NEWS RELEASE: Phi Alpha Theta celebrates new initiates as school year comes to a close.


News Release

From Pacific Lutheran University 

May 10, 2017

Rayne Allinson,


Pacific Lutheran University’s chapter of the national historical society Phi Alpha Theta, known to its members as PAT, welcomed 11 new students into the organization on May 4, 2017.

Phi Alpha Theta represents an opportunity for students to come together with their peers to share a common interest: history. Membership to the national organization is not limited to majors or minors, but does require a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and 12 credit hours in history. The current members of PAT on campus have varied interests; some study European history, some American, some plan on becoming history professors and some want to pursue a different path. What binds them together is their passion for history. Phi Alpha Theta offers scholarships nationwide to history students, in addition to hosting conferences for students and professors to present their research.

In the 2016-17 academic year, Phi Alpha Theta sponsored a variety of events around campus, including a Careers in History panel which featured alumni. The annual initiation ceremony was the most recent and crowning event of the year. Several members also took part in the first PLU Undergraduate Research Symposium, an event PLU hopes to host annually.

“It’s good for students to think about their role as historians, and see their role in informing and education others about the past, critical thinking and communication,” says Rayne Allinson, Ph. D., the current faculty advisor to Phi Alpha Theta at PLU.

The goals of PAT here at PLU is to bring together students to have meaningful conversations about history in their lives and encourage a sense of community among the history students of PLU.

For the 2017-18 school year, Phi Alpha Theta has even more exciting and engaging events up their sleeves, such as movie nights and coffee, in addition to the annual events PAT hosts. Phi Alpha Theta has a lot to celebrate as the semester ends; in addition to its newest members, the organization will send off five seniors in this year’s graduation.

Phi Alpha Theta welcomes all PLU students interested in history to attend its events next year and will be accepting new members next spring.


Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. It is a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. Phi Alpha Theta seeks to bring students and teachers together for intellectual and social exchanges, and promote and assist historical research and publication by its members in a variety of ways. For more information, visit


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