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Phi Alpha Theta Holds Fall Initiation and Plenary Meeting

Sep 17, 2012

Union’s Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society held its fall initiation and plenary meeting on September 17, 2012. Chapter Vice President Mary Ellen Poe led the initiation ceremony, and the following students were inducted: Chad Buckley, Katelynn Cordell, Jordan Hayes, and Ginny Seger. A fifth new member, Zach Thompson, was unable to attend. Delta-Psi President Jeffrey Lewoczko presented the inductees with their certificates of membership and Dr. Stephen Carls read a statement of congratulations from National Phi Alpha Theta Executive Director Dr. Graydon Tunstall.

Following the initiation, President Jeffrey presided over the chapter’s plenary meeting. He announced upcoming chapter events during the fall, including: the Best Chapter Award pizza party on September 28; the Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lectureship on October 25; the “Campus and Community” service project at Parker’s Crossroads Civil War Battlefield on November 6; and the French Christmas dinner on December 7. He also encouraged students to consider presenting a paper at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Belmont University on February 23, 2013. Vice President Mary Ellen suggested the idea of having a history program for students who participate in the Area Relief Ministries’ Hub Club, and received strong support from chapter members. Delta-Psi will plan such a program to take place on a weekday afternoon in March or April. Dr. Carls talked about the many opportunities that Phi Alpha Theta offers to its members at the national level and added that eligible students should think about presenting papers at the society’s national convention in January, 2014. Participants enjoyed refreshments and conversation together after the meeting was adjourned.


Phi Alpha Theta members take time for a group photo at the beginning of their fall initiation/plenary meeting on September 17, 2012. They are: (front row, left to right) Jordan Hayes, Wil Sloan, Mary Ellen Poe, Patricia Dawson, Gracie Wise, Logan Smith, Ginny Seger, and Dr. Stephen Carls; (second row, left to right) Dr. Keith Bates, Chad Buckley, Katelynn Cordell, Allie Durham, Heather Stricklin, Dr. Henry Allen, and Dr. Judy LeForge; (back row, left to right) Lowell Van Ness, Will Miller, Jeffrey Lewoczko, and Colton Gebben. Photo by Zac Calvert.


Delta-Psi Chapter Vice President Mary Ellen Poe leads the fall initiation ceremony at the chapter's meeting on September 17, 2012. Photo by Zac Calvert.


Delta-Psi Vice President Mary Ellen Poe (left) takes new Phi Alpha Theta members through the membership oath at the chapter's meeting on September 17, 2012. Photo by Zac Calvert.


Delta-Psi Chapter President Jeffrey Lewoczko (left) presents new Phi Alpha Theta members with their certificates of membership at the society's meeting on September 17, 2012. The new members in the photo are: (left to right) Ginny Seger, Jordan Hayes, and Chad Buckley. Photo by Zac Calvert.


Delta-Psi President Jeffrey Lewoczko presides over the chapter's plenary meeting on September 17, 2012.


Attendees at the Phi Alpha Theta initiation/plenary meeting on September 17 receive information about the upcoming Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lectureship. They are: (left to right) Chad Buckley, Allie Durham, Heather Stricklin, Dr. Henry Allen, and Dr. Judy LeForge.


Delta-Psi Vice President Mary Ellen Poe (dressed in blue) introduces the idea of a community service history program devoted to young students who are members of the Area Relief Ministries-sponsored Hub Club during the Phi Alpha Theta meeting on September 17, 2012. Chapter President Jeffrey Lewoczko is at the front left. Seated in the front row on the right are: (left to right) Jordan Hayes, Patricia Dawson, Gracie Wise, Logan Smith, and Ginny Seger.