Harding chapter of Phi Alpha Theta receives Best Chapter Award

Harding University’s international history honor society Phi Alpha Theta chapter, Eta Phi, received the Best Chapter Award in Division II for the chapter’s active 2009-10 year.

This summer, the 50-member chapter was able to submit a scrapbook for a Phi Alpha Theta competition detailing the events of Eta Phi’s previous year. The chapter’s display of activity won them the award in their division, which includes schools across the nation with enrollments between 3,000 and 6,000 students. The award also provided the chapter with a stipend for books to add to their departmental reading room.

The chapter chooses a historical theme each year to focus their activities around, and events include lectures by senior professors and local veterans and several fellowship events.

This semester, the chapter chose imperialism for their theme and participated in a number of related activities, including a trip to the Ozark Medieval Fortress, history versus Hollywood movie nights, and a themed lecture by Dr. David Adams, Harding assistant professor of history.

The Eta Phi chapter was founded at Harding in 1960 by Dr. Ray Muncy to honor students’ achievements, teach the importance of historical truth, and encourage students to bond with each other as they pursue excellence in their field of study as well as their faith.