Volume 8, #109
New in this Issue
Monthly Payroll Reminder
Notice to all employees and managers/supervisors:
ADP E-time approvals of all monthly time must be approved by 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, for the payroll ending on Sept. 30.
Any monthly time taken after approval on Sept. 20 will need to be reported on the monthly record of leave form located on the payroll web site listed below.
Flu Shots now Available
University Health Services is now offering the intradermal flu vaccine for this year. For more information on the efficacy of the intradermal injection please visit
The cost is $15 for students, $20 for faculty/staff and community.
The hours for flu vaccine are as follows; Monday – Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Outdoor Adventure – Upcoming Trips
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.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 28
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 24
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventure, (678) 466-4972, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comcast Senior VP to Speak to Management Principles Class, Oct. 2
Dr. Leon Prieto is pleased to invite faculty and staff to visit his Management Principles class on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. in Arts and Sciences room 229 to listen to Steven Gillenwater, the senior vice president of HR at Comcast Cable.
Constitution Week, New York Times Talk Today
On Friday, Sept. 20; from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., in room UC267 of the James M. Baker University Center, Constitution Week will feature A New York Times talk facilitated by attorney Herbert Adams, “Self-defense in Georgia: Lessons from the Zimmerman Trial.”
“We will be talking about stand your ground laws generally, and in particular Georgia’s stand your ground law,” says Adams. “The George Zimmerman trial will serve as background for the discussion.”
“My goal is to bring out the opinions of the Clayton State community, and to help the community understand the issues,” says Adams. “As is the case with the Second Amendment, it is important to know what the law actually says and how it is applied before determining whether it needs to be changed.”
For this talk, Adams promises to give some history about the genesis of stand your ground laws as a variation of self-defense, noting, “It’s a subject that generates a lot of emotion and interest, like the Second Amendment. Sometimes that emotion is not based on fact. I want to make sure people know the facts, and having become aware of the facts, decide for themselves how the law should be applied to those facts.”
Adams also points out that, if individuals feel “stand your ground” laws should be changed, there’s a way to do it. “Except for regulatory or judicial action, every single law in this nation, either locally or nationally, was passed by a legislature,” he reminds us. “And every law that’s changed is changed the same way. If you want to change the law, there’s a process for doing so. Thus, it’s important to channel your emotions in a constructive way.”
Tips and Resources for Effectively Supporting the Success of Student Veterans Transitioning from Military Life to Campus Life, Sept. 20
The Clayton State Veterans Resource Center will present a faculty and staff professional development opportunity, “Tips and Resources for Effectively Supporting the Success of Student Veterans Transitioning from Military Life to Campus Life” on Friday, Sept. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. in room UC 322 of the James M. Baker University Center. Lunch will be provided for the participants.
Presenters will come from the Veterans Resource Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Disability Resource Center in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs Transition Team.
This is a chance to gain a better understanding of the unique needs of student veterans and the resources available to assist in their college success.
To register, go to https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eEYxIC51uOPAHM9
For additional information, contact Tina Lake at (678) 466-5528 or TinaLake@mail.clayton.edu.
Facilities Advisory Committee Requests, Due Sept. 20
It is the time of the year when Facilities Advisory Committee is calling for requests for facilities’ modifications. The Modification/Space Request Form is located on the Facilities Management web page at http://www.clayton.edu/facilities/planningdesign/facilitiescommittee.The completed form should be submitted to the appropriate vice president for signature and transmitted to the committee by Sept. 20, 2013.
For new people on campus we would like to give a brief overview of Facilities Committee tasks. The Facilities Advisory Committee provides input and makes recommendations for new facilities or space needs and modifications to existing spaces, as well as dealing with facilities-related issues and long-term planning. Requests are reviewed at semi-annual Facilities Advisory Committee meetings in October and April.
Not all requests will lead to PowerPoint presentations before the committee. Vice Presidents will be notified by Sept. 25 whether they will need to submit presentations. Presentation submittals are due on Oct. 11, 2013. Presentations to the Facilities Committee will be conducted the week of Oct. 21 by those confirmed by the committee.
Please be advised that currently the availability of space is very limited. Facilities Modification/ Space Request form has been adjusted for you to justify your request with reference to the Space Utilization report. This adjustment is due to recently received Space Utilization Study report conducted by the Board of Regents, showing various campuses’ space utilization metrics. In particular, Clayton State University features excess of conference and meeting spaces. It is getting more difficult to justify new space without showing compelling needs that are aligned with institution’s strategic plan and any other documentation that clearly and objectively supports the needs.
CAS Announces New Weekend Walk-In Math Tutoring Services
During the month of August, the Center for Academic Success performed a survey to determine which weekend days/times would be preferred for walk-in math tutoring services during the fall semester. Based on the responses from 288 participating Clayton State students, the CAS will now offer walk-in math tutoring services on Saturdays beginning Sept. 21, through Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In addition to providing important feedback to the CAS, all participating students were given the opportunity to have their names entered into a drawing for a $25 deposit on their Laker Card. On Sept. 3, two drawings were held, and the lucky winners were Tiffany Rawls and Markie Vaz.
For more information about the new Saturday walk-in math tutoring hours, stop by the Center for Academic Success in the lower level of the Library or call (678) 466-4070. The CAS would also like to remind all Clayton State students of the weekday walk-in math tutoring services available Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Morrow High School Fall Festival, Sept. 21
Morrow High School will be having its Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21, with a parade from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by the Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the football field at Morrow High School, 2299 Old Rex Morrow Rd. Make sure to stop by and say hello to William Walker at the Clayton State Recruitment and Admissions table.
Construction Work on Campus
On Monday, Sept. 23 and Tuesday, Sept. 24, potholing contractors will be on campus to conduct some work in preparation for the construction of the new Science Building in November. While on campus these two days, the following parking and traffic disruptions will occur intermittently:
· Five spaces in the disability parking row of the Faculty/Staff parking lot will be unavailable.
· Three parking spaces in two separate locations (six total) of the back row of the Faculty/Staff parking lot, adjacent to the lake, will be unavailable.
· Parts of one lane of traffic on Caldwell Drive near LAB Building and NBS Building will be blocked, but traffic will be directed around the contractors by flagmen. This may result in some delays at peak times.
· The intersection near the maintenance chiller building and NBS Building on Caldwell Drive will be blocked from southbound through traffic. All southbound traffic will be detoured from Caldwell Drive through the F lot. Traffic going northbound may still use the intersection to turn right and exit campus on Snelling Drive.
It is suggested that all traffic to F, G and H lots use Snelling Drive on these dates to avoid delays.
Clayton State Testing Center Relocating to Clayton State – East
The Clayton State University Testing Center, which provides standardized college-related testing for both Clayton State students and the general public, will be relocating to Arbor Hall at Clayton State – East during the next two weeks.
Testing Center Director Sharon Long and her professional staff, Lolita Lighting and Donna Taffar, will be closing their current location on the first floor of the Clayton State Library on Thursday, Sept. 12, and moving to room 121 of Arbor Hall at Clayton State – East, 5823 Trammell Rd., starting on Friday, Sept. 13. The move will take until Friday, Sept. 27, and the Testing Center will re-open in Arbor Hall on Monday, Sept. 30.
The Testing Center’s services include college entrance exams, placement exams, exit testing, and program-specific entrance tests. Services also include independent study (distance learning) exams, the TOEFL, and other program testing.
In between Sept. 13 and Sept. 30, the Testing Center will be considered closed, however, according to Long, they hope to answer phones or at least return phone calls as much as possible after the phones are reconnected. The phone number for the Testing Center is (678) 466-4495. The Testing Center website is http://www.clayton.edu/testing.
Meet the Human Resources Director, Sept. 23
You are cordially invited to meet the Human Resources Director, Tom Gausvik, on Monday, Sept. 23, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Arbor Hall reception area at Clayton State — East. Cookies and Starbuck's Iced Coffee will be served.
2013/2014 Annual Faculty/Staff Fund Drive, Hot Dog Rally, Sept. 24
Some years ago, at a conference of Advancement professionals from around the State of Georgia, a fund-raiser from one of Clayton State’s peer institutions in the University System of Georgia was bragging that their annual faculty/staff fund drive had garnered a 75 percent participation rate during the previous campaign. Everyone in the room was impressed, except those of us from Clayton State, who knew that our faculty and staff typically give at a rate exceeding 90 percent.
In recognition of the outstanding generosity of the Clayton State faculty and staff, and to show our gratitude for the on-going support provided the University by its faculty and staff, the Development Office is once again implementing the popular “Give a Little, Get a Latte” theme for this year’s Faculty/Staff Fund Drive. At the end of the Fund Drive, every donor will receive a coupon for a Latte or any specialty coffee drink, smoothie, hot tea or coffee, at Jazzman’s.
This year’s Fund Drive has officially kicked off, and will run through Tuesday, Oct. 8 with the annual highlight of the Drive, the Hot Dog Rally, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24.
By now, your departmental coordinators should have distributed everyone’s fund drive packets, which include giving envelopes and a letter from the fund drive Co-Chairs, Psychology’s Dr. Eric Bridges, and Heidi Benford, with the Department of Collection and Resource Management. Brochures outlining giving options are also included in the packets. To make the entire process easier, you can also go to the Faculty/Staff giving web page at: https://giving.clayton.edu/facultystaffdrive.
For assistance during the fund drive, please call Myisha Garnes at 5511 or the Development Office at 4475.
Thank you so much for all that you do to make dreams real at Clayton State University and for the continued success of the Faculty/Staff Fund Drive.
Furniture Policies Training, Sept. 25
Facilities Management, in collaboration with Procurement, will hold Furniture Policies and Procedures training on Wednesday, Sept. 25 in the Downs Center, in room 101. There will be two sessions, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Come to learn the new policies and procedures for furniture purchase.
SBDC Schedules Workshop, Sept. 26
SBDC is offering a marketing class/workshop on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at Clayton State – East, 5823 Trammell Rd., Morrow. “Finding & Refining Competitive Advantage” will be held in room 115 of Arbor Hall at Clayton State – East. This workshop is designed to help attendees find, measure, and use their competitive advantage to market their products or services. The cost is $49 per person.
Interested parties for “Finding & Refining Competitive Advantage” can register at http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?cart=1288064d-3f60-4791-9717-f69e1ab8a977&page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow or contact Heather Chaney at (678) 466-5100 or email@example.com.
Join us at the Alumni Awards Dinner, Sept. 26
This year, the Annual Alumni Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Harry S. Downs Center.
The Alumni Awards Dinner is an annual event hosted by The Alumni Association, which seeks to recognize the University’s alumni and alumnae (current and future) who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of excellence at Clayton State University.
The reception will begin at 6:15 p.m. with the program and dinner to follow. Go to http://giving.clayton.edu/alumni/event_calendar?cid=2&ceid=10&cerid=0&cdt=9%2f26%2f2013for more information and to register.
Fall 2013Teacher Education Film Series Opens Sept. 30
“First Generation” tells the story of four high school students — an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers — who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education.
This documentary, to be shown from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30 in room CE101 of the Harry S. Downs Center, explores the problem of college access faced by first generation and low-income students and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation.
Subsequent presentations in the Film Series at set for Oct. 8 (“Temple Grandin”), Oct. 28 (“Bully”), and Nov. 4 (“American Teacher”).
Clayton State/ Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra Concert, Oct. 8
The Clayton State University Orchestra and the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a concert by French composers on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall.
The works to be performed are the Petite Suite by Debussy, the Symphony in D Minor by Franck and the Fanfare from La Peri by Dukas.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children over the age of six. Tickets may be purchased through the Spivey Hall box office or at the door.
Fifth Annual Diversity and Multicultural Conference, Oct. 11
Clayton State’s Fifth Annual Diversity and Multicultural Conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Student Activities Center Ballroom.
The Diversity and Multicultural Conference is a dynamic and interactive one-day development opportunity that gives participants the essential knowledge and strategies needed to lead and function in a globally complex society. This conference is a great career and personal development opportunity for students, faculty and staff; separate conference tracks are implemented to meet the needs of both groups.
Register until Friday, Sept. 27, by visiting http://apps.clayton.edu/webreg/register/Diversity2013. Free for Clayton State students; Clayton State faculty/staff $20, Non-Clayton State participants $40.Registration fee covers continental breakfast, lunch and conference materials.
