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Joycelin Randle

Joycelin Randle

– The C. Calvin Smith Scholarship Endowment

Joycelin included A-State in her estate plan because the foundation on which her higher education career was built started here and was instrumental to her career success. In particular, Dr. C. Calvin Smith's influence was a large part of her ability to formulate critical thinking skills. As her first college professor, Dr. Smith taught her first morning class - American history. After making a C on the first test, Joycelin remembers being devastated.

She went to Dr. Smith and he constructively explained what she needed to work on and provided her with studying techniques that enabled her to make A's and B's throughout the rest of her degree plan and into law school.

She notes that as an African American professor, Dr. Smith was a role model to many students on campus and that he took that role seriously. She hopes her contribution to his scholarship through her estate plan is a way of thanking him for his service and for helping all the future students who come to campus without the benefit of knowing Dr. Smith.