Volume 7, #121
Rosalynn Gresham Continues to Overcome Adversity – Maybe You Can Help
It’s a story that proves the strength of the human spirit. Rosalynn Gresham, a 33-year-old Clayton State University student from Hampton, Ga., is continuing her studies, despite a medical condition that put her in the hospital last week, and will imperil her life if she cannot find a matching donor for a kidney transplant.
Gresham’s on-going struggle with lupus and, more recently, kidney failure, was profiled last month by WXIA-TV, in part because her Clayton State Criminal Justice professor, Dr. Sarah Stein, has volunteered to be tested as a match to donate the kidney Gresham needs to discontinue her three-times-a-week, for three hours and 15 minutes at a time, dialysis treatments.
However, life doesn’t stop during the testing process, either medically or scholastically, and Gresham had surgery last week for colitis. Nevertheless, undaunted, she’s back in class, making up the work she missed, and taking steps on her own. She has recently set up a website (http://www.giveforward.com/newlifenewbeginnings
) for the purpose of fundraising and to raise awareness for people to get tested to see if they are a match.
"This is an extreme case of trying to help a student, but if you can, you should," says Stein.
Diagnosed with lupus at the young age of 17, Gresham has battled the disease and its effects for almost half her life. She has been on dialysis since last January, alternating her time between the classroom and the hospital.
"She's extremely bright, she's extremely driven to do what she wants to do, and she has a zest for life that is unbelievable,” says Stein, who at age 29 is actually younger than her student. "I at least wanted to give her that hope that someone out there is trying, and I hope other people will try as well."
If there is any justice, in addition to that found in Stein’s classroom, they will.
Soccer This Weekend, Oct. 20, Oct. 21
The men’s and women’s soccer teams will play a doubleheader against USC Aiken on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Laker Field. The women’s game will start at 5 p.m., and the men at 7:30 p.m.
Then, the women will come right back on Sunday, Oct. 21, with a first-ever game against Georgia Gwinnett, a 4 p.m. start at Laker Field.
Monthly Payroll Reminder
Due to the centralization of payroll services, approvals of all monthly time must be approved by 5 p.m., Monday Oct. 22,
for the payroll ending on Oct. 31, 2012.
Any monthly time taken after approval on Oct. 22
will need to be reported on the monthly record of leave form located on the payroll web site listed below.
If you have any questions, including password resets, while attempting to approve or update a time card, please contact our SSC Customer Support Team.
Tell Us Comment Drawing Winners
Congratulations to Lauren Holman (student) and Pam Barnes (Continuing Education)! They are the winners of the $25 Loch Shop Gift Card and the $25 LakerBucks deposit from the Tell Us card promotion in September.
Tell Us comment card boxes are available across campus, and you can submit feedback about your service experience at any office in any box. Comment cards are collected monthly and feedback is provided to the respective department.
Another Tell Us promotion will run during the month of November. Submit a Tell Us card and include your name and LakerID number to be eligible for a $25 Loch Shop gift card or a $25 LakerBucks deposit. Winners will be announced in early December.
Office of Community Standards Awarded Grant from Governor’s Office of Highway Safety
The Office of Community Standards (formerly the Office of Student Conduct) has been awarded a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The purpose of the GOHS grant is to provide alcohol and other drug education and prevention programs at Clayton State University.
The specific events have not yet been planned, but they will include programming for National Colligate Alcohol Awareness week and unplanned seat belt checks.
For more information, contact Ash Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or Alicia Myrick at email@example.com
, (678) 466-5444.
Staff Council Coca-Cola Fundraiser
Staff Council is sponsoring a Coca-Cola Fundraiser from now until Tuesday, Oct. 30. If you are interested in placing an order and additional information, then please contact Heidi Benford – Chair, x4328 firstname.lastname@example.org
for an order form.
The delivery of the orders will be Wednesday, Nov. 7, from noon until 2 p.m. in the L parking lot of the campus. Volunteers are needed to assist with the distribution of orders. All are welcome to participate. Funds generated will be used to assist with Staff Appreciation Day 2013.
Halloween Fall Festival at Laker Hall – Volunteers Needed
The Office of Orientation & New Student Programs in collaboration with Residence Life and AmeriCorps are looking for volunteers for the annual Halloween Fall Festival at Laker Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Volunteers will serve as tour guides, man activities, and/or serve as greeters.
There are four (4) shifts available: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
If interested in volunteering please contact Darius Thomas at DariusThomas@clayton.edu
with your name and the shift you would like.
The Halloween Fall Festival at Laker Hall is an event open to the Clayton State community that provides a safe alternative for trick-or-treating. This event features a haunted suite, games, and trick-or-treating. Bring your boys, girls, infants, and toddlers. All children must be accompanied by adults. And kid friendly costumes are welcomed!
RSVP to attend the event at http://www.clayton.edu/orientation/events/festival
by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22.
Employee Benefits – Sam's Club Membership Program
We are pleased to announce our partnership with Sam's Club.
Sam's Club is the nation's largest members-only warehouse that provides members exceptional value on name-brand merchandise for both business and personal.
By purchasing a Partner Membership, we are offering you, our valued employees, a way to save on personal items for yourselves and your families. If you are already a Sam's Club Member, our Partner Membership enables us to renew your current membership for 12 additional months. Along with the $40
group rate, each participating employee will also receive a $10 gift card
after enrolling in the program!
Human Resource Department has a form to register by Oct. 24. If you have any questions, please contact HR, (678) 466-4230.
2013 Open Enrollment Starts, Oct. 15
The 2013 Annual Benefits Open Enrollment is Oct. 15 to Nov. 9, 2012. During the Open Enrollment period, you may be eligible to change, enroll, cancel, or remove dependents from your health, dental, and vision insurance.
If you are adding dependents to your coverage in 2013, please submit the required dependent documentation
to Human Resources prior to Nov. 9, 2012.
TAP Applications for Spring 2013
The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application acceptance status is now open for spring 2013 semester. The application submission deadline is Nov. 15.
Please forward your completed System Wide TAP Applications
to Department of Human Resources
For more information on TAP eligibility, policy, and procedures please go to: http://www.clayton.edu/human-resources/tap
Get up to Speed on Handling Plagiarism and Concerning Student Behavior
The Student Behavior Consultation Team (SBCT) is offering two different workshops within the next month for faculty and staff related to responding to academic misconduct matters and concerning student behavior.
You can read the workshop descriptions and sign up for the workshops by going to the Center for Instructional Development (CID) website or by using the link below:
Sexual Harassment Training
Beginning Oct. 1, 2012, all faculty, staff and student employees will be required to complete the “Sexual Harassment: A Common Sense Approach” training. The training video, workbook and assessment are all designed to ensure that employees understand and adhere to the University’s policy and procedures.
To access and complete the training:
Clayton State Holding Recycled Athletic Shoe Drive
- Log into the CSU Training University using your current Clayton State user name and password.
- Select “Required Training” under Course Categories
- Sexual Harassment: A Common Sense Approach
Do you have worn-out athletic shoes lying around? If so, you can donate them for recycling so they can have new life as a tennis court, a playground, or a basketball court.
The GoGreen Team at Clayton State University has placed a collection bin outside the LakerCard Center on the first floor of the James M. Baker University Center for used athletic shoe donations between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31.
GoGreen will accept any athletic shoes and any brand, but only athletics shoes – nothing with metal, no sandals or flip-flops, no cleats or dress shoes, and no wet or damp shoes.
Music Preparatory School Registration Continues
The Clayton State University Music Preparatory School would like to remind staff and students that registrations for non-credit music lessons and classes continues for Fall Session Two.
Registrations will be accepted after Oct. 20, but will incur a late fee. Call (678) 466-5600 to register.
Low Element Challenge Course Ribbon Cutting, Oct. 23
Are you looking for a team-building-type opportunity for your class, student group, or department? Do you find that you are in need of greater communication, trust, and cooperation within the group dynamic? If so, Clayton State University’s Department of Recreation & Wellness has an opportunity for you.
The Department of Recreation & Wellness is pleased to announce the unveiling of a Low Element Challenge Course. This outdoor facility will avail itself to the campus community as well as outside groups and corporations. Trust, communication, teambuilding and leadership are just a few of the skills that will be challenged and developed at the Low Element Course.
Outdoor teamwork-enrichment programs have increased in popularity and Clayton State’s Outdoor Adventure Program is thrilled to offer this exciting opportunity to the University community. Nicholas Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation & Wellness, was instrumental in the design of this facility which currently includes seven elements but will expand to 10 by the end of October.
“Our programs are uniquely created to give each participant and team an invaluable set of tools not only for personal growth, but also for professional development,” he says.
“The addition of the Low Element Challenge Course will enable our department to provide the opportunity to expand programming and experiential learning opportunities to students, classes, campus organizations, university staff, and faculty,” adds Cindy Lauer, director of Recreation & Wellness.
A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new facility will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to noon and the campus community is invited to attend. Attendees should assemble at the back entrance of the SAC no later than 10:50 a.m., in order to be escorted to the challenge course location.
