Volume 7, #79
Top 100 Workplaces Employee Celebration Event, Sept. 4
Clayton State University was recognized by the Atlanta Journal Constitution
as one of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Top 100 Workplaces. As President Dr. Thomas Hynes has communicated to the campus, this is a significant honor and achievement, and he has appointed a committee to plan a “thank you” celebration.
The date for the event is Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The purpose of the event is to come together and celebrate the supportive and collaborative environment which contributed to Clayton State University’s Top 100 Workplaces recognition.
The event location will be the Student Activities Center and the SAC Green. The committee is working to finalize details regarding refreshments and activities. An invitation will be sent to all employees early in August so that an attendance estimate may be obtained.
Content Management System Conversion Update
On Aug. 1, the next phase of migrating the University website to a Content Management System (CMS) called DotNetNuke (DNN) will occur. The new sites for the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Information and Mathematical Sciences and School of Graduate Studies will be launched, as well as sites for the Honors Program, Auxiliary Services, and additional new pages for the School of Nursing.
After the switchover to DNN, all of these sites will use the www.clayton.edu
domain prefix. What this means is that anything with a URL starting with http://a-s.clayton.edu
, and http://graduate.clayton.edu
will now start with www.clayton.edu
For example, http://honorsprogram.clayton.edu
will become www.clayton.edu/honorsprogram
when the sites are launched. The college and respective departmental websites will automatically redirect beginning Aug. 1.
The launch of the academic unit sites also means that faculty members should have converted their faculty web pages to DNN. When the new college sites are launched, existing faculty home pages will no longer be connected or viewable. The Center for Instructional Development is available to assist with conversion of faculty home pages so that a DNN site is ready when the college sites go live.
Welcome Week Information
Welcome Week (Aug. 13 to Aug. 17) is the perfect opportunity for students to be introduced to more than 70 student organizations, various departments, and resources offered here at Clayton State. Welcome Week will provide events, programs and information for students that will enhance their chances of excelling in and outside of the classroom and will make new and returning students’ college transition and experience memorable and productive.
We would like to offer students programs in the following areas: academic success; career development and opportunities; social opportunities; networking and diversity; student involvement; wellness & recreation.
To make Welcome Week an exciting and well-rounded event, we need your help. If your administrative area or student organization would like to offer an event or program during the week to introduce your services or group to the campus community submit the following information to Lakiesa Cantey Rawlinson by Friday July 27, 2012 at firstname.lastname@example.org
; name, brief description, time/date/location, contact person. Upon receipt and approval, your event or program will be placed on the Welcome Week Calendar.
The bi-annual Involvement Fair will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on the Student Activities Center Green. Please be on the lookout for participation requests.
Clayton State – East Naming Committee Named
Corlis Cummings, vice president of Business and Operations, has formed a committee to recommend possible names for the recently renovated buildings at Clayton State – East. The facilities are presently called the Main Building and the Multipurpose Building.
The committee’s objective is to suggest names that would more effectively integrate these spaces with the main campus and consider names better suited to the overall purposes of the buildings. Guidelines in the Clayton State University Naming Policy and the USG Board of Regents Naming Policies must be followed when proposing building names. Recommendations are anticipated from the committee by early September.
Committee members are: Kelly Adams, Harun Biswas, Jim Braun, Dolores Cox, Kristen Davis, Nicole Harris, Angelyn Hayes, Rasheen Hunter, Keevia Jackson, Cindy Lauer and Rosalind Williams. Please feel free to contact a committee member with any renaming suggestions or comments.
Loch Shop Announces Wii Wednesday Winners
The Loch Shop is proud to announce Valerie Lewis, Glynis Harvey and Quincy Little as the winners of the Wii Wednesday drawing! Thanks to all who came out to participate in the first half of the competition.
We still have two more weeks of competition, which means you have two more chances to enter into the second drawing. Once again, congratulations and see you all next Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m., at The Loch Shop.
Loch Shop Closing Early, July 20
The Loch Shop will close early for staff development on Friday, July 20, 2 p.m. If you need assistance, please contact The Loch Shop by email: email@example.com
or call: 678-466-4220.
The Loch Shop will reopen, Monday, July 23, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Counseling and Psychological Services Moving to Clayton Station
The Office of Counseling and Psychological Services is moving to a temporary location while renovations are going on in their office. They will be located in Clayton Station, Building 100, Apartment 102, until further notice.
University Health Services Closed, July 30
University Health Services will be closed on Monday, July 30, for training purposes. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, July 31.
Road Construction on North Lee Street
Road construction has started, and will last for about 10 days, on North Lee Street at Caldwell Drive (the north entrance to campus.) The southbound inside lane (not both lanes, just one) of North Lee Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the construction.
They are cutting through the medial strip on North Lee Street, so that south bound traffic will be allowed to turn left off of North Lee Street onto Caldwell Drive (when it's finished.) However, there will still be no left turn allowed coming out of Caldwell Drive onto North Lee Street.
New Statewide Contract for Office Supplies
Starting July 16, Office Max will be our new supplier for general office supplies and Staples will only
supply Toner and Paper Products. In preparation for the new vendor, Office Max, we must receive information from all end users placing orders for office supplies by next Thursday, July 12.
Please email the following information back to Purchasing@clayton.edu
- First and last name
- Email address
- Building name and room #
- Physical address if it is different from 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow, Ga. 30260
Assistant Director of Recreation & Wellness Interviews
Three candidates for the assistant director of Recreation & Wellness (intramural & sport club) position will be on campus from July 9 to July 16 for interviews. If your schedule permits and you are interested in participating in this process, please join take part. The 10 minute presentation topic is about creating an officiating program for student employees. A short Q & A session will follow.
Friday, July 13 – Christen Ruff (Atlanta); 1:45 p.m. – presentation/Q & A (SAC Ballroom)
Monday, July 16 – Matthew Kutz (New Cumberland, Pa.); 3:40 p.m. – presentation/Q & A (SAC Ballroom)
2012 Chancellor's Customer Service Award Nominations Deadline Now July 13
We are ready to receive nominations for the 2012 Chancellor’s Customer Service Awards. The website is available and nominations can be submitted at http://customerfocus.usg.edu/recognition/chancellor_award/
The deadline for submissions has been moved back to Friday, July 13, 2012. The nominations website provides all of the information you will need: award category descriptions, eligibility, and even tips on how to write a successful nomination.
The following are the award categories:
· Customer Service Excellence Award – Individual
· Customer Service Excellence Award – Team
· Outstanding Customer Service Leadership Award
· Front Desk Support Excellence Award
· Outstanding Customer Service Process Improvement Initiative Award
· Customer Service President and Institution of the Year
· The Joseph Green Award Champion of the Year
If you have any questions, please contact Carolina Amero, assistant vice president, Auxiliary & Administrative Services, Clayton State customer service champion, and winner of the 2011 Joseph Green Award.
Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Fall 2012 Deadline, July 15
The Tuition Assistant Program (TAP) Fall 2012 application deadline is July 15, 2012. Please forward your completed Systemwide TAP Application Form to the Human Resource Department for processing.
· The tuition assistance program is available to full time benefits-eligible employees of the USG who have successfully completed at least six months of employment in a benefits-eligible position, as of the date of the TAP application deadline for the desired academic semester.
TAP is a supplemental educational assistance employee program. An employee who is eligible for Pell Grants must apply his/her Pell Grant monies toward tuition and fees before receiving a TAP waiver.
If an employee withdraws from an approved TAP course prior to its completion, the employee will be ineligible to participate in TAP for one semester.
Eligibility for TAP participation does not guarantee admission into all University System of Georgia degree programs:
An employee must follow the policies and procedures of the “teaching institution” in which he/she enrolls to be formally accepted as a TAP participant for limited-slot enrollment programs. Upon receiving approval to participate in a limited-slot enrollment program from the “teaching institution”, the course(s) should be listed on the TAP application.
Participation in the TAP program does not guarantee continued employment with the University System of Georgia.
· An employee will be required to go through the regular student admissions process, prior to applying for TAP; and
· An employee must complete a TAP application for each semester in attendance.
An employee may seek approval to enroll in up to nine academic semester credit hours for each of the three designated semester periods: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and Summer Semester.
For more information: http://www.usg.edu/hr/benefits/tuition_assistance_program_tap/
Spivey Hall Kodály Teacher Training Workshops, July 16 to July 20
Spivey Hall will once again be making a significant contribution to music education with its annual Kodály Teacher Training Workshops, to be held Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 20, in Spivey Hall.
The two workshops, one offering an introduction to Kodály, and the other a Kodály refresher, will be taught by one of America's leading Kodály experts and a top clinician in the field — Dr. Jill Trinka. The workshops are designed for music teachers and college students who are interested in teaching music students (and college students get a discount).
The Kodály Concept is a comprehensive, sequential program that integrates the best ideas, techniques, and approaches to music education universally proven to be successful. The program builds musicianship through the singing of folk songs, classical music, and other quality materials.
The cost for the “Intro to Kodály” workshop, which will run from July 16 to July 18, is $180 ($50 for currently enrolled college students). Workshop participants will learn the basics of Kodály-based music curriculum essentials for grades K-5, gaining valuable tools and techniques that can be put to use in the classroom.
The “Kodály Refresher” workshop, which will run from July 18 to July 20, is $180, and $50 for currently enrolled college students. Individuals already familiar with Kodály, can take this refresher course which will explore pedagogy and process in depth. Attendees will also learn to write meaningful lesson plans, create smooth transitions, and expand their knowledge of literature.
Interested individuals can register for both courses for only $350, with currently enrolled college students getting both workshops at a real deal – just $75. For more information, call the Spivey Hall Education Department at (678) 466-4481 or visit http://www.spiveyhall.org/professional-development-for-teachers/kodaly-teacher-training-workshop
Wii Wednesdays at The Loch Shop
The Loch Shop will be holding Wii Wednesdays from June 13 through July 25 in The Loch Shop’s lounge, starting at noon and ending at 3 p.m.
Come relieve some test stress every Wednesday in June and July (except July 4). Play your favorite Wii games – bowling, Mario Kart, basketball three point contest, the Michael Jackson Experience and more. Win prizes just for participating, enjoy free snacks, plus, play for the top score and qualify to enter the June 27 and July 25 prize drawings!
Clayton State to Host Kick-off Meeting for Strategic Economic Development Planning, July 19
Clayton County’s new initiative, the launch of a strategic economic development planning project led by Georgia Tech, and in collaboration with the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, Clayton County Development Authority and Clayton State University, will kick-off with a meeting on Thursday, July 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Clayton State’s Harry S. Downs Center, room 101.
All Clayton County residents are invited to attend. The meeting will be facilitated by economic development specialists from Georgia Tech, and light refreshments will be provided.
The development of a new strategic plan intended to guide the county’s economic development efforts during the years ahead will include an eight-step planning process facilitating a steering committee, the kick-off meeting, reviewing recent initiatives, interviewing stakeholders, hosting community forums, engaging Clayton State University, performing a target industry analysis, and developing the strategic plan. The work is expected to be completed by the end of calendar 2012.
“As a comprehensive, publicly-supported university, we believe Clayton State must serve as a steward of place,” says Clayton State President Dr. Thomas Hynes. “Whether through contributing to a more educated workforce; sharing faculty and student knowledge resources in management, small business and entrepreneurship, logistics, health care, archival research; or advancing the arts and social sciences, this economic analysis will help our shared work in the county and the region.”
Coming to America: Celebrating the Immigrant Experience, July 20
The National Archives at Atlanta will be holding, “Coming to America: Celebrating the Immigrant Experience” on Friday, July 20, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Coming to America: Celebrating the Immigrant Experience will feature various activities celebrating the immigrant experience, including the unveiling of "The Lost Mural" a recreation by Andrew Sabori of a mural that hung at Ellis Island. The original mural, commissioned by the WPA in 1938 and painted by Edward Laning, was displayed at Ellis Island until the early 1950s at which time a storm destroyed most of the mural.
In 2003 Andrew Sabori, an artist and muralist, visited Ellis Island to find out more information about the original mural. He subsequently uncovered a photograph of the original and decided to recreate it for exhibit and educational purposes. It will be unveiled at the National Archives at Atlanta on July 20.
Several prominent members of the Atlanta community who came to America will share their experiences about what becoming an American means to them.
A naturalization ceremony will conclude the formal program, followed by a complimentary lunch.
Following lunch, interviews will be conducted with program participants, other invited dignitaries, and newly naturalized citizens. These interviews will preserve their stories for future generations.
Anyone from Clayton State is welcome to attend Coming to America: Celebrating the Immigrant Experience.
Hiking – Registration Deadline Tuesday, July 24
Hike the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River!
Destination: Amicalola Falls State Park, Ga.
Date: Saturday, July 28
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, firstname.lastname@example.org
SBDC to Host “Starting a Business” Workshop at Clayton State – Fayette, Aug. 2
Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will once again be hosting its popular a “Starting a Business” workshop, a comprehensive workshop on important decisions you make prior to opening a business, in Fayette County.
The workshop will be held on Thursday, Aug. 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Clayton State – Fayette instructional site, 100 World Dr., Ste. 100, in Peachtree City.
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. Please contact Heather Chaney at email@example.com
for the discount code before registering. To register, go to: http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?cart=7bf363d5-73aa-48f5-b348-46708521dded&page_name=view_cart&addproduct=112166
Seventh Annual New Student Convocation Scheduled for Aug. 10
Clayton State University’s Seventh Annual New Student Convocation is scheduled to take place on Friday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Spivey Hall.
This year’s keynote address will be provided by Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes. The ceremony’s purpose is to inspire, motivate and formally welcome new students into the university community.
Clayton State faculty and staff who participate in the procession portion of the ceremony are kindly requested to wear their academic regalia. Last year’s ceremony had its largest attendance for new students, faculty and staff.
Additional information will be forthcoming in Laker Lines regarding the RSVP process and ceremony details.
If you have questions regarding the ceremony, please contact Celena Milner or Michelle Ellis at (678) 466-5443; Office of Orientation & New Student Programs, Student Center, room 218.
Alumni Association to Sponsor Clayton State Night at Turner Field, Aug. 13
Friends of Clayton State University, it’s time for a special trip to the ballpark.
The Clayton State Alumni Association will sponsor Clayton State Night at the Atlanta Braves’ Turner Field on Monday, Aug. 13. The event is open to alumni, faculty/staff, students and friends of the University.
First pitch will be at 7:10 p.m., as Atlanta faces off against National League West opponent San Diego Padres.
The tickets will be located in the Lower Level Terrace View (Section 225) and will be only $8.Normally these tickets range from $25 to $30 each. Dues-paying Alumni Association members will have the opportunity to receive an additional discount.
Tickets are limited, and the Alumni Association asks that alumni and friends to please RSVP as soon as possible. For more information about purchasing tickets, please call (678) 466-4470. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.clayton.edu/alumnigift
Clayton State to Hold Annual Alumni Dinner at Turner Field’s 755 Club, Sept. 22
The Clayton State University Alumni Association will look to hit a grand slam once again at its 20th
Annual Alumni Dinner.
Next fall, the Alumni Association will hold its annual event at the 755 Club located at Turner Field. The Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22. All Clayton State alumni, faculty/staff, students and friends of the University are invited to the event.
“We are so excited about having the opportunity to have our dinner at the 755 Club this year” says Alumni Association President Ben Hopkins. “We’ve had our annual event at some wonderful venues all over Atlanta and this will be another special night for alumni and friends.”
The dinner portion of the event will begin at 7 p.m., preceded by a reception; starting at 6:15 p.m. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take a special tour of Turner Field, which includes a behind-the-scenes look in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse.
In conjunction with the dinner, the Alumni Association will also recognize its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award winners and hold a benefit auction.