Time was when groups and organizations elected historians to keep track of and record their activities and achievements. HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE HISTORY AND TRADITIONS OF YOUR PI GAMMA MU CHAPTER? Some chapters have traditions that span the whole 85 years of the organization’s existence while others have only been recently chartered. But whether yours is an older chapter or a recent one, preserving and recording for posterity that history and those traditions is important.
In this vein, the Pi Gamma Mu Board of Trustees last fall created Chapter Heritage Awards and encourages its chapters to make application. There is no deadline: applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Chapter Heritage awards were approved to promote two general goals: (1) encourage chapters to explore and record their histories or (2) prepare a nomination for some faculty adviser (past or present) to the Pi Gamma Mu Hall of Fame. These awards are in the amount of $300 and support the research costs necessary to bring these projects to fruition.
Chapters often have resources to explore their histories unbeknownst to them. Advisers may have chapter files inherited from past advisers that have been largely unexamined. Such files may contain information on past officers, members, projects, publicity, etc. that could be important in writing a chapter history. Also many college and town newspapers are preserved in university libraries and are a valuable resource for doing such research. Individuals may also possess oral knowledge of their chapter’s activities: current and past advisers can be interviewed along with past officers. A chapter history is a nice item to place on your chapter website and Pi Gamma Mu headquarters is also anxious to collect these documents. Chapters may also want to give thought to renewing the older tradition of electing a chapter historian. To be eligible for a grant supporting the writing of a chapter history, chapters must have been in existence for at least ten years, but chapters can begin and are encouraged to preserve their history as it unfolds.
Such research will undoubtedly identify certain individuals who have been particularly instrumental in the establishment, success, and growth of the chapter. Many are hard-working chapter advisers, little recognized for their years of service and dedication to the organization. Consider nominating them for induction into the Pi Gamma Mu Hall of Fame. Several individuals have already been so honored and inductees receive permanent recognition at Pi Gamma Mu headquarters and on the organization’s website. At the next Triennial Convention, additional individuals will be inducted. WHY NOT SOMEONE FROM YOUR CHAPTER!! Contact Pi Gamma Mu Headquarters for additional information or download the application form from our website.
Nominations for the Hall of Fame can also be made without applying for a Chapter Heritage Award. Individuals are recognized at two levels reflecting a minimum of 10 or 15 years of service to the organization and must have been active and dedicated sponsors. A nominating letter outlining the individual’s contributions to the chapter, the university, and in the general fields of the social sciences must be sent to headquarters. Additional supporting materials may be submitted, but are not required.