“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” Closing Performance Tonight Opening night for the spring production of the Clayton State Theatre was great and night number two was electric, even better than the first! Tonight is the closing performance, at 7:30 p.m., in the Clayton State Theater, room 132 of the University’s Arts & Sciences Building. Admission is free to all Clayton State students and only $5 for non-students. “Tonight’s performance put me in mind of any production I have seen at the fabulous Fox, or the lovely Alliance theatres,” says the Theatre’s Maya C. Houston. “The scenes and the scene changes exemplified the end result of a dedicated team of true professionals who have come together and worked really hard to give 100 percent in all areas of this production. “Players from Northern California to southeast Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, and Morrow, really put on a show of perfect performing arts. I loved it and wouldn’t change a thing! They successfully explored love and relationships and the cumbersome situations that befall us as we move toward marriage and managing the issues that plague us on a daily basis, and they made it a gut-busting, harmonizing, self-reflecting fun recap of our individual love lives. It was so nice I have to say it twice; you must see this show of perfect performing arts; you will love it, and you will not want to change a thing!” USGS Ecologist to Give Oil Spill Presentation. Apr. 20 Eminent wetlands ecologist Dr. Beth A. Middleton, a research ecologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, La., will be giving a talk, “Hydrologic Remediation of Oil Spills in Coastal Swamp,” on Friday, Apr. 20 at Clayton State University. Middleton’s presentation, which will run from 2 p.m. to about 3:45 p.m., will be held in room 107 of the Laboratory Annex Building (the LAB.)
Clayton State Plans Special End of Semester Study Sessions for Students Clayton State University Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management & Academic Success Dr. Mark Daddona has announced that the University is planning three special study initiatives as the spring semester draws to a close. The first will be the Center for Academic Success’ popular Tutoring Blitz, which is a two-day event held twice a year at the end of the fall and spring semesters at Clayton State. Designed to help get all Clayton State students ready for their finals, the Tutoring Blitz will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 25 and Thursday, Apr. 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the first floor Commons area of the James M. Baker University Center. Refreshments will be served and “drop-in” tutoring will be available for almost all subjects. A special end-of-Semester Science Study Day is planned for Saturday, Apr. 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in rooms G211 and G213 of the Arts & Sciences Building. Any student enrolled in a science course is welcome to attend. Finally, to help students de-stress from studying, a Midnight Study Break will be held on Sunday, Apr. 29, in the Student Activities Center, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The study break will feature the Oxygen Bar, Aqua Massage Beds, A Stress Scream Session, tutors from the Center for Academic Success, a Study by Moonlight, game and fitness breaks throughout the night, and breakfast. The Study Break is sponsored by Campus Events Council, the Student Government Association, the Student Activities Center, and the Department of Recreation and Wellness. There will also be a student sign-in sheet at each session, and participating students will earn 10 Clayton StudyBucks (redeemable at The Loch Shop) per session attended. $3.66 Three dollars and sixty-six cents. Clayton State University undergraduates will be paying slightly more in tuition come this fall, but the tab is less than a five dollar bill for each credit hour… only $3.66 cents per credit hour. If you spread that over a four-month semester, that’s less than a dollar per month per credit hour. For a full course load of 12 credit hours, the additional total comes to $43.92 per semester, less than a tank of gas. Throughout the University System of Georgia (USG) this fall, most undergraduate students will see the smallest tuition increase in a decade… approximately 2.5 percent. The price of a gallon of gas should increase so little over a year. At Clayton State, where tuition this spring was $146.74 per credit hour, that means that tuition for the fall semester will be $150.40 per credit hour, or $3.66 extra per credit hour. In addition, the students in Clayton State’s eight undergraduate programs won’t pay any more in tuition. Student Media Accepting Applications for Fall Executive Positions Student Media is now taking applications for executive positions for the fall! Student Media is made up of The Bent Tree student newspaper, Clayton State Internet Radio (CSiR) and Clayton State Television (CSTv). The purpose of Student Media is to provide information from a student perspective about campus life. We are committed to fairly, accurately, and responsibly covering the Clayton State community, and remain dedicated to providing real-time media experiences for students interested in this industry. Student Media executive board positions are open to all majors. The following positions will be open for fall: • Editor-in-Chief (President) for the Bent Tree • Managing Editor (Vice President) for the Bent Tree • Photo Editor (Secretary) for the Bent Tree • Assignments Editor (Treasurer) for the Bent Tree • General Manager (President) for CSiR • Program Director (Vice President) for CSiR • Production/Technical Director (Vice President) for CSiR • Marketing Director (Secretary) for CSiR • Personnel/Financial Director (Treasurer) for CSiR • President of CSTv • Vice President of Programming for CSTv • Vice President of Business for CSTv • Secretary for CSTv • Treasurer for CSTv All current officers must reapply for the 2012/2013 academic period. No experience is necessary to apply, but experience is beneficial. All students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be in good standing with the University to be accepted. All selected students must be able to attend mandatory training sessions over the summer. The application deadline is Apr. 30, 2012, by 5 p.m. Applications can be downloaded from the Student Media page, www.clayton.edu/student-media or a hardcopy can be obtained from the Department of Campus Life, Room 201A. Completed applications should be submitted to the Student Activities Center, Department of Campus Life, Ste. 201A, ATTN: Jennifer DeMond, student media advisor. Please contact DeMond for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone: (678) 466-5427. Downs Center Roof Replacement They’re raising the roof at the Harry S. Downs Center… the roof replacement project will began the week of Apr. 30 through May 4. There will be some minor inconveniences during the tear- off, but there should be minimal noise. All-Tex Roofing will set up dumpsters along the southeast corner of the building (near kitchen area) which may occupy a portion of the sidewalk. This area will be enclosed with temporary fencing to assist in preventing hazardous conditions. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Donald West at (678) 466-4203. Campus Life Student Organization Celebration We have reached the end of another academic year, and what a great year this has been. The Department of Campus Life would like to celebrate the members of all of our recognized student organizations at Clayton State one last time for the 2011/12 year on Thursday, Apr. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Activities Center. Come dressed relaxed, preferably in Clayton State spirit gear, ready to enjoy some great food and fellowship with your fellow student leaders as we prepare to depart for the Summer and some of you prepare to graduate. We also want to salute all of the past officers and congratulate all of the new officers of your organization. All of your members are invited and there is no RSVP required. We would like to honor the graduating members of your student organization at this celebration so please have a member of your organization email the names of all of the graduating members to Clayton State’s only royal person, Atawanna Royal, at email@example.com by Monday, Apr. 23. Parking Permit Q&A Lately, there appears to be some misunderstandings about the issuance and display of campus parking permits/decals. In attempt to clear these up, the following information is being provided: Q—Are parking permits mailed out at the start of each semester or upon request? A— Permits can be obtained at tables set up during new student orientations at various locations on campus or from the Public Safety office located on the second floor of the Student Center. They are only mailed upon individual requests. Q—If I occasionally drive different vehicles to the campus, do I need a permit in each vehicle? A–No, the permits are easily removable and transferrable between vehicles. However, you can purchase additional permits for $10 each. Q—Is it okay to leave the permit in its plastic wrapper and just place it on dashboard? A—No, the permit is to be affixed to the inside of either the rear driver’s side window or the front driver’s side window where it is clearly visible, with no obscurities either from inside or outside of the vehicle. Q—Do we have to get new permits each semester? A—No, permits are valid for full school year, from August through July. Q—What if I lose my permit or it gets damaged? A—Replacement permits can be obtained from the Public Safety Office for a fee of $10 each.
Spivey Hall Schedule Apr. 20 Recital @ 11 a.m., Division of Music Recital [Kurt Zeller] Apr. 21 Pre-concert talk (MEB 157) @ 7:15 p.m., [Kurt Zeller] Concert @ 8:15 p.m., Brentano String Quartet Apr. 22 Concert @ 3 p.m., Clayton State Chorale [Shaun Amos] Charity Yard Sale, Apr. 20, Apr. 21 A charity yard sale to benefit Shining Light Ministries will be held at Bethany Baptist Church, 4 Bethany Rd., McDonough, Ga., on Friday, Apr. 20 and Saturday, Apr. 21. Clayton State Director of Financial Aid Pat Barton, one of the organizers of this event, says that donations are needed for the yard sale. To arrange for drop-offs for donations, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Shining Light Ministries is a non-profit, 12-month residential program with two housing facilities that treats drug addicts and alcoholics. Office of Recruitment and Admissions to Hold Spring Open House, Apr. 21 The Clayton State University Office of Recruitment and Admissions will hold it 2012 Spring Open House on Saturday, Apr. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., starting in the Clayton State Student Activities Center. Prospective students and their parents will enjoy a variety of seminars and discussions designed to help them learn more about Clayton State’s academic programs, admissions process, financial aid, residential and student life, and student support services. A highlight of the event is the Academic and Organization Fair, in which participants can visit more than 40 booths and speak personally with faculty members, staff, and current Clayton State University students. Campus tours are also offered, starting at 8 a.m., and then again after lunch. To register to attend this free event, go to; http://admissions.clayton.edu/aspx/openhouse/register_splash.asp. Prospective students and their families who attend the Spring Open House will be provided lunch at the Lakeside Dining Hall, and prospective students who complete a survey at the end of their visits will receive a special t-shirt.
Education Speaker Series Concludes, Apr. 23 Clayton State University’s Education Speaker Series, “Teaching in a Diverse World,” will conclude this Monday, Apr. 23 with “Creating Change: Safe Classroom Spaces Panel.” This panel discussion, designed for pre-service and in-service teachers and school counselors, will run from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center on the Clayton State main campus in Morrow. The session will focus on areas such as professional responsibilities, creating safe spaces for all students, attitude awareness and advocating for all students. All students and faculty interested in promoting equity and social justice will benefit from participating. This event is free and open to the public. Clayton County Commission Chair Eldrin Bell to Discuss County Government at Clayton State, Apr. 23 Eldrin Bell, chair of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners, will be contributing to the cause of higher education at Clayton State University on Monday, Apr. 23. Bell will be visiting Clayton State at the invitation of Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Sean Mattie. Bell will be discussing county government with Mattie’s American Government class which meets from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m., in room UC 267 of the James M. Baker University Center. Dr. David Ludley’s Retirement Party, Apr. 24 A retirement party for professor of English and Art History Dr. David Ludley, celebrating his 36 years of service to Clayton State, will be held in the Atrium of the Harry S. Downs Center from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Apr. 24. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. SBDC to Hold “Starting a Business” in Griffin, Apr. 24 Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be holding a “Starting a Business” workshop at the Griffin Welcome Center/Griffin Chamber of Commerce, 143 N. Hill St., in Griffin, on Tuesday, Apr. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. “Starting a Business” is a comprehensive workshop on important decisions that need to be made prior to opening a business. The cost is $69 per person with 50 percent off each additional person. All 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=111025&cart=42bf1309-fcb0-4360-a239-8373c2ec544a. Clayton State University Jazz Combo Presents “We Write, We Play” in Spivey Hall, Apr. 25 The Clayton State University Department of Visual & Performing Arts presents the Clayton State University Jazz Combo in “We Write, We Play,” a concert featuring student compositions and arrangements, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 25, in Spivey Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Directed by Stacey Houghton (Rex), “We Write, We Play” will introduce several new compositions and arrangements by Clayton State University students including Josh Singleton, Kelly Jarrard, Avys Burroughs, Afolabi Giwa, and Prakash Acharya in addition to a mix of jazz standards. Jupiter String Quartet to be Featured on Public Broadcasting Atlanta., Apr. 25 Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA), which operates WABE 90.1 FM, will be featuring the Jupiter String Quartet on Wednesday, Apr. 25, with a recorded performance and interview. The Jupiters will air on John Lemley’s “City Café” program on WABE from noon to 1 p.m. The performance was originally given at the PBA studio for members of PBA’s Cornerstone Society. The musicians’ edited interview, also with Lemley, will air during the same program. This broadcast occurs during PBA’s pledge week. The performance in question was a highlight of the Jupiter String Quartet’s February/March 2012 residency week at Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall, under the auspices of “Project Jupiter,” a three-year community-outreach initiative of Spivey Hall and the Jupiter String Quartet. Project Jupiter is made possible with special funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts, and The Hampton Inn of Morrow, Ga. AmeriCorps Service Cinema Screening, “KONY 2012,” Apr. 26 The Clayton State University AmeriCorps Program is hosting its next Service Cinema Screening on Thursday, Apr. 26, at 6 p.m., in room 272 of the James M. Baker University Center. AmeriCorps will be screening Invisible Children’s newest short documentaries: “KONY 2012” and “KONY 2012 BEYOND FAMOUS.” Since 1987, Joseph Kony has been accused of abducting more than 30,000 children in Central Africa, and of forcing them to be child soldiers in his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Americorps invites the public to come watch the documentaries “KONY 2012” and “KONY 2012 Part II: BEYOND FAMOUS” to learn more about Kony, the LRA, and to hear firsthand experiences from a Ugandan speaker. There will be a question and answer session following the screening. Invisible Children’s mission is to end the use of child soldiers in the rebel war going on in northern Uganda and throughout Central Africa, and to restore the region to peace and prosperity through the use of film, creativity and social action. Women’s Forum Scholarship Luncheon, Apr. 26 In partnership with the Clayton News Daily, the Clayton State Women’s Forum cordially invites you to join us on Thursday, Apr. 26 for the annual Scholarship Luncheon, with special guest speaker Ronda Rich. The luncheon will be from noon to 1:30 p.m., in room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center. Rich is the best-selling author of “What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should).” That book launched a new career for the former award-winning sports writer, who has now become a popular Southern sage, dispensing musings and observations in her weekly, syndicated newspaper column, Dixie Divas, and speaking at more than 100 events each year as a humorous and inspirational speaker. R.S.V.P. for the luncheon are required by Apr. 23 to Francine Mocniak at (678) 466-5426, or FrancineMocniak@clayton.edu. The cost is $15. Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Auditions, Apr. 28 On Saturday, Apr. 28, the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program will hold its 19th annual season auditions. Started in spring of 1994, the choir program is wrapping up its 18th year and getting ready for the 2012/2013 season. Arguably the most famous outreach program of Clayton State University’s world-famous Spivey Hall, the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program offers students professional-level instruction in vocal pedagogy, music theory, sight singing, ear training, presentation, and exposure to a variety of choral styles. But that's not all. Being involved in the program also enhances children’s lives by helping them develop qualities of self-reliance, personal integrity, responsibility, compassion, and confidence in their abilities. This twofold purpose enables students to benefit as much as possible from an extracurricular activity. For more information on scheduling a student audition, go to; www.spiveyhallchildrenschoir.org, or email email@example.com, or call (770) 946-9072. Clayton Community Big Band Presents “2-Hour Energy” in Spivey Hall, Apr. 30 The Clayton State University Department of Visual & Performing Arts presents the Clayton Community Big Band in “2-Hour Energy,” a concert filled with fast-paced, contemporary big band music, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 30, in Spivey Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Directed by Stacey Houghton (Rex) and Assistant Director Art Thompson (Fayetteville), “2-Hour Energy” features challenging and fast-paced instrumental compositions from composers Gordon Goodwin, Bob Mintzer, Les Hooper, Tom Kubis, Thad Jones and Sammy Nestic. Drawing from talented composers’ challenging pieces creates a high energy level that demands an equally high skill level from Clayton Community Big Band musicians. It’s Coming… FAFSA Day at Clayton State, May 12 It’s just a month away… the Third Annual FAFSA Day at Clayton State University… the biggest, most informative event of the year for the Clayton State Office of Financial Aid. For 2012, FAFSA Day will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room UC327 of the James M. Baker University Center on the Clayton State main campus in Morrow. Atlanta Export Symposium, May 23 Through his capacity as president of World Trade Center Atlanta, Clayton State Director of the Office of International Programs John Parkerson has arranged free attendance for any College of Business students or faculty who might wish to attend the Atlanta Export Symposium on May 23, at the World Trade Center. This is an ambitious program, with outstanding sponsors and program panelists. It should provide excellent substantive content and networking opportunities for students who are interested in international business, international marketing and supply chain. Any individuals who wish to attend should contact Parkerson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 466-4091.