WAYNE – Normally announced during the Wayne State College commencement ceremony, this year’s State Nebraska Bank & Trust Reaching Excellence Award was recently recognized.
According to a release from SNB, Dr. Don Hickey received the 2020 State Nebraska Bank & Trust Teacher Excellence Award. Dr. Hickey is a professor of history at Wayne State College.
Dr. Hickey has been at WSC since 1978, but he has held concurrent visiting positions at the Army Staff College (1991-92), the Naval War College (1995-96) and the Citadel (2013). Called “the dean of 1812 scholarship” by the ‘New Yorker’, Dr. Hickey is an award-winning author who has written 11 books and more than a hundred articles, mainly on the War of 1812.
He has also lectured widely in the United States, Canada and the British Isles as he has consulted extensively with numerous government agencies and museums, including the National Park Service, the National Portrait Gallery, the USS Constitution Museum and the U.S. Post Office. Dr. Hickey appears in several documentary films, including PBS’s “The War of 1812,” which was first shown in 2011 and is quoted by name on the sheet of U.S. postage stamps commemorating the Battle of New Orleans that was issued in 2015.
Teaching interests of Dr. Hickey are U.S. history, early national America and the history of American wars. His research interests include early national America and U.S. wars, especially the War of 1812, Tecumseh’s War and Quasi-War of 1798.
Chairman of the SNB Board, David Ley established the State Nebraska Bank & Trust Teaching Excellence Award in 1998 as a way of recognizing and strengthening outstanding teaching at Wayne State. This prestigious honor is awarded based on rigorous standards that require a superior level of effective teaching. The recipient receives a gift of $1,200 from the bank.
State Nebraska Bank & Trust has a long history of supporting Wayne State College, such as funding scholarships and capital improvements, hiring college students as tellers and having bank employees serve on the Wayne State Foundation Board of Trustees.
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