Volume 8, #30
New in this Issue
You Tube Spotlight on Drameka Griggs
Clayton State University’s senior guard Drameka Griggs is in the spotlight. You can now see what a day in her life is like on the official Clayton State University YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5WbGcjVJ2Y
. This is Griggs’ second recent appearance on the ClaytonStNews You Tube channel… she also appears in the Lakers’ Harlem Shake video (she’s number 12), which has gathered 1025 views so far.
Griggs, a 5-5 guard, the Most Valuable Player in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament won by the 29-0 and top-ranked Lakers, also received the Peach Belt Conference’s Player of the Year. This is the first time a Clayton State player has received the honor, and a likely first step to All-American, if not NCAA Division II Player of the Year, status. The senior from Ellenwood, Ga., who now holds the Clayton State single-season scoring record (577 points, and counting), Griggs averages just 29 minutes a game -- a function of Clayton State’s 22 point average margin of victory. She is second in the PBC in scoring at 19.9 points per game, and is also second in the league in steals and field goal percentage (including shooting 50 percent from three point range) and leads the conference in free throw percentage (87 percent).
A four-time PBC Player of the Week this season, Griggs is a two-time All-Peach Belt Conference selection, and was also named to the Elite Eight All-Tournament team in her sophomore year, when the Lakers won the national championship.
The Lakers will start the road to another national championship (talk about a dream made real…) on their home floor on Friday, Mar. 15 as the top seed in the Division II Southeast Regional, hosting Mount Olive College in a 6 p.m. tip-off.
Public Safety Captain Candidate Interviews
The following are the finalists for the Clayton State Public Safety Captain position. They will be interviewed by the committee in person at 10 a.m. on the dates referenced, followed by a presentation at 11 a.m. by each candidate on what they believe are the most significant safety concerns on college campuses today, and how they would attempt to address them.
These presentations will be open to the campus and will be held at Clayton State East, room 120A. All are encouraged to come and ask questions.
Monday, Mar. 18, Belinda Boldoe, former captain at Georgia Perimeter College
Monday, Mar. 25, Gerald Anderson, former chief at Life University
Tuesday, Mar. 26, Wayne Butler, currently a Captain with the Morrow PD
Teacher Education Department to Conduct Secondary Information Session, Mar. 18
Students who are interested in pursuing degrees in secondary education are invited to attend a Secondary Information Session hosted by the Clayton State University Department of Teacher Education on Monday, Mar. 18.
The information session, which is open to the public, will be held in room G127 of the Clayton State Arts & Sciences Building, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Representatives from the Departments of English, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Teacher Education will share information with students who are
interested in teaching grades six-12 Biology, English, Math, History, or Mathematics.
For more information on teaching made real, students may email one of the following contacts: secondary English education, Dr. Tricia Smith, (firstname.lastname@example.org
); secondary biology education, Dr. Samantha Fowler, (email@example.com); secondary mathematics education
, Dr. Anthony Stinson, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
; or secondary history education
, Dr. David Gilbert, (email@example.com
Clayton State to Host Blood Drive, Mar. 21
University Health Services at Clayton State University, along with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers (329 Westridge Pkwy., McDonough, Ga.) will be holding a blood drive on the Clayton State campus on Thursday, Mar. 21.
The LifeSouth Bloodmobile will be parked in front of Laker Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each donor will receive refreshments, cholesterol screening, and a donor gift. Donors must be 17 or older, although 16-year-olds may donate with written parental consent. Donors must also weight 100 pounds or more, and show I.D.
For more information, go to www.lifesouth.org
Golf Clinic at Heron Bay, Mar. 21
Swing into spring as you learn golf fundamentals, etiquette and instruction from a golf professional. Learn the basics at the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce golf clinic, or for those that are already familiar with the game, play nine holes at Heron Bay Golf and Country Club. To add to the fun we will feature a mini golf fashion show as well as great networking. Cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.
The clinic will be held at Heron Bay Golf and Country Club, 5100 Heron Bay Blvd., Locust Grove, GA on Thursday, Mar. 21, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The cost of the clinic is $30. The clinic and nine holes of golf: $40. Supporter sponsorships are available for $200 (includes clinic, golf for two and exhibit table).
The golf clinic will feature a golf professional that will provide basic instruction and to answer questions you may have. Golf clubs will be provided by Heron Bay for you to learn and practice.
Go to http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1100830247548-770/Golf+Clinic+Registration+Form.pdf
Michiko Otaki “Cherry Picked” by National Gallery for Mar. 24 Concert
Japanese-American pianist Dr. Michiko Otaki, director of Keyboard Studies at Clayton State University, returns to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Mar. 24 for a concert presented in honor of the 2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Otaki was specially requested by the Gallery after another Japanese artist pulled out of their scheduled performance due to illness. In celebration of the capital’s renowned Cherry Blossoms her program will include works by three 20th-century Japanese composers: Yoshimitsu Kurokami (1933-2002), Hajime Okumura (1925-1991), and Kunihiko Hashimoto (1904-1949).
