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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