DeGarmo awarded as humanitarian

Denise DeGarmo, department chair and associate professor political science, will be officially awarded with the SIUE Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, Tuesday, February 8, 2011.

“The selection committee was impressed with the range of service contributions that [DeGarmo] has provided as well as the leadership role you have assumed in [DeGarmo’s] service activities,” according to an announcement letter sent to DeGarmo.

DeGarmo’s service career includes community, national, and global level work. From the fall of 2009 to the spring of 2010, DeGarmo helped to develop at SIUE an Interdisciplinary Roundtable on Collective Violence in the 21st Century. Since 2004, DeGarmo has been a member of the SIUE Collaborative Planning Group for Partners for Educational Leadership: Fostering Access and Diversity Project.

At the national level, DeGarmo works with the Conservation Action Network of the World Wildlife Federation, is a Community Peace Leader for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, is an active member of National Association for Conflict Resolution, and has participated as the principle investigator in regard to Dow Madison Special Exposure Cohort.

At the global level, DeGarmo is involved with Women in International Security, and Peace and Collaborative Development Network. She has been a presenter in several discussions surrounding the Cold War and teaching war and peace.

“I’m really honored,” said DeGarmo. ” I work really hard to make sure that everything I do follows the deep, core values that I was raised with and I need to use my knowledge to better the community.”

DeGarmo opened, this past January, a study room at SIUE that contains one of the single largest collections of Manhattan Project documents, artifacts, and memorabilia.

Zach McGinn, a senior political science and philosophy double major, has been working with DeGarmo to sort through and catalog the vast number of documents. He believes that this award only shows one facet of DeGarmo’s character.

“II have taken classes with her now for almost two years and in every class, her passion for the preservation and protection of human rights, locally and globally, is incredible. Wherever she is and whoever she is around, her level of dedication and integrity are always the highest,” said McGinn. “Students and faculty see this and I believe it is an inspiration to everyone around her. She is one of those few people who truly cares and enjoys having the opportunity to help anyone. I am incredibly fortunate to have her as a mentor and professor.”

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