After submitting a total of four students’ essays, Oklahoma Christian University’s Tau Sigma chapter of Phi Alpha Theta recently won its 23rd consecutive Best Chapter Award.
Established in 1921, the nationally-recognized historical honors society has more than 200,000 members from across the U.S.. According to Phi Alpha Theta President Brandon Kiefer, the society helps hone the skills of history students by introducing them to the profession of history through conferences.
“I got involved with OC’s Phi Alpha Theta chapter in the fall of my sophomore year,” Kiefer said. “Our Phi Alpha Theta chapter requires that students complete a few history courses with a high GPA before they are considered for entry, so I was eligible for induction following the end of my freshman year.
Being president of Phi Alpha Theta has been a really good experience. It has taught me to value the scholarship in my field more, and it has introduced me to several other members of the organization from across the country, which has helped me to grow in both my knowledge and appreciation of history.”
In addition to Kiefer, sophomore Sam Day became a part of Phi Alpha Theta at the beginning of this year, giving him the chance to attend networking conferences with resume-boosting opportunities.
“What makes our Phi Alpha Theta chapter so special is the great faculty support and expertise that our professors give,” Kiefer said. “Dr. Maple, our primary sponsor, has been sponsoring the club in every year that it has won the Best Chapter Award. His guidance and expertise in all facets of the organization are paramount to our success as a chapter. In addition, the other history faculty, Dr. Lindsey and Dr. McCook, are first-rate historians as well, and they really help the students develop the skills to write successful papers and present at conferences.”
Day also attributes Maple to the success of Oklahoma Christian’s chapter.
“Our award goes back to people like Dr. Maple who have really committed to the organization as well as committed students who put out good content,” Day said. “Phi Alpha Theta has really helped with my research skills, and I will continue to be a part of it in the future.”