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Men’s Basketball Tonight vs. Truett-McConnell
The Clayton State men’s basketball tram will play Truett-McConnell College tonight in the Athletics Center. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Spring 2014 Registration and Tuition/Fee Payment Deadlines, Dec. 12
If you have not yet registered for the Spring 2014 Semester, the registration and tuition/fee payment deadlines are Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at midnight.
Parking During the Holidays
Since there are no classes on campus again until Monday, Jan. 13, there will be open parking on campus until that date. The exceptions are specially designated areas such as those for disability, visitors, dental hygiene, emergency parking, and the Baker Center lot.
Laker Card System Upgrade, Dec. 12, Dec. 13
The LakerCard Center will be performing an upgrade on the LakerCard system Thursday, Dec. 12 and Friday, Dec. 13. During this time, the following card services will be affected:
- Copiers: All departmental copiers with a LakerCard reader attached will be unavailable. All student copiers will be unavailable. This will affect all campus copiers that use the LakerCard readers.
- SmartPrint: All SmartPrint stations will be unavailable.
- Dining locations - Cash only: Dining locations will not be able to accept credit/debit cards, LakerBucks, or Dining Dollars. Purchases must be made with cash (an ATM is located outside the LakerCard Center on the first floor of the Baker University Center).
- LakerBucks deposits and LakerCards: no deposits can be made in the LakerCard Center, at AMCs, or using LakerCard Online/Mobile; replacement cards cannot be issued during this time.
- Vending: Cash only. No LakerBucks sales during the down time.
- Loch Shop: LakerBucks will not be available in the Loch Shop. Cash and credit/debit card only.
- Clayton Station doors: Door access readers WILL work, but room change updates will be limited.
We apologize for the inconvenience during this time. If you have any questions, please contact the LakerCard Center at x4215.
Basketball Doubleheader, Dec. 14
The Lakers will tip-off the 2013/2014 Peach Belt basketball season on Saturday, Dec. 14 with a doubleheader against Georgia Southwestern in the Athletics Center. Game times are 1:30 p.m. for the women and 3:30 p.m. for the men.
Purchase a Meal Plan with Financial Aid
Did you know you can purchase a meal plan with your unused financial aid? Well, you can!
Between Jan. 6 and Jan. 22, purchase a meal plan online and have it paid for with financial aid. Log in to the SWAN, click the ESSENTIALS tab, and locate the Financial Aid Meal Plan channel. Complete the information requested and select the meal plan and quantity.
If your purchase is approved (based on available aid), your meal plan will be available for use within approximately one business day.
Purchase a Laptop in the Loch Shop with Bookstore Bucks
Need to purchase a Dell laptop from The Loch Shop with Bookstore Bucks, but you don’t have enough after buying books? You can request up to $1,000 additional Bookstore Bucks (from previously-awarded financial aid) through the SWAN!
Between Jan. 6 and Jan. 22, log in to the SWAN, click the ESSENTIALS tab, and locate the Laptop Purchase with Financial Aid channel. After your request has been submitted and reviewed, you will be notified by Clayton State email to let you know if your request has been approved. If approved, your funds will be added to your Bookstore Bucks account for use in the Loch Shop.
Auxiliary Services Semester Break Hours
During the semester break, the units of Auxiliary Services will have the following operating hours:
Loch Shop/LakerCard Center – Dec. 10 – Dec. 20 and Dec. 30 – Jan. 3
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
NOTE: On Tuesday, Dec. 10, The Loch Shop will be open until 7 p.m.
The Loch Shop and LakerCard Center will be CLOSED Dec. 23 to Dec. 27, and Jan. 1, 2014.
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Monday – Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Note: SubConnection will be closed Dec. 30 and Dec. 31
All other dining locations will be closed during semester break.
All dining locations will be closed New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2014.
Ask Me! … Volunteers Needed by Dec. 13
Volunteers are needed for the Spring Semester Ask Me! program.
Ask Me! is designed to help welcome newcomers and returners to the University during the start of each semester. The program features welcome tents and student volunteers wearing bright orange Ask Me! T-shirts. Volunteers are positioned in high-traffic areas around the campus to help welcome students, answer questions, and to point people in the right direction.
Student volunteers will serve four-hour shifts on the following days: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, January 13, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan.14, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers for Ask Me! will earn $25 “Bookstore Bucks” for each four -hour shift (limit two shifts per volunteer).
To be eligible, a student must have earned at least 15 credit hours at Clayton State University and must attend ONE of two 30-minute training sessions, held on Wednesday Jan. 8, 2014, 11 a.m. –noon and Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. in the James M. Baker University Center, room 262.
There are MINIMUM SPOTS available so please email ASAP if you are interested to have a guaranteed position! To sign-up, contact Jasmine Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org at least by Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. For more information regarding this program, contact the Department of Campus Life at (678) 466-5433.
SAC Fitness Center Locker Rental Notice
For those patrons who are renting locker at the SAC Fitness Center, you have until Dec. 13 to renew your locker rental or clean it out (if not renewing). Any locks remaining after that date will be cut and the contents will be stored for 30 days. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity.
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Brandon Marshall at BrandonMarshall@clayton.edu or (678) 466-4976.
Southern Crescent Symphony Concert, Dec. 13
The Southern Crescent Symphony, conducted by Clayton State Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Richard Bell, along with the Rick Massengale Trio, will present a Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m., at the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church.
The program will include Christmas favorites performed by the orchestra and the jazz trio along with a sing-a-long of Christmas Carols. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Survivors Network. The church is located at 175 East Lanier Ave., Fayetteville.
GAIE Logo Design Contest Open Until Dec. 31
It’s time for the Georgia Association of International Educators (GAIE) to update its logo, one of the initiatives of the current executive board – and there’s a design contest with a prize of $250!
Participants can review the details and guidelines at: http://gaieinfo.blogspot.com. Click in the upper left corner on “GAIE Logo Contest”
The deadline for submissions is by midnight on Dec. 31, 2013.
After the deadline, members of the GAIE planning committee will select four to six finalists based on creativity, impact, and adherence to contest guidelines. The finalist images will then be voted upon by the full GAIE membership (nearly 600 individuals) via an online poll. The winning design will be unveiled at the GAIE Bi-State Conference in Chattanooga, Tenn., in February 2014. The winner will be notified and will receive a $250 gift card (subject to USCIS regulations regarding compensation in the event an international student’s design is selected).
Bookstore Bucks Start Jan. 6
Bookstore Bucks (formerly Financial Aid Book Money) will be available from Jan. 6 to Jan. 22, 2014. Up to $1,000 of your unused Financial Aid will automatically be deposited in your Bookstore Bucks account on Jan. 6 for you to purchase anything in the Loch Shop.
Remember…your LakerCard is required for all purchases. After Jan. 22, any unused Bookstore Bucks are returned to your student account and refunded in late January based on your refund preference through Higher One.
SBDC to Hold Starting a Business Workshop at Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 9
The Clayton State University Small Business Development Center is bringing its popular “Starting a Business Workshop” to Griffin on Thursday, Jan. 9.
The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce/Griffin Welcome Center, 143 N. Hill St., Griffin.
Clayton State students and staff receive 50 percent off the full registration price of $69. Contact Heather Chaney at email@example.com for the discount code. Individuals can also receive 50 percent off each additional person with the purchase of one registration at the full price. All registrations must be made at the same time in order to receive this discount. This discount cannot be combined or used with any other discount or coupon. For more information, please contact Chaney at (678) 466-5100.
Drs. Howell and Zeller Participating in Peach State Opera Performance, Jan. 11
Clayton State University professors Dr. Christina Howell, performing the role of Despina, and Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller, director, are both involved in Peach State Opera's upcoming performance of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, being performed locally at the Avondate First Baptist Church, 47 Covington Rd., Avondale Estates, Ga., at 3 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2014.
Ticket prices are $22 (adult general admission), $20 senior (over 60), $10 students (including college students with ID) and are available at the door or at the website: www.peachstateopera.org.
Clayton State to Launch Digital Film Technician Certificate Program in February 2014
The Center for Continuing Education at Clayton State University will be launching a new program in February 2014 that will have a major impact on individuals, economic development and a growing industry in metro Atlanta… and provide another way to make dreams real.
The Digital Film Technician Certificate program is a two-course program with day and evening classes that is designed to introduce students to production of digital media and film. Digital Film Tech Training I, scheduled to launch on Feb. 18, 2014 for the evening course and Mar. 3, 2014 for the day course, is designed for students with no background in digital media, as well as those students with some experience or coursework in the field. Digital Film Tech II, which will start in the summer of 2014, is a follow-up course designed to help students achieve a level of film/media production skills that will promote employability and/or the ability to become independent contractors.
Both courses are designed, and will be taught by, Barton Bond, who comes to Clayton State from New Mexico with 45 years of experience working in electronic media, the last 25 years being teaching on the college level.
Loch Shop News
Shop for the Holidays at ClaytonStateGear
Looking for a unique gift for the holidays? Consider logging on to www.claytonstategear.com, where you can literally get one-of-kind Clayton State-themed gifts. Everything from golf equipment to tailgating items to bleacher chairs.
More Deals from The Loch Shop
We’ve added additional items to our Loch Shop Clearance Sale! Come by and see the new discounted styles. Look for the stickers – Orange is $5, Yellow is $10, Pink is $15 and Green is $20.
Just arrived – looking for a new hoodie? Do we have a deal for you. Buy the sweatshirt for $29.99, get the matching t-shirt for $5 (normally a $50 value). This deal is too good to pass up!
There’s a free Clayton State mug promotion, valid through Dec. 26, 2013, on www.claytonstategear.com.
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.
The FBI Says… Beware of Scams this Holiday Shopping Season
The FBI has a lot on its plate these days — everything from interstate crime to terrorism watch to video piracy. Even so, they've taken a moment this week to remind you about the risks inherent in the holiday shopping season.
In a news bulletin released just before Black Friday, the FBI advises consumers that scammers will be on high alert for the next few weeks, using a variety of techniques to defraud you of your money. These approaches include fraudulent online auctions, reshipping merchandise purchased with stolen credit cards, and old-fashioned phishing.
Specifically, here are some things to be wary of this season:
Fraudulent sales and auctions. The most important advice is not to give your credit card information to anyone in conjunction with an online sale; don't trust the seller unless you can use a legitimate payment service to protect your purchase and your credit card.
Gift card scams. Purchase gift cards directly from retailers — don't buy them secondhand through auctions or private sales. If the cards are fraudulent, the merchant will deactivate the cards and they won't be honored.
Phishing. Be especially careful with email at this time of year; your bank and other financial institutions should never ask you for personal information or passwords in email, and you should never click links in email to go to websites; enter the URL in the address bar manually to be sure you're not redirected to a fraudulent site.
Here are some of the top tips offered by the FBI to help you protect yourself this holiday season:
Don't respond to unsolicited mail.
Never click on links within unsolicited mail — navigate there yourself by typing the address or using your saved favorite.
Don't fill out forms in email that request personal information regardless of the source.
If you receive email from a business, contact the business to ensure the email is genuine.
Requests to react quickly or urgently are typically scams.
Clayton State's Fall 2013 Laker Connection Magazine Now Online
The latest issue of The Laker Connection magazine is now available online: https://academicinfo.clayton.edu/laker-connection/. Clayton State University makes dreams real for a diverse student body, and the fall 2013 issue celebrates the University’s inclusive diversity.
Hard copies will be distributed around campus, but will also available by visiting the Office of Marketing & Communications (second floor of the Clayton State East – Woodlands Hall building).
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Commuter and Faculty/Staff Meal Plans
For commuters and faculty/staff with meal plans: Any unused meals and dining dollars will carry forward to spring semester. Remember… any unused meals and dining dollars remaining at the end of spring semester will be forfeited.
A Reminder on Parking Lot Changes
Campus communications have been disseminated advising of the new Science Building construction impact on parking lots and roadways. Now that the changes are in place, this is a reminder that a large section of parking Lot D has been designated for faculty and staff only. There are signs at each end of these sections, but many student vehicles are still being parked there.
Our officers are paying attention to this lot as well as the part of Lot G that was redesignated for students only. Citations will be issued for those parking in violation of the designated signage.
We realize that the construction significantly impacts parking on campus, but also want to remind everyone of the availability of open parking in Lots K and L near the tennis courts. These lots were surveyed at peak times this week, and had minimal occupancy.
Also, now that Snelling Drive will used as the primary route to access the back side of campus, please use caution and adhere to the established speed limit when using this roadway. Also, watch for pedestrians walking along Snelling to and from Lot E as well as those crossing to access the pathway to Clayton State East.
How to get Around the Science Building Construction
Here is a summary of the major impacts and changes to campus parking lots and roadways during the construction of the new science building, and, even if you’re not one of those people to whom a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a link to the campus map that also illustrates the changes…
Parking lot impacts
· A section of parking lot D will be designated for faculty/staff parking only to accommodate for those parking spaces affected by the construction.
· The disability parking row that is currently in the faculty/staff parking lot will be relocated to the D lot.
· Parking lot F will be closed during construction. Additional construction vehicles will park along the fence line in lot L near the tennis courts.
· A section of parking lot G will be designated for student parking only to accommodate for those parking spaces affected by the construction.
· Parking will remain available in lot E for faculty, staff, and students.
· Caldwell Drive will be closed from public use for incoming traffic just past the first entrance to parking lot D (across from Arts and Sciences Building). Traffic will be detoured through lot D at that point.
· Caldwell Drive will also be closed from public use for outgoing traffic from the G and H lots. All traffic to and from lots G and H must use Snelling Drive.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by the construction of the science building, but with any new development, some disruption is unavoidable. However, we always try to minimize the impact on daily life as much as possible.