Volume 7, #115
LakerCard System Maintenance, Oct. 5
The LakerCard system will be undergoing required maintenance on Friday, Oct. 5, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. While the card system is down, the following services will be unavailable:
All SmartPrint locations
All copiers with LakerCard readers attached
Laundry in Laker Hall
Credit card, LakerBucks, and Dining Dollar sales at all Dining locations (cash sales will be allowed)
LakerBucks sales in the Loch Shop
Credit card and LakerBucks sales at University Health Services, Public Safety, the Fitness Center, and the Game Room (cash sales will be allowed)
LakerBucks sales at Vending readers (cash sales will be available)
All Account Management Centers
Check-in services at The HUB, the Fitness Center, Financial Aid, and the Library's circulation desk will NOT be affected by this down time.
Clayton State Men’s Soccer Featured in the LakerZone… Doubleheader, Oct. 6
Clayton State sports fans, the fifth edition of the Department of Athletics' LakerZone
is now available for viewing.
is Clayton State's webcasting platform and features live webcasts of home Laker athletics contests along with features on players and interviews with coaches.
In the fifth segment of the LakerZone,
former Clayton State player Roger Boniface, who is the voice of Clayton State soccer sits down with men’s soccer coach Pete Petersen for an update on the men’s soccer program.
To watch the video on YouTube, please click here
The Clayton State soccer teams will return to action on Saturday, hosting rival Lander. The women’s game will begin at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 3:30 p.m.
Spivey Hall Season Opening Celebration to Feature Alessio Bax, Oct. 7
Spivey Hall is preparing to open its 22nd
season this weekend with the Spivey Hall debut of Italian pianist Alessio Bax.
The first Spivey Series performance of the new, 2012/2013 season, and the Season Opening Celebration, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m.
Bax’ program will include: BRAHMS Ballades, Op. 10; KREISLER/RACHMANINOV “Liebesleid” and “Liebesfreud”; RACHMANINOV Five Preludes; and RAVEL La Valse. For more information on Bax, visit www.alessiobax.com
Tickets for this performance are $40 (50 percent off for Clayton State faculty and staff); Clayton State students pay just $10. For tickets and more information, call the Spivey Hall Box Office at (678) 466-4200. Regular and discounted tickets are both available from the box office, which is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information and reserved seats are also available at www.SpiveyHall.org
, however, full-price tickets only are available online at www.SpiveyHall.org
, and a per-ticket service fee applies. Patrons under the age of 12 are not admitted to all Spivey Hall performances; please call the box office for concert recommendations.
Ali Dadpay Featured in September’s Atlanta Hospital News
Dr. Ali Dadpay’s op-ed article, “Atlanta and an Opportunity in Leading Predictive Healthcare Practices,” is the lead story in the September edition of Atlanta Hospital News.
Call for SACS Volunteers
As you know, preparations for SACS reaffirmation of accreditation are well underway. The two most significant components of that process are the completion of a “Compliance Certification,” which documents Clayton State’s compliance with each of the Core Requirements, Comprehensive Standards, and Federal Requirements, and the development of a Quality Enhancement Plan, which addresses a focused topic related both to student learning and our own institutional mission. We will discuss both of these processes at Monday’s open meeting on SACS Reaffirmation Issues (3 p.m., UC 272).
We plan to involve virtually all of Clayton State’s faculty and staff in the preparation of the Compliance Certification. One of the area leaders may be contacting you to assist in gathering documentation to support a particular principle or standard. If you would like to volunteer to work in a particular area, please contact Jill Lane.
In selecting a topic for our Quality Enhancement Plan, it is important that we have input from every appropriate campus constituency. We began that process late last spring with a survey distributed to faculty, staff, students, and members of the community. A discussion of possible topics for the QEP is on the agenda for Monday, so please try to attend if your schedule allows you the opportunity. Those completing the survey were also given the opportunity to volunteer for the QEP Steering Committee, and a number of you did respond to that call. We have not yet finalized the committee’s membership, so if you did not volunteer on the survey but are interested in assisting with this critical task, again, please contact Jill Lane immediately.
Server Back on Line
Hooray! The server that runs applications for Graduate Admissions, Testing Center, and Active Data Calendar is back on-line.
Annual Security and Fire Report Now Available
This report includes statistics for the previous three years (2009-2011) concerning the reporting of specific crimes that occurred on campus, as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). The monthly logs for all criminal activity on campus can be accessed from the Department of Public Safety website.
This report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, the university’s missing student notification policy, and the annual fire safety report for Laker Hall and Clayton Station, our campus student housing facilities.
You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at (678) 466-4050. It will also be posted on the Department of Public Safety website at http://www.clayton.edu/public-safety
2013 Open Enrollment
The 2013 Annual Benefits Open Enrollment is Oct. 15 to Nov. 9, 2012. During the Open Enrollment period, you may be eligible to change, enroll, cancel, or remove dependent from your health, dental, and vision insurance.
If you are adding dependents to your coverage in 2013, please submit the required dependent documentation
to Human Resources prior to Nov., 9, 2012.
Sexual Harassment Training
Beginning Oct. 1, 2012, all faculty, staff and student employees will be required to complete the “Sexual Harassment: A Common Sense Approach” training. The training video, workbook and assessment are all designed to ensure that employees understand and adhere to the University’s policy and procedures.
To access and complete the training:
TRS Repeals Discretionary Tax Offset
- Log into the CSU Training University using your current Clayton State user name and password.
- Select “Required Training” under Course Categories
- Sexual Harassment: A Common Sense Approach
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, retiring TRS members will no
longer receive the three percent Georgia State tax offset.
The three percent offset has been in place since 1990 to help offset the fact the State of Georgia has taxed retirement benefits. This amount has been a one-time "gross up" of the retiree’s TRS benefit at time of retirement. Because the State of Georgia is in the process of phasing out taxation on retiree benefits, the TRS Board has decided the offset is no longer needed. The discontinuation of the discretionary tax offset does not impact the benefit calculation defined in Georgia law. All retirees will continue to receive the benefit promised within the law.
The TRS retirement calculation remains: two percent per year of service x highest average 24 consecutive month salary = Plan A maximum benefit.
Clayton State Holding Recycled Athletic Shoe Drive
Do you have worn-out athletic shoes lying around? If so, you can donate them for recycling so they can have new life as a tennis court, a playground, or a basketball court.
The GoGreen Team at Clayton State University has placed a collection bin outside the LakerCard Center on the first floor of the James M. Baker University Center for used athletic shoe donations between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31.
GoGreen will accept any athletic shoes and any brand, but only athletics shoes – nothing with metal, no sandals or flip-flops, no cleats or dress shoes, and no wet or damp shoes.
Early Fall Opening Meetings. SACS, Oct. 8
As noted at the Fall Faculty Meeting, we are hosting open meetings about several issues of campus wide importance. These are also issues for which campus perspectives are of special value for framing future institutional directions. The topics have already been introduced broadly. These meetings are to provide updated material, as well as to generate perspectives on future opportunities and directions. The sessions are as follows:
Oct. 8 - 3 p.m. — UC 272 SACS reaffirmation issues —involvement in completion of standards compliance documents; open discussions on choices for Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
Spivey Hall Young People’s Concert Season Opens, Oct. 10
Spivey Hall is excited to launch the 2012-2013 Young People’s Concert season with a variety of classical, world music, jazz, and early childhood education concerts.
The season opening-program will be on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 9:45 a.m.,
featuring a thrilling world music performance by Via Romen! This vibrant group will present Russian-Romany (“gypsy”) music on native instruments including guitar, violin, accordion, and bass. In addition to outstanding music, audiences will also be treated to the flashy footwork of gypsy dance and traditional costumes. Take your students around the world for only $2 a person. Go to http://www.spiveyhall.org/young-peoples-concerts/via-romen
Registration for these concerts must be done in advance of the performance. Please call (678) 466-4481. To see the complete season of Young People’s Concerts, which runs through March 2013, visit www.spiveyhall.org/education
. We hope to see you at the beginning of October as we launch our new season!
Beach Boot Camp, Oct. 11
Ready to challenge even the most in-shape contender? Beach Boot Camp will rock your body military style. We will work on strength, agility, flexibility, and speed. Join us on the Laker Hall sand volleyball court for your next X-Factor challenge. Thursday, Oct. 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Laker Hall Sand Volleyball Court. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or call ext. 4975.
“How is Technology Shaping our View of the World?” New York Times Talk, Oct. 12
Clayton State University’s partnership with the New York Times
continues on Friday, Oct. 12, with a New York Times Talk facilitated by Clayton State communications faculty member Vernon Clarke, from the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
Clarke will facilitate a New York Times talk called, “How is technology shaping our view of the world?” from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., in room UC 267 of the James M. Baker University Center. The talk is free and open to the public, however, anyone interested in attending should RSVP via email to Dr. Joseph Corrado, Clayton State associate professor of Political Science and campus coordinator of the American Democracy Project, at email@example.com
no later than Oct. 11 at 3 p.m.
Fourth Annual Diversity and Multicultural Conference, Oct. 12
The Fourth Annual Diversity and Multicultural Conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Activities Center. The conference is a dynamic and interactive development opportunity that gives participants the essential knowledge and strategies needed to lead and function in a globally-complex society. The 2012 theme is “Building Community Through Diversity” and Judge Glenda Hatchett will serve as our keynote presenter.
This conference is FREE for Clayton State students and $20 for faculty and staff. Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and conference gift. Register at http://www.clayton.edu/campus-life/multicultural/conference by Friday, Sept. 28.
Outdoor Adventure – Hiking, Oct. 13
Hike the winding Bear Hair Gap trail along mountain streams and creeks with views of North Georgia vistas. This is an ideal hike for anyone who wants to explore the Southern Appalachian forests.
Destination: Bear Hair Gap, Ga.
Saturday, Oct. 13
Cost: $15 students/$20employee/$25 non-affiliate
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 9
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia Symposium on Sexual Violence, Oct. 15, Oct. 16
The Governor’s Office for Children and Families, the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault
will be holding the Georgia Symposium on Sexual Violence, bringing together experts from across the state and nation to discuss prevention and intervention strategies for sexual violence.
This pivotal, two-day event will include plenary speakers and breakout sessions on an array of topics.
The dates are Oct.
15 and Oct. 16 at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center.
To register, go to www.GNESA.org
. Registration is $95 per person, and some scholarships are available.
“Education Under Fire,” Oct. 24
On Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the main building of Clayton State – East, the Fall 2012 Teacher Education Film Series will present, “Education Under Fire,” a film produced by Single Arrow Productions and co-sponsored by Amnesty International.
The 30-minute documentary profiles the growth, struggle, and inspiring spirit of the Baha´i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE). Baha´is in Iran have been subjected to systematic persecution, including arrests, torture, and execution simply for refusing to recant their beliefs.
Since the 1979 revolution, young Bahá’ís have not been allowed to attend any of Iran’s universities. Bahá’í academics that have themselves been barred from teaching professionally as a result of their religious beliefs started the BIHE in their homes and began educating Baha’i youth in living rooms and kitchens across Iran. The BIHE represents the only chance that Bahá’í youth have for higher education.
In May 2011, the government launched a coordinated attack against the BIHE–raiding dozens of homes, confiscating materials and detaining 18 professors and administrators. Seven of those arrested received four or five-year prison terms – their only crime: educating the youth in their community.
Clayton State University Health Services to Hold Awareness Fair, Oct. 25
Clayton State University’s University Health Services will have a fun-filled Awareness Fair for Clayton States students, faculty and staff on Thursday Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Main Street in the James M. Baker University Center, outside both main entrances to the Baker Center, and at Laker Hall.
According to Dr. Julia Spinolo, UHS director, the theme for this year is, “Life’s A Roller Coaster… Have a Safe Ride.” The Awareness Fair will be filled with lots of fun, games, activities, give-a-ways, and life-long knowledge opportunities.
“We will have a special guest speaker that everyone will want to make sure they take time out to come and hear… details coming soon!” says Spinolo.
Employee Benefits Fair, Oct. 26
The annual Clayton State Employee Benefits Fair will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Harry S. Downs Center.
Women’s Forum Annual Auction, Chili Cook-Off, Quilt Raffle, Nov. 15
The Clayton State Women’s Forum announces the annual Auction, Chili Cook-Off, and Quilt Raffle scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15. The organization’s mission is to sustain a Women’s Forum Scholarship Fund in support of assisting students with general and emergency resources to aid in their successful completion of academic studies. Proceeds from all events go to the Scholarship Fund.
There are several ways that faculty and staff members can be involved:
Contribute to the Women’s Forum Scholarship Fund through the Faculty/Staff Fund Drive
Visit the Women’s Forum table at the HR Benefits Fair on Oct. 26 for info on upcoming events
Donate items for the Auction
Shop the Auction – perfect for the holiday season and year-round gift-giving
Prepare a pot of chili for the Chili Cook-Off
Join us at the Chili Cook-Off and enjoy some delicious chili
Purchase Quilt Raffle tickets
Become a member of Women’s Forum – the basic membership fee is only $5
Online auction bidding will commence on Nov. 12. Donated items will be displayed in the University Center on Nov. 15. Faculty, staff, students, retirees, and community members collaborate for this event which has become an annual campus tradition.