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Tuition freeze at The Art Institute of Atlanta


ATLANTA — The Art Institute of Atlanta recently announced it will not raise tuition through Dec. 31, 2015, for existing students and any new student who enrolls prior to or for the Sept. 30 class start.

The Art Institute of Atlanta President Jo Ann Koch said affordability was a major consideration in the decision.

“The ability to afford a higher education in America is a national priority and we are keenly aware that the pursuit of a college degree can be financially challenging,” said Koch. “Our pledge to hold the line on college tuition for current or new students who enroll prior to or for the Sept. 30 class start is a decidedly bold move in a climate where higher education costs continue to increase.”

The Art Institute of Atlanta has not increased tuition for students attending campus-based programs since October 2010.

Koch said the schools remain committed to finding additional avenues for reducing costs so that those who wish to pursue a higher education can do so.

“Our priorities center on students’ success and achievement,” she said. “By doing what we can to arm our students with the financial information they need in order to plan their educational futures, we hope to create the proper environment for students to excel in their chosen fields of study and prepare them for successful future careers.”

She said current students with questions should contact their financial aid officer. Prospective students should visit or contact an admissions representative.

Spivey Hall announces April programs

Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall has published its April programming schedule. It features the debut of England’s Elias String Quartet and a return of Grammy Award-winning vocal group Chanticleer. There are 13 concerts, including six performances from Clayton State University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts Division of Music, ranging from opera to big band, and one from the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra.

Sam Dixon is the executive and artistic director at Spivey Hall.

“Combining performances from local talent with more well-known artists makes for a diverse and well-balanced offering,” said Dixon. “Classical, Baroque, contemporary, piano, organ, strings or vocal — no matter their preference for musical genre or instrument, our patrons will be sure to find a favored artist in our April programming schedule.”

For a schedule listing visit Tickets are available through the web site or at the Spivey Hall Box Office at 678-466-4200. The on-campus box office, 2000 Clayton State Blvd. in Morrow, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Clayton State conducts secondary information session

Students who are interested in pursuing degrees in secondary education have been invited to attend a Secondary Information Session hosted by the Clayton State’s department of teacher education Monday.

The information session is open to the public. It will be held in room G127 of the Clayton State Arts & Sciences Building, from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m.  

Representatives from the departments of English, mathematics, natural sciences, humanities and teacher education will share information with students who are interested in teaching grades six-12 in biology, English, math, history or mathematics. 

Clayton State celebrates Women’s History Month

Clayton State will celebrate Women’s History Month beginning Monday. The week will include four public events Monday through Thursday, highlighted by the Third Annual Women’s Inspirational Leadership Luncheon Thursday.

The week’s events start with “A Walk Through HerStory,” to be held on Main Street in the James M. Baker University Center, Monday through Wednesday.

The “She Cares Community Service” project will be Tuesday in the multipurpose room of Laker Hall with a dialogue, from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. The project will collect items for Clayton County Association Against Family Violence, also known as Securus House. All Clayton State departments, offices and student organizations have been asked to collect toiletry items for women.

The Reality of a Woman Forum will be held in the student activities center Ballroom A Wednesday, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The interactive forum is expected to call attention to the portrayal of women on reality television shows and social media.

The Department of Campus Life’s Third Annual Women’s Inspirational Leadership Luncheon, formerly known as Women’s Tea Luncheon, will be held Thursday, from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m., in the center’s ballroom. The luncheon will focus on “empowering women at the university, strengthening mentor relationships between women and celebrating the history of women and their contributions to society.” The luncheon is free for Clayton State students and $10 for non-Clayton State students.

Smith Elementary hosts masked ball

Roberta T. Smith Elementary School’s parent-teacher association will host its Family Masquerade Ball in the school’s cafeteria March 22 at 7 p.m. Media specialist Montonio Reid said the cost per person, 5 and up, is $10. There will be free food, a live disc jockey and photographs for $5 a print. The school is at 6340 Ga. 42 South in Rex.

Military notes

Army privates first class Keyera Green and Justin Briggs have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Green is the daughter of Raymonda Alexander of College Park and a 2012 graduate of North Clayton High School. Briggs, the son of Rudena Dillard of Conley and Vincent Stanley of Riverdale, is a 2012 graduate of Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood.

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