Volume 7, #26
More Websites to be Launched in the Content Management System Conversion Today!
The new Content Management System (CMS) University home page along with the News and About Clayton State sites were successfully launched on Dec. 12, 2011. The HUB published its new site on Jan. 3, 2012.
The next websites to be launched are the administrative divisions: Academic Affairs, Business and Operations, External Relations, OITS, and Student Affairs. All departmental sites in these divisions have been converted to the CMS and will go live during the spring break week of Mar. 5. This domain (adminservices) comprises approximately 50 percent to 60 percent of the University website, so a successful outcome of this phase will be a significant milestone.
The focus will then turn to academic units. The timeline for completion of academic sites in order to allow more time for faculty members to convert their home pages to DNN has been revised. CIMS and College of Health sites may be ready by mid-May to June 1. For the College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, and School of Graduate Studies, the date has been extended until July 1. This means that faculty will have three to four months to work with the Center for Instructional Development to convert faculty home pages and have a usable CMS site when the college and school sites go live.
The CMS conversion project is a collaboration among several divisions and departments: Dolores Cox, Leanne Bradberry, and Shannon Crupi in the External Relations Office of University Image and Communications; Tom Marshall, Chris Hansen, and Richard Young in OITS Administrative Systems; Roger Poore, Dan Newcombe, and Todd Birchfield in OITS Telecommunications & Networking; and Jill Lane, Lou Brackett, Steve Smith, James Fries, and Christopher White in the Academic Affairs Center for Instructional Development.
Your patience is greatly appreciated as efforts continue to improve and enhance the University’s website presence. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have concerns or need more information.
Staff Smith Awards Nominations Deadline Wednesday
The Smith Awards Committee of Staff Council is currently accepting nominations of eligible employees. To be eligible, the staff employee must be full-time benefited and have at least one year of credible service. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Mar. 7. Nominations will not be accepted after this deadline. Please submit your nomination in 50 words or less and be as specific as possible.
The information, and a nomination form, for the Staff Smith Awards Nominations can be found here: http://www.clayton.edu/staff-council/smithaward
In addition, an MS Excel file is available or you may send your submission to Heidi Benford, Staff Council Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org via email. The Staff Smith Awards Committee members are Sara Holmes, Shawnda Jennings and Tiffany Robbins, and are not eligible to be nominated.
Active Shooter Training Next Week
On Tuesday, Mar. 6 and Thursday, Mar. 8, the University’s Department of Public Safety, along with the Police Departments from the cities of Forest Park and Morrow, will be conducting “active shooter” training on campus.
The all day training will consist of both classroom discussions and practical exercises. The focus will be on the application of crisis response policies and procedures in the event someone intentionally discharges a firearm on campus.
The locations of the training will be the Lecture Hall and buildings 300 and 400 at the Clayton Station Apartments (which are scheduled for renovation). Access to these locations will be restricted to training participants only.
$15 Million Housing Initiative To Launch In Clayton County With Special Provision For Policemen, Firefighters, Military and Educators
The City of Riverdale and Clayton County are making great strides to address the foreclosure and vacant home issue, which has the county ranked as #1 in the state of Georgia with 16.1% of its housing inventory in distress (LPS Applied Analytics, November 2011). To aid in this relief, Clayton County will join forces with APD Solutions (APDS), a national neighborhood revitalization firm, to launch Get Home Now! (GHN!), which is a national program making its way across the country helping working families acquire and rehab vacant and foreclosed homes.
Elected officials and key community stakeholders will officially launch Get Home Now! in Clayton County during a press conference, which will be followed by a program on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 10:30 a.m., at Riverdale City Hall, 7200 Church Street in Riverdale, Georgia.
Speakers will include Vice Chairman Wole Ralph, Clayton County Board of Commissioners; Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon, City of Riverdale; Chief Executive Officer Vaughn Irons, APD Solutions; Superintendent Edmond Heatley, Clayton County Public Schools; and more.
For more information about APD Solutions’ Get Home Now! housing initiative visit www.homebyrequest.com/gethomenow
or call the hotline at (877) 484-6669.
2012 Tax Status
In an effort to update employee records, we ask that all employees log into ADP Employee Self Service
to view and verify their current tax status. If the information needs to be updated, complete one or both of the forms available from HR for processing. If you have not registered for ADP, please see attached instructions.
SAC Fitness Center – Reduced Hours for Spring Break
- Form W-4: Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate (PDF)
Employees are required to complete this form to designate their dependents and tax withholdings.
- · Form G-4: Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate (State of Georgia) (PDF)
This form is used to designate their dependents and tax withholdings for the state of Georgia.
The SAC Fitness Center will close at 8 p.m. in the evening during the week of Spring Break, Mar. 5 to Mar. 9. The weekend hours will not be affected.
Zumba Continues at the SAC Fitness Center
Yes, Zumba continues its run as the most popular group exercise class ever at the SAC Fitness Center. Originally scheduled as a six-week pilot class, the popular demand of Zumba and the excellent, high-energy instruction by Crystal Cornejo, the class will continue through the end of a April. Come and see what all the fuss is about! This class meets Wednesday evenings at 6:35 p.m. at the SAC Fitness Center.
Please note that the Tuesday morning, “Step It Up” class has been cancelled due to low participation.
Notary Publics on Campus
In response to an earlier inquiry in Laker Lines; Wanda Davis-Bender (Academic Affairs), Amy Poole (FYARC) and Nancy Franco (CIMS) are notary publics.
Procurement Services Closed, Mar. 7
The Office of Procurement Services will be closed on Wednesday, Mar. 7 for professional development.
Auxiliary Services Hours During Spring Break
The Loch Shop
- Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Friday 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The LakerCard Center
- Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Friday 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Lakeside Dining Hall
- Friday, Mar. 2 – Breakfast/Lunch only
- Saturday, Mar. 3 – Saturday, Mar. 10 – CLOSED
- Sunday, Mar. 11 – Dinner only
- Jazzman’s – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- SubConnection – 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Pizza Hut – CLOSED
- Simply to Go – CLOSED
- Sandella’s – CLOSED
- SAC Café – CLOSED
- Loft Café (Clayton State East) – CLOSED
Regular hours of operation resume Monday, Mar. 12.
Clayton State to Host Mathematical Association of America, Mar. 9 and Mar. 10
Clayton State University will be the site of the Spring 2012 Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Southeastern Section Meeting.
Annual MAA Southeastern Section meeting will take place on Friday, Mar. 9 and Saturday, Mar. 10, during the University’s Spring Break. To give an idea of the scope of the conference, it is anticipated that all classrooms and open space in the James M. Baker University Center, Clayton State’s largest academic building, will be in use for the expected 500 attendees. In addition, the conference’s business meetings and general sessions will be held in the Student Activities center ballroom, also on Mar. 9 and Mar. 10. There will also be some pre-conference activities on campus on Thursday afternoon and evening, Mar. 8.
According to Dr. Cathie Aust, Clayton State Emerita Professor of Mathematics and the conference’s local arrangements coordinator, the conference is open to the public, one does not have to be a member of the MAA to attend. However, anyone who attends must register. Go to the conference website; http://sections.maa.org/southeastern/maase/conference/
, for more information, or to register. In addition to using the Baker Center and the SAC, the conference will also feature a music program for registered conference attendees in Clayton State’s world-famous Spivey Hall on Friday evening, involving performances by Clayton State music students, some of the University’s music faculty, and the Clayton State Gospel Choir.
Caribbean Student Association Patty Sale, Mar. 13
Caribbean Student Association (CSA) returns with its last Patty Sale of the semester on Thursday, Mar. 13, starting at 11 a.m. until all food items run out.
We will be located in the UC on Main Street. Beef and chicken Jamaican patties are $2.50 each and Veggie patties are $ 3.00. Co-co bread $1.50 and drinks (Jamaican kola and Jamaican cream soda) $1.25 each.
Pre-order forms are available in the Arts and Sciences building in room G-210 on the secretary’s desk and can be dropped off at same location in the CSA mailbox. All pre-sales end on Friday. Mar. 9, by noon.
Patties and or food items will be delivered to your location on Thursday, Mar. 13 before patty sales. Donations are welcomed.
Clayton State – East Open House, Mar. 14
You are cordially invited to an Open House at Clayton State — East to celebrate the new location of the following offices:
Division of Business and Operations: Vice President, AVP/Controller, Budget and Finance, Procurement Services, Accounting Services, Grant Accounting & Compliance, Payroll
Division of External Relations: Vice President, Development, Alumni Relations, University Relations, University Image & Communications
Office of Conflict Resolution
Please join us on Wednesday, Mar. 14, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Clayton State New York Times Talk to Discuss Anti-Depressants, Mar. 15
Clayton State University’s partnership with the New York Times
continues on the Ides of March with a New York Times Talk on anti-depressants.
The talk, titled "Anti-Depressants: Myths and Realities," will be facilitated by Professor of Psychology Dr. Catherine “Kitty” Deering, on Thursday, Mar. 15, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in room T152 of Clayton Hall.
This event is free and open to the public. A free lunch will be provided, courtesy of the New York Times,
to those who RSVP to Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Joe Corrado at email@example.com
no later than Wednesday, Mar. 14 at 3:45 p.m.
Dean Ogbuehi to Speak at Pan African Chamber of Commerce, Mar. 15
The Pan African American Chamber of Commerce will host “African Business & Development: Pathways & Partnerships for the 21st
Century” on Thursday, Mar. 15 at 11:30 a.m., at The World Trade Center Atlanta, located at 303 Peachtree St., NE, Ste. #100. Guest speaker Dr. Alphonso Ogbuehi, dean of the College of Business at Clayton State University, will present his take the enormous economic opportunities that have not been fully utilized between Africa and the United States.
Reservations are required. Ticket prices include lunch and parking. For PAAC members, the price is $35. Non-members, $4. For tickets, go to www.PAAChamber.comor call (770) 365-8196.
Veterans Resource Center Grand Opening, Mar. 16
The new Veterans Resource Center, located in room STC115 of the Student Center (next to The Loch Shop), will hold its Grand Opening on Friday, Mar. 16, at 11:30 a.m. Clayton State President Dr. Tim Hynes, Vice President for External Relations Brig. Gen. (retired) Robert L. “Steve” Stephens, and a number of Clayton State’s student veterans will be in attendance. More details on the Grand Opening will be forthcoming.
Free Tax Assistance Returns at Clayton State, Mar. 17
Accounting students from the College of Business at Clayton State University will be taking a brief spring break over the next couple of weekends (maybe to do their own taxes). However, they will once again be offering free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) on Saturday, Mar. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the College of Business Building. The final two VITA dates for 2012 will be Saturday, Mar. 24 and Saturday, Mar. 31.
Taxpayers will be assisted on a first come, first serve basis. If taxpayers have further questions they may call the VITA hotline at (678) 466-4527. Spanish translators are available, but must be scheduled in advance.
SBDC to Host “Starting a Business” Workshop at Clayton State – Fayette, Mar. 22
Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting a “Starting a Business” workshop, a comprehensive workshop on important decisions you make prior to opening a business, at the Clayton State – Fayette instructional site.
“Starting a Business” will be held on Thursday, Mar. 22, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Clayton State – Fayette, 100 World Dr., Ste. 100, in Peachtree City.
“If you are considering starting a business, this workshop is a crucial first step,” says SBDC Director Alisa Kirk.
PowerPoint handouts and a book, “How to Start a Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs” will be provided.
The cost is $69 per person with 50 percent off for each additional person. In addition, Clayton State students and employees also get 50 percent off. To register, go to http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx? page_name=view_cart&addproduct=111024
NARA to Hold Workshop on 1940 Census, Mar. 24
The 1940 Census will be opened on Apr. 2, 2012, at 9 a.m. While statistics related to each census are released soon after the census is taken, the list of people who were enumerated is closed for 72 years for privacy restrictions.
The 1940 Census will be available free via NARA’s website, www.archives
. Users may access it from their personal computers at all hours and by using computers in libraries and other institutions.
However, it is not keyword searchable. Use of an enumeration district (ED) number is essential.
The National Archives at Atlanta will hold a workshop on the 1940 Census on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012, at 10 a.m., to address questions asked on the census, how it’s different from past censuses, and how to obtain ED numbers.
The workshop is in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Friends of the National Archives, Southeast Region. There will be a brief business meeting and then the workshop will begin.
Registration is not required, and there is no charge for the event. For more information contact Mary Evelyn Tomlin at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at (770) 968-2555.
Education Speaker Series Discusses Bullying and “The Fat Boy Chronicles,” Mar. 26
Clayton State University’s Education Speaker Series, “Teaching in a Diverse World,” will continue on Monday, Mar. 26 by discussing a topic made even more relevant by the events yesterday at a high school outside of Cleveland, where a young man who had been subjected to school bullying shot five students, killing two.
Preventing Childhood Bullying: Viewing “The Fat Boy Chronicles,” will be the subject of a presentation on Mar. 26, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the Auditorium of the main building of Clayton State – East, which is located on Trammell Road in Morrow, just east of the main Clayton State campus. Like all of the Education Speaker Series events, this presentation is free and open to the public.
Inspired by a true story, “The Fat Boy Chronicles” reveals the emotionally painful world obese teens experience in the face of a thin-obsessed society. A screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring author and former mathematics teacher, Michael Buchanan, along with actors, film makers, and children’s health advocates. Panelists will speak on the inspiration for the book and the issue of bullying in today’s classrooms. Also under discussion will be the craft of writing and the art of film making.