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Meet the 2018 Barnabas Servant Leadership Award Winners!

 

Kierra Zack

Hometown: Dillsburg, Pennsylvania

Class of: Spring 2019

Major: Nursing

Fun Fact:  It's super easy to make me laugh and I love cheesy jokes and
puns. My favorite joke is: What did the helicopter say to the clouds
when he flew up into the sky? "I'm a huge fan!"

Andrew Behnam

Hometown: Exton, Pennsylvania

Class of: Spring 2019

Major: Exercise Science

Fun Fact:  I am a pitcher on the baseball team, I am the president of
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), I am a member of Student
Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), and I am the founder and player
representative of our baseball booster club! In high school I also
achieved the rank of Eagle Scout!

The Barnabas Servant Leadership Award is given to rising seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership on campus or in the community. The purpose of these awards is to promote the ideals of servant leadership. Awardees are recognized during Fall Convocation, and receive a monetary grant and additionally receive a matching grant to be awarded to the charity of their choice.


What charity did you choose to give the grant to?

Kierra - I chose to give the grant money to the Laurel House, which is based out of Montgomery County. It's a center that offers a variety of resources to victims of Domestic Violence, whether it is through conducting presentations on healthy relationships to prevent abuse or through helping individuals relocate to escape their abusers. 

Andrew - I decided to donate the grant to FCA. At FCA, we have weekly meetings, or “huddles,” where students on campus come together for a time of fellowship, worship, food, and usually a guest speaker!

Why did you choose this charity?

Kierra - Domestic Violence has always been a cause that is near and dear to my heart and I wanted to give to a facility that I could really see benefiting from our donation. 

Andrew - I chose FCA because I want to leave a legacy when I am gone. I want the classes that follow to make the club better each year, and extra donations can go a long way in trying to do that. FCA has only been at EU for two years, so there is so much room for growth moving forward.

What have you learned as a member of the LFP that helped you to be a servant leader at EU?

Kierra - LFP has taught me a lot about my strengths as a leader and has given me the confidence to be bold in my leadership positions. I tend to be a bit soft-spoken and have always valued placing an emphasis on setting a good example for others to follow over being the most vocal, but at times this has prevented me from serving everyone to the best of my ability. Being in LFP has helped me to realize my worth and has given me confidence in my ability to help others.

Andrew - The lessons I have learned from LFP are lessons I can take with me for the rest of my life. Over the years, I have gained a better sense of what servant leadership is. LFP has given me tools that I can use in my future endeavors. I have worked and lead many groups through LFP, and that has given me much needed experience in leadership. Above all else, I have learned that not every person responds to the same type of leadership, and that communication is definitely needed when leading a group.

How has your involvement and leadership at EU influenced you?

Kierra - Being a student at Eastern has had a huge impact on me. As a captain serving on both the cross country and track teams for the past 3 years, Eastern has helped to shape me as a leader in so many ways, and I didn't have to wait until I was an upperclassmen to have this honor. I feel confident carrying the skills I've learned from my time at Eastern into the field of nursing and I know for a fact that I would not be as ready had I not had the opportunities that I have been blessed with at Eastern.

Andrew - I could go on and on about how this campus has influenced me over my 4 years here. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it were not for the leadership from my Mom. I was blessed to have seen what active leadership looked like at an early age. When I first came to EU, in the words of my head coach, I was “a wide-eyed freshman just taking everything in”. Thanks to Eastern and the abundant amount of opportunities I have gotten to succeed; I have evolved so much since then. This is in part to the amazing people and faculty members whom I know I will remain close with for a very long time.

What are your plans post-graduation?

Kierra - In terms of my plans for graduation, they change almost every week so I don't quite have the answer you are probably looking for! I know for certain I want to be a nurse, I just need to find the right hospital and I'm really looking forward to finding the right fit for me.

Andrew - Upon graduation, I plan to continue my internship as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Villanova. While doing so, I plan on coming back to EU in the fall to get my MBA, and help out with the baseball team. Once that is over, I intend to go back to school to get my Doctor of Chiropractic’s degree. 


Kierra Zack ('19) and Andrew Behnam ('19) were recently awarded the Barnabas Servant Leadership Award during Eastern University's Fall Convocation.
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