Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society
Zeta Nu Chapter

Phi Alpha Theta is the national history honor society. To join, you need to have completed 12 hours of history, have a grade point average of 3.1 in history, and an overall grade point average of 3.0. If you meet these requirements, see the chief undergraduate advisor about becoming a member. Membership entitles you to participate in the organization's activities and receive the academic journal The Historian.

History Club is open to any student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who is interested in history. Although History Club often meets with Phi Alpha Theta, membership entails no academic requirements or fees. Club events include movie night, meet the professor night (at which faculty members discuss their research), American Civil War re-enactments, and workshops on applying to graduate school.


To join, you need to have completed 12 hours of history, have a grade point average of 3.1 in history, and an overall grade point average of 3.0. If you meet these requirements, contact chapter faculty advisor Kenneth J. Winkle at kwinkle1@unl.edu about becoming a life-long member. After filling out the Membership Application Form, deposit it with the secretary in the History Department office, 612 Oldfather Hall, along with the $50 initiation fee. Membership entitles you to participate in the organization's activities, become a candidate for chapter leadership positions, and receive the society journal, The Historian.


In the 2013-2014 year the Zeta Nu chapter increased membership among History majors, and celebrated new members with an initiation dinner to welcome them. History Department Chair Professor William Thomas hosted the initiation dinner. In our Meet the Professors program, when Phi Alpha Theta invites History professors to discuss their topics of interest, we got to know Associate Professor Dawne Curry who studies African History.

In spring, we hosted the "Lives of the Soldiers,” bringing a Civil War reenactment group Nebraska Rangers to do a night of demonstrating the equipment and lives of soldiers during the Civil War in honor of its 150th Anniversary. Phi Alpha Theta hopes to continue working with the Nebraska Rangers in the future.

We had two movie nights, where we watched and discussed The Conspirator and the Letters from Iwo Jima. We also continued our cooperation with the Nebraska Wesleyan University and helped with Nebraska History Day, a state competition where Middle and High School students display their research on historical topics in different mediums. We also participated in the Big Red Road Show, the University's recruitment event in Omaha, where we dressed up as different historical characters and shared our experience of being a History Major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

We are proud to be a place where History students can meet and get to know their colleagues!

In the 2013-2014 academic year, we plan to:

  • open the year at the Big Red Welcome
  • host at least two movie nights
  • participate in the History Department events
  • be judges at the Nebraska History Day
  • go to the Big Red Road Show

Join us for another fantastic year with the Phi Alpha Theta!

Our Leadership and Members

In the 2013-2014 academic year, our officers are:

President – Brittny Ofstedal
Vice-President – Felicia Nehl
Treasurer – Nicole Drinkwalter
Secretary – Chance Counts

In the 2012-2013 academic year, our officers were:

President – Nick Pestello
Vice-President – Brittny Ofstedal
Treasurer – Felicia Nehl
Secretary – Anna Leas

Join us and get the chance to learn and exercise your leadership skills!

Our 2012-2013 academic year initiates are:
  • Margaret Abbott
  • Alexandra Adams
  • Ashlee Anderson
  • Michelle Clark
  • Chance Counts
  • Krissa Delka
  • Nicole Drinkwalter
  • Bryan Lasley
  • Anna Leas
  • Alexander Mallory
  • Felicia Nehl
  • Robb Nelson
  • Mark Pelini
  • Robert Perry
  • Monica Pettit
  • Janelle Ruzicka
  • Adam Smith
  • Kent D. Stejskal
  • Meredith Underwood

Connect with Us

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