Texas Wesleyan students represented the Omega Zeta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society at its Biennial Conference Jan. 4-7 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Participation in the conference was competitive among the Phi Alpha Theta members at Texas Wesleyan. Seven students were selected to represent the university. Each made a 15-20-minute presentation.
The History Program at Texas Wesleyan regularly provides students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their public speaking at such meetings. Additionally, the fielding of questions after each presentation enhanced students' presentation and cirtical thinking skills. During some down time at the conference, students and faculty visited the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.
Dr. Brenda Matthews (A.M. Pate Chair of American History), Dr. Alistair Maeer and Dr. Christopher Ohan accompanied the students and chaired sessions at the conference.
Student transportation to/from and accommodation in Albuquerque was provided by the generosity of the Dr. Elizabeth Alexander History Scholar Fund and the McCann Fund.
Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has more than 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters. The Omega Zeta Chapter was chartered at Texas Wesleyan on April 23, 1979.
For more information about Phi Alpha Theta or the History program at Texas Wesleyan, visit www.txwes.edu/history.