Phi Alpha Theta earns national award

By Cody Lemons | Staff Writer

History was made current recently at APSU. Earlier this month, the APSU chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was awarded “Best Chapter of 2009” by the National Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.

“It is such an honor to have our chapter recognized as Best Chapter by national Phi Alpha Theta,” said Minoa Uffelman, the club’s adviser. “PAT members worked extraordinarily hard.”

The award is given nationally to different divisions. APSU is in Division III, which consists of universities with 5,000 to 10,000 students.

Uffelman has been the club’s adviser for the last two years and is now working on her third.

“Being the adviser to Phi Alpha Theta is one of the most rewarding positions I’ve ever had,” Uffelman said. “I work with an incredible group of students. They are smart, dedicated, hard working and fun.”

During the time Uffelman has been involved, the club has been made more recognizable on campus. The club has participated in events such as Plant the Campus Red, Homecoming, G.H.O.S.T., intramural sports and Trivia Night at the library.

Student Affairs recently named Uffelman “Adviser of the Year” because of the club’s higher recognition on campus. Uffelman said PAT members have been busy this last year.

They have prepared and presented papers at the Ohio Valley History Conference, hosted a regional conference with 120 people in attendance, won a Black History Quiz Bowl, organized roundtables with professors to discuss historical articles, held writing workshops open to all APSU students and hosted lectures by prominent historians.

The chapter received a certificate from the PAT honoring their distinction, which will be on display in the History Major Student Lounge. The club will also be awarded $250 for books for the library. Michael Ramsey, the club’s 2008-09 president, suggested they purchase two books dealing with the French and Indian War.

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