Invitation to Attend the 2017 Triennial International Convention in Kansas City, MO
November 2-4, 2017
"Leadership, Scholarship, and Service"
Mark your calendars! Plans are coming together for our next Triennial International Convention. Join us in Kansas City, Missouri on November 2-4, 2017! This year's convention is sure to be one of the best yet with a spectacular program including student paper presentations (oral presentations and poster sessions), a new Leadership Program including special workshops and a decision-making simulation at the Truman Presidential Library, a Chapter Development Showcase including poster presentations by some of Pi Gamma Mu's most active chapters, a keynote address, a welcome reception, and awards ceremony, roundtables and panel discussions, student elections, and much more!
Download the Convention Registration Form
Venue - Our hotel, the Marriott Kansas City – Country Club Plaza puts you in the heart of Kansas City's world famous Country Club Plaza, the Midwest's premier shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Situated between two distinguished art museums, The Nelson Art Gallery and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Marriott is an ideal location to get together to celebrate Pi Gamma Mu's rich history. Let the hotel's complimentary shuttle pick you up after a great meal or a shopping trip at the Plaza or travel just a little further to visit Kansas City's Crown Center entertainment district, Union Station and Science City, the historic City Market, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, Westport, the Power and Light district, and much more.
The room rate is $139 per night (plus applicable taxes) for up to four people per room. The Marriott Kansas City – Country Club Plaza is located at 4445 Main Street; phone 816-531-3000; link to hotel website. Attendees can fly into Kansas City International Airport and take the SuperShuttle or UBER. Reservations are required – call SuperShuttle at 800-258-3826 or get the UBER app for your smartphone.
Funding - Selected student presenters and Leadership Program participants will receive funding from Pi Gamma Mu to help cover the costs of attending the convention. Many colleges and universities also provide funding for students and faculty members to attend professional conferences. Pi Gamma Mu Chapters also earn funds to attend the convention by initiating new members. Why not take advantage of this great opportunity to participate in the 2017 Triennial Convention? Now is the time to start planning your trip to Kansas City!
Events (Click the links to see complete instructions):
- Student Presentations:
- Student Paper Presentations (for oral presentation)
Think about it! Presenting at a convention looks great on a resume. Submit your papers now!
The deadline for submitting papers is Friday, September 15, 2017; earlier submissions are strongly encouraged.
Student Paper Presentations – Application Instructions
- Student Academic Poster Session
The Poster Session is designed to feature student work in the Social Sciences and promote interaction among all Pi Gamma Mu members attending the 2017 Triennial Convention. A poster consists of an exhibit of materials that reports academic work or information in visual and summary form.
Poster proposals are welcome anytime but are due no later than Sep. 15, 2017.
Student Academic Poster Session – Application Instructions
- Leadership Development Program
Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society proudly presents the Leadership Development Program launching for the first time at the Triennial Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Program participants will learn about leading in difficult situations, leading volunteers, and making decisions when faced with difficult circumstances. The program will consist of a series of lectures and workshops. The program ends with a decision making simulation at the Truman Library's White House Decision Center. Program participants will receive a certificate upon program completion.
Space is limited so register early for this unique program!
The registration deadline is October 15, 2017. The registration fee for this program is $75. This includes the lectures, workshops, the Truman Library decision-making simulation and tour, lunch at the Library, and transportation to and from the convention hotel.
Convention attendees who are not participating in the Leadership Development Program may register to attend the Truman Library decision-making simulation and tour on Saturday for a $45 fee. This includes lunch and transportation to and from the convention hotel. Space is limited.
To Register for the Leadership Development Program, use the Convention Registration Form located at the beginning and end of this page.
Leadership Development Program - Details
A limited number of participants will receive funding to help cover the cost of attending this program.
Click here for the Leadership Development Program - Funding Consideration Application Form
- Chapter Development Showcase
This session is designed to feature posters from Pi Gamma Mu chapters that exemplify the diverse strengths of our chapters, to create a forum for exchanging ideas regarding a wide range of chapter activities, and to promote interaction among participants and attendees. It is a chance for convention attendees to come together and use poster displays to share the good work they do.
Poster proposals are welcome anytime but are due no later than September 15, 2017.
Chapter Development Showcase – Application Instructions
- Roundtables and Panel Discussions
Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions and panel presentations covering a range of possible topics such as preparing for graduate school, resume writing, how to get published, chapter leadership, and more. The committee wants to plan a convention with sessions that appeal to students. If you have a topic you want covered or a question you want addressed, submit your idea, suggestion, or question to Suzanne Rupp at [email protected]
Roundtables and Panel Discussions - Details
- Convention Launch Party/Convention Opening
Please join us on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30pm for the Convention's Opening Reception! After settling in and perhaps taking a walk through the Country Club Plaza, which is considered to be the nation's first suburban shopping center, and was influenced by the classical architecture of Seville, join us at the hotel on the Plaza Terrace, to start the convention.
Convention Launch Party - Details
- Awards Ceremony
Join us to honor top chapters, alumni, and volunteers with awards including the Joseph B. James Chapter Incentive Award, Outstanding New Chapter Award, Chapter Honor Rolls, Outstanding Alumni Award, Outstanding Achievement Award, Milestone Recognitions, Hall of Fame Inductees, and more!
- Keynote Speaker
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Clara Small will be providing the keynote address at the 2017 Triennial Convention this November. Dr. Small is Professor Emeritus of History at Salisbury University in Maryland and is currently the Interim Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Dr. Small also serves as the 2nd Vice President on the Pi Gamma Mu International Board of Trustees. She is a noted public speaker and author. Among her areas of expertise is African-American life on the Eastern Shore.
Keynote Speaker - Details
- Service Project
This year at Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society's Triennial Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, we will be conducting a service project in support of our nation's veterans. Convention participants are asked to bring a toothbrush and/or a paperback book on any subject that they would like to donate. The toothbrushes and books will be delivered to the Kansas City VA Medical Center in Kansas, Missouri. Please direct questions to Allison G. S. Knox, Chancellor of the Southeast Region: [email protected].
Service Project - Details
- Student Elections
Student members, consider running for a position on the Pi Gamma Mu Board of Trustees. Every three years, two students are elected by their peers at the organization's Triennial Convention. These students become voting members of the PGM Board of Trustees and possess all the rights, privileges, duties, and responsibilities as their fellow board members. As an undergraduate you will find few opportunities of this kind, so don't miss your chance to be a part of something fulfilling and exceptional.
Student Elections – Details
Invitation to Alumni – Pi Gamma Mu continues to encourage alumni to attend and participate in the triennial international convention. If you are able to attend, we would love to see you at the convention!
Registration – The early registration deadline is October 1 with a reduced registration fee of $75. The standard registration deadline is October 15 with a fee of $100. On-site registration will be available for $125. Click here for the Convention Registration Form
The registration deadline for the Student Leadership Program is also October 15 and the fee is $75. Student Leadership Program participants must register for the Convention to be eligible for this additional program. Seating is limited and this program includes the Truman Library simulation and tour.
Convention attendees who are not participating in the Student Leadership Program may purchase a ticket to attend the Truman Library simulation and tour on Saturday. Seating is limited. Tickets are $45 and will be available on the convention registration form available on our website. Convention registration will open at a later date.