The UHD chapter of Phi Alpha Theta had a busy Fall 2015 semester, attending the Student Organization Leadership Development (SOLD) conference in August, baking snacks to be served at the UHD Geeks' Zombie Prom in October, and participating in UHD's annual Ed's Bayou Cleanup in November.
UHD Phi Alpha Theta participates in the Zombie Prom
UHD Phi Alpha Theta students, Courtney, David and Jason take part in Ed's Bayou Clean Up
In early October, Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) traveled to San Antonio to tour the city's many historical sites. As part of PAT's Student Lecture Series, members presented talks at each of the locations they visited. Ryan Carlet spoke on the history of San Antonio's River Walk; at the Alamo, Itzayana Lopez-Prestegui lectured on Spanish colonization of Texas; and David Hale recounted the colorful history of Mission San Jose. Randy Krinsky, whose ancestors were among the 56 founding families of San Antonio, spoke at the Spanish Governor's Palace about his family's journey in 1731 from the Canary Islands to Texas.
Alpha Theta (PAT) into San Antonio in front of the Alamo
PAT STUDENTS VISIT NASA'S HISTORIC SITES
After battling unexpected traffic on the Gulf Freeway, the history program's chapter of PAT persevered with their plan to visit Johnson Space Center following exams. After arriving an hour later than expected, the history students took a tram tour of the NASA exhibits, including the Saturn V rocket. The group heard Courtney Stevens deliver a talk on Houston and the Space Race.
UHD History students at Johnson Space Center in front of rocket
In December, Phi Alpha Theta visited the campus of Rice University to view the university's piece of the Berlin Wall and to hear UHD senior Jason Rivas present his talk, "Glory Days: How the Boss Brought Down the Berlin Wall."
UHD's Phi Alpha Theta students at Rice University in front of a section of the Berlin Wall
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History major and Phi Alpha Theta Executive Officer Courtney Stevens presented her paper, "The Problem of British Rule Inside the Palestinian Mandate," at the Phi Alpha Theta 2016 Biennial Convention in Orlando, Florida.
Courtney Stevens presents her paper
History major and Phi Alpha Theta Secretary, Itzayana Lopez-Prestegui has been awarded an internship from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. She will spend three months in Washington D.C. working in the office of Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee.