Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society

The honor society in the field of history is PHI ALPHA THETA. To be invited to become a member, a student must meet certain standards set by the national organization. They include being in the upper 35% of the class, completion of 12 hours in history with a B average, and the maintenance of a B average in at least two-thirds of the remainder of your course work. Professor Rupp is the faculty adviser to WFU Phi Alpha Theta.  Like us on Facebook .  See photos of our annual PAT banquet.

Please return at the start of the Fall 2015 Semester for information about upcoming events and group officers.


Events Held in Spring 2015

Thursday, January 29 @ 4:30 in Tribble A-104
“The Boomerang Effect: How Wake Forest Launched A Southern Girl to Asia and Brought Her Back Home Again.” Dr. Noell Howell Wilson graduated from Wake Forest University with honors in history in 1994. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in HIstory and East Asian Languages in 2004 from Harvard University. Come hear about her intellectual journey from Wake Forest to Harvard to the University of Mississippi where she is currently Associate Professor of History.

Events Held in Spring 2014

Thurs., Feb. 13        Invitations Sent Out to Qualifying Students by E-Mail

Thurs., Feb. 20       Deadline to Submit Proposals to Participate in Regional PAT Conferences at Elizabeth City State University OR Brenau University

Mon., Feb. 24-28   Week-Long Residency by Distinguished Scholar Dr. Pete Daniel, Retired Curator, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, and WFU Alumnus

Monday, Mar. 3      Phi Alpha Theta Applications from Qualifying Students Due by 4:00 p.m.; Hand Deliver Check and Form to Mrs. Gammons, Tribble B-101

Sat.,Mar. 29           Regional PAT Conference at Brenau University, Gainesville, GA

Sat., April 5             Regional PAT Conference at Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC

Wed., April 30        History Department Awards Dinner & PAT Induction, 5:00 p.m., Benson, Rm 401.

Events Held in Fall 2013:


  • For Invited Qualifying Students
  • (Qualifying Students E-Mailed Application Packet on 8/19/13)

Tues. Sept. 10 PAT BOOK CLUB Session I @  2:00-3:00 p.m., Tribble A-104

  • Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow, pp. ix-177

Thurs., Sept. 12 PAT Sponsored DEPARTMENT PICNIC @ 5:00-6:00 p.m., Tribble Courtyard and Lobby

  • ALL Students and Faculty INVITED
  • RSVP by E-Mail Urged, but not required

Tues., Sept. 17 PAT BOOK CLUB Session II @ 2.00-3.00pm, Tribble A-104

  • Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow, pp. 178-261

Sat., Sept. 21 DEADLINE: Abstract of Paper

  • (Info E-mailed to ALL PAT Members 8/22/13)

Mon., Nov. 11 FALL INDUCTION CEREMONY @ 7:00-8:00 p.m., ZSR Library Room 404

  • Dr. Sally McMillen, Davidson College

Events Held in Spring 2013:

New PAT Book Club!

  • Phi Alpha Theta is pleased to announce the new PAT Book Club, a relaxed, informal gatherin to discuss an exciting new book.  Join PAT students and Professors Caron, Rupp, and Gillespie on three consecutive Tuesdays in February: Feb. 12, 19, and 28th from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Free Pizza and Drinks Provided. Ammons Lounge, Tribble A-107
      • Get a copy of Manning Marable’s 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winning Book Malcolm X and read chapters 1-6 for our first meeting on February 12.  The book is availabe at for $12.24.  If you cannot afford it, let Dr. Gillespie know by February 1 and she will order a copy for you.
      • Questions? Contact PAT Faculty Adviser Michele Gillespie / 758-4270.

February 25 @ 4:00 WFU Alum Douglas Waller

  • Biographer and WFU Alum Douglas Waller will discuss his book entitled Wild Bill Donovan on Monday, February 25 @ 4:00.  Douglas Waller is a Washington journalist, author and lecturer who has covered the Pentagon, Congress, the State Department, the White House and the CIA.  Bill Donovan was director of the Office of Strategic Services during World War II and is known as the Father of American Intelligence.  ZSR Library Auditorium.  A reception will follow his talk.

March 18 @ 5:00:  Welcome to New Majors

  • Newly declared History Majors and Minors are invited to come to a welcome and advising session to help plan the courses needed to fulfill the major or minor, and to hear about opportunities in our department for history majors.  DeTamble Auditorium in Tribble Hall.  We will serve refreshments.

March 19 The Secret Lives of History Professors

  • Join us again as we explore the secret lives of three history professors in our department..  Light refreshments will be served as Drs. Caron, Rahman and Ruddiman discuss their road to being a historian. DeTamble Auditorium in Tribble Hall.

May 1 @ 5:00 in Benson 401 A/B

  • Phi Alpha Theta Sponsored History Department Annual Awards Dinner.  Please join us for dinner and the opportunity to hear your graduating colleagues present their honors projects.

Spring Deadlines:

  • February 11 @ 5:00:  Deadline to submit proposals to PAT faculty advisor Professor Michele Gillespie in order to participate in the Regional PAT conference being held at Furman University.
  • March 22-23:   Regional PAT Conference held at Furman University and Upstate History Museum in Greenville, South Carolina.

Events Held in Fall 2012:

September 12, 5:00-6:00:  Welcome Back Picnic

  • History majors and minors are invited to join faculty for a welcome back picnic at the Tribble Hall Courtyard and Lobby

October 4, 5:00-6:30:  Secret Lives of History Professors

  • Come join PAT as we learn about the secret lives of Dr. Paul Escott, Dr. Monique O’Connell, and Dr. Nate Plageman.  Light refreshments will be served.  Autumn Room, Reynolda Hall.

November 15, 7:30-9:30:  PAT Fall Induction Ceremony and Lecture

  • PAT Fall Induction Ceremony and Public Lecture by Professor Cindy Kierner of George Mason University. Professor Kierner is the author of A Perfect Temper: The Life and Times of Martha Jefferson Randloph (UNC Press, 2012). ZSR Library Room 404.

EVENTS HELD IN 2011-2012

Phi Alpha Theta Sponsored History Department Annual Awards Dinner.  Thursday, May 3, 5:00-6:30 pm, Benson 401 A/B

Faculty/Student Dinner with Awards Presentation, Spring PAT Induction, and Project Presentations by Graduating Honors Students