Thursday, December 18, 2008

Local Author Visits Morrow Club

Author Holly Moulder was the guest speaker at the Morrow Civic Woman's Club in November. Moulder, resident of Sharpsburg, Georgia, has published two books, A Cord of Three Strands and Eyes of the Calusa, which was recently recognized as a finalist for the President's Book Awards by the Florida Publishers Association, Inc. Both books are suitable for elementary and middle school students.

Meticulously researched and creatively written, Eyes of the Calusa provides a fresh perspective into the lives and events of the opening years of the 18th century. The story begins in 1720 on the Golden Coast of Southwest Florida where fierce Calusa Indians ruled their mighty empire. Pirates patrolled the area, looking for Indians to capture and sell in the slave auctions of Charles Town, S.C.

In the novel A Cord of Three Strands, Moulder takes children on exciting adventure during the year 1838 with a runaway slave girl and a Cherokee boy on their way to freedom. During their journey, the children encounter a young Abraham Lincoln.

These innovative works of historical fiction are written for middle grade readers and can be read for individual enjoyment or used for classroom instruction. Moulder has designed a classroom guide for both novels based on the new Georgia Performance Standards to make her novels very teacher friendly.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Commencement and a Commencement at Clayton State

Clayton State University’s annual Fall Commencement on Thursday, Dec. 11 proved to be a commencement in more ways than one. Perhaps Dr. Tom Barnett, faculty marshal, the University’s senior faculty member, and first director of the University’s first graduate program, said it best…

“Today marks the commencement of Clayton State as a full service university.”

Barnett was speaking on several levels. To the 350 or so assembled graduates at the two commencement ceremonies. To Anna Cox, the Jonesboro High School Latin teacher who received Clayton State’s first master’s level degree. To anyone interested in graduate-level education. As Clayton State President Dr. Thomas K. Harden, who presided at the dual ceremonies, noted, “the 21st Century will be the century of graduate and professional education. We must meet the needs of a global-based economy.”

It was indeed, as Harden noted in his remarks to the graduates, a very special day for Clayton State University.

While a total of 600 graduates were recognized in the Commencement program, there was no doubt that Cox, who received the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) in her hooding ceremony at the first session, was first among the graduates in more ways than one. The University’s first master’s graduate, and the first individual to receive a degree on Dec. 11, Cox was assisted in the hooding ceremony by Dr. Gwen Jones-Harold, her thesis director, and Dr. Nasser Momayezi, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. Also looking on were Dean of the School of Graduate Studies Dr. Thomas Eaves, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Sharon Hoffman, current MALS program director Dr. Wendy Burns-Ardolino, Clayton State Instructor of Speech Communications Larry Wiley (Cox’s father) and fellow Jonesboro High School teacher Andrew Cox (her husband).

Barnett, the original director of the MALS program, and Hoffman spoke to all the graduates on the significance of both the occasion and graduate-level education. Barnett noted that the University now has more than 70 graduate-level faculty, has received almost 500 applications for its four current graduate programs and has enrolled more than 150 graduate students. With two Masters of Arts in Teaching degrees (Math and English) enrolling students in 2009, a proposal in to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia for an M.S. in Dental Hygiene, and masters programs in Psychology and Archival Studies under development, Thursday was clearly just the start of something big at Clayton State. However, as is always the case with a major step for any organization, there has to be someone to take the first step.

“We acknowledge and celebrate her accomplishment,” said Barnett of Cox. “Congratulations, Anna. You are a pioneer. You will blaze the trail for those who will follow.”

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, December 10, 2008

Joe Gransden Big Band Christmas Playing at Spivey Hall, December 13

Here's a recipe for Christmas cheer: Take jazz trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden, add a 16-piece big band, some special guests and timeless tunes, and swing into the holiday spirit at Spivey Hall... Click to read: Joe Gransden Big Band Christmas Playing at Spivey Hall, December 13

Ritmo Blu World Percussion Trio at Spivey Hall December 11

Ritmo Blu, an energetic, fun-filled percussion trio guaranteed to make you laugh and want to bang a drum, will be presenting two Young People’s Concerts at Spivey Hall on the campus of Clayton State University on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m... Click to read: Ritmo Blu World Percussion Trio at Spivey Hall December 11

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Clayton State University’ SNA Receives Several Recognitions at GANS

Several students from the Student Nurses Association (SNA) at Clayton State University recently attended the 56th annual conference of the Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS). Clayton State’s SNA received several recognitions and awards.

“We won the website of the year award. It is selected by the state GANS board members and their advisors. It is based on organization, ease of use, accurate information and links, and creativity along with other things,” notes Clayton State SNA President Lauren Hutchison (Stockbridge).

The Clayton State chapter was also recognized with the people’s choice award for their banner titled “Oh the magical things you can do with care.” It is now on display in the Clayton State School of Nursing’s headquarters, the Harry S. Downs Center.

Rashonbah T. Rogers (Decatur) is currently the first vice president of the Clayton State chapter of SNA and was elected West District director for GANS at the recent conference.

“It feels great to be a part of the executive board of GANS. I have been very active here in my local chapter and I am looking forward to doing projects on the state level. I am honored to be part of GANS,” says Rogers.

Angeline Hill (Duluth) was also elected to the executive board as the new secretary.

The conference was not all work. During a GANS Idol performance, Nicole Cicerello of Sharpsburg won best performance singing “Big Deal” by Leanne Rimes, winning $100.

During “penny wars,” a fundraiser at the conference, Clayton State’s SNA chapter earned $609.

“Our school won the fundraiser with the most points at the end. All of the money raised is counted and split in half with GANS and the winning school,” says Hutchinson. “We are so proud of the newly elected officers to the GANS Board and everyone’s dedication to our organization and to nursing as a whole.”

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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