LEJA professor makes global connections

Dennis Bowman, Professor | WIU School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

Dennis Bowman, a professor in WIU's School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, was recently featured in an article by Dave Bakke in the State Journal-Register

Dr. Dennis W. Bowman, a professor in Western Illinois University’s reputed School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA), served for more than 29 years as a state law enforcement officer and commander in the Illinois State Police. These days, he helps prepare WIU LEJA students/future law enforcement officials for their careers in the wide array of criminal justice occupations.

Dr. Bowman also spends time traveling the globe, lecturing in China, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Afghanistan. In a recent State Journal-Register article, “Life as college professor not always placid,” Dave Bakke notes, as a result of Dr. Bowman’s travels, the School of LEJA “has made connections with law enforcement organizations in each of the countries where [he] has traveled.”

Read more about Dr. Bowman’s work across the globe–which includes treks to: Russia to speak about immigration policy; China, where he spoke to the Zheijang Police College in Hangzhou about police and media relations; and Kazakhstan to attend a meeting of the Central Asian Regional Intelligence Coordinating Committee, where he discussed “leadership, critical incident management, and interaction with the news media”–at www.sj-r.com/top-stories/x1622886203/Dave-Bakke-Life-as-college-professor-not-always-placid.

Learn more about Dr. Bowman’s work on his WIU faculty page at www.wiu.edu/coehs/leja/faculty_staff/bowman.php.

WIU history major creates rural school database during internship

A recent story in the Quincy Herald Whig illustrates how Western students get hands-on experience during their studies at WIU.

Joel Koch, a senior history major at Western Illinois University, shows a couple of the photos of old rural schools in Adams County that he's found during his internship at the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County. (H-W Photo/Michael Kipley)

Quincy Herald-Whig photo at left: Joel Koch, a senior history major at Western Illinois University, shows a couple of the photos of old rural schools in Adams County that he’s found during his internship at the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County. (H-W Photo/Michael Kipley)

“There [are] a lot of people who went to these schools, and many of them have died already,” Koch said. “If their children or grandchildren are doing family research and they run across a reference that they went to a certain school but don’t know where it was, they can refer to our list and get that information.”

According to Edward Husar’s, “Historical Society intern compiles database of old rural schools in Adams County” posted in late November, Joel Koch, a senior history major from Quincy (IL), has compiled a database of nearly 200 rural schools that once operated in Adams County during his internship with the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County.

Read more at www.whig.com/story/16083102/historical-society-intern-compiles-database-of-former-rural-schools.

Learn more about WIU’s Department of History at www.wiu.edu/cas/history/.