Loch Shop Training this Week
Due to training on the new, improved and upgraded inventory control system, there will need to be shorter hours of operation this week
Wednesday, Feb. 8: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 9: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 10: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Enrollment Management Division to Host “Care & Majors” Fair, Feb. 9
The Clayton State University Enrollment Management Division will host a “Care & Majors” Fair on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., on Main Street on the second floor of the James M. Baker University Center.
The purpose of the fair is for students to rediscover campus programs and services that support their success. The fair will also help students reflect on their college goals, and motivate them to be proactive about college success and help see how much the campus cares about their achievements.
Clayton State students will get the opportunity to:
South Metro Development Outlook Conference, Feb. 9
- Learn about programs and services that support academic success
- Declare or change their academic major of study
- Schedule appointments with advisors, tutors or counselors
- Explore Study Abroad options
- Speak with Financial Aid representatives
- Visit The HUB, Library, University Health Services, The Writer’s Studio and a few surprise booths
- Enter a drawing for door prizes and enjoy free hot chocolate
Clayton State University President Dr, Thomas J. Hynes will be participating in the upcoming 10th Annual South Metro Development Outlook Conference, to be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Ga.
South Metro Development Outlook serves as a platform to provide an annual regional exchange for individuals with a common interest in examining and discussing relevant issues in Atlanta’s south region and beyond. The featured counties include Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, Spalding and South Fulton, as well as the City of Atlanta.
For further information on the conference, contact Gina Hobbs at Kwarren Advertising & Public Relations, (404) 684-7031, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Loch Visits Clayton State Archives; Runs Into Old Friend
In preparation for his first official appearance at the Clayton State Homecoming Pep Rally on Friday, Feb. 17, the University’s new Loch has been making the rounds on campus.
After emerging from Swan Lake in January, Loch has been seen in the Student Activities Center (taking a shower), The Loch Shop (naturally… he was buying a hoodie), in Laker Hall (taking a nap) and texting his support to basketball coaches Gordon Gibbons and Dennis Cox. Last week, Loch apparently decided to visit his “roots” and check out some Clayton State history, by stopping by to see Clayton State Archivist Rosemary Fischer in the University Archives, located in the Library. Fischer explains that Loch was checking out the record of some of his former incarnations and exploits as the Lakers’ mascot.
Much to the surprise of all parties, one of Loch’s oldest (and we do mean oldest) friends, Clayton State Emeritus Director of Student Life Rob Taylor, happened to come into the Archives while Loch was studying his displays. Now a resident of Tyrone, Ga., Taylor was on campus and was planning on doing some research on his own in the Archives, possibly in preparation of writing his autobiography, “Twenty-Five Years at Clayton State,” a work that would include Loch first emerging from Swan Lake in the early 90s.
Taylor later reported that he was looking for back issues of “The Bent Tree” when Loch realized he was there, and embraced him, obviously a case of one Clayton State legend taking another by surprise. Once things calmed down; Fischer, Taylor and Loch went to lunch at the Lakeside Dining Hall.
Loch will make his first official appearance on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Homecoming Pep Rally, which will be held starting at noon in the Commons area of the James M. Baker University Center.
Four Spaces Left for Alternative Spring Break in South Dakota
What are YOU doing for spring break? How about volunteering with the Oglala Lakota Nation on the Pine Ridge Native America Reservation in South Dakota?
Working with an organization called Re-Member, Clayton State students will work on various projects across the Reservation including building bunk beds for children, installing skirting around mobile homes, outhouse construction, and helping to build basic shelter. Participants will also have the opportunity to be immersed in the culture and history of the Lakota people.
The total cost of the trip is $980, which includes flight, site fees, lodging, ground transportation, food and group activities. A deposit of at least 25 percent($245)is requested to secure your spot with the balance payable in installments.
Detailed information about the organization and the work they do can be found at their website www.re-member.org
or look for them on Facebook at ReMemberRez for lots photos and videos.
If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact LaShanda Hardin at email@example.com or (678) 466-5424, or just stop by the Campus Life Office located on the second floor of the Student Activities Center.
Clayton State Plans Alternative Spring Break in Savannah
The Clayton State University Department of Campus Life’s Alternative Spring Break Volunteer Program is an opportunity for Clayton State students to engage in community-based service projects for one week during the University’s designated spring break vacation.
This spring, for Clayton State students who want to take part in the Alternative Spring Break, but who want to stay close to home, the Department of Campus Life is offering an opportunity to volunteer in Savannah, Ga., with America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. Like the previously-announced Alternative Spring Break trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the Savannah trip will run from Sunday, Mar. 4 to Thursday, Mar. 8, 2012.
America’s Second Harvest Food Bank serves as a warehouse and distribution center of food and grocery products for food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, domestic abuse facilities, senior centers and daycare centers for low-income children through Savannah and the Costal Georgia area. Projects for Alternative Spring Break include sorting, stocking and shelving of donated products and some light clerical work in the organizations administrative office. Participants will also have the opportunity to experience the rich culture and history of Georgia’s oldest city.
The total cost of the trip to Clayton State students is $200, which includes transportation, lodging, some meals and group activities. A deposit of at least 25 percent ($50) is requested to secure your spot by Monday, Feb. 13 with the balance payable in installments. Additional information about America’s Second Harvest can be found at their website; www.helpendhunger.org
, or look for them on Facebook at Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia for more photos, events and information.
If you have any additional questions, or would like to sign-up, feel free to contact LaShanda Hardin at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or (678) 466-5424, or just stop by the Campus Life Office located on the second floor of the Student Activities Center.
Clayton State Scholarship Information
The Clayton State University scholarship information for the 2012-2013 academic year (Fall Semester 2012 and Spring Semester 2013) is available on the Financial Aid website
Make sure that you read the “Frequently Asked Questions”
on the scholarship website since the majority of your questions will be answered there.
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS THURSDAY, APR. 5, 2012.
Your scholarship file must be complete by the application deadline. 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.
Women’s Forum Accepting Scholarship Applications
The Clayton State Women’s Forum is accepting applications for its Ninth Annual Scholarship awards. Applicants must have completed at least one semester at Clayton State and have at least two semesters remaining before graduation. The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2012. For more information and application materials, visit the website: http://adminservices.clayton.edu/wom_forum/scholarships
First-Year Writing Webpages Must be Created by Feb. 17
Dr. Mary R. Lamb, director of First-Year Writing, would like to remind all English 1101 and English 1102 students to have their First-Year Writing Webpage created by Feb. 17 (e-Portfolio due Apr. 20).
More information is available at http://a-s.clayton.edu/mlamb/E-Portfolios.htm
Veterans Resource Center is Now Open
The scheduling of the “Grand Opening” for the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is in the final planning stages. The official date will be announced as soon as it is set.
Despite not having our grand opening date yet, I am pleased and excited to share with you that the Veteran’s Resource Center is currently open. The VRC is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. I encourage you to stop by and visit a place that we can now call “home” here at Clayton State University.
Every veteran should stop by while we are in the midst of furnishing our VRC to make it more comfortable. Please use the suggestion box to submit your ideas and let us know what things you’d like to see and what services you would like to be offered in the Veterans Resource Center. Our mission is to serve the needs of all veterans on campus. I need for you all to let us know how to do that to your expectation. Please give us your input. This is your facility and I want your voice to be heard.
The VRC is in need of decorative items to make it more comfortable for you. Below is a list of items that would assist us in making the VRC feel like home. If you have any of these items and would like to donate, please let me know.
- Coffee table
- End table
- Items to decorate walls
If you would like to make a small donation in lieu of donating items, please contact me or your treasurer, Jacky Bailey. The SVA will purchase a coffee pot as soon as we can get a table.
- Stop by and visit the VRC.
- Take a fellow veteran to the VRC.
- Put a suggestion in the suggestion box
I look forward to receiving your feedback.
Very Truly Yours,
President, Student Veteran Association
Valentine's Day Announcement for NTSO/VRC
In the Spirit of Valentine’s Day, showing appreciation and gratitude, the Nontraditional Student Organization (NTSO) would like to take this opportunity to offer a token of appreciation to our veterans at Clayton State University by treating them to some “goodies” at the Veterans Resource Center (VRC), room STC115 of the Student Center.
If you or your organization would like to participate in this expression of gratitude, please feel free to drop off any baked good or other goodies at the Veterans Resource Center on Tuesday, Feb. 14, The VRC’s hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Loch Shop to Hold Homecoming, Customer Appreciation, and Semi-Annual “We Don’t Want to Count it at Inventory” Blow-out Clearance Sale, Feb. 13 to Feb. 17
The perfect opportunity to pick up Clayton State Laker gear (at 30 percent off) to wear to Homecoming, The Loch Shop’s big sale from Feb. 13 through Feb. 17.
The Loch Shop will also provide free cokes, popcorn, candy and special giveaways at the Homecoming Pep Rally.
Volunteers Need for the Career Expo
Career Services needs faculty/staff and student volunteers for the Feb. 22 Career Expo
Positions and times available for volunteers to work are as follows:
- Parking Lot Attendant – 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Employer Registration – 8:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
- Unloader for Parking Lot – 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Employer Assistant/Greeter – 8:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
- Student and Graduate Registration – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Student Greeter – 11 a.m. & noon
- Student Exit Door Attendant – noon – 3 p.m.
- Student Evaluations – noon – 3 p.m.
- Evening loaders – 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Opportunities are available for students, faculty, staff, and even groups/organizations. All shifts are for a minimum of two hours. If you are willing to assist, feel free to contact Lashay Taylor, Career Expo volunteer coordinator, at email@example.com
or (678) 466-5404.
Clayton State Walkie Talkies
Clayton State now has a walking group, founded through the Wellness Council and known as the “Walkie Talkies.” There are a dozen or so active members thus far, with some 60 additional people having expressing interest, participating sporadically, or requesting to be on the distribution list.
The Walkie Talkies walk each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, leaving the Baker Center outside the entrance nearest to Jazzman’s at 12:10 p.m. sharp. A University Relations photographer will meet the group this Friday to take a couple of quick photos before the walk, so be there a few minutes early (12:05 p.m.) if possible.
New Emergency Phones Installed at Clayton State – East
Two new emergency phones have been installed at Clayton State — East, one in upper lot near Trammel Road, and one in lower lot behind the buildings. Three more emergency phones are to be installed soon; two additional ones in the lower lot at Clayton State — East and one on the walkway connecting Clayton State — East to main campus.
Although these newest phones that have been installed at Clayton Station and Clayton State — East are red in color, they function the same as the blue and white ones on main campus.
The Loch Shop Spring Spirit Photo Contest
Email The Loch Shop your best Clayton State Spirit Photo and we will post it on our Facebook page. The photo with the most “Likes” will win a FREE Clayton State shirt! Get all of your friends and family to “like” our page and “like” your photo to win!
Email us your spirit photo at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The contest will run from Feb. 1 through Feb. 29 (you get an extra day for Leap Year). Photos must be appropriate for all audiences: no nudity, no inappropriate hand gestures. There can only be one submission per person/group, photo must be saved as a JPEG document.
Fifth Annual Gospel Explosion, Feb. 12
Appointed Generation, Clayton State's Gospel Choir, presents… “WOW: Women of Worship,” Clayton State’s Fifth Annual Black History Month Gospel Explosion.
“WOW” will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. in the Clayton State Student Activity Center Ballroom. Admission is free.
“WOW” will feature Kelli Ellis, CelinaSoulDivine, Shalindria & Co., and special guest — All Nations Life and Praise Church Choir, regional winner of the 2011 How Sweet the Sound Choir Competition.
The Loch Shop Homecoming, Customer Appreciation, and Semi-Annual “We Don’t Want to Count it at Inventory” Blow-out Clearance Sale, Feb. 13 to Feb. 17
- 30 percent off of select Clayton State University and Laker apparel and gift items.
- Take an additional 10 percent off of all already-reduced clearance Items.
- Up to 50 percent off of select General Interest Tradebooks, including some former books of the week, signed copies, and recent best-sellers.
- BTGO: All Bargain Books, buy two, get one free (of equal or lesser value). Prices start at just 99 cents.
- 25 percent off all games, puzzles, boxed greeting cards and stationary.
See store for details. Some restrictions apply; some items not included. Not valid on prior or future purchases; good on select in-stock items only. Offer may not be combined with any other coupon, discount, or sale event. All sales of reduced merchandise are considered final. Shop early for the best selection.
Hartsfield General Manager Miller to Speak at Clayton State, Feb. 15
Louis Miller, general manager of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, will be speaking at Clayton State University on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
The manager of the busiest airport in the world and the treasurer for Airports Council International, Miller is speaking as part of the Clayton State College of Business’ Jim Wood Speaker Series. Miller’s presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center,
starting at 6:30 p.m.
Clayton State Plans for Homecoming 2012
Clayton State University students, faculty/staff, alumni and friends … mark your calendar, Homecoming 2012 is right around the corner.
Clayton State will celebrate Homecoming Week from Monday, Feb. 13 through Saturday, Feb.18. The Lakers will face in-state rival Columbus State in the Saturday Homecoming basketball contests with the women’s game at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.
In the spirit of Clayton State’s new strategic planning efforts, this year’s Homecoming theme will be, “Beyond Your Imagination … Clayton State Homecoming 2012.”
Clayton State Director of Alumni Relations Gid Rowell has announced that the official Homecoming website is now live. For all Homecoming information, including applications for Homecoming King and Queen, go to: http://adminservices.clayton.edu/homecoming/
In addition to the basketball games, a number of activities are planned for Homecoming Day. Saturday will kick-off with a Homecoming 5K Road Race at 9 a.m., followed by the annual Alumni Breakfast. Later in the afternoon, leading into the games, there will be a tailgate and spirit rally.
Clayton State will crown its 2012 Homecoming Queen and King at halftime of the men’s basketball game. Last year, Kearia Smith, of Waynesboro, and Rico Lee, of Wrens, received the honors. After the games, the Student Government Association will be sponsoring a Homecoming Dance.
King and Queen applications will also be available from the Student Activities Center, the University Center Information Desk, or the Campus Life website, http://adminservices.clayton.edu/campuslife/
On Monday, Feb. 13, Homecoming will kick off with a first-time event, allowing students to show-off their talents in the Clayton State Idol competition. The event, sponsored by Orientation and New Student Programs, will begin at 7 p.m., and be held in Student Activities Center (SAC) Ballroom.
Students will have the opportunity to take their sweetheart to a Homecoming event on Tuesday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, as the Campus Event Council will host Ice Skating on the SAC Green at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Alumni Association will host the Harlem Ambassadors basketball show/game. The event will be open to all the campus community and the public. Tip-off for the fun-filled entertainment will begin at 7 p.m., in the Athletics & Fitness Center.
Clayton State’s Student Media will once again host the Student Choice Awards on Thursday evening, Feb. 16, recognizing the campus community with awards. Earlier that day, the Alumni Association will have an alumni book signing in The Loch Shop, beginning at 11 a.m.
Friday will be an exciting day on campus with a noon Pep Rally in the University Center. Clayton State cheerleaders will lead the way and the Homecoming Court and basketball teams will be in attendance, along with some surprise appearances. The Fraternity and Sorority Council will host a Homecoming Party on Friday at 10 p.m. in the SAC.
Orientation and New Student Programs Presents… Clayton State Idol, Feb. 13
Clayton State University’s Office of Orientation & New Student Programs is bringing a new feature, Clayton State Idol, to the University’s annual Homecoming Week. Doors for Clayton State Idol will open at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 13, in the Student Activities Center (SAC) Ballroom. The competition will begin at 7 p.m. (And, it’s guaranteed they’ll sing the National Anthem better than Steven Tyler.)
“Clayton State Idol allows students to watch great vocal entertainment from their very own classmates,” Darius Thomas of Orientation and New Student Programs says. “There is wonderful talent on campus. We are pleased to offer a forum to showcase this talent. Clayton State Idol will allow the Clayton State community to get involved because their votes will be the final deciding factor of who is the first Idol.”
Harlem Ambassadors to Perform at Clayton State, Feb. 15
The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors are coming to Clayton State University.
The University will welcome Harlem’s “other” basketball entertainment show to the University’s Athletics & Fitness Center on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. The show, sponsored by the Clayton State Alumni Association, will be part of the University’s Homecoming festivities, which run from Feb. 13 to Feb. 18.
“Our Alumni Association wanted to provide an event for all ages that would be fun for the entire Clayton State and surrounding community to attend,” says Clayton State Alumni Association President Ben Hopkins. “It will be a lot of fun, and proceeds from the event will benefit our Benita H. Moore Scholarship.”
A spin-off of the Harlem Globetrotters, the Ambassadors offer a similar basketball show for all ages. The Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines.
“At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too,” Coach Ladè Majic says. “We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front row seat during the show, and get involved in all of the fun stuff we do.”
General admission tickets for the show are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Children under the age of six are admitted free. Group tickets will also be available at a special rate.
Sharon Foote Returns for Mardi Gras Murder Mystery, Feb. 17
The Center for Continuing Education at Clayton State University is welcoming back the Alliance Theatre’s Sharon Foote on Friday, Feb. 17. Foote will once again be returning to the scene of the crime, directing the “Mardi Gras Murder Mystery.”
Down on the bayou, there has been a murder with Cajun flavor. Individuals who fancy themselves a Sherlock Holmes, or just a regular detective, or a clairvoyant, or who just like Cajun food, are invited to join Foote for an evening that begins with a murder and climaxes with clues and a dinner buffet.
The time is 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Clayton State’s Harry S. Downs Center, room 101. As noted, the chief inspector will be the Alliance Theatre’s Foote. The fee is $39, which includes a Cajun dinner buffet.
Register by calling the Center for Continuing Education at (678) 466-5050, or go to http://conted.clayton.edu/
“Run Clayton State” 5K Run/Walk to be Held at University’s Homecoming, Feb. 18
The Clayton State University Alumni Association and the Atlanta Southside Runners will team up on Saturday, Feb. 18 for the first time for a 5K Run/Walk, “Run Clayton State.”
The race, which will be held on the University’s campus and surrounding neighborhood, will be part of Clayton State’s Homecoming festivities that same day.
Registration for the race will begin at 7:45 a.m. on the Clayton State campus, with the race beginning at 9 a.m. Cost for participants will be $15 before Feb. 10, $20 for participants after Feb. 10, and $25 on race day. Family rates will also be available for runners of three or more.
All runners will receive a T-shirt and age group winners will be recognized with awards. A special grand prize will be awarded to the top female and male winners. The event will also include breakfast after the race along with sponsor gifts.
Proceeds from the race will benefit two worthy fundraising efforts. A portion of the funds will support the Clayton State Alumni Association scholarship program, and a portion will be donated to the Zac Bradley Benefit Fund. Bradley, a member of the Clayton State men’s basketball team, was partial paralyzed last spring when a tree fell on his car during a storm and the proceeds will help cover incurred medical expenses.
Participants can register online at www.active.com
or at www.clayton.edu/alumnigift
. Downloadable registration forms can be accessed at www.revolutionrunning.net
Indoor Rock Climbing, Feb. 18
Come experience Atlanta’s finest climbing facility. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level. You will have the opportunity to learn proper climbing techniques and get a feel for the sport of rock climbing. Climbing gear is provided.
Destination: Atlanta Rocks, Atlanta
Date: Saturday, Feb. 18
For more information, contact Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, email@example.com
National Archives at Atlanta African American Heritage Program, Feb. 18
The National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Rd., Morrow, will feature its African American Heritage Program on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All events and Activities are free and open to the public.
The program starts at 9 a.m., with “Are You Gullah Geechee?” a symposium sponsored by the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society’s Atlanta Chapter and featuring presentations by Dr. Mary B. Ziegler, Dr. D. L. Henderson, and the Gullah Geechee Shouters.
Advance registration is required for this program, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
From noon until 5 p.m., the Archives will hold “A Taste of Africa and America,” providing bite-sized samples of African-American cuisine, along with a viewing of Denise White Fields’ exhibit, “The Artifacts of Enslavement: The Shackles and Objects of Slavery.”
From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Archives will host the Clayton County African American Arts and Heritage Festival with exhibits, historic photographs, storytelling and musical performances.
SBDC to Host “Starting a Business” at Henry Chamber of Commerce, Feb. 21
Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting a “Starting a Business” workshop, a comprehensive workshop on important decisions you make prior to opening a business, in Henry County.
The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.
Topics for discussion will include:
• traits of a successful entrepreneur
• legal structures for your business
• estimating start-up costs
• calculating financial projections & break even analysis
• sources of capital & financing alternatives
• reasons for business failure
• writing a business plan
PowerPoint handouts and a book, “How to Start a Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs” will be provided.
The cost is $69 per person with 50 percent off for each additional person. In addition, Clayton State students and employees also get 50 percent off. To register, go to http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx? =2878b24d-b50e-4e78-8962-33502735ada8
School of Nursing Schedules Two Pre-Nursing Information Sessions in February
University’s School of Nursing (SoN) will be holding its latest IN! (Into Nursing) Pre-Nursing Information Sessions on Monday, Feb. 20, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 23, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The Monday session will be held in room B-11 of the Lecture Hall. The Thursday session will be in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center.
The purpose of the Into Nursing
information sessions is to provide pre-nursing students with important information about resources that are available to help them plan for a career in nursing. Strategies will be discussed regarding how to successfully prepare yourself for the application process and how to be successful once you are admitted to a nursing program.
The informational sessions are conducted during the fall and spring semesters by Clayton State’s Nursing Workforce Diversity grant team and the advisors in the School of Nursing. These informational sessions will be open to high school students, university students, parents and university faculty and staff.
Office of Career Services Presents the Career Expo, Feb. 22
On Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Student Activities Center Ballroom, from Noon to 3 p.m., the Office of Career Services will present the annual Career Expo.
Students and alumni are advised to bring plenty of resumes.
For more information, call (678) 466-5400 or email email@example.com
Financial Aid Closed, Feb. 22 and Feb. 23
The Financial Aid office will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and Thursday, Feb. 23, for staff training.