Volume 8, #127
New in this Issue
Science Building Groundbreaking, Nov. 14
The official groundbreaking ceremony for Clayton State University’s $19.8 million science building will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, starting at 3:30 p.m., on the site of the new building, locatedin the parking lot across from the University’s Laboratory Annex Building. The groundbreaking will be held rain or shine under a tent constructed for the occasion, and will be followed by a reception in the lobby of the Clayton State Natural and Behavioral Sciences Building. Faculty and staff members who wish to attend the groundbreaking and reception should RSVP to Jill Sears at email@example.com.
The groundbreaking will coincide with the beginning of construction, and will feature speeches by University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby, Clayton State President Dr. Thomas Hynes, and Dean Dr. Nasser Momayezi.
The science building is expected to be completed in June 2015 with classes starting with the fall 2015 semester.
The Loch Shop Student Survey Closes Nov. 4
Faculty members are requested to let their students know that The Loch Shop is looking for student input, with the goal of better serving the student body.
A brief survey, located at www.studentwatch.org asks students what’s on their minds when it comes to course materials and which technology devices they own. Completing the survey by Nov. 4 will enter the student in a drawing to win cash prizes of up to $1000. The Loch Shop wants to know everything students have to say — the good, the bad, the indifferent.
Student Watch surveys are conducted by OnCampus Research and report student data in the aggregate. No individual data is ever released. As the data is collected no identifiers, including name, address, or e-mail are attached to the data. No respondent of Student Watch surveys will be personally identified as a respondent without permission. When a contest is offered as an incentive, the names are stored separately from the survey data, and winners are contacted individually.
Clayton State’s Veterans Day Celebration
Clayton State University has long been known for its support of Veterans, and of Veterans Day.
This coming Nov. 11 is no exception, except that maybe Clayton State is gearing up for Veterans Day a little early.
Nor surprisingly, the Student Veterans Association has been at the forefront of the University’s Veterans Day efforts. SVA is calling for all staff, faculty and students who serve or have served in the Armed Forces to provide brief biographies and pictures to display in the James M. Baker University Center on Veterans Day.
Still prior to Veterans Day, the Clayton State Office of Career Services and the Veterans Resource Center are partnering with the Department of Labor to present a Veterans Employment Seminar on career opportunities for veterans, on-the-job training opportunities and converting military skills and experience into a civilian résumé.
This is an excellent opportunity to learn about companies who are recruiting veterans, employment assistance available for veterans and how the Office of Career Services can help you prepare for your new career, notes Director of Career Services Bridgette McDonald. The seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. in the Arts and Sciences Building, room 227.
Finally, the University’s annual Veteran's Day Ceremony will take place on Monday, Nov. 11 when SVA and the VRC invite all students, faculty, staff and the public to attend the ceremony at 9 a.m. at the outdoor Lawson Amphitheater (The inclement weather location is the Baker Center, room 272.) Immediately following the ceremony, Roll Call for Georgia’s fallen will begin. In addition a moment of silence will be held at 11 a.m.
Shop for the Holidays at ClaytonStateGear
Looking for a unique gift for the holidays? Consider logging on to www.claytonstategear.com, where you can literally get one-of-kind Clayton State-themed gifts. Everything from golf equipment to tailgating items to bleacher chairs.
New York Times Talk, “Is the PPV, VOD, or Twitter? Media Delivery in the 20th Century” Nov. 1
On Friday, Nov. 1, Vernon Clarke, adjunct professor of communication, will facilitate a New York Times talk entitled “Is the PPV, VOD, or Twitter? ….Media Delivery in the 20th Century.”
This event will be held in room UC267 of the James M. Baker University Center, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to students, faculty, and the community. All of those who RSVP to Dr. Joe Corrado at firstname.lastname@example.org by 2 p.m. on Oct. 31 will be provided with a free lunch, courtesy of the New York Times. (Which just goes to prove that there IS such a thing as a free lunch.)
Note: In case you were wondering, PPV stands for Pay Per View and VOD stands for Video On Demand. Love those acronyms.
How to get Around the Science Building Construction
Construction of the new science building on campus will begin on or about Nov. 8, 2013. The site of the construction will be the areas currently occupied by the faculty/staff parking lot (across from the LAB) and parking lot F. However, part of parking lot F will be restored after completion of the construction.
Here is a summary of the major impacts and changes to campus parking lots and roadways during the construction, and, even if you’re not one of those people to whom a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a link to the campus map that also illustrates the changes…
Parking lot impacts
· A section of parking lot D will be designated for faculty/staff parking only to accommodate for those parking spaces affected by the construction.
· The disability parking row that is currently in the faculty/staff parking lot will be relocated to the D lot.
· Parking lot F will be closed for construction use only. Additional construction vehicles will park along the fence line in lot L near the tennis courts.
· A section of parking lot G will be designated for student parking only to accommodate for those parking spaces affected by the construction.
· Parking will remain available in lot E for faculty, staff, and students.
· Caldwell Drive will be closed from public use for incoming traffic just past the first entrance to parking lot D (across from Arts and Sciences Building). Traffic will be detoured through lot D at that point.
· Caldwell Drive will also be closed from public use for outgoing traffic from the G and H lots. All traffic to and from lots G and H must use Snelling Drive.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by the construction of the science building, but with any new development, some disruption is unavoidable. However, we always try to minimize the impact on daily life as much as possible.
Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations Deadline Nov. 4
Clayton State recently kicked off 2013-14 athletic season, and it will be an extra special one in the history of Laker Athletics program.
In the athletic program’s 24th year of competition, Athletic Director Carl McAloose announces that Clayton State will start its Athletic Hall of Fame during the upcoming season with the first class of inductees planned for enshrinement in February of 2014.
“After speaking with many people associated with our program, we feel like it is time to start a Clayton State Athletics Hall of Fame,” says McAloose. “We’ve had hundreds of student-athletes along with many coaches, administrators and community members who have excelled at the highest levels, and we look forward to recognizing their achievements with such a lasting honor.”
Nominations for Hall of Fame inductees will be open to the public, beginning today via the Clayton State Athletics website. Along with an online nomination, the site also includes the criteria for nomination and the selection process.
From the nominations, a Hall of Fame committee, consisting of 12 members will select the inductees. The Committee consists of athletic department administrators/coaches, university faculty/ staff and community members.
The deadline for nominations will be Monday, Nov. 4. Plans are for the first Hall of Fame Class to be announced in January of 2014 and to be recognized at Homecoming festivities, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15.
For info on nomination and selection criteria, visit http://www.claytonstatesports.com/HallofFame/Criteria.
To nominate a candidate online, visit http://www.claytonstatesports.com/HallofFame/nominationform.
Our Genealogy Group Meeting, Nov. 4
The next Our Genealogy Group meeting at Clayton State University will have a mini-genealogy workshop on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the James M Baker University Center.
“I'm Dying to Get it Done!” Dress in your best mourning attire, bring a lunch and a friend and join us for a discussion about cemeteries, death records and more! For additional information please visit our website at ourgenealogygroup.blogspot.com.
Good News Lakers – Spring 2014
Clayton State Payment Plan for spring 2014 — Go to
http://www.mycollegepaymentplan.com/clayton for more information.
Early registration begins Nov. 4, 2013.
Student Veterans Association Asks for Information for Veterans Day by Nov. 5
Clayton State University’s Student Veterans Association is calling for all staff, faculty and students who serve or have served in the Armed Forces to provide brief biographies and pictures to display in the University Center on Veterans Day.
Please provide a photo (electronic submission preferred) and information to Dennis Brown, SVA vice president. You may e-mail: email@example.com or drop items by the Veterans Resource Center, Edgewater Hall, Ste. 115 (next to the Loch Shop). The deadline is Nov. 5.
Clayton State Retirees Annual Fall Luncheon, Nov. 6
The Clayton State Retirees Association’s Annual Fall Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6, from noon to 2 p.m. in room CE101 of the Harry S. Downs Center.
Clayton State Women’s Forum Announces Annual Auction, Chili Cook-off, Quilt Raffle, Nov. 7
The Clayton State Women’s Forum will be holding its Annual Auction, Chili Cook-off and Quilt Raffle on Thursday, Nov. 7.
The organization’s mission is to sustain a Women’s Forum Scholarship Fund in support of assisting students with general and emergency resources to aid in their successful completion of academic studies. Proceeds from all events go to the Scholarship Fund.
There are several ways to get involved:
- Donate items for the Auction
- Shop the Auction
- Prepare a pot of chili for the Chili Cook-Off
- Join us at the Chili Cook-Off
- Purchase Quilt Raffle tickets
For more information:
Online Auction bidding will commence at 10 a.m. on Nov. 4. Donated items will be displayed on Main Street in the University Center on Nov. 7, beginning at 10 a.m. Auction bidding will close at 1:30 p.m.
For Auction donations, contact: Maurica John (678)466-4078 or Krystal Houston (678)466-4188.
The Chili Cook-Off is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until the chili runs out) in the University Center Commons. For Chili Cook-off participation, contact: Jill Sears (678) 466-4705 or Amber Bradberry (678) 466-4605.
The Quilt Raffle drawing will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 7.
Producer and Recording Engineer Matt Forger to Lecture at Clayton State, Nov. 7
One of the hallmarks of a Clayton State University education is experiential learning — the opportunity to further one’s education, and the learning process, outside the classroom.
Clayton State’s Student Activities Center will be just such a site on Thursday, Nov. 7, when the Clayton Media & Entertainment Association (CMEA) hosts a special guest lecture by producer and recording engineer Matt Forger.
While the term “special” tends to be over-used, Clayton State Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Shawn Young says that this is one occasion that fits. After all, it is rare that students (and that includes high school students, students from other colleges and anyone else who wants to attend) get a chance to hear from someone who has worked with… Sir Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Patti Austin, Missing Persons, Michael McDonald, James Ingram, Siedah Garrett, Quincy Jones, Steven Spielberg, John Landis, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Giorgio Moroder, Larry John McNally, George Duke, Patrick O'Hearn, Gilberto Gil, Simon Lynge, Rod Temperton, Bruce Swedien and more than a few other giants in the recording and film industries.
Forger will be lecturing from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Student Activities Center (SAC). As noted, his presentation is free and open to the public. However, the ballroom only seats about 650, so it might be a good idea to come early.
Zombie Fun Run Hosted by Recreation & Wellness, Nov. 8
Registration is now open for the first-ever Clayton State University Zombie Fun Run on Friday, Nov. 8, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., on the SAC Green!
Dress up like a scary zombie or a human and run our 3000 meter route to safety. Individuals or teams of three (each person runs 1000 meters) may register online at: https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5nV6XM6R3UYTDhz. The event is FREE and open to all Clayton State students, faculty and staff. Runners must pre-register for the event by Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Please note: Only winning times in each category (male/female individual and relay team) will be recorded.
For more information on the Zombie Fun Run, please contact Carmen Turnipseed, Fitness & Wellness intern at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CE Wedding Planning Workshop, Nov. 9
On Saturday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 16, Dawn Davis will lead a two-session Planning Your Own Wedding workshop.
Whether you are going to plan your entire wedding yourself, or hiring a wedding planner, this workshop is designed to give you insightful information to help take some of the anxiety out of one of the most wonderful days of your life.
From negotiating a contract for a venue or vendors, to picking out a wedding dress, deciding who to invite, using your fingers instead of your feet, staying on budget and the list goes on and on.
This two-day, 12-hour workshop will save time, money, feelings and, most of all, your sanity.
Both sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harry S. Downs Center. The cost for the two-session workshop is $139.
For further information or to register, please go to www.conted.clayton.edu or call (678) 466-5118.
Veteran's Day Ceremony, Nov. 11
The Student Veterans Association and the Veterans Resource Center cordially invite all students, faculty and staff to attend Clayton State University’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony.
The ceremony is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. at the Lawson Amphitheater (inclement weather location: University Center, room 272). Immediately following the ceremony, Roll Call for Georgia’s fallen will begin. We will observe a minute of silence at 11 a.m.
Please join us in honoring our nation’s veterans and the students, faculty and staff of Clayton State University who serve or have served in the United States Armed Forces.
Teacher Education Lunch and Learn Series, Nov. 11
Teacher Education is once again organizing a Lunch and Learn series for faculty and staff who want learn about using technology. These sessions will take place in A&S 205 in the Resource Room.
Faculty and staff, both novices and experts in using technology, are encouraged to bring a lunch and come share in the knowledge.
Nov. 11 — Lockbox and Tools for Organizing
Open Enrollment, Nov. 11 to Nov. 22
Open Enrollment is Monday, Nov. 11 to Friday, Nov. 22. You have only two weeks for Open Enrollment this year! Active enrollment is required for all benefits-eligible faculty and staff, which means you must log into ADP to review your benefit options and make elections. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.
Don’t forget, benefit providers will be available to answer your questions at the Benefits Fair (see below), so plan to stop by with a donation to help support The Rainbow House and stay for wellness, fitness, food and fun activities.
School of Graduate Studies Open House, Nov. 12
The Clayton State University School of Graduate Studies will be holding its next informational Open House on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center.
The Open House will give prospective graduate students a chance to learn more about the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (concentrations in English, Criminology, History, Political Science and Liberal Arts), Master of Arts in Teaching English, Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics, Master of Education with a major in Teacher Leadership, Master of Business Administration (concentrations in Accounting, International Business, and Supply Chain Management), Master of Health Administration, Master of Science in Nursing (concentrations in Education and Leadership), Master of Archival Studies and Master of Science in Psychology (concentrations in Applied Developmental and Clinical).
Individuals are not required to register for this event.
Clayton State Benefits Fair, Nov. 14
Mark your calendar for Clayton State University Benefits Fair, Nov. 14.
The Clayton State University Jive & Thrive Benefits Fair will take place on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Student Activities Center (SAC).
Fall 2013 Visiting Writer’s Reading Series, Nov. 14
For this semester, the Visiting Writer’s Reading Series is trying something new… a large event featuring Janisse Ray.
The event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14, and will include a lecture/presentation at 2:10 p.m. in room UC 416 of the Baker Center and a poetry reading at 5:30 p.m. in room UC 272 of the Baker Center.
Writer, naturalist and activist Ray is author of four books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature poetry. She is on the faculty of Chatham University’s low-residency MFA program and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and in 2007 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Unity College in Maine.
Ray has won a Southern Booksellers Award for Poetry 2011, Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction 1999, an American Book Award 2000, the Southern Environmental Law Center 2000 Award for Outstanding Writing, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award 2000. Her “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood” was a New York Times Notable Book and was chosen as the Book All Georgians Should Read.
Ray attempts to live a simple, sustainable life on a farm in southern Georgia with her husband, Raven Waters. Ray is an organic gardener, seedsaver, tender of farm animals, and slow-food cook. She lectures widely on nature, community, agriculture, wildness, sustainability and the politics of wholeness.
For more information, go to http://janisseray.weebly.com/publicity-kit.html.
Clayton Nonprofit Forum, Nov. 14
Sponsored by Clayton State University, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Clayton Fund, and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, the Clayton Nonprofit Forum is designed to bring together community of nonprofit leaders in Clayton County to gain knowledge, network, and develop solutions to address community needs.
The forum will be held on Thursday, Nov.14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in room CE 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center. Registration is $35 per person, and is limited to two people per organization.
What Will Nonprofits Learn?
STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS: In a current economic climate where available resources are tight and the need for services are growing, nonprofits have to look at different ways of delivering on their mission with the “Big Picture” in mind. The keynote speaker, Bill Bolling, will address the critical need for strategic partnerships within the nonprofit sector to help nonprofits achieve more and improve long term sustainability. Bolling is founder and executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
EFFECTIVE FUNDRAISING: This workshop will provide nonprofits with knowledge, tools and tips on how to adjust current fundraising models to not only be more effective but to also expend your donor base.
BUILDING A STRONG BOARD: A strong board is key for nonprofit organizations to be successful, and to maximize impact. Learn how to build a strong base of support and strengthen organizational effectiveness through your board.
HOW TO GET A GRANT FROM THE CLAYTON FUND: This workshop will provide valuable information and direction regarding the upcoming 2014 Clayton Fund grant cycle. It includes discussion of the overall process, eligibility guidelines, and completing the on-line application and timeline. In addition, the Clayton State Library now contains books and databases of the Foundation Center Library which will greatly aid in the search for grant money.
WHAT ELSE YOU CAN EXPECT
• 1-on-1 curbside consulting
• Networking with peers
• Breakfast and lunch
• Great door prizes
Learn more about the program at www.gcn.org/claytonforum or call (678) 916-3030.
Second Annual Loch Fest Film Festival, Nov. 15
The Second Annual Loch Fest Film Festival will be held on Friday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Activities Center, and featuring films, food and giveaways with entertainment by CSiR and photography by The Bent Tree.
For more information, email Jennifer DeMond at email@example.com, or Erika Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SBDC Event Marketing Summit at Clayton State – Fayette, Nov. 15
SBDC will hold Event Marketing Summit: A Get Together About Getting People to (and Profiting From) Your Get-Together on Friday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at Clayton State-Fayette, 100 World Dr., Peachtree City.
The Event Marketing Summit is about getting people together and profiting from your get-together. Learn marketing strategy, build strategic partnerships, find out the best tactics for utilizing social media, create better invitations, and learn how to brand an event to get ROI year after year.
The Event Marketing Summit is $99, and interested parties can register at the link below or contact Heather Chaney at (678) 466-5100. http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx? page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow
Class size is limited.
Budget Managers' Handbook Training, Nov. 21
The Budget Office will soon be rolling out a new Budget Managers’ Handbook. This handbook will have sections associated with all areas of business functions to help you in processing your business transactions throughout the year. Therefore, we will be offering the annual Budget Management Training course. This training will include the normal budgetary report training, but in addition to that it will also introduce the other sections in the Budget Managers’ Handbook.
For those new to the budget management area on campus this year, this training will show you the reports you will need to submit on a quarterly basis and how to monitor your budget throughout the year. The budget portion of this training that is provided is also located at the link below as a PowerPoint presentation. It gives you a step by step process along with screen shots of how to run each report you will need to run in PeopleSoft.
The next training session is Thursday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., UC-416
Those of you that would like to attend this training course will need to send an email to Scott McElroy with a copy to Nicole Harris with the session that you would like to attend.
Here is the link for the presentation:
Here is the link for PeopleSoft Financials:
You will need to have a User ID and Password in order to login to PeopleSoft Financials. If you are having access problems or need a User ID and Password, you will need to contact Celeste Wade at ext. 4372.
The Loch Shop Participating in the Help Us Crush Hunger Campaign, to Nov. 27
As part of Student Success/National Student Day, and just because we feel like it, The Loch Shop will be collecting donations for the Help Us Crush Hunger campaign now through Oct. 31. (That’s Crush, as in Orange Crush.) Donate a non-perishable food Item or laundered, gently-worn clothing and receive a 25 percent discount on gifts and clothing at The Loch Shop, through Oct. 31. (Discount does not apply to Clearance items.)
In addition, The Loch Shop will be collecting the names of each person who donates, and the person who donates the most items between now and Oct. 31 will win a special prize which will be announced at the Annual Loch Shop Costume Contest.
The clothing donations will stay on campus and be part of the Laker Locker and the food donations will go to a local food bank (TBD).
Loch Shop News
There’s a new Clayton State gear promo on the www.claytonstategear.com website. Through Nov. 12, 2013 (that’s 11/12/13), get 10 percent off all outerwear.
For a limited time, The Loch Shop is giving away a snazzy Clayton State Lakers navy baseball cap with every $30 purchase. The promo code is 5868. Go to www.ClaytonStateGear.com for more details.
The Loch Shop is also running a new Clayton State gear free T-shirt promo. You can score a free Clayton State T-shirt on www.claytonstategear.com with a $30 purchase.
The Loch Shop is having a special sale on 2013 Women’s Basketball Elite 8/Conference Championship T-shirts. They have been put on sale for… wait for it… $8.88.
The Loch Shop has the following pricing on its clothing clearance items:
Orange tagged items are now $5
Yellow tagged items are now $10
Pink tagged items are now $15
Green tagged items are now $20
The Loch Shop is now up and running on both Instagram and Twitter. The handle for both of social media platforms is lochshop.
Internship Survey – Help Expand this Vital Program
The President has charged VP Elaine Manglitz and Provost Micheal Crafton with expanding Clayton State’s internship program. The first step is an inventory of current practices and current knowledge and awareness.
To assist in this matter, please take a moment to respond to a very brief survey of your knowledge of and experiences with an internship. The survey link is below.
University Relations is now Public and Media Relations
In keeping with a recommendation from marketing consultants Simpson Scarborough, the Clayton State Office of University Relations has changed its name to the Office of Public and Media Relations, effective Nov. 1, 2013.
This change does not directly affect the functions of this office, more so it is to better reflect those functions – relating to the University’s various immediate publics (faculty/staff, students, alumni, friends) and relating to the media, which in this case covers both the traditional news media and the phenomena that has caused a true paradigm shift in the public relations world, social media.
While the basic function of the Office – the collection and dissemination of information – does not change, Public and Media Relations is moving to a more strategic dissemination of the news. This process is based on the theory that there is not a “one-size fits-all” placement with every story.
Indeed, “stories” are what the Office of Public and Media Relations is all about, whether they are stories about people, programs, events, or any other aspect of the University. While crafting and disseminating these stories is our job, we are dependent on you, our colleagues, to help bring stories, particularly stories that illustrate the four brand attributes (Empowerment, Experiential Learning, Supportive Community, Diversity) to our attention.
As part of our emphasis on stories, Public and Media Relations, in conjunction with the Office of Marketing and Communications, will soon be rolling out a new version of the Laker Newsroom web pages that will be designed to both provide a one-stop shop for external (for external audiences, including the news media) news, and, similarly, a one-shop stop for internal news for all of our Clayton State audiences.
Public and Media Relations will also continue to be the University-wide source for information and counsel on social media, and will also continue to improve the Office’s own social media platforms.
Recycle Your Household Batteries
According to the EPA, consumers purchase approximately three billion household batteries (alkaline and nickel cadmium, or NiCad) each year. These batteries contain valuable metals and plastics that can be recycled and reused to produce other products. Batteries that are not recycled can end up in a landfill and have the potential to leak toxic materials into the environment.
Clayton State’s Go Green student organization has provided the campus community with a simple approach to recycling your clean (non-corroded) household batteries. For your convenience, battery recycling containers have been placed in both the Laker Card Office and the Loch Shop.
Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) 2014 Spring Registration
The University System of Georgia and Clayton State University is committed to "the recruitment, hiring, and retention of the best possible faculty, staff, and administration.” The purpose of TAP is to foster professional growth and development of eligible employees.
With that said we are pleased to inform you that the 2014 Spring TAP Application acceptance period is open. For information on TAP, go to http://www.usg.edu/hr/benefits/tuition_assistance_program_tap_frequently_asked_questions or call the Clayton State Department of Human Resources. The
The spring 2014 application submission deadline is Nov. 15, 2013.
New USG Benefits Website
· Log onto the new USG Benefits website to review 2014 plan options and rates: http://www.usg.edu/hr/benefits
· Text USG to 23613 to sign up for text messages that will keep you updated throughout the Open Enrollment process. Messaging and data rates may apply. Frequency of alerts depends on account preferences. For Terms & Conditions, go to benetxt.com/usg. Reply STOP to cancel.
· Attend the Jive & Thrive Benefits Fair, Nov. 14. Meet the benefit vendors and ask questions about your plans and options.
· Enroll. Get the coverage you want for 2014. Between Monday, Nov. 11, and Friday, Nov. 22, log on to the Employee Self Service System at http://portal.adp.com, then select the Benefits tab. If you have never registered, click First Time User Register Here. Your pass code is USG-6775. Follow the prompts indicated on each page.
· Certify your tobacco use status. During enrollment, certify the tobacco use status for you and your dependents age 18+ covered by a USG healthcare plan.
2014 SCCP Giving Campaign
Every year employees across the state demonstrate their compassion and generosity through the official workplace giving campaign for state employees and the University System of Georgia. Our 2014 State Charitable Contributions Program (SCCP) Annual Campaign will run through November 30, 2013. During the campaign, you will learn more about how we can address critical needs in Georgia, across the nation, and around the world by giving to the SCCP.
As always, you have the ability to direct donations to your favorite charities. Again this year, contributions can be designated to the Clayton State University Foundation, charity code 187000, to fund student scholarships and other activities supporting the University mission.
It’s quick and easy to give in three simple steps. Employees may also submit paper pledge forms to the agency campaign coordinator, Vickie Smith.
1. LOGIN at www.giveattheoffice.org/_sccp. Click LOGIN and then enter your username and password from last year; or click “I am a first time donor” to sign up by choosing your own username and password; or “I forgot my login or password” to recover your information. New donors do not have pre-assigned usernames and passwords.
2. CHOOSE how much you want to give in either a one-time gift or through payroll deduction. Online donations for payroll deduction will be validated through a separate confirmation email after the pledge has been processed (within 3 days).
3. SELECT CHARITIES to distribute your donation. $1 minimum is required per charity/per paycheck.
October 2013 Grants Management Newsletter Available On-line
The October issue of the Grant & Contract Programs Office monthly newsletter can be found at http://www.clayton.edu/grantcontractprograms/newsletters. October’s newsletter features Data Management – Dissemination of Information Plans and Responsibilities of the Project Director.
Earlier editions of the Grants Management newsletter can also be found at this link. If you would like to request a topic for coverage in upcoming issues of the Grants Management Monthly Newsletter, contact RhondaGibson@clayton.edu.
2013 Required Employee Training
It’s that time of the year for all faculty and staff to complete training required by Clayton State University, Board of Regents, and the State of Georgia.
The Right to Know (RTK), Ethics, Security Awareness, Campus Vehicle Use and Sexually Harassment courses must all be completed on an annual basis. During this time period, we ask that you also take a moment to review the updated Clayton State University Employee Handbook and complete a new Employee Handbook Acknowledgement Form. The signed Acknowledgement Form and five required courses should be completed by Dec. 1, 2013.
Here are the instructions to access and complete these trainings:
· Use your current Clayton State University user name and password to log into Employee Training.
· Review the Employee Handbook – Complete the Employee Acknowledgement Form and forward to HR.
· Required Trainings
o Right to Know (RTK) – At the end of the session, enter the requested information and submit.
o Ethics – Presentation, Assessment and Compliance Agreement
§ Basic – New Faculty/Staff
§ Refresher 2011 – Faculty/Staff active as of Dec. 31, 2010
o Security Awareness – Review the presentation and complete the assessment.
o Campus Vehicle Use Training – Review the videos, complete assessments, and forward the Acknowledgement Form to HR
o Sexual Harassment – Review the policy, responsibilities, and video content, then take the assessment/quiz.
For instructions on navigating the new Employee Training platform, please visit Desire2Learn Support.
First Lego League Volunteers Needed
Many of you have expressed interest in helping Clayton State University Host the 2013 First Lego League Super Regionals on Jan. 11, 2014. The event will be held in Clayton State University's University Center again and it is an all-day event.
Below, you will find two websites that can give you a great deal of information on this year's topic "Nature's Fury," how the topic will be integrated into this season, and Georgia's calendar regarding the season.
Some of you have volunteered before, so you know how much effort and preparation is required to host the event well. We will need a plethora of volunteers this year and help in fundraising and advertising. We have a great set of sub-topic leaders returning to get us moving forward, but there is plenty of work to do.
We hope to start subcommittee meetings in October and offering judge/referee trainings in November in preparation. Attached is a Doodle poll to assist in helping us put persons in volunteer areas that meet their interests. We hope that this will simplify the scheduling process by allowing the separate subcommittees to set meeting schedules once the subs are identified.
The website for this year’s FLL topic:
The website for Georgia's events:
You have initiated a poll "FIRST LEGO LEAGUE SUBCOMMITTEE INTEREST AREA" at Doodle. The link to your poll is:
For more information, contact Jarrett Terry at email@example.com. He also has a listing of the support positions needed.
Information Technology Council Inventories and Website
The Information Technology Council has reached out to all department budget managers and requested they perform an inventory of departmental information technology. The inventory should identify software, license fees, hardware (e.g. laptops, tablets, servers) and any accessories, and technology services.
The data will assist the departments, the Technology Council, and the Planning and Budget Advisory Committee to create and manage a budget for IT expenses now and in the future. This worksheet will help the departments in the following ways:
- Create an inventory to help plan for, and recover from, disasters.
- Provide fiscal information that should be helpful in assignment of risk ratings as part of the Enterprise Risk Management process
- Ensure a clearer understanding to the departments, the budget council, OITS and the ITC of:
- what is spent for hardware, software, services, and support
- costs of support (i.e. after warranty, annual support costs increase – make sure there are funds in the budget to support those costs);
- Lifecycle costs –Departmental budget plan for replacement of aging/obsolete items
Completed inventories should be provided to Cheryl Jordan (678-466-4218) by Oct. 31.
More information about the inventory project can be found on the new Information Technology Council (ITC) website under Tools/Inventory. http://www.clayton.edu/itc/.
All employees are encouraged to access the website and learn more about other ITC activities and projects.