Phi Alpha Theta – Congratulations to New Inductees

Phi Alpha Theta Group Zoom Photo

The Department of History and American Studies was delighted to welcome new inductees to the Phi Alpha Theta honor society this past week. Phi Alpha Theta is the academic honor society founded in 1921 to “promote the study of study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.”

UMW’s own Upsilon Delta chapter is happy to announce the induction of the following new members:


Alexander T. Moses
Jaelynn K. Scott
Grace Anne Corkran
Kimberly A. Eastridge
Nicole A Haynes
Madelyn K. Shiflett
Jonathan Zwemer
Michael Silberstein
Emily Lauren Thompson
Sydney J. Morrison
Gianna Banish
Deborah Hunnel
Jacob R. James


Cody M. Youngblood
Katie Cecilia Molina
Jean-Pierre Maldonado
Morgan L. Gilbert
Madison F. Kidwell
Megan E. Williams
Lauryn M. Bailey
Emilia L. Michalkiewicz
Taylor E. Coleman
Chandler Carlson
Lyndsey Marie Clark
Christopher A. O’Neil
Karl Jessen

Congratulations again to our 2020 and 2021 Phi Alpha Theta members! More information on Phi Alpha Theta can be found here.

Vance Award and Phi Alpha Theta Inductees

The Department of History and American Studies was very happy to celebrate the University of Mary Washington’s 2018 Commencement with seniors this past weekenDrew Mesa and Dr. Nabil Al-Tikriti at Commencement, sharing Vance Awardd, both at our departmental reception on Friday and at the grand event on Saturday. Congratulations to all!

We also were happy to announce this year’s Joseph Carroll Vance Award for Excellence in Historical Research, which was presented to Drew Mesa for composing the best senior thesis this past 2017-2018 academic year.

Our Department also recently celebrated the 2018 induction of new members to the History Honors Society, Phi Alpha Theta, including Marianne Brokaw, Jessie Cavolt, Lauren Frey, Claire Goode, Paige Hildebrand, Sarah Jones, Maggie Lewandowski, Andrew Snead, and Joshua Hunt. Officers Nicole Spreeman and Madeline Coughlin presided at the initiation at our April Department banquet.

UMW Phi Alpha Theta 2018 Initiates


Vance Award-Winner Drew Mesa and Dr. Nabil Al-Tikriti (above)

Phi Alpha Theta 2018 Initiates (right)

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Call for Papers – Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society Regional Conference

Members of the History honors society Phi Alpha Theta are invited to participate in the 2011 PAT Regional Conference at Virginia Wesleyan College at Norfolk / Virginia Beach, VA. The event will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2011. The final deadline for paper submission and registration is Friday, February 18th; fees are due one week earlier.

If you are interested in participating, please contact our UMW Phi Alpha Theta advisor, Dr. Susan Fernsebner (sfernseb [at] umw [dot] edu) and submit your registration fee to her by Friday, February 11th.

See below for full details:

2011 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference
Saturday 26 March 2011

At Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk/Va. Beach, VA

Paper submission, Registration and Fee Payment Deadline: Friday February 18, 2011

Virginia Wesleyan College is proud to host the 2011 Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society VA Regional Conference. We invite PAT members from all VA campuses to submit graduate and undergraduate papers on any topic of history.  Papers submitted (four copies plus completed registration form, please) by the February 18 deadline will be judged by historians outside the state for awards in Graduate and Undergraduate divisions of World, European, and United States History. Papers submitted to be judged may be of any reasonable length; however, by the time of the conference students must refine and edit their papers into a 20 minute presentation, which equals about 10-11 typed, double spaced pages when read aloud. Each of our conference rooms is equipped with computer, projector, and Video/DVD technology for those who choose to use it.

A registration fee of $25 and a completed registration form (attached) must accompany four copies of each paper submission.   The registration fee helps us provide morning snacks, a buffet luncheon, an honorarium for the keynote speaker, and prizes for all our student winners.

Detailed travel and lodging directions to follow.

Dr. Clay Drees
Department of History
Virginia Wesleyan College
1584 Wesleyan Drive
Norfolk, VA 23502–5599