316 Faculty/Staff Services

316.01 Health Clinic

Since 2002 on campus health services for faculty and staff are no longer available.

316.02 Lanette L. Suttles Child Development Center

Provided as a service to students who need child care while they attend classes, the Center is available to faculty and staff members on a limited basis.

316.03 Recreational Services

The mission statement of the Recreational Services states, "we strive to promote a health life-style through recreational spots and fitness activities offered to the University community, delivering programs, services and facilities that anticipate customer needs."

Locker, towel, and uniform services are available to men and women at nominal cost. Lockers, locks, towels, gym uniforms, and swim suits can also be rented on a daily basis.

The Recreation Department offers a wide variety of activities throughout the year including sport clinics, outdoor programs, intramurals, and sport clubs. Sport clinics include classes in aerobics, water exercise, martial arts, yoga, fencing, tennis, racquetball, archery, badminton, volleyball, weight training, and swimming. The "Touch the Earth" outdoor program offers trips and instruction in backpacking, whitewater canoeing and rafting, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, water skiing, snow skiing, horseback riding, rock climbing, and scuba diving.

Intramural teams are organized in basketball, indoor soccer, bowling, billiards, darts, table tennis, badminton, wrestling, softball, street hockey, volleyball, flag football, swimming, tennis, racquetball, and track for friendly competition. Many of the outdoor activities are conducted at the Panthersville Athletic-Intramural complex located near South DeKalb College. Sport clubs offer intercollegiate competition in sport club teams including ALTA (Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association) tennis, badminton, bowling, fencing, ice hockey, judo, rowing, road racing, sailing, women's soccer, water skiing, whitewater canoeing, and women's swimming.

A wide variety of equipment is available for issue upon the presentation of a PantherCard. The Recreational Services Equipment Issue Desk offers a wide variety of athletic wear and equipment as well as outdoor equipment. Such items as towels, basketballs, volleyballs, tennis racquets, racquetball racquets, badminton racquets, swim suits, gym suits, locks, etc., may be checked-out for indoor use. Outdoor recreation equipment is available for rent which includes tents, backpacks, daypacks, sleeping bags, cook kits, stoves, lanterns, ponchos, rafts, canoes, and paddles.

316.04 Indian Creek Lodge

Georgia State University maintains a lodge, swimming pool, and three tennis courts on 15 acres of land located on South Indian Creek Drive in DeKalb County. The facilities are available for the use of faculty, staff, and students. The Indian Creek pool is open during the summer months from the last weekend in May through Labor Day and is available to current Georgia State University students, faculty, staff, active alumni, and their families for a small fee. Reservations for the lodge can be obtained through the Director of the Student Center. Swimming and tennis lessons are available during the summer months.

316.05 University Facilities

Faculty may arrange to use University facilities for professional meetings and student activities by contacting the Director of the Student / University Center.

316.06 Testing Service

A test-scoring service with item analysis is available to the faculty with consultation on improving classroom examinations. A specimen set test library is also located at the Testing Center.

316.07 Information Systems and Technology (http://www.gsu.edu/ist)

The Office of Information Systems and Technology (IS&T), under the direction of the Associate Provost for Information Systems and Technology/CIO, is the primary technology service provider for Georgia State University providing effective, efficient and high-quality information technology support. The Office is committed to a participatory, consensus-driven operation in order to provide innovative and proactive services. The Office's decision-making process is supported by advisory committees composed of faculty and staff representatives who benefit from the support and services delivered by the units within IS&T and recommend effective courses of action.

Advisory groups are central to the success of IS&T; they assist IS&T units to focus on the needs of the various constituency groups in the university community. A key group in the advisory process is the Senate Information Systems and Technology Committee, which develops long-range plans for the computing needs of the university, advises the Associate Provost on academic and administrative matters involving technology, reviews annual programmatic plans for IS&T; reviews annual budgetary submissions by the Associate Provost for Information Systems and Technology, and provides a liaison between its subcommittees and IS&T. The four subcommittees focus on the specific needs of the particular area represented and include the Teaching and Learning with Technology Subcommittee (TLTS) that is also a subcommittee of APACE, the Information Technology Support Subcommittee (ITSS), the Student Technology Fee Committee (STF) (link to proposal approved by Senate) and the Information Security Committee.

IS&T consists of seven units that plan, develop, operate and support technology on the Georgia State campus:

The basic elements of the technology infrastructure at Georgia State include large-scale servers, network file servers, open access labs, central printing services, and the campus network that connects all these elements together and to the outside world through the University System network (PeachNet) and the Internet. The institutional network backbone is Gigabit Ethernet and it supports standard desktop speeds of 10- and 100-megabit switched Ethernet. The Internet connection is a 60-megabit link into the SURA Southern Crossroads (SoX) GigaPop. Georgia State's 622-megabit connection to Internet2's high-speed research network called Abilene is also at the SoX GigaPop, which is a network connection point co-hosted by Georgia Tech, Georgia State, and University of Georgia. Ten other instituitons in the Southeast also use the SoX connection point to access the Abilene network.

IS&T provides institution-wide instructional technology support, including instructional design and course development services, classroom technology support, digital media consulting and training, the development of faculty seminars, workshops and events and administration of Georgia State's course management system (WebCT). WebCT is a tool that facilitates the creation of sophisticated World Wide Web based educational environments. This tool is available to faculty and students of Georgia State University. Some of the more common features include a chat room, bulletin board, private mail, and access to grades, online quizzes, a calendar, and student presentations.

The standard software that is available to an employee at Georgia State is:

Campus printing resources include more than 500 low-speed remote network printers and a central printing complex consisting of a Xerox Docuprint network printer, a Xerox Docutech Publisher, a Xerox 4850 spot color printer, and a Xerox 4700 full-color printer.

IS&T staff provide technical training, including one-on-one help, instructor-led classes and eTraining (web-based courses).

Communication with the user community is implemented through a newsletter, technical publications and other informational material.

Any question or problem related to technology at Georgia State can be directed to the IS&T Help Center at 404-651-4507 or via e-mail to help@gsu.edu.

316.08 Multimedia Resources

Multimedia Resources offers Georgia State University faculty, staff, and students a variety of services. Multimedia Resources is split up into GAST-TV, GSAMS, Satellite, and AV Support.

Multimedia Resources offers: television production (GAST-TV); videoconference scheduling (GSAMS); technical support (GSAMS); satellite scheduling; and audio visual support (AV).

Audiovisual Services include audiotape production and duplication, video duplication and conference video recording. They distribute, maintain, and repair University media equipment and provide technical assistance for purchasing audiovisual items or systems. Audiovisual equipment is delivered and returned on request to classes, other University functions, and the conference center.

316.09 Faculty Audit of Classes

Georgia State University, with Board of Regents' permission, allows the registration of faculty members, including Emeriti members, in academic or laboratory courses on a space available basis in AUDIT status without cost to the faculty member. Permission in all cases must be obtained from the course instructor. The following provisions pertain:

A. The faculty involvement in such courses may be at two levels:

1. Attendance: the faculty member attends classes in accordance with the class attendance policy;

2. Participation: the faculty member attends classes in accordance with the class attendance policy and the faculty member does the work of the course including tests, reports and the final examination.

B. A record of satisfactory involvement, as determined by the course instructor, will be maintained. Such record will be available to the faculty member for the purpose of establishing qualifications for employment or for any legal purpose whatever, previous to or subsequent to retirement. No record will be made of unsatisfactory involvement.

(Source: University Senate, May 7, 1987

Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs)