Volume 8, #49
Clayton State University to Celebrate Arbor Day, Apr. 26
Clayton State University and the Clayton State Tree Committee are hosting the University’s first Arbor Day Observance, Trees. Made Real, on Friday, Apr. 26, starting at 10:25 a.m. There will be an Arbor Day Ceremony and tree planting in the University Quad. Vice President for Business and Operations Corlis Cummings will be the guest speaker for the event. In addition, Loch, the Clayton State mascot, will also make a special appearance to support Arbor Day.
Following the ceremony, there will also be trees planted at various locations throughout campus. The trees that will be planted around campus will be Shumard Oaks, which are native to Georgia. Tree identification signage will also be placed on native trees along the walk path behind Spivey Hall and the Music Education Building.
10:25 a.m. -- Why We Are Observing Arbor Day --
10:30 a.m. -- Keynote Speaker -- Corlis Cummings
10:40 a.m. -- Ecology and “Plants of the Piedmont” Trail – Dr. Jere Boudell
10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. -- Tree Planting - Tree Committee, students and Loch
11:30 a.m. to noon -- Tour through “Plants of the Piedmont” Trail – Dr. Jere Boudell
All are welcome to attend the event and participate in the Arbor Day activities.
New in this Issue
Clayton State’s Fairly Odd Players Present, "Are You My Daddy?" Tonight
The Clayton State University Theatre Program and the new student theatre organization -- Fairly Odd Players -- will be presenting the student production of "Are You My Daddy?" by Beverly Banks, on Friday evening, Apr. 26.
The production, which deals with consequences of not having a father in a child's life, is directed by Clayton State Theatre alum La Donna Williams and will start in the Clayton State Theatre, room G132 of the Arts & Sciences Building, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
“Are You My Daddy?” stars Clayton State students Adrain Hawkins, Eboni James and David Phillips. There will also be a talk back after the performance.
Biweekly Payroll Reminder
Notice to all employees and managers/supervisors:
Biweekly timecards must be approved in the ADP system by 6 p.m., Friday, Apr. 26 for the payroll ending on Apr. 26.
If you have any questions, including password resets, while attempting to approve or update a timecard, please contact our SSC Customer Support Team.
SAC Fitness Center Summer Hours Begin Monday, Apr. 29
The SAC Fitness Center will begin its summer schedule on Monday, Apr. 29. We look forward to seeing you this summer! For more information, contact Cindy Lauer at Cindylauer@clayton.edu.
Apr. 29 – June 30 (Closed May 25 – 27)
Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
July 1 – Aug. 10 (Closed July 4)
Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
Public Safety Announcement
Clayton State University is proud and encouraged by its record of safety and security on campus. In order for us to maintain and improve upon this type of environment it takes our community of students, staff and faculty working together and therefore the Public Safety Department offers the following reminders:
In recent weeks there have been at least two reported instances where students have been solicited on campus to buy vehicles. The suspicious person usually passes out business cards or simply approaches students and asks if they need a car.
In the two reported instances the vehicles that were allegedly sold were done so under fraudulent means. Therefore, students are encouraged to immediately contact the Public Safety Department should they be approached by anyone for this type of solicitation.
Reporting a Suspicious Person or Activity
If you observe an individual engaging in any suspicious behavior or if you obtain any information regarding the commission of a crime or probability of the same, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Public Safety Department at x4050(on campus) or (678) 466-4050. Please provide full details such as: name(s) location(s), physical description, clothing and vehicle information: (i.e. make, model, year, license plate), etc.
The cooperation of the Clayton State University community is a vital part in us maintaining a safe and secure environment!
Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9
Beginning May 1, 2013 hiring managers must use the new version of the I-9 form for all new hires. As a best practice, managers must use the newly revised new hire packets.
These new hire packets are available in print at the Department of Human Resources or electronically by clicking this link: New Hire Packets. Many of the documents have been changed to reflect new standards. The new forms can be completed online and downloaded then returned to Human Resources.
Please discard all copies and discontinue use of the previous new hire packet or respective associated forms, as Human Resources will not be able to accept them after Apr. 30, 2013.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping us remain compliant.
Clayton State University New Hire Packets
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – New I-9 Announcement
Call for Presenters: Freshman Premiere II Orientation
The Office of Orientation & New Student Programs is looking for faculty, staff, and student organizations to present during our Freshman Premiere II extended orientation program.
Freshman Premiere II is part two of the freshman students’ orientation program. During this time the freshman students participate in move-in at Laker Hall, New Student Convocation, and A Party for Good. This year’s program will allow for freshman students who participated in Freshman Premiere I during the summer to experience workshops that provide information that will assist them in their transition from high school to Clayton State.
For directions on how to submit a program proposals to present during Freshman Premiere II visit http://www.clayton.edu/orientation/home or contact the Office of Orientation & New Student Programs at (678) 466-5443.
As you know, LANDesk is the an application that allows you to keep your computer secure, get self service software installations, and get a higher level of support when you can’t bring your computer to the HUB.
Thanks to a recent upgrade, LANDesk has become more useful. The new LANDesk system will go online on May 8. Here are some of the newer features available in the upgrade…
More control with additional Antivirus options
Better off-campus software installation options
Remote control for HUB troubleshooting improvements
As of May 1, all students will be able to upgrade the LANDesk agent on their personal computer via the HUB's tab on the SWAN. It's important to understand that if you desire to continue receiving off campus services, you will need to upgrade your LANDesk agent as of May 8.
Faculty and staff computers will automatically update to the latest LANDesk agent.
For more information on LANDesk, please visit the HUB's LANDesk page.
The Clayton Community Big Band Presents "Mostly Mintzer,” Apr. 29
The Clayton State University Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents the Clayton Community Big Band (CCBB) in “Mostly Mintzer: Classic & Recent Compositions of Bob Mintzer” on Monday, Apr. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
“Mintzer's music is highly contemporary and draws from a wealth of popular styles, yet it is also steeped in the jazz tradition,” says CCBB director Stacey Houghton (Rex). “His own highly successful big band has popularized Mintzer's writing and performing talents on saxophone for almost 30 years. The CCBB will perform early classic charts from Mintzer's library, as well as a few recent compositions, that feature such styles as post bop, Latin and funk.”
Other composers featured in “Mostly Mintzer” include: Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays, Thad Jones, and Duke Ellington, as arranged by Bob Curnow and Tommy Newsom.
Open Budget Meeting, Apr. 30
As part of the usual budget process of the University, there is an Open Budget Meeting scheduled on Tuesday, April 30, at 2:00 pm in Lecture Hall, Room 14. At this meeting Dr. Hynes will share information about proposed allocations of new resources and give an overview of existing resources.
Governor Deal to Speak at Clayton State Spring Commencement, May 4
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will be the commencement speaker at the 9 a.m. graduation ceremony for Clayton State University on Saturday, May 4, 2013.
As has been the case for several years, Clayton State will hold two ceremonies on May 4. Approximately 240 graduates from the College of Business, College of Health, and College of Information and Mathematical Sciences will attend the 9 a.m. ceremony. The noon ceremony, with Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall as the commencement speaker, will be for approximately 275 graduates of the College of Arts & Sciences.
Support Clayton State Alumnus Tiffany Cavin in the Race for the Cure, May 11
Former Clayton State women’s soccer captain and former Alumni Association board member Tiffany Cavin is taking part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event on May 11.
The website for the event is http://race.komenatlanta.org/site/TR?fr_id=1130&pg=entry.
If you would like to donate to the cause please go to http://race.komenatlanta.org/site/TR/Race/General?px=1429262&pg=personal&fr_id=1130 and select the link to “Support Tiffany” on the right hand side.
“If you decide to register for the event please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can make plans to meet up,” she adds. “Also, if you do want to participate in the event then the deadline for early registration is Apr. 20.”
The race is Saturday, May 11 at Atlantic Station. The 1 mile walk starts at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m.
SBDC to Hold Starting Your Business Workshop in Peachtree City, May 16
The Clayton State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be holding a “Starting Your Business Workshop” on Thursday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Clayton State – Fayette instructional site at 100 World Dr., Ste. 100, Peachtree City.
If you are considering starting a small business, and want to make your dream real, this workshop is a crucial first step. Since lack of planning is one of the top reasons new businesses fail, attending this comprehensive workshop is one of the most important decisions to make prior to opening a business. A detailed business start-up book, "How to Start a Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs," and other handouts are provided.
The cost of the workshop is $69 per person, with a 50 percent discount for current Clayton State students, faculty and staff, who should contact Heather Chaney for discount code. Also, there is 50 percent off each additional person who registers with an individual when the first person pays the full fee of $69 (discounts cannot be combined).
To register, interested parties should go to https://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?cart=2310613a-a6e7-49ae-a252-edd7b54841ca&page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow&searchMonths=6
Kiwanis International and Morrow Business & Tourism Association Concert Under the Stars, May 18
Local Kiwanis clubs are sponsoring a concert under the stars at the National Archives Amphitheater on Saturday, May 18, starting at 7 p.m. The concert will feature Patty Mack and the Mo White Quartet.
A Mix & Mingle Hour begins at 7 p.m., in the Plaza area, with plenty of hors d’oeuvres provided by Anne & Bill’s, Rocky's Pizza, Truett’s Grill, and Waffle House. The Price is Right tickets will be sold at the event. The showcases are full of fantastic prizes. Proceeds benefit Clayton County Family Care (CCFC).The amphitheater area will open around 7:30 p.m., with The Price is Right beginning at 7:40 p.m., and Patty Mack going on at dark.
Picnic Meals purchased in advance at Anne & Bill’s, Rocky’s Pizza and Truett’s Grill will be delivered to the venue. Food and Beverage may also be brought in at your choosing. Soft drinks, water and tea will be available for purchase. Alcoholic Beverages are allowed and may be brought in. No Cash Bar will be available at this event.
For further information, including tickets, contact Morrow Business & Tourism Association at(770) 968-1623 or email@example.com, or contact Mike Mead at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the recent Avaya upgrade on Apr. 11, the campus voicemail system was upgraded. During the upgrade, the new server would not load the backed up data without corrupting the new system. Based on recommendations of the vendor, Network and Enterprise Services decided the best long-term course of action would be to not corrupt the new voicemail server.
As the server is new, it has no greetings (outgoing messages) on it. We did not want to surprise the campus by having their outgoing greetings suddenly missing on Friday morning. Instead, we will give the campus time to re-record their greetings on the new server before it goes live.
During this period we will not be making any changes to the old system (i.e. new voicemail boxes). We do apologize for the inconvenience while we transition from old to new.
After one week, on Apr. 25, we will switch to the new server. Any mailbox which has not been setup at this time will have the default greeting, and the computer will try to pronounce your name or department name.
How to create a new greeting on the new voice mail server:
· Dial 5995
· Your department will be sent a temporary passcode to login the first time
· You will be required to change your passcode
· You will be given the option to record a greeting. If you do not create one, the computer will announce your name to callers.
Switchover to new server:
· Early on Apr. 25 we will switch the active voicemail to the new server
· 5999 will remain the number to access your voicemail box (this will not change)
How to retrieve messages from old voice mail server:
· To retrieve messages from the old server after Apr. 25, the access number will be 5995
· You will have two weeks to retrieve all messages before the old server is taken offline on May 10
Documentation, including a quick wallet guide to voicemail, can be found at
Clayton State Participating in The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For Program
Clayton State University is participating in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For Program again this year. Last year we were able to take the aggregate results of the survey, and respond to them in a variety of ways to help us improve the ways in which we support learning for our students, faculty, staff and community.
You should have already received an email, from ModernThink (email@example.com), inviting you to participate in a survey that was sent to a random sampling of Faculty, Administrators and Staff. If you have taken the time to complete this survey, thank you for your participation and if you have not yet had a chance to complete it, a reminder email should be sent today.
This is a confidential survey that measures the strength of certain organizational competencies and relationships that most directly impact and influence an institution’s culture. Your participation and candid feedback are critical to the assessment process.
To ensure the confidentiality of your responses, your survey will be processed by ModernThink LLC, a research and consulting firm focusing on workplace excellence. Our institution will not be given any information that would enable us to trace survey data back to any one individual.
We encourage everyone’s participation! A high response rate helps ensure accurate results as well as better data for continuous improvement efforts.
Should you have any questions about this project, contact Narem Reddy in the Provost’s Office at 678-466-4100 or visit www.ChronicleGreatColleges.com
Once again, thanks for all you do.
SAC Fitness Center Locker Rental Notice
For those patrons who are renting locker at the SAC Fitness Center, you may renew your locker at this time. If you are not going to renew your locker rental, the deadline for locker clean out is May 10. 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.
Please renew early for best selection. For more information, please contact Brandon Marshall at BrandonMarshall@clayton.edu or (678) 466-4976.
Rosalynn Gresham’s Fundraising Website
As a follow-up to last week’s Transplant Awareness Event, Laker Lines and Dr. Sarah Stein would like to remind the campus of student Rosalynn Gresham’s fundraising website – part of her efforts to obtain a kidney transplant.
Her direct site information is at http://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/pth1/newlifenewbeginnings
. Or, you just go to www.givefoward.com
and then in the "find fundraiser" section type in New Life New Beginnings.
Clayton State Dental Hygienists are Doing the Harlem Shake
You’ve seen the top-ranked Clayton State Lakers women’s basketball team do the Harlem Shake… you’ve seen the Harlem Shake underwater… you’ve seen the Harlem Shake in an airplane… you’ve seen the Harlem Shake in the army… but, have you ever seen the Dental Hygienist Harlem Shake?
It might be safe to say that almost everyone has seen or heard of the recent internet sensation the Harlem Shake. Clayton State University’s Dental Hygiene students and faculty recently collaborated with the Clayton State University student television organization (CSTV) to make their own Harlem Shake video. With giant props, and a lively group who never are down at the mouth, the Harlem Shake video they produced will surely stand out among all the other Harlem Shake videos.
Be sure to check with video on the Clayton State University Relations You Tube Channel at: http://youtu.be/Cp4GmAu8GG4.
Loch Shop Stocking Limited Edition Elite 8 & Peach Belt Champion T-Shirts
Starting at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Apr. 18, Clayton State University’s The Loch Shop we will be stocking a combination Elite 8 and Peach Belt Champion women’s basketball t-shirt in both male and female cuts.
The designs by Shirt Designs are made by Russell Athletic. There will only be 72 shirts available in each style.
Led by first team All-American and Ellenwood’s own Drameka Griggs, the Lakers finished the 2012/2013 season 32-1 and ranked fifth in the nation after spending a month as the top-ranked and only undefeated team in NCAA Division II.
New from The Loch Shop
Apple education pricing is a great way for college students, parents buying for a college student, faculty and staff to purchase Mac computers, Apple software, and select accessories at special prices. Follow this link to find some of your favorite Apple products and start saving – go to http://www.ishoplochshop.com/site_apple.asp
Just in time for graduation — Clayton State alumni polos are now available as part of Polopallooza. There is no better way to show your new alumni status than a polo for $9.99. White, Blue, Orange and Tan — we’ve got the color you are looking for so come by and pick up your alumni polo before graduation.
Clayton State Water Bottles on Sale in The Loch Shop
With Earth Day right around the corner, The Loch Shop is offering Clayton State Water Bottles for the reduced price of $3. These refillable water bottles are a great way to reduce the number of bottles thrown away while showing your school pride! We have limited quantities, so come pick up your water bottle today!
Polopalooza and Sweats Sale at the Loch Shop
It’s Polopalooza at the Loch Shop – all Clayton State polos are now $9.99! We have a full sizes range from XS to 5XL in white, blue, orange and grey in multiple styles.
Also, never let them see you sweat! All sweatshirts and sweatpants are on sale. Look for spring colors… yellow tags $10, pink tags $15, and green tags $20.
We also have discounted Bargain Books to under $3 a book and selected Boots products are on sale from $4 to $8. While supplies last, so hurry in and grab yours today.
Dining Survey Today: Feedback Could Win You $50 Gift Card
Clayton State Dining is requesting your participation in a market research study of the campus community with the goal of improving services on your campus. How can we make your day better? We’re looking for feedback on your recent dining experiences on campus and your opinion counts.
The survey takes approximately seven minutes to complete and can be accessed from: http://vcil.cc/twm43sn. It's open through Friday, Apr. 26.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this survey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank you in advance for your participation and valuable feedback. We look forward to serving you!
Faculty/Staff Meal Plans and Dining Dollars End May 6
All faculty/staff meal plans and Dining Dollars end May 6. Meals expire at the end of lunch (2pm) on May 6, and Dining Dollars expire at the end of the day. If you have more meals than you think you will use, invite a colleague to eat with you in the Dining Hall. If you have Dining Dollars, don’t let them go to waste! Take a friend to Jazzman’s for coffee or a smoothie or maybe treat them to a pizza at Pizza Hut. The Lakeside Dining Hall will re-open for regular service at the beginning of fall semester 2013.
To check your meal plan and/or Dining Dollar balance, visit www.lakercard.com
and click on the LakerCard Online button. Log in with your Clayton State network credentials and follow the prompts to check your account balances.
Georgia Department of Revenue Changes
Effective immediately - The Georgia Department of Revenue has revised the Georgia Form G-4 (Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate) for 2013. This change reduces the maximum number of allowances from two to one for the following selections:
· B. Married Filing Joint, both spouses working
· D. Married Filing Separate
· E. Head of Household
Because of this revision, the calculation method used to determine the amount of State of Georgia Income tax to withhold from some employee payments has changed. This change will not impact everyone, but may result in a small change for those employees who claim certain Married statuses and Head of Household statuses.
What change will you see on your paychecks?
Employees who currently claim marital status B, D or E with 0 allowance will not see a change in the withholding from their paycheck.
Employees who currently claim marital status B, D or E with 1 allowance will see a small reduction in their Georgia withholding, thus a small increase in their take home pay.
Employees who currently claim marital status B, D or E with 2 allowances will see a small increase in their Georgia withholding, thus a small decrease in their take home pay.
What action should be taken by Employee?
Employees that currently claim the impacted statuses (B, D or E) should complete a new Georgia G-4 withholding form
Fiscal Year End 2013 Deadlines
Purchase Requisitions Submitted to Procurement Services:
• May 1, 2013 All purchases requiring a purchase order. Anything requested after this date must be approved by Budget & Finance.
P-Card Cutoff Dates:
• May 6, 2013 Last day to use the P-card so the purchases will be posted to the May 2013 Visa statement (received in June). Any purchases on future statements will be charged to fiscal year 2014.
Budget Amendment Requests:
• May 10, 2013 All budget amendments for FY 2013 submitted to Scott McElroy.
Check Request and Travel Reimbursement Deadlines:
• June 1, 2013 Last day the Travel and Expense module will be available for reimbursement requests for fiscal year 2013.
• May 1, 2013 Last day to submit all check requests with appropriate documentation for FY2013 for funds 10000, 10500 and 10600.
• June 14, 2013 Last day to submit a request to transfer costs between E & G and Sponsored.
• June 14, 2013 Last day to submit a request to correction to a charge posted against your budget.
Any questions, please contact Marcia Jones at email@example.com or ext. 4280.