Clayton State University has announced the five finalists for the University’s 2012 Alice Smith Staff Award, from left to right: from University Health Services, Dr. Julia Spinolo; from the Office of Financial Aid, Patricia Barton; from the Office of Auxiliary Services -The Loch Shop, Darius Davis; from Department of Facilities Management, Eric Bailey; and from Continuing Education, Seth Davis.
Clayton State’s Alice J. Smith Awards, for both faculty and staff, will be presented at Clayton State’s Faculty/Staff Awards Ceremony on Apr. 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Spivey Hall. 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. The winners of both categories will be announced at the Apr. 24 ceremony.
Spinolo, from McDonough, Ga., was born in Atlanta, but grew up in Clayton County. She is a Morrow High School graduate. Working with in the University System of Georgia (USG) for nine years, Spinolo has worked at Clayton State for five years now with much of that time serving as Director of University Health Services.
She is happily married and step-mom to three boys. Also, Spinolo claims a “zoo” of furry children with the youngest kitten being born right here on campus. She considers herself a clean freak and organizational wiz. She received her doctoral of nursing degree from the Medical College of Georgia.
“I am so overjoyed to be one of the five finalists of the Staff Smith Award. When I reflect on what the Smith Award represents, I truly believe that it encompasses my personal purpose to continue to learn every day and to teach others in order to better their lives. It is an absolute honor to be recognized by my peers,” she says..
Originally from Perry, Ga., Barton and her husband of 32 years currently reside in McDonough. She has worked within the USG for 19 years and served as director of Financial Aid at Clayton State since 2008. In 2011, she served as President for RACSFA (the USG advisory group for financial aid). She has also been recently nominated to serve as Treasurer of the Georgia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (GASFAA) with elections to be held in May.
She has one daughter who is married with a year old son. Barton enjoys reading and admits to being a TV junkie. She has a strong commitment to her church choir.
“Being nominated for the Alice J. Smith Award is truly an honor. Every day we go into our offices and bury ourselves in the details of our jobs, often oblivious to what is going on around us. I am deeply touched that others have taken the time away from their busy schedules to think of me, let alone take the time to say something kind. I very much appreciate the recognition from others, and at the same time it makes me more determined to do the same for someone else when given the opportunity,” expresses Barton.
Darius Davis hails from Atlanta. He is currently the Assistant Manager – Customer Service & General Merchandise in the university bookstore, The Loch Shop. This fall will mark his 12th year in the bookstore at Clayton State. He is a 2007 graduate of the Supply Chain Logistics program at Clayton State. He is currently pursuing a MBA from Clayton State.
He enjoys traveling, sports, and spending time with his daughter, Ariel.
“Being nominated for the Alice Smith award makes me feel appreciated. Although, I never look for recognition, there is a lot of work and industry research in determining what to stock that will help our students succeed. I am very happy that I have been nominated for this award. This proves that hard work does not go unnoticed. The Loch Shop is my life! I eat, sleep, and breathe this store,” says Davis.
Born in Atlanta, Bailey currently resides in McDonough with his wife of eight years, Beth. He is a skilled craftsperson in the department of Facilities Management. Bailey has been with Clayton State for seven years. He is also a local graduate of Mt. Zion High School in Jonesboro.
He has a strong desire to be out in nature and enjoys hunting, 3-D archery, and fishing. Bailey and his wife have no children but they do have two dogs (Angel Mae & Maddie Jo) and four nieces and one nephew that they thoroughly enjoy spoiling and sending home to their mom and dad.
“It means that people really do see what I do and that someone or many people thought enough of my customer service to nominate me for this wonderful award. To me just being nominated and making it to the finals is a huge success in my opinion. I am very proud that I am just at the final stage of this great award. I do want to say that without my team behind me supporting me like they do I would not be at where I am today,” says Bailey.
Seth Davis is program coordinator for Continuing Education and has worked at Clayton State for the last four years. He has held a wide capacity of roles after originally working with the Youth University program. Davis currently lives in Atlanta.
He appreciates music, theater and spends a great deal of time performing, teaching, and directing musical and theater productions in the Atlanta area. He is a 2007 Music Composition graduate of Clayton State. In 2011 he received a CPP (Certified Program Planner) certification from LERN (Learning Resource Network) – the international leader in the field of continuing education.
“I am truly humbled to be nominated for the Alice Smith Award and feel that we have so many wonderful folks working here on campus that there are so many others who deserve a nomination more than I do. I greatly appreciate the nomination though, and I hope that in some small way, I am able to reflect the pride and love I have for this campus community which is truly a community of people who care about each other,” he says.