Volume 8, #17
Visiting Writer’s Reading Series Returns, Feb. 12
The Spring 2013 Visiting Writer’s Reading Series will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m., in room L-200 of the Library, featuring young adult fiction author Terra McVoy.
McVoy has held a variety of jobs centered around reading and writing, from managing an independent children’s bookstore, to teaching writing classes, and even answering fan mail for Captain Underpants. She lives and works in the same Atlanta neighborhood where her young adult novels After the Kiss, Being Friends with Boys,
are set. She is also the author of The Summer of Firsts and Lasts
(forthcoming May 2013). To learn more, visit TerraElan.com and follow her on Twitter at @TerraMcVoy.
As is the case with all of the Visiting Writer’s Reading Series, the event is free and open to the public, and will last for about an hour, with a 20-minute reading followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Starting Your Business Workshop, Feb. 12
SBDC’s Starting a Business Workshop will be held in the Natural & Behavioral Sciences Building, room 139, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 12. If you are considering starting a small business, and want to make your dream real, this workshop is a crucial first step.
Since lack of planning is one of the top reasons new businesses fail, attending this comprehensive workshop is one of the most important decisions to make prior to opening a business. A detailed business start-up book, "How to Start a Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs," and other handouts are provided.
The cost of the workshop is $69 per person, with a 50 percent discount for current Clayton State students, faculty and staff, who should contact Heather Chaney for discount code. Also, there is 50 percent off each additional person who registers with an individual when the first person pays the full fee of $69 (discounts cannot be combined).
To register, go to www.georgiasbdc.org
CARE & Majors Fair for Clayton State Students, Feb. 13
The Enrollment Management Division of Clayton State University will host a CARE & Majors Fair for Clayton State students on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
The CARE & Majors Fair will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street on the second floor of the James M. Baker University Center. This event is only for Clayton State students.
The purpose of the fair is for Clayton State students to rediscover campus programs and services that support their success. The fair occurs the week after Homecoming to help students reflect on college goals, hopefully after meeting Clayton State alumni at the various Homecoming events.
According to Marcia Bouyea-Hamlet, assistant director of the Clayton State First-Year Advising & Retention Center (FYARC), the fair will motivate students to be proactive about college success and help see how much the campus CAREs about their achievement. Students will get the opportunity to:
Shirley Franklin Returns to Clayton State for School of Nursing Faculty Scholars Program, Feb. 14, Feb. 15
- Learn about programs and services that support academic success
- Declare or change academic major of study
- Schedule appointments with advisors, tutors or counselors
- Explore Study Abroad options
- Speak with Financial Aid representatives
- Visit the HUB, Library, Health Services, Writer’s Studio and a few surprise booths
- Enter a drawing for door prizes and enjoy free hot chocolate
Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Clarke Franklin, one of the Clayton State University School of Nursing’s 2012/2013 Faculty Scholars, will be speaking at the University on Thursday, Feb. 14 and Friday, Feb. 15.
Franklin’s presentations on, “Lessons in Leadership: The Power of One” are free and open to the public, although pre-registration is requested. To register, go to https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_babltpkk3tYCddb
Franklin will be speaking in room CE301 of the Harry S. Downs Center on Thursday, Feb. 14, with registration at 4:30 p.m., and the presentation and discussion from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. On Friday, Feb. 15, registration and coffee will be from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and the presentation and discussion will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday’s event will be held in room CE101 of the Downs Center.
The focus of Franklin’s presentation will be on men and women whose conviction and determination made a difference in our America. Examples will include Eugene Patterson (AJC editor in 1960's), Barbara Jordan (first African-American woman to serve in Congress), Betty Ford (former first lady) and Tom Cousins (Atlanta developer), among others.
Women’s Forum Scholarships, Applications Due, Feb. 15
Clayton State Women’s Forum is accepting applications for the organization’s annual scholarship awards. Applications are due by Feb. 15. For more information visit http://www.clayton.edu/womens-forum/scholarships
or contact Dr. Angelyn Hayes. The Women’s Forum Scholarship Committee considers applications for the General Student Scholarship and for the Staff Member Professional Development Scholarship.
“A Valentine Cabaret,” Feb. 15
The Clayton State University Center for Continuing Education will present “A Valentine Cabaret” with Elise Witt and Mick Kinney on Friday, Feb. 15, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., in the Harry S. Downs Center on the Clayton State main campus in Morrow.
It’ll be special evening on the shores of Clayton State’s Swan Lake, celebrating Valentine’s Day with music, dancing, laughter and a coffee and dessert bar, and featuring Kinney’s humor and piano playing with Witt’s voice and world music repertoire. Witt, who can sing in seven languages, has previously appeared on the Clayton State campus with the ASO in world-famous Spivey Hall. She has also performed in the Kennedy Center.
The Witt/Kinney performance will be a musical and comedy event featuring songs from the romantic to the ridiculous. Admission is $29 per person, or $49 per couple. To sign up to attend this event, call (678) 466-5050 or (678) 466-5118.
Bursar’s Office to Close Early, Feb. 15
The Bursar’s Office will close at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, Feb. 18.
Sixth Annual Southeast Philosophy Congress at Clayton State University, Feb. 15, Feb. 16
On Feb. 15 and Feb. 16, Clayton State University is hosting the Sixth Annual Southeast Philosophy Congress, sponsored by the Department of Humanities and College of Arts and Sciences.
Clayton State students, their peers and researchers from across the country will be on hand to share and discuss papers.
This year we are also happy to welcome as our keynote speaker Dr. Mark Risjord, professor of Philosophy, Emory College of Arts and Sciences; professor of Nursing, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. All are welcome to attend Risjord’s talk on Jazz Improvisation and the Problem of Joint Action
takes place Friday, Feb. 15, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:24 p.m. in room UC 322 of the James M. Baker University Center.
All talks for the
Sixth Annual Southeast Philosophy Congress are free and open to the public. Check our webpage on for more information on this and past congresses: http://www.clayton.edu/humanities/philosophy/congress
Alumni Association to Host Two Basketball Watch Parties, Feb. 16
The Clayton State University men’s basketball team will be playing on national television on Saturday, Feb. 16, and the Clayton State Alumni Association is planning on celebrating the occasion with two “Watch Parties,” one on the north side of Atlanta, and one on the south side of Atlanta.
“Join us as at noon on Saturday, Feb. 16, as we cheer on the Clayton men's basketball team, who will play the University of Montevallo in a nationally televised game,” says Clayton State Director of Alumni Relations Leila Tatum.
For the convenience of Laker fans, the Alumni Association will be hosting watch parties at The Rose & Crown Tavern, 1931 Powers Ferry Rd., SE, Atlanta, and the Skyboxx Restaurant & Sports Bar, 2180 Mount Zion Pkwy., Morrow.
by Thursday, Feb. 14.
Laker fans who cannot physically join the Alumni Association at the watch parties are urged to join in spirit by tuning in to the CBS College Sports Network at noon on Feb. 16.
Free Tax Assistance from College of Business Accounting Students, Feb. 16
Accounting students from Clayton State University will once again be participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, hosted by the University’s College of Business.
This free service will be offered at the College of Business on the following Saturdays: Feb. 16, Feb. 23, Mar. 16, and Mar. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Taxpayers will be assisted on a first come, first serve basis.
Invasive Plant Pull at Reynolds Nature Preserve, Feb. 16
Volunteers are needed for an invasive plant pull at the Reynolds Nature Preserve on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9:45 a.m. to noon. The rain date is Saturday, Feb. 23.
Reynolds Nature Preserve continues to be threatened by invasive exotic plants such as kudzu, privet and English Ivy. If we wish Reynolds Nature Preserve to have a future as a native plant area, these invasive foreign plants need to be controlled.
If you visit Reynolds before this date, ask staff to tell you about the invasive plants there and their work in trying to control them. If you have questions about the workday, call Reynolds Nature Center at (770) 603-4188. You can also call the Nature Center to register for the workday, or join at last minute without registering if you find you are able to come Saturday morning.
* We will meet at the Nature Center at 9:45 a.m., for instructions, from where we will leave to pull ivy and privet from selected areas of the preserve.
* Please wear long pants and long sleeves as protection from briars and the limited poison ivy… please bring work gloves and clippers if you have them.
* Free Reynolds Nature Preserve T-shirts for every two workdays that you attend.
* You will be notified by e-mail in case of inclement weather, or call if there is a question whether the work day will take place.
Announcing… Laker Perks
Don’t miss out on valuable discounts and special offers available exclusively to Clayton State University faculty, students and staff. Along with providing for the health and well-being of our employees through traditional health, dental and vision plans, Clayton State University provides additional discounts known as “Laker Perks” to all full time and part-time employees and students.
These discounts range from entertainment, financial services to retail and health services. Check out the many great offers on the Human Resources Laker Perks
), or call (678) 466-4239, or email email@example.com
, or stop by the Human Resources office at Clayton State – East for questions, comments, suggestions or more information.
University Relations Alumnus Leigh Wills Named to Government Post in Mississippi
Clayton State and University Relations alumnus Leigh Wills was recently named Community Development Coordinator for DeSoto County, Mississippi. Congratulations, Leigh!
New Purchasing Limits for Procurement Services
This fall the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) revised the Georgia Procurement Manual to implement a change in state law that allowed State Purchasing Division to increase the competitive bid threshold from $5,000 to $25,000. Several state entities had been lobbying for an increase in the amount for some time.
This change will enhance our opportunity to do business with local small business owners, as well as continue to receive the quality service and the best competitive pricing available. Clayton State’s Procurement Services has created new guidelines that explain the change and outline the new purchasing limits. We hope this information will help curtail the risk associated with the increase and provide guidelines to make the purchasing experience less complex and more efficient.
Please note, in order to implement the increase in the competitive bid threshold, Procurement Services is introducing the Bid Threshold Checklist. The Checklist must be completed every time a Purchase Requisition between $5,000 and $24,999 is submitted to Procurement Services along with a minimum of three quotes. The Checklist will allow us to compare all three quotes on one form, as well as to ensure that all end-users are comparing the same information within the requested quotes.
Some of the categories listed on the form are quantity, price, warranty, time frame of completion and brand. However, you may add additional headings to suite your purchasing needs. For instance, you may need to compare installation or delivery cost.
The New Purchasing Limits and the Checklist are available from Procurement Services. However, each Budget Manager will receive a hard copy in the mail within three to five business days and we have scheduled Procurement training for Feb. 27, so mark your calendars. You will receive additional information in the upcoming week as to the time and place of the training.
Please contact Marcia Jones via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
, or at ext.4280, if you have any questions or concerns.
Outdoor Adventure Information
Sweetwater Creek State Park is a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from downtown Atlanta. A wooded trail follows the stream to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill burned during the Civil War. Beyond the mill, the trail climbs rocky bluffs to provide views of the beautiful rapids below.
Destination: Sweetwater Creek State Park, Ga.
Date: Saturday, Feb. 16
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 12
Rock Climbing / Bouldering
We will be climbing on the southernmost vestiges of the Cumberland Plateau, an area of large boulders has been exposed on the top of the broad ridge. It is here that some of the best bouldering can be found. The featured rock, long low roofs, and shear variety provide scores of challenges.
Destination: Rocktown, Ga.
Trip Date: Saturday, Feb. 23
Sign-up Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 19
Fly over 900 and 1000 foot-long zip lines at 200 feet high over the gorge. These are not baby zip lines! Get up close to Mother Nature with another nine sky bridge walks that range up to 80 feet in height. On this tour: experience a total of 12 zip lines and up to10 sky bridges.
Destination: Banning Mills, Ga.
Trip Date(s): Saturday, Mar. 2
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 19
Please check website for restrictions.
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, email@example.com
Members of the Clayton State Community Invited to Attend Next CSRA Meeting, Feb. 19
Martha Lanier, a nationally-recognized speaker who is known for her distinctive presentation style that is both informative and entertaining, will speak to the Clayton State Retirees Association on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at the National Archives at Atlanta.
Lanier provides an entertaining and action-packed program that demonstrates how to maintain a positive attitude, regain control and enjoy living a healthy, productive lifestyle regardless of your age. Based out of Atlanta, she travels nationwide presenting keynotes and seminars to organizations on living your best life. For more information visit her website at http://www.MarthaLanier.com
Visitors from Clayton State are welcome to attend this presentation. A catered lunch which includes choice of sandwich, choice of side item, choice of dessert, and a drink, will be served at 12:15 p.m. The cost of lunch is $10.
If you wish to make reservations for lunch, contact Martha Wicker (770-364-5348 or firstname.lastname@example.org
) by Thursday, Feb. 14.
NOTE: To facilitate the security screening check at the entrance to the National Archives, please arrive a few minutes early and bring a photo ID. Reminder: No knives (including pocket knives) or weapons of any kind are permitted in the facility.
Sexual Health Expo, Feb. 20
It’s a party! Get love or get lust. You don’t want to be the only one missing out on all the fun. University Health Services will sponsor a Sexual Health Expo on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the SAC ballroom. Come join in the fun and get informed. Games, giveaways and more…
11th Annual South Metro Development Outlook Conference, Feb. 20
annual South Metro Development Outlook Conference (SMDO) will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center located at 2000 Convention Center Concourse in College Park, Georgia. This year’s theme is Collaborate to Compete
Recognized as the largest event of its kind in south metropolitan Atlanta, SMDO will focus on critical topics of interest that impact growth in South Metro including Economic Forecasting, “Aerotropolis,” Economic Development, the film Industry and more! The Conference highlights the City of Atlanta and the following counties: Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, Spalding and South Fulton.
Admission is $40 early registration, $50 registration and $55 on-site registration. For more information visit www.smdoconference.com
or call (404) 684-7031.
Teacher Education Opens Spring 2013 Education Speaker Series, Feb. 21
The Clayton State University Department of Teacher Education will open its Spring 2013 Education Speaker Series in February with two presentations.
On Thursday, Feb. 21, the Clayton State Departments of English, Interdisciplinary Studies and Teacher Education will present: A Literary Discussion of Ernest Gaines' “A Lesson Before Dying.” The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be held in room G101 of the Clayton State Arts & Sciences Building, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 3:35 p.m. to 4:50 p.m., Georgia State University’s Dr. Brian Williams will present, “Urban Education and the Impact on African-American Children,” in room
B11of the Clayton State Lecture Hall. This presentation is also free and open to the public.
Future presentation topics in the series will include international teachers, a young adults authors panel and a charter schools panel.
The Sixth Ogden/N.Y. Times First Amendment Essay Contest, Entries Due, Feb. 22
The Fifth Annual Civic Engagement Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Conference at Clayton State University announces The Sixth Ogden/N.Y. Times First Amendment Essay Contest.
This is the sixth time that an award will be presented to a currently enrolled student for literary achievement in the area of First Amendment rights, and free speech, in particular. The award is named in memory of James H. Ogden, Jr., late husband of Professor Judith Stilz Ogden, who was a lifelong supporter of First Amendment Rights. It is underwritten by the N.Y. Times
Any currently enrolled undergraduate student is eligible. The authors of the first and second place papers will be required to present their papers at The Fifth Annual Civic Engagement Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Conference on Mar. 22, at the National Archives at Atlanta.
This year’s topic is: “Should Corporations Have a Constitutional Right to Political Speech?”
The essay requirements:
Student submissions are limited to 2000 words, with a minimum of 750 words required.
Students should follow MLA or APA writing guidelines.
The Internet should not be the only source for the essay.
Wikipedia should not be used.
Reference to the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, and related U.S. Supreme Court cases is recommended.
The essay must be solely the work of the entrant.
Students must submit an electronic copy of the essay. It should be sent via email, and the email message should include the student’s name, address, phone number(s), and email address, to Professor Judith Ogden, 2013 Project Chair, College of Business, JudithOgden@clayton.edu.
Information about the student should appear nowhere on the essay, or the essay will be disqualified. The essay should be typed and double-spaced using 12-point font. Entries must be received by 5 p.m., E.S.T., on Feb. 22.
CIMS to Host Regional MathCounts Competition, Feb. 23
The College of Information and Mathematical Sciences (CIMS) at Clayton State University is hosting the MathCounts state regional competition on Saturday, Feb. 23.
The event is run by the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers, with Clayton State as the site host and Dr. Catherine Matos, associate professor of Mathematics the Clayton State coordinator. Matos expects to have about 100 middle schoolers for the competition, plus their team coaches and parents. In addition to the competition, Associate Director of Recruitment and Marketing for the Clayton State Office of Recruitment and Admissions Penny Brooks will be speaking to the students.
Nontraditional Student Organization Black History Health Awareness Week Moved to Feb. 25 to Feb. 28
Due to a conflict with Clayton State University’s annual Homecoming celebration, the Clayton State Nontraditional Student Organization’s (NTSO) recognition of Black History Health Awareness Week has been moved to the week of Feb. 25 to Feb. 28.
NTSO will be raising awareness of health issues that plague the African-American population by providing preventative information from the various Clayton State departments and student organizations.
The NTSO will have an information table set up from Monday, Feb. 25, through Thursday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Main Street on the second floor of the James M. Baker University Center.
Clayton State Academic Research Conference, Mar. 15
Clayton State’s Academic Research Conference will be held on Friday, Mar. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. Research. Made Real. Here’s your chance to learn about research from all academic departments on campus as presented by the University’s exceptional students. All students are welcome to apply.
Poster presentations will be made from noon to 2 p.m. in the James M. Baker University Center. Oral presentations will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Lecture Hall.
Go to www.clayton.edu/ARC2013
for more information.
Clayton State SBDC Announces PlanSmart at the Fayette Chamber, Starting Mar. 15
Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has announced a new series of classes, PlanSmart, to be held at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.
PlanSmart will consist of three classes, held on Mar. 15, Apr. 12 and May 17. The cost is $69 per class, or $150 for the entire series. A $10 Fayette Chamber member discount is available for either individual classes or the entire series, and breakfast is provided for all three classes.
The initial offering on Friday, Mar. 15 will be “Writing a Living Business Plan.” It was originally scheduled for Feb. 19 on the Clayton State campus as “Writing an Effective Business Plan.” However, SBDC has rescheduled the class as the first offering in PlanSmart. “Writing a Living Business Plan” is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Fayette Chamber, 600 Lanier Ave., Ste. 250, Fayetteville. The class will focus on telling a compelling story, completing a SWOT analysis, and setting goals and key performance indicators.
The second class is “Finding & Refining Competitive Advantage.” Scheduled for Friday, Apr. 12, it will also run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Fayette Chamber. The class will look at finding, measuring and developing competitive advantage and making unique aspects of a business part of a marketing message.
The third class, “Pricing for Profit” will be on Friday, May 17 and will focus on better pricing tactics and strategies and matching customer pricing behaviors with pricing strategies. This class is also from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Fayette Chamber.
To register, go to www.georgiasbdc.org
, or call (678) 466-5100.
The Fifth Annual Civic Engagement Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Conference, Mar. 22
The Fifth Annual Civic Engagement Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Conference, “Getting Engaged: The Realities of Pursuing Your Passion for Civic Engagement” will be held at the National Archives at Atlanta on Friday, Mar. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Students in the University System of Georgia are encouraged to develop an individually compelling sense of social and civic responsibility, community leadership and service to society. To support this goal, Clayton State University and the National Archives at Atlanta announce the Fifth Annual Student Research Conference on Civic Engagement.
Undergraduate and graduate students attending USG schools are invited to submit papers and panel-session proposals on the broad subject of civic engagement beyond the vote.
For more information about conference activities and how to participate contact Dr. Joe Corrado at email@example.com
Clayton County Community Emergency Preparedness Seminar, Mar. 27
Please mark your calendars for the second annual Clayton County Community Emergency Preparedness Seminar, taking place on Wednesday, Mar. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Morrow Center (1180 Southlake Cir., Ste. 100, Morrow).
This year's seminar focuses on "Making Vulnerable Populations Less Vulnerable." Businesses and individuals who care for indigent, medically fragile, elderly, disabled, or non-English-speaking persons will want to attend this free seminar. Vendor opportunities are available for emergency preparedness related businesses and businesses that cater to vulnerable populations. Please see our flier and registration form and contact Doug Dugger at (678) 610-7467 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.