Volume 7, #3
College of Business Ribbon Cutting and Signage Unveiling, Jan. 9
The College of Business invites faculty, staff, students and the public to the ribbon cutting and signage unveiling ceremony announcing the renaming of the College of Business. The ceremony will be held on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 at 10 a.m., on the landing of the College of Business. Light refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony.
A New Loch at Clayton State?
Every university has its legends. At Clayton State University, the most famous is the Legend of Loch.
It all started in the winter of 1969, when the construction crews were digging to make room for the dam at the far end of what would become the Clayton State campus’ Swan Lake. Deep below the surface they discovered what was initially thought to be a large piece of rock. But, it wasn’t, it was actually a large chunk of ice.
Work resumed, and the huge ice block was left lying off to the side. However, returning to the dam after their lunch break, the workers were astonished to find the ice had split in two, exposing a large hollow within the ice, as if something had hatched from within. Although questions like, “what had been let loose?” began to surface, nothing more was heard or seen for some 20 years.
Then, in 1990, the Office of Public Safety was doing some filming on campus and saw on tape a large, shadowy creature walking amongst the trees and disappearing into the lake. This generated a while new series of questions, notably, what animal could walk upright and then live underwater as well?
The answer, of course, turned out to be Loch, who has been a legend on campus, in several different iterations and generation, ever since. Most of Loch’s many sightings have been at soccer and basketball games, as well as other official university student functions.
However, as recently as September 2009, there have been other mysterious sightings of a large aquatic creature in Swan Lake. And, no, it’s not a swan, and it’s not a goose. The aforementioned instance involved University Relations Photojournalist Erin Fender doing some investigative reporting on a large creature that had been seen off and on for several weeks, usually skimming on top of the water. Fender eventually captured the creature’s image, thus avoiding a potential controversy ala Loch’s namesake in Scotland.
That photo was studied by Clayton State’s resident expert on aquatic biology, Dr. Christopher Kodani, who pronounced the creature to be a large grass carp. Ah, but new evidence has recently surfaced (so to speak), leading Kodani to re-think his evaluation. His latest theory is… it’s a NEW Loch.
“There must be something that brought it here,” he says. “With Valentine’s Day coming up, perhaps Loch is here trying to find a suitable mate? If not for a mate, then perhaps a need for food brought Loch to Clayton State, a need which would hopefully be satiated by a visit to the Lakeside Dining Hall in the Baker Center. Or, if Loch isn’t feeling well, maybe it’s just looking for University Health Services.”
Whatever the motive, Kodani feels quite certain that there’s new Loch on campus, one that’s just waiting to be discovered. Given this expert opinion, Fender has been back on the trail of Loch with her trusty Nikon, attempting to get to the bottom of, if not Swan Lake, the new Loch. While Fender continues to investigate, and the Office of Public Safety also keeps an eye out for new sightings, Kodani is trying to unravel the puzzle scientifically.
“There could be many scientific hypotheses to explain Loch,” he poses. “Is there a mom and dad Loch somewhere; perhaps he’s an international student from Japan; we all know his famous cousin, Godzilla.”
If, on the other hand, Loch is not related to the famous Japanese fire-breathing dinosaur, Kodani has some other theories.
“It’s unlikely that the primordial ooze at the bottom of Swan Lake gave him life; too much antifreeze running off from the parking lots, and living things tend to come from other living things,” he points out. “Clearly, such a large animal must be a vertebrate, and maybe he evolved from fish or amphibians — due to mutations caused by the fluids leaking from faculty cars!
“Maybe the reptilian Loch even evolved from the swans and geese — an example of how ancient, hidden genes sometimes express themselves, as is seen in the occasional three-toed horse or the recently discovered dolphin that has hind legs! Or, was Loch a science experiment gone horribly awry; the subject of an evil scientist who was trying to genetically engineer a super student who could actually pass the upper division science classes!”
This last theory has some logic, especially since Kodani also speculates that perhaps the experiment in question succeeded!
In any case, investigative work on the new Loch is on-going. A new email address, firstname.lastname@example.org
, has been set up to report any new sightings, so stay tuned for further information. Speculation has it that the new Loch may be waiting for Clayton State’s Homecoming (Feb. 18) to make an official appearance.
Facilities Advisory Committee Requests Deadline, Jan. 23
The Facilities Advisory Committee is currently soliciting facilities needs request from the entire campus via the facilities Modification/Space Request form found on the Facilities Management web page. Go to
Completed forms should be submitted to the appropriate vice president for transmission to the Committee. All presentations and supporting documentation will be due to the committee by Jan. 23.
Presentations will be made to the committee during the first week of February.
NCAA Publishes Zac Bradley Article
The NCAA has published on its official website a lengthy article about Clayton State University basketball player Zac Bradley.
Written by Brian Hendrickson of the NCAA, “Make these days the best you can” was published on Dec. 22, 2011, and tells the story of Bradley’s recovery to date from a freak accident wherein a tree fell on his car last May. The article is now online at http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/ncaa/resources/latest+news/2011/december/make+these+days+the+best+you+can
University Relations Sponsored Fall Photo Contest
University Relations is sponsoring a fall photography contest! Please submit your “Best Clayton State Fall Photo.” All photo submissions must be on campus. Photo subjects may include Clayton State faculty, staff, students, or campus scenery. All photos must be submitted by midnight Jan. 13, 2012. No more than two submissions per person, per day.
A winner will be announced Jan. 20, 2012. This contest is open to Clayton State faculty, staff, and students only. Join the Clayton State Flickr group at: http://www.flickr.com/groups/claytonstateuniversity/.
Auxiliary Services Hours for Spring 2012
Loch Shop and LakerCard Center
Jan. 3 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Jan. 4 – 5 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Jan. 6 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 9 a.m. – 3 pm
Jan. 9 – 12 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Jan. 13 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Jan. 16 CLOSED (MLK Day)
Jan. 17 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Jan. 18 Resume normal hours
Lakeside Dining Hall
Jan. 8 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Jan. 9 Resume normal hours
Jan. 16 (MLK Day) Brunch/Dinner only
Jan. 3 – 6 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Jan. 7 Resumes normal hours
Jan. 3 – 6 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Jan. 9 Resumes normal hours
All other retail dining locations resume normal hours on Jan. 9, 2012.
DRC Announces Reduction of Paper Forms for Students with Disabilities
In an effort to be environmentally friendly, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) will be reducing the number of printed items that previously accompanied students’ Accommodation Letters each semester.
Students will still be instructed to make appointments and provide each of their professors with paper copies of their Accommodation Letter. These letters verify students’ DRC-approved accommodations. Students will also continue to request signatures on a “Master Copy” of the Accommodation Letter, confirming that the professor has received a copy of that letter.
Several non-confidential forms that were previously provided each semester on paper will now appear only on our website. These include (1) the Testing Accommodation Form, (2) a description of various accommodations and classroom implementation and (3) a description of testing options for students who required accommodations.
The Testing Accommodation Form (TAF) may still be completed online at http://adminservices.clayton.edu/disability/atform.htm
or, if you prefer, at the same site you may print a TAF which can be delivered or faxed to our office.
The other informational forms will now be available in the Faculty/Staff section of the DRC website at http://adminservices.clayton.edu/disability/resources.htm
As always, we welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you might have and are available to address your concerns. Please feel free to contact us at (678) 466-5445 or DisabilityResourceCenter@clayton.edu
UHS Offers Two Payment Plans
University Health Services (UHS) continues to offer health care to Clayton State faculty and staff, however, we now offer two payment plans. Faculty and staff can now:
Either pay $60 per semester for unlimited visits or pay $20 per visit
UHS functions as a full primary care clinic. We also offer over the counter medications and non-controlled prescription medications, such as antibiotics. We also offer full lab services and accept other health care providers lab orders, such as fasting blood work.
The UHS staff prides itself on excellent patient care and fast, friendly, and convenient service.
Our doors open at 7 a.m., Monday through Friday. Please see our website for more information: http://nursing.clayton.edu/uhs/
School of Graduate Studies Open House, Jan. 10
The Clayton State University School of Graduate Studies will be holding its next informational Open House on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., in room 101 in the University’s Harry S. Downs Center.
The Open House will give prospective graduate students a chance to learn more about the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (concentrations in English, History, Political Science and Liberal Arts), Master of Arts in Teaching English, Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics, Master of Business Administration, Master of Health Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Archival Studies and Master of Science in Psychology (concentrations in Applied Developmental and Clinical).
SBDC Hosting Starting a Business Workshop, Jan. 10
The Small Business Development Center will be hosting a “Starting a Business” workshop, a comprehensive workshop on important decisions you make prior to opening a business. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the main building at Clayton State — East.
PowerPoint handouts and a book, “How to Start a Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs” will be provided.
The cost is $69 per person with 50 percent off for each additional person. All Clayton State students, faculty and staff also get 50 percent off. To register, go to: http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?cart=15374f34-1e93-48ac-a67b-f278d517bd34&page_name=view_cart&addproduct=110882
Annual Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr. Celebration, Jan. 16 to Jan. 19
Theme: “His Dream, Your Vision”
The Department of Campus Life will coordinate the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Jan. 16 to Jan. 19, 2012, in collaboration with AmeriCorps and Diversity Education Experiences for Peers (D.E.E.P.) Educators to commemorate the life of Dr. King. This year’s theme is “His Dream, Your Vision” will include a Day of Service and MLK Rally and March in Atlanta, MLK Rally at Forest Park High School and the MLK Showcase.
Of special note, this year’s celebration will feature an Essay Contest that is open to all high school students at Forest Park High School, Jonesboro High School, Morrow High School, and Mt. Zion High School. Participants will write an essay reflecting on the theme and focus on how Dr. King’s dream has influenced them personally, civically, and educationally. Students with the top three essay submissions will be acknowledged at the MLK Showcase on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
Monday, Jan. 16
Name of Event: MLK Day of Service – A Day On Not A Day Off
Time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. Clayton State students will have the opportunity to volunteer at several sites in Atlanta, Georgia through Hands On Atlanta. Upon completion of the service projects, students will participate in the Annual MLK Rally & March at 12:00 p.m. along Peachtree and Baker Street in Downtown Atlanta. Transportation will be provided for 50 participants.
Tuesday, Jan. 17
Name of Event: “His Dream, Your Vision” Rally
Time: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Location: Forest Park High School
Campus Life along with AmeriCorps and Diversity Education Experiences for Peers Educators will sponsor a rally at Forest Park High to educate students about Dr. King’s dream, vision, and life.
Wednesday, Jan. 18
Name of Event: “His Dream, Your Vision” MLK Showcase
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Spivey Hall
Clayton State students will showcase their interpretation of Dr. King’s dream, vision, and life through song, dance, or poetry. Additionally, finalists from the MLK High School Essay Contest will read their award-winning pieces. Free Admission and open to the public.
Thursday, Jan. 19
Name of Event: AmeriCorps’ Service Cinema – Viewing: The Human Experience
Time: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: SAC Ballroom C
In a world fraught with hostility and violence, an altruistic group of young men endeavor to understand the true essence of the human spirit by visiting forgotten souls such as homeless New Yorkers, Peruvian orphans and isolated Ghanian lepers. By spotlighting heartwarming stories from around the world, this uplifting documentary shows viewers that every single person, no matter his or her lot in life, is beautiful.