Volume 8, #2
Basketball Doubleheader, Jan. 5
On Saturday, Jan. 5 (1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.) the Clayton State Lakers will take on Flagler College in a Peach Belt doubleheader. The fourth-ranked, undefeated (10-0) and practically unscored-upon Laker women will play the opener, followed by the Laker men.
Biweekly Payroll Reminder
Notice to all employees and managers/supervisors: ADP E-time approvals of all biweekly time must be approved by 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4, for the payroll ending on Jan. 4.
If you have any questions, including password resets, while attempting to approve or update a time card, please contact our SSC Customer Support Team.
Information on Clayton State’s Emergency Weather Procedures
During emergency weather situations, information about Clayton State’s plans will also be available on the University’s web page (www.clayton.edu
), through emails sent directly to all faculty, staff and students, on the University Relations Facebook and Twitter accounts, and through the University’s main telephone number (678) 466-4000. In addition, the four major Atlanta network television stations (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox), All-News 106.7 WYAY-FM and WSB-AM (750) radio will also be notified for their school closing announcements. The current contact list for these media outlets is as follows. Please advise the Office of University Relations if there are any changes in contact names/numbers and/or codes.
Clayton State's "Stay Safe" weather policy is as follows…
"At times of bad weather or other emergencies, University officials make decisions on whether or not to close the campus based on public safety reports and other considerations. In such cases, the safety and security of the majority of students is a prime consideration. If the University is closed, then classes are cancelled for all students.
"If the institution remains open, we recognize that there may be special circumstances that pertain to individual students that are more serious than those that apply to the majority. So, students are advised to use their best judgment about their safety and that of their families in those situations, and to consult with individual faculty members about making up lost time.
"University closure also applies to all University faculty and staff except those designated by their supervisors as essential personnel. If the institution remains open, staff should consult with their supervisor and make them aware of any individual circumstances that may exist that prevents them from reporting to duty."
The opening/closing policy for Clayton State – Fayette and the Academy for Advanced Studies in McDonough is as follows… basically, the rule will be, if the main campus is closed, Clayton State – Fayette will be closed and Clayton State classes in McDonough will not be held.
Also, if the Henry County schools are closed, Clayton State classes in McDonough will not be held. If Clayton State is open during inclement weather, the status of Clayton State – Fayette will be determined independently.
When in doubt, check the Clayton State website for details.
Spring 2013 Intramural Sports
Did you play sports in high school? Do you miss the thrill of competition or the environment of fitness, socializing, and fun all at the same time? Sign up for an intramural sport!
The Clayton State University Department of Recreation & Wellness will host three new intramural sports leagues this spring.
Intramural sports are free, organized recreational sports leagues that allow both students and staff to participate. This semester, there are multiple leagues available in each sport to meet the competitive and recreational needs of our intramural athletes.
Starting in January, the department will be hosting 5v5 basketball, indoor soccer, and volleyball. Teams may be comprised of students, faculty, and/or staff so get your friends together and sign up a team. Don’t have a team? Sign up as a free agent and we will assist you with finding teammates.
These leagues start the week of Jan. 21, and end on the week of Feb. 25. Teams will play 1 game per week and the season will conclude with playoffs and a championship game.
Teams may register for the intramural sports leagues by signing up at the SAC front desk and attending a captains meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
If you have any questions or need more information about how to register, contact Christen Ruff at email@example.com
or ext. 4973.
Tax Changes Affecting 2013 Payrolls - What You Need to Know
The House and Senate have passed H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), which includes several changes to tax laws affecting payroll and employment tax administration in 2013. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law within 24 hours.
Income Tax Withholding Rates
The American Taxpayer Relief Act effectively maintains the reduced income tax rates adopted in 2001 and 2003 for individuals earning up to $400,000 and families earning less than $450,000.
Income above those levels will be taxed at 39.6%, up from 35%. The expanded 15% bracket for joint filers, commonly referred to as the marriage penalty relief, has also been extended. These tax rates have been extended permanently for wages paid after December 31, 2012.
Employee Social Security Tax Rate Returns to 6.2%
The reduced 4.2% rate for employee Social Security taxes that was in effect for 2011 and 2012 has expired.
The employee Social Security tax rate will return to 6.2% for 2013 wages up to the taxable wage limit of $113,700.
Consequently, employees’ net pay under the taxable wage limit will decrease accordingly. The maximum Social Security tax that an employee would pay will be $7,049.40 for 2013.
If you have questions or if you need additional information please contact USGDataHelp and we will be glad to assist you!
ORP Rate Changes
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) rates will be as follows:
Employer Contribution 9.24% (no change)
Employee Contribution 6.00% (up from 5%)
Procurement Services Promises Purchasing Power Plus!
Great things are happening in Procurement Services!
The Clayton State Office of Procurement Services is preparing to enhance purchasing power throughout the campus. Look an announcement later this month in Laker Lines about the new purchasing limits.
And, that’s not all. To further serve our colleagues, Procurement Services will also be holding the University’s first Procurement Day as well as a Vendor Expo during the first quarter of 2013. Look for more information on these events in forthcoming Laker Lines.
Recreation & Wellness Announces Lose to Win Incentive Program for Faculty/Staff
The Clayton State University Department of Recreation & Wellness and the Wellness Council is proud to announce the Lose to Win Incentive Program designed to help all Clayton State University employees start the New Year off right by losing weight and inches. The primary purpose of the program is to encourage Clayton State University faculty and staff to achieve a healthy weight and in an effort to enhance his/her overall health. Secondarily, we will be encouraging participants to engage in daily physical activity and reach the minimum exercise recommendations established by the American College of Sports Medicine (150 minutes/week).
This free program is open to
Clayton State University faculty and staff. Teams may be comprised for four full-time employees; however, teammates do NOT have to be from the same department.
Those choosing to participate will receive a personal assessment both at the beginning and at the end of the program consisting of a weigh-in and circumference measurements. Total loss will be calculated based on an average of all four team members’ inches and pounds lost from the initial to the final assessment. Don’t have a team? Sign up as a free agent and we will assist you with finding teammates.
Bonus points can also be earned by attending The Weight of the Nation
screening event on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. All bonus points will be added to the final loss calculations. Each team member can earn two additional points by attending the screening event. The team with the most “loss” points wins.
The program starts on
the week of Jan. 14 to Jan. 18, 2013 (initial assessment week) and ends on the week of Apr. 8 to Apr. 12, 2013 (final assessment week).
Teams may register for the Lose to Win Incentive program by contacting Lisa Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or ext. 4975. All assessments will take place in the SAC Fitness Center Room 229, please contact Williamson to schedule an appointment for your assessment.
The winning team receives bragging rights and an Auxiliary Services Gift Bag for each member.
LakerCard Center Upgrades SmartPrint
The LakerCard Center has just completed an upgrade to our SmartPrint system to include a new server and the newest version of the software. This upgrade should increase the efficiency and performance of the system. We appreciate your patience while we work out the kinks in the upgraded system.
At this time, all printers and copiers should be working properly for most faculty and staff and students. There may be a few exceptions to this. They are as follows:
- Some students, who have an older version of the SmartPrint driver installed on their laptop, will be unable to print now. They must uninstall the old driver and install the new driver. The HUB is in the process of crafting communication to all students to let them know that they make be affected by the change and how to install the new drivers.
- During the upgrade, we performed a clean-up of the user database. If you experience any issues using your LakerCard to copy, please contact the LakerCard Center at email@example.com and we will add you back to the database.
Again, your patience and corporation during this transition is greatly appreciated.
Department of Teacher Education Looks for Feedback for Accreditation
The Department of Education at Clayton State University is currently undergoing its reaccreditation process through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). As part of this on-going process, the Department of Teacher Education has announced the opportunity for all interested parties to provide feedback on the University’s Teacher Education Program to its accrediting agency.
Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to NCATE. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the institution, for example; graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates, etc.
The Clayton State Department of Teacher Education invites written comments to be submitted to:
Board of Examiners
2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Ste. 500
Washington, DC 20036-1023
Or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Correspondence will be submitted to Clayton State for response via NCATE¹s Accreditation Information Management System (AIMS). NCATE will not upload anonymous comments to the board of examiners team or institutions.
For questions, please contact Monica Siengo at: email@example.com
Loch Shop and LakerCard Operating Hours for the Beginning of Spring 2013
Operating hours for the Loch Shop and LakerCard Center are available at:
- Loch Shop Hours
- LakerCard Hours
Desire 2 Learn Training Opportunities
Below is a link to the HUB’s site for upcoming training in Desire2Learn.
AVP/Controller Candidates Visiting Campus, Jan. 7-10 and Jan. 14-15
Six candidates for the AVP/Controller position will visit campus this month. Each candidate will make a 30 minute public presentation in room UC 260 of the James M. Baker University Center on the day of their visit. The entire campus is invited to attend. The presentations will all take place at 1:15 p.m., followed by a Q&A session.
SBDC Starting a Business Workshop, Jan. 11 at Clayton State – Fayette
The first installment of the Clayton State Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) popular “Starting a Business” workshop for 2013 will be held on Friday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at the University’s Clayton State – Fayette instructional site, 100 World Dr., Ste. 100, Peachtree City, Ga.
PowerPoint handouts and a book, “How to Start a Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs” are provided as part of the $69 registration fee.
To register, go to: http://www.georgiasbdc.org
. or call (678) 466-5100.
Current Clayton State students and staff receive a 50 percent discount if they contact SBDC’s Heather Chaney at (678) 466-5100 for the discount code.
First Lego League Super Regional Qualifier, Jan. 12
Clayton State, specifically the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences, will once again be hosting the First Lego League Super Regional Qualifier.
The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in the Baker Center (largely on Main Street and the Commons Area) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CIMS’ Jay Terry is heading up the organization of the event. For details will be forthcoming.
King’s Celebration 2013, Jan. 15 to Jan. 21
The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr. Celebration is a collaborative effort between the Department of Campus Life, AmeriCorps, Diversity Education Experiences for Peers (D.E.E.P.) Educators, the Tau Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the Sigma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., to commemorate the life of Dr. King and significant events that occurred during the Civil Rights movement.
Jan. 15 — MLK Rally
Campus Life, in collaboration with AmeriCorps and D.E.E.P. Educators, will sponsor a rally at Forest Park High School to educate students about Dr. King’s dream, vision, and life as well as celebrate his legacy.
2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Forest Park High School
Sponsored by: AmeriCorps and D.E.E.P. Peer Educators
Jan. 15 — I Have A Dream March and Candlelight Vigil
Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the annual MLK March in honor of individuals that fought for civil rights of all mankind. The MLK March procession will end at the Lawson Amphitheatre with a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Dr. King’s birthday, legacy and dream.
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., James M. Baker University Center Quad and Lawson Amphitheatre
Sponsored by: Campus Life, D.E.E.P. Peer Educators, and Tau Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Jan. 20 — King’s Sunday Supper
Inspired by the legacy of Dr. King, America's Sunday Supper invites people from diverse backgrounds to come together to share a meal, discuss issues that affect our community and highlight our shared values and strengths.
4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Student Activities Center Ballroom
Sponsored by: Campus Life, Tau Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Jan. 21 — MLK Day of Service and MLK March
The campus community will engage in a series of volunteer projects in the Atlanta area in tribute to the work and life of Dr. King. Transportation will be provided for 25 participants. For more information regarding registration for this event, please contact LaShanda Hardin at LaShandaHardin@clayton.edu
8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Atlanta
Sponsored by: Department of Campus Life
Run Clayton State 5K Run/Walk, Feb. 9
The Clayton State Department of Athletics and the Atlanta Southside Runners, a local running club, will team up to hold the second 5K Run/Walk, “Run Clayton State.”
The race, which will take place in conjunction with Clayton State’s Homecoming festivities, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, and will run entirely on the University’s campus, starting and finishing in front of the Harry S. Downs Center.
Check-in for the race will begin at 7:45 a.m. in front of the Downs Center with the race beginning at 9 a.m. 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 race will also include admission to the Annual Alumni Breakfast, which starts at 9:30 a.m., also at the Harry S. Downs Center.
In addition, participants will receive complimentary tickets to the Saturday afternoon’s NCAA Division II women’s and men’s basketball games at Clayton State’s Athletics & Fitness Center. Clayton State’s women’s team will play Montevallo at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the men’s game against Montevallo at 5:30 p.m.
The entry fee for the race is $15 per person with the registration fee increasing after Feb. 6 to $20 per person. The race day entry fee is $25. A family rate (minimum of three, maximum of six participants) is also available. The family rate is $40 and increases to $55 after Feb. 6. The race day family rate is $75. To be guaranteed a race T-shirt, participants must be registered by Feb. 1.
For more information about the 5K Race/Walk or to register online, please visit www.claytonstatesports.com\RunClaytonState
Proceeds from the race will benefit the fundraising efforts of the Clayton State Department of Athletics. Gifts — regardless of the size — support student- athlete success both on and off the playing fields, and helps Laker teams compete in the elite Peach Belt Conference of NCAA Division II.
Recreation & Wellness to Host AFAA’s APEX Event, Feb. 8 to Feb. 10
The Clayton State University Department of Recreation & Wellness is proud to host the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America’s (AFAA) semi-annual APEX event in the University’s Student Activities Center from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10, 2013.
During APEX, AFAA, the world's largest fitness and TeleFitness® educator, offers certifications and workshops in multiple cities for the special price of only $99 per day, per program. The training is targeted to primary group exercise instructor and kickboxing instructors seeking certification for the first time, or renewing a certification.
The primary group exercise instructor certifications will take place on Friday, Feb. 8, and Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, while the kickboxing instructor certification will take place on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.
Registration is currently available on AFAA’s website http://www.afaa.com
by clicking on the APEX link and searching the Atlanta area.
For more information, please visit AFAA.com or contact Williamson at (678) 466-4975 or email firstname.lastname@example.org