The University of Arkansas at Monticello chapter of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society has been selected to receive the National Best Chapter Award for the fourth consecutive year.
Chapters are judged based on their activities during the previous year, the academic achievement of student members, service projects, and new programs. The UAM chapter was selected from colleges and universities with enrollments between 3,000 and 6,000.
As part of the award, the chapter will receive a grant to purchase books for UAM’s Taylor Library and Technology Center.
“To win this award four times in a row is an outstanding achievement,” said Dr. Kyle Day, assistant professor of history and faculty co-advisor to the UAM chapter. “Only a few chapters in Phi Alpha Theta history have achieved such a distinction. We’re proud that our students can compete on this level with students and chapters from around the country.”
Notable activities this past year included chapter members Paula Trotter and Christopher Carr presenting papers at the Arkansas Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference in Russellville. Chapter members also worked with local churches in helping to clean and restore local African-American cemeteries. Working with the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ Horizons Program, chapter members participated in a history field course that took them to sites of historical importance related to the civil rights movement.
Phi Alpha Theta was founded at the University of Arkansas in 1921 and today has more than 900 chapters and 300,000 members at colleges and universities across the country. Members must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on at least 12 semester hours in history. The UAM chapter was founded in 2007 and is comprised of 31 students and six faculty members.