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Spotlight - Department of History, Illinois State University Spotlight

Meet Our Graduate Assistants

Diane

A. Diane Russeau-Pletcher

Hometown:        West Lafayette, IN

Plans after graduation:   Heading to North Carolina to seek a Ph.D.

Favorite period in history:  Post-WWII Era

Favorite historical figure:  A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Paul K. Longmore

What do you like about being a GA:  I love assisting in the creation of pedagogical material and helping students to expand their understanding of the world.  The best part of being a GA is helping students get to the moment when they realize history is not a series of pre-ordained events, allowing them to push beyond their earlier notions of history as merely black and white.  Once students can no longer see past events in such stark terms, it awakens a new ability to question and a new way to think critically.

What advice would you give to undergraduates:  Give yourself the time you deserve, in your studies as well as in life.  You do not have to know everything about what you want to do or who you are right at this moment.  Allow yourself to explore and enjoy the process.

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Meet our Graduate Assistants

Nic Cress

Nicholas Cress

Hometown:        Verona, IL

Plans after graduation:   “I am looking for a job teaching high school social science or history at the community college level.”

Favorite period in history:  United States Antebellum and WWI periods

Favorite historical figure:  Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln

What do you like about being a GA:  “I enjoy working with the department and having interactions with students that share a passion for history.  This has been an excellent experience for developing my skills as an educator.”

What advice would you give to undergraduates:   “Take your studies seriously!  You are only an undergraduate for a short while and that time flies by.  However, you should also have fun with your time here by meeting great new people and trying new activities.  ISU has a lot to offer everyone.”

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Meet our Graduate Assistants

Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell

Hometown:        Harrisburg, IL

Plans after graduation:   “I am looking for jobs in Chicago related to architectural history and historic preservation, as well as applying to PhD programs.”

Favorite period in history:  Great Depression/New Deal

Favorite historical figure:  John L. Lewis

What do you like about being a GA:  “I enjoy being able to work alongside a great group of people in the department.”

What advice would you give to undergraduates:   “While college can certainly be stressful, it’s an incredible opportunity to spend time reading interesting books, learning new ideas, and challenging yourself.  Try to make the most of the time you have as a student.”

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