Dr. Obie Bender and his wife, Betty, (seated front) are surrounded by recipients of BW's 2012 Obie Bender Awards, Left to Right, Jason Hairston, Deant'e Lavender, Zania Kennedy, Gina Mason, Le’Anna Miller, Tiana Lackey, Mylonne Sullivan, Alechia Bryant, Raven Bailey and President Dick Durst.

BW's Black Forum and Unidos presentated ethnic kente cloths to graduating seniors of color.

2012 Obie Bender Awards Honor Multicultural Achievement at Baldwin Wallace University

Baldwin Wallace University celebrated outstanding multicultural students at the 2012 Obie Bender Awards ceremony.

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

The following students received awards this year:

  • Outstanding First-Year studentMylonne Sullivan ‘15 from Solon
  • Outstanding SophomoreLe’Anna Miller ‘14 from Cleveland
  • Outstanding JuniorJason Hairston ‘13 from Berea
  • Outstanding SeniorAlechia Bryant ’12 from Cleveland
  • Community ServiceDeant’e Lavender ’12 from Cleveland
  • Jacket Link/MentoringTiana Lackey ’12 from Cleveland
  • Global CitizenGina Mason ’12 from Cleveland
  • Outstanding Student Organization of the YearBlack Student Alliance (Zania Kennedy ‘14, President, from Fairlawn; Alana Garrett-Ferguson ‘15, Vice President, from Cleveland; Nyla Watson ‘13, Director of Publicity, from Bedford Heights; Le’Anna Miller ‘14, Director of Programming, from Cleveland; Cierra Norris ‘13, Treasurer, from Brook Park; Raven Bailey ‘12, Secretary, from Euclid; and Ken Atchinson, Advisor)
  • Faculty/Administrator Award – BW President Richard Durst

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.

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