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International Honor Society in Social Sciences
The mission of Pi Gamma Mu® is to encourage and promote excellence in the social sciences and to uphold the ideals of scholarship and service.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS

WelcomeWe are delighted to welcome our new members to Pi Gamma Mu! It is our pleasure to congratulate you. We celebrate your interest and achievement in the study of the social sciences and are very happy that you have affiliated with our organization. We encourage you to take advantage of the many benefits of lifetime membership in Pi Gamma Mu including opportunities to network with other members, propose to present research papers at our upcoming convention, apply for a Pi Gamma Mu scholarships, submit an article for publication in our peer-reviewed professional journal, become involved in governing at the chapter or board level, and show off your accomplishments by wearing Pi Gamma Mu honor cords at your graduation.
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COME TO CHARLESTON FOR THE ΠΓΜ CONVENTION

CharlestonYou have worked very hard to become an international social science honor student of Pi Gamma Mu.  Chances are you were very proud of your accomplishments and your school invited you to a ceremony and induction celebrating your achievements.  Now is the time to think about continuing that commitment to your social science discipline.

Every three years Pi Gamma Mu has an international convention with students and faculty coming together in a city somewhere in the USA. This year it will be held in Charleston, South Carolina, that beautiful southern city of hospitality and charm. Whatever your social science discipline... history, political science, psychology, sociology, social work, human services, economics... there is something to learn in Charleston.

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THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE REVIEW IS NOW ONLINE!

ISSRWe are thrilled to announce that the International Social Science Review (ISSR) is now an online journal. The ISSR is the peer-reviewed professional journal of Pi Gamma Mu. This format change is an exciting advancement for Pi Gamma Mu's prestigious academic journal, which saw Vol. 88, Issue 3 going live online in May. Housed on the University of North Georgia's site, the journal is now accessible to everyone - no subscription required. In addition, journal articles are pulled when pertinent key words are typed into search engines such as Google, meaning the journal will reach new audiences.

NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT CARD AND PAYPAL PAYMENTS ONLINE

The Pi Gamma Mu international honor society has always prioritized excellent customer service and continues progress toward this goal by accepting credit card payments and PayPal payments for merchandise orders online. For the first time in our history, customers can purchase items such as honor cords, keypins, and polo shirts with the click of a mouse.

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TOM CARSEY TO PROVIDE KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE PI GAMMA MU CONVENTION THIS OCTOBER

Tom CarseyWe are pleased to announce that Thomas M. Carsey will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Triennial Convention this October. In keeping with Pi Gamma Mu's recent focus on utilizing advancing technologies, Carsey's address will focus on "Social Sciences in the Digital Age". Carsey is the Pearsall Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is also the Director of the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science.

THE SWEETGRASS BASKET TRADITION

– SEE A LIVE DEMONSTRATION AT THE 2014 CONVENTION

basketPi Gamma Mu's Triennial International Convention, in October of 2014, promises to include a plethora of historic sights including a live demonstration of traditional sweetgrass basket making. For students studying any of the social sciences this will be the place to be from October 16-18th. Keep tuned to our convention website and upcoming newsletters as we tell you about the activities, seminars and workshops, presentations, tours of Charleston, and people you will meet at the convention.

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CALL FOR STUDENT PAPERS

call for papersPi Gamma Mu student members are encouraged to submit papers for consideration for presentation at the triennial international convention. All students who have their proposals accepted will receive some funding from PGM (either a one night's stay at the convention hotel or "free" conference registration). Now is the time to plan your trip; now is the time to decide to submit a research paper; now is the time to request support from your local institution for travel funds.

ANNUAL REPORTS ARE DUE AUGUST 15

Report FormPi Gamma Mu's Triennial International Convention, in October of 2014, promises to include a plethora of historic sights including a live demonstration of traditional sweetgrass basket making. For students studying any of the social sciences this will be the place to be from October 16-18th. Keep tuned to our convention website and upcoming newsletters as we tell you about the activities, seminars and workshops, presentations, tours of Charleston, and people you will meet at the convention.

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TRIENNIAL CONVENTION AND OPPORTUNITY FROM THE PRESIDENT'S VANTAGE

Larry HeckThe Triennial Convention provides a highly significant event in the "life" of Pi Gamma Mu, marking both the end of a three-year cycle and the beginning of a new one. At this unique juncture, the Triennial offers multiple opportunities for Pi Gamma Mu members. Having had the great fortune of attending every Triennial since the first at Tampa/St Petersburg in 1987, I want to offer for your consideration some of the opportunities for both students and faculty members.

CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT SHOWCASE – SUBMIT A POSTER!

What has your chapter been up to? Pi Gamma Mu members have traditionally been very active on college campuses and we bet this year has been no exception. We would love to know what activities you have been involved in with your chapter. There is no better way to share that information than to create a poster for the Triennial PGM Convention in Charleston, South Carolina. On Saturday morning, October 18th, 2014 students will have the chance to display their posters and tell everyone about the exciting happenings on their campus.

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PENNSYLVANIA ALPHA NU CHAPTER ATTENDS STUDENT LOBBY DAY IN HARRISBURG, PA

Alpha NuOn March 31 and April 1, 2014, Dr. Stephen Medvec, Pi Gamma Mu Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania and Sponsor of the Pennsylvania Alpha Nu Chapter at Holy Family University, led three newly inducted (on April 4, 2014) members of Pi Gamma Mu to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for the annual "Student Lobby Day" sponsored by the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities in Pennsylvania (AICUP). Dr. Medvec and highly selected students (3 to 4) have been going annually to Harrisburg for this event since 2005. The year's exceptional delegation included Ms. Leah Banton, Junior, Accounting, Political Science minor, resident of Abington, PA (currently doing her internship with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue); Ms. Laura Tamas, Freshman, Political Science, native of Budapest, Hungary, resident of Brussels, Belgium, here on a volleyball scholarship, starting libero, 24 service aces in November 2013; Ms. Daniela Chacon, Junior, Political Science, Spanish minor, native of Colombia, US citizen, now an intern at the Independence Visitor Center in Center City Philadelphia to assist visitors from Spanish-speaking nation-states.

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CONNECT WITH ΠΓΜ ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN

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Here at Pi Gamma Mu, we see social media as another way for us to carry out our mission to encourage scholarship and to foster cooperation and service among our members. Now you can connect with us and other members and supporters of Pi Gamma Mu on the social networking sites you like to use. We welcome your comments, posts, and photos of chapter activities.

STUDENT MEMBERS CAN RUN FOR OFFICE!

ElectionPi Gamma Mu invites student members to run for office! At each triennial international convention, the student members elect two students to serve on the international Board of Trustees for the new triennial (three-year) period. Both student trustees then attend the annual board meetings during that triennium and participate actively in governing Pi Gamma Mu.

Board membership is a sign of respect and accomplishment, particularly if it happens when one is still a student. But it is certainly a significant career milestone at any age.

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FIRST VICE PRESIDENT, CLARA SMALL, NOMINATED TO SERVE ON THE MARYLAND COMMISSION ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE

Clara SmallSALISBURY, MD---Dr. Clara Small, first vice president of the Pi Gamma Mu board of trustees and professor of history at Salisbury University, was nominated to a four-year term on the Maryland Commission on African-American History and Culture beginning July 1, 2012.

"I am honored to have been selected to serve on the Maryland Commission on African-American History and Culture for doing what I consider to be a labor of love," Dr. Small said. "To preserve the past by researching and teaching history to present and future generations is my passion, and I hope to inspire some of my students to become historians to do the same."

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CHAPTERS IN ACTION

News this month comes from Florida Zeta Chapter at Florida State University, Louisiana Kappa Chapter at the University of New Orleans, Kansas Theta Chapter at Newman University, and Ohio Eta chapter at Kent State University.

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SHADOW PRESIDENT UPDATE

Dr. Matthew AndersonThe "Shadow President" was conceptualized for the 2008 triennial--aptly named "A Political Party." Elected by the student delegates, the assignment for the "Shadow President" was to "propose policy ideas and second-guess the initiatives of President Barack Obama" in an occasional column (January 2009 Newsletter). Eric Knutson served as the first "Shadow President." During the 2011 triennial, student delegates elected Dr. Matthew Anderson to continue the assignment of the "Shadow President." The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and may not reflect those of Pi Gamma Mu or its members.

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ACHS MEMBERSHIP PROTECTS THE LEGITIMACY OF HONOR SOCIETIES

Honor SocietyPi Gamma Mu is one of 66 members of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), which is the authority on standards and definitions for the honor society movement. ACHS has stepped up efforts to alert the higher education community to the standards of traditional honor societies. In contrast, some new so-called honor societies exist online and allow self-nomination, accepting fees with no questions asked. If in doubt about an organization, you can check out the ACHS Web site (www.achsnatl.org) for the list of honor societies that are members.

 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS

Anytime you move, such as after graduation, please notify the Pi Gamma Mu office immediately. This will prevent your mailings from being interrupted or discontinued. The International Social Science Review is returned to us by the post office, which is an additional expense for the international office to absorb. Just mail a change-of-address card, post card, or letter to Pi Gamma Mu, 1001 Millington St., Suite B, Winfield, KS 67156. If you prefer, you can send an E-mail message ([email protected]), or go to our Web site (www.pigammamu.org) to change your address information. We need your name, as well as your old and new address. Thank you very much for taking a few minutes to keep your information current.

When you graduate, please give us a new E-mail address if you have been using your college address to receive your Pi Gamma Mu Newsletter. At some point (each college is different), your college E-mail address will be eliminated and you will no longer receive the newsletter or other information from Pi Gamma Mu.

CONTACT US

Regular mail: 1001 Millington St., Suite B, Winfield, KS 67156
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