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Robin West Smith Wins Outstanding Adjunct Award at MCCC

by James Quick

“Total shock” were the first words out of Robin West Smith’s mouth when asked about winning the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award.

The professor of Sociology cannot believe she was the recipient of the prestigious award. Nominations are put in by students and staff. The winner is decided by a committee made up of faculty, support staff, administrators, and students, as explained by the award’s presenter, Grace Yackee, vice president of Instruction.

The award also includes a cash stipend that can be put toward a professional development event or activity of the recipient’s choice and a place on a commemorative plaque in the A-Building.

Robin West Smith accepts her award at the ceremony as Student Government looks on.

Robin West Smith accepts her award at the ceremony as Student Government looks on. (photo: MCCC Agora)

As Smith admitted, when she was announced, both she and her husband looked at each other in shock. As she took the stage, she was visibly trying to not be overcome by the whirlwind of emotions.

“I took almost everything to stop crying,” she said. “I am a very emotional person.”

This isn’t the first time she’s been nominated, however.

“I got nominated last year,” she said, “and I thought it was kind of shocking to be

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