Volume 7, #129
“Macbeth” Opens Tomorrow Night at the Clayton State Theatre
On Thursday, Nov. 8, “
Macbeth” marches on to the Clayton State Theater stage for five drama-filled evenings. The curtain rises in the Clayton State Theatre, room G132 of the Arts & Sciences Building, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free with Laker ID for Clayton State students, faculty and staff members. General admission is $5 for non-students.
“Macbeth” is directed by Patricia Henritze, Clayton State assistant professor of Theater, says “Macbeth” is just as relevant today as it was in Shakespeare’s time, and her student cast make the performance one well worth attending.
“It’s all about unleashed ambition and what happens when you only value power and money,” she says. “Macbeth goes from a guy with everything -- love, family and friends -- to a violent guy with no one to turn to.
“The cast has done a great job giving the play a Shakespearean feel, while also being themselves. We’re not playing fake British people; we’re really relating the play to the here and now. “
“To perform Macbeth is almost a dream come true,” says junior theatre major Darius Booker, who plays the lead role. “Originally I wanted to be something ghostly, maybe one of the witches, representing an omen. To get Macbeth was unexpected, it was a great opportunity.
“I’ve been creating Macbeth with my own heart, in my own way.”
Henritze, whose 10-minute play “Destiny” premieres at the Short Plays Series of the EstroGenius Festival in New York this week, says that the Clayton State adaptation of “Macbeth” takes off right away.
“We’ve had a blast working on fights and movement – and the lights, set and costumes are really cool,” she adds.
Additional Clayton State Theatre performances of “Macbeth” will be on Friday, Nov. 9, Saturday, Nov. 10, Thursday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Nov. 16. All performances in G132 of the Arts & Sciences Building will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Laker Nation Help the Nation
In wake of Hurricane Sandy, which has devastated the East Coast, Campus Events Council is calling for the “Laker Nation to help the Nation” by donating to the Red Cross who has been working around the clock to aid those affected by the storm.
Please visit the CEC table through Friday, Nov. 9, on Main Street in the Baker Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or Atawanna Royal’s office, suite 210 in the Student Activities Center, and bring your pennies, dimes, dollars, etc…
Every donation will grant you the chance to win a Super CEC Prize Pack, as well as Moe’s Bucks from our neighborhood Moe’s Southwest Grill.
For more information, contact Royal at AtawannaRoyal@clayton.edu
Men’s Basketball vs. Baseline USA, Nov. 7
The Lakers men’s basketball team will play its annual exhibition game against Baseline USA on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Athletics & Fitness Center.
Confucian Ethics for the 21st Century – Clayton State’s Fifth Annual Philosophy in Society Talk, Nov. 8
An expert on the most famous ancient oriental philosopher will be speaking at Clayton State University on Thursday, Nov. 8, but the presentation will be one for the 21st
The Philosophy faculty of Clayton State is inviting faculty, staff, students and the general public to its Fifth Annual Philosophy in Society talk, Confucian Ethics for the 21st Century
, presented by Dr. Jon Herman of Georgia State University. Herman’s free presentation will run from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., in room UC327 of the James M. Baker University Center.
Herman is an affiliate faculty member with the Center for Asian Studies at Georgia State, an officer in the Society for the Study of Chinese Religion, and a member of the Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion with the American Academy of Religion. Herman is currently at work writing “Taoism for Dummies” and his areas of interest include Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Comparative Mysticism, Theory and Method in the Study of Religion, Religion and Popular Culture.
Clayton County Economic Development Strategic Plan – Public Forum, Nov. 8
For the past few months, a team from Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute has been guiding the development of Clayton County's first Strategic Economic Development plan in 12 years. Join Georgia Tech on Thursday, Nov. 8, to learn about the planning process, and share your thoughts on creating new jobs, new businesses, and new opportunities for Clayton County. Light refreshments will be provided.
The public forum will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Riverdale Town Center multi-purpose room, 7210 Church St., Riverdale.
For more information on this event, contact Jason Chernock, project manager, (404) 385-0829, Jason.email@example.com
. For venue information, call the city of Riverdale, (770) 997-8989, or go to http://www.riverdaleculture.com
Concerning Student Behavior Workshop, Nov. 9
Space is still available for the Concerning Student Behavior Workshop this Friday, Nov. 9, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., in room UC 262 of the James M. Baker University Center.
