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Belleville woman makes history interesting for college kids, gets award

McKendree University professor, Shelly Lemons of Belleville, received the 2017 William Norman Grandy Faculty Award, during the spring commencement ceremony on Saturday.
McKendree University professor, Shelly Lemons of Belleville, received the 2017 William Norman Grandy Faculty Award, during the spring commencement ceremony on Saturday.

For her dedication to students and ability to make history interesting, McKendree University professor Shelly Lemons of Belleville received the 2017 William Norman Grandy Faculty Award, during the spring commencement ceremony Saturday.

“One of Dr. Lemons’ greatest strengths as a teacher is her ability to bring history to life by sharing the personal stories of people who lived during various events and times,” Maria Page, president of the Alumni Association, said in a news release. “Her presentations in class focus less on text and more on pictures and videos allowing students to see, hear and understand the context of important historical events. Students say she makes history interesting.”

Lemons, who has taught at McKendree the last seven years, is an associate professor of history.

Dr. John Greenfield of Lebanon, a professor of English, received professor emeritus status at McKendree’s graduation Saturday. He retired from teaching full-time but plans to continue to teach part-time. He’s taught a total of 33 years at McKendree.

“He has opened thousands of students’ eyes to great literature through his passionate teaching and caring disposition,” Dr. Christine Bahr, provost, said in a news release.

In all, 827 students will graduate this spring from McKendree University’s Illinois and Kentucky campuses. Graduations for the campuses in Radcliff and Shepherdsville, Kentucky will be June 3. McKendree did not have separate figures for the number of graduating students from each of its campuses.

Jamie Forsythe: 618-239-2562, @BND_JForsythe

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