Phi Alpha Theta inducts six Northwestern students

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Phi Alpha Theta inducts six Northwestern students

Six Northwestern Oklahoma State University students have been inducted into the Phi Alpha Theta honor society.

Those inducted include Harold Henson, Alva sophomore; Jose Luis Martinez, Jr., Woodward senior; Michelle Penner, Cherokee junior; Ashley Ross, Enid junior; Clifford Smith, Helena post-graduate; and Eva Souleyman, a December graduate from the country of Chad.

The purpose of Phi Alpha Theta is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas.

Dr. Roger Hardaway, professor of history, has been the adviser to Northwestern’s Phi Alpha Theta chapter since 2004.

Hardaway explained that membership is open to only a few students each year.

“Members do not have to be history majors, but they do have to take several courses in the discipline and also have excellent grades,” Hardaway said. “By being selective in its membership, Phi Alpha Theta ensures that being inducted into the organization is truly an honor.”

Phi Alpha Theta was organized in 1921 at the University of Arkansas and has more than 850 chapters throughout the United States. Currently, more than 900,000 people, including all current Northwestern history professors, are members.

“These six students are to be commended for maintaining good grades and for upholding the lofty goals of Phi Alpha Theta,” Hardaway said.