Alumni Humanitarian Award
The University of Illinois Alumni Association bestows the Alumni Humanitarian Award on alumni of the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Since 1996, June C. Agamah mph ’01, has traveled with her husband, Springfield, Ill., hematologist-oncolongist Edem Agamah, to his homeland of Ghana, West Africa, helping to bring clean water, electricity and medical care to rural villagers.
To date, they’ve led 25 mission trips to Ghana under the auspices of the not-for-profit International Health and Development Network. In 2008 they helped open a hospital in Weta for thousands of under-served villagers
“My biggest reward is that I am able to connect personally with the women and children and see the confidence they derive from knowing that every year I will return with volunteers to work alongside them to make their village environment a better place,” says Agamah, a native of Guyana, South America. “To see the big smiles on people’s faces gives me the greatest joy.”
To do good work, she says, the human heart counts more than monetary treasure.
“Send me 10 very talented men and women of character who have a desire to help people to get from one phase of living to the other,” Agamah says. “Send me that more than money.”
Ahbee Staab Robinson ’74 LAS, MA ’76 EHS
Suzanne Brown MA ’84 paa
Francie Staggs ’81 las, ma ’91 las
Robert Moore ’80 paa, mpa ’85
Barbara Dickerman ’97 PAA
Betty Marcy ’76 CBM
Ethel S. Gingold MA '73 EHS, MA '79 EHS