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Phi Alpha Theta Presents Best Chapter Award Prize Check to Library


Union University’s Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society presented a Best Chapter Award prize check for $250 to Summar Library Director Mr. Steve Baker on January 17, 2008. Representing the chapter at the ceremony were its president, Racheal Pressnell, its vice president, Mary Beth Johnson, and its faculty advisor, Dr. Stephen Carls. The Delta-Psi Chapter has won five straight Best Chapter Awards since 2003 and contributed more than $1250 to Union’s library for the purchase of history books.

Included in this year’s book purchases were two that Edward L. Ayers authored, namely, In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863 and The Causes of the Civil War: Reflections on the South and Southern History, and a third work that he co-edited entitled Crucible of the Civil War: Virginia from Secession to Commemoration. Other books added to the library with Phi Alpha Theta prize money were: Jeremy Black’s George III: America’s Last King; Clyde Ellis’ A Dancing People: Powwow Culture on the Southern Plains; Jennifer Ritterhouse’s Growing Up Jim Crow: How Black and White Southern Children Learned Race; Celia E. Schultz’s Women’s Religious Activity in the Roman Republic; and, Denise J. Youngblood’s Russian War Films on the Cinema Front, 1914-2005.

John Crawford, currently a graduate student at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky, was the Delta-Psi president in the year (2006-2007) for which the latest Best Chapter Award was given.

Union University Library Director Mr. Steve Baker accepts a Phi Alpha Theta Best Chapter Award check for $250 from Delta-Psi Chapter President Racheal Pressnell on January 17, 2008, while Vice President Mary Beth Johnson and Faculty Advisor Dr. Stephen Carls hold the books that the Summar Library purchased with the prize money.

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