Phi Alpha Theta inducts three Northwestern students

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Phi Alpha Theta inducts three Northwestern students

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

Those inducted include Rance Castleberry, Alva senior; Dylan VanCuren, Ponca City senior; and April Smith, a senior from Lucien.

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

For more information contact Hardaway at (580) 327-8520 or by e-mail at