Volume 7, #41
Clayton State Education Speaker Series Continues, Apr. 9
Clayton State University’s Education Speaker Series, “Teaching in a Diverse World,” will continue on Monday, Apr. 9.
Failing schools; furlough days; budget cuts; scapegoating; charter schools; teacher pay for performance; dropouts; cheating scandals; standardized testing mania; the elimination of recess, music, art and phys. ed.… through the complex confusion of reform measures that have become status quo for public education in Georgia, a small group of dedicated educators and education activists are working to provide real solutions and improve education for all teachers, students, and families in Georgia. They are: “Fighting to Teach: An Education Advocacy Panel.”
On Apr. 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center, the Clayton State Department of Teacher Education will present Fighting to Teach: Education Advocacy Panel (and workshop). This interactive panel of educators and education activists is struggling to improve education for all teachers, students, and families in Georgia. The panel will include a variety of speakers from lawyers to teachers and political activists — all with ideas for creating change in our classrooms, our schools, and our world. This event is free and open to the public.
Disability Resource Center Final Exam Scheduling Spring 2012 Information for Faculty
Due to the greatly increased number of students that we are serving, the Disability Resource Center will need to slightly adjust our final exam scheduling in order to serve all students with disabilities who are requesting approved testing accommodations.
Test security and academic integrity will, without question, continue to be a priority for the Center. However, this minor schedule adjustment, will allow us to maximize the use of our limited testing space and appropriately accommodate most students during our regular business hours.
Students will now be scheduled for either a morning block, for courses whose final exams are scheduled prior to 12:30 PM, or an afternoon testing block, for courses whose final exams are scheduled at 12:30 PM or later. The morning block will have a student reporting/check-in time of 8:00 with exams starting no later than 8:30. The afternoon block will have a student reporting/check-in time of 12:15 and a starting time of no later than 12:30. Final exams for students approved for accommodations are administered on the same day as the rest of the class is tested unless there is a logistical conflict, in which case a reasonable alternative will be negotiated with the professor.
We ask your assistance in providing exams to our office as early as possible prior to the start time of the exam so that we have sufficient time to register receipt of the exam, print it, convert it to an alternate text format, if necessary and/or install it on a computer where it can be accessed using appropriate assistive technology.
Faculty administration instructions are a critical part of our process and can be securely submitted by using the DRC –electronic Test Administration Form (e-TAF), or by printing, completing and submitting a paper form by fax or hand delivery. Both TAF options can be accessed on our website at http://www.clayton.edu/disability/testadministrationform.
For your convenience, you may e-mail exams to DisabilityResourceCenter@clayton.edu
or fax them to us securely at 678-466-5467
. Faculty members may also choose to personally deliver exams to our office and/or retrieve them once completed.
As always, we strive to maintain a partnership with faculty in support of student success that is in keeping with the mission of the university. We welcome your feedback so that we may effectively carry out our responsibilities of providing equal access for students while supporting academic integrity. Should you have any questions or comments that would assist in this goal, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Strategic Plan Activities Inventory Reminder
March is done and April will be soon! Please remember that department inventories are due by Apr. 27.
Will you please make notes on your pages beside activities for which you may be collecting outcome measurements? Just a simple yes will suffice.
Clayton State’s New “Mystery” Customer Service Initiative
Clayton State University continues to strive toward excellent customer service and this fiscal year has launched a new mystery shopper initiative.
Clayton State’s Customer Service Team worked together to implement this beginning in the fall 2011 semester. The areas of focus are: Dining Services, The Loch Shop, Recreation and Wellness, and The HUB.
“The purpose of each program will be to use individual customer experiences to provide in-depth, qualitative feedback that can be used to supplement existing customer measurement tools,” says Carolina Amero, Clayton State’s assistant vice president of Auxiliary & Administrative Services.
Each area is offering incentives to participating faculty, staff, and students with the mystery shopper program.
“For the Dining Hall, we offer our mystery diner a meal and a meal for a friend to evaluate their service, their options and quality of the experience. Then the mystery diner completes an online survey that gives us quality and detailed feedback,” says Amero. For the Loch Shop, mystery shoppers are given a $10 gift card to spend in the store.
Both Amero and the HUB’s Shannon Thomas are looking for new mystery shoppers. Qualified participants must be a current student, faculty or staff member. Those interested in participating in the mystery shopper program for The Loch Shop or Dining Hall are asked to contact Amero at CarolinaAmero@clayton.edu
. Those interested in participating with The Hub as a mystery client, are asked to contact Thomas at ShannonThomas@clayton.edu
New HUB Alert Options
To keep you informed of potential service interruptions, you will find system maintenance, emergency alerts, and estimated restoration times posted in three places on the web:
The HUB's tab on the SWAN
The HUB's Twitter account
The HUB's front page
Having this information in multiple locations will ensure users are informed of technical issues or concerns that will eliminate inquiries in the phone queue, which ultimately will provide convenient up-to-the minute communications regarding system downtimes and other messages.
Survey on Our Students' Writing
Dr. Mary Lamb, director of First-Year Writing, is customizing materials for English 1101 and English 1102 for 2012-13 and would appreciate the faculty’s input about the skills and types of writing your students do. Please take a moment to complete a survey about the types of writing you assign in your classes.
The link to the brief (five minute) survey is: https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1YPSBgU5DE0vry4
You can copy this link, then paste it into an email or website.
“And this is totally unscientific!” adds Lamb. “If you'd rather chat about writing over coffee, I'd love that, too.”
Note to Arts and Sciences faculty: You may have seen this survey in December of last semester; feel free to re-do it or update it, but Lamb does have the results of the earlier one you completed.
The Loch Shop’s “Spring Into Reading” Sale
The Loch Shop has ordered new bargain books for spring and summer, which means old stock has to go. Numerous bargain titles are now marked for clearance at $1.Many new and recent release books are also on sale for 50 percent off retail price, including former Book of the Week and Christmas Catalog titles. The Spring Into Reading Sale runs through Friday, Apr. 13.
Career Services Celebrates National Student Employment Week, Apr. 9 to Apr. 13
National Student Employment Week will be held Apr. 9 to Apr. 13. The week enables the Office of Career Services to thank Clayton State student employees for the contributions they make to the University and the surrounding community. The events planned for the week include the following:
Monday, Apr. 9
Cake and picture with Loch on the Quad from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Department Day: Departments express appreciation to your student employee(s) by decorating your doors or bulletin boards, sharing a card or gift, or finding a special way to say “thank you.”
Come join us for some Chick-fil-A snacks during Walk-In Resume Review in the Office of Career Services from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, Apr. 12
Popcorn on the Quad from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, Apr. 13
Raffle Drawing !
Winner announced in Jobs!Jobs!Jobs!
VP External Relations Candidates Visiting Campus, Apr. 10 and Apr. 11
Vice President for External Relations candidates Randy Jolly (Apr. 10) and William Kirschke (Apr. 11) will be visiting campus next week. Each candidate will make a presentation to campus at 1:30 p.m. in room UC 260 of the James M. Baker University Center.
Jolly is currently associate vice president, Marketing Communications at Texas A&M University – Commerce, where he has spent the past five years, starting as director, Media Relations & Publications. Prior to that, he was president and corporate communications consultant at Aero Graphics, Inc., in Dallas. He also built and managed his own ad agency in Dallas from 1977 to 1991.
Kirschke was vice president for Institutional Advancement at the American University in Bulgaria from 2008 to 2011, and vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement & president of the Montana Tech Foundation of the University of Montana from 2002 to 2006. He also was director of fundraising/deputy development director at The University of Nottingham in Nottingham, England, from 1998 to 2001.
John Grisham’s New Novel Available at The Loch Shop, Apr. 10
Loch Shop Manager Todd Smith has announced that the latest John Grisham opus, “Calico Joe,” will be released on Tuesday, Apr. 10. For a limited time, the Loch Shop will have discounted copies available at 40 percent off the $24.95 list price, or $14.97 plus tax.
Grisham fans who are baseball fans will love this one. Although the best-selling author has from time-to-time delved into the National Pastime, for the first time he’s written an entire novel around the Great American Game. While only time will tell if this is the Great American Novel (with apologies to Phillip Roth), one thing is clear from the book; Grisham is, of all things, a Chicago Cubs fan. Thus, anyone who has suffered through any part of the Cubbies’ 104 years worth of torment deserves the support of his readers.
For those readers interested in the plot, Smith has supplied the following blurb from the publisher:
“At long last, America's favorite storyteller takes on America's favorite pastime. In this surprising and moving novel, the careers of a golden-boy rookie hitter for the Cubs and a hard-hitting Mets pitcher take very different paths. The baseball is thrilling, but it's what happens off the field that makes Calico Joe a classic.”
(Note: The biggest surprise would be the Cubs winning the World Series…)
For those interested, the signed, limited edition of “Calico Joe
,” which will be released in May, is also available through The Loch Shop via special order. Books are leather-bound, signed and numbered, with printed endpapers, gold stamping, a slipcase, and a ribbon marker. The cost is $200. Available copies will be scarce. For more information on special orders, contact Smith at (678) 466-4205.
Nathan Pope’s MALS Research Presentation, Apr. 10
Nathan Pope will be presenting his M.A. research from the MALS Capstone experience in a “Virtual” format, on Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2 p.m. You are invited to attend this meeting online and can do so as follows:
Topic: Nathan Pope's Defense
Date: Tuesday, Apr. 10
Time: 2 p.m., EDT
Meeting Number: 642 232 279
Meeting Password: (This meeting does not require a password.)
To join the online meeting (Now from mobile devices!)
1. Go to https://claytonstate.webex.com/claytonstate/j.php?ED=152165147&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D
2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: (This meeting does not require a password.)
4. Click "Join".
Clayton State Chorale/Griffin Choral Arts Joint Concert, Apr. 10
The Clayton State University Chorale and the Griffin Choral Arts (GCA) community chorus will offer a joint concert, Apr. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Spivey Hall, located on the Clayton State University campus.
“The idea of this joint concert has, at least in some ways, been germinating ever since GCA was organized in 2007 by artistic director Dr. Stephen J. Mulder,” says Dr. Bill Pasch, Clayton State Professor of English Emeritus and now singer in and board member of GCA.
The concert will feature each chorus singing selections on its own, but the groups will also join forces for two anthems: "Lux Aurumque," by Eric Whitacre and "Hail, Gladdening Light," by Charles Wood. GCA will also sing works by John Rutter, Morten Lauridsen, and Rosephanye Powell (among others), plus the famous "Chanticleer song" "Ave Maria" by Franz Biebl, sung by the men of GCA.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Secondary Teacher Education Information Session, Apr. 10
Prospective secondary teachers will not want to miss the upcoming information session being held next week by the Clayton State University Department of Teacher Education.
The information session, which is open to all interested parties, not just current Clayton State students, will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 10, and will focus on Secondary Education. The Information Session will run from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., in room G-127 of the Arts & Sciences Building. No pre-registration is required.
First-Year Student Honor Society to Induct at Clayton State University, Apr. 10
Clayton State University is now one of 14 chapters in the State of Georgia to hold a chapter of National Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for first-year students.
Dr. Glenda Earwood, executive director of National Alpha Lambda Delta, will install the Clayton State chapter on Tuesday, Apr. 10, at 7 p.m., in the ballroom of the Clayton State Student Activities Center. At this time, the first class of 44 students will be initiated into the honor society as charter members and the organization’s first officers will be installed. Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes and other academic officials will be installed as honorary members as well.
Presents “A Teachable Moment: Africana Womanism and Womanism” with Guest Speaker Dr. Layli Maparyan, Apr. 11
The Clayton State University Office of Interdisciplinary Studies presents “A Teachable Moment: Africana Womanism and Womanism” with guest speaker Dr. Layli Maparyan from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 11 in Clayton Hall, room T100. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Maparyan is an associate professor of women’s studies and associated faculty of African American studies at Georgia State University. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Temple University in 1994, her M.S. in Psychology from Penn State University in 1991, and her B.A. from Spelman College, where she majored in Philosophy, in 1986. She is the editor of “The Womanist Reader” (Routledge, 2006), a comprehensive anthology documenting the first quarter century of womanist thought and the first-ever text to focus on womanism “on its own.”
College of Arts & Sciences to Hold Annual Honors Convocation, Apr. 11
The College of Arts and Sciences at Clayton State University will be holding its Annual Honors Convocation on Wednesday, Apr. 11, starting at 11:30 a.m., in the ballroom of the University’s Student Activities Center. Light refreshments will be provided after the event, which is expected to take approximately one hour.
President Hynes to Facilitate Talk on the Debt Deal, Apr. 12
Clayton State University’s partnership with the New York Times
continues on Thursday, Apr. 12, with a New York Times Talk facilitated by Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes.
From 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in room 152 of Clayton Hall, Hynes will facilitate a New York Times talk titled, “Who Killed the Debt Deal?” Hynes asks those planning to attend to skim the following article; http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/magazine/obama-vs-boehner-who-killed-the-debt-deal.html?_r=1&ref=magazine
A free lunch will be provided to all of those who RSVP to Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Joe Corrado at firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than Wednesday, Apr. 11, at 3 p.m. As is the case with all New York Times Talks, this event is free and open to the public.
Nursing Workforce Diversity Conference, Apr. 12
Clayton State University’s School of Nursing (SoN), via its Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant, is preparing to host its Annual Cultural Diversity Conference. The conference, for Clayton State nursing faculty, staff and students, will take place on Thursday, Apr. 12, from 9 a.m. until noon in the Student Activities Center ballroom. There will be overflow seating in room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center with a live stream of the event.
The keynote speech by Dr. David Satcher, 16th
surgeon general of the United States, will address and identify the healthcare needs of the greater Atlanta area and the State of Georgia, recognizing the impact of diversity on healthcare outcomes, and discuss applying strategies for improving the healthcare of diverse populations.
Dr. Karla Larson will also speak on recognizing the origin of bias, prejudice and stereotypes, understanding the role a diverse nursing presence plays in addressing health disparities in America, and applying the principles of delivering culturally sensitive care to the changing demographics of the American patient population.
Clayton State Theatre’s “I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change” Opens Apr. 12
It’s a musical! Clayton State University does it again! The talented Theatre majors will be exploring love and relationships and the cumbersome situations that befall many of us as we move toward marriage and managing the issues that plague us on a daily basis with its spring 2012 production, “I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change.”
The Clayton State Theatre invites you out on opening night, Thursday, Apr. 12, at 7:30 p.m., and to a scheduled talk back between the audience and the cast members immediately following the production.
Show dates continue on Friday Apr. 13 and Saturday, Apr. 14, and conclude on Thursday, Apr. 19 and Friday, Apr. 20, again at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free to all Clayton State students and only $5 for non-students! There will be a second talk back session on Thursday, Apr. 19 following the production.
Poet Ed Pavlic to Read at Clayton State, Apr. 12
Poet Ed Pavlic will be the next reader in Clayton State University’s Visiting Writers Reading Series. Pavlic will be reading on Thursday, Apr. 12, at 7 p.m., in the Atrium of the Harry S. Downs Center on the Clayton State main campus in Morrow.
The event is free to the public and is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of English and is under the direction of Dr. Brigitte Byrd, associate professor of English.
Pavlić’s most recent books are “But Here Are Small Clear Refractions”
(Achebe Center, Bard College, 2009), “Winners Have Yet to be Announced: A Song for Donny Hathaway” (UGA P, 2008) and “Labors Lost Left Unfinished” (UPNE, 2006). His other books are “Paraph of Bone & Other Kinds of Blue” (Copper Canyon P, 2001) and “Crossroads Modernism” (U Minn P, 2002).
Clayton County - Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Exposition, Apr. 12
The Clayton County Board of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response will host the first-ever Clayton County - Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Exposition on Thursday, Apr. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Georgia Archives, 5800 Jonesboro Rd., Morrow.
In an effort to partner with the community to make Clayton County more resilient to potential disasters, the Clayton County Board of Health (CCBOH) will sponsor the first-ever Clayton County - Community Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Seminar.
This free, educational seminar will feature guest commentary from more than a dozen experts from the business and religious communities, public health, private healthcare, elderly care, public safety, and educational institutions.
The key purposes of the seminar are to provide an opportunity for Clayton County’s public and private sectors to collaborate on disaster preparedness and response, to teach families, businesses, and organizations how to assist themselves and the community before, during, and after a disaster, and to introduce people to the concepts of Community Resiliency and the Emergency Preparedness Coalitions.
GeorgiaVIEW Maintenance, Apr. 13 and Apr. 14
GeorgiaVIEW is planning an additional scheduled maintenance from 10 p.m., on Friday, Apr. 13, until 7 a.m., on Saturday, Apr. 14.
This maintenance involves the application of a Java certificate patch. Although the maintenance may not take the entire maintenance window, USG reserves the entire window in case of complications or if additional maintenance is necessary. This additional maintenance means GaView site will undergo maintenance for the next three weekend maintenance periods.
Wi2STEM Yoga and Chair Massage, Apr. 17
Come join Wi2STAM for yoga and a chair massage in UC 327 on Tuesday, Apr. 17, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
This is an event you will NOT want to miss! We know you are stressed out. Take advantage of any opportunity you can to relax in between your studies, and join us for our Spring Health and Wellness meeting! Yoga with Dr. Eric Bridges, our very own associate professor of Psychology, and chair massages by D’Lor Salon and Spa (first come, first served basis)!
Bridges will be leading us in yoga breathing and stretching exercises, so wear something comfortable! No yoga mat required.
Visit D’Lor Salon and Spa website for more information or to schedule a visit: http://www.dloratlanta.com/
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Greek Consul to Speak on "The Euro Crisis Revisited" at Clayton State on Apr. 18
The Consul of Greece, Dr. Vassilios Gouloussis, will be speaking to a College of Business class at Clayton State University on Wednesday, Apr. 18.
Gouloussis will be speaking to Associate Professor of Marketing Dr. George Nakos' “International Business” class, which meets in room 416 of the James M. Baker University Center from 12:45 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. The public is invited to attend. The subject of Gouloussis’ presentation will be, "The Euro Crisis Revisited." Gouloussis' visit to Clayton State was arranged by Clayton State Director of the Office of International Programs John Parkerson, through his connections with the local consular corps. Parkerson is the honorary consul for Hungary for the Southeastern United States.
Retirement Planning 101, Apr. 18
Fidelity Investments will be facilitating a workshop to provide tips on managing your personal finances and retirement on Wednesday, Apr. 18, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Clayton State – East Auditorium.
Preparing a Financial Plan
Common Pitfalls of Financial Planning
College Education & Other Goals
Bring your lunch, desserts will be provided.
Registration details: http://claytonstatefidelity.eventbrite.com/
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Cygnet Schedules Annual Launch Party, Apr. 19
Clayton State University literary magazine that highlights the literary and artistic work of the student body,Cygnet
, will hold its annual launch party on Thursday, Apr. 19, at 7 p.m., in room 101 in the Harry S. Downs Center.
