New in this Issue
To give advance notice to all students, especially those new to our campus; to date our parking patrol and police officers have just been issuing warnings for parking violations. We occasionally do this as a courtesy for those new to the campus at the start of the Fall semester to assist in their familiarization of the campus parking areas.
However, starting this week we will begin issuing citations for the violations, which result in fines. Please pay attention to the parking signs in the parking lots and review the campus parking rules and regulations that are on line at the Public Safety website. Hard copies can also be obtained at our office in the Student Services Center.
Also, one of the more common violations is having no decal in your window. If you have not yet received your parking decal, please come by our office as soon as possible to pick one up. There is no additional fee for a decal as it is included in your student fees. Thanks in advance for your cooperation with our rules and regulations.
Outdoor Adventure – Upcoming Trip Aug. 24
Come play in a 150,000 square foot paintball course with a variety of obstacles and more than 30 buildings. This is one of the largest scenario experiences in Metro Atlanta!
Destination: Hot Shots, McDonough, Ga.
Date: Saturday, Aug. 24
Registration Deadline: Thursday, Aug. 22
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, email@example.com.
Student Veterans Association Meeting, Aug. 27
Please join Clayton State University’s Student Veterans Association for the first meeting of the fall semester, Tuesday, Aug. 27 at noon in the Veterans Resource Center (Student Center, Ste. 115). Come out and meet fellow military/veteran students and help plan upcoming events and discuss student- veteran concerns and issues. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact the VRC at (678) 466-5528 or VeteransResourceCenter@clayton.edu.
An Electric Car Charging Station at Clayton State? Take the Survey
The University is committed to sustainable practices, energy savings and environmental safety. Therefore, we have designed a quick survey to determine the level of interest in installing an electric car charging station on Clayton State University’s campus. We would highly appreciate your participation in this survey which will take less than a minute of your time. Please follow the link below to answer only four survey questions:
Chair Upgrades in the Baker Center
Facilities Management is in the process of upgrading 50+ chairs in the James M. Baker University Center, mainly in the student lounge areas.
The project will start the week of Sept. 3. We will be reupholstering lounge chairs and removing up to 15 chairs at a time for work. The next set of 15 chairs will be sent to workshop after we receive and return the first set of finished chairs. This process will continue till we have completed the entire scope of project.
This is to inform you that seating will be limited in certain lounge study areas for up to two weeks at a time. The project will start from the fourth floor.
Please contact Facilities Management with any questions regarding the project.
Don’t Feed The Wildlife!
As you know there is a variety of wildlife on and around our campus with which we for the most part pleasantly coexist; primarily the geese that are highly visible.
However, there is also an occasional sighting of a feral cat or raccoons. Although there may be a temptation to feed some of these wildlife when you are sitting by one of our lakes or walking on campus, please do not do so. It just encourages more brazen contacts with humans and a closer approach to our facilities. Also, since they are forms of wildlife, their temperament and health conditions are unknown.
If anyone has an uncomfortable encounter with any form of wildlife on campus, please contact the Office of Public Safety as soon as possible for a response.
Women’s Soccer Team Tryouts, Aug. 19 and Aug. 20
The Clayton State Women’s soccer team will be holding tryouts for currently enrolled full-time students.
Tryouts will occur on Monday, Aug. 19 and Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. on the University’s soccer field.
All interested parties should email Coach Gareth O’Sullivan at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013/14 Clayton State Academic Planners Available, Aug. 19
You must present your current Laker ID card in order to pick up a planner. (One planner per student and planners are on a first-come, first-serve basis.) You may pick up a copy of the planner at the following locations:
Times for Distribution (first-come, first-serve for each block of time)
Monday, Aug. 19, at the Student Activities Center, Campus Life, Ste. 223 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 19 on Main Street at the James M. Baker University Center from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (stop by the Peer Mentor table)
Clayton State – Fayette Students:
Please check with the front desk area at the Peachtree City location, beginning Thursday, Aug. 15.
Intramural Sports Registration Deadline, Aug. 19
Register now for Intramural Sports… c’mon, just play!
Online registration closes Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. for volleyball and dodge ball. Registration will close for flag football and tennis singles on Aug. 26 at 6 p.m.
Check out IMleagues.com for the complete list of our sports — IMleagues.com/clayton. Not ready to sweat or pull flags? Try our newest intramural sport – College Football Pick-Em. Each week a list of games will be made available for participants to make their selections. If you have questions or need more information, contact Keegan Ashbee at KeeganAshbee@clayton.edu or (678) 466-4973. Visit the web – http://www.clayton.edu/recwell/intramuralsports.
Free Boots Makeovers at The Loch Shop, Aug. 20
You can get a free Boots makeover (even if you don’t need one) at The Loch Shop on Tuesday, Aug. 20. The event scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with two Boots Beauty Advisors on site. Come early, last year’s Boots event was so well-attended that Loch Shop sales for Boots for the day almost equaled those of the Kansas University Bookstore.
Boots makeup is the largest cosmetic company in the U.K. and has earned Good Housekeeping’s seal of approval on several of their products as well as being recognized by Redbook for one of their top 15 products under $20.
The makeovers are available to any student, staff or faculty member.
Bookstore Bucks End Aug. 20
Bookstore Bucks (formerly Financial Aid Book Money) will be available Monday, Aug. 5 to Tuesday, Aug. 20. Up to $1,000 of your unused Financial Aid will automatically be deposited in your Bookstore Bucks account on Monday, Aug. 5 for you to purchase anything in the Loch Shop. After August 20, unused Bookstore Bucks are returned to your student account and refunded in late August based on your refund preference through Higher One.
Mock Mediation Meeting, Aug. 20
For several years, Clayton State students have been participating in Mock Mediation Tournaments at local universities.
Mediation is a voluntary process in which parties attempt to resolve a dispute with the help of a neutral third party.
We are having an organizational meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 5 p.m., in room UC 424 of the James M. Baker University Center, to plan for the 2013/2014 season. All undergraduate students are welcome! If you are interested in participating, but cannot attend the meeting, please email Professor Ogden at email@example.com.
Purchase a Meal Plan with Financial Aid, by Aug. 20
Did you know you can purchase a meal plan with your unused financial aid? Well, you can!
Between Aug. 5 and Aug. 20, purchase a meal plan online and have it paid for with financial aid. Log in to the SWAN, click the ESSENTIALS tab, and locate the Financial Aid Meal Plan channel. Complete the information requested and select the meal plan and quantity. If your purchase is approved (based on available aid), your meal plan will be available for use within approximately one business day.
You Can Purchase a Laptop in The Loch Shop with Bookstore Bucks, by Aug. 20
Need to purchase a Dell laptop from the Loch Shop with Bookstore Bucks, but you don’t have enough after buying books? You can request up to $1,000 additional Bookstore Bucks (from previously-awarded financial aid) through the SWAN!
Between Aug. 5 and Aug. 20, log in to the SWAN, click the ESSENTIALS tab, and locate the Laptop Purchase with Financial Aid channel. After your request has been submitted and reviewed, you will be notified by Clayton State email to let you know if your request has been approved. If approved, your funds will be added to your Bookstore Bucks account for use in the Loch Shop
Clayton State Gospel Choir Meeting, Aug. 20
The Clayton State Gospel Choir, “Influence,” is more than a group of worshipers. Influence is a movement consisting of individuals who strive to spiritually guide and influence the campus of Clayton State University and surrounding communities through the ministry of song and exemplifying Christ-like living.
The interest meeting is open to anyone who is interested. It will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. in room UC 272 of the James M. Baker University Center.
No Show Deadline, Aug. 22
Please note the following important beginning of semester enrollment date…
Aug. 22, 2013 – No Show Deadline (must attend class by this date)
Career Services August Workshops and Events
Thursday, Aug. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Student Center, room 228
Open House – Come visit the Office of Career Services, meet the staff and learn about our Fall Semester Workshops and Events
First 25 students will receive a FREE car charger!
Georgia Pacific Employer Information Session
Come here about how one of the world’s largest manufacturers hires its full-time and intern employees… Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in University Center, room 425.
RSVP in LakerCareer Zone.
Graduate School Workshop
Thursday, Aug. 29
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (UC 425) and 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (UC 272)
RSVP in LakerCareer Zone
Service Learning Series Institute Kick Off, Aug. 24
The Department of Campus Life will kick off the Service Learning Series Institute on Saturday, Aug. 24, in the Student Activities Center Ballroom C, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Service Learning Institute will introduce students to the concepts of service learning and help develop students’ commitment to public service and learning. There will be educational sessions on community service, civic engagement, social justice, and volunteerism. After the educational sessions, students will volunteer at pre-chosen local service projects that focus on a specific community need. By the end of the day, student participants will leave with a better understanding of community service, volunteerism, and civic engagement; how to connect with local community partners; and how to set up and track their volunteer service hours.
A volunteer t-shirt, lunch and limited transportation will be provided. Students can register at https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9SRFiYQx4W7IRNz by Wednesday, Aug. 21.
