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Joseph and Rita Scheller are special friends of Muhlenberg who have found significant ways to get involved in the life of the College. The Alumni Association recognized this special couple at the Alumni Achievement Awards luncheon by presenting them with the award for Distinguished and Exceptional Service by a Non-Alumnus.
A retired President and Board Chairman of Silberline Manufacturing Company in Tamaqua, Joe currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the College and on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding. In 1998 the couple was honored with the Wallenberg Tribute Award for their long-standing support of the Institute’s programs. In 2001 the Schellers established the RJ Fellowship Program to provide funds for scholarships, course development, research, faculty development and the RJ Fellows Symposium.
Brian Fishbone ’98 is passionate about education and community building, and because of this passion, the Alumni Association recognizes both his accomplishments and his service to the College with the Outstanding Young Alumnus Recognition Award.
In his current role as training specialist with Delaware Investments, Brian combines education and community building by developing and facilitating leadership development, professional skills, regulatory and systems training and new employee orientation programs for Delaware’s 1000+ employees in the Philadelphia area. Brian is also passionate about community building. He currently serves as regional coordinator for the Philadelphia Alumni Club and has made great strides in developing a vibrant and dynamic alumni association. In less than a year and a half, Brian, along with the 20-member leadership team, have organized nine events, launched the first-ever regional club web site on www.muhlenberg.edu and improved alumni communication within the Philadelphia region.
Brian plays a leadership role in the Philadelphia Company of Friends, a business networking group. In his spare time, he works as a volunteer teaching English as a Second Language to His-panic immigrants in North Philadelphia.
The 2003 Undergraduate Merit Awards were presented to Sarina Ahuja ’03 and David Sobotkin ’03. Sarina Ahuja graduated in May with a bachelor of science in biology. In 2002, she received the Harry A. Benfer Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a rising senior in good academic standing who promotes goodwill and who has an appreciation for all phases of college life. A dedicated community service volunteer, Ahuja served as co-chair of the semi-annual campus blood drive and was president of the RIBBON Project, the campus AIDS awareness organization. A member of the Cardinal Key Society since 2000, Ahuja has served as senior class representative and chair of membership for the society. In 2002, Sarina was named to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.”
In May 2003, Sarina began medical school at Ross University of Medicine in Dominica. She hopes to pursue a career in emergency medicine.
David Sobotkin also graduated in May with a double major in political science and history, and will be continuing his studies at Syracuse University law school. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, David is a Muhlenberg Scholar, a member of the national honor societies of political science and history, and Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership society. In his junior and senior year, David served as editor-in-chief of the Muhlenberg Weekly. He served on the Muhlenberg College Judicial Panel since 2000 and was a tutor in constitutional law and European Union politics and government.
David was a finalist for a Fulbright Grant to the United Kingdom, and was a Harry S Truman Scholarship Finalist. In 2002, he received a summer research grant and the Russell B. Fulford Award, given to a Muhlenberg junior with the highest grade point average in history. Sobotkin is a co-founder and president of Smithtown Veterans Youth Program (SVYP) in Smithtown, N.Y. Founded in 1994, SVYP provides drug and alcohol-free programming for over 20,000 youth on Long Island.
The Alumni Association congratulates all of this year’s award recipients. If you know of an alumna/us who should be considered for an Alumni Achievement Award, submit your nomination to the Alumni Office, 2400 Chew Street, Allentown, PA 18104. Nomination forms are available by calling the Alumni Office at 800-464-2374 or can be completed online at www.muhlenberg.edu/alumni, and will be accepted until October 1, 2003.
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