Volume 9, #69
New in this Issue
Laker Lines to Migrate to the New “Inside Clayton State” Web Page, July 1
Starting July 1, the information typically included in Laker Lines will be posted daily (or as information is received in Public and Media Relations) on the new “Inside Clayton State” web page.
Since Inside Clayton State will become the primary source for information about what’s happening at Clayton State, as well as for Clayton State announcements and other items of interest to the Clayton State community, all faculty and staff are urged to make Inside Clayton State their landing page. And, yes, there will be prizes associated with reading Laker Lines on Inside Clayton State.
More details to follow as we approach the launch date.
Spivey Hall World Music Festival Continues, June 25
Clayton State University’s world-famous Spivey Hall’s first Summer World Music Festival (http://www.spiveyhall.org/educational-programs/spivey-hall-summer-world-music-festival/
), continues on Wednesday, June 25 with a performance of Russian Balalaikas by Troika Balalaikas.
According to Spivey Hall Education Manager Melanie Darby, the balalaika is a Tartar stringed instrument, somewhat similar to a mandolin, with origins back before Ghengis Kahn’s time. However, do not expect Mongol hordes to be invading Spivey Hall today
“Balalaika” literally means `to chatter,’” explains Darby. “It is Tartar in origin reflecting the arrival of the Mongols and especially the great Ghengis Khan, who swept over the territories of northern Asia in the 13th
“The balalaika is a descendent from the domra, a three-stringed round-bodied instrument that can be traced back to the ninth century Tartars. The balalaika originally had only two strings attached to a long neck with a gourd-like sounding box. Eventually this was replaced by the triangular sound-box, the neck was shortened, and a third string was added.”
Back by Popular Demand… it’s the Brand Road Show, Today at 11 a.m.
The Brand Road Show returns today, Wednesday, June 25, at 11 a.m., in room UC 262 of the Baker Center.
Please RSVP to Erin Fender at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bursar’s Office Year-End Cutoff, June 26
The 2014 fiscal year-end is fast approaching we are required by the Georgia Board of Regents to freeze the Banner System tables on June 30, 2014. All departmental deposits are due to the Bursar’s office by 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2014.
Any deposits received after June 26, 2014 will post to fiscal year 2015.
Thank you for your attention and cooperation.
The LakerCard Center Closing Early for Fiscal Year Closeout, June 26
On Thursday, June 26, the LakerCard Center will close at 3 p.m. in preparation for fiscal year end. The LakerCard Center will re-open at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 27.
The Loch Shop Closed for Inventory, June 26, June 27, June 30
The Loch Shop will be closed for inventory June 26, June 27, and June 30. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
Send-Off Reception for Brett Reichert, June 30
On Monday, June 30, please join the Division of Student Affairs in a farewell send-off reception for Brett Reichert, associate director of International Student Services Office.
The reception will be held in the Office of Student Affairs (UC-250) at 3:30 p.m. Make plans now to stop by and bid a fond farewell to Brett!
Free HIV Testing, June 30
In collaboration with the Clayton County Board of Health, free HIV testing is available in UHS on June 30, from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Anyone is eligible to receive this free testing with results available in minutes. Counseling and treatment arrangements for anyone with positive results will be arranged by the Clayton County Board of Health.
This is a walk-in, anonymous opportunity in Health Services which is located in Clayton Station Apartments, Building 1000. Please take advantage of this free testing opportunity. Free HIV testing will also be offered every Monday during fall semester.
Happy Fiscal New Year, July 1
It’s Happy Fiscal New Year on July 1… join the Office of Development for lunch, ice cream and games to celebrate a successful year.
The celebration starts at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1 and runs through 1 p.m. in the Commons area of the James M. Baker University Center.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 24 to https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3meVdaKlKCJcLUV
Ice cream sponsored by Auxiliary Services.
Chancellor's Service Excellence Awards, Nominations Due by July 1
The University System of Georgia’s Chancellor's Service Excellence Awards are back this year with a few program changes.
Previously the Chancellor’s Customer Service Awards, they are now the Service Excellence Awards because this title captures the broader definition that is intended by the program. Basically, Service Excellence is what we do every day by facilitating excellence in teaching and contributing to a nurturing learning environment.
Also, the university representatives are now called Service Excellence Ambassadors instead of Customer Service Champions. The program is also broader in scope, as shown by the following eight award categories:
Service Excellence Award – Outstanding Individual
Service Excellence Award – Outstanding Team
Service Excellence Award – Outstanding Leader (Administrator level)
Outstanding Process Improvement Award: Increase Service to Students
Outstanding Process Improvement Award: Increase Effectiveness and Efficiency
Front Desk Support Excellence Award
Outstanding Institution of the Year and President
Service Excellence Ambassador of the Year
The program promotes initiatives that unite the System in service and quality. These initiatives focus on the effective and efficient use of resources to support the success of our students, faculty, staff, and communities. The program also provides a closer connection to meeting the needs of higher education and the USG’s goals to enhance retention, progression, and graduation rates.
The deadline for nominations is July 1, 2014. To submit a nomination, please use the online form at: http://www.usg.edu/service_excellence/recognition_programs
. This website will also provide you with more information about the Service Excellence Program, as well as useful tips on "writing an award winning nomination." Clayton State’s Service Excellence Ambassador, Carolina Amero, is also available to answer any questions and assist you with the nominations process.
Spivey Hall World Music Festival, July 2
Spivey Hall will launch its first Summer World Music Festival (http://www.spiveyhall.org/educational-programs/spivey-hall-summer-world-music-festival/
) with a series of Wednesday performances at 11:15 a.m., by various global artists over eight weeks in June and July 2014.
Wednesday, July 2 Faculty Grass Red, White and Bluegrass USA
Wednesday, July 9 The Celtic Company Ah Surely! Irish Ensemble Ireland
Wednesday, July 16 Miraikanai Taiko Taiko Drumming Japan
Wednesday, July 23 Aire Flamenco Flamenco Spain
The Summer World Music Festival is presented as part of Spivey Hall’s Young People’s Concerts, providing individuals of all ages access to outstanding live performances. Artists featured during the Summer World Music Festival will provide study guides in advance of their performance that meet Georgia Performance Standards for curriculum connections in world history, geography, and music.
The Spivey Hall Summer World Music Festival is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets for Spivey Hall’s Summer World Music Festival are priced at $2 per concert and are available for purchase now at http://www.spiveyhall.org/educational-programs/program-registration/
Auxiliary Services Hours for July 4 Holiday
Loch Shop and LakerCard Center
- Friday, July 4: CLOSED
Thursday, July 3:
- Jazzman’s – 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Pizza Hut – 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Subconnection – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Friday, July 4: All locations CLOSED
Regular summer hours for all locations resume Monday, July 7. We wish you all a safe and happy July 4 weekend!
On Campus Information Session for Digital Film Technician I and II, July 12
Lights! Camera! Action! The
Clayton State University Division of Continuing Education is gearing up for its second round of information sessions and classes for Digital Film Technician Training I and II.
The highly-successful first set of Film Tech I courses, taught by long-time digital film industry expert Barton Bond, have been playing to full houses of 40+ students each since February. The next on-campus information session will be held on Saturday, July 12, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the Downs Center.
Upcoming from SBDC
SBDC’s next Starting a Business class will be on Tuesday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce/Griffin Welcome Center, located at 143 North Hill St., Griffin, Ga.
If you are considering starting a small business, this workshop is a crucial first step.
A detailed business start-up book, "How to Start A Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs", and other handouts are provided.
Receive 50 percent off each additional person with the purchase of one registration at full price, $69. All registrations must be made at the same time in order to receive this discount. Current Clayton State students and staff receive 50 percent off the registration fee; contact Heather Chaney for the discount code. Discounts cannot be combined or used with any other discount or coupon. For more information, please contact Chaney at (678) 466-5100 or email@example.com
Register at https://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow#
On Thursday, July 24, SBDC presents, “Why Video is the Ultimate Tool for Your Business.”
If a picture’s worth a thousand words, what is a video worth to your business? Used effectively, video can enhance your brand, marketing, and client satisfaction. It can educate, entertain, and energize customers, but only when it’s relevant.
This informative workshop, scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Henry Chamber of Commerce, 1709 Highway 20 West, McDonough, Ga., will show you how, where, and when video should be used in your business. You will learn from start to finish how to create a video and incorporate it in a marketing/outreach strategy through effective SEO.
Also presented will be information on the latest software and equipment, along with hints for filming to the best advantage.
The cost is $69 (buy one get one 50 percent off-no discount code needed).
Register at https://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow&searchMonths=6#
or contact Chaney at (678) 466-5100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Active Shooter Training Presentation, July 15
Clayton State University Director of Public Safety Bobby Hamil will be providing an active shooter training presentations on Tuesday, July 15 at 10 a.m. in room B12 of the Lecture Hall.
The presentation will include a 15 minute video followed by a PowerPoint and Q&As. Total presentation should take about an hour and a half.
No reservations are needed and these presentations are open for students, faculty and staff to attend.
Save the Date, New Student Convocation, Aug. 15
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Ninth Annual New Student Convocation at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 in Spivey Hall.
The New Student Convocation is an exciting time when faculty, staff and all new students assemble to mark the beginning of a new academic year. New Student Convocation is a formal ceremony intended to inspire, motivate and officially welcome our new students. President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes, Jr., will offer encouraging words to incoming students and the campus community during the ceremony.
