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The Clayton State Theatre’s Spring 2013 Production, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Opens Tonight at the Clayton County Performance Arts Center “To speak frankly I am not in favor of long engagements. They give people the opportunity of finding out each other’s character before marriage, which I think is never advisable” – Lady Bracknell That’s just a small dose of humor from Clayton State Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Oscar Wilde’s most successful play. This play pokes fun at the English aristocracy of the late 19th Century. Through its witty humor, the play takes you on a journey of discovery in hopes of finding out the “vital importance of being earnest.” In collaboration with the Clayton County Performing Arts Center (CCPAC), this is the first time in the Clayton State Theatre’s history that a production will be opening at CCPAC before coming to Clayton State Theatre. “We are very excited about this opportunity and look forward to making this an ongoing effort,” says Shontelle Thrash, director of the Clayton State Theatre program, in regard to this dream being made real. Performance dates for “The Importance of Being Earnest,” are as follows… Clayton County Performing Arts Center: Mar. 29, at 7:30 p.m., Mar. 30, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There will be a talk-back on Mar. 30 after the 2:30 p.m. performance. “The Importance of Being Earnest,” will then move to the Clayton State Theatre, room G132 of the University’s Arts & Sciences Building, on Apr. 11, 13, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $5; Clayton State students are admitted free with their Laker ID. “The Importance of Being Earnest,” will showcase talented actors from Columbus, Morrow, southeast Atlanta, and Jonesboro.
CBS Sports Network to Feature Zac Bradley Tonight
Clayton State University’s Zac Bradley will be the feature story on tonight’s halftime show of the nationally-televised NCAA Division II National Championship women’s basketball game. Te game is being broadcast by the CBS Sports Network. Tip-off for the game will be 8 p.m. (Eastern) with the halftime show at approximately 8:45 p.m. On Comcast in the metro-Atlanta area, the CBS Sports Network is channel 109. To find the CBS Sports Network outside the metro-Atlanta area or on another cable provider, visit http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com/channel-finder. The feature story opportunity resulted from Clayton State’s men’s team playing in the CBS Sports Network NCAA Division II Game of the Week earlier this year. The Lakers played in the nationally-televised game on Feb. 16 at Montevallo. “The producers of the feature liked the story so much that they decided to make it their marquee story of the season and show during their top NCAA Division II basketball broadcast, the women’s national championship game,” says Gid Rowell, assistant athletic director for external relations. Bradley, a native of Riverdale, Ga., and a former prep standout at North Clayton High School, was in an unfortunate accident in the spring of 2011. Leaving the Clayton State campus during a terrible storm, a tree fell on his car entrapping him inside. After being transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, Bradley underwent multiple surgeries on his brain, neck and spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed. He then went through extensive rehab at Atlanta’s Shepherd Spinal Center during the summer. CBS Sports Network will feature Bradley’s recovery over the last 22 months. Along with interviewing Bradley, the news crew met with Dr. Melanie Poudevigne, one of his professors, head coach Gordon Gibbons and his staff and some of the current and former players. In addition, the crew filmed Bradley playing in his wheelchair rugby league at the Shepherd Center. Bradley’s recovery over the last year has been remarkable. After his rehab, he returned to Clayton State and took a full load of classes in the Spring of 2012, where he made a perfect 4.0 that semester. Majoring in health and fitness management, he currently holds a 3.8 grade point average. He remains involved with the basketball program, sitting on the bench at home games and is often at practice. As a freshman in 2010-11, Bradley played in all 29 games for the 19-10 Lakers. Bradley continues to bare expenses that insurance does not cover. Individuals interested in helping Zac may contribute to the Help Hope Live Foundation in honor of Zac Bradley. Go online to www.helphopelive.org/. Clayton State Opera Presents Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse, Apr. 5 and Apr. 6 in Spivey Hall The 2013 production of the Clayton State Opera, Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse, Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic parody of the Victorian gothic romance novel, opens in the University’s Spivey Hall on Friday, Apr. 5, with a 7:30 p.m. performance. A second performance is scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 6, also in Spivey Hall at 7:30 p.m. Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse is conducted by Dr. Richard Bell, with choreographer Kathleen Kelly, and presented by the Clayton State Department of Visual and Performing Arts/Division of Music. Admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for students. Clayton State faculty, staff, and students are free with their Laker Card. According to Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller, coordinator of the Music Division, Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse features a beautiful orphaned heroine, a shy suitor with a secret, a sailor whose heart isn’t quite as golden as it appears, a lovelorn girl driven to madness, a wicked baronet, a family curse, a haunted ancestral manor and all the other elements of a brooding story by Brontë or Poe or Stoker are turned topsy-turvy by the sharp wit of Gilbert and the effervescent music of Sullivan. Menace becomes hilarity, wrongs are righted, and even the ancestral specter gets to live happily ever after. Obviously, a dream made real. Middle Grade Education Information Session, Apr. 9 The Department of Teacher Education’s next Middle Grade Education Information Session will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 9, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Arts & Science Building. room G-127. Women’s Forum Luncheon to Feature Special Guest Speaker Ashley Vicos, Apr. 16 The Clayton State Women’s Forum luncheon on Tuesday, Apr. 16 will feature a special guest speaker, Clayton State alumnus and Food Network star Ashley Vicos. The luncheon will run from noon to 1:30 p.m., in room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center. Vicos is a resident of Henry County who has been professionally decorating cakes for 14 years. She owns “Sweet Ashley’s” a private baking studio in McDonough specializing in custom cake work. The star of her won reality TV show on the Food Network, “Have Cake Will Travel,” Vicos has also been featured on other Food Network shows as well as on TLC, CBS and NBC. An R.S.V.P. for the Women’s Forum Luncheon is required by Monday, Apr. 8 to Dolores Cox at (678) 466-4467 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost of the luncheon (which includes Caesar Salad and meat and vegetable lasagna) is $13.50. Chlamydia Awareness Month University Health Services will be participating in the state’s campaign for Chlamydia Awareness Month on Apr. 16 and Apr. 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in University Health Services. This campaign is open to the entire campus community. It is free and painless. University Health Services provides this link for more information on the state wide campaign. http://www.cdc.gov/Features/STDAwareness/ Call for Volunteers – “Letter from Birmingham Jail” 50th Anniversary Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the day that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began writing his iconic “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” In celebration, the Department of Campus Life, in collaboration with the Clayton State Library will host public readings of this historic document on Main Street of the James M. Baker University Center throughout the day. Campus Life is looking for volunteers who would like to read aloud short selections from the letter at various time blocks throughout the day. Your participation is vital to the success of this event and will serve as a public demonstration that Dr. King’s ideals live on and that the fight against injustice continues. This event is free and open to the public. To volunteer as a reader, please go to: http://tinyurl.com/MLKLetterSignup before Wednesday, Apr. 10. If you have any questions, or need any additional information, feel free to contact LaShanda Hardin at email@example.com or Erin Nagel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Loch Shop Spring Grad Finale, Mar. 28, Mar. 29 The Spring Grad Fair Finale will be held in the Loch Shop on Mar. 28 and Mar. 29. This is your one stop event for all your graduation needs: Cap & Gowns Announcements Class Rings Graduation Pictures Jostens, Village Photographers and Alumni Relations will be participating and will be in the Loch Shop from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. We look forward to seeing you and helping you prepare for graduation! 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. 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.”
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. Polopalooza at the Loch Shop It’s Polopalooza at the Loch Shop – all Clayton State polos are now $9.99! We have a full sizes range from XS to 5XL in white, blue, orange and grey in multiple styles. We also have discounted Bargain Books to under $3 a book and selected Boots products are on sale from $4 to $8. While supplies last, so hurry in and grab yours today. Loch Shop Closed, Apr. 23 The Loch Shop will be closed on Tuesday, Apr. 23 for staff development. We will resume regular business hours on Wednesday, Apr. 24 at 8 a.m. Volunteer Opportunity 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. 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 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.
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. Employer Information Session – American Red Cross, Apr. 2 Are you interested in both challenging and rewarding career opportunities with the world's largest humanitarian network? By joining the Red Cross, you will touch millions of lives every year and experience the greatness of the human spirit at its best. There are also many other benefits of being a member of our team. Find out how the American Red Cross recruits interns and full-time employees, Tuesday, Apr. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in room 322 of the James M. Baker University Center. For more information, contact Career Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 466-5400. 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.) Scholarship Application Deadline, Apr. 4 The application deadline for Clayton State University scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year (Fall Semester 2013 and Spring Semester 2014) is Thursday, Apr. 4. The application and recommendation forms are available on the Financial Aid website. Make sure that you read the “Frequently Asked Questions” on the scholarship website before you begin the scholarship application process. Your scholarship file must be complete by Thursday, Apr. 4. Please remember that you are responsible for ensuring that all required items are received by this deadline. Applications or other documents received after the deadline will not be considered. Although not required, it is recommended that you submit your scholarship application and two recommendation forms at the same time to the Financial Aid Office to ensure that your scholarship file is complete. Information is also available on Private Scholarships, Scholarship Search Sites, Department Scholarships, and Honors Scholarships. 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 email@example.com. 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 466-4681. Sexual Assault Awareness Month The Southern Crescent Sexual Assault Center (SCSAC), the Clayton State University Office of Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Clayton State University chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, will host the Annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month during April 2013. Events for the month include the Clothes Line Project, the Clothes Line Project T-Shirt Drive, Bringing in the Bystander: Bystander Intervention Training, and Take Back the Night. The Clothesline Project will run from Apr. 8 to Apr. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Main Street in the James M. Baker University Center. The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to the violence against women, men, and children. Clayton State students, faculty and staff will decorate shirts to represent victim’s experience to share the experiences of one in three females and one in seven males. To effectively make The Clothesline Project a success Psi Chi is asking everyone to dig through their linens and donate lightly-used, plain-colored T-Shirts for the Clothesline Project. White T-Shirts are preferred, but any plain colored T-Shirt would be helpful and beneficial. T-Shirts can be dropped off at Dr. Pinar Gurkas’ office, room 109 of the Clayton State Natural & Behavioral Sciences Building. Clayton State Jazz Combo to Play Outdoor Concert, Apr. 10 The Clayton State Jazz Combo will be playing a free outdoor concert on Wednesday, Apr. 10. The Jazz Combo will be performing starting at noon at the Eugene Lawson Amphitheater, located on the Clayton State campus between the James M. Baker University Center and Spivey Hall. 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. 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.