Volume 7, #13
Clayton State Alumni Association to Sponsor Trip to Highlight Factory, Feb. 4
Clayton State alumni and friends, it’s time for a trip to the “Highlight Factory.”
The “Highlight Factory” is the home of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, and the Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Department of Recreation and Wellness, is planning a trip to Philips Arena on Saturday, Feb. 4.
The event is open to alumni, students, faculty/staff, retirees and friends of the University.
The Hawks will face the Philadelphia 76ers in the contest, with the game tipping off at 7 p.m. After the game, Clayton State’s intramural club basketball team will hit the floor and face off against a club team from Georgia Gwinnett University.
Tickets for the game are $12 apiece, which is $3 off the regular price. Dues-paying alumni members receive an even better discount and can purchase a single ticket for $10. Tickets may be purchased online at www.clayton.edu/alumnigift
For more information about the event or about purchasing tickets, please contact Gid Rowell, Clayton State director of Alumni Relations, at (678) 466-4477 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s Time for Free Tax Assistance; VITA Begins 22nd Year on Feb. 4
Over the past few months, accounting students from Clayton State University have been busy reviewing all the tax law changes for 2011. This is due to the fact that they are participating in the free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program hosted by the College of Business for the past 22 years.
This service will be offered at the Clayton State College of Business on the following Saturdays in 2012; Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18, Feb. 25, Mar. 17, Mar. 24, and Mar. 31. Each VITA session will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the College of Business. Taxpayers will be assisted on a first come, first serve basis. If taxpayers have further questions they may call the VITA hotline at (678) 466-4527.
Those who are eligible to receive this service are taxpayers who make under $49,000 a year and wish to receive help with their 2011 personal income taxes. The program does not provide assistance with out-of-state or small business returns, or for those who are self-employed.
Clayton State to Host Metro Atlanta Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, Feb. 4
Clayton State University will be hosting more than 500 people for the Fourth Annual Metro Atlanta Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Competition on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Helen Ruffin was a library media specialist who wanted to excite kids about reading. In response to her posting on the selection committee for DeKalb County Georgia’s Children Book Award Nominee program, she decided to engage students throughout the county in a regional reading bowl. For more information on the competition please visit http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/hrrb/
To help with the Reading Bowl, Clayton State Dean of Libraries Dr. Gordon Baker has called for 60 volunteers from the Clayton State campus to serve as readers, score keepers, and other general volunteers. There will be training sessions for volunteers on Friday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at 8 a.m. Additional online training is also available at: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/hrrb/files/156A4B171A794D62AA7ED93F5546B2B2.pdf
For more information on Clayton State’s hosting the Reading Bowl, contact Baker at (678) 466-4334 or email@example.com
Swim (Snorkel) with the Sharks, Feb. 4
The Department of Recreation & Wellness is pleased to announce its next outdoor adventure experience where you will tour the largest aquarium in the world! As a main event you will experience swimming with a variety of marine creatures including the largest fish on earth, the whale shark. Experienced divers will take us on a snorkeling tour. The only other place on earth to take part in an activity like this is the ocean and you aren’t even guaranteed to see a whale shark.
Where: Atlanta Aquarium, GA
When: Saturday, Feb. 4
Student Cost: $100
Limit: 7 – Spots are limited so sign up today!
For more information please contact: Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, firstname.lastname@example.org
Loch Texts Basketball Coaches! He’s Coming to the Homecoming Pep Rally, Feb. 17
Conclusively proving he does exist, and he’s not a groundhog, Clayton State University’s new Loch mascot appeared out of Swan Lake today to send a text message to Laker basketball coaches Gordon Gibbons and Dennis Cox.
While he didn’t say if he saw his shadow, or even if there was any significance to his timing, coming a day before Groundhog Day, Loch did promise both coaches that he would make his first official appearance on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Homecoming Pep Rally, which will be held starting at noon in the Commons area of the James M. Baker University Center.
“ill b there,” promised Loch in his text, possibly channeling Michael Jackson more than Punxsutawney Phil. Loch also confirmed that he has joined the official Teondre Williams and Tanisha Woodard Fan Clubs. “go 0, 11 rules,” he texted.
While Loch will not make his official debut until Feb. 17, it is still possible that he might be seen hanging out around campus prior to that date. All students, faculty and staff are urged to be on the lookout, and to welcome Loch if he should be encountered prior to Feb. 17. In the interim, expect more Loch and Homecoming information as it becomes available.
The Loch Shop to Hold Homecoming, Customer Appreciation, and Semi-Annual “We Don’t Want to Count it at Inventory” Blow-out Clearance Sale, Feb. 13 to Feb. 17
The perfect opportunity to pick up Clayton State Laker gear (at 30 percent off) to wear to Homecoming, The Loch Shop’s big sale from Feb. 13 through Feb. 17.
The Loch Shop will also provide free cokes, popcorn, candy and special giveaways at the Homecoming Pep Rally.
Buy a Meal Plan, Get a FREE Meal is Back, Feb. 9 and Feb. 10
It’s back! Buy any meal plan Thursday or Friday, Feb. 9 or Feb. 10, and get an extra meal for FREE! Example: purchase the Starter Plan and get six meals instead of five.
Offer valid Feb. 9 and Feb. 10, 2012; limit two free additional meals per person during the promotion period. Stop by the LakerCard Center to purchase your meal plan.
Volunteers Need for the Career Expo
Career Services needs faculty/staff and student volunteers for the Feb. 22 Career Expo
Positions and times available for volunteers to work are as follows:
- Parking Lot Attendant – 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Employer Registration – 8:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
- Unloader for Parking Lot – 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Employer Assistant/Greeter – 8:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
- Student and Graduate Registration – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Student Greeter – 11 a.m. & noon
- Student Exit Door Attendant – noon – 3 p.m.
- Student Evaluations – noon – 3 p.m.
- Evening loaders – 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Opportunities are available for students, faculty, staff, and even groups/organizations. All shifts are for a minimum of two hours. If you are willing to assist, feel free to contact Lashay Taylor, Career Expo volunteer coordinator, at email@example.com
or (678) 466-5404.
New Emergency Phones Installed at Clayton State – East
Two new emergency phones have been installed at Clayton State -- East, one in upper lot near Trammel Road, and one in lower lot behind the buildings. Three more emergency phones are to be installed soon; two additional ones in the lower lot at Clayton State -- East and one on the walkway connecting Clayton State -- East to main campus.
Although these newest phones that have been installed at Clayton Station and Clayton State -- East are red in color, they function the same as the blue and white ones on main campus.
Loch Shop System Training, Week of Feb. 6
The Loch Shop will be closed on Monday, Feb. 6 for system training. Due to training on the new, improved and upgraded inventory control system, there will also need to be shorter hours of operation for Tuesday through Thursday of that week
The Loch Shop’s modified hours for the week of Feb. 6 to Feb. 10 are as follows:
Monday, Feb. 6: Closed for system training
Tuesday, Feb. 7: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 8: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 9: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 10: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Windows 7 Migration: Compatibility
Beginning Monday, Jan. 30, the HUB will visit all departments to determine hardware compatibility with Windows 7. For best results, the HUB will need to connect any peripherals that you currently use to determine their compatibility. This would include scanners, printers, mice, card readers etc.
The HUB will be visiting the following buildings in the coming weeks:
Monday, Feb. 6: Arts & Sciences
Tuesday, Feb. 7: Clayton Hall
Wednesday, Feb. 8: Library
Thursday, Feb. 9: Student Center
Monday, Feb. 13: College of Business
Tuesday, Feb. 14: Baker Center
Wednesday, Feb. 15: Maintenance
Education Speaker Series Starts with Georgia Teacher of the Year, Feb. 6
The Clayton State University Department of Teacher Education will inaugurate its Education Speaker Series on Monday, Feb. 6 with a talk by this year’s Georgia Teacher of the Year, Jadun O. McCarthy, an English Language Arts teacher from Northeast Health Science Magnet High School in Bibb County.
McCarthy’s presentation will be from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., in the Clayton State Theatre, room 132 of the University’s Arts & Sciences Building. This event is free and open to the public.
The Loch Shop Spring Spirit Photo Contest
Email The Loch Shop your best Clayton State Spirit Photo and we will post it on our Facebook page. The photo with the most “Likes” will win a FREE Clayton State shirt! Get all of your friends and family to “like” our page and “like” your photo to win!
Email us your spirit photo at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The contest will run from Feb. 1 through Feb. 29 (you get an extra day for Leap Year). Photos must be appropriate for all audiences: no nudity, no inappropriate hand gestures. There can only be one submission per person/group, photo must be saved as a JPEG document.
Enrollment Management Division to Host “Care & Majors” Fair, Feb. 9
The Clayton State University Enrollment Management Division will host a “Care & Majors” Fair on Thursday, Feb. 9, 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.
The purpose of the fair is for students to rediscover campus programs and services that support their success. The fair will also help students reflect on their college goals, and motivate them to be proactive about college success and help see how much the campus cares about their achievements.
Clayton State students will get the opportunity to:
Hynes to Take Part in South Metro Development Outlook Conference, Feb. 9
- Learn about programs and services that support academic success
- Declare or change their academic major of study
- Schedule appointments with advisors, tutors or counselors
- Explore Study Abroad options
- Speak with Financial Aid representatives
- Visit The HUB, Library, University Health Services, The Writer’s Studio and a few surprise booths
- Enter a drawing for door prizes and enjoy free hot chocolate
Clayton State University President Dr, Thomas J. Hynes will be participating in the upcoming 10th Annual South Metro Development Outlook Conference, to be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Ga.
South Metro Development Outlook serves as a platform to provide an annual regional exchange for individuals with a common interest in examining and discussing relevant issues in Atlanta’s south region and beyond. The featured counties include Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, Spalding and South Fulton, as well as the City of Atlanta.
For further information on the conference, contact Gina Hobbs at Kwarren Advertising & Public Relations, (404) 684-7031, or email@example.com
Heart for Hearts, Feb. 10
In recognition of National Heart Month, the Clayton State University Human Resources Department will present Heart for Hearts, featuring University Health Services, who will discuss common causes of heart disease.
Faculty & Staff are encouraged to wear red. Information will be provided about making changes to improve and maintain personal health. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enter into a drawing for a gift.
The event is being held at Clayton State -- East Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. to noon.
To register, go to: http://claytonstateuniversityhr.eventbrite.com/
; password: heart.
Fifth Annual Gospel Explosion, Feb. 12
Appointed Generation, Clayton State's Gospel Choir, presents… “WOW: Women of Worship,” Clayton State’s Fifth Annual Black History Month Gospel Explosion.
“WOW” will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. in the Clayton State Student Activity Center Ballroom. Admission is free.
“WOW” will feature Kelli Ellis, CelinaSoulDivine, Shalindria & Co., and special guest — All Nations Life and Praise Church Choir, regional winner of the 2011 How Sweet the Sound Choir Competition.
The Loch Shop Homecoming, Customer Appreciation, and Semi-Annual “We Don’t Want to Count it at Inventory” Blow-out Clearance Sale, Feb. 13 to Feb. 17
- 30 percent off of select Clayton State University and Laker apparel and gift items.
- Take an additional 10 percent off of all already-reduced clearance Items.
- Up to 50 percent off of select General Interest Tradebooks, including some former books of the week, signed copies, and recent best-sellers.
- BTGO: All Bargain Books, buy two, get one free (of equal or lesser value). Prices start at just 99 cents.
- 25 percent off all games, puzzles, boxed greeting cards and stationary.
See store for details. Some restrictions apply; some items not included. Not valid on prior or future purchases; good on select in-stock items only. Offer may not be combined with any other coupon, discount, or sale event. All sales of reduced merchandise are considered final. Shop early for the best selection.
Clayton State Plans for Homecoming 2012
Clayton State University students, faculty/staff, alumni and friends … mark your calendar, Homecoming 2012 is right around the corner.
Clayton State will celebrate Homecoming Week from Monday, Feb. 13 through Saturday, Feb.18. The Lakers will face in-state rival Columbus State in the Saturday Homecoming basketball contests with the women’s game at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.
In the spirit of Clayton State’s new strategic planning efforts, this year’s Homecoming theme will be, “Beyond Your Imagination … Clayton State Homecoming 2012.”
Clayton State Director of Alumni Relations Gid Rowell has announced that the official Homecoming website is now live. For all Homecoming information, including applications for Homecoming King and Queen, go to: http://adminservices.clayton.edu/homecoming/
In addition to the basketball games, a number of activities are planned for Homecoming Day. Saturday will kick-off with a Homecoming 5K Road Race at 9 a.m., followed by the annual Alumni Breakfast. Later in the afternoon, leading into the games, there will be a tailgate and spirit rally.
Clayton State will crown its 2012 Homecoming Queen and King at halftime of the men’s basketball game. Last year, Kearia Smith, of Waynesboro, and Rico Lee, of Wrens, received the honors. After the games, the Student Government Association will be sponsoring a Homecoming Dance.
King and Queen applications will also be available from the Student Activities Center, the University Center Information Desk, or the Campus Life website, http://adminservices.clayton.edu/campuslife/
On Monday, Feb. 13, Homecoming will kick off with a first-time event, allowing students to show-off their talents in the Clayton State Idol competition. The event, sponsored by Orientation and New Student Programs, will begin at 7 p.m., and be held in Student Activities Center (SAC) Ballroom.
Students will have the opportunity to take their sweetheart to a Homecoming event on Tuesday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, as the Campus Event Council will host Ice Skating on the SAC Green at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Alumni Association will host the Harlem Ambassadors basketball show/game. The event will be open to all the campus community and the public. Tip-off for the fun-filled entertainment will begin at 7 p.m., in the Athletics & Fitness Center.
Clayton State’s Student Media will once again host the Student Choice Awards on Thursday evening, Feb. 16, recognizing the campus community with awards. Earlier that day, the Alumni Association will have an alumni book signing in The Loch Shop, beginning at 11 a.m.
Friday will be an exciting day on campus with a noon Pep Rally in the University Center. Clayton State cheerleaders will lead the way and the Homecoming Court and basketball teams will be in attendance, along with some surprise appearances. The Fraternity and Sorority Council will host a Homecoming Party on Friday at 10 p.m. in the SAC.
Orientation and New Student Programs Presents… Clayton State Idol, Feb. 13
Clayton State University’s Office of Orientation & New Student Programs is bringing a new feature, Clayton State Idol, to the University’s annual Homecoming Week. Doors for Clayton State Idol will open at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 13, in the Student Activities Center (SAC) Ballroom. The competition will begin at 7 p.m. (And, it’s guaranteed they’ll sing the National Anthem better than Steven Tyler.)
“Clayton State Idol allows students to watch great vocal entertainment from their very own classmates,” Darius Thomas of Orientation and New Student Programs says. “There is wonderful talent on campus. We are pleased to offer a forum to showcase this talent. Clayton State Idol will allow the Clayton State community to get involved because their votes will be the final deciding factor of who is the first Idol.”
Harlem Ambassadors to Perform at Clayton State, Feb. 15
The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors are coming to Clayton State University.
The University will welcome Harlem’s “other” basketball entertainment show to the University’s Athletics & Fitness Center on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. The show, sponsored by the Clayton State Alumni Association, will be part of the University’s Homecoming festivities, which run from Feb. 13 to Feb. 18.
“Our Alumni Association wanted to provide an event for all ages that would be fun for the entire Clayton State and surrounding community to attend,” says Clayton State Alumni Association President Ben Hopkins. “It will be a lot of fun, and proceeds from the event will benefit our Benita H. Moore Scholarship.”
A spin-off of the Harlem Globetrotters, the Ambassadors offer a similar basketball show for all ages. The Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines.
“At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too,” Coach Ladè Majic says. “We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front row seat during the show, and get involved in all of the fun stuff we do.”
General admission tickets for the show are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Children under the age of six are admitted free. Group tickets will also be available at a special rate.
Sharon Foote Returns for Mardi Gras Murder Mystery, Feb. 17
The Center for Continuing Education at Clayton State University is welcoming back the Alliance Theatre’s Sharon Foote on Friday, Feb. 17. Foote will once again be returning to the scene of the crime, directing the “Mardi Gras Murder Mystery.”
Down on the bayou, there has been a murder with Cajun flavor. Individuals who fancy themselves a Sherlock Holmes, or just a regular detective, or a clairvoyant, or who just like Cajun food, are invited to join Foote for an evening that begins with a murder and climaxes with clues and a dinner buffet.
The time is 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Clayton State’s Harry S. Downs Center, room 101. As noted, the chief inspector will be the Alliance Theatre’s Foote. The fee is $39, which includes a Cajun dinner buffet.
Register by calling the Center for Continuing Education at (678) 466-5050, or go to http://conted.clayton.edu/
“Run Clayton State” 5K Run/Walk to be Held at University’s Homecoming, Feb. 18
The Clayton State University Alumni Association and the Atlanta Southside Runners will team up on Saturday, Feb. 18 for the first time for a 5K Run/Walk, “Run Clayton State.”
The race, which will be held on the University’s campus and surrounding neighborhood, will be part of Clayton State’s Homecoming festivities that same day.
Registration for the race will begin at 7:45 a.m. on the Clayton State campus, with the race beginning at 9 a.m. Cost for participants will be $15 before Feb. 10, $20 for participants after Feb. 10, and $25 on race day. Family rates will also be available for runners of three or more.
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 event will also include breakfast after the race along with sponsor gifts.
Proceeds from the race will benefit two worthy fundraising efforts. A portion of the funds will support the Clayton State Alumni Association scholarship program, and a portion will be donated to the Zac Bradley Benefit Fund. Bradley, a member of the Clayton State men’s basketball team, was partial paralyzed last spring when a tree fell on his car during a storm and the proceeds will help cover incurred medical expenses.
Participants can register online at www.active.com
or at www.clayton.edu/alumnigift
. Downloadable registration forms can be accessed at www.revolutionrunning.net
Indoor Rock Climbing, Feb. 18
Come experience Atlanta’s finest climbing facility. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level. You will have the opportunity to learn proper climbing techniques and get a feel for the sport of rock climbing. Climbing gear is provided.
Destination: Atlanta Rocks, Atlanta
Date: Saturday, Feb. 18
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Archives at Atlanta African American Heritage Program, Feb. 18
The National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Rd., Morrow, will feature its African American Heritage Program on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All events and Activities are free and open to the public.
The program starts at 9 a.m., with “Are You Gullah Geechee?” a symposium sponsored by the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society’s Atlanta Chapter and featuring presentations by Dr. Mary B. Ziegler, Dr. D. L. Henderson, and the Gullah Geechee Shouters.
Advance registration is required for this program, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Please email email@example.com
From noon until 5 p.m., the Archives will hold “A Taste of Africa and America,” providing bite-sized samples of African-American cuisine, along with a viewing of Denise White Fields’ exhibit, “The Artifacts of Enslavement: The Shackles and Objects of Slavery.”
From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Archives will host the Clayton County African American Arts and Heritage Festival with exhibits, historic photographs, storytelling and musical performances.
SBDC to Host “Starting a Business” at Henry Chamber of Commerce, Feb. 21
Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting a “Starting a Business” workshop, a comprehensive workshop on important decisions you make prior to opening a business, in Henry County.
The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.
Topics for discussion will include:
• traits of a successful entrepreneur
• legal structures for your business
• estimating start-up costs
• calculating financial projections & break even analysis
• sources of capital & financing alternatives
• reasons for business failure
• writing a business plan
PowerPoint handouts and a book, “How to Start a Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs” will be provided.
The cost is $69 per person with 50 percent off for each additional person. In addition, Clayton State students and employees also get 50 percent off. To register, go to www.georgiasbdc.org/register/morrow
School of Nursing Schedules Two Pre-Nursing Information Sessions in February
University’s School of Nursing (SoN) will be holding its latest IN! (Into Nursing) Pre-Nursing Information Sessions on Monday, Feb. 20, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 23, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The Monday session will be held in room B-11 of the Lecture Hall. The Thursday session will be in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center.
The purpose of the Into Nursing
information sessions is to provide pre-nursing students with important information about resources that are available to help them plan for a career in nursing. Strategies will be discussed regarding how to successfully prepare yourself for the application process and how to be successful once you are admitted to a nursing program.
The informational sessions are conducted during the fall and spring semesters by Clayton State’s Nursing Workforce Diversity grant team and the advisors in the School of Nursing. These informational sessions will be open to high school students, university students, parents and university faculty and staff.
Office of Career Services Presents the Career Expo, Feb. 22
On Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Student Activities Center Ballroom, from Noon to 3 p.m., the Office of Career Services will present the annual Career Expo.
Students and alumni are advised to bring plenty of resumes.
For more information, call (678) 466-5400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Aid Closed, Feb. 22 and Feb. 23
The Financial Aid office will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and Thursday, Feb. 23, for staff training.