History Honor Society to Host Alumnus, Induct New Member

Monday, March 21, 2011

Phi Alpha Theta, Westminster College's history honor society, will host alumnus Dr. John Donoghue, assistant professor of history at Loyola University, Thursday, March 24, at 5:30 p.m. in Thompson Clark Hall 210.  The program is free and open to the public.

Donoghue will present "In the Court of King Death: Three Tales of Justice under the Jolly Roger," a lecture on pirates and history.

Donoghue, a 1993 Westminster graduate, earned a master's and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.  He specializes in early American and Atlantic world history, with research interests in several related fields.  He is the author of ‘Fire under the Ashes': An Atlantic History of the English Revolution and co-editor of Building the Atlantic Empires: Slavery, the State, and the Rise of Global Capitalism, 1500-1945.

Following the lecture, Phi Alpha Theta will induct its newest member, Westminster junior Luke Franchuk.  Officers in the Westminster chapter are: senior Lauren Sidun, president; senior Jeffrey MacDonald, vice president; junior Jessie Foertsch, secretary; and senior Adam Griffith, treasurer.

Alpha Xi, Westminster's local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, was founded in 1946 to enhance the knowledge of and participation in the scholarly pursuit of history.  Members are required to have 16 semester hours in the subject and maintain set grade levels in history and all-college averages.

Contact Dr. Angela Lahr, Westminster visiting assistant professor of history and Phi Alpha Theta adviser, at (724) 946-7152 or e-mail lahram@westminster.edu for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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