Volume 9, #15
Weather Closing Questions?
Check the Website!
Information on Clayton State’s Emergency Weather Procedures
Hoping to avoid a repeat of #SnowJam14, the current forecast calls for various forms of winter precipitation, starting late tonight and possibly lasing in to Thursday morning. Before you run out to buy bread, milk and snow shovels (in case your old snow shovel has worn out?) you should know that, during emergency weather situations, the first thing to do is to check the Clayton State website (www.clayton.edu) for details.
Information about Clayton State’s plans will be available on the University’s web page (www.clayton.edu), through emails sent directly to all faculty, staff and students, on the University Relations Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, and through the University’s main telephone number (678) 466-4000. In addition, the four major Atlanta network television stations (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox), All-News 106.7 WYAY-FM and WSB-AM (750) radio will also be notified for their school closing announcements. Please do not call the Office of Public Safety or the Office of Public and Media Relations!
Clayton State's "Stay Safe" weather policy is as follows…
"At times of bad weather or other emergencies, University officials make decisions on whether or not to close the campus based on public safety reports and other considerations. In such cases, the safety and security of the majority of students is a prime consideration. If the University is closed, then classes are cancelled for all students.
"If the institution remains open, we recognize that there may be special circumstances that pertain to individual students that are more serious than those that apply to the majority. So, students are advised to use their best judgment about their safety and that of their families in those situations, and to consult with individual faculty members about making up lost time.
"University closure also applies to all University faculty and staff except those designated by their supervisors as essential personnel. If the institution remains open, staff should consult with their supervisor and make them aware of any individual circumstances that may exist that prevents them from reporting to duty."
The opening/closing policy for Clayton State – Fayette and the Academy for Advanced Studies in McDonough is as follows… basically, the rule will be, if the main campus is closed, Clayton State – Fayette will be closed and Clayton State classes in McDonough will not be held.
Also, if the Henry County schools are closed, Clayton State classes in McDonough will not be held. If Clayton State is open during inclement weather, the status of Clayton State – Fayette will be determined independently.
Homecoming at Clayton State is an annual opportunity for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends to come together to remember times past and make new memories with friends and family. It is also one of our foremost opportunities to invite the community to share a special occasion with us, and come to campus for a variety of events.
Homecoming 2014 helps mark the 45th anniversary of Clayton State. I invite you to visit the Homecoming website and look at the wide variety of events that will take place during Homecoming Week – Feb. 9 to Feb. 15.
The most significant community event in this year’s Homecoming is the Homecoming Parade. Many can join in the parade – you don’t have to make an elaborate float, and marchers are welcome as well.
For more information on all the events of Homecoming Week, or to enter a unit into the parade, please visit http://www.Clayton.edu/Homecoming; or to volunteer at one of the events, please contact Leila Tatum at LeilaTatum@Clayton.edu or Natasha Hutson at NatashaHutson@Clayton.edu.
Clayton State University
Call for Homecoming Volunteers
Clayton State University Homecoming 2014 needs your help. There will be lots of activities at Homecoming and help is needed to make sure each event is successful.
While the Homecoming Committee will need assistance at all of the events, the events that need the most volunteer assistance will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15. Those events are; the Homecoming Parade (which starts at 10 a.m.), the Homecoming Festival (at Laker Hall, which starts at 11:30 a.m.) and the Homecoming basketball games (the first game of the doubleheader starts at 1:30 p.m.) Your help would be much appreciated!
Please take a few moments to review the Homecoming volunteer page at: http://giving.clayton.edu/HomecomingVolunteer to get more familiar with the events. Afterwards, sign up to volunteer at: https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_40XJX2BMeekqZ49.
Feel free to contact Lashay Taylor, career counselor & homecoming volunteer coordinator, at (678) 466-5404 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about these and many other benefits.
Thank you in advance and we look forward to working together to make Clayton State Homecoming 2014 a big success!
Homecoming 2014 – Celebrating 45 Years of Clayton State
The year was 1969. Man first walked on the moon. The Beatles hadn’t broken up yet. Richard Nixon was president. Lester Maddox was governor of Georgia. Led Zeppelin and Creedence Clearwater Revival topped the charts. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and the original True Grit were big hits at the movies. Tie-dyeing and bell bottoms were “in.” The New York Mets surprised everyone by winning the first National League Championship series over the Braves, and then winning the World Series over another far better team, the Baltimore Orioles. And while the Internet hadn’t been invented yet, Clayton State had been… or at least its doors opened for the first time to 942 students on Sept. 30, 1969.
And Clayton State is celebrating its annual Homecoming from Feb. 9 to Feb. 15, 2014.
Things have changed in 45 years… now there’s even a hashtag for Homecoming… #45YearsMadeReal. The conversation for Clayton State’s Homecoming 2014 will start with a 5K Fun Run, hosted by AmeriCorps, on Sunday, Feb. 9. Sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m., and the fun run at 9 a.m. Registration will take place in parking lot K (beside the SAC/tennis courts). The race will begin and end right at parking lot K as well. Monday, Feb. 10 will see Campus Life’s “Evolution.” (As in the evolution of Clayton State over the years…) Campus Life will be hosting "Evolution" on Monday, Feb. 10 to kick off Homecoming 2014. "Evolution" will feature The Involvement Fair – student organizations and departments will have display tables with information, resources, and giveaways; the Laker Market Day – visit vendor tables with items such as accessories, art, music and much more including Back-A-Yard Caribbean Food Truck; and introducing the Main Stage which will feature performances throughout the Evolution. We are opening the Main Stage up to the Laker Nation.
On Tuesday, Feb. 11, it’s the annual Student Choice Awards, hosted by Student Media, starting at 6 p.m., also in the SAC. Wednesday, Feb. 12 will feature a basketball doubleheader against Georgia College, with games at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, Feb. 13, the faculty and staff get to take on the students in a basketball game in the SAC, refereed by our own Tom Giffin and hosted by Recreation and Wellness. Immediately after the game, the Student Government Association’s dessert social, “Sweets for my Sweet,” will be held in the SAC. Friday, Feb. 14 will see the Campus Events Council hosting a variety of Valentines-related activities under the heading “Lovers and Friends” in the SAC from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., followed by float building (for the Homecoming Parade) which will go on all night if needed in the SAC.
All this will be followed the big day, Saturday, Feb. 15. As was the case in 2013, Homecoming will again feature the Homecoming Parade on Jonesboro Road. In partnership with the City of Morrow, the parade will start in front of Morrow City Hall at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, and proceed north on Jonesboro Road to the entrance to the Clayton State campus, Clayton State Boulevard, before turning onto campus. The Homecoming Festival, with food, Chick-fil-A, games, contests, music, a DJ, Loch, and fun for the whole family, will follow the parade and will be held this year at Laker Hall. The Festival will run until 1 p.m., in time for everyone to walk over to the Athletics Center for the basketball doubleheader against Montevallo… where there will be free Homecoming t-shirts available for the first 100 fans, plus other give-aways during the afternoon. The women’s game starts at 1:30 p.m. and the men’s game roughly at 3:30 p.m.
Homecoming Faculty/Staff vs. Students Basketball Game, Feb. 13
C’mon, just play! Are you interested in participating in the Faculty/Staff vs. Student Homecoming Basketball game at the SAC on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.? Students will get the unique opportunity to play against faculty and staff in a 5-on-5 basketball game (with referee Director of Development Tom Giffin) to continue this popular tradition.
If you have questions or are interested in participating please contact Keegan Ashbee at KeeganAshbee@clayton.edu or (678) 466-4973.
Homecoming Parade Information
· The parade will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15.
· It will begin at the Morrow Municipal Complex (City Hall) and will travel northbound on Highway 54 and enter campus at Clayton State Boulevard.
· You don’t need an elaborate float to participate. Entrants may walk, drive, cartwheel, dance or march in the parade.
· Both internal and external entities can participate. Some examples of external groups you can ask (church groups, dance teams, karate clubs, boy/girl scout troops, school bands/ ROTC/color guard, classic car enthusiasts, motor cycle clubs, sports teams, local businesses, etc).
· We are asking that people register no later than Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.
· Visit the Homecoming website for more information: http://www.clayton.edu/homecoming
· There will be a Festival on Clayton State campus immediately following the parade, with food, games, music and fun for the whole family.
· The Clayton state women’s and men’s basketball teams will square off with a doubleheader against Montevallo at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. respectively.
Calling All Early Clayton Staters!
In honor of our 45th anniversary, we are hosting a groovy reunion for students, faculty and staff from the early days. Can you dig it? Join us for this far out 45th anniversary/1969 themed party during Homecoming. Reminisce with your fellow early Clayton Staters about bell bottoms and flower power. This event, set to take place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, is sure to be a blast! Register now: https://giving.clayton.edu/reunion #45YearsMadeReal
New in this Issue
VITA, Feb. 15
Accounting students from Clayton State University are again participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program hosted by the College of Business.
