Volume 8, #4
Boots UK Sale at The Loch Shop
Through Jan. 31, 2013, all Boots UK products will be featured at 25 percent off the retail price in The Loch Shop.
Boots is the UK’s most popular and trusted brand-name in skin care and makeup products.
No other discounts can be accommodated. Not valid on prior or future receipts.
AVP/Controller Candidates Visiting Campus, Jan. 9-10 and Jan. 14-15
Six candidates for the AVP/Controller position will visit campus this month. Each candidate will make a 30 minute public presentation in room UC 260 of the James M. Baker University Center on the day of their visit. The entire campus is invited to attend. The presentations will all take place at 1:15 p.m., followed by a Q&A session.
Jan. 9: Dexter Odom
Jan. 10: Tonya Jackson
Jan. 14: Shirley Criscillis
Jan. 15: Katherine Napier
SBDC Starting a Business Workshop, Jan. 11 at Clayton State – Fayette
The first installment of the Clayton State Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) popular “Starting a Business” workshop for 2013 will be held on Friday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at the University’s Clayton State – Fayette instructional site, 100 World Dr., Ste. 100, Peachtree City, Ga.
PowerPoint handouts and a book, “How to Start a Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs” are provided as part of the $69 registration fee.
To register, go to: http://www.georgiasbdc.org
. or call (678) 466-5100.
Current Clayton State students and staff receive a 50 percent discount if they contact SBDC’s Heather Chaney at (678) 466-5100 for the discount code.
Basketball Doubleheader, Jan. 12
The Lakers will take on North Georgia in a Peach Belt basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 12 in the Athletics & Fitness Center. The women’s game starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game around 7:30 p.m.
First Lego League Super Regional Qualifier, Jan. 12
Clayton State, specifically the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences, will once again be hosting the First Lego League Super Regional Qualifier.
The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in the Baker Center (largely on Main Street and the Commons Area) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CIMS’ Jay Terry is heading up the organization of the event. For details will be forthcoming.
Clayton State Homecoming 2013 to be Highlighted by Parade, Basketball Doubleheader
Clayton State University’s annual Homecoming, where both students and alumni will gather to celebrate their dreams made real, is fast approaching. 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 early in the week – Clayton State Idol (Feb. 4), the Annual Student Choice Awards (Feb. 5), 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 and Bonfire on Friday. Feb. 8.
Even though the bonfire will be the day before, 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 on Jonesboro Road in Morrow, from 11 a.m. to 2 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 parking lot of the Student Activities 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 fourth 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.
What is the New Box 12DD on My W2?
The health care reform provisions require employers to report the total value of employer-provided health coverage on employees' Form W-2, effective for tax years beginning with the 2012 W2 Tax forms.
The value of coverage will generally be determined utilizing rules similar to those used under the rules for COBRA continuation coverage in determining premiums. In the case of insured plans, this takes into account both the employer and employee share of the premium.
Types of Coverage to be reported on Form W2 per federal guidelines includes Major Medical for USG.
In most cases as a general rule, the amount in Box 12DD will equal employer plus employee premiums for medical.
Questions concerning your W2 should be directed to the Shared Services Center; SSC Customer Support Team, 1-855-214-2644, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., email@example.com
Outdoor Adventure Indoor Rock Climbing, Registration Deadline, Jan. 22
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. Sign-up at the front desk in the Student Activities Center (SAC). Space is limited!
Destination: Atlanta Rocks, Atlanta
Date: Saturday, Jan. 26
Tuesday, Jan. 22
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, firstname.lastname@example.org
Study Abroad Sign Ups
Time is running out for students to sign up for 2013 Maymester and Summer semester study abroad programs. Director of International Programs John Parkerson and Assistant Director Cele Blair are available to visit classes, upon request, in order to provide a short, 10 minute information sessions about available programs. Parkerson and Blair can provide general overviews of all programs, or they can tailor the presentation to attract students from particular disciplines (e.g., speak to Biology students about the Tropical Ecology course in Costa Rica).
Students should consider the applicable deadlines in making their decisions: most important, many students may need to sign up for the programs and make deposits while they still have available financial aid.
Clayton State this year is offering a broad array of Clayton State Faculty-led study abroad programs for 2013, including the following:
Costa Rica -– “Tropical Ecology”
France – “Teacher Ed. – Language, Religion, and Immigration: Comparative Multiculturalism”
Haiti – “Nursing/Service Learning Study Abroad”
Italy – “Honors – Social Sciences” (spring break – enrollment is filled)
Jamaica – “Social Sciences and Caribbean Literature”
Mexico – Guadalajara – “Healthcare Spanish”
Panama — “International Business / Global Management”
Turkey – “International Business / Global Management”
Through Clayton State’s participation in USG consortia (European and Asia Councils), there are also summer semester programs to Scotland (Maymester); London; Waterford, Ireland; Madrid; St. Petersburg, Russia; Berlin; Paris; China and Korea.
For additional information, please consult the Office of International Programs website http://www.clayton.edu/international-programs/home
, or contact Parkerson or Blair.
Women’s Forum Scholarships
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.
Information on Clayton State’s Emergency Weather Procedures
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 network television stations (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox), All-News 106.7 WYAY-FM and WSB-AM (750) radio will also be notified for their school closing announcements. The current contact list for these media outlets is as follows. Please advise the Office of University Relations if there are any changes in contact names/numbers and/or codes.
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.
2013 Open Enrollment Update
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) Healthcare group numbers have changed for plan year 2013. All participants in the BCBS HMO, POS or HSA plans must use the new 2013 ID card/Group number at the provider’s office or pharmacy.
If you did not receive an ID card in the mail, you may request a new card by calling the BCBSGa customer service number at 1-800-424-8950. Also, employees can now print a temporary ID card from the website: http://www.bcbsga.com/bor/
. Once you register your account and log into the site, select the Customer Service tab, then click the “print temporary ID” link.
Continuing Education Schedules Winter Program Information Sessions
The Division of Continuing Education at Clayton State University has announced its schedule of Program Information Sessions for the winter of 2013.
The Information Sessions will start on Monday, Jan. 7 (Voice Over Certificate) and run through Wednesday, Mar. 27 (Professional Investigator Certificate.) In the intervening 12 weeks, Clayton State will be offering certificate programs in a wide variety of fascinating professions that can make almost everyone’s dreams real, including; Event & Meeting Planning, Special Events and Program Planning, Medical Coding Specialist, Commercial and Film/TV Audition Workshop, Six Sigma, Project Management, Certified Nurse Aide, Phlebotomy Technician, Graphic Design, Animation Writing, Computer Support Technician, Professional Digital Photography, Web Design Business, Light Commercial HVAC, and Pharmacy Technician.
“This is a great opportunity for potential students to come to meet instructors, hear more about the programs and plan to have success with enhanced skills, valuable certification or a new career,” says Clayton State Continuing Education Executive Director Janet Winkler.
For specific dates and times for the Information Sessions, go to http://conted.clayton.edu/
or call (678) 466-5050.
Showcase Your Singing Talent: Clayton State Idol Auditions: Who’s Next?
The Office of Orientation & New Student Programs is hosting the second annual 2013 Clayton State Idol on Monday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Student Activities Center. This event kicks off the Homecoming 2013 Week.
Calling all students who think they have what it takes to become the next Clayton State Idol! Clayton State Idol is a singing competition and auditions will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, Jan. 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Activities Center Ballroom. Contestants should be in line 30 minutes prior to the audition time on the day of auditions. The top seven contestants will advance to the semi-finals round and will showcase their talent on the night of the event. Monetary and gift prizes will be awarded to winner!
for more information and to download official rules and the registration form. Contact: Darius Thomas, Program Assistant, at DariusThomas@clayton.edu
or (678) 466-5443.
Spring 2013 Intramural Sports
Did you play sports in high school? Do you miss the thrill of competition or the environment of fitness, socializing, and fun all at the same time? Sign up for an intramural sport!
The Clayton State University Department of Recreation & Wellness will host three new intramural sports leagues this spring.
Intramural sports are free, organized recreational sports leagues that allow both students and staff to participate. This semester, there are multiple leagues available in each sport to meet the competitive and recreational needs of our intramural athletes.
Starting in January, the department will be hosting 5v5 basketball, indoor soccer, and volleyball. Teams may be comprised of students, faculty, and/or staff so get your friends together and sign up a team. Don’t have a team? Sign up as a free agent and we will assist you with finding teammates.
These leagues start the week of Jan. 21, and end on the week of Feb. 25. Teams will play 1 game per week and the season will conclude with playoffs and a championship game.
Teams may register for the intramural sports leagues by signing up at the SAC front desk and attending a captains meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
If you have any questions or need more information about how to register, contact Christen Ruff at email@example.com
or ext. 4973.
Tax Changes Affecting 2013 Payrolls – What You Need to Know
The House and Senate have passed H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), which includes several changes to tax laws affecting payroll and employment tax administration in 2013. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law within 24 hours.
Income Tax Withholding Rates
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%, up from 35%. The expanded 15% bracket for joint filers, commonly referred to as the marriage penalty relief, has also been extended. These tax rates have been extended permanently for wages paid after December 31, 2012.
Employee Social Security Tax Rate Returns to 6.2%
The reduced 4.2% rate for employee Social Security taxes that was in effect for 2011 and 2012 has expired.
