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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.

2013 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED

After much deliberation on the part of the Scholarship Committee, the committee's chairman, Dr. Clara Small, recommended 10 scholarship winners to the Board of Trustees. The board awarded scholarships to the following: Lynette Hess, Hannah Seward, Natasha Williams, Savannah Bell, Sara Bauer, Paul Bissember, Devin Bond, Christina Marko, Heather Martin, Shanta Pamphile.

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applicationAPPLICATIONS FOR 2014 GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS DUE ON FEB. 15

Each year, Pi Gamma Mu awards 11 scholarships to outstanding members. Five are named scholarships. Three scholarships are worth $2000 each, and the other eight are worth $1000 each. These scholarships are primarily intended for first-year graduate work in the social sciences. If you are interested in applying, you should start putting your information together right away. Applications must be fully completed and received at the Pi Gamma Mu office in Winfield, Kans., with a postmark on or before February 15. Winners will be notified in March, with the grants awarded in September. Please check the Pi Gamma Mu Web site for information and the application form. The URL address is www.pigammamu.org/scholarship_application.asp

PI GAMMA MU'S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IS NANCY WIEBE

Nancy WiebeDuring a meeting in Springfield, Mo., on October 17-19, Pi Gamma Mu's international Board of Trustees appointed Nancy T. Wiebe, grant-development manager of United Methodist Youthville, Inc., in Wichita, Kans., since 2007, to become the honor society's international executive director. Wiebe's appointment is effective on January 1.

CANDICE QUINN BECOMES EDITOR OF THE ISSR

Candice Quinn During its meeting in October, Pi Gamma Mu's international Board of Trustees confirmed the appointment of Dr. Candice Quinn to succeed Dean J. Fafoutis as editor of the honor society's scholarly journal, the International Social Science Review. Dr. Quinn was nominated by the Communications Committee, chaired by Dr. Susan Kinsella, chancellor of our Southeast Region.

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VIEW FROM THE PODIUM
Making Our Mark

RegisteredAll of us understand why one locks the doors of her automobile after parking it in a lot, why one locks the doors of his home when he goes to work, why one stores a diamond ring that she doesn't wear in a safe-deposit box, and so forth. A more esoteric matter is what one might do to protect what we call "intellectual property." The content of this column is, in fact, my intellectual property. I might not want you to profit from the content of this column, just as I don't want you to profit from the gold bars that I store in my garage. (Alas, there really aren't any gold bars in my garage. In my garage, I actually store boxes containing that much more of my intellectual property, like the research papers that I wrote when I was in graduate school.)

SHADOW PRESIDENT UPDATE
Obama and USA fall from top spot

President Barack Obama could not bring the congressional leadership in Washington, D. C., together to prevent a government shutdown. The government did, in fact, shut down, and the country--not to mention Congress and the two political parties--was negatively impacted. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin eclipsed President Obama as the world's most powerful man on the Forbes List. To some it may be shocking, yet Mr. Putin took the spotlight from Mr. Obama and the United States, and had the world questioning U. S. world eminence when the Russian president was able to steer the situation of Syria's chemical-weapons violations to his and Russia's advantage. President Obama's lack of definitive leadership stance and his rescinding of the declaration of military action against Syria for weapons violations opened the door for Mr. Putin to outmaneuver President Obama and prevent a change in the regime of one of Russia's key allies.

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DEAN J. FAFOUTIS RECOGNIZED FOR 11 YEARS AS ISSR EDITOR

Dean J. FafoutisDean J. Fafoutis, editor of Pi Gamma Mu's journal, the International Social Science Review, from 2002 until last month, has been elected to the Pi Gamma Mu Hall of Fame. The international Board of Trustees elected Fafoutis during its meeting on October 17-19.

Fafoutis is a native of New York City. He studied chemical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York and transferred to the City College of New York, from which he received a B.A. degree in history. He also earned an M.A. degree in history from the University of Arizona and completed doctoral coursework at Indiana University in Bloomington. His area of specialization is the history of U. S. foreign relations.

CHAPTERS IN ACTION

The Kansas Alpha chapter at Southwestern College held a ghost tour of Winfield on October 28 and 30, 2013. The October 28 tour was a walking tour, whose starting point was outside of Pi Gamma Mu's international office. The October 30 tour was a shuttle tour that started at 1500 East Eighth Avenue. The chapter reports that all participants had a lot of fun.

The New York Tau chapter at Pace University held an initiation ceremony for new members on October 22, 2013. The chapter installed its 2013-2014 officers during the assembly. The chapter sponsor, Dr. Linda Quest, presented two scholarship medals to New York Tau mentor Dr. Edward Tseng. The originals had been misplaced. She reported, "Dr. Tseng was surprised and delighted with the replaced scholar medals."

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ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE HONOR SOCIETIES

Honor Society

ACHS Membership Protects the Legitimacy of Honor Societies

Pi Gamma Mu is one of 68 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.

PI GAMMA MU SOLICITS YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Pi Gamma Mu is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and able to accept tax-deductible donations. If you would like to make a donation to our organization in honor / memory of a professor, sponsor, loved one or friend, or to support our scholarship program, you are encouraged to do so. Pi Gamma Mu gives 11 scholarships to students going into a graduate program in social science each year. You can mail your donation to Pi Gamma Mu, 1001 Millington St., Suite B, Winfield, KS 67156.


I WANT TO SUPPORT PI GAMMA MU BY MAKING A DONATION

Pi Gamma Mu is committed to providing a wide range of services that will stimulate social-science research, recognize the achievements of honor students in the social sciences, and encourage student members to pursue graduate studies in social-science disciplines. We do a lot, and we'd like to do more! Please, would you help us?

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For more information, call Beth Biddle at (620) 221-3128 or visit our donations Web page: http://www.pigammamu.org/donate.html

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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

Here are ways to contact our international office.
Regular mail: 1001 Millington St., Suite B, Winfield, KS 67156
Telephone: (620) 221-3128
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