VITA is a national program that provides tax support for certain eligible taxpayers. The program, which has been in existence for more than 40 years, is also an experiential learning experience for Clayton State students, providing the volunteers with extensive IRS training and testing, enabling them to ensure that taxpayers will have their tax returns filled out accurately and timely and receive the tax credits they qualify for, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.
This service will next be offered at the College of Business on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Taxpayers will be assisted on a first-come, first-serve basis. If taxpayers have further questions they may call the VITA hotline at (678) 466-4527.
Current college students can also benefit from having VITA volunteers prepare their taxes since the volunteers are trained in the rules for the credits available for tuition and other school-related expenses. The VITA program also prepares state income tax returns and provides free e-filing options to ensure clients receive their refunds as soon as possible.
Note: There are some commercial preparers advertising on campus, if you want free help look for the word, “VITA” or the Clayton State logo.
Those who are eligible to receive this service are taxpayers who make under $51,000 a year and wish to receive help with their 2013 personal income taxes using Forms 1040EZ, 1040A, and simple1040s. The program does not provide assistance with out-of-state or small business returns, or for those who are self-employed.
Those interested in receiving this assistance must bring the following items:
ü Photo identification,
ü Social security cards for themselves, their spouse, and dependents,
ü Birthdates for primary, secondary, and dependents on the tax return
ü Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1009-R, from all employers
ü Interest and dividend statements from bank(s), Form 1099
ü Other relevant information about income and expenses
o Day care provider identifying number
o Total amount paid for day care
ü A copy of last year’s federal and state income tax returns if possible,
ü Bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit.
Please note that both spouses will need to be present to file electronically.
National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day, Feb. 19
NIRSA’s National Sports & Recreational Fitness Day will be held in the Student Activities Center Fitness Center on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Celebrate recreation and wellness through participation in Group X classes, intramural sports, and fitness contests.
There will be cash prizes and recreational play all day. Contests will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Go to www.clayton.edu/RecWell for the full schedule.
GACE Study Workshop, Feb. 22
Sponsored by the Department of Teacher Education and ARS, and presented by ARS, a comprehensive preparation session for GACE (Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators) Content Assessment will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., in room G-101 of the Arts & Sciences Building.
The cost is $75 -- workbook and materials fee required -- make payment at time of registration. Advanced registration is required to reserve your seat. Go to www.academicresource.org.
Making Things Better Award Presentation, Feb. 28
The Making Things Better Awards presentation will be held on Friday, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m. in room UC-272 of the James M. Baker University Center.
History Honor Society Accepting Applications
Applications are now being accepted for membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. This prestigious organization promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.
Membership is not limited to History majors. To join, undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours (four courses) in History, achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. There is a one-time initiation fee of $40. This fee includes a membership certificate and four issues of the journal The Historian. Membership in Phi Alpha Theta is a lifetime membership.
If you have any questions or would like to receive an application, email Dr. Carol L. White, faculty adviser for Phi Alpha Theta, at email@example.com. Applications are due by Monday, Mar. 3.
Spring 2014 Facilities Advisory Committee Requests
The Facilities Advisory Committee provides input and makes recommendations for new facilities or space needs, modifications to existing spaces, as well as dealing with facilities-related issues and long-term planning. Requests are reviewed at semi-annual Facilities Advisory Committee meetings in April and October.
The committee reviews and prioritizes the requests with reference to the Space Utilization Study report conducted by the Board of Regents in 2013 that documents each campuses’ space utilization metrics including Clayton State University’s.
The Facilities Advisory Committee is calling for facilities modifications requests for spring 2014. The Modification/Space Request Form is found on the Facilities Management web page at http://www.clayton.edu/facilities/planningdesign/facilitiescommittee. The completed form should be submitted to the appropriate Vice President for signature and transmitted to the committee by Mar. 7, 2014.
Vice Presidents will be notified by Mar. 14 whether they will need to submit PowerPoint presentations. Not all requests will lead to PowerPoint presentations before the committee. Presentations are due on Apr. 4. Presentations to the Facilities Committee will be conducted the week of Apr. 7 by those confirmed by the committee.
Go to http://www.clayton.edu/facilities/planningdesign/facilitiescommittee to access the request form and presentation requirements.
If you have questions, please contact Svetlana Soroka at SvetlanaSoroka@mail.clayton.edu.
Our Genealogy Group Annual Workshop, Mar. 8
Our Genealogy Group will hold its Annual All Day Workshop for Beginners on Saturday, Mar. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This genealogy workshop for beginners is free, but you must RSVP quickly! Only the first 50 are guaranteed a seat. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be unable to accommodate those who do not RSVP.
The workshop will be held in the James M. Baker University Center at Clayton State University. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
This year’s workshop will include;
Dating photographs using hats and hair by Angela
Using the census by Selma and Vicki
Breaking brick walls by Trish
Genealogy databases at Clayton State University by archivist Rosemary Fischer
Research in the Library
The first half of the day we will have speakers, and after lunch we will head to the Clayton State University Library to utilize the free genealogy programs offered by the University. You will also learn which of these programs are available to use free at home via the University website.
This will be a "hands on workshop," so bring your laptop or tablets, bring anything you need help with, bring your files and notes, and most importantly, bring a friend. With your RSVP, please let us know what brick walls you are running up against in your research. We will assign someone to help you with your issue, and hopefully get it resolved by the end of the workshop.
About a week before the workshop we will email to you all the handouts to be used during the day. Print them out and bring them in, or just use them on your laptop or tablet during the day.
The February, 2014 issue of the Legislative Update is available for viewing at: http://www.usg.edu/legislative_update
Starting a Business Class at Henry Chamber, Feb. 11
Clayton State’s Small Business Development Center will be holding a “Starting Your Business” class on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Henry Chamber of Commerce, 1709 Highway 20 West, McDonough, Ga.
If you are considering starting a small business, this workshop is a crucial first step.
Topics for discussion include:
* traits of successful entrepreneurs
* market research
* legal structures for your business
* estimating start-up costs & cash flow projections
* financing alternatives
* business failure factors
* business planning
Since lack of planning is one of the top reasons new businesses fail, attending this comprehensive workshop may be one of the most important decisions you make prior to opening your business.
A detailed business start-up book, "How to Start a Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs", and other handouts are provided.
Receive 50 percent off each additional person with the purchase of one registration at full price, $69. All registrations must be made at the same time in order to receive this discount. This discount cannot be combined or used with any other discount or coupon. The 50 percent off is for current Clayton State students, faculty, and staff. Contact Heather Chaney for the discount code.
For more information, please contact Chaney at (678) 466-5100 or email@example.com.
Register at http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow#
“Vagina Monologues” Information Auditions, Feb. 11
The “Vagina Monologues” are returning to Clayton State University. Auditions will be held on Feb. 11 and Feb. 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in Clayton Hall, room T101. For more information on auditions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is sponsored by: Organizing Women for Lifelong Success (OWLS), Counseling and Psychological Services, the Non-Traditional Student Organization (NTSO), and Beauty and Brains. For information go to: https://clayton-community.symplicity.com/?s=em_event&mode=form&=details&id=3defa22f5103b7e6bb2c6cbe6f933bf9&occ=8d44e0b065fc59830a13a98dca110b77.
CBS Atlanta’s Jocelyn Connell to Speak to Clayton State Mass Media and Politics Class, Feb. 13
CBS Atlanta Emmy Award-winning reporter and Better Mornings Atlanta anchor Jocelyn Connell will be speaking to a Clayton State University political science class on Thursday, Feb. 13.
Clayton State Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Joseph Corrado has invited Connell to speak to his mass media and politics course, starting at 3:35 p.m., in room 220 of Clayton Hall. Connell, who joined CBS Atlanta News in January 2010, will be speaking about some of her big stories, including the capture of Centennial Park bomber/serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph, the state funeral of Gerald Ford, and her story about Kennesaw’s gun ordinance that aired on Super Bowl Sunday last year.
Anyone who may be interested in attending this talk should RSVP to Corrado at email@example.com no later than Monday, Feb. 10.
Open Budget Meeting, Feb. 14
As part of the usual budget process of the University, please note there is an Open Budget Meeting scheduled on Friday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. in the James M. Baker University Center, room UC-327. Dr. Thomas Hynes will share an update on the FY14 budget and a progress report on the development of the FY15 budget.
