Clayton Community Big Band returns this season

School Notebook 11-23-13

JONESBORO — The Clayton Community Big Band, directed by Clayton State jazz studies instructor Stacey Houghton, returns Dec. 2 to the American songbook for its first concert of the season featuring selections from five decades of popular music.

Each song is given a fresh treatment from some of the finest big band arrangers, and with rhythms including swing, Latin, ballad and contemporary. Selections such as “I Love You,” “All The Things You Are” and “Bye Bye Blackbird” are performed in modern arrangements that will delight fans of these classic melodies.

The performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is presented by the university’s department of visual and performing arts music division. Admission to the performance is free, with no tickets required.

For program details on performances or tickets, call the Spivey Hall Box Office at 678-466-4200, or visit www.spiveyhall.org. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Daejeon Health Sciences College welcomes Clayton State representatives

Clayton State University announced it will host more than a dozen international health science students this summer as part of a partnership with a South Korean college.

The university’s Dr. Kevin Demmitt, associate vice president for extended programs, and Dr. Victoria Foster, assistant professor of nursing, recently returned from a trip to South Korea, where they continued work on the university’s partnership with Daejeon Health Sciences College.

Clayton State and Daejeon Health Sciences College signed a memorandum of understanding back in March to establish a general framework for inter-institutional cooperation between the College of Health at Clayton State and Daejeon Health Sciences College.

Next summer, Daejeon will be sending 15 students to Clayton State for a four-week course in medical terminology. Demmitt said officials are also hopeful Clayton State will be able to send a faculty member to Daejeon to teach during the summer term.

“Dr. Victoria Foster and I received an overwhelming welcome when we visited Daejeon Health Sciences College,” said Demmitt. “I believe this has the opportunity to be a very fruitful partnership with a college that is clearly on the rise in South Korea.”

He said Daejeon was recently named a World Class College by the Korean government – a distinction held by only 11 of the more than 400 colleges in the country.

“They also were selected to build a second campus in the city where the national government is preparing to move most of their headquarters,” he said. “This new campus will be 10 times larger than their current location and will allow them to add even more majors and their status will be upgraded from college to university.”

Foster was also impressed with the welcome they received from Daejeon, and the college itself.

“I was very impressed with their campus, as they are a bit more technologically-savvy than we are and just have more of what we have,” said Foster. “The hospital facility had technology that I haven’t seen used here in the States, so I think that our nursing students would benefit from going to South Korea as well.”

Demmitt agreed that the Daejeon nursing program is state of the art.

“They have more simulation labs than we do, and they emphasize hands-on, problem-based learning,” he said. “The new hospital where they send most of their interns was the most impressive I have ever visited.”

Military notes

Air Force Airman 1st Class Alicia Scott graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Scott, the daughter of Delores Smith of Neptune, N.J., and Alan Scott of Riverdale, earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from Spelman College.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Brittany Turner graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Turner, the daughter of Lessie and Sheldon Turner of Riverdale, is a 2007 graduate of Riverdale High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from Georgia State University.