Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Morrow Wishes You a “Safe Halloween”

When local families are looking for something that is fun, safe, and family-oriented on Halloween, there are very few options. Why not celebrate Halloween with the City of Morrow? The Morrow Police Department will be hosting the city’s annual “Safe Halloween” event on Friday, October 31, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in Milton Daniel Park, which is next to Morrow City Hall on Morrow Road.

The Morrow Police Department has planned many activities for “Safe Halloween,” including games, inflatables, hayrides, a haunted cemetery, and a Kids’ Costume Contest, which will begin at 7:45 p.m. There may even be some special appearances by “The Presidential Candidates,” “Bigfoot,” and other spooky friends.

And what would Halloween be like without candy? There will be TONS of candy at “Safe Halloween.”

The event is absolutely free and open to the public. The event begins at 6:00 p.m., and vendors should be set-up by 5:00 p.m. Free parking is located across the street at the Morrow Shopping Plaza, which is where Pilgreen’s was once located.

Are you voting early at the Morrow Community Room? It is adjacent to the Milton Daniel Park, bring the kids costumed and let them enjoy the fun while you vote.

The City of Morrow is located 14 miles south of downtown Atlanta. For more information about the City of Morrow, visit http://www.cityofmorrow.com/. For more information about “Safe Halloween,” please call the Morrow Police Department at 770-961-4006.
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Friday, October 24, 2008

Clayton State Philosophy Professor Alexander Hall Writes on Thomas Aquinas (and Other Medieval Philosophers)

Medieval philosophy. It’s not a subject that the average scholar might want to ponder, but for Clayton State University Assistant Professor of Philosophy Dr. Alexander Hall, it’s as simple as Ockham’s Razor.

During the course of the past year, Hall has had published a book, two articles/chapters, and a review on various subjects in medieval philosophy and various 13th and 14th Century philosophers. In addition, he has forthcoming two pieces on Thomas Aquinas, the 13th Century Italian Catholic philosopher and theologian. In fact, Hall’s book, Thomas Aquinas and John Duns Scotus: Natural Theology in the High Middle Ages considers how Aquinas and Scotus, two medieval theologians/philosophers, believed we come to learn about God through a study of the world we live in, on the assumption that, since God created the world, the world should offer some information about the creator, almost in the way a painting reveals something of the artist.

Released worldwide on Apr. 5, 2007 by Continuum International Publishing Group, Hall’s book seeks a middle ground between the philosophy of Aquinas and Scotus in relation to what many scholars believe are opposing answers to the question, “What can we know of God?”

Hall’s forthcoming Aquinas pieces include a translation of the great philosopher’s commentary on the 32nd Psalm.

“There is an ongoing project to translate St. Thomas Aquinas’s commentaries on the book of Psalms,” explains Hall of his Translation: Thomas Aquinas. “Super Psalmo 32.” In The Aquinas Translation Project, edited by Stephen Laughlin.

Hall has also contributed the Aquinas entry to the first ever encyclopedia of medieval philosophy, Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy: Philosophy Between 500 and 1500, which has an editorial board composed of leading scholars in the field.

Hall has written an additional work on Scotus, as well as a chapter, John Buridan: Fourteenth-Century Nominalism and Aristotle’s Categories” which appears in Medieval Commentaries on Aristotle’s “Categories,” edited by Lloyd Newton.

“This piece discusses what Scotus believes is the nature of our knowledge of God,” says Hall of his article, “Confused Univocity?” which appears in Proceedings of the Society of Medieval Logic and Metaphysics 7. “I argue Scotus believes our knowledge of God must be somewhat inaccurate owing to the vast gulf between creator and creation. The title ‘confused univocity’ reflects this. Traditionally Scotus is viewed as offering univocal (or completely correct) concepts of God, yet Scotus himself terms these concepts ‘confused’. Playing on this, I argue against the traditional interpretation.”

Finally, Hall has reviewed Demonstration and Scientific Knowledge in William of Ockham: A Translation of Summa Logicae III-II for “Journal of the History of Philosophy.”

“(It’s) a book that translates Ockham’s treatise on logic, which would be better thought of in contemporary terms as a book about the philosophy of science, i.e., a work that discusses how we arrive at certain knowledge or scientific laws,” says Hall. “The translation is accompanied with a lengthy introduction that provides a history of philosophy of science in the middle ages.”

And Ockham’s Razor? It’s simple… the explanation of any phenomenon should make as few assumptions as possible.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Clayton State School of Graduate Studies Holding Open House November 11

The Clayton State University School of Graduate Studies will be holding its next monthly informational Open House on Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in room 201 of the University’s 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, Master of Business Administration, Master of Health Administration, and Master of Science in Nursing. The Clayton State School of Graduate Studies regularly holds open houses on the second Tuesday evening of each month.

The University is now accepting applications for all four of its graduate programs. Go to http://graduate.clayton.edu or call the School of Graduate Studies at (678) 466-4113. For directions to campus, go to http://conted.clayton.edu/directions.html.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Clayton State Nursing Students Working With BB&T on Health Fair

Clayton State University senior nursing students are working with a local BB&T bank branch to hold a community health fair on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will take place at the new BB&T bank branch in Morrow, Ga., located at 1860 Mt. Zion Rd.