Faculty and administrators across the country consistently report an increase in the occurrence of disruptive and distressing student behaviors in university settings, including classrooms. The workshop will provide (1) an overview of the continuum of disruptive behaviors; (2) a review of effective strategies that can minimize the occurrence of disruptive behaviors; and (3) techniques and strategies for addressing disruptive behaviors when they do occur.
Participants will discuss how the strategies can vary based on the severity of the behavior, the faculty member’s classroom style, and the context of the classroom or administrative office. The session will also include a discussion on how to identify and respond to distressing or troubling (but not necessarily disruptive) student behaviors.
This workshop has received high ratings by past participants. A certificate of completion will be given to use as documentation in professional portfolios. Register for the workshop at the Center for Instructional Development (CID) website.
Women’s Basketball Exhibition, Nov. 9
The Lakers will host NAIA power Southern Poly in an exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Athletics & Fitness Center.
Clayton State Television to Host Second Annual Loch Fest Film Festival, Nov. 10
Clayton State Television (CSTV) will be hosting its Second Annual Loch Fest Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Clayton State University Student Activities Center.
Loch Fest is an Atlanta student film festival, created by Clayton State, where student and professional work is showcased and dreams can be made real. Loch Fest gives student films more exposure in the Atlanta community and allows professionals to showcase their work and speak about their views of film as an art and a business. Sponsored by Clayton State’s Department of Campus Life and CSTV, the website for Loch Fest is http://cstvnow.com/lochfest
This year’s Loch Fest, which is free and open to the public, will include, in addition to the submitted films, family fun, food, games, music and giveaways.
Clayton State Department of Dental Hygiene Accreditation Site Visit, Nov. 13, Nov. 14
In accordance to the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation the Department of Dental Hygiene will participate in the accreditation site visit process, Tuesday, Nov. 13 and Wednesday, Nov. 14.
The primary focus of the self-study process is to assess the effectiveness of the educational program in meeting (1) the program’s stated goals and objectives and (2) the Commission’s Accreditation Standards for Dental Hygiene Education Programs.
For the educational program, the self-study provides an opportunity to:
1. Clarify its objectives as they relate to:
a. Preparation of dental hygienists;
b. Expectations of the dental profession and the public in relation to the education of dental hygienists; and
c. The program’s general educational objectives.
2. Candidly and realistically assess its own strengths and weaknesses in light of its own stated objectives.
3. Internalize the process and engage in the kind of self-analysis essential to effective planning and change.
4. Provide the basis for a more informed and helpful site visit related to the real issues including the strengths and weaknesses of the program.*
(*Adapted and summarized from “Role and Importance of the Self-Study Process in Accreditation,” Richard M. Millard, President, Council of Postsecondary Accreditation (July 25-26, 1984)
The mission of the Clayton State Department of Dental Hygiene is to provide career relevant education in the discipline of dental hygiene and to support the lifelong learning goals of individuals aspiring to careers in the dental profession. In addition to the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program, the department also operates a public dental hygiene clinic in which Clayton State students provide preventive dental care for patients under the supervision of dental hygiene faculty members. The clinic is located in the lower level of the Student Center Building. Clinic appointments for dental hygiene treatment may be made in person or by calling (678) 466-4920.
360 Hour Vacation Accrual Limit in eTime
Payroll Services would like to remind all employees who are close to or above the 360 hour vacation accrual that eTime vacation balances will reset to 360 hours effective Jan. 1, 2013.
Also, please note, Dec. 31, 2012 is a mandatory vacation day and campus will be closed.
The mandatory vacation day will be automatically entered into the eTime system for all full-time staff and 12 month faculty.
ADP payroll questions and support issues should be directed to:
SSC Customer Support Team
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Biweekly Payroll Reminder
Notice to all employees and managers/supervisors:
Due to the centralization of payroll services, approvals of all biweekly time must be approved by 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, for the payroll ending on Nov. 9, 2012.
If you have any questions, including password resets, while attempting to approve or update a time card, please contact our SSC Customer Support Team.
Cross Country on the LakerZone
Clayton State sports fans another edition of the Department of Athletics' LakerZone
is now available for viewing. The LakerZone
is Clayton State's webcasting platform and features live webcasts of home Laker athletics contests along with features on players and interviews with coaches.
In this segment of the LakerZone,
head cross country coach Mike Mead and senior women’s cross country runner Paige Galvin reports on the team’s second place performance at the NCAA Division II Southeast Region on Saturday. The runner-up finish in the meet qualified the Lakers for their first NCAA Division II National Championship meet later this month.
