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Setting the example and raising the "Par"

Students at Minot State University often wear different hats and perform many different roles while attending school. However, the common threads of engagement, participation, service and leadership weave the rich tapestry that comprises the student body. Jorden McKae Brown exemplifies these characteristics and from school to Women's golf, volunteer work, tutoring and more, she excels in all her endeavors and has a promising future ahead of her.

"Being a part of the Honors Society, the MSU's Women's Golf Team, along with tutoring as part of the Student Success Center, being an undergraduate at MSU has truly been a unique experience." Brown said. "All of these endeavors truly empower me to get involved, volunteer and be a leader. What I've learned, both in and out of the classroom has been essential to my success."

Brown credits Laurie Geller, her advisor and professor, for her continued inspiration in staying engaged, motivated and headed in the right direction.

"She has really encouraged me over the past few years. She has given me pep talks when I needed them and has really kept me on track and organized with my classes." Brown confessed "She always takes the time to answer my questions and goes out of her way to help me figure out problems that come up. She is so easy to talk to and always willing to help."

Brown is a senior communication disorders major from Mohall. While at MSU, she has been a member of National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and the Honors Society. She has participated in intramural bowling and was on the MSU Women's Golf Team her freshmen through junior years. She has volunteered at the Community Halloween Party, South Prairie School Carnival and Honors Program Babysitting Night. She has also sold mulligans at the Friend-Raising Golf Tour in Kenmare and assisted with state dance at the Dome and a ladies golf lesson session in Towner. She is a Presidential Scholar and Honors student. She was a member of the MSU Homecoming Court in 2013 and is the recipient of a North Dakota Scholarship and was included in the 2014 edition of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges."

"I went in to studying Communication Disorders because I can think of no better feeling, than knowing you have made a difference in a child's life by helping them achieve their goals. Plus, kids say the funniest things," Brown said. "I think it is important to love going to work every day and to be challenged, and becoming a speech-language pathologist allows me to do that."

After graduation she plans to continue in the graduate program in speech-language pathology. She wants to be fully prepared to help children be successful with their communication skills and reach their full potential.