Phi Alpha Theta

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 Phi Alpha Theta
National Honor Society in History
Pi Nu Chapter
Advisor: Roger Davis
Phone: 865-8771
Phi Alpha Theta, The History Honor Society was established in 1921 and has grown to over 800 active chapters. The Pi Nu chapter was founded at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1970 and to date has 401 members and alumni.To qualify for membership in Phi Alpha Theta an undergraduate student must have completed at least 12 hours of History courses with a 3.1 average in those courses, and have at least a 3.0 average in two thirds of all other course work. Applications for membership can be obtained from the Faculty Adviser or from any officer of the Pi Nu chapter.
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Pi Nu Officers 2014-2015

Pi Nu President Colten Hartman
President: James Tidei

Hi! My name is James Tidei. I am originally from the northern suburbs of Chicago, but moved to Nebraska to complete my undergraduate degree in History and never left! I have been married to my wife Sarabeth for three years now and we have lived in Kearney for about a year now.   I am one of the Graduate Assistants in the History Department and have loved every minute of it. I am currently working on my thesis about the role of the United States Christian Commission, a benevolent religious organization during the Civil War (similar to the Red Cross). I am a HUGE sports fan and root for the Green Bay Packers (the best team in the NFL), the Chicago Blackhawks, the Chicago Cubs (sigh...there IS always next year), and the Chicago Bulls (DA Bulls).  My favorite periods of History include the Revolutionary and Civil War time periods and one of my favorite places to visit is Gettysburg.  I am excited to work with everyone in Phi Alpha Theta and look forward to a wonderful upc year! Oh, and I really like llamas.

Vice President Damares Campos
Vice-President: Damares Campos

Hey there! My name is Damares Campos and I am honored to be serving as ​Vice-President of PAT this year. Here is a little about myself. I was born in San Antonio, Texas but most of my life I have lived here in Kearney. I graduated Kearney High and after a delay I came to UNK to study History Social Sciences Comprehensive. After UNK I hope to gain admission to UNL Law. I keep myself busy with school, work, church and family. In my free time I love to travel anywhere and learn about other cultures. Though I admit most of my free time is spent watching TV. My explanation for this is since I know Spanish and English watching TV is never boring for me. As for PAT, I hope this year every member enjoys being a part of it!

 Secretary Grace Synek
Secretary: Grace Synek
My name is Grace Synek. I am a senior at UNK majoring in history and math education. I am actually originally from Kearney, Nebraska. In my free time, I enjoy reading, biking, hiking, writing, and cheering on the Huskers.  I am excited about being the Phi Alpha Theta secretary this year, and I am looking forward to a fun and enjoyable year.
 Dr. Davis, Faculty Advisor
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Roger Davis
Professor of History
Greetings. I teach Latin American and United States history and do research on Hispanics in the Great Plains region and on political culture in 19th century South America. I am originally from Ohio, and spent my graduate years in Tucson, Arizona, before setting down roots here in central Nebraska. Phi Alpha Theta is a great organization providing opportunities for students to be recognized for their academic achievements in the discipline of History.

Phi Alpha Theta Activities and Awards

Congratulations to Phi Alpha Theta for their 2014 national Best Chapter Award!  A special thanks for this award goes to the 2013-2014 PAT Officers: Colton Hartman, Megan Veburg, and Stephanie Lyons!

PAT Award

PAT Sponsored Speaker Tom Bueckner of the Nebraska State Historical Society (with Dr. Ellis in the right hand image)

Mr. BuecknerTom Bueckner and Dr. Ellis

Christmas Time in the History Department

Christmas Lopers

Christmas Tree Display at Trails and Rails Museum

Megan and Colten with TreeTree TopperClose Up

Phi Alpha Theta Meeting

PAT Meeting

UNK Blue and Gold Days

Blue and Gold