Monday, April 04, 2011
SC State University’s annual spring Honors and Awards Convocation will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 3 p.m. in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton (SHM) Memorial Center. During the event, which carries the theme, “Embracing a Culture of Excellence,” student scholars who have achieved academic excellence throughout the 2010-2011 academic term will be formally recognized.
The annual Honors and Awards Convocation was designed to honor SC State University students who have distinguished themselves in scholarship and service. These distinctions are recognized through the attainment of presidential pins, academic scholarships and awards.
The Presidential Scholar Awards, the highest academic awards presented during the Honors and Awards Convocation, were initiated in 1977 by Dr. M. Maceo Nance, Jr., the fifth president of SC State University. The underlying objectives for establishing the awards were to encourage those who demonstrate academic excellence to maintain and achieve higher levels of academic pursuits, to provide symbolic recognition via the Presidential Pin, and to provide an incentive to all students to achieve academic excellence.
This year’s convocation speaker is SC State alumnus and evangelist, RV Brown, ’79. Brown is the founder and president of Outreach to America’s Youth, Inc. (O.T.A.Y.), an organization whose primary goal is to liberate America's youth through motivational speeches, workshops and visual presentations about drugs, alcohol and various other topics.
While enrolled at SC State University, Brown played football for four years and in 1979 received his Bachelor of Science degree. He received certificates of training from Community Intervention, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn. Additionally, he received a certificate from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. on drug abuse in the community.
Brown taught special education for several years in the Chattanooga public school system. During that time, he coached football and girls' basketball at Brainerd High School. He also coached football, basketball, wrestling and baseball at Howard High School, and he coached football at Hixson High School. He was voted Baseball Coach of the Year for Chattanooga City Schools in 1983.
In 1988, the Lord called Brown into full time evangelism and gave him the vision to launch O.T.A.Y. Brown travels throughout the nation and abroad preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He carries the message of O.T.A.Y. to churches, prisons, retreats, camps, conferences and college campuses. In 2003, Brown received the honor of being inducted into the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Hall of Champions.
Brown is the author of “Breaking The Chain,” a book used to teach students in small group settings. He regularly conducts “Breaking The Chain” school assemblies in middle and high schools. On Father’s Day weekend of 2005, Brown released “Step Up to the Plate Dad!” This book is a powerful tool in which Brown exposes men to the spiritual weapons needed to fight Satan and defend their families. The importance of mothers is also strongly emphasized.
Brown is a native of Cayce, S.C. He is the 16th of 17 brothers and sisters. He graduated from Airport High School, where he lettered in five sports. Currently, Brown resides in the Tampa, Fla. area with his wife, Frances, and their two children, Xavier and Sommer.