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UC Professor and Students attend Phi Alpha Theta Convention


(left to right) Kiersten Friend, vice president; Joshua Lowe, historian; Taylor Bowman, president; and Dr. Eric Wake, faculty advisor.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Three University of the Cumberlands students presented papers on January 6-9 at the 2010 Phi Alpha Theta Convention held in San Diego, California.

Kiersten Friend, a senior from Wheatfield, Ind., serves as vice president of Phi Alpha Theta; Joshua Lowe, a senior from Williamsburg, serves as historian; and Taylor Bowman, a senior from Escondido, Calif., serves as president. Bowman presented a paper on the “Unlawful Death of Charles I,” which received positive marks at the convention.

The Convention was the largest to be held in the history of Phi Alpha Theta, with nearly 400 people in attendance. The Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was recognized for winning the best chapter award in its division at the convention’s Presidential Banquet.

In their free time the students were able to do sightseeing, wade in the Pacific Ocean, and tour the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier & Museum in San Diego.

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-two 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.