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Cumberlands’ Upsilon-Upsilon Wins Thirtieth Best Chapter Award

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. –University of the Cumberlands' Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta has won the historical honor society’s Best Chapter Award for 2007. In addition, it received the Nels A. Cleven Award for Division I, which is reserved for schools that have won the Best Chapter Award five or more times. Upsilon-Upsilon has been named Best Chapter 30 times and has won the Nels A. Cleven Award every year of that award’s existence.

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

“You have attained a goal for which all of out chapters should strive, and the commitment and dedication exhibited by Upsilon-Upsilon serves as an example to all,” said Graydon (Jack) Tunstall, executive director of the society. “The time and effort required to maintain such a high level of success is astounding. Upsilon-Upsilon has truly established itself as a model chapter.”

The Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta has been established at University of the Cumberlands since 1974 and was the 500th chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. It annually sponsors the oldest continuous lecture series on campus and recently published the 18th edition of 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 regional conference four times.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 118th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, graduate degrees and certifications in education as well as online programs.