Volume 8, #13
Volunteer Training for Ruffin Reading Bowl Starts Today
We are still in need of volunteers to assist with the Fifth Annual Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.
There will be training sessions on Friday afternoon, Feb. 1, at 4 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 a.m. In addition, online training may be found at: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/hrrb/files/156A4B171A794D62AA7ED93F5546B2B2.pdf
All volunteers will need to be on campus by 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. The competition will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday.
Please come out and support our community. To volunteer, please contact Dr. Gordon Baker at (678) 466-4334 or email@example.com
For more information on the Competition please visit http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/hrrb/
Biweekly Payroll Reminder
Notice to all employees and managers/supervisors:
ADP E-time approvals of all biweekly time must be approved by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1, for the payroll ending on Feb. 1.
If you have any questions, including password resets, while attempting to approve or update a time card, please contact our SSC Customer Support Team.
Study Abroad Sign Up Deadline Today
Time is running out for students to sign up for 2013 Maymester and Summer semester study abroad programs. The deadline for sign-ups is Feb. 1.
Director of International Programs John Parkerson and Assistant Director Cele Blair are available to visit classes, upon request, in order to provide a short, 10 minute information sessions about available programs. Parkerson and Blair can provide general overviews of all programs, or they can tailor the presentation to attract students from particular disciplines (e.g., speak to Biology students about the Tropical Ecology course in Costa Rica).
Students should consider the applicable deadlines in making their decisions: most important, many students may need to sign up for the programs and make deposits while they still have available financial aid.
Clayton State this year is offering a broad array of Clayton State Faculty-led study abroad programs for 2013, including the following:
Costa Rica -– “Tropical Ecology”
France – “Teacher Ed. – Language, Religion, and Immigration: Comparative Multiculturalism”
Haiti – “Nursing/Service Learning Study Abroad”
Italy – “Honors – Social Sciences” (spring break – enrollment is filled)
Jamaica – “Social Sciences and Caribbean Literature”
Mexico – Guadalajara – “Healthcare Spanish”
Panama — “International Business / Global Management”
Turkey – “International Business / Global Management”
Through Clayton State’s participation in USG consortia (European and Asia Councils), there are also summer semester programs to Scotland (Maymester); London; Waterford, Ireland; Madrid; St. Petersburg, Russia; Berlin; Paris; China and Korea.
For additional information, please consult the Office of International Programs website http://www.clayton.edu/international-programs/home
, or contact Parkerson or Blair.
Clayton State’s Dental Hygiene Research Day, Feb. 1
In conjunction with the Georgia Dental Hygienists’ Association (GDHA) – Joanna Harris, instructor & SADHA advisor for the Department of Dental Hygiene, has been planning Dental Hygiene Research Day at Clayton State for Friday, Feb. 1.
Dental Hygiene Research Day will have students from four dental hygiene programs — Atlanta Tech, West Georgia Tech, Georgia Highlands College, and Clayton State — presenting posters and table clinics to attendees. There will also be several dental vendors for attendees to ask questions of and to learn about new products. Attending the event, in addition to the students, will be faculty and some licensed dental hygienists.
The event starts at 10 a.m., in room CE-101 of the Harry S. Downs Center.
Alumna Paula Fagerberg to Headline Early Music Concert, Feb. 1
The early-music ensemble Armonia Celeste performs on the Musica Sacra concert series at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta on Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public, with a free pre-concert lecture on the group’s historical instruments and repertoire at 6:45 p.m. sponsored by The Atlanta Early Music Alliance. A reception will follow the concert.
The featured instrumentalists will include Armonia Celeste co-founder Dr. Lyle Nordstrom, the former head of the music department at Clayton State, and Atlanta-based historical harpist Paula Fagerberg, a 2000 graduate of Clayton State, who plays a rare copy of the c.1630 Barberini Baroque triple harp for this concert tour. Nordstrom, who is retired from teaching and now lives in Maryland, plays lutes and baroque guitar in the group. Armonia Celeste specializes in rarely heard repertoire from the Italian Renaissance and early Baroque.
The concert program, entitled “The Rebel Queen: Christina’s Swedish Court in Rome,” reflects the artistic life of Queen Christina of Sweden, a gender-bending, controversial figure in her time who abdicated the Swedish throne in 1654, shocking contemporary Europe.
No tickets are required for the performance at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 1328 Peachtree Street NE. The church also offers a dinner at 6 p.m., for $10/person. If you would like to attend the dinner as well, please make a reservation with Katharine Hamer at First Presbyterian: firstname.lastname@example.org or (404) 228-7732. (Reservations are not necessary for the lecture and concert.)
Free Tax Assistance from College of Business Accounting Students Starts Saturday
Accounting students from Clayton State University will once again be participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, hosted by the University’s College of Business.
This free service will be offered at the College of Business on the following Saturdays: Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16, Feb. 23, Mar. 16, and Mar. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Taxpayers will be assisted on a first come, first serve basis.
Direct from Scotland? The Mystery of Loch Continues
Fans of the Clayton State University Lakers will recall the University’s Legend of Loch, and the appearance of a new Loch on campus for Homecoming 2012. Rumor has it, something similar may come this way again for Homecoming 2013.
To briefly recap the Legend, first told by former Dean of Students Bo Bolander and former Director of Student Life Rob Taylor in the early 90s, during the winter of 1968/1969, when the construction crews were digging to make room for the dam at the far end of what would become the Clayton State campus’ Swan Lake, deep below the surface the workers discovered what was initially thought to be a large piece of rock. But, it wasn’t, it was actually a large chunk of ice. Said mini-iceberg eventually hatched the official Clayton State mascot, Loch, who has been a legend on campus, in several different iterations and generation, ever since.
Following an intensive scientific study by Clayton State biology professor Dr. Christopher Kodani, a new Loch made his (its?) first official appearance on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at the pep rally for the 2012 Homecoming. Although questions still existed as to whether or not Loch was related to Godzilla or the famous mystery of Loch Ness, it was noted that the new Loch was wearing the University’s blue and orange colors.
Jump ahead to the fall of 2012. Pat Keane, administrative assistant in the Clayton State Athletic Department, visits Scotland, specifically, Loch Ness, and makes acquaintances with a large, aquatic creature. Further, apparently at the behest of Athletic Director Carl McAloose, she invited him (it? her?) to the Lakers’ next Homecoming, to follow in the footsteps of Clayton State’s Loch.
While the creature that Keane made acquaintance with is a well-known recluse, it is also just possible it (he? she?) may surreptitiously come onto the Clayton State campus (naturally, via Clayton State Boulevard) over the coming weekend, to prepare for the Homecoming doubleheader against Montevallo University on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Road Closings on Campus Sunday
The following roads will be closed on campus, Sunday, Feb. 3; the Snelling and Caldwell entrances will be open, however. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Road closings for Sunday, Feb. 3:
- Clayton State Blvd inbound from the main entrance at North Lee Street to the first stop at Weltner
- Weltner Drive from Clayton State Blvd to the circle in front of Athletics & Fitness
- Circular drive in front of Athletics & Fitness
Roads will need to be closed by 9:30 a.m., Sunday morning and will remain closed throughout the day.
2013 Changes to Paycheck Calculations
Some employees may notice variations to their January, 2013 paychecks due to some changes that were effective on Jan. 1, 2013. Please communicate these changes to your employees as you deem appropriate. If you have questions or if you need additional information, please contact us at email@example.com.
Social Security Tax Withholding
In 2011, the Federal Government lowered Social Security tax withholding rates temporarily by 2 percent. This was offered as temporary relief to families during the worst of the recession.
The reduced rate for employee Social Security taxes that was in effect for 2011 and 2012 has now expired. The employee Social Security tax rate will return to 6.2 percent for 2013 wages up to the taxable wage limit of $113,700. Employees will now contribute 2 percent more with each paycheck to fund Social Security. Consequently, employees’ net pay under the taxable wage limit will decrease accordingly.
Federal Income Tax Withholding
The American Taxpayer Relief Act effectively maintains the reduced income tax rates adopted in 2001 and 2003 for individuals earning up to $400,000 and families earning less than $450,000. Income above those levels will be taxed at 39.6 percent, up from 35 percent. The expanded 15 percent bracket for joint filers, commonly referred to as the marriage penalty relief, has also been extended.
Very few employees will be impacted by these changes.
State Tax Withholding
Georgia has not announced any significant changes to employee’s tax withholdings for the State of Georgia.
Teachers Retirement System (operates on fiscal year)
There are no changes effective Jan. 1, 2013. The employee contribution rate increased to 6.00 percent back on July 1, 2012.
Optional Retirement Plan (operates on calendar year)
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the employee contribution rate increased to 6.00 percent.
2013 Benefits Enrollment
Many voluntary benefits election changes go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013. These selections can in some cases impact some tax withholding and net pay.
New Purchasing Limits for Procurement Services
This fall the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) revised the Georgia Procurement Manual to implement a change in state law that allowed State Purchasing Division to increase the competitive bid threshold from $5,000 to $25,000. Several state entities had been lobbying for an increase in the amount for some time.
This change will enhance our opportunity to do business with local small business owners, as well as continue to receive the quality service and the best competitive pricing available. Clayton State’s Procurement Services has created new guidelines that explain the change and outline the new purchasing limits. We hope this information will help curtail the risk associated with the increase and provide guidelines to make the purchasing experience less complex and more efficient.
Please note, in order to implement the increase in the competitive bid threshold, Procurement Services is introducing the Bid Threshold Checklist. The Checklist must be completed every time a Purchase Requisition between $5,000 and $24,999 is submitted to Procurement Services along with a minimum of three quotes. The Checklist will allow us to compare all three quotes on one form, as well as to ensure that all end-users are comparing the same information within the requested quotes.
Some of the categories listed on the form are quantity, price, warranty, time frame of completion and brand. However, you may add additional headings to suite your purchasing needs. For instance, you may need to compare installation or delivery cost.
The New Purchasing Limits and the Checklist are available from Procurement Services. However, each Budget Manager will receive a hard copy in the mail within three to five business days and we have scheduled Procurement training for Feb. 27, so mark your calendars. You will receive additional information in the upcoming week as to the time and place of the training.
Please contact Marcia Jones via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
, or at ext.4280, if you have any questions or concerns.
Second Amendment Rights – Another New York Times Talk, Feb. 8
Clayton State University’s partnership with the New York Times
continues on Friday, Feb. 8, with a New York Times Talk that also continues the debate on the day’s most controversial subject – gun control.
The talk will be facilitated by Herbert Adams, J.D., and will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in room UC267 of the James M. Baker University Center. The title of the talk is, “Second Amendment Rights and Heller Case: Strict Constructivism or Judicial Activism?”
The talk is free and open to the public, however, anyone interested in attending should RSVP via email to Dr. Joseph Corrado, Clayton State associate professor of Political Science and campus coordinator of the American Democracy Project, at email@example.com
no later than Thursday, Feb. 7, at 3 p.m. A free lunch (pizza/soda) courtesy of the New York Times will be served to all those who respond by Feb. 7.
CARE & Majors Fair for Clayton State Students, Feb. 13
The Enrollment Management Division of Clayton State University will host a CARE & Majors Fair for Clayton State students on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
The CARE & Majors Fair will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street on the second floor of the James M. Baker University Center. This event is only for Clayton State students.
The purpose of the fair is for Clayton State students to rediscover campus programs and services that support their success. The fair occurs the week after Homecoming to help students reflect on college goals, hopefully after meeting Clayton State alumni at the various Homecoming events.
According to Marcia Bouyea-Hamlet, assistant director of the Clayton State First-Year Advising & Retention Center (FYARC), the fair will motivate students to be proactive about college success and help see how much the campus CAREs about their achievement. Students will get the opportunity to:
“A Valentine Cabaret,” Feb. 15
- Learn about programs and services that support academic success
- Declare or change academic major of study
- Schedule appointments with advisors, tutors or counselors
- Explore Study Abroad options
- Speak with Financial Aid representatives
- Visit the HUB, Library, Health Services, Writer’s Studio and a few surprise booths
- Enter a drawing for door prizes and enjoy free hot chocolate
The Clayton State University Center for Continuing Education will present “A Valentine Cabaret” with Elise Witt and Mick Kinney on Friday, Feb. 15, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., in the Harry S. Downs Center on the Clayton State main campus in Morrow.
It’ll be special evening on the shores of Clayton State’s Swan Lake, celebrating Valentine’s Day with music, dancing, laughter and a coffee and dessert bar, and featuring Kinney’s humor and piano playing with Witt’s voice and world music repertoire. Witt, who can sing in seven languages, has previously appeared on the Clayton State campus with the ASO in world-famous Spivey Hall. She has also performed in the Kennedy Center.
The Witt/Kinney performance will be a musical and comedy event featuring songs from the romantic to the ridiculous. Admission is $29 per person, or $49 per couple. To sign up to attend this event, call (678) 466-5050 or (678) 466-5118.
Bursar’s Office to Close Early, Feb. 15
The Bursar’s Office will close at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, Feb. 18.
Nontraditional Student Organization Black History Health Awareness Week Moved to Feb. 25 to Feb. 28
Due to a conflict with Clayton State University’s annual Homecoming celebration, the Clayton State Nontraditional Student Organization’s (NTSO) recognition of Black History Health Awareness Week has been moved to the week of Feb. 25 to Feb. 28.
NTSO will be raising awareness of health issues that plague the African-American population by providing preventative information from the various Clayton State departments and student organizations.
The NTSO will have an information table set up from Monday, Feb. 25, through Thursday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Main Street on the second floor of the James M. Baker University Center.
Important Fitness Center Announcements
1) The locker rooms will be undergoing some minor upgrades in the shower area from Friday, Feb. 1 to Sunday, Feb 3.
Both the men’s and women’s locker room will resume full operation on Monday, Feb. 4.
- Men’s Showers Off-Line - The showers will be off-line Friday to Sunday; however, the locker room will be open for changing and restroom use. If you would like to take a shower, there are showers available over in the Athletics & Fitness Center.
- The Women’s Locker room & Showers Off-Line – The women’s locker room will close around 3 p.m. on Friday when the workmen will occupy the space to begin work on the showers (installing a non-slip surface). The women’s locker room will be open for changing and restroom use on Saturday and Sunday; however, the showers will remain off-line for drying Friday through Sunday. If you would like to take a shower, there are showers available over in the Athletics & Fitness Center.
2) 2013 Paperwork – We are attempting to go paperless with our fitness center paperwork (finally)! As such, I have sent this link https://apps.clayton.edu/surveys/1
to Fitness Center members and ask that you take a few moments to complete the information. The packet is the same as in the past but if you plan to read everything (which you should), please allow for at least 15 minutes to go through the process. As a point of information, you will need to log-in as usual and you will have 30 minutes to complete the forms before the system time-outs and you will need to start all over! Please let Cindy Lauer know if you encounter any problems.
Outdoor Adventure Information
Sweetwater Creek State Park is a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from downtown Atlanta. A wooded trail follows the stream to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill burned during the Civil War. Beyond the mill, the trail climbs rocky bluffs to provide views of the beautiful rapids below.
Destination: Sweetwater Creek State Park, Ga.
Date: Saturday, Feb. 16
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 12
Rock Climbing / Bouldering
We will be climbing on the southernmost vestiges of the Cumberland Plateau, an area of large boulders has been exposed on the top of the broad ridge. It is here that some of the best bouldering can be found. The featured rock, long low roofs, and shear variety provide scores of challenges.
Destination: Rocktown, Ga.
Trip Date: Saturday, Feb. 23
Sign-up Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 19
Fly over 900 and 1000 foot-long zip lines at 200 feet high over the gorge. These are not baby zip lines! Get up close to Mother Nature with another nine sky bridge walks that range up to 80 feet in height. On this tour: experience a total of 12 zip lines and up to10 sky bridges.
Destination: Banning Mills, Ga.
Trip Date(s): Saturday, Mar. 2
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 19
Please check website for restrictions.
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, firstname.lastname@example.org
Health & Fitness Management Program to Provide Free Student Personal Trainers
Health & Fitness Management is initiating a new program whereby members of the SAC Fitness Center will be able to make use of the skills of Clayton State student personal trainers at no cost.
Starting in February 2013, this personal training program will be put on by the students in the HFMG4999 course. The 12 senior students in the course will be providing clients with a free, one-on-one, eight-week weight training program (twice a week), cardio program, pre/post test, and goal setting. The training (and trainers) will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, depending on the individual trainer’s schedule.
Any members of the Fitness Center who are interested in the free training can go to the front desk of the SAC after Jan. 31 to sign up for training. All that’s required is filling out the proper paperwork, including selecting a student personal trainer, and having a membership at the Fitness Center. Participants in the initiative who are not Fitness Center members will need to purchase a Fitness Center membership.
For more information, contact Jeremy Galloway at email@example.com
Alternate Link to GaView Desire2Learn
In the event that the SWAN portal goes down, faculty and students can use the following URL to access GaView Desire2Learn… http://clayton.view.usg.edu/
Clayton State Football Shirts Now at The Loch Shop
The Loch Shop is now stocking “Clayton State Football: Still Undefeated” t-shirts. They retail for $9.99 and are available for purchase now in The Loch Shop.
Banner Upgrades, Feb. 3
The SWAN, Banner and the DUCK will be unavailable due to system upgrades on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. However, email and GA View will still be accessible from the SWAN login page.
Tickets on Sale for Clayton State Idol
The annual Clayton State Idol competition will kick-off the University’s 2013 Homecoming on Monday, Feb. 4.
Sponsored by the Office of Orientation & New Student Programs, Clayton State Idol will be held in the ballroom of the Student Activities Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. as Clayton State students show off their vocal talent in competition to become the next Clayton State Idol.
The winner will be voted on by the audience members through text voting. Tickets are available to be purchased in the Office of Orientation & New Student Programs, room 218 of the Clayton State Student Center. Tickets are $5 and will also be sold at the door to the general public.
Campus Life Laker Market Day, Feb. 6
The Department of Campus Life is pleased to announce the creation of Laker Market Day, a special opportunity designed to allow local businesses and Clayton State offices and organizations to showcase their products or services to the Clayton State community.
This unique experience will allow businesses direct contact with approximately 7,000 students, faculty and staff and will create opportunities for additional partnerships, sponsorship and support of both the Clayton State campus and student organization initiatives.
Laker Market Day will take place during the University’s Homecoming, on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Activities Center.
Laker Market Day is open to local vendors as well as Clayton State departments and student organizations. Additionally, student organizations will be fundraising during this event. Organizations wishing to sell products or services on Laker Market Day, should email Associate Director of Campus Life Lakiesa Rawlinson at firstname.lastname@example.org
by Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Buy a Meal Plan, Get an Additional Meal Fee, Feb. 6, Feb. 7, Feb. 8
It’s back by popular demand! Purchase any meal plan and get an additional meal for FREE! That’s right… purchase the Faculty/Staff Starter Plan and get six meals instead of five, or purchase the Faculty/Staff Plus plan and get 26 meals instead of 25.
Offer available Wednesday, Feb. 6, Thursday, Feb. 7 and Friday, Feb. 8. Limit of two free additional meals during the promotion period. Purchase meal plans in the LakerCard Center with cash or credit/debit.
Recruitment and Admissions Schedules Virtual Open House, Feb. 7
The Clayton State University Office of Recruitment and Admissions’ next Virtual Open House is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
According to Associate Director, Recruitment and Marketing Penny Brooks, the Virtual Open House will have five virtual booths with staff providing chat opportunities for participants throughout the event. Prospective students, their family members, and others will be able to click into the booths and receive answers to their questions in real time. The booths are:
- Financial Aid
- On-Campus Housing and Student Life
- First-Year Program
There will also be live webcasts scheduled throughout the event. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Clayton State faculty members will speak about their major programs, academic opportunities available at Clayton State, and future career options. From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., admissions staff will discuss Clayton State in general and admissions requirements and policies in particular. Participants will be able to text questions to the presenters and get their answers in real time.
Homecoming Step Show, Feb. 7
The 2013 Homecoming Step Show will be held on Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m., in the Athletics & Fitness Center. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Clayton State students/Greeks pay $5 in advance, and $7 at the door. Non-Clayton State students pay $8 in advance. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased from the Department of Campus Life (Suite 223, Student Activities Center), the UC Info Desk or any Clayton State Greek (Note: That’s Greek, not Geek.)
Clayton State students must show Laker ID to purchase a ticket at the student rate.
If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Campus Life at 678-466-5433 or email@example.com
Teacher Education Middle Level Education Information Session, Feb. 7
The Clayton State University Department of Teacher Education has announced two new information sessions for students seeking information about Clayton State’s Middle Level Education degree program.