Joining Otaki is her long-time recital partner, English violist Roger Chase. Chase and Otaki last appeared at the National Gallery together in 2007 and have made numerous recordings together, including Brahms Sonatas and many works by English composers of the early 20th-century. Otaki first performed at the National Gallery in 1993 with the Warsaw Wind Quintet.
The program, given in the West Garden Court at 6:30 p.m., opens with the 1906 Romance for Viola and Piano by Benjamin Dale (1885-1943) and includes the 3rd Violin Sonata by Frederick Delius (1862-1934) arranged for viola by Lionel Tertis, and Johannes Brahms’ Second Viola Sonata in E-flat major. Concluding the recital is the 1918 Phantasy for Viola and Piano, Op. 54 by York Bowen (1884-1961).
Clayton State Biology Department Has Eminent Speakers this Semester
Clayton State University’s Biology Department’s Eminent Speaker Series for the spring 2013 semester will feature presentations from professors at the University of Georgia, Emory University, and Mercer University.
The three presentations are scheduled for Friday, Mar. 29, Friday, Apr. 12, and Friday, Apr. 19, in each case in room 107 of the Laboratory Annex Building (The L.A.B.) on the Clayton State campus. All presentations will start at 2 p.m., and last until approximately 3:30 p.m.
The Mar. 29 seminar will feature an especially prominent speaker, Dr. Alan Covich, professor, Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, and president of the International Association for Ecology. He is also the former president of the Ecological Society of America, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the North American Benthological Society. Covich will be speaking on, "Freshwater ecosystem services- some case studies of how people benefit from biodiversity."
On Apr. 12, Emory University School of Medicine Associate Professor of Medicine Dr. Toby Schonfeld, will speak on, “Ethics in Research.” Schonfeld is also director, Master of Arts in Bioethics, Center for Ethics; and co-director, Program for Scholarly Integrity, Laney Graduate School.
Finally, on Apr. 19, Dr. Rick McCann, director, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, and associate professor of biochemistry at the Mercer University School of Medicine, will speak on “Cell Adhesion Assemblies and the Origins of Animal Multicellularity.”
School of Nursing to Host Annual Cultural Diversity Conference, Apr. 11
The School of Nursing at Clayton State University, via its federal Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant, is preparing to host its Annual Cultural Diversity Conference. The purpose of the Cultural Diversity Conference is to increase the cultural competence of faculty and students at the School of Nursing.
The conference will be held on Thursday, Apr. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon in Student Activities Center Ballrooms, A, B and C. Although the conference is directed to Clayton State faculty and students, the public is invited to attend on a space-available basis. Registration will close once seating capacity has been reached, and all registrants must be confirmed (via an attendance roster) prior to attending the event. To register, go to https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4JwR7ZXdEeTJict
The keynote speaker will be Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary (1989-1993), president emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine, and chairman of the board of the National Health Museum in Atlanta. Sullivan will be speaking on “Eliminating Health Disparities in the United States” and will be reviewing health of the U.S. population, including disparities in health status and in access to health care, describing the strategies which are effective in decreasing disparities in health status, noting economic impact of health disparities, and articulating the role of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity in meeting health care challenges in America.
Also speaking will be Rick Zoucha, Ph.D., RN, associate professor at the Duquesne University School of Nursing. Zoucha will be speaking on “Understanding the concepts of cultural confianza in Mexican Americans: Listening to the Voice of La Raza.”
President Hynes to Appear on Atlanta Community Profiles Radio Show, Apr. 13
Clayton State University President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes will be a guest on the radio show Atlanta Community Profiles next month. The program will be recorded on Tuesday, Apr. 9 for broadcast on Saturday, Apr. 13 at 2 p.m. on Talk920AM.
Hynes was invited to appear on Atlanta Community Profiles by Louis A. Wieland, Jr., president of Community Profiles, the official relocation magazines for FMLS that are distributed by realtors and many Chambers of Commerce throughout the metro area. Hynes’ interview will be focused on discussing Clayton State University in general.
The show will also be posted on the web site, atlantacommunityprofiles.com
for the next year.
Boots Blowout at The Loch Shop
Discontinued Boots cosmetic products are now available at deeply reduced prices in The Loch Shop. All discontinued items are between $4 and $8, so hurry in and get yours before they are gone!
New Legislative Update Now Online
The Mar. 12, 2013 issue of the University System of Georgia’s Legislative Update is available for viewing at: http://www.usg.edu/legislative_update
Clayton State to Host NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Southeast Regional, Mar. 15, Mar. 16, Mar. 18
The bids are out, the brackets are filled, and the NCAA Division II women’s basketball Southeast Regional is coming back once again to Clayton State.
The NCAA Division II championship committee officially released the 64-team field for the 2013 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Tournament, and number one-ranked Clayton State was selected as the host site for the NCAA Division II Southeast Regionals. The Regional will take place on Friday, Saturday and Monday (Mar. 15, 16 and 18) at the Athletics & Fitness Center.
Clayton State (29-0) will be the number one seed in the eight-team field and will play eighth seed Mount Olive (18-11) from Conference Carolinas at 6 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 15, in the opening round. (Note to Mount Olive – beware the Ides of March.) The other opening round match-ups pit second seed Limestone (25-3) against number seven Barton (21-7), number three Anderson (23-8) against number six Pfeiffer (24-6) and number four Lenoir-Rhyne (19-9) against number five USC Aiken (21-7).
The winner of the Southeast Regional will join the seven other regional champions at the 2013 NCAA Division II Women’s “Elite Eight” in San Antonio, from Mar. 26 to Mar. 29.
National AmeriCorps Week
The Clayton State University AmeriCorps Program will celebrate national service and volunteerism during National AmeriCorps Week, Mar. 9 to Mar. 16! Each year during AmeriCorps Week, we recognize the commitment of AmeriCorps members and alums by highlighting the extraordinary impact AmeriCorps makes across our nation every day. AmeriCorps Week is a time to celebrate the service work of current AmeriCorps members and alums, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve. This year Clayton State University AmeriCorps Program is celebrating AmeriCorps Week by hosting a various activities and events
AmeriSole: Shoe Drive
Mar. 9 – Mar. 16
AmeriSole is a weeklong service project where AmeriCorps Members will be collecting shoes for the Calvary Refuge Center and the Laker Care Closet. The AmeriCorps Program is requesting that people donate their new or gently worn shoes of all sizes and for both men, women, and children throughout the week by placing them in one of our drop boxes that will be located in various places across campus in Laker Hall, Main Street, and the Student Activities Center.
AmeriFilm: AmeriCorps Service Cinema Series
Thursday, Mar. 14
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
James M. Baker University Center (UC) 272
AmeriCorps Service Cinema Series seeks to bring awareness to diverse social problems on both a national and international scale through the use of film and dialogue discussions. The AmeriCorps Program will be showing Won’t Back Down which tells the story of two determined mothers, one a teacher, looking to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.
AmeriWorks: Service Project
Saturday, Mar. 16
9 a.m. – noon
Morrow High School
AmeriCorps Members will participate in the Third Annual Morrow Beautification Day at Morrow High School Members will pick up trash, paint athletic field dugouts, and many more projects.
If you have any questions about the AmeriCorps Week Activities or want to learn more about the AmeriCorps Program please contact AmeriCorps Program Coordinator Jen Welch at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (678) 466-5433.
SBDC Starting a Business Workshop; at Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce, Mar. 13
The second installment of the Clayton State Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) popular “Starting a Business” workshop for 2013 will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce/Griffin Welcome Center. The Chamber is located at 143 N. Hill St., Griffin.
If your dream is starting a business, this workshop is a crucial first step in making your dreams real. 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
“Since lack of planning is one of the top reasons new businesses fail, attending this comprehensive workshop may be one of the most important decisions you make prior to opening your business,” says SBDC Director Alisa Kirk.
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.
Visiting Writers Reading Series, Alumnus Collin Kelley to Read, Mar. 14
Clayton State University alumnus Collin Kelley returns to campus for the Visiting Writers Reading Series for spring 2013 on Thursday, Mar. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in room L-200 of the Clayton State Library.
At the event sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of English, Kelley will be reading some of his mystery and poetry selections. The event is free to the community and will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.
“I enjoyed my time at Clayton State University and especially the encouragement of my English professor, Dr. Sharon Sellers. She recognized my potential immediately and what I learned from her was invaluable to my career as a journalist, novelist and poet,” Kelley remarks.
Kelley is a novelist, poet and playwright from Atlanta. His poetry, essays and interviews have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies around the world. The 2009 critically acclaimed Conquering Venus
was his debut novel and an Amazon bestseller. He later published Kiss Shot,
a collection of short stories, exclusively for the Amazon Kindle in 2012. His second novel, Remain In Light,
was a 2012 finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction.
He is a recipient of the 2007 Georgia Author of the Year Award
and the 2012 Goodreads Poetry Award for his poem “My Mother Demonstrates How To Escape From a Plane Crash.” Kelley’s play The Dark Horse
earned him the 1994 Deep South Festival of Writer’s Award and the 1997 Georgia Theatre Conference Award.
Kelley is co-director of the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, sits on the board of Poetry Atlanta and on he advisory council for Georgia Center for the Book. He has been a journalist for more than 25 years and is the managing editor for Atlanta Intown
Job and Graduate School Fair, Mar. 14
The Clayton State Office of Career Services will present the Job and Graduate School Fair on Thursday, Mar. 14, in the Student Activities Center, from noon to 3 p.m.
The Job and Graduate School Fair brings dozens of organizations and graduate schools to campus for the opportunity to network with current Clayton State University students and graduates. Organizations will have opportunities for full-time, part-time and internship opportunities and Graduate Schools will share information about their programs. Students are required to wear professional attire (no jeans, sweat suits, flip flops) and are encouraged to bring copies of your resume to share. Plus, there will be free professional head shots for students and graduates attending the fair.
Contact the Office of Career Services for information about attending organizations and resume assistance at email@example.com
Clayton State Academic Research Conference, Mar. 15
Clayton State’s Academic Research Conference will be held on Friday, Mar. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. Research. Made Real. Here’s your chance to learn about research from all academic departments on campus as presented by the University’s exceptional students. All students are welcome to apply.
Poster presentations will be made from noon to 2 p.m. in the James M. Baker University Center. Oral presentations will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Lecture Hall.
Go to www.clayton.edu/ARC2013
for more information.
Clayton State Retirees Association Gourmet Dinner and Wine Pairing, Mar. 15
The Clayton State Retirees Association’s (CSRA) Gourmet Dinner and Wine Pairing will be held in the Harry S. Downs Center on Friday, Mar. 15, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The evening will include cooking demonstrations, a five-course dinner with wines paired with each course, recipes and raffled door prizes, including Southwest Airlines tickets for two. Attire is business casual for a comfortable evening.
The cost is $100 per person, tax deductible as allowed by law. Please RSVP by Mar. 10 to (678) 466-4470.
The CSRA continues to build the endowment for the Clayton State Retirees Graduate Scholarship.
Spivey Hall’s Catherine Giel Serving as Music Director for Opera Based on Conrad Novel, Mar. 15
Capitol City Opera, the only opera company in the southeast that primarily helps local singers and artists establish their careers, will present the world premiere of Atlanta-based composer Curtis Bryant’s newly completed opera, The Secret Agent
, from Friday, Mar. 15 to Sunday, Mar. 17.
Based on the 1907 novel of the same name by Joseph Conrad, with libretto by New York forensic psychiatrist Allen Reichman, The Secret Agent
will feature a cast of Atlanta- based talent, including a 17-piece chamber orchestra. Performances will be Mar. 15, at 8 p.m., Mar. 16, at 8 p.m., and Mar. 17, at 3 p.m., at the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University. Tickets are available online at CCITYOPERA.org.
Music direction for The Secret Agent
will be by Catherine Giel, education manager for Clayton State University’s world-famous Spivey Hall. In addition, one of the principal cast members, baritone Ivan Segovia, is a Clayton State music graduate who still works part-time house managing at Spivey Hall. A native of Clayton County, Segovia also attended honor workshops at Spivey Hall before matriculating at Clayton State, and generally has a long history with this community.
The Secret Agent
is a tale of intrigue, anarchy, espionage, betrayal, murder and suicide, and explores the impact of these dark and unnerving themes on human relationships. The production, set in 1930’s London, will evoke the feelings and mystery of film noir.
Faculty and Staff Safe Space Training, Mar. 15
The Annual Faculty and Staff Safe Space Training will be held on Friday, Mar. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, in the James M. Baker University Center, room 312.
Safe Space is a national program designed to provide a supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members of the campus community; increase the visible presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) allies and places that are “safe” for LGBT students across campus; and dismiss negative stereotypes and present accurate information about the LGBT population. Individuals who have completed the Safe Space Training may post the Safe Space symbol at their offices, backpacks, or binders as a way to designate themselves as safe allies for LGBT students, colleagues and friends.
Since the inception of the Safe Space Training program at Clayton State in 2008, more than 100 individuals have participated in the program. Given the growth of our LGBT community at Clayton State, we would like to increase the number of visible allies to improve the chances of this population excelling academically, socially, and professionally at the University.
Safe Space Training is sponsored by the Department of Campus Life, the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, Diversity Education Experiences for Peers (D.E.E.P.) Educators, and Gay-Straight Alliance. If you are interested in attending this training, please submit your name, department, and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
by Wednesday, Mar. 13.
For more information regarding this program, contact Lakiesa Cantey Rawlinson at email@example.com
or (678) 466-5421.
Clayton State SBDC Announces PlanSmart at the Fayette Chamber, Starting Mar. 15
Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has announced a new series of classes, PlanSmart, to be held at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.
PlanSmart will consist of three classes, held on Mar. 15, Apr. 12 and May 17. The cost is $69 per class, or $150 for the entire series. A $10 Fayette Chamber member discount is available for either individual classes or the entire series, and breakfast is provided for all three classes.
The initial offering on Friday, Mar. 15 will be “Writing a Living Business Plan.” It was originally scheduled for Feb. 19 on the Clayton State campus as “Writing an Effective Business Plan.” However, SBDC has rescheduled the class as the first offering in PlanSmart. “Writing a Living Business Plan” is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Fayette Chamber, 600 Lanier Ave., Ste. 250, Fayetteville. The class will focus on telling a compelling story, completing a SWOT analysis, and setting goals and key performance indicators.
The second class is “Finding & Refining Competitive Advantage.” Scheduled for Friday, Apr. 12, it will also run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Fayette Chamber. The class will look at finding, measuring and developing competitive advantage and making unique aspects of a business part of a marketing message.
The third class, “Pricing for Profit” will be on Friday, May 17 and will focus on better pricing tactics and strategies and matching customer pricing behaviors with pricing strategies. This class is also from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Fayette Chamber.
To register, go to www.georgiasbdc.org
, or call (678) 466-5100.
The Number One Women’s Basketball Team is Doing the Number One Internet Meme – the Harlem Shake
The Clayton State University Lakers Women’s Basketball team, ranked number one in NCAA Division II, recently teamed up with CSTV, Clayton State University’s student television organization, to produce the official Clayton State University Harlem Shake video.
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past month, the Harlem Shake defines “viral” as the most recent internet meme. (And, it’s just a coincidence that the Lakers’ All-American and Division II Player of the Year candidate, Peach Belt Player of the Year Drameka Griggs, goes by “MeMe.”) In fact, the only thing hotter than the Harlem Shake is undefeated and Peach Belt regular season champion Lakers. Thanks to CSTV, Clayton State Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations Gid Rowell, and the Clayton State Office of University Relations, the Lakers are now in on the action and have their own Harlem Shake video. Talk about dreams made real…
Check out MeMe, KMob, Shay Shay, Key and the rest of the Lakers on video – now out on Clayton State University’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages at the following links…
Atlanta Musicians Orchestra Recruiting Performers
The AMO is an amateur volunteer orchestra which rehearses on Monday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in northwest Atlanta near the West Paces Ferry Plaza shopping center. AMO plays a number of free concerts during the year at both private and public venues.
Currently there are openings for principal bassoon, double bass, tuba and timpanst, and for chairs in the violin, viola, oboe, double bass, French horn and trombone sections.
Persons interested in any of the positions listed above should contact Dick Harris at (404) 281-4442.
A Trip to Panama
The College of Business is hosting a trip to Panama, May 12, 2013 to May 18, 2013, and they need a few more students. The cost is $2904, and, since the Port of Savannah has the Panama Canal to thank for its status as the fastest-growing container port in the U.S., the package even includes a one day trip to the Port of Savannah in April.
Visit businesses and take part in cultural activities. Panama offers a modern urban infrastructure, tropical islands, rain forests, cool mountain ranges, and both Caribbean and Pacific beaches.
CoB needs to finalize the trip to buy the airline tickets. For additional information, contact Dr. Judith Ogden at firstname.lastname@example.org
, (678) 466-4509, or the Office of International Programs, www.clayton.edu/International-programs
Study Abroad in Jamaica has Openings for a Few More Students
The College of Arts and Sciences is hosting a study abroad/community service learning trip to Jamaica, from May 29, 2013 to June 20, 2013.
Dr. Rafik Mohamed, chair of the Department of Social Sciences, will lead the trip and says he’s happy to invite a few more students to participate. The cost is $2000 (plus course tuition and airfare) and includes; all housing in Jamaica at beautiful Silver Sands (http://www.mysilversands.com/content/home.aspx
), ground transportation in Jamaica, cultural tours, and admission to great houses.
Students can earn up to six hours of academic credit in the following areas; Sociology, African-American Studies, Political Science, or Environmental Science (for core area D2 credit).
Student s taking part in this program will:
The College of Arts and Sciences needs to finalize the trip in the near future, so don’t wait! For additional information, contact Mohamed at RafikMohamed@clayton.edu
, or (678) 466-4818, or contact the Office of International Programs (www.clayton.edu/international-programs
) in room UC 204 of the James M. Baker University Center.
Outdoor Adventure – Upcoming Trips
Service Project in the Okefenokee Swamp
Join Outdoor Adventure for a service project in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Preserve, one of the oldest and best preserved freshwater systems in America. Visit the 402,000 acres of cypress forest, marsh, lakes and islands. Filled with alligators, Sandhill cranes, red-cockaded woodpeckers and more than 400 other species of animals, it is a wonderful place to learn about wildlife. During this trip we will help maintain hiking and paddling trails.
Okefenokee National Wildlife Preserve
Friday-Sunday, Mar. 22, to Mar. 24
$40 student/$50 employee/$60 non-affiliate
Tuesday, Mar. 19
High Falls State Park is named for tumbling cascades on the Towaliga River. We will hike along the river’s edge and through hilly forest. In the early 1800s, this area was a prosperous industrial town with several stores, a grist mill, cotton gin, blacksmith shop, shoe factory and hotel. High Falls became a ghost town in the 1880s when a major railroad bypassed it.
High Falls State Park, Georgia
Saturday, Mar. 30
$15 student/$20 employee/$25 non-affiliate
Tuesday, Mar. 26
We will be paddling a classic Southeastern whitewater rafting run. Float past awe-inspiring scenery, take the time to explore river features and paddle through some of the most heart-pounding drop-pool rapids to be found anywhere. The trip's highlight is arguably the run through the famous Five Falls, where five tumultuous Class IV+ rapids unfold in quick succession.
Chattooga River, Georgia
Saturday, Apr. 6
$30 student/$50 employee/$80 non-affiliate
Tuesday, Mar. 26
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, email@example.com
Wellness Council Workshops for Faculty & Staff
“How Are You Doing In Bed?”
Did you know that one out of three American adults experience sleep problems? This can take a toll on the body and our lives affecting immune function, weight gain, impaired memory, and more! Please join us for this FREE workshop which will take place on:
Date: Friday, Mar. 22
Time: 12:30 p.m. -1 p.m.
Location: UC230 (Student Affairs Conference Room)
Spaces Available: 15 people
Please reserve your space today by contacting Cindy Lauer at Cindylauer@clayton.edu
or (678) 466-4974.
