Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society

For over forty years, the history department has been proud to have a chapter of the national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. The organization has been part of Hartwick College since 1968 when Professor Emeritus of History, Leonard Pudelka, helped establish the local chapter, Nu Theta.

Phi Alpha Theta's mission states, "we are a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. We seek to bring students, teachers, and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication of our members in a variety of ways."

Members are inducted by invitation and must have taken at least four history classes, have a history GPA of 3.1 or higher and an overall GPA of 3.0. Currently, there are about 30 members of Hartwick's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. The president for 2008-2009 will be history major Megan Benson ('10).

In recent years, members of Phi Alpha Theta have attended its annual, regional conference. In April 2007, Hartwick Phi Alpha Theta members presented papers at the conference in SUNY-Fredonia. Presentations included Meredith Pascale's 'Birmingham, Alabama as a Cold War Battleground,' Ashley Kern's 'Journeymen Tailors and the Transition of Artisan Life in Nineteenth-century Philadelphia,' Alicia Root's 'Victoria Woodhull and the Women's Suffrage Movement in the 1870s,' Emily Squire, 'The Office of the First Lady: An Evolving Institution or a Projection of Traditional Gender Roles in a Liberalizing Society,' and Matthew Bennett's 'Pre-World War II Hartwick College Views.' History major Ashley Kern won an award for her session, 'American Revolution and Republic.' In April 2008, Hartwick Phi Alpha Theta members attended the conference at Ithaca College. Presentations included Megan Benson's 'Mathew Hopkins and England's Great Witch-hunt,' Matthew Bigelow's 'Benito Mussolini, Italian Foreign Policy, and the Jewish Question: 1935-1938,' and James Walsh's 'The Irish Civil War within the Spanish Civil War: The Campaigns of Eoin O'Duffy and Frank Ryan.' James Walsh won an award for his paper.

The history department thanks Saxton Fellow Amanda Brinzow ('08), who compiled the information on Phi Alpha Theta for this page.