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History Department student teacher supervisor, Gene Burnett named the 2013 Pontiac, IL Rotary Citizen of the Year

Gene Burnett

Countless hours documenting veterans at the Livingston County-Dal Estes Education Center, planning and participating in P.R.O.U.D.’s farmers market and portraying a child’s favorite person – Santa Claus – during the Christmas season in Pontiac are only a few of the attributes Gene Burnett, the 2013 Rotary  Citizen of the Year has under his belt.

Eric Sweetwood, social science department chair at PTHS, talked about Burnett’s work at the war museum, on behalf of the volunteers of the museum, including video documenting accounts of war veterans.

Burnett said he’s proud to be a “small” part of the service community.  He said he’s always believed in leading as a form of serving others.  Recognizing that may sound as a contradiction, the best kind of leadership is “one forged on mutual respect.”

He said life is always moving and always changing, which he believes it offers opportunities for people to work and grow.  Burnett said there’s still so much to do, but hopefully, he will be remembered as a person who  approaches life with a blend of honesty, humility and persistence.


History Department Chair, Anthony Crubaugh says of the recognition, “This award is fitting recognition of Gene’s commitment not only to the profession of teaching but also to making the world and his local community better places to live.  The History Department and its students are grateful beneficiaries of the wealth of experience, indefatigable efforts, and boundless energy Gene invests in young people.”

Congratulations Gene!!

Career Services Resume Workshop

For History Majors Only!!

Join Career Advisor Renee Carrigan in an interactive workshop

exclusively for History Majors,

which will provide tips on completing this important document.

Wednesday, September 10

5-6:15 pm

Career Center Multipurpose Room (Student Services Building room 185)

History Resume Workshop Fall 2014

Looking for a Fall Internship?

History Department Internship available for Fall 2014

Looking for a fun internship for Fall 2014?

We are looking for a student editor for the department newsletter that is published early summer.  It is mailed to alumni, donors and retirees and posted on the department website.

This internship provides an opportunity to do research and interviews and write draft copy.  The best candidate should be a history or history-social sciences education major, have an interest in newsletter creation, be able to conduct productive interviews and be comfortable working independently.  Photography skills are desirable.  An interest in historical writing is a plus, but not required.  This is an unpaid Internship that earns 3 hours credit.

If you are interested, contact Linda Spencer at or 309-438-5689.

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Department of History
Normal, Il 61790-4420
Phone: (309) 438-5641
Fax: (309) 438-5607