Volume 8, #47
New in this Issue
Plate and Jarrard Music Performance Recitals in Spivey Hall, Apr. 23
At 6 p.m. tonight in Spivey Hall, soprano Angie Plate presents her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance Junior Recital.
Plate, who starred as Rose Maybud in the recent Clayton State opera production of Ruddigore, has just been awarded a $1000 scholarship from the Atlanta Opera Guild and sang for their Spring Musicale last Sunday.
Immediately following Plate’s recital, at 7:30 p.m., mezzo-soprano Kelly Jarrard presents her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance Senior Recital. Jarrard is familiar to the campus community as a frequent soloist at Commencement, the Holiday Tree Lighting, the New Student Convocation, and other campus events; as well as her many performances with the Clayton State Jazz Combo.
This will be almost the last opportunity for Clayton State students and faculty to hear her on campus -- she also sings with the Jazz Combo Wednesday night, also in Spivey Hall -- and the first opportunity ever to hear her sing Debussy (as well as Kurt Weill and Harold Arlen).
Butterfly Garden Dedication, May 31
The Clayton State Retirees Association (CSRA) is planning to dedicate the Butterfly Garden next to Swan Lake to the University on Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m. President Hynes, members of the Facilities Management staff, and CSRA retirees will be present for the dedication. Interested faculty and staff are also welcome to attend. A bronze plaque will be placed in the garden during the brief dedication ceremony.
PB&J Day, Apr. 22
By choosing to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich instead of a meat-based meal, you can reduce your carbon footprint and slow global warming. Monday, Apr. 22 is PB&J Day at the Lakeside Dining Hall. Individuals are encouraged to enjoy the PB&J Bar and learn how to save greenhouse gases, land and water.
Teacher Education Speaker Series to Feature Young Adult Authors and Charter School Panel, Apr. 22
It’s teaching made real at Clayton State University as the Department of Teacher Education’s Spring 2013 Education Speaker Series continues this month with a charter schools panel.
The Charter Schools Panel will be held on Monday, Apr. 22, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., in room B14 of the Clayton State Lecture Hall. The speakers will be: Dr. William Wraga, University of Georgia; Dr. Deron Boyles, Georgia State University; Matt Jones from EmpoweEd Georgia; and Elisa Falco, director of education and training, Georgia Charter Schools Association. The panel title is: “Public Education Today: Charter schools, corporatization and activism.”
Autism Forum, Apr. 22
April is Autism Awareness month and the Tau Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Clayton State’s AmeriCorps program will be hosting an Autism Forum from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 22 in room 272 of the James M. Baker University Center.
Faculty/Staff Awards Ceremony, Apr. 23
The Clayton State University Faculty-Staff 2013 Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 23, in Spivey Hall at 2 p.m. Please place this on your calendar and let your departments know about the event.
Specifically, Human Resources needs to know of anyone in your area that is planning on retiring this year. We want to be able to recognize them during the program and present them with their retirement award. Your assistance with gathering this information will be greatly appreciated.
Please let Leon Wheeler know via email as soon as you can. We will be ordering the plaques around the middle of March. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Years of Service May be found here: Service Awards for 2013
The finalists for the 2013 Alice Smith Faculty Award are: from the College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Susan Copeland and Dr. Erica Gannon; from the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences, Dr. Kelli Nipper; from the College of Health, Dina Swearngin; and from the College of Business, Dr. James Keebler.
The finalists for the 2013 Alice Smith Staff Award are: from the Office of Financial Aid, Patricia Barton; from Procurement Services, Marcia Jones; from Athletics Pat Keane, from Department of Facilities Management, Jivaro Lovett; and from the Office of Network and Enterprise Services, Dan Newcombe.
Master of Education Teacher Leadership Major Information Session, Apr. 23
The School of Graduate Studies is currently recruiting students for the Master of Education with a Major in Teacher Leadership for summer semester. There will be an information session on Tuesday, Apr. 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center, for this newest graduate degree program.
Loch Shop Closed, Apr. 23
The Loch Shop will be closed on Tuesday, Apr. 23 for staff development. We will resume regular business hours on Wednesday, Apr. 24 at 8 a.m.
