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History Majors Honored at Phi Kappa Phi Banquet

Apr 19, 2010

Two senior History majors, Kristin Leighty and Marlaina Haberman, won two of the four awards in the university's annual Phi Kappa Phi (national honor society) Senior Research Paper Award competition, Biological Sciences Professor Mike Romano, Chair of the Phi Kappa Phi Senior Research Paper Award Committee, announced at the Phi Kappa Phi Annual Initiation & Awards Banquet. In addition, three History graduate students -- Beth Carlson, Bridget Quinlivan, and David Sprung -- and History senior David Kubicki were intiated into the national interdisciplinary honor society at the Banquet.

Kristin Leighty, a double-major in History and Political Science from Peoria, won Second Place in the university-wide competition for her paper, "Triumph Through Insurgency," originally written for a History 488 course on "Global and Transnational Conflict from the Revolution to Contemporary Times" that she took with Dr. Walter Kretchik, Associate Professor of History.

Marlaina Haberman, a History major from Beardstown, won Fourth Place in the competition for her paper "A Small-Town Boy Goes to War: The Story of Charles Haberman's World War I Experience," originally written for a History 301 seminar on "The United States During World War I" that she took with Dr. Virginia Boynton, Professor of History.

Both graduating seniors were honored at the annual Phi Kappa Phi Awards Ceremony and Banquet on April 18, 2010, and received cash awards in recognition of their outstanding accomplishment.

Four History students were inducted into the national honor society at the Spring 2010 Banquet, in recognition of their outstanding academic records. They included senior History Teacher Certification major David Kubicki of Oak Lawn, a past winner of the History Department's Haka Award, and three graduate students in the History M.A. program, all of whom are also Graduate Assistants in the Department: Beth Carlson of Rock Island, Bridget Quinlivan of Quincy, and David Sprung of La Moille.

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