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APSU's history honor society wins Chapter of the Year

If you were to ask Dr. Minoa Uffelman, assistant professor of history, about the local Austin Peay chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, shed probably tell you its one of the best clubs in the nation. She, however, isnt making some grand, unwarranted claim. Its a fact, and she has the award to prove it.

Earlier this month, the National PAT named APSUs Theta Delta chapter the Best Chapter of 2009 for Division III. The award is given nationally to different divisions, with Division III consisting of universities with 5,000 to 10,000 students.
If you were to ask Dr. Minoa Uffelman, assistant professor of history, about the local Austin Peay chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, she'd probably tell you it's one of the best clubs in the nation. She, however, isn't making some grand, unwarranted claim. It's a fact, and she has the award to prove it.

Earlier this month, the National PAT named APSU's Theta Delta chapter the “Best Chapter of 2009” for Division III. The award is given nationally to different divisions, with Division III consisting of universities with 5,000 to 10,000 students.

“It is an honor that National PAT recognized our chapter with the ‘Best Chapter Award.'” Uffelman, the club's adviser, said. “The students haven't slowed down.”

During the past year, she said Theta Delta members prepared and presented papers at the Ohio Valley History Conference, hosted the regional PAT conference with 120 people in attendance, won a Black History Quiz Bowl and “held lectures, workshops, roundtables and participated in numerous campus activities.”

Dewey Browder, chair of the University's Department of History and Philosophy, said he isn't surprised by the club's newest accolade due to all the hard work done by its students and faculty adviser.

“The designation of the APSU Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta as a ‘Best Chapter' is on the mark,” he said. “I am in touch with history departments across the nation, and I know of no other chapter that does as many things as our chapter does. And of great importance is the fact that we do them well. Dr. Uffelman and her student officers, Denise Richards, Julia Dittrich and Leslie Crouch, have done, and are doing, great work.”

This is Uffelman's third year as the Theta Delta adviser, and in that time, the chapter has ratcheted up its visibility across campus. Club members regularly participate in events such as Plant the Campus Red and homecoming activities.

This higher profile of the club led Student Affairs to recently name Uffelman “Adviser of the Year.”

“Being the adviser to Phi Alpha Theta is one of the most rewarding positions I've ever had,” she said. “I work with an incredible group of students. They are smart, dedicated, hard working and fun.”

The chapter received a certificate from the PAT honoring this distinction, which will be on display in the History Major Student Lounge. The club will also be awarded $250 for books for the library, and Michael Ramsey, the club's 2009-10 president, is suggesting they purchase two books dealing with the French and Indian War.

For more information on the chapter, contact Uffleman at 931-221-7704 or uffelmanm@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth