Department Chair

  • James C. Harrison
    Professor of History
    Kiernan Hall 228

Phi Alpha Theta

(The National History Honor Society)

Omicron Xi 

Officers 2013-2014:  Left to Right:

Dr. Wendy Pojmann, Faculty Advisor
Nick Viscomi, Vice President
Lindsay Davenport, President  
Kendall Veasaw, Treasurer
Laura Firmani, Secretary (not pictured)














Phi Alpha Theta Induction, April 24,2014


  Members of Omicron Xi in the Siena College History Department participated in the 2014 Biennial Convention of the History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta, held at the Tamaya Hotel and Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico from January 2-5.  Lindsay Davenport (Class of 2014) presented “The Mutiny of the 79th New York Infantry Regiment,” a portion of her Honors thesis and Francis Butler (Class of 2015) presented “Experimenting Freedom: The Contraband Camp at Roanoke Island,” a paper based on research he conducted during the Gettysburg Semester this past fall.  Faculty Advisor Dr. Wendy Pojmannacted as chair and discussant on two panel sessions and contributed to a faculty panel on teaching history to undergraduates.  The three participants also enjoyed the warm New Mexico sunshine and visited Old Town Albuquerque, which is home to a Civil War monument based on a skirmish there in 1862 and the San Felipe de Neri church, originally founded in 1706 by the Franciscans.     

 Omicron Xi, the Siena Chapter of Phi Alpha Thetathe National History Honor Society, has been growing steadily since its formation in 1969, and won "Best Chapter" award in 2009. To be eligible, students must complete 12 credit hours of History, obtain a GPA of 3.4 in History and 3.0 overall, and receive the overwhelming support of the History Department faculty.  Membership is not limited to History majors.  Each January, the Phi Alpha Theta Faculty Advisor requests a list of students meeting these requirements from the Siena registrar.  Qualified students are notified in February via Email.  There is a one-time membership fee of $40.00.   In addition to the honor of having your selection recorded in your permanent academic record, the benefits of membership include the opportunity to compete for special graduate scholarships and awards, to participate in academic conferences, and all members receive a one-year subscription to The Historian.  Some students also wish to purchase an honor cord  to wear at graduation to indicate their membership in this prestigious organization.  An induction ceremony is held late in the Spring semester as part of the Academic Celebration.  


For more information, contact

Dr. Wendy Pojmann, Faculty Advisor