Pacific Union College recently hosted the 2002 Northern California Regional Meeting of Phi Alpha Theta. The gathering of members from the national honor society in history was sponsored by PUC’s local chapter, Alpha Zeta Theta and organizedby the chapter’s faculty advisor and professor of history, Keith Francis. PUC chapter president Justina Buller, vice-president June Oh, secretary-treasurer Andrew Caldwell, and history major C. Ross Mullin also contributed to the success of the two-day event.
Adu Worku, director of library services at Pacific Union College, was the featured speaker for the conference. He lectured on the topic of “Ethiopia: The American Connection.”
The conference featured student papers by both graduate and undergraduate historians from colleges and universities throughout Northern California. Presenters were divided into twelve catagories to share their work with peers and professors. Lorne Glaim, chair of PUC’s history department, was a judge for the regional conference along with professors from San Jose State University and CSU Stanislaus. Prizes were awarded for the best undergraduate and graduate papers as well as a grand prize for the best paper overall.