To watch the video on YouTube, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rY4gz98hZ0&feature=youtu.be&hd=1
SAC Fitness Center Locker Rental Notice
For those patrons who are renting locker at the SAC Fitness Center, you have until Dec. 12, (8 p.m.) to clean out your locker. Any locks remaining after that date will be cut and the contents will be stored for 30 days. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity. All contents must be removed for the duration of winter break. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience.
Locker renewals will be available Jan.2, 2013. Please renew early for best selection. For more information, please contact Brandon Marshall at BrandonMarshall@clayton.edu
or (678) 466-4976.
The Loch Shop Fall Customer Service Survey, Open Until Nov. 19
The Loch Shop is always anxious to get feedback about our services from our campus community, and we are opening our annual Fall Customer Service Survey to all Clayton State faculty, staff, and students.
The Loch Shop will be giving a $50 Loch Shop gift card to three lucky respondents chosen at random from those who complete the survey and provide their contact information. Each person who completes the survey and provides a valid email address will be also sent an exclusive Loch Shop Friends & Family coupon good through the holiday season.
Go to: https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8jpdvq2wGnk8ftz
Due to the recent “issues” with Qualtrics, the survey will now stay open through Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.
State Charitable Contribution Program Now Underway
Clayton State University’s State Charitable Contribution Program (SCCP) 2013 Campaign will run through Nov. 30. Be on the lookout for SCCP campaign brochures now being delivered to your department.
Last year, State of Georgia and University System employees pledged more than $1.5 million to charitable organizations in our communities, our state and around the world.
Making a contribution is easy! You can take advantage of payroll deduction to give the charities you care about a consistent cash flow throughout the year, enabling them to continue their crucial work. You can sign up for payroll deduction for as little as $1 per pay period. This might sound like a nominal amount, but imagine the cumulative effect of adding your donations to those of other state employees.
To Register on the SCCP On-line Pledge Site you will need your ADP Employee ID. It can be found on the SWAN Work Life tab near the middle of the page.
Go to the site: https://www.giveattheoffice.org/_sccp/
At the Home page Click “Yes” to “Is this your first time logging into the system?”
Select your “subdivision” from the list (Colleges and University), or use the key word search (enter Clayton State University) to narrow the list.
Select Clayton State University and complete the Step 2 Form.
Enter your first and last name as it appears on your paystub.
Enter your email address and create a user name and password.
You will receive a confirmation email once you click “register me”.
Now you can login and make a pledge.
For assistance, contact VickieSmith@clayton.edu
A full listing of all Participating Charities is available at http://www.spa.ga.gov/employees/sccp_Main/sccp_app.asp
The charities in the campaign cover a wide range of health, welfare, environmental and educational programs. This year, the Clayton State University Foundation, Inc., was added to the list.
Don’t hesitate to contact Vickie Smith by phone, (678) 466-4283, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
, if you have questions about the Contribution Campaign or need assistance with the on-line process.
Through your generosity, countless lives are impacted, making a difference in Georgia and the rest of the world. Please consider making a contribution today.
Clayton State Library Fall Survey for Faculty and Staff
The Clayton State Library invites you to participate in our Fall Faculty & Staff Survey. We are seeking feedback regarding the library’s resources and services and how we can improve them.
Please take 10-15 minutes to offer your input, which we will consider in planning and budgeting decisions and as we write our narratives for SACS. Previous survey results have led to an additional book return location and a popular reading collection.
The survey will be open until Nov. 16 and is accessible here: http://clayton.libguides.com/survey
If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Erin Nagel, assessment & marketing librarian, at ErinNagel@clayton.edu
or (678) 466-4330.
Top Workplace Survey
As you know, Clayton State University received recognition in 2012 as one of Atlanta’s Top Workplaces by the Atlanta Journal/Constitution
based on a survey they had conducted.
Human Resources is pleased to announce that Clayton State will be participating in the 2013 survey that will be sent via email to all Clayton State University employees beginning the week of Nov. 5. Please know that this survey is legitimate and assure your people that we encourage their participation.
Clayton State Dining Services Wants Your Feedback
Clayton State Dining Services will be conducting an online survey from Monday, Oct. 22 through Wednesday, Nov. 7. Your feedback is important for improving our services to the University.
Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey. For every person who responds, Sodexo will donate $1 to the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation: http://www.sodexofoundation.org/
Clayton State Dining appreciates your time and your feedback. To begin the survey, click here: http://vcil.cc/sq53qez
2013 Open Enrollment
The 2013 Annual Benefits Open Enrollment is Oct. 15 to Nov. 9, 2012. During the Open Enrollment period, you may be eligible to change, enroll, cancel, or remove dependents from your health, dental, and vision insurance.
If you are adding dependents to your coverage in 2013, please submit the required dependent documentation
to Human Resources prior to Nov. 9, 2012.
TAP Applications for Spring 2013
The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application acceptance status is now open for spring 2013 semester. The application submission deadline is Nov. 15.
Please forward your completed System Wide TAP Applications
to Department of Human Resources
For more information on TAP eligibility, policy, and procedures please go to: http://www.clayton.edu/human-resources/tap
Reminder – Sexual Harassment Training Until Dec. 1
Throughout the year Human Resources will advise faculty and staff of trainings that are required by Clayton State University, the Board of Regents and the State of Georgia.
From Oct. 1 to Dec. 1, 2012, all faculty, staff and student employees will be required to complete the Sexual Harassment: A Common Sense Approach training.
The training video, workbook and assessment were designed to ensure that employees understand and adhere to the University’s policies and procedures.
To access and complete the training:
· Log into the CSU Training University
using your current Clayton State user name and password.
· Select “Required Training” under Course Categories
· Sexual Harassment: A Common Sense Approach
Veterans Resource Center Plans Remembrance Day National Roll Call for Veterans Day, Nov. 12
Preparation for the upcoming Veterans Day celebration at Clayton State University is in progress. The official celebration will be on Monday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will feature the Clayton State Veterans Resource Center’s Second Annual Remembrance Day National Roll Call.
This year’s Roll Call will feature a change from 2011 in that the names of those currently serving as well as the names of the fallen will be read. Last year only the names of the fallen were read.
The Roll Call will be read in the Eugene Lawson Amphitheater on the Clayton State campus. There will also be opening ceremony comments and “minute of silence” comments. The Remembrance Day National Roll Call is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the entire event will be held in the Veterans Resource Center, on the first floor of the Clayton State Student Center.
Education Information Session, Nov. 13
The Department of Teacher Education will be a Middle Grade Education Information Session is Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., in room G-227 of the Arts & Sciences Building.
Mason Barfield Court Naming Ceremony, Nov. 13
The Clayton State Athletics Department invites you and a guest to the naming ceremony of Mason Barfield Court on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the Athletics & Fitness Center.
The evening will begin with a women’s exhibition game against the Alumni at 5 p.m. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by the naming ceremony at 7 p.m.
Following the naming ceremony, the men’s basketball team will open their regular season at 7:30 p.m. against Tennessee Temple.
Please RSVP by Nov. 9 to Pat Keane at email@example.com
Clayton State University Jazz Combo Presents “Swinging for Tony,” Nov. 14
The Clayton State University Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents the Clayton State University Jazz Combo in “Swinging for Tony” in Spivey Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. This event – held in memory of former Jazz Combo member Tony Terrell – is free and open to the public.
The tribute concert will feature jazz classics from the libraries of Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, and Sonny Rollins, recent works by current artists/composers Kenny Garrett and Maurice Brown, and new arrangements by Clayton State University Jazz Combo director Stacey Houghton (Rex).
"I find it important to keep standard and well-loved melodies alive by giving them exciting, fresh treatments for today's audiences,” says Houghton. “These original tunes have stood the test of time, and they deserve to be preserved within the jazz tradition."
Performing in “Swinging for Tony” are the following talented musicians: Houghton, tenor saxophone; Josh Singleton (Conyers), trumpet; Brandon Patman (Decatur), tenor saxophone; Rodney Allen, Jr. (Atlanta), alto saxophone & piano; Kelly Jarrard (Stockbridge), guitar & vocal; Ryan Stegall (Jonesboro), bass; and Elliott Phillips (Hapeville), drums. Guest pianists include Marvin Pollock (Forest Park) and John Bennett (Decatur).
In addition to several new arrangements, the evening will also feature an original piece Houghton composed in memory of his friend and long-time fellow musician. Terrell passed away on Sept. 20. He played bass and trombone as a regular member of the Clayton State University Jazz Combo and the Clayton Community Big Band from 2003-2009.
SBDC Partnering with Borrego Springs Bank for Free Financing Workshop, Nov. 14
Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is partnering with Borrego Springs Bank of Panama City, Fla., to hold a Free Financing Workshop & SBA Loan Expo on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Clayton State University – East, 5823 Trammell Rd., Morrow.
This is a public event, and free to attend, but registration is required. The Expo will be held in classroom 120B at Clayton State – East, which holds just 40 people, so registrations are capped at 40. To register, go to http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?cart=71b6a9a9-3adc-44cc-b98a-82a3ee22ed95&page_name=view_cart&addproduct=112375
This informative program is important for anyone considering starting a new business venture, or anyone who has the need for additional working capital for their existing business.
Clayton State Professors, Students Featured in Next Visiting Writer’s Reading Series, Nov. 15
The next installment in the Clayton State University English Department’s popular Visiting Writer’s Reading Series (VWRS) will be staying close to home, as two Clayton State professors and Clayton State creative writing students will be sharing the podium on Thursday, Nov. 15.
Poet, VWRS series director, and Clayton State Associate Professor of English Dr. Brigitte Byrd will be joined by Clayton State Assistant Professor of English Dr. Robert Pfeiffer, and some of Clayton State’s creative writing students in the Clayton State Writer’s Studio, room G224 of the Arts & Sciences Building.
A native of France, where she was trained as a dancer, Byrd is the author of “Song of a Living Room” (Ahsahta, 2009), “The Dazzling Land” (Black Zinnias, 2008), and “Fence above the Sea” (Ahsahta, 2005). She is also an editorial reviewer for Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies
. Pfeiffer attended Wake Forest University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English. After moving to Atlanta, he earned an M.F.A. and Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Georgia State University. His first book of poetry, “Bend, Break” was published in January 2011 by Plain View Press. His poems have appeared internationally in journals and magazines, including The Connecticut River Review, The Flint Hills Review, Freefall Magazine
and The Concho River Review
The Visiting Writers’ Reading Series at Clayton State is free and open to the public.
Second Annual “The More We Get Together” International Feast, Nov. 15
The Campus Events Council (CEC) along with Campus Life, International Student Services (ISSO), International Programs (ISP), Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM), Caribbean Student Association (CSA), Diversity Educational Experiences for Peers (DEEP), International Student Association (ISA), LOCHed In Motion (LIM), Non-Traditional Student Organization (NTSO), and Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) present the Second Annual “The More We Get Together” International Feast on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m., in the SAC ballroom.
As we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday season, these student organizations and departments will bring together various foods, history, traditions, and cultures of how the holiday is celebrated all over the world at the International Feast. Come and experience a feast like none other.
This event is free for Clayton State students, $5 for Clayton State faculty and staff, and everyone must RSVP to CEC@Clayton.edu
. Seats are limited and this event will sell out quickly.
For more information, please contact Cherelle Prempeh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Women’s Forum Annual Auction, Chili Cook-Off, Quilt Raffle, Nov. 15
The Clayton State Women’s Forum announces the annual Auction, Chili Cook-Off, and Quilt Raffle scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15. The organization’s mission is to sustain a Women’s Forum Scholarship Fund in support of assisting students with general and emergency resources to aid in their successful completion of academic studies. Proceeds from all events go to the Scholarship Fund.
There are several ways that faculty and staff members can be involved:
Contribute to the Women’s Forum Scholarship Fund through the Faculty/Staff Fund Drive
Visit the Women’s Forum table at the HR Benefits Fair on Oct. 26 for info on upcoming events
Donate items for the Auction
Shop the Auction – perfect for the holiday season and year-round gift-giving
Prepare a pot of chili for the Chili Cook-Off
Join us at the Chili Cook-Off and enjoy some delicious chili
Purchase Quilt Raffle tickets
Become a member of Women’s Forum – the basic membership fee is only $5
Online auction bidding will commence on Nov. 12. Donated items will be displayed in the University Center on Nov. 15. Faculty, staff, students, retirees, and community members collaborate for this event which has become an annual campus tradition.
Clayton Community Big Band Presents “Hooked on Basie,” Nov. 26
The Clayton State University Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents the Clayton Community Big Band (CCBB) in “Hooked On Basie” in Spivey Hall on Monday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
“Hooked on Basie” will include popular charts from all decades of Basie's career, including writers Neal Hefti, Quincy Jones, Sammy Nestico, and Bill Holman.
"This is actually the fourth program of 100 percent Count Basie music that the CCBB has held in our twelve years of existence,” says founding and current director Stacey Houghton. “I am surely hooked on Basie, the band can't get enough Basie, and our audiences always enjoy and request Basie; this concert cannot lose! It has been five years since the last all-Basie show, so we are due for another."
Staff Council Meeting, Nov. 29
The next scheduled meeting of Staff Council will be Thursday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m., in room UC260 of the James M. Baker University Center. This will be the last meeting for 2012. We will reconvene in January 2013. All are welcome to attend.