Phi Alpha Theta

At the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year, the Tau Sigma Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta received word that it had won its 18th consecutive Best Chapter Award for Division I, universities with 3000 or fewer students. Also, volume 21 of the Oklahoma Christian University Journal of Historical Studies was named the Best Undergraduate Journal in the Nash Journal Award competition. The 2013-2014 academic year was another active one, and the chapter applied in June for our 19th consecutive Best Chapter Award.  Among a number of activities in 2013-2014, in November the chapter hosted a representative of Baylor University Law School for an informative session on applying to law school.  Four students presented their scholarship at the Phi Alpha Theta National Conference in Albuquerque in January.  Five students attended and four presented papers at the Oklahoma Regional Conference at Northeastern Oklahoma State University in March. The chapter helped co-host the Oklahoma District 3 National History Day competition on campus on April 1. In May and June, editor Erin Bos, assisted by Benjamin Hartman, created volume 22 of the Journal of Historical Studies.  Officers elected in the fall included Tessa Henry, President; Erin Bos, Vice-President; Jillian Bryson, Secretary (fall) and Collin Schnakenberg (spring); Shana Tock, Treasurer; and Megann Olsson, Historian.  Members included Ty Belt, Jason Brunner, Dillon Byrd, Mathew Engle, Bryan Gallegos, Benjamin Hartman, Ryan Kloesel, Hannah Massman, Garrett Marshall, Amanda Mawson, Ben Meaders, Winston Ogletree, Stephen Reece, Megan Reed, Heath Steele, Jess Tucker, and Lisa Wiseman.

Being in Phi Alpha Theta has definitely been a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Not only has it prepared me for graduate studies and to go into the academic profession, but it has also allowed me to spend time with my classmates and professors outside of the classroom. The amount of diversity in both interests and majors plays a significant role in our little "community," and I've enjoyed all of our activities together, which have included attending the 2012 National Conference in Florida last winter, visiting the Passages exhibit of Biblical artifacts last fall, and tutoring students in the lower division course, Turning Points in U.S. History.

--Stacie Beach, History major and President of Tau Sigma Chapter, 2012-2013


My involvement in Phi Alpha Theta helped me grow as a scholar and as a historian. The opportunities to present at both national and regional conferences, to submit papers to a journal, to edit a journal, and to tutor freshmen students have given me experience in my field that goes far beyond mere learning in a classroom. Finally, being a member of Phi Alpha Theta gave me the chance to get to know my fellow students on a much deeper level through our many activities and to build deeper relationships with my professors as well. For me, engagement with Phi Alpha Theta has taken learning from the classroom to the real world and allowed me to become a more impactful scholar, at Oklahoma Christian University and beyond.  

--Lynneth Miller, History major and Vice President of Tau Sigma Chapter, 2012-2013