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Members of Cumberlands Phi Alpha Theta Present at Conference


Matthew Brotherton, Dr. Eric Wake, and Kyla Fitz-Gerald attended the 2011 Kentucky-Jackson Purchase Student Phi Alpha Theta Conference where Kyla earned third place.

Williamsburg, Ky. - On April 1-2, 2011 two members of University of the Cumberlands (UC) Upsilon-Upsilon Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta attended the 2011 Kentucky-Jackson Purchase Student Phi Alpha Theta Conference. Those in attendance were UC faculty sponsor Dr. Eric L. Wake along with students Kyla Fitz-Gerald (Lexington, Ky.) and Matthew Brotherton (Harrison, Oh). Both students attended the conference to present their research papers.

Kyla Fitz-Gerald, a rising senior and the president of the Upsilon-Upsilon Chapter at UC, gave her presentation entitled Mungo Park’s Life and Works in the Public Eye.” Kyla’s research paper was written in Uc’s class entitled Special Topics: Europe 1618-1815.

Matthew Brotherton, a senior and the secretary of the Upsilon-Upsilon Chapter at UC, gave his presentation entitled “Broken Promises? The Guarantee Clause of Article IV, Section 4, and the Right to Vote.” Matthew’s research paper was written in his UC Senior Capstone class - Issues in History.

Overall there were 37 research papers presented at the conference with Fitz-Gerald’s paper on Mungo Park tying for 3rd place in the undergraduate competition.

“I am extremely proud of Kyla, as she stepped out of her comfort zone to represent the chapter and the university,” said Dr. Wake. €She did a fantastic job.”

The Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was established at University of the Cumberlands in 1974. The group 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.

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