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  • Phi Alpha Theta







    Apply for membership

    To apply for membership, fill out this form and return to Rebecca Viner (401B Wimberly) by the next deadline: Friday, September 23, 2016. Paper copies are also available outside 403M Carl Wimberly Hall. Initiation Ceremony will be held during the week of October 17.

    Membership Requirements are:

    At least 12 credit hours in history completed BEFORE application.
    3.1 or higher GPA in history
    3.0 or higher overall GPA

    Note: Membership is NOT limited to history majors or minors.

    As a member of Phi Alpha Theta, you will receive:

    1. The use of a PAT honor cord for your UW-La Crosse graduation, and opportunity to purchase other regalia.
    2. The honor of being inducted into a local chapter of a national fraternity at a yearly ceremony.
    3. Networking opportunities with local, regional and national history students at Phi Alpha Theta events.
    4. The right to claim this membership on your resume or curriculum vita.
    5. An official membership certificate.
    6. A one-year subscription (4 issues) to the quarterly journal, The Historian.
    7. New members’ names will be printed in a future issue of The Historian (allow approximately 6 months for names to be published).

    Questions? Visit or email Gita V. Pai

    What is Phi Alpha Theta?
    For the first time in the history of UW-La Crosse, the History Department was granted permission to found a chapter of the national history honorary fraternity, Phi Alpha Theta in 2010. This ninety-year-old organization promotes history research, teaching, scholarship and education across the nation. There are over 900 chapters of PAT at colleges, universities and institutions of higher education across the United States. Undergraduate and graduate students, as members of Phi Alpha Theta, participate in activities to celebrate and promote the study of history. Many students travel to regional or national conferences to present or hear historical scholarship. This is the first taste of active historical research for most students, and a number of the current faculty members at UW-La Crosse were members of PAT in their own time as students.
    Special thanks to ProfessorJames Longhurst for establishing a Phi Alpha Theta chapter at UW-La Crosse.


    Dakota (Cody) Stuckey, President
    Abigail Turner, Vice President
    Michelle Kelly, Treasurer

    Kayley Brown, Secretary

    Faculty Advisor:

    Professor Marti Lybeck (2016-2017)
    Professor Gita V. Pai (on leave 2016-2017)


    Garrett Carlson, President
    Callie O'Conner, Vice President
    Joey Barr, Treasurer
    Dakota (Cody) Stuckey, Secretary

    Rob Belle/Garrett Carlson, President
    Calli Niemi, Vice President
    Julia Roden, Treasurer

    Rebecca Schnabel, Secretary

    Recent Activities:

    Candy Cane Fundraiser

    Thursday, December 9, 2015

    Candy Cane 1 Candy Cane 2

    Aaron Brown and Calli Niemi sell Chancellor Joe Gow a candy cane.

    2015 Phi Alpha Theta Initiation Ceremony

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 

    2015 PAT initiation 1

    PAT president Garrett Carlson opens the initiation ceremony.

    2015 PAT initiation 2

    2015 PAT initiation 3

    Krystle Thomas receives her certificate from Kathryn Witt and History Dept. Chair John Grider.

    2015 PAT initiation 4

    Aaron Brown, Rebecca Schnabel, Julia Roden, Callie O'Conner, Kathryn Witt, and Calli Niemi read the Six Great Age.

    2015 PAT initiation 5

    2015 PAT initiation 6

    New initiates: Luke Erlandson, John Forneris, Leah Genz, James Gillingham, Robert Grover, Michelle Kelly, Matthew Krier, Dean McGuire, Krystle Thomas, Melissa Troutt, Abigail Turner, and Zachery Wallenfang.

    With Garrett Carlson, Calli Niemi, Callie O'Conner, Roman Lulloff, Jenny DeRocher, Kathryn Witt, Rebecca Schanabel, and Cody Stuckey.

    2015 History Hunt

    Saturday, October 10, 2015

    Downtown, La Crosse

    History Hunt 2Organizers: Calli Niemi and Julia Roden

    History Hunt 1

    Roman Lulloff as lumbar baron Gideon Hixon

    History Hunt 3Aaron Brown and Nick Mauel

    History Hunt 4

    Garrett Carlson as Hixon

    History Hunt 5Kathryn Witt and Cody Stuckey

    2015 Campus Close-Up

    Friday, April 24, 2015

    Cartwright Center, UWL

    Witt2Kathryn Witt


    Potential students receive information about UWL's History Department.

     2015 History Movie Night

    Thursday, April 23, 2015

    Centennial Hall, UWL

    PAT Schindler's List Poster Normal Size


    2015 Hear Here Launch Event

    Sunday, April 12, 2015
    Pamperin Tobacco Company Building, La Crosse

    Gebo Braun SauermanRachel Gebo, Cody Braun, and Luke Sauerman

     Abbie Turner

    Abbie Turner


    2015 National History Day

    Monday, March 30, 2015
    Cartwright and Graff Main Hall, UWL

    NHD1Aaron Brown, Calli Niemi, Becca Schnabel, Rachel Gebo, Callie O'Connor, Chantra Potts, and Julia Roden.

    Garfin Graff GuideKate Garfin as a Graff Guide.


    2015 Bowling Night

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015
    All Star Lanes, La Crosse 

    Bowling NightJenny DeRocher, Roman Lulloff, Garrett Carlson, Rob Belle, Calli Niemi, Nick Mauel, Joey Barr, Cody Elliott, Rachel Gebo, Aaron Brown, Callie O'Connor, Becca Schnabel, and Julia Roden.


    2015 Valentine's Day Fundraiser

    Thursday, February 13, 2015
    Whitney Center, UWL

    Valentine's flowersJenny DeRocher, Julia Roden, and Luke Sauerman sell carnations.

    2014 Phi Alpha Theta Initiation Ceremony

    Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Cartwright Center Port O'Call

    History Department Chair, Professor John Grider welcomes the audience.

    PAT members Robert Belle, Calli Niemi, Rebecca Schnabel, and Kathryn Witt describe the six great historical ages.

    Provost Heidi Macpherson congratulates new initiate Nicholas Mauel.

    2014-2015 PAT members of the Alpha Xi Eta chapter at UW-La Crosse: 

    Joey Barr, Rob Belle, Cody Braun, Aaron Brown, Garrett Carlson, Sara Crook, Talia Dacquisto, Jenny DeRocher, Cody Elliott, Kate Garfin, Rachel Gebo, Hannah Gothard, Kelsey Hamlin, Anna Hageness, Harrison Jackson, Dessa Karl, Roman Lulloff, Nick Mauel, Calli Niemi, Callie O' Connor, Chantra Potts, Julia Roden, Luke Sauerman, Becca Schnabel, Marty Selleck, Cody Stuckey, and Kathryn Witt.


    Next application deadline: Friday, September 11, 2015.

    Previous Activities:


    Author Talk: UW-La Crosse Emeritus Professor Les Crocker discussed his book We've Hung the Lantern (2013), a visual account of UW-La Crosse's architectural history, at the Cleary Alumni & Friends Center on October 1, 2013.


    Morser Poster

    Author Talk: On March 23, 2011, recent UW-Madison PhD Eric J. Morser spoke about his book Hinterland Dreams: Political Economy of a Midwestern City (2010), a detailed history of 19th-century La Crosse. Phi Alpha Theta, UW-La Crosse History Department, and the La Crosse Public Library sponsored this public event held in the Cartwright Center Ward Room.


    Mouser Poster

    2012 Initiation Ceremony, Centennial Hall of Nations: UW-La Crosse Emeritus Professor Bruce Mouser shared "The Historian's Dilemma: Finding the Narrative Arc" on April 27, 2012. Mouser is author of For Labor, Race, and Liberty: George Edwin Taylor, His Historic Run for the White House, and the Making of Independent Black Politics, which includes research about the history of La Crosse.


    Spring 2011 & 2012 Trips to St. Mary's: Students traveled to the St. Mary's University of Minnesota Student History Research Symposium to present their historical research to their peers.


    Stovey Poster

    2011 Initiation Ceremony, Cartwright Center Ward Room: On May 5, 2011 Patricia Stovey, recent UW-Madison PhD in Educational Policy Studies, talked about her dissertation High School on the Middle Border that addresses the history of education in La Crosse region's small towns.


    Spring 2010 Installation Ceremony, Carl Wimberly Hall: On March 6, 2010, UW-La Crosse's Department of History was granted the right to form its own chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. Both the College of Liberal Studies newsletter and the PAT national newsletter described the event. The Charter Members of this new honorary are listed below. 

    Charter Members:
    From the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse Administration
    Chancellor Joe Gow 
    Provost Kathleen Enz-Finken 
    College of Liberal Studies Dean Ruthann Benson 
    From the UW-La Crosse Department of History Faculty
    Deborah Buffton 
    Mark W. Chavalas 
    John T. Grider 
    Jess Hollenback 
    Gerald S. Iguchi 
    Barbara Kooiman 
    Donald LaCoss 
    Charles Lee (Department Chair)
    James Longhurst 
    Marti M. Lybeck 
    Victor Macias-Gonzalez 
    Heidi Morrison 
    Shelley A. Sinclair
    Kendall Staggs
    From the UW-La Crosse Student Body
    Kelsey M. Ajango 
    Joshua John Arens 
    Kyle B. Carrabine 
    Patrick M. Eddy
    John R. Emery 
    Luke J. Johnson 
    Bradley J. Masche 
    Emily A. Ness 
    Kelly A. Nussbaum 
    Allyson A. Obermeier 
    Emily A. O’Neal 
    Rebecca J. Putzer 
    Anna B. Schmidt 
    Edward C. Staats 
    Hannah M. Zander

    Installation Ceremony:
    PAT National Board member and University of Southern Indiana Professor Jason Hardgrave formally installs the chapter.


    Installation Crowd Chot
    Members of the UW-La Crosse community attend the installation ceremony.


    Student Intiates
    Professor James Longhurst initiates students into the newly-formed Alpha Xi Eta chapter.