Over 80 lifetime members attended Pi Gamma Mu's 2014 triennial international convention on October 16-18 in N. Charleston, S.C. The three day meeting provided the opportunity for some of the best and the brightest upcoming social scientists to share their ideas, learn from each other, collaborate, and celebrate. We learned about Pi Gamma Mu's past during a chapter showcase session including posters displaying archival materials from Pi Gamma Mu's 90 year history as well as the unique histories of some of our oldest and strongest chapters. We celebrated our present by hearing from students and alumni in poster and oral research presentations. Convention attendees also helped plan the future of Pi Gamma Mu by participating in long-term strategic planning sessions with members of the board of trustees. Student members attended workshops to learn about career options and applying to graduate school. The convention also included a roundtable session focusing on how Pi Gamma Mu can work more closely with and provide more benefits to alumni.
THURSDAY – Welcome, Strategic Planning Session, Sweetgrass Basket Making Demonstration, Student Workshops on Applying to Graduate School and Careers in the Social Sciences, 90th Anniversary Celebration, Service Project Presentation, Roll Call, Presidential Address, and Student Caucuses.
FRIDAY – Student Research Presentations, Awards Luncheon, Keynote Address, and Student Representative Campaign Speeches.
SATURDAY – Strategic Planning Roundtables, Chapter Development Showcase, Alumni Roundtables, Plenary Triennial Business Session, Installation of New Board Members and Student Trustees, and Charleston City Tour.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
|Board of Trustees Strategic Planning and Annual Meeting Part I|
Thursday, October 16, 2014
|8:00-11:30 a.m.||Board of Trustees Meeting Part II|
|12 noon-1:30 p.m.||Board Luncheon|
|1:30 p.m.||Registration Opens|
|2:00-4:00 p.m.||Strategic Planning General Session for Stakeholders|
|4:00-6:00 p.m.||Sweetgrass Basket Making Demonstration|
|4:00-4:45 p.m.||Pre-Convention Workshop I - Applying to Graduate School: Things to Do, Questions to Ask J.L. Kemp, Michaela Dolphin|
|5:00-5:45 p.m.||Pre-Convention Workshop II - What You Can Do with a Degree in a Social Science Discipline Yongsheng Wang, Nilda Pyronneau|
|5:45-6:00 p.m.||The Sweetgrass Basket Tradition – Presentation by Ms. Annie Scott|
|Dinner on Your Own|
Convention Opening/ Plenary Session
We ask delegates to bring a stuffed animal, which will be donated to My Sister's House, Inc., a local charitable organization providing assistance to abused women and children. This is a very well-regarded and popular service project!
|8:30 – 9:00 p.m.||
Student Caucus I - Orientation/Overview of Student Trustee Nomination and Election Process – Open to all convention attendees
Question and Answer Session for Students Interested in Running – Open to all convention attendees
Note: Candidate Forms must be submitted to convention registration by noon on Friday, October 17.
|Friday, October 17, 2014|
|8:30 - 9:00 a.m.||Student Research Poster Presentations (Susan Kinsella)|
|9:00 a.m.||Announcement/introduction of student trustee candidates|
|9:15 - 10:30 a.m.||Student Paper Presentations - Session I|
|10:45 - Noon||Student Paper Session II|
|12:15-1:30 p.m.||Awards Luncheon, Chapter Honor Rolls, Joseph B. James Chapter Incentive Award, Outstanding New Chapter Award, Pi Gamma Mu Alumni Award, Outstanding Achievement Award, Milestone Recognitions, Hall of Fame Inductees|
|1:30 - 2:30 p.m.||Keynote Address, Dr. Thomas Carsey, Thomas J. Pearsall Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill|
|3:00 - 4:15 p.m.||Student Paper Presentations - Session III|
|4:30-5:30 p.m.||Student Caucus – Campaign Speeches|
|Dinner on your own. Group options may also be available.|
|Saturday, October 18, 2014|
|8:30 – 10:30 a.m.||Student Voting|
|8:30-9:30 a.m.||Strategic Planning Regional Roundtables|
|9:30 - 10:30 a.m.||Chapter Development Showcase and Roundtable Discussions
Alumni Roundtable for Pi Gamma Mu Alumni
Roundtable Discussion Leaders:
Sheila Moyle, Budget Analyst, Western Carolina University
Nilda Pyronneau, Past Pi Gamma Mu Student Trustee
Dr. Gordon Mercer, Immediate Past President, Pi Gamma Mu
Chapter Development Showcase Poster Presentations (Jean Karlen)
Plenary Triennial Business Session (Executive Director, Suzanne Rupp)
Recognition of Outgoing Board Members, Installation of New Officers and Board
|12 noon-1:15 p.m.||Board of Trustees Meeting|
|12 noon-1:15 p.m.||Lunch on Your Own|
|1:30 p.m.||Charleston City Tour begins. Registration ($25) is required.|