Volume 8, #117
New in this Issue
AmeriCorps Hosts Third Annual Remember My Name Candlelight Vigil in Honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Oct. 9
On Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Lawson Amphitheater, the Clayton State University AmeriCorps Program, in collaboration with Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity Inc., Campus Events Council, the Fairly Odd Players, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc, SecurUs House, and the Visual Arts Club, will host its Third Annual Remember My Name Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil.
In support of October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Remember My Name Candlelight Vigil engages the Clayton State University campus community in a program that raises awareness to the issue of domestic violence by celebrating survivors of domestic violence, honoring the lives of victims who have passed, and encouraging everyone to take a pledge of non-violence. The program will include monologues by the Fairly Odd Players, participants pledging non-violence through Alpha Kappa Lambda’s These Hands Don’t Hurt initiative, and a vigil in remembrance of victims of domestic violence and speech facilitated by Pat Altemus, executive director of SecurUs House, Clayton County’s domestic violence shelter.
For more information on the Third Annual Remember My Name Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil please contact the AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, Jennifer Welch, at (678) 466-5462 or email@example.com.
Clayton State Men’s Soccer Returns to Action Wednesday Against Nationally-Ranked Limestone
The Clayton State men’s soccer team will host 19th-ranked Limestone in a non-conference match on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. at Laker Field. Admission to the match is $5, and children 12-under are admitted free. Clayton State students and faculty/staff are admitted free with their Laker Card. The match will stream live at http://www.ustream.tv/claytonstateathletics.
Clayton State Musicians Performing with Atlanta Opera this Week
Dr. Christina Howell, assistant professor of Voice, and Jacob Augsten, junior Music Education major, are performing in the chorus in Atlanta Opera's current production of Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca" at Cobb Energy Center. There are two performances remaining – Friday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 13.
For more information, go to the Atlanta Opera website -- http://www.atlantaopera.org/.
Disability Resource Center Open House, Oct. 17
You are invited to “Sip & See” at the Open House for the Disability Resource Center’s new office, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, in room 255 of Edgewater Hall (formerly, the Student Center).
Light refreshments… Prize Drawings… Information… Meet the staff
(678) 466-5445, www.clayton.edu/drc.
October Service Learning Series - HIV/Aids Awareness, Oct. 19
The Department of Campus Life will be hosting its monthly Service Learning Series on Saturday Oct. 19. The social justice focus for October is “Inform. Protect. Support: Fighting AIDS Together.”
On Saturday morning, participants will engage in an informative pre-service discussionfacilitated by Victoria Foster, Ph.D., RN, interim director of the Clayton State Graduate Nursing Program. This discussion will focus on the history, advances and additional work needed to fight the AIDS epidemic.
Following the discussion, all participants will travel to Piedmont Park to assist with the prep work and set-up for the Annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5k Run taking place on Sunday. Volunteers will help to unload supplies, set up tables and banners, assemble fencing and barricades, hang signs and other tasks to help ensure a fun, smooth, and safe experience for thousands of registered Walkers and Runners who will participate in this event. The discussion and the service project are considered one event so please plan on participating in both parts of the program.
You can register for this event using the VIC-net login located on the Campus Life webpage. http://www.clayton.edu/campus-life/servicelearning/series.The Service Learning Series is open to all students in all majors and programs.
Transportation to the service project will be provided for those that request it. Drivers who would like to participate in the carpool are needed and GREATLY appreciated.
If you have any questionsor problems with registration, please contact LaShanda Hardin at (678) 466-5424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SBDC Event Marketing Summit at Clayton State – Fayette, Nov. 15
SBDC will hold Event Marketing Summit: A Get Together About Getting People to (and Profiting From) Your Get-Together on Friday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at Clayton State-Fayette, 100 World Dr., Peachtree City.
The Event Marketing Summit is about getting people together and profiting from your get-together. Learn marketing strategy, build strategic partnerships, find out the best tactics for utilizing social media, create better invitations, and learn how to brand an event to get ROI year after year.
The Event Marketing Summit is $99, and interested parties can register at the link below or contact Heather Chaney at (678) 466-5100. http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx? page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow
Class size is limited.
How to get Around the Science Building Construction
Construction of the new science building on campus will begin on or about Nov. 8, 2013. The site of the construction will be the areas currently occupied by the faculty/staff parking lot (across from the LAB) and parking lot F. However, part of parking lot F will be restored after completion of the construction.
Here is a summary of the major impacts and changes to campus parking lots and roadways during the construction, and, even if you’re not one of those people to whom a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a link to the campus map that also illustrates the changes…
Parking lot impacts
· A section of parking lot D will be designated for faculty/staff parking only to accommodate for those parking spaces affected by the construction.
· The disability parking row that is currently in the faculty/staff parking lot will be relocated to the D lot.
· Parking lot F will be closed for construction use only. Additional construction vehicles will park along the fence line in lot L near the tennis courts.
· A section of parking lot G will be designated for student parking only to accommodate for those parking spaces affected by the construction.
· Parking will remain available in lot E for faculty, staff, and students.
· Caldwell Drive will be closed from public use for incoming traffic just past the first entrance to parking lot D (across from Arts and Sciences Building). Traffic will be detoured through lot D at that point.
· Caldwell Drive will also be closed from public use for outgoing traffic from the G and H lots. All traffic to and from lots G and H must use Snelling Drive.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by the construction of the science building, but with any new development, some disruption is unavoidable. However, we always try to minimize the impact on daily life as much as possible.
The Loch Shop Participating in the Help Us Crush Hunger Campaign
As part of Student Success/National Student Day, and just because we feel like it, The Loch Shop will be collecting donations for the Help Us Crush Hunger campaign now through Oct. 31. (That’s Crush, as in Orange Crush.) Donate a non-perishable food Item or laundered, gently-worn clothing and receive a 25 percent discount on gifts and clothing at The Loch Shop, through Oct. 31. (Discount does not apply to Clearance items.)
In addition, The Loch Shop will be collecting the names of each person who donates, and the person who donates the most items between now and Oct. 31 will win a special prize which will be announced at the Annual Loch Shop Costume Contest.
The clothing donations will stay on campus and be part of the Laker Locker and the food donations will go to a local food bank (TBD).
Human Resources 2013 Address Drive - How to Update Your Personal Contact Information
We are approaching the busiest time of year for communications and want to ensure you receive your mail. Please take a moment to make sure your mailing and email addresses are current in the ADP system. This contact information is used for a variety of announcements, including those related to benefits Open Enrollment, medical cards and W-2 forms.
If you need assistance with this procedure, receive an error message at any step in the process or have any concerns once you are logged in, please contact the Shared Services Center Customer Support team for assistance. Shared Services normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also contact Shared Services by calling toll free 1-855-214-2644 or emailing email@example.com.
Fifth Annual Diversity and Multicultural Conference, Oct. 11
Clayton State’s Fifth Annual Diversity and Multicultural Conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Student Activities Center Ballroom.
The Diversity and Multicultural Conference is a dynamic and interactive one-day development opportunity that gives participants the essential knowledge and strategies needed to lead and function in a globally complex society. This conference is a great career and personal development opportunity for students, faculty and staff; separate conference tracks are implemented to meet the needs of both groups.
For additional information, go to:
For more information regarding the conference, contact Lakiesa C. Rawlinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 466-5421.
Auxiliary Services Fall 2013 Break Hours
During Fall Break, Oct. 12 to Oct. 15, the units of Auxiliary Services will have the following operating hours:
Loch Shop and LakerCard Center
Monday-Tuesday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11 – Dining Hall closing at 2 p.m. (no dinner service)
Saturday/Sunday (Oct. 12, Oct. 13) – All locations closed
Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 14, Oct. 15)
Dining Hall: closed
Jazzman’s: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
SubConnection: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All other dining locations: closed
Tuesday, Oct. 15
Dining Hall: Re-opens at 4:30 p.m. for dinner
Sandella’s: Re-opens at 7 p.m.
All Auxiliary Services locations resume regular hours on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
SAC Fall Break Hours
The Student Activities Center (SAC) will have abbreviated hours for Fall Break from Sunday, Oct. 13 through Tuesday, Oct. 15.
The SAC will open at 2 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Oct. 13.
The SAC will open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15.
We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your continued support as we try to offer exemplary customer service.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Benjamin Hopkins, assistant director of the Student Activities Center at: BenjaminHopkins@Clayton.Edu or via telephone at (678) 466-5416.
Faculty and Staff Email Addresses to Change, Oct. 14
On Oct. 14, OITS will change the official Clayton State University e-mail address suffix from @mail.clayton.edu to @clayton.edu.
@clayton.edu is so commonly used on business cards and publications, people may be surprised to find out that it is not the official suffix on the e-mail system.
Accounts will continue to have both suffixes, so both JohnDoe@clayton.edu
will continue to work. When you send e-mails, they will now be from JohnDoe@clayton.edu
This change could affect your ability to send e-mail to mailing lists which restrict messages based on the sender e-mail address. If so, you will need to follow the procedures for that mailing list to change your address to the new format. This will be different depending on the mailing list – it may be a web interface, a special e-mail address, or a manual process performed by the owner. This will not impact your ability to receive e-mails from mailing lists.
OITS will make the necessary changes to the Clayton State class mailing lists, so you will not need to take any actions to continue to communicate with your students.
SAC Water Shutoff, Oct. 14, Oct. 15
On Monday, Oct. 14 and Tuesday, Oct. 15, the water to the Student Activities Center (SAC) will be turned off.
The SAC will continue to operate as normal with the exception of no water will be available. This means the showers, toilets, sinks, and water fountains will all be offline for the duration of the outage.
The work being done is the final step in removing stained water from the SAC’s facility line. The SAC will remain open during this outage.
We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your continued support as we try to offer exemplary customer service.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Benjamin Hopkins, assistant director of the Student Activities Center at: BenjaminHopkins@Clayton.Edu
or via telephone at (678) 466-5416.
Budget Managers' Handbook Training, Oct. 15, Nov. 21
The Budget Office will soon be rolling out a new Budget Managers’ Handbook. This handbook will have sections associated with all areas of business functions to help you in processing your business transactions throughout the year. Therefore, we will be offering the annual Budget Management Training course. This training will include the normal budgetary report training, but in addition to that it will also introduce the other sections in the Budget Managers’ Handbook.
For those new to the budget management area on campus this year, this training will show you the reports you will need to submit on a quarterly basis and how to monitor your budget throughout the year. The budget portion of this training that is provided is also located at the link below as a PowerPoint presentation. It gives you a step by step process along with screen shots of how to run each report you will need to run in PeopleSoft.
We will be having two separate sessions of the same training course. The dates, times, and locations of those training sessions are as follows:
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to noon, Arbor Hall Auditorium – 102
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., UC-416
Those of you that would like to attend this training course will need to send an email to Scott McElroy with a copy to Nicole Harris with the session that you would like to attend.
Here is the link for the presentation:
Here is the link for PeopleSoft Financials:
You will need to have a User ID and Password in order to login to PeopleSoft Financials. If you are having access problems or need a User ID and Password, you will need to contact Celeste Wade at ext. 4372.
Coke Recycling Education Vehicle Visiting Campus, Oct. 16
On Wednesday, Oct. 16, Coca-Cola will have their Recycling Education Vehicle (REV) on campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be parked on the Quad.
Coke’s REV’s are a means of connecting with consumers about the good things that happen when used beverage containers are recycled, providing recycling education with a goal to raise recycling rates. They contain various interactive elements, including video games, displays, recycling trivia and informational videos.
Bring a bottle or can to recycle and get rewarded with prizes made from recycled PET.
Jim Wood Speaker Series to Feature Panel of Clayton State University College of Business Alumni, Oct. 16
The College of Business’ Jim Wood Speaker Series has a new angle for October… featuring a panel of recent Clayton State business alumni, who will be sharing their experiences with the audience.
Jeffery Martin (Spend Analyst, Procurement, Rock-Tenn), Marcia Greer (Revenue Management -
Domestic Inventory, Senior Analyst, Delta Air Lines, Inc.), Sunny Hylton (Commercial Energy Efficiency Program Manager, Georgia Power), Dominique A. Grant, NCMA (Director of Clinical Operations, Caduceus Occupational Medicine) and Martin Sanz (Accounting & Administrative Specialist, Griffin-Spalding Airport) will be speaking from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center.
As is the case with the entire Wood Series, this presentation is free and open to the public.
CNN VP to Visit Management Principles and Organization Behavior Class, Oct. 16
Lanze Thompson, the vice president of Finance for CNN will visit Dr. Leon Prieto’s “Management Principles and Organization Behavior” class on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The class is from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. in the Arts and Sciences building, room G229. Interested faculty and staff are invited to attend.
Clayton State Serving as Presenting Sponsor for Eighth Annual Showcase Clayton Business & Community Expo, Oct. 17
Clayton State University is serving as the presenting sponsor for the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce’s Eighth Annual Showcase Clayton Business & Community Expo.
The Expo, also known as “Showcase Clayton” will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro’s Recreation Outreach Center, 148 Church St., Jonesboro. A total of 68 exhibitors are currently signed up for Showcase Clayton, and an attendance in excess of 650 is expected for this free event.
While serving as the presenting sponsor for one of Clayton County’s highest-profile annual events, Clayton State is also providing student volunteers for the Expo through the University’s AmeriCorps program.
In addition to providing an opportunity for businesses to exhibit their products and services, Showcase Clayton is also an opportunity to network with the community and business leaders. And, it’s a family-friendly event that includes special entertainment just for children, food, door prizes provided by the exhibitors and festivities.
Expo activities will include, in addition to the exhibitors; secret booth scavenger hunt, a restaurant row featuring free food samples, promotion opportunities and new resources, free massages, prize drawings every hour, a 50/50 cash raffle, free health screenings, and children’s activities including face painting, balloon art and identification finger printing.
For more information, go to the Eighth Annual Showcase Clayton Business & Community Expo webpage: http://www.claytonchamber.org/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=363, or contact Sherry Mallory at (678) 651-0914, or Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, Events Manager Jessica Kinard at (678) 610-4021.
Sam’s Club Partnership, Deadline Oct. 18
Human Resources is pleased to announce a partnership with Sam's Club, the nation's largest members-only warehouse that provides members exceptional value on name-brand merchandise.
By purchasing a Partner Membership, HR is offering Clayton State 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.
Please contact the Human Resource Department no later than Oct. 18, 2013, to obtain the form necessary for taking part in this program.
If you have any questions, please contact HR, (678) 466-4230.
SBDC Fall Lunch & Learn Series at Clayton State-Fayette, Oct. 18, Nov. 1
Why LinkedIn Is So Much More Than an Online Resume
Friday, Oct. 18
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Your customers are on LinkedIn, are you?
“LinkedIn is the social media platform that everyone is on, but no one is using.” This description is becoming less and less accurate, but the truth remains. Too few professionals are using LinkedIn to build their networks and position themselves as experts in their fields. The ones who do, however, are realizing great gains.
Topics for discussion include:
• How to create a profile that gets results
• Recommendations and endorsements – Give to get
• How to reach 500 connections, and why it's important
• Sharing information to increase your visibility
• Groups and how participation makes you the expert
• LinkedIn company pages that work
• How using LinkedIn well can make you money
• Creating an action plan for improving your activity on LinkedIn
Like every marketing tool, social media is not a magic bullet. Simply setting up a page will not guarantee success. But with a little planning and analysis, you can increase engagement and communication with your customers, which open the door to that success.
Why Blogging Should be a Part of Your Marketing Plan
Friday, Nov. 1
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Blogging is one of the best ways to ensure that your website is more than an online brochure. By creating content that showcases your business, expertise and knowledge, you are providing prospects with the information they need to decide that doing business with you is a great idea. Blogging also creates a changing website, which search engines like and will reward you for with higher rankings.
Topics for discussion include:
• The reasons your business needs a blog
• How to plan for the launch of your blog
• Setting goals for your blog
• Creating a content calendar
• Integrating your blog and social media for maximum exposure
• Tips for writing for your ideal client
Like every marketing tool, social media is not a magic bullet. Simply setting up a blog will not guarantee success. But with a little planning and analysis, you can increase engagement and communication with your customers, which open the door to that success.
The classes are $30 each (lunch included). Click the link below to register.
City of Morrow Fashionatta, Oct. 20
The City of Morrow’s Fashionatta event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20 at Morrow Center Southlake Circle.
Not only will attendees be privy to the latest trends in clothing, hair and makeup, they will be able to network with people from all over the Southern Crescent. For 2013 men's clothing has been added.
A 3 p.m. Mimosa Brunch will be provided for everyone attending. There are three levels of tickets this year and they are detailed and described at: http://fashionatta.eventbrite.com/.
Teacher Education Lunch and Learn Series, Oct. 21
Teacher Education is once again organizing a Lunch and Learn series for faculty and staff who want learn about using technology. These sessions will take place in A&S 205 in the Resource Room.
Faculty and staff, both novices and experts in using technology, are encouraged to bring a lunch and come share in the knowledge.
Oct. 21—Ipads and other gadgets
Nov. 4—Lockbox and Tools for Organizing
SBDC Starting a Business Class, Oct. 25 at Clayton State – Fayette
SBDC’s October Starting a Business class is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon at Clayton State — Fayette.
Interested parties can register at the link below or contact Heather Chaney for the Clayton State discount code.
Topics for discussion for the Starting a Business Workshop include:
* traits of successful entrepreneurs
* market research
* legal structures for your business
* estimating start-up costs & cash flow projections
* financing alternatives
* business failure factors
* business planning
Since lack of planning is one of the top reasons new businesses fail, attending this comprehensive workshop may be one of the most important decisions you make prior to opening your business. A detailed business start-up book, "How to Start A Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs," and other handouts are provided.
The cost for this workshop is $69 per person. Current Clayton State students and staff get a 50 percent discount. In addition, individuals who buy one at $69 get a 50 percent discount for each additional person who registers with them. All registrations must be made at the same time in order to receive this discount. This discount cannot be combined or used with any other discount or coupon.
Degree Completion Event, Oct. 29
Enrollment Management and Academic Success is planning its second degree completion event to attract prospective students in the Clayton State service area who have earned college credit, but have not yet earned a degree. The pilot event was held in July. Of the 24 people in attendance, four are currently enrolled, and seven are scheduled to attend in the spring… a good start to reaching out to this population.
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management & Academic Success Dr. Mark F. Daddona, hopes you will join us again this semester by reserving a table for our next event on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Harry S. Downs Center, room 101. Please contact Dianna Alsip at DiannaAlsip@clayton.edu or ext. 5020 by Friday, Oct. 18, if you will participate and also indicate if you would like one or two tables.
Clayton State Holding Recycled Athletic Shoe Drive, to Oct. 31
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 student organization 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.
Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations Deadline Nov. 4
Clayton State recently kicked off 2013-14 athletic season, and it will be an extra special one in the history of Laker Athletics program.
In the athletic program’s 24th year of competition, Athletic Director Carl McAloose announces that Clayton State will start its Athletic Hall of Fame during the upcoming season with the first class of inductees planned for enshrinement in February of 2014.
“After speaking with many people associated with our program, we feel like it is time to start a Clayton State Athletics Hall of Fame,” says McAloose. “We’ve had hundreds of student-athletes along with many coaches, administrators and community members who have excelled at the highest levels, and we look forward to recognizing their achievements with such a lasting honor.”
Nominations for Hall of Fame inductees will be open to the public, beginning today via the Clayton State Athletics website. Along with an online nomination, the site also includes the criteria for nomination and the selection process.
From the nominations, a Hall of Fame committee, consisting of 12 members will select the inductees. The Committee consists of athletic department administrators/coaches, university faculty/ staff and community members.
The deadline for nominations will be Monday, Nov. 4. Plans are for the first Hall of Fame Class to be announced in January of 2014 and to be recognized at Homecoming festivities, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15.
For info on nomination and selection criteria, visit http://www.claytonstatesports.com/HallofFame/Criteria.
To nominate a candidate online, visit http://www.claytonstatesports.com/HallofFame/nominationform.
Student Veterans Association Asks for Information for Veterans Dayby Nov. 5
Clayton State University’s Student Veterans Association is calling for all staff, faculty and students who serve or have served in the Armed Forces to provide brief biographies and pictures to display in the University Center on Veterans Day.
Please provide a photo (electronic submission preferred) and information to Dennis Brown, SVA vice president. You may e-mail: email@example.com or drop items by the Veterans Resource Center, Edgewater Hall, Ste. 115 (next to the Loch Shop). The deadline is Nov. 5.
Clayton State Retirees Annual Fall Luncheon, Nov. 6
The Clayton State Retirees Association’s Annual Fall Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6, from noon to 2 p.m. in room CE101 of the Harry S. Downs Center.
Clayton State Women’s Forum Announces Annual Auction, Chili Cook-off, Quilt Raffle, Nov. 7
The Clayton State Women’s Forum will be holding its Annual Auction, Chili Cook-off and Quilt Raffle on Thursday, Nov. 7.
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 to get involved:
- Donate items for the Auction
- Shop the Auction
- Prepare a pot of chili for the Chili Cook-Off
- Join us at the Chili Cook-Off
- Purchase Quilt Raffle tickets
For more information:
Online Auction bidding will commence at 10 a.m. on Nov. 4. Donated items will be displayed on Main Street in the University Center on Nov. 7, beginning at 10 a.m. Auction bidding will close at 1:30 p.m.
For Auction donations, contact: Maurica John (678)466-4078 or Krystal Houston (678)466-4188.
The Chili Cook-Off is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until the chili runs out) in the University Center Commons. For Chili Cook-off participation, contact: Jill Sears (678) 466-4705 or Amber Bradberry (678) 466-4605.
The Quilt Raffle drawing will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 7.
Producer and Recording Engineer Matt Forger to Lecture at Clayton State, Nov. 7
One of the hallmarks of a Clayton State University education is experiential learning — the opportunity to further one’s education, and the learning process, outside the classroom.
Clayton State’s Student Activities Center will be just such a site on Thursday, Nov. 7, when the Clayton Media & Entertainment Association (CMEA) hosts a special guest lecture by producer and recording engineer Matt Forger.
While the term “special” tends to be over-used, Clayton State Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Shawn Young says that this is one occasion that fits. After all, it is rare that students (and that includes high school students, students from other colleges and anyone else who wants to attend) get a chance to hear from someone who has worked with… Sir Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Patti Austin, Missing Persons, Michael McDonald, James Ingram, Siedah Garrett, Quincy Jones, Steven Spielberg, John Landis, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Giorgio Moroder, Larry John McNally, George Duke, Patrick O'Hearn, Gilberto Gil, Simon Lynge, Rod Temperton, Bruce Swedien and more than a few other giants in the recording and film industries.
Forger will be lecturing from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Student Activities Center (SAC). As noted, his presentation is free and open to the public. However, the ballroom only seats about 650, so it might be a good idea to come early.
Fall 2013 Visiting Writer’s Reading Series, Nov. 14
For this semester, the Visiting Writer’s Reading Series is trying something new… a large event featuring Janisse Ray.
The event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14, and will include a lecture/presentation at 2:10 p.m. in room UC 416 of the Baker Center and a poetry reading at 5:30 p.m. in room UC 272 of the Baker Center.
Writer, naturalist and activist Ray is author of four books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature poetry. She is on the faculty of Chatham University’s low-residency MFA program and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and in 2007 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Unity College in Maine.
Ray has won a Southern Booksellers Award for Poetry 2011, Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction 1999, an American Book Award 2000, the Southern Environmental Law Center 2000 Award for Outstanding Writing, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award 2000. Her “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood” was a New York Times Notable Book and was chosen as the Book All Georgians Should Read.
Ray attempts to live a simple, sustainable life on a farm in southern Georgia with her husband, Raven Waters. Ray is an organic gardener, seedsaver, tender of farm animals, and slow-food cook. She lectures widely on nature, community, agriculture, wildness, sustainability and the politics of wholeness.
For more information, go to http://janisseray.weebly.com/publicity-kit.html.
Course Content with Videos – Important Information
Over the past few weeks, several of the internet browsers have been upgraded to prevent linking of mixed content from secure (https in URL) and insecure (http in URL) websites. I will spare you the techie details, but suffice it to say that the reason for this is to try to prevent identity theft and fraud. While this is a good thing for those who go shopping and do banking on the internet, it can be a headache for those of us who rely on embedded videos in our courses or training areas.
In order to respond to this issue, Network & Enterprise Services has added a certificate to our video server (cidmedia) to enable the use of https with embedded videos. Here are the suggested browsers to use to view course content and training and the workaround if an issue occurs.
Chrome – Windows & Mac (recommended)
We haven't had issues with this browser but if content is blocked, click on the small shield icon that will appear at the right end of the address bar and select "load unsafe script."
Internet Explorer 10 (might block content)
A popup might occur at the bottom of the page that says "Only secure content is displayed". Click on "show all content" to view.
Firefox – Windows & Mac (might block content)
A small shield icon will appear at the left end of the address bar. Click on the shield, click on "more actions", select "disable protections on this page."
In the future, we are suggesting that if you are using video or embedded content from Clayton State in your courses you should begin the quick link address with https, indicating a secure server.
As always, if you have any questions about setting up content in your courses either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-466-4190.
Clayton State Library Compiles List of Government Shutdown’s Effect on Research and Information
One of the aspects of the current federal government shutdown that is effecting students as well as anyone else who needs to do research is that many online resources, including websites and databases run by federal agencies, are either unavailable or not being maintained.
As a service to both Clayton State University students, and the public, Clayton State Assessment & Marketing Librarian Erin L. Nagel has published a partial list of affected agencies often used in research, along with a list of alternative print and online sources that scholars and researchers can use in the meantime. Kara Mullen, head of the Library’s Electronic Resources and Services, also contributed significantly to the compilation of these resources, as she is most familiar with electronic collections. Both lists are on the Clayton State Library’s blog posting located at http://claytonstatelibrary.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/us-federal-government-shutdown-impacting-information-sources/.
Nagel notes that the list of affected information agencies is an impressive one; including most Library of Congress websites, the National Archives (the National Archives at Atlanta is located immediately adjacent to the Clayton State campus, thus directly affecting the University’s history and Masters of Archival Studies programs), the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Institutes of Health, PubMed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and NASA.
The list of alternative resources on the Library’s blog includes those dealing with statistics related to health, population, labor, science, health, medical research, education research, agriculture research, and primary sources and archival research.
“This list will be updated as more information becomes (un)available,” notes Nagel.
Library Supports “The Big Thank You”
The Clayton State Library is supporting “The Big Thank You,” an effort by a local radio station, to ensure that every U.S. service member stationed overseas receives a handwritten letter on Thanksgiving Day.
Help us say “Thank You” to our troops and send a little taste of home while they're away for the holiday. You can find writing supplies and a collection box in the Library near the bulletin board. (Look for Bruce the Goose). Just write a letter and place it in the box. We’ll take care of the rest. No envelopes or addresses are needed.
Annual Security Report Now Available
Annual Campus Security and Fire report as required by the U.S. Department of Education is now available from the Department of Public Safety.
This publication is prepared every fall and includes various campus policies and safety information, as well as the current and previous three years of reportable criminal and disciplinary statistics for specific criminal activity on campus property, non-campus property, and adjacent public property as defined by the federal requirements.
A copy of the report will also be posted on the Public Safety website at www.clayton.edu/publicsafety and copies may also be obtained by request to the Department of Public Safety.
We encourage all members of the campus community to take some time to review the report, as it contains much valuable information regarding the safety and security of our campus, as well as personal safety suggestions. After review, please contact our Department with any questions.
Thanks to everyone for continuing to helping to maintain a safe and secure campus.
Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace Notice
Prior to Oct. 1, employees will be receiving a Health Insurance Marketplace communication in the mail from the University System of Georgia. Under the Affordable Care Act, the University System of Georgia is required to provide this notice to its employees. The notice will be mailed to all University System of Georgia employees. This includes all regular, temporary, faculty, staff, and student employees who receive a payroll check whether one-time or on a recurring basis, but does not include retirees who are working (or retirees in general).
If you have questions about the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchange), FAQs prepared by the USG will be posted on the Clayton State HR Employee Benefits website by Oct. 1, and you may visit the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace website at https://www.healthcare.gov/families/. The State of Georgia has opted not to operate a Health Insurance Marketplace, so individuals in Georgia choosing to enroll in health insurance through an Exchange will use the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace to enroll in coverage.
The University System of Georgia’s HSA Open Access POS plan meets the Affordability Requirement under the Affordable Care Act. Therefore, in general, University System of Georgia employees who are eligible for health insurance and therefore have access to this plan will not be eligible for a tax credit in 2014 through the Health Insurance Marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act.
Additional information regarding health insurance in 2014 will be provided during Open Enrollment (Nov. 11 to Nov. 22) and at the Fall Benefits Fair (Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SAC). More information about these events will be provided very soon.
2013 Required Employee Training
It’s that time of the year for all faculty and staff to complete training required by Clayton State University, Board of Regents, and the State of Georgia.
The Right to Know (RTK), Ethics, Security Awareness, Campus Vehicle Use and Sexually Harassment courses must all be completed on an annual basis. During this time period, we ask that you also take a moment to review the updated Clayton State University Employee Handbook and complete a new Employee Handbook Acknowledgement Form. The signed Acknowledgement Form and five required courses should be completed by Dec. 1, 2013.
Here are the instructions to access and complete these trainings:
· Use your current Clayton State University user name and password to log into Employee Training.
· Review the Employee Handbook – Complete the Employee Acknowledgement Form and forward to HR.
· Required Trainings
o Right to Know (RTK) – At the end of the session, enter the requested information and submit.
o Ethics – Presentation, Assessment and Compliance Agreement
§ Basic – New Faculty/Staff
§ Refresher 2011 – Faculty/Staff active as of Dec. 31, 2010
o Security Awareness – Review the presentation and complete the assessment.
o Campus Vehicle Use Training – Review the videos, complete assessments, and forward the Acknowledgement Form to HR
o Sexual Harassment – Review the policy, responsibilities, and video content, then take the assessment/quiz.
For instructions on navigating the new Employee Training platform, please visit Desire2Learn Support.
Loch Shop News
For a limited time, The Loch Shop is giving away a snazzy Clayton State Lakers navy baseball cap with every $30 purchase. The promo code is 5868. Go to www.ClaytonStateGear.com for more details.
The Loch Shop is also running a new Clayton State gear free T-shirt promo. You can score a free Clayton State T-shirt on www.claytonstategear.com with a $30 purchase.
The Loch Shop is having a special sale on 2013 Women’s Basketball Elite 8/Conference Championship T-shirts. They have been put on sale for… wait for it… $8.88.
The Loch Shop has the following pricing on its clothing clearance items:
Orange tagged items are now $5
Yellow tagged items are now $10
Pink tagged items are now $15
Green tagged items are now $20
Only tagged items are on sale, but The Loch Shop also has several new arrivals that have just come into the store this week, so come and see what’s new at The Loch Shop!
The Loch Shop is now up and running on both Instagram and Twitter. The handle for both of social media platforms is lochshop.