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History Majors Present Papers at National Conference

Feb 12, 2016

Three Fairmont State University senior History majors attended the national Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Conference in Orlando on Jan. 6-10 and presented academic papers.

“We’ve had students present at some of the smaller regional conferences in the past, but this was the first time we’ve had students present at the national conference,” said Dr. Robin Payne, Assistant Professor of History and faculty advisor for the FSU Phi Alpha Theta chapter.

The three students are members of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. Each had recently completed substantial original research projects and was selected to represent the University.

The following students presented their work:

  • Angelica Chase of Charleston, “From Contraband Contraceptives to Birth Control for All: Margaret Sanger's Role in Reproductive Rights in America.”
  • Nathan Napier of Pennsboro, “Forging the 8-Bit Path: From Atari’s Ashes to Nintendo’s Golden Age.”
  • Tyler Poff of Summersville, “Peace, Love, and Uranium: The Counterculture Clashes with the Atomic Age.”

Payne chaired three panels as a faculty moderator at the conference. 

For more information about the History program at FSU, visit

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