St. Bonaventure University’s Department of History inducted 16 new members into the national honor society Phi Alpha Theta Monday, April 28.
To be eligible for this honor, students had to complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in history, possess an overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum of 3.1 in history. Associate professor of history Dr. Karen Robbins shared that being inducted into Phi Alpha Theta is not just about a student’s academic excellence but also their love for history.
“Phi Alpha Theta is a national honor society that not only encourages excellence but fosters the love of history whether one chooses to major in it or not,” Robbins said. “We celebrate all those who appreciate history and know that it must be studied well to promote society’s best interests.”
The following students were inducted: Sara E. Apenowich, a history major from Avoca, N. Y.; Leah D. Brownstein, a history major from Amherst, N.Y.; Jacob M. Bunce, an elementary education/ special education major from Kennedy, N.Y.; Rachel W. Farrell, a history major from Allegany, N.Y.; Anna M. Ciesla, a journalism and mass communication major from Franklinville, N.Y.; Andrew Gagne, a history major from Canandaigua, N.Y.; Michele J. Madonna, a history major from Cicero, N.Y.; Chelsea O’Connor-Rosiek, a history major from Hamburg, N.Y.; Maximilian J. Schneller, a history major from Hurley, N.Y.; Nicholas Siciliano, a history major from Valley Stream, N.Y.; Michael J. Specht, a history major from East Aurora, N.Y.; Christina A. Stankewicz, a history major from Peconic, N.Y.; Mariah Wolford, a history major from Tidioute, Pa.; Kevin J. Yehl, a history major from Olean, N.Y.; Matthew J. Zaros, a history major from N. Caldwell, N.J.; and Christina H. Zoppi, a history major from Hanover, Mass.
Founded in 1921, Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has more than 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters.
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