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Distinguished professor of history John Maple, far left, holds a certificate received in recognition of Oklahoma Christian University's history journal being named the top undergraduate journal in the nation. Maple is joined by students Justin McLeckie, Stephanie Mathiasen, Drew Eckhart and history professor Matt McCook. [PHOTO PROVIDED]
Distinguished professor of history John Maple, far left, holds a certificate received in recognition of Oklahoma Christian University's history journal being named the top undergraduate journal in the nation. Maple is joined by students Justin McLeckie, Stephanie Mathiasen, Drew Eckhart and history professor Matt McCook. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

Oklahoma Christian University’s chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society recently had its history journal named as the Best Undergraduate Print Journal in the nation. In addition, the student group was named a Best Chapter for the 24th consecutive year. OC’s journal previously has placed first three times in what is known as the Gerald D. Nash History Journal Award competition.

OC’s chapter, Tau Sigma, now competes in a division against universities that have won five or more Best Chapter awards. That recognition is known as the Nels A. Cleven Award, and winners are evaluated on each chapter's activities throughout the year.

"An award of this magnitude doesn't come without hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence," Tina Winn said. "Thank you to Dr. John Maple for his leadership and to the other faculty and students for representing OC so well."

Maple, OC’s long-serving distinguished professor of history, retired in December and gave his last lecture Jan. 8. A reception to honor him and his 43 years of service to OC was held afterward.

“This is another triumph for our talented students,” Maple said. “It is an honor to retire just after these students won another Best Chapter Award and Best Undergraduate Print Journal Award.”

Those who wish to honor Maple may contribute to a fund to create an endowed scholarship in his name for history students. For more information, go to www.give.oc.edu/maples.

OC’s “Journal of Historical Studies” includes more than 100 pages of academic articles and research written and edited by students. This is OC’s 27th volume; the school's journal has placed among the top three in the nation 11 times since 2003.

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