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Clayton State Theatre Looking for Extras -- New Date, Oct. 20
The Clayton State University Theatre program is looking for extras for its fall production, Pathways: A Ten Minute Festival.
Extras will be utilized in film aspects of the production held Sunday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m.
There will be a prom scene and a park scene. For the prom scene please wear modern day prom attire and for the park scene summer clothing, please. The location will be the Clayton State Theatre, room G-132 of the Arts & Sciences Building. All interested parties, please contact Jammie Beal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2013 Visiting Writer’s Reading Series, Nov. 14
For this semester, the Visiting Writer’s Reading Series is trying something new... a large event featuring Janisse Ray.
The event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14, and will include a lecture/presentation at 2:10 p.m. in room UC 416 of the Baker Center and a poetry reading at 5:30 p.m. in room UC 272 of the Baker Center.
Writer, naturalist and activist Ray is author of four books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature poetry. She is on the faculty of Chatham University’s low-residency MFA program and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and in 2007 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Unity College in Maine.
Ray has won a Southern Booksellers Award for Poetry 2011, Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction 1999, an American Book Award 2000, the Southern Environmental Law Center 2000 Award for Outstanding Writing, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award 2000. Her “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood” was a New York Times Notable Book and was chosen as the Book All Georgians Should Read.
Ray attempts to live a simple, sustainable life on a farm in southern Georgia with her husband, Raven Waters. Ray is an organic gardener, seedsaver, tender of farm animals, and slow-food cook. She lectures widely on nature, community, agriculture, wildness, sustainability and the politics of wholeness.
For more information, go to http://janisseray.weebly.com/publicity-kit.html.
Cygnet 2014 Call for Submissions
Cygnet accepts fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, sequential art, translations, and art submissions from Clayton State University students each year between Apr. 15 and Nov. 30.
All submissions will be entered to the Cygnet Student Contest in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction, unless otherwise specified by the author. The authors of the winning pieces will be invited to read at the Cygnet launching party in April and will receive a prize.
Submit each piece (12pt, Times New Roman, single spaced) to email@example.com with the heading SUBMISSION TO CYGNET 2014 (add the genre here--POETRY/FICTION/CREATIVE NONFICTION/SEQUENTIAL ART/DRAMA/TRANSLATION).
POETRY: Submit up to three poems (maximum five pages — start a new page for each poem).
FICTION: Submit one flash fiction piece or one short short-story (maximum 3000 words).
CREATIVE NONFICTION: Submit one short literary essay (maximum 3000 words).
SEQUENTIAL ART: Submit one piece (maximum five pages).
DRAMA: Submit a scene from a play (maximum six pages).
TRANSLATION: Submit one poem, flash fiction piece, or one piece of sequential art translated in English from your own work written originally in a foreign language (maximum two pages).
Students may submit one piece in each genre. Submitting a particular piece to Cygnet does not preclude students to submit the same piece to the Stanley Cyrus Awards in Creative Writing.
For more information, contact Dr. Brigitte Byrd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Alan Xie at email@example.com.
Peer to Peer File Sharing (P2P) and Copyright Infringement
In August of 2008, Congress amended the Higher Education Act (HEA). The amended HEA requires all colleges and universities that receive federal financial aid funding to provide students with notice of university policies and other information about copyright infringement and illegal file sharing.
- Copyrights are granted in order to give an artist an incentive to be able to profit from their work. A copyright gives an artist the sole right to distribute their creative work, and only the copyright holder has the legal right to control the distribution of a copyrighted file.
- Peer-to-Peer (P2P) applications work by sharing out files to others and at the same time allowing you to download files from others.
- If a P2P file is copyrighted and the copyright owner prohibits free downloading, P2P sharing of the copyrighted work is a violation of federal copyright law.
- In addition, P2P file sharing software that you install on your PC may share out more than you intend, such as personal documents found on your hard drive or may even contain backdoors into your system giving control of your PC to others.
- Unauthorized sharing of copyrighted materials is a violation of Clayton State’s and the Georgia Board of Regents' Acceptable Usage Policies:
- Also unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, such as through peer-to-peer networks, may subject users to civil and criminal penalties. An infringer may be levied a fine of anywhere from $200 to $150,000 PER infringement, and legal costs to fight such a case can also be expensive. More information about the copyright law and damages can be found at:
The US Copyright Office Website
Clayton State University routinely receives notifications of infringement of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) originating from computers on the Clayton State network. Clayton State is required to investigate each complaint and takes these notifications very seriously.
- The University has tools to track down the computer and user that caused the alleged infringement.
- If an infraction is found, Clayton State is required to remove the illegal material. The user will have their network access suspended until they meet with a representative of OITS, sign a letter indicating their understanding of copyright policies and that they will not continue to infringe.
- If a second offense occurs from the same user, network access will be suspended and the student will be referred to the Office of Community Standards for violation of the Student Code.
File sharing can easily consume all of Clayton State’s Internet bandwidth, and to prevent an abuse of limited bandwidth, the University uses automated tools to limit the impact of P2P traffic upon the legitimate educational uses of Peachnet and the Internet.
Clayton State has other tools to monitor for violations, and if the University receives proper legal demand to identify a particular user for a copyright offense, Clayton State will comply and provide the copyright owner with the required information. If you are identified, you could be subject to legal action from the copyright holder, which could result in fines or a costly legal case.
There are many sources of cheap and free legal music available online. And if all else fails, get out in the community and support local artists or create your own works.
The following is a short list of websites providing legitimate online music and movies.
- Most networks offer their shows with limited commercials free online
- Amazon Amazon Prime customers can stream some content for free.
Student Safe Space Training, Sept. 27
Safe Space is a national program designed to provide a supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members of the campus community; increase the visible presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) allies and places that are “safe” for LGBT students across campus; and dismiss negative stereotypes and present accurate information about the LGBT population. Individuals who have completed the Safe Space Training may post the Safe Space symbol at their offices, backpacks, or binders as a way to designate themselves as safe allies for LGBT students, colleagues and friends.
Since the inception of the Safe Space Training program at Clayton State in 2008, more than 150 individuals have participated in the program. Given the growth of our LGBT community at Clayton State, we would like to increase the number of visible allies to improve the chances of this population excelling academically, socially, and professionally at the University.
The Student Safe Space Training will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the SAC Laker Lounge.
If you are interested in attending this training, please submit your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Sept. 16.
For more information regarding this program, contact Department of Campus Life at (678) 466-5433.
NTSO Study Session, Sept. 28
Saturday, Sept. 28 will see an NTSO Study Session in the Center for Academic Success (CAS) from noon to 4 p.m., featuring tutors, free food and door prizes.
This study session will also feature a free pampering session by our very own vice president from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.!
Relieve stress and get energized for midterms!
Come and enjoy and get your study on!
Clayton State Testing Center Relocating to Clayton State – East
The Clayton State University Testing Center, which provides standardized college-related testing for both Clayton State students and the general public, will be relocating to Arbor Hall at Clayton State – East during the next two weeks.
Testing Center Director Sharon Long and her professional staff, Lolita Lighting and Donna Taffar, will be closing their current location on the first floor of the Clayton State Library on Thursday, Sept. 12, and moving to room 121 of Arbor Hall at Clayton State – East, 5823 Trammell Rd., starting on Friday, Sept. 13. The move will take until Friday, Sept. 27, and the Testing Center will re-open in Arbor Hall on Monday, Sept. 30.
The Testing Center’s services include college entrance exams, placement exams, exit testing, and program-specific entrance tests. Services also include independent study (distance learning) exams, the TOEFL, and other program testing.
In between Sept. 13 and Sept. 30, the Testing Center will be considered closed, however, according to Long, they hope to answer phones or at least return phone calls as much as possible after the phones are reconnected. The phone number for the Testing Center is (678) 466-4495. The Testing Center website is http://www.clayton.edu/testing.
Fall 2013Teacher Education Film Series Opens Sept. 30
“First Generation” tells the story of four high school students — an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers — who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education.
This documentary, to be shown from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30 in room CE101 of the Harry S. Downs Center, explores the problem of college access faced by first generation and low-income students and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation.
Subsequent presentations in the Film Series at set for Oct. 8 (“Temple Grandin”), Oct. 28 (“Bully”), and Nov. 4 (“American Teacher”).
Course/Instructor Evaluations- Session I Only, Complete by Oct. 1
Please complete the course and instructor evaluations for SESSION I classes by Tuesday, Oct. 1 (the evaluation surveys will be available on the SWAN beginning Monday, Sept. 23). 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, please complete the evaluations on your own by going to 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. 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 SESSION I classes who do not complete the surveys will not be able to view their grades in those classes until Oct. 22.
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.
Late Night Lakers, Oct. 2
The Student Activities Center will be hosting its first Late Night Lakers program on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Take advantage of all the late night activities provided by the SAC! Karaoke, MJ Experience, basketball, group exercise, live music, free food… and more! We will also be hosting a Madden Tournament… come and see who will be the first Late Night Laker Madden champ.
This event is open to and free for all Clayton State students. Bring Your Laker ID.
Our Genealogy Group Meeting, Oct. 6
Our Genealogy Group will hold its next meeting on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the James M. Baker University Center at Clayton State University.
Angela Pendleton will be giving a lecture on what can be found at the local court house. Marriage Licenses, Death Certificates, Wills, Deeds and more will be discussed. See the blog, ourgenealogygroup.blogspot.com for more information.
Our Genealogy Group also has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourgenealogygroup/. This is the place to get quick answers to genealogy questions without waiting on the next meeting. For more information on Our Genealogy Group, contact Clayton State Archivist Rosemary Fischer at (678) 466-4333.
Career Services Presents Career Boot Camp, Oct. 7 to Oct. 10
Career Services’ Career Boot Camp is a four-day series with workshops on resume development, interviewing, how to conduct a proper job search and how to work a job fair so that it leads to an interview.
Students must pre-register for Career Boot Camp because attendees who attend all four topics will receive a certificate of completion, a free portfolio and business card holder. RSVP is required through Laker Career Zone by Oct. 3. Door prizes given away at each workshop!
Career Boot Camp is held in the University Center from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10 in room 425 for the day workshops and room 416 for the evening workshops. The hours are; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact Career Services at email@example.com or (678) 466-5400.
Clayton State/ Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra Concert, Oct. 8
The Clayton State University Orchestra and the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a concert by French composers on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall.
The works to be performed are the Petite Suite by Debussy, the Symphony in D Minor by Franck and the Fanfare from La Peri by Dukas.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children over the age of six. Tickets may be purchased through the Spivey Hall box office or at the door.
History Honor Society Accepting Applications, by Oct. 11
Applications are now being accepted for membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. This prestigious organization promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.
Membership is not limited to History majors. To join, undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours (four courses) in History, achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. There is a one-time initiation fee of $40. This fee includes a membership certificate and four issues of the journal The Historian. Membership in Phi Alpha Theta is a lifetime membership.
If you have any questions or would like to receive an application, email Dr. Carol L. White, faculty adviser for Phi Alpha Theta, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 11.
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.
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For more information regarding the conference, contact Lakiesa C. Rawlinson at email@example.com or (678) 466-5421.
Eighth Annual Showcase Clayton, Oct. 17
On Thursday, Oct. 17, the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host the premier business and community expo, the Eighth Annual Showcase Clayton.
This free event is presented by Clayton State University and will be held at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, Recreation Outreach Center, 148 Church St., Jonesboro, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
This event is a great opportunity for businesses to exhibit their products and services, as well as network with the community and fellow business leaders. The expo is also a family-friendly event and will include special entertainment just for children. The evening will be filled with networking, food, door prizes and festivities.
For more information, go to the Eighth Annual Showcase Clayton Business & Community Expo webpage: http://www.claytonchamber.org/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=363.
Academic Showcase, Oct. 18
Beta Beta Beta is holding an Academic Showcase on Friday, Oct. 18 (note the new date, to avoid a conflict with the Diversity and Multicultural Conference). The showcase will exhibit art and research that students have made or discovered, and the Tri-Betas are looking for interested students to enter their work into the showcase to be displayed in effort to "show off" their skills and hard work.
The registration period for students to submit their work will be held from Sept. 13 to Oct. 4. However, students will need to submit a visual abstract for approval so we can carefully make sure it is appropriate for the event. We will also be looking for musicians from the Clayton State Music Department to perform at the showcase.
Meeting times for the Showcase will be on three Friday's: Sept. 13, Sept. 27, and Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will also be asking musicians to play at this time as well, so students will need to bring: research posters, art exhibits, and instruments to perform. The location for the meetings will be at the SAC in the old game room.
- Art submissions are as follows: paintings, drawings, sculptures, pottery, photography, invention sketches for bioengineering students.
-Music will be from students at the Clayton State Music Department only.
-Research will be permitted from students who have conducted research at a different college or at Clayton State and have a poster to explain their findings.
If students are interested in submitting their work, they can contact Nikki Thurman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Blake Anderson at email@example.com.
Student Choice Awards 2014
We need your help to make this year’s show a success! We have the following volunteer opportunities still available:
Student Media Advisor Assistant
Orange Carpet Event Coordinator
Orange Carpet Event Assistant
Script Writer (2)
Technical Assistant (2)
Social Media Coordinator
Branding and Graphics Coordinator
Clean Up Team Coordinator
Clean Up Team Assistant
Please contact Jennifer DeMond for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clayton State Announces Plans to Start Athletic Hall of Fame
Clayton State recently kicked off 2013-14 athletic season, and it will be an extra special one in the history of Laker Athletics program.
In the athletic program’s 24th year of competition, Athletic Director Carl McAloose announces that Clayton State will start its Athletic Hall of Fame during the upcoming season with the first class of inductees planned for enshrinement in February of 2014.
“After speaking with many people associated with our program, we feel like it is time to start a Clayton State Athletics Hall of Fame,” says McAloose. “We’ve had hundreds of student-athletes along with many coaches, administrators and community members who have excelled at the highest levels, and we look forward to recognizing their achievements with such a lasting honor.”
Nominations for Hall of Fame inductees will be open to the public, beginning today via the Clayton State Athletics website. Along with an online nomination, the site also includes the criteria for nomination and the selection process.
From the nominations, a Hall of Fame committee, consisting of 12 members will select the inductees. The Committee consists of athletic department administrators/coaches, university faculty/ staff and community members.
The deadline for nominations will be Monday, Nov. 4. Plans are for the first Hall of Fame Class to be announced in January of 2014 and to be recognized at Homecoming festivities, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15.
For info on nomination and selection criteria, visit http://www.claytonstatesports.com/HallofFame/Criteria.
To nominate a candidate online, visit http://www.claytonstatesports.com/HallofFame/nominationform.
Flu Shots Now Available
University Health Services is now offering the intradermal flu vaccine for this year. For more information on the efficacy of the intradermal injection please visit
The cost is $15 for students, $20 for faculty/staff and community.
The hours for flu vaccine are as follows; Monday – Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
CAS Announces New Weekend Walk-In Math Tutoring Services
During the month of August, the Center for Academic Success performed a survey to determine which weekend days/times would be preferred for walk-in math tutoring services during the fall semester. Based on the responses from 288 participating Clayton State students, the CAS will now offer walk-in math tutoring services on Saturdays beginning Sept. 21, through Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In addition to providing important feedback to the CAS, all participating students were given the opportunity to have their names entered into a drawing for a $25 deposit on their Laker Card. On Sept. 3, two drawings were held, and the lucky winners were Tiffany Rawls and Markie Vaz.
For more information about the new Saturday walk-in math tutoring hours, stop by the Center for Academic Success in the lower level of the Library or call (678) 466-4070. The CAS would also like to remind all Clayton State students of the weekday walk-in math tutoring services available Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Music Preparatory School’s Orchestra Project
The Music Preparatory School at Clayton State is launching a new program called, "The Music Preparatory School Orchestra Project."
