One of the ideals of Pi Gamma Mu is Social Service, and, as the ritual for initiation states, “The pursuit of our ideals requires giving freely, fully, and joyously of our time, talent, and energy. The fruit of our scholarship, science, and idealism is reaped through service to others for the benefit of all humanity, and this, in turn, requires the cooperation, dedication, passion and participation of all people and of all the social sciences.”
The members of Pi Gamma Mu are very generous with their time and talents. Look at some of the projects undertaken this past year. - You might see one in which your chapter could participate. Watch for more great projects in the next newsletter and consider what your chapter members might be able to accomplish.
The Florida Zeta chapter at Florida State University has been recognized as the most active student organization on its campus. Some projects that it has accomplished include: Adopt a Highway clean-up, sending care packages overseas to men and women in our armed forces, holding a year-‘round food drive for FSU's food pantry, donating stuffed animals to a battered-women's shelter, and participating in a breast-cancer 5K race. Because a friend of the immediate past president of the chapter, Matt Tucciarone, was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer, the chapter members voted to donate a portion of their semester dues to the cause of colon cancer, but they still believed that there was more they could do. Therefore, last month they sponsored their first Race for Hope 5K: Conquering Colon Cancer. Their goal in this campaign was to heighten awareness, inform people of the risks and means for screening, and raise funds to better assist in the fight against colon cancer.
(L to R) Louisiana Epsilon Chapter member Erickson Brown, Dr. Keith Berry, guest lecturer, and Dr. Shawn Comminey, Louisiana Epsilon Chapter co-advisor.
The Louisiana Epsilon chapter at Southern University, in conjunction with the Department of History, Student Historical Society and Speech & Debate Society, sponsored a Black History Month Lecture Program. Dr. Keith Berry, professor of history and coordinator of the Helping Black/Brown Men with Opportunities in Programs that will advance their Education (H.O.P.E.) Scholarship Program at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla., served as guest lecturer. His topic was "Roosevelt, Race, and Obama: A Southerner's View."
At North Georgia College & State University (NGCSU), the Georgia Kappa chapter sponsored a Princeton-elm tree that was planted on the campus's Nature Refuge in front of the Young Social Science Center. The Georgia Kappa chapter has been the main participant of the NGCSU honor societies’ Kiva micro-loan project which maintains a $250 fund. This money is used to partially fund 10 micro-loans to foreign entrepreneurs at any given time. As an entrepreneur repays her loan, the honor-society chapters then commit the $25 portion to a new applicant. The chapter provided 60 percent of the $250 fund. More information can be found at the Kiva Web page at http://www.kiva.org/lender/northgacollegeand5545.
Georgia Kappa chapter has sponsored a tree that will be planted on the campus's Nature Refuge
In order to support the NGCSU Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) organization, the Georgia Kappa Chapter donated $50 toward the cost of creating a design for the GSA's commemoration of Coming Out Day. Dr. Barry Friedman (Pi Gamma Mu international president and secretary-treasurer of the Georgia Kappa chapter) created the draft artwork; the final design was accomplished by a professional computer artist. The chapter made a $350 donation that went toward the Pi Gamma Mu international board's initiative to send a donation to the International Rescue Committee for disaster relief in Japan. The chapter donated $90 to sponsor three water filters for families in Haiti in support of a project of the students in the various sections of PSYC 1001, "Fundamentals of Leadership." A total of $3000 was raised for the purchase of 100 water filters by the PSYC 1001 students.
The Virginia Delta chapter at Emory & Henry College had a brown-bag lunch and heard from Dr. Shelly Koh about community service, community relations, and the new Master of Community Organizing and Leadership program.
The Missouri Kappa chapter at Central Methodist University sponsors the Dr. Merrill E. Gaddis Memorial Lecture each year. The lecture honors Dr. Gaddis, who founded the Missouri Kappa Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu in 1935 and served as Pi Gamma Mu regional chancellor. Gaddis, who joined the CMU faculty in 1929, was professor of history and later chair of the Social Sciences Division at CMU until his death in 1958. Pi Gamma Mu’s international Board of Trustees has sponsored the Gaddis Lecture since 1984.
Richard Dailey speaking at the 2011 annual Gaddis Lecture
Richard Dailey, who retired from the New Jersey Transit Police Department after 28 years as a career law enforcement officer serving the State of New Jersey's mass-transit bus, rail, and light-rail system, spoke on the campus. He co-founded and is now president and owner of MIRIMAR Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in organizational development and leadership. Mr. Dailey's subject was "Leadership: A Career Choice.” Mr. Dailey's main theme was the importance of leadership, including ethics. He discussed the value of communication as an essential and understated component of leadership, and emphasized the importance of how thoughts, ideas, concerns, and even directives are conveyed.
The Pennsylvania Alpha Zeta chapter at Widener University sponsored a Leukemia Society Walk last October, and supported “Adopt a Family for the Holiday” in December. Both were very successful initiatives.
At University of Mary Hardin-Baylor the Texas Zeta chapter decided, since 2010 was an election year, to raise awareness among students by hosting an election-night results party. The chapter developed a series of maps and charts showing the races under contention, and how the U. S. House and Senate might split given likely outcomes. It used them to decorate a large multi-use room in the middle of the library. The night of the election, the chapter set up feeds from several television channels (and of course lots of food including red, white and blue cookies and cupcakes). Students were able to drop by all evening to see what was going on in local, state, and national races. The chapter even had a new freshman from Istanbul, Turkey, who came and stayed for quite a while. – This student was very interested to see the much different process of elections in action in the United States.
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