The employee Social Security tax rate will return to 6.2% for 2013 wages up to the taxable wage limit of $113,700.
Consequently, employees’ net pay under the taxable wage limit will decrease accordingly. The maximum Social Security tax that an employee would pay will be $7,049.40 for 2013.
If you have questions or if you need additional information please contact USGDataHelp and we will be glad to assist you!
ORP Rate Changes
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) rates will be as follows:
Employer Contribution 9.24% (no change)
Employee Contribution 6.00% (up from 5%)
Procurement Services Promises Purchasing Power Plus!
Great things are happening in Procurement Services!
The Clayton State Office of Procurement Services is preparing to enhance purchasing power throughout the campus. Look an announcement later this month in Laker Lines about the new purchasing limits.
And, that’s not all. To further serve our colleagues, Procurement Services will also be holding the University’s first Procurement Day as well as a Vendor Expo during the first quarter of 2013. Look for more information on these events in forthcoming Laker Lines.
Recreation & Wellness Announces Lose to Win Incentive Program for Faculty/Staff
The Clayton State University Department of Recreation & Wellness and the Wellness Council is proud to announce the Lose to Win Incentive Program designed to help all Clayton State University employees start the New Year off right by losing weight and inches. The primary purpose of the program is to encourage Clayton State University faculty and staff to achieve a healthy weight and in an effort to enhance his/her overall health. Secondarily, we will be encouraging participants to engage in daily physical activity and reach the minimum exercise recommendations established by the American College of Sports Medicine (150 minutes/week).
This free program is open to
Clayton State University faculty and staff. Teams may be comprised for four full-time employees; however, teammates do NOT have to be from the same department.
Those choosing to participate will receive a personal assessment both at the beginning and at the end of the program consisting of a weigh-in and circumference measurements. Total loss will be calculated based on an average of all four team members’ inches and pounds lost from the initial to the final assessment. Don’t have a team? Sign up as a free agent and we will assist you with finding teammates.
Bonus points can also be earned by attending The Weight of the Nation
screening event on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. All bonus points will be added to the final loss calculations. Each team member can earn two additional points by attending the screening event. The team with the most “loss” points wins.
The program starts on
the week of Jan. 14 to Jan. 18, 2013 (initial assessment week) and ends on the week of Apr. 8 to Apr. 12, 2013 (final assessment week).
Teams may register for the Lose to Win Incentive program by contacting Lisa Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or ext. 4975. All assessments will take place in the SAC Fitness Center Room 229, please contact Williamson to schedule an appointment for your assessment.
The winning team receives bragging rights and an Auxiliary Services Gift Bag for each member.
King’s Celebration 2013, Jan. 15 to Jan. 21
The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr. Celebration is a collaborative effort between the Department of Campus Life, AmeriCorps, Diversity Education Experiences for Peers (D.E.E.P.) Educators, the Tau Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the Sigma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., to commemorate the life of Dr. King and significant events that occurred during the Civil Rights movement.
Jan. 15 — MLK Rally
Campus Life, in collaboration with AmeriCorps and D.E.E.P. Educators, will sponsor a rally at Forest Park High School to educate students about Dr. King’s dream, vision, and life as well as celebrate his legacy.
2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Forest Park High School
Sponsored by: AmeriCorps and D.E.E.P. Peer Educators
Jan. 15 — I Have A Dream March and Candlelight Vigil
Clayton State University will honor the life, legacy and struggles of Dr. Martin Luther King with the I Have a Dream March and Candlelight Vigil. This event will begin at 4:30 pm on the James M. Baker University Center’s (UC) Quad and conclude at approximately 5:30 pm at The Lawson Amphitheatre.
Sponsored by the Department of Campus Life, Tau Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha and Sigma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, this event poses a great opportunity for the campus community to unite and reflect on the values and ideas of a civil rights activist that fought for humanity.
We would like for you to join us on the MLK March. We are encouraging all MLK March participants to make a sign or banner that relates to the Civil Rights Movement for the actual march. If you would like to participate as an individual or student organization, please arrive by 3:30 p.m. at the Quad.
Jan. 20 — King’s Sunday Supper
Inspired by the legacy of Dr. King, America's Sunday Supper invites people from diverse backgrounds to come together to share a meal, discuss issues that affect our community and highlight our shared values and strengths.
4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Student Activities Center Ballroom
Sponsored by: Campus Life, Tau Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Jan. 21 — MLK Day of Service and MLK March
The campus community will engage in a series of volunteer projects in the Atlanta area in tribute to the work and life of Dr. King. Transportation will be provided for 25 participants. For more information regarding registration for this event, please contact LaShanda Hardin at LaShandaHardin@clayton.edu
8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Atlanta
Sponsored by: Department of Campus Life
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.
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