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Garrett to Receive UCM's Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 3, 2010) -- The presentation of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award to a California educator will highlight spring 2010 commencement exercises at UCM.

Sacramento resident Jeremy Garrett, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree from UCM in 2000, will be honored by the university during the undergraduate commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8.

Jeremy Garrett
Jeremy Garrett

In addition to this special award, the ceremony will recognize new graduates of the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Graduates from three other UCM academic colleges will be honored at 10 a.m. Saturday, and graduates of the School of Graduate and Extended Studies will be honored at 7 p.m. Friday, May 7. Commencement exercises take place in the Multipurpose Building. George Wilson, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will present spring commencement addresses and confer degrees upon the graduates.

Other individuals to be recognized on Saturday are Charno Award recipients, Kaitlyn A. Roach, Warrensburg, and Nicholas R. McDaniels, St. Peters, and the Byler Distinguished Faculty Award recipient, David Kreiner, professor of psychology.

The Outstanding Recent Alumni Award is presented by the Alumni Association to honor a UCM alumnus who has graduated within the past 10 years. This individual must have achieved career distinction as evidenced by peer recommendations and letters of support; demonstrate integrity, stature, ability and prominence, as well as instill pride in their fellow UCM classmates, faculty and students. Through deed and action, the alumnus must reflect and recognize the importance of their education and bring honor to UCM and demonstrate leadership and service to professional organizations and the community.

Garrett exemplifies the type of individual for whom the award is intended. Since graduating from UCM in 2000, Garrett received a Master of Arts in Philosophy degree from Texas A & M University in 2002, and went on to earn a doctorate from Rice University in 2008.

After spending the summer of 2003 as assistant managing editor of the reputable Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, he became managing editor in 2004, then managing editor, 2005-2007. Today he continues to serve as a member of the editorial advisory board.

“Serving in that role opened up many doors and led me to international conferences around the world including China, Hong Kong, England, Scotland and Finland,” Garrett said. “Overall, it was a great experience and I was able to build a solid professional resume prior to seeking a job in academia.”

Garrett had always been interested in education; in fact, he was originally an education major pursuing his desire to become a teacher. During his first philosophy class, taught by Professor Kenneth Cust, Garrett realized philosophy was his future.

“I felt a strong and immediate connection to philosophy and could see early on that it promised a lifetime’s worth of really important questions to think about and discuss,” he said. “Once I made that discovery, my focus shifted entirely from the question of what I wanted to study and teach to the question of how best to make an academic career in philosophy.”

At Texas A & M, Garrett got his first teaching experience as a teaching assistant. He led discussion sections in a very large introductory class and tutored.  In 2008, he began his current position as assistant professor of philosophy at California State University.

In addition to teaching, Garrett is engaged in many scholarly endeavors. He has published nine articles, presented papers at 26 conferences and co-edited two books with a third to be published this year.

His recognition as an outstanding recent alumnus at UCM follows other forms of recognition he earned as a student on the same campus. This includes the 1999 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award and the 2000 Charno Award.

“I am so grateful to be a part of the UCM community,” Garrett said. “It will forever be a part of my identity and a source of pride, inspiration and confidence as I continue along the path I began in Warrensburg.”