Western’s inductees into the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society and their History League mission.
Nicholas A. Fischer Staff Writer
On the Night of Oct. 17, five Western students were inducted into the National Honor Society for Historians, Phi Alpha Theta. Their induction marked the revival of the society’s chapter at Western.
The students who were inducted into Phi Alpha Theta after meeting the societies requirements of achieving a 3.1 GPA in minimum of 12 credit hours of history courses and have an overall GPA of 3.0 are History majors Desiree Hunter, Colin Fogerty, Nicholas Fischer, Christopher Santangelo, and Political Science major Kyle Beyer.
The ceremony was conducted by Western State Professor of History, Dr. Heather Thiessen-Reily after taking over Western’s chapter of the honor society for the retired Dr. Stewart. Dr. Thiessen-Reily said when she took over the chapter all she received was a “sad little box” that had only a few candles, a box of matches, and part of an old induction speech. However, with a little research and ingenuity, Dr. Thiessen-Reily was able to provide the students with a unique ceremony.
The experience reflected what it meant to the students to be involved in the History program at Western. Senior, Christopher Santangelo, said that the induction, “made official our interest, involvement, and achievements in the History program at Western.”
In addition to hosting the induction at her Halloween decorated home, Dr. Thiessen-Reily also prepared a chili dinner for the students that senior Kyle Beyer said was, “some of the most awesome chili he has had.” A meal is always a true sign of appreciation for any hard working college student, especially if it is home cooked, and bellies were full for days with extras sent home with the students.
All five students are also members of Western’s History League, a fledgling club that has also been recently revived over the last two years.
During the evening of Oct. 29, Western’s History League conducted a Halloween History tour of the campus. The tour was to highlight the history of the of the various buildings around campus as well provide some spooky stories about some of the buildings. The tour finished in front of Taylor Hall at sunset and was passed by group of deer on their own tour of campus.
Western’s History League is currently working on building a catapult to stage a snow fort siege to send off the club’s seniors with completion of one the clubs original desires. The History League also holds a game night for anyone interested in playing historical games like “Axis and Ally’s” or “Risk.”
As a club for the discussion of our histories, the History League is open to anyone interested in conversing and debating about any topic, as they all relate to our history, is welcome to join any meeting held on Thursday at 12:30 pm in the upstairs lounge in Kelly Hall or game nights on Friday in the library.
Colin Fogerty provided a quote from British Historian G. M. Trevelyan to sum up what being a historian means to those members of the History League that were inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, “Since history has no properly scientific value, its only purpose is educative. And if Historians neglect to educate the public, if they fail to interest it intelligently in the past, then all their historical learning is valueless except in so far as it educates themselves.”