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03-13-2014

Omega-Pi Chapter Awarded at Yearly PAT Meeting

Virginia Wesleyan’s chapter of the National History Honor Society made history of its own March 1 by taking home four awards from Phi Alpha Theta’s (PAT) 2014 Regional Conference. The annual gathering, this year held at James Madison University, provides a forum for students to present papers, exchange ideas, and advance the historical profession in general. Eight members of Wesleyan’s PAT chapter, Omega-Pi, attended the conference along with chapter advisor and history professor Clay Drees. Four VWC alumni presented papers completed while students, and, in competition with 13 other Virginia schools, came away with the following awards: Cory Reeves ’13 won first place in the Undergrad U.S. category for his paper, “Charles and Ray Eames Create Stylish Plywood: Plyformed Chairs and Their Relation to Suburban Consumers, 1941-1959;” Rebecca Driscoll '11 won first place in the Undergrad European category for her paper, "Constructing Suffragists as Victims or Unfit Wives: Gender in British Suffragist and Anit-Suffragist Cartoons, 1908-1914;” Christine Dawe '12 was awarded the "Tongue-Twister" prize for her paper, "Amazonian Gender in Art & Society: A Mythical Bodily Dichotomy Explored Through Ancient Art, Myth and the Role of Hetairai.” VWC was also awarded “Most Spirited Chapter" for its large crowd and volunteer efforts by Adrienne Ribbey ’16, Natasha Bugey ’14, and Morgan Piero ’15, who served as student chairs. The College has won at least one award, and often two, at six out of the last seven PAT conferences. “I'm thrilled with the success of the history program we have here,” says Drees. “We really train our students very well, and it shows in the results of these conferences. We've become the chapter to beat in Virginia. I'm busting with pride.” Virginia Wesleyan is scheduled to host the annual PAT conference in 2017. The College last hosted the event in 2011. For more information, contact Clay Drees at cdrees@vwc.edu.

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