Dr. Ximena Zornosa and Darius Davis are the winners of the Clayton State University 2012 Alice Smith Awards.
Clayton State’s Alice J. Smith Awards, for both faculty and staff, were presented at Clayton State’s Faculty/Staff Awards Ceremony on Apr. 24. An annual event since 1995, the Smith Awards are presented to the faculty member and staff member ranked most outstanding as determined by committees of their peers. The two, $1000 awards were established by local philanthropist Joseph Smith in honor of his wife, Alice.
Zornosa, a resident of Peachtree City, Ga., is married with a three-year-old golden retriever. Now an associate professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene, she began her full-time career at Clayton State in 2005. During the spring of 1999, she was a part-time clinical instructor.
She received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and specialized certification in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Emory University. She was an active duty Air Force Dental Officer for three years but also worked as a civilian dentist for the Army and the Navy.
She enjoys traveling and is currently taking a photography course with the New York the Institute of Photography.
“While I am obviously honored to have been nominated by my peers for this award as it reaffirms my direction and career path, I am even more pleased that the nomination draws attention to the Dental Hygiene program. While it is a small part of Clayton State University’s curriculum, it is a shining example of the University’s commitment to community service,” expressed Zornosa at the time of her nomination.
Davis hails from Atlanta. He is currently Assistant Manager – Customer Service & General Merchandise in the university bookstore, The Loch Shop. This fall will mark his 12th year at Clayton State. He is also a 2007 graduate of the Supply Chain Logistics program in the College of Business at Clayton State. And, he is currently pursuing an MBA from Clayton State.