Volume 8, #80
New in this Issue
University Provost 2013-2014
With special thanks to our colleagues at the University of West Georgia for reconsidering our request for assistance, Dr. Micheal Crafton will continue as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs through June of 2014. At this important time for our institution, I am grateful for the support from our friends at West Georgia, and for Dr. Crafton’s leadership for our academic programs. I know that I am personally excited to have the chance to continue to work with him and all of our colleagues who contribute so much to our university.
Emergency Alert System Testing Today
The monthly test of the campus emergency alert system will be conducted between noon and 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, July 10. This is only a test…
Candidates for Director of University Health Services Presentations, July 10 to July 16
Five candidates who will be visiting Clayton State on July 10 to July 12 and July 15 and July 16 to interview for the director of University Health Services position. Each candidate will give a 15-20 minute presentation regarding their “Vision for University Health Services at Clayton State University for 2014 and Beyond.”
If your schedule permits and you are interested in participating in this process, join us. Please share this information with your staff and feel free to invite fellow colleagues.
All presentations will start at 11 a.m., and will take place in the SAC Ballroom A except for Tuesday (noted below).
1. Wednesday, July 10 – Laurena White (Harrisburg, Pa.)
11 a.m. Presentation
SAC Ballroom A
2. Thursday, July 11 – Polly Parks (Lilburn, Ga.)
11 a.m. Presentation
Presidents Board Room, UC 260
3. Friday, July 12 – Latrice Barlow (McDonough, Ga.)
11 a.m. Presentation
SAC Ballroom A
4. Monday, July 15 – Sandra Severe (Hialeah, Fla.)
11 a.m. Presentation
SAC Ballroom A
5. Tuesday, July 16 – Vanessa Brown (Columbia, S.C.)
11 a.m. Presentation
SAC Ballroom A
SABE/IAREP/ICABEEP 2013 Conference: Bringing Economics and Psychology Together in the Wake of the Financial Crisis
The co-chairs of the above conference, Reza Kheirandish, associate professor of Economics at Clayton State, and Shabnam Mousavi, assistant professor of Finance at Johns Hopkins University, are opening the conference sessions, the musical program and the stand-up economist program at Spivey Hall, to all Clayton State faculty who are interested in the conference. Go to the conference website at http://www.clayton.edu/2013-sabe-iarep-icabeep-conference for more information about the scope of the conference and the conference schedule.
All Clayton State faculty, with valid Laker ID, are invited to attend the conference and the program at Spivey Hall, free of charge.
The Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics (SABE), the International Association for Research in Economics & Psychology (IAREP), and the International Confederation for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics and Economic Psychology (ICABEEP) international interdisciplinary conference will run from July 25 to July 29. This conference is the largest gathering of scholars with interest in Economic Psychology and Behavioral Economics.
James Cox - Director, Experimental Economics Center, Georgia State University:
Theory and Experiment for Homo Reciprocans
Glenn Harrison - Director, Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk, Georgia State University:
Behavioral Econometrics: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
David Laibson - Harvard University (Kahneman Lecturer):
How to Design a Commitment Contract
Amnon Rapoport - University of Arizona (SABE Lecturer):
Behavioral Traffic Flow in Congestible Networks
The Loch Shop Adds New Assistant Director, Jessica Hall
The Loch Shop has a new staff member, Assistant Director Jessica Hall, formerly of Macon State and then Middle Georgia State College. She will be handling all of The Loch Shop’s course materials and faculty adoptions.
A former manager of the Macon State College Bookstore, Hall has worked in the college industry since 2000, and brings a wealth of experience and skills to her new position. Prior to working at Macon State, she was in management at B. Dalton Booksellers for three years.
Construction Scheduled to Begin on Clayton Hall Roof, July 8
On or about July 8, construction will begin to replace the roof of Clayton Hall. The construction project is expected to last about five weeks. During that time, about 20 parking spaces in parking Lot C will be reserved for storage of the construction equipment and trailers. Please exercise caution when driving on Caldwell Drive as well as parking in the C lot.
Calling All Peachtree Road Race Finishers
Clayton State’s annual photo op for all of the University’s finishers in this year’s Peachtree Road Race will be held this coming Friday, July 12, at noon on the Quad behind the James M. Baker University Center. Please wear your official Peachtree Road Race finisher t-shirt for the photo.
Building Naming Committee Solicits Input, Deadline July 10
Creative minds are needed! It is common knowledge that a few of our campus building share common wording which creates confusion for our students and visitors. As such, the Building Naming Committee is seeking input from the University community to rename the Student Center, the Athletics & Fitness Center, and the Student Activities Center.
Submissions should be sent by the July 10 deadline to any of the following committee members; Cindy Lauer (co-chair), Jim Braun (co-chair), Kelly Adams, Dolores Cox, Mike Mead, Nicole Harris and R.B. Rosenburg.
On behalf of the Building Naming Committee, we thank you in advance for your creativity and engagement in this process.
Farewell Reception for Dr. Brian Haynes, July 11
The Office of the President and the Division of Student Affairs will be hosting a farewell reception for Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Brian Haynes on Thursday, July 11, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the Student Activities Center.
The Bent Tree Freshman Edition Submissions, Deadline July 12
The Bent Tree will be putting together its first-ever freshman edition for the incoming class of freshman this fall.
The Bent Tree “Freshman Exclusive” will be distributed to the new freshman in Laker Hall during Freshman Premiere Week. This edition of the paper will focus on the things incoming freshman need to know: the services offered to students on campus; things to do on campus; and will highlight some important dates for students in the first few weeks of the semester.
The Bent Tree would like to invite all campus departments, offices, and services to send in their articles, photos, calendars and advertisements for this special new edition of the paper.
To submit your information for this edition, please send an email to Jennifer DeMond, Student Media advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
. We would prefer your submissions in JPEG, PDF, or Word format. The deadline for submission is July 12.
Goo-Con Invades Clayton State, July 13 and July 14
Want to learn how to create a proper costume for DragonCon? What about applying realistic special-effects make-up?
On Saturday July 13 and Sunday, July 14, The Engineer Guy, a locally-owned Clayton County small business, will host the first annual Goo-Con at Clayton State University’s Student Activities Center. The two-day goo convention will feature workshops and panel discussions about special effects make-up, mold making, casting, and costuming.
Attendees will learn about proper costume making for DragonCon and other science fiction/fantasy events.
The Engineer Guy, celebrating 10 years in business, planned this event to bring together people who love the movie industry, especially special effects and makeup.
“It is my desire for this to become an annual event that pulls together the supply side of the movie industry and helps those involved make connections,” say Nelson Burke, owner of The Engineer Guy.
Goo-Con has secured featured guests R.J. Haddy and Roy Wooley of SyFy’s hit show FaceOff and “professional zombies” Erin Bushko and Larry Mainland to lead panel discussions.
Live demonstrations will include:
· Prosthetic Application
· Mold Making
· Body Painting
· Full Head Casting
· Casting Props
· Airbrushing Techniques
Weekend passes are $15 each and can be purchased at www.goo-con.com
. Follow Goo-Con on Twitter @Goo_Con and like them on Facebook at The Engineer Guy.
Clayton State SBDC Offers GrowSmart Series for Small Business Owners, Starting July 23
In a special series of five classes targeted to small business owners who are ready for growth, the Clayton State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering GrowSmart at Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree, located at 201 Aberdeen Pkwy., in Peachtree City.
Starting on July 23 and running through Aug. 19, GrowSmart gives the small business owner tools and strategies to reach their goals. At a cost of $895 per person, 25 small business owners/managers will attend the GrowSmart series in Peachtree City for 2013, and there are a limited number of $500 scholarships for those who apply early.
The program is designed for leaders of companies with: at least two years of successful operation; annual revenues of $200,000 or more; the opportunity and desire to grow; and the opportunity to make lasting contacts.
The 35 hours of class time cover all areas of business operation. Among the highlights are: evaluating your business, competition, and target markets; hands-on, interactive program promoting sharing of best practices; expert speakers adding insights to the topic of the day; step-by-step development of company strategies for growth; and, combined with long term one-on-one consulting with SBDC professionals, attendees will learn to apply course principles and build a business for today's challenging times.
Each daily class runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Tuesday, July 23 class is “Planning for Growth,” Tuesday, July 30, “Marketing Research & Planning,” Tuesday, Aug. 6, “Leadership & Management,” Tuesday, Aug. 13, “Financial Analysis & Tools,” and Monday, Aug. 19, “Operations & Implementation.”
To apply, go to https://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?cart=2a1f2262-3fb6-4c52-aa09-0e9af558427f&page_name=smartApplication&type=growsmart&city=morrow.
Eighth Annual New Student Convocation Scheduled for Aug. 9
Clayton State University’s Eighth Annual New Student Convocation is scheduled to take place on Friday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Spivey Hall.
This year’s keynote address will be provided by Clayton State’s president, Dr. Thomas Hynes, Jr. The ceremony’s purpose is to inspire, motivate and formally welcome new students into the university community. Clayton State faculty and staff who participate in the procession portion of the ceremony are kindly requested to wear their academic regalia. Last year’s ceremony had its largest attendance for new students, faculty and staff.
Additional information will be forthcoming in Laker Lines regarding the RSVP process and ceremony details.
If you have questions regarding the ceremony, please contact Celena Milner at (678) 466-5443; Office of Orientation & New Student Programs, Student Center, Room 218.
Save the Date — Alumni Association Achievement Awards Dinner, Sept. 26
Clayton State University Alumni Association presents the Alumni Achievement Awards Dinner, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, honoring; Distinguished Alumnus, Recent Graduate Alumnus, Outstanding “Future” Alumnus.
To nominate an individual, go to http://www.myschoolcast.com/UserFiles/Docs/3353/Alumni-Achivement-Award-Nomination-Packet.pdf.
All nomination forms and supporting documents must be submitted to the Clayton State University Alumni Association office by July 26, 2013.
Changes to Travel Policy Effective July 1
There are some important changes to State rules regarding travel effective July 1, 2013.
In order to comply with these new requirements, this notification will provide a quick snapshot of the changes and how they may impact our business practices. Please note that this notification includes information in summary and that the detailed policies and procedures are contained on the Clayton State University (updates pending), University System of Georgia, and the Department of Administrative Services websites.
Travel Policy Amendments:
Employees must submit all expenses for reimbursement and reconciliation within 10 days of trip completion or no later than 45 calendar days. IRS guidelines require reimbursement within 60 days. If the reimbursement does not occur within the 60 days the advances and expense reimbursements are included in the employee’s taxable income. (Section D of the State Travel Policy)
Out of State per diem meal rates no longer include the $5 incidental expense. Incidentals such as fees and tips reimbursed separately. (Section 4.1 of the State Travel Policy)
The State of Georgia Certificate of Exemption of Local Hotel/Motel Excise Tax
form has been updated on the SAO website to assist travelers in gaining compliance with this law. (Section 3.3 of the State Travel Policy)
Employees are allowed 75% of the meal per diem for overnight travel on the day of departure and the day of return. If a meal is provided on the day of departure or return the total per diem must be reduced by the individual meal per diem before the 75% is calculated. (Section 4.4 of the State Travel Policy)
Total Meal per diem for day
Traveler receives Lunch on Day of arrival
Total Before 75% Proration
Employees who travel more than 50 miles AND are away for 12 hours (not overnight) are entitled to 100% per diem meal reimbursement. (Section 4.5 of the State Travel Policy)
Additional clarification has been provided on mileage reimbursements and determining the employees primary work station. We can assist individuals that require help determining their primary work station. (Section Appendix A of the State Travel Policy)
Additional clarification has been provided on reimbursement for meals and incidentals during international travel. (Appendix B of the State Travel Policy)
Statewide Travel Policy: http://sao.georgia.gov/sites/sao.georgia.gov/files/related_files/site_page/SOG_%20Statewide_Travel_%20Policy_061313.pdf.
We will provide additional training in the coming months regarding the changes to the State’s requirements and our business practices.
TAP Applications for Fall 2013 Open Until July 15
The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application acceptance status is now open for the fall 2013 semester.
Please forward your completed and signed System Wide TAP Applications to the Clayton State Department of Human Resources. The application submission deadlines are July 15, 2013 for fall semester, Nov. 15 for spring semester, and Apr. 15 for summer semester.
For more information on TAP eligibility, policy, and procedures or for a list of all USG/BOR institutions please click on the corresponding link below:
Clayton State University Tuition Assistance Program
USG Tuition Assistance Program
Frequently Asked Questions
USG Institutions by Name
SAC Fitness Center Weekend Hours Change
This is a friendly reminder that the hours for the Fitness Center weekends (both Saturday and Sunday) have changed to noon to 5 p.m., through Saturday, Aug. 10.
AFAA Group Exercise (GX): The Practical Way™ Workshop & Primary Group Exercise Instructor Certification
Want to be a Group X Instructor?
The Department of Recreation & Wellness will host AFAA’s Group Exercise (GX): The Practical Way™ Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Primary Group Exercise Instructor Certification on Sunday, Aug. 4, also from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the SAC Fitness Center Studio B.
The Group Exercise Workshop is designed to prepare uncertified instructors to take the Group Exercise Certification and to refresh current instructors on their teaching skills. The Primary Group Exercise Instructor Certification will allow aspiring instructors to become certified to teach Group Exercise and includes both practical and written assessments.
These two events are open to anyone. The Practical Way™ Workshop cost is $179 and the Primary Group Exercise Instructor Certification cost is $299.
For more information visit http://www.clayton.edu/recwell/fitnesscenter/groupexercise
or contact Lisa Williamson, assistant director of Recreation & Wellness (Fitness & Wellness), at email@example.com
Insanity & PiYo Instructor Certifications
The Department of Recreation & Wellness will host Beachbody’s Insanity® instructor certification on Saturday, Aug.10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and PiYo instructor training on Sunday, Aug. 11, also from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the SAC Fitness Center Studio B.
Insanity's high-intensity activity forces the body to work for longer periods of time at a higher capacity than traditional workouts. As a result, people experience faster increases in cardiovascular fitness, and burn carbohydrates and fat more efficiently — as much as 1,000 calories per hour!
If yoga makes you yawn, Piyo will make you strong! Be a yoga rebel with PiYo Strength®. It's a unique core-strengthening workout inspired by yoga and Pilates. With upbeat music and a constant flow of moves, it's a rhythmic, dynamic, and intense workout designed to build strength and flexibility.
Both programs are open to everyone. The cost for Insanity® instructor certification is $249, and the cost for Piyo instructor training is $189.
For more information visit http://www.clayton.edu/recwell/fitnesscenter/groupexercise or contact Lisa Williamson, assistant director of Recreation & Wellness (Fitness & Wellness), at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Time for Grilling
The Loch Shop’s most recent promo is now up on www.ishoplochshop.com.
And what might that be? Glad you asked. Since the Summer Grilling Season is well underway, The Loch Shop is featuring a "Summer Grilling" promo with 10 percent off of everything under the “Tailgating” category; everything from chairs to aprons to tents to coolers. The Summer Grilling promo is valid until July 30, 2013.
Go to www.claytonstategear.com.
Apple MacBook Discounts Through The Loch Shop
The Loch Shop has a deal in place for any Clayton State student, faculty or staff member to get educational discount pricing on Apple MacBook computers through the following website… http://www.ishoplochshop.com/site_apple.asp?
For more information on the MacBook Pro, go to http://education.apple.com/images/MBPro_DM_700px_AoC_1X_FINAL.jpg.
Leadership Development in USG Gets a Boost Through Executive Education
Aspiring leaders and professionals within the University System of Georgia now have a new avenue to develop additional skills and expertise.
Starting this September, a number of USG employees who have previously participated in the USG’s Executive Leadership Institute will be identified and provided additional and more rigorous professional development through the USG Accelerated Leadership Academy. The USG Office of Human Resources Organizational Development, working with select programs and schools at USG institutions, developed the new program.
The program exclusively targets USG Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) Scholars. The Executive Leadership Institute is the flagship System-wide program developed in 2009 to prepare participants for advancement. The ALA will provide learning forums customized for leadership in higher education, executive coaching, career planning, and projects.
Program participants will have the opportunity to learn from instructors in four of the University System’s premier executive programs: the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, and the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.
“The purpose of the Accelerated Leadership Academy is to build a leadership culture by providing the next level of formal development for high-potential leaders in the University System,” said Tina Woodard, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Organizational Development. “This concentrated development effort is focused on a small number of leaders to prepare them for more demanding responsibilities.”
USG employees who are interested in learning more about the USG’s Executive Leadership Institute or the USG Accelerated Leadership Academy and how to participate should contact Woodard at email@example.com.