Volume 7, #114
Hot Dog Rally, Oct. 4
All faculty and staff are invited to the annual Hot Dog Rally on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (or until the hot dogs are gone).
Please join us for food, fun and fellowship. We will be in the Quad between the Library and the Student Center and we’ll be serving free hot dogs, chips and drinks. And yes, there will be door prizes!
The annual Faculty/Staff Fund Drive provides everyone with the opportunity to support the University through contributions to the Clayton State Foundation. There are many ways to apply your gift – to your department, to a named fund, to the Excellence Fund, for example – however you choose to support students and your colleagues at Clayton State.
For those of you who have supported the fund drive over the years, we say a heartfelt thanks. And for those of you who are newer to the process, we welcome you and hope you will consider a contribution.
The Hot Dog Rally is our opportunity to say please and thank you at the same time.
Soccer Doubleheader, Oct. 3
The Clayton State Lakers soccer teams will play a split doubleheader on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The men will kickoff the doubleheader against Tusculum in a 5 p.m. start at Laker Field, followed by the women taking on Armstrong Atlantic at 7:30 p.m.
World Smile Day, Oct. 3
On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services and the Student African American Sisterhood are having an event in celebration of World Smile Day, which is Oct. 5, 2012. The creator of the smiley face, Harvey Ball, started "World Smile Day" to remind people of the joy good deeds can bring to everyone around them and the infectious traits of a simple smile. This event will focus on good mental health and coping with stress.
The event will be held in the James M. Baker University Center, on Main Street, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Jeania Julmiste, firstname.lastname@example.org
or (678) 822-8264 for more details.
Presidential Debate Watch Party, Oct. 3
The Clayton State University Student Media Organizations (The BentTree, CSTV and CSIR), in conjunction with the Tau Epsilon, Pi Gamma Lambda, and Rho Sigma Lambda Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., are hosting a Presidential Debate Watch Party on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., at the Clayton State University Student Activities Center Ballroom.
This event is open to the public and free of charge. Complimentary food and drinks will be served to those in attendance.
The event will start with a pre-debate panel discussion that will feature representatives from each sponsoring organizations. The panel will discuss topics such as voter registration laws, the importance of being civically engaged, and domestic policies, which are the same topics that the presidential candidates will debate during the first 2012 Presidential Debate.
For more information regarding this event please contact Corenza Morris at email@example.com
or Jennifer DeMond at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Loch Shop to Celebrate National Student Day, Oct. 4
Clayton State University’s “college store,” The Loch Shop, is celebrating National Student Day on Thursday, Oct. 4.
Highlighting the celebration will be a Student Appreciation Sidewalk Sale, games and prizes (including Spin-to-Win and a Wii competition), free popcorn and candy, music, dancing and more.
The celebration will take place at The Loch Shop, located on the first floor of the Clayton State Student Center, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Oct. 4.
The Sidewalk Sale will feature 15 to 50 percent off select Clayton State apparel. This offer is also good for all faculty and staff.
“Precious Knowledge,” Oct. 4
On Thursday, Thursday, Oct. 4, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Fall 2012 Teacher Education Film Series will present, “Precious Knowledge” in room 102 of the main building at Clayton State – East.
At Tucson High School, ethnic studies programs have improved graduation rates among Latino students. But some state politicians think ethnic studies promote “racial solidarity” and anti-Americanism. When books are banned and the programs eliminated, teachers and students fight back in a modern civil rights struggle.
This showing is free and open to the public.
Early Fall Opening Meetings
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. 5 - 9 a.m. — G-132 (Theatre) Budget discussions as well as follow-up discussions of promotion and tenure policy documents under consideration by the Faculty Senate
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).
Spivey Hall Season Opening Celebration to Feature Alessio Bax, Oct. 7
Spivey Hall is preparing to open its 22nd
season this weekend with the Spivey Hall debut of Italian pianist Alessio Bax.
The first Spivey Series performance of the new, 2012/2013 season, and the Season Opening Celebration, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m.
Bax’ program will include: BRAHMS Ballades, Op. 10; KREISLER/RACHMANINOV “Liebesleid” and “Liebesfreud”; RACHMANINOV Five Preludes; and RAVEL La Valse. For more information on Bax, visit www.alessiobax.com
Tickets for this performance are $40 (50 percent off for Clayton State faculty and staff); Clayton State students pay just $10. For tickets and more information, call the Spivey Hall Box Office at (678) 466-4200. Regular and discounted tickets are both available from the box office, which is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information and reserved seats are also available at www.SpiveyHall.org
, however, full-price tickets only are available online at www.SpiveyHall.org
, and a per-ticket service fee applies. Patrons under the age of 12 are not admitted to all Spivey Hall performances; please call the box office for concert recommendations.
Clayton State Email Outage
In case you haven’t already noticed, the Clayton State email server’s goose has been cooked since yesterday. It is presently being restored, but it is not yet completely operational for all faculty, students, and staff. (Which you’ll notice if you don’t get this by email.)
As a result, some accounts are operational, some are not. The restoration process for email is about 90 percent complete, and will probably take the rest of the morning to complete. OITS will provide additional updates via email (if you can get email) later this morning.
The server which runs applications for Graduate Admissions, Testing Center, and Active Data Calendar will be down for the entire day. It must be rebuilt on a new server. OITS will provide additional updates by late afternoon.
Parking Around the SAC Limited on Oct. 3
Clayton State will be hosting the Chancellor’s Customer Service Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 3. There will be about 150 guests from across the state attending. Guests will be directed to park in Lot K behind the SAC, parking will be a little limited in that lot from about 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. that day.
LakerCard System Maintenance, Oct. 5
The LakerCard system will be undergoing required maintenance on Friday, Oct. 5, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. While the card system is down, the following services will be unavailable:
All SmartPrint locations
All copiers with LakerCard readers attached
Laundry in Laker Hall
Credit card, LakerBucks, and Dining Dollar sales at all Dining locations (cash sales will be allowed)
LakerBucks sales in the Loch Shop
Credit card and LakerBucks sales at University Health Services, Public Safety, the Fitness Center, and the Game Room (cash sales will be allowed)
LakerBucks sales at Vending readers (cash sales will be available)
All Account Management Centers
Check-in services at The HUB, the Fitness Center, Financial Aid, and the Library's circulation desk will NOT be affected by this down time.
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.
Annual Security and Fire Report Now Available
This report includes statistics for the previous three years (2009-2011) concerning the reporting of specific crimes that occurred on campus, as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). The monthly logs for all criminal activity on campus can be accessed from the Department of Public Safety website.
This report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, the university’s missing student notification policy, and the annual fire safety report for Laker Hall and Clayton Station, our campus student housing facilities.
You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at (678) 466-4050. It will also be posted on the Department of Public Safety website at http://www.clayton.edu/public-safety
2013 Open Enrollment
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.
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 Golf Featured on LakerZone
Clayton State sports fans, the fourth edition of the Department of Athletics' LakerZone
is now available for viewing.
is Clayton State's webcasting platform and features live webcasts of home Laker athletics contests along with features on players and interviews with coaches.
In the fourth segment of the LakerZone,
Clayton State communications graduate Leigh Stokes sits down with men's golf coach Steve Runge for an update on the season.
Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_dGP6Fmd1A&feature=youtu.be&hd=1
Department of Information Technology Adds Computer Science to its Name
The Department of Information Technology in the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences (CIMS) at Clayton State University has undergone a name change.
According to CIMS Dean Dr. Lila Roberts, the Department of Information Technology is now the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology.
“The name better reflects our organization with programs in both information technology, since 1999, and computer science, since 2009,” says Dr. Byron A. Jeff, chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology. “The public generally lumps all computing disciplines under computer science, so adding that to the name improves visibility of both programs.
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.
Frightmore is Open
Theatre major Anissa Matlock reports that the Frightmore Haunted Attraction, located in the warehouse next to Old Navy on Mt. Zion Road – just down the street from the AMC movie theatre – is now open for the fall haunting season.
Frightmore will be open Thursdays through Sundays through Halloween, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday, and from 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Several Clayton State students are working at Frightmore, and Matlock also reports that volunteers are still needed.
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. We will work on strength, agility, flexibility, and speed. Join us on the Laker Hall sand volleyball court for your next X-Factor challenge. Thursday, Oct. 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Laker Hall Sand Volleyball Court. For more info contact email@example.com
or call ext. 4975.
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
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.
“We will have a special guest speaker that everyone will want to make sure they take time out to come and hear… details coming soon!” says Spinolo.
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.