UC Hosts Annual Phi Alpha Theta Conference

The Bennett Building, home of UC's History Department.

Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society at University of the Cumberlands (UC), hosted universities from across the Commonwealth for the annual regional conference March 4, 2017. At the conference, undergraduate and graduate students presented research papers on various historical topics.

“Hosting the Kentucky Regional Conference is an opportunity to show off the beauty of our campus to other schools from across the Commonwealth,” said Dr. Nathan Coleman, faculty advisor for UC’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. “At the same time, and given our history of winning best chapter award, it was a chance for our chapter to show that while we may be small compared to the state schools, our students possess tremendous talent.”

Two UC students took home awards during the conference. Tristan New, a senior from Whitley City, Kentucky, won first place for his essay about the First Amendment, while Olivia O’Malley, a junior from Idaho Falls, Idaho, tied for second place for her paper about Anglo-American relations during the Inter-Treaty Period. A total of 18 papers were presented throughout the conference.

“We could not be more proud of Tristan, Olivia and our students,” Coleman said.

The ultimate objective of the conference was to bring together the regional chapters of Phi Alpha Theta to celebrate and share knowledge and to give students practice for future presentations. It was also a way for students to recognize their academic accomplishments with their peers from across the state.

“It was really nice to bring the organization together and get to know people,” said Gared Dalton, a history major from Western Kentucky University who attended the conference. “By the time we got to present, it eased my nerves because I’ve already met and talked to these people [in the panel audience].”

Located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, University of the Cumberlands is an institute of regional distinction that currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major areas of study; 10 pre-professional programs; 10 graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certificates in education; and online programs.