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UC Professor and Students attend Phi Alpha Theta Convention


(Left to Right) Kimberlee Farr, fall historian; Joe Dauscha, secretary; Matthew Kelley, president; Laura Brock, historian; Allyson Blessman, alumnus and Phi Alpha Theta member; Dr. M.C. Smith, faculty representative.

Williamsburg, Ky. – Four University of the Cumberlands (UC) students and a faculty representative attended the Phi Alpha Theta Convention on January 2-5, 2014 held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Matthew Kelley, a junior from Corbin, Kentucky serves as president of the Upsilon-Upsilon Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. Matthew was the chapter delegate and presented a paper, “The Battle of Narva: The Victory of Young Charles XII over Peter the Great”” which received positive remarks at the convention.

Laura Brock, a senior from London, KY serves as historian; Joe Dauscha, a junior from Huntland, TN serves as secretary, and Kimberlee Farr, a junior from Kennesaw, GA, served as the historian in the fall for Phi Alpha Theta. Dr. M.C. Smith served as panel moderator at the Conference and was the faculty representative for the Upsilon-Upsilon Chapter. In their free time the students and Dr. Smith were able to do sightseeing in Santa Fe and in Old Town, Albuquerque.

Founded in 1974, the Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in history, holds the distinction of being both the oldest and the most frequently honored society at University of the Cumberlands. Phi Alpha Theta has for thirty-six years recognized Upsilon-Upsilon as the best chapter in its division. 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 in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit