Clayton State University Director of Alumni Relations Gid Rowell had two reasons to celebrate on Tuesday, Apr. 27. One of the University’s most respected staff members, Rowell was recognized early in the 2010 Faculty/Staff Awards Ceremony with a certificate for his 10 years of service to Clayton State.
However, that was just a prelude to a much more significant honor. A three-time nominee for the highest award Clayton State can give to a staff member, Rowell found out that the third time was indeed the charm as he was named the winner of Clayton State’s Alice J. Smith Staff Member of the Year Award for 2010. 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.
“I will try to live up to the standard of all of the past Smith Award winners,” he said with typical modesty in accepting the award.
“Being nominated by your peers is especially rewarding, and I very much appreciate the support that I receive from the University community. Clayton State has and will always be a great place to work because of the people. There has always been a collegial atmosphere on campus, where everyone works together and supports each other,” he adds.
A native of Bremen, Ga., and a graduate of the University of West Georgia, Rowell now lives in downtown Atlanta. Prior to being appointed Director of Alumni Relations at Clayton State in 2006, he spent six years as the University’s Sports Information Director. One of the best parts of his current job, he says, is that it connects him to Clayton State alums and he enjoys hearing all the positive comments former students have about their university.
“Hearing alums reminisce about how things were when they went to school here is always interesting, and it most rewarding to hear stories of how Clayton State gave them a start and how a college education has changed their life,” he says.
In addition to his work for the Clayton State Alumni Association, Rowell is a devoted sports fan who remains close to the Clayton State Athletic Department. An active member of the Rotary Club of Clayton County, he received the “Service Above Self” award from the club in 2008.
The Smith Award comes just two days before the Clayton State Alumni Association’s biggest event of the year… the 18th Annual Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Apr. 29 in the Egyptian Ballroom of the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta. In celebration of the University’s 40th Anniversary, the Annual Dinner will feature a star-studded program and the presentation of the 2010 Outstanding Alumni Award winners. All alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the University are invited to the Dinner.
Tickets are on sale for the 7 p.m. event for $55, along with parking passes for an additional $7. For more information, call the Clayton State Office of Alumni Relations at (678) 466-4477 or email Rowell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The other finalists for the University’s 2010 Alice Smith Staff Award were: from University Health Services, Latrice Barlow; from the Center for Academic Success, Dr. Mark Daddona; from the office of Budget and Finance, Sonya Holtzclaw; and from Athletics, Pat Keane.