Phi Alpha Theta — History Honor Society at SHSU
Phi Alpha Theta is a professional history honors society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. Please call the SHSU History Department at (936) 294-1475 for more information about Phi Alpha Theta at SHSU or click here to view the National Phi Alpha Theta website.
Texas Academic Challenge Network
There is growing interest in Academic Challenge competition in the state of Texas, but there is no central coordinating body for such competition. However, a number of people across the state, including experienced academic team coaches, have created an informal network for the purpose of encouraging the development and growth of this activity. The individual matches in an Academic Challenge contest involve two teams of four high school students competing in a "College Bowl" format. The teams score points by answering questions posed by a moderator, and an electronic buzzer system is used to record which student is first to be ready to answer. The result is an exciting, competitive atmosphere in which the points go to the team that "beats the other team to the draw" by buzzing in first with the correct answer. The precise format of individual contests may vary somewhat, but most of the competitions in Texas were greatly influenced by the long-running Texaco Star Academic Challenge contests that used to be held in several areas around the state.
The Walter P. Webb Society
The Walter P. Webb Historical Society main goal is to try and preserve historical data, whether it be through stories and word of mouth (oral interviews) or documents and other things, in Walker Co., Huntsville, the State of Texas, as well as the United States. They do volunteer work such as working the Folk Life Festival and even take trips to historical places such as San Antonio, Austin, Fredricksburg, Galveston, and even New Orleans to name a few. The society tries to broaden people's knowledge of history that may not be known by the average person. The Walter P. Webb Society is a statewide organization for college students interested in history which is affiliated with Texas State Historical Society located on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. They attend their annual spring conference which is held all over the state each year. The Webb Society meets once a week, and please call the SHSU History Department for times and locations at #936-294-1475.