The pre-chosen service sites and descriptions are as follows:
· Morrow/Lake City Park: Are You Ready For Some Football??
Volunteers will assist with opening game day youth footbal operations including chain crew and general park maintenance and upkeep.
· Morrow Community Garden: Do You Have A Green Thumb?
Volunteers will assist with preparing the soil, plant seeds, weed, harvest produce and more. Volunteers will learn how to grow healthy produce and reduce food budgets while getting to know neighbors and instilling pride in the community.
· Morrow Library: Shhhh!!!
Volunteers will help with organizing and maintaining the book and periodical collections; re-shelving and categorizing books; and assist with other tasks as needed.
· Keep Forest Park Beautiful: Clean City = Happy City!!
Volunteers will spread out over a section of the Forest Park community to beautify the area and spread some smiles.
· Rainbow House: Be The Good!!
Volunteers will assist with facility maintenance, beautification projects and other tasks as needed.
For more information, contact Lakiesa C. Rawlinson, associate director, Campus Life, at; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loch-In Leadership Institute – Applications Due, Aug. 30
LOCH-IN Leadership Institute is Campus Life’s premiere leadership development program. LOCH-IN is a comprehensive non-credit course designed to teach students the most formidable leadership skills for success in leadership on campus, in communities, and in career endeavors. It is designed for individuals interested in leadership development and personal growth. LOCH-IN consists of two classes per month and will run from Sept. 18 to Nov. 20, 2013.
Applications Due: Friday, Aug. 30, to Department of Campus Life, Ste. 223, Student Activities Center.
For more information, visit: http://www.clayton.edu/campus-life/leadership/leadershipinstitute or contact Campus Life at (678) 466-5433.
Join us at the Alumni Awards Dinner, Sept. 26
This year, the Annual Alumni Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Harry S. Downs Center.
The Alumni Awards Dinner is an annual event hosted by The Alumni Association, which seeks to recognize the University’s alumni and alumnae (current and future) who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of excellence at Clayton State University.
The reception will begin at 6:15 p.m. with the program and dinner to follow. Go to http://giving.clayton.edu/alumni/event_calendar?cid=2&ceid=10&cerid=0&cdt=9%2f26%2f2013for more information and to register.
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.
Register until Friday, Sept. 27, by visiting http://apps.clayton.edu/webreg/register/Diversity2013. Free for Clayton State students; Clayton State faculty/staff $20, Non-Clayton State participants $40.Registration fee covers continental breakfast, lunch and conference materials.
For additional information, go to:
Call for Presentations — Submit Presentation Proposals by Friday, Sept. 6
Conference Theme: Beyond Race: The Forgotten “isms”
Our goal is to broaden participants understanding of diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. Additionally, explore the intersection of social identities and how our social identities can create privilege and oppression.
If you are interested in contributing to the conference by presenting, go to: http://www.clayton.edu/campus-life/multicultural/conference
For more information regarding the conference, contact Lakiesa C. Rawlinson at email@example.com or (678) 466-5421.
Class Attendance During First Two Weeks
Welcome to the fall semester at Clayton State University! As you know, weekday classes begin today, Monday, Aug. 12. We want you to have a successful start of the fall semester, and we know this is also important to you! Therefore, it is imperative that you attend class during the first week and no later than the second week of the semester. A registered student who does not attend at least one class session in each course by Thursday, Aug. 22 is a “no show.” If you are enrolled in an online course, the instructor will provide details on how online attendance will be verified.
Registration will be cancelled for any course in which a student is submitted to the Registrar’s Office as a “no show”. The “no show” student will not be charged tuition for the cancelled course. However, there may be serious financial aid consequences for students who are receiving financial aid, since this will reduce the number of enrolled credit hours. The complete No Show Policy including the appeal process is available at http://www.clayton.edu/registrar/noshowpolicy. In the event you are reported as a no show, it will be extremely difficult to get reinstated in class as indicated in the policy. Please do not let this happen to you!
The complete fall academic calendar is available at http://www.clayton.edu/calendar.
Emergency Alerts via Text Messaging from Public Safety
Welcome from the Department of Public Safety to all new students, faculty and staff, and welcome back to all those returning.
As a public service, the Department of Public Safety sends out emergency alert messages as needed through the use of outdoor sirens, emails, campus telephone system, and/or text messaging. Since text messaging is generally the most effective mode of communication, it is very important that all students, faculty and staff enter their cell numbers into the campus emergency alert network to receive these messages when sent out.
Note that your number has to personally entered. The information is not automatically extracted from your personal data. Here is the process that we encourage all to follow for first time entries or when you change your cell number or the carrier:
· Log into the SWAN at the University’s website
· Link on “My Tab” in tool bar.
· Scroll down to section titled “Emergency Text Messages”
· Enter your cell number and the carrier (e.g. AT&T, Verizon, or other)
· Click on “Submit” and you’re done with this easy yet important process.
Please call the Public Safety Office at (678) 466-4050 with any questions.
Parking on Campus
With the beginning of fall semester, there is always a big demand for the most convenient parking spaces on campus. However, at peak times of the day and night, that can be challenging.
Some advice to new members of our campus community and as a reminder for those returnees; parking lots G and H, which are located behind Public Safety, are two lots that are very popular and fill up quick. A suggested alternative for a location where parking is always available are parking lots K and L, which are located near the Student Activities Center and the tennis courts.
Although walking from those lots may take you a few more minutes than from one of the more popular lots, you will avoid both the stress of searching for closer spaces and the time spent doing so.
New Parking Permits
The parking permits/decals for the previous school year will expire on Wednesday July 31. New permits are currently available for pick up at the Department of Public Safety, with valid dates from Aug. 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014.
Faculty/staff will be issued the traditional blue colored permits. However, there are some changes to the student permits. Students living in Laker Hall will be issued gold colored permits and those living in Clayton Station will be issued green colored permits. All other students will be issued orange colored permits. However, student vehicles bearing any of these three colors may park in any areas designated for student parking.
Earn Course Credit with Student Media
It’s not too late to sign up to earn course credit for working on The Bent Tree, Clayton State internet Radio (CSiR), and Clayton State Television (CSTV).
The Visual and Performing Arts Department collaborates each semester with Clayton State’s Student Media Organizations to offer interested students the opportunity to earn credit for working with one of the three organizations. Starting for spring semester students can select from one of four "tracks"
Photography for newspaper
This opportunity is open to any Clayton State University students and counts as an elective for most majors. Experience is not necessary, but encouraged. Course credit ranges from one to four hours.
Attendance at first meeting is MANDATORY. The meeting date and time will be determined. Syllabi for the class will be handed out at the first organizational meeting.
Meetings for the Student Media organizations have not yet been determined for spring.
JOUR 3011 is for students interested in newswriting and photography.
JOUR 3012 is for students interested in radio production, television production, and editing.
For more information or to register, please contact Dr. Randy Clark, Assistant Professor of Communication Media Studies. Please include your name, course number, number of hours, and which track you would like to take. By email: firstname.lastname@example.org. By phone: (678) 466-4724.
Student Government Association: Freshman Senator Seats
The Student Government Association (SGA) is made up of elected student representatives who work in an advisory capacity to the Division of Student Affairs and other administrative units to formulate legislation, actions, and policies that positively impact the student population of Clayton State University. The basic function of the SGA is to provide for the general welfare of the student body by providing a means of student input and opinion in the organization and operation of student affairs. The SGA shall work to facilitate communication between the students, faculty, and administration.
Applications will be available from Aug. 19 to Sept. 6 for all freshman who are interested in running for a senator seat. Applications can be downloaded from the SGA website on Aug. 19. http://www.clayton.edu/sga.
Students Asked to Update Fitness Center Paperwork On-Line
Students – in order to make your first visit to the Fitness Center more efficient, please complete your paperwork on-line at https://apps.clayton.edu/surveys/1.
Login using your SWAN credentials and then fill out the survey. If you login and nothing happens, that means you are up to date!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the SAC Fitness Center front desk at (678) 466-4971. Thank you!
Install Your Software Today!
It's not too late to install software without an appointment. Install the software you need right now via LANDesk. Appointments for software can sometimes take two to four hours. They also start this coming Monday. Skip the appointments with LANDesk.
Simply log into the S.W.A.N.
Click the HUB's tab.
Download and install the LANDesk Agent.
Open the Desktop Manager Program (Software Deployment Portal)
Select & Install (Deploy) the desired software.
Appointments will begin on the first day of classes August 12th and will be continue through Aug. 24. We promise not to judge you for creating an appointment, but know that all the cool students will have installed their software via LANDesk.
Walk-up installations will continue for the rest of this week.
Make Your Refund Selection Through Higher One!
You don’t want your financial aid refund to be delayed! Make your selection through Higher One right away!
Clayton State in Sky Magazine
In case you’re flying Delta this month, note that the current issue of Delta’s Sky
magazine has a feature on Atlanta that includes a sidebar on Clayton State and mentions the business, psychology, biology, health care management, nursing, criminal justice and archival studies programs as well as, of course, Spivey Hall.