Volume 8, #15
Get a Free Sandwich at the Forest Park Chic-fil-A this Afternoon
Happy Homecoming Lakers! Bring your Laker Card to Chick-fil-A® at the Forest Park Dwarf House between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, and receive one FREE Chick-fil-A sandwich! Offer valid only with Chick-fil-A® at the Forest Park Dwarf House: 4959 Jonesboro Rd., Forest Park. Dine-in or carry out only. Limit one per person. No substitutions. GO LAKERS!
Clayton State Homecoming 2013 to be Highlighted by Parade, Basketball Doubleheader, Feb. 9
Clayton State University’s annual Homecoming, where both students and alumni will gather to celebrate their dreams made real, is this week. This year’s event, which will run from Monday, Feb. 4 to Saturday, Feb. 9, will be highlighted by the return of the Clayton State Homecoming Parade and a basketball doubleheader against Montevallo University. Also among the “Don’t Miss” events will be a 5K race and the Annual Alumni Breakfast – all on Saturday.
Various student-related activities will take place today, tomorrow and Friday – a Hump Day Party and a faculty/student basketball game (athletic trainer John Zubal promises to stand by for that one) on Feb. 6, a Homecoming Step Show (Feb. 7) and the Homecoming Pep Rally on Friday, Feb. 8, at noon at the Lawson Amphitheater. In case of rain, the Pep Rally will be held in the Commons area of the James M. Baker University Center
Homecoming will really get hot on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. with the 5K Run/Walk, “Run Clayton State.” The race will run entirely on the University’s campus, starting and finishing in front of the Harry S. Downs Center. Actually, check-in for the race will begin at 7:45 a.m. in front of the Downs Center with the race beginning at 9 a.m. 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.
As an added bonus, the race will also include admission to come-one, come-all Annual Alumni Breakfast, which starts at 9:30 a.m., and runs to 11 a.m., also at the Harry S. Downs Center.
At the end of the breakfast, the Homecoming Parade will return for the first time since the fall of 2006. This year’s parade will be a first, as the parade will not be held on campus, but will start (at 11 a.m.) at the Morrow Municipal Complex and will run on Jonesboro Road to Clayton State Boulevard before turning on campus.
As of Tuesday, Feb. 5, a total of 56 organizations, including Clayton State student organizations, campus departments, and many community organizations, are participating in the parade, making it the biggest and best such event ever held by Clayton State, and raising expectations of a strong turnout of spectators on a day that the Weather Channel is predicting a mostly sunny high of 62 degrees – perfect parade-viewing weather. Included in the parade, along with numerous Clayton State entries and floats, will be such varied groups as the Jonesboro High School Band, vintage automobiles, the Chick-fil-A cow, Miss Clayton County, the Mt. Zion High School AFROTC, the City of Morrow Trackless Train and the City of Morrow Fire Department.
Morrow Police will be shutting down a portion of Jonesboro Road for the parade. The northbound lanes of Jonesboro Road will be diverted at Adamson Parkway. The northbound lanes from Adamson Parkway to Clayton State Boulevard will be shut down to vehicular traffic for the parade. The time frame of the closure will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The parade will be followed by the Tailgate/Homecoming Festival, which will run from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the circle in front of the Athletics & Fitness Center. That’s a warm-up for a couple of high-level basketball games, which are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. In the first game, the Clayton State women, the 2011 NCAA Division II national champions and currently ranked third in the nation, will take on Montevallo. In the second game, the 2012 NCAA Division II runner-up Montevallo men will take on the Lakers in a 5:30 p.m. start. The men’s game will include the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen at halftime.
For more information, go to the Homecoming web page at www.clayton.edu/homecoming
Nessie a No-Show, Loch Stands-In
Although Pat Keane, administrative assistant in the Clayton State Athletic Department, invited the most famous inhabitant of Loch Ness to visit the Clayton State campus this week during her visit to Scotland last year, the notoriously reclusive Nessie was a no-show over the weekend.
Undaunted, Clayton State’s own Loch was out on Clayton State Boulevard this morning, filling in for Nessie and leaving an unmistakable trail down Clayton State to the Athletics & fitness Center, site of Saturday’s Tailgating Festival and basketball doubleheader against Montevallo University.
You can go to https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151408413364321&set=a.10151149930579321.466391.120178704320&type=1&theater
to see the evidence.
Homecoming Step Show, Feb. 7
The 2013 Homecoming Step Show will be held on Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m., in the Athletics & Fitness Center. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Clayton State students/Greeks pay $5 in advance, and $7 at the door. Non-Clayton State students pay $8 in advance. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased from the Department of Campus Life (Suite 223, Student Activities Center), the UC Info Desk or any Clayton State Greek (Note: That’s Greek, not Geek.)
Clayton State students must show Laker ID to purchase a ticket at the student rate.
If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Campus Life at 678-466-5433 or email@example.com
Run Clayton State 5K Run/Walk, Feb. 9
The Clayton State Department of Athletics and the Atlanta Southside Runners, a local running club, will team up to hold the second 5K Run/Walk, “Run Clayton State.”
The race, which will take place in conjunction with Clayton State’s Homecoming festivities, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, and will run entirely on the University’s campus, starting and finishing in front of the Harry S. Downs Center.
Check-in for the race will begin at 7:45 a.m. in front of the Downs Center with the race beginning at 9 a.m. 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 race will also include admission to the Annual Alumni Breakfast, which starts at 9:30 a.m., also at the Harry S. Downs Center.
In addition, participants will receive complimentary tickets to the Saturday afternoon’s NCAA Division II women’s and men’s basketball games at Clayton State’s Athletics & Fitness Center. Clayton State’s women’s team will play Montevallo at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the men’s game against Montevallo at 5:30 p.m.
The entry fee for the race is $15 per person with the registration fee increasing after Feb. 6 to $20 per person. The race day entry fee is $25. A family rate (minimum of three, maximum of six participants) is also available. The family rate is $40 and increases to $55 after Feb. 6. The race day family rate is $75. To be guaranteed a race T-shirt, participants must be registered by Feb. 1.
For more information about the 5K Race/Walk or to register online, please visit www.claytonstatesports.com\RunClaytonState
Proceeds from the race will benefit the fundraising efforts of the Clayton State Department of Athletics. Gifts — regardless of the size — support student- athlete success both on and off the playing fields, and helps Laker teams compete in the elite Peach Belt Conference of NCAA Division II.
Saturday... a Chance to Support the Athletic Department and Re-connect with Former Students
The Athletics Department needs your help this Saturday. We want to pack the gym for Homecoming and we’re asking you to help us cheer on our teams while helping make the experience of our alumni even better. Yes, many alumni come back to see friends, but they also want to see their former professors and administrators who assisted in their education. Our two games on Saturday afford you a rare opportunity to see both these alumni and current students together in an informal atmosphere.
Two great games will take place at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The Clayton State women’s basketball team, seeking another NCAA II championship, are currently ranked third in the country with a 20-0 record. The women tip it off at 3:30 p.m., vs. Montevallo, while the men’s team takes on Montevallo – last year’s national runner-up -- at 5:30 p.m.
Please come out and support our two teams and get an opportunity to see some of our outstanding students from the past.
Volunteers Needed for Breakfast, Homecoming
We are in need of volunteers for the Alumni Breakfast and the Parade. If you are interested, then please respond accordingly to register by noon on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Alumni Breakfast – contact Leila Tatum, x4477 or firstname.lastname@example.org
.Approximately 10 volunteers needed
Homecoming Parade – City of Morrow Municipal Complex (Hwy. 54 & Morrow Rd.)
Please contact Natasha Hutson, x5433 or email@example.com
or Heidi Benford, x4328 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. Approximately 50-60 volunteers needed. All will be provided with a shirt and complimentary breakfast sandwich.
Homecoming Sale at The Loch Shop
Need new Laker Gear for Homecoming Week? All polo shirts are on sale this week for $20. We also have combo packages for men and women ranging from $20 to $50, so pick up your new t-shirt or sweatshirt for the Homecoming games this Saturday.
School of Nursing Holding Into Nursing Information Session Today
The Clayton State University School of Nursing (SoN) will be holding one of its regular Into Nursing (IN!) Information Sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center.
The SoN informational sessions are conducted during the fall and spring semesters by the school’s Nursing Workforce Diversity grant team and the advisors in the School of Nursing. The informational sessions are open to high school students, university students, parents, others considering a career in nursing, and university faculty and staff.
The purpose of the Into Nursing (IN!) information session is to provide interested 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 for the application process and how to be successful once admitted to a nursing program.
Buy a Meal Plan, Get an Additional Meal Fee, Feb. 6, Feb. 7, Feb. 8
It’s back by popular demand! Purchase any meal plan and get an additional meal for FREE! That’s right… purchase the Faculty/Staff Starter Plan and get six meals instead of five, or purchase the Faculty/Staff Plus plan and get 26 meals instead of 25.
Offer available Wednesday, Feb. 6, Thursday, Feb. 7 and Friday, Feb. 8. Limit of two free additional meals during the promotion period. Purchase meal plans in the LakerCard Center with cash or credit/debit.
Recruitment and Admissions Schedules Virtual Open House, Feb. 7
The Clayton State University Office of Recruitment and Admissions’ next Virtual Open House is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
According to Associate Director, Recruitment and Marketing Penny Brooks, the Virtual Open House will have five virtual booths with staff providing chat opportunities for participants throughout the event. Prospective students, their family members, and others will be able to click into the booths and receive answers to their questions in real time. The booths are:
- Financial Aid
- On-Campus Housing and Student Life
- First-Year Program
There will also be live webcasts scheduled throughout the event. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Clayton State faculty members will speak about their major programs, academic opportunities available at Clayton State, and future career options. From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., admissions staff will discuss Clayton State in general and admissions requirements and policies in particular. Participants will be able to text questions to the presenters and get their answers in real time.
Teacher Education Middle Level Education Information Session, Feb. 7
The Clayton State University Department of Teacher Education has announced two new information sessions for students seeking information about Clayton State’s Middle Level Education degree program.
Interested individuals are invited to attend the Information Sessions on Thursday, Feb. 7 and Tuesday, Apr. 9. Faculty will host a one-hour dialogue on the nature of the programs, admission criteria, course scheduling, and other items of interest to prospective students, allowing them to discover how to make their dreams real — what it takes to earn a degree in teacher education.
The Feb. 7 session will take place in the Arts & Science Building, room G-227, from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. The Apr. 9 sessions will be in the same building and room, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m.
For more information, contact Joy Bryant in the Teacher Education Department at email@example.com
Second Amendment Rights New York Times Talk, Feb. 8
Clayton State University’s partnership with the New York Times
continues on Friday, Feb. 8, with a New York Times Talk that also continues the debate on the day’s most controversial subject – gun control.
The talk will be facilitated by Herbert Adams, J.D., and will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in room UC267 of the James M. Baker University Center. The title of the talk is, “Second Amendment Rights and Heller Case: Strict Constructivism or Judicial Activism?”
The talk is free and open to the public, however, anyone interested in attending should RSVP via email to Dr. Joseph Corrado, Clayton State associate professor of Political Science and campus coordinator of the American Democracy Project, at firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than Thursday, Feb. 7, at 3 p.m. A free lunch (pizza/soda) courtesy of the New York Times will be served to all those who respond by Feb. 7.
Recreation & Wellness to Host AFAA’s APEX Event, Feb. 8 to Feb. 10
The Clayton State University Department of Recreation & Wellness is proud to host the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America’s (AFAA) semi-annual APEX event in the University’s Student Activities Center from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10, 2013.
During APEX, AFAA, the world's largest fitness and TeleFitness® educator, offers certifications and workshops in multiple cities for the special price of only $99 per day, per program. The training is targeted to primary group exercise instructor and kickboxing instructors seeking certification for the first time, or renewing a certification.
The primary group exercise instructor certifications will take place on Friday, Feb. 8, and Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, while the kickboxing instructor certification will take place on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.
Registration is currently available on AFAA’s website http://www.afaa.com
by clicking on the APEX link and searching the Atlanta area.
For more information, please visit AFAA.com or contact Williamson at (678) 466-4975 or email email@example.com
Free Tax Assistance from College of Business Accounting Students, Feb. 9
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. 9, 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.
Clayton State Website May be Unavailable, Feb. 8
The University website may be temporarily unavailable on Friday, Feb. 8, for about 20 minutes between 7 a.m., and 7:30 a.m., for technical maintenance.
Receive Free Tickets to Clayton State Basketball by Following Us on Facebook and Twitter
The 2012-13 Clayton State home regular season basketball season is winding down this month, and fans of Laker Athletics we have a deal for you.
The Clayton State Department of Athletics will be running a promotion for the rest of the month, giving away two free tickets to a Clayton State regular season home basketball game to anyone who signs up to follow Clayton State Athletics through its Facebook or Twitter account.
The process for claiming your free tickets will be simple, as fans just need to either visit Clayton State’s official Twitter account @CSULakers
or the Lakers’ Facebook account @Clayton State Athletics
and sign up.
After choosing to follow the Lakers through one of its social media platforms, simply send an email to Gid Rowell, assistant athletic director for External Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org
to claim your free tickets. Links to the Laker Athletics social media sites can be easily accessed at www.claytonstatesports.com
Clayton State women’s and men’s basketball has two home games remaining this season, the first one on Saturday, Feb. 9, and the last one Saturday, Feb. 23. In the email to receive the free tickets, please specify which game you would like to attend.
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.
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.
Clayton State SBDC Announces PlanSmart at the Fayette Chamber
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.
2013 Changes to Paycheck Calculations
Some employees may notice variations to their January, 2013 paychecks due to some changes that were effective on Jan. 1, 2013. Please communicate these changes to your employees as you deem appropriate. If you have questions or if you need additional information, please contact us at email@example.com.
Social Security Tax Withholding
In 2011, the Federal Government lowered Social Security tax withholding rates temporarily by 2 percent. This was offered as temporary relief to families during the worst of the recession.
The reduced rate for employee Social Security taxes that was in effect for 2011 and 2012 has now expired. The employee Social Security tax rate will return to 6.2 percent for 2013 wages up to the taxable wage limit of $113,700. Employees will now contribute 2 percent more with each paycheck to fund Social Security. Consequently, employees’ net pay under the taxable wage limit will decrease accordingly.
Federal Income Tax Withholding
The American Taxpayer Relief Act effectively maintains the reduced income tax rates adopted in 2001 and 2003 for individuals earning up to $400,000 and families earning less than $450,000. Income above those levels will be taxed at 39.6 percent, up from 35 percent. The expanded 15 percent bracket for joint filers, commonly referred to as the marriage penalty relief, has also been extended.
Very few employees will be impacted by these changes.
State Tax Withholding
Georgia has not announced any significant changes to employee’s tax withholdings for the State of Georgia.
Teachers Retirement System (operates on fiscal year)
There are no changes effective Jan. 1, 2013. The employee contribution rate increased to 6.00 percent back on July 1, 2012.
Optional Retirement Plan (operates on calendar year)
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the employee contribution rate increased to 6.00 percent.
2013 Benefits Enrollment
Many voluntary benefits election changes go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013. These selections can in some cases impact some tax withholding and net pay.
New Purchasing Limits for Procurement Services
This fall the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) revised the Georgia Procurement Manual to implement a change in state law that allowed State Purchasing Division to increase the competitive bid threshold from $5,000 to $25,000. Several state entities had been lobbying for an increase in the amount for some time.
This change will enhance our opportunity to do business with local small business owners, as well as continue to receive the quality service and the best competitive pricing available. Clayton State’s Procurement Services has created new guidelines that explain the change and outline the new purchasing limits. We hope this information will help curtail the risk associated with the increase and provide guidelines to make the purchasing experience less complex and more efficient.
Please note, in order to implement the increase in the competitive bid threshold, Procurement Services is introducing the Bid Threshold Checklist. The Checklist must be completed every time a Purchase Requisition between $5,000 and $24,999 is submitted to Procurement Services along with a minimum of three quotes. The Checklist will allow us to compare all three quotes on one form, as well as to ensure that all end-users are comparing the same information within the requested quotes.
Some of the categories listed on the form are quantity, price, warranty, time frame of completion and brand. However, you may add additional headings to suite your purchasing needs. For instance, you may need to compare installation or delivery cost.
The New Purchasing Limits and the Checklist are available from Procurement Services. However, each Budget Manager will receive a hard copy in the mail within three to five business days and we have scheduled Procurement training for Feb. 27, so mark your calendars. You will receive additional information in the upcoming week as to the time and place of the training.
Please contact Marcia Jones via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
, or at ext.4280, if you have any questions or concerns.
Outdoor Adventure Information
Sweetwater Creek State Park is a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from downtown Atlanta. A wooded trail follows the stream to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill burned during the Civil War. Beyond the mill, the trail climbs rocky bluffs to provide views of the beautiful rapids below.
Destination: Sweetwater Creek State Park, Ga.
Date: Saturday, Feb. 16
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 12
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
Visiting Writer’s Reading Series Returns, Feb. 12
The Spring 2013 Visiting Writer’s Reading Series will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m., in room L-200 of the Library, featuring young adult fiction author Terra McVoy.
Starting Your Business Workshop, Feb. 12
SBDC’s Starting a Business Workshop will be held in the Natural & Behavioral Sciences Building, room 139, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 12. If you are considering starting a small business, and want to make your dream real, this workshop is a crucial first step.
Since lack of planning is one of the top reasons new businesses fail, attending this comprehensive workshop is one of the most important decisions to make prior to opening a business. A detailed business start-up book, "How to Start a Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs," and other handouts are provided.
The cost of the workshop is $69 per person, with a 50 percent discount for current Clayton State students, faculty and staff, who should contact Heather Chaney for discount code. Also, there is 50 percent off each additional person who registers with an individual when the first person pays the full fee of $69 (discounts cannot be combined).
To register, go to www.georgiasbdc.org
CARE & Majors Fair for Clayton State Students, Feb. 13
The Enrollment Management Division of Clayton State University will host a CARE & Majors Fair for Clayton State students on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
The CARE & Majors Fair will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street on the second floor of the James M. Baker University Center. This event is only for Clayton State students.
The purpose of the fair is for Clayton State students to rediscover campus programs and services that support their success. The fair occurs the week after Homecoming to help students reflect on college goals, hopefully after meeting Clayton State alumni at the various Homecoming events.
According to Marcia Bouyea-Hamlet, assistant director of the Clayton State First-Year Advising & Retention Center (FYARC), the fair will motivate students to be proactive about college success and help see how much the campus CAREs about their achievement. Students will get the opportunity to:
Women’s Forum Scholarships, Applications Due, Feb. 15
- Learn about programs and services that support academic success
- Declare or change academic major of study
- Schedule appointments with advisors, tutors or counselors
- Explore Study Abroad options
- Speak with Financial Aid representatives
- Visit the HUB, Library, Health Services, Writer’s Studio and a few surprise booths
- Enter a drawing for door prizes and enjoy free hot chocolate
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.
“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.
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. Admission is $29 per person, or $49 per couple. To sign up to attend this event, call (678) 466-5050 or (678) 466-5118.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com for more information.