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.

Members of the UAM chapter of Phi Alpha Theta are (seated, from left) Trae Wisecarver, vice president, a junior history major from Crossett; Rebekah Vaught, president, a senior English and history major from Lake Village; (standing, from left) Dr. Clint Young, assistant professor of history and faculty co-advisor; Sarah Pasterniak of Monticello, a senior history and art major; Jason Higgins of Monticello, a junior history major; Chris Carr, secretary, a senior general studies major from Lake Village; James L. Hall, historian, a senior general studies major from Pine Bluff; Quinton Morgan, treasurer, a senior history and modern languages major from Monticello; and Dr. John Kyle Day, assistant professor of history and faculty co-advisor.

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.