Lamm Receives High Honor in his Profession

MOUNT OLIVE- Alan K. Lamm, Ph.D. is the 2011 recipient of the distinguished Dr. Thomas R. Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching at University of Mount Olive. The award is given in appreciation to a full time faculty member nominated by the students who exemplifies devotion above and beyond the classroom. Students nominate one faculty member from each academic school. The three nominees from each school are sent to a committee of three previous Morris Award winners, and three other appointed faculty members for final selection.

Dr. Lamm is a native of Wilson County, North Carolina and a graduate of University of Mount Olive with an associate of science degree. Dr. Lamm has also received a bachelor of arts degree in history from UNC-Greensboro, a master of divinity degree in religion and a master of theology degree in religious history from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of South Carolina.

Joining the University of Mount Olive faculty in 1997, Lamm has since risen through the ranks and now serves as a professor of history and Chair of the Department of History and Social Studies. In addition to working with University of Mount Olive, Lamm serves pastor for Casey’s Chapel Original Free Will Baptist Church.

Lamm commented on his service to the Original Free Will Baptist denomination saying, “I am always reminded that MOC is a ministry of our denomination and I love working for our church in two different ways.”

Lamm describes his love for history as his motivating force in becoming a teacher. “I have loved history since I was a small boy due in large part to my father’s love of the subject.  History is life. History is drama, action, love, betrayal; you name it.  I love sharing history with others, and thus I became a teacher.”

One student affirmed Lamm’s care and concern for each and every student, “I have yet to encounter another professor with the same compassion for students.  His main goal is to help each student do their best.”

Another student stated, “Dr. Lamm’s superb mentorship has helped me to mold and fully embrace my future, and I will surely credit his leadership and wise words for my successes.”

Some of Lamm’s contributions to University of Mount Olive have included reorganizing the History and Honors programs as well as serving as an advisor to the Honors students. Lamm is also heavily involved in the community where he serves on the Historical Commission for the Original Free Will Baptist denomination and on the Board of Directors for the Bentonville Battlefield Historical Association where he raises money to preserve and purchase battlefield land.

In addition to his passionate scholarship in the classroom, Lamm has also written various books and articles for well known encyclopedias and dictionaries in historical studies. Lamm expressed that his ability to publish was one of his greatest strengths as an educator.

“I think writing and publishing are very helpful,” he said. “It forces me to stay current and not be satisfied.  I am always learning myself as I write books and articles which makes me a better educator for the more I know the more I have to share with my students.”

Lamm is the author of the book, Five Black Preachers in Army Blue, 1884-1901: The Buffalo Soldier Chaplains, and co-author of Buffalo Soldiers in the America West: An Anthology.

Lamm is married to Laura Lamm and they have one son, Anderson, who is a recent graduate of University of Mount Olive.

Benefactor of the Morris Award is Dr. Thomas R. Morris, a long-time friend and generous supporter of University of Mount Olive. Dr. Morris is a native of the Nahunta area of Wayne County where he and his family were active members of Union Grove OFWB Church.  With the vision of an education, he worked his way through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation from medical school, he was an optometrist and civic leader in Goldsboro until his retirement.  He now resides in Wilmington.

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