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#1 Lakers Ready for Elite Eight Next Week in San Antonio Number One Clayton State punched its ticket to the 2013 NCAA Division II Elite Eight earlier this week, and like seven other teams across the country, the Lakers have their sights set on winning a national championship. Clayton State (32-0) will continue its quest for perfection and a second national championship in three years at 1 p.m. EDT, on Tuesday, Mar. 26, at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Tex., facing Augustana College. Located in Sioux Falls, SD, Augustana (27-6) was the winner of the central region. A sixth seed, the Vikings beat eighth-seeded Emporia State 75-74 on a pair of free throws with one second on the clock to advance to the Elite Eight. Ranked #24 in the nation, Augustana set a school record for wins this year and won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament title. The game on Tuesday will be webcast live at http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/2013/03/26/. If (when?) the Lakers win, they will advance to the Final Four and face the winner of Tuesday’s 3:30 p.m. EDT game between fourth-ranked Colorado Mesa and 10th ranked Dowling. On the other side of the bracket, fifth-ranked Western Washington will face Nova Southeastern at 7 p.m. ET and second-ranked Ashland will play Gannon at 9:30 p.m. EDT. The semifinal games will be played on Wednesday, Mar. 27 at 7 p.m. (Clayton State’s bracket) and 9:30 p.m. EDT, and the national championship game will be on Friday, Mar. 29 at 8 p.m. ET. Both the semifinal games and the national championship games will be nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network and streamed live at http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule. More information will be available Monday on local viewing parties for all three games.
Clayton State VITA Program to Provide Last Free Tax Assistance of 2013 this Saturday
Accounting students from Clayton State University will once again be participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, hosted by the University’s College of Business. The final VITA session of 2013 will be held that at the College of Business this Saturday, Mar. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Taxpayers will be assisted on a first come, first serve basis.
VITA is a national program that provides tax support for certain eligible taxpayers. This program, which has been in existence for 40 years, also provides the volunteer tax preparers with extensive IRS training and testing. The volunteers can then ensure that taxpayers will have their tax returns filled out accurately and timely and receive the tax credits they qualify for, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. Students can also benefit from having VITA volunteers prepare their taxes, because the volunteers are trained in the rules for the credits available for tuition and other school-related expenses. The VITA program also prepares state income tax returns and provides free e-filing options to ensure clients receive their refunds as soon as possible. Can the Government Stop Environmental Catastrophes… Another New York Times Talk, Mar. 29 Hurricane Sandy, spring blizzards, global warming… Clayton State University’s partnership with the New York Times continues on Friday, Mar. 29 with a New York Times Talk on “Environmental Change and the Role of the Government in Stopping Catastrophes.” In addition to discussing a very current subject that potentially affects every single person in the United States, the upcoming New York Times Talk, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., in room UC267 of the James M. Baker University Center, will feature two notable co-facilitators, Clayton State Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jacqueline Jordan, and Bryan M. Myers, energy and climate change coordinator for Region 4 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As is the case with all the New York Times Talk programs, 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 Thursday, Mar. 28, at 3 p.m. A free lunch (pizza/soda) courtesy of the New York Times and Jordan will be served to all those who respond by Mar. 28. Transplant Awareness Event, Apr. 3 Clayton State student Rosalynn Gresham needs a kidney transplant to win her battle against Lupus. And while that may make her unique among the student body, she is hardly the only person who needs that kind of help. On Wednesday, Apr. 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Main Street in the James M. Baker University Center, Clayton State Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Sarah Stein will be leading an information event to raise awareness about Gresham’s condition and provide people with the information they need to begin the testing process to be a donor. It’s an opportunity to get the word out on how people can get tested as a match for Gresham (or anyone else needing a transplant.) SBDC Starting Your Business Workshop, Apr. 11 The Clayton State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be holding a “Starting Your Business Workshop” on Thursday, Apr. 11, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Henry County Chamber of Commerce in McDonough. If you are considering starting a small business, and want to make your dream real, this workshop is a crucial first step. Since lack of planning is one of the top reasons new businesses fail, attending this comprehensive workshop is one of the most important decisions to make prior to opening a business. A detailed business start-up book, "How to Start a Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs," and other handouts are provided. The cost of the workshop is $69 per person, with a 50 percent discount for current Clayton State students, faculty and staff, who should contact Heather Chaney for discount code. Also, there is 50 percent off each additional person who registers with an individual when the first person pays the full fee of $69 (discounts cannot be combined). To register, go to https://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?cart=1d179756-bf81-429d-ab9e-43dd7efc95b7&page_name=view_cart&addproduct=114486. Volunteer Opportunities Greater Works Missionary Baptist Church Greater Works Missionary Baptist Church of Forest Park will be hosting a Food Pantry Distribution Event on Saturday, Mar. 23 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers are needed to assist with check-in, weighing the food bags and distributing bags to clients. If you are interested in participating please call the church office at (404) 968-0033 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please leave your name and contact phone number and let them know you are interested in volunteering with the food pantry on Mar. 23. Greater Works Missionary Baptist Church is located at 295 Morrow Rd., Forest Park, Ga. The Clayton County Humane Society The Clayton County Humane Society (CCHS) is a "no-kill" animal rescue facility located in Jonesboro, which provides a loving, caring environment to our animals until permanent placement in adoptive homes can be achieved. No animal is ever euthanized to make room for another. We receive no local, state or government funding and are entirely funded and operated by donations and volunteers. CCHS is in need of animal loving volunteers who are willing to walk, brush, bathe and play with the “residents” (dogs and cats), clean kennels and cat cages, and assist in educating the community on responsible pet ownership and animal rights issues. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Both weekday and weekend shifts are available. Volunteers are also need to assist with their Bi-annual Yard Sale Fundraiser on Friday, May 3 to help load and unload trucks with donated items and Saturday, Mary 4, at Jonesboro High School for the actual yard sale. If you are interested in ongoing volunteer opportunities with the CCHS or just helping with the upcoming yard sale, please contact Yvette Elliott at (770) 363-4132 or firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Clayton State University Volunteer” in the subject line.
The Number One Women’s Basketball Team is Doing the Number One Internet Meme – the Harlem Shake The Clayton State University Lakers Women’s Basketball team, ranked number one in NCAA Division II, recently teamed up with CSTV, Clayton State University’s student television organization, to produce the official Clayton State University Harlem Shake video. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past month, the Harlem Shake defines “viral” as the most recent internet meme. (And, it’s just a coincidence that the Lakers’ All-American and Division II Player of the Year candidate, Peach Belt Player of the Year Drameka Griggs, goes by “MeMe.”) In fact, the only thing hotter than the Harlem Shake is undefeated and Peach Belt regular season champion Lakers. Thanks to CSTV, Clayton State Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations Gid Rowell, and the Clayton State Office of University Relations, the Lakers are now in on the action and have their own Harlem Shake video. Talk about dreams made real… Check out MeMe, KMob, Shay Shay, Key and the rest of the Lakers on video – now out on Clayton State University’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages at the following links… Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clayton-State-University/120178704320 Youtube -http://www.youtube.com/user/ClaytonSTNews?feature=mhee https://twitter.com/ You Tube Spotlight on Drameka Griggs Clayton State University’s senior guard Drameka Griggs is in the spotlight. You can now see what a day in her life is like on the official Clayton State University YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5WbGcjVJ2Y. This is Griggs’ second recent appearance on the ClaytonStNews You Tube channel… she also appears in the Lakers’ Harlem Shake video (she’s number 12), which has gathered 1333 views so far. Griggs, a 5-5 guard, the Most Valuable Player in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament won by the 29-0 and top-ranked Lakers, also received the Peach Belt Conference’s Player of the Year and the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Player of the Year awards, likely first steps to All-American, if not NCAA Division II Player of the Year, status. The senior from Ellenwood, Ga., who now holds the Clayton State single-season scoring record, Griggs averages just 29 minutes a game — a function of Clayton State’s 22 point average margin of victory. She is second in the PBC in scoring at 19.6 points per game, and in the top 10 nationally as well. A four-time PBC Player of the Week this season, Griggs is a two-time All-Peach Belt Conference selection, and was also named to the Elite Eight All-Tournament team in her sophomore year, when the Lakers last won the national championship. Public Safety Survey A survey is linked below for all students, faculty and staff to access regarding your assessment of the Public Safety services being provided on our campus. Please take a few minutes and participate in the survey to provide us with feedback. It will be posted for two weeks until Friday, Mar. 29. Thanks in advance for your participation. https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dj3aldIYRIV5ToN What Can Clayton State Dining do to Make Your Day Better? Clayton State Dining wants your feedback! Take our customer satisfaction survey and tell us how we're doing. Visit our web link at: http://vcil.cc/xgykr8g. The online survey runs through Friday, Mar. 29. Student Media 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* • Marketing Director (Secretary) for CSiR • Personnel/Financial Director (Treasurer) for CSiR • General Manager for CSTV* • President of Business for CSTV • Vice President of Programming for CSTV • Secretary for CSTV • Treasurer for CSTV All current officers must reapply for the 2013-2014 academic period. No experience is necessary to apply, but is beneficial. All students must be currently enrolled at Clayton State University and have a minimum 2.5 Institutional 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. *Please Note: That the following positions are Leadership Stipend positions: Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, Photo Editor, Assignments Editor, General Manager for CSiR, Program Director, and General Manager for CSTV. Elected representatives must meet ALL stipend guidelines. The application deadline is Apr. 12, by 5 p.m. Applications can be downloaded from the Campus Life web page www.clayton.edu/campus-life or a hard copy can be obtained from the Student Media Advisor office, room 201A in the Student Activities Center. 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 email@example.com or via phone: (678) 466-5427. Boots Blowout at The Loch Shop Discontinued Boots cosmetic products are now available at deeply reduced prices in The Loch Shop. All discontinued items are between $4 and $8, so hurry in and get yours before they are gone! A Trip to Panama The College of Business is hosting a trip to Panama, May 12, 2013 to May 18, 2013, and they need a few more students. The cost is $2904, and, since the Port of Savannah has the Panama Canal to thank for its status as the fastest-growing container port in the U.S., the package even includes a one day trip to the Port of Savannah in April. Visit businesses and take part in cultural activities. Panama offers a modern urban infrastructure, tropical islands, rain forests, cool mountain ranges, and both Caribbean and Pacific beaches. CoB needs to finalize the trip to buy the airline tickets. For additional information, contact Dr. Judith Ogden at firstname.lastname@example.org, (678) 466-4509, or the Office of International Programs, www.clayton.edu/International-programs. Study Abroad in Jamaica has Openings for a Few More Students The College of Arts and Sciences is hosting a study abroad/community service learning trip to Jamaica, from May 29, 2013 to June 20, 2013. Dr. Rafik Mohamed, chair of the Department of Social Sciences, will lead the trip and says he’s happy to invite a few more students to participate. The cost is $2000 (plus course tuition and airfare) and includes; all housing in Jamaica at beautiful Silver Sands (http://www.mysilversands.com/content/home.aspx), ground transportation in Jamaica, cultural tours, and admission to great houses. Students can earn up to six hours of academic credit in the following areas; Sociology, African-American Studies, Political Science, or Environmental Science (for core area D2 credit). 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The College of Arts and Sciences needs to finalize the trip in the near future, so don’t wait! For additional information, contact Mohamed at RafikMohamed@clayton.edu, or (678) 466-4818, or contact the Office of International Programs (www.clayton.edu/international-programs) in room UC 204 of the James M. Baker University Center. Outdoor Adventure – Upcoming Trips Day Hiking High Falls State Park is named for tumbling cascades on the Towaliga River. We will hike along the river’s edge and through hilly forest. In the early 1800s, this area was a prosperous industrial town with several stores, a grist mill, cotton gin, blacksmith shop, shoe factory and hotel. High Falls became a ghost town in the 1880s when a major railroad bypassed it. Destination: High Falls State Park, Georgia Date: Saturday, Mar. 30 Cost: $15 student/$20 employee/$25 non-affiliate Limit: 10 Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Mar. 26 Whitewater Rafting We will be paddling a classic Southeastern whitewater rafting run. Float past awe-inspiring scenery, take the time to explore river features and paddle through some of the most heart-pounding drop-pool rapids to be found anywhere. The trip's highlight is arguably the run through the famous Five Falls, where five tumultuous Class IV+ rapids unfold in quick succession. Destination: Chattooga River, Georgia Trip Date(s): Saturday, Apr. 6 Cost: $30 student/$50 employee/$80 non-affiliate Limit: 10 Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Mar. 26 For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, email@example.com. Participants Wanted – “10,000 Steps to Denali” The Department of Recreation & Wellness Outdoor Adventure Program is looking for a minimum of 10-15 participants (students, faculty, and staff) who are interested in participating in the “10,000 Steps to Denali” campus initiative which will take place in June. While the first team of African-American mountaineers will summit Denali, the highest peak in North America, Outdoor Adventure (OA) hopes to have our own diverse population outdoors by coordinating our own local “expeditions”. During the month of June, OA will schedule three day-trips including, a day hike, a rock climbing event, and finally a trail running adventure. The details of each event will be made available to those who are interested. Choose one trip or all three – the choice is yours! When: June 2013 Per Trip Cost for Students: Free Per Trip Cost for Employees: $10 per person Maximum Participants: 12 per trip For more information, please contact Nick Kilburg at NicholasKilburg@clayton.edu or call (678) 466-4972. Clayton State Wants to Hear from You About a New Alma Mater We are currently in the process of creating a new alma mater that will represent the heart of Clayton State, reminding us all of the special place it holds in our lives. What are the words and phrases that remind you of Clayton State University? Please share them with us at the alma mater website: www.clayton.edu/almamater. The deadline for suggestions is Mar. 25, 2013. Let you voice be heard. New Traditions. Made Real. Psychology Department Research Study Dr. Celeste Walley-Jean of the Clayton State Psychology Department is conducting a research study on conflict in relationships. She is making a call for volunteers for young (ages 18 to 25) African-American couples. In you are interested in taking part, please leave a message for the Psychology Research Lab at (678) 466-4889. Participants will be entered in a raffle for a $25 gift card.
Student Veterans Association Meeting, Mar. 25 The Student Veterans Association will meet on Monday, Mar. 25 at noon in the Veterans Resource Center, Student Center, Ste. 115. For more information, contact the Veterans Resource Center at (678) 466-5527. Honor Society for First-Year Students Hosts Induction Ceremony, Mar. 25 Clayton State University is now one of 14 chapters in the state of Georgia to hold a chapter of National Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for first-year students. Dr. Glenda Earwood, executive director of National Alpha Lambda Delta will deliver the keynote address, and the chapter will induct 48 students on Monday, Mar. 25 at 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the Student Activities Center. Membership in Alpha Lambda Delta is open to full-time freshman students who earn a scholastic average of 3.5 or better at a four-year college or university. For more information about Clayton State’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for First Year Students, visit the chapter’s website at www.clayton.edu/fyarc/alphalambdadelta or contact the chapter’s advisor, Marcia Bouyea-Hamlet at (678) 466-4081 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Public Safety Captain Candidate Interviews, Mar. 25, Mar. 26 The following are the finalists for the Clayton State Public Safety Captain position. They will be interviewed by the committee in person at 10 a.m. on the dates referenced, followed by a presentation at 11 a.m. by each candidate on what they believe are the most significant safety concerns on college campuses today, and how they would attempt to address them. These presentations will be open to the campus and will be held at Clayton State East, in the HR training room. All are encouraged to come and ask questions. Monday, Mar. 25, Gerald Anderson, former chief at Life University Tuesday, Mar. 26, Wayne Butler, currently a Captain with the Morrow PD Clayton County Community Emergency Preparedness Seminar, Mar. 27 Please mark your calendars for the second annual Clayton County Community Emergency Preparedness Seminar, taking place on Wednesday, Mar. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Morrow Center (1180 Southlake Cir., Ste. 100, Morrow). This year's seminar focuses on "Making Vulnerable Populations Less Vulnerable." Businesses and individuals who care for indigent, medically fragile, elderly, disabled, or non-English-speaking persons will want to attend this free seminar. Vendor opportunities are available for emergency preparedness related businesses and businesses that cater to vulnerable populations. Please see our flier and registration form and contact Doug Dugger at (678) 610-7467 or email@example.com for more information. Clayton State University’s Cultural Fest 2013, Mar. 28 The Cultural Fest is an annual event sponsored by The Department of Campus Life and focuses on celebrating diversity through music, food and performances. Cultural Fest 2013 will be held on Thursday, Mar. 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the SAC. Clayton State Biology Department Has Eminent Speakers this Semester, Starting Mar. 29 Clayton State University’s Biology Department’s Eminent Speaker Series for the spring 2013 semester will feature presentations from professors at the University of Georgia, Emory University, and Mercer University. The three presentations are scheduled for Friday, Mar. 29, Friday, Apr. 12, and Friday, Apr. 19, in each case in room 107 of the Laboratory Annex Building (The L.A.B.) on the Clayton State campus. All presentations will start at 2 p.m., and last until approximately 3:30 p.m. The Mar. 29 seminar will feature an especially prominent speaker, Dr. Alan Covich, professor, Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, and president of the International Association for Ecology. He is also the former president of the Ecological Society of America, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the North American Benthological Society. Covich will be speaking on, "Freshwater ecosystem services- some case studies of how people benefit from biodiversity." On Apr. 12, Emory University School of Medicine Associate Professor of Medicine Dr. Toby Schonfeld, will speak on, “Ethics in Research.” Schonfeld is also director, Master of Arts in Bioethics, Center for Ethics; and co-director, Program for Scholarly Integrity, Laney Graduate School. Finally, on Apr. 19, Dr. Rick McCann, director, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, and associate professor of biochemistry at the Mercer University School of Medicine, will speak on “Cell Adhesion Assemblies and the Origins of Animal Multicellularity.” Clayton State to Host Georgia Psychology Society’s Eighth Annual Meeting, Mar. 30 Clayton State University will be hosting the Georgia Psychological Society’s Eighth Annual Meeting on Saturday, Mar. 30. The conference schedule calls for welcome, refreshments and registration from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., followed by a general poster session (9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.), and the keynote address. After lunch will come two additional poster sessions (from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.), followed by presentations and symposia. Registration is $20 for students, $30 for faculty and professionals, includes yearly membership in the Georgia Psychological Society (GPS). Lunch and mid-morning snacks will be provided at conference. Register via; Georgia Psychological Society, c/o Department of Psychology and Counseling, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Ga., 31698-0100. Registrations will be held at the conference registration desk for pick up and registrants will receive email confirmation. After Mar. 20, participants should register at the conference registration desk between 8 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. Dr. Tricia King, associate professor and chair, Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Program at Georgia State University, will present the keynote address, “Functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging findings among long-term survivors of childhood brain tumors.” Clayton State’s Spring Break Soccer Camp Starts, Apr. 1 The Clayton State University Athletic Department will be holding Spring Break Soccer camps in April for boys and girls ages six to 13. There will be two sessions, and each session will offer a half-day camp and a full-day camp. Session One runs from Monday, Apr. 1 to Friday, Apr. 5. Session Two is from Monday, Apr. 8 to Friday, Apr. 12. The full-day camps cost $140 per person and run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The half-day camps are 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and cost $85. Free supervision is provided for early drop-off and late pick-up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be an additional charge for supervision prior to 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m. A snack bar will be available for lunch purchases for all camps. The girls and boys soccer camps are designed to develop individual technical skills, including passing, dribbling, ball control, shooting, and tackling, as well as team tactics. The camps combine small group instruction as well as game play to ensure development of fundamental skills and game knowledge. For more information, contact Clayton State women’s soccer coach Gareth O’Sullivan at (678) 466-4684, or go to www.claytonstatesports.com to register. ESPN College Slam Dunk & 3pt Championships, Apr. 4 ESPN’s College Slam Dunk & 3pt Championships are being held at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion on Thursday, Apr. 4 at 7 p.m. This will be ESPN’s 25th year putting on the event as a part of Final Four weekend. Discounted tickets (general admission is $6) are available to all faculty, staff and students at Clayton State. For more information, go to the College Slam Dunk & 3-pt Championships Facebook page, or www.collegeslam.com. April Laker Market Day, Apr. 4 Attention all Laker entrepreneurs, small business owners, student organizations and departments… the Department of Campus Life is pleased to announce our next Laker Market Day on Thursday, Apr. 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Activities Center. Laker Market Day is designed to allow vendors, student organizations and university departments the opportunity to sell their products or services to the Clayton State community. This unique opportunity will allow vendors direct contact with approximately 7,500 Clayton State students, faculty and staff. While Laker Market Day is open to outside vendors, we strongly support and encourage Clayton State student entrepreneurs to take advantage of this opportunity to market their businesses. Market day forms and policies can be found at http://www.clayton.edu/student-activities-center. Please submit your paperwork and payment (if applicable) to LaShanda Hardin in the Student Activities Center Suite 223 prior to close of business on Thursday Mar. 28. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact her at (678) 466-5470 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Six Flags College Night, Apr. 5 Here is an opportunity for Clayton State students, faculty and staff to enjoy Six Flags Over Georgia without the crowds! College Night is a “limited attendance” event. College Night tickets sales are restricted to colleges and universities. Significantly discounted ticket savings of up to 43 percent off of a general admission ticket. Exclusive use of the park for College Night guests from 7 p.m. to midnight. The College Night ticket is also valid during daytime hours (10:30 a.m. to 7p.m.) while the park is open to the general public. College Night guests must pick up a wristband at Six Flags ticket booths prior to entry. All College Night guests must be wearing wristband to stay in the park after 7 p.m. Season Passes are not valid and College Night tickets will not be sold at the gate. College Night tickets can be upgraded to a Season Pass for $29.99+tax per pass. All-You-Can-Eat Picnic Special: Your guests can purchase a package that includes an All-You-Can-Eat Picnic, including hot dogs, chicken fillet sandwiches, two side dishes, ice cream and Coca-Cola beverages. Serving time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (serving time may be extended depending on the number of catered packages sold) Online purchase instructions: Step 1: Go to sixflags.com Step 2: Pick a park – Six Flags Over Georgia Step 3: Go to PromoCode Box in upper right hand corner Step 4: Enter the following the promo code: college02 Then press 'GO' to purchase your tickets Costs: Picnic Package (Admission + Meal Ticket) $36 per person Admission-Only Package $26 per person Former Laker Golfer Nelson to Compete in ‘”Tough Mudder” Event to Raise Money for Zac Bradley Fund, Apr. 6 Clayton State University golfer Clark Nelson finished up his collegiate career last fall, and now as he works to complete his degree, the native of Scotland has picked up a new sport that is about as opposite as golf as possible. Instead of strolling down a well-manicured and peaceful golf course on a spring afternoon, Nelson will compete in a new type of running event, called a “Tough Mudder.” Designed by British Special Forces to test your all-around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie, Tough Mudder events are described as hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses. Nelson will compete in a Tough Mudder event on Saturday, Apr. 6 in Augusta, Ga. Another element of Tough Mudder events is that participants often compete in them to raise money for charitable organizations. As a fellow Laker student-athlete with Zac Bradley, Nelson has decided that the proceeds from him competing in the race will be donated to help the Zac Bradley Fund. Bradley continues to bare expenses that insurance does not cover. Individuals