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Sarah Garmer, Sarah Farha, and Marlaina Haberman Win CAS Awards

May 10, 2010

Several individual undergraduate History majors were honored at the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Spring Awards Reception this year.

Graduating senior History major Sarah Garmer of Mendon won the CAS Honorary Recognition Award for the Humanities for Spring 2010. Ms. Garmer, who will graduate Magna cum Laude and serve as a Commencement Marshal this Spring, was recommended for the award by Dr. Lee Brice, Associate Professor of History, and Dr. Jennifer McNabb, Associate Professor of History, and was nominated by the Department of History. Each semester the College chooses the most outstanding graduating senior in one of the humanities disciplines (History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Foreign Languages and Literatures) to receive the award. Based on her outstanding academic record, Ms. Garmer was selected as this year's winner of the CAS Humanities Award.

In addition, senior History Teacher Education major Sarah Farha of Quincy, mentored by Dr. Jennifer McNabb, and graduating senior History major Marlaina Haberman of Beardstown, mentored by Dr. Timothy Roberts, were honored with the only two Norman and Carmelita Teeter Undergraduate Research Awards given to students in humanities disciplines for 2009-2010. Teeter Awards are $300 scholarships given to students in recognition of outstanding undergraduate research conducted during the past year.

Ms. Farha received her Teeter Award for research completed for her honors thesis, "Her Intollerable Arrogancy: Comparing the Martyrdoms of Anne Askew and Elizabeth Barton under Henry VIII," a portion of which she presented at the Spring 2010 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference. Ms. Haberman's research project was entitled "Genealogy Detective Work: Uncovering the Story of John Haberman, 1832-1912." She presented a paper based on a related research project at the Spring 2010 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference; Ms. Haberman won Fourth Place in the university's annual Phi Kappa Phi Senior Research Paper Contest for the latter research paper. Both students also presented portions of their Teeter Award-winning research at WIU's Undergraduate Research Day earlier this semester.

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