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Department of History
Jessica Hurt, B.S. ’02 is the Social Studies Department Chair at Hinsdale Central High School, the Alma Mater of Vinay Nayak who was named a 2014 Rhodes Scholar on November 24.
In addition to serving as department Chair, Hurt had Vinay as a student and says, “Vinay Nayak is a truly gifted and talented student. I feel fortunate as a teacher to have had him in class and sponsor the club that he started during his time here at Hinsdale Central. Vinay impacted me as a teacher by always asking questions and wanting to know more about our government. “
When asked about her ISU experience Hurt replies, “My methods courses with Dr. Drake and Dr. Noraian were the highlight of my college career. I had no idea how much I loved the Federalist papers until meeting Dr. Drake. I will be eternally grateful for the ideas, guidance and support of Dr. Drake and Dr. Noraian.”
Read more in the Pantagraph article at: http://www.pantagraph.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois/with-chicago-area-links-named-rhodes-scholars/article_b0641ed4-5898-51b9-8a46-8a1efa07b5ec.html
Assistant Chair, Dr. Ron Gifford and Advisor, Dr. Dan Stump visit with students during the Veteran’s Day Open House at the Bone Student Center.
For more information: http://admissions.illinoisstate.edu/emasforms/OpenHouse/
The Pantagraph/Steve Smedley
John Bierbaum BS’05, MS’09 has just been selected a 2013-14 Illinois Teacher of the Year finalist. He teaches U.S. history, world history and psychology at Normal Community West High School, his own alma mater. He was selected from about 200 nominations and is the only finalist from the central Illinois area. When asked about John, Dr. Richard Hughes recalls, “John was a wonderful student in our history and social education program. He has gone on to be both a great history and psychology teacher at Normal West and an invaluable partner for us through his continued mentorship of our student teachers.”
Way to go John!
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Department of History
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