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June 29, 2006
Contact: Nancie Lockwood, Department of History, 785) 864-9436.

KU history department announces new Phi Alpha Theta honor society members

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas chapter of Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society honored 22 student initiates at a recognition reception May 13 at the Adams Alumni Center.

Students were invited to join Phi Alpha Theta if they had completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in history courses with a grade-point average of at least 3.1 and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. They do not have to be history majors to be eligible for membership.

Phi Alpha Theta seeks to promote the study of history by encouraging research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. The KU and national chapters offer members opportunities to present historical research at conventions and professional conferences.

Jonathan Earle, associate professor of history and associate director for academic programming at the Dole Institute of Politics, is faculty adviser to KU’s Alpha Omicron chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.

Initiates are listed below by hometown, major, parents’ names (when available) and high school attended.

ALLEN COUNTY
From Iola
Chelsea Dawn Beshore, senior in history and international studies, daughter of Clay and Stephanie Beshore; Iola Senior High School.

DICKINSON COUNTY
From Abilene
Megan Leigh Berry, graduating senior in history, daughter of Marlin and Judy Berry; Abilene High School.

From Chapman
David Paul Wiese, senior in history and political science, son of Merve and Kay Wiese; Chapman High School.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Kelvin Dana Adkins-Heljeson, senior in history and pre-elementary education, son of Marla and Dana Adkins-Heljeson; Lawrence Free State High School.

Karen M. Bentley, junior in history, political science and journalism and mass communications (strategic communications emphasis), daughter of Terrence and Mary Bentley; Lawrence High School.

Brendan Hurst Gallagher, graduating senior in history, son of Martha Coffman and Carl Gallagher; Lawrence Free State High School.

Reed Hayden Jones, junior in history and political science, son of David and Beverly Jones; Blair Academy, Blairstown, N.J.

Kathy A. Lafferty, senior in history; Central Bucks High School West, Doylestown, Pa.

Jason Matthew Schwartz, graduating senior in English with a minor in history, son of Nancy Hubble; Lawrence High School.

FINNEY COUNTY
From Garden City
Alexander C. Melin, graduating senior in Slavic languages and literatures and master’s degree student in Russian and East European studies, son of Bruce and Christine Melin; Garden City Senior High School.

FORD COUNTY
From Dodge City
Kristin Marie Riedlinger, senior in history, daughter of Marilyn Bilyeu; Dodge City Senior High School.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Lenexa
Sarah Mahoney Mueting, senior in history, Latin American studies and Spanish, daughter of Ann Mueting; St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

From Mission Hills
Samuel Brittain Stepp, junior in political science, son of Timothy and Deborah Stepp; Shawnee Mission East High School.

From Overland Park
Robert Donald Blaney, graduating senior in Slavic languages and literatures, son of Michael and Susan Blaney; Shawnee Mission East High School.

James Walsh Roberts, junior in history and political science, son of Thomas and Sally Roberts; Shawnee Mission South High School.

RILEY COUNTY
From Manhattan
Allison Elizabeth Green, junior in history and political science, daughter of Dickie and Barbara Green; Manhattan High School.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Valley Center (ZIP 67147)
Mara Michelle Bertsch, senior in history, daughter of Bruce and Brenda Bertsch; Valley Center High School.

From Wichita (ZIP 67206)
Amanda Lynn Marnell, senior in journalism and mass communications (strategic communications emphasis); Wichita High School Southeast.

Kathryn M. Zickuhr, senior in history and Slavic languages and literatures, daughter of Thomas and Brenda Zickuhr; Wichita High School East.

ILLINOIS
From Elgin (ZIP 60123)
Joseph N. Nickels, graduating senior in history and philosophy, son of Joseph J. and Katherine A. Nickels; St. Edward Central Catholic High School.

IOWA
From Iowa City (ZIP 52245)
Philip Robert George, senior in history, son of Robert and Cindy George; City High School.

MINNESOTA
From North Oaks (ZIP 55127)
Ryan Peter Hilger, senior in political science with a minor in history, son of Peter and Rebecca Hilger; Mounds Park Academy, St. Paul.

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