Interested individuals are invited to attend the Information Sessions on Thursday, Feb. 7 and Tuesday, Apr. 9. Faculty will host a one-hour dialogue on the nature of the programs, admission criteria, course scheduling, and other items of interest to prospective students, allowing them to discover how to make their dreams real — what it takes to earn a degree in teacher education.
The Feb. 7 session will take place in the Arts & Science Building, room G-227, from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. The Apr. 9 sessions will be in the same building and room, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m.
In addition, on Monday, Jan. 28, the Department of Teacher Education will be holding a Secondary Education Information Session G-127 of the Arts & Sciences Building from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Representatives from the Clayton State departments of English, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Teacher Education will share information with individuals who are interested in making dreams real and teaching grades six through 12 in the subjects of biology, English, math and history.
For more information, contact Joy Bryant in the Teacher Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clayton State Homecoming 2013 to be Highlighted by Parade, Basketball Doubleheader, Feb. 9
Clayton State University’s annual Homecoming, where both students and alumni will gather to celebrate their dreams made real, is fast approaching. This year’s event, which will run from Monday, Feb. 4 to Saturday, Feb. 9, will be highlighted by the return of the Clayton State Homecoming Parade and a basketball doubleheader against Montevallo University. Also among the “Don’t Miss” events will be a 5K race and the Annual Alumni Breakfast – all on Saturday.
Various student-related activities will take place early in the week – Clayton State Idol (Feb. 4), the Annual Student Choice Awards (Feb. 5), a Hump Day Party and a faculty/student basketball game (athletic trainer John Zubal promises to stand by for that one) on Feb. 6, a Homecoming Step Show (Feb. 7) and the Homecoming Pep Rally and Bonfire on Friday. Feb. 8.
Even though the bonfire will be the day before, Homecoming will really get hot on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. with the 5K Run/Walk, “Run Clayton State.” The race will run entirely on the University’s campus, starting and finishing in front of the Harry S. Downs Center. Actually, check-in for the race will begin at 7:45 a.m. in front of the Downs Center with the race beginning at 9 a.m. All runners will receive a T-shirt and age group winners will be recognized with awards. A special grand prize will be awarded to the top female and male winners.
As an added bonus, the race will also include admission to come-one, come-all Annual Alumni Breakfast, which starts at 9:30 a.m., and runs to 11 a.m., also at the Harry S. Downs Center.
At the end of the breakfast, the Homecoming Parade will return for the first time since the fall of 2006. This year’s parade will be a first, as the parade will not be held on campus, but will start (at 11 a.m.) at the Morrow Municipal Complex and will run on Jonesboro Road to Clayton State Boulevard before turning on campus. Please do not hesitate to contact Natasha Hutson via email at NatashaHutson@clayton.edu
should you have questions or need additional information on the parade, or check out the Homecoming web page at www.clayton.edu/homecoming
Morrow Police will be shutting down a portion of Jonesboro Road for the parade. The northbound lanes of Jonesboro Road will be diverted at Adamson Parkway. The northbound lanes from Adamson Parkway to Clayton State Boulevard will be shut down to vehicular traffic for the parade. The time frame of the closure will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The parade will be followed by the Tailgate/Homecoming Festival, which will run from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the parking lot of the Student Activities Center. That’s a warm-up for a couple of high-level basketball games, which are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. In the first game, the Clayton State women, the 2011 NCAA Division II national champions and currently ranked fourth in the nation, will take on Montevallo. In the second game, the 2012 NCAA Division II runner-up Montevallo men will take on the Lakers in a 5:30 p.m. start. The men’s game will include the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen at halftime.
For more information, go to the Homecoming web page at www.clayton.edu/homecoming
Run Clayton State 5K Run/Walk, Feb. 9
The Clayton State Department of Athletics and the Atlanta Southside Runners, a local running club, will team up to hold the second 5K Run/Walk, “Run Clayton State.”
The race, which will take place in conjunction with Clayton State’s Homecoming festivities, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, and will run entirely on the University’s campus, starting and finishing in front of the Harry S. Downs Center.
Check-in for the race will begin at 7:45 a.m. in front of the Downs Center with the race beginning at 9 a.m. All runners will receive a T-shirt and age group winners will be recognized with awards. A special grand prize will be awarded to the top female and male winners. The race will also include admission to the Annual Alumni Breakfast, which starts at 9:30 a.m., also at the Harry S. Downs Center.
In addition, participants will receive complimentary tickets to the Saturday afternoon’s NCAA Division II women’s and men’s basketball games at Clayton State’s Athletics & Fitness Center. Clayton State’s women’s team will play Montevallo at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the men’s game against Montevallo at 5:30 p.m.
The entry fee for the race is $15 per person with the registration fee increasing after Feb. 6 to $20 per person. The race day entry fee is $25. A family rate (minimum of three, maximum of six participants) is also available. The family rate is $40 and increases to $55 after Feb. 6. The race day family rate is $75. To be guaranteed a race T-shirt, participants must be registered by Feb. 1.
For more information about the 5K Race/Walk or to register online, please visit www.claytonstatesports.com\RunClaytonState
Proceeds from the race will benefit the fundraising efforts of the Clayton State Department of Athletics. Gifts — regardless of the size — support student- athlete success both on and off the playing fields, and helps Laker teams compete in the elite Peach Belt Conference of NCAA Division II.
Recreation & Wellness to Host AFAA’s APEX Event, Feb. 8 to Feb. 10
The Clayton State University Department of Recreation & Wellness is proud to host the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America’s (AFAA) semi-annual APEX event in the University’s Student Activities Center from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10, 2013.
During APEX, AFAA, the world's largest fitness and TeleFitness® educator, offers certifications and workshops in multiple cities for the special price of only $99 per day, per program. The training is targeted to primary group exercise instructor and kickboxing instructors seeking certification for the first time, or renewing a certification.
The primary group exercise instructor certifications will take place on Friday, Feb. 8, and Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, while the kickboxing instructor certification will take place on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.
Registration is currently available on AFAA’s website http://www.afaa.com
by clicking on the APEX link and searching the Atlanta area.
For more information, please visit AFAA.com or contact Williamson at (678) 466-4975 or email email@example.com
Visiting Writer’s Reading Series Returns, Feb. 12
The Spring 2013 Visiting Writer’s Reading Series will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m., in room L-200 of the Library, featuring young adult fiction author Terra McVoy.
Starting Your Business Workshop, Feb. 12
SBDC’s Starting a Business Workshop will be held in the Natural & Behavioral Sciences Building, room 139, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 12. 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, go to www.georgiasbdc.org
Care & Majors Fair, Feb. 13
FYARC’s annual Care & Majors Fair will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., on Main Street in the James M. Baker University Center.
Women’s Forum Scholarships, Applications Due, Feb. 15
Clayton State Women’s Forum is accepting applications for the organization’s annual scholarship awards. Applications are due by Feb. 15. For more information visit http://www.clayton.edu/womens-forum/scholarships
or contact Dr. Angelyn Hayes. The Women’s Forum Scholarship Committee considers applications for the General Student Scholarship and for the Staff Member Professional Development Scholarship.
Writing an Effective Business Plan, Feb. 19
SBDC’s Writing an Effective Business Plan will be held in room 139 of the Natural & Behavioral Sciences Building, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
This workshop is for those who have already established a business, since running a business without a plan is like going on a road trip without a map.
A sample business plan and other handouts will be provided.
The cost of this workshop is also $69 per person, with a 50 percent discount for each additional person who registers with an individual when the first person pays the full fee of $69. No code is required for this discount.
To register, go to www.georgiasbdc.org
Sexual Health Expo, Feb. 20
It’s a party! Get love or get lust. You don’t want to be the only one missing out on all the fun. University Health Services will sponsor a Sexual Health Expo on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the SAC ballroom. Come join in the fun and get informed. Games, giveaways and more…
11th Annual South Metro Development Outlook Conference, Feb. 20
annual South Metro Development Outlook Conference (SMDO) will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center located at 2000 Convention Center Concourse in College Park, Georgia. This year’s theme is Collaborate to Compete
Recognized as the largest event of its kind in south metropolitan Atlanta, SMDO will focus on critical topics of interest that impact growth in South Metro including Economic Forecasting, “Aerotropolis,” Economic Development, the film Industry and more! The Conference highlights the City of Atlanta and the following counties: Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, Spalding and South Fulton.
Admission is $40 early registration, $50 registration and $55 on-site registration. For more information visit www.smdoconference.com
or call (404) 684-7031.
The Sixth Ogden/N.Y. Times First Amendment Essay Contest, Entries Due, Feb. 22
The Fifth Annual Civic Engagement Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Conference at Clayton State University announces The Sixth Ogden/N.Y. Times First Amendment Essay Contest.
This is the sixth time that an award will be presented to a currently enrolled student for literary achievement in the area of First Amendment rights, and free speech, in particular. The award is named in memory of James H. Ogden, Jr., late husband of Professor Judith Stilz Ogden, who was a lifelong supporter of First Amendment Rights. It is underwritten by the N.Y. Times
Any currently enrolled undergraduate student is eligible. The authors of the first and second place papers will be required to present their papers at The Fifth Annual Civic Engagement Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Conference on Mar. 22, at the National Archives at Atlanta.
This year’s topic is: “Should Corporations Have a Constitutional Right to Political Speech?”
The essay requirements:
Student submissions are limited to 2000 words, with a minimum of 750 words required.
Students should follow MLA or APA writing guidelines.
The Internet should not be the only source for the essay.
Wikipedia should not be used.
Reference to the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, and related U.S. Supreme Court cases is recommended.
The essay must be solely the work of the entrant.
Students must submit an electronic copy of the essay. It should be sent via email, and the email message should include the student’s name, address, phone number(s), and email address, to Professor Judith Ogden, 2013 Project Chair, College of Business, JudithOgden@clayton.edu.
Information about the student should appear nowhere on the essay, or the essay will be disqualified. The essay should be typed and double-spaced using 12-point font. Entries must be received by 5 p.m., E.S.T., on Feb. 22.
CIMS to Host Regional MathCounts Competition, Feb. 23
The College of Information and Mathematical Sciences (CIMS) at Clayton State University is hosting the MathCounts state regional competition on Saturday, Feb. 23.
The event is run by the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers, with Clayton State as the site host and Dr. Catherine Matos, associate professor of Mathematics the Clayton State coordinator. Matos expects to have about 100 middle schoolers for the competition, plus their team coaches and parents. In addition to the competition, Associate Director of Recruitment and Marketing for the Clayton State Office of Recruitment and Admissions Penny Brooks will be speaking to the students.
Clayton State Academic Research Conference, Mar. 15
Clayton State’s Academic Research Conference will be held on Friday, Mar. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. Research. Made Real. Here’s your chance to learn about research from all academic departments on campus as presented by the University’s exceptional students. All students are welcome to apply.
Poster presentations will be made from noon to 2 p.m. in the James M. Baker University Center. Oral presentations will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Lecture Hall.
Go to www.clayton.edu/ARC2013
for more information.
The Fifth Annual Civic Engagement Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Conference, Mar. 22
The Fifth Annual Civic Engagement Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Conference, “Getting Engaged: The Realities of Pursuing Your Passion for Civic Engagement” will be held at the National Archives at Atlanta on Friday, Mar. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Students in the University System of Georgia are encouraged to develop an individually compelling sense of social and civic responsibility, community leadership and service to society. To support this goal, Clayton State University and the National Archives at Atlanta announce the Fifth Annual Student Research Conference on Civic Engagement.
Undergraduate and graduate students attending USG schools are invited to submit papers and panel-session proposals on the broad subject of civic engagement beyond the vote.
For more information about conference activities and how to participate contact Dr. Joe Corrado at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clayton County Community Emergency Preparedness Seminar, Mar. 27
Please mark your calendars for the second annual Clayton County Community Emergency Preparedness Seminar, taking place on Wednesday, Mar. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Morrow Center (1180 Southlake Cir., Ste. 100, Morrow).
This year's seminar focuses on "Making Vulnerable Populations Less Vulnerable." Businesses and individuals who care for indigent, medically fragile, elderly, disabled, or non-English-speaking persons will want to attend this free seminar. Vendor opportunities are available for emergency preparedness related businesses and businesses that cater to vulnerable populations. Please see our flier and registration form and contact Doug Dugger at (678) 610-7467 or email@example.com for more information.