Outdoor Adventure – Spring Break Skiing and Snowboarding, Deadline Feb. 14
Spend spring break on the slopes with Outdoor Adventure. Travel to Winterplace Ski Resort and ski a variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails. Transportation, lodging, ski/snowboard rental, and lift ticket included. To register for an Outdoor Adventure trip stop by the Front Desk of the Student Activities Center (SAC).
Destination: Ghent, W.Va.
Date: Sunday, Mar. 9 to Wednesday, Mar.12
Cost for Students: $150
Registration Deadline: Friday, Feb. 14
For more information, contact Outdoor Adventure at (678) 466-4972 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Media Looking for Photos for the Yearbook, by Feb. 15
Student Media is looking for all Clayton State University schools and departments to submit photos for the “Loched in Time” yearbook. The yearbook committee would like to showcase the faculty and staff of Clayton State by including photos of as many departments and programs as possible. The committee is looking for group photos, or more “candid” photos from the classroom or from events on campus.
Please submit all photos by Feb. 15 (along with captions and a brief description of the department or program) to Jennifer DeMond, student media advisor at email@example.com.
Ads in the yearbook are also available for purchase. These will cost $40 for a quarter page ad, $60 for a half page ad, and $100 for a full page ad in the print publication and $100 in the digital edition.
Please contact DeMond for more information about “Loched in Time” at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Wellness Week, Feb. 17 to Feb. 21
The Clayton State University Division of Student Affairs would like to invite all Clayton State University students and on-campus departments to participate in the inaugural Student Wellness Week.
Student Wellness Week is designed to promote total wellness among Clayton State University students. Hosted during the week of Feb. 17 to Feb. 21, a variety of on-campus activities have been designed using the eight dimensions of wellness. These dimensions include physical, social, emotional, environmental, spiritual, financial, intellectual, and occupational. In order to achieve total wellness, an individual must remain well-balanced in each of these dimensions.
According to Lisa Williamson, assistant director of Recreation & Wellness (Fitness & Wellness), “Student Wellness Week was developed to show our students how much Clayton State University and the Division of Student Affairs is vested in their well-being. The goal of Student Wellness Week is to connect students with on-campus resources that can help them explore each of the dimensions of wellness more fully.”
All Student Wellness Week events are free to students and will be hosted by on-campus departments such as Counseling and Psychological Services, Career Services, Recreation & Wellness, Campus Life, Laker Card Center, Go Green Team, Auxiliary Services, School of Nursing, University Health Services, and the Health & Fitness Management Program. Giveaways, testing, and educational programs will be held throughout the week.
Many of the events will be held in the James M. Baker University Center on Main Street, while others will be held in the offices of the participating departments. The full schedule of events can be found at www.clayton.edu/recwell/Wellness-Programs.
For more information on Student Wellness Week or how you can participate, please contact Williamson via e-mail email@example.com or by phone (678) 466-4975.
Staff Smith Award Nominations, Starting Feb. 18
It’s that time of year to begin nominating staff members for the annual Smith Award. The official submit dates will be Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 until Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014. However, you may start preparing your comments for your nominee.
Eligible nominees must be a full-time staff member with non-faculty status, and a minimum of one year of credible service at Clayton State University. A nomination form will be available soon. The award committee members are Edmond Rainer, Sara Holmes and Rhonda Gibson. The committee members are ineligible to be nominated.
If you have additional questions, please contact Heidi Benford, Staff Council chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 4328.
Writing a Living Business Plan Workshop, Feb. 18
Clayton State SBDC is holding a “Writing a Living Business Plan” workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Arts & Sciences Building, room G229. The cost is $69 with a 50 percent discount for each additional person that registers with you-no discount code needed.
Running a business without a plan is like going on a road trip without a map. Learn why a business plan is crucial to your business' success. Topics for discussion include:
•Telling a compelling & provocative story about your business
•Completing a SWOT Analysis
•Setting goals & key performance indicators
•Compiling sections of the plan (Marketing, HR, Financial, & Operational)
•Calculating profit & loss projections, balance sheet, & cash flow statement
•Finding sources & determining the cost of capital
A sample business plan and other handouts will be provided.
Contact Heather Chaney at (678) 466-5100 or register at http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow#
Kickoff for Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Set for Feb. 19
The Clayton State University Library has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in a special initiative entitled Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.
Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
The kickoff for Clayton State’s program will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center and will highlight all four Created Equal films and include discussions led by a panel of Clayton State faculty and a student representative.
The documentary films trace the struggle for civil rights in America starting with the abolitionist movement and cover pivotal moments like the freedom rides, the end of convict leasing, and the legalization of interracial marriage. Discussions will focus on the following themes: The Strategy of Nonviolence, The Power of the Individual, and Equality Under the Law.
Dr. Eric Bridges, associate professor of Psychology
Dr. Shannon Cochran, assistant professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies
Dr. Kathryn Kemp, associate professor of History
Maria Morales-Beale, graduate student, Applied Developmental Psychology
Erin Nagel, Assessment & Marketing Librarian, Created Equal program coordinator
For more information, go to: http://clayton.libguides.com/createdequal.
Clayton State University Orchestra and Southern Crescent Symphony Concert, Feb. 21
The Clayton State University Orchestra and Southern Crescent Symphony, conducted by Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Richard Bell, will be in concert on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Spivey Hall.
The program will feature: Overture to the Magic Flute by Mozart, Peer Gynt Suite by Grieg, Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky, and Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov.
Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and free for Clayton State students and employees.
Clayton State Recreation & Wellness to host AFAA’s APEX Weekend, Feb. 21 to Feb. 23
The Clayton State University Department of Recreation & Wellness is proud to host the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America’s (AFAA) APEX Weekend for the second consecutive year.
According to Lisa Williamson, assistant director of Recreation & Wellness (Fitness & Wellness), “We are thrilled to welcome AFAA back to Clayton State in 2014! Hosting fitness certifications on campus assists in promoting Clayton State University to the local community and provides on campus opportunities for our students to become certified fitness professionals.”
AFAA certifications and workshops being hosted during the APEX weekend include: Personal Fitness Trainer Certification (Feb. 21 to Feb. 23), Group Exercise: the Practical Way Workshop (Feb. 21), Primary Group Exercise Certification (Feb. 22), Kickboxing Instructor Certification (Feb. 22), and Practical Pilates Workshop (Feb. 23).
All certifications and workshops will be hosted in the SAC Fitness Center. Registration is currently available on AFAA’s website http://www.afaa.com by searching the Atlanta area.
Please visit: http://www.clayton.edu/recwell/Fitness-Center/Group-Exercise for links to certification registrations. For more information, contact Williamson at email@example.com.
Testing Our Patience: Gaining Clarity on Education Reform Issues in Georgia, Feb. 22
Sponsored by the National Association for Multicultural Education – Georgia Chapter, “Testing Our Patience: Gaining Clarity on Education Reform Issues in Georgia” is part of a statewide teach-in about educational reform issues.
According to Dr. Mari Roberts, associate professor of Multicultural Education, and president of the National Association for Multicultural Education – Georgia Chapter, the teach-in involves national and local speakers and active workshops that will discuss push-back against some of the reform decisions being made by the state. The date is Saturday, Feb. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. In addition to Roberts, Clayton State professors Drs. Steven Smith, Eric Bridges, Erica Dotson and Mary Hollowell will also be involved.
Registration for the teach-in is online at; http://testingourpatience.eventbrite.com.
National speakers for the event will include: Anthony Cody, ED Week blogger and spokesperson from the National Association for Fair and Open Testing; University of Georgia professor Peter Samgorinski; and Barbara Madeloni.
Local speakers will include Georgia State professor Vera Stenhouse; Kennesaw State professor Scott Ritchie; Borquaye Thomas (The Teacher’s Lawyer); Matt Jones, 2013 System Teacher of the Year and founder of EmpowerED; Mary Anne Smith, member and co-founder of MAPS (Metro Atlantans for Public Schools); and our own Dr. Roberts.
In addition, parents and local teachers will discuss the damage Georgia’s policies have done to the profession, their children and students.
Student Academic Conference Information, Abstracts Due Feb. 28
Faculty – please recruit students to participate in the 2014 Student Academic Conference to be held Friday, Mar.28, from noon to 4 p.m.
There will be a keynote speaker from noon to 1 p.m., kicking off the conference in UC 272: David Lowery, an American vocalist, songwriter and guitarist from San Antonio. He formed the alternative rock band Camper Van Beethoven and rock band called Cracker. Lowry was trained as a mathematician who worked as a financial analyst, who then started his own studio, record company and publishing company. He is a producer at the Sound of Music Studios in Richmond, Va., and also a guest lecturer professor at the University of Georgia. He will speak about “Creativity,” the theme for the conference.
Students must register online with abstracts at http://www.clayton.edu/Student-Academic-Conference. Due date for abstracts is Feb. 28.
Poster presentations will go from noon to 2 p.m., and oral presentations will be from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Judges will be needed for the various sessions and to decide best presentations for awards. Contact Dr. Scott Bailey if you would like to be a judge or your college rep on the ARC/SAC Committee.
Wellness Council and Recreation & Wellness to Host Get Up & Get Fit Video Contest
Calling all Clayton State campus departments! Take a break from work and create a video of your staff showing how they Get Up & Get Fit throughout the workday.
Each participating department will make a video (90 seconds max) of its staff taking a break from the work day to engage in any form of exercise or physical activity (dancing, jogging, yoga, push-ups, etc.). The videos should be creative and inspire others to get up throughout the day and get fit.
Submit videos for the Get Up & Get Fit Incentive program to Lisa Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 28, at 5 p.m. The winning department will have its video posted to the Wellness Council Facebook page and departmental employees will receive free fitness and wellness assessments from Recreation & Wellness.
Spring 2014 Visiting Writers Reading Series, Mar. 20
The spring 2014 edition of the Visiting Writers Reading Series will be held on Thursday, Mar. 20 and will feature a day with Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie.
Tallie is a writer, educator, and performer who has been a featured speaker at universities, festivals and events throughout Europe and North America. She is the poetry editor of the literary magazine African Voices. Her work deals with silence, sexism and racism.
Tallie’s day at Clayton State will begin at 11:15 a.m., with a lecture in room UC 272 of the James M. Baker University Center. Tallie will be speaking on finding empowerment through writing and being an African American woman, mother, writer, and herbalist.
After lunch, she will give a poetry reading from 2:10 p.m. to 3:25 p.m., also in UC 272. The reading will take 20 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.
From 3:35 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. she will visit Dr. Brigitte Byrd’s Advanced Poetry class and meet with students from that class.
More information about Tallie can be found at her author page: http://www.ekeretallie.com/.
Our Man in Sochi
Clayton State alumnus Kevin Liles, currently photographing the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, was interviewed last week on WXIA-TV. Here’s the link to his interview… http://www.11alive.com/news/article/321152/40/Georgia-photographer-documents-stray-dogs-of-Sochi.
In a Hurry but Need to Eat? Try Lakeside Dining Hall To-go!
In a hurry or need to eat at your desk but you’d still like a meal from the Dining Hall? We’ve got two To-Go options when using your meal plan at the Dining Hall!
- Reusable To-Go containers: Pay a one-time fee of $3 to get your meal in a reusable To-Go container. Bring your used container back at your next visit and get a clean reusable container the next time you get a To-Go meal.
- Biodegradable Containers: Purchase a biodegradable container, cup and utensil set at the Dining Hall for only 30 cents and toss it in the garbage when you’re finished.
All To-Go meals include your choice of entrée and sides, plus other items such as a salad, grill items, pizza, dessert, and a beverage.
Outdoor Adventure – Spring Trip Registration Open
Outdoor Adventure has a great spring schedule planned, from hiking to skydiving there is something for everyone! Pick up a brochure located around campus or checkout the website at http://www.clayton.edu/recwell/Outdoor-Adventure/Trip-Information.To register for an Outdoor Adventure trip stop by the front desk of the Student Activities Center (SAC).
For more information, contact Outdoor Adventure at (678) 466-4972 or by email at email@example.com.
Single Family Detached, Traditional House for Sale
2517 Hartford Dr., Ellenwood, Ga., 30294 (off Old Rex-Morrow Road, just a few blocks from Morrow; about two miles from Clayton State University).
Perfect – ready to move in, well maintained split-level home – 3 bedrooms – 1.5 baths – family room – living room – dream kitchen with cherry cabinets, beautiful granite counter tops, and double oven – separate dining room – lovely sunroom off master bedroom – spacious laundry room with gas clothes dryer. New carpet. New dish washer. Exterior painting and roof less than one year old. Brick patio out to spectacular back yard. Low county taxes and no city taxes.
- Broker: RE/MAX Advantage
- Listing Agent: Mike Ward
o Price: $69,900
o Roof: Composition Shingle
o Heating and Water Fuel: Natural Gas
o Basement – partially finished
o Built in 1975
o MLS/Source ID: 07169598
o 1,200 plus square feet (+ basement)
Clayton County Public Schools: Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, Morrow Junior High School, Morrow High School, Elite Scholars’ Academy
Contact Ward at (770) 472-6638 or (770) 471-3625.