Volume 7, #70
Day of Action Volunteers Needed, June 21
Ann Cramer, director for IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs for the Americas, and a commencement speaker at Clayton State’s May 2011 ceremony, has invited Clayton State faculty, staff and students to participate in the upcoming Day of Action on Thursday, June 21. This is a national strategic effort on the longest day of the year to advance the common good. More than 74,000 individuals participated nationwide last year.
Cramer, a past chair of the United Way Board of Directors, notes that, to celebrate United Way's 125th anniversary, there are created 125 volunteer opportunities in conjunction with the Day of Action. The activities range from a scheduled project at a local nonprofit, to something on your own for a neighbor or an activity at the office with your co-workers. A few of the options include:
- Create a home away from home by donating bedding for children receiving treatment
- Help your local library prepare for reading programs
- Paint line games in children's centers
- Host a clothing drive at work & donate items to a local nonprofit
To see the full list of activities and register, please go to; http://unitedwayatlanta.org/dayofaction/
Any Clayton State individuals or organizations planning to take part in the Day of Action should also contact the Office of University Relations, so that University Relations can maintain a record of the University’s participation in this event.
Presentation by Assistant Professor of Theatre Finalist, June 19
Patricia Henritze, finalist for a temporary appointment as Assistant Professor of Theatre for the 2012-2013 academic year, will make a public presentation in the Clayton State Theatre (G-132) 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19. The Department of Visual and Performing Arts invites all faculty and students to attend.
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity Needs Volunteers, June 19 to June 22
The Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is in need volunteers for the month of June to complete homes in a senior living community in Riverdale, Tara Oaks Senior Living Community.
All volunteers are asked to arrive at the build site by 8:30 a.m. with an estimated finish time of about 2:30 p.m. Water and Gatorade will be provided on site and Georgia Power has been coordinating donated lunches.
Work will be needed both inside and outside of the houses so please dress accordingly. All necessary tools and equipment will be available onsite. A hat and sunscreen are a good idea!
The directions to the site are as follows: Start out going North on Tara Blvd/US-41 N/US-19 N/GA-3. Turn Left on North Ave. Right on SR 85 North. Left at Roberts Drive (at the Advanced Auto Parts) and a Right on Tara Oaks Drive. One of the addresses is 6824 Tara Oaks Drive, Riverdale GA 30274, although it does not show up in a GPS. Once you arrive, please check in at the volunteer station.
Parking is limited on site, but additional parking is available at the First Baptist Church of Riverdale immediately behind the community and within walking distance of the worksite.
Presentation by Assistant Professor of Theatre Finalist, June 22
Tavia LaFollette, finalist for a temporary appointment as Assistant Professor of Theatre for the 2012-2013 academic year, will make a public presentation in the Clayton State Theatre (G-132) from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 22. The Department of Visual and Performing Arts invites all faculty and students to attend.
SAC Fitness Center Locker Rooms Renovation
The SAC Fitness Center Locker Room showers will be getting a face lift over the next couple weeks and will be closed for repairs from Monday, June 25 through Friday, July 6. The renovation will close the locker rooms to patrons.
Athletic Director Carl McAloose has agreed to allow patrons taking Group Exercise classes to use the locker rooms in the Athletic and Fitness Center to take showers.
We will also be re-painting the locker rooms and several other locations this summer.
If you have any questions regarding the renovations, please contact Ben Hopkins at (678) 466-5416 or BenjaminHopkins@Clayton.edu
HUB Summer Hours
The following summer hours will go into effect on Monday, June 18. To accommodate evening students, our Service Counter location will be open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays.
Monday - Wednesday:
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Monday - Thursday:
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
On Friday, all services will be performed at the Service Counter.
For later assistance, phone and e-mail services will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, as well as 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.
You may begin using your P-Card as of June 16. As a reminder, all transactions will post to the upcoming fiscal year’s budget (FY13).
The Loch Shop Closed for Inventory, June 27 to June 29
The Loch Shop will close early for inventory on Wednesday, June 27, at 3:30 p.m., and will be closed entirely on Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29. If you need to contact The Loch Shop, please email: email@example.com or call (678) 466-4220.
The Loch Shop will reopen on Monday, July 2, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2012 Chancellor's Customer Service Award Nominations, June 29
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 is June 29, 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.
Bursar’s Office Year-End Cutoff
The 2012 fiscal year-end is fast approaching, and Clayton State is required by the USG Board of Regents to freeze the Banner System tables on June 30, 2012. All departmental deposits are due to the Bursar’s office by 5 p.m., on Thursday, June 28, 2012.
Any deposits received after June 28, 2012 will post to fiscal year 2013.
Thank you for your attention and cooperation.
US Bank HSA Fee Reduction
Great news from US Bank! US Bank is reducing the fees for University System of Georgia HSA Plan Participants effective Aug. 1, 2102.
As of Aug. 1, US Bank HSA fees will be the following:
Account Opening fee: Waived
Monthly Administration Fee for Account Balances $2,500 and below: $2.25 per month (reduced from $2.75 per month)
Notaries on Campus
The following staff members at Clayton State are notary publics; Ros Williams (Public Safety), Dana Brown (External Relations), Wanda Davis-Bender (Academic Affairs), Amy Poole (FYARC), Vicky Smith (CoB), Nancy Franco (CIMS) and Nikia Yallah (Human Resources).
The Loch Shop Holding Inventory Sale, Starting June 18
This coming week is the time to stock up on Clayton State apparel.
The Clayton State Loch Shop is holding a one-week-only sale from Monday June 18 to Friday, June 22. Customers can take advantage of The Loch Shop’s “Buy One, Get One 50 Percent Off All Apparel Sale,” and can also receive an additional 20 percent off all clearance items.
The buy one, get one 50 percent off another apparel item of equal or lesser value, applies to original ticket price, and is valid in-store from June 18 through June 22, 2012 only. This offer is not valid on previously purchased merchandise or markdown items.
Also this sale is not combinable with any other discount, coupon, sale, storewide promotion and/or associate discount. The additional 20 percent discount applies only to marked clearance items and does not apply to the $1 table merchandise.
Alumni Association Monday Mixer, June 18
Clayton State alumni and friends, mark your calendar … the Alumni Association will be hosting a fun, social networking event for you.
The Alumni Association will be sponsoring a "Monday Mixer" on Monday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m., at the Skyboxx Restaurant and Bar in Morrow.
The Mixers are casual, free from admission (you just pay for what you order), and without agenda. In other words, come enjoy yourself, bring a friend, relax and network with other alumni and friends of Clayton State.
Over the next few months, the Alumni Association is hoping to congregate at restaurants with open porches or decks (weather permitting) – the perfect setting for food and friends, with the laid back, enjoy yourself atmosphere that make Mondays seem a little easier to get through!
Skyboxx Restaurant and Bar is located at 2180 Mt. Zion Pkwy., in Morrow (located next to Country Inn & Suites). To RSVP, please contact Alumni Director Gid Rowell by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone (678) 466-4477.
Free Small Business Financing Workshop Sponsored by SBDC and the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, June 19
A free Small Business Financing Workshop will be sponsored by the Clayton State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, June 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Harry S. Downs Center.
Among the subjects to be discussed are; commercial loans, personal loans, SBA loans, lines of credit, A/R financing, credit cards, and alternative financing.
Anyone considering starting a new business venture, or anyone in need of additional financing for an existing business will want to attend.
To register, go to; http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?cart=27ee705c-f9b3-4a7e-b03a-289392cf0993&page_name=view_cart&addproduct=112169
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!
General Stephens’ Retirement Reception, June 22
A retirement reception will be held for Vice President of External Relations Brigadier General (Ret.) Robert L. “Steve” Stephens on Friday, June 22, at 10 a.m. in room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center.
National Archives at Atlanta Welcomes Author of Book Tracing Story of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Ancestors, June 26
The National Archives at Atlanta, in partnership with Clayton County, is proud to welcome Rachel L. Swarns for a program on her new book “American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama,” on Tuesday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m.
Beginning in the 1800s, the book tells the captivating story of Obama’s ancestors and their five-generation journey from slavery to the most prominent position in our nation. First Lady Obama’s great, great, great grandmother, Melvinia Shields, was a slave on a farm in what is now Clayton County. As a teenage girl, she ultimately give birth to mixed race children, the first born of which was to become Obama’s great, great grandfather, Dolphus Shields.
The program begins at 6:30 p.m., with an author discussion, followed by a book signing. Please note that there is no cost to attend the event; however each attendee must register at: www.claytoncountyga.gov/michelleobamabook
In addition, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners will dedicate
a memorial monument honoring the life and legacy of Shields on Tuesday, June 26, 3 p.m. in the Historic Rex Village, 3724 Mill Walk in Rex. The ceremony will include remarks by Eldrin Bell, chairman, Clayton County Board of Commissioners; James McSweeney, regional administrator, The National Archives at Atlanta; Bruce Green, director of Tourism Product Development, Georgia Department of Economic Development. New York Times correspondent Swarns will be a special guest.
This monument was made possible through a grant from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
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
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.
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 email@example.com
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.