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Take the QEP Title Survey
Clayton State University is in the process of creating a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as part of our preparations for our SACS accreditation reaffirmation in 2014 (you can read more about this at http://www.clayton.edu/sacs).
What is our QEP going to be?
A QEP is a description of how we (as a University) will be improving some aspect of student learning over a five year (and longer) span; and, for our plan we will be exploring community engagement and its impact on student learning. The focus of our QEP is on student engagement through community projects that enhance learning and foster real-world success. We will be incorporating community engagement into our courses in a more deliberate and widespread way, using teaching and learning strategies that will integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
These will be projects of various sizes that will be directly linked to course content and objectives, in which students will have an opportunity to apply what they are learning in a way to benefit a local community group or organization. Go to http://www.clayton.edu/sacs/qep/communityengagementcourseexamples for examples of these kinds of projects.
How can I help?
We need your input as a member of our University community, by participating in a survey that is seeking your feedback on what we should call our QEP. There are some proposed titles, and a space for you to suggest other possibilities.
This is just one of the many opportunities that you’ll have to get involved in changes to our curriculum across the University, and we value your input greatly. We also will be creating some important committees and advisory bodies as we develop our QEP and begin to implement it in the near future. However, to make this work well we need input from all parts of our campus community (students, staff, faculty, and community members).
The survey should be relatively quick to complete, and is completely anonymous. At the end of the survey, you will be asked if you would like to work with us on one of these committees, or if you know someone who might want to be part of this work..
The survey is located at https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bl10aIlIQNihzpj and will remain open until Sept. 15.
Please contact Dr. Antoinette Miller (AntoinetteMiller@clayton.edu), QEP Steering Committee Chair with any questions, and thank you!
What’s Your Clearance, Clarence? Come to The Loch Shop to Find Out
The Loch Shop now has the following pricing on its clothing clearance items:
Orange tagged items are now $5
Yellow tagged items are now $10
Pink tagged items are now $15
Green tagged items are now $20
Only tagged items are on sale, but The Loch Shop also has several new arrivals that have just come into the store this week, so come and see what’s new at The Loch Shop!
Outdoor Adventure – Upcoming Trips
Join Outdoor Adventure on Friday afternoons for indoor rock climbing at Ascension Climbing in Peachtree City. Climbing gear, transportation, and instruction will be provided.
Destination: Peachtree City, GA
Date: Friday, Sept. 13. from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Cost: $5/$15/$20 (per event)
Registration Deadline: Friday, Sept. 6 by 3:30 p.m.
White Water Rafting – Only Three Spots Left!
We will be guided down the Ocoee River, home of the 1996 Olympic whitewater events. Then we will head back home and brag to everyone how much fun we had over the weekend!
Destination: Ocoee River, Tenn.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 14
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 10
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clayton State Women’s Soccer, Sept. 7
Coming off a 3-3 tie against Wingate, the Lakers women’s soccer team will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 7, hosting Queens in a 3 p.m. match at Laker Field.
Clayton State Men’s Soccer, Sept. 9
Coming off a 2-2 tie with nationally-ranked Tampa, the Lakers men’s soccer team will return to action on Monday, Sept. 9, facing Coker in a 7:30 p.m. match at Laker Field.
Internship Non-Profit Job Fair, Sept. 10
The Office of Career Services will hold its annual Internship Non-Profit Job Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the James M. Baker University Center on Main Street. Students will have an opportunity to network with more than 20 employers representing organizations on and off campus who offer internships in a variety of academic areas.
Attending employers: American Red Cross, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), City of Morrow Police Department, Clayton County Board of Health, Clayton County CASA, Clayton County Family Care, Clayton County Public Schools Homeless Education Department, Clayton County Public Defender’s Office, First Steps-Piedmont Henry Hospital, Forest Park Street School, Friends of WATS, Georgia Pacific, Hands of Hope Clinic, House of Dawn, International Rescue Committee-Atlanta, Open Rivers Pictures, Promise Place, Southern Crescent Sexual Assault Center, Sweet Serenity SSI, Inc., U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Marshals Service
9/11 Service Cinema
AmeriCorps and the Student African American Sisterhood present the Oscar award-winning documentary, “Twin Towers,” Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of Laker Hall.
The documentary depicts the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and follows the actions of two brothers; one a policeman and the other a fireman as they capture their actions during the attacks.
Following the film there will be a panel discussion made up of local serviceman.
Setting Goals Financial Presentation, Sept. 12
Do you want the latest phone? Do you want a new car? Are you planning to purchase a house soon? If so, make sure to come to SETTING GOALS, including how specific the goals are and the time frame set to reach them.
Free prize for every participant. Could you use $50 in Laker Bucks? Come to this presentation for more details.
Thursday, Sept. 12 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room G-127 of the Arts & Sciences Building.
What are YOU Doing for Winter and Spring Break?
“What are YOU Doing for Winter and Spring Break?”
That’s the question the Clayton State University Department of Campus Life is asking Clayton State students in preparation for Campus Life’s regular Alternative Break programs, scheduled for December 2013 and March 2014.
Alternative Winter Break Program will allow students to have a positive impact on global issues without the need of a passport. From Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 to Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 students participating in Alternative Winter Break will serve at four local non-profit organization all with a global presence. The International Rescue Committee, Books For Africa, The Global Soap Project and Project Medshare.
From Mar. 9, 2014 to Mar. 14, 2014 the Alternative Spring Break Service trips will allow two groups of Clayton State students to impact the lives of children in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida or Santa Ana, Costa Rica. Students participating in the Tampa/St. Petersburg trip will work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast. Volunteers will assist with homework and afterschool programs and activities. Students participating in the Costa Rica trip will be working with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation (CRHF). CRHF is a non-profit organization committed to developing creative and economical solutions to a wide range of social problems in Costa Rica. Students will have the opportunity to volunteer in the local schools and support other development programs in the rural community.
Applications for both Alternative Winter Break and Alternative Spring Break can be found on the Campus Life website. Application deadline is Monday, Sept. 30, 2013.
The Alternative Break Volunteer program is an opportunity for students to engage in community-based service projects during the University’s designated Semester Breaks. This program was developed to create an understanding and appreciation of the issues people of various communities encounter daily. Students return from the experience with a deeper understanding of volunteerism, community service and activism to help create change.
For additional information about this event or other Campus Life programs, contact the Department of Campus Life at (678) 466-5433.
Fifth Annual Diversity and Multicultural Conference, Presentation Proposals Due Today
Clayton State’s Fifth Annual Diversity and Multicultural Conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Student Activities Center Ballroom.
The Diversity and Multicultural Conference is a dynamic and interactive one-day development opportunity that gives participants the essential knowledge and strategies needed to lead and function in a globally complex society. This conference is a great career and personal development opportunity for students, faculty and staff; separate conference tracks are implemented to meet the needs of both groups.
Call for Presentations — Submit Presentation Proposals by Friday, Sept. 6
Conference Theme: Beyond Race: The Forgotten “isms”
Our goal is to broaden participants understanding of diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. Additionally, explore the intersection of social identities and how our social identities can create privilege and oppression.
If you are interested in contributing to the conference by presenting, go to: http://www.clayton.edu/campus-life/multicultural/conference
Register until Friday, Sept. 27, by visiting http://apps.clayton.edu/webreg/register/Diversity2013. Free for Clayton State students; Clayton State faculty/staff $20, Non-Clayton State participants $40.Registration fee covers continental breakfast, lunch and conference materials.
For additional information, go to:
For more information regarding the conference, contact Lakiesa C. Rawlinson at email@example.com or (678) 466-5421.
ROTC to Hold Situational Training Exercises at Clayton State – East, Sept. 7, Sept. 8
Clayton State University’s ROTC program will be moving out of the classroom, and into the woods around Clayton State – East this weekend, for the purpose of conducting situational training exercises.
Clayton State students, faculty, staff, neighbors and any visitors to Clayton State – East, located at 5823 Trammell Rd., Morrow, on Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8, are advised that those individuals in the woods are neither an invading force, nor armed with real weapons. According to Clayton State Senior Military Science Instructor Robert Walker, the ROTC program will be conducting situational training exercises in the wooded area.
“We will be using dummy weapons, all plastic,” he promises. The training will be conducted from 8 a.m. to around 3 p.m. on both days.
Our Genealogy Group Meeting, Sept. 8
Please join Our Genealogy Group for its September meeting on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the James M. Baker University Center.
Patricia Fields will be giving a lecture on USGenweb, a free genealogy online database. See the blog, ourgenealogygroup.blogspot.com for the exact location.
And, save the upcoming dates – Oct. 6: Local Courthouse Records, and Nov. 3: "Dying to get it Done!" a mini-workshop on death records, cemeteries and more.
Our Genealogy Group also has a facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourgenealogygroup/.
This is the place to get quick answers to genealogy questions without waiting on the next meeting. You can also share genealogy information here, and invite your friends and family who are interested in discussing genealogy too.
For more information, contact Rosemary Fischer at (678) 466-4333.
Student Choice Awards Meeting, Sept. 10
Are you interested in helping to plan a large scale event? We are looking for stage managers, a technical team, a decorations committee, a marketing team, and many more positions.
Come to our first meeting for the planning of the Fourth Annual Student Choice Awards. We will be meeting in UC 265 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 10.
For more information, please contact Jennifer DeMond, student media advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSTV Viewing Party, Sept. 12
The official launch for CSTV's shows and allow us to get the word out about CSTV's show line-up, Sept. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Laker Lounge of the SAC. Attire: Dress to Impress! Come to this wonderful event where we have refreshments, giveaways, performances, and more!
Testing Center Moving to Clayton State – East, Sept. 13 to Sept. 30
The Clayton State Testing Center will be moving to its new home at Clayton State-East, room 121 in Arbor Hall, from Friday, Sept. 13, until reopening on Monday, Sept. 30.
In between Sept. 13 and Sept. 30, the Testing Center will be considered closed, although they hope to answer phones or at least return phone calls as much as possible after the phones are reconnected.
Student Media Boot Camp, CSTV Editing Training, Sept. 13
Interested in learning what it takes to be in Student Media? Attend the Sept. 13 CSTV post-production (editing) training: 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Music Building, room 144.
Please note that due to limited seating, advance registration is required for the CSTV editing training.
For more information, contact Jennifer DeMond, student media advisor at email@example.com.
Spring 2014 Graduation Deadline, Sept. 15
The spring 2014 graduation application deadline is Sunday, Sept. 15. Please contact the Registrar's Office for more information.
Constitution Week, Sept. 17 to Sept. 20
Clayton State University Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Joseph Corrado has announced the events for Clayton State’s upcoming annual celebration of Constitution Week. All Constitution Week events are free and open to the public
Tuesday, Sept. 17; from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Writer’s Studio (Arts and Sciences room 224) — Screening of the “It’s a Free Country” which is a part of the PBS TV series on the Constitution. Refreshments will be provided.
Wednesday, Sept. 18; from 11 a.m. to noon in the ballrooms of the Student Activities Center – “Constitutional Debate on Guns on College Campuses: Defensive or Offensive?” This debate will be moderated by Corrado, an expert on gun control who has been interviewed on the subject by NBC Nightly News.
Thursday, Sept. 19; from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall — The Second Annual Civil Constitutional discussion with Georgia House Minority Leader Stacy Abrams and Georgia House Majority Caucus Vice Chair Matt Ramsey, “Government monitoring of personal communications: A Violation of the Fourth Amendment?” Representatives from the Clayton County Voter Registrar’s Office will assist students to register to vote before and after this event.
Friday, Sept. 20; from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., in room UC267 of the James M. Baker University Center — A New York Times talk facilitated by attorney Herbert Adams, “Self-defense in Georgia: Lessons from the Zimmerman Trial.” Adams most recently facilitated a Clayton State New York Times Talk on “Second Amendment Rights and Heller Case: Strict Constructivism or Judicial Activism?” in February 2013. A free lunch will be provided to all of those that RSVP to Corrado via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, Sept. 19 at 3:30 p.m.
Join us at the Alumni Awards Dinner, Sept. 26
This year, the Annual Alumni Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Harry S. Downs Center.
The Alumni Awards Dinner is an annual event hosted by The Alumni Association, which seeks to recognize the University’s alumni and alumnae (current and future) who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of excellence at Clayton State University.
The reception will begin at 6:15 p.m. with the program and dinner to follow. Go to http://giving.clayton.edu/alumni/event_calendar?cid=2&ceid=10&cerid=0&cdt=9%2f26%2f2013for more information and to register.
CNN VP to Visit Management Principles and Organization Behavior Class, Oct. 16
Lanze Thompson, the vice president of Finance for CNN will visit Dr. Leon Prieto’s “Management Principles and Organization Behavior” class on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The class is from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. in the Arts and Sciences building, room G229. Interested faculty and staff are invited to attend.
Clayton State Announces a New Scholarship Initiative; “Dream Makers”
As a means of addressing the ongoing challenge of students being stretched by increasing educational costs and the need to “make ends meet,” Clayton State University has announced a new scholarship initiative, “Dream Makers.”
Dream Makers is a multi-faceted approach to helping those students who are either high achievers, are close to completing their degree, or both. Three separate initiatives will be a part of the Dream Makers program; Dream Makers Scholarships, the Loch Leaders Investment Fund, and Laker Completion Grants.
Dream Maker Scholarships will carry the name of the donors and will have broad selection criteria established by the individual donor. Each scholarship will be given to one student.
The Loch Leaders Investment Fund will recognize high achievers – those full-time students with a GPA of 3.5 or greater who demonstrate unmet need. A select group of students will be designated as Loch Leaders each year with priority given in order to: continuing students; new freshmen; returning students; and transfer students.
Many Clayton State students are the first in their family to attend college. Completing their coursework and receiving their degree is a significant accomplishment that can be postponed due to family situations, work demands, and, very often, financial challenges. The Laker Completion Grants will impact those students who are near degree completion and demonstrate unmet need. Priority will be given to those closest to degree completion with unmet need and a GPA of at least 2.5.
Office of Community Standards Important Information
The Office of Community Standards wants to ensure you have a successful semester which includes being aware of and abiding by your academic and behavioral responsibilities. Incidentally, did you know that 123 students were found responsible for academic misconduct last year and 71 of them involved plagiarism? If you have not familiarized yourself with the Student Code of Conduct, you can visit our website at http://www.clayton.edu/community-standards/home. Click Student Code of Conduct from the menu list to the left to access the most updated version.
The Office of Community Standards also provides a number of other services including:
Ø Conflict Resolution and Mediation – The Office of Community Standards provides a variety of tools to address disputes in collaborative and creative ways. These tools include informal resolution through consultation, mediation, and special training for individuals and groups.
Ø Peer Mediation Competition Team For several years, Clayton State mediators have been participating in Mock Mediation Tournaments at local universities. Several Clayton State Students have won top awards. For more information about joining the Peer Mediation Team or becoming a Peer Mediator at Clayton State, email email@example.com.
Calling All Non-Traditional Students
Have you had a break in your college education that was longer than five years?
Do you work part time or full time while attending college?
Are you a caretaker for parents or children?
Are you considered independent for taxes and financial aid?
Do you want to meet other nontraditional students?
Are you looking for a mentor to help you learn about resources, programs and departments that are available to help you achieve your educational goals?
Do you want to support nontraditional students as they strive to reach their academic goals?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Nontraditional student organization is for you!
For more information contact:
Clayton State University
Nontraditional Student Organization
The Office of Orientation and New Student Programs is looking for outstanding students to serve as Laker Orientation Leaders.
The Laker Orientation Leader, LOL, is a mentoring leadership position where students have the opportunity to work closely with incoming freshman, transfer, non-traditional students and their families and assist them with their transition to Clayton State University. LOLs work closely with academic advisors, professional staff, and each other to implement the Orientation program. LOLs also get to work behind the scenes planning and preparing for programs for new students.
To be an Orientation Leader, students must meet the following requirements:
- Minimum 2.4 GPA at the close of the Fall Semester
- Be in good standing with the University
- Interest in a leadership position
- Desire to work with new students
- Open-minded and creative
LOL applications available online Tuesday, Sept. 3! Check it out here: http://www.clayton.edu/orientation/newstudent/lol
If you have any questions, please contact Office of Orientation and New Student Programs Assistant Director, Brittany Hopson Stikes, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 466-5443.
Building Naming Committee Recommends New Names for Athletics & Fitness and Student Center
The Clayton State Building Naming Committee: Chair Cindy Lauer; Kelly Adams; Dolores Cox; Mike Mead; Nicole Harris; Jim Braun; R.B. Rosenburg has recommended name changes for the Athletics & Fitness Center and the Student Center. New signage for both of these buildings is in the works.
The Student Center will now be called Edgewater Hall, and the Athletics & Fitness Center will now be called the Athletics Center. The committee also recommended that the Student Activities Center keep its current name.
“The committee was a composed of individuals from all areas of campus and they understood the need to find names that would clearly distinguish the names of several buildings on campus,” notes Vice President of Business and Operations Corlis Cummings. “I hope that everyone appreciates their work as much as I have.”
Clayton Station Security
From 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. only the main entrance to Clayton Station, which is adjacent to the clubhouse, will be accessible for vehicle entrance and exit. The other three entrances will be secured with temporary roadblocks.
These extra security measures will be in place only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. During other times and days, all access points will be open for public use. These temporary changes are being implemented to assess the need and locations for any additional permanent security enhancement to Clayton Station.
Auxiliary Services is Celebrating Birthdays!
Auxiliary Services is now celebrating your birthday!
Come in to the LakerCard Office on your birthday and pick up Auxiliary Services’ gift to you. If you aren’t on campus on your birthday, that’s okay, come by any time during the month.
Auxiliary Services has special discounts, a free fountain soda, a birthday button and other goodies for you. Happy Birthday from Auxiliary Services!
Loch Shop News
For a limited time, The Loch Shop is giving away a snazzy Clayton State Lakers navy baseball cap with every $30 purchase. The promo code is 5868. Go to www.ClaytonStateGear.com for more details.
The Loch Shop is having a special sale on 2013 Women’s Basketball Elite 8/Conference Championship T-shirts. They have been put on sale for… wait for it… $8.88.
The Loch Shop is now up and running on both Instagram and Twitter. The handle for both of social media platforms is lochshop.
Chair Upgrades in the Baker Center
Facilities Management is in the process of upgrading 50+ chairs in the James M. Baker University Center, mainly in the student lounge areas.
The project will start the week of Sept. 3. We will be reupholstering lounge chairs and removing up to 15 chairs at a time for work. The next set of 15 chairs will be sent to workshop after we receive and return the first set of finished chairs. This process will continue till we have completed the entire scope of project.
This is to inform you that seating will be limited in certain lounge study areas for up to two weeks at a time. The project will start from the fourth floor.
Please contact Facilities Management with any questions regarding the project.
An Electric Car Charging Station at Clayton State? Take the Survey
The University is committed to sustainable practices, energy savings and environmental safety. Therefore, we have designed a quick survey to determine the level of interest in installing an electric car charging station on Clayton State University’s campus. We would highly appreciate your participation in this survey which will take less than a minute of your time. Please follow the link below to answer only four survey questions:
Campus Walking Distances
Want to know how far and how long it takes to walk across campus? The link below is from the 25-year Facilities Master plan, and the walking distance information in located on page 24 of the summary.