Apr 26, 2008

Benjamin Rees of Galesburg, an M.A. student in the History Department as well as a History teacher in the R.O.W. V.A. School District, was chosen by the History Department Graduate Committee as the winner of the 2008 David P. Pasquini Award. The annual Pasquini Award, now valued at $500, is given each year to the most outstanding History graduate student who is also a full-time public school teacher. The Pasquini Award was established in 1996 in memory of Glenbrook South High School (Glenview, Illinois) History teacher, Social Studies Department Chair, and Head Cross-Country Coach David P. Pasquini, who earned both his B.A. in History (1971) and his M.A. in History (1977) from Western Illinois University. When David Pasquini died unexpectedly in 1996, his friends and colleagues chose to honor his memory by establishing the Pasquini Award, which has been given each Spring since 1998 to "a teacher who is pursuing an M.A. degree in History from Western Illinois University and who exemplified David Pasquini's passion for teaching and commitment to history."

Thanks to the generosity of the many donors to the Pasquini Award Fund, the Department of History was able this year to double the size of the Pasquini Award, from $250 to $500. Mr. Rees received the Pasquini Award at the 33rd Annual WIU History Conference. Past Pasquini Award winners include: Mike Baxter and Travis Brockschmidt (both in 1998), Dan Trenary and Jennifer Robinson (both in 1999), David Potthast (2000), Linda Litterer (2001), Judith Greene (2002), John Kealey (2003), Robert Newman (2004), Andrew Haines (2005), and Brian Schmidt (2007).

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