Student members of the history honor society at Lander University have won bragging rights again after receiving another award as one of the best chapters in the country.
Lander's Xi-Epsilon Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta received the 2009 Nels. A. Cleven Award, which is given to chapters that have been designated as one of the best five times or more. Xi-Epsilon has been selected as a best chapter annually for more than a dozen years from among chapters at colleges and universities that have enrollments of less than 3,000 students. There are more than 820 Phi Alpha Theta chapters nationwide.
The award is presented for exceptional activities and projects that include participation in regional and national Phi Alpha Theta events.
A prize of $250 accompanies the best chapter award and it is spent to buy books for selected by the chapter and the history department for the university's Jackson Library.
Xi-Epsilon was chartered at Lander in 1968. History professor Dr. Robert Figueira is the chapter's adviser, and senior George Rambo III of Bradley is president.