Ferris to host Phi Alpha Theta history conference

HISTORY — Students play a large role in the Ferris State University Phi Alpha Theta Conference that will take place on Wednesday, March 28. Megan Brown, FSU student and Phi Alpha Theta conference secretary and Angela Cool, FSU student and Phi Alpha Theta conference president, have spent many hours getting ready for the event. (Pioneer photo/Katlyn Vuillemot)

HISTORY — Students play a large role in the Ferris State University Phi Alpha Theta Conference that will take place on Wednesday, March 28. Megan Brown, FSU student and Phi Alpha Theta conference secretary and Angela Cool, FSU student and Phi Alpha Theta conference president, have spent many hours getting ready for the event. (Pioneer photo/Katlyn Vuillemot)

BIG RAPIDS — People make history every day with their words, actions, beliefs and knowledge.

On Saturday, March 28, 39 students will make history with their presentations.

The Ferris State University Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society students will host a history conference featuring presentations from 10 different universities and 39 students on their history research.

“It’s a great way for the community to see what the students are doing at Ferris,” said Angela Cool, FSU student and president of Phi Alpha Theta.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the University Center, located at 805 Campus Drive. The opening ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. and the first presentation begins at 9:15 a.m.

“This conference is a way to open up the intellectual world to the community,” said Tracy Busch, FSU assistant professor of history. “There are a lot of history buffs in the community and it is a way for everyone to see how relevant history is.”

Presentations will highlight a variety of topics, such as race and gender, the renaissance, folklore and myth and the military.

At 12:45 p.m., in room 202C, JoEllen Vinyard, will give the keynote speech. Vinyard is a history professor at Eastern Michigan University and author of the book “Right in Michigan’s Grassroots, the Ku Klux Klan to the Michigan Militia.

At 5 p.m., there will be closing remarks and awards for six students based on their presentations, research, sources and writing.

“When people go to these conferences, they find out interesting things,” said Cool. “There are so many students presenting you will learn things you didn’t know before.”

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