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President Hynes Announces "Making Things Better" Awards
Great work deserves recognition. Individuals who make differences in the lives of people at Clayton State University and the community we serve are the source of our strength and pride. Success should inspire even greater success.
Accordingly, the President’s “Making Things Better” Awards recognize great work by our colleagues. Awards are made via an annual nomination and review process. Up to six, $500 cash awards are given annually, generously funded by the Clayton State University Foundation.
Any member of the Clayton State community may make a nomination, and an eligible nominee can be an individual, or any group of people, drawn from Clayton State faculty, staff and/or students.
Any nominee (whether an individual or a group) is eligible for only one $500 award per annual award cycle. Nominees may be made in multiple years; however, winners of the President’s “Making Things Better” Awards are excluded from the award for the next two award cycles.
For more information, go to the official The President’s “Making Things Better” Awards website at http://www.clayton.edu/makingthingsbetter.
“We do hope that you will go to the Web Site listed here for more information,” says Hynes. “We also hope that you will nominate colleagues you believe help make things better here at Clayton State. And thanks as always for all you do.”
Basketball this Week
The nationally-ranked Clayton State women will open their home season tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 19, with a 5:30 p.m. game against Union. The men will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 23, hosting Claflin in their regular season home opener. Tip-off for Saturday’s game at the Athletics Center is 4 p.m.
Campus Late Night Study Options
Finals are coming up and so is late-night studying! Just in time for finals, the Lecture Hall and Natural Behavioral Sciences buildings will be open for late-night studying Monday through Thursday until 2 a.m., through Dec. 6.
Auxiliary Services Operating Hours for Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 27 Through Dec. 1
Loch Shop and LakerCard Center
- Wednesday, Nov. 27, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
- Thursday-Friday: CLOSED
- Resume normal hours on Monday
- Lakeside Dining Hall
o Wed, Nov. 27: closes at 2 p.m.
o Re-opens Monday, Dec. 2. at 7:30 a.m.
o Wed, Nov. 27: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
o Thursday-Sunday: CLOSED
o Wed, Nov. 27: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
o Thursday-Sunday: CLOSED
o Wed-Saturday: CLOSED
o Sunday: open at 4:30 p.m. for dinner
- All other units CLOSED Wednesday – Sunday
- Resume normal hours Monday, Dec. 2
SBDC Starting a Business Workshop, Dec. 3
SBDC will hold its next Starting a Business Workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the Natural and Behavioral Sciences Building, room 139.
If you are considering starting a small business, this workshop is a crucial first step.
Topics for discussion include:
* traits of successful entrepreneurs
* market research
* legal structures for your business
* estimating start-up costs & cash flow projections
* financing alternatives
* business failure factors
* business planning
Since lack of planning is one of the top reasons new businesses fail, attending this comprehensive workshop may be one of the most important decisions you make prior to opening your business.
A detailed business start-up book, "How to Start A Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs", and other handouts are provided.
Clayton State students and staff receive 50 percent off registration; contact Heather Chaney at email@example.com for the discount code. Or, receive 50 percent off each additional person with the purchase of one registration at full price, $69. All registrations must be made at the same time in order to receive this discount. This discount cannot be combined or used with any other discount or coupon. For more information, please contact Chaney at (678) 466-5100.
Actors Workshop, Nov. 30
For the first time, Hollywood Actress Ellia English, known for her role as “Aunt Helen” to Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx’s “Jamie King” on “The Jamie Foxx Show" and “Mary Lou Wentz” on the Disney Channel sitcom “Good Luck Charlie” --- will introduce her A.C.T.I.O.N Intensive Workshop to actors across the Southern Crescent and Metro Atlanta.
In this interactive, impactful workshop, the Georgia native will give aspiring actors insight on what it takes to make it in the entertainment industry. If you want to access, cultivate and integrate your acting skills into working on stage, television and film -- this is the class for you.
A veteran for more than 20 years in the business, English is proficient in the acting techniques of Meisner, Stanislavski, Hagan and Chubbuck. She has trained with such greats as Allen Savage and Howard Fine -- both renowned acting coached based in New York, as well as Ivanna Chubbuck, known as "the coach to Hollywood's A-list celebrities" -- who's based in Los Angeles.
In addition, to the plethora of information and resources, students will also have the advantage to audition and receive one-on-one coaching from SoReal Productions founder and CEO Chris Scott, a 25 year veteran in theater and from New York. She has directed and produced scores of plays and musical production across Atlanta, New York and Washington D.C.
All actors, entertainers, or curious minds should attend this class. Atlanta is now becoming the epicenter for Hollywood's major productions and this workshop is just the place to show how to nail that audition and start working.
The workshop will be hosted Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., for more information (location and fees) please visit www.studiosatthegalaxy.com.
City of Morrow Gearing Up for Annual Family Christmas Event, Dec. 7
On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Morrow Business & Tourism Association and Events By Mete’Dela will present the City of Morrow’s Annual Christmas in the Park Tree Lighting Celebration at Milton Daniel City Hall Park (1500 Morrow Rd.) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Like years past, Christmas in the Park will feature various activities for the whole family such as live entertainment, food, vendors, children’s activities, and a tree lighting ceremony.
“That special time of year is drawing near and we are preparing to continue Morrow’s holiday tradition of sponsoring a family-friendly event to celebrate Christmas,” says Michael Sakowitz Twomey, president of Morrow Business & Tourism Association. “We are thrilled to work with Events by Mete’Dela to help us make this year’s Christmas in the Park the best it’s ever been. I’m confident that Morrow residents will be pleased.”
Events by Mete’Dela’s founder, Melinda Brundidge explained, “City of Morrow’s Annual Christmas in the Park Tree Lighting Celebration will have something for children and adults alike. There will be plenty of great food and holiday treats to indulge in. Families can sing their favorite Christmas carols together with featured gospel choirs. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will greet children and pose for pictures. Various vendors will be available so attendees can do some holiday shopping. And, residents can enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas by viewing a live nativity scene and beautiful Christmas decorations of City Hall Park.”
The annual event will also feature live entertainment. In addition to a having a live band and various gospel choirs, Christmas in the Park will feature renowned recording artists. Singer Gwen Hughes, who is heralded as Atlanta’s Institution due to her expressive voice and stage presence, will perform at this year’s event. And, legendary Jazz musician, Theresa Hightower, will grace the stage as one of Atlanta’s greatest talents.
Christmas in the Park will conclude with a beautiful tree lighting ceremony at 7:30 p.m.
Clayton State University Ninth Annual Philosophy in Society Lecture: “Ethics and Immigration Reform in the U.S.,” Nov. 18
Clayton State’s Philosophy faculty and the Department of Humanities invite the University community to the Ninth Annual Philosophy in Society lecture. This year we are happy to welcome Professor David T. Ritchie.
Ritchie is a professor of Law and Philosophy at the Mercer University School of Law, Ethics Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Senior Scholar of the Brazil Institute at Mercer, and a Macau University of Science and Technology Distinguished Fellow. His talk, Ethics and Immigration Reform in the U.S., speaks to the ethical implications of restrictive immigration policies.
The Ninth Annual Philosophy in Society lecture will be held on Monday, Nov.18, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in room UC 267 of the James M. Baker University Center. This event is free and open to the general public.
Clayton State’s Third Annual International Feast, Nov. 19
Clayton State’s Third Annual International Feast, “The More We Get Together” will be held in the Ballrooms of the Student Activities Center from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19. “The More We Get Together” International Feast in preparation to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday season. The student organizations and departments bring together various foods, history, traditions, and cultures of how the holiday is celebrated all over the world at the International Feast, which is for Clayton State students, faculty and staff.
Fall Tutoring Blitz, Nov. 20, Nov. 21
It is hard to believe that it is almost time for the Center for Academic Success’ Fall Tutoring Blitz!
The Blitz will take place on Nov. 20 and Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commons Area of the James M. Baker University Center.
The Tutoring Blitz is a bi-annual event where students can drop in for assistance instead of making appointments in advance. There will be more than 40 tutors available.
Teacher Education Information Session, Nov. 20
The Clayton State University Department of Teacher Education will hold an Information Session on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Arts & Science Building, room G-127.
It’s Loch’s Birthday! Nov. 21
Although no one really knows how old Loch is, we know he’s turning a year older! Help us celebrate Loch’s birthday at noon on Thursday, Nov. 21.
The celebration will be in the University Center, near the Lakeside Dining Hall. Dining Services will be providing a cake and there will be a birthday card you can sign. And as always, Loch is excited about having his picture made with you.
So, drop by Thursday, Nov. 21, between noon and 1 p.m. and wish Loch a Happy Birthday!
Auditions for Visual and Performing Arts Spring 2014 Production, Nov. 22
The Boys From Syracuse, a musical composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Lorenz Hart
This 1938 musical comedy takes the audience on a zany journey of mishaps and mistaken identities as two sets of identical twins, all separated at birth, converge on the same town looking for love and family unity. The show is the source of many American Songbook hits.
DATE: Friday, Nov. 22
TIME: 2:10 p.m. to 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Music Education Building, Lower Level, Rooms 157 & 150
This audition is open to all current Clayton State students from all majors. Please prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre style song and you must provide sheet music for the accompanist. You may also be asked to learn and perform a dance combination.
Students being called back by Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller to sing or read for a specific role should pick up audition materials prior to the audition from Dr. Zeller on Mondays or Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m.
NOTE: Students cast in the production must register for and take the course MUSC 3570, Music Drama Workshop.
For questions, please contact Zeller at KurtZeller@clayton.edu or in the Music Education Building, #207
Thanksgiving Meal at the Lakeside Dining Hall, Nov. 26
Celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends and co-workers at the Lakeside Dining Hall. Tuesday, Nov. 26, will be our annual Thanksgiving meal with turkey, dressing, and all the sides. The full Thanksgiving meal will be available until 2 p.m.
The Loch Shop Participating in the Help Us Crush Hunger Campaign, to Nov. 27
As part of Student Success/National Student Day, and just because we feel like it, The Loch Shop will be collecting donations for the Help Us Crush Hunger campaign now through Oct. 31. (That’s Crush, as in Orange Crush.) Donate a non-perishable food Item or laundered, gently-worn clothing and receive a 25 percent discount on gifts and clothing at The Loch Shop, through Oct. 31. (Discount does not apply to Clearance items.)
In addition, The Loch Shop will be collecting the names of each person who donates, and the person who donates the most items between now and Oct. 31 will win a special prize which will be announced at the Annual Loch Shop Costume Contest.
The clothing donations will stay on campus and be part of the Laker Locker and the food donations will go to a local food bank (TBD).
Third Annual Spivey Hall Children's Choir Silent Auction
The Third Annual Spivey Hall Children's Choir Silent Auction is now live on line at http://www.spiveyhallchildrenschoir.org/annual-tour-choir-silent-auction/
You can “buy it now” on line, or come to Spivey Hall on Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 6 p.m., to bid on your favorite items. All proceeds support the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir program.
Drs. Howell and Zeller Participating in Peach State Opera Performance, Jan. 11
Clayton State University professors Dr. Christina Howell, performing the role of Despina, and Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller, director, are both involved in Peach State Opera's upcoming performance of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, being performed locally at the Avondate First Baptist Church, 47 Covington Rd., Avondale Estates, Ga., at 3 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2014.
Ticket prices are $22 (adult general admission), $20 senior (over 60), $10 students (including college students with ID) and are available at the door or at the website: www.peachstateopera.org.
Clayton State to Launch Digital Film Technician Certificate Program in February 2014
The Center for Continuing Education at Clayton State University will be launching a new program in February 2014 that will have a major impact on individuals, economic development and a growing industry in metro Atlanta… and provide another way to make dreams real.
The Digital Film Technician Certificate program is a two-course program with day and evening classes that is designed to introduce students to production of digital media and film. Digital Film Tech Training I, scheduled to launch on Feb. 18, 2014 for the evening course and Mar. 3, 2014 for the day course, is designed for students with no background in digital media, as well as those students with some experience or coursework in the field. Digital Film Tech II, which will start in the summer of 2014, is a follow-up course designed to help students achieve a level of film/media production skills that will promote employability and/or the ability to become independent contractors.
Both courses are designed, and will be taught by, Barton Bond, who comes to Clayton State from New Mexico with 45 years of experience working in electronic media, the last 25 years being teaching on the college level.
Loch Shop News
Shop for the Holidays at ClaytonStateGear
Looking for a unique gift for the holidays? Consider logging on to www.claytonstategear.com, where you can literally get one-of-kind Clayton State-themed gifts. Everything from golf equipment to tailgating items to bleacher chairs.
More Deals from The Loch Shop
We’ve added additional items to our Loch Shop Clearance Sale! Come by and see the new discounted styles. Look for the stickers – Orange is $5, Yellow is $10, Pink is $15 and Green is $20.
Just Arrived – looking for a new hoodie? Do we have a deal for you. Buy the sweatshirt for $29.99, get the matching t-shirt for $5 (normally a $50 value). This deal is too good to pass up!
Health and Fitness Management Physical Activities Courses
The Department of Health and Fitness Management is bringing physical activities courses back to Clayton State, starting with the spring 2014 semester.
The courses will be taught by coaches Daniele Rector and Dennis Cox… walking, jogging, physical conditioning, weight training, and introduction to basket ball (if there’s anybody who can introduce you to basketball…)
The courses all have the HFMG prefix. Go to http://apps.clayton.edu/courses/schedule/201402/subject/H and scroll down the page to see all of the spring offerings.
Full, Second Short, and MBA Only Student Evaluations of Instruction
Please complete the course and instructor evaluations for FULL, SESSION II, and MBA classes by Tuesday, Nov. 26 (the evaluation surveys will be available on the SWAN beginning today)
For each class you are taking, there is one online survey which combines the course and the instructor(s) questions. The evaluations give Clayton State University valuable feedback regarding the curriculum and the instruction that you receive. This survey data is used to improve courses, to evaluate the instructors, and to satisfy accreditation requirements.
Your instructor may set aside time for the evaluations. If no time is set aside, please complete the evaluations on your own by going to the SWAN portal, clicking the MY COURSES tab and locating the COURSE SURVEY channel. Your courses will be listed. Click on the course title to open the survey for that course. In order for the survey to be complete you must enter a response to ALL required questions and click the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the survey. Please note, there is also an option to opt out of each evaluation by clicking on a button at the bottom of the survey. Students who do not complete the surveys will not be able to view their grades in those classes until Dec. 23.
The department heads and instructors only receive the summary data of the class’s comments after grades become final. Students’ names are not connected in any way to the evaluations.
How to get Around the Science Building Construction
Construction of the new science building on campus will begin on or about Nov. 8, 2013. The site of the construction will be the areas currently occupied by the faculty/staff parking lot (across from the LAB) and parking lot F. However, part of parking lot F will be restored after completion of the construction.
Here is a summary of the major impacts and changes to campus parking lots and roadways during the construction, and, even if you’re not one of those people to whom a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a link to the campus map that also illustrates the changes…
Parking lot impacts
· A section of parking lot D will be designated for faculty/staff parking only to accommodate for those parking spaces affected by the construction.
· The disability parking row that is currently in the faculty/staff parking lot will be relocated to the D lot.
· Parking lot F will be closed for construction use only. Additional construction vehicles will park along the fence line in lot L near the tennis courts.
· A section of parking lot G will be designated for student parking only to accommodate for those parking spaces affected by the construction.
· Parking will remain available in lot E for faculty, staff, and students.
· Caldwell Drive will be closed from public use for incoming traffic just past the first entrance to parking lot D (across from Arts and Sciences Building). Traffic will be detoured through lot D at that point.
· Caldwell Drive will also be closed from public use for outgoing traffic from the G and H lots. All traffic to and from lots G and H must use Snelling Drive.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by the construction of the science building, but with any new development, some disruption is unavoidable. However, we always try to minimize the impact on daily life as much as possible.
The Yearbook Committee Wants to Hear From You
The Yearbook Committee wants to hear what you think about the Clayton State University yearbook! Please help us out by filling out the survey at the link below: https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8cEvoupAnHWeE3X
Let us know what you want to see in the yearbook!
Interested in helping with the Yearbook? We will be meeting each Thursday in November at 1 p.m. in the SAC conference room. We need students who are interested in photography, writing, videography, and designing to come help us put this yearbook together! Contact jenniferdemond@
GAIE Logo Design Contest Now Open
It’s time for the Georgia Association of International Educators (GAIE) to update its logo, one of the initiatives of the current executive board – and there’s a design contest with a prize of $250!
Participants can review the details and guidelines at: http://gaieinfo.blogspot.com Click in the upper left corner on “GAIE Logo Contest”
The deadline for submissions is by midnight on Dec. 31, 2013.
After the deadline, members of the GAIE planning committee will select four to six finalists based on creativity, impact, and adherence to contest guidelines. The finalist images will then be voted upon by the full GAIE membership (nearly 600 individuals) via an online poll. The winning design will be unveiled at the GAIE Bi-State Conference in Chattanooga, Tenn., in February 2014. The winner will be notified and will receive a $250 gift card (subject to USCIS regulations regarding compensation in the event an international student’s design is selected).
Good News Lakers – Spring 2014
Clayton State Payment Plan for spring 2014 — Go to
http://www.mycollegepaymentplan.com/clayton for more information.
Early registration begins Nov. 4, 2013.
First Lego League Volunteers Needed
Many of you have expressed interest in helping Clayton State University Host the 2013 First Lego League Super Regionals on Jan. 11, 2014. The event will be held in Clayton State University's University Center again and it is an all-day event.
Below, you will find two websites that can give you a great deal of information on this year's topic "Nature's Fury," how the topic will be integrated into this season, and Georgia's calendar regarding the season.
Some of you have volunteered before, so you know how much effort and preparation is required to host the event well. We will need a plethora of volunteers this year and help in fundraising and advertising. We have a great set of sub-topic leaders returning to get us moving forward, but there is plenty of work to do.
We hope to start subcommittee meetings in October and offering judge/referee trainings in November in preparation. Attached is a Doodle poll to assist in helping us put persons in volunteer areas that meet their interests. We hope that this will simplify the scheduling process by allowing the separate subcommittees to set meeting schedules once the subs are identified.
The website for this year’s FLL topic:
The website for Georgia's events:
You have initiated a poll "FIRST LEGO LEAGUE SUBCOMMITTEE INTEREST AREA" at Doodle. The link to your poll is:
For more information, contact Jarrett Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a listing of the support positions needed.