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Department Alum wins HOI One Class at a Time award

Chad Kuehnl BS ’01 was honored in his classroom and on the evening news as the One Class at a Time recipient from HOI-19 News.



He teaches history at the Bloomington Alternative school and one of his students, Brooklin McDowell nominated him for this award.  She says, “He’s like one of those teachers that doesn’t sit behind the desk, he’s always moving around,” said McDowall.  “He’s always willing to help, you ask him, he’ll give you as much help as you need.  If you don’t understand something he will give it to you in another way.”  According to Dr. Monica Noraian, Director of the History-Social Sciences Education Program, “Chad was a great student in our program, always showing his desire to make a difference for his students and in his profession.  This honor is well-deserved and speaks highly of the relationship he has built with his students and his school community.”

Chad plans to use the $1,000 award for new history materials.  Kuehnl says over the past couple of years lower classmen received new history books and some are on the way for juniors and seniors.  He adds the grant money will also bring more creative resources to his classroom.  HOI 19 Kids Count and CEFCU award $1,000 grants bi-weekly to Heart of Illinois classrooms.  Congratulations Chad!

Dr. Nassar spoke at Milner Library on….

Nassar at Milner

“World War I on the Middle Eastern Front” on October 9.

Although the Great War is often mistakenly viewed as a European conflict, the countries of turkey, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt were a major part of the war.  Dr. Nassar examined this critical region and the ongoing problems in the Middle East that still stem from World War I.

Dr. Issam Nassar is a Professor of History of Illinois State University, specializing in Middle Eastern history and the history of photography of the Middle East.

This talk was one of a series of presentations held in support of “Answering the Call:  ISNU’s Librarian & the ‘Great War’” exhibition.  To learn about upcoming presentations in this series check it out at


History department welcomes two distinguished alumni to campus….

as part of homecoming activities.


Front row: Dr. Mark Wyman, Professor Emeritus, Dr. David Booth, Dr. Stephane Booth, Dr. Andrew Hartman, Shaun Conway, Amanda Conway

Back row:  Dr. Monica Noraian and Dr. Anthony Crubaugh, Department Chair



Dr. Stephane Booth and Shaun Conway were honored today as the History Department Distinguished Alumni, as part of the university 2014 homecoming activities.


Dr. Booth, M.S. ’79, D.A. ’83 was on the ISU History Department faculty from 1980-1985.  She is the retired Associate Provost of Quality Initiatives and Curriculum at Kent State University and currently serves as a Special Assistant in the Office of Academic Affairs at University of Akron.  Dr. Booth and her husband, Dr. David Booth established a permanent endowment in the history department in honor of Distinguished Professor Mark Wyman.


Shaun Conway, B.S. ’08 is the recipient of the 2014 History Department Frederick Drake History Teacher Alumni Award.  He currently serves as Social Studies Department Chair at Consolidated School District 158 in Algonquin, IL and a cooperating teacher for our department student teachers.

We are proud to have them on campus and to claim them as part of our History Department family.

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