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Still Time to Register for Summer Classes
There is still time to register for summer classes. The deadline is May 9.
If you are not sure of your financial aid status for summer semester, check the DUCK. If you don’t see an award or a message regarding summer, be sure to complete the Summer Survey in the DUCK Message Portal. If you still have questions, please contact Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org, (678) 466-4185, or check the Financial Aid web site at www.clayton.edu/financial-aid for online chat hours.
Some of the benefits of enrolling in the summer include:
· Continue momentum toward completing your degree on time or early.
· Earn credit hours in only 10 weeks and still have time to enjoy the summer.
· Enjoy ample parking and plenty of study space.
· Experience a relaxing summer by the lakes.
SAC Fitness Center Locker Rental Notice
For those patrons who are renting locker at the SAC Fitness Center, you may renew your locker at this time. If you are not going to renew your locker rental, the deadline for locker clean out is May 10. Any locks remaining after that date will be cut and the contents will be stored for 30 days. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity.
Please renew early for best selection. For more information, please contact Brandon Marshall at BrandonMarshall@clayton.edu or (678) 466-4976.
SBDC to Hold Starting Your Business Workshop in Peachtree City, May 16
The Clayton State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be holding a “Starting Your Business Workshop” on Thursday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Clayton State – Fayette instructional site at 100 World Dr., Ste. 100, Peachtree City.
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, interested parties should go to https://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?cart=2310613a-a6e7-49ae-a252-edd7b54841ca&page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow&searchMonths=6
Kiwanis International and Morrow Business & Tourism Association Concert Under the Stars, May 18
Local Kiwanis clubs are sponsoring a concert under the stars at the National Archives Amphitheater on Saturday, May 18, starting at 7 p.m. The concert will feature Patty Mack and the Mo White Quartet.
A Mix & Mingle Hour begins at 7 p.m., in the Plaza area, with plenty of hors d’oeuvres provided by Anne & Bill’s, Rocky's Pizza, Truett’s Grill, and Waffle House. The Price is Right tickets will be sold at the event. The showcases are full of fantastic prizes. Proceeds benefit Clayton County Family Care (CCFC).The amphitheater area will open around 7:30 p.m., with The Price is Right beginning at 7:40 p.m., and Patty Mack going on at dark.
Picnic Meals purchased in advance at Anne & Bill’s, Rocky’s Pizza and Truett’s Grill will be delivered to the venue. Food and Beverage may also be brought in at your choosing. Soft drinks, water and tea will be available for purchase. Alcoholic Beverages are allowed and may be brought in. No Cash Bar will be available at this event.
For further information, including tickets, contact Morrow Business & Tourism Association at(770) 968-1623 or email@example.com, or contact Mike Mead at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2013 Tutoring Blitz, Apr. 24, Apr. 25 The Center for Academic Success will hold the Spring 2013 Tutoring Blitz, Apr. 24 and Apr. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Baker Center Commons area. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information visit: http://www.clayton.edu/cas/tutoringblitz. The Clayton State Jazz Combo Presents "Vocal Heavy,” Apr. 24 The Clayton State University Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents the Clayton State University Jazz Combo in “Vocal Heavy: Merging Vocals into Instrumental Formats” on Wednesday, Apr. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall. This event is free and open to the public. “Vocal Heavy” features a tribute to Dave Brubeck and, according to Director Stacey Houghton (Rex), “places a profound emphasis on vocal styling within its usual instrumental format by way of classic lyrics and improvised scat.” This is the first concert of its kind for the Clayton State University Jazz Combo in that the performance will include the human voice on most of its selections, with very few exceptions, shares Houghton. The majority of the vocal responsibility will fall on Clayton State University exchange student and singer Clara Fornander. Senior music student and combo guitarist Kelly Jarrard will also present her fourth original composition with the combo that will feature her familiar vocal talents. CYGNET to Hold Annual Launch Party, Apr. 24 CYGNET, Clayton State University’s literary and arts magazine, will hold its annual launch party on Wednesday, Apr. 24, starting at 2:10 p.m. in room L-200 of the Clayton State Library. According to Dr. Brigitte Byrd, faculty advisor for CYGNET, contributors to literary submissions to the 2013 edition are invited to read briefly from their work. In addition, CYGNET will project the issue’s art works during the event. Clayton State University to Celebrate Arbor Day, Apr. 26 Clayton State University and the Clayton State Tree Committee are hosting the University’s first Arbor Day Observance, Trees. Made Real. on Friday, Apr. 26, starting at 10:25 a.m. There will be an Arbor Day Ceremony and tree planting in the University Quad. Vice President for Business and Operations Corlis Cummings will be the guest speaker for the event. In addition, Loch, the Clayton State mascot, will also make a special appearance to support Arbor Day. Agenda: 10:25 a.m. -- Why We Are Observing Arbor Day -- Justin Brooks 10:30 a.m. -- Keynote Speaker -- Corlis Cummings 10:40 a.m. -- Ecology and “Plants of the Piedmont” Trail – Dr. Jere Boudell 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. -- Tree Planting - Tree Committee, students and Loch 11:30 a.m. to noon -- Tour through “Plants of the Piedmont” Trail – Dr. Jere Boudell Following the ceremony, there will also be trees planted at various locations throughout campus. The trees that will be planted around campus will be Shumard Oaks, which are native to Georgia. Tree identification signage will also be placed on native trees along the walk path behind Spivey Hall and the Music Education Building. All are welcome to attend the event and participate in the Arbor Day activities.
Book Buyback Starts, Apr. 26
The Loch Shop’s Book Buyback starts on Friday, Apr. 26.
Apr. 26, from 8:30 am. to 3:30 p.m.
Apr. 29, Apr. 30, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Loch Shop and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the residence halls.
May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
May 3, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Recycle Art Contest, Through Apr. 26 Participants are encouraged to express their artistic ability using recyclable materials to create art, which must be submitted at the Lakeside Dining Hall on Friday, Apr. 19, where they will be on display through Apr. 26. Contestant rules and forms are available at www.csudining.com/events.html. Winners will be announced, Monday, Apr. 22
Science Study Day, Apr. 27
To help students prepare for finals, the Chemistry Club is teaming up with Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society to host the Science Study Day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 27, in rooms B12 and B13 of the Lecture Hall. All students taking biology and chemistry are invited to come. We will have some snacks and drinks on that day, but we don't know how many students are coming out yet, so all donations for foods and drinks are appreciated.
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Nontraditional Student Organization Finals Study Session, Apr. 27 The Nontraditional Student Organization is hosting a finals study session on Saturday, Apr. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come study individually, with a tutor, or as a group, in the Center for Academic Success on the first floor of the Library. Need a little solitude? No problem, individual study rooms will also be available. Light refreshments will be served. You will study, meet new people and have fun at the same time! Please contact Deidre Harrell, Nontraditional Student Organization president, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. Also, please inform us via email if you would you like to donate a snack item for the session.
The Clayton Community Big Band Presents "Mostly Mintzer,” Apr. 29 The Clayton State University Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents the Clayton Community Big Band (CCBB) in “Mostly Mintzer: Classic & Recent Compositions of Bob Mintzer” on Monday, Apr. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall. This event is free and open to the public. “Mintzer's music is highly contemporary and draws from a wealth of popular styles, yet it is also steeped in the jazz tradition,” says CCBB director Stacey Houghton (Rex). “His own highly successful big band has popularized Mintzer's writing and performing talents on saxophone for almost 30 years. The CCBB will perform early classic charts from Mintzer's library, as well as a few recent compositions, that feature such styles as post bop, Latin and funk.” Other composers featured in “Mostly Mintzer” include: Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays, Thad Jones, and Duke Ellington, as arranged by Bob Curnow and Tommy Newsom. Governor Deal to Speak at Clayton State Spring Commencement, May 4 Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will be the commencement speaker at the 9 a.m. graduation ceremony for Clayton State University on Saturday, May 4, 2013. As has been the case for several years, Clayton State will hold two ceremonies on May 4. Approximately 240 graduates from the College of Business, College of Health, and College of Information and Mathematical Sciences will attend the 9 a.m. ceremony. The noon ceremony, with Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall as the commencement speaker, will be for approximately 275 graduates of the College of Arts & Sciences. Student Meal Plans and Dining Dollars End, May 6 All student meal plans and Dining Dollars end May 6. Meals expire at the end of lunch (2 p.m.) on May 6, and Dining Dollars expire at the end of the day. If you have a commuter meal plan with more meals than you think you may use, invite a friend to eat with you. If you have Dining Dollars, don’t let them go to waste! Take a friend to Jazzman’s for coffee or a smoothie or maybe treat them to a pizza at Pizza Hut. To check your meal plan and/or Dining Dollar balance, visit www.lakercard.com and click on the LakerCard Online button. Log in with your Clayton State network credentials and follow the prompts to check your account balances. Support Clayton State Alumnus Tiffany Cavin in the Race for the Cure, May 11 Former Clayton State women’s soccer captain and former Alumni Association board member Tiffany Cavin is taking part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event on May 11. The website for the event is http://race.komenatlanta.org/site/TR?fr_id=1130&pg=entry. If you would like to donate to the cause please go to http://race.komenatlanta.org/site/TR/Race/General?px=1429262&pg=personal&fr_id=1130 and select the link to “Support Tiffany” on the right hand side. “If you decide to register for the event please let me know at email@example.com, so that we can make plans to meet up,” she adds. “Also, if you do want to participate in the event then the deadline for early registration is Apr. 20.” The race is Saturday, May 11 at Atlantic Station. The 1 mile walk starts at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m.
