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Pi Gamma Mu Conventions

Pi Gamma Mu conventions




2011 Convention Sets Records; 40 Members Report on Research in Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.

A record-shattering total of 160 members attended Pi Gamma Mu's 2011 triennial international convention on October 20-22 in the Washington, D. C., metropolitan area. As volunteers, employees, and the delegates themselves pitched in to cause everyone to accomplish worthwhile outcomes and to have a good time, the convention proved to be a model for honor-society programming.

Indisputably, the highlight was the day-long presentation on Friday, October 21, of 40 members' research findings, which took place in the ornate Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building, located across from the U. S. Capitol on the northern side of Constitution Avenue.

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Theme: Pi Gamma Mu Honors America's Past, Plans the World's Future

Chairman of the convention committee : Barry D. Friedman, international first vice president and secretary-treasurer of the Pi Gamma Mu chapter at North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega.

We are proud to recognize our chapters in the vicinity of Washington, D. C., that are serving as host chapters for this convention: Campbell University, Catholic University of America, Coppin State University, Emory & Henry College, Salisbury University, University of Maryland - University College.

Holiday Inn National Airport Hotel
2650 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202
(703) 684-7200
Convention room rate: $119 (plus tax) per night, up to quadruple occupancy.
(Breakfast is not included in room rate.)
Deadline for reservations: Monday, September 19, 2011. Call hotel directly.

Registration fee:
$18. Registration payment must be received at the international office by Monday, October 3.

Download a registration form (Adobe file): Click here

Download the detailed convention announcement (Microsoft Word document): Click here
(The detailed convention announcement includes information about shuttle transportation from the airport.)

Proposals for papers / posters:

Pi Gamma Mu student members may propose to present papers in the form of an oral presentation (with a PowerPoint presentation being an optional enhancement) or in the form of a poster at the convention. Regardless of the presentation format, proposals for this convention must be submitted in the form of a completed research paper or, at a minimum, a complete draft of a paper. One should submit her proposal by E-mail to [email protected] (and send a "CC" to convention-committee chairman Barry D. Friedman at [email protected] ); attach the research paper as a Microsoft Word document and specify whether the student wishes to deliver an oral presentation or display a poster.Other word-processing software is unacceptable.

Proposals must be received by the chairmen of the Committee of Readers and of the convention committee no later than September 19, 2011. The chairman of the Committee of Readers is Dr. Charles W. Hartwig, chancellor of the South / Southwest Region of Pi Gamma Mu, Arkansas State University (State University, Ark.), (870) 972-3048, [email protected] . (Other members of the Committee of Readers: Dr. Stephen E. Medvec, Holy Family University, Philadelphia, Penn., and Dr. Janice K. Purk, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Mansfield, Penn.)

If a student presents a poster, the poster must display (a) a summary of the research project, including the thesis statement or hypothesis, (b) an outline of the methodology and information discovered, and (c) the findings, including a statement of whether the thesis statement or hypothesis was supported or unsubstantiated.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

9 a.m. Meeting of the Board's Executive Committee

9:30 p.m. Board of Trustees Meeting

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Luncheon for Old and New Trustees
(featuring a presentation by Mary Rose Muccie and Alodie Larson of JSTOR)

1-3 p.m. Board of Trustees Committee Meetings

3-5 p.m. Board of Trustees Meeting (guests welcome)

5-7 p.m. Registration

5-7 p.m. Dinner on Your Own

7-7:45 p.m. Welcome (President Gordon E. Mercer)
Keynote Address (Attorney Jeff Thiebert, national grassroots director, the Concord Coalition)

7:45-8:05 p.m. Dessert Bar

8:05 p.m. Roll Call of Chapters (Executive Director Sue Watters)
Ice Breaker: "Who Said That?" (First Vice President Barry Friedman)

8:30 p.m. Pi Gamma Mu Constitutional Convention (Student Trustees Mark Bender and Michaela Dolphin) We will ask delegates to bring a stuffed animal, perhaps with some kind of state-specific identification such as a state flag or a ribbon with the name of the state on it. We'll pretend to have a national Constitutional Convention for the proposal of amendments to the U. S. Constitution. Then, we'll donate the stuffed animals to the Fairfax County Artemis House, a shelter for battered women and their children. Denise Cannon, director of community outreach, will accept the stuffed animals on behalf of the children who will be at the Artemis House.

