By: Joquita Burka | Office of Creative Services

For Shavonne Nicole Brown, it was love at first sight — her first visit to Clemson. She remembers that day well: “Clemson was everything I’d always imagined college would be: clean, safe and full of knowledge.”

In fact, Brown put her all into Clemson. She served in student government, the minority council, Tiger Band, and social and service sororities. While her initial goal was to become a veterinarian, that soon changed.

“I had a passion for learning what made people tick,” Brown said. “Clemson is a place where you’re allowed the freedom to become who you want to be.”

Since her graduation in 2005 with a B.A. in psychology, Brown has worked with a nonprofit psychosocial rehabilitation program in Baltimore, Md. She credits her experiences at Clemson for preparing her to communicate with people and for her professional success.

Her gifts to Clemson have been designed to support areas that represent what she considers the essence of Clemson: the Harvey B. Gantt Scholarship for recruiting minority students, the library, the facilities department, IPTAY and Tiger Band.

To Brown, her generosity is merely mimicking that of University founder, Thomas Green Clemson: “I want to honor the spirit of the man who gave me a great place to learn and grow. I want to help in anyway possible.”