“AED Awareness Training”
The Department of Recreation & Wellness and the Department of Public Safety will be conducting a 50-minute “AED Awareness Training” for employees.
While this is not
a certification course, attendees will learn the basics of how to handle an emergency, a quick overview of CPR, and how to use the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). AEDs have been placed in every building on campus so it is essential that as many employees as possible know how to save someone’s life should the need arise. It could be you that needs help one day. Please review the available sessions below and reserve your space now. Each session is limited to a maximum of 20 people.
Date: Wednesday, Mar. 27
Times: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m.
Location: SAC Ballroom C
Spaces Available: 20 people PER session
Please reserve your space today by contacting Cindy Lauer at Cindylauer@clayton.edu
or (678) 466-4974.
Participants Wanted – “10,000 Steps to Denali”
The Department of Recreation & Wellness Outdoor Adventure Program is looking for a minimum of 10-15 participants (students, faculty, and staff) who are interested in participating in the “10,000 Steps to Denali” campus initiative which will take place in June.
While the first team of African-American mountaineers will summit Denali, the highest peak in North America, Outdoor Adventure (OA) hopes to have our own diverse population outdoors by coordinating our own local “expeditions”. During the month of June, OA will schedule three day-trips including, a day hike, a rock climbing event, and finally a trail running adventure. The details of each event will be made available to those who are interested. Choose one trip or all three – the choice is yours!
When: June 2013
Per Trip Cost for Students: Free
Per Trip Cost for Employees: $10 per person
Maximum Participants: 12 per trip
For more information, please contact Nick Kilburg at NicholasKilburg@clayton.edu
or call (678) 466-4972.
Facilities Advisory Committee Requests
The Facilities Advisory Committee provides input and makes recommendations for new facilities or space needs, modifications to existing spaces, as well as dealing with facilities-related issues and long-term planning. Requests will be reviewed at semi-annual Facilities Advisory Committee meetings in April and October.
The Facilities Advisory Committee is calling for April 2013 requests for facilities modifications. The Modification/Space Request Form is found on the Facilities Management web page at http://www.clayton.edu/facilities/planningdesign/facilitiescommittee
. The completed form should be submitted to the appropriate Vice President for signature and transmitted to the committee by Mar. 11, 2013.
Vice Presidents will be notified by Mar. 15 whether they will need to submit PowerPoint presentations. Not all requests will lead to PowerPoint presentations before the committee. Presentations are due on Apr. 5. Presentations to the Facilities Committee will be conducted the week of Apr. 8 by those confirmed by the committee.
Go to http://www.clayton.edu/facilities/planningdesign/facilitiescommittee
to access the request form and presentation requirements.
If you have questions, please contact Svetlana Soroka at SvetlanaSoroka@mail.clayton.edu
Important Notice to Flexible Spending Account Users
If you have a flexible spending account, you should have received an email this week from the Accounting Services group. This email announced Discovery Benefits’ roll out of a PIN network, which allows you to set up a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for use with your debit card. PIN set up is optional
, and it does not affect the function of your debit card; you can continue using your card “normally.” If you want to set up a PIN or learn more about this new program, go to; http://discoverybenefits.com/uploads/debit%20card%20pin%20option%20faq.pdf
Clayton State Wants to Hear from You About a New Alma Mater
We are currently in the process of creating a new alma mater that will represent the heart of Clayton State, reminding us all of the special place it holds in our lives.
What are the words and phrases that remind you of Clayton State University? Please share them with us at the alma mater website: www.clayton.edu/almamater
. The deadline for suggestions is Mar. 25, 2013. Let you voice be heard.
New Traditions. Made Real.
Grants and Contract Management Creates Online Information Sources
The Clayton State Office of Grants and Contracts Management have created a monthly grants management newsletter and a quarterly funding opportunities announcement (via the links below) to help inform faculty of proposal writing processes and potential funding sources.
The links are available through the menu on the Office of Grants and Contracts Management website.
Psychology Department Research Study
Dr. Celeste Walley-Jean of the Clayton State Psychology Department is conducting a research study on conflict in relationships. She is making a call for volunteers for young (ages 18 to 25) African-American couples. In you are interested in taking part, please leave a message for the Psychology Research Lab at (678) 466-4889.
Participants will be entered in a raffle for a $25 gift card.
Fiscal Year End 2013 Deadlines
Requisition Deadline Based Upon DOAS Guidelines:
• Mar. 22, 2013 Request for Quotes (RFQ) agency contracts, open
market/one time purchases.
• Mar. 22, 2013 Request for renewal or extension of current contracts.
Bids posted by Clayton State, not on State contract:
• Apr. 12, 2013 Last bid opening date for FY13 purchases.
Purchase Requisitions Submitted to Procurement Services:
• May 1, 2013 All purchases requiring a purchase order. Anything requested after this date must be approved by Budget & Finance.
P-Card Cutoff Dates:
• May 6, 2013 Last day to use the P-card so the purchases will be posted to the May 2013 Visa statement (received in June). Any purchases on future statements will be charged to fiscal year 2014.
Budget Amendment Requests:
• May 10, 2013 All budget amendments for FY 2013 submitted to Scott McElroy.
Check Request and Travel Reimbursement Deadlines:
• June 1, 2013 Last day the Travel and Expense module will be available for reimbursement requests for fiscal year 2013.
• May 1, 2013 Last day to submit all check requests with appropriate documentation for FY2013 for funds 10000, 10500 and 10600.
• June 14, 2013 Last day to submit a request to transfer costs between E & G and Sponsored.
• June 14, 2013 Last day to submit a request to correction to a charge posted against your budget.
Any questions, please contact Marcia Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 4280.
Lunch and Learn… Technology in the Classroom, Mar. 18
The Department of Teacher Education would like to help educate you on the use of technology in the classroom.
Dr. Steve Smith is offering some sessions to Education faculty, but Dr. Ruth Caillouet thought that others of the faculty and staff might also be interested. These will be hands-on sessions meant to help the novice as well as the more experienced folks share ideas.
Next month we will tackle interactive white boards and then on to web conferencing tools. So, bring your lunch and come learn with us. All of the sessions will be held in the Teacher Education Resource Room during the activity period. Feel free to drop in for five minutes or stay as long as you like.
Monday, Mar. 18
Interacting with an Interactive Whiteboard, noon to 12:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Apr. 24
Mondopads, Document Cameras, and Web Conferencing, noon to 12:45 p.m.
A Walk Through HerStory, Mar. 18
A Walk Through HerStory, on the James M. Baker University Center Main Street, all day until Wednesday, Mar. 20.
Have you ever wondered if a “coke bottle” shape or a size 4 was the standard of beauty around the world? Have you ever wondered if feet binding, neck stretching, or torso elongating are cultural differences or cultural deviance? If any of these topics interest you or even if you would just like to expand your knowledge of cultural beauty around the world along with prominent historical women in society, join us Mar. 18 to Mar. 20, as D.E.E.P. Educators and Office of International Programs present the “Cultural Beauty Museum.”
Contact Student Advisor, Whitney Smith at email@example.com
for questions or concerns.
She Cares Community Service, Mar. 19
She Cares Community Service, Laker Hall Multipurpose Room, noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 19.
“She Cares Community Service” will be collecting items for Clayton County Association Against Family Violence also known as Securus House. Each department, office, and student organization is asked to collect toiletry items for women to donate. All participants are asked to bring their items to Laker Hall by Friday, Mar. 15. On Tuesday, Mar. 19, the She Cares Community Service event will take place in the Laker Hall Multipurpose Room. Please join us for a meaningful dialogue as we create bags for all the women at Securus House.
Contact Staff Advisor Danielle Sims at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Student Advisor Ebony Stewart email@example.com
for questions or concerns.
The Reality of a Woman, Mar. 20
The Reality of a Woman,
Student Activities Center (SAC) Ballroom A, Wednesday, Mar. 20 from 7p.m. to 9 p.m.
The “Reality of a Woman Forum” calls attention to the portrayal of women on reality television shows and social media. This interactive forum will evoke discussions of ways women can recognize that reality television is not the only societal factor that contributes to the image of the 21st
century woman and how women can promote civility although major media suggest it can’t be done. This forum is sponsored by D.E.E.P. Peer Educators, Housing and Residence Life, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Please contact Staff Advisor Danielle Sims firstname.lastname@example.org
or Student Advisor Whitney Smith email@example.com
for questions or concerns.
SBDC Funding Your Small Business Workshop, Mar. 20
Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is teaching a Funding Your Small Business
workshop on Wednesday, Mar. 20, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Clayton State-East Auditorium, 5823 Trammell Rd., Morrow. This workshop is free, but registration is required. Please go to http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?page_name=description&product=119492&referrer=view_classes&city=Morrow&cart=26735121-919c-41c6-a59c-1e542601cbc8
Join SBDC and learn about the role personal credit plays in small business financing, the traditional and non-traditional funding options for your small business needs, and how to prepare your business for financing.
• Commercial Loans
• Personal Loans
• SBA Loans
• Lines of Credit
• A/R Financing
• Credit Cards
• Alternative Financing
Women’s Inspirational Leadership Luncheon, Mar. 21
The Third Annual Women’s Inspirational Leadership Luncheon (formerly known as Women’s Tea Luncheon) will be held on Thursday, Mar. 21, from noon to 2 p.m., in the Student Activities Center Ballroom. The luncheon focuses on empowering women at the University; strengthening mentor relationships between women; and celebrating the history of women and their contributions to society. This luncheon is sponsored by Campus Life, D.E.E.P. Educators, Housing and Residence Life, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Student African American Sisterhood.
Free for Clayton State students, $10 for non-Clayton State students.
If you would like to participate in the luncheon, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
by Thursday, Mar. 14. If you would like to participate in the luncheon, please RSVP to email@example.com
by Thursday, Mar. 14.For additional questions, contact Staff Advisor Lakiesa Rawlinson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Student Advisors, Martha Andrade at email@example.com
and Jasmine Chinnery at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bursar’s Office Closing Early, Mar. 21
The Bursar’s office will close at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 21. Normal business hours will resume on Friday, Mar. 22.
The Fifth Annual Civic Engagement Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Conference, Mar. 22
The Fifth Annual Civic Engagement Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Conference, “Getting Engaged: The Realities of Pursuing Your Passion for Civic Engagement” will be held at the National Archives at Atlanta on Friday, Mar. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Students in the University System of Georgia are encouraged to develop an individually compelling sense of social and civic responsibility, community leadership and service to society. To support this goal, Clayton State University and the National Archives at Atlanta announce the Fifth Annual Student Research Conference on Civic Engagement.
Undergraduate and graduate students attending USG schools are invited to submit papers and panel-session proposals on the broad subject of civic engagement beyond the vote.
For more information about conference activities and how to participate contact Dr. Joe Corrado at email@example.com
Clayton County Community Emergency Preparedness Seminar, Mar. 27
Please mark your calendars for the second annual Clayton County Community Emergency Preparedness Seminar, taking place on Wednesday, Mar. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Morrow Center (1180 Southlake Cir., Ste. 100, Morrow).
This year's seminar focuses on "Making Vulnerable Populations Less Vulnerable." Businesses and individuals who care for indigent, medically fragile, elderly, disabled, or non-English-speaking persons will want to attend this free seminar. Vendor opportunities are available for emergency preparedness related businesses and businesses that cater to vulnerable populations. Please see our flier and registration form and contact Doug Dugger at (678) 610-7467 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Vendor Expo 2013 Coming to Campus, Mar. 29
Marcia Jones, director of Procurement Services, announces that the Vendor Expo 2013 is coming to campus on Friday, Mar. 29. The Vendor Expo will be held in the Harry S. Downs Center, on the first floor in room 101 and the Atrium, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We have 35 vendors already committed to coming and several are bringing items to give away,” she says. “Procurement Services will also be doing drawings throughout the day for even more prizes that are better than the giveaways.”
The object of the Vendor Expo is to create an opportunity for suppliers (AKA the vendors) to meet departmental decision makers (AKA purchasers) and other faculty and staff who purchase for their departments throughout the year. The Vendor Expo is also an opportunity for the campus to meet vendors and suppliers and to ask questions about the products and services the vendors provide.
Clayton State to Host Georgia Psychology Society’s Eighth Annual Meeting, Mar. 30
Clayton State University will be hosting the Georgia Psychological Society’s Eighth Annual Meeting on Saturday, Mar. 30.
The conference schedule calls for welcome, refreshments and registration from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., followed by a general poster session (9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.), and the keynote address. After lunch will come two additional poster sessions (from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.), followed by presentations and symposia.
Registration is $20 for students, $30 for faculty and professionals, includes yearly membership in the Georgia Psychological Society (GPS). Lunch and mid-morning snacks will be provided at conference. Register via; Georgia Psychological Society, c/o Department of Psychology and Counseling, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Ga., 31698-0100. Registrations will be held at the conference registration desk for pick up and registrants will receive email confirmation. After Mar. 20, participants should register at the conference registration desk between 8 a.m. and 9:40 a.m.
Dr. Tricia King, associate professor and chair,
Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Program at Georgia State University, will present the keynote address, “Functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging findings among long-term survivors of childhood brain tumors.”
Faculty, professionals, graduate students and undergraduate students in psychology and related fields are invited to submit papers for possible presentation. Submissions in basic and applied areas of psychology, and interdisciplinary topics will be considered. Possible interdisciplinary topics include psychological factors in education, nursing, sports, politics, and management. Presentation proposals (as 250 word abstracts, or full papers) are due by Tuesday, Mar. 12 to Dr. Charles R. Talor of Valdosta State University, at email@example.com. Submissions should be in MSWord or RTF format and must include the following: author name(s) and affiliation(s), address, email and phone number of key presenter, name of faculty mentor (if any), whether submission should be considered as a Psi Chi Poster session or Honor Society Poster Session.
Annual Service Awards, Apr. 23
Clayton State University will gather on Tuesday, Apr. 23 in Spivey Hall to honor faculty and staff with the annual Service Awards ceremony. This year will also celebrate the 19th annual announcement of the Alice J. Smith award winners. The event will begin at 2 p.m., followed with a light reception.
It’s also time to nominate staff members for the Alice Smith Staff Award. Eligible nominees are full-time, benefited staff members with at least one year of credible service to the University, who do not have faculty status.
The nomination form is available at https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8raVgKrr0Z4Ney9
. You may complete the form and return via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
, or you may print the form and return via campus mail to Heidi Benford – Library Department.
The deadline to submit your nomination(s) is Wednesday, Mar. 6.
Faculty/Staff Awards Ceremony, Apr. 23
The Clayton State University Faculty-Staff 2013 Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 23, in Spivey Hall at 2 p.m. Please place this on your calendar and let your departments know about the event.
Specifically, Human Resources needs to know of anyone in your area that is planning on retiring this year. We want to be able to recognize them during the program and present them with their retirement award. Your assistance with gathering this information will be greatly appreciated.
Please let Leon Wheeler know via email as soon as you can. We will be ordering the plaques around the middle of March. If you have any questions, please let us know.