Volume 8, #112
New in this Issue
Staff Council Election Information Session, Oct. 2
It is time to elect new delegates for Staff Council. An information session regarding staff elections is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 10:30 a.m., in room UC 260, the Boardroom of the James M. Baker University Center.
All areas/departments (see below for the list) are open for new delegates to serve. If you have questions, then please do not hesitate to contact Heidi Benford, Staff Council chair.
Academic Support (CAS, CID, Library & Testing)
Division of Student Affairs (Counseling, Career Services, Disability Services, Student Life & Orientation, Athletics & Housing)
CE, Extended Programs, Spivey and Music
Enrollment Services (Admissions, Recruitment, Financial Aid & Registrar)
External Affairs (President’s Office, Human Resources, External Relations)
Fall 2013 Visiting Writer’s Reading Series, Nov. 14
For this semester, the Visiting Writer’s Reading Series is trying something new... a large event featuring Janisse Ray.
The event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14, and will include a lecture/presentation at 2:10 p.m. in room UC 416 of the Baker Center and a poetry reading at 5:30 p.m. in room UC 272 of the Baker Center.
Writer, naturalist and activist Ray is author of four books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature poetry. She is on the faculty of Chatham University’s low-residency MFA program and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and in 2007 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Unity College in Maine.
Ray has won a Southern Booksellers Award for Poetry 2011, Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction 1999, an American Book Award 2000, the Southern Environmental Law Center 2000 Award for Outstanding Writing, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award 2000. Her “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood” was a New York Times Notable Book and was chosen as the Book All Georgians Should Read.
Ray attempts to live a simple, sustainable life on a farm in southern Georgia with her husband, Raven Waters. Ray is an organic gardener, seedsaver, tender of farm animals, and slow-food cook. She lectures widely on nature, community, agriculture, wildness, sustainability and the politics of wholeness.
For more information, go to http://janisseray.weebly.com/publicity-kit.html.
Biweekly Payroll Reminder
Biweekly timecards must be approved in the ADP system by 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27,for the payroll ending on Sept. 27.
If you have any questions, including password resets, while attempting to approve or update a timecard, please contact our SSC Customer Support Team at 1-855-214-2644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Limited Network Access in Edgewater Hall on Morning of Sept. 28
On Saturday, Sept. 28, NES (Network Enterprises Services) will be performing work in room 254 of Edgewater Hall (the data closet.) Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., there will be limited to no network access during this time. If your department will be here and will require network access please let Dawn Krieger know so as to limit downtime.
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.
Fall 2013 Teacher 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”).
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.
Our Genealogy Group Meeting, Oct. 6
Our Genealogy Group will hold its next meeting on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the James M. Baker University Center at Clayton State University.
Angela Pendleton will be giving a lecture on what can be found at the local court house. Marriage Licenses, Death Certificates, Wills, Deeds and more will be discussed. See the blog, ourgenealogygroup.blogspot.com for more information.
Our Genealogy Group also has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourgenealogygroup/. This is the place to get quick answers to genealogy questions without waiting on the next meeting. For more information on Our Genealogy Group, contact Clayton State Archivist Rosemary Fischer at (678) 466-4333.
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.
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For more information regarding the conference, contact Lakiesa C. Rawlinson at email@example.com 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.
Clayton State Announces Plans to Start Athletic Hall of Fame
Clayton State recently kicked off 2013-14 athletic season, and it will be an extra special one in the history of Laker Athletics program.
In the athletic program’s 24th year of competition, Athletic Director Carl McAloose announces that Clayton State will start its Athletic Hall of Fame during the upcoming season with the first class of inductees planned for enshrinement in February of 2014.
“After speaking with many people associated with our program, we feel like it is time to start a Clayton State Athletics Hall of Fame,” says McAloose. “We’ve had hundreds of student-athletes along with many coaches, administrators and community members who have excelled at the highest levels, and we look forward to recognizing their achievements with such a lasting honor.”
Nominations for Hall of Fame inductees will be open to the public, beginning today via the Clayton State Athletics website. Along with an online nomination, the site also includes the criteria for nomination and the selection process.
From the nominations, a Hall of Fame committee, consisting of 12 members will select the inductees. The Committee consists of athletic department administrators/coaches, university faculty/ staff and community members.
The deadline for nominations will be Monday, Nov. 4. Plans are for the first Hall of Fame Class to be announced in January of 2014 and to be recognized at Homecoming festivities, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15.
For info on nomination and selection criteria, visit http://www.claytonstatesports.com/HallofFame/Criteria.
To nominate a candidate online, visit http://www.claytonstatesports.com/HallofFame/nominationform.
Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace Notice
Prior to Oct. 1, employees will be receiving a Health Insurance Marketplace communication in the mail from the University System of Georgia. Under the Affordable Care Act, the University System of Georgia is required to provide this notice to its employees. The notice will be mailed to all University System of Georgia employees. This includes all regular, temporary, faculty, staff, and student employees who receive a payroll check whether one-time or on a recurring basis, but does not include retirees who are working (or retirees in general).
If you have questions about the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchange), FAQs prepared by the USG will be posted on the Clayton State HR Employee Benefits website by Oct. 1, and you may visit the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace website at https://www.healthcare.gov/families/. The State of Georgia has opted not to operate a Health Insurance Marketplace, so individuals in Georgia choosing to enroll in health insurance through an Exchange will use the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace to enroll in coverage.
The University System of Georgia’s HSA Open Access POS plan meets the Affordability Requirement under the Affordable Care Act. Therefore, in general, University System of Georgia employees who are eligible for health insurance and therefore have access to this plan will not be eligible for a tax credit in 2014 through the Health Insurance Marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act.
Additional information regarding health insurance in 2014 will be provided during Open Enrollment (Nov. 11 to Nov. 22) and at the Fall Benefits Fair (Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SAC). More information about these events will be provided very soon.
Buy a Meal Plan, Get a Free Meal… Are You Up for the Challenge?
It's back, but with a twist. To help introduce faculty and staff to Sodexo's new Mindful dining options in the Lakeside Dining Hall, we want you to take the Mindful Dining Challenge (MDC). The Challenge is to have 16 meals in the Dining Hall by Dec. 9 that contain at least one Mindful item* and get $10 in LakerBucks!
Here's how it works: Stop by the LakerCard Center between Sept. 23 and Oct. 4 and buy a meal plan. You will receive an additional meal for FREE and be signed up for the Challenge. You will also receive an MDC punch card. Each time you visit the Dining Hall and have at least one Mindful item, you will get your MDC card punched. After 16 punches, return your MDC card to the LakerCard Center and get $10 in LakerBucks added to your LakerCard!
For each meal with a Mindful item, you will get your card punched once.
*Mindful entrees and sides are identified by a heart-shaped apple icon on the menu. Also a salad or sandwich entree qualifies as a Mindful item.
Limit one additional free meal during the promotion. One punch card per person. One MDC card punch per meal. The Challenge ends Dec. 9, and completed punch cards must be returned to the LakerCard Center by Dec. 13.
Look for a flyer in your mailbox this week. For more information about Mindful dining, visit: http://mindful.sodexo.com/.
The Mindful Dining Challenge has been developed in cooperation with HCMG 6500.
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.
Downs Center Facility Requests Should be Directed to Janet Winkler
Chiquita Thomas is no longer working in CE, so all facility requests for the Harry S. Downs Center should be sent to CE Executive Director Janet Winkler. The facility request form is available through Winkler’s office.
September 2013 Grants Management Newsletter Available On-line
The September issue of the Grant & Contract Programs Office monthly newsletter can be found at http://www.clayton.edu/grantcontractprograms/newsletters. September’s newsletter features General Tips for Writing Proposals: Effective Proposals Include Scientifically-Based or Peer-Reviewed Research, and What are Allowable Costs?
Earlier editions of the Grants Management newsletter can also be found at this link. If you would like to request a topic for coverage in upcoming issues of the Grants Management Monthly Newsletter, contact RhondaGibson@clayton.edu.
Sam’s Club Partnership
Human Resources is pleased to announce a partnership with Sam's Club, the nation's largest members-only warehouse that provides members exceptional value on name-brand merchandise.
By purchasing a Partner Membership, HR is offering Clayton State employees, a way to save on personal items for yourselves and your families. If you are already a Sam's Club Member, our Partner Membership enables us to renew your current membership for 12 additional months.
Please contact the Human Resource Department no later than Oct. 18, 2013, to obtain the form necessary for taking part in this program.
If you have any questions, please contact HR, (678) 466-4230.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.