Phi Alpha Theta inducts two Northwestern students

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Phi Alpha Theta inducts two Northwestern students

Two Northwestern Oklahoma State University students have been inducted into the Phi Alpha Theta honor society. Caitlin Nichols, Chester senior, and Marcie Rutter, December 2012 Master of Education graduate from Ponca City, were recently inducted into Northwestern’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.

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,” Hardaway said.

“But they do have to take several courses in the discipline, and they also have to have excellent grades. 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 two students are to be commended for maintaining good grades and for upholding the purposes of Phi Alpha Theta,” Hardaway said.