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CAS Open House, Mar. 4
The Center for Academic Success 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.
The Center for Academic Success (CAS) would also 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.
NOSTALGIA: An Artistic Celebration of Activism and Equality, Mar. 5
Please bring your family and friends to join us as we celebrate African American and women’s history with an evening of dance, spoken word, and musical performances!
Featuring the Atlanta Dance Connection! Wednesday, Mar. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall. Free and open to the public.
Dale Smith Thomas to Keynote Women’s Inspirational Leadership Luncheon, Mar. 6
The Clayton State University 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.
The 2014 Women's Inspirational Leadership Luncheon keynote speaker will be Dale Smith Thomas, an unapologetic optimist and a woman whose passion for making a difference is stamped on every page of her life. Her direct and powerful message has challenged and inspired hundreds of thousands of people around the world to make winning choices in every area of their life.
She is the president and founder of Winners By Choice, Inc., but you may recognize her from one of her many national television appearances. Because of her message and her work she has been a featured guest on The Dr. Phil Show, The Big Idea on CNBC, CMT, and a Fox Reality Show with Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.
Thomas has been inspiring audiences around the world for more than 20 years. Her clients include Million Dollar Roundtable, McDonald’s, Asia Life Pacific Congress, Community Health Systems, Health Trust, AMSURG, Northwestern Mutual, The Miss Universe Organization, Turner Broadcasting, Hilton, Sprint and many more. From her rural upbringing in North Mississippi to stages around the world, her message continues to empower, enlighten and educate.
The luncheon is free for Clayton State students, $10 for non-Clayton State students and is sponsored by Campus Life, D.E.E.P. Educators, Student African American Sisterhood, Beauty and Brains, and Student Leadership and Involvement Council.
For additional information, contact Jamelle Funches at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lakiesa Rawlinson at email@example.com.
Biology Seminar Speaker, Mar. 7
The next speaker to present at the Biology Seminar is Dr. Daniel Manvich, from the Department of Human Genetics at Emory University. The title of his talk is, "Inhibition of Norepinephrine Synthesis as a Potential Treatment for Cocaine Abuse." The talk will be Friday, Mar. 7, at 2:15 p.m. in LAB room 107.
Priority Advising Period, Mar.3 to Mar. 28
We hope your semester is going well! Believe it or not, it is time to meet with your advisor and plan your summer and fall class schedules.
The priority advising period starts today and will continue through Mar. 28. During this time, advisors are more accessible, flexible, and have more time to talk with you. The goal is for all current students to be advised and have hold(s) released PRIOR to the registration period for summer/fall. The following information should be helpful as you prepare for your upcoming advising session.
Hours earned prior to current semester
1st Date to Register
Graduate Students & Seniors
90 + hrs.
March 31, 2014
60- 89 hrs.
April 1, 2014
April 2, 2014
April 3, 2014
Summer Transient Students
April 21, 2014
TAP & Senior Citizen Waivers
May 22, 2014 (Summer) August 13, 2013 (Fall)
- You have a MUST SEE ADVISOR hold placed on your account each semester before registration. Advising is required to ensure that students are following their curriculum requirements and have a direct point of contact to clarify university policies and procedures. This is also a time for advisors to check on your academic progress.
- You should be advised by an advisor in your major. All first-year students will be advised in the First-Year Advising & Retention Center. The name of your advisor is listed in the DUCK.
- You might have other holds that will prevent you from registering. Check the DUCK today to “VIEW HOLDS”, and contact the office listed to satisfy the requirements of each hold before registration.
- All professional academic advisors use an online scheduling system called AdvisorTrac to schedule advisement appointment tutoring.clayton.edu:8001/TracWeb40/Default.html. You should contact faculty advisors directly to determine their availability for advising.
- The summer and fall class schedules are available at apps.clayton.edu/courses/schedule. Since classrooms are still being assigned, and minor adjustments will be made to the schedule, please check again on Mar. 28 to view the final schedule.
- For additional information and links to specific advising offices go to www.clayton.edu/advising.
- The summer academic calendar is available at www.clayton.edu/calendar. The fall academic calendar will be posted within the next few weeks.
What’s Your Forte?
Are you a singer? Come out and audition! Clayton State University’s Arts and Concert Management class is hosting an event where we will have local vocalists from Clayton State and local high schools show off their skill.
The winner will have the chance to make a music video, which will be produced by Clayton State film students. But this isn’t just about music. Performers are asked to bring canned goods to the event, and patrons will receive discounted admission if they bring a can.
So…give your TALENT, give your TIME, and give BACK to our community and school.
Sponsored by the Artist and Concert Management class on Mar. 18 and Mar. 25 in the Clayton State Theatre (room G-132 of the Arts and Sciences Building), from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Shawn David Young, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Music
Department of Visual & Performing Arts
Operation Study Ambassadors
Would you like to assist other students by promoting studying?
Are you interested in giving back to the Clayton State community?
Do you support high academic achievement?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then being an Operation Study Ambassador is for you!
Operation Study is a university-wide initiative designed to re-invent the academic experience by establishing a campus culture that expects and supports high motivation and academic achievement of Clayton State students.
The overall purpose of Operation Study is to positively impact student retention and persistence toward degree completion.
To apply to become an Operation Study Ambassador please complete this Qualtrics Survey:
Loch Shop Survey
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. The survey is open until Monday, Mar. 3.
Don’t Miss This Operation Study Event “Midterm Memory,” Mar. 3
Operation Study’s “Midterm Memory” program will be all about memory! Test your own memory. Learn techniques to improve your memory. Apply these techniques in order to be successful on exams!
All students are welcome!
Presenter: Dr. Donna McCarty, Professor of Psychology and Head, Department of Psychology
Monday, Mar. 3, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Clayton Hall, room 212
Participating students will be eligible to win Operation $tudyBuck$ Reward$ as well as other prizes.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by Monday, Mar. 3.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Clayton State Celebrates National History Day, Mar. 8
Established in 1974, National History Day is a year-long academic program for school-aged students across grades six to 12. The contest is designed to promote skills in literacy and historical research and each year nearly half a million students across the country participate in regional, state, and national-level competitions.
This year Clayton State University will be piloting a Regional National History Day Competition for the Metro Atlanta area. This event represents an important partnership with the National Archives at Atlanta and the Georgia Humanities Council. We are excited by the response that we have received and expect to host 130 middle and high school students on Saturday, Mar. 8.
The competition will begin around 9 a.m., (in the Lecture Hall, the Baker center, and Arts & Sciences) and run through lunch. The awards ceremony will be held in the SAC and three contestants from each category will advance to the State-level competition at Mercer University where Georgia’s representatives for the National History Day Finals at the University of Maryland, College Park in June will be determined.
This Regional Competition will be an annual event for Clayton State and we thank our many participants and volunteers for their efforts. Faculty from Humanities and Teacher Education and other academic professionals from the Metro Atlanta area will be serving as judges for the competition and many of our students from the Honors College and from our Middle Grades and Secondary History Education programs have volunteered to serve as well.
This year’s theme is Rights and Responsibilities in History and students will compete across five categories, including: Historical Paper, Documentary, Exhibit, Performance, and Website. At both the junior and senior levels, students may compete as individuals or as groups in each of these categories.
What Are You Doing For Spring Break? — Alternative Spring Break, Mar. 9 to Mar. 14
The Alternative Spring Break Volunteer program is an opportunity for students to engage in community-based service projects during the University’s designated Spring Break. This program was developed to 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. The mission of all Clayton State University's Service Learning programs is to serve as a catalyst to move students on a continuum from being just “members of society” to “active citizens."
Riverdale, Georgia: Service Starts at Home – Sunday, Mar. 9 – Wednesday, Mar. 12
The Angkor Resource Center, Inc. (ARC) is an innovative multicultural social services center to assist the Asian and Latino community to adjust socially and economically by providing education, information, and developmental services. ARC is unique because they are the sole and leading advocate for Asian-American and Latino minority groups in south metro Atlanta who still remain to be the most under-served, overlooked, isolated, vulnerable and hard-to-reach residents. Volunteers will assist with various services including the monthly Healthy Senior Fair, tutoring middle/high school students and English Literacy and Citizenship Preparation Courses assistance. Bi-lingual skills are appreciated but not required. To register, log-in to Volgistics on the Campus Life webpage. Cost – Your Time and Talents
Tampa, Florida: Stop! Hammer Time! – Sunday, Mar. 9 – Friday, Mar. 14
Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County Florida mobilizes people to help neighbors by renovating and building homes, thereby improving and transforming families and communities. The ultimate goal of Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County is to eliminate substandard and poverty housing and homelessness from Hillsborough County. Volunteers will assist with new home construction in a Habitat community. Work may include roofing, building walls, painting and other general construction or destruction tasks. To register, bring cash, check or money order to the Campus Life office. Cost – Your Time & Talents & $200.
For additional information about the 2014 Alternative Spring Break, contact LaShanda Hardin at 678-466-5424 or email@example.com.
Outdoor Adventure – Upcoming March Trips
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.
Clayton State – Fayette Starting a Business Class, Mar. 14
SBDC’s popular “Starting a Business Class” will be held on Friday, Mar. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Clayton State – Fayette,100 World Dr., Ste. 100, Peachtree City.
If you are considering starting a small business, this workshop is a crucial first step.
Topics for discussion include:
* traits of successful entrepreneurs
* market research
* legal structures for your business
* estimating start-up costs & cash flow projections
* financing alternatives
* business failure factors
* business planning
Since lack of planning is one of the top reasons new businesses fail, attending this comprehensive workshop may be one of the most important decisions you make prior to opening your business.
A detailed business start-up book, "How to Start A Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs", and other handouts are provided.
Receive 50 percent off each additional person with the purchase of one registration at full price, $69. All registrations must be made at the same time in order to receive this discount. Current Clayton State students, faculty, and staff receive 50 percent off; contact Heather Chaney for the discount code. This discount cannot be combined or used with any other discount or coupon. For more information, please contact Chaney at (678) 466-5100 or email@example.com.
Register at https://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow&searchMonths=6.
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/.
Job and Graduate School Fair, Mar. 20
The Office of Career Services will present its annual Job and Graduate School Fair for Clayton State students and alumni on Thursday, Mar. 20, in the Student Activities Center, from noon to 3 p.m.
The Job and Graduate School Fair brings dozens of organizations and graduate schools to campus for the opportunity to network with current Clayton State University students and graduates. Prospective employers will have opportunities for full-time, part-time and internship opportunities and graduate schools will share information about their programs.
Career Services needs your assistance in marketing this event to all current students and alumni. Contact the Office of Career Services for information about attending organizations and how you can assist with their marketing efforts at (678) 466-5400.
Withdrawal Date Changed to Mar. 21
Due to the number of class days lost this semester as a result of inclement weather, midterm grades will now be posted in the DUCK by Mar. 17 at 5 p.m. The last day to withdrawal from a course and receive a grade of W has been changed from Mar. 7 to Mar. 21.
The revised academic calendar has been posted to the Clayton State website; http://www.clayton.edu/calendar.
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.
Clayton State to Host 2014 Southeast African Model Union in November
Clayton State University is proud to announce that it will host the 18th Annual Southeast Model African Union from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8, 2014. Clayton State values this opportunity to give the students a highly engaging experience in dealing with international issues. If you are interested in learning more or participating in the SEMAU 2014, contact Dr. Augustine Ayuk at AugustineAyuk@mail.clayton.edu, (678) 466-4848.
Course/Instructor Evaluations- SESSION I ONLY
Please complete the course and instructor evaluations for SESSION I classes by Wednesday, Mar. 5 (the evaluation surveys will be available via both the SWAN and the DUCK beginning today). For each class you are taking, there is one online survey which combines the course and the instructor(s) questions. 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, you should complete the evaluations on your own, using one of the following two methods:
· Log onto the SWAN portal, clicking the MY COURSES tab and locating the COURSE SURVEY channel. Your courses will be listed. Click on the course title to open the survey for that course.
· Log onto the SWAN, then go to the DUCK. You should see a message under the Course and Instructor Surveys section of the DUCK Message Portal containing a link to your evaluations. If you choose to complete the evaluations at a later time, you can always get to the DUCK Message Portal via the Personal Information menu.
In order for the survey to be complete you must enter a response to ALL required questions and click the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the survey. Please note, there is also an option to opt out of each evaluation by clicking on a button at the bottom of the survey. Students in SPRING SESSION I classes who do not complete the surveys will not be able to view their grades in those classes until Mar. 21.
The department heads and instructors only receive the summary data of the class’s comments after grades become final. Students’ names arenot connected in any way to the evaluations.
Auxiliary Services Hours During Spring Break 2014
Auxiliary Services will have the following operating hours during Spring Break (Mar. 10 to Mar. 14, 2014)
- Loch Shop Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- LakerCard Center Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Dining Services
o Lakeside Dining Hall Closing at 2 p.m., Friday, Mar. 7
Reopens at 7:30 a.m., Monday, Mar. 17
o SubConnection Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
8-10 a.m.: Jazzman’s coffee, pastries, and breakfast biscuits
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: SubConnection sandwiches/salads and Jazzman’s coffee
o Jazzman’s CLOSED (Coffee available all day at SubConnection)
o Pizza Hut CLOSED
o Sandella’s CLOSED, re-opens Sunday, Mar. 16 at 4:30 p.m.
Regular Hours resume Monday, Mar. 17
Loch Shop Hours
LakerCard Center Hours
Dining Services Hours