The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College inducted new members to it’s Alpha Alpha Delta Chapter of the history honor society Phi Alpha Theta. Faculty advisor and Associate Professor of History, Dr. Scott Beekman, said he is proud of these students’ hard work to achieve membership and feels they are an example of Rio’s commitment to quality education.
“These students want to learn and go the extra mile in the field. Because this is a national organization, they also have the chance to go to conferences to network with other students and professionals and learn more about ongoing research others are doing. It’s a great supplement to their courses by enhancing the quality of their work and education,” Beekman said. “Our students can compete at a national level. I’m very proud of the effort they put in because of their love of history. Being the faculty advisor for this group is very rewarding.”
Phi Alpha Theta was founded in 1921 and has grown to include 860 chapters across the country with nearly 9,000 new members inducted each year. Rio’s Alpha Alpha Delta chapter was created in 1982 by Dr. Barry Thompson and Dr. Ivan Tribe.
The Alpha Alpha Delta Spring 2017 inductees are Keith Beatty, Matthew Bowman, Eric Buzzard, Cody Call, Brandon Coon, Justin May and Ciara Small. The organization also recognized graduating member, Amanda Baker.
For more information about the Alpha Alpha Delta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, contact Beekman at 740-245-7261.