“Many common health issues are education centered. At the health fair we plan to educate our community on the leading public concern, heart disease,” says nursing student Tracy Towery of Griffin, Ga.

“We will be passing out information that we have obtained from the American Heart Association as well as teaching from a poster that we have created. We will also be doing blood pressure screenings and teaching on how to take your own blood pressure,” says Angel Abdullah, a nursing student from McDonough, Ga.

The nursing students will be teaching the signs and symptoms of hypertension and how to control and prevent this disease.

“We will also discuss diet because this can be a major factor in hypertension. People do not realize how sodium affects the blood and how much sodium is in their daily diet,” says Towery.

The health fair will have several local businesses and health related vendors. BB&T will even be providing financial health check-ups.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The 16th Annual HOLIDAY AT HOME PARADE

“There’s No Place Like Home!”

IF YOU LOVE A PARADE… then plan to join Arts Clayton along with Parade Host and Honorary Grand Marshall Truett Cathy on Saturday, November 22nd, (the Saturday before Thanksgiving!)

Come and enjoy the beautiful Floats, Antique Cars, Clowns, Fire Trucks, Safety Vehicles, Dancers, Marching Bands, Soldiers, Drummers, Musicians, Singers, and of course Big Name Celebrities such as… Santa Claus

Kicking off the Holiday Season, the City of Jonesboro will again host the traditional Day Long Main Street Festival featuring arts, crafts, gifts, food, fun and entertainment for the entire family!

The Holiday at Home Parade, presented by Arts Clayton, and hosted by Chick-fil-A, begins at 4:30 and concludes at dusk with lighting the Great Tree on Jonesboro’s Historic Courthouse Lawn (followed by music and a street dance for everyone to enjoy!)

Always held the Saturday before Thanksgiving,
Make the Parade a part of your annual Holiday Tradition!

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Plan to stop and shop at the Arts Clayton Gallery,
136 South Main Street in Jonesboro,
during November & December during the annual Mistletoe Market

Discover unique, affordable gifts of original art by local artists for everyone on your holiday list!
Call the Gallery at 770-473-5457 for more information

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To Participate in the Parade, Contact Arts Clayton at 770-473-5775 or visit www.artsclayton.org for an application

Contact the City of Jonesboro at 770-478-3800 for Festival VENDOR information at

Special Thanks to Chick-fil-A as the Official Parade Host

and to Heritage Bank of Jonesboro, a proud sponsor of the Holiday At Home Parade

Arts Clayton is a PROUD Partner at Large in Education with the Clayton County Public School System
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Sunday, October 12, 2008

FDIC and Clayton State University Address How Consumers Can Protect Themselves Financially

The FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) and Clayton State University will provide a seminar of how Georgians can protect their savings in today’s tumultuous economic environment through FDIC insurance. The free, two-hour program is sponsored by Heritage Bank and will include a question-and-answer session... Click to read: FDIC and Clayton State University Address How Consumers Can Protect Themselves Financially

Spivey Hall Opens 2008/2009 Jazz Series, October 17

World famous Spivey Hall, on the campus of Clayton State University, is preparing to open its 2008/2009 Jazz Series on Friday, Oct. 17 with an 8:15 p.m. performance by the Kenny Barron Trio.

Lauded as "one of the top jazz pianists in the world" (Los Angeles Times) and "the most lyrical pianist of our time" (Jazz Weekly), Kenny Barron is a master poet of jazz piano with an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences. A major headliner appearing at leading jazz venues and festivals internationally, he has been named "Best Jazz Pianist" by the Jazz Journalists Association four years in a row. His outstanding recordings have been showered with honors, including eight Grammy nominations for his featured recordings on the Verve label.

Tickets to this performance are $40 (Fifty percent off for Clayton State faculty and staff; Clayton State students pay just $10.)

Following Barron, on Saturday, Oct. 18, will be guitarist Robert Belinic making his Spivey Hall debut.

The sole winner of the 2001 Young Concert Artists European Auditions in Leipzig, and the first guitarist ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, Croatian guitarist Belinic is "a genius, a poet, a super-sensitive musician" (SanDiego.com) Belinic has given recitals in New York at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall and in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. As concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Phoenix Symphony, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's in New York.

His Spivey Hall program will include: J.S. BACH/Belinic Prelude, Fugue & Allegro in E-flat Major, BWV 998; SOR Introduction and Variations on "Marlborough s'en va-t-en guerre"; MANGORÉ Vals No. 3, Opus 8, Julia Florida, Cueca; CAGALJ Four Dances for Guitar; BROUWER Sonata; and LAURO Two Venezuelan Folk Dances.

Tickets to Belinic’s 8:15 p.m. performance are $30. (Fifty percent off for Clayton State faculty and staff; Clayton State students pay just $10.)

For tickets to both performances, and more information, call the Spivey Hall Box Office at (678) 466-4200. Full-price tickets only are available online at www.spiveyhall.org (a per-ticket service fee applies).

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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