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Cumberlands’ Upsilon-Upsilon Wins Best Chapter Award Again


Pictured L to R (back row): John Baker (vice president), Dr. Eric Wake (chapter advisor), Jay Hannahs (president); (front row): Suekoilya Shelly (historian), Mary Osborne (secretary)

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands' Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta won the Nels A. Cleven award in Division I for the best chapter award competition. It has been named best chapter for schools with fewer than 3000 students for 29 of the last 30 years.

The highly competitive award involved submissions from many of the 800 chapters of Phi Alpha Theta, an international historical honor society. Upsilon-Upsilon was awarded $250 for this achievement.

"We at Alpha Theta understand the tremendous time and effort required to maintain the high level of activity demonstrated by your chapter," reported Graydon Tunstall, executive director of the international honor society. "It is obvious that the Upsilon-Upsilon chapter is an invaluable asset to Phi Alpha Theta."

The Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta has been established at University of the Cumberlands since 1974. It annually sponsors the oldest continuous lecture series on campus and publishes The Upsilonian, a journal that has won the outstanding journal award for schools with less than 150 majors. The chapter has also received the honor of hosting the Phi Alpha Theta convention three times.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts university in it 117th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs.