Saturday, Feb. 4.
The event is open to alumni, students, faculty/staff, retirees and friends of the University.
The Hawks will face the Philadelphia 76ers in the contest, with the game tipping off at 7 p.m. After the game, Clayton State’s intramural club basketball team will hit the floor and face off against a club team from Georgia Gwinnett University.
Tickets for the game are $12 apiece, which is $3 off the regular price. Dues-paying alumni members receive an even better discount and can purchase a single ticket for $10. Tickets may be purchased online at www.clayton.edu/alumnigift
For more information about the event or about purchasing tickets, please contact Gid Rowell, Clayton State director of Alumni Relations, at (678) 466-4477 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clayton State to Host Metro Atlanta Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, Feb. 4
Clayton State University will be hosting more than 500 people for the Fourth Annual Metro Atlanta Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Competition on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Helen Ruffin was a library media specialist who wanted to excite kids about reading. In response to her posting on the selection committee for DeKalb County Georgia’s Children Book Award Nominee program, she decided to engage students throughout the county in a regional reading bowl. For more information on the competition please visit http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/hrrb/
To help with the Reading Bowl, Clayton State Dean of Libraries Dr. Gordon Baker has called for 60 volunteers from the Clayton State campus to serve as readers, score keepers, and other general volunteers. There will be training sessions for volunteers on Friday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at 8 a.m. Additional online training is also available at: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/hrrb/files/156A4B171A794D62AA7ED93F5546B2B2.pdf
For more information on Clayton State’s hosting the Reading Bowl, contact Baker at (678) 466-4334 or email@example.com
Swim (Snorkel) with the Sharks, Feb. 4
The Department of Recreation & Wellness is pleased to announce its next outdoor adventure experience where you will tour the largest aquarium in the world! As a main event you will experience swimming with a variety of marine creatures including the largest fish on earth, the whale shark. Experienced divers will take us on a snorkeling tour. The only other place on earth to take part in an activity like this is the ocean and you aren’t even guaranteed to see a whale shark.
Where: Atlanta Aquarium, GA
When: Saturday, Feb. 4
Student Cost: $100
Limit: 7 – Spots are limited so sign up today!
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 27
For more information please contact: Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, firstname.lastname@example.org
Clayton State Plans for Homecoming 2012
Clayton State University students, faculty/staff, alumni and friends … mark your calendar, Homecoming 2012 is right around the corner.
Clayton State will celebrate Homecoming Week from Monday, Feb. 13 through Saturday, Feb.18. The Lakers will face in-state rival Columbus State in the Saturday Homecoming basketball contests with the women’s game at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.
In the spirit of Clayton State’s new strategic planning efforts, this year’s Homecoming theme will be, “Beyond Your Imagination … Clayton State Homecoming 2012.”
In addition to the basketball games, a number of activities are planned for Homecoming Day. Saturday will kick-off with a Homecoming 5K Road Race at 9 a.m., followed by the annual Alumni Breakfast. Later in the afternoon, leading into the games, there will be a tailgate and spirit rally.
Clayton State will crown its 2012 Homecoming Queen and King at halftime of the men’s basketball game. Last year, Kearia Smith, of Waynesboro, and Rico Lee, of Wrens, received the honors. After the games, the Student Government Association will be sponsoring a Homecoming Dance.
Homecoming King and Queen applications will be available beginning Wednesday, Jan. 18, and will be due on Friday, Feb. 3. Applications will be available from the Student Activities Center, the University Center Information Desk, or the Campus Life website, http://adminservices.clayton.edu/campuslife/
On Monday, Feb. 13, Homecoming will kick off with a first-time event, allowing students to show-off their talents in the Clayton State Idol competition. The event, sponsored by Orientation and New Student Programs, will begin at 7 p.m., and be held in Student Activities Center (SAC) Ballroom.
Students will have the opportunity to take their sweetheart to a Homecoming event on Tuesday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, as the Campus Event Council will host Ice Skating on the SAC Green at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Alumni Association will host the Harlem Ambassadors basketball show/game. The event will be open to all the campus community and the public. Tip-off for the fun-filled entertainment will begin at 7 p.m., in the Athletics & Fitness Center.
Clayton State’s Student Media will once again host the Student Choice Awards on Thursday evening, Feb. 16, recognizing the campus community with awards. Earlier that day, the Alumni Association will have an alumni book signing in The Loch Shop, beginning at 11 a.m.
Friday will be an exciting day on campus with a noon Pep Rally in the University Center. Clayton State cheerleaders will lead the way and the Homecoming Court and basketball teams will be in attendance, along with some surprise appearances. The Fraternity and Sorority Council will host a Homecoming Party on Friday at 10 p.m. in the SAC.
Harlem Ambassadors to Perform at Clayton State, Feb. 15
The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors are coming to Clayton State University.
The University will welcome Harlem’s “other” basketball entertainment show to the University’s Athletics & Fitness Center on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. The show, sponsored by the Clayton State Alumni Association, will be part of the University’s Homecoming festivities, which run from Feb. 13 to Feb. 18.
“Our Alumni Association wanted to provide an event for all ages that would be fun for the entire Clayton State and surrounding community to attend,” says Clayton State Alumni Association President Ben Hopkins. “It will be a lot of fun, and proceeds from the event will benefit our Benita H. Moore Scholarship.”
A spin-off of the Harlem Globetrotters, the Ambassadors offer a similar basketball show for all ages. The Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines.
“At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too,” Coach Ladè Majic says. “We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front row seat during the show, and get involved in all of the fun stuff we do.”
General admission tickets for the show are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Children under the age of six are admitted free. Group tickets will also be available at a special rate.
“Run Clayton State” 5K Run/Walk to be Held at University’s Homecoming, Feb. 18
The Clayton State University Alumni Association and the Atlanta Southside Runners will team up on Saturday, Feb. 18 for the first time for a 5K Run/Walk, “Run Clayton State.”
The race, which will be held on the University’s campus and surrounding neighborhood, will be part of Clayton State’s Homecoming festivities that same day.
Registration for the race will begin at 7:45 a.m. on the Clayton State campus, with the race beginning at 9 a.m. Cost for participants will be $15 before Feb. 10, $20 for participants after Feb. 10, and $25 on race day. Family rates will also be available for runners of three or more.
All runners will receive a T-shirt and age group winners will be recognized with awards. A special grand prize will be awarded to the top female and male winners. The event will also include breakfast after the race along with sponsor gifts.
Proceeds from the race will benefit two worthy fundraising efforts. A portion of the funds will support the Clayton State Alumni Association scholarship program, and a portion will be donated to the Zac Bradley Benefit Fund. Bradley, a member of the Clayton State men’s basketball team, was partial paralyzed last spring when a tree fell on his car during a storm and the proceeds will help cover incurred medical expenses.
Participants can register online at www.active.com
or at www.clayton.edu/alumnigift
. Downloadable registration forms can be accessed at www.revolutionrunning.net
School of Nursing Schedules Two Pre-Nursing Information Sessions in February
University’s School of Nursing (SoN) will be holding its latest IN! (Into Nursing) Pre-Nursing Information Sessions on Monday, Feb. 20, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 23, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The Monday session will be held in room B-11 of the Lecture Hall. The Thursday session will be in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center.
The purpose of the Into Nursing
information sessions is to provide pre-nursing students with important information about resources that are available to help them plan for a career in nursing. Strategies will be discussed regarding how to successfully prepare yourself for the application process and how to be successful once you are admitted to a nursing program.
The informational sessions are conducted during the fall and spring semesters by Clayton State’s Nursing Workforce Diversity grant team and the advisors in the School of Nursing. These informational sessions will be open to high school students, university students, parents and university faculty and staff.