Regalia are requested for this year’s ceremony (processional participants
). If you are not able to wear regalia, there will be a reserved seating location available for staff and faculty program attendees. Business professional attire is requested for non- processional participants.
Additional ceremony and RSVP information will be forthcoming, but please mark your calendars in advance! Contact: Celena Milner, Orientation & New Student Programs, (678-466-5443); email@example.com
Anita Miller Added to School of Nursing Staff
The Chair of Nursing Dr. Betty Lane has announced that Anita Miller is the latest addition to the School of Nursing staff. She serves as the Administrative Assistant to Dr. Lane and Dr. Victoria Foster, Director of the Graduate program.
As an Administrative Assistant, located in Ste. 220 of the Harry S. Downs Center (phone 678-466-5551, email AnitaMiller@clayton.edu
), she will provide secretarial, administrative and financial support services for the school of nursing administrators. Anita has more than 20 years of experience in administrative support in business and educational settings.
Kristie Clark, who joined the School of Nursing staff in April, continues to serve as the secretary. As a department secretary Kristie is located in the 220 suite of the Downs Center (phone 678-466-4907, email KristieClark@clayton.edu
), and she will provide secretarial support to the School of Nursing faculty and provide assistance to visitors and students. Kristie has more than 10 years of experience in secretarial and administrative support in business and social service settings.
Solicitation & Fundraising Event Approval Procedures
Effective June 16, 2014, all new solicitation and fundraising events will require approval as outlined in Clayton State’s solicitation policy. Most recurring event organizers have already received letters granting approval to conduct their events for the next three years.
Procedures for requesting approval for a new solicitation or fundraising event can be found at: http://www.clayton.edu/VP-Business-Operations/Solicitation
. For your reference, this website also includes Clayton State’s solicitation policy, as well as a copy of the training presentation.
Examples of solicitation and fundraising events:
- Solicitation of sponsors for a departmental fair
- Campus department collection of supplies to donate to a charity
- Donation from a local business to sponsor an event on campus
- A local business has a paid advertisement in a Clayton State brochure
If you have any questions, please contact Carolina Amero at x4217 or CarolinaAmero@clayton.edu
Clayton State University Employee Wellness Council Calling for Faculty/Staff Members
The Clayton State University Employee Wellness Council is now open for membership through Monday, August 18, 2014. If you have an interest in promoting wellness on campus and can commit to championing one or more of the dimensions of wellness (physical, social, environmental, financial, spiritual, occupational, psychological, intellectual) among your peers, please consider joining the Clayton State Employee Wellness Council.
Please visit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/csuwellnesscouncil
. To become a member or for more information on the Employee Wellness Council, please contact Lisa Williamson, assistant director of Recreation & Wellness (Fitness & Wellness) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Fitness & Wellness Programming
The Department of Recreation & Wellness is excited to announce its summer Fitness & Wellness programs:
Group X (Group Exercise)
Group X offers approximately 25 land-based group exercise classes each semester. Classes are free to all Clayton State University Fitness Center members and are located in our two Group X studios at the west end of the Fitness Center. Summer classes began on Monday, June 2 and will end on Friday, August 1. The Group X and the F.A.S.Track (Faculty & Staff Track) schedule can be found at http://www.clayton.edu/recwell/Fitness-Center/Group-Exercise
Personal Training provides an individualized fitness experience to the Clayton State University community. All personal trainers are current Clayton State University students who have obtained a nationally personal training certification. The goal of the Personal Training Program is to assist students and fitness center members in achieving physical fitness benefits effectively. A Personal Trainer will work with you to:
- Set clear and realistic physical fitness goals using the guidelines set by the American College of Sports Medicine.
- Determine how fitness goals will be achieved and the amount of work needed to reach your goals.
Personal Trainers also recommend and instruct proper exercise techniques while teaching safe and effective use of fitness equipment. Both individual and buddy sessions (2 people) are available depending on your needs and packages range from one to 30 session options. Workouts to go are also available. Each package includes an initial consultation (1 hour in length) prior to the first personal training session. No refunds will be issued after initial purchase. For more information on personal trainers available as well as pricing and packages please visit http://www.clayton.edu/recwell/Fitness-Wellness/Personal-Training
For more information on the Fitness & Wellness programs contact Lisa Williamson, Assistant Director of Recreation & Wellness (Fitness & Wellness), at email@example.com
Healthy Heroes Faculty/Staff Challenge Sponsored by Recreation & Wellness
The Department of Recreation and Wellness proudly announces the faculty and staff Healthy Heroes Challenge. This program was designed to help encourage healthier behaviors and habits among Clayton State University faculty and staff and to help build and maintain a happier, healthier workplace. The primary goal of the challenge is to incorporate all dimensions of wellness to, ultimately, build a better you! The program will begin June 23 and last until Aug. 1 and will consist of daily physical activity, social media participation, and weekly challenges.