This is a very well-regarded and popular service project! Veterans of previous conventions undoubtedly remember the 2002 "Teddy Bear Pageant," the 2005 "March of the Musical Toys," and the 2008 "National Nominating Convention."

9:15-10 p.m. Student Mixer / Caucus #1 -- Nomination process for student trustees (Student Trustees Mark Bender and Michaela Dolphin)

9:15-10 p.m. Recognition of Alumnus/Alumna Members and Discussion (President Gordon E. Mercer and Past Student Trustees Jamie Cooper and Nilda Pyronneau)

9:15-10 p.m. Social Time for Trustees, Sponsors, and Other Faculty Attendees

Friday, October 21, 2011

8-9 a.m. Registration

8-9 a.m. Breakfast Orientation for Trustees and Governors
(President Gordon E. Mercer, First Vice President Barry D. Friedman)

9-9:30 a.m. Travel via Metrorail to Russell Senate Office Building for student presentations


Abstracts for the papers and posters appear on a Web page at

9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Student Panel Session (presentation of students’ papers)
(Convenor: Hon. Devta Ohri, alumnus member, University of Maryland – College Park)

Panel #1: Equality and Inequality

  • Lisette Alvarez, Florida State University
    “Justice for Jessica: A Human-Rights Case Study of Media Influence, Gender Violence, and the Rule of Law in India”
  • Susan Bearns, University of Maryland – University College
    “White Hegemony and the Perpetuation of Native American Mascots in Sports”
  • Ashley R. Davis, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
    “Successful Neoliberalism? State Policy, Poverty and Inequality in Chile and Mexico”
  • Angela Haney, Howard Payne University
    “Title IX and Women’s Sports”
  • Audra Lins, Ursinus College
    “Modern-Day Slavery in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave: Human Trafficking of Children”
  • Robert E. Powell II, Arkansas State University
    “The Legacy of Colonialism on Democratic Governance”
  • Poster: Kaylee White, Holy Family University
    “Millennium Developmental Goals: Progress on Goal 8 – To Develop Global Partnerships”

Panel #2: Psychology, Emotions, and Human Relations

  • Eric Banks, Coppin State University
    “A Role Model’s Effect on the Values of a Young Adult”
  • Matthew Donovan, University of South Florida
    “The Effect of Common Factors Among Therapies Compared with Specific Techniques”
  • Isaac French, Wayne State College
    “‘Not Again’: A Case Study on College Hookups and the Regret that Follows”
  • Ashley Hines, Bradley University
    “Are Repressed Memories Real or Fake? Taking a Closer Look at Both Ends of the Spectrum”
  • Janet T. Jones, Coppin State University
    “The Father‑Daughter Relationship”
  • Kaitlyn Kelm, Howard Payne University
    “Constitutionality of Physician-Assisted Suicide”
  • Gina Riley‑Daly, Walden University
    “The Effect of Home Schooling on Levels of Intrinsic Need Satisfaction in Young Adults”

Panel #3: International Relations and International Leaders

  • Gabe Gauthier, Wayne State College
    “Charlemagne: A Military and Political Genius who Shaped Medieval Europe”
  • David Hans, Wayne State College
    “The Ability of Ghana to Function as an Independent State Among the Community of Nations”
  • Maura K. James, Catholic University of America
    “Hope Diminished: The Palestinian‑Israel Peace Process and the Oslo Accords”
  • Marjorie Jeffrey, Wofford College / North Georgia College & State University
    “Churchill and the Jews”
  • Josh Pittman, Campbell University
    “Turkey‑Israel Relations”

12:15-1 p.m. Lunch on Your Own

1-4 p.m. Student Panel Session (presentation of students’ papers)
(Convenor: Past President Jean Karlen)

Panel #4: Legal and Social Systems

  • Dr. Matthew A. Anderson, University of Phoenix / Lincoln University
    “Exploration of Child-Welfare Staff Experiences”
  • Daneis Barber, University of Nebraska – Omaha
    “The Summer Olympics: A Behind-the-Scences Look at the Decisions for the Olympic Games”
  • Stephen Gassaway, Western Carolina University
    “Climbing the Ladder of Organizational Project-Management Maturity”
  • Nina Hazen, Augusta State University / University of South Carolina – Aiken
    “Program Evaluation: Juvenile Arbitration Program of Aiken County, S. C.”
  • Elvis Tillett, Grambling State University
    “Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Juveