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Spotlight - Department of History, Illinois State University Spotlight

History Department Faculty Member, Tina Brakebill Wins University Award

Tina Stewart Brakebill at CTLT Awards

Tina Brakebill is a winner of this year’s Outstanding University Teacher Award – Category II.  According to Department Chair, Anthony Crubaugh, “Tina’s credentials for the award – excellent student and peer evaluations, a versatile repertoire, and so on – were backed up by an impressive portfolio focused on her teaching philosophy of ‘making a connection’ with students.  She excels at teaching in a challenging gen. ed. assignment while at the same time remaining an active scholar and collegial member of the department.”  Congratulations Tina!

2015 Alumni Award Recipient

Sandra HarmonSandra d. Harmon, M.A. ’70, D.A. ’90Dr. Sandra Harmon will receive the 2015 E. Burton Mercier Alumni Service Award at Founder’s Day event February 19, 2015

This award is presented to Dr. Harmon in recognition of her outstanding volunteer service and contributions to Illinois State and her significant volunteer efforts in service to the community.  the award honors the memory of Burt Mercier ’50, a community leader who gave back to the University in many ways throughout his life.  Congratulations Dr. Harmon!

Meet our Graduate Assistants

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Kent Manion

Hometown:        Geneva, IL

Plans after graduation:   Grad School

Favorite period in history:  Early 19th Century

Favorite historical figure:  Stephen Decatur

What do you like about being a GA:  The administrative and teaching experience that it provides.  It gives insight into what it is like to be a teacher.

What advice would you give to undergraduates:  Read!  Do the assignments that your teacher assigns and you will do well in college.  Go the extra mile and learn more to make yourself more competitive in the future.


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