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Young Harris College Students and Faculty Inducted Into Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5310, klwaldroup@yhc.edu

Young Harris College Students and Faculty Inducted Into Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society 
Inaugural Chapter of Honor Society Installed at Young Harris College 
 
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Eighteen Young Harris College students and one faculty member were recently inducted as charter members of the Alpha Omicron Theta chapter of the national history honor society Phi Alpha Theta during a special ceremony held in Susan B. Harris Chapel on the YHC campus.
 
Phi Alpha Theta aims to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. The society also seeks to bring students and educators together for intellectual and social exchanges in order to encourage historical research and publication.
 
Founded in 1921, this American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history has more than 900 local chapters. Election to membership in Phi Alpha Theta is open to all undergraduates with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 overall and 3.1 for history courses with 12 semester hours completed.
 
New student members include senior history major Donald Bracewell of Alpharetta, Ga., senior history major Jesse Brock of Watkinsville, Ga., senior English major Stephen Bruce of Marietta, Ga., senior business and public policy major William Chastain of Hiawassee, Ga., senior history major Kara Cook of Kennesaw, Ga., senior history major Thomas Crosby of Coventry, England, junior history major Todd Croskey of Blairsville, Ga., junior history major John Daniels of Epworth, Ga., senior history major Jacob Davis of Dalton, Ga., junior history major Marie Dockery of Young Harris, Ga., senior history major Chelsea Hecox of Blairsville, Ga., senior English major Naomi Hyde of Talking Rock, Ga., senior history major Daniel Rubino of Blairsville, Ga., junior history major Georgiana Sampson of Blairsville, Ga., junior business and public policy major Gabrielle Smith of Murrayville, Ga., sophomore history major Megan Stowers of Murrayville, Ga., senior history major Connie Wallace of Hiawassee, Ga., and senior history major Coley Williams of Young Harris, Ga. The new faculty member is YHC Dean of Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Political Science Lee March, Ph.D.
 
Georgia Historical Society President W. Todd Groce, Ph.D., delivered the keynote address during the inauguration ceremony, while Phi Alpha Theta National Representative Emmett M. Essin II, Ph.D., YHC President Cathy Cox and YHC Assistant Professor of History and Phi Alpha Theta advisor Matthew Byron, Ph.D., welcomed the new members.
 
About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.
 
 
Charter members of the Alpha Omicron Theta chapter of the national history honor society Phi Alpha Theta include (back row, left to right) junior history major John Daniels of Epworth, Ga., senior history major Donald Bracewell of Alpharetta, Ga., senior history major Coley Williams of Young Harris, Ga., junior history major Todd Croskey of Blairsville, Ga., senior history major Thomas Crosby of Coventry, England, senior English major Stephen Bruce of Marietta, Ga., senior business and public policy major William Chastain of Hiawassee, Ga., YHC Assistant Professor of History and Phi Alpha Theta advisor Matthew Byron, Ph.D., (front row, left to right) senior history major Connie Wallace of Hiawassee, Ga., junior history major Marie Dockery of Young Harris, Ga., junior business and public policy major Gabrielle Smith of Murrayville, Ga., and sophomore history major Megan Stowers of Murrayville, Ga. 
 
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