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Parking Lot Closures
This is a reminder that effective Tuesday, Nov. 12, the faculty/staff parking lot across from the LAB and Parking Lot F will be closed due to the initiation of the new science building construction.
Any vehicles remaining in those lots after 11 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11 will be subject to being towed at the owner’s expense. Temporary ADA parking will be located on the eastern side of Lot D across from the lower end of the Arts and Sciences Building.
Free T-shirt Study for Abroad Alumni
As a welcome back gift, the Office of International Programs would like to offer students who studied abroad last year, long-term or short-term, the free study abroad T-shirts to wear around campus. The shirts are available for pickup starting today, Nov. 11. at the Office of International Programs. First Come/First Serve until we run out!
Though students are not required to wear the shirts, representatives from the Office of International Programs ask that students wear them next week during the 2013 International Education Week. In particular, students are asked to wear them during the Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Clayton State to Celebrate International Education Week
Clayton State University will be celebrating International Education Week (IEW) with five programs between Nov. 12 and Nov. 19.
An initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, colleges nationwide are celebrating IEW and, according to Dr. Kevin Demmitt, Clayton State associate vice president for Extended Programs, both the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and Clayton State have highlighted international education in their strategic plans.
Clayton State’s IEW events will start with the Interfaith Leadership Ambassador Program campus presentations in Student Activities Center Ballroom A, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Next is Clayton State’s annual Study Abroad Fair, scheduled for Main Street in the James M. Baker University Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
The U.S. Peace Corps will have a recruiting table set up on Main Street from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 13, and there will also be a “Foreign Facts, Fonts & Fortunes” table on Main Street from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 13.
Finally, Clayton State’s Third Annual International Feast, “The More We Get Together” will be held in the Ballrooms of the Student Activities Center from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19. “The More We Get Together” International Feast in preparation to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday season. The student organizations and departments bring together various foods, history, traditions, and cultures of how the holiday is celebrated all over the world at the International Feast, which is for Clayton State students, faculty and staff.
Campus Clean Up, Nov. 15
The Go Green student organization, the Campus Events Council, and Americorps will be holding Campus Clean Up on Friday, Nov. 15, outside of the Laker Card Office in the James M. Baker University Center, starting at noon and ending at 2 p.m.
Come out and join us as we clean up our campus. We will not only be keeping Clayton State beautiful, but we will be doing our part to preserve our environment as well.
Contact Deirdre Ryan at email@example.com for more information.
Health and Fitness Management Physical Activities Courses
The Department of Health and Fitness Management is bringing physical activities courses back to Clayton State, starting with the spring 2014 semester.
The courses will be taught by coaches Daniele Rector and Dennis Cox… walking, jogging, physical conditioning, weight training, and introduction to basket ball (if there’s anybody who can introduce you to basketball…)
The courses all have the HFMG prefix. Go to http://apps.clayton.edu/courses/schedule/201402/subject/H and scroll down the page to see all of the spring offerings.
Assistant VP/ Controller Candidates Presentations
Candidates for the position of Assistant Vice President/Controller will be interviewing on campus the week of Nov. 11. The University community is invited to attend candidate presentations from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in room UC 260 (the Board Room) of the James M. Baker University Center.
Monday, Nov. 11 — Donal Christian
Wednesday, Nov. 13 — Michael Hill
Friday, Nov. 15 — Steven Hardy
Clayton State’s November Service Learning Series is Dedicated to Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
The Department of Campus Life will dedicate its November Service Learning Series to raising awareness about poverty and the homeless population through Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
The week of activities includes a donation table on Main Street in the James M. Baker University Center from Monday, Nov. 11 through Wednesday, Nov. 13, wherein Campus Life will be collecting items for the Laker Care Closet.
Voices for Homelessness will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Lawson Outdoor Amphitheater. Students will bring awareness to the issues of poverty through the use artistic expression such as music, poetry and visual arts.
On Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m., in Ballroom A of the Student Activities Center, a panel of invited guests will speak and answer questions about the challenges and success of people affected by homelessness and poverty.
Clayton State students, faculty and staff are encouraged to have lunch at the University’s Lakeside Café on Thursday, Nov. 14. There will be an interactive display in the Lakeside Café that day, designed to bring attention to how much food we waste as a community.
The week culminates in the University’s annual Sleep-Out for the Homeless and Hunger Banquet events, starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, and continuing through 6 a.m., on Saturday, Nov. 16.
The Sleep-Out will take place on “The Green,” the large open area behind the Student Activities Center. All participants at the Sleep Out are strongly encouraged to dress in warm layers and bring sleeping bags or blankets. Hot chocolate and access to restrooms will be provided. Donations for the Laker Care Closet will also be accepted at the Sleep-Out.
For additional information, contact LaShanda Hardin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Welch at email@example.com in the Department of Campus Life at (678) 466-5433.
School of Graduate Studies Open House, Nov. 12
The Clayton State University School of Graduate Studies will be holding its next informational Open House on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center.
The Open House will give prospective graduate students a chance to learn more about the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (concentrations in English, Criminology, History, Political Science and Liberal Arts), Master of Arts in Teaching English, Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics, Master of Education with a major in Teacher Leadership, Master of Business Administration (concentrations in Accounting, International Business, and Supply Chain Management), Master of Health Administration, Master of Science in Nursing (concentrations in Education and Leadership), Master of Archival Studies and Master of Science in Psychology (concentrations in Applied Developmental and Clinical).
Individuals are not required to register for this event.
Clayton State Spring Play Auditions, Nov. 12, Nov. 13
Auditions for the Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) performance of The Illusion by Tony Kushner (the story of finding lost family with a twist of an ending no one expects) will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 2 p.m. to 3:35 p.m., and on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Clayton State Theatre – Arts and Sciences room G132.
VPA is looking for: Actors, Assistant Directors, Musicians, Puppeteers, Stage Managers, Video Designers, and anyone with an interest in entertainment technology.
Actors will be provided with a monologue for cold reading, all others will be asked to describe their previous experiences.
Auditions are open to all Clayton State students. Actors, puppeteers, and technicians chosen for the production must and will be enrolled in one of the Play Development Classes held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shontelle Thrash Performing “Mother to Mother,” Nov. 13 and Nov. 14
Our own Shontelle Thrash will be taking a brief respite from her duties as director of the Clayton State Theatre to perform the one woman show, "Mother to Mother" on Wednesday, Nov. 13 and Thursday, Nov. 14 Theatrical Outfit, 84 Luckie St., NW, Atlanta, as part of Africa Atlanta 2014.
“Mother to Mother” is a one-woman play by Sindiwe Magona about the killing of Amy Biehl, an American Fulbright scholar, by a mob of students when she drove into the township of Guguletu on the eve of South Africa's independence election. Told from the perspective of the mother of one of the boys accused of her death, this writing takes the form of an epistolary addressed to the mother of Amy Biehl.
The 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 performance is a special fundraiser for Africa Atlanta 2014, and all tickets are $50 ($54.25 w/handling fee).
Tickets for the Nov. 14 performance are $10 Students (with ID), $25 General Audience (w/ handling fee — $12.25 student; $28 adult). The curtain is 7:30 p.m.
For more information, call (678) 528-1500.
Clayton State Theatre Fall Show 2013, Nov. 14, Nov. 15
The Clayton State Theatre’s 2013 Fall Show, “Pathways: a 10 minute Play Festival” will have its final performances on Thursday, Nov. 14 and Friday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Clayton State Theatre, room G-132 of the Arts and Sciences Building. Pathways” is written by students and alumni of Clayton State.
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.
Clayton Nonprofit Forum, Nov. 14
Sponsored by Clayton State University, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Clayton Fund, and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, the Clayton Nonprofit Forum is designed to bring together community of nonprofit leaders in Clayton County to gain knowledge, network, and develop solutions to address community needs.
The forum will be held on Thursday, Nov.14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in room CE 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center. Registration is $35 per person, and is limited to two people per organization.
What Will Nonprofits Learn?
STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS: In a current economic climate where available resources are tight and the need for services are growing, nonprofits have to look at different ways of delivering on their mission with the “Big Picture” in mind. The keynote speaker, Bill Bolling, will address the critical need for strategic partnerships within the nonprofit sector to help nonprofits achieve more and improve long term sustainability. Bolling is founder and executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
EFFECTIVE FUNDRAISING: This workshop will provide nonprofits with knowledge, tools and tips on how to adjust current fundraising models to not only be more effective but to also expend your donor base.
BUILDING A STRONG BOARD: A strong board is key for nonprofit organizations to be successful, and to maximize impact. Learn how to build a strong base of support and strengthen organizational effectiveness through your board.
HOW TO GET A GRANT FROM THE CLAYTON FUND: This workshop will provide valuable information and direction regarding the upcoming 2014 Clayton Fund grant cycle. It includes discussion of the overall process, eligibility guidelines, and completing the on-line application and timeline. In addition, the Clayton State Library now contains books and databases of the Foundation Center Library which will greatly aid in the search for grant money.
WHAT ELSE YOU CAN EXPECT
• 1-on-1 curbside consulting
• Networking with peers
• Breakfast and lunch
• Great door prizes
Learn more about the program at www.gcn.org/claytonforum or call (678) 916-3030.
"The Power of Positive Thinking, Mindfulness, and Creative Visualization in Coping with Performance Anxiety," Nov. 15
The Music Preparatory School at Clayton State University will present: "The Power of Positive Thinking, Mindfulness, and Creative Visualization in Coping with Performance Anxiety" on Friday. Nov. 15
Dr. Michelle Huang, pianist, will present a free recital and workshop on Nov. 15, in room 157 of the Music Education Building. The recital will be at 2 p.m. and the workshop, which is relevant to musicians and anyone who wants to relieve stress, will be from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. No reservations needed, and refreshments are included.
For more information contact CarolPayne@clayton.edu or call (678) 466-5600.
Second Annual Loch Fest Film Festival, Nov. 15
The Second Annual Loch Fest Film Festival will be held on Friday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Activities Center, and featuring films, food and giveaways with entertainment by CSiR and photography by The Bent Tree.
For more information, email Jennifer DeMond at email@example.com, or Erika Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SBDC Event Marketing Summit at Clayton State – Fayette, Nov. 15
SBDC will hold Event Marketing Summit: A Get Together About Getting People to (and Profiting From) Your Get-Together on Friday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at Clayton State-Fayette, 100 World Dr., Peachtree City.
The Event Marketing Summit is about getting people together and profiting from your get-together. Learn marketing strategy, build strategic partnerships, find out the best tactics for utilizing social media, create better invitations, and learn how to brand an event to get ROI year after year.
The Event Marketing Summit is $99, and interested parties can register at the link below or contact Heather Chaney at (678) 466-5100. http://www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx? page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow
Class size is limited.
Third Annual Spivey Hall Children's Choir Silent Auction
The Third Annual Spivey Hall Children's Choir Silent Auction is now live on line at http://www.spiveyhallchildrenschoir.org/annual-tour-choir-silent-auction/
You can “buy it now” on line, or come to Spivey Hall on Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 6 p.m., to bid on your favorite items. All proceeds support the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir program.
Clayton State University Ninth Annual Philosophy in Society Lecture: “Ethics and Immigration Reform in the U.S.,” Nov. 18
Clayton State’s Philosophy faculty and the Department of Humanities invite the University community to the Ninth Annual Philosophy in Society lecture. This year we are happy to welcome Professor David T. Ritchie.
Ritchie is a professor of Law and Philosophy at the Mercer University School of Law, Ethics Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Senior Scholar of the Brazil Institute at Mercer, and a Macau University of Science and Technology Distinguished Fellow. His talk, Ethics and Immigration Reform in the U.S., speaks to the ethical implications of restrictive immigration policies.
The Ninth Annual Philosophy in Society lecture will be held on Monday, Nov.18, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in room UC 267 of the James M. Baker University Center. This event is free and open to the general public.
Fall Tutoring Blitz, Nov. 20, Nov. 21
It is hard to believe that it is almost time for the Center for Academic Success’ Fall Tutoring Blitz!
The Blitz will take place on Nov. 20 and Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commons Area of the James M. Baker University Center.
The Tutoring Blitz is a bi-annual event where students can drop in for assistance instead of making appointments in advance. There will be more than 40 tutors available.
Auditions for Visual and Performing Arts Spring 2014 Production, Nov. 22
The Boys From Syracuse, a musical composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Lorenz Hart
This 1938 musical comedy takes the audience on a zany journey of mishaps and mistaken identities as two sets of identical twins, all separated at birth, converge on the same town looking for love and family unity. The show is the source of many American Songbook hits.
DATE: Friday, Nov. 22
TIME: 2:10 p.m. to 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Music Education Building, Lower Level, Rooms 157 & 150
This audition is open to all current Clayton State students from all majors. Please prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre style song and you must provide sheet music for the accompanist. You may also be asked to learn and perform a dance combination.
Students being called back by Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller to sing or read for a specific role should pick up audition materials prior to the audition from Dr. Zeller on Mondays or Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m.
NOTE: Students cast in the production must register for and take the course MUSC 3570, Music Drama Workshop.
For questions, please contact Zeller at KurtZeller@clayton.edu or in the Music Education Building, #207.
The Loch Shop Participating in the Help Us Crush Hunger Campaign, to Nov. 27
As part of Student Success/National Student Day, and just because we feel like it, The Loch Shop will be collecting donations for the Help Us Crush Hunger campaign now through Oct. 31. (That’s Crush, as in Orange Crush.) Donate a non-perishable food Item or laundered, gently-worn clothing and receive a 25 percent discount on gifts and clothing at The Loch Shop, through Oct. 31. (Discount does not apply to Clearance items.)
In addition, The Loch Shop will be collecting the names of each person who donates, and the person who donates the most items between now and Oct. 31 will win a special prize which will be announced at the Annual Loch Shop Costume Contest.
The clothing donations will stay on campus and be part of the Laker Locker and the food donations will go to a local food bank (TBD).
Drs. Howell and Zeller Participating in Peach State Opera Performance, Jan. 11
Clayton State University professors Dr. Christina Howell, performing the role of Despina, and Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller, director, are both involved in Peach State Opera's upcoming performance of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, being performed locally at the Avondate First Baptist Church, 47 Covington Rd., Avondale Estates, Ga., at 3 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2014.
Ticket prices are $22 (adult general admission), $20 senior (over 60), $10 students (including college students with ID) and are available at the door or at the website: www.peachstateopera.org.
Loch Shop News
Shop for the Holidays at ClaytonStateGear
Looking for a unique gift for the holidays? Consider logging on to www.claytonstategear.com, where you can literally get one-of-kind Clayton State-themed gifts. Everything from golf equipment to tailgating items to bleacher chairs.
There’s also a Clayton State gear promo on the www.claytonstategear.com website. Through Nov. 12, 2013 (that’s 11/12/13), get 10 percent off all outerwear.
More Deals from The Loch Shop
We’ve added additional items to our Loch Shop Clearance Sale! Come by and see the new discounted styles. Look for the stickers – Orange is $5, Yellow is $10, Pink is $15 and Green is $20.
Just Arrived – looking for a new hoodie? Do we have a deal for you. Buy the sweatshirt for $29.99, get the matching t-shirt for $5 (normally a $50 value). This deal is too good to pass up!
And, our way of saying “Thank You!” Join The Loch Shop for Staff/Faculty Appreciation Day, Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. We will have door prizes, food and the famous “BOGO,” Buy One item Get One item half off (excluding textbooks and computers).
How to get Around the Science Building Construction
Construction of the new science building on campus will begin on or about Nov. 8, 2013. The site of the construction will be the areas currently occupied by the faculty/staff parking lot (across from the LAB) and parking lot F. However, part of parking lot F will be restored after completion of the construction.
Here is a summary of the major impacts and changes to campus parking lots and roadways during the construction, and, even if you’re not one of those people to whom a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a link to the campus map that also illustrates the changes…
Parking lot impacts
· A section of parking lot D will be designated for faculty/staff parking only to accommodate for those parking spaces affected by the construction.
· The disability parking row that is currently in the faculty/staff parking lot will be relocated to the D lot.
· Parking lot F will be closed for construction use only. Additional construction vehicles will park along the fence line in lot L near the tennis courts.
· A section of parking lot G will be designated for student parking only to accommodate for those parking spaces affected by the construction.
· Parking will remain available in lot E for faculty, staff, and students.
· Caldwell Drive will be closed from public use for incoming traffic just past the first entrance to parking lot D (across from Arts and Sciences Building). Traffic will be detoured through lot D at that point.
· Caldwell Drive will also be closed from public use for outgoing traffic from the G and H lots. All traffic to and from lots G and H must use Snelling Drive.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by the construction of the science building, but with any new development, some disruption is unavoidable. However, we always try to minimize the impact on daily life as much as possible.
The Yearbook Committee Wants to Hear From You
The Yearbook Committee wants to hear what you think about the Clayton State University yearbook! Please help us out by filling out the survey at the link below: https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8cEvoupAnHWeE3X
Let us know what you want to see in the yearbook!
Interested in helping with the Yearbook? We will be meeting each Thursday in November at 1 p.m. in the SAC conference room. We need students who are interested in photography, writing, videography, and designing to come help us put this yearbook together! Contact email@example.com for more info.
Choosing the QEP Logo
Clayton State University is in the process of creating a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as part of our preparations for our SACS accreditation reaffirmation in 2014 (you can read more about this at http://www.clayton.edu/sacs/qep and http://www.clayton.edu/Portals/42/QEP%20Docs/Senate%2010.28.2013%20Quality%20Enhancement%20Plan%20%28QEP%29%20%282%29.pptx
What is our QEP going to be?
A QEP is a description of how we (as a University) will be improving some aspect of student learning over a five year (and longer) span.
The focus of our QEP is: “Student engagement through community projects that enhance learning and foster real-world success.” We will be incorporating community engagement into our courses through projects that are to be linked to course content and objectives. Students will have an opportunity to directly apply what they are learning in a way to benefit a local community group or organization.
Go to http://www.clayton.edu/sacs/QEP/Community-engagement-course-examples for some examples of these types of projects.
And… we now have a title for our QEP! It is “Partnering Academics and Community Engagement” (PACE)
How can you help?
Please help us choose our QEP logo!
This logo will be represented on a wide variety of Clayton State University items such as signs, printed T-shirts, and other assorted materials for effective campus publicity, marketing, and branding of PACE.
The logo survey is located at https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0jPJHMrWBM1uKW1 and will remain open until Monday, Nov. 11.
Please contact Dr. Antoinette Miller (AntoinetteMiller@clayton.edu), QEP Steering Committee Chair with any questions, and thank you!
The English Department is now on Facebook
Below is the link to the Department of English’s new Facebook page…
Good News Lakers – Spring 2014
Clayton State Payment Plan for spring 2014 — Go to
http://www.mycollegepaymentplan.com/clayton for more information.
Early registration begins Nov. 4, 2013.
First Lego League Volunteers Needed
Many of you have expressed interest in helping Clayton State University Host the 2013 First Lego League Super Regionals on Jan. 11, 2014. The event will be held in Clayton State University's University Center again and it is an all-day event.
Below, you will find two websites that can give you a great deal of information on this year's topic "Nature's Fury," how the topic will be integrated into this season, and Georgia's calendar regarding the season.
Some of you have volunteered before, so you know how much effort and preparation is required to host the event well. We will need a plethora of volunteers this year and help in fundraising and advertising. We have a great set of sub-topic leaders returning to get us moving forward, but there is plenty of work to do.
We hope to start subcommittee meetings in October and offering judge/referee trainings in November in preparation. Attached is a Doodle poll to assist in helping us put persons in volunteer areas that meet their interests. We hope that this will simplify the scheduling process by allowing the separate subcommittees to set meeting schedules once the subs are identified.
The website for this year’s FLL topic:
The website for Georgia's events:
You have initiated a poll "FIRST LEGO LEAGUE SUBCOMMITTEE INTEREST AREA" at Doodle. The link to your poll is:
For more information, contact Jarrett Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a listing of the support positions needed.