The Clayton State Jazz Combo Presents "Vocal Heavy,” Apr. 24
The Clayton State University Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents the Clayton State University Jazz Combo in “Vocal Heavy: Merging Vocals into Instrumental Formats” on Wednesday, Apr. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
“Vocal Heavy” features a tribute to Dave Brubeck and, according to Director Stacey Houghton (Rex), “places a profound emphasis on vocal styling within its usual instrumental format by way of classic lyrics and improvised scat.”
This is the first concert of its kind for the Clayton State University Jazz Combo in that the performance will include the human voice on most of its selections, with very few exceptions, shares Houghton. The majority of the vocal responsibility will fall on Clayton State University exchange student and singer Clara Fornander. Senior music student and combo guitarist Kelly Jarrard will also present her fourth original composition with the combo that will feature her familiar vocal talents.
Center for Academic Success Spring Tutoring Blitz – Volunteers Needed
The Center for Academic Success will be hosting its Spring Tutoring Blitz on Apr. 24 and Apr. 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the James M. Baker Center University Center Commons area.
Faculty are still needed to volunteer their time to help students prepare for final exams. If interested, please contact Maurica John at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (678) 466-4078.
CYGNET to Hold Annual Launch Party, Apr. 24
, Clayton State University’s literary and arts magazine, will hold its annual launch party on Wednesday, Apr. 24, starting at 2:10 p.m. in room L-200 of the Clayton State Library.
According to Dr. Brigitte Byrd, faculty advisor for CYGNET
, contributors to literary submissions to the 2013 edition are invited to read briefly from their work. In addition, CYGNET
will project the issue’s art works during the event.
Lunch and Learn… Technology in the Classroom, Apr. 24
The Department of Teacher Education would like to help educate you on the use of technology in the classroom.
Dr. Steve Smith is offering some sessions to Education faculty, but Dr. Ruth Caillouet thought that others of the faculty and staff might also be interested. These will be hands-on sessions meant to help the novice as well as the more experienced folks share ideas.
So, bring your lunch and come learn with us. All of the sessions will be held in the Teacher Education Resource Room during the activity period. Feel free to drop in for five minutes or stay as long as you like.
Wednesday, Apr. 24
Mondopads, Document Cameras, and Web Conferencing, noon to 12:45 p.m.
Clayton State University to Celebrate Arbor Day, Apr. 26
Clayton State University and the Clayton State Tree Committee are hosting the University’s first Arbor Day Observance on Friday, Apr. 26, at 10:30 a.m. There will be an Arbor Day Ceremony and tree planting in the University Quad. Vice President for Business and Operations Corlis Cummings will be the guest speaker for the event. In addition, Loch, the Clayton State mascot, will also make a special appearance to support Arbor Day.
Following the ceremony, there will also be trees planted at various locations throughout campus. The trees that will be planted around campus will be Shumard Oaks, which are native to Georgia. Tree identification signage will also be placed on native trees along the walk path behind Spivey Hall and the Music Education Building.
All are welcome to attend the event and participate in the Arbor Day activities.
Trees. Made Real.
Recycle Art Contest, Through Apr. 26
Participants are encouraged to express their artistic ability using recyclable materials to create art, which must be submitted at the Lakeside Dining Hall on Friday, Apr. 19, where they will be on display through Apr. 26. Contestant rules and forms are available at www.csudining.com/events.html.
Winners will be announced, Monday, Apr. 22
The Clayton Community Big Band Presents "Mostly Mintzer,” Apr. 29
The Clayton State University Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents the Clayton Community Big Band (CCBB) in “Mostly Mintzer: Classic & Recent Compositions of Bob Mintzer” on Monday, Apr. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
“Mintzer's music is highly contemporary and draws from a wealth of popular styles, yet it is also steeped in the jazz tradition,” says CCBB director Stacey Houghton (Rex). “His own highly successful big band has popularized Mintzer's writing and performing talents on saxophone for almost 30 years. The CCBB will perform early classic charts from Mintzer's library, as well as a few recent compositions, that feature such styles as post bop, Latin and funk.”
Other composers featured in “Mostly Mintzer” include: Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays, Thad Jones, and Duke Ellington, as arranged by Bob Curnow and Tommy Newsom.
Open Budget Meeting, Apr. 30
As part of the usual budget process of the University, there is an Open Budget Meeting scheduled on Tuesday, April 30, at 2:00 pm in Lecture Hall, Room 14. At this meeting Dr. Hynes will share information about proposed allocations of new resources and give an overview of existing resources.
Governor Deal to Speak at Clayton State Spring Commencement, May 4
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will be the commencement speaker at the 9 a.m. graduation ceremony for Clayton State University on Saturday, May 4, 2013.
As has been the case for several years, Clayton State will hold two ceremonies on May 4. Approximately 240 graduates from the College of Business, College of Health, and College of Information and Mathematical Sciences will attend the 9 a.m. ceremony. The noon ceremony, with Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall as the commencement speaker, will be for approximately 275 graduates of the College of Arts & Sciences.
Support Clayton State Alumnus Tiffany Cavin in the Race for the Cure, May 11
Former Clayton State women’s soccer captain and former Alumni Association board member Tiffany Cavin is taking part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event on May 11.
The website for the event is http://race.komenatlanta.org/site/TR?fr_id=1130&pg=entry.
If you would like to donate to the cause please go to http://race.komenatlanta.org/site/TR/Race/General?px=1429262&pg=personal&fr_id=1130 and select the link to “Support Tiffany” on the right hand side.
“If you decide to register for the event please let me know at email@example.com, so that we can make plans to meet up,” she adds. “Also, if you do want to participate in the event then the deadline for early registration is Apr. 20.”
The race is Saturday, May 11 at Atlantic Station. The 1 mile walk starts at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m.
As part of the recent Avaya upgrade on Apr. 11, the campus voicemail system was upgraded. During the upgrade, the new server would not load the backed up data without corrupting the new system. Based on recommendations of the vendor, Network and Enterprise Services decided the best long-term course of action would be to not corrupt the new voicemail server.
As the server is new, it has no greetings (outgoing messages) on it. We did not want to surprise the campus by having their outgoing greetings suddenly missing on Friday morning. Instead, we will give the campus time to re-record their greetings on the new server before it goes live.
During this period we will not be making any changes to the old system (i.e. new voicemail boxes). We do apologize for the inconvenience while we transition from old to new.
After one week, on Apr. 25, we will switch to the new server. Any mailbox which has not been setup at this time will have the default greeting, and the computer will try to pronounce your name or department name.
How to create a new greeting on the new voice mail server:
· Dial 5995
· Your department will be sent a temporary passcode to login the first time
· You will be required to change your passcode
· You will be given the option to record a greeting. If you do not create one, the computer will announce your name to callers.
Switchover to new server:
· Early on Apr. 25 we will switch the active voicemail to the new server
· 5999 will remain the number to access your voicemail box (this will not change)
How to retrieve messages from old voice mail server:
· To retrieve messages from the old server after Apr. 25, the access number will be 5995
· You will have two weeks to retrieve all messages before the old server is taken offline on May 10
Documentation, including a quick wallet guide to voicemail, can be found at
Clayton State Participating in The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For Program
Clayton State University is participating in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For Program again this year. Last year we were able to take the aggregate results of the survey, and respond to them in a variety of ways to help us improve the ways in which we support learning for our students, faculty, staff and community.
You should have already received an email, from ModernThink (firstname.lastname@example.org), inviting you to participate in a survey that was sent to a random sampling of Faculty, Administrators and Staff. If you have taken the time to complete this survey, thank you for your participation and if you have not yet had a chance to complete it, a reminder email should be sent today.
This is a confidential survey that measures the strength of certain organizational competencies and relationships that most directly impact and influence an institution’s culture. Your participation and candid feedback are critical to the assessment process.
To ensure the confidentiality of your responses, your survey will be processed by ModernThink LLC, a research and consulting firm focusing on workplace excellence. Our institution will not be given any information that would enable us to trace survey data back to any one individual.
We encourage everyone’s participation! A high response rate helps ensure accurate results as well as better data for continuous improvement efforts.
Should you have any questions about this project, contact Narem Reddy in the Provost’s Office at 678-466-4100 or visit www.ChronicleGreatColleges.com
Once again, thanks for all you do.
Rosalynn Gresham’s Fundraising Website
As a follow-up to last week’s Transplant Awareness Event, Laker Lines and Dr. Sarah Stein would like to remind the campus of student Rosalynn Gresham’s fundraising website – part of her efforts to obtain a kidney transplant.
Her direct site information is at http://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/pth1/newlifenewbeginnings
. Or, you just go to www.givefoward.com
and then in the "find fundraiser" section type in New Life New Beginnings.
Clayton State Dental Hygienists are Doing the Harlem Shake
You’ve seen the top-ranked Clayton State Lakers women’s basketball team do the Harlem Shake… you’ve seen the Harlem Shake underwater… you’ve seen the Harlem Shake in an airplane… you’ve seen the Harlem Shake in the army… but, have you ever seen the Dental Hygienist Harlem Shake?
It might be safe to say that almost everyone has seen or heard of the recent internet sensation the Harlem Shake. Clayton State University’s Dental Hygiene students and faculty recently collaborated with the Clayton State University student television organization (CSTV) to make their own Harlem Shake video. With giant props, and a lively group who never are down at the mouth, the Harlem Shake video they produced will surely stand out among all the other Harlem Shake videos.
Be sure to check with video on the Clayton State University Relations You Tube Channel at: http://youtu.be/Cp4GmAu8GG4.
Loch Shop Stocking Limited Edition Elite 8 & Peach Belt Champion T-Shirts
Starting at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Apr. 18, Clayton State University’s The Loch Shop we will be stocking a combination Elite 8 and Peach Belt Champion women’s basketball t-shirt in both male and female cuts.
The designs by Shirt Designs are made by Russell Athletic. There will only be 72 shirts available in each style.
Led by first team All-American and Ellenwood’s own Drameka Griggs, the Lakers finished the 2012/2013 season 32-1 and ranked fifth in the nation after spending a month as the top-ranked and only undefeated team in NCAA Division II.
New from The Loch Shop
Apple education pricing is a great way for college students, parents buying for a college student, faculty and staff to purchase Mac computers, Apple software, and select accessories at special prices. Follow this link to find some of your favorite Apple products and start saving – go to http://www.ishoplochshop.com/site_apple.asp
Just in time for graduation — Clayton State alumni polos are now available as part of Polopallooza. There is no better way to show your new alumni status than a polo for $9.99. White, Blue, Orange and Tan — we’ve got the color you are looking for so come by and pick up your alumni polo before graduation.
Clayton State Water Bottles on Sale in The Loch Shop
With Earth Day right around the corner, The Loch Shop is offering Clayton State Water Bottles for the reduced price of $3. These refillable water bottles are a great way to reduce the number of bottles thrown away while showing your school pride! We have limited quantities, so come pick up your water bottle today!
Polopalooza and Sweats Sale at the Loch Shop
It’s Polopalooza at the Loch Shop – all Clayton State polos are now $9.99! We have a full sizes range from XS to 5XL in white, blue, orange and grey in multiple styles.
Also, never let them see you sweat! All sweatshirts and sweatpants are on sale. Look for spring colors… yellow tags $10, pink tags $15, and green tags $20.
We also have discounted Bargain Books to under $3 a book and selected Boots products are on sale from $4 to $8. While supplies last, so hurry in and grab yours today.
Dining Survey Today: Feedback Could Win You $50 Gift Card
Clayton State Dining is requesting your participation in a market research study of the campus community with the goal of improving services on your campus. How can we make your day better? We’re looking for feedback on your recent dining experiences on campus and your opinion counts.
The survey takes approximately seven minutes to complete and can be accessed from: http://vcil.cc/twm43sn. It's open through Friday, Apr. 26.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this survey, please email email@example.com.Thank you in advance for your participation and valuable feedback. We look forward to serving you!
Faculty/Staff Meal Plans and Dining Dollars End May 6
All faculty/staff meal plans and Dining Dollars end May 6. Meals expire at the end of lunch (2pm) on May 6, and Dining Dollars expire at the end of the day. If you have more meals than you think you will use, invite a colleague to eat with you in the Dining Hall. If you have Dining Dollars, don’t let them go to waste! Take a friend to Jazzman’s for coffee or a smoothie or maybe treat them to a pizza at Pizza Hut. The Lakeside Dining Hall will re-open for regular service at the beginning of fall semester 2013.
To check your meal plan and/or Dining Dollar balance, visit www.lakercard.com
and click on the LakerCard Online button. Log in with your Clayton State network credentials and follow the prompts to check your account balances.
Participate as a Volunteer or Judge at the Georgia State Student Media Festival
The Georgia Student Media Festival is celebrating its 37th anniversary this year. Each year so many students from across Georgia submit outstanding media and technology projects. At the 2012 International Student Media Festival, 445+ Georgia entries were recognized as winners with many as Best of Festival.
Additional information about the Georgia Student Media Festival may be found at the following links: http://www.gsmf.us/uploads/6/6/3/8/6638614/gsmfentrybooklet13.pdf. This year the State Festival will be held on Friday, May 3, at the Clayton County Schools Professional Learning Center (CCSPLC) in Jonesboro (1087 Battlecreek Rd,). Please consider this your official invitation to serve as a judge/volunteer at this year’s Festival. We’ll need you to be at CCSPLC from 8 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m.
If you are able to serve as a judge for the Festival, please complete the electronic registration form found at: http://www.gsmf.us/judges-registration.html. If you have questions please feel free to call Gordon Baker at (678) 466-4325) or email at GordonBaker@Clayton.Edu. Please let him know if you can judge by Apr. 24.You will receive an email giving you specific information.
We are also asking you to bring a laptop. Most of our projects will be in CD or DVD format. If you can bring a laptop, please mark the electronic registration form accordingly at the link above. To see what programs your laptop needs to have, please go to this site: http://www.gsmf.us/judges-information.html. You will also find download links at this site. We suggest you bring your own personal ear buds, if not, we will provide you with a pair.
Georgia Department of Revenue Changes
Effective immediately - The Georgia Department of Revenue has revised the Georgia Form G-4 (Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate) for 2013. This change reduces the maximum number of allowances from two to one for the following selections:
· B. Married Filing Joint, both spouses working
· D. Married Filing Separate
· E. Head of Household
Because of this revision, the calculation method used to determine the amount of State of Georgia Income tax to withhold from some employee payments has changed. This change will not impact everyone, but may result in a small change for those employees who claim certain Married statuses and Head of Household statuses.
What change will you see on your paychecks?
· Employees who currently claim marital status B, D or E with 0 allowance will not see a change in the withholding from their paycheck.
· Employees who currently claim marital status B, D or E with 1 allowance will see a small reduction in their Georgia withholding, thus a small increase in their take home pay.
· Employees who currently claim marital status B, D or E with 2 allowances will see a small increase in their Georgia withholding, thus a small decrease in their take home pay.
What action should be taken by Employee?
· Employees that currently claim the impacted statuses (B, D or E) should complete a new Georgia G-4 withholding form.
Fiscal Year End 2013 Deadlines
Purchase Requisitions Submitted to Procurement Services:
• May 1, 2013 All purchases requiring a purchase order. Anything requested after this date must be approved by Budget & Finance.
P-Card Cutoff Dates:
• May 6, 2013 Last day to use the P-card so the purchases will be posted to the May 2013 Visa statement (received in June). Any purchases on future statements will be charged to fiscal year 2014.
Budget Amendment Requests:
• May 10, 2013 All budget amendments for FY 2013 submitted to Scott McElroy.
Check Request and Travel Reimbursement Deadlines:
• June 1, 2013 Last day the Travel and Expense module will be available for reimbursement requests for fiscal year 2013.
• May 1, 2013 Last day to submit all check requests with appropriate documentation for FY2013 for funds 10000, 10500 and 10600.
• June 14, 2013 Last day to submit a request to transfer costs between E & G and Sponsored.
• June 14, 2013 Last day to submit a request to correction to a charge posted against your budget.
Any questions, please contact Marcia Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 4280.