NKU's Alpha Beta Phi sets national standard of excellence

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NKU's Alpha Beta Phi Sets National Standard of Excellence

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – For the 20th time in the past 21 years, the Northern Kentucky University chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society has received the organization’s Best Chapter Award. And this year Alpha Beta Phi was again presented with the 2012 Nels A. Clevel Award.

“This award reflects our students’ commitment to excellence in academics and in community engagement, and it illustrates that they do those things better than any other chapter in the country,” said Dr. William Landon, interim chair of the NKU History and Geography Department.

Phi Alpha Theta has more than 930 chapters across the country. Chapters are divided into six divisions based on their college’s student enrollment. To promote student interest and love of history, the organization offers a number of prizes and awards for members. The society gives its Best Chapter Award based on student activities, community service and participation in local and national Phi Alpha Theta events.

“We have a few chapters that have won as many awards as NKU,” said Dr. Graydon Tunstall, executive director of Phi Alpha Theta, “but we consider NKU to be one of our flagship chapters for its long record of impressive success.”

The Cleven Award was established in 2003 to recognize perennial winners of the Best Chapter Award. This is the second time in the last five years NKU has received the national award of distinction.

The Alpha Beta Phi chapter at NKU publishes the scholarly journal, Perspectives in History, each year. Members have also delivered research papers at Phi Alpha Theta national conventions.

Landon, who has served as faculty advisor for Alpha Beta Phi, knows the level of commitment NKU students have made to the organization.

“Here is a group of dedicated young women and men who have put the mission of our university – its dedication to public service and community engagement and the rigors of academics – into practice,” Landon said. “And, they manage to have an exceptionally good time doing it.”

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