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Cumberlands' Upsilon-Upsilon wins its 34th Best Chapter Award


The 34 certificates of honor are proudly displayed in the History & Political Science Department.

Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands’ Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta has again for the thirty-fourth year received the national history honor society's best chapter award for Division I, which includes schools with enrollments of less than 3,000.

The highly competitive award involved submissions from many of the 800 chapters of Phi Alpha Theta. UC's chapter was awarded $250 for its achievement.

Upsilon-Upsilon received the Nels A. Cleven Award, which is given only to schools that have been named best chapter more than five times.

“This is our most notable distinction considering the tremendous time and effort required to maintain a chapter of this caliber so consistently,” wrote Graydon Tunstall, executive director of Phi Alpha Theta. UC's organization has won the best chapter for 34 of the last 35 years.

“As I look back over the 35 years, it is impossible to imagine that the chapter could have attained such a feat," reported Dr. Eric Wake, professor and chair of the history department, who serves as the group’s adviser. "Few schools have even come close to this record. I just thank God that the department and, especially our students, have fought so hard to obtain such a record."

The Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was established at University of the Cumberlands in 1974. As one of the most active organizations on campus, Upsilon-Upsilon sponsors a popular lecture series, fundraisers, social events, and publishes the scholarly journal, The Upsilonian.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.