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CSTV Interest Meetings, Aug. 21
Are you interested in directing, filming, editing, reporting, producing and other aspects of broadcasting? We want YOU! Come join our Clayton State Television organization where you can learn more about broadcasting and provide hands on experience. Open to all majors.
The meetings will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the SAC Laker Lounge from noon to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Water Shut Off, Aug. 23
In an effort to remove the stained water within the following buildings -- Athletics & Fitness, Spivey Hall, Music Education, the Downs Center and the SAC (including the Soccer Field) -- the Clayton County Water Authority is asking to shut down the water to these buildings for six hours on Friday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CEC Paint Party, Aug. 23
Come join CEC as we host our very first Paint Party this Friday, Aug. 23, in the SAC, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be music by our very own DJ Tay and the first 100 Clayton State students get a FREE T-shirt.
CSiR Block Party Postponed
CSiR’s Block Party, scheduled for tonight, has been postponed until the following Wednesday, due to weather concerns. The new event info is:
Wednesday, Aug. 28, noon to 2 p.m., at the Amphitheater
Come and hang out with us as we play some music and get to know our DJs.
Elite 8 T-Shirts on Sale at The Loch Shop
The Loch Shop is having a special sale on 2013 Women’s Basketball Elite 8/Conference Championship T-shirts. They have been put on sale for… wait for it… $8.88.
The Loch Shop Now On Instagram and Twitter
The Loch Shop is now up and running on both Instagram and Twitter. The handle for both of social media platforms is lochshop.
LOL Applications Available Soon
The Office of Orientation and New Student Programs is looking for outstanding students to serve as Laker Orientation Leaders.
The Laker Orientation Leader, LOL, is a mentoring leadership position where students have the opportunity to work closely with incoming freshman, transfer, non-traditional students and their families and assist them with their transition to Clayton State University. LOLs work closely with academic advisors, professional staff, and each other to implement the Orientation program. LOLs also get to work behind the scenes planning and preparing for programs for new students.
To be an Orientation Leader, students must meet the following requirements:
· Minimum 2.4 GPA at the close of the Fall Semester
· Be in good standing with the University
· Interest in a leadership position
· Desire to work with new students
· Open-minded and creative
If you have any questions, please contact Office of Orientation and New Student Programs Assistant Director Brittany Hopson Stikes at email@example.com or (678) 466-5443.
Student Media’s Digital Yearbook… Interested?
Student Media is looking for interested students to help with the first ever Student Media yearbook. This multi-media digital yearbook will be compiled over the next year and distributed the first week of May and at graduation.
If you are interested in being a part of the planning committee, please contact Jennifer DeMond, student media advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for details on our first meeting…
Peer Financial Counseling and Planning Employment Opportunities
Are you interested in business, finance, marketing, public speaking, or simply helping other people? If so PFCP is the organization for you. PFCP is an organization that aims to provide our peers with a basic understanding of personal financial management to help them meet life’s challenges and opportunities.
Help and meet different individuals
Assess and develop your leadership style
Enhance communication and problem solving skills
Get paid for your hard work
If you are interested in becoming a Peer Financial Counselor, please follow the directions below:
Go to the Financial Aid Homepage, click on the Peer Financial Counseling and Planning tab in the left column, download the application from the PFCP page, and submit application to Financial Aid Office (Student Center, Ste. 102) no later than Aug. 26, 2013.
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; email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Chair Upgrades in the Baker Center, Starting Sept. 3
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.