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NTSO Interest Meeting, Sept. 19
Have you had a break in your college education that was longer than five years?
Do you work part-time or full-time while attending college?
Are you a caretaker for a parent or parents or children?
Are you considered independent for taxes and financial aid?
Are you looking for a mentor to help you learn about resources, programs and departments that are available to help you achieve your educational goals?
Do you want to meet other students like yourself? Then you are a nontraditional student!!
By joining the Nontraditional Student Organization (NTSO) you will get the support a nontraditional student needs as you strive to reach your academic goals!
The NTSO will hold an interest meeting tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the lounge area on the first floor of the Library, just outside the entrance to the Center for Academic Success.
Construction Work on Campus
On Monday, Sept. 23 and Tuesday, Sept. 24, potholing contractors will be on campus to conduct some work in preparation for the construction of the new Science Building in November. While on campus these two days, the following parking and traffic disruptions will occur intermittently:
· Five spaces in the disability parking row of the Faculty/Staff parking lot will be unavailable.
· Three parking spaces in two separate locations (six total) of the back row of the Faculty/Staff parking lot, adjacent to the lake, will be unavailable.
· Parts of one lane of traffic on Caldwell Drive near LAB Building and NBS Building will be blocked, but traffic will be directed around the contractors by flagmen. This may result in some delays at peak times.
· The intersection near the maintenance chiller building and NBS Building on Caldwell Drive will be blocked from southbound through traffic. All southbound traffic will be detoured from Caldwell Drive through the F lot. Traffic going northbound may still use the intersection to turn right and exit campus on Snelling Drive.
It is suggested that all traffic to F, G and H lots use Snelling Drive on these dates to avoid delays.
Teacher Information Session, Sept. 25
The first of the Department of Teacher Education’s two Teacher Information sessions for the fall semester will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, starting at noon.
For more information, contact Joy Bryant at email@example.com.
Student Veterans Association Meeting, Sept. 26
Clayton State University’s Student Veterans Association will meet on Thursday, Sept. 26 at noon in the Veterans Resource Center (Student Center, Ste. 115). Come out and meet fellow military/veteran students and help plan upcoming events and discuss student- veteran concerns and issues. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact the VRC at (678) 466-5528 or VeteransResourceCenter@clayton.edu.
Fall 2013Teacher Education Film Series Opens Sept. 30
“First Generation” tells the story of four high school students — an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers — who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education.
This documentary, to be shown from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30 in room CE101 of the Harry S. Downs Center, explores the problem of college access faced by first generation and low-income students and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation.
Subsequent presentations in the Film Series at set for Oct. 8 (“Temple Grandin”), Oct. 28 (“Bully”), and Nov. 4 (“American Teacher”).
Music Preparatory School’s Orchestra Project
The Music Preparatory School at Clayton State is launching a new program called, "The Music Preparatory School Orchestra Project."
Select Clayton State University music majors under direct supervision of Clayton State University music faculty will teach young students in weekly private lessons to prepare them for participation in local youth orchestras. Students may also be eligible to participate in a weekly master class with Dr. Richard Bell, assistant professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies at Clayton State University.
This program is open to beginning and intermediate violin, viola, cello, and double bass students. For more information, call Carol Payne at (678) 466-5600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
News You Need to Know ... Not All Thieves are Stupid!
Someone left their car in the long-term parking at while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car's registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people's home in and robbed it.
So, if we are going to leave the car in long-term parking or entrusted with an unknown person or business, e.g. a repair shop, or with a valet, you should consider not leaving the registration/insurance cards in it, and especially not your remote garage door opener.
Someone had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen.
The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.
Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home address in it.
A lady’s handbag was stolen, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc. Twenty minutes later when she called her husband from a pay phone telling him what had happened, he says 'I received your text asking about our PIN number and I've replied a little while ago.' When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'husband' in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.
Moral of the lesson:
a. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list.
b. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.
c. Also, when you're being texted by friends or family to meet them
somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet 'family and friends' who text you.
Purse in the Grocery Cart
A lady went grocery-shopping at a local mall and left her purse sitting in the children's seat of the cart while she reached something off a shelf. Her wallet was stolen, and she reported it to the store personnel. After returning home, she received a phone call reportedly from the Mall Security to say that they had her wallet and that although there was no money in it, it did still hold her personal papers.
She immediately went to pick up her wallet, only to be told by Mall Security that they had not called her. By the time she returned home again, her house had been broken into and burglarized.
The thieves knew that by calling and saying they were Mall Security, they could lure her out of her house long enough for them to burglarize it.
Scams never cease. Be careful.
Constitution Week Events
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
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, “Government monitoring of personal communications: A Violation of the Fourth Amendment?” With Georgia House Minority Leader Stacy Abrams and State Representative B.J. Pak.
The format is a conversation, not a debate. Part of the lesson is to see two respected officials discuss important constitutional issues in a manner that respects each sides’ position.
Representatives from the Clayton County Voter Registrar’s Office will assist students to register to vote before and after this event.
On Friday, Sept. 20; from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., in room UC267 of the James M. Baker University Center, Constitution Week will feature A New York Times talk facilitated by attorney Herbert Adams, “Self-defense in Georgia: Lessons from the Zimmerman Trial.” A free lunch will be provided to all of those that RSVP to Corrado via email at email@example.com by Thursday, Sept. 19 at 3:30 p.m.
“We will be talking about stand your ground laws generally, and in particular Georgia’s stand your ground law,” says Adams. “The George Zimmerman trial will serve as background for the discussion.”
“My goal is to bring out the opinions of the Clayton State community, and to help the community understand the issues,” says Adams. “As is the case with the Second Amendment, it is important to know what the law actually says and how it is applied before determining whether it needs to be changed.”
For this talk, Adams promises to give some history about the genesis of stand your ground laws as a variation of self-defense, noting, “It’s a subject that generates a lot of emotion and interest, like the Second Amendment. Sometimes that emotion is not based on fact. I want to make sure people know the facts, and having become aware of the facts, decide for themselves how the law should be applied to those facts.”
Adams also points out that, if individuals feel “stand your ground” laws should be changed, there’s a way to do it. “Except for regulatory or judicial action, every single law in this nation, either locally or nationally, was passed by a legislature,” he reminds us. “And every law that’s changed is changed the same way. If you want to change the law, there’s a process for doing so. Thus, it’s important to channel your emotions in a constructive way.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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#.
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.
Who’s the BOSS? YOU or YOUR MONEY? Sept. 19
“Who’s the BOSS? YOU or YOUR MONEY?” Come to this presentation to learn how to budget your money and track your spending on Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. in the Arts and Science Building, room 127.
Free Chick-fil-A coupons for all participants.
Could you use $50 in Laker Bucks? If so, come to the presentation to find out how you can win.
Any questions or concerns, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.clayton.edu/financial-aid/pfcp.
Outdoor Adventure – Upcoming Trips
Join Outdoor Adventure on Friday afternoons for indoor rock climbing at Ascension Climbing in Peachtree City. Climbing gear, transportation, and instruction will be provided.
Destination: Peachtree City, Ga.
Date: Friday, Sept. 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: $5/$15/$20 (per event)
Registration Deadline: Friday, Sept. 20 by noon
Outdoor Rock Climbing
Join Outdoor Adventure on a climbing trip to Alabama. Sand Rock is a wonderful destination for beginner through advanced climbers. All climbing gear is provided.
Destination: Sand Rock, Ala.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 21
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 17
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, email@example.com.
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.
CAS Announces New Weekend Walk-In Math Tutoring Services
During the month of August, the Center for Academic Success performed a survey to determine which weekend days/times would be preferred for walk-in math tutoring services during the fall semester. Based on the responses from 288 participating Clayton State students, the CAS will now offer walk-in math tutoring services on Saturdays beginning Sept. 21, through Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In addition to providing important feedback to the CAS, all participating students were given the opportunity to have their names entered into a drawing for a $25 deposit on their Laker Card. On Sept. 3, two drawings were held, and the lucky winners were Tiffany Rawls and Markie Vaz.
For more information about the new Saturday walk-in math tutoring hours, stop by the Center for Academic Success in the lower level of the Library or call (678) 466-4070. The CAS would also like to remind all Clayton State students of the weekday walk-in math tutoring services available Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Morrow High School Fall Festival, Sept. 21
Morrow High School will be having its Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21, with a parade from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by the Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the football field at Morrow High School, 2299 Old Rex Morrow Rd. Make sure to stop by and say hello to William Walker at the Clayton State Recruitment and Admissions table.
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.
Clayton State/ Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra Concert, Oct. 8
The Clayton State University Orchestra and the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a concert by French composers on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall.
The works to be performed are the Petite Suite by Debussy, the Symphony in D Minor by Franck and the Fanfare from La Peri by Dukas.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children over the age of six. Tickets may be purchased through the Spivey Hall box office or at the door.
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.
Eighth Annual Showcase Clayton, Oct. 17
On Thursday, Oct. 17, the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host the premier business and community expo, the Eighth Annual Showcase Clayton.
This free event is presented by Clayton State University and will be held at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, Recreation Outreach Center, 148 Church St., Jonesboro, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
This event is a great opportunity for businesses to exhibit their products and services, as well as network with the community and fellow business leaders. The expo is also a family-friendly event and will include special entertainment just for children. The evening will be filled with networking, food, door prizes and festivities.
For more information, go to the Eighth Annual Showcase Clayton Business & Community Expo webpage: http://www.claytonchamber.org/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=363.
Academic Showcase, Oct. 18
Beta Beta Beta is holding an Academic Showcase on Friday, Oct. 18 (note the new date, to avoid a conflict with the Diversity and Multicultural Conference). 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.
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 also running a new Clayton State gear free T-shirt promo. You can score a free Clayton State T-shirt on www.claytonstategear.com with a $30 purchase.
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 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!
The Loch Shop is now up and running on both Instagram and Twitter. The handle for both of social media platforms is lochshop.