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Phi Alpha Theta

Our chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national History Honor Society, was established in May 2007. Phi Alpha Theta was established in 1921 and is a charter member of the Association of College Honor Societies. It has over 800 active chapters and 275,000 members. Phi Alpha Theta publishes a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, The Historian, and convenes 35 regional meetings each year. 

National Biennial Conference

Two chapter members, John Langdon (2103) and Julia Rowe (2014), presented their research at the national biennial research conference of PAT in Albuquerque, New Mexico in January 2014.  Langdon's paper, "Iola Brubeck: Social Justice Advocacy Through Jazz And Sacred Choral Music," uses primary source research from the Brubeck Collection at the University of the Pacific.  Rowe's paper, "The Virginia Delegation: Decision to Sign the Constitution," makes use of national documents at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. where Rowe spent the fall 2013 semester participating in the Washington Semester Program.

 Helgren     Rowe and Langton
PAT Chapter Advisor Dr. Jennifer Helgren and student presenters Julia Rowe (2014) and John Langdon (History 2013) attended the Phi Alpha Theta Biennial National Conference in Albuquerque, Jan. 2-5, 2014. 

Regional Conference

The University of the Pacific regularly participates in the annual Northern California regional conference. Pacific students have won prizes for outstanding research:

  • Amy Langford won first prize for her essay "World Take a Holiday": Cold War Politics, Race and the Meaning of Jazz in Dave and Iola Brubeck's The Real Ambassadors in 2010.
  • Aman Bhangal won third prize for Best Undergraduate Paper for her essay "Gender as a Topic of the Holocaust" in 2011.
  • John Langdon won first prize for Best Undergraduate Paper for his essay "Iola Brubeck: Social Justice Advocacy Through Jazz and Sacred Choral Music" in 2013.

The 2014 regional conference was held at California State University at Chico in April.  Julia Rowe (history 2014) presented "The Virginia Delegation: Decision to Sign the Constitution" and Joshua Rayburn (history 2014) presented "Through the Eyes of God: The Protestant Christian View of Chinese Immigrants in California during the latter half of the 19th century" 

The 2015 regional conference will be held at California State University at Stanislaus in April 2015.  More details will be posted later. 

Spring Initiation and Graduation Party

Our initiation and graduation party took place at the end of the year party, at the home of Professor Albala in Stockton. Graduating seniors received a crimson Phi Alpha Theta sash to wear over their robes denoting their achievement. Parents and friends were encouraged to attend this event.

2014 Seniors
2014 seniors: John Langdon, Joe Graham, Justin Hough, Joshua Rayburn, Megan Piper, Emily Reber, Julia Rowe, and Julia Lee

Kyle Shin
Kyle Shin (Vice President)

Piper, Felkins, Rodriguez
Megan Piper, Nicole Felkins (President), Alyssa Rodriguez (Treasurer)