Volume 8, #18
CE Giving 50 Percent Discount for “A Valentine Cabaret,” Feb. 15
The Clayton State University Center for Continuing Education will present “A Valentine Cabaret” with Elise Witt and Mick Kinney on Friday, Feb. 15, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., in the Harry S. Downs Center on the Clayton State main campus in Morrow.
The Center for Continuing Education is giving a 50 percent discount to all faculty, staff and students and any special Valentine date or friend that they bring to the event. Regular prices are $29 per person, or $49 per couple. To sign up to attend this event, call (678) 466-5050 or (678) 466-5118.
It’ll be special evening on the shores of Clayton State’s Swan Lake, celebrating Valentine’s Day with music, dancing, laughter and a coffee and dessert bar, and featuring Kinney’s humor and piano playing with Witt’s voice and world music repertoire. Witt, who can sing in seven languages, has previously appeared on the Clayton State campus with the ASO in world-famous Spivey Hall. She has also performed in the Kennedy Center.
The Witt/Kinney performance will be a musical and comedy event featuring songs from the romantic to the ridiculous.
February Service Learning: “Forever Young at Heart,” Today at Noon
Grandparents and older relatives often find themselves with little to do after retiring and/or watching their children grow up and move away. The Clayton State University Department of Campus Life’s February Service Learning Series will focus on how physical, mental and social activities help seniors maintain a healthy, mind, body and spirit.
On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the Service Learning Series will discuss the importance of keeping active and social activities for senior adults. All are welcome to come out and participate in this discussion in room UC268 of the James M. Baker University Center, from noon to 1 p.m.
Then, on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Clayton State students will help to facilitate the Saturday afternoon BINGO game and other activities for seniors at the Summerset Assisted Living Community in Atlanta.
For additional information, contact LaShanda Hardin at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (678) 466-5424.
Shirley Franklin Returns to Clayton State for School of Nursing Faculty Scholars Program, Feb. 14, Feb. 15
Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Clarke Franklin, one of the Clayton State University School of Nursing’s 2012/2013 Faculty Scholars, will be speaking at the University on Thursday, Feb. 14 and Friday, Feb. 15.
Franklin’s presentations on, “Lessons in Leadership: The Power of One” are free and open to the public, although pre-registration is requested. To register, go to https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_babltpkk3tYCddb
Franklin will be speaking in room CE301 of the Harry S. Downs Center on Thursday, Feb. 14, with registration at 4:30 p.m., and the presentation and discussion from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. On Friday, Feb. 15, registration and coffee will be from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and the presentation and discussion will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday’s event will be held in room CE101 of the Downs Center.
The focus of Franklin’s presentation will be on men and women whose conviction and determination made a difference in our America. Examples will include Eugene Patterson (AJC editor in 1960's), Barbara Jordan (first African-American woman to serve in Congress), Betty Ford (former first lady) and Tom Cousins (Atlanta developer), among others.
Women’s Forum Scholarships, Applications Due, Feb. 15
Clayton State Women’s Forum is accepting applications for the organization’s annual scholarship awards. Applications are due by Feb. 15. For more information visit http://www.clayton.edu/womens-forum/scholarships
or contact Dr. Angelyn Hayes. The Women’s Forum Scholarship Committee considers applications for the General Student Scholarship and for the Staff Member Professional Development Scholarship.
Bursar’s Office to Close Early, Feb. 15
The Bursar’s Office will close at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, Feb. 18.
Sixth Annual Southeast Philosophy Congress at Clayton State University, Feb. 15, Feb. 16
On Feb. 15 and Feb. 16, Clayton State University is hosting the Sixth Annual Southeast Philosophy Congress, sponsored by the Department of Humanities and College of Arts and Sciences.
Clayton State students, their peers and researchers from across the country will be on hand to share and discuss papers.
This year we are also happy to welcome as our keynote speaker Dr. Mark Risjord, professor of Philosophy, Emory College of Arts and Sciences; professor of Nursing, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. All are welcome to attend Risjord’s talk on Jazz Improvisation and the Problem of Joint Action
takes place Friday, Feb. 15, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:24 p.m. in room UC 322 of the James M. Baker University Center.
All talks for the
Sixth Annual Southeast Philosophy Congress are free and open to the public. Check our webpage on for more information on this and past congresses: http://www.clayton.edu/humanities/philosophy/congress
Alumni Association to Host Two Basketball Watch Parties, Feb. 16
The Clayton State University men’s basketball team will be playing on national television on Saturday, Feb. 16, and the Clayton State Alumni Association is planning on celebrating the occasion with two “Watch Parties,” one on the north side of Atlanta, and one on the south side of Atlanta.
“Join us as at noon on Saturday, Feb. 16, as we cheer on the Clayton men's basketball team, who will play the University of Montevallo in a nationally televised game,” says Clayton State Director of Alumni Relations Leila Tatum.
For the convenience of Laker fans, the Alumni Association will be hosting watch parties at The Rose & Crown Tavern, 1931 Powers Ferry Rd., SE, Atlanta, and the Skyboxx Restaurant & Sports Bar, 2180 Mount Zion Pkwy., Morrow.
by Thursday, Feb. 14.
This will be the first time a Laker men’s basketball game will be nationally televised. The game at the University of Montevallo will be the NCAA Division II Game of the Week and will be broadcast live on the CBS College Sports Network. Tip-off for the contest in Montevallo, Ala., is set for 11 a.m. central time, or noon eastern time. In January 2011, the Lakers women’s basketball team, on the way to the 2011 national championship, defeated USC Aiken 66-60, also on the national NCAA Division II Game of the Week.
"This national game is great exposure for our University, and our program," says head coach Gordon Gibbons. "We are excited CBS selected Clayton State."
Clayton State played Montevallo this past Saturday for Homecoming and defeated the Falcons 66-64 in the closing seconds on a 3-pointer by forward Charles Shedrick.
Laker fans who cannot physically join the Alumni Association at the watch parties are urged to join in spirit by tuning in to the CBS College Sports Network at noon on Feb. 16. The channel finder for CBS sports network is located at http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com/channel-finder
On Comcast in metro Atlanta, it is channel 109 and 822 (HD).
Free Tax Assistance from College of Business Accounting Students, Feb. 16
Accounting students from Clayton State University will once again be participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, hosted by the University’s College of Business.
This free service will be offered at the College of Business on the following Saturdays: Feb. 16, Feb. 23, Mar. 16, and Mar. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Taxpayers will be assisted on a first come, first serve basis.
Invasive Plant Pull at Reynolds Nature Preserve, Feb. 16
Volunteers are needed for an invasive plant pull at the Reynolds Nature Preserve on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9:45 a.m. to noon. The rain date is Saturday, Feb. 23.
Reynolds Nature Preserve continues to be threatened by invasive exotic plants such as kudzu, privet and English Ivy. If we wish Reynolds Nature Preserve to have a future as a native plant area, these invasive foreign plants need to be controlled.
If you visit Reynolds before this date, ask staff to tell you about the invasive plants there and their work in trying to control them. If you have questions about the workday, call Reynolds Nature Center at (770) 603-4188. You can also call the Nature Center to register for the workday, or join at last minute without registering if you find you are able to come Saturday morning.
* We will meet at the Nature Center at 9:45 a.m., for instructions, from where we will leave to pull ivy and privet from selected areas of the preserve.
* Please wear long pants and long sleeves as protection from briars and the limited poison ivy… please bring work gloves and clippers if you have them.
* Free Reynolds Nature Preserve T-shirts for every two workdays that you attend.
* You will be notified by e-mail in case of inclement weather, or call if there is a question whether the work day will take place.
Procurement Day, Feb. 27
You are invited to attend our very first Procurement Training Day at the Clayton State -- East Auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The training will be administered by the Procurement Services Staff.
The focus of the training will be to improve the execution, knowledge, and understanding of Procurement policies and procedures.
“We are so excited about the upcoming Procurement Training Day, Feb. 27, 2013!” says Director of Procurement Services Marcia Jones. “We have planned a full day of learning about state contracts, bids and the bid process, new purchasing limits and so much more.
“During the day, our schedule will consist of…”
11 a.m.- noon -- State Contracts:
What are state contracts, where to find them, how do they benefit the University and when should we utilize state contracts? We will navigate through the State Purchasing website, so please bring your laptop to follow along.
1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. – WORKS
: Attendees will learn the proper way to allocate transactions, print the Clayton State GL Memo Statement, dispute a transaction and view other reports. We will navigate through the WORKS website, so please bring your laptop to follow along.
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. -- New Purchasing Limits:
We will discuss the limits and the acceptable methods of payment, review the “three quote” rule and share best practices.
3:10 p.m. - 4 p.m. -- Special Purchasing:
Bids over $25k, Sole Source/Sole Brand, RFP’s and RFI’s and RFQ’s. We will discuss the bid process when placing bid announcements on the Georgia Procurement Registry, discuss Sole Source and Sole Brand bids, and explain the difference between RFQs, RFPs, RFIs and RFQCs.
The day will begin promptly at 11a.m., with the first training class, and finish at 4 p.m. You may select to attend all four, or you can choose only the ones that suit your procurement needs.
Please sign up by emailing the name of the class or classes you plan to attend to Purchasing@clayton.edu
no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25.
We look forward to your attendance! Thank you in advance and hope to see you there!
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at email@example.com
Southern Crescent Symphony and Clayton State University Orchestras to Play at Spivey Hall, Mar. 10
The Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra and the Clayton State University Orchestra will be playing at the University’s world-famous Spivey Hall on Sunday, Mar. 10
The theme for the 3 p.m. performance will be: The Orchestra at the Opera. Celebrating the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, the orchestra will present orchestral works from operas by Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Wagner.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for Clayton State students, faculty and staff.
Dr. Richard Bell, Clayton State assistant professor of Music, and conductor of the Southern Crescent Symphony, will conduct the performance.
Announcing… Laker Perks
Don’t miss out on valuable discounts and special offers available exclusively to Clayton State University faculty, students and staff. Along with providing for the health and well-being of our employees through traditional health, dental and vision plans, Clayton State University provides additional discounts known as “Laker Perks” to all full time and part-time employees and students.
These discounts range from entertainment, financial services to retail and health services. Check out the many great offers on the Human Resources Laker Perks
), or call (678) 466-4239, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
, or stop by the Human Resources office at Clayton State – East for questions, comments, suggestions or more information.
Outdoor Adventure Information
Rock Climbing / Bouldering
We will be climbing on the southernmost vestiges of the Cumberland Plateau, an area of large boulders has been exposed on the top of the broad ridge. It is here that some of the best bouldering can be found. The featured rock, long low roofs, and shear variety provide scores of challenges.
Destination: Rocktown, Ga.
Trip Date: Saturday, Feb. 23
Sign-up Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 19
Fly over 900 and 1000 foot-long zip lines at 200 feet high over the gorge. These are not baby zip lines! Get up close to Mother Nature with another nine sky bridge walks that range up to 80 feet in height. On this tour: experience a total of 12 zip lines and up to10 sky bridges.
Destination: Banning Mills, Ga.
Trip Date(s): Saturday, Mar. 2
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 19
Please check website for restrictions.
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, email@example.com
Members of the Clayton State Community Invited to Attend Next CSRA Meeting, Feb. 19
Martha Lanier, a nationally-recognized speaker who is known for her distinctive presentation style that is both informative and entertaining, will speak to the Clayton State Retirees Association on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at the National Archives at Atlanta.
Lanier provides an entertaining and action-packed program that demonstrates how to maintain a positive attitude, regain control and enjoy living a healthy, productive lifestyle regardless of your age. Based out of Atlanta, she travels nationwide presenting keynotes and seminars to organizations on living your best life. For more information visit her website at http://www.MarthaLanier.com
Visitors from Clayton State are welcome to attend this presentation. A catered lunch which includes choice of sandwich, choice of side item, choice of dessert, and a drink, will be served at 12:15 p.m. The cost of lunch is $10.
If you wish to make reservations for lunch, contact Martha Wicker (770-364-5348 or firstname.lastname@example.org
) by Thursday, Feb. 14.
NOTE: To facilitate the security screening check at the entrance to the National Archives, please arrive a few minutes early and bring a photo ID. Reminder: No knives (including pocket knives) or weapons of any kind are permitted in the facility.
Sexual Health Expo, Feb. 20
It’s a party! Get love or get lust. You don’t want to be the only one missing out on all the fun. University Health Services will sponsor a Sexual Health Expo on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the SAC ballroom. Come join in the fun and get informed. Games, giveaways and more…
11th Annual South Metro Development Outlook Conference, Feb. 20
annual South Metro Development Outlook Conference (SMDO) will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center located at 2000 Convention Center Concourse in College Park, Georgia. This year’s theme is Collaborate to Compete
Recognized as the largest event of its kind in south metropolitan Atlanta, SMDO will focus on critical topics of interest that impact growth in South Metro including Economic Forecasting, “Aerotropolis,” Economic Development, the film Industry and more! The Conference highlights the City of Atlanta and the following counties: Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, Spalding and South Fulton.
Admission is $40 early registration, $50 registration and $55 on-site registration. For more information visit www.smdoconference.com
or call (404) 684-7031.
Teacher Education Opens Spring 2013 Education Speaker Series, Feb. 21
The Clayton State University Department of Teacher Education will open its Spring 2013 Education Speaker Series in February with two presentations.
On Thursday, Feb. 21, the Clayton State Departments of English, Interdisciplinary Studies and Teacher Education will present: A Literary Discussion of Ernest Gaines' “A Lesson Before Dying.” The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be held in room G101 of the Clayton State Arts & Sciences Building, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 3:35 p.m. to 4:50 p.m., Georgia State University’s Dr. Brian Williams will present, “Urban Education and the Impact on African-American Children,” in room
B11of the Clayton State Lecture Hall. This presentation is also free and open to the public.
Future presentation topics in the series will include international teachers, a young adults authors panel and a charter schools panel.
The Sixth Ogden/N.Y. Times First Amendment Essay Contest, Entries Due, Feb. 22
The Fifth Annual Civic Engagement Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Conference at Clayton State University announces The Sixth Ogden/N.Y. Times First Amendment Essay Contest.
This is the sixth time that an award will be presented to a currently enrolled student for literary achievement in the area of First Amendment rights, and free speech, in particular. The award is named in memory of James H. Ogden, Jr., late husband of Professor Judith Stilz Ogden, who was a lifelong supporter of First Amendment Rights. It is underwritten by the N.Y. Times
Any currently enrolled undergraduate student is eligible. The authors of the first and second place papers will be required to present their papers at The Fifth Annual Civic Engagement Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Conference on Mar. 22, at the National Archives at Atlanta.
This year’s topic is: “Should Corporations Have a Constitutional Right to Political Speech?”
The essay requirements:
Student submissions are limited to 2000 words, with a minimum of 750 words required.
Students should follow MLA or APA writing guidelines.
The Internet should not be the only source for the essay.
Wikipedia should not be used.
Reference to the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, and related U.S. Supreme Court cases is recommended.
The essay must be solely the work of the entrant.
Students must submit an electronic copy of the essay. It should be sent via email, and the email message should include the student’s name, address, phone number(s), and email address, to Professor Judith Ogden, 2013 Project Chair, College of Business, JudithOgden@clayton.edu.
Information about the student should appear nowhere on the essay, or the essay will be disqualified. The essay should be typed and double-spaced using 12-point font. Entries must be received by 5 p.m., E.S.T., on Feb. 22.
CIMS to Host Regional MathCounts Competition, Feb. 23
The College of Information and Mathematical Sciences (CIMS) at Clayton State University is hosting the MathCounts state regional competition on Saturday, Feb. 23.
The event is run by the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers, with Clayton State as the site host and Dr. Catherine Matos, associate professor of Mathematics the Clayton State coordinator. Matos expects to have about 100 middle schoolers for the competition, plus their team coaches and parents. In addition to the competition, Associate Director of Recruitment and Marketing for the Clayton State Office of Recruitment and Admissions Penny Brooks will be speaking to the students.
Nontraditional Student Organization Black History Health Awareness Week Moved to Feb. 25 to Feb. 28
Due to a conflict with Clayton State University’s annual Homecoming celebration, the Clayton State Nontraditional Student Organization’s (NTSO) recognition of Black History Health Awareness Week has been moved to the week of Feb. 25 to Feb. 28.
NTSO will be raising awareness of health issues that plague the African-American population by providing preventative information from the various Clayton State departments and student organizations.
The NTSO will have an information table set up from Monday, Feb. 25, through Thursday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Main Street on the second floor of the James M. Baker University Center.
Clayton State Academic Research Conference, Mar. 15
Clayton State’s Academic Research Conference will be held on Friday, Mar. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. Research. Made Real. Here’s your chance to learn about research from all academic departments on campus as presented by the University’s exceptional students. All students are welcome to apply.
Poster presentations will be made from noon to 2 p.m. in the James M. Baker University Center. Oral presentations will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Lecture Hall.
Go to www.clayton.edu/ARC2013
for more information.
Clayton State SBDC Announces PlanSmart at the Fayette Chamber, Starting Mar. 15
Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has announced a new series of classes, PlanSmart, to be held at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.
PlanSmart will consist of three classes, held on Mar. 15, Apr. 12 and May 17. The cost is $69 per class, or $150 for the entire series. A $10 Fayette Chamber member discount is available for either individual classes or the entire series, and breakfast is provided for all three classes.
The initial offering on Friday, Mar. 15 will be “Writing a Living Business Plan.” It was originally scheduled for Feb. 19 on the Clayton State campus as “Writing an Effective Business Plan.” However, SBDC has rescheduled the class as the first offering in PlanSmart. “Writing a Living Business Plan” is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Fayette Chamber, 600 Lanier Ave., Ste. 250, Fayetteville. The class will focus on telling a compelling story, completing a SWOT analysis, and setting goals and key performance indicators.
The second class is “Finding & Refining Competitive Advantage.” Scheduled for Friday, Apr. 12, it will also run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Fayette Chamber. The class will look at finding, measuring and developing competitive advantage and making unique aspects of a business part of a marketing message.
The third class, “Pricing for Profit” will be on Friday, May 17 and will focus on better pricing tactics and strategies and matching customer pricing behaviors with pricing strategies. This class is also from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Fayette Chamber.
To register, go to www.georgiasbdc.org
, or call (678) 466-5100.
The Fifth Annual Civic Engagement Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Conference, Mar. 22
The Fifth Annual Civic Engagement Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Conference, “Getting Engaged: The Realities of Pursuing Your Passion for Civic Engagement” will be held at the National Archives at Atlanta on Friday, Mar. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Students in the University System of Georgia are encouraged to develop an individually compelling sense of social and civic responsibility, community leadership and service to society. To support this goal, Clayton State University and the National Archives at Atlanta announce the Fifth Annual Student Research Conference on Civic Engagement.
Undergraduate and graduate students attending USG schools are invited to submit papers and panel-session proposals on the broad subject of civic engagement beyond the vote.
For more information about conference activities and how to participate contact Dr. Joe Corrado at email@example.com
Clayton County Community Emergency Preparedness Seminar, Mar. 27
Please mark your calendars for the second annual Clayton County Community Emergency Preparedness Seminar, taking place on Wednesday, Mar. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Morrow Center (1180 Southlake Cir., Ste. 100, Morrow).
This year's seminar focuses on "Making Vulnerable Populations Less Vulnerable." Businesses and individuals who care for indigent, medically fragile, elderly, disabled, or non-English-speaking persons will want to attend this free seminar. Vendor opportunities are available for emergency preparedness related businesses and businesses that cater to vulnerable populations. Please see our flier and registration form and contact Doug Dugger at (678) 610-7467 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.