Volume 8, #113
New in this Issue
Clayton State Testing Center Reopens Today in Arbor Hall
The Clayton State University Testing Center, which provides standardized college-related testing for both Clayton State students and the general public, has relocated to Arbor Hall at Clayton State – East.
The Testing Center’s services include college entrance exams, placement exams, exit testing, and program-specific entrance tests. Services also include independent study (distance learning) exams, the TOEFL, and other program testing.
Building Name Changes Official, Oct. 1
Tuesday, Oct. 1 marks the official changeover of the names of two of Clayton State’s buildings. The Student Center will officially become Edgewater Hall and the Athletics & Fitness Center will become the Athletics Center.
The Clayton State website and campus maps will be updated shortly to reflect these changes.
Skullcandy Crusher Tour Coming, Oct. 3
The Skullcandy Crusher Tour is coming on campus this Thursday, Oct. 3, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the SAC Green. This events is in association with NACS Student Appreciation Day and the SGA’s Student Success Day. More details to come Wednesday.
Budget Managers' Handbook Training
The Budget Office will soon be rolling out a new Budget Managers’ Handbook. This handbook will have sections associated with all areas of business functions to help you in processing your business transactions throughout the year. Therefore, we will be offering the annual Budget Management Training course. This training will include the normal budgetary report training, but in addition to that it will also introduce the other sections in the Budget Managers’ Handbook.
For those new to the budget management area on campus this year, this training will show you the reports you will need to submit on a quarterly basis and how to monitor your budget throughout the year. The budget portion of this training that is provided is also located at the link below as a PowerPoint presentation. It gives you a step by step process along with screen shots of how to run each report you will need to run in PeopleSoft.
We will be having two separate sessions of the same training course. The dates, times, and locations of those training sessions are as follows:
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to noon, Arbor Hall Auditorium - 102
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., UC-416
Those of you that would like to attend this training course will need to send an email to Scott McElroy with a copy to Nicole Harris with the session that you would like to attend.
Here is the link for the presentation:
Here is the link for PeopleSoft Financials:
You will need to have a User ID and Password in order to login to PeopleSoft Financials. If you are having access problems or need a User ID and Password, you will need to contact Celeste Wade at ext. 4372.
Fall 2013 Teacher Education Film Series Opens Sept. 30
“First Generation” tells the story of four high school students — an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers — who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education.
This documentary, to be shown from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30 in room CE101 of the Harry S. Downs Center, explores the problem of college access faced by first generation and low-income students and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation.
Subsequent presentations in the Film Series at set for Oct. 8 (“Temple Grandin”), Oct. 28 (“Bully”), and Nov. 4 (“American Teacher”).
Comcast Senior VP to Speak to Management Principles Class, Oct. 2
Dr. Leon Prieto is pleased to invite faculty and staff to visit his Management Principles class on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. in Arts and Sciences room 229 to listen to Steven Gillenwater, the senior vice president of HR at Comcast Cable.
Staff Council Election Information Session, Oct. 2
It is time to elect new delegates for Staff Council. An information session regarding staff elections is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 10:30 a.m., in room UC 260, the Boardroom of the James M. Baker University Center.
All areas/departments (see below for the list) are open for new delegates to serve. If you have questions, then please do not hesitate to contact Heidi Benford, Staff Council chair.
Academic Support (CAS, CID, Library & Testing)
Division of Student Affairs (Counseling, Career Services, Disability Services, Student Life & Orientation, Athletics & Housing)
CE, Extended Programs, Spivey and Music
Enrollment Services (Admissions, Recruitment, Financial Aid & Registrar)
External Affairs (President’s Office, Human Resources, External Relations)
Our Genealogy Group Meeting, Oct. 6
Our Genealogy Group will hold its next meeting on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the James M. Baker University Center at Clayton State University.
Angela Pendleton will be giving a lecture on what can be found at the local court house. Marriage Licenses, Death Certificates, Wills, Deeds and more will be discussed. See the blog, ourgenealogygroup.blogspot.com for more information.
Our Genealogy Group also has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourgenealogygroup/. This is the place to get quick answers to genealogy questions without waiting on the next meeting. For more information on Our Genealogy Group, contact Clayton State Archivist Rosemary Fischer at (678) 466-4333.
Clayton State/ Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra Concert, Oct. 8
The Clayton State University Orchestra and the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a concert by French composers on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall.
The works to be performed are the Petite Suite by Debussy, the Symphony in D Minor by Franck and the Fanfare from La Peri by Dukas.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children over the age of six. Tickets may be purchased through the Spivey Hall box office or at the door.
Fifth Annual Diversity and Multicultural Conference, Oct. 11
Clayton State’s Fifth Annual Diversity and Multicultural Conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Student Activities Center Ballroom.
The Diversity and Multicultural Conference is a dynamic and interactive one-day development opportunity that gives participants the essential knowledge and strategies needed to lead and function in a globally complex society. This conference is a great career and personal development opportunity for students, faculty and staff; separate conference tracks are implemented to meet the needs of both groups.
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For more information regarding the conference, contact Lakiesa C. Rawlinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 466-5421.
CNN VP to Visit Management Principles and Organization Behavior Class, Oct. 16
Lanze Thompson, the vice president of Finance for CNN will visit Dr. Leon Prieto’s “Management Principles and Organization Behavior” class on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The class is from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. in the Arts and Sciences building, room G229. Interested faculty and staff are invited to attend.
Eighth Annual Showcase Clayton, Oct. 17
On Thursday, Oct. 17, the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host the premier business and community expo, the Eighth Annual Showcase Clayton.
This free event is presented by Clayton State University and will be held at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, Recreation Outreach Center, 148 Church St., Jonesboro, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
This event is a great opportunity for businesses to exhibit their products and services, as well as network with the community and fellow business leaders. The expo is also a family-friendly event and will include special entertainment just for children. The evening will be filled with networking, food, door prizes and festivities.
For more information, go to the Eighth Annual Showcase Clayton Business & Community Expo webpage: http://www.claytonchamber.org/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=363.
Teacher Education Lunch and Learn Series, Oct. 21
Teacher Education is once again organizing a Lunch and Learn series for faculty and staff who want learn about using technology. These sessions will take place in A&S 205 in the Resource Room.
Faculty and staff, both novices and experts in using technology, are encouraged to bring a lunch and come share in the knowledge.
Oct. 21—Ipads and other gadgets
Nov. 4—Lockbox and Tools for Organizing
Clayton State Retirees Annual Fall Luncheon, Nov. 6
The Clayton State Retirees Association’s Annual Fall Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6, from noon to 2 p.m. in room CE101 of the Harry S. Downs Center.
Fall 2013 Visiting Writer’s Reading Series, Nov. 14
For this semester, the Visiting Writer’s Reading Series is trying something new… a large event featuring Janisse Ray.
The event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14, and will include a lecture/presentation at 2:10 p.m. in room UC 416 of the Baker Center and a poetry reading at 5:30 p.m. in room UC 272 of the Baker Center.
Writer, naturalist and activist Ray is author of four books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature poetry. She is on the faculty of Chatham University’s low-residency MFA program and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and in 2007 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Unity College in Maine.
Ray has won a Southern Booksellers Award for Poetry 2011, Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction 1999, an American Book Award 2000, the Southern Environmental Law Center 2000 Award for Outstanding Writing, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award 2000. Her “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood” was a New York Times Notable Book and was chosen as the Book All Georgians Should Read.
Ray attempts to live a simple, sustainable life on a farm in southern Georgia with her husband, Raven Waters. Ray is an organic gardener, seedsaver, tender of farm animals, and slow-food cook. She lectures widely on nature, community, agriculture, wildness, sustainability and the politics of wholeness.
For more information, go to http://janisseray.weebly.com/publicity-kit.html.
Clayton State Announces Plans to Start Athletic Hall of Fame
Clayton State recently kicked off 2013-14 athletic season, and it will be an extra special one in the history of Laker Athletics program.
In the athletic program’s 24th year of competition, Athletic Director Carl McAloose announces that Clayton State will start its Athletic Hall of Fame during the upcoming season with the first class of inductees planned for enshrinement in February of 2014.
“After speaking with many people associated with our program, we feel like it is time to start a Clayton State Athletics Hall of Fame,” says McAloose. “We’ve had hundreds of student-athletes along with many coaches, administrators and community members who have excelled at the highest levels, and we look forward to recognizing their achievements with such a lasting honor.”
Nominations for Hall of Fame inductees will be open to the public, beginning today via the Clayton State Athletics website. Along with an online nomination, the site also includes the criteria for nomination and the selection process.
From the nominations, a Hall of Fame committee, consisting of 12 members will select the inductees. The Committee consists of athletic department administrators/coaches, university faculty/ staff and community members.
The deadline for nominations will be Monday, Nov. 4. Plans are for the first Hall of Fame Class to be announced in January of 2014 and to be recognized at Homecoming festivities, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15.
For info on nomination and selection criteria, visit http://www.claytonstatesports.com/HallofFame/Criteria.
To nominate a candidate online, visit http://www.claytonstatesports.com/HallofFame/nominationform.
Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace Notice
Prior to Oct. 1, employees will be receiving a Health Insurance Marketplace communication in the mail from the University System of Georgia. Under the Affordable Care Act, the University System of Georgia is required to provide this notice to its employees. The notice will be mailed to all University System of Georgia employees. This includes all regular, temporary, faculty, staff, and student employees who receive a payroll check whether one-time or on a recurring basis, but does not include retirees who are working (or retirees in general).
If you have questions about the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchange), FAQs prepared by the USG will be posted on the Clayton State HR Employee Benefits website by Oct. 1, and you may visit the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace website at https://www.healthcare.gov/families/. The State of Georgia has opted not to operate a Health Insurance Marketplace, so individuals in Georgia choosing to enroll in health insurance through an Exchange will use the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace to enroll in coverage.
The University System of Georgia’s HSA Open Access POS plan meets the Affordability Requirement under the Affordable Care Act. Therefore, in general, University System of Georgia employees who are eligible for health insurance and therefore have access to this plan will not be eligible for a tax credit in 2014 through the Health Insurance Marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act.
Additional information regarding health insurance in 2014 will be provided during Open Enrollment (Nov. 11 to Nov. 22) and at the Fall Benefits Fair (Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SAC). More information about these events will be provided very soon.
Buy a Meal Plan, Get a Free Meal… Are You Up for the Challenge?
It's back, but with a twist. To help introduce faculty and staff to Sodexo's new Mindful dining options in the Lakeside Dining Hall, we want you to take the Mindful Dining Challenge (MDC). The Challenge is to have 16 meals in the Dining Hall by Dec. 9 that contain at least one Mindful item* and get $10 in LakerBucks!
Here's how it works: Stop by the LakerCard Center between Sept. 23 and Oct. 4 and buy a meal plan. You will receive an additional meal for FREE and be signed up for the Challenge. You will also receive an MDC punch card. Each time you visit the Dining Hall and have at least one Mindful item, you will get your MDC card punched. After 16 punches, return your MDC card to the LakerCard Center and get $10 in LakerBucks added to your LakerCard!
For each meal with a Mindful item, you will get your card punched once.
*Mindful entrees and sides are identified by a heart-shaped apple icon on the menu. Also a salad or sandwich entree qualifies as a Mindful item.
Limit one additional free meal during the promotion. One punch card per person. One MDC card punch per meal. The Challenge ends Dec. 9, and completed punch cards must be returned to the LakerCard Center by Dec. 13.
Look for a flyer in your mailbox this week. For more information about Mindful dining, visit: http://mindful.sodexo.com/.
The Mindful Dining Challenge has been developed in cooperation with HCMG 6500.
Flu Shots Now Available
University Health Services is now offering the intradermal flu vaccine for this year. For more information on the efficacy of the intradermal injection please visit
The cost is $15 for students, $20 for faculty/staff and community.
The hours for flu vaccine are as follows; Monday – Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Sam’s Club Partnership
Human Resources is pleased to announce a partnership with Sam's Club, the nation's largest members-only warehouse that provides members exceptional value on name-brand merchandise.
By purchasing a Partner Membership, HR is offering Clayton State employees, a way to save on personal items for yourselves and your families. If you are already a Sam's Club Member, our Partner Membership enables us to renew your current membership for 12 additional months.
Please contact the Human Resource Department no later than Oct. 18, 2013, to obtain the form necessary for taking part in this program.
If you have any questions, please contact HR, (678) 466-4230.
2013 Required Employee Training
It’s that time of the year for all faculty and staff to complete training required by Clayton State University, Board of Regents, and the State of Georgia.
The Right to Know (RTK), Ethics, Security Awareness, Campus Vehicle Use and Sexually Harassment courses must all be completed on an annual basis. During this time period, we ask that you also take a moment to review the updated Clayton State University Employee Handbook and complete a new Employee Handbook Acknowledgement Form. The signed Acknowledgement Form and five required courses should be completed by Dec. 1, 2013.
Here are the instructions to access and complete these trainings:
· Use your current Clayton State University user name and password to log into Employee Training.
· Review the Employee Handbook – Complete the Employee Acknowledgement Form and forward to HR.
· Required Trainings
o Right to Know (RTK) – At the end of the session, enter the requested information and submit.
o Ethics – Presentation, Assessment and Compliance Agreement
§ Basic – New Faculty/Staff
§ Refresher 2011 – Faculty/Staff active as of Dec. 31, 2010
o Security Awareness – Review the presentation and complete the assessment.
o Campus Vehicle Use Training – Review the videos, complete assessments, and forward the Acknowledgement Form to HR
o Sexual Harassment – Review the policy, responsibilities, and video content, then take the assessment/quiz.
For instructions on navigating the new Employee Training platform, please visit Desire2Learn Support.
Loch Shop News
For a limited time, The Loch Shop is giving away a snazzy Clayton State Lakers navy baseball cap with every $30 purchase. The promo code is 5868. Go to www.ClaytonStateGear.com for more details.
The Loch Shop is also running a new Clayton State gear free T-shirt promo. You can score a free Clayton State T-shirt on www.claytonstategear.com with a $30 purchase.
The Loch Shop is having a special sale on 2013 Women’s Basketball Elite 8/Conference Championship T-shirts. They have been put on sale for… wait for it… $8.88.
The Loch Shop has the following pricing on its clothing clearance items:
Orange tagged items are now $5
Yellow tagged items are now $10
Pink tagged items are now $15
Green tagged items are now $20
Only tagged items are on sale, but The Loch Shop also has several new arrivals that have just come into the store this week, so come and see what’s new at The Loch Shop!
The Loch Shop is now up and running on both Instagram and Twitter. The handle for both of social media platforms is lochshop.