Loch Visits Clayton State Archives; Runs Into Old Friend
In preparation for his first official appearance at the Clayton State Homecoming Pep Rally on Friday, Feb. 17, the University’s new Loch has been making the rounds on campus.
After emerging from Swan Lake in January, Loch has been seen in the Student Activities Center (taking a shower), The Loch Shop (naturally… he was buying a hoodie), in Laker Hall (taking a nap) and texting his support to basketball coaches Gordon Gibbons and Dennis Cox. Last week, Loch apparently decided to visit his “roots” and check out some Clayton State history, by stopping by to see Clayton State Archivist Rosemary Fischer in the University Archives, located in the Library. Fischer explains that Loch was checking out the record of some of his former incarnations and exploits as the Lakers’ mascot.
Much to the surprise of all parties, one of Loch’s oldest (and we do mean oldest) friends, Clayton State Emeritus Director of Student Life Rob Taylor, happened to come into the Archives while Loch was studying his displays. Now a resident of Tyrone, Ga., Taylor was on campus and was planning on doing some research on his own in the Archives, possibly in preparation of writing his autobiography, “Twenty-Five Years at Clayton State,” a work that would include Loch first emerging from Swan Lake in the early 90s.
Taylor later reported that he was looking for back issues of “The Bent Tree” when Loch realized he was there, and embraced him, obviously a case of one Clayton State legend taking another by surprise. Once things calmed down; Fischer, Taylor and Loch went to lunch at the Lakeside Dining Hall.
Loch will make his first official appearance on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Homecoming Pep Rally, which will be held starting at noon in the Commons area of the James M. Baker University Center.
Athletic Director Candidates to Visit Campus Next Week
The five finalists for the position of Director of Athletics at Clayton State will be visiting the campus next week. Each candidate will be making a public presentation in on the topic, “A Vision for Intercollegiate Athletics at Clayton State University.” Everyone interested in Clayton State Athletics is not only encouraged, but urged to attend.
Each presentation will run from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in room UC260 on the James M. Baker Center. The schedule of candidates is as follows;
Monday, Feb. 13 – Patricia Hughes
Tuesday, Feb. 14 – Mike Mead
Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Joseph “Chip” Smith
Thursday, Feb. 16 – Mark Peeler
Friday, Feb. 17 – Carl McAloose
Bonus LakerBucks… Free Money
Love is in the air and the LakerCard Center wants to show you some LOVE by giving away FREE LakerBucks! For two days only, Feb. 13 and Feb. 14, when you stop by the LakerCard Center to deposit $25 or more to your LakerBucks account, you will get a $5 bonus deposit to your account (one bonus per cardholder).
We LOVE our customers and we want you to “like” us. “Like” the Clayton State LakerCard Facebook page, then stop by our office on Monday or Tuesday for a Valentine’s treat. Need a card for your special someone? We’ll be passing out Valentines, too.
Laker Orientation Leaders (LOLs) Collecting Donations for Back to School Brigade
The 2012 Laker Orientation Leader team are asking the Clayton State University community to join them in supporting military families in the Back to School Brigade initiative. The Laker Orientation Leaders are in need of the following items:
• Book bags (new or gently used)
• Color pencils
• Non-permanent markers
Drop off items: Office of Orientation and New Student Programs (Student Center, Room 218)
By: 5 p.m., on Friday, Mar. 2.
Valentine's Announcement for NTSO/VRC
In the Spirit of Valentine’s Day, showing appreciation and gratitude, the Nontraditional Student Organization (NTSO) would like to take this opportunity to offer a token of appreciation to our veterans at Clayton State University by treating them to some “goodies” at the Veterans Resource Center (VRC), room STC115 of the Student Center.
If you or your organization would like to participate in this expression of gratitude, please feel free to drop off any baked good or other goodies at the Veterans Resource Center on Tuesday, Feb. 14, The VRC’s hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Loch Shop to Hold Homecoming, Customer Appreciation, and Semi-Annual “We Don’t Want to Count it at Inventory” Blow-out Clearance Sale, Feb. 13 to Feb. 17
The perfect opportunity to pick up Clayton State Laker gear (at 30 percent off) to wear to Homecoming, The Loch Shop’s big sale from Feb. 13 through Feb. 17.
The Loch Shop will also provide free cokes, popcorn, candy and special giveaways at the Homecoming Pep Rally.
Volunteers Need for the Career Expo
Career Services needs faculty/staff and student volunteers for the Feb. 22 Career Expo
Positions and times available for volunteers to work are as follows:
- Parking Lot Attendant – 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Employer Registration – 8:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
- Unloader for Parking Lot – 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Employer Assistant/Greeter – 8:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
- Student and Graduate Registration – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Student Greeter – 11 a.m. & noon
- Student Exit Door Attendant – noon – 3 p.m.
- Student Evaluations – noon – 3 p.m.
- Evening loaders – 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Opportunities are available for students, faculty, staff, and even groups/organizations. All shifts are for a minimum of two hours. If you are willing to assist, feel free to contact Lashay Taylor, Career Expo volunteer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (678) 466-5404.
Bursar’s Office Closed, Mar. 2
The Bursar’s Office will be closed on Friday, Mar.2, for staff training.
Fifth Annual Gospel Explosion, Feb. 12
Appointed Generation, Clayton State's Gospel Choir, presents… “WOW: Women of Worship,” Clayton State’s Fifth Annual Black History Month Gospel Explosion.
“WOW” will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. in the Clayton State Student Activity Center Ballroom. Admission is free.
“WOW” will feature Kelli Ellis, CelinaSoulDivine, Shalindria & Co., and special guest — All Nations Life and Praise Church Choir, regional winner of the 2011 How Sweet the Sound Choir Competition.
Veterans Resource Center Celebrates Valentine’s Day, Feb. 13, Feb. 14
Student veterans and military members and their families, come be our Valentine; the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) of Clayton State University invites all student veterans and military members and their families to stop by the VRC in room STC-115 of the Student Center (next to The Loch Shop) on Monday, Feb. 13 and Tuesday, Feb. 14, for some Valentine’s Day goodies and fellowship.
The Center is now open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of closings for special events or holidays. The Grand Opening is tentatively scheduled for later this month and will be announced soon.
The VRC staff is planning monthly events and networking opportunities for student veterans and military members on campus. They are open to suggestions by the military community. Please stop by and make use of the “suggestion box” located near the sign-in desk in the Veterans Resource Center.
The Loch Shop Homecoming, Customer Appreciation, and Semi-Annual “We Don’t Want to Count it at Inventory” Blow-out Clearance Sale, Feb. 13 to Feb. 17
- 30 percent off of select Clayton State University and Laker apparel and gift items.
- Take an additional 10 percent off of all already-reduced clearance Items.
- Up to 50 percent off of select General Interest Tradebooks, including some former books of the week, signed copies, and recent best-sellers.
- BTGO: All Bargain Books, buy two, get one free (of equal or lesser value). Prices start at just 99 cents.
- 25 percent off all games, puzzles, boxed greeting cards and stationary.
See store for details. Some restrictions apply; some items not included. Not valid on prior or future purchases; good on select in-stock items only. Offer may not be combined with any other coupon, discount, or sale event. All sales of reduced merchandise are considered final. Shop early for the best selection.
Clayton State Plans for Homecoming 2012
Clayton State University students, faculty/staff, alumni and friends … mark your calendar, Homecoming 2012 is right around the corner.
Clayton State will celebrate Homecoming Week from Monday, Feb. 13 through Saturday, Feb.18. The Lakers will face in-state rival Columbus State in the Saturday Homecoming basketball contests with the women’s game at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.
In the spirit of Clayton State’s new strategic planning efforts, this year’s Homecoming theme will be, “Beyond Your Imagination … Clayton State Homecoming 2012.”
Clayton State Director of Alumni Relations Gid Rowell has announced that the official Homecoming website is now live. For all Homecoming information, including applications for Homecoming King and Queen, go to: http://adminservices.clayton.edu/homecoming/
In addition to the basketball games, a number of activities are planned for Homecoming Day. Saturday will kick-off with a Homecoming 5K Road Race at 9 a.m., followed by the annual Alumni Breakfast. Later in the afternoon, leading into the games, there will be a tailgate and spirit rally.
Clayton State will crown its 2012 Homecoming Queen and King at halftime of the men’s basketball game. Last year, Kearia Smith, of Waynesboro, and Rico Lee, of Wrens, received the honors. After the games, the Student Government Association will be sponsoring a Homecoming Dance.
King and Queen applications will also be available from the Student Activities Center, the University Center Information Desk, or the Campus Life website, http://adminservices.clayton.edu/campuslife/
On Monday, Feb. 13, Homecoming will kick off with a first-time event, allowing students to show-off their talents in the Clayton State Idol competition. The event, sponsored by Orientation and New Student Programs, will begin at 7 p.m., and be held in Student Activities Center (SAC) Ballroom.
Students will have the opportunity to take their sweetheart to a Homecoming event on Tuesday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, as the Campus Event Council will host Ice Skating on the SAC Green at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Alumni Association will host the Harlem Ambassadors basketball show/game. The event will be open to all the campus community and the public. Tip-off for the fun-filled entertainment will begin at 7 p.m., in the Athletics & Fitness Center.
Clayton State’s Student Media will once again host the Student Choice Awards on Thursday evening, Feb. 16, recognizing the campus community with awards.
Friday will be an exciting day on campus with a noon Pep Rally in the University Center. Clayton State cheerleaders will lead the way and the Homecoming Court and basketball teams will be in attendance, along with some surprise appearances. The Fraternity and Sorority Council will host a Homecoming Party on Friday at 10 p.m. in the SAC.
Orientation and New Student Programs Presents… Clayton State Idol, Feb. 13
Clayton State University’s Office of Orientation & New Student Programs is bringing a new feature, Clayton State Idol, to the University’s annual Homecoming Week. Doors for Clayton State Idol will open at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 13, in the Student Activities Center (SAC) Ballroom. The competition will begin at 7 p.m. (And, it’s guaranteed they’ll sing the National Anthem better than Steven Tyler.)
“Clayton State Idol allows students to watch great vocal entertainment from their very own classmates,” Darius Thomas of Orientation and New Student Programs says. “There is wonderful talent on campus. We are pleased to offer a forum to showcase this talent. Clayton State Idol will allow the Clayton State community to get involved because their votes will be the final deciding factor of who is the first Idol.”
Harlem Ambassadors to Perform at Clayton State, Feb. 15
The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors are coming to Clayton State University.
The University will welcome Harlem’s “other” basketball entertainment show to the University’s Athletics & Fitness Center on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. The show, sponsored by the Clayton State Alumni Association, will be part of the University’s Homecoming festivities, which run from Feb. 13 to Feb. 18.
“Our Alumni Association wanted to provide an event for all ages that would be fun for the entire Clayton State and surrounding community to attend,” says Clayton State Alumni Association President Ben Hopkins. “It will be a lot of fun, and proceeds from the event will benefit our Benita H. Moore Scholarship.”
A spin-off of the Harlem Globetrotters, the Ambassadors offer a similar basketball show for all ages. The Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines.
“At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too,” Coach Ladè Majic says. “We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front row seat during the show, and get involved in all of the fun stuff we do.”
General admission tickets for the show are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Children under the age of six are admitted free. Group tickets will also be available at a special rate.
Spivey Hall Young People’s Concert to Feature Percussionist Kristin Lyman and an Auditory Journey, Feb. 15
Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall is famous as both a world-renown small performance venue, and as the home of an award-winning education program.
The latter will be featured on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 9:45 a.m., when Spivey Hall presents another in its series of Young People’s Concerts, featuring a member of Clayton State’s Visual and Performing Arts faculty, percussionist Dr. Kristin Lyman, who will be taking attendees on an auditory journey based on the book “Moses Goes to a Concert.” This book, written by Isaac Millman, is the story a young boy who is deaf and how he experiences his first symphony concert.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to experience and `feel’ a live music performance in one of the world’s great concert halls,” says Spivey Hall Education Manager Catherine Giel.
Tickets to Lyman’s auditory journey are only $1 per person and can be reserved by calling the Spivey Hall Education Department at (678) 466-4481. In addition, Spivey Hall will provide an ASL interpreter, Susan Holly, for the performance. Giel also notes that Spivey Hall has extended invitations to Georgia schools and programs that work with students with hearing disabilities.
Hartsfield General Manager Miller to Speak at Clayton State, Feb. 15
Louis Miller, general manager of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, will be speaking at Clayton State University on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
The manager of the busiest airport in the world and the treasurer for Airports Council International, Miller is speaking as part of the Clayton State College of Business’ Jim Wood Speaker Series. Miller’s presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center,
starting at 6:30 p.m.
Sharon Foote Returns for Mardi Gras Murder Mystery, Feb. 17
The Center for Continuing Education at Clayton State University is welcoming back the Alliance Theatre’s Sharon Foote on Friday, Feb. 17. Foote will once again be returning to the scene of the crime, directing the “Mardi Gras Murder Mystery.”
Down on the bayou, there has been a murder with Cajun flavor. Individuals who fancy themselves a Sherlock Holmes, or just a regular detective, or a clairvoyant, or who just like Cajun food, are invited to join Foote for an evening that begins with a murder and climaxes with clues and a dinner buffet.
The time is 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Clayton State’s Harry S. Downs Center, room 101. As noted, the chief inspector will be the Alliance Theatre’s Foote. The fee is $39, which includes a Cajun dinner buffet.
Register by calling the Center for Continuing Education at (678) 466-5050, or go to http://conted.clayton.edu/
“Run Clayton State” 5K Run/Walk to be Held at University’s Homecoming, Feb. 18
The Clayton State University Alumni Association and the Atlanta Southside Runners will team up on Saturday, Feb. 18 for the first time for a 5K Run/Walk, “Run Clayton State.”
The race, which will be held on the University’s campus and surrounding neighborhood, will be part of Clayton State’s Homecoming festivities that same day.
Registration for the race will begin at 7:45 a.m. on the Clayton State campus, with the race beginning at 9 a.m. Cost for participants will be $15 before Feb. 10, $20 for participants after Feb. 10, and $25 on race day. Family rates will also be available for runners of three or more.
All runners will receive a T-shirt and age group winners will be recognized with awards. A special grand prize will be awarded to the top female and male winners. The event will also include breakfast after the race along with sponsor gifts.
Proceeds from the race will benefit two worthy fundraising efforts. A portion of the funds will support the Clayton State Alumni Association scholarship program, and a portion will be donated to the Zac Bradley Benefit Fund. Bradley, a member of the Clayton State men’s basketball team, was partial paralyzed last spring when a tree fell on his car during a storm and the proceeds will help cover incurred medical expenses.
Participants can register online at www.active.com
or at www.clayton.edu/alumnigift
. Downloadable registration forms can be accessed at www.revolutionrunning.net
Indoor Rock Climbing, Feb. 18
Come experience Atlanta’s finest climbing facility. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level. You will have the opportunity to learn proper climbing techniques and get a feel for the sport of rock climbing. Climbing gear is provided.
Destination: Atlanta Rocks, Atlanta
Date: Saturday, Feb. 18
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, email@example.com
National Archives at Atlanta African American Heritage Program, Feb. 18
The National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Rd., Morrow, will feature its African American Heritage Program on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All events and Activities are free and open to the public.
The program starts at 9 a.m., with “Are You Gullah Geechee?” a symposium sponsored by the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society’s Atlanta Chapter and featuring presentations by Dr. Mary B. Ziegler, Dr. D. L. Henderson, and the Gullah Geechee Shouters.
Advance registration is required for this program, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
From noon until 5 p.m., the Archives will hold “A Taste of Africa and America,” providing bite-sized samples of African-American cuisine, along with a viewing of Denise White Fields’ exhibit, “The Artifacts of Enslavement: The Shackles and Objects of Slavery.”
From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Archives will host the Clayton County African American Arts and Heritage Festival with exhibits, historic photographs, storytelling and musical performances.
SBDC to Host “Starting a Business” at Henry Chamber of Commerce, Feb. 21
Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting a “Starting a Business” workshop, a comprehensive workshop on important decisions you make prior to opening a business, in Henry County.
The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.
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
PowerPoint handouts and a book, “How to Start a Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs” will be provided.
The cost is $69 per person with 50 percent off for each additional person. In addition, Clayton State students and employees also get 50 percent off. To register, go to http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx? =2878b24d-b50e-4e78-8962-33502735ada8
School of Nursing Schedules Two Pre-Nursing Information Sessions in February
University’s School of Nursing (SoN) will be holding its latest IN! (Into Nursing) Pre-Nursing Information Sessions on Monday, Feb. 20, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 23, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The Monday session will be held in room B-11 of the Lecture Hall. The Thursday session will be in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center.
The purpose of the Into Nursing
information sessions is to provide pre-nursing students with important information about resources that are available to help them plan for a career in nursing. Strategies will be discussed regarding how to successfully prepare yourself for the application process and how to be successful once you are admitted to a nursing program.
The informational sessions are conducted during the fall and spring semesters by Clayton State’s Nursing Workforce Diversity grant team and the advisors in the School of Nursing. These informational sessions will be open to high school students, university students, parents and university faculty and staff.
Office of Career Services Presents the Career Expo, Feb. 22
On Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Student Activities Center Ballroom, from Noon to 3 p.m., the Office of Career Services will present the annual Career Expo.
Students and alumni are advised to bring plenty of resumes.
For more information, call (678) 466-5400 or email email@example.com
Financial Aid Closed, Feb. 22 and Feb. 23
The Financial Aid office will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and Thursday, Feb. 23, for staff training.
Nontraditional Student Organization Looks at “The Heart of the Matter,” Feb. 24
February is Black History Month. This is an excellent time to evaluate ourselves – body, mind and soul.
There are a myriad of health issues that continue to plague the African American Community – cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, etc. The improper care of one’s body, mind or soul can adversely affect one’s heart.
Join the Nontraditional Student Organization (NTSO) in exploring opportunities for achieving complete health. Stop by NTSO’s information table on Friday, Feb. 24, on Main Street in the James M. Baker University Center, from noon to 2 p.m.
Clayton State to Hold Fifth Annual African-American Read-In, Feb. 28
Clayton State University will host its Fifth Annual African-American Read-In for students on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in room G101 of the Arts & Sciences Building. The public is invited to attend.
This year’s Read-In will feature two sessions, the first from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m., and the second from 2:10 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.
The Read-In is sponsored by National Council of English Teachers. In order to participate, Clayton State students will be asked to read from a work authored by an African-American.
If you’d like to participate, contact Dr. LaJuan Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 466-4558.