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Dr. Ciani and Dr. Kennedy have been selected to participate in the 2015-2016 Leadership Initiative at ISU.

The purpose of the Illinois State University Leadership Initiative is to provide interesting members of the ISU community with….

opportunities to develop their leadership potential.  The 2015-2016 program will represent the fifth year of the initiative.

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Criteria for Eligibility

This year’s program is open to faculty and staff from all divisions (i.e., Academic Affairs, Finance and Planning, Student Affairs, University Advancement, and areas with direct report to the President) of the University who:

1.     have demonstrated leadership potential.

2.     are interested in further developing their leadership skills and competencies

3.     have potential to benefit from the program , and

4.     are committed to the University including its core values.

Dr. Hartman speaks on his newest book, A War for the Soul of America, at HOTCUS


Dr. Andrew Hartman was the speaker at…


the Plenary Session of the 2015 HOTCUS Annual Conference at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.  The opening plenary lecture and conference dinner was held at the Hostry at Norwich cathedral on the evening of June 26th.




Kyle Sessions

There will be a memorial service for Dr. Kyle C. Sessions, Professor Emeritus, Renaissance and Reformation History, Illinois State University Friday, July 10, 2015, 5-7pm at the Illinois State Alumni Center, Room 116, 1101 North Main Street, Normal, Illinois.

Emeriti faculty member Kyle Sessions, 80, most recently of Dayton, Ohio, passed away Saturday, December 27.  Born July 6, 1934 in Idaho, Kyle attended the Ohio State University, where he received his bachelors, masters, and finally Ph.D in History in 1963.   Click on Title for further information.

In 1968 Kyle accepted a teaching position in the history department at Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois and remained there until retiring in 1999.  His teaching career also included two sabbaticals spent at the University of Salzburg, Austria and two teaching exchange semesters with Peking University, Beijing, China.

Highlights of his 31 year career at ISU included directing ISU’s Honors Program from 1973 to 1978; the publication of Pieta Pietas Et Societas: New Trends in Reformation Social History (1985), a collection of essays to commemorate the life and work of his mentor, Dr. Harold J. Grimm; and writing a 75th anniversary history of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society for which he served as Grand Historian from 1994 to 2004 and as chapter advisor at ISU for most of his career.  However, as he often remarked, his greatest professional achievement was teaching, pure and simple, where he encouraged his students to think critically, helped to hone their historical research and analysis skills, and urged them to question, always question!





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