(Updated March 13, 2020)
As colleges and universities around the globe continue to respond to rapidly changing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Pi Gamma Mu wishes to offer its support to its members, chapters, and chapter sponsors.
To the degree possible, we encourage chapters to continue the important work of inviting eligible students to join Pi Gamma Mu so that they get the recognition and opportunities they deserve. Some chapters are using more electronic invitations as campuses move to online classes. A membership application form is available on our website and can be attached to an email invitation. Please be assured that, at this time, Pi Gamma Mu headquarters remains fully staffed and will continue to fulfill your chapter's requests for new member certificates and regalia.
Regarding initiation ceremonies, please follow your institution's guidelines regarding events and gatherings. If you are unable to host a face-to-face initiation ceremony, instead of canceling your ceremony, consider holding an online initiation ceremony. Online applications like Google Hangouts or Zoom work well. The ritual for the induction of new members and the installation of new officers is available on our website at http://pigammamu.org/initiation-ceremony.html. If you cannot hold a ceremony, you may mail membership certificates to students or hand them out later.
Again, to the degree that you are able, please continue to invite eligible students to join your chapter. Not only does it provide well-deserved recognition to your top students, but failure to invite students this spring can impact next year's scholarship process, students' eligibility to attend the November 2020 Convention, and future recruitment efforts. If you are not able to induct students this semester, we encourage you to begin inviting students again as soon as you are able.
We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates as circumstances warrant.
We wish you the best as you continue the important work of supporting your students during this difficult time. Please contact us at 620-221-3128 or [email protected] if there is anything we can do to assist you.