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National history honor society inducts 21 CCU students

December 1, 2004

Twenty-one Coastal Carolina University students have been inducted into Coastal Carolina University's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for history students.

The Psi-Mu chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was established at Coastal Carolina University in 1978. To be eligible for membership, students must have taken at least 12 hours of history courses and must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

Phi Alpha Theta encourages historical research, excellence in teaching, scholarly publication and the exchange of learning among students of history. The society was organized at the University of Arkansas in 1921 and has grown to more than 850 chapters. One of the largest honor societies in the United States, the organization offers numerous awards and scholarships to undergraduate and graduate student members. Each year approximately 40 regional meetings are convened at which students present research papers.

The Nov. 17 induction ceremony followed a keynote address by Coastal history professor John Navin on Plymouth Plantation.

The new members are:

Patrick Hampson of Philadelphia, Pa.

Harriett Hill of Conway

Kara Jackson of Myrtle Beach

Jeremy Atkinson of Myrtle Beach

Jeff Burke of Myrtle Beach

Matthew Costello of Philadelphia, Pa.

Daniel DiMaggio of Myrtle Beach

Jennifer Gesseck of Naugatuck, Conn.

Rachel Hegarty of Chesapeake Beach, Md.

Benjamin Bocian of Pawleys Island

James Causey II of Conway

Brandy Cox of Conway

Andrew Kavanaugh of Brookville, Md.

Kevina Mortin of Conway

Kyle Santmyer of Mount Airy, Md.

Diane Lee-Loveras of Myrtle Beach

Jonathan Palm of Marion, Mass.

Marc Pennington of Myrtle Beach

Gail Todd of Conway

Anthony Wagner of Loris

Christy Nichols of North Myrtle Beach