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Nazareth Students Present at History Honor Society Conference

Published April 18, 2019

Six members of Nazareth College’s national history honor society presented original research papers at the New York/West Central Regional Phi Alpha Theta History Conference at the University of Buffalo in mid-April. The students include: Joshua Fess, Freddy Stein, Erika Klock, Sarah Dugas, Jacob Kabat, and Jessica McCane. There were 52 papers presented by students representing 13 colleges and universities in New York, Pennsylvania, and Canada.

Joshua Fess won a “Best of the Conference” for his paper titled  Regimental Trivialization: The Lost Legacy of Rochester's Eighth New York Volunteer Cavalry.

Nazareth History Professors Timothy Thibodeau, Tim Kneeland, and Tom Lappas served as both session chairs and judges.  The national president of Phi Alpha Theta, Dr. Clayton Drees (Virginia Wesleyan University) also attended.

“I have attended 17 of these regional conferences, and the one Nazareth hosted last year and the one we attended this year had one of the strongest showings by Nazareth students that I can remember,” said Profesor Thibodeau. “We are obviously very proud of them!”

Phi Alpha Theta is honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society boasts over 400,000 members with around 9,000 new members joining each year through 970 national chapters.  

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L -R: Joshua Fess, Freddy Stein, Erika Klock, Sarah Dugas, Jacob Kabat, and Jessica McCane.