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Founders Day 2015 special day for History Department

Two people from the History Department received top honors during Founders Day activities Thursday, February 19, 2015. At Convocation, Professor Larissa Kennedy received the Outstanding University Teaching Award and Dr. Sandra Harmon was named the E Burton Mercier Alumni Service Award winner at the Awards Recognition Dinner that evening.

Larissa award
The Outstanding University Teaching Award is given to “individuals who demonstrate the highest commitment to teaching and to student learning.” According to Department Chair, Anthony Crubaugh, “Professor Kennedy generates a positive and exciting learning environment, delivers well-organizes and intellectually substantive lessons and develops a strong rapport with undergraduates.”

Harmon award
The E. Burton Mercier Alumni Service Award recognizes the outstanding service of alumni to Illinois State University. A recipient’s significant volunteer efforts in service to the community, state, country, or an important social cause is also taken into consideration. Dr. Harmon, M.A. ’70, D.A. ’90 taught the first women’s history courses and helped create the Women’s Studies program at Illinois State University and endowed a scholarship in the department. Her selfless service extends beyond the university to the community. Many organizations have benefited from her service.

The Department congratulates Professor Kennedy and Dr. Harmon. We are proud of both of you!!


The History Department congratulates Dr. Alan Lessoff on his latest book, Where Texas Meets the Sea: Corpus Christi and Its History, which the University of Texas Press has just published. The jacket blurb by Benjamin Johnson states: “This is the most sophisticated and compelling urban history set in Texas…A meticulously researched, gracefully written work of considerable originality and importance.”

Department sponsors Black History Month speaker


In honor of Black History Month, Cedric Johnson will address the chaos that followed Katrina with his talk titled The City that Care Forgot: New Orleans and the Future of American Urbanism at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center.

The devastation that occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina was due to more than Mother Nature, says Cedric Johnson, associate professor of African American studies and political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Office of the President and Department of History at Illinois State, the talk is part of the Speaker Series at Illinois State University.

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