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Clayton State FIRST Step peer mentors, students honored

SCHOOL NOTEBOOK 2-14-13

MORROW — Clayton State University’s Office of Orientation & New Student Programs’ FIRST Step Peer Mentoring recently recognized the academic achievement of its mentored freshmen earning a cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher their first semester.

The peer mentoring program was launched in the fall at Clayton State and served 215 select freshmen to assist them in their transition into college.

Eighty-eight of them were honored during a Jan. 25 recognition luncheon, including the following: Aaron Alberto, Robert Andrews, Talana Armstrong, Sabrina Arnett, Thanishia Baker, Danethia Beckford, Brittney Bowman, Belinda Collins, Antigone Constantine, Desman Cook, Ruby Corral, Jessica Dearlove, Osiris Dominguez, Anslee Duff, Ashley Dulaney, Akiah Dunlap, Ciara Dunn, Freda Ezeokonkwo, Shelby Floyd, Kenneth Forde, India Foxworth, Taylor Galvin, Ajee Glasco, Larry Golden, Sarah Hardyway, Kalicia Harris, Javian Harris, Kiren Hassin, Jessica Hill, Kendravis Hinton, Phai Ho, Imana Holden, Laura Huerta, Emmanuella Ibekwe, Jasmine Ivery, Dauria Jackson, Christine Johnson, Ashley Kekula, Job Kemboi, Marina Kondos, Kendall Large, Sally Le, Beverly Lopez, Davis Luu, Karlie McCallum, Kayla McTaw, Sofia Medina Roman, Nysha Moore, Shante Mowry, Danielle Neilly, Allan Nguyen, Mylinh Nguyen, Augustine Obinali, Cesar Orellana, Carlos Pacheco, William Paxton, Abel Petros, Chung Phan, Rikesia Phillips, Jenai’ Polite, Mychal Pope, Alexander Ramirez, Lyndsy Riddle, Esmeralda Rivera, Lera Robinson, Breonah Rockmore, Ruth Rodriguez, Jazmine Rodriguez, Eric Russell, Tiffany Sam, Jesus Servin, Ken’ya Shepherd, Alexander Simmons, Adam Singleton, Saul Skepple, Olivia Stilwell, Aaron Taylor, Jerelyn Thigpen, Luke Torak, Elaine Tran, Nancy Valdez, Shaakira Vogel, Shanice Walker, Tyler Wallace, Taneshia West, Michael White, Steven Williams and Makala Williams. 

Mayor Franklin to speak at Clayton State

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Clarke Franklin will speak at Clayton State Thursday and Friday.

Franklin is a 2012-13 faculty scholar at Clayton State’s School of Nursing. She will present on “Lessons in Leadership: The Power of One” in room CE301 of the Harry S. Downs Center Thursday. Registration is at 4:30 p.m. The presentation and discussion are from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Registration and coffee for Friday’s presentation will be from 9 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. followed by discussion from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. in room CE101 of the Downs Center.

Both presentations are free and open to the public. Pre-register at www.clayton.edu.

Clayton State hosts philosophy congress

Clayton State will host the Sixth Annual Southeast Philosophy Congress Friday and Saturday.

The conference is sponsored by its department of humanities and college of arts and sciences. It is free and open to the public and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Mark Risjord, a professor of philosophy at Emory College of Arts and Sciences.

Risjord also will speak on “Jazz Improvisation and the Problem of Joint Action” Friday from 1:30 p.m. until 2:25 p.m. in room UC322 of the James M. Baker University Center.

Military notes

Army Sgt. Christopher Odum has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Odum is an unmanned vehicle operator assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. The sergeant is the son of Chris Odum of Jonesboro and Martha Murphy of McDonough. He is also a 2008 graduate of Luella High School.

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