Dr. O'Brien, along with three other women, received the honor during halftime of the Jan. 8 Suns vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA game.
Once a month, the Suns and National Bank of Arizona team up to honor women throughout Arizona who demonstrate amazing qualities in their everyday life. The honorees receive four game tickets, food and drink vouchers, and the halftime recognition ceremony.
The individual who nomintated Dr. O'Brien wrote: "Dr. O'Brien ... works long and hard to help create programs that give her students the opportunity to travel and study abroad. Prior to coming to ERAU, she worked for over 10 years in various African nations, teaching and administering schools, immersing herself in the culture. Now, she uses her experience and insights to offer worldwide opportunities to her students."
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