For further information, please contact Kilburg at (678) 466-4972 or email NicholasKilburg@clayton.edu
. Information can also be found at http://adminservices.clayton.edu/recwell/outdooradventure/
October Service Learning Series – Animal Rights, Oct. 24
The October Service Learning Series sponsored by the Clayton State University Department of Campus Life will focus on animal rights.
Do you believe zoos and aquariums are educational and promote conservation? Or do you believe they are cruel and unnecessary animal prisons? Dr. Joshua Parker, assistant professor of Biology (and Clayton State’s resident snake expert), will facilitate a discussion that will present both sides of the issue. The session will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at noon in room 268 of the James M. Baker University Center. The discussion is open to all students, faculty, staff and the public who are interested expressing their views and opinions or would just like to listen.
Then, on Saturday, Oct. 27, Clayton State students will be volunteering at Zoo Atlanta’s annual Boo at the Zoo Halloween Festival. Participants will help create a merry but not very scary environment for children and their families to trick or treat. Participation for this event is limited to 35 and transportation will be available if requested. To register to participate on Saturday, please visit www.clayton.edu/campus-life/servicelearning/series
For additional information, contact LaShanda Hardin at (678) 466-5433 or email@example.com
“Do Our Rights Come From God?” The Next Talk in the Clayton State Philosophy Department’s Occasional Papers Series, Oct. 24
The Clayton State University Philosophy faculty invites Clayton State students, faculty, staff and the public to the next installment of the Occasional Papers series, featuring Clayton State Lecturer in Philosophy Dr. Aaron Dopf’s “Do Our Rights Come From God?”
Dopf’s talk will be held in room UC262 of the James M. Baker University Center, from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The talk is free and open to the public.
As evidenced by the recent Republican convention and political debate, the notion that our rights come from God is a popular sentiment in modern American culture. But, what exactly does this slogan mean? This talk will address this question along with related ones regarding the philosophical and moral nature of rights.
“Education Under Fire,” Oct. 24
On Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the main building of Clayton State – East, the Fall 2012 Teacher Education Film Series will present, “Education Under Fire,” a film produced by Single Arrow Productions and co-sponsored by Amnesty International.
The 30-minute documentary profiles the growth, struggle, and inspiring spirit of the Baha´i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE). Baha´is in Iran have been subjected to systematic persecution, including arrests, torture, and execution simply for refusing to recant their beliefs.
Since the 1979 revolution, young Bahá’ís have not been allowed to attend any of Iran’s universities. Bahá’í academics that have themselves been barred from teaching professionally as a result of their religious beliefs started the BIHE in their homes and began educating Baha’i youth in living rooms and kitchens across Iran. The BIHE represents the only chance that Bahá’í youth have for higher education.
In May 2011, the government launched a coordinated attack against the BIHE–raiding dozens of homes, confiscating materials and detaining 18 professors and administrators. Seven of those arrested received four or five-year prison terms – their only crime: educating the youth in their community.
Visiting Writer’s Reading Series to Feature Poet Amy Riddell, Oct. 25
Poet Amy Riddell will be the next reader in the Clayton State University Visiting Writer’s Reading Series (VWRS). She will be reading on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m., in the Atrium of the Harry S. Downs Center.
In her first full-length volume of poetry, “Bullets in the Jewelry Box,” (FutureCycle Press, 2012) Riddell gives a true crime story, that of her Bluebeard-like father who went to prison for trying to murder his wife. From her attempts to understand her father’s odd brutalities (and love), to her own hard-won transcendence later in life, these poems offer tacit touchstones to healing.
Riddell's poems have appeared in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Blue Fifth Review, Prick of the Spindle, Birmingham Poetry Review, and ChickenPiñata.
Her chapbook “Narcissistic Injury” was published in 2009 by Pudding House. She lives with her husband and daughter in northwest Florida, where she teaches English at Northwest Florida State College. Riddell’s appearance at Clayton State is free and open to the public.
Clayton State University Health Services to Hold Awareness Fair, Oct. 25
Clayton State University’s University Health Services will have a fun-filled Awareness Fair for Clayton States students, faculty and staff on Thursday Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Main Street in the James M. Baker University Center, outside both main entrances to the Baker Center, and at Laker Hall.
According to Dr. Julia Spinolo, UHS director, the theme for this year is, “Life’s A Roller Coaster… Have a Safe Ride.” The Awareness Fair will be filled with lots of fun, games, activities, give-a-ways, and life-long knowledge opportunities.
Reggie Smith, holistic health practitioner, radio/TV personality, and author from Queens, N.Y., will be the keynote speaker.
Smith, who has been HIV+ for more than 25 years, has initiated a national campaign, Wellness Awareness and Recovery, to diminish the stigma surrounding HIV and increase awareness about the unmet needs of U.S. families in this regard.
Smith will be speaking from noon to 1 p.m., in room UC327 of the James M. Baker University Center.
Employee Benefits Fair, Oct. 26
The annual Clayton State Employee Benefits Fair will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Harry S. Downs Center.
Loch Shop Halloween Costume Contest, Oct. 31
The Loch Shop invites all you Guys and Ghouls to come and scare the pants off of our judges for a chance to win a $50 Gift Card from The Loch Shop.
The competition, to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., is open to all faculty, staff and students. Registration is from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Loch Shop.
First, second and third place prizes are available in Faculty/Staff and Student categories.
As always, there will be light refreshments available.
Zumba Party, Nov. 1
Get ready to dance those calories away! On Thursday, Nov. 1, the Department of Recreation & Wellness will host a Zumba® Party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on SAC Fitness Center Gym, Court Two.
Zumba® focuses on Latin dance moves to get your heart pumping and burn calories more effectively. Our instructor will teach you basic Latin dance moves to great music and you won’t even know you’re working out!
The event is free to all currently enrolled Clayton State University students and SAC Fitness Center Members and is $7 for guests and non-members. Community/family members are also invited to attend. Bring your friends and join the party.
For more information contact Lisa Williamson, assistant director of Fitness & Wellness at (678) 466 4975 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Murderball,” Nov. 1
As part of the Disability Resource Center’s celebration of Disability Awareness Month, the movie “Murderball” will be shown at 6:30 p.m., in room 272 of the James M. Baker University Center, on Thursday, Nov. 1. The “Murderball” showing is co-sponsored by AmeriCorps.
This amazing documentary chronicles the lives of rough and tumble rugby players, who also happen to be wheelchair users, on their quest for Olympic gold. The movie follows the hard-hitting action on the court where players smash each other with reinforced wheelchairs on and off the court. These amazing men will make you think differently about the word “disability.”
Also in attendance at the screening will be Clayton State’s own Zac Bradley, and his "Murderball" coach, who will be answering questions about the sport.
“`Murderball,’ the documentary, seems to engender a great response from viewers. It is an unflinching look at disability, sexuality and Olympic competition,” says the Disability Resource Center’s Tameeka Hunter.
Walk with the City of Morrow, Nov. 3
Walk the Jester’s Creek Pedestrian Walkway from Morrow City Hall, Milton Daniel Park, 1500 Morrow Rd., on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call Sylvia at (678) 90-20889.
Veterans Resource Center Plans Remembrance Day National Roll Call for Veterans Day, Nov. 12
Preparation for the upcoming Veterans Day celebration at Clayton State University is in progress. The official celebration will be on Monday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will feature the Clayton State Veterans Resource Center’s Second Annual Remembrance Day National Roll Call.
This year’s Roll Call will feature a change from 2011 in that the names of those currently serving as well as the names of the fallen will be read. Last year only the names of the fallen were read.
The Roll Call will be read in the Eugene Lawson Amphitheater on the Clayton State campus. There will also be opening ceremony comments and “minute of silence” comments. The Remembrance Day National Roll Call is free and open to the public.
Clayton State Middle Level Education & Music Education Information Session, Nov. 13
Students seeking information about Clayton State University’s Middle Level Education or Music Education degree programs are invited to attend an Information Session on Nov. 13.
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.
Discover what it takes to earn a degree in teacher education. Tuesday, Nov. 13, Arts & Science Building, room G-227, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Women’s Forum Annual Auction, Chili Cook-Off, Quilt Raffle, Nov. 15
The Clayton State Women’s Forum announces the annual Auction, Chili Cook-Off, and Quilt Raffle scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15. 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 that faculty and staff members can be involved:
Contribute to the Women’s Forum Scholarship Fund through the Faculty/Staff Fund Drive
Visit the Women’s Forum table at the HR Benefits Fair on Oct. 26 for info on upcoming events
Donate items for the Auction
Shop the Auction – perfect for the holiday season and year-round gift-giving
Prepare a pot of chili for the Chili Cook-Off
Join us at the Chili Cook-Off and enjoy some delicious chili
Purchase Quilt Raffle tickets
Become a member of Women’s Forum – the basic membership fee is only $5
Online auction bidding will commence on Nov. 12. Donated items will be displayed in the University Center on Nov. 15. Faculty, staff, students, retirees, and community members collaborate for this event which has become an annual campus tradition