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GSU Phi Alpha Theta members attending 2011 Regional PAT Conference at Mercer University

Phi Alpha Theta Activities

Phi Alpha Theta (Mu Tau Chapter)-News and Events-(Fall 2010-Spring 2011)

Phi Alpha Theta at GSU has inducted 58 members in the last three years. Recruitment continues year-round because students are constantly graduating! This year we inducted 18 new members!

Major accomplishments this year that raised the chapter’s visibility and connectivity:
(1) launch of semi-annual chapter newsletter;
(2) connection to GSU Student Activities’ OrgSync system;
(3) and initial construction of a Facebook page.

Below is a summary of activities for the academic year 2010-2011:

Fall

September 7: Publication of our chapter’s first semi-annual newsletter. Classroom visits and recruitment by Chapter President, Amy Wetsel.

September 15: Film Screening of “The Weather Underground” facilitated by new faculty member, Dr. John McMillian.

October 8: Joint Session with AGSUH (Association for GSU Historians), the graduate student group, and Phi Alpha Theta, “Thinking About Applying to Grad School.” Lunch and discussion.

October 13: Session for current and prospective history majors, “Navigating the History Major,” facilitated by Dr. Larry Youngs, Advisement Chair, and Dr. Glenn Eskew, Director of Undergraduate Studies.

December 3: Historical Tour of Stone Mountain Park and Museums and lunch at Fellini’s.

December 11: Commencement Ceremonies-Phi Alpha Theta member Megan Greer wins the Kell Award for academic excellence. Her prize winning paper from the Spring 2010 Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference is noted on the program.

Spring

February 4: Tour of NARA Southeast Region (the Federal Archives) in Morrow.

February 12: Phi Alpha Theta members attended the VIP reception for former South African President and Noble Peace Prize winner, F. W. de Klerk, one of the University’s Distinguished Speakers. Members also attended De Klerk’s address afterward.

February 18: Film Screening of “Cleopatra” facilitated by new faculty member, Dr. Lela Urquhart.

March 16: Peer review session for conference papers.

March 19: Four GSU Phi Alpha Theta members presented papers at the Regional Conference held at Mercer University. Former graduate student Lara Bowen won top honors for her paper on “Manufacturing Inequality: Paternalism, Class, and Gender in the Antebellum South: A Study of the Roswell Manufacturing Company.” Seth Clark won honorable mention for the paper he wrote in Dr. Glenn Eskew’s Georgia History class, entitled “Eugene Talmadge’s Manipulation of the Poor Dirt Farmer, 1935-1938.” Also making outstanding presentations were Alejandro Casillas, “Women in Cuba: Mothers, Daughters, Revolutionaries, Workers, and Prostitutes,” a paper he wrote in Dr. Michele Reid’s Modern Cuba class; and Andrew Dabney, “The ERA in Georgia: Fighting Against All Odds.”

April 30: Tour of the CNN Studios and celebration of graduating seniors.