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Naomi Brown '14 Awarded President's Citation

Naomi Brown '14 Awarded President's Citation

During Greenville College’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony on May 25, President Ivan Filby and Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Bradley Shaw, awarded the 2014 President’s Citation to Naomi Brown of Ashville, Ohio. Each year, the award is given to the Greenville College graduating senior who has demonstrated the highest academic achievement in the context of a Christian liberal arts program. To be eligible for this award, the student must have completed a bachelor’s degree program and adhered consistently to the ideals of the institution.

Brown graduated summa cum laude with a double major in social work and English and a certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). As a graduating McAllaster Scholar, she completed all the requirements of the honors program, including a senior honors thesis. Her academic advisor, Dr. Greg Sanders, says “Naomi was a quiet presence in several of my classes, but powerful. She would sit in class and soak up all of the information, absorbing student and professor comments alike and then piece together a Pullitzer-prize-winning paper or presentation. Her honors thesis about the sacred nature of residence life was one of the most thoughtful and professional student presentations I had ever seen.”

In addition to her academic achievements, Naomi served as a leader on campus through residence life as a resident chaplain. “As a resident chaplain in Burritt Hall, Naomi embodied the truth that there is no higher calling than to be present to people by knowing and loving them through good conversation and by asking excellent questions. Naomi operates sacramentally, meaning she believes that grace can be discovered everywhere and that Christ comes in all shapes and sizes, especially in a residence hall” cites Brown’s mentor in residence life, Emily Humpherys.

This fall, the college is pleased to welcome Brown back to campus as a graduate assistant coordinator of residence life education.

This story was published on July 30, 2014