The Authentic Clayton State… Dreams. Made Real.
Morrow Clayton State University previewed its future, and reviewed its past yesterday on the stage at Spivey Hall.
In a world-class venue where generations of Clayton State students have had their dreams made real, it was only fitting that President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes, along with current Clayton State students, Clayton State alumni and Clayton State faculty announced the University’s identity, as epitomized by the statement… Dreams. Made Real.
The message of the program was a simple one… Clayton State is a place where dreams are made real, and it is how Clayton State identifies itself, now and in the foreseeable future.
As Hynes stated in addressing a crowd of guests, community representatives, media, Clayton State students, faculty and staff, “this is out authentic message; Clayton State is a place where dreams are made real.”
As is the case with the workings of Governor Deal’s Complete Georgia program in University System of Georgia institutions throughout the state, dreams made real is nothing new or different for Clayton State. It is something the University has done for many years, a fact shared most memorably by Dr. Donna McCarty, chair of the Clayton State Psychology Department, and a faculty member since 1978.
“We are highlighting something that has been here from the beginning,” she said in explaining the dreams made real concept. “It is the spirit of this university, a place of genuine humanity, where I can always find someone willing to help a student.
“Dreams made real conveys something in words that lives in my heart, the very real way that Clayton State has made my dreams real.”
Hynes and McCarty were followed to the Spivey Hall stage by three current undergraduate students; senior biology major Sotheavy Vann, senior business major Juan Rosado, and senior computer science major Christine Gardner. Two alumni also spoke, Colleen Walters (B.S., Nursing, 2012) and Charles Frazier, Jr. (B.A., Middle Grades Education, 2002). Another faculty member, Dr. Gary May of the College of Business, also added his thoughts.
All had similar messages, that Clayton State had made their dreams real.
What types of dreams does Clayton State make real? Dreams for first generation college students like Rosado… dreams for college athletes like Frazier… dreams for older or non-traditional students, who may have almost given up on getting a college degree like Walters, Gardner and Frazier… dreams of those who felt that call to teach like May… and dreams of former dual enrolled students like Vann.
“For now, I am Clayton State, a school where dreams are made real,” said Frazier, a former Clayton State basketball star who is now assistant principal and basketball coach at Henderson Middle School in Jackson, Ga. “How do I know this? Because they made my dreams real.”
In all cases, what Clayton State and its people do is strive to make dreams real. And the key word is “real,” it’s what Clayton State does best.
As remarkable a series of stories as the in-person testimonials presented, they were almost upstaged by an 11-minute video, shot by another Clayton State graduate, Christian Bowen (B.A., Communications and Media Studies, 2007) and the brainchild of Clayton State Communications Coordinator Dolores Cox. Featuring a diverse group of Clayton State students and faculty expressing their dreams, and concluding with a tribute to the 2011 NCAA Division II national championship women’s basketball team, the “Dreams. Made Real.” video will subsequently be posted on the Clayton State You Tube channel for the world to see that Clayton State is a place where dreams are made real. Because today’s presentation on the Spivey Hall stage was just the preview of a remarkable, authentic future that will define Clayton State going forward. Clayton State is Dreams. Made Real.