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    Phi Alpha Theta is a national history club that has 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters across the United States and Canada.  We seek to bring students and teachers together for intellectual and social exchanges. If you like to hang out with people who share your enthusiasm for old stuff - whether it's ancient Egypt, colonial architecture, or Cold War Politics - then consider joining.   Phi Alpha Theta is a nationally recognized honor society and once you join, you are a member for life. Being a member of this organization looks great on your resume and will be well regarded by potential employers.  Members also have the opportunity to network with the professional historical community by going to regional conferences and learn about resources for professionals and history buffs in the Spokane area.

    Here are some of the things we do in Phi Alpha Theta at Eastern:

    Guest Speakers and workshops on a wide variety of historical specialties
    Judge Middle School and High School papers at National History Day
    Celebrate great historical events like Cinco de Mayo
    Field Trips to historical locales
    Film screenings, Fund raising shenanigans, and Trivia contests

    Membership:   Application


    - Must have at least 12 quarter credits in history (or 3 courses)
    - Must have a GPA of at least 3.1 in history and a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA.

    Graduate Students:

    - Must have at least 12 quarter credits toward their Master's Degree.
    - Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better.

    *There is a $40.00 fee per student payable at the time of initiation.

    *Membership in Phi Alpha Theta is a lifetime membership

    Major Events: 

    * The annual Phi Alpha Theta regional conference allows students to present original research and meet other historians from around the Northwest. If you are interested in attending, the deadline for abstracts is in early February. You must be a registered member of the national Phi Alpha Theta organization to take part. For more information please visit

    Upcoming Events:
    Winter Quarter Meetings and Events flyer


    Fall 2016

    Monday, October 26th,  12:00-1:00 pm - Patterson 215
    Monday, November 9th, 12:00-1:00 pm - Patterson 215
    Monday, November 23rd, 12:00-1:00 pm - Patterson 215

    For more information, visit our Facebook page or the history department announcement board outside of Patterson Hall 103

    Officers for the Omega Psi Chapter, 2014-2015:

    President: Logan Camporeale
    Vice President: Benjamin Gaynor
    Treasurer:  Alexandra Honican
    Secretary: Renee Riller
    Kelsey Lavelle

    Contact Information: 


    Phone: (509) 359-2337



    Faculty Advisor:  

    Professor Ann Le Bar

    (509) 359-6084

    103-O Patterson Hall

    National Contact:

    Phone: (800) 394-8195 or (813) 974-8215




    Contact Information

    Valerie Burnett
    103 Patterson Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004-2424

    phone: 509.359.6238

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