History Major Adam Bednar Named College Scholar by Honors College

Oct 23, 2009

The Centennial Honors College has announced that Adam Bednar, a History Teacher Certification major, has been chosen as the College Scholar for the Honors College this Fall. Mr. Bednar, also the Fall 2009 Department Scholar for the History Department, will be honored at the Fall 2009 Academic Honors Convocation, held in Western Hall on Friday, December 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Mr. Bednar, who will graduate Magna Cum Laude in December, was also the winner of Phi Kappa Phi's 2009 Lowell Grabill Research Paper Award, given by WIU's chapter of the international honors society to the most outstanding research paper written by a WIU senior each year. Mr. Bednar's paper, "The Social Institution of Dueling in Antebellum America, 1770-1840," was written under the mentorship of Dr. Timothy Roberts, Assistant Professor of History, who also served as Mr. Bednar's honors thesis advisor.

An Honors Scholar, Mr. Bednar served in 2008-09 as Co-Editor of the Western Illinois Historical Review, an on-line journal of student research published by WIU's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (Dr. Lee Brice, Associate Professor of History, Faculty Advisor), the national History Honorary Soceity. In addition to membership in Phi Alpha Theta, Mr. Bednar is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi (the National Honors Society in Education). He was on the Dean's List of the College of Arts and Sciences for 8 semesters.

Mr. Bednar has been active in WIU's undergraduate research program, having won two College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Grants. He twice presented his research at WIU's Annual Undergraduate Research Day, as well as presenting "A Lack of Substance: The Federal Government's Response to Nuclear War (1957-1968)," a paper mentored by Dr. Peter Cole, Associate Professor of History, at the Spring 2009 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference in Wheaton, Illinois. Mr. Bednar's article, "Operation Greif and the Trial of the 'Most Dangerous Man in Europe,'" was published by the Western Illinois Historical Review in its inaugural issue in Spring 2009.

Mr. Bednar is an avid historical re-enactor, and has participated in multiple World War II re-enactments as well as filming a dueling re-enactment as part of an undergraduate research project. He also participated in a short-term study-abroad program in Berlin, Germany, in 2008, part of an intensive study of contemporary German art following the end of the Cold War.

Mr. Bednar, who holds a Charles Sadler History Scholarship, was also awarded a Ronald Lane Abrell Student Teacher Scholarship. He is currently student-teaching at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois. After graduating with his B.A. degree, he plans to teach U.S. and World History at the high school level and continue on to graduate school for a Master's degree in U.S. History.

Mr. Bednar joins previous History majors selected as College Scholar by the Honors College: William Sweger III (Spring 2007), Ashley Eberle (Fall 2007), Alex Heuer (Fall 2008), and Mallorie Clark (Spring 2009). Five of the last six College Scholars in the Centennial Honors College have been History majors.

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