interested in sponsoring Nelson in the Tough Mudder race and giving to Bradley can give through the Help Hope Live Foundation in honor of Zac Bradley. Go to http://www.helphopelive.org/find-a-patient/profile/index.cfm/patient/4020DEAA-D857-4104-4651614FF6509D6A to give online. For more information on sponsoring Nelson and giving to the Zac Bradley Fund, contact Gid Rowell, assistant athletic director of external relations at email@example.com or (678) 466-4681. School of Nursing to Host Annual Cultural Diversity Conference, Apr. 11 The School of Nursing at Clayton State University, via its federal Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant, is preparing to host its Annual Cultural Diversity Conference. The purpose of the Cultural Diversity Conference is to increase the cultural competence of faculty and students at the School of Nursing. The conference will be held on Thursday, Apr. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon in Student Activities Center Ballrooms, A, B and C. Although the conference is directed to Clayton State faculty and students, the public is invited to attend on a space-available basis. Registration will close once seating capacity has been reached, and all registrants must be confirmed (via an attendance roster) prior to attending the event. To register, go to https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4JwR7ZXdEeTJict. The keynote speaker will be Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary (1989-1993), president emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine, and chairman of the board of the National Health Museum in Atlanta. Sullivan will be speaking on “Eliminating Health Disparities in the United States” and will be reviewing health of the U.S. population, including disparities in health status and in access to health care, describing the strategies which are effective in decreasing disparities in health status, noting economic impact of health disparities, and articulating the role of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity in meeting health care challenges in America. Also speaking will be Rick Zoucha, Ph.D., RN, associate professor at the Duquesne University School of Nursing. Zoucha will be speaking on “Understanding the concepts of cultural confianza in Mexican Americans: Listening to the Voice of La Raza.” Clayton State SBDC PlanSmart at the Fayette Chamber. Apr. 12 Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has announced a new series of classes, PlanSmart, to be held at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce. PlanSmart will consist of three classes, held on Mar. 15, Apr. 12 and May 17. The cost is $69 per class, or $150 for the entire series. A $10 Fayette Chamber member discount is available for either individual classes or the entire series, and breakfast is provided for all three classes. The second class is “Finding & Refining Competitive Advantage.” Scheduled for Friday, Apr. 12, it will also run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Fayette Chamber. The class will look at finding, measuring and developing competitive advantage and making unique aspects of a business part of a marketing message. The third class, “Pricing for Profit” will be on Friday, May 17 and will focus on better pricing tactics and strategies and matching customer pricing behaviors with pricing strategies. This class is also from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Fayette Chamber. To register, go to www.georgiasbdc.org, or call (678) 466-5100. Dr. Hynes to Appear on Atlanta Community Profiles Radio Show, Apr. 13 Clayton State University President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes will be a guest on the radio show Atlanta Community Profiles next month. The program will be recorded on Tuesday, Apr. 9 for broadcast on Saturday, Apr. 13 at 2 p.m. on Talk920AM. Hynes was invited to appear on Atlanta Community Profiles by Louis A. Wieland, Jr., president of Community Profiles, the official relocation magazines for FMLS that are distributed by realtors and many Chambers of Commerce throughout the metro area. Hynes’ interview will be focused on discussing Clayton State University in general. The show will also be posted on the web site, atlantacommunityprofiles.com for the next year. Clayton State Library Holding Used Book Sale, Apr. 15 The Clayton State University Library will be holding a used book sale from Monday, Apr. 15 through Thursday, Apr. 18. The book sale, which is open to the public as well as Clayton State students, faculty and staff, will be held on Main Street in the James M. Baker University Center, across from Jazzman’s Cafe. Hardback books are $5 each or five for $20. Paperbacks are $2.50 each or three for $5. Everything from coffee table books to steamy romances will be available. Browse among histories and mysteries; science and biographies. Discounts will be added later in the week, but shop early for the best selection. All proceeds will go to support Clayton State library services and resources.