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Three History Majors Graduate with Distinction in Fall 2009

Dec 19, 2009

Three History-Teacher Certification majors graduated with various levels of distinction in WIU's Fall 2009 Commencement. Adam Bednar and Carl Spath both graduated magna cum laude (with great distinction), and Amy Kallenbach graduated cum laude (with distinction). All three were honored with medallions denoting their academic distinction at the University's Academic Honors Convocation on Friday, December 18, 2009.

Adam Bednar, in addition to being a magna cum laude graduate, also graduated as an Honors Scholar (a distinction awarded by the Centennial Honors College only to those students who complete Honors College requirements). Mr. Bednar was also awarded a medallion as the Department Scholar for the Department of History, and as the College Scholar for the Honors College this Fall. He was one of only two students this semester to be awarded four medallions (the maximum number possible) at the Academic Honors Convocation.

Carl Spath, who also graduated magna cum laude, has served as Treasurer of WIU's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national History Honor Society.

Amy Kallenbach, who graduated cum laude this year, is the past President of the Phi Alpha Theta honor society.

The outstanding academic accomplishments of all three were celebrated by the History Department at the History Honors Luncheon, attended by the three graduates, members of their families, and members of the History faculty, including Dr. Peter Cole, Dr. Greg Hall, Dr. Ginny Jelatis, Dr. Roberto Mazza, Dr. Timothy Roberts, and Dr. Ginny Boynton. The three graduates were presented with plaques noting their academic distinctions.

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