Ameena Brown

February 2016 Student of the Month: Ameena Brown

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Ameena Brown

Program of Study:
Interdisciplinary Studies

Semester of anticipated graduation:
December 2016

Career goal:
My goal is to work with veteran students at Hodges or at a Veterans Administration (VA) hospital.

Tell us a little about yourself and your life:
I have a six-year-old daughter who I love with all my heart. I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Florida less than two years ago. I moved to Florida to enjoy all the sunshine and to escape the snow.

What are your hobbies / extracurricular activities?
I enjoy writing and directing plays. I also enjoy going to the movies and spending time playing with my daughter.

What has been your favorite class at Hodges University?
This is only my second semester so all of my classes have been my favorite with Gail Sabo and Craig Heller.

Currently, Ameena serves as a work-study with the Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center (VSC) at Hodges Naples campus.

The mission of the Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center is to provide a welcoming and informative environment where veteran students and dependents receive support for funding their education and adjusting to student and civilian life. The center is staffed with a full-time director, who is also a United States Air Force reservist, a full-time manager and three part-time VA work-studies.

The VSC team is committed to providing our veteran students with outstanding support and care, giving each student the personalized attention he or she deserves.

Earlier this year, Hodges University received a $25,000 donation from the Charity Golf for Wounded Warriors, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the public’s awareness and support for wounded veterans returning home from today’s wars. The donation served to benefit the veteran scholarship program at Hodges.

“One aspect of the military that resonates with veterans is often times the comradery we experienced with our brothers and sisters in arms,” said Christine Manson, director of the Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center at Hodges.

One way that Hodges’ VSC furthered this sense of camaraderie is in January 2016, the VSC received a unique gift, a pool table, from the Wounded Warrior Anglers of America, Inc. To be used by veteran students and visitors to the VSC, the pool table was donated to serve as a focal point for conversation and building relationships. Donated by the founder and president of Wounded Warrior Anglers of America, Inc. and Hodges student, Capt. David Souders, the pool table was leveled, felted and delivered by David Cravens, owner of A-1 Billiards & Pool Table Repair, Inc.

As a result of Hodges’ commitment to serving our veteran students, the university was listed as one of the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2016. Hodges is also a partner in the “Got Your Six” program, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering veterans to serve as leaders within their communities.

If you are a veteran student looking for an opportunity to further your education, visit with one of our admissions coordinators. They will provide you will all of the information you need to succeed at Hodges. You can also contact one of our VSC staff members by emailing or calling (239) 938-7833.