Front Row: Reilly Groder, Maggie Slawson, Caroline McMaster and Lindsay Decker; Back Row: Blake Bowman, Cullen Chandler (faculty), Michael Tusay and Murray Shackelford.
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The Lycoming College chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the honor society for history students, inducted seven new members during a ceremony on March 18.
The new members include: Reilly Groder, a sophomore with a major in criminal justice from Pittstown, New Jersey; Maggie Slawson, a sophomore with a major in history from Robinson, Pennsylvania; Caroline McMaster, a junior with a major in history from Budd Lake, New Jersey; Lindsay Decker, a junior with a major in history from Shapleigh, Maine; Blake Bowman, a sophomore with a major in history from Valley View, Pennsylvania; Cullen Chandler, Ph.D., department chair and associate professor of history; Michael Tusay, a junior with a major in history from North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania; and Murray Shackelford, a sophomore with a major in history from Capitol Heights, Maryland.
Christopher Pearl, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, and Sarah Silkey, Ph.D., associate professor of history, serve as co-advisors of the Lycoming College chapter. To be considered for induction, students must complete four courses in history with a minimum history course GPA of 3.1, a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall, and be in the top 35% of the class. Membership is not limited to history majors.
Founded in 1921, Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has over 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters.