JohnDavid “J.D.” Howard, a senior accounting and economics major from Perry, Ga., has been named “Student of the Block” for the Fifth Block of the 2010-11 academic year at Tusculum College.
The Student of the Block Award is presented each block by the Office of Student Affairs to recognize students for academic achievement, leadership on campus and contributions to the college community. A plaque describing Howard’s accomplishments will join those describing past honorees prominently displayed in the Niswonger Commons and other campus buildings.
Howard has made an impact on the Tusculum College community, giving his best whether he is in the classroom, on the athletic field or serving in campus organizations.
“J.D. plays a vital role in the Tusculum community,” said Dr. Michelle Freeman, associate professor of business, in her nomination of Howard for the honor. “He represents the school so humbly and yet enthusiastically to those who visit through his dedication to the President’s Society. J.D. is a model accounting student as well. He is always prepared for class and participates in a lively and enjoyable manner, trying to keep it light under stressful times.
“He serves the Tusculum College Business Club as treasurer as well and participates in almost every event it sponsors. Moreover, he is a baseball player for Tusculum College and meets all of these demands responsibly. I am very proud of what J.D. accomplishes and all with a smile on his face an in his heart. Tusculum is very lucky to have him!”
Howard, a relief pitcher for the Pioneer baseball team, made the decision to come to Tusculum after a recruiting trip for baseball. “Just looking at the field and how it was taken care of, I knew this place was serious about giving its students and athletes the best it had to offer,” he said.
Expressing appreciation for those who have helped and supported him at Tusculum, Howard said, “The Tusculum College baseball coaching staff taught me what it means to work hard, not just towards your own goals, but for the betterment of the unit. I learned what it really means to be dedicated, the value of perseverance and teamwork. These coaches are a daily reminder that it’s not always about you, but how you can use your own talents to help bring out the best in others.”
Howard also noted that Dr. Antonio Bos, professor of business, and Dr. Freeman have challenged him in the classroom, expecting students to work hard to earn their grades, but also willing to work with them. “They are remarkable teachers and are truly caring individuals,” he said.
Tusculum’s Admission Counselors are another group that have helped Howard in his role as a member of the President’s Society, an elite group of students who serve as ambassadors for the college. Howard said the counselors have helped him become more comfortable in meeting new people and taking a leadership role to make sure prospective students have all they need to make the best decisions for their future.
The son of Steve and Bridget Howard, he counts his parents as major role models in his life. “They do not have glamorous jobs by any means, but they work harder than any two people you will ever meet,” he said. “The fact that they would sacrifice some of their wants and dreams to make sure I have every opportunity to achieve mine says a lot. The world would be a lot better place if there were more parents out there that cared as much as mine.”
Howard’s plans to continue his education in graduate school after earning his bachelor’s degree and seek employment in the financial field once he obtains his graduate degree.