Two students from Enid inducted into history honor society

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Two students from Enid inducted into history honor society

May 4, 2012 

Two Northwestern Oklahoma State University students have been inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the only honor society for history students in the United States. Both Tanner Schantz, junior, and Sarah Owens, senior, from Enid take history courses via ITV from Northwestern-Enid.

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, assisted by Dr. Eric Schmaltz, associate professor of history, conducted the induction ceremony on April 30. Hardaway 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 also have to have excellent grades. Every year, we have some students who would like to become members but are not qualified. 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. “Both Tanner and Sarah very much deserve this honor that they have earned.”