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Clayton State Testing Center Relocating to Clayton State – East
The Clayton State University Testing Center, which provides standardized college-related testing for both Clayton State students and the general public, will be relocating to Arbor Hall at Clayton State – East during the next two weeks.
Testing Center Director Sharon Long and her professional staff, Lolita Lighting and Donna Taffar, will be closing their current location on the first floor of the Clayton State Library on Thursday, Sept. 12, and moving to room 121 of Arbor Hall at Clayton State – East, 5823 Trammell Rd., starting on Friday, Sept. 13. The move will take until Friday, Sept. 27, and the Testing Center will re-open in Arbor Hall on Monday, Sept. 30.
The Testing Center’s services include college entrance exams, placement exams, exit testing, and program-specific entrance tests. Services also include independent study (distance learning) exams, the TOEFL, and other program testing.
In between Sept. 13 and Sept. 30, the Testing Center will be considered closed, however, according to Long, they hope to answer phones or at least return phone calls as much as possible after the phones are reconnected. The phone number for the Testing Center is (678) 466-4495. The Testing Center website is http://www.clayton.edu/testing.
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Clayton State University September Service Learning Series, Sept. 18, Sept. 21
The Clayton State University Department of Campus Life will host its monthly Service Learning Series on Wednesday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 21. This month’s discussion and service project will focus on literacy.
On Sept. 18, Dr. Amy Sanford and Dr. Mary Cynthia Thompson, assistant professors of English and Reading Education, will facilitate a discussion on the history of literacy, how literacy empowers individuals and communities and strategies and resources that will build and improve literacy. Bring your lunch and join us in room B12 of the Lecture Hall from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Service Learning Discussion is free and open to all students, faculty and staff.
On Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, Clayton State students will volunteer at the Books for Africa Warehouse in Smyrna. This volunteer opportunity is limited to 20 participants. Transportation will be provided for the first 10 who request it. Participants willing to carpool are greatly appreciated. The registration link for the service project is available at www.clayton.edu/campus-life/servicelearning/series.
For additional information, contact LaShanda Hardin at email@example.com or (678) 466-5424.
Jostens on Campus Today
Jostens is going to be on campus on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Main Street of the James M. Baker University Center, just across from Jazzman’s.
Patriotic Celebration Today
Pay homage to our men and women of the armed forces and our very own first responders of Clayton County. Come enjoy free BBQ, a live band, inflatables and much, much more as the Campus Events Council remembers the victims of 9/11 and also thank the men and women who fight for our country every day. This event is open to all friends and family! From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the SAC Green.
9/11 Service Cinema Tonight
AmeriCorps and the Student African American Sisterhood present the Oscar award-winning documentary, “Twin Towers,” Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of Laker Hall.
The documentary depicts the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and follows the actions of two brothers; one a policeman and the other a fireman as they capture their actions during the attacks.
Following the film there will be a panel discussion made up of local serviceman.
A 9/11 Tribute from Chief Hamil
Today is the 12th anniversary of the most horrific attack on our nation since Pearl Harbor. On Sept. 11, 2001, more than 3,000 people died as a result of terrorist attacks on America through the hijacking of four commercial jetliners. Two were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, one into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the other reportedly was targeted for either the White House or the U.S. Capitol before it crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania. The heroic actions of its passengers, who risked their own lives, prevented the potential loss of countless others.
The casualties of the attacks included more than 2,600 in New York City, 125 at the Pentagon, and 246 passengers on the four planes, plus the 19 hijackers. Among the casualties in New York alone were 341 FDNY firefighters and two paramedics, 23 NYPD officers and 37 Port Authority Police Department officers. Additionally, eight EMTs and paramedics from private emergency services were killed. A little known statistic is that more than 70 countries lost citizens in the attacks.
I hope that everyone will take a few moments of silence today to honor all those whose lives were cut short 12 years ago as a result of the terrorist attacks. Also, keep the families of the victims in your thoughts and prayers. Many children lost parents, many husbands and wives lost their spouses, and many others lost close friends, relatives, and coworkers.
Additionally, we all have busy schedules, but please take some time to cherish your own relationship with family and friends, and if you have the opportunity, say “thank you” to a police officer, firefighter, EMT, or member of our armed services for keeping us safe and ensuring that our Constitutional freedoms are protected. They will appreciate it.
We will never forget the terrorist attacks of 9/11… nor should we.
Chief of Police
Clayton State University
CSTV Viewing Party, Sept. 12
The official launch for CSTV's shows and allow us to get the word out about CSTV's show line-up, Sept. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Laker Lounge of the SAC. Attire: Dress to Impress! Come to this wonderful event where we have refreshments, giveaways, performances, and more!
Setting Goals Financial Presentation, Sept. 12
Do you want the latest phone? Do you want a new car? Are you planning to purchase a house soon? If so, make sure to come to SETTING GOALS, including how specific the goals are and the time frame set to reach them.
Free prize for every participant. Could you use $50 in Laker Bucks? Come to this presentation for more details.
Thursday, Sept. 12 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room G-127 of the Arts & Sciences Building.
Student Media Boot Camp, CSTV Editing Training, Sept. 13
Interested in learning what it takes to be in Student Media? Attend the Sept. 13 CSTV post-production (editing) training: 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Music Building, room 144.
Please note that due to limited seating, advance registration is required for the CSTV editing training.
For more information, contact Jennifer DeMond, student media advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outdoor Adventure – Upcoming Trips
White Water Rafting – Only Three Spots Left!
We will be guided down the Ocoee River, home of the 1996 Olympic whitewater events. Then we will head back home and brag to everyone how much fun we had over the weekend!
Destination: Ocoee River, Tenn.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 14
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 10
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, email@example.com.
Take the QEP Title Survey, Through Sept. 15
Clayton State University is in the process of creating a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as part of our preparations for our SACS accreditation reaffirmation in 2014 (you can read more about this at http://www.clayton.edu/sacs).
What is our QEP going to be?
A QEP is a description of how we (as a University) will be improving some aspect of student learning over a five year (and longer) span; and, for our plan we will be exploring community engagement and its impact on student learning. The focus of our QEP is on student engagement through community projects that enhance learning and foster real-world success. We will be incorporating community engagement into our courses in a more deliberate and widespread way, using teaching and learning strategies that will integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
These will be projects of various sizes that will be directly linked to course content and objectives, in which students will have an opportunity to apply what they are learning in a way to benefit a local community group or organization. Go to http://www.clayton.edu/sacs/qep/communityengagementcourseexamples for examples of these kinds of projects.
How can I help?
We need your input as a member of our University community, by participating in a survey that is seeking your feedback on what we should call our QEP. There are some proposed titles, and a space for you to suggest other possibilities.
This is just one of the many opportunities that you’ll have to get involved in changes to our curriculum across the University, and we value your input greatly. We also will be creating some important committees and advisory bodies as we develop our QEP and begin to implement it in the near future. However, to make this work well we need input from all parts of our campus community (students, staff, faculty, and community members).
The survey should be relatively quick to complete, and is completely anonymous. At the end of the survey, you will be asked if you would like to work with us on one of these committees, or if you know someone who might want to be part of this work.
The survey is located at https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bl10aIlIQNihzpj and will remain open until Sept. 15.
Please contact Dr. Antoinette Miller (AntoinetteMiller@clayton.edu), QEP Steering Committee Chair with any questions, and thank you!
Spring 2014 Graduation Deadline, Sept. 15
The spring 2014 graduation application deadline is Sunday, Sept. 15. Please contact the Registrar's Office for more information.
Constitution Week, Sept. 17 to Sept. 20
Clayton State University Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Joseph Corrado has announced the events for Clayton State’s upcoming annual celebration of Constitution Week. All Constitution Week events are free and open to the public
Tuesday, Sept. 17; from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Writer’s Studio (Arts and Sciences room 224) — Screening of the “It’s a Free Country” which is a part of the PBS TV series on the Constitution. Refreshments will be provided.
Wednesday, Sept. 18; from 11 a.m. to noon in the ballrooms of the Student Activities Center – “Constitutional Debate on Guns on College Campuses: Defensive or Offensive?” This debate will be moderated by Corrado, an expert on gun control who has been interviewed on the subject by NBC Nightly News.
Thursday, Sept. 19; from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall — The Second Annual Civil Constitutional discussion with Georgia House Minority Leader Stacy Abrams and Georgia House Majority Caucus Vice Chair Matt Ramsey, “Government monitoring of personal communications: A Violation of the Fourth Amendment?” Representatives from the Clayton County Voter Registrar’s Office will assist students to register to vote before and after this event.
Friday, Sept. 20; from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., in room UC267 of the James M. Baker University Center — A New York Times talk facilitated by attorney Herbert Adams, “Self-defense in Georgia: Lessons from the Zimmerman Trial.” Adams most recently facilitated a Clayton State New York Times Talk on “Second Amendment Rights and Heller Case: Strict Constructivism or Judicial Activism?” in February 2013. A free lunch will be provided to all of those that RSVP to Corrado via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, Sept. 19 at 3:30 p.m.
Department of Juvenile Justice Information Session, Sept. 17
The Office of Career Services will be holding an information session for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room UC425 of the James M. Baker University Center.
DJJ is a multi-faceted agency that provides a wide range of services for youthful offenders across the state. More than 52,000 youth are served annually by the Department. Each day DJJ supervises, detains, and oversees treatment programs for youth referred by the juvenile courts and other public, private, and community groups.
The Department of Justice hires ALL majors for interns and full-time positions.
SBDC Schedules Workshops in McDonough (Sept. 17) and Morrow (Sept. 26)
The Clayton State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) next two workshops are scheduled to be held at the Henry County Chamber of Commerce in McDonough, and Clayton State – East in Morrow.
SBDC’s popular Starting a Business Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, 1709 Georgia Hwy. 20 West, McDonough.
SBDC is also offering a marketing class/workshop on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at Clayton State – East, 5823 Trammell Rd., Morrow. “Finding & Refining Competitive Advantage” will be held in room 115 of Arbor Hall at Clayton State – East. This workshop is designed to help attendees find, measure, and use their competitive advantage to market their products or services. The cost is $49 per person.
Interested parties for “Finding & Refining Competitive Advantage” can register at http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?cart=1288064d-3f60-4791-9717-f69e1ab8a977&page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow or contact Heather Chaney at (678) 466-5100 or email@example.com.
The cost for the Starting a Business Workshop is $69 per person. Current Clayton State students and staff get a 50 percent discount. In addition, individuals who buy one at $69 get a 50 percent discount for each additional person who registers with them. 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.
To register, go to http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?cart=b422f0b8-44c4-42b0-be5a-4fc75d780e3a&page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow#
Join us at the Alumni Awards Dinner, Sept. 26
This year, the Annual Alumni Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Harry S. Downs Center.
The Alumni Awards Dinner is an annual event hosted by The Alumni Association, which seeks to recognize the University’s alumni and alumnae (current and future) who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of excellence at Clayton State University.
The reception will begin at 6:15 p.m. with the program and dinner to follow. Go to http://giving.clayton.edu/alumni/event_calendar?cid=2&ceid=10&cerid=0&cdt=9%2f26%2f2013for more information and to register.
Student Safe Space Training, Sept. 27
Safe Space is a national program designed to provide a supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members of the campus community; increase the visible presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) allies and places that are “safe” for LGBT students across campus; and dismiss negative stereotypes and present accurate information about the LGBT population. Individuals who have completed the Safe Space Training may post the Safe Space symbol at their offices, backpacks, or binders as a way to designate themselves as safe allies for LGBT students, colleagues and friends.
Since the inception of the Safe Space Training program at Clayton State in 2008, more than 150 individuals have participated in the program. Given the growth of our LGBT community at Clayton State, we would like to increase the number of visible allies to improve the chances of this population excelling academically, socially, and professionally at the University.
The Student Safe Space Training will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the SAC Laker Lounge.
If you are interested in attending this training, please submit your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Sept. 16.
For more information regarding this program, contact Department of Campus Life at (678) 466-5433.
Fifth Annual Diversity and Multicultural Conference, Oct. 11
Clayton State’s Fifth Annual Diversity and Multicultural Conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Student Activities Center Ballroom.
The Diversity and Multicultural Conference is a dynamic and interactive one-day development opportunity that gives participants the essential knowledge and strategies needed to lead and function in a globally complex society. This conference is a great career and personal development opportunity for students, faculty and staff; separate conference tracks are implemented to meet the needs of both groups.
Register until Friday, Sept. 27, by visiting http://apps.clayton.edu/webreg/register/Diversity2013. Free for Clayton State students; Clayton State faculty/staff $20, Non-Clayton State participants $40.Registration fee covers continental breakfast, lunch and conference materials.
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For more information regarding the conference, contact Lakiesa C. Rawlinson at email@example.com or (678) 466-5421.
Academic Showcase, Oct. 11
Beta Beta Beta is holding an Academic Showcase on Friday, Oct. 11. The showcase will exhibit art and research that students have made or discovered, and the Tri-Betas are looking for interested students to enter their work into the showcase to be displayed in effort to "show off" their skills and hard work.
The registration period for students to submit their work will be held from Sept. 13 to Oct. 4. However, students will need to submit a visual abstract for approval so we can carefully make sure it is appropriate for the event. We will also be looking for musicians from the Clayton State Music Department to perform at the showcase.
Meeting times for the Showcase will be on three Friday's: Sept. 13, Sept. 27, and Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will also be asking musicians to play at this time as well, so students will need to bring: research posters, art exhibits, and instruments to perform. The location for the meetings will be at the SAC in the old game room.
- Art submissions are as follows: paintings, drawings, sculptures, pottery, photography, invention sketches for bioengineering students.
-Music will be from students at the Clayton State Music Department only.
-Research will be permitted from students who have conducted research at a different college or at Clayton State and have a poster to explain their findings.
If students are interested in submitting their work, they can contact Nikki Thurman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Blake Anderson at email@example.com.
Clayton State Announces a New Scholarship Initiative; “Dream Makers”
As a means of addressing the ongoing challenge of students being stretched by increasing educational costs and the need to “make ends meet,” Clayton State University has announced a new scholarship initiative, “Dream Makers.”
Dream Makers is a multi-faceted approach to helping those students who are either high achievers, are close to completing their degree, or both. Three separate initiatives will be a part of the Dream Makers program; Dream Makers Scholarships, the Loch Leaders Investment Fund, and Laker Completion Grants.
Dream Maker Scholarships will carry the name of the donors and will have broad selection criteria established by the individual donor. Each scholarship will be given to one student.
The Loch Leaders Investment Fund will recognize high achievers – those full-time students with a GPA of 3.5 or greater who demonstrate unmet need. A select group of students will be designated as Loch Leaders each year with priority given in order to: continuing students; new freshmen; returning students; and transfer students.
Many Clayton State students are the first in their family to attend college. Completing their coursework and receiving their degree is a significant accomplishment that can be postponed due to family situations, work demands, and, very often, financial challenges. The Laker Completion Grants will impact those students who are near degree completion and demonstrate unmet need. Priority will be given to those closest to degree completion with unmet need and a GPA of at least 2.5.
What are YOU Doing for Winter and Spring Break?
“What are YOU Doing for Winter and Spring Break?”
That’s the question the Clayton State University Department of Campus Life is asking Clayton State students in preparation for Campus Life’s regular Alternative Break programs, scheduled for December 2013 and March 2014.
Alternative Winter Break Program will allow students to have a positive impact on global issues without the need of a passport. From Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 to Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 students participating in Alternative Winter Break will serve at four local non-profit organization all with a global presence. The International Rescue Committee, Books For Africa, The Global Soap Project and Project Medshare.
From Mar. 9, 2014 to Mar. 14, 2014 the Alternative Spring Break Service trips will allow two groups of Clayton State students to impact the lives of children in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida or Santa Ana, Costa Rica. Students participating in the Tampa/St. Petersburg trip will work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast. Volunteers will assist with homework and afterschool programs and activities. Students participating in the Costa Rica trip will be working with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation (CRHF). CRHF is a non-profit organization committed to developing creative and economical solutions to a wide range of social problems in Costa Rica. Students will have the opportunity to volunteer in the local schools and support other development programs in the rural community.
Applications for both Alternative Winter Break and Alternative Spring Break can be found on the Campus Life website. Application deadline is Monday, Sept. 30, 2013.
The Alternative Break Volunteer program is an opportunity for students to engage in community-based service projects during the University’s designated Semester Breaks. This program was developed to create 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.
For additional information about this event or other Campus Life programs, contact the Department of Campus Life at (678) 466-5433.
Building Naming Committee Recommends New Names for Athletics & Fitness and Student Center
The Clayton State Building Naming Committee: Chair Cindy Lauer; Kelly Adams; Dolores Cox; Mike Mead; Nicole Harris; Jim Braun; R.B. Rosenburg has recommended name changes for the Athletics & Fitness Center and the Student Center. New signage for both of these buildings is in the works.
The Student Center will now be called Edgewater Hall, and the Athletics & Fitness Center will now be called the Athletics Center. The committee also recommended that the Student Activities Center keep its current name.
“The committee was a composed of individuals from all areas of campus and they understood the need to find names that would clearly distinguish the names of several buildings on campus,” notes Vice President of Business and Operations Corlis Cummings. “I hope that everyone appreciates their work as much as I have.”
Clayton Station Security
From 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. only the main entrance to Clayton Station, which is adjacent to the clubhouse, will be accessible for vehicle entrance and exit. The other three entrances will be secured with temporary roadblocks.
These extra security measures will be in place only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. During other times and days, all access points will be open for public use. These temporary changes are being implemented to assess the need and locations for any additional permanent security enhancement to Clayton Station.
Loch Shop News
For a limited time, The Loch Shop is giving away a snazzy Clayton State Lakers navy baseball cap with every $30 purchase. The promo code is 5868. Go to www.ClaytonStateGear.com for more details.
The Loch Shop is having a special sale on 2013 Women’s Basketball Elite 8/Conference Championship T-shirts. They have been put on sale for… wait for it… $8.88.
The Loch Shop is now up and running on both Instagram and Twitter. The handle for both of social media platforms is lochshop.
The Loch Shop now has the following pricing on its clothing clearance items:
Orange tagged items are now $5
Yellow tagged items are now $10
Pink tagged items are now $15
Green tagged items are now $20
Only tagged items are on sale, but The Loch Shop also has several new arrivals that have just come into the store this week, so come and see what’s new at The Loch Shop!
An Electric Car Charging Station at Clayton State? Take the Survey
The University is committed to sustainable practices, energy savings and environmental safety. Therefore, we have designed a quick survey to determine the level of interest in installing an electric car charging station on Clayton State University’s campus. We would highly appreciate your participation in this survey which will take less than a minute of your time. Please follow the link below to answer only four survey questions:
Campus Walking Distances
Want to know how far and how long it takes to walk across campus? The link below is from the 25-year Facilities Master plan, and the walking distance information in located on page 24 of the summary.