An Important Message Regarding the Quality Enhancement Plan
We’re in the process of creating our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is a description of how we (as a University) will be improving some aspect of student learning over a five year (and longer) span. As part of our plan we are developing ways in which community engagement activities can be brought into classes.
And we need YOUR input, as a member of our University community.
By clicking on the link below you can take a brief survey – this survey shouldn’t take more than five to 10 minutes to complete and will provide us valuable feedback on ways to include these activities and is completely anonymous. However, at the end you will be given the option to participate in a drawing for one of three $25 gift cards from the Loch Shop, and also asked whether you would like to participate in focus groups at a later date.
The survey will remain available until Friday, May 3 – thank you so much for your time and assistance!
Survey link: https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6QLIjLOeQ1fnMWN.
New Tuition Adjustment Amounts to $55 a Semester
The system-wide tuition adjustment announced yesterday by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia will amount to $55 a semester for full-time Clayton State University undergraduate students during a semester during the 2013/2014 academic year.
Pat Barton, Clayton State’s director of Financial Aid, points out that, “the tuition adjustment alone will only result in a maximum increase of $55 a semester for a full-time undergraduate student.” Furthermore, she says, the University’s neediest students, those receiving a full Pell Grant, will only see a $7.50 semester increase.
“The other $47.50 will be offset by the higher Pell Grant awards for 2013/2014,” she explains. “The benefits of a quality education at Clayton State University still far outweigh the cost.”
In addition, Barton points out that the Office of Financial Aid provides a year-round support service for students and potential students looking for additional funds for their education.
“We always encourage students to use all of the tools available to look for additional funding beyond the federal or state programs,” she says. “Students can visit our website at http://www.clayton.edu/financial-aid/scholarships for a list of known scholarships and access to free scholarship search sites.”
Thus, a diverse cross-section of students can still make their dreams real at Clayton State.
Please complete the course and instructor evaluations by Apr. 29 (the evaluation surveys will be available on the DUCK beginning today, Monday, Apr. 15).
For each class you are taking, there are TWO online evaluations to complete. 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 and logging onto the DUCK. You should receive a message with a link when you log on. If there is no message, navigate to the academic history page and click on the link in the final grade column. Students who submit BOTH sets of evaluations for each class will be allowed to see their grades early (as they are entered by the instructors) in those classes. Those who do not complete TWO evaluations (INSTRUCTOR AND COURSE) for each class will not be able to view their grades in those classes until May 20. Please note, there is also an option to opt out of each evaluation by clicking on a button at the bottom of each survey.
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.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Clayton State’s New Film Minor Prepares its Students for Atlanta’s Booming Film Industry
Clayton State University continually adapts to its changing surroundings, which makes the institution a leading participant in the development of its students’ and the surrounding community’s future. In order to have students’ dreams be made real, Clayton State has an ear to every door, ready to open it even before opportunity has a chance to knock. In response to the explosion of the film industry in the Metro Atlanta area, Clayton State introduces the Department of Visual and Performing Arts’ new Film Minor.
According to Dr. Virginia Bonner, associate professor of film and media studies, the undergraduate Film Minor develops and strengthens students’ production, performance, critical thinking, and writing skills for success in all academic and professional endeavors. It also prepares students for entering the workforce or earning graduate degrees in professional areas such as film performance, film studies, and film production.
Any students majoring in other B.A. and B.S. programs may earn a Film Minor. The minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours (six courses), which can also apply toward the elective requirements of many other majors. The Minor requires two lower division courses; CMS 2100: Introduction to Film, and THEA 1880: Introduction to Acting. The remaining course options to fulfill the last 12 credit hours are a combination of upper level Communication and Media Studies (CMS) and Theater classes.
Graduates earning a Film Minor will receive official recognition of this achievement on their university transcripts. Students wishing to declare a Film Minor should complete and submit the Change/Addition of a Minor Form to Visual and Performing Arts Department, and the Film Minor Graduation Worksheet to the Registrar attached to their graduation application.
Rosalynn Gresham’s Fundraising Website As a follow-up to last week’s Transplant Awareness Event, Laker Lines and Dr. Sarah Stein would like to remind the campus of student Rosalynn Gresham’s fundraising website – part of her efforts to obtain a kidney transplant. Her direct site information is at http://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/pth1/newlifenewbeginnings. Or, you just go to www.givefoward.com and then in the "find fundraiser" section type in New Life New Beginnings. Clayton State Dental Hygienists are Doing the Harlem Shake You’ve seen the top-ranked Clayton State Lakers women’s basketball team do the Harlem Shake… you’ve seen the Harlem Shake underwater… you’ve seen the Harlem Shake in an airplane… you’ve seen the Harlem Shake in the army… but, have you ever seen the Dental Hygienist Harlem Shake? It might be safe to say that almost everyone has seen or heard of the recent internet sensation the Harlem Shake. Clayton State University’s Dental Hygiene students and faculty recently collaborated with the Clayton State University student television organization (CSTV) to make their own Harlem Shake video. With giant props, and a lively group who never are down at the mouth, the Harlem Shake video they produced will surely stand out among all the other Harlem Shake videos. Be sure to check with video on the Clayton State University Relations You Tube Channel at: http://youtu.be/Cp4GmAu8GG4. Loch Shop Stocking Limited Edition Elite 8 & Peach Belt Champion T-Shirts Starting at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Apr. 18, Clayton State University’s The Loch Shop we will be stocking a combination Elite 8 and Peach Belt Champion women’s basketball t-shirt in both male and female cuts. The designs by Shirt Designs are made by Russell Athletic. There will only be 72 shirts available in each style. Led by first team All-American and Ellenwood’s own Drameka Griggs, the Lakers finished the 2012/2013 season 32-1 and ranked fifth in the nation after spending a month as the top-ranked and only undefeated team in NCAA Division II. New from The Loch Shop Apple education pricing is a great way for college students, parents buying for a college student, faculty and staff to purchase Mac computers, Apple software, and select accessories at special prices. Follow this link to find some of your favorite Apple products and start saving – go to http://www.ishoplochshop.com/site_apple.asp. Just in time for graduation — Clayton State alumni polos are now available as part of Polopallooza. There is no better way to show your new alumni status than a polo for $9.99. White, Blue, Orange and Tan — we’ve got the color you are looking for so come by and pick up your alumni polo before graduation. Clayton State Water Bottles on Sale in The Loch Shop With Earth Day right around the corner, The Loch Shop is offering Clayton State Water Bottles for the reduced price of $3. These refillable water bottles are a great way to reduce the number of bottles thrown away while showing your school pride! We have limited quantities, so come pick up your water bottle today! Polopalooza and Sweats Sale 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. Also, never let them see you sweat! All sweatshirts and sweatpants are on sale. Look for spring colors… yellow tags $10, pink tags $15, and green tags $20. 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. Dining Survey Today: Feedback Could Win You $50 Gift Card Clayton State Dining is requesting your participation in a market research study of the campus community with the goal of improving services on your campus. How can we make your day better? We’re looking for feedback on your recent dining experiences on campus and your opinion counts. The survey takes approximately seven minutes to complete and can be accessed from: http://vcil.cc/twm43sn. It's open through Friday, Apr. 26. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this survey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank you in advance for your participation and valuable feedback. We look forward to serving you!
Butterfly Garden Dedication, May 31
The Clayton State Retirees Association (CSRA) is planning to dedicate the Butterfly Garden next to Swan Lake to the University on Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m. President Hynes, members of the Facilities Management staff, and CSRA retirees will be present for the dedication. Interested faculty and staff are also welcome to attend. A bronze plaque will be placed in the garden during the brief dedication ceremony.