MCC Outstanding Faculty Advisors
Being a good listener. Offering suggestions that could change lives. Spending as much time as needed with students who need help. These are all job requirements –carried out with purpose and passion – that earned both Laurie Snyder and Richard Stevens a 2007 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Advisor award for their work at MCC’s Damon City Campus (DCC).
“There’s a certain connection that occurs immediately, just from being open and wanting to relate in a meaningful way to each student,” explains Snyder, who has taught in the college’s Transitional Studies department and recently began a position as retention advisor at DCC.
Snyder’s nomination letter points out that she “projects patience and a non-judgmental attitude that puts students at ease.” Occasionally finding a line of students waiting to speak with her, she makes time to take a “mental pause and a deep breath” between appointments, which clears her mind and prepares her for dealing with an entirely new, equally important set of circumstances.
Snyder, who jogs about five miles a day and practices yoga, lives in Brighton and has one daughter