College of Business Ribbon Cutting and Signage Unveiling, Jan. 9
The College of Business invites faculty, staff, students and the public to the ribbon cutting and signage unveiling ceremony announcing the renaming of the College of Business. The ceremony will be held on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 at 10 a.m., on the landing of the College of Business. Light refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony.
Welcome Back Week Mocha Monday
Welcome Back Week kicks off today with Mocha Monday on Main Street in the Baker Center. Enjoy a free cup of hot chocolate between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Textbook Buyback, Jan. 9 to Jan. 11
The Loch Shop Textbook Buyback is here, Monday, Jan. 9 to Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 9 a/m/ to 7 p.m. Laker Card ID is required. Bring all CDs, DVDs, and supplemental materials purchased with your textbooks.
A New Loch at Clayton State?
Every university has its legends. At Clayton State University, the most famous is the Legend of Loch.
It all started in the winter of 1969, when the construction crews were digging to make room for the dam at the far end of what would become the Clayton State campus’ Swan Lake. Deep below the surface they discovered what was initially thought to be a large piece of rock. But, it wasn’t, it was actually a large chunk of ice.
Work resumed, and the huge ice block was left lying off to the side. However, returning to the dam after their lunch break, the workers were astonished to find the ice had split in two, exposing a large hollow within the ice, as if something had hatched from within. Although questions like, “what had been let loose?” began to surface, nothing more was heard or seen for some 20 years.
Then, in 1990, the Office of Public Safety was doing some filming on campus and saw on tape a large, shadowy creature walking amongst the trees and disappearing into the lake. This generated a while new series of questions, notably, what animal could walk upright and then live underwater as well?
The answer, of course, turned out to be Loch, who has been a legend on campus, in several different iterations and generation, ever since. Most of Loch’s many sightings have been at soccer and basketball games, as well as other official university student functions.
However, as recently as September 2009, there have been other mysterious sightings of a large aquatic creature in Swan Lake. And, no, it’s not a swan, and it’s not a goose. The aforementioned instance involved University Relations Photojournalist Erin Fender doing some investigative reporting on a large creature that had been seen off and on for several weeks, usually skimming on top of the water. Fender eventually captured the creature’s image, thus avoiding a potential controversy ala Loch’s namesake in Scotland.
That photo was studied by Clayton State’s resident expert on aquatic biology, Dr. Christopher Kodani, who pronounced the creature to be a large grass carp. Ah, but new evidence has recently surfaced (so to speak), leading Kodani to re-think his evaluation. His latest theory is… it’s a NEW Loch.
“There must be something that brought it here,” he says. “With Valentine’s Day coming up, perhaps Loch is here trying to find a suitable mate? If not for a mate, then perhaps a need for food brought Loch to Clayton State, a need which would hopefully be satiated by a visit to the Lakeside Dining Hall in the Baker Center. Or, if Loch isn’t feeling well, maybe it’s just looking for University Health Services.”
Whatever the motive, Kodani feels quite certain that there’s new Loch on campus, one that’s just waiting to be discovered. Given this expert opinion, Fender has been back on the trail of Loch with her trusty Nikon, attempting to get to the bottom of, if not Swan Lake, the new Loch. While Fender continues to investigate, and the Office of Public Safety also keeps an eye out for new sightings, Kodani is trying to unravel the puzzle scientifically.
“There could be many scientific hypotheses to explain Loch,” he poses. “Is there a mom and dad Loch somewhere; perhaps he’s an international student from Japan; we all know his famous cousin, Godzilla.”
If, on the other hand, Loch is not related to the famous Japanese fire-breathing dinosaur, Kodani has some other theories.
“It’s unlikely that the primordial ooze at the bottom of Swan Lake gave him life; too much antifreeze running off from the parking lots, and living things tend to come from other living things,” he points out. “Clearly, such a large animal must be a vertebrate, and maybe he evolved from fish or amphibians — due to mutations caused by the fluids leaking from faculty cars!
“Maybe the reptilian Loch even evolved from the swans and geese — an example of how ancient, hidden genes sometimes express themselves, as is seen in the occasional three-toed horse or the recently discovered dolphin that has hind legs! Or, was Loch a science experiment gone horribly awry; the subject of an evil scientist who was trying to genetically engineer a super student who could actually pass the upper division science classes!”
This last theory has some logic, especially since Kodani also speculates that perhaps the experiment in question succeeded!
In any case, investigative work on the new Loch is on-going. A new email address, firstname.lastname@example.org
, has been set up to report any new sightings, so stay tuned for further information. Speculation has it that the new Loch may be waiting for Clayton State’s Homecoming (Feb. 18) to make an official appearance.
Class Attendance During First Two Weeks of Semester
Welcome to a new semester at Clayton State University! As you know, classes begin today. It’s a new year and a new semester; we want you to have a successful start, and we know this is also important to you!
Therefore, it is imperative that you attend class during the first week and no later than the second week of the semester. A registered student who does not attend at least one class session (in person or by electronic equivalent) by Thursday, Jan. 19 is a “no show.” If you are enrolled in an online course, the instructor will provide details on how online attendance will be verified.
Registration will be cancelled for any course in which a student is submitted to the Registrar’s Office as a “no show.” The “no show” student will not be charged tuition for the cancelled course. However, there may be serious financial aid consequences for students who are receiving financial aid, since this will reduce the number of enrolled credit hours.
Important Changes Affecting Financial Aid for 2012/2013
The Clayton State University Office of Financial Aid would like all current and future college students to know that there will be important changes affecting financial aid for the 2012/2013 academic year.
These changes include the following:
FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval
The Department of Education strongly recommends that students use the IRS Data Retrieval option to download tax information directly to the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) from the IRS when possible.
The number of FAFSA applications selected for verification will be significantly less for those who use the IRS Data Retrieval option.
Tax data will be available through the IRS Data Retrieval option within one to two weeks after electronic submission of taxes to the IRS, beginning Feb. 1, 2012.
Students Selected for Verification (only applicable if selected for verification)
The only acceptable documentation for verifying tax information will be IRS Data Retrieval on the FAFSA or an official tax transcript from the IRS for tax filers, and W2 forms for non-tax filers. A copy of a federal tax return (Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, etc.) will no longer be accepted for 2012/2013. Please note that it can take six to eight weeks to receive a tax transcript from the IRS.
Documentation from the appropriate agency verifying receipt of SNAP (food stamps) will be required if applicable.
Documentation verifying the annual amount paid in child support will be required if applicable.
Financial Aid Deadlines for Complete Files (to ensure an award prior to fee payment)
Fall Semester 2012 – July 15, 2012
Spring Semester 2013 – Nov. 15, 2012
Summer Semester 2013 – Apr. 15, 2013
All students wishing to apply for financial aid for the 2012/2013 academic year must complete a 2012/2013 FAFSA Students must complete a FAFSA (or a renewal FAFSA) to receive aid for the 2012/2013 academic year which begins with fall semester 2012 even if they are currently receiving financial aid.
The Clayton State Office of Financial Aid urges students and future students to check the Financial Aid website, located at; http://adminservices.clayton.edu/financialaid/
, often for updates.
NCAA Publishes Zac Bradley Article
The NCAA has published on its official website a lengthy article about Clayton State University basketball player Zac Bradley.
Written by Brian Hendrickson of the NCAA, “Make these days the best you can” was published on Dec. 22, 2011, and tells the story of Bradley’s recovery to date from a freak accident wherein a tree fell on his car last May. The article is now online at http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/ncaa/resources/latest+news/2011/december/make+these+days+the+best+you+can
Financial Aid Book Money
Financial Aid Book Money will be available in the Loch Shop, Jan. 4-17. Up to $1,000 of your unused Financial Aid will be available to make purchases from the Loch Shop. Your LakerCard is required for all Book Money purchases. After Jan. 17, any unused Book Money will be returned to your student account and will be refunded to you.
Purchase a Commuter Meal Plan with Financial Aid, Jan. 4 to Jan. 17
If you’re a commuter student or a resident at Clayton Station and want to purchase a meal plan with Financial Aid, log in to the SWAN and make your purchase. After logging in to the SWAN, click on the Essentials tab and find the channel named Financial Aid Meal Plan Purchase and follow the instructions.
If funds are available, your meal plan will be available sometime the following business day and you will receive an email through your Clayton State email account.
: Dining Dollar purchases are NOT equivalent to meal swipes at the Lakeside Dining Hall. Dining Dollars are for use at any retail location on campus and are tax-exempt.
Purchase a Laptop with Financial Aid, Jan. 4 to Jan. 17
If you need to purchase a laptop from the Loch Shop and need additional Financial Aid Book Money, log in to the SWAN and click on the Essentials tab. Locate the channel for Laptop Purchases with Financial Aid and following the instructions.
If unused Financial Aid is available, up to $1,000 will be added to your Book Money account on your LakerCard and you will receive an email in your Clayton State email account. You can use your LakerCard to purchase your laptop once the funds have been added.
UHS Open on Saturdays for Registration and Open Houses
University Health Services are now open on Saturdays only
during registration and open house days. Please visit our website for a complete list of hours: http://nursing.clayton.edu/uhs/
and the Office of Recruitment and Admissions for a list of registration and open house dates: http://admissions.clayton.edu/
University Relations Sponsored Fall Photo Contest
University Relations is sponsoring a fall photography contest! Please submit your “Best Clayton State Fall Photo.” All photo submissions must be on campus. Photo subjects may include Clayton State faculty, staff, students, or campus scenery. All photos must be submitted by midnight Jan. 13, 2012. No more than two submissions per person, per day.
A winner will be announced Jan. 20, 2012. This contest is open to Clayton State faculty, staff, and students only. Join the Clayton State Flickr group at: http://www.flickr.com/groups/claytonstateuniversity/.
Auxiliary Services Hours for Spring 2012
Loch Shop and LakerCard Center
Jan. 3 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Jan. 4 – 5 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Jan. 6 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 9 a.m. – 3 pm
Jan. 9 – 12 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Jan. 13 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Jan. 16 CLOSED (MLK Day)
Jan. 17 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Jan. 18 Resume normal hours
Lakeside Dining Hall
Jan. 8 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Jan. 9 Resume normal hours
Jan. 16 (MLK Day) Brunch/Dinner only
Jan. 3 – 6 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Jan. 7 Resumes normal hours
Jan. 3 – 6 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Jan. 9 Resumes normal hours
All other retail dining locations resume normal hours on Jan. 9, 2012.
DRC Announces Reduction of Paper Forms for Students with Disabilities
In an effort to be environmentally friendly, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) will be reducing the number of printed items that previously accompanied students’ Accommodation Letters each semester.
Students will still be instructed to make appointments and provide each of their professors with paper copies of their Accommodation Letter. These letters verify students’ DRC-approved accommodations. Students will also continue to request signatures on a “Master Copy” of the Accommodation Letter, confirming that the professor has received a copy of that letter.
Several non-confidential forms that were previously provided each semester on paper will now appear only on our website. These include (1) the Testing Accommodation Form, (2) a description of various accommodations and classroom implementation and (3) a description of testing options for students who required accommodations.
The Testing Accommodation Form (TAF) may still be completed online at http://adminservices.clayton.edu/disability/atform.htm
or, if you prefer, at the same site you may print a TAF which can be delivered or faxed to our office.
The other informational forms will now be available in the Faculty/Staff section of the DRC website at http://adminservices.clayton.edu/disability/resources.htm
As always, we welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you might have and are available to address your concerns. Please feel free to contact us at (678) 466-5445 or DisabilityResourceCenter@clayton.edu
Tuesday, Jan. 10
Let’s do BETTA in 2012!
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
UC Main Street
Free Betta Fish giveaway for Clayton State students
Sponsored by: Campus Events Council
Get S’more from the First-Year Advising and Retention Center
noon – 1 p.m.
UC Main Street
“12 Tips for Success”
Noon - 1 p.m.
A business and student success workshop
Free gift bags
Sponsored by: Power House M.O.D.E.L.S.
“Success on the Runway”
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Student Activities Center (SAC) Ballroom A -- Confidence Workshop, Runway Class, and Fashion Tips
Sponsored by: Power House M.O.D.E.L.S.
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
SAC Ballrooms B & C
Sponsored By: CEC
Wednesday, Jan. 11
Counseling and Psychological Services
Disability Resource Center
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
UC Main Street
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Student Center Second Floor Lobby
Information and tips regarding resume boosting and interviewing skills
Sponsored by: Career Services
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
SAC Ballrooms B & C
Get S’more from the SAC
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 12
Operation Study Information Table
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
UC Main Street
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Sponsored by: Department of Campus Life
Meet Me in the Parking Lot: Bonfire Edition
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
SAC Parking Lot K
Greek Stroll Offs
Big Glove Boxing
S’mores Making Stations
Saturday, Jan. 13
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Athletics & Fitness Center
Women’s Basketball vs. Augusta State
Men’s Basketball vs. Augusta State
Right after `Nisha, Me Me, Genesis and the rest of the national champions get done dealing on and with Augusta State
School of Graduate Studies Open House, Jan. 10
The Clayton State University School of Graduate Studies will be holding its next informational Open House on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., in room 101 in the University’s Harry S. Downs Center.
The Open House will give prospective graduate students a chance to learn more about the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (concentrations in English, History, Political Science and Liberal Arts), Master of Arts in Teaching English, Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics, Master of Business Administration, Master of Health Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Archival Studies and Master of Science in Psychology (concentrations in Applied Developmental and Clinical).
SBDC Hosting Starting a Business Workshop, Jan. 10
The Small Business Development Center will be hosting a “Starting a Business” workshop, a comprehensive workshop on important decisions you make prior to opening a business. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the main building at Clayton State — East.
PowerPoint handouts and a book, “How to Start a Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs” will be provided.
The cost is $69 per person with 50 percent off for each additional person. All Clayton State students, faculty and staff also get 50 percent off. To register, go to: http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?cart=15374f34-1e93-48ac-a67b-f278d517bd34&page_name=view_cart&addproduct=110882
Basketball Doubleheader, Jan. 14
The Lakers will take on Augusta State at 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men) on Saturday, Jan. 14 in the Athletics & Fitness Center.
2012 MLK Day of Service: “A Day on, Not a Day Off,” Jan. 16
In honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., holiday, the Clayton State University Department of Campus Life will be offering Clayton State students the opportunity to serve their neighbors and communities by participating in the Day of Service and the annual MLK Rally & March on Monday, Jan. 16. This year, Clayton State will be servicing two sites sponsored by Hands on Atlanta: The Arts Exchange and The Grant Park Conservancy.
The Arts Exchange is a vibrant multicultural, multidisciplinary, and intergenerational cultural center committed to artists as agents for positive social change. It is a unique venue for professional practicing artists to share innovative arts experiences and educational opportunities with the community. Service volunteers will paint various rooms and the theater as well as general cleaning of the building. There are 25 spaces for students available.
The Grant Park Conservancy is the oldest city park in Atlanta. Established in 1889 and originally known as the Grant Park Zoo; the park serves more than two million visitors per year. Service volunteers will assist with beautifying and restoring the park by clearing overgrowth, picking up trash, mulching, and raking leaves. There are also 25 spaces available for this activity.
Upon completion of the service projects, students will then participate in the Annual MLK Rally & March at noon, beginning at Peachtree and Baker streets in downtown Atlanta.
Transportation will be provided for 50 students and will depart the Clayton State Student Activities Center (SAC) at 7 a.m., with an expected return (after the Rally & March) at 3 p.m. Water and light snacks will be provided; however participants will be responsible for their own meals.
Interested Clayton State students will be signing up for the Day of Service and March at the Campus Life/AmeriCorps table on Main Street in the James M. Baker University Center from Monday, Jan. 9 through Thursday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. Students will also be signing up at the Involvement Fair on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the Student Activities Center Ballroom.
For additional information, please contact LaShanda Hardin at LaShandaHardin@clayton.edu
or the Department of Campus Life at 678-466-LIFE (5433).
Time Change for Jan. 28 Basketball Doubleheader
The times for Clayton State’s basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 28 with USC Aiken have been changed to 3:30 p.m. (women — big game; Aiken is the only team to beat last year's national champions) and 5:30 p.m. (men).
Save the Date; Career Expo, Feb. 22
Please save the date for the annual Career Expo on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The Office of Career Services hopes that you will be able to join us from noon to 3 p.m. in the Student Activities Center Ballrooms.