OC History Students Place Third in National Journal Competition

For the second time in three years, OC’s history honor society placed third in Phi Alpha Theta’s national Nash History Journal competition.

“I want to give a hearty ‘well done’ to editor Kevin Anders and all the students who produced quality papers and book reviews,” said John Maple, the group’s sponsor and chair of the department of history and political science.

Phi Alpha Theta is an honor society for college history students and professors in the United States. It hosts regional and national conferences in which more than 350,000 students from 870 chapters compete. The OC chapter, known as Tau Sigma, was recognized earlier this year as a Best Chapter in the nation among smaller universities for the 15th consecutive year and 16th time overall.

Phi Alpha Theta’s executive director, Graydon Tunstall, praised OC’s efforts in the production of the “Oklahoma Christian Journal of Historical Studies.”

“The Tau Sigma chapter at Oklahoma Christian University stands as an example to our other chapters. The time and effort required to produce a historical journal is immense, and John’s willingness to undertake this task and maintain such a high standard of quality proves his and his students’ dedication to the study of history.”

OC President Mike O’Neal praised OC’s chapter as well.

“Congratulations to our Tau Sigma chapter for an unblemished and distinguished record. John and his students bring great honor to OC.” 

The Tau Sigma chapter will be honored at the end of chapel Friday when Maple presents the students with a certificate recognizing the club’s accomplishment.