2014 Obie Bender Awards
The 13th 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.
This year’s Outstanding Senior, Daniela Muhaj ’14, also collected two other Obie Bender awards, as Global Citizen and Outstanding Campus Involvement. The Albania-born Muhaj has made the most of her time in Berea, serving as Vice President of BW’s Spanish Club last year, student representative to the Honors Program Advisory Council, and current President of the Muslim Student Association. She also traveled to Maine and China to conduct faculty-mentored research.
As part of her her essay, Muhaj wrote, “BW is a dream come true, one of those dreams I would have never dared to share with anyone. From a small village in Central Albania, to Cleveland Ohio, Lubec (Maine), Washington D.C., Beijing, China, and who knows where next; BW has, in many ways, expanded my horizon and laid the groundwork for my future endeavors Every interaction with BW students, faculty and staff, has shaped a part of me.”
The other distinguished students who were singled out for Obie Bender award recognition this year are:
Community Service – Jesper Zuber '14, Alternative Spring Break Participant, MedWish Volunteer, and a Student Research Assistant
Outstanding First-Year – Aziz Amahd ’17, President of the Middle Eastern Student Alliance and the Treasurer for the Muslim Student Association
Outstanding Sophomore – Darielle Allen ’16, a psychology major with research and volunteer experience from the Louis Stokes VA medical hospital, Eliza Bryant Retirement home, and the Bellfaire Center
Outstanding Junior – Doanise Thompson ’15, President of the Criminal Justice Club, Buzz Ambassador for Office of Admissions, Multicultural Jacket Link Mentor and Director of programming for Black Student Alliance
Bender 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. 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.
Posted April 2014