Posted: Tuesday, 05 May 2009

DOTHAN – Troy University’s History and Political Science Department at the Dothan Campus recently initiated two students and a faculty member into the Iota Mu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the nationwide History Honor Society.

Al Edwards of Enterprise, Hayden McDaniel of Dothan and Christopher Shaffer, director of the Dothan Campus Library, were welcomed into the honor society on April 5.

To be initiated into the society, undergraduate students must have taken at least four history classes, have a GPA of 3.25 in those classes and have an overall grade point average of more than 3.1. Professors above the rank of instructor are automatically eligible for membership.

Founded in 1921 at the University of Arkansas, Phi Alpha Theta brings together authors, researchers, teachers and students for intellectual exchange and to promote historical study. It consists of more than 839 chapters in fifty states, and has initiated more than 350,000 members since its inception.

The Dothan Campus has initiated members into Phi Alpha Theta since 2003.

The Alabama Chapter of SIM provides scholarship awards through proceeds generated by the organization’s annual golf tournament. Over the past two years, the Alabama Chapter has supported TROY information systems majors with $7,000 in scholarship awards.

Sue Bell Cobb

Troy University’s History and Political Science Department at the Dothan Campus recently initiated students Al Edwards of Enterprise and Hayden McDaniel of Dothan and Dothan Campus Library Director Christopher Shaffer into the Iota Mu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the nationwide History Honor Society. Pictured left to right are: faculty advisor Dr. Marty Olliff, Edwards, McDaniel, Shaffer and Dr. Robert Saunders, Jr., Chair of the Dothan Campus History Department. (TROY photo)