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.
Welcome Week Events, 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.
Unusual Sighting in the Clayton State Student Activities Center
The Clayton State University Student Activities Center (SAC), opened in 2008, is the hub of extracurricular activities for the University. While much of its use is dedicated to the students, the facility does get some use from outside organizations and individuals. However, there have been reports recently of an unusual user of the showers in the SAC.
Fortunately, Clayton State Chief of Police Bobby Hamil says the Clayton State Office of Public Safety is on top of the situation.
“Public Safety has been receiving a rash of reported sightings of an odd looking person/creature around campus lately. The sightings have occurred at different times of the day and week and at various locations. No pattern of activity has developed,” he reports. “Thus far, there have been no reports of any threatening actions by the person/creature, but we ask that any similar sightings should be reported to our office as soon as possible for officer response. We also caution against any acts of bravado in confronting the `thing.’ Although the presence of odd looking persons/creatures on a college campus is not unique in itself, this sighting is apparently extraordinary and has caused some concern.
“Our focus as always is the safety and comfort of our campus community.”
Following last week’s report of a new Loch in Clayton State’s Swan Lake, speculation is rampant on campus that the recent visitor to the SAC was Loch. The possibility exists that, after emerging from the lake, Loch was seeking a place to clean up, and found the showers at the SAC.
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 reports.
Introducing... The Loft Cafe
Now open at Clayton State -- East… The Loft Café, located on the second floor of the main building.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Coffee, bottled sodas and water, Simply-to-Go sandwiches and salads, chips, cookies and snacks.
Auxiliary Services Hours for MLK Day, Jan. 16
In observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday, Monday, Jan. 16, Auxiliary Services will have the following operating hours:
- The Loch Shop: CLOSED
- The LakerCard Center: CLOSED
- Dining Services:
Lakeside Dining Hall: Brunch and Dinner Only
All retail locations: CLOSED
All locations will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, Jan. 17. For normal operating hours, visit: http://auxiliaries.clayton.edu/
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.
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.
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
Welcome Back Week Events, Jan. 12
Get S’more from Operation Study!
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The Involvement Fair features student organizations, departments, and community partners with information on opportunities and resources for Clayton State students.
Visit the SAC Café and enjoy the new menu items such as Chili Cheese Nachos and Slushies!
Meet Me in the Parking Lot:
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
SAC Parking Lot K
Join the Campus Events Council and the Fraternity and Sorority Council as they usher in the new semester with Greek Scroll Offs, Big Glove Boxing, S’more Making Stations, and Hot Chocolate!
DJ Tay on the 1’s and 2’s!
Clayton State Club Basketball Teams Open the 2012 Season, Jan. 13
The 2012 installment of the Clayton State University Men's and Women's Club Basketball teams will open their seasons this Friday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m., with a doubleheader against Macon State College. Both games will be held in the Clayton State Student Activities Center.
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.
Annual Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr. Celebration, Jan. 16 to Jan. 19
Theme: “His Dream, Your Vision”
The Department of Campus Life will coordinate the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Jan. 16 to Jan. 19, 2012, in collaboration with AmeriCorps and Diversity Education Experiences for Peers (D.E.E.P.) Educators to commemorate the life of Dr. King. This year’s theme is “His Dream, Your Vision” will include a Day of Service and MLK Rally and March in Atlanta, MLK Rally at Forest Park High School and the MLK Showcase.
Of special note, this year’s celebration will feature an Essay Contest that is open to all high school students at Forest Park High School, Jonesboro High School, Morrow High School, and Mt. Zion High School. Participants will write an essay reflecting on the theme and focus on how Dr. King’s dream has influenced them personally, civically, and educationally. Students with the top three essay submissions will be acknowledged at the MLK Showcase on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
Monday, Jan. 16
Name of Event: MLK Day of Service – A Day On Not A Day Off
Time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. Clayton State students will have the opportunity to volunteer at several sites in Atlanta, Georgia through Hands On Atlanta. Upon completion of the service projects, students will participate in the Annual MLK Rally & March at 12:00 p.m. along Peachtree and Baker Street in Downtown Atlanta. Transportation will be provided for 50 participants.
Tuesday, Jan. 17
Name of Event: “His Dream, Your Vision” Rally
Time: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Location: Forest Park High School
Campus Life along with AmeriCorps and Diversity Education Experiences for Peers Educators will sponsor a rally at Forest Park High to educate students about Dr. King’s dream, vision, and life.
Wednesday, Jan. 18
Name of Event: “His Dream, Your Vision” MLK Showcase
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Spivey Hall
Clayton State students will showcase their interpretation of Dr. King’s dream, vision, and life through song, dance, or poetry. Additionally, finalists from the MLK High School Essay Contest will read their award-winning pieces. Free Admission and open to the public.
Thursday, Jan. 19
Name of Event: AmeriCorps’ Service Cinema – Viewing: The Human Experience
Time: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: SAC Ballroom C
In a world fraught with hostility and violence, an altruistic group of young men endeavor to understand the true essence of the human spirit by visiting forgotten souls such as homeless New Yorkers, Peruvian orphans and isolated Ghanian lepers. By spotlighting heartwarming stories from around the world, this uplifting documentary shows viewers that every single person, no matter his or her lot in life, is beautiful.
Genealogy Research & Workshop Day, Jan. 21
The Clayton State Genealogy Group will have a research and workshop day on Saturday, Jan. 21.
All interested parties are invited to join the group from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room L200 of the Clayton State University Library. (Please enter the Library through the courtyard.) There will be several speakers and plenty of research time.
The workshop is free. Participants should bring their own lunch or a dish to share at the potluck lunch. Vending machines will also be available. There will also be door prizes.
Participants are urged to bring their laptops, or paper files, or anything that needs to be scanned. Experienced genealogy enthusiasts will also be present to help research and organization, and the Ancestry Library edition will be free to use.
“We will be discussing family group sheets, pedigree charts and how to use citations,” says Clayton State Archivist Rosemary Fischer. “We will learn what you should bring when you are researching away from home and new ideas on how to collect information at a family reunion. Learn organizing tips for your paper and digital files and photographs, plus creative ideas on sharing family history.”
Learn more at http://ourgenealogygroup.blogspot.com
For questions and to RSVP, contact Angela Pendleton at email@example.com
, or call (678) 386-3490, or call Fischer at (678) 466-4333.
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).
Clayton State Alumni Association to Sponsor Trip to Highlight Factory, Feb. 4
Clayton State alumni and friends, it’s time for a trip to the “Highlight Factory.”
The “Highlight Factory” is the home of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, and the Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Department of Recreation and Wellness, is planning a trip to Philips Arena on Saturday, Feb. 4.
The event is open to alumni, students, faculty/staff, retirees and friends of the University.
The Hawks will face the Philadelphia 76ers in the contest, with the game tipping off at 7 p.m. After the game, Clayton State’s intramural club basketball team will hit the floor and face off against a club team from Georgia Gwinnett University.
Tickets for the game are $12 apiece, which is $3 off the regular price. Dues-paying alumni members receive an even better discount and can purchase a single ticket for $10. Tickets may be purchased online at www.clayton.edu/alumnigift
For more information about the event or about purchasing tickets, please contact Gid Rowell, Clayton State director of Alumni Relations, at (678) 466-4477 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clayton State to Host Metro Atlanta Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, Feb. 4
Clayton State University will be hosting more than 500 people for the Fourth Annual Metro Atlanta Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Competition on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Helen Ruffin was a library media specialist who wanted to excite kids about reading. In response to her posting on the selection committee for DeKalb County Georgia’s Children Book Award Nominee program, she decided to engage students throughout the county in a regional reading bowl. For more information on the competition please visit http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/hrrb/
To help with the Reading Bowl, Clayton State Dean of Libraries Dr. Gordon Baker has called for 60 volunteers from the Clayton State campus to serve as readers, score keepers, and other general volunteers. There will be training sessions for volunteers on Friday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at 8 a.m. Additional online training is also available at: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/hrrb/files/156A4B171A794D62AA7ED93F5546B2B2.pdf
For more information on Clayton State’s hosting the Reading Bowl, contact Baker at (678) 466-4334 or email@example.com
Swim (Snorkel) with the Sharks, Feb. 4
The Department of Recreation & Wellness is pleased to announce its next outdoor adventure experience where you will tour the largest aquarium in the world! As a main event you will experience swimming with a variety of marine creatures including the largest fish on earth, the whale shark. Experienced divers will take us on a snorkeling tour. The only other place on earth to take part in an activity like this is the ocean and you aren’t even guaranteed to see a whale shark.
Where: Atlanta Aquarium, GA
When: Saturday, Feb. 4
Student Cost: $100
Limit: 7 - Spots are limited so sign up today!
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 27
For more information please contact: Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, firstname.lastname@example.org