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Cumberlands’ Upsilon-Upsilon receives third prize in national history journal competition

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. –University of the Cumberlands' Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta has been awarded third prize in the historical honor society’s 2008 Gerald D. Nash History Journal Award for the publication of The Upsilonian.

The highly competitive award involved submissions from many of the more than 870 chapters of Phi Alpha Theta, the international historical honor society. Upsilon-Upsilon was awarded $100 for this achievement.

The chapter has been named “Best Chapter” for schools with fewer than 3000 students for 31 of the last 32 years.

“The Upsilon-Upsilon chapter at the University of the Cumberlands stands as an example to the more than 870 chapters of Phi Alpha Theta,” said Graydon (Jack) Tunstall, executive director of the society, in a letter to Dr. Eric Wake, Upsilon-Upsilon’s faculty advisor. “The time and effort required to produce a historical journal is immense, and your willingness to undertake this task and maintain such a high standard of quality proves the dedication of you and your students to the study of history.”

The Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was established in 1974 as the 500th chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. It annually sponsors the oldest continuous lecture series on campus and recently published the 19th 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.