The launch party is open to everyone on campus and to the community. The featured readers at the party will be students whose work was selected for this year’s issue.
The student editors of this year’s Cygnet
include: Sebastian Lubbers (Lakeland, Fla.), Jasmine Cason (Jonesboro), Christen Greene (Savannah) and Gregory Kirk (Jonesboro).
Charity Yard Sale, Apr. 20, Apr. 21
A charity yard sale to benefit Shining Light Ministries will be held at Bethany Baptist Church, 4 Bethany Rd., McDonough, Ga., on Friday, Apr. 20 and Saturday, Apr. 21.
Clayton State Director of Financial Aid Pat Barton, one of the organizers of this event, says that donations are needed for the yard sale. To arrange for drop-offs for donations, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shining Light Ministries is a non-profit, 12-month residential program with two housing facilities that treats drug addicts and alcoholics.
Clayton State University’s Annual Service Awards, Apr. 24
Clayton State University will gather on Tuesday, Apr. 24, in Spivey Hall to honor faculty and staff with the University’s annual Service Awards ceremony. This year will also celebrate the 17th annual announcement of the Alice J. Smith award winners. The event will begin at 2 p.m., followed with a light reception.
The Service Awards Ceremony is a time for Clayton State to celebrate and honor faculty and staff through recognizing years of service, tenure, promotions, and retirement.
The University’s 2012 Alice J. Smith Awards will be presented at the ceremony. An annual honor since 1995, the Smith Awards are presented to the faculty member and staff member deemed most outstanding as determined by committees of their peers. The award was established by local philanthropist Joseph Smith as a memorial to his wife, Alice, to honor her career in teaching and her love for learning. Nominees for the 2012 awards will be announced in the coming weeks.
SBDC to Hold “Starting a Business” in Griffin, Apr. 24
Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be holding a “Starting a Business” workshop at the Griffin Welcome Center/Griffin Chamber of Commerce, 143 N. Hill St., in Griffin, on Tuesday, Apr. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon.
“Starting a Business” is a comprehensive workshop on important decisions that need to be made prior to opening a business.
The cost is $69 per person with 50 percent off each additional person. All Clayton State students and employees also get 50 percent off.
To register, go to; http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?page_name=view_cart&addproduct=111025&cart=42bf1309-fcb0-4360-a239-8373c2ec544a
Jupiter String Quartet to be Featured on Public Broadcasting Atlanta., Apr. 25
Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA), which operates WABE 90.1 FM, will be featuring the Jupiter String Quartet on Wednesday, Apr. 25, with a recorded performance and interview.
The Jupiters will air on John Lemley’s “City Café” program on WABE from noon to 1 p.m. The performance was originally given at the PBA studio for members of PBA’s Cornerstone Society. The musicians’ edited interview, also with Lemley, will air during the same program. This broadcast occurs during PBA’s pledge week.
The performance in question was a highlight of the Jupiter String Quartet’s February/March 2012 residency week at Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall, under the auspices of “Project Jupiter,” a three-year community-outreach initiative of Spivey Hall and the Jupiter String Quartet. Project Jupiter is made possible with special funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts, and The Hampton Inn of Morrow, Ga.
Women’s Forum Scholarship Luncheon, Apr. 26
In partnership with the Clayton News Daily, the Clayton State Women’s Forum cordially invites you to join us on Thursday, Apr. 26 for the annual Scholarship Luncheon, with special guest speaker Ronda Rich.
The luncheon will be from noon to 1:30 p.m., in room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center.
Rich is the best-selling author of “What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should).” That book launched a new career for the former award-winning sports writer, who has now become a popular Southern sage, dispensing musings and observations in her weekly, syndicated newspaper column, Dixie Divas, and speaking at more than 100 events each year as a humorous and inspirational speaker.
R.S.V.P. for the luncheon are required by Apr. 23 to Francine Mocniak at (678) 466-5426, or FrancineMocniak@clayton.edu
. The cost is $15.