Volume 7, #116
Early Fall Opening Meetings. SACS, Oct. 8
As noted at the Fall Faculty Meeting, we are hosting open meetings about several issues of campus wide importance. These are also issues for which campus perspectives are of special value for framing future institutional directions. The topics have already been introduced broadly. These meetings are to provide updated material, as well as to generate perspectives on future opportunities and directions. The sessions are as follows:
Oct. 8 - 3 p.m. — UC 272 SACS reaffirmation issues —involvement in completion of standards compliance documents; open discussions on choices for Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
Disability Resource Center Open House, Oct. 9
The Clayton State Disability Resource Center (DRC), located in the Student Center, Suite 255, will be having an Open House on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from noon to 2 p.m.
This Open House provides an opportunity to learn about services that are available for students with disabilities, ways to volunteer, as well as information about how the Americans with Disabilities Act supports diversity at Clayton State.
Spivey Hall Young People’s Concert Season Opens, Oct. 10
Spivey Hall is excited to launch the 2012-2013 Young People’s Concert season with a variety of classical, world music, jazz, and early childhood education concerts.
The season opening-program will be on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 9:45 a.m.,
featuring a thrilling world music performance by Via Romen! This vibrant group will present Russian-Romany (“gypsy”) music on native instruments including guitar, violin, accordion, and bass. In addition to outstanding music, audiences will also be treated to the flashy footwork of gypsy dance and traditional costumes. Take your students around the world for only $2 a person. Go to http://www.spiveyhall.org/young-peoples-concerts/via-romen
Registration for these concerts must be done in advance of the performance. Please call (678) 466-4481. To see the complete season of Young People’s Concerts, which runs through March 2013, visit www.spiveyhall.org/education
. We hope to see you at the beginning of October as we launch our new season!
Beach Boot Camp, Oct. 11
Ready to challenge even the most in-shape contender? Beach Boot Camp will rock your body military style.
This program is provided by the Department of Recreation & Wellness and will work on strength, agility, flexibility, and speed. Join us on the Laker Hall sand volleyball court for your next X-Factor challenge on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
For more info contact Lisa Williamson, assistant director of Recreation & Wellness (Fitness & Wellness) at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (678) 466-4975.
“How is Technology Shaping our View of the World?” New York Times Talk, Oct. 12
Clayton State University’s partnership with the New York Times
continues on Friday, Oct. 12, with a New York Times Talk facilitated by Clayton State communications faculty member Vernon Clarke, from the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
Clarke will facilitate a New York Times talk called, “How is technology shaping our view of the world?” from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., in room UC 267 of the James M. Baker University Center. The talk is free and open to the public, however, anyone interested in attending should RSVP via email to Dr. Joseph Corrado, Clayton State associate professor of Political Science and campus coordinator of the American Democracy Project, at email@example.com
no later than Oct. 11 at 3 p.m.
Fourth Annual Diversity and Multicultural Conference, Oct. 12
The Fourth Annual Diversity and Multicultural Conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Activities Center. The conference is a dynamic and interactive development opportunity that gives participants the essential knowledge and strategies needed to lead and function in a globally-complex society. The 2012 theme is “Building Community Through Diversity” and Judge Glenda Hatchett will serve as our keynote presenter.
This conference is FREE for Clayton State students and $20 for faculty and staff. Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and conference gift. Register at http://www.clayton.edu/campus-life/multicultural/conference by Friday, Sept. 28.
Outdoor Adventure – Hiking, Oct. 13
Hike the winding Bear Hair Gap trail along mountain streams and creeks with views of North Georgia vistas. This is an ideal hike for anyone who wants to explore the Southern Appalachian forests.
Destination: Bear Hair Gap, Ga.
Saturday, Oct. 13
Cost: $15 students/$20employee/$25 non-affiliate
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 9
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for SACS Volunteers
As you know, preparations for SACS reaffirmation of accreditation are well underway. The two most significant components of that process are the completion of a “Compliance Certification,” which documents Clayton State’s compliance with each of the Core Requirements, Comprehensive Standards, and Federal Requirements, and the development of a Quality Enhancement Plan, which addresses a focused topic related both to student learning and our own institutional mission. We will discuss both of these processes at today’s open meeting on SACS Reaffirmation Issues (3 p.m., UC 272).
We plan to involve virtually all of Clayton State’s faculty and staff in the preparation of the Compliance Certification. One of the area leaders may be contacting you to assist in gathering documentation to support a particular principle or standard. If you would like to volunteer to work in a particular area, please contact Jill Lane.
In selecting a topic for our Quality Enhancement Plan, it is important that we have input from every appropriate campus constituency. We began that process late last spring with a survey distributed to faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.
A discussion of possible topics for the QEP is on the agenda for Monday, so please try to attend if your schedule allows you the opportunity. Those completing the survey were also given the opportunity to volunteer for the QEP Steering Committee, and a number of you did respond to that call.
We have not yet finalized the committee’s membership, so if you did not volunteer on the survey but are interested in assisting with this critical task, again, please contact Jill Lane immediately.
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. 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/
UHS Awareness Fair Keynote Speaker; HIV+ Holistic Health Practitioner Reggie Smith
Clayton State University’s University Health Services (UHS) Awareness Fair on Thursday Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will have Reggie Smith, holistic health practitioner, radio/TV personality, and author from Queens, N.Y., as 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.
STDs are public health problems that lack easy solutions because they are rooted in human behavior and fundamental societal problems,” says Smith, who focuses on healing solutions. “Indeed, there are many obstacles to effective prevention efforts. The first hurdle will be to confront the reluctance of American society to openly confront issues surrounding sexuality and STDs.”
Smith will be speaking from noon to 1 p.m., in room UC372 of the James M. Baker University Center. The balance of the Awareness Fair will be held on Main Street, outside both main entrances to the Baker Center, and at Laker Hall.
For more information on AIDS and HIV, go to http://health.state.ga.us/epi/hivaids/index.asp
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:
TRS Repeals Discretionary Tax Offset
- 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
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, retiring TRS members will no
longer receive the three percent Georgia State tax offset.
The three percent offset has been in place since 1990 to help offset the fact the State of Georgia has taxed retirement benefits. This amount has been a one-time "gross up" of the retiree’s TRS benefit at time of retirement. Because the State of Georgia is in the process of phasing out taxation on retiree benefits, the TRS Board has decided the offset is no longer needed. The discontinuation of the discretionary tax offset does not impact the benefit calculation defined in Georgia law. All retirees will continue to receive the benefit promised within the law.
The TRS retirement calculation remains: two percent per year of service x highest average 24 consecutive month salary = Plan A maximum benefit.
Clayton State Holding Recycled Athletic Shoe Drive
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.
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 dependent 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.
Georgia Symposium on Sexual Violence, Oct. 15, Oct. 16
The Governor’s Office for Children and Families, the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault
will be holding the Georgia Symposium on Sexual Violence, bringing together experts from across the state and nation to discuss prevention and intervention strategies for sexual violence.
This pivotal, two-day event will include plenary speakers and breakout sessions on an array of topics.
The dates are Oct.
15 and Oct. 16 at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center.
To register, go to www.GNESA.org
. Registration is $95 per person, and some scholarships are available.
“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.
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.
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.
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.