by Nancy Bennett
Seven Freed-Hardeman University students, all members of the Brown Legacy Research Team, and faculty advisor Brandon Lanciloti traveled to Atlanta this fall to interview major university donors, John and Rosemary Brown. Students were seeking to learn more about the Browns’ success and their contributions to the university.
Kaitlyn Silvers, team member and a senior accounting major from Chattanooga, Tennessee, described herself as “ecstatic” to get to meet the couple who means so much to FHU. “Mr. John and Mrs. Rosemary are two of the most humble, down-to-earth people I have ever met,” she said. “They taught us so many things.”
John Brown, retired CEO of Stryker Corporation, stressed the need for goals, according to Silvers. “Once we set this goal,” Silvers said, “we must tell ourselves that it is unacceptable to fall short of that goal; therefore, we can always push ourselves to strive for excellence,” she said.
The Browns are the naming donors for Brown-Kopel Business Center and the major donors for the Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center.
Other students on the Brown Legacy Research Team are Reed Vega, senior accounting major from Montgomery, Alabama; Jazmin Taylor, junior management major from San Antonio, Texas; Harrison Capps, senior accounting major from Martin, Tennessee; Tana Williams, senior accounting major from Olive Branch, Mississippi; Bailie White, junior accounting major from Tupelo, Mississippi; and Marshall Dearing, junior marketing major from Nashville. All of the students, including Silvers, are a part of the university’s dual degree program whereby they can earn both a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration.
While in Atlanta, students also enjoyed a tour of Coca-Cola.