Volume 7, #61
VRC Bringing Former VFW Commander-in-Chief to Campus for Memorial Day Speech
John F. Gwizdak, former (2000/2001) commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is coming to the Clayton State University campus to speak on the occasion of Memorial Day.
Gwizdak, a resident of Raleigh, Ga., will be appearing at Clayton State on Friday, May 25 under the sponsorship of the University’s Veterans Resource Center (VRC), and a grant from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. His address, which is free and open to the public, will start at noon in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center.
According to Shiraz Karaa, interim director of the VRC, Gwizdak will talk about the historical significance of Memorial Day and address student veterans about using their GI benefits and the importance of education and completing college.
Laker Lines on Vacation for Memorial Day
Laker Lines, like the rest of the University, will be taking Monday, May 28 off for Memorial Day. Laker Lines will resume on Wednesday, May 30.
In addition, Erin Fender will be editing Laker Lines on May 30 and June 1. Please send any submissions for those two days to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Undergraduate Student Assistant Funding Initiative
The Planning and Budget Council has again allocated $150,000 for the Undergraduate Student Assistant Funding Initiative. This initiative is one of many University retention efforts.
Departments or divisions interested in receiving some of these funds must submit a Request Form to Scott McElroy by June 15. Departments that received funding through this initiative previously must submit a 2012/2013 Request Form and will not automatically have their funding renewed.
Forms and Guidelines will be sent electronically to each department on May 25. Additional Forms and Guidelines may be obtained from Scott McElroy.
2012 Chancellor's Customer Service Award Nominations Due June 29
We are ready to receive nominations for the 2012 Chancellor’s Customer Service Awards. The website is available and nominations can be submitted at http://customerfocus.usg.edu/recognition/chancellor_award/
The deadline for submissions is June 29, 2012. The nominations website provides all of the information you will need: award category descriptions, eligibility, and even tips on how to write a successful nomination.
The following are the award categories:
· Customer Service Excellence Award – Individual
· Customer Service Excellence Award – Team
· Outstanding Customer Service Leadership Award
· Front Desk Support Excellence Award
· Outstanding Customer Service Process Improvement Initiative Award
· Customer Service President and Institution of the Year
· The Joseph Green Award Champion of the Year
If you have any questions, please contact Carolina Amero, assistant vice president, Auxiliary & Administrative Services, Clayton State customer service champion, and winner of the 2011 Joseph Green Award.
New Notary Services Policy
Clayton State University has several employees who are also commissioned to serve as Notary Publics. In this capacity, they are authorized in the State of Georgia to perform the following services:
- Witness or attest signatures or executions of deeds and other written instruments.
- Witness affidavits upon oaths and affirmations.
- Certify documents that require notarization.
- Perform such other acts as Notary Publics are authorized to perform under the laws of the State of Georgia.
Each notarial act must include the stamped seal of the office for the authentication of the act. The seal must contain the name of the Notary Public and the words, ”Notary Public, Clayton (or any other county) County, Georgia.”
If the service is being requested for University business related purposes, no fee is to be charged. However, if the service is requested for personal reasons (limited to Clayton State University students and employees only), the Notary Public may charge a fee of up to $2 per notarial service, and shall inform the requesting person of the fee prior to providing the service. All fees collected shall be deposited into an identified account for the department where the Notary Public is employed.
Tony Yaacoub Featured on Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters’ “One World”
Recent Clayton State University graduate Tony Yaacoub will be featured on Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters’ (AIB) “One World” program for the next couple of weeks. Yaacoub, a native of Beirut, Lebanon, and a member of the Clayton State Honors Program, graduated from Clayton State earlier this month with a B.S. in Mathematics.
The AIB “One World” program debuted on Tuesday, May 22, at 7:30 p. m., featuring a report on Yaacoub and his local relationships. The program will re-air Friday, May 25, at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 26 at 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 27 at 3 p.m. The program will re-air next week on the same schedule; Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 9 a.m., Saturday at 5 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. AIB “One World” will then migrate to www.aibnet.tv on Sunday and air daily for two weeks at 4:30 a.m., and 7 p.m. The program is also slated to appear on AIB’s Video on Demand site.
AIB-TV appears on Channel 5 on Comcast; Channel 6 on AT&T U-verse and Channel 22 on Charter Cable.
SWAN Turns Turkey, May 26 and May 27
On Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, the SWAN will be unavailable due to upgrades. No amount of goosing your account will help
Email and GAView will still be available from the SWAN login page.
The DUCK will also turn turkey at this time, hiding its head in the sand like an ostrich, as a result, access to the DUCK will also be unavailable.
Media & Printing Services Cutoff Date is May 29
The cutoff date for printing/copying charges to this fiscal year’s budget is Tuesday, May 29.
Spivey Hall Extends Registration Deadline for Annual Summer Music Camp
Clayton State University’s world-famous Spivey Hall has extended the registration deadline for its 2012 Summer Music Camp.
The camp will run from Monday, June 11 through Friday, June 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., each day. While the regular registration has been extended to Friday, June 1, parents can still register their students after that date, but for an increased fee. All information on registration and the Summer Music Camp can be found at: http://www.spiveyhall.org/educational-programs/summermusiccamp/
Checks may be made payable to Clayton State University and mailed to Spivey Hall with the registration form, payment form, waiver, and music teacher’s recommendation. For more information, email EducationManager@SpiveyHall.org
, or call (678) 466-4481.
Athletic Summer Camps Begin June 4
With the Clayton State University 2011/12 athletic season now concluded, the summer is right around corner. And with that comes athletic summer camps.
The Clayton State Athletic Department’s first round of summer camps on the Clayton State campus in Morrow start on Monday, June 4 with boy’s basketball and boy’s and girl’s tennis. Also offered throughout the summer are girl’s basketball, boy’s and girl’s soccer and boy’s and girl’s speed development. The camps are for children and youth – ages six to 17.
Campers will have the choice of attending a full-day camp (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or a half-day camp (9 a.m. to noon). In addition, campers also have the option of combo camps (example – basketball in the morning, soccer in the afternoon). Full-day camps cost $125, while half-day camps cost $65.
For more information about the Clayton State athletic summer camps being offered at Clayton State, go to www.claytonstatesports.com
and click on the summer camp link for on-line registration and a complete listing of camp dates. You can also contact the athletic department at (678) 466-4678.
Alumni Association to Sponsor Monday Mixer on June 18
Clayton State alumni and friends, mark your calendar … the Alumni Association will be hosting a fun, social networking event for you.
The Alumni Association will be sponsoring a "Monday Mixer" on Monday, June 18 at Skyboxx Restaurant and Bar in Morrow.
The Mixers are casual, free from admission (you just pay for what you order), and without agenda. In other words, come enjoy yourself, bring a friend, relax and network with other alumni and friends of Clayton State.
Over the next few months, the Alumni Association is hoping to congregate at restaurants with open porches or decks (weather permitting) – the perfect setting for food and friends, with the laid back, enjoy yourself atmosphere that make Mondays seem a little easier to get through!
Skyboxx Restaurant and Bar is located at 2180 Mt. Zion Pkwy., in Morrow (located next to Country Inn & Suites). To RSVP, please contact Alumni Director Gid Rowell by email at email@example.com
or by phone (678) 466-4477.
General Stephens’ Retirement Reception, June 22
A retirement reception will be held for Vice President of External Relations Brigadier General (Ret.) Robert L. “Steve” Stephens on Friday, June 22, at 10 a.m. in room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center. Please RSVP by June 15 to Tiffany Whidby.
Clayton State Posts New You Tube Videos
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… several Laker Zone Videos which feature the Clayton State University Athletics Department. There are also a new Clayton State Theatre videos.
To view the new featured videos please visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/ClaytonSTNews?feature=mhee
The new additions also appear on the Clayton State University Relations Facebook page, and the Clayton State University twitter page.
IT Analysis, Phase I — Committee Report
On Jan. 20, 2012, I asked a group of Clayton State faculty and staff to create a strategic plan and vision for technology at Clayton State University.
In less than 90 days, the committee has: a) reviewed documents from the Office of Information and Technology Services; b) analyzed the opinions of more than 1,200 students, and 200 faculty and staff regarding their perspectives of current technology; c) interviewed dozens more in focus groups to explore important themes. The analysis of this data can be found in a report located at:
. Let me take this chance to publically thank the committee for its great work to date, as well as for its continued great work in coming months.
This report reflects the committee’s read on our current organization and infrastructure for technology supporting campus learning. The committee’s next milestone is the creation of a new strategic plan for technology aligned with the university’s strategic mission and objectives.
Technology is an essential tool for facilitating learning at Clayton State—both directly through library and other research tools for faculty and students, and indirectly through financial systems and other technical means of supporting university activities. Whether the learning experience is on campus, or at some distant location, our students require a reliable infrastructure to access courses, research, data, and student services. Technology supports faculty as they deliver course content, communicate with students, and conduct research. Staff rely upon technology to provide those critical support services essential to the daily operation of the University. All three groups assume that technology will be available and usable. Therefore, our investments in, and management of, technology resources, and people necessary to support those resources, are essential to Clayton State’s strategic plan and vision.
Please take a few minutes to read and consider the findings of the report. And please feel free to submit comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Tim Hynes, President
P-card Usage After Fiscal Year Cutoff Date
Budget and Finance strongly suggested the last day to use your P-card was May 8; however, several purchases have been made after the cutoff date (you know who you are…) Please understand all purchases posted after May 15 will post to the next fiscal year (FY13).
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Marcia Jones.
Budget Cut Off Dates
We are quickly approaching the cut-off date for transferring and correcting charges to your departmental budgets:
June 15, 2012 is the last day the Accounting Services Department will accept your requests.
Please begin reviewing your Budget Progress reports now!
AP & EX Cut-Off Dates
We are quickly approaching the cut-off date for reimbursement requests:
- June 1, 2012 is the last day the Accounting Services Department will accept Accounts Payable check requests, and
- June 8, 2012 is the last day the Accounting Services Department will accept Expense reimbursement and cash advance requests.
Please begin assembling and forwarding your complete
Wi2STEM to Hold Android Mobile App Workshop for Clayton State Students & Employees, May 30
Clayton State University students, and technologically-challenged faculty and staff, too, will be pleased to know that Wi2STEM (Women interested in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) is sponsoring a free Android Mobile App Workshop on Wednesday, May 30.
If you are interested in developing and loading an app to a mobile device, then this is the workshop for you, says Wi2STEM advisor and professor of Computer Science and Mathematics Mary Hudachek-Buswell.
The workshop, which is open to 40 Clayton State students, faculty and staff, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in room UC 268 of the James M. Baker University Center.
Attendees will create their own mobile apps to load to an android tablet or phone. All software is provided for the workshop, but attendees much bring their laptops and mobile devices.
Self Defense for Women, June 8
The Department of Recreation & Wellness, along with Public Safety, will be offering a Beginner Self Defense class for women on Friday, June 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., in Studio B of the Student Activities Center. The class is limited to 20 people.
Summer Youth Camps… Mixing Education and Fun Starting June 11
Starting on Monday, June 11, local youth, ages seven to 16, will be mixing education and fun at Clayton State University, as part of the Continuing Education Division’s annual line-up of summer youth camps.
As is always the case, there will be a wide variety of interesting, unusual, creative and just plain fun weekly offerings, running from June 11 through July 20. Plus, all of the classes will challenge the young learners with multiple subjects.
The summer youth camps are split into two age groups, from seven to 11 and from 12 to 16, with five weekly sessions, starting on Mondays June 11, June 18, June 25, July 9 and July 16.
Interested parties can visit the Continuing Education website at www.conted.clayton.edu
for detailed information about each course, location and fees. Look for “Summer 2012!” then click on Exciting Themes or Fun & Educational. Click on the individual course heading for the description of that course and registration information for that course.
Free Small Business Financing Workshop Sponsored by SBDC and the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, June 19
A free Small Business Financing Workshop will be sponsored by the Clayton State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, June 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Harry S. Downs Center.
Among the subjects to be discussed are; commercial loans, personal loans, SBA loans, lines of credit, A/R financing, credit cards, and alternative financing.
Anyone considering starting a new business venture, or anyone in need of additional financing for an existing business will want to attend.
To register, go to; http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?cart=27ee705c-f9b3-4a7e-b03a-289392cf0993&page_name=view_cart&addproduct=112169
Seventh Annual New Student Convocation Scheduled for Aug. 10
Clayton State University’s Seventh Annual New Student Convocation is scheduled to take place on Friday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Spivey Hall.
This year’s keynote address will be provided by Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes. The ceremony’s purpose is to inspire, motivate and formally welcome new students into the university community.
Clayton State faculty and staff who participate in the procession portion of the ceremony are kindly requested to wear their academic regalia. Last year’s ceremony had its largest attendance for new students, faculty and staff.
Additional information will be forthcoming in Laker Lines regarding the RSVP process and ceremony details.
If you have questions regarding the ceremony, please contact Celena Milner or Michelle Ellis at (678) 466-5443; Office of Orientation & New Student Programs, Student Center, room 218.
Clayton State to Hold Annual Alumni Dinner at Turner Field’s 755 Club, Sept. 22
The Clayton State University Alumni Association will look to hit a grand slam once again at its 20th
Annual Alumni Dinner.
Next fall, the Alumni Association will hold its annual event at the 755 Club located at Turner Field. The Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22. All Clayton State alumni, faculty/staff, students and friends of the University are invited to the event.
“We are so excited about having the opportunity to have our dinner at the 755 Club this year” says Alumni Association President Ben Hopkins. “We’ve had our annual event at some wonderful venues all over Atlanta and this will be another special night for alumni and friends.”
The dinner portion of the event will begin at 7 p.m., preceded by a reception; starting at 6:15 p.m. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take a special tour of Turner Field, which includes a behind-the-scenes look in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse.
In conjunction with the dinner, the Alumni Association will also recognize its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award winners and hold a benefit auction.