By Linda Sands
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do one thing every day that
scares you.” Howard Brown, who is just a tad bit older than a
traditional undergraduate student, has certainly embraced
this concept. After a lapse between high school and college,
he decided to return to school and pursue a degree in elementary
Brown applied to several universities, but chose Roosevelt because
he liked its strong sense of community and welcoming atmosphere.
And, he is very happy to be here. Roosevelt has opened opportunities
for him to be involved in community service and University organizations
which tie in with his personal and academic interests.
This fall, he became one of a select group of students chosen to
receive the Mittie, Moselynne and Dempsey J. Travis Scholarship. It
was awarded to 17 students with an excellent academic record and
strong intellectual curiosity who embrace the University’s mission
of social justice.
Brown wants to be a positive role model for others as he believes that
many young people unfortunately don’t have influential mentors to
help them excel as they progress throughout their academic careers.
He said his mother always impressed upon him the importance of
education and doing well by others. She told him that he must always
strive to be better.
His pastor, Bill H. Brown, also was an important influence in his life,
teaching him to accept people for who they are and to follow dreams
without fear. The Roosevelt student is doing just that as he’s the
minister of music at Christ Unity Evangelistic Church. He loves to sing
gospel music and is a member of Roosevelt’s Proclaimed Gospel
Choir. He has also written music and recorded a CD of gospel music.
As a resident assistant (RA) at Roosevelt, he enjoys the fellowship of
students in his residence hall and apparently the feeling is mutual.
The students call him “Papa Duck.” Brown admits that “Duck” was a
childhood nickname and while in training to be an RA, the students
found out about the name and now use it. He enjoys cooking, and
when asked to name his specialty, he replies with a grin, “lasagna.”
He also works, appropriately, as a supervisor in the student cafeteria.
After graduation, Brown plans to pursue a master’s degree, then
teach or perhaps seek a position in academic administration at the
college level. He has traveled to London, Mexico, the Bahamas and
Hawaii and would someday like to be able to say that “he has set foot
on every continent.” Appreciating the beauty of the Pacific Northwest
and liking rain, Brown thinks that Seattle might not be a bad place
to live, or maybe London.
When asked what advice he would offer to new students, Brown suggested
keeping an open mind and enjoying the experience of college.
Your support is needed to help other outstanding students like Howard
Brown. Please visit www.roosevelt.edu/giving or call Roosevelt’s Office
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