New in this Issue
Laker Lines to Migrate to the New “Inside Clayton State” Web Page, July 1
Starting July 1, the information typically included in Laker Lines will be posted daily (or as information is received in Public and Media Relations) on the new “Inside Clayton State” web page.
As a result, Inside Clayton State will become the primary source for information about what’s happening at Clayton State, as well as for Clayton State announcements and other items of interest to the Clayton State community. And, yes, there will be prizes associated with reading Laker Lines on Inside Clayton State.
More details to follow as we approach the launch date.
Spivey Hall World Music Festival Continues, June 25
Clayton State University’s world-famous Spivey Hall’s first Summer World Music Festival (http://www.spiveyhall.org/educational-programs/spivey-hall-summer-world-music-festival/
), continues on Wednesday, June 25 with a performance of Russian Balalaikas by Troika Balalaikas.
According to Spivey Hall Education Manager Melanie Darby, the balalaika is a Tartar stringed instrument, somewhat similar to a mandolin, with origins back before Ghengis Kahn’s time. However, do not expect Mongol hordes to be invading Spivey Hall on June 25.
“Balalaika” literally means `to chatter,’” explains Darby. “It is Tartar in origin reflecting the arrival of the Mongols and especially the great Ghengis Khan, who swept over the territories of northern Asia in the 13th
“The balalaika is a descendent from the domra, a three-stringed round-bodied instrument that can be traced back to the ninth century Tartars. The balalaika originally had only two strings attached to a long neck with a gourd-like sounding box. Eventually this was replaced by the triangular sound-box, the neck was shortened, and a third string was added.”
Housing Reservation Fee Priority Deadline Approaching
The Clayton State University Housing reservation fee changes from $200 to $300 on July 2. Go to www.clayton.edu/housing
to make your reservation for the 2014/2015 academic year.
Summer Session I (First Short Session) Course/Instructor Evaluations
Course and instructor evaluations for SUMMER SESSION I classes will be available from Friday, June 20 through Wednesday, June 25.
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, you should complete the evaluations on your own, using one of the following two methods:
- Log onto 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.
- Log onto the SWAN, then go to the DUCK. You should see a message under the Course and Instructor Surveys section of the DUCK Message Portal containing a link to your evaluations. If you choose to complete the evaluations at a later time, you can always get to the DUCK Message Portal via the Personal Information menu.
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 in SUMMER SESSION I classes who do not complete the surveys will not be able to view their grades in those classes until July 7.
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.
The LakerCard Center Closing Early for Fiscal Year Closeout, June 26
On Thursday, June 26, the LakerCard Center will close at 3 p.m. in preparation for fiscal year end. The LakerCard Center will re-open at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 27.
The Loch Shop Closed for Inventory, June 26, June 27, June 30
The Loch Shop will be closed for inventory June 26, June 27, and June 30. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
Reset 2014 for Recognized Student Organizations, June 30
Reset 2014 for Recognized Student Organizations is scheduled for Monday June 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All previously recognized organizations (must have been recognized during the 2013-14 academic term) are REQUIRED to send the 2014-15 president of the organization to attend. If an organization's president is unable to attend, the organization's 2014-15 Vice-President may attend (upon approval from Atawanna Royal by no later than June 24). Lunch will be provided.
Student organizations who fail to attend RESET 2014 will be unable to apply for recognition for the 2014-15 year until completion of the RESET Registration Workshop (next one held during the second week of classes, late August). Remember, prior to recognition, student organizations are prohibited from requesting space, utilizing SFAB funds, marketing of future events and programs, etc…
Please contact Royal at AtawannaRoyal@clayton.edu
for all questions and concerns.
Free HIV Testing, June 30
In collaboration with the Clayton County Board of Health, free HIV testing is available in UHS on June 30, from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Anyone is eligible to receive this free testing with results available in minutes. Counseling and treatment arrangements for anyone with positive results will be arranged by the Clayton County Board of Health.
This is a walk-in, anonymous opportunity in Health Services which is located in Clayton Station Apartments, Building 1000. Please take advantage of this free testing opportunity. Free HIV testing will also be offered every Monday during fall semester.
Spivey Hall World Music Festival, July 2
Spivey Hall will launch its first Summer World Music Festival (http://www.spiveyhall.org/educational-programs/spivey-hall-summer-world-music-festival/
) with a series of Wednesday performances at 11:15 a.m., by various global artists over eight weeks in June and July 2014.
Wednesday, July 2 Faculty Grass Red, White and Bluegrass USA
Wednesday, July 9 The Celtic Company Ah Surely! Irish Ensemble Ireland
Wednesday, July 16 Miraikanai Taiko Taiko Drumming Japan
Wednesday, July 23 Aire Flamenco Flamenco Spain
The Summer World Music Festival is presented as part of Spivey Hall’s Young People’s Concerts, providing individuals of all ages access to outstanding live performances. Artists featured during the Summer World Music Festival will provide study guides in advance of their performance that meet Georgia Performance Standards for curriculum connections in world history, geography, and music.
The Spivey Hall Summer World Music Festival is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets for Spivey Hall’s Summer World Music Festival are priced at $2 per concert and are available for purchase now at http://www.spiveyhall.org/educational-programs/program-registration/
Auxiliary Services Hours for July 4 Holiday
Loch Shop and LakerCard Center
- Friday, July 4: CLOSED
Thursday, July 3:
- Jazzman’s – 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Pizza Hut – 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Subconnection – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Friday, July 4: All locations CLOSED
Regular summer hours for all locations resume Monday, July 7. We wish you all a safe and happy July 4 weekend!
On Campus Information Session for Digital Film Technician I and II, July 12
Lights! Camera! Action! The
Clayton State University Division of Continuing Education is gearing up for its second round of information sessions and classes for Digital Film Technician Training I and II.
The highly-successful first set of Film Tech I courses, taught by long-time digital film industry expert Barton Bond, have been playing to full houses of 40+ students each since February. The next on-campus information session will be held on Saturday, July 12, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the Downs Center.
Upcoming from SBDC
SBDC’s next Starting a Business class will be on Tuesday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce/Griffin Welcome Center, located at 143 North Hill St., Griffin, Ga.
If you are considering starting a small business, this workshop is a crucial first step.
A detailed business start-up book, "How to Start A Business: A Guide for Georgia Entrepreneurs", and other handouts are provided.
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. Current Clayton State students and staff receive 50 percent off the registration fee; contact Heather Chaney for the discount code. Discounts cannot be combined or used with any other discount or coupon. For more information, please contact Chaney at (678) 466-5100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Register at https://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow#
On Thursday, July 24, SBDC presents, “Why Video is the Ultimate Tool for Your Business.”
If a picture’s worth a thousand words, what is a video worth to your business? Used effectively, video can enhance your brand, marketing, and client satisfaction. It can educate, entertain, and energize customers, but only when it’s relevant.
This informative workshop, scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Henry Chamber of Commerce, 1709 Highway 20 West, McDonough, Ga., will show you how, where, and when video should be used in your business. You will learn from start to finish how to create a video and incorporate it in a marketing/outreach strategy through effective SEO.
Also presented will be information on the latest software and equipment, along with hints for filming to the best advantage.
The cost is $69 (buy one get one 50 percent off-no discount code needed).
Register at https://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow&searchMonths=6#
or contact Chaney at (678) 466-5100 or email@example.com
for more information.
Active Shooter Training Presentation, July 15
Clayton State University Director of Public Safety Bobby Hamil will be providing an active shooter training presentations on Tuesday, July 15 at 10 a.m. in room B12 of the Lecture Hall.
The presentation will include a 15 minute video followed by a PowerPoint and Q&As. Total presentation should take about an hour and a half.
No reservations are needed and these presentations are open for students, faculty and staff to attend.
Clayton State to Host 2014 Southeast African Model Union in November
Clayton State University is proud to announce that it will host the 18th
Annual Southeast Model African Union from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8, 2014. Clayton State values this opportunity to give the students a highly engaging experience in dealing with international issues. If you are interested in learning more or participating in the SEMAU 2014, contact Dr. Augustine Ayuk at AugustineAyuk@mail.clayton.edu
, (678) 466-4848.
Summer Fitness & Wellness Programming
The Department of Recreation & Wellness is excited to announce its summer Fitness & Wellness programs:
Group X (Group Exercise)
Group X offers approximately 25 land-based group exercise classes each semester. Classes are free to all Clayton State University Fitness Center members and are located in our two Group X studios at the west end of the Fitness Center. Summer classes began on Monday, June 2 and will end on Friday, August 1. The Group X and the F.A.S.Track (Faculty & Staff Track) schedule can be found at http://www.clayton.edu/recwell/Fitness-Center/Group-Exercise
Personal Training provides an individualized fitness experience to the Clayton State University community. All personal trainers are current Clayton State University students who have obtained a nationally personal training certification. The goal of the Personal Training Program is to assist students and fitness center members in achieving physical fitness benefits effectively. A Personal Trainer will work with you to:
- Set clear and realistic physical fitness goals using the guidelines set by the American College of Sports Medicine.
- Determine how fitness goals will be achieved and the amount of work needed to reach your goals.
Personal Trainers also recommend and instruct proper exercise techniques while teaching safe and effective use of fitness equipment. Both individual and buddy sessions (2 people) are available depending on your needs and packages range from one to 30 session options. Workouts to go are also available. Each package includes an initial consultation (1 hour in length) prior to the first personal training session. No refunds will be issued after initial purchase. For more information on personal trainers available as well as pricing and packages please visit http://www.clayton.edu/recwell/Fitness-Wellness/Personal-Training
For more information on the Fitness & Wellness programs contact Lisa Williamson, Assistant Director of Recreation & Wellness (Fitness & Wellness), at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clark Howard’s “Life After Graduation” Special Featured on WSB-TV Website
WSB consumer advocate Clark Howard’s Family 2 Family Special, “Life After Graduation,” filmed in a large part at Clayton State, is now available for viewing on the WSB-TV website.
Go to http://www.wsbtv.com/s/askclark/
to see Howard focus this Family 2 Family Special on answering graduates’ questions, like: Should they attend graduate school or look for a job? And, how should they pay off school loans? As part of the program, WSB also talked to Georgia-based companies and businesses from around the country about what they look for in potential hires.
New Security Gates at Clayton Station
The University has installed new security gates at two entrances to the Clayton Station Apartments.
The locations are the two middle entrances on North Lake Street. These are very visible black and yellow chain link gates, with “Do not enter” signs attached that will only be in place during the late evening to early morning hours. When not in place, these entrances can still be used.
The purpose for these gates is to add another security measure to the apartment complex that currently is easily accessible to the general public 24/7. When the gates are in place, all vehicular traffic will have to enter and exit either at the main entrance next to the clubhouse on North Lake or at the Harper Drive entrance.
Loch Returns from Scotland!
Although he (she? it?) had a great time in the ancestral homeland of all Lochs – Scotland – Clayton State’s own Loch has returned to the U.S. and Clayton State to provide support for The Loch Shop and the Lakers.
You can see Loch hanging out at various museums, sailing away on a Tall Ship and heading for the water at the Firth of Clyde. And, don't miss the pictures of Loch dressed in a traditional kilt and tartan!
Go to The Loch Shop’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Loch-Shop/166864463376163
Lee Moore Hitchhiking the Silk Road
When last we checked in with Lee Moore, the son of one Clayton State University’s more noted alumni; former faculty member and dean Dr. Benita H. Moore, he had won an Adventure Grant to hitchhike the fabled Silk Road from Outside
That was last summer. Now Moore, an Athens, Ga., filmmaker who also does consulting related to China, is indeed following in the footsteps of Marco Polo, et al.
For the trip Moore, who speaks Mandarin among his other skills, has already set up a blog, http://www.silkroadhitchhikers.com/
This week’s posts have been focused on the city of Xian, the terminus of the Silk Road and their first stop. Xian is famous for its Terracotta Warriors, but we wanted to dig a little deeper (Editor’s Note: That’s Moore’s pun, not the editor’s…)
This post is an exploration of Xian's largely Muslim district and how it is the first sign of the Silk Road:
And here is a video that Galen put together of our time in Xian:
The story of how, in China's most important tourist site, our photographer’s camera card completely failed us, leaving us with only a few camera phone photos:
A failed attempt at hitchhiking:
This post is a story about us getting to Xian via the new bullet train, along with the problems that China faces in building infrastructure:
This post is occurred minutes after we arrived in Xian, and I had to explain the Chinese language to a native:
And finally, a few extra photos from Xian: