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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. 


Current student members of our Alpha Mu Omega chapter include:

Cooper Stivers (social science 2014); Joe Graham (history, 2014); Justin Hough (history, 2014); John Imfeld (history, 2014); Julia Lee (history, 2014); Megan Piper (history, 2014); Joshua Rayburn (history, 2014); Emily Reber (history, 2014); Julia Rowe (history, 2014); Kyle Shin (history, 2016).

The chapter is looking for new members and volunteers. Please see Chapter Advisor Dr. Jennifer Helgren (jhelgren@pacific.edu) for more information.

Chapter Officers for 2013-2014

President: Justin Hough

Vice President: 
 Megan Piper
Molly Macierz 
Treasurer: Julia Lee 

Chapter Meetings

The chapter meets two or three times per semester on campus (Date and time are TBA).

Our chapter is on   Facebook and has a Sakai site. 

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 will be held at California State University at Chico April 11 and 12, 2014.  

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.