For additional information, go to:
For more information regarding the conference, contact Lakiesa C. Rawlinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 466-5421.
CNN VP to Visit Management Principles and Organization Behavior Class, Oct. 16
Lanze Thompson, the vice president of Finance for CNN will visit Dr. Leon Prieto’s “Management Principles and Organization Behavior” class on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The class is from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. in the Arts and Sciences building, room G229. Interested faculty and staff are invited to attend.
Eighth Annual Showcase Clayton, Oct. 17
On Thursday, Oct. 17, the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host the premier business and community expo, the Eighth Annual Showcase Clayton.
This free event is presented by Clayton State University and will be held at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, Recreation Outreach Center, 148 Church St., Jonesboro, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
This event is a great opportunity for businesses to exhibit their products and services, as well as network with the community and fellow business leaders. The expo is also a family-friendly event and will include special entertainment just for children. The evening will be filled with networking, food, door prizes and festivities.
For more information, go to the Eighth Annual Showcase Clayton Business & Community Expo webpage: http://www.claytonchamber.org/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=363.
Teacher Education Lunch and Learn Series, Oct. 21
Teacher Education is once again organizing a Lunch and Learn series for faculty and staff who want learn about using technology. These sessions will take place in A&S 205 in the Resource Room.
Faculty and staff, both novices and experts in using technology, are encouraged to bring a lunch and come share in the knowledge.
Oct. 21—Ipads and other gadgets
Nov. 4—Lockbox and Tools for Organizing
Clayton State Retirees Annual Fall Luncheon, Nov. 6
The Clayton State Retirees Association’s Annual Fall Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6, from noon to 2 p.m. in room CE101 of the Harry S. Downs Center.
Information Regarding DocuTech and M&PS
In an ongoing effort to provide you with the best service for your black and white/color printing and copying needs, we have a few friendly reminders.
Always provide your account number with your request. Don’t forget your specific instructions (duplex, staple, collate). Always, tell us when you need your documents delivered. Please plan ahead and allow us 48 hours processing time. If you have an occasional emergency, please let us know, and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.
Along with Media & Printing Services providing copying and printing services for the university all media related items in the classrooms; projectors, podiums, and screens fall under our umbrella.
If you need any assistance in any of our areas please do not hesitate to call or email us. Telephone: (678)-466-4377 or email at: email@example.com.
News You Need to Know… Not All Thieves are Stupid!
Someone left their car in the long-term parking at while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car's registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people's home in and robbed it.
So, if we are going to leave the car in long-term parking or entrusted with an unknown person or business, e.g. a repair shop, or with a valet, you should consider not leaving the registration/insurance cards in it, and especially not your remote garage door opener.
Someone had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen.
The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.
Something to consider if you have a GPS – don't put your home address in it.
A lady’s handbag was stolen, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc. Twenty minutes later when she called her husband from a pay phone telling him what had happened, he says 'I received your text asking about our PIN number and I've replied a little while ago.' When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'husband' in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.
Moral of the lesson:
a. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list.
b. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.
c. Also, when you're being texted by friends or family to meet them
somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet 'family and friends' who text you.
Purse in the Grocery Cart
A lady went grocery-shopping at a local mall and left her purse sitting in the children's seat of the cart while she reached something off a shelf. Her wallet was stolen, and she reported it to the store personnel. After returning home, she received a phone call reportedly from the Mall Security to say that they had her wallet and that although there was no money in it, it did still hold her personal papers.
She immediately went to pick up her wallet, only to be told by Mall Security that they had not called her. By the time she returned home again, her house had been broken into and burglarized.
The thieves knew that by calling and saying they were Mall Security, they could lure her out of her house long enough for them to burglarize it.
Scams never cease. Be careful.
Spivey Hall Organist-in-Residence Richard Morris Passes
Spivey Hall Organist-in-Residence Richard Morris passed away Thursday night following injuries he sustained in a car accident the previous Sunday. In addition to his duties at Spivey Hall, Richard was Organist at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church (587 Landers Dr SW, Mableton, GA 30126), where a funeral mass will be said for him on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m.,Richard’s partner, Robert Serredell, requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in support of the church choir.
Spivey Hall will pay tribute to Richard’s memory with a special concert later this season, details of which will be announced once they are confirmed.
Door/Window/Office Decorating Contest in Support of Laker Athletics
Catch the spirit wave this fall and support the Laker athletic teams by entering the Door/Window/Office Decorating Contest! The winning department receives a Pizza Party, compliments of Auxiliary Services.
Pick a team to support for the fall season. The list includes Women’s Soccer, Men’s Soccer, Golf, Women’s Cross Country and Men’s Cross Country. Please email JulieCoile@clayton.edu for more information and to register your department and the team you will be supporting.
Music Preparatory School’s Orchestra Project
The Music Preparatory School at Clayton State is launching a new program called, "The Music Preparatory School Orchestra Project."
Select Clayton State University music majors under direct supervision of Clayton State University music faculty will teach young students in weekly private lessons to prepare them for participation in local youth orchestras. Students may also be eligible to participate in a weekly master class with Dr. Richard Bell, assistant professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies at Clayton State University.
This program is open to beginning and intermediate violin, viola, cello, and double bass students. For more information, call Carol Payne at (678) 466-5600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Required Employee Training
It’s that time of the year for all faculty and staff to complete training required by Clayton State University, Board of Regents, and the State of Georgia.
The Right to Know (RTK), Ethics, Security Awareness, Campus Vehicle Use and Sexually Harassment courses must all be completed on an annual basis. During this time period, we ask that you also take a moment to review the updated Clayton State University Employee Handbook and complete a new Employee Handbook Acknowledgement Form. The signed Acknowledgement Form and five required courses should be completed by Dec. 1, 2013.
Here are the instructions to access and complete these trainings:
· Use your current Clayton State University user name and password to log into Employee Training.
· Review the Employee Handbook – Complete the Employee Acknowledgement Form and forward to HR.
· Required Trainings
o Right to Know (RTK) – At the end of the session, enter the requested information and submit.
o Ethics – Presentation, Assessment and Compliance Agreement
§ Basic – New Faculty/Staff
§ Refresher 2011 – Faculty/Staff active as of Dec. 31, 2010
o Security Awareness – Review the presentation and complete the assessment.
o Campus Vehicle Use Training – Review the videos, complete assessments, and forward the Acknowledgement Form to HR
o Sexual Harassment – Review the policy, responsibilities, and video content, then take the assessment/quiz.
For instructions on navigating the new Employee Training platform, please visit Desire2Learn Support.
Survey for the University Relations Experts List
The following link is to the qualtrics survey for the new, interactive, searchable University Relations’ Experts List. This will be a prominent feature of the new Laker Newsroom page and will be for thus use of both the news media and any local organizations (for example, Rotary clubs) that might want to have a speaker from Clayton State.
If you are interested in being a part of the Expert’s List, please click on the following link to give us your information. https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7OEZpCjVnIJIsa9
If you think you might already be on the current list, you can go to https://academicinfo.clayton.edu/experts-list/ to check. If you are already on the list, but have a change in your information, please email email@example.com.
Note: This new list will include pictures of our experts. In many cases, University Relations already has head shots of our faculty members, although there are undoubtedly many new faculty who have not had the chance yet to sit for our photographer, Erin Fender.
Loch Shop News
For a limited time, The Loch Shop is giving away a snazzy Clayton State Lakers navy baseball cap with every $30 purchase. The promo code is 5868. Go to www.ClaytonStateGear.com for more details.
The Loch Shop is also running a new Clayton State gear free T-shirt promo. You can score a free Clayton State T-shirt on www.claytonstategear.com with a $30 purchase.
The Loch Shop is having a special sale on 2013 Women’s Basketball Elite 8/Conference Championship T-shirts. They have been put on sale for… wait for it… $8.88.
The Loch Shop has the following pricing on its clothing clearance items:
Orange tagged items are now $5
Yellow tagged items are now $10
Pink tagged items are now $15
Green tagged items are now $20
Only tagged items are on sale, but The Loch Shop also has several new arrivals that have just come into the store this week, so come and see what’s new at The Loch Shop!
The Loch Shop is now up and running on both Instagram and Twitter. The handle for both of social media platforms is lochshop.