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Delta-Psi Chapter Wins Seventh Straight Phi Alpha Theta Best Chapter Award

Sep 15, 2009
Union’s Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society received word on September 15 that it had won another Best Chapter Award for the quality of its activities and work. Since this represented the seventh straight year of success, the chapter received the prestigious Nels A. Cleven designation, which is reserved for chapters that have won a Best Chapter Award five or more times. In his letter of congratulation, Dr. Jack Tunstall, the society’s executive director, praised the chapter’s “dedication to the organization” and stated that the Delta-Psi members “exemplify the mission statement of Phi Alpha Theta for promoting the study of history.”

The Best Chapter Award recognition consists of a certificate of commendation and a prize of $250 that a winning chapter may use to purchase history books for chapter’s university library. Chapter members will meet in October to make suggestions for book purchases. With the addition of this year’s prize money, Delta-Psi will have contributed $1750 for the purchase of library books since 2003.

The student leaders of Delta-Psi in 2008-2009 were: Josh Abbotoy, president; Carl Harken, vice president; Kathleen Cooper, secretary; and Hannah Holliday and Joel Wellum, senators. Dr. Stephen Carls completed his 26th year as faculty advisor.

Some of the chapter’s activities during the year included a community service project at Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park, a 55th anniversary reception during Union’s Homecoming weekend, a formal French Christmas dinner, participation at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference, and a Carl Harken Baseball Day.


Phi Alpha Theta members in attendance at the February 19, 2009, plenary meeting and initiation include: (front row, left to right) Kathleen Cooper, Katie Mohler, Mary Alisa Techentin, Kate Cline, Lauren Bogdan, and Elizabeth Blevins; (second row, left to right), Charles Googe, Cameron White (wearing cap), Katelyn O’Roark, Dr. Judy LeForge, Hannah Holliday, and Joel Wellum; (back row, left to right), Joshua Abbotoy, Dr. Keith Bates, Carl Harken, Dr. Stephen Carls, Noah Arnold, and Andy Fortner.