Saturday, September 12, 2009

Boy Scouts of America Hold Scout Fair

The Boy Scouts of America in Clayton County District will be holding a free family event at Starr Park on Saturday, September 19, 2009. This event, which is called Tara District Scout Fair, will run from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. This free family event will have a number of activities for children of all ages.

The Clayton County Scouts will be offering a number of activities including shooting slingshots, blow guns, and rockets. Most exciting, the Fire Department will be on hand giving tours of a fire truck. Richard Davies, the event coordinator and volunteer said, “This will be the best event of its kind in the county this year!”

Baker Field in Starr Park located at 803 Forest Parkway in Forest Park will host this free family event. District Commissioner Jerry Martin recently observed, “The Boy Scouts in Clayton Co are really stepping up to the plate by offering a family friendly event like this for free. Every family in Clayton County should make it a point to attend; it will be a great time.”

“It is important for the community to have places to interact together. I’m very proud of the numerous volunteers that spent many long hours working to make this event possible. Without them and the boys this couldn’t have been possible,” said Lee Harper, District Executive for the Tara District.

For almost 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives. The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

The Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America covers 13 metro-Atlanta Counties: Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, and Rockdale. Last year, the Atlanta Area Council served over 44,000 youth, and 10,000 adult volunteers, with over 900 youth 400 adults in Clayton County Scouting. The Atlanta Area Council Volunteer Service Center, located at 1800 Circle 75 Pkwy, Atlanta, Georgia, is the operations center for all of the Council’s activities throughout the year.

For more information about the Tara District Scout Fair, please contact Lee Harper at 404-790-6455 or at lharper@atlantabsa.org
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Frankie Lyle Chapter #2074, UDC, Hosts 2nd Annual Bar-B-Q

The Frankie Lyle Chapter #2074 of the UDC in Jonesboro, GA will host its 2nd annual Bar-B-Q on Saturday, May 16 from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at the Old Historical Jail on King Street in Jonesboro. Tickets are $6.00 and can be purchased at the event. Bar-B-Q plate consists of chopped pork, slaw, pickles, stew, and bread, and tea. Take out plates available. Baked goods will be auctioned at the end of the Bar-B-Q. Bar-B-Q cooked by retired Sheriff Bill Lemacks and his top chefs.
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Friday, May 1, 2009

Clayton Community Big Band Performs Free Concert in Spivey Hall, May 4

The Clayton State University Department of Music presents the Clayton Community Big Band (CCBB) concert “Ties That Bind - a Cavalcade of Musical Friends” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 4 in Spivey Hall. This concert is free and open to the public.

“This should prove to be our biggest concert ever,” says CCBB Director Stacey Houghton who shares that several special guests - including Clayton State University President and bongo aficionado Dr. Thomas K. Harden - will perform in the concert.

Highlights also include feature performances by several CCBB soloists, a special tribute to late composer Neal Hefti by tenor saxophonist and jazz educator Bob Greenhaw and Houghton, and an appearance by the Clayton State University Jazz Combo.

In addition to Harden, the guest percussionists contributing their musical talents in “Ties That Bind” are as follows: Clayton State music faculty members Dr. Douglas Wheeler and Dr. Kristen Lyman, and Clayton State Director of Human Resources John Brooks.

Personnel performing include the following accomplished musicians: Houghton (Rex), director and tenor saxophone; Sorrell Carr (Jonesboro), Paul Powell (McDonough), Peter Swan (Jonesboro), Clifton Stewart (Lovejoy) and Michael Terry (Meansville) on saxophone; Michael Wheeler (Forest Park), Anthony Bailey (Decatur), Mark Lewis (McDonough) and Daniel Sims (Forest Park) on trumpet; Doug Murray (Jonesboro), Dr. Patrick Carney (Stockbridge), Amy Castillo (Jackson) and Mark Gladfelter (Ellenwood) on trombone; Stephanie Butler (Atlanta) and Pablo Melgar (Lawrenceville) on piano; Tony Terrell (Lake City) and Chris Whitley on bass; Courtney Tatum (Lovejoy) on drums and Marc Agenor (McDonough), Caleb Halstead (McDonough), and Chris Odom (Lovejoy) on guitar.

“Ties That Bind” will also feature Clayton State student vocalists Danan Arnold and Kristy Bryant.

The CCBB is made up of Clayton State music students and talented community volunteers who meet and rehearse regularly nine months out of the year. The group performs two concerts a year in Spivey Hall, as well as at various community events.

For additional information on “Ties That Bind” or to learn more about the Clayton Community Big Band, please contact Houghton at houghtones@aol.com.

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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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Truett’s Grill Accepting Tournament Applications

Do you love to play basketball? Would like to have FREE Chick-fil-A food for a year? Truett’s Grill has the perfect event for you! Truett’s Grill will be hosting the Truett’s Grill Classic Youth Basketball Tournament on Saturday, April 18, 2009. The games will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will take place at the Activity and Recreation Center of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 7102 Mt. Zion Boulevard in Jonesboro, Georgia.

Truett’s Grill is currently accepting applications for the tournament. The registration fee is $60 for a team of four players. Each team will play with 3 players and may have one alternate player that can substitute in as needed. During the tournament, there will be four different age brackets: ages 6 and under, ages 8 and under, ages 10 and under, and ages 12 and under. All participants will be given t-shirts the day of the event to wear while playing and goody bags at the completion of their registration the morning of the event.

Once a team has been through double elimination, the team will receive individual Participation Awards. The championship games for each age division will be played around 4:15 p.m. with an award ceremony to follow. The winning teams will win free Chick-fil-A food for a year. There will be lay-up and free throw skill competitions held during the tournament with a chance to win great prizes. Contestants can register for these two competitions the day of the event. The cost for each skills competition is $5.

Registration Packets are available at Clayton County Parks and Recreation Centers, Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Truett’s Grill in Morrow. One Registration Packet per team should be turned in to Truett’s Grill, 2042 Mt. Zion Road in Morrow, Georgia no later than Wednesday, April 1, 2009.

Concessions will be sold throughout the day at this event in the Activity and Recreation Center. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the youth group at Mt. Zion Baptist Church to help send youth to camp this summer. Tournament sponsors include Delta Community Credit Union, Amerigroup, Gezzo's Surf & Grille, Morrow Business and Tourism Association, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Clayton County Parks and Recreation, Dr. John E. Chaney, DDS, and Truett's Grill.

For more information about Truett’s Grill Classic Youth Basketball Tournament, please contact Randy Burgess at 770-210-0500 or truetts.grill@chick-fil-a.com.
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Friday, March 13, 2009

Clayton State’s Culural Shock Week

Clayton State University’s Department of Campus Life will host “Cultural Shock Week,” a week-long, campus-wide event that will celebrate cultural differences and promote cross-cultural interaction, from Mar. 26 through Apr. 2. Cultural Shock Week was developed by Lakeisa Cantey, assistant director of Campus Life.

The week will begin with a presentation by Jabari Asim, Editor-in-Chief of NAACP Magazine "The Crisis" and author of "The N Word" at 7 p.m. on Mar. 26 in Student Activities Center Ballroom located on the Clayton State University. Asim will speak about his upcoming book, "What Obama Means…For Our Culture, For Our Politics, For Our Future.”

Next, “Safe Zone Space Training” will be held on Mar. 31, from 11 a.m. to1:30 p.m. in the Student Activities Center Ballroom C. Twenty-five seats for Clayton State faculty, staff and students are available. The Safe Space program is a national movement to increase the visible presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) student allies and places that are “safe” for LGBT students across college campuses and school environments. An ally is a member, often of the majority group, who works to end oppression by supporting and advocating for the oppressed population. Attending the Safe Space training is one way to serve as an ally and can provide you with a chance to learn about yourself and others and to create a campus climate that is accepting of all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion or other differences.

Following “Safe Zone Space Training,” individuals are invited to come out and be inspired and empowered by a talented group of poets. “Brave New Voices All Stars” will take place Apr. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Student Activities Center CafĂ© located on the Clayton State University Campus.

The Brave New Voices All Stars is a group of young, diverse, creative and intelligent slam poets from various areas within and beyond the borders of the United States. Between the ages of 18 and 25, each member has gathered attention in the national arena, from showcases on HBO's Def Poetry, to feature articles in Teen People and Newsweek. Brave New Voices All Stars brandishes both Hip Hop sensibility and immaculate writing.

Finally, to end the week long celebration of diversity, “CulturalFest” will take place on Apr. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in University Center Quad.

Individuals are invited to come out and taste different dishes from all over the world and learn about other cultures. The event will also feature a Capoeira performance, which is an Afro-Brazilian dance form that incorporates self-defense maneuvers, at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. In addition, students will be able to create a Birthday Chronicle that features the actual headlines from the day and year they were born.

“I hope students will understand the significance and importance behind this celebration. Hopefully, students will step out of their comfort zones and enjoy learning about and interacting with other cultures,” Cantey says. All of the events, except the Safe Zone Space Training are free and open to the public.

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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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Clayton State to Hold Naming Ceremony for Lucy C. Huie Hall

Clayton State University will officially name its Jonesboro facility in honor of long-time Jonesboro resident and former Clayton State University Foundation trustee Lucy C. Huie on Thursday, Mar. 26.

The naming ceremony for Lucy C. Huie Hall will take place at Huie Hall at 11 a.m. Formerly the Clayton State University Aviation Training Center, Huie Hall is located on land donated by Huie adjacent to the Clayton County Justice Center, at 9157 Tara Blvd. in Jonesboro. The facility is currently used by Clayton State’s Division of Continuing Education.

One of the local pioneers of the Civil Rights movement through her participation in Help Our Public Education (HOPE), an organization formed to counter the threat to close down the public school system rather than allow any black child to attend school with whites, Huie has a history of public service that dates back to the days of Brown v. Board of Education.

“It [HOPE] was needed much more in outside counties than in Atlanta. One of the jobs was to influence public opinion,” Huie recalls. Of course, some public opinion was harder to influence than others. Huie and her husband Arthur had three crosses burned on their lawn in the late 50s and early 60s.

Huie originally studied to become a librarian, and at one point in her schooling, left the south to attend college in Colorado.

“In Colorado the public restrooms were not segregated by color. They were not [segregated] at the University of Denver, so I had seen another way of life,” she points out.

A social worker later in life, Huie also conducted a number or oral history interviews in Clayton County. Now a widow in her eighties, she still exhibits the self confidence and openness to new ideas that made her a leader in the Clayton County HOPE movement.

“Her sense of responsibility to her community still guides her life,” says Clayton State Associate Professor of History Dr. Kathryn Kemp, who has interviewed Huie extensively. “Lucy and Arthur Huie and the other HOPE supporters may not be equivalent to the great martyrs and famous heroes of the civil rights movement, but the willingness of people like these to lead their communities a step forward was also essential to the progress of the greatest American social movement of the century.”

The public is invited to the naming ceremony for Huie Hall, however, an RSVP is required. Please RSVP to Linda Castleberry at (678) 466-4470 by Monday, Mar. 23.

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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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Freedom Rider Etta Simpson Ray to Speak at Clayton State on February 19

Clayton State University’s Department of Campus Life will host “Freedom Rider,” with Etta Simpson Ray, on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m. in room 267 of the James M. Baker Center on the Clayton State campus.

“The 14 Freedom Riders from Tennessee State University were expelled from school for being a part of the Freedom Riders in 1961,” explains Dr. LaJuan Simpson, Clayton Sate associate Professor of English. “In 2008, those students were honored and given honorary degrees. This honor made national news.

“One of the 14 is my aunt. Many students were interested in her story, so I thought it would be beneficial to the students to bring her to Clayton State University.”

During the 1960’s the Freedom Riders consisted of whites and blacks who decided that they wanted to challenge old Jim Crow laws. The group used public transportation as their means for change and they were often met an angry and violent crowds.

“Etta Simpson Ray’s story will give the Clayton State University community a strong first-hand account of the struggle during segregation,” Simpson explains. “It will provide the community with a greater sense of the magnitude of the Civil Rights movement from a women's perspective.”

For more information, contact Simpson at LaJuanSimpson@clayton.edu or (678) 466-4558.

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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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Clayton State Honors Student Association Holding Blood Drive February 4

Clayton State University’s Honor Student Association will host a blood drive on Tuesday, Feb. 4, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Student Activities Center on the Clayton State University Campus.

“The Honor Student Association hosts two blood drives every fall and spring semester and at least one during the summer semester,” says the Honors Student Association’s Jodi-Ann Paragon-Singh says. “We have been doing this for at least 4 years now. The blood drives were actually started when a previous honors student, who volunteered at the Red Cross, was approached and asked to help set-up drives on campus.

“It is so important to donate to these drives. Currently there is no synthetic substitute for blood. So when there is an emergency and people require blood transfusions, the only source is from blood donors. There are nearly five million people who receive transfusions every day so giving blood means saving lives!”

Criteria needed in order to give blood include, being at least 17 years old and at least an eight week interval since your last blood donation. All of the eligibility requirements can be found on the Red Cross website, www.givelife.org. Any questions concerning eligibility can be addressed on the day of the drive.

“Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation,” says Paragon-Singh. “Make a date to donate!”

For more information on the blood drive contact Paragon–Singh at jparagonsingh@student.clayton.edu.

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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Friday, January 16, 2009

Clayton State Alumni Association Announces Plans to Hold 17th Annual Dinner at Student Activities Center

The Clayton State Alumni Association will “Welcome Home” all alumni and friends for its 17th Annual Alumni Dinner this spring.The Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday, Apr. 18 in the University’s newly-opened Student Activities Center Ballroom. The Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and be preceded by a reception at 6 p.m... Click to read: Clayton State Alumni Association Announces Plans to Hold 17th Annual Dinner at Student Activities Center