Volume 7, #98
Teacher Education Screening “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman” on Aug. 28
The Clayton State University Department of Teacher Education will be holding a special screening of the movie, “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman” on Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the auditorium at Clayton State – East, 5823 Trammell Rd., Morrow.
The screening, the first installment in the Department’s Education Film Series, is free and open to the public. After the screening, Matt Jones of EmpowerED Georgia will facilitate a discussion about the general nature of charter schools, HR 1162 and the Proposed Charter Amendment and charters as a larger push for privatization of public education.
The Grassroots Education Movement has created this new documentary, written and directed by New York City public school teachers and parents, in response to Davis Guggenheim’s controversial film, “
Waiting for Superman.”
According to Dr. Ruth Caillouet, chair of the Clayton State Department of Teacher Education, “
Waiting for Superman” would have audiences believe that free-market competition, standardized tests, destroying teacher unions, and the proliferation of charter schools are just what this country needs to create great public schools.
“The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman” highlights the real-life experiences of public school parents, students and educators to show how these so-called reforms are actually hurting public education, says Caillouet. “The film discusses the kinds of real reform, inside schools and in our society as a whole, that we urgently need to genuinely transform education in this country,” she adds.
CE Open House, Aug. 28
Continuing Education invites you to join us this fall as you “Focus on Your Future with Lifelong Learning!”
Please check out our new courses and programs. Don’t forget to take advantage of your Staff Development fees… as faculty and staff, you have the opportunity to register for high-quality CE courses at a reduced rate.
Not sure what to take? Come visit us Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and meet our instructors at the CE Open House.
Course topics include entertainment and media, Spanish, management, communication, American Sign Language, OSHA, Professional Security Academy, accounting and Math Success.
Check out our many upcoming Information Sessions at www.conted.clayton.edu
The Loch Shop Prepares for a Classic this Week
Clayton State University’s The Loch Shop is preparing for a classic… The Loch Shop Soccer Classic, that is.
The Clayton State men’s soccer team will be opening their 2012 season with The Loch Shop Soccer Classic on Aug. 31, taking on the Pfeiffer University Falcons in a 7:30 p.m. game at Laker Field. And, as the sponsor of The Loch Shop Classic, Clayton State’s “college store” has a big week planned leading up to the seventh annual tournament that will kick off the 2012/13 athletic season at Clayton State. As part of The Loch Shop Soccer Classic, The Loch Shop will have its Popup Spirit Shop at the game on game day.
For the entire week of Aug. 27, The Loch Shop will be offering daily specials with significant savings on Clayton State gear in the Loch Shop proper, located on the first floor of the Clayton State Student Center. In addition, The Loch Shop will also be setting up in either the Quad or on Main Street in the Baker Center, on Wednesday and Thursday prior to the game. The occasion, in addition to The Loch Shop Classic, is College Colors Day, which will be celebrated nationwide on Aug. 31.
Here are the details of The Loch Shop sales for the coming week:
Monday, Aug. 27: BOGO sweatshirts (Buy One, Get One Half Off)
Tuesday, Aug. 28: BOGO t-shirts (Buy One, Get One Half Off)
Wednesday, Aug. 29: 20 percent off all Clayton State gear
Thursday, Aug. 30: 20 percent off all Clayton State gear
Friday, Aug. 31: Free Loch Shop “Passport to Savings” t-shirt with $25 purchase of regularly-priced merchandise
Strategic Planning Updates
During the last faculty senate meeting, we spoke of our continuing work on University Wide Strategic Planning. At that time I promised to share with the campus community two items reflecting that on-going work. You can find at the president’s page under periodic communications (http://www.clayton.edu/president/communications
) two documents pertinent to that work.
One is a brief summary of a much broader work cataloging some of the significant work already underway across the university in such areas as community based learning or innovations in student instruction. As I have shared with many colleagues, innovation does not imply wholesale revamping of everything we do. Rather, innovation is the application in our own contexts of successful changes in learning approaches others may have tried in other contexts—and found successful. When I apply uses of technology in my classroom that is new to me and my students, it is an innovation. And that innovation, when it improves learning, benefits all of us. And taken together, it will bring dramatic effects to the ways in which we foster learning.
The second document reflects recommended priorities for strategic planning actions during the coming year. It recognizes that the plan involves a five year process. It acknowledges that in spite of our campus’ desire to move quickly on many things, the plan is best implemented when we apply strategically our collective energies.
I sincerely hope that you will take a few minutes to read that document, and send me your reactions. These are not the easiest times for higher education. And goodness knows there are always uncertainties coming from the external environment. But the needs of our students to learn and to succeed are more important than ever. We all still have dreams to be realized. And so thanks for all you do to help us invest strategically the collective skills and abilities of all of us through strategic thinking — and the gathering body of evidence demonstrating your many areas of success.
Tim Hynes, President
Loch Shop and LakerCard Center Hours During Labor Day Break
The Loch Shop and LakerCard Center will have modified hours during the Labor Day break. Updated hours are available at Loch Shop hours
and LakerCard hours
Dining Services Hours During Labor Day Break
Dining Service units will have the following modified hours during the Labor Day break (Aug. 31 to Sept. 4):
- Lakeside Dining Hall
: Closes Friday at 2 p.m.; re-opens for dinner Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
: Closed Friday to Monday; re-opens Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
- Jazzman’s, Pizza Hut, Subconnection
: Locations close Friday at 3 p.m.; Jazzman’s and Pizza Hut re-open Tuesday at 8 a.m. Subconnection opens Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Buy a Meal Plan, Get an Additional Meal Free
It’s back by popular demand! Purchase any meal plan and get an additional meal for FREE!
That’s right…purchase the Faculty/Staff Starter Plan and get six meals instead of five, or purchase the Faculty/Staff Plus plan and get 26 meals instead of 25. Offer available Thursday and Friday, Sept 6 and Sept. 7. Limit of two free additional meals during the promotion period. Purchase meal plans in the LakerCard Center with cash or credit/debit.
New ADP Phishing Email
We have received reports of a new type of phishing email being sent to USG clients with the subject “ADP Funding Notification - Debit Draft.” If you receive this email, please do not click on any link and delete the email from your ‘Inbox” and Deleted Items” Folders.
To see a full list of fraudulent ADP emails please visit http://www.adp.com/about-us/trust-center/security-alerts.aspx
Updating Your Personal Contact Information in ADP
We are approaching the busiest time of year for communications and want to ensure you receive your mail. Please take a moment to make sure your mailing and email addresses are current in the ADP system. This contact information is used for a variety of announcements, such as benefits Open Enrollment, medical cards and W-2 forms.
If you need assistance with this procedure, receive an error message at any step in the process or have any concerns once you are logged in, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable Shared Services Center Customer Support team for assistance. Our normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can contact us by calling toll free 1-855-214-2644 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Get Your “I Got Mine @ the Loch Shop” T-shirts AND a 10 Percent Discount
Any student, faculty or staff person who wears their “I Got Mine” t-shirt in the Loch Shop throughout the fall semester will get a 10 percent discount on all of their purchases that day, excluding Textbooks and Technology items.
All you need to do to receive the 10 percent off is have your shirt on when you come in The Loch Shop to make your purchase.
Wellness Wednesdays in Forest Park
The Clayton County Board of Health (CCBOH) and Daffodil Pediatrics, 4905 Courtney Dr., Forest Park, are teaming up to offer Wellness Wednesdays. These free health workshops are open to the community and will focus on a variety of family health topics, including: breastfeeding; Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS); child safety; diabetes, and stress management.
The classes are scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Daffodil Pediatrics on the following days:
Wednesday, Aug. 29
Wednesday, Sept. 26
Wednesday, Oct. 31
Wednesday, Nov. 28
Refreshments, fun, door prizes, and helpful information will be offered to participants free of charge. For more information, contact Twanna Nelson at (678) 610-7298 or Cheryl Riley at (678) 610-7343.
Training University Website Under Construction Through Aug. 29
The Department of Human Resources Team is currently making modifications to the “Training University” website.
The Human Resources Team is excited to be able to provide you with updated training and content. Training University will include changes and incorporate new trainings and other valuable content. As a result, the “Training University” system will be under construction through Aug. 29, at 3 p.m. We ask for your understanding during this time and welcome your feedback once completed.
Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) – Rate Changes
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) rates will be as follows:
Employer Contribution 9.24 percent (no change)
Employee Contribution 6.00 percent (up from 5 percent)
Group X at the SAC Fitness Center
Attention students and Fitness Center members! Free group X classes are being held at daily the SAC Fitness Center. To view the complete schedule, please visit http://www.clayton.edu/recwell/fitnesscenter/groupexercise
. For more information, contact Lisa Williamson at (678) 466-4975.
Six Flags Ticket Deal
Six Flags Over Georgia is offering a special ticket exclusively to Clayton State employees. Beginning Aug. 24 you will have the opportunity to purchase the Big Deal $26.50 ticket to Six Flags Over Georgia. The Big Deal ticket is valid for use from Aug. 25 to Sept. 30. This is a significant deal at more than half off the main gate price!
You can purchase these tickets by visiting CSU Laker Perks Page
and selecting the Amusement and Parks category.
Top 100 Workplaces Employee Celebration Event, Sept. 4
Clayton State University was recognized by the Atlanta Journal Constitution
as one of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Top 100 Workplaces. As President Dr. Thomas Hynes has communicated to the campus, this is a significant honor and achievement, and he has appointed a committee to plan a “thank you” celebration.
The date for the event is Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The purpose of the event is to come together and celebrate the supportive and collaborative environment which contributed to Clayton State University’s Top 100 Workplaces recognition.
The event location will be the Student Activities Center and the SAC Green. Please click here https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dfZhTboIO8RxjJb
to RSVP by Aug. 24 so that an attendance estimate may be obtained.
WTC Atlanta Invites you to Attend Macedonia – The Land of Opportunities, Sept. 5
John Parkerson, director of the Office of International Programs at Clayton State, is hosting the Prime Minister of Macedonia and high-level Macedonian trade and investment officials, and making the welcoming remarks, at a program at World Trace Center (WTC) Atlanta on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Any Clayton State students, faculty or staff who are interested in attending should contact Parkerson, who is also president of WTC Atlanta for further information.
X Factor Outdoor Yogalates, Starting Sept. 6
The Department of Recreation & Wellness’ X Factor Outdoor Yogalates classes will be held every Thursday from Sept. 6 through Sept. 27 (rain date is Oct. 4) from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., on the Laker Hall Green (in front of the Laker Hall sign).
Outdoor Yogalates is a four week session that will help you relax and tone up using bodyweight exercises and deep breathing/stretching techniques. For more information, contact Lisa Williamson at (678) 466-4975 or email@example.com
SBDC Schedules Next "Starting a Business" Workshop, Sept. 11
The next installment of the Clayton State Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) popular “Starting a Business” workshop will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at Clayton State – East, 5823 Trammell Road, Morrow.
If you are considering starting a business, this workshop is a crucial first step.
PowerPoint handouts and a book, “How to Start a Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs” are provided as part of the $69 registration fee.
To register, go to:
Current Clayton State students and staff receive a 50 percent discount if they contact SBDC’s Heather Chaney at (678) 466-5100 for the discount code.
Attorney General Olens and Former Governor Barnes to Highlight Clayton State’s Annual Constitution Week, Sept. 20
Georgia Attorney General Samuel S. Olens and former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes will be visiting Clayton State University as the highlight of the University’s annual Constitution Week, Monday Sept. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 20.
Olens and Barnes will be appearing on the Clayton State main campus in Morrow on Sept. 20, leading a discussion of constitutional challenges in the 21st Century. The event will take place from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center.
Clayton State to Hold Annual Alumni Dinner at Turner Field’s 755 Club, Sept. 22
The Clayton State University Alumni Association will look to hit a grand slam once again at its 20th
Annual Alumni Dinner.
Next fall, the Alumni Association will hold its annual event at the 755 Club located at Turner Field. The Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22. All Clayton State alumni, faculty/staff, students and friends of the University are invited to the event.
“We are so excited about having the opportunity to have our dinner at the 755 Club this year” says Alumni Association President Ben Hopkins. “We’ve had our annual event at some wonderful venues all over Atlanta and this will be another special night for alumni and friends.”
The dinner portion of the event will begin at 7 p.m., preceded by a reception; starting at 6:15 p.m. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take a special tour of Turner Field, which includes a behind-the-scenes look in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse.
In conjunction with the dinner, the Alumni Association will also recognize its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award winners and hold a benefit auction.