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Members of Cumberlands Phi Alpha Theta Present at Conference


Kyla Fitz-Gerald

Williamsburg, Ky. - On March 31, 2012 two members of University of the Cumberlands (UC) Upsilon-Upsilon Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta attended the 2012 Kentucky-Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta at Thomas More College. Those in attendance were UC faculty sponsor Dr. Eric L. Wake along with students Kyla Fitz-Gerald (Lexington, Ky.) and Jared Coleman (Jacksonville, Florida). Both students attended the conference to present their research papers.

Kyla Fitz-Gerald, a senior and president of the Upsilon-Upsilon Chapter in fall 2011 at UC, gave her presentation entitled “Robert H. Goddard: The Secrecy of a Physics Professor.” Kyla’s research paper was written in the Issues of History class, a senior capstone course. The paper was named runner-up at the undergraduate competition.


Jared Coleman

Jared Coleman, a senior and the president of the Upsilon-Upsilon Chapter in spring 2012 at UC, gave his presentation entitled “Power, the True Purpose behind the Tennessee Valley Authority.” Coleman’s research paper was written in his UC Senior Capstone class - Issues in Political Science.

“I am extremely proud of Kyla, as she stepped out of her comfort zone to represent the chapter and the university,” said Dr. Wake. “She did a fantastic job.”

The Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was established at University of the Cumberlands in 1974. The group annually sponsors the oldest continuous lecture series on campus and publishes 'The Upsilonian,' a journal that has won the outstanding journal award for schools with less than 150 majors.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in 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.