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Outdoor Adventure – Upcoming March Trips
Join Outdoor Adventure for a Friday afternoon of indoor climbing at Ascension Climbing in Peachtree City. All climbing gear and instruction is provided!
Destination: Ascension Climbing, Peachtree City
Date: Friday, Feb. 28, Friday, Mar. 14, and Friday, Mar. 28
Registration Deadline: Wednesday before the event.
Hike to the top of Amicalola Falls the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi!
Destination: Amicalola Falls, Ga.
Date: Saturday, Mar. 1
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 25
Fly over zip lines 200 feet above the gorge floor.
Destination: Banning Mills, Ga.
Date: Saturday, Mar. 22
Registration Deadline: Friday, Mar. 7
*Check Outdoor Adventure Website for Restrictions*
White Water Rafting the Chattahoochee
New to rafting or need an adventure break? Join Outdoor Adventure rafting the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Ga. The Chattahoochee is manmade white water featuring class 3 and 4 rapids along with the largest rapid east of the Mississippi
Destination: Chattahoochee River
Date: Saturday, Mar. 29
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In honor of Women's History Month, Organizing Women for Lifelong Success (OWLS), along with the Non-Traditional Students Organization, Beauty & Brains and Clayton State University Counseling and Psychological Services, will host a performance of “The Vagina Monologues.” We invite all Clayton State women students, faculty and staff to audition for a role in this iconic play. Auditions are on Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Thursday, Feb. 27, both from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., in Arts & Sciences room G-233.
The Healthy Love Party is presented by Sister Love, Inc. The Healthy Love Party is a workshop that creates an engaging environment in which participants have the unique chance to connect with their sexuality in a way that is positive and self-loving instead of shameful or degrading. The logic of this workshop is that if women think and talk about sex and sexuality in positive ways, they will be more likely to value their bodies enough to protect themselves.
The workshop encourages participants to be confident in approaching their own sexuality and to demand safe behaviors from themselves and their partners. It also provides the opportunity for women to explore, discuss and dispel the barriers to practicing safer sex. Free HIV and STD testing will be available on site for all participants. The workshop will be in Arts & Sciences room G-127 on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
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 email@example.com no later than 3 p.m. on Feb. 20.
Philosophes Unite! Clayton State to Host the Seventh Annual Southeast Philosophy Congress, Feb. 21 and Feb. 22
The Philosophy faculty of Clayton State University would like to invite Clayton State faculty, staff and students (and the public) to attend the Seventh Annual Southeast Philosophy Congress, which will be held at Clayton State on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22.
Although Jean-Jacques Rousseau can’t make it, the Congress will feature talks by Clayton Student students as well as undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral speakers from across the country.
The keynote speaker is Professor Robert Lane from the University of West Georgia, who will discuss the founder of American Pragmatism, Charles Sanders Peirce, in a talk titled “Peirce’s Pragmatic Conception of Reality.” Lane’s address is on Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m. in room UC 322 of the James M. Baker University Center. A discussion will follow his presentation.
All sessions are free of charge and open to the public. The Congress will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, with dual sessions throughout both days.
More information on the Congress, video of past keynotes or online copies of the print proceedings may be found on the Congress website: http://www.clayton.edu/humanities/Philosophy/Congress.
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.
NTSO Study Session, Feb. 22
The Non-Traditional Student Organization (NTSO) will hold a Study Session on Saturday Feb. 22, in the Center for Academic Success, Ste., 215 Edgewater Hall, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will be food prizes, and tutors. Come and enjoy and get your study on!
For more information contact: Deidre Harrell at email@example.com or Brandy Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GACE Study Workshop, Feb. 22
Sponsored by the Department of Teacher Education and ARS, and presented by ARS, a comprehensive preparation session for GACE (Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators) Content Assessment will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., in room G-101 of the Arts & Sciences Building.
The cost is $75 — workbook and materials fee required — make payment at time of registration. Advanced registration is required to reserve your seat. Go to www.academicresource.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.
VITA, Feb. 22
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. 22, 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.
SAC Fitness Center Gymnasium Will be Off-Line on Saturday, Feb. 22
Clayton State University’s Department of Recreation & Wellness will be hosting the Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Workshops this weekend, Feb. 21 to Feb. 23. Due to the volume of workshop registrants on Saturday, Feb. 22, we regret that the SAC Fitness Center gymnasium will be off-line for general use by fitness center members. The Fitness Center will be open its regular hours concurrent with the AFAA Workshops. For more information, please contact Lisa Williamson, at email@example.com.
Clayton State to Hold Three Open Meetings in Conjunction with Upcoming SACS Visit
Clayton State University has scheduled three open meetings fro faculty, staff, students and the general public in preparation for the upcoming accreditation visit to the University by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
The meetings will be held to provide information about Clayton State’s Quality Enhancement Plan – a standard part of SACS’s regular decennial accreditation visit – and the upcoming SACSCOC site visit, scheduled for later in March 2014. The meetings are free and open to the public.
Clayton State’s current SACS accreditation dates from 2004.
The meeting dates and locations are as follows:
Monday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., in room B12 of the Lecture Hall
Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center
Monday, Mar. 3, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., in room B12 of the Lecture Hall
Among the topics for discussion will be…
Who is the SACSCOC?
What is a QEP? (and how does it affect me?)
When is this all happening?
Why does it matter?
How can I get involved?
For more information, contact the QEP Steering Committee Chair Dr. Antoinette Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Loch Shop Survey and Grad Fair
The Loch Shop is participating in a national survey on course materials and technology. For your participation, there is one guaranteed winner of $100 and a chance to win $1,000. Please give us your feedback and help improve The Loch Shop. Visit www.studentwatch.org to participate.
Also, on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27, The Loch Shop will be having Grad Fair on Main Street of the James M. Baker University Center. This is the first opportunity for students to order class rings, graduation invitations and other graduation regalia.
CODE ORANGE! CODE ORANGE! CODE ORANGE! Mar. 1
Come out and support the women's and men's basketball team at their last home game at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Mar.1. (Senior Day) Come wearing orange or Clayton State paraphernalia and show your school spirit and school pride at the basketball games!
History Honor Society Accepting Applications, Deadline Mar. 3
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.
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.
Student Leadership Conference Applications Available, Deadline Mar. 5
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.
Clayton State Schedules Women’s Inspirational Leadership Luncheon, Mar. 6
The Department of Campus Life’s Fourth Annual Women’s Inspirational Leadership Luncheon (formerly known as Women’s Tea Luncheon) will be held on Thursday, Mar. 6, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 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, Student African American Sisterhood, Beauty and Brains, and Student Leadership and Involvement Council.
During the luncheon, one faculty/staff member and one student from each academic classification will be recognized based on nominations by peers, faculty, or staff for consistently exhibiting these characteristics on and off campus: leadership, positive image, academic success and willingness to mentor others.
To nominate a faculty or staff member to be recognized during the Women's Inspirational Leadership Luncheon please visit the link below and complete the survey:
To nominate a student to be recognized during the Women's Inspirational Leadership Luncheon please visit the link below and complete the survey:
The luncheon is free for Clayton State students, $10 for non-Clayton State students.
Individuals wishing to participate in the luncheon should pick up their ticket from the Department of Campus Life by Friday, Feb. 28.For additional questions, contact Jamelle Funches at email@example.com or Lakiesa Rawlinson 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/.
Save the Date, Job and Graduate School Fair, Mar. 20
Career Services’ annual Job and Graduate School Fair will be from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 20, in the Student Activities Center Ballrooms. Please take advantage of this opportunity to network with a variety of employers and graduate schools.
Education Speaker Series, Mar. 24
The next installment of the Department of Teacher Education’s Education Speaker Series will be held on Monday, Mar. 24 from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. (room TBA). This Education Session will feature Drs.Mari Roberts, Erica Dotson and Cindy Thompson.
ADHA President to Visit Clayton State, Mar. 26
American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) President Dr. Denise Bowers is scheduled to visit Clayton State Dental Hygiene students, staff and faculty while she is in the area attending the Hinman dental meeting on Wednesday, Mar. 26 at 2:30 p.m. The location is still to be determined.
Student Academic Conference, Mar. 28
The 2014 Student Academic Conference will be held on Friday, Mar. 28, from noon to 4 p.m. Students from all majors and disciplines may give a presentation in the form of a poster presentation, oral presentation, or performance (whether it’s musical, theater, poetry readings, etc.) reflecting their scholarly activity at Clayton State University.
Abstracts must be submitted by Feb. 28. For application instructions, please refer to the conference website: http://www.clayton.edu/Student-Academic-Conference.
There will be a keynote speaker from noon to 1 p.m. in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center. David Lowery is an American vocalist, songwriter and guitarist from San Antonio who received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1984. He formed the alternative rock band Camper Van Beethoven and rock band called Cracker. He has also worked as a financial analyst, and started his own studio, record company and publishing company. He is a producer at the Sound of Music Studios in Richmond, Va.
In 2007, Lowery was appointed as an advisor to the collective action www.ThePoint.com which evolved into the social deals site www.Groupon.com.
In 2011, he began teaching the economics and finance of the music business at the University of Georgia.
Recently, he has become an outspoken critic of Silicon Valley and its aggressive attacks on artists and other content creators. He has testified to Congress twice on behalf of artists.
Lowery will speak about “Creativity,” the theme for the conference.
Poster presentations will go from noon to 2 p.m., and oral presentations will be from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Judges will be needed for the various sessions and to decide best presentations for awards. Contact Dr. Scott Bailey if you would like to be a judge or your college rep on the ARC/SAC Committee.
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)
Music Preparatory School Registration
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.
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.