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Record Number Attend Phi Alpha Theta Spring Initiation/Plenary Meeting

Feb 23, 2010
A record-setting thirty people attended the spring initiation/plenary meeting of Union’s Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society on the evening of February 23, 2010. The previous record attendance at such meetings was set last fall, when twenty-seven people were present.

The gathering’s formal activities began with Delta-Psi Vice President Katelyn O’Roark leading the induction of eight new members into the chapter and President Noah Arnold handing them their certificates of membership. The inductees were: Ericka King, Jonathan Lafitte, Julianne Little, Elizabeth McCrary, Caraline Rickard, Caitlin Roach, Emily Stephens, and Megan Winters.

Following the initiation ceremony, President Noah conducted the business end of the meeting. He began by narrating a PowerPoint photo presentation of the Delta-Psi Chapter’s trip to the 2010 Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Convention in San Diego on January 6-10. The election of chapter officers was the next agenda item, and the members elected to serve in the 2010-2011academic year were: Kate Cline, president; Katelyn O’Roark, vice-president; Elaura Highfield, secretary; and David Conway and Joel Wellum, senators. Noah continued the meeting by announcing upcoming Phi Alpha Theta events: the Delta-Psi Red T-shirt Spirit Day; the Sixth Annual Franco-American Confection and Bake Sale; the Alabama and Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conferences; the annual History Department Awards Banquet, and the 18th Annual Phi Alpha Theta/History Department Cookout at Dr. Carls’s home. Noah also mentioned the Dr. James Alex Baggett History Research Paper Competition that the department sponsors each spring. Dr. Stephen Carls, the faculty sponsor of Delta-Psi, talked about the national organization’s scholarship opportunities, paper competitions, and online store; he encouraged all members to go to www.phialphatheta.org to learn more about these and about Phi Alpha Theta generally. The meeting concluded with a brief photo session and refreshments.


Attendees at the Phi Alpha Theta initiation/plenary meeting on February 23, 2010, join together for a group photo. They are: (front row, left to right) Betsy Davis, Caraline Rickard, Cameron White, Megan Winters, Julianne Little, Elaura Highfield, Katelyn O’Roark, and Jonathan Lafitte; (middle row, left to right) Charles Googe, Micah Snow, David Conway, Kate Cline, Lauren Bogdan, Elizabeth McCrary, Emily Stephens, Ericka King, Elizabeth Blevins, Caitlin Roach, and Camille McCullar; (back row, left to right) Kathleen Cooper, Dr. Stephen Carls, Dr. Keith Bates, Joel Wellum, Noah Arnold, Andy Seaton, Travis Lutz, Kevin Reid, Katie Moeller, and Dr. Judy LeForge.


Delta-Psi Chapter Vice President Katelyn O’Roark invites Julianne Little (leaving her place in middle of photo, dressed in a blue top) to the front of the meeting room to be inducted into Phi Alpha Theta. Chapter President Noah Arnold stands next to Katelyn.


Phi Alpha Theta Vice President Katelyn O’Roark leads the new members in the initiation oath on February 23 while President Noah Arnold prepares to hand out certificates of membership. The new initiates are: (left to right) Megan Winters, Emily Stephens, Caitlin Roach, Caraline Rickard, Elizabeth McCrary, Julianne Little, Jonathan Lafitte, and Ericka King.


New Phi Alpha Theta initiates proudly hold their certificates of membership. They are: (left to right) Megan Winters, Emily Stephens, Caitlin Roach, Caraline Rickard, Elizabeth McCrary, Julianne Little, Jonathan Lafitte, and Ericka King.


Delta-Psi President Noah Arnold narrates the PowerPoint photo presentation on the chapter’s trip to the 2010 Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Convention in San Diego, California, on January 6-10. Vice President Katelyn O’Roark (left) serves as the technician for the show.


Delta-Psi President Noah Arnold makes some procedural remarks about the elections for Phi Alpha Theta officers for the 2010-2011 academic year.


Dr. Stephen Carls (front row, left) serves as the meeting secretary while Phi Alpha Theta President Noah Arnold conducts the February 23 business meeting of the society. Mary Alisa Techentin, the regular secretary, was not there, since she is spending the spring semester studying in Madrid, Spain.


Phi Alpha Theta members enjoy a light moment together at the Delta-Psi Chapter meeting on February 23. They are: (front row, left to right) Micah Snow, Cameron Armstrong, and Caraline Rickard; (second row, left to right) Joel Wellum and Andy Seaton.


Students listen to and take notes on Chapter President Noah Arnold’s announcement of dates for Delta-Psi spring activities in 2010. They are (left to right, faces visible) Charles Googe (at far end of row), Cameron White, Megan Winters, Julianne Little, Elaura Highfield, Elizabeth McCrary, and Emily Stephens.


Dr. Stephen Carls displays a Delta-Psi Chapter custom-designed Phi Alpha Theta T-shirt while mentioning the chapter’s upcoming Spirit Day on March 15. All initiates received a T-shirt as a part of their membership package.


Phi Alpha Theta members attending the February 23 initiation/plenary meeting sit together at the end of their gathering. They are: (front row, left to right) Katelyn O’Roark, Noah Arnold, Dr. Stephen Carls, David Conway, Caitlin Roach, and Elizabeth Blevins; (second row, left to right) Charles Googe, Micah Snow, Cameron White, Caraline Rickard, Lauren Bogdan, Megan Winters, Julianne Little, Elaura Highfield, Elizabeth McCrary, Emily Stephens, and Ericka King; (third row, left to right) Dr. Keith Bates, Betsy Davis, Kate Cline, Joel Wellum, Andy Seaton, Travis Lutz, Kevin Reid, Katie Moeller, and Dr. Judy LeForge; (back row, left to right), Kathleen Cooper and Camille McCullar. Jordan Buie was the photographer.


Newly elected officers for 2010-2011stand together following the plenary meeting of February 23. They are (left to right): Elaura Highfield, secretary; Joel Wellum, senator; Katelyn O’Roark, vice president; and Kate Cline, president. David Conway (not pictured) is also a senator for 2010-2011.