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Men of Black Excellence Awards are April 13

Sigma Psi, an unincorporated association of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, has teamed up with Ohio University Student Senate to present the Men of Black Excellence (MOBE) Awards at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in Walter Hall Rotunda.

The awards presented will be in several different categories and will recognize African-American men for academic performance, excellence in performing arts, community service and campus involvement.  

"I came up this idea for the MOBE Awards because African-American men do not always get recognized for their hard work and dedication on the campus. I felt that it was time for them to get some type of acknowledgement," said Richard Moses, event coordinator and Omega Psi Phi member.

Two of the awards that will be presented on Sunday are the Mr. Congeniality Award and the Mentor Award. Mr. Congeniality will be presented to a young man with an exceptional personality that stands out in the community, while the Mentor Award will be presented to a faculty member or administrator who the students feel is an example of a terrific role model.

"I want people outside of the African-American community to see that there are so many great men on this campus doing great things that must not be overlooked," Moses said.

The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided.