WILLIMANTIC Conn. — Derek S. Morrissey of Lisbon Falls was recognized on April 27 for academic excellence in history upon his induction into Eastern Connecticut State University’s chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society. The ceremony was held in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library on campus.
During the ceremony, Carmen Cid, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, reminded the 12 inductees that “history is happening right now.” She added, “Historians have a lot of power, especially in the media. You have the knowledge of the ages on your behalf. Reflect on your power, reflect on your accomplishments and reflect on how you can make a difference to use that power to effect change for the better.”
The mission of Phi Alpha Theta is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.
Morrissey is a part-time professor of history at the university.