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Cumberlands’ Upsilon-Upsilon wins its 33rd Best Chapter Award

Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands’ Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta has again received the national history honor society's best chapter award for Division I, which includes schools with enrolments 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 best chapter for 33 of the last 34 years.

p>“As I look back over the 34 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. 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.