Volume 7, #77
Assistant Director of Recreation & Wellness Interviews
Three candidates for the assistant director of Recreation & Wellness (intramural & sport club) position will be on campus from July 9 to July 16 for interviews. If your schedule permits and you are interested in participating in this process, please join take part. The 10 minute presentation topic is about creating an officiating program for student employees. A short Q & A session will follow.
Monday, July 9 – Phelan Fletcher (Winterville, N.C.); 3:35 p.m. – presentation/Q & A (SAC Ballroom)
Friday, July 13 – Christen Ruff (Atlanta); 1:45 p.m. - presentation/Q & A (SAC Ballroom)
Monday, July 16 – Matthew Kutz (New Cumberland, Pa.); 3:40 p.m. - presentation/Q & A (SAC Ballroom)
Conserving Energy with HVAC & Electrical Systems During the Summer Months
Air Conditioning Systems
- Air filters need to be replaced monthly during the summer months. Due to the high temperatures residential type units will freeze up if the filter is 35 percent stopped up.
- How to tell if the evaporator coil is frozen -- the outside unit will run and the inside (air handler) unit will run, but, no air is coming out of the vents.
- If this happens, the system will need to be shut down for several hours to melt the ice off of the evaporator coil. When the ice has melted air should blow through the vent as designed.
- If the air handler is in the attic, it will require a secondary drain pan under it to catch the water melting off.
- When mowing and weed eating the yard, it is best for the AC unit to be off. In either case, make sure the lawnmower is blowing away from the outside unit. This will keep debris from clogging the condenser coil.
- On outside units there are two copper lines running from the house to the unit. These lines should be insulated. Home Depot or Lowe’s sell this insulation. There is also a small wire (thermostat wire) that runs with the two copper lines. It is good to tape it to the lines, so the weed eater doesn’t get it.
- Most systems are designed based on an average winter and summer temperature. For the Atlanta area the summer design temperature is 92 degrees. If your system is designed with no redundancy, this will cause the system to not be able to keep up when the outside temperature is above 92 degrees.
- Close window shades when possible.
- Make sure the attic vent fan is working properly.
Hot Water Heater
1. You can reduce your water heating costs by simply lowering the thermostat setting on your water heater. For each 10ºF reduction in water temperature, you can save between three percent and five percent in energy costs.
Although some manufacturers set water heater thermostats at 140ºF, most households usually only require them set at 120ºF. Water heated at 140ºF also poses a safety hazard from scalding. However, if you have a dishwasher without a booster heater, it may require a water temperature within a range of 130ºF to 140ºF for optimum cleaning.
Reducing your water temperature to 120ºF also slows mineral buildup and corrosion in your water heater and pipes. This helps your water heater last longer and operate at its maximum efficiency.
2. Wrap the hot water heater with insulation to maintain temperature for longer periods of time.
1. Change your standard incandescent (regular lamps) to a compact fluorescent lamp where possible.
2. Install motion sensors for inside and outside lighting.
3. Unplug electrical accessories when not in use.
4. Keep dryer vent filter cleaned after each use.
Contact your local licensed contractor to assist when needed.
New Statewide Contract for Office Supplies
Starting July 16, Office Max will be our new supplier for general office supplies and Staples will only
supply Toner and Paper Products. In preparation for the new vendor, Office Max, we must receive information from all end users placing orders for office supplies by next Thursday, July 12.
Please email the following information back to Purchasing@clayton.edu
- First and last name
- Email address
- Building name and room #
- Physical address if it is different from 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow, Ga. 30260
Tubing – Registration Deadline, July 10
Cool off and unwind by joining Outdoor Adventure on a tubing trip down the Chattahoochee River!
Destination: Helen, Ga.
Date: Saturday, July 14
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, email@example.com
Wii Wednesdays at The Loch Shop
The Loch Shop will be holding Wii Wednesdays from June 13 through July 25 in The Loch Shop’s lounge, starting at noon and ending at 3 p.m.
Come relieve some test stress every Wednesday in June and July (except July 4). Play your favorite Wii games – bowling, Mario Kart, basketball three point contest, the Michael Jackson Experience and more. Win prizes just for participating, enjoy free snacks, plus, play for the top score and qualify to enter the June 27 and July 25 prize drawings!
SBDC Presents, “Hot Tips & Cool Tools for Online Marketing” Workshop in Fayetteville, July 11
The Clayton State Small Business Development Center (SDBC) will be holding a workshop, “Hot Tips & Cool Tools for Online Marketing” at the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, 200 Courthouse Sq., Fayetteville, on Wednesday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The workshop is sponsored by the Clayton State SBDC and the Fayette Chamber and will be held the old Fayette County Courthouse. “Hot Tips & Cool Tools for Online Marketing” will cover the latest tips and tools for search engine optimization (SEO), social media and online advertising.
The cost of the workshop is $59 for the general public, $49 for Fayette Chamber members. A continental breakfast will be provided as part of the registration.
Call (678) 466-5100 to register, or go to www.georgiasbdc.org
SAC Summer Breeze Festival, July 12
As part of the Student Activities Center’s “Summer at the SAC 2012” series, the SAC Summer Breeze Festival will be held on Thursday, July 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the SAC Green.
Come out and enjoy a fun-filled summer’s evening at the SAC with inflatables, giveaways, games, grilled carnival style food, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and music provided by DJ Tay! This event is FREE to everyone.
For more information contact Campus Life at (678) 466-5433.
2012 Chancellor's Customer Service Award Nominations Deadline Now July 13
We are ready to receive nominations for the 2012 Chancellor’s Customer Service Awards. The website is available and nominations can be submitted at http://customerfocus.usg.edu/recognition/chancellor_award/
The deadline for submissions has been moved back to Friday, July 13, 2012. The nominations website provides all of the information you will need: award category descriptions, eligibility, and even tips on how to write a successful nomination.
The following are the award categories:
· Customer Service Excellence Award – Individual
· Customer Service Excellence Award – Team
· Outstanding Customer Service Leadership Award
· Front Desk Support Excellence Award
· Outstanding Customer Service Process Improvement Initiative Award
· Customer Service President and Institution of the Year
· The Joseph Green Award Champion of the Year
If you have any questions, please contact Carolina Amero, assistant vice president, Auxiliary & Administrative Services, Clayton State customer service champion, and winner of the 2011 Joseph Green Award.
Spivey Hall Annual Sacred Harp/Shape-Note Singing School, July 13, July 14
One of Spivey Hall’s most interesting annual events is coming up next month.
Although Clayton State University’s world-famous Spivey Hall is best known for the highest level of musical expertise, the Sacred Harp/Shape-Note Singing School, held this year on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14, is an event that emphasizes participation under the instruction of clinician Nathan Rees.
Singers and history buffs alike will enjoy this annual event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Sacred Harp singing, sometimes also called “fa-so-la” or “shape-note” singing, involves singing parts without instrumental accompaniment. The Sacred Harp repertoire includes psalms, fugues, odes and anthems by the first American composers (1770-1810), as well as folk songs and revival hymns (1810-1860). This is a free, non-denominational community music event that emphasizes participation, not expertise. Participants will learn about Sacred Harp at a “Singing School” on July 13, and then join in a large community singing on July 14.
At Friday’s “Singing School” Rees will instruct beginners and experienced practitioners in the history, tradition, and performance practices of this authentic piece of Americana. Participants will learn how to read shape notes and watch a documentary on the tradition of Sacred Harp. On Saturday, Sacred Harp singers will travel from throughout the Southeast for the annual singing and potluck luncheon at Spivey Hall. Join more than 60 singers in celebrating this wonderful tradition and bring a covered dish to share.
Both Friday and Saturday’s events are free and open to the public, but registering for Friday’s singing school is required.
Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Fall 2012 Deadline, July 15
The Tuition Assistant Program (TAP) Fall 2012 application deadline is July 15, 2012. Please forward your completed Systemwide TAP Application Form to the Human Resource Department for processing.
· The tuition assistance program is available to full time benefits-eligible employees of the USG who have successfully completed at least six months of employment in a benefits-eligible position, as of the date of the TAP application deadline for the desired academic semester.
TAP is a supplemental educational assistance employee program. An employee who is eligible for Pell Grants must apply his/her Pell Grant monies toward tuition and fees before receiving a TAP waiver.
If an employee withdraws from an approved TAP course prior to its completion, the employee will be ineligible to participate in TAP for one semester.
Eligibility for TAP participation does not guarantee admission into all University System of Georgia degree programs:
An employee must follow the policies and procedures of the “teaching institution” in which he/she enrolls to be formally accepted as a TAP participant for limited-slot enrollment programs. Upon receiving approval to participate in a limited-slot enrollment program from the “teaching institution”, the course(s) should be listed on the TAP application.
Participation in the TAP program does not guarantee continued employment with the University System of Georgia.
· An employee will be required to go through the regular student admissions process, prior to applying for TAP; and
· An employee must complete a TAP application for each semester in attendance.
An employee may seek approval to enroll in up to nine academic semester credit hours for each of the three designated semester periods: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and Summer Semester.
For more information: http://www.usg.edu/hr/benefits/tuition_assistance_program_tap/
Spivey Hall Kodály Teacher Training Workshops, July 16 to July 20
Spivey Hall will once again be making a significant contribution to music education with its annual Kodály Teacher Training Workshops, to be held Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 20, in Spivey Hall.
The two workshops, one offering an introduction to Kodály, and the other a Kodály refresher, will be taught by one of America's leading Kodály experts and a top clinician in the field — Dr. Jill Trinka. The workshops are designed for music teachers and college students who are interested in teaching music students (and college students get a discount).
The Kodály Concept is a comprehensive, sequential program that integrates the best ideas, techniques, and approaches to music education universally proven to be successful. The program builds musicianship through the singing of folk songs, classical music, and other quality materials.
The cost for the “Intro to Kodály” workshop, which will run from July 16 to July 18, is $180 ($50 for currently enrolled college students). Workshop participants will learn the basics of Kodály-based music curriculum essentials for grades K-5, gaining valuable tools and techniques that can be put to use in the classroom.
The “Kodály Refresher” workshop, which will run from July 18 to July 20, is $180, and $50 for currently enrolled college students. Individuals already familiar with Kodály, can take this refresher course which will explore pedagogy and process in depth. Attendees will also learn to write meaningful lesson plans, create smooth transitions, and expand their knowledge of literature.
Interested individuals can register for both courses for only $350, with currently enrolled college students getting both workshops at a real deal – just $75. For more information, call the Spivey Hall Education Department at (678) 466-4481 or visit http://www.spiveyhall.org/professional-development-for-teachers/kodaly-teacher-training-workshop
Clayton State to Host Kick-off Meeting for Strategic Economic Development Planning, July 19
Clayton County’s new initiative, the launch of a strategic economic development planning project led by Georgia Tech, and in collaboration with the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, Clayton County Development Authority and Clayton State University, will kick-off with a meeting on Thursday, July 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Clayton State’s Harry S. Downs Center, room 101.
All Clayton County residents are invited to attend. The meeting will be facilitated by economic development specialists from Georgia Tech, and light refreshments will be provided.
The development of a new strategic plan intended to guide the county’s economic development efforts during the years ahead will include an eight-step planning process facilitating a steering committee, the kick-off meeting, reviewing recent initiatives, interviewing stakeholders, hosting community forums, engaging Clayton State University, performing a target industry analysis, and developing the strategic plan. The work is expected to be completed by the end of calendar 2012.
“As a comprehensive, publicly-supported university, we believe Clayton State must serve as a steward of place,” says Clayton State President Dr. Thomas Hynes. “Whether through contributing to a more educated workforce; sharing faculty and student knowledge resources in management, small business and entrepreneurship, logistics, health care, archival research; or advancing the arts and social sciences, this economic analysis will help our shared work in the county and the region.”
Coming to America: Celebrating the Immigrant Experience, July 20
The National Archives at Atlanta will be holding, “Coming to America: Celebrating the Immigrant Experience” on Friday, July 20, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Coming to America: Celebrating the Immigrant Experience will feature various activities celebrating the immigrant experience, including the unveiling of "The Lost Mural" a recreation by Andrew Sabori of a mural that hung at Ellis Island. The original mural, commissioned by the WPA in 1938 and painted by Edward Laning, was displayed at Ellis Island until the early 1950s at which time a storm destroyed most of the mural.
In 2003 Andrew Sabori, an artist and muralist, visited Ellis Island to find out more information about the original mural. He subsequently uncovered a photograph of the original and decided to recreate it for exhibit and educational purposes. It will be unveiled at the National Archives at Atlanta on July 20.
Several prominent members of the Atlanta community who came to America will share their experiences about what becoming an American means to them.
A naturalization ceremony will conclude the formal program, followed by a complimentary lunch.
Following lunch, interviews will be conducted with program participants, other invited dignitaries, and newly naturalized citizens. These interviews will preserve their stories for future generations.
Anyone from Clayton State is welcome to attend Coming to America: Celebrating the Immigrant Experience.
Hiking – Registration Deadline Tuesday, July 24
Hike the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River!
Destination: Amicalola Falls State Park, Ga.
Date: Saturday, July 28
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, firstname.lastname@example.org
SBDC to Host “Starting a Business” Workshop at Clayton State – Fayette, Aug. 2
Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will once again be hosting its popular a “Starting a Business” workshop, a comprehensive workshop on important decisions you make prior to opening a business, in Fayette County.
The workshop will be held on Thursday, Aug. 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Clayton State – Fayette instructional site, 100 World Dr., Ste. 100, in Peachtree City.
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. In addition, Clayton State students and employees also get 50 percent off. Please contact Heather Chaney at email@example.com
for the discount code before registering. To register, go to: http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?cart=7bf363d5-73aa-48f5-b348-46708521dded&page_name=view_cart&addproduct=112166
Seventh Annual New Student Convocation Scheduled for Aug. 10
Clayton State University’s Seventh Annual New Student Convocation is scheduled to take place on Friday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Spivey Hall.
This year’s keynote address will be provided by Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes. The ceremony’s purpose is to inspire, motivate and formally welcome new students into the university community.
Clayton State faculty and staff who participate in the procession portion of the ceremony are kindly requested to wear their academic regalia. Last year’s ceremony had its largest attendance for new students, faculty and staff.
Additional information will be forthcoming in Laker Lines regarding the RSVP process and ceremony details.
If you have questions regarding the ceremony, please contact Celena Milner or Michelle Ellis at (678) 466-5443; Office of Orientation & New Student Programs, Student Center, room 218.
Alumni Association to Sponsor Clayton State Night at Turner Field, Aug. 13
Friends of Clayton State University, it’s time for a special trip to the ballpark.
The Clayton State Alumni Association will sponsor Clayton State Night at the Atlanta Braves’ Turner Field on Monday, Aug. 13. The event is open to alumni, faculty/staff, students and friends of the University.
First pitch will be at 7:10 p.m., as Atlanta faces off against National League West opponent San Diego Padres.
The tickets will be located in the Lower Level Terrace View (Section 225) and will be only $8.Normally these tickets range from $25 to $30 each. Dues-paying Alumni Association members will have the opportunity to receive an additional discount.
Tickets are limited, and the Alumni Association asks that alumni and friends to please RSVP as soon as possible. For more information about purchasing tickets, please contact Gid Rowell, director of Alumni Relations, at (678) 466-4477 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets can be purchased online at www.clayton.edu/alumnigift
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.