Brian Failing, son of Michael and Christine Failing of Lisle, was awarded the Outstanding Human Thought and Behavior Award during Honors Convocation May 13 at North Central College in Naperville.
A senior, Brian is double majoring in history and urban and suburban studies at North Central College. He is a graduate of Naperville North High School.
During his time at North Central, Brian served as a first-year mentor to new students and was a preceptor for history and sociology courses. He was a member of search committees for new faculty and Cultural Events committee and involved in the History Association and the Sociology and Anthropology Club. Brian is a member of the sociology honor society Alpha Kappa Delta, the history honor society Phi Alpha Theta, the Blue Key Honor Society and the Legacy Program. His name has regularly appeared on the College’s Dean’s List.
He studied abroad in Canterbury, England, and participated in the College’s Chicago Term. Brian has presented at 13 different conferences across the country, including the Midwest Sociological Society Conference, Union for Democratic Communication/Project Censored Conference, Conference on Illinois History, Association of Midwest Museums Conference and more.
In addition to his college leadership and academics, Brian served as the museum curator of the Museums at Lisle Station Park in Lisle and produced exhibits for the museum—one exhibit earned an award of merit and another received wide media attention on Chicago radio programs and feature articles.
Brian will pursue a master’s degree in historical administration at Eastern Illinois University.