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Tennessee legislature marks Union Phi Alpha Theta’s 60th anniversary

State Sen. Lowe Finney (right) presents a framed copy of a Tennessee legislature resolution recognizing Union's Phi Alpha Theta chapter to Stephen Carls, the chapter's adviser.
State Sen. Lowe Finney (right) presents a framed copy of a Tennessee legislature resolution recognizing Union's Phi Alpha Theta chapter to Stephen Carls, the chapter's adviser.

JACKSON, Tenn.May 22, 2013 – Tennessee’s state legislature recently passed Resolution 143 marking the 60th anniversary of Union University’s Delta-Psi Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society.

State Sen. Lowe Finney sponsored the resolution and signed the document that is now on display at Union. Other signers were Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Ron Ramsey, speaker of the Tennessee Senate; and Beth Harwell, speaker of the Tennessee House.

The resolution recognized the Union chapter’s chartering in 1953, the 421 new members of the group since then, the group’s 10 straight Phi Alpha Theta Best Chapter awards since 2003 and its community service efforts. It also cited history professor Stephen Carls, who serves as the chapter’s adviser. Carls was elected vice president of the national organization in 2012 and will become the national president in 2014.

“Be it resolved by the Senate of the 108th General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, the House of Representatives concurring, that we honor the members and faculty advisors of the Delta-Psi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta at Union University both past and present on the occasion of its sixtieth anniversary as we extend our best wishes for much continued success in all its future endeavors,” the resolution read.

Finney attended the history department’s awards banquet earlier in May to present the framed resolution to Carls and three chapter presidents (last year’s, this year’s and next year’s).


Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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