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Lovers and Friends is Still ON for this Evening
The snow may have cancelled a few things but it's still Valentine's Day and CEC invites you to spend it with Lovers and Friends this evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Student Activities Center.
Join us in Laker Lounge for poetry and karaoke and decadent delights; OR enjoy back-to-back blockbusters in ballrooms A and C equipped with popcorn and drinks; OR meet someone new in our annual speed dating and game night with some sweet treats in ballroom B; OR join us on the SAC Green for our annual bonfire roasting marshmallows while jamming to our very own CSiR DJs!
AND... as if that isn't enough, CEC has some very special giveaways for the first 100 Lakers who attend... remember last year's scarves?... Don't miss out this year.
Clayton State Homecoming Parade and Homecoming Festival Cancelled
Due to the inclement weather and driving conditions, Clayton State University's annual Homecoming Parade and Homecoming Festival, both scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, have been cancelled.
Pathway from Main Campus to Clayton State – East is Closed
The pathway from Main Campus to Clayton State -- East is presently closed due debris and ice that have to be removed. Please do not attempt to use the area.
Once it has been deemed safe, a follow-up notification will be sent.
It’s on… Basketball vs. Montevallo, Saturday, Feb. 15
The basketball doubleheader between Clayton State and the University of Montevallo, with games scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (women) and 3:30 p.m. (men) on Saturday. Feb. 15, will still proceed as planned.
CODE ORANGE! CODE ORANGE! CODE ORANGE! Feb. 15 and Mar. 1
Come out and support the women's and men's basketball team at their last two home games on Feb. 15 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., and Mar.1 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (Senior Day). Come wearing orange or Clayton State paraphernalia and show your school spirit and school pride at the basketball games!
Music Preparatory School Registration Opens, Feb. 17
The Music Preparatory School at Clayton State is opening registration for Spring Session 2 on Monday, Feb. 17. The Prep School offers lessons and classes in piano, voice, strings, and other instruments to adults and children age six and up. Contact Dr. Carol Payne, director, at (678) 466-5600 or e-mail CarolPayne@clayton.edu to get more information or to register.
English Department Writing Awards Deadline, Feb. 18
The deadline for the English Department Writing Awards has been moved back to Tuesday, Feb. 18.
The following is the link to the guidelines for each one of the awards:
Don’t forget that the work submitted must have been produced in an English class during 2013 and that you need the endorsement of your instructor/professor.
Starting a Business Class at Henry Chamber is Postponed to Feb. 18
Clayton State’s Small Business Development Center’s “Starting Your Business” class, originally set for Tuesday, Feb. 11, has been re-scheduled due to the impending winter storm. The new date is Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Henry Chamber of Commerce, 1709 Highway 20 West, McDonough, Ga.
Receive 50 percent off each additional person with the purchase of one registration at full price, $69. All registrations must be made at the same time in order to receive this discount. This discount cannot be combined or used with any other discount or coupon. The 50 percent off is for current Clayton State students, faculty, and staff. Contact Heather Chaney for the discount code.
For more information, please contact Chaney at (678) 466-5100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register at http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow#.
Student Choice Awards Now Feb. 20
Hold on to your tickets! The Student Choice Awards has been rescheduled for next Thursday, Feb. 20.
In addition, the Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at the Student Choice Awards.
For any further questions, please contact Jennifer DeMond, Student Media advisor at email@example.com.
Sophomore Year Experience Workshop, Feb. 20
The Office of Career Services Sophomore Year Experience Workshop will be held on Feb. 20, in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
This workshop is designed to provide second-year students with unique information about how to choose a major and how to connect your major to specific careers. You will engage in activities that help you learn about yourself and how interests, skills and abilities can connect to major and career decisions.
The workshop will also offer information about how to gain experience in your chosen field through internships, civic engagement, organizational involvement and study abroad experiences.
Students must RSVP through Laker CareerZone to attend this session. Check-in will close 15 minutes after start time.
FREE STD Screening at UHS, Feb. 20
University Health Services (UHS) would like to welcome you back this semester!
We invite all students to come to our new and improved location at Clayton Station to get a FREE Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) screening on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Testing supplies are LIMITED, so this is being offered on a first-come, first-served basis – no appointment is necessary.
UHS is now located at Clayton Station Apartments - 5809 North Lake Dr., Bldg. 1000 – this building is next to Harper Drive on the way to Kroger. Come see us and get your FREE screening test - there is plenty of parking available at Clayton Station or it’s a short walk past Laker Hall to the new clinic location.
Manganese Exposure and Parkinson’s Disease – Biology Seminar Series, Feb. 21
Mn… that’s the chemical signal for manganese. Probably an element (good old number 25 on the Periodic Table) you’ve never thought about unless you’re a chemistry or biology major. But, maybe you should consider the effects of manganese.
On Friday, Feb. 21, as part of Clayton State’s on-going Biology Seminar Series, one of Laker Lines’ favorite biologists, Dr. Jacqueline Jordan, will be speaking on “The Link Between Manganese Exposure and Parkinson’s Disease.” Her presentation will begin at 2:15 p.m. in room 107 of the LAB. Refreshments will also be provided.
New York Times Talk on the Role of the News Media, Feb. 21
On Friday, Feb. 21, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., in room UC 267 of the James M. Baker University Center, Associate Professor of Journalism and popular culture expert Dr. Randy Clark will facilitate a New York Times Talk called: “Who can you Trust, the Role of the News Media.”
This event is open to all members of the Clayton State University community. A free lunch will be provided by the New York Times to those that RSVP to Dr. Joe Corrado at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 3 p.m. on Feb. 20.
CAS Saturday Walk-in Math Tutoring Services and Open House, Mar. 4
The Center for Academic Success (CAS) would like to remind Clayton State students of the walk-in Math tutoring available on Saturdays:
Due to the inconvenience of the weather, the Center for Academic Success was closed for three days this week causing the cancellation of Supplemental Instruction sessions, walk-in math tutoring and more than 50 individual tutoring appointments. While we cannot help recapture those lost opportunities for academic support, the CAS can provide some assistance for those needing help in Math courses this Saturday. The CAS wants to remind everyone that the center is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday; two math tutors will be available to assist students on a walk-in basis. For more details, please contact the CAS at (678) 466-4070.
Also, the CAS is preparing for its official open house scheduled for Tuesday, Mar. 4, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in its new location at Edgewater Hall, Ste. 276.
Outdoor Adventure – Spring Break Skiing and Snowboarding, Deadline Feb. 14
Spend spring break on the slopes with Outdoor Adventure. Travel to Winterplace Ski Resort and ski a variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails. Transportation, lodging, ski/snowboard rental, and lift ticket included. To register for an Outdoor Adventure trip stop by the Front Desk of the Student Activities Center (SAC).
Destination: Ghent, W.Va.
Date: Sunday, Mar. 9 to Wednesday, Mar.12
Cost for Students: $150
Registration Deadline: Friday, Feb. 14
For more information, contact Outdoor Adventure at (678) 466-4972 or by email at email@example.com
VITA, Feb. 15
Accounting students from Clayton State University are again participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program hosted by the College of Business.
VITA is a national program that provides tax support for certain eligible taxpayers. The program, which has been in existence for more than 40 years, is also an experiential learning experience for Clayton State students, providing the volunteers with extensive IRS training and testing, enabling them to ensure that taxpayers will have their tax returns filled out accurately and timely and receive the tax credits they qualify for, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.
This service will next be offered at the College of Business on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Taxpayers will be assisted on a first-come, first-serve basis. If taxpayers have further questions they may call the VITA hotline at (678) 466-4527.
Current college students can also benefit from having VITA volunteers prepare their taxes since the volunteers are trained in the rules for the credits available for tuition and other school-related expenses. The VITA program also prepares state income tax returns and provides free e-filing options to ensure clients receive their refunds as soon as possible.
Note: There are some commercial preparers advertising on campus, if you want free help look for the word, “VITA” or the Clayton State logo.
Those who are eligible to receive this service are taxpayers who make under $51,000 a year and wish to receive help with their 2013 personal income taxes using Forms 1040EZ, 1040A, and simple1040s. The program does not provide assistance with out-of-state or small business returns, or for those who are self-employed.
Those interested in receiving this assistance must bring the following items:
ü Photo identification,
ü Social security cards for themselves, their spouse, and dependents,
ü Birthdates for primary, secondary, and dependents on the tax return
ü Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1009-R, from all employers
ü Interest and dividend statements from bank(s), Form 1099
ü Other relevant information about income and expenses
o Day care provider identifying number
o Total amount paid for day care
ü A copy of last year’s federal and state income tax returns if possible,
ü Bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit.
Please note that both spouses will need to be present to file electronically.
Student Wellness Week, Feb. 17 to Feb. 21
The Clayton State University Division of Student Affairs would like to invite all Clayton State University students and on-campus departments to participate in the inaugural Student Wellness Week.
Student Wellness Week is designed to promote total wellness among Clayton State University students. Hosted during the week of Feb. 17 to Feb. 21, a variety of on-campus activities have been designed using the eight dimensions of wellness. These dimensions include physical, social, emotional, environmental, spiritual, financial, intellectual, and occupational. In order to achieve total wellness, an individual must remain well-balanced in each of these dimensions.
According to Lisa Williamson, assistant director of Recreation & Wellness (Fitness & Wellness), “Student Wellness Week was developed to show our students how much Clayton State University and the Division of Student Affairs is vested in their well-being. The goal of Student Wellness Week is to connect students with on-campus resources that can help them explore each of the dimensions of wellness more fully.”
All Student Wellness Week events are free to students and will be hosted by on-campus departments such as Counseling and Psychological Services, Career Services, Recreation & Wellness, Campus Life, Laker Card Center, Go Green Team, Auxiliary Services, School of Nursing, University Health Services, and the Health & Fitness Management Program. Giveaways, testing, and educational programs will be held throughout the week.
Many of the events will be held in the James M. Baker University Center on Main Street, while others will be held in the offices of the participating departments. The full schedule of events can be found at www.clayton.edu/recwell/Wellness-Programs.
For more information on Student Wellness Week or how you can participate, please contact Williamson via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (678) 466-4975.
Student Wellness Week, Feb. 17
BP, Glucose, Cholesterol screenings – UC Main Street, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Yoga Beats – SAC Fitness Center – 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
PiYo Strength – SAC Fitness Center – 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Student Wellness Week, Feb. 18
Substance Abuse Presentation – UC Main Street, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Build a Healthy Meal Table – UC Main Street, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mindfullness & Stress Management Table – UC Main Street, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hydration Station and Free Cup Give-Away – UC Main Street, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Resume Doctor – Edgewater Hall, room 228, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
NTSO Meetings, Feb. 18, Feb. 20
The Nontraditional Student Organization (NTSO) will be holding two interest meetings on the following dates:
Feb. 18 - UC 272, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Feb. 20 - UC 331 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The purpose of these meetings is to introduce the organization to other members of the Clayton State Community.
For additional information contact Deidre Harrell at email@example.com.
Writing a Living Business Plan Workshop, Feb. 18
Clayton State SBDC is holding a “Writing a Living Business Plan” workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Arts & Sciences Building, room G229. The cost is $69 with a 50 percent discount for each additional person that registers with you-no discount code needed.
Running a business without a plan is like going on a road trip without a map. Learn why a business plan is crucial to your business' success. Topics for discussion include:
•Telling a compelling & provocative story about your business
•Completing a SWOT Analysis
•Setting goals & key performance indicators
•Compiling sections of the plan (Marketing, HR, Financial, & Operational)
•Calculating profit & loss projections, balance sheet, & cash flow statement
•Finding sources & determining the cost of capital
A sample business plan and other handouts will be provided.
Contact Heather Chaney at (678) 466-5100 or register at http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow#
National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day, Feb. 19
NIRSA’s National Sports & Recreational Fitness Day will be held in the Student Activities Center Fitness Center on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Celebrate recreation and wellness through participation in Group X classes, intramural sports, and fitness contests.
There will be cash prizes and recreational play all day. Contests will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Go to www.clayton.edu/RecWell for the full schedule.
Kickoff for Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Set for Feb. 19
The Clayton State University Library has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in a special initiative entitled Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.
Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
The kickoff for Clayton State’s program will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center and will highlight all four Created Equal films and include discussions led by a panel of Clayton State faculty and a student representative.
The documentary films trace the struggle for civil rights in America starting with the abolitionist movement and cover pivotal moments like the freedom rides, the end of convict leasing, and the legalization of interracial marriage. Discussions will focus on the following themes: The Strategy of Nonviolence, The Power of the Individual, and Equality Under the Law.
Dr. Eric Bridges, associate professor of Psychology
Dr. Shannon Cochran, assistant professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies
Dr. Kathryn Kemp, associate professor of History
Maria Morales-Beale, graduate student, Applied Developmental Psychology
Erin Nagel, Assessment & Marketing Librarian, Created Equal program coordinator
For more information, go to: http://clayton.libguides.com/createdequal.
Clayton State University Orchestra and Southern Crescent Symphony Concert, Feb. 21
The Clayton State University Orchestra and Southern Crescent Symphony, conducted by Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Richard Bell, will be in concert on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Spivey Hall.
The program will feature: Overture to the Magic Flute by Mozart, Peer Gynt Suite by Grieg, Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky, and Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov.
Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and free for Clayton State students and employees.
Clayton State Recreation & Wellness to host AFAA’s APEX Weekend, Feb. 21 to Feb. 23
The Clayton State University Department of Recreation & Wellness is proud to host the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America’s (AFAA) APEX Weekend for the second consecutive year.
According to Lisa Williamson, assistant director of Recreation & Wellness (Fitness & Wellness), “We are thrilled to welcome AFAA back to Clayton State in 2014! Hosting fitness certifications on campus assists in promoting Clayton State University to the local community and provides on campus opportunities for our students to become certified fitness professionals.”
AFAA certifications and workshops being hosted during the APEX weekend include: Personal Fitness Trainer Certification (Feb. 21 to Feb. 23), Group Exercise: the Practical Way Workshop (Feb. 21), Primary Group Exercise Certification (Feb. 22), Kickboxing Instructor Certification (Feb. 22), and Practical Pilates Workshop (Feb. 23).
All certifications and workshops will be hosted in the SAC Fitness Center. Registration is currently available on AFAA’s website http://www.afaa.com by searching the Atlanta area.
Please visit: http://www.clayton.edu/recwell/Fitness-Center/Group-Exercise for links to certification registrations. For more information, contact Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Testing Our Patience: Gaining Clarity on Education Reform Issues in Georgia, Feb. 22
Sponsored by the National Association for Multicultural Education – Georgia Chapter, “Testing Our Patience: Gaining Clarity on Education Reform Issues in Georgia” is part of a statewide teach-in about educational reform issues.
According to Dr. Mari Roberts, associate professor of Multicultural Education, and president of the National Association for Multicultural Education – Georgia Chapter, the teach-in involves national and local speakers and active workshops that will discuss push-back against some of the reform decisions being made by the state. The date is Saturday, Feb. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. In addition to Roberts, Clayton State professors Drs. Steven Smith, Eric Bridges, Erica Dotson and Mary Hollowell will also be involved.
Registration for the teach-in is online at; http://testingourpatience.eventbrite.com.
National speakers for the event will include: Anthony Cody, ED Week blogger and spokesperson from the National Association for Fair and Open Testing; University of Georgia professor Peter Samgorinski; and Barbara Madeloni.
Local speakers will include Georgia State professor Vera Stenhouse; Kennesaw State professor Scott Ritchie; Borquaye Thomas (The Teacher’s Lawyer); Matt Jones, 2013 System Teacher of the Year and founder of EmpowerED; Mary Anne Smith, member and co-founder of MAPS (Metro Atlantans for Public Schools); and our own Dr. Roberts.
In addition, parents and local teachers will discuss the damage Georgia’s policies have done to the profession, their children and students.
History Honor Society Accepting Applications
Applications are now being accepted for membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. This prestigious organization promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.
Membership is not limited to History majors. To join, undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours (four courses) in History, achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. There is a one-time initiation fee of $40. This fee includes a membership certificate and four issues of the journal The Historian. Membership in Phi Alpha Theta is a lifetime membership.
If you have any questions or would like to receive an application, email Dr. Carol L. White, faculty adviser for Phi Alpha Theta, at email@example.com. Applications are due by Monday, Mar. 3.
Student Leadership Conference Applications Available
The Student Leadership Conference is an exciting weekend of interactive sessions, workshops and presentations designed to help students develop an understanding of leadership theory and application.
Students can access the Student Leadership Conference Application by visiting the Department of Campus Life, Student Activities Center, Ste. 223 or online by visiting the address below:
Submit your completed application in person to the Department of Campus Life, Student Activities Center, Ste. 223. The deadline to submit your Student Leadership Conference Application is Wednesday, Mar. 5.
The dates of the conference are, Friday, Apr. 4, 2014 to Sunday, Apr. 6, 2014. For more informationcontact Jamelle Funches at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Genealogy Group Annual Workshop, Mar. 8
Our Genealogy Group will hold its Annual All Day Workshop for Beginners on Saturday, Mar. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This genealogy workshop for beginners is free, but you must RSVP quickly! Only the first 50 are guaranteed a seat. Please RSVP to email@example.com. We will be unable to accommodate those who do not RSVP.
The workshop will be held in the James M. Baker University Center at Clayton State University. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
This year’s workshop will include;
Dating photographs using hats and hair by Angela
Using the census by Selma and Vicki
Breaking brick walls by Trish
Genealogy databases at Clayton State University by archivist Rosemary Fischer
Research in the Library
The first half of the day we will have speakers, and after lunch we will head to the Clayton State University Library to utilize the free genealogy programs offered by the University. You will also learn which of these programs are available to use free at home via the University website.
This will be a "hands on workshop," so bring your laptop or tablets, bring anything you need help with, bring your files and notes, and most importantly, bring a friend. With your RSVP, please let us know what brick walls you are running up against in your research. We will assign someone to help you with your issue, and hopefully get it resolved by the end of the workshop.
About a week before the workshop we will email to you all the handouts to be used during the day. Print them out and bring them in, or just use them on your laptop or tablet during the day.
Spring 2014 Visiting Writers Reading Series, Mar. 20
The spring 2014 edition of the Visiting Writers Reading Series will be held on Thursday, Mar. 20 and will feature a day with Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie.
Tallie is a writer, educator, and performer who has been a featured speaker at universities, festivals and events throughout Europe and North America. She is the poetry editor of the literary magazine African Voices. Her work deals with silence, sexism and racism.
Tallie’s day at Clayton State will begin at 11:15 a.m., with a lecture in room UC 272 of the James M. Baker University Center. Tallie will be speaking on finding empowerment through writing and being an African American woman, mother, writer, and herbalist.
After lunch, she will give a poetry reading from 2:10 p.m. to 3:25 p.m., also in UC 272. The reading will take 20 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.
From 3:35 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. she will visit Dr. Brigitte Byrd’s Advanced Poetry class and meet with students from that class.
More information about Tallie can be found at her author page: http://www.ekeretallie.com/.
Student Academic Research Conference, Mar. 28
Save the date, Friday, Mar. 28, for the Student Academic Research Conference. Interested in being a presenter for the poster or paper sessions? You can register now on the website… http://www.clayton.edu/Student-Academic-Conference.
Research made real…
2014 Recruitment Begins for F.I.R.S.T Step Peer Mentoring Program
The Office of Orientation & New Student Programs will begin recruitment for 2014-2015 “F.I.R.S.T. Step Peer Mentors” – Fostering and Initiating Relationships for a Successful Transition.
The F.I.R.S.T. Step Peer Mentoring program promotes and supports academic success, social adjustment and development and retention for its first-year student participants. F.I.R.S.T. Step Peer Mentoring will welcome its third group of freshman students in fall 2014.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact LaQuisha Hughley, Office of Orientation & New Student Programs: firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 466-5443.
Applications will be available on Feb. 10, in the Office of Orientation & New Student Programs (Edgewater Hall, Ste. 218)
In a Hurry but Need to Eat? Try Lakeside Dining Hall To-go!
In a hurry or need to eat at your desk but you’d still like a meal from the Dining Hall? We’ve got two To-Go options when using your meal plan at the Dining Hall!
- Reusable To-Go containers: Pay a one-time fee of $3 to get your meal in a reusable To-Go container. Bring your used container back at your next visit and get a clean reusable container the next time you get a To-Go meal.
- Biodegradable Containers: Purchase a biodegradable container, cup and utensil set at the Dining Hall for only 30 cents and toss it in the garbage when you’re finished.
All To-Go meals include your choice of entrée and sides, plus other items such as a salad, grill items, pizza, dessert, and a beverage.
Outdoor Adventure – Spring Trip Registration Open
Outdoor Adventure has a great spring schedule planned, from hiking to skydiving there is something for everyone! Pick up a brochure located around campus or checkout the website at http://www.clayton.edu/recwell/Outdoor-Adventure/Trip-Information.To register for an Outdoor Adventure trip stop by the front desk of the Student Activities Center (SAC).
For more information, contact Outdoor Adventure at (678) 466-4972 or by email at email@example.com.