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Dr. Obie Bender '62 addresses the nominees at the 2013 awards ceremony held in his honor.

The 2013 honorees, left to right, are: Alfrie Davis, Jeanetta Spencer, Ariel Marbury, Dr. Trina Dobberstein, Dr. Obie Bender, Keisha Butler,Tiera Cummings and Armand Rivers. (not pictured: Le'anna Miller and Doanise Thompson)

BW's Voices of Praise choir provided musical selections at the event.

2013 Obie Bender Awards

Baldwin Wallace University celebrated outstanding multicultural students at the 2013 Obie Bender Awards ceremony.

The 12th annual awards are named for Dr. Obie Bender ’62, who was an officer of the University for 36 years. Throughout his tenure Bender provided exceptional leadership as a BW administrative liaison and was responsible for intercollegiate athletics, campus security and the Health and Physical Education and Recreation facilities.

The following distinguished students received awards this year:

  • Outstanding First-YearJeanetta Jean Spencer ‘15 from Cleveland
  • Outstanding SophomoreDoanise Thompson ‘15 from Lorain
  • Outstanding JuniorLe'anna Miller ‘14 from Cleveland
  • Outstanding SeniorAriel Marbury '13 from Cleveland
  • Community Service –  Alfrie Davis '14 from Lynwood, Illinois

  • Outstanding Campus InvolvementArmand Rivers '15 from South Euclid

  • Global CitizenTiera Cummings ’13 from Cleveland
  • Outstanding Student Organization of the YearBlack Student Alliance, Ken Atchinson, Advisor
  • Faculty/Administrator Award – Dr. Trina Dobberstein, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Bender, who continues his association with athletics as the player program consultant for the Cleveland Browns and as a member of the Board of directors of the PGA, attended the awards ceremony with his wife, Betty. Bender also developed the educational component of the Renee Powell PGA Youth Golf Cadre Program, which was the model for the PGA’s First Tee youth program.

             Class of 2013 recognition


Posted May 2013

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