2011 Outstanding Junior: Dalton Brown
DALTON BROWN is from Exeter, Mo. and is studying Animal Science with a pre-veterinary emphasis.
He says that one of his greatest strengths is also one of his greatest weaknesses: the fear of failure. That, he says, is why he tries to ensure that everything he does each day makes a difference and impacts the lives of others.
His professors and fellow students say Brown more than achieves that goal. An animal science major with a pre-veterinary emphasis, he volunteers as a physical trainer and adviser for struggling MU students. He tutors them in tough subjects, such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry and animal sciences.
This year he was selected for prestigious CAFNR student honors that include the Dickinson Scholars and the John Brown Scholars programs. He has been a member of CAFNR's student development board and the college's student council, where he was team leader for the student recruitment group.
Brown has made an impact on MU research as well, working as a student laboratory assistant in a dairy nutrition and immunophysiology lab studying the effects of trace mineral supplements on certain cell functions, where he also conducted cell cultures and growth studies.
His experiences away from MU have made a difference as well. During the summer of 2009, Brown served an internship with the Audubon Manning Veterinary Clinic in Audubon, Iowa. His duties there included feeding, weaning and piglet processing for nearly 5,500 sows and 10,000 piglets, and he also administered mass vaccinations. Before attending Mizzou, Brown helped manage and supervise production at a peach and apple orchard near his hometown of Exeter, Mo.
That emphasis on hard work and achievement was fostered by his upbringing on a diversified family farm with a background in production agriculture. "I came to the University of Missouri with one hand full of dreams and the other full of aspirations," Brown says. "I had no idea what to do with either of them." Thanks to the encouragement he has received at MU and from his fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho, those dreams are coming true.
"I HAVE COME TO REALIZE THAT DALTON BROWN IS NOT IN COLLEGE TO MAINTAIN A GPA. HE IS HERE TO GAIN KNOWLEDGE AND GROW AS AN INDIVIDUAL. AT THE FRATERNITY HOUSE HE IS SOMEONE WHO IS LOOKED UP TO BY YOUNGER MEMBERS. HE CONSTANTLY HELPS THEM AND ENCOURAGES THEM TO BE SUCCESSFUL."
— Marcia Napier, Alpha Gamma Rho house director