Jammeh Receives MLK Community Service Award
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 16, 2014) – Amy Jammeh, an instructor in the Intensive English Program at the University of Central Missouri, received the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service award at the annual award luncheon Wednesday, Jan. 15. The luncheon was hosted by the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center.
Amy Jammeh, center, instructor in the UCM Intensive English Program, received the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Service Award from Gersham Nelson, left, dean of the UCM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; and Dan Houx, right, president of the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center board of directors.
UCM and the Chamber of Commerce present the MLK Community Service Award as part of UCM’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Nominations are accepted from the campus and community based upon the criteria of humanitarianism, leadership and service in recognition of the efforts of an individual or organization to sustain the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jammeh was recognized her work on the UCM campus and throughout the Warrensburg community. As a faculty member in the Intensive English Program, she provides international students attending UCM with valuable assistance in mastering the English language, a skill essential to their success at UCM and in American society.
She has expanded that role into her work with the Intensive English Program activity committee, leading students in coordinating four cultural events and an end of the year awards program. She also has provided informal assistance to many of UCM international students as they become accustomed to life in Warrensburg and the United States.
Jammeh also has been the faculty leader of UCM’s Global Vision program, an international study abroad experience funded through a gift to the UCM Foundation that seeks to expand the educational experiences of a group of UCM students each summer through international travel and interaction with native cultures. She has led these groups for the last five summers to locations in Latin America and Europe, guiding UCM students in experiences that allow them to become immersed in the culture of the country to which they travel.
Outside of her professional duties, Amy has been an active member of the Warrensburg Rotary Club, coordinating that group’s service activities for the local community. She also has coordinated the local club’s Rotary Youth Exchange program, which brings exchange students from around the world to Warrensburg to study at the high school and college levels and experience American culture, as well as offering UCM and Warrensburg High School student the opportunity for the same experiences abroad. She currently serves in that capacity at the district level for Rotary District 6080.
In addition to the presentation to Jammeh, Dan Houx, chairman of the Greater Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center board of directors, presented a donation of $600 from the chamber to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Scholarship Fund to Gersham Nelson, dean of the UCM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The donation was derived from the proceeds from the chamber management of the Warrensburg License Bureau, which are used to support the local community.