Darlene Amendolair Honored with Quilt of Valor

January 5, 2018 at 11:55 am

Darlene Amendolair, Ph.D., was recently wrapped in a quilt, but not because it was cold outside.

Amendolair, an associate professor in the Mary Black School of Nursing, was honored for her 30 years of service in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps with a “Quilt of Valor.”

Amendolair was wrapped in the quilt during a December forum presented by AnMed Health’s Office of Diversity, Vet NET, AnMed’s Military Employee Resource Group and Quilts of Valor Anderson.

According to the Quilts of Valor website, “A Quilt of Valor would say unequivocally, ‘Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor in serving our nation in combat.’ ”

“I felt very honored to be recognized and receive this beautiful quilt,” Amendolair said. “The individuals that make these lovely quilts to honor and say thank you for one’s service to the country deserve more than a simple ‘thank you,’ but should also be recognized for the care and commitment to help the service men and women come home.”

The Quilt of Valor that Dr. Amendolair received.

Amendolair, who retired in 1997 with the rank of colonel, served in Vietnam and other posts around the world.

“I hope these ceremonies give the service member some peace and recognition for the sacrifices they have made,” she said. “It is an honor to serve your country.”

Amendolair has served on the USC Upstate faculty since 2006. She received her Ph.D. from Capella University in 2007, a master’s in resource management from Webster University 1986, and a master’s of nursing administration from the University of South Carolina in 1983.

Amendolair teaches in the BSN, RN-to-BSN, and graduate programs. Her research interests include the use of virtual environments in learning, perceptions of women with cognitive dysfunction after chemotherapy, and nurses’ perceptions of the barriers to exhibiting caring behaviors.