Volume 7, #18
Technology Planning Survey Coming Today
For nearly 20 years, technology has been seen as a vital part of fostering and supporting learning at Clayton State. Recently, President Dr. Tim Hynes asked several staff and faculty members from across campus to help frame a technology vision and plan that matches our technology resources with the university strategic plan.
To advance this project, the committee has decided to begin with an assessment of our perceptions of technology at Clayton State now. Today, Wednesday, Feb. 15, you will receive an individualized email from Qualtrics that elicits your views of technology at Clayton State today. The email will contain your own personal link to take the survey (or a personalized link that you can cut and paste into your internet browser), which will ask you to rate 20 statements using a scale of strongly agree to strongly disagree.
There are also four open-ended questions asking you for your opinion as to the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats our current IT resources present to the future of the university. Based on a pilot of the instrument taken by the planning committee members, the survey can be completed in less than 20 minutes.
Thank you for your time and responses to this important project.
Athletic Director Candidate Joseph Smith Visits Campus Today
The five finalists for the position of Director of Athletics at Clayton State will be visiting the campus this week. Each candidate will be making a public presentation on the topic, “A Vision for Intercollegiate Athletics at Clayton State University.” Everyone interested in Clayton State Athletics is not only encouraged, but urged to attend.
Each presentation will run from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in room UC260 on the James M. Baker Center. Today’s candidate is Joseph “Chip” Smith, former athletic director at Western Carolina University.
Harlem Ambassadors to Perform at Clayton State, Feb. 15
The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors are coming to Clayton State University.
The University will welcome Harlem’s “other” basketball entertainment show to the University’s Athletics & Fitness Center on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. The show, sponsored by the Clayton State Alumni Association, will be part of the University’s Homecoming festivities, which run from Feb. 13 to Feb. 18.
“Our Alumni Association wanted to provide an event for all ages that would be fun for the entire Clayton State and surrounding community to attend,” says Clayton State Alumni Association President Ben Hopkins. “It will be a lot of fun, and proceeds from the event will benefit our Benita H. Moore Scholarship.”
A spin-off of the Harlem Globetrotters, the Ambassadors offer a similar basketball show for all ages. The Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines.
“At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too,” Coach Ladè Majic says. “We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front row seat during the show, and get involved in all of the fun stuff we do.”
General admission tickets for the show are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Children under the age of six are admitted free. Group tickets will also be available at a special rate.
Hartsfield General Manager Miller to Speak at Clayton State, Feb. 15
Louis Miller, general manager of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, will be speaking at Clayton State University on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
The manager of the busiest airport in the world and the treasurer for Airports Council International, Miller is speaking as part of the Clayton State College of Business’ Jim Wood Speaker Series. Miller’s presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center,
starting at 6:30 p.m.
Women’s Forum Accepting Scholarship Applications, Deadline Today
The Clayton State Women’s Forum is accepting applications for its Ninth Annual Scholarship awards. Applicants must have completed at least one semester at Clayton State and have at least two semesters remaining before graduation. Note that there is also a Women’s Forum staff scholarship The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2012. For more information and application materials, visit the website: http://adminservices.clayton.edu/wom_forum/scholarships
The Loch Shop Homecoming, Customer Appreciation, and Semi-Annual “We Don’t Want to Count it at Inventory” Blow-out Clearance Sale, Feb. 13 to Feb. 17
- 30 percent off of select Clayton State University and Laker apparel and gift items.
- Take an additional 10 percent off of all already-reduced clearance Items.
- Up to 50 percent off of select General Interest Tradebooks, including some former books of the week, signed copies, and recent best-sellers.
- BTGO: All Bargain Books, buy two, get one free (of equal or lesser value). Prices start at just 99 cents.
- 25 percent off all games, puzzles, boxed greeting cards and stationary.
See store for details. Some restrictions apply; some items not included. Not valid on prior or future purchases; good on select in-stock items only. Offer may not be combined with any other coupon, discount, or sale event. All sales of reduced merchandise are considered final. Shop early for the best selection.
It’s a Slam Dunk; Loch is Coming to the Clayton State Homecoming Pep Rally
In preparation for his first official appearance at the Clayton State Homecoming Pep Rally on Friday, Feb. 17, the University’s new Loch has been making the rounds on campus.
To remind Laker fans of both his official personal appearance, and the importance of attending both the Pep Rally and the Homecoming doubleheader against Columbus State on Saturday, Loch stopped by the Athletics & Fitness Center for basketball practice yesterday, taking the court against both Laker teams. Although he did lose the ball a couple of times under pressure from Tanisha Woodard and Drameka Griggs (a not-uncommon problem – the Lakers have forced 646 turnovers so far this year), and had trouble stopping Teondre Williams’ jumper (he is averaging 19 points a game, after all), Loch did show some good moves to the basket and the ability to play above the rim.
Loch will make his first official appearance on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Homecoming Pep Rally, which will be held starting at noon in the Commons area of the James M. Baker University Center. Clayton State students Jamie Taylor and Edward Parks will emcee the Pep Rally, which will also feature the Homecoming Court and the basketball teams. Interested parties will even be able to have a photo op with Loch (don’t worry, he’s friendly.) The Clayton State cheerleaders will be on hand, and refreshments will be served.
The Homecoming doubleheader starts at 5:30 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 18, when Coach Dennis Cox’ fourth-ranked team takes on Columbus State. The men’s game against Columbus State will follow, starting at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Online Dining Survey
Sodexo, our dining provider, will be sending out an online survey to a random selection of students, faculty, and staff. If you receive an email from Synovate titled “Important Survey--Campus Dining Services wants your opinion,” please take a few minutes and complete the University-endorsed survey. We would appreciate your feedback.
Alumni Book Signing Postponed
The Alumni Book signing scheduled for The Loch Shop on Thursday, Feb. 16, has been postponed until later this semester due to some scheduling difficulties… namely, the combination of Homecoming, the big Loch Shop sale, and Loch needing time to select his wardrobe, have The Loch Shop and the Alumni Association pretty well booked for this week. Look for more information later in the semester.
Hot Water Shut Off in the SAC, Feb. 24 Through Feb. 26
In order to improve the appearance of the water coming from the drinking fountains and faucets in the SAC building, the hot water heater will be turned off and serviced beginning at 3 pm Friday, Feb. 24, through the evening of Sunday, Feb. 26. As such, there will be no hot water in the building during this time. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
For your information the quality of the water has been tested by the Clayton County Water Authority and is safe to drink.
Conflict Resolution Training
Conflict Resolution Training for employees (including student employees) will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
The capacity for this session is 25, and registration is required. This will be an interactive session and advanced registration will be required through Cindy Lauer, at email@example.com
Title: Dealing With Difficult People: An Introduction to Conflict Management
Course Description: Conflict is an inevitable part of our environment whether it be at home, work, or in the organization to which we belong. This 75 minute session will discuss the nature of conflict, why it occurs, and how conflict can be both
positive and negative. Participants will gain insight into their own style for managing conflict situations and learn strategies for achieving successful outcomes when disputes occur.
Target Audience: Employees (both student and professional)
Presenter: Jeff Jacobs, associate dean for Housing, Residence Life, and Student Conduct
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Laker Orientation Leaders Collecting Donations for Back to School Brigade
The 2012 Laker Orientation Leader team is asking the Clayton State University community to join them in supporting military families in the Back To School Brigade initiative.
In conjunction with Operation Homefront, the Back To School Brigade will provide children whose parents are actively serving in the military with the necessary supplies they need for school. The Laker Orientation Leaders are in need of the following items:
• Book bags (new or gently used)
• Color pencils
• Non-permanent Markers
Please drop off all items to the Office of Orientation and New Student Programs (Student Center, Room 218) by 5 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 2.
To find out more information about the Operation Homefront and the Back to School Brigade, please visit: http://www.operationhomefront.net/nc/highlights.aspx?id=12892
Notaries on Campus?
University Relations is making its semi-annual survey of the Notary Publics on campus. If you are a Notary Public, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
with your name and office location. Thank you.
Although the current forecasts call for nothing more than a little sleet mixed with rain starting around midnight tonight, and it is not anticipated that classes tomorrow will be affected, here’s what you need to know about how Clayton State handles disseminating information during weather emergencies.
During emergency weather situations, information about Clayton State’s plans will also be available on the University’s web page (www.clayton.edu
), through emails sent directly to all faculty, staff and students, on the University Relations Facebook and Twitter accounts, and through the University’s main telephone number (678) 466-4000. In addition, the four major Atlanta television stations (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox) and WSB-AM radio (AM 750) will also be notified for their school closing announcements.
Image and Communications has placed a button on the home page on the right side to more prominently (if temporarily) make access easier to the weather policy. Go to http://www.clayton.edu/about/contacts/weather
Clayton State's "Stay Safe" weather policy is as follows…
"At times of bad weather or other emergencies, University officials make decisions on whether or not to close the campus based on public safety reports and other considerations. In such cases, the safety and security of the majority of students is a prime consideration. If the University is closed, then classes are cancelled for all students.
"If the institution remains open, we recognize that there may be special circumstances that pertain to individual students that are more serious than those that apply to the majority. So, students are advised to use their best judgment about their safety and that of their families in those situations, and to consult with individual faculty members about making up lost time.
"University closure also applies to all University faculty and staff except those designated by their supervisors as essential personnel. If the institution remains open, staff should consult with their supervisor and make them aware of any individual circumstances that may exist that prevents them from reporting to duty."
The opening/closing policy for Clayton State – Fayette and the Academy for Advanced Studies in McDonough is as follows… basically, the rule will be, if the main campus is closed, Clayton State – Fayette will be closed and Clayton State classes in McDonough will not be held.
Also, if the Henry County schools are closed, Clayton State classes in McDonough will not be held. If Clayton State is open during inclement weather, the status of Clayton State – Fayette will be determined independently.
When in doubt, check the Clayton State website for details.
Athletic Director Candidates to Visit Campus This Week
The five finalists for the position of Director of Athletics at Clayton State will be visiting the campus next week. Each candidate will be making a public presentation in on the topic, “A Vision for Intercollegiate Athletics at Clayton State University.” Everyone interested in Clayton State Athletics is not only encouraged, but urged to attend.
Each presentation will run from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in room UC260 on the James M. Baker Center. The schedule of candidates is as follows;
Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Joseph “Chip” Smith
Thursday, Feb. 16 – Mark Peeler
Friday, Feb. 17 – Carl McAloose
Clayton State Homecoming 2012
Clayton State will celebrate Homecoming Week from Monday, Feb. 13 through Saturday, Feb.18. The Lakers will face in-state rival Columbus State in the Saturday Homecoming basketball contests with the women’s game at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.
The women’s team will be hosting “Play 4Kay” on Saturday. “Play 4Kay” is a nationwide initiative sponsored by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) that brings attention to breast cancer awareness.
Clayton State fans are encouraged to wear pink or accent their homecoming attire with something pink. The first 100 fans that donate at least five dollars will receive a “Play 4Kay” gift bag and be eligible for a raffle to win an additional “Play 4Kay” prize.
One hundred percent of donations given at the entrance on game day will be given to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501c (3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.
The fund was put together in memory of the late Kay Yow, the former long-time head coach at North Carolina State who died of breast cancer in January of 2009.
Clayton State will crown its 2012 Homecoming Queen and King at halftime of the men’s basketball game. After the games, the Student Government Association will be sponsoring a Homecoming Dance.
Homecoming T-Shirts on Sale
Beginning Monday, Feb. 13, the Clayton State Alumni Association will be selling Homecoming Game T-shirts, which will say “Will the Real CSU please Stand Up,” since, as you may have noticed, Clayton State is playing Columbus State University in the Homecoming games on Saturday. The shirts will be on sale all week in the University center for $10 apiece.
Homecoming Pep Rally, Feb. 17
Clayton State students Jamie Taylor and Edward Parks will emcee the Pep Rally on Friday, starting at noon in the Commons area of the James M. Baker University Center.
The Homecoming Court and athletic teams will be announced/introduced, along with the first public appearance of the new Loch mascot. Interested parties will even be bale to have a photo op with Loch (don’t worry, he’s friendly.) The Clayton State cheerleaders will be on hand, and refreshments will be served.
“Run Clayton State” 5K Run/Walk to be Held at University’s Homecoming, Feb. 18
The Clayton State University Alumni Association and the Atlanta Southside Runners will team up on Saturday, Feb. 18 for the first time for a 5K Run/Walk, “Run Clayton State.”
The race, which will be held on the University’s campus and surrounding neighborhood, will be part of Clayton State’s Homecoming festivities that same day.
Registration for the race will begin at 7:45 a.m. on the Clayton State campus, with the race beginning at 9 a.m. Cost for participants will be $15 before Feb. 10, $20 for participants after Feb. 10, and $25 on race day. Family rates will also be available for runners of three or more.
All runners will receive a T-shirt and age group winners will be recognized with awards. A special grand prize will be awarded to the top female and male winners. The event will also include breakfast after the race along with sponsor gifts.
Proceeds from the race will benefit two worthy fundraising efforts. A portion of the funds will support the Clayton State Alumni Association scholarship program, and a portion will be donated to the Zac Bradley Benefit Fund. Bradley, a member of the Clayton State men’s basketball team, was partial paralyzed last spring when a tree fell on his car during a storm and the proceeds will help cover incurred medical expenses.
Participants can register online at www.active.com
or at www.clayton.edu/alumnigift
. Downloadable registration forms can be accessed at www.revolutionrunning.net
Sharon Foote Returns for Mardi Gras Murder Mystery, Feb. 17
The Center for Continuing Education at Clayton State University is welcoming back the Alliance Theatre’s Sharon Foote on Friday, Feb. 17. Foote will once again be returning to the scene of the crime, directing the “Mardi Gras Murder Mystery.”
Down on the bayou, there has been a murder with Cajun flavor. Individuals who fancy themselves a Sherlock Holmes, or just a regular detective, or a clairvoyant, or who just like Cajun food, are invited to join Foote for an evening that begins with a murder and climaxes with clues and a dinner buffet.
The time is 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Clayton State’s Harry S. Downs Center, room 101. As noted, the chief inspector will be the Alliance Theatre’s Foote. The fee is $39, which includes a Cajun dinner buffet.
Register by calling the Center for Continuing Education at (678) 466-5050, or go to http://conted.clayton.edu/
Clayton State Hosts Fifth Annual Southeast Philosophy Conference, Feb. 17, Feb. 18
On Friday, Feb. 17, and Saturday, Feb. 18, Clayton State will be holding the Fifth Annual Southeast Philosophy Congress.
As in previous years, the University is bringing in a variety of national and international speakers for the conference, ranging from undergraduates to postdocs. The keynote speaker is Dr. Robert McCauley, the William Rand Kenan Jr., University Professor of Philosophy and the Director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture at Emory University. McCauley’s talk is titled “Maturationally Natural Cognition, Theory Ladenness, and Radically Counter-Intuitive Science.” It will be held in room UC327 of the James M. Baker University Center, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 17. McCauley’s address, along with those of all other Congress participants, is free and open to the public.
On Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., talks will be held in rooms UC267 and UC327 of the Baker Center. On Saturday, Feb. 18, the talks will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in rooms UC322 and UC327 of the Baker Center.
McCauley holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His research examines the philosophy of science (especially the philosophy of psychology and cognitive science), the cognitive science of religion, and naturalized epistemology.
The Fifth Annual Southeast Philosophy Conference is sponsored by the Clayton State Philosophy program, the Department of Humanities and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Indoor Rock Climbing, Feb. 18
Come experience Atlanta’s finest climbing facility. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level. You will have the opportunity to learn proper climbing techniques and get a feel for the sport of rock climbing. Climbing gear is provided. The registration deadline has been extended to Feb. 16.
Destination: Atlanta Rocks, Atlanta
Date: Saturday, Feb. 18
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, email@example.com
National Archives at Atlanta African American Heritage Program, Feb. 18
The National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Rd., Morrow, will feature its African American Heritage Program on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All events and Activities are free and open to the public.
The program starts at 9 a.m., with “Are You Gullah Geechee?” a symposium sponsored by the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society’s Atlanta Chapter and featuring presentations by Dr. Mary B. Ziegler, Dr. D. L. Henderson, and the Gullah Geechee Shouters.
Advance registration is required for this program, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
From noon until 5 p.m., the Archives will hold “A Taste of Africa and America,” providing bite-sized samples of African-American cuisine, along with a viewing of Denise White Fields’ exhibit, “The Artifacts of Enslavement: The Shackles and Objects of Slavery.”
From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Archives will host the Clayton County African American Arts and Heritage Festival with exhibits, historic photographs, storytelling and musical performances.
SBDC to Host “Starting a Business” at Henry Chamber of Commerce, Feb. 21
Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting a “Starting a Business” workshop, a comprehensive workshop on important decisions you make prior to opening a business, in Henry County.
The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.
Topics for discussion will include:
• traits of a successful entrepreneur
• legal structures for your business
• estimating start-up costs
• calculating financial projections & break even analysis
• sources of capital & financing alternatives
• reasons for business failure
• writing a business plan
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. To register, go to http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx? =2878b24d-b50e-4e78-8962-33502735ada8
School of Nursing Schedules Two Pre-Nursing Information Sessions in February
University’s School of Nursing (SoN) will be holding its latest IN! (Into Nursing) Pre-Nursing Information Sessions on Monday, Feb. 20, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 23, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The Monday session will be held in room B-11 of the Lecture Hall. The Thursday session will be in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center.
The purpose of the Into Nursing
information sessions is to provide pre-nursing students with important information about resources that are available to help them plan for a career in nursing. Strategies will be discussed regarding how to successfully prepare yourself for the application process and how to be successful once you are admitted to a nursing program.
The informational sessions are conducted during the fall and spring semesters by Clayton State’s Nursing Workforce Diversity grant team and the advisors in the School of Nursing. These informational sessions will be open to high school students, university students, parents and university faculty and staff.
Office of Career Services Presents the Career Expo, Feb. 22
On Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Student Activities Center Ballroom, from Noon to 3 p.m., the Office of Career Services will present the annual Career Expo.
Students and alumni are advised to bring plenty of resumes.
For more information, call (678) 466-5400 or email email@example.com
Financial Aid Closed, Feb. 22 and Feb. 23
The Financial Aid office will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and Thursday, Feb. 23, for staff training.
E-Verification and Immigration; a New York Times Talk at Clayton State, Feb. 24
Clayton State University’s partnership with the New York Times
continues this month with a New York Times Talk on E-verification and immigration.
The talk, titled “E-verify: Illegal Latinos Between Left & Right and All Stripes,” will be facilitated by Assistant Professor of Spanish Dr. Khedija Gadhoum, on Friday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m., in room UC267 of the James M. Baker University Center.
This event is free and open to the public. A free lunch will be provided, courtesy of the New York Times, to those who RSVP to Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Joe Corrado at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday, Feb. 23 at noon.
Nontraditional Student Organization Looks at “The Heart of the Matter,” Feb. 24
February is Black History Month. This is an excellent time to evaluate ourselves – body, mind and soul.
There are a myriad of health issues that continue to plague the African American Community – cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, etc. The improper care of one’s body, mind or soul can adversely affect one’s heart.
Join the Nontraditional Student Organization (NTSO) in exploring opportunities for achieving complete health. Stop by NTSO’s information table on Friday, Feb. 24, on Main Street in the James M. Baker University Center, from noon to 2 p.m.
Clayton State to Hold Fifth Annual African-American Read-In, Feb. 28
Clayton State University will host its Fifth Annual African-American Read-In for students on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in room G101 of the Arts & Sciences Building. The public is invited to attend.
This year’s Read-In will feature two sessions, the first from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m., and the second from 2:10 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.
Bursar’s Office Closed, Mar. 2
The Bursar’s Office will be closed on Friday, Mar.2, for staff training.