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Pittsford's Roser earns membership in history honor society


ONEONTA -- Brian Roser of Pittsford was inducted into the SUNY Oneonta Alpha-Kappa-Iota chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, during a ceremony on April 7.

Roser is majoring in Adolescence Education: Social Studies at SUNY Oneonta.

Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of history, and is the second oldest such society in the United States. The society has more than 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters. Phi Alpha Theta was established on March 17, 1921 at the University of Arkansas by Professor Nels Cleven.

Membership is not limited to history majors. To be eligible, undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in history, achieve a minimum grade-point average of 3.1 in history and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. A maximum of three credit hours of online, transfer or AP credits may be applied to the membership eligibility requirement.

A liberal arts institution with a strong focus on undergraduate research and service learning, SUNY Oneonta consistently gains recognition for delivering excellence and value. The college has been named to Kiplinger's list of "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" for 10 years running and sits at No. 12 on the 2017 U.S. News and World Report list of the best public institutions in the region. SUNY Oneonta enrolls 6,000 students in its 70 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate programs.