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TWU History Honor Society earns second consecutive national Best Chapter Award


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Cutline: TWU’s Phi Alpha Theta members attend at the 2013 Northeast Texas Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Midwestern State University in April. Shown are, from left: Hollie Teague, Kaitlyn Waynen, LeAnn Boyce, Tomasz Granowski, Kristin Binyon, Michael Garofalo, Jillion Becker, Rene Garofalo, Chapter adviser Dr. Jacob Blosser, Sharon McDonald, Aiesha McFadden, Aubri Thurmond and Amanda Roberts.
DENTON — The Texas Woman’s University chapter of the national history honor society Phi Alpha Theta is one of only 21 chapters in the nation to receive a Best Chapter Award from the national Phi Alpha Theta organization. This is the second consecutive year the chapter has received this distinction from Phi Alpha Theta, which has more than 900 chapters in the U.S.

The TWU group was named a “Best Chapter” in the nation for Division IV, which includes colleges and universities with enrollments of 10,001 to 15,000 students. As part of the award, TWU’s chapter will be featured in an upcoming issue of Phi Alpha Theta’s national publication, The News Letter, and the TWU Department of History and Government will receive $250 to purchase history books.

Dr. Jacob M. Blosser, TWU associate professor of history and Phi Alpha Theta adviser, attributes the national recognition to the TWU chapter’s commitment to students’ academic development and its work to build strong community partnerships. TWU has a long track record of encouraging students to present their research papers at Phi Alpha Theta conferences and to publish it in the chapter’s peer-reviewed, academic journal, Ibid. In addition, the chapter partnered with the Denton Girl Scout Troop 4709 to raise more than 650 pounds of food for a local food pantry and partnered with a Denton preschool to host a “History Field Day” for 20 children ages 4 and 5 at TWU’s Denton campus.

“By emphasizing student scholarship and community service, the chapter is continuing its commitment to promoting student excellence in both academia and civic engagement,” Dr. Blosser said.

In 2012, the TWU chapter won its first Best Chapter Award.

Founded in 1921, Phi Alpha Theta has chapters on more than 900 campuses across the United States. Membership in the society is open to undergraduate and graduate students, who meet specific academic criteria. Though members once were exclusively history majors, a majority of new members now come from disciplines across the university. For more information on TWU’s Phi Alpha Theta, visit

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