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IU's Debby Allmayer receives 2008 Building Bridges Community Award

Indiana University staff member Debby Allmayer, who serves as the human resources officer for the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, was honored with the 2008 Indiana University Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Building Bridges Community Award during a ceremony held on the Bloomington campus on January 21. The Building Bridges Award honors members of the community who display the leadership and social consciousness embodied by Dr. King. For many years, Allmayer has contributed greatly to the IU and the Bloomington communities with her steadfast commitment to social justice and outreach.

Bloomington, IND -- Indiana University staff member Debby Allmayer, who serves as the human resources officer for the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, was honored with the 2008 Indiana University Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Building Bridges Community Award during a ceremony held on the Bloomington campus on January 21.

The Building Bridges Award honors members of the community who display the leadership and social consciousness embodied by Dr. King. For many years, Allmayer has contributed greatly to the IU and the Bloomington communities with her steadfast commitment to social justice and outreach.

As a member of Congregation Beth Shalom, Allmayer has served as representative to Congregations for Peace -- an interfaith association of peace-with-justice activists in Bloomington -- and has been a coordinator of the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving. Allmayer has also worked with Habitat for Humanity's Women Build, working with an interfaith committee to construct a Habitat for Humanity house in fall 2008.

In addition, through her work with the Area 10 Agency on Aging, Allmayer has led food drives for Meals on Wheels, coordinated flower-planting projects and visits by area school children to the Bloomington Convalescent Center, and regularly provides respite relief to volunteers around the Christmas holidays so they can enjoy that time with their families.

Allmayer has also contributed to the legacy of Dr. King's work, working with the Unitarian Universalist Church to create a citywide program in honor of his legacy.

At IU and University Information Technology Services, Allmayer and a team including Toni Usrey, Panos Niarchos, and Lynda Johnson have coordinated numerous community service and outreach projects, including a Habitat for Humanity build (alongside Bloomington High School North workers) and school supply collections for those less fortunate at IUPUI.

"I am very proud of our department's community commitment and I'm happy to be some small part of it," said Allmayer. "I've seen first hand the difference a socially conscious organization can make in the broader community."

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration marked its 14th year at IU Bloomington, and included a lecture from esteemed professor, speaker, author, inventor, and entrepreneur Dr. Calvin Mackie; a civil rights immersion trip to Washington, D.C.; and host of other service events and activities surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Day.