The legacy continues

September 25, 2008

by Samantha Horn

Lambda-Rho, a chapter of the history honor society Phi Alpha Theta, has once again been recognized by the national Phi Alpha Theta Society as the best chapter in the nation.

The chapter has additionally been awarded the Nels A. Cleven Award for the fifth time in a row in Division IV, which includes colleges and universities with an enrollment of 10,000 to 15,000 students.

According to a press release, Graydon A. “Jack” Tunstall, Phi Alpha Theta’s national executive director, said, “The Cleven Award is reserved for those chapters who have won the Best Chapter Award five or more times, thus exhibiting a unique level of excellence.”

Judging for the award is based on documented chapter activities held throughout each academic year.

During the 2007-08 year, Phi Alpha Theta members organized public programs such as a used book sale, joint research paper conference with students at Grambling State University and even served as judges for local school social studies fairs.

Stephen Webre, a Phi Alpha Theta adviser and history department head, said, “The student leadership we see in Phi Alpha Theta is a great source of pride to Louisiana Tech. This kind of leadership is a tradition at Tech.”

According to its national Web site, Phi Alpha Theta is the United States’ oldest and largest disciplinary honor society. Members do not necessarily have to be history majors, but must have an outstanding academic record with a GPA no lower than 3.0 and have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in history courses.

“I’m definitely proud of the organization,” Brandy Blanchard, Phi Alpha Theta 2008-09 president and second year graduate student of history, said. “Winning the award makes it hard, though, because that is quite a legacy to live up to. It is daunting, but exciting.”