At the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year, the Tau Sigma Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta received word that it had won its 17th consecutive Best Chapter Award for Division I, universities with 3000 or fewer students. Also, volume 20 of the Oklahoma Christian University Journal of Historical Studies came in third place in the Nash Journal Award competition in the category of schools without a graduate program in history. This year has been another active one, and the chapter will apply in June for our 18th consecutive Best Chapter Award. Among a number of activities in 2012-2013, back in November the chapter hosted a representative of Regent University Law School for an informative session on applying to law school. In December, members of the chapter attended the movie, Lincoln, with Dr. Gary Lindsey who teaches OC’s course on the Civil War. Twelve students will attend and seven will present papers at the Oklahoma Regional Conference at Oklahoma State University in late February. The chapter will help co-host the Oklahoma District 3 National History Day competition on campus on April 2. Officers for 2012-2013 are Brandon McWaters (fall semester) and Stacie Beach (spring semester), President; Lynneth Miller, Vice-President; Shannon Walcher, Secretary-Treasurer; and Melanie Alexander, Historian. Members include Erin Bos, Jillian Bryson, Jason Brunner, Dillon Byrd, Nick Conley, Tessa Henry, Tony Kajangwe, Caleb King, Ryan Kloesel, Hannah Massman, Amanda Mawson, Brandon McWaters, Lynneth Miller, Winston Ogletree, Stephen Reece, Sarah Roberts, Nikela Sandoval, Heath Steele, and Shana Tock.
Being in Phi Alpha Theta has definitely been a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Not only has it prepared me for graduate studies and to go into the academic profession, but it has also allowed me to spend time with my classmates and professors outside of the classroom. The amount of diversity in both interests and majors plays a significant role in our little "community," and I've enjoyed all of our activities together, which have included attending the 2012 National Conference in Florida last winter, visiting the Passages exhibit of Biblical artifacts last fall, and tutoring students in the lower division course, Turning Points in U.S. History.
--Stacie Beach, History major and President of Tau Sigma Chapter, 2012-2013
My involvement in Phi Alpha Theta helped me grow as a scholar and as a historian. The opportunities to present at both national and regional conferences, to submit papers to a journal, to edit a journal, and to tutor freshmen students have given me experience in my field that goes far beyond mere learning in a classroom. Finally, being a member of Phi Alpha Theta gave me the chance to get to know my fellow students on a much deeper level through our many activities and to build deeper relationships with my professors as well. For me, engagement with Phi Alpha Theta has taken learning from the classroom to the real world and allowed me to become a more impactful scholar, at Oklahoma Christian University and beyond.
--Lynneth Miller, History major and Vice President of Tau Sigma Chapter, 2012-2013