Five Benedictine University students inducted into history honor society

Five Benedictine University students inducted into history honor society
May 14, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Five students have recently been inducted into the Benedictine University chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the honorary society in history. Phi Alpha Theta is a professional 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. The Benedictine University chapter is Alpha Mu Mu. To qualify for membership, undergraduate students must complete at least 12 semester hours in history with a G.P.A. of at least 3.1, have an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or better, and be in the top 35 percent of their class. Membership is not limited to history majors. The new members of Phi Alpha Theta are: Michael John Bartgen, the son of John and Mary Bartgen of Chicago and a 2003 graduate of (Burbank) St. Laurence H.S.; Huong Ly Luu, the daughter of Hong and Kimhien Luu of Glendale Heights and a 2005 graduate of the College of DuPage (C.O.D.); and Jeffrey Scott Ptacek, the son of Scott and Marylou Ptacek of River Grove and a 2002 graduate of (Franklin Park) East Leyden H.S. Also inducted were: Sharon (Krummenacher) Ramey of Carol Stream, a 2005 graduate of C.O.D.; and Martha Alejandra Rolon-Campise of Woodridge, a 2003 graduate of C.O.D. “These are five very bright students who take history seriously and are committed to making a positive change in our community and the wider community,” said Benedictine University Department of History chairman Vincent R. Gaddis, Ph.D.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.