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Clark Howard’s Show is Coming to the Downs Center, May 1
WSB-TV consumer advocate Clark Howard will be filming his show in the Atrium of the Harry S. Downs Center (home of the College of Health and the Division of Continuing Education) on the Clayton State campus on Thursday, May 1, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
WSB will be filming segments of a program about life after graduation, and Howard will particularly be aiming to answer upcoming graduates’ questions. He can also talk about student debt – resources for paying, possibilities for deferring, and ideas about graduate school. Plus, there will be questions and answers about obtaining a job after graduation.
While the program will be targeted towards soon-to-be-graduates (seniors and those receiving associates degrees as well), ALL Clayton State students (and their parents) are invited to attend. All those wishing to attend the filming should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Business casual attire is requested (i.e.; no shorts or flip flops), unless you’d like to wear your cap and gown, in which case you will receive preferential seating in the front rows of the audience.
In addition, Howard will be soliciting questions from graduates in advance via email. If you have a question you would like asked, send it to email@example.com and put “Clayton State Question” in the subject line.
Fairly Odd Players May the Fourth Be With You Event
The Fairly Odd Players will be showing Star Wars Episodes IV, V, & VI in their original VHS form, before Jar Jar Binks and bad edits came around, on, what else, May 4.
The screenings will run from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Clayton State Theatre, room G132 of the Arts and Sciences Building. Fairly Odd Players will be selling popcorn, drinks, and snacks to raise money for their organization.
Midnight Study Break, May 4
Campus Events Council and SGA will hold a Midnight Study Break on Sunday, May 4, in the Student Activities Center Ballrooms, from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Stop by the Student Activities Center and receive assistance from tutors, a brain cell enhancing breakfast, stress relieving gym time and oxygen bar, a rejuvenating aqua massage, study support giveaways and more! Finals will not be able to stand a chance.
School of Graduate Studies Open House, May 8
The Clayton State University School of Graduate Studies will be holding its next informational Open House on Thursday, May 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., in Room 101 in the Harry S. Downs Center. You are not required to register for this event.
The Open House will give prospective graduate students a chance to learn more about the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (concentrations in English, Criminology, History, Political Science and Liberal Arts), Master of Arts in Teaching English, Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics, Master of Education with a major in Teacher Leadership, Master of Business Administration (concentrations in Accounting, International Business, and Supply Chain Management), Master of Health Administration, Master of Science in Nursing (concentrations in Education and Leadership), Master of Archival Studies and Master of Science in Psychology (concentrations in Applied Developmental and Clinical).
Spring Tutoring Blitz, Apr. 30, May 1
The Center for Academic Success will host the Spring 2014 Tutoring Blitz on Wednesday, Apr. 30 and Thursday, May 1, in the UC Commons from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Tutoring Blitz is a bi-annual event where students can “drop-in” for assistance instead of making appointments in advance. There will be more than 40 tutors, honor students, and staff members who will offer their help to students. This event is an excellent opportunity for students to receive extra help while developing strong relationships with their instructors.
Enter to Win $25 in Laker Bucks, Deadline Apr. 30
Did you know that April is designated as National Financial Literacy Month? Did you also know that the Office of Financial Aid at Clayton State University is committed to providing the best in financial literacy information to our students?
The Office of Financial Aid knows it is more important than ever to educate our students about the importance of financial matters and to teach them how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits. For this reason we sponsor the Peer Financial Counseling and Planning (PFCP) program on campus. PFCP is a student organization committed to providing in person financial literacy presentations to students. The topics range from Setting Goals and Monitoring Spending to Solving Debt Problems.
We would love for you to attend one of our weekly presentations. However, we know that the life of a college student can be very demanding and may not allow the time needed to attend an in person session, so we have partnered with Inceptia to provide online financial literacy training at no charge to our students. Financial Avenue was created by Inceptia to allow access to financial literacy anytime, anywhere. Financial Avenue videos help students understand everything from Paying for College to Identity Theft . There are six course modules and 10 mini modules that help provide our students with all of the necessary information to start on the road to financial stability!
Because we know the road to financial understanding can be bumpy, we will be entering the first 25 students that complete two of the course modules with a passing grade in a drawing for $25 in Laker Bucks! We will pick two winners for $25 in Laker Bucks from the students that complete the required modules between Apr. 11 and Apr. 30.
Your journey to financial freedom, understanding and possibly $25 in Laker Bucks begins at http://www.clayton.edu/financial-aid/Financial-Avenue-Videos.
"Managing the Source of Your Stress,” Apr. 30
Do you know the source of your stress and how to manage that stress? If you answered no, then this workshop is for you!
The sources of our stress can be work, family, school, relationships, finances, health, and major life changes. Participants will practice positive coping skills to manage the stress in their life. Deep breathing, muscle tension relaxation, shoulder/neck massage, affirmation and visualization and relaxation/revitalization exercises will be taught in a relaxed atmosphere.
"Managing The Source Of Your Stress," presented by Gloria Elder, deputy director of training at the Holistic Stress Control Institute of Atlanta, will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 30, in the James M. Baker University Center, room UC268, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
This workshop is sponsored by Organizing Women for Lifelong Success (OWLS) and The Nontraditional Student Organization (NTSO) and is open to all Clayton State students, faculty, and staff.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Nursing Program to Hold First Research Symposium, May 2
Dr. Victoria Foster, assistant professor of Nursing and interim director of Clayton State University’s Graduate Nursing Program, has announced that the Graduate Nursing Program will be holding the first of what it expects to be an annual series of Research Symposia.
The Research Symposium will be held on Friday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Clayton State main campus in Morrow. The focus for the symposium will be clinical research and its impact on patient outcomes. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Elizabeth Tornquist, author of From Proposal to Publication: An Informal Guide to Writing About Nursing Research. Tornquist, who is retired from the University of North Carolina, travels across the country to speak about writing and publication. According to Foster, there will also be several dynamic and nationally-known nurse researchers/nurse scientists presenting their current research… providing Clayton State students and other attendees with an empowering opportunity within their profession.
“Our graduate students are exposed to educational research, but I wanted them to see and be aware of the importance of clinical research,” explains Foster. “That was the thinking behind creating the symposium.”
Among the presenters will be Clayton State Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Dee Tanner, who will be doing a podium as well as a poster presentation. Dr. Lisa Eichelberger, dean of the College of Health at Clayton State (of which the Graduate Nursing Program is a part), will discuss the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Future of Nursing. She has been working with a group of other Georgia educators on IOM's mission. Also presenting will be Dr. Dawn Aycock and Dr. Patricia Clark, who are both faculty at Georgia State University, and will be presenting on their current research and different research methodologies.
In addition, Dr. Ora Strickland, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University, will speak about her research, but will also talk about leadership, since some of Clayton State’s graduate nursing students are in the leadership track.
SBDC Why LinkedIn Is So Much More Than an Online Resume (Lunch & Learn), May 2
Friday, May 2, 2014; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
5800 Jonesboro Rd., Morrow
Your customers are on LinkedIn, are you? Learn:
* How to create a profile that gets results
* Recommendations and endorsements – Give to get
* How to reach 500 connections, and why it’s important
* Sharing information to increase your visibility
* Joining groups and how participation makes you the expert
* LinkedIn company pages that work
* How using LinkedIn well can make you money
* Creating an action plan for improving your activity on LinkedIn
Lunch will be provided as part of your registration fee.
Register for any class at https://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow&searchMonths=6.
For more information, please contact Heather Chaney at 678-466-5100 or email@example.com.
Campus Life Volunteer Opportunity, May 3
On Friday May 3, the Leadership Clayton 2014 Team 2 is hosting the Clayton County Family Empowering Event in downtown Jonesboro, at Jonesboro square. This is a community event to positively impact families of Clayton County by providing resources to address issues such as;
• Family Communication
• Health & Wellness
• Resources for the Family
This event is being held in conjunction with Mike Glanton’s Southside Music Festival. The festival will target residents of Clayton County and surrounding communities. The festival is open to all Clayton County residents. We want this to be a day of family, fun, food, entertainment, awareness and unity building.
Leadership Clayton is requesting a total of 12 volunteers who are able to work three hour intervals of four different shifts with the Leadership Clayton Team event.
Volunteers will distribute pamphlets, assist event participants with leadership and program activities, and assist with the set up and take down of event materials.
Three volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon
Three volunteers from noon to 3 p.m.
Three volunteers from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Three volunteers from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
All volunteers are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before each shift. Volunteers will receive free food and a free T-shirt for their participation.
If you are interested in participating, please call or email LaShanda Hardin (678-466-5433 or
firstname.lastname@example.org) and leave your name, contact information and desired shift time.
SBDC Video Lunch and Learn, May 7
“Why Video Is The Ultimate Tool for Your Business,” Wednesday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Georgia Archives.
If a picture’s worth a thousand words, what is a video worth to your business?
Used effectively, video can enhance your brand, marketing, and client satisfaction. It can educate, entertain, and energize customers, but only when it’s relevant.
This informative workshop will show you how, where, and when video should be used in your business. You will learn from start to finish how to create a video and incorporate it in a marketing/outreach strategy through effective SEO.
We will also give you information on the latest software and equipment, along with hints for filming to the best advantage.
To register, go to https://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow&searchMonths=6.
For more information, please contact Heather Chaney at 678-466-5100 or email@example.com.
Lakeside Dining Hall Closing Date for End of Spring Semester
The Lakeside Dining Hall will close at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 12, and will remain closed through the summer semester. The Dining Hall will resume normal operating hours on Monday, Aug. 18, when fall classes begin.
All Meal Plans End Monday, May 12
All meal plans and dining dollars will expire Monday, May 12, 2014. Unused meals and dining dollars expire at 2 p.m. when the Lakeside Dining Hall and retail units close.
Don’t let either go to waste! Invite a friend or co-worker to lunch with you at the Dining Hall or to Jazzman’s, Pizza Hut, SubConnection, or Sandella’s to use your Dining Dollars.
Auxiliary Services Semester Break Hours
During the semester break, the units of Auxiliary Services will have the following operating hours:
Loch Shop/LakerCard Center – May 13 – May 20
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Dining Services – May 13 – May 27
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
All other dining locations will be closed during the semester break.
Clayton County Community Emergency Preparedness Seminar, May 13
Clayton County’s Community Emergency Preparedness Seminar, “Community Emergency Preparedness Takes a Village” will be held on Tuesday, May 13, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Rd., Morrow. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and the seminar will start promptly at 9:15 a.m.
There is no registration fee, but registration is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the registration form.
Bookstore Bucks Dates for Summer 2014
Bookstore Bucks (formerly Financial Aid Book Money) will be available May 21 to May 31, 2014. Up to $1,000 of your unused Financial Aid will be automatically deposited in your Bookstore Bucks account on May 21 for you to purchase anything in the Loch Shop.
Remember… your LakerCard is required for all purchases! After May 31, any unused Bookstore Bucks are returned to your student account and refunded around the second week of June based on your refund preference through Higher One.
Clayton State Athletics Ready to Kickoff 2014 Summer Youth Athletic Camps
The Clayton State Department of Athletics is preparing to kick-off its 2014 summer youth athletic camp schedule.
The first series of camps will begin the week of June 2. All camps are held on the campus of Clayton State University. The department offers athletic camps for boys and girls in the following sports: soccer, basketball, tennis, speed development and a general sports activities camp.
The week-long camps are offered to youth ages six-to-17 years-old and run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Half-day camps are also available either in the morning or in the afternoon. Campers may also choose to combine two different half-day camps if they wish.
Cost of the full-day camp is $125 and for a half-day is $65. To register online or print out a registration form, please visit http://www.claytonstatesports.com/summer_camps/index.
Clayton State’s athletic camps are designed to provide the highest quality instruction in a safe, fun, and socially-enriching environment. The primary goal is for all campers to enjoy themselves while also learning and improving their skills.
Daily activities are led by Clayton State head coaches and focus on character building aspects of each individual sport, including self-esteem, discipline and responsibility. The camps combine small group instruction as well as game play to ensure development of fundamental skills and game knowledge.
For more information, contact the Clayton State Athletic Department at (678) 466-4678.
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.
Request from Public Safety – Enter Your Number in the Text Message Data Bank
When there is an emergency situation that could impact the safety of our campus, whether it be a human threat or weather related, we send out notifications mainly by email and text message.
Since many of you probably see the text messages much quicker than the emails, it is essential that everyone who has a telephone capable of receiving text messages enter your number into the University system to ensure that you receive the messages. It is an “opt in” system, which means that you have to personally enter your number. As a reminder, the process is very easy and quick:
· Go to the Clayton State University website
· Click on the “Swan”
· Click on “My Tab”
· Scroll down to “Emergency Text Messages” and enter your telephone number and the communications carrier (e.g. Verizon, AT&T, or other)
· Then hit “Save” and you’re done.
It’s that easy, so if you haven’t already done so, please do so now, or if you have changed numbers or carriers since last entered, please update now.
Course/Instructor Evaluations Available
Please complete the course and instructor evaluations by Monday, May 5. The evaluation surveys are now available via both the SWAN and the DUCK.
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 who do not complete the surveys will not be able to view their grades in those classes until May 26.
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.
Clayton County Humane Society Needs Volunteers
The Clayton County Humane Society has two wonderful volunteer opportunities available on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3.
On May 2, between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., volunteers are needed to help load items from the storage facility onto the truck to be transported to Jonesboro High School.
Then on May 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., volunteers are needed to assist at the Annual Spring Treasures Yard Sale held at Jonesboro High School.
If you would like to participate, or have any questions about the event, feel free to email Yvette Elliott at email@example.com and put “Clayton State University Volunteer” in the subject line.
Safety Awareness at Shopping Centers and Malls
There have been a few publicized criminal incidents outside of metro shopping centers and malls recently.
Clayton State’s Bobby Hamil has also been advised of at least two Clayton State employees being followed out of Southlake Mall recently by suspicious persons. Morrow PD also advised of a recent armed robbery in the Southlake Mall parking lot.
This is not meant to discourage shopping at nearby shopping centers and malls, but just to encourage you to increase your safety awareness when doing so, especially when walking to your vehicles. Avoid talking on cell phones or using electronic devices while walking, as that could adversely affect your awareness of your surroundings. Try to keep one hand free while walking, to use defensively if needed. When you arrive at your vehicle, have keys already in hand, and lock doors after entry. Don’t delay your departure by talking on your cell phone.
Since the incidents have occurred at various times of the day and night, these safety measures should be practiced at all times.
Clayton State Schedules Information Sessions for Digital Film Technician I and II
Lights! Camera! Action! The Clayton State University Division of Continuing Education is gearing up for its second round of information sessions and classes for Digital Film Technician Training I and II.
The highly-successful first set of Film Tech I courses, taught by long-time digital film industry expert Barton Bond, have been playing to full houses of 40+ students each since February. With the next round of classes due to start in June, Clayton State is holding three information sessions prior to the start of classes.
The first will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to noon in Fayette County. The exact location is still to be determined, so interested parties are urged to check the Continuing Education website at www.conted.clayton.edu for location details. The second information session will be held on Saturday, May 31, also from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Harry S. Downs Center on the Clayton State main campus in Morrow. The third session will be on Saturday, July 12, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., also in the Downs Center.
Make Your Refund Selection through Higher One!
You don’t want your financial aid refund to be delayed. If you’ve not done so, make your selection through Higher One right away! If you have a refund selection from previous semesters, you’re set.