Select Clayton State University music majors under direct supervision of Clayton State University music faculty will teach young students in weekly private lessons to prepare them for participation in local youth orchestras. Students may also be eligible to participate in a weekly master class with Dr. Richard Bell, assistant professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies at Clayton State University.
This program is open to beginning and intermediate violin, viola, cello, and double bass students. For more information, call Carol Payne at (678) 466-5600 or email email@example.com.
Georgia Rotary Student Program Accepting Applications to Study in Norway Next Summer
The Norwegian Rotary Advisory Board is once again inviting three Georgia students to study in Norway for the summer. The dates are June 21, 2014 to Aug. 1, 2014 at the University of Oslo.
The requirements are as follows…
Ages 20 to 24, singles only
Must have completed college sophomore year
Three color photographs passport-size, taken within last six months
Seriousness of purpose
Personal qualities likely to make a good representative of the U.S.
The program includes airfare from Atlanta to Oslo, a field tour of Bergen, room, board and tuition at the International Summer School (English is the language) at the University of Oslo, and visiting one week with Norwegian Rotary host families. Scholarship recipients must pay their travel expenses to and from Atlanta, plus provide their own personal spending money.
Courses include; Norwegian Art, Norwegian Language, History, Folklore and Literature of Norway and Scandinavia, Economics, Politics, Culture and Society, International Relations and Development Studies. The University of Oslo will issue a certificate of Achievement to all who satisfactorily complete the Summer School courses. Credits may also be certified.
Visit the Oslo Summer School website www.uio.no/summerschool for more details. Do not apply through this website. Applications, which must be completed by Dec. 27, 2013, should be made through the Georgia Student Rotary Program. For information on applications, contact Clayton State Director of Development Thomas Giffin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
News You Need to Know… Not All Thieves are Stupid!
Someone left their car in the long-term parking at while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car's registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people's home in and robbed it.
So, if we are going to leave the car in long-term parking or entrusted with an unknown person or business, e.g. a repair shop, or with a valet, you should consider not leaving the registration/insurance cards in it, and especially not your remote garage door opener.
Someone had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen.
The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.
Something to consider if you have a GPS – don't put your home address in it.
A lady’s handbag was stolen, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc. Twenty minutes later when she called her husband from a pay phone telling him what had happened, he says 'I received your text asking about our PIN number and I've replied a little while ago.' When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'husband' in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.
Moral of the lesson:
a. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list.
b. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.
c. Also, when you're being texted by friends or family to meet them
somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet 'family and friends' who text you.
Purse in the Grocery Cart
A lady went grocery-shopping at a local mall and left her purse sitting in the children's seat of the cart while she reached something off a shelf. Her wallet was stolen, and she reported it to the store personnel. After returning home, she received a phone call reportedly from the Mall Security to say that they had her wallet and that although there was no money in it, it did still hold her personal papers.
She immediately went to pick up her wallet, only to be told by Mall Security that they had not called her. By the time she returned home again, her house had been broken into and burglarized.
The thieves knew that by calling and saying they were Mall Security, they could lure her out of her house long enough for them to burglarize it.
Scams never cease. Be careful.
Loch Shop News
For a limited time, The Loch Shop is giving away a snazzy Clayton State Lakers navy baseball cap with every $30 purchase. The promo code is 5868. Go to www.ClaytonStateGear.com for more details.
The Loch Shop is also running a new Clayton State gear free T-shirt promo. You can score a free Clayton State T-shirt on www.claytonstategear.com with a $30 purchase.
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 has the following pricing on its clothing clearance items:
Orange tagged items are now $5
Yellow tagged items are now $10
Pink tagged items are now $15
Green tagged items are now $20
Only tagged items are on sale, but The Loch Shop also has several new arrivals that have just come into the store this week, so come and see what’s new at The Loch Shop!
The Loch Shop is now up and running on both Instagram and Twitter. The handle for both of social media platforms is lochshop.