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Plate and Jarrard Music Performance Recitals in Spivey Hall, Apr. 23
At 6 p.m. tonight in Spivey Hall, soprano Angie Plate presents her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance Junior Recital.
Plate, who starred as Rose Maybud in the recent Clayton State opera production of Ruddigore, has just been awarded a $1000 scholarship from the Atlanta Opera Guild and sang for their Spring Musicale last Sunday.
Immediately following Plate’s recital, at 7:30 p.m., mezzo-soprano Kelly Jarrard presents her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance Senior Recital. Jarrard is familiar to the campus community as a frequent soloist at Commencement, the Holiday Tree Lighting, the New Student Convocation, and other campus events; as well as her many performances with the Clayton State Jazz Combo.
This will be almost the last opportunity for Clayton State students and faculty to hear her on campus -- she also sings with the Jazz Combo Wednesday night, also in Spivey Hall -- and the first opportunity ever to hear her sing Debussy (as well as Kurt Weill and Harold Arlen).
Book Buyback Starts this Week
The Loch Shop’s Book Buyback starts on Friday, Apr. 26.
Apr. 26, from 8:30 am. to 3:30 p.m.
Apr. 29, Apr. 30, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Loch Shop and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the residence halls.
May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
May 3, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
SGA Election Results
Congratulations to your newly elected 2013-14 Student Government Association Governing Board! We are looking forward to another great year.
President - Joshua Davis
Vice President - Jamario Walker
Secretary - Desiree Barrow
Graduate Senator - Brittany Williams
Student Leadership and Involvement Awards Recipients
Congratulations to the following student organizations and/or individuals for their accomplishments during the 2012-13 academic year!
MARTEACE LOCKHART DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER CHAMPION AWARD Angela Hernandez
OUTSTANDING STUDENT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
OUTSTANDING ACTIVITY/PROGRAM OF THE YEAR Student African American Brotherhood
OUTSTANDING COLLABORATION ACTIVITY/PROGRAM OF THE YEAR Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority & Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, "The Watchparty"
OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITY/PROGRAM OF THE YEAR Student African American Brotherhood - "Suite-a-Brother"
OUTSTANDING DIVERSITY ADVOCACY & LEADERSHIP AWARD Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, "Down Low Community"
SORORITY SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
FRATERNITY SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
OUTSTANDING STUDENT ORGANIZATION ADVISOR OF THE YEAR Diana Johnson, Non-Traditional Student Organization
EXCELLENCE IN STUDENT INVOLVEMENT AWARD Kiara Dees
LAKER VISION AWARD Martha Andrade
Butterfly Garden Dedication, May 31
The Clayton State Retirees Association (CSRA) is planning to dedicate the Butterfly Garden next to Swan Lake to the University on Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m. President Hynes, members of the Facilities Management staff, and CSRA retirees will be present for the dedication. Interested faculty and staff are also welcome to attend. A bronze plaque will be placed in the garden during the brief dedication ceremony.
PB&J Day, Apr. 22
By choosing to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich instead of a meat-based meal, you can reduce your carbon footprint and slow global warming. Monday, Apr. 22 is PB&J Day at the Lakeside Dining Hall. Individuals are encouraged to enjoy the PB&J Bar and learn how to save greenhouse gases, land and water.
Teacher Education Speaker Series to Feature Young Adult Authors and Charter School Panel, Apr. 22
It’s teaching made real at Clayton State University as the Department of Teacher Education’s Spring 2013 Education Speaker Series continues this month with a charter schools panel.
The Charter Schools Panel will be held on Monday, Apr. 22, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., in room B14 of the Clayton State Lecture Hall. The speakers will be: Dr. William Wraga, University of Georgia; Dr. Deron Boyles, Georgia State University; Matt Jones from EmpoweEd Georgia; and Elisa Falco, director of education and training, Georgia Charter Schools Association. The panel title is: “Public Education Today: Charter schools, corporatization and activism.”
Autism Forum, Apr. 22
April is Autism Awareness month and the Tau Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Clayton State’s AmeriCorps program will be hosting an Autism Forum from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 22 in room 272 of the James M. Baker University Center.
Master of Education Teacher Leadership Major Information Session, Apr. 23
The School of Graduate Studies is currently recruiting students for the Master of Education with a Major in Teacher Leadership for summer semester. There will be an information session on Tuesday, Apr. 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center, for this newest graduate degree program.
Loch Shop Closed, Apr. 23
The Loch Shop will be closed on Tuesday, Apr. 23 for staff development. We will resume regular business hours on Wednesday, Apr. 24 at 8 a.m.
Upcoming PFC Presentations, Apr. 23 and Apr. 24
Dealing with financial trouble? If so, this is the presentation for you. We will discuss the use of a cash flow statement, balance sheets, the symptoms and causes of debt problems, and how to be a smart consumer of professional credit and financial counseling services.
Solving Debt Problems
Why come? Because financial knowledge is a must have!
Apr. 23 at 3 p.m., in Arts and Science building, room 133
Apr. 24 at 11 a.m., in the Baker University Center, room 265
We really want you to attend! Matter of fact, if you come out, you will receive a prize just for attending.
Any questions or concerns, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Clayton State Jazz Combo Presents "Vocal Heavy,” Apr. 24
The Clayton State University Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents the Clayton State University Jazz Combo in “Vocal Heavy: Merging Vocals into Instrumental Formats” on Wednesday, Apr. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
“Vocal Heavy” features a tribute to Dave Brubeck and, according to Director Stacey Houghton (Rex), “places a profound emphasis on vocal styling within its usual instrumental format by way of classic lyrics and improvised scat.”
This is the first concert of its kind for the Clayton State University Jazz Combo in that the performance will include the human voice on most of its selections, with very few exceptions, shares Houghton. The majority of the vocal responsibility will fall on Clayton State University exchange student and singer Clara Fornander. Senior music student and combo guitarist Kelly Jarrard will also present her fourth original composition with the combo that will feature her familiar vocal talents.
CYGNET to Hold Annual Launch Party, Apr. 24
, Clayton State University’s literary and arts magazine, will hold its annual launch party on Wednesday, Apr. 24, starting at 2:10 p.m. in room L-200 of the Clayton State Library.
According to Dr. Brigitte Byrd, faculty advisor for CYGNET
, contributors to literary submissions to the 2013 edition are invited to read briefly from their work. In addition, CYGNET
will project the issue’s art works during the event.
Spring 2013 Tutoring Blitz, Apr. 24, Apr. 25
The Center for Academic Success will hold the Spring 2013 Tutoring Blitz, Apr. 24 and Apr. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Baker Center Commons area. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information visit: http://www.clayton.edu/cas/tutoringblitz.
Clayton State University to Celebrate Arbor Day, Apr. 26
Clayton State University and the Clayton State Tree Committee are hosting the University’s first Arbor Day Observance on Friday, Apr. 26, at 10:30 a.m. There will be an Arbor Day Ceremony and tree planting in the University Quad. Vice President for Business and Operations Corlis Cummings will be the guest speaker for the event. In addition, Loch, the Clayton State mascot, will also make a special appearance to support Arbor Day.
Following the ceremony, there will also be trees planted at various locations throughout campus. The trees that will be planted around campus will be Shumard Oaks, which are native to Georgia. Tree identification signage will also be placed on native trees along the walk path behind Spivey Hall and the Music Education Building.
All are welcome to attend the event and participate in the Arbor Day activities.
Trees. Made Real.
Recycle Art Contest, Through Apr. 26
Participants are encouraged to express their artistic ability using recyclable materials to create art, which must be submitted at the Lakeside Dining Hall on Friday, Apr. 19, where they will be on display through Apr. 26. Contestant rules and forms are available at www.csudining.com/events.html.
Winners will be announced, Monday, Apr. 22
Science Study Day, Apr. 27
To help students prepare for finals, the Chemistry Club is teaming up with Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society to host the Science Study Day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 27, in rooms B12 and B13 of the Lecture Hall. All students taking biology and chemistry are invited to come. We will have some snacks and drinks on that day, but we don't know how many students are coming out yet, so all donations for foods and drinks are appreciated.
Contact Gloria Phuong Le at email@example.com.
Nontraditional Student Organization Finals Study Session, Apr. 27
The Nontraditional Student Organization is hosting a finals study session on Saturday, Apr. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Come study individually, with a tutor, or as a group, in the Center for Academic Success on the first floor of the Library. Need a little solitude? No problem, individual study rooms will also be available.
Light refreshments will be served.
You will study, meet new people and have fun at the same time!
Please contact Deidre Harrell, Nontraditional Student Organization president, at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you plan to attend.
Also, please inform us via email if you would you like to donate a snack item for the session.
The Clayton Community Big Band Presents "Mostly Mintzer,” Apr. 29
The Clayton State University Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents the Clayton Community Big Band (CCBB) in “Mostly Mintzer: Classic & Recent Compositions of Bob Mintzer” on Monday, Apr. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
“Mintzer's music is highly contemporary and draws from a wealth of popular styles, yet it is also steeped in the jazz tradition,” says CCBB director Stacey Houghton (Rex). “His own highly successful big band has popularized Mintzer's writing and performing talents on saxophone for almost 30 years. The CCBB will perform early classic charts from Mintzer's library, as well as a few recent compositions, that feature such styles as post bop, Latin and funk.”
Other composers featured in “Mostly Mintzer” include: Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays, Thad Jones, and Duke Ellington, as arranged by Bob Curnow and Tommy Newsom.
Governor Deal to Speak at Clayton State Spring Commencement, May 4
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will be the commencement speaker at the 9 a.m. graduation ceremony for Clayton State University on Saturday, May 4, 2013.
As has been the case for several years, Clayton State will hold two ceremonies on May 4. Approximately 240 graduates from the College of Business, College of Health, and College of Information and Mathematical Sciences will attend the 9 a.m. ceremony. The noon ceremony, with Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall as the commencement speaker, will be for approximately 275 graduates of the College of Arts & Sciences.
Student Meal Plans and Dining Dollars End, May 6
All student meal plans and Dining Dollars end May 6. Meals expire at the end of lunch (2 p.m.) on May 6, and Dining Dollars expire at the end of the day. If you have a commuter meal plan with more meals than you think you may use, invite a friend to eat with you. If you have Dining Dollars, don’t let them go to waste! Take a friend to Jazzman’s for coffee or a smoothie or maybe treat them to a pizza at Pizza Hut.
To check your meal plan and/or Dining Dollar balance, visit www.lakercard.com
and click on the LakerCard Online button. Log in with your Clayton State network credentials and follow the prompts to check your account balances.
Support Clayton State Alumnus Tiffany Cavin in the Race for the Cure, May 11
Former Clayton State women’s soccer captain and former Alumni Association board member Tiffany Cavin is taking part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event on May 11.
The website for the event is http://race.komenatlanta.org/site/TR?fr_id=1130&pg=entry.
If you would like to donate to the cause please go to http://race.komenatlanta.org/site/TR/Race/General?px=1429262&pg=personal&fr_id=1130 and select the link to “Support Tiffany” on the right hand side.
“If you decide to register for the event please let me know at email@example.com, so that we can make plans to meet up,” she adds. “Also, if you do want to participate in the event then the deadline for early registration is Apr. 20.”
The race is Saturday, May 11 at Atlantic Station. The 1 mile walk starts at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m.
An Important Message Regarding the Quality Enhancement Plan
We’re in the process of creating our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is a description of how we (as a University) will be improving some aspect of student learning over a five year (and longer) span. As part of our plan we are developing ways in which community engagement activities can be brought into classes.
And we need YOUR input, as a member of our University community.
By clicking on the link below you can take a brief survey – this survey shouldn’t take more than five to 10 minutes to complete and will provide us valuable feedback on ways to include these activities and is completely anonymous. However, at the end you will be given the option to participate in a drawing for one of three $25 gift cards from the Loch Shop, and also asked whether you would like to participate in focus groups at a later date.
The survey will remain available until Friday, May 3 – thank you so much for your time and assistance!
Survey link: https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6QLIjLOeQ1fnMWN.
New Tuition Adjustment Amounts to $55 a Semester
The system-wide tuition adjustment announced yesterday by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia will amount to $55 a semester for full-time Clayton State University undergraduate students during a semester during the 2013/2014 academic year.
Pat Barton, Clayton State’s director of Financial Aid, points out that, “the tuition adjustment alone will only result in a maximum increase of $55 a semester for a full-time undergraduate student.” Furthermore, she says, the University’s neediest students, those receiving a full Pell Grant, will only see a $7.50 semester increase.
“The other $47.50 will be offset by the higher Pell Grant awards for 2013/2014,” she explains. “The benefits of a quality education at Clayton State University still far outweigh the cost.”
In addition, Barton points out that the Office of Financial Aid provides a year-round support service for students and potential students looking for additional funds for their education.
“We always encourage students to use all of the tools available to look for additional funding beyond the federal or state programs,” she says. “Students can visit our website at http://www.clayton.edu/financial-aid/scholarships for a list of known scholarships and access to free scholarship search sites.”
Thus, a diverse cross-section of students can still make their dreams real at Clayton State.
Please complete the course and instructor evaluations by Apr. 29 (the evaluation surveys will be available on the DUCK beginning today, Monday, Apr. 15).
For each class you are taking, there are TWO online evaluations to complete. The evaluations give Clayton State University valuable feedback regarding the curriculum and the instruction that you receive. This survey data is used to improve courses, to evaluate the instructors, and to satisfy accreditation requirements.
Your instructor may set aside time for the evaluations. If no time is set aside, please complete the evaluations on your own by going to the SWAN portal and logging onto the DUCK. You should receive a message with a link when you log on. If there is no message, navigate to the academic history page and click on the link in the final grade column. Students who submit BOTH sets of evaluations for each class will be allowed to see their grades early (as they are entered by the instructors) in those classes. Those who do not complete TWO evaluations (INSTRUCTOR AND COURSE) for each class will not be able to view their grades in those classes until May 20. Please note, there is also an option to opt out of each evaluation by clicking on a button at the bottom of each survey.
The department heads and instructors only receive the summary data of the class’s comments after grades become final. Students’ names are not connected in any way to the evaluations.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Clayton State’s New Film Minor Prepares its Students for Atlanta’s Booming Film Industry
Clayton State University continually adapts to its changing surroundings, which makes the institution a leading participant in the development of its students’ and the surrounding community’s future. In order to have students’ dreams be made real, Clayton State has an ear to every door, ready to open it even before opportunity has a chance to knock. In response to the explosion of the film industry in the Metro Atlanta area, Clayton State introduces the Department of Visual and Performing Arts’ new Film Minor.
According to Dr. Virginia Bonner, associate professor of film and media studies, the undergraduate Film Minor develops and strengthens students’ production, performance, critical thinking, and writing skills for success in all academic and professional endeavors. It also prepares students for entering the workforce or earning graduate degrees in professional areas such as film performance, film studies, and film production.
Any students majoring in other B.A. and B.S. programs may earn a Film Minor. The minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours (six courses), which can also apply toward the elective requirements of many other majors. The Minor requires two lower division courses; CMS 2100: Introduction to Film, and THEA 1880: Introduction to Acting. The remaining course options to fulfill the last 12 credit hours are a combination of upper level Communication and Media Studies (CMS) and Theater classes.
Graduates earning a Film Minor will receive official recognition of this achievement on their university transcripts. Students wishing to declare a Film Minor should complete and submit the Change/Addition of a Minor Form to Visual and Performing Arts Department, and the Film Minor Graduation Worksheet to the Registrar attached to their graduation application.
AmeriCorps Accepting Applications
AmeriCorps (pronounced “Ame-ri-core”) is a national service program designed to connect Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs in education, environment, public safety, disaster preparedness, and other unmet human needs. The Clayton State University AmeriCorps Program Members get to serve their community, become more civically engaged, learn about social justice issues, and become part of the largest community service group on campus!
AmeriCorps Members perform 900 hours of service work over the course of a school year. The members serve at least 20 hours a week by tutoring students at Forest Park, Mt. Zion, Morrow and Jonesboro High Schools in the areas of Math, Language Arts and Science to prepare them for success on the Georgia High School Graduation Test, End of Course Exams and subsequent college entry. AmeriCorps Members also participate in weekly meetings, development sessions, weekend community service projects, volunteer recruitment, and mentoring.
Benefits of being an AmeriCorps Member include a small monthly living stipend, an education award upon completion of your term of service, networking opportunities, training and development opportunities, and a chance to leave your mark and impact on your community!
To date, our AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 80,000 hours to Clayton County and surrounding areas!
You can find more information about the program and print out an application form from our website: http://www.clayton.edu/campus-life/servicelearning/americorps.
Applications are due Monday, Apr. 22. Please submit completed applications and verification items to Office 218 in the Student Activities Center.
Rosalynn Gresham’s Fundraising Website
As a follow-up to last week’s Transplant Awareness Event, Laker Lines and Dr. Sarah Stein would like to remind the campus of student Rosalynn Gresham’s fundraising website – part of her efforts to obtain a kidney transplant.
Her direct site information is at http://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/pth1/newlifenewbeginnings
. Or, you just go to www.givefoward.com
and then in the "find fundraiser" section type in New Life New Beginnings.
Clayton State Dental Hygienists are Doing the Harlem Shake
You’ve seen the top-ranked Clayton State Lakers women’s basketball team do the Harlem Shake… you’ve seen the Harlem Shake underwater… you’ve seen the Harlem Shake in an airplane… you’ve seen the Harlem Shake in the army… but, have you ever seen the Dental Hygienist Harlem Shake?
It might be safe to say that almost everyone has seen or heard of the recent internet sensation the Harlem Shake. Clayton State University’s Dental Hygiene students and faculty recently collaborated with the Clayton State University student television organization (CSTV) to make their own Harlem Shake video. With giant props, and a lively group who never are down at the mouth, the Harlem Shake video they produced will surely stand out among all the other Harlem Shake videos.
Be sure to check with video on the Clayton State University Relations You Tube Channel at: http://youtu.be/Cp4GmAu8GG4.
Loch Shop Stocking Limited Edition Elite 8 & Peach Belt Champion T-Shirts
Starting at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Apr. 18, Clayton State University’s The Loch Shop will be stocking a combination Elite 8 and Peach Belt Champion women’s basketball t-shirt in both male and female cuts.
The designs by Shirt Designs are made by Russell Athletic. There will only be 72 shirts available in each style.
Led by first team All-American and Ellenwood’s own Drameka Griggs, the Lakers finished the 2012/2013 season 32-1 and ranked fifth in the nation after spending a month as the top-ranked and only undefeated team in NCAA Division II.
New from The Loch Shop
Apple education pricing is a great way for college students, parents buying for a college student, faculty and staff to purchase Mac computers, Apple software, and select accessories at special prices. Follow this link to find some of your favorite Apple products and start saving – go to http://www.ishoplochshop.com/site_apple.asp
Just in time for graduation — Clayton State alumni polos are now available as part of Polopallooza. There is no better way to show your new alumni status than a polo for $9.99. White, Blue, Orange and Tan — we’ve got the color you are looking for so come by and pick up your alumni polo before graduation.
Clayton State Water Bottles on Sale in The Loch Shop
With Earth Day right around the corner, The Loch Shop is offering Clayton State Water Bottles for the reduced price of $3. These refillable water bottles are a great way to reduce the number of bottles thrown away while showing your school pride! We have limited quantities, so come pick up your water bottle today!
Polopalooza and Sweats Sale at the Loch Shop
It’s Polopalooza at the Loch Shop – all Clayton State polos are now $9.99! We have a full sizes range from XS to 5XL in white, blue, orange and grey in multiple styles.
Also, never let them see you sweat! All sweatshirts and sweatpants are on sale. Look for spring colors… yellow tags $10, pink tags $15, and green tags $20.
We also have discounted Bargain Books to under $3 a book and selected Boots products are on sale from $4 to $8. While supplies last, so hurry in and grab yours today.
Dining Survey Today: Feedback Could Win You $50 Gift Card
Clayton State Dining is requesting your participation in a market research study of the campus community with the goal of improving services on your campus. How can we make your day better? We’re looking for feedback on your recent dining experiences on campus and your opinion counts.
The survey takes approximately seven minutes to complete and can be accessed from: http://vcil.cc/twm43sn. It's open through Friday, Apr. 26.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this survey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank you in advance for your participation and valuable feedback. We look forward to serving you!