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Cumberlands’ Upsilon-Upsilon wins its 35th Best Chapter Award


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands’ Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta has again for the thirty-fifth year received the national history honor society's best chapter award for Division I, which includes schools with enrollments 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 the best chapter for 35 of the last 36 years.

“As I look back on the years that I have been the advisor of the chapter, I remember the students who have worked so hard to maintain the winning tradition,” said Dr. Eric Wake, professor and chair of the history department, who serves as the group’s adviser. “Several presidents have proclaimed that we could not, indeed would not, lose the award when they were president. The Department is extremely proud of all who participate in keeping this tradition alive because it is a team effort. It could not have been possible without the help of the students, faculty, and staff of the department.”

The Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was established at University of the Cumberlands in 1974. As one of the most active organizations on campus, Upsilon-Upsilon sponsors a popular lecture series, fundraisers, social events, and publishes the scholarly journal, The Upsilonian.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.”