The challenge will be a two-person team challenge. Teams will compete and accumulate points doing various activities, some just requiring you to use Social Media (Facebook/Twitter)! Points will be awarded on the daily basis for various activities that will be fun and engaging. This will be a fun and interactive way to keep up with your health all while making little improvements along the way. The event will conclude with an Olympic theme game hour where heroes will be born!
This isn’t a fitness challenge, just a health one, so everyone can join in! If you are interested in registering your team or just want more information please contact Lisa Williamson Assistant Director of Recreation & Wellness Council (Fitness & Wellness) at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Or RafiyQ Muhammad Summer 2014 Fitness & Wellness intern at email@example.com
You can also visit the wellness council Facebook page at www.facebook.com/csuwellnesscouncil.
Summer Sports Camp Discount for Faculty/Staff
The Department of Athletics’ summer sports camps are in full swing until Aug. 1. Faculty and staff who would like to enroll their child(ren) in any of the offerings this summer can receive a 10 percent discount. Both half-day and full-day sessions are available. For more information, contact the Athletic Department at (678) 466-4678.
Next week’s classes include girl’s basketball, boys and girls soccer and boys and girls tennis. The week of June 16 will feature soccer, tennis, boys basketball and the ever-popular boys and girls speed camp (with that old speed demon, Mike Mead.)
Clark Howard’s “Life After Graduation” Special Featured on WSB-TV Website
WSB consumer advocate Clark Howard’s Family 2 Family Special, “Life After Graduation,” filmed in a large part at Clayton State, is now available for viewing on the WSB-TV website.
Go to http://www.wsbtv.com/s/askclark/
to see Howard focus this Family 2 Family Special on answering graduates’ questions, like: Should they attend graduate school or look for a job? And, how should they pay off school loans? As part of the program, WSB also talked to Georgia-based companies and businesses from around the country about what they look for in potential hires.
Loch Returns from Scotland!
Although he (she? it?) had a great time in the ancestral homeland of all Lochs – Scotland – Clayton State’s own Loch has returned to the U.S. and Clayton State to provide support for The Loch Shop and the Lakers.
You can see Loch hanging out at various museums, sailing away on a Tall Ship and heading for the water at the Firth of Clyde. And, don't miss the pictures of Loch dressed in a traditional kilt and tartan!
Go to The Loch Shop’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Loch-Shop/166864463376163
Campus Information & Visitor Services
The Office of Campus Information & Visitor Services in the Division of Student Affairs will be reaching out to members of the campus community to clarify the needs of the campus in relation to the office’s mission which is in part, to facilitate meaningful access to the institution by providing timely and accurate information and appropriate referrals for all internal and external constituents.
Betty Momayezi serves as the director of the new office and will work with the University to provide centralized and comprehensive information for the campus and the community.
Please stay tuned as we continue to reach out in various ways to obtain your input on this exciting new initiative.
New Dream Catchers Program
The legend of the dream catcher embodies the idea that only good dreams are filtered through the netting allowing the good to pass through the feathers to the people. Clayton State is an entire community that rallies around the individual dreams and aspirations of its people. Clayton State’s key attributes are creating an empowering experience, offering a supportive community, as well as offering inclusive diversity and an engaged, experiential preparation.
The “Dream Catchers” program allows faculty and staff to nominate a fellow colleague, themselves or even a department that really embodies one or all of the attributes. It’s a way to remind all of us what makes our university unique! We will recognize these nominations monthly and encourage all of you to tell us how dreams are made real in your area. You may submit your nomination here: http://www.clayton.edu/Brand/Dream-Catchers
Lee Moore Hitchhiking the Silk Road
When last we checked in with Lee Moore, the son of one Clayton State University’s more noted alumni; former faculty member and dean Dr. Benita H. Moore, he had won an Adventure Grant to hitchhike the fabled Silk Road from Outside
That was last summer. Now Moore, an Athens, Ga., filmmaker who also does consulting related to China, is indeed following in the footsteps of Marco Polo, et al.
For the trip Moore, who speaks Mandarin among his other skills, has already set up a blog, http://www.silkroadhitchhikers.com/
This week’s posts have been focused on the city of Xian, the terminus of the Silk Road and their first stop. Xian is famous for its Terracotta Warriors, but we wanted to dig a little deeper (Editor’s Note: That’s Moore’s pun, not the editor’s…)
This post is an exploration of Xian's largely Muslim district and how it is the first sign of the Silk Road:
And here is a video that Galen put together of our time in Xian:
The story of how, in China's most important tourist site, our photographer’s camera card completely failed us, leaving us with only a few camera phone photos:
A failed attempt at hitchhiking:
This post is a story about us getting to Xian via the new bullet train, along with the problems that China faces in building infrastructure:
This post is occurred minutes after we arrived in Xian, and I had to explain the Chinese language to a native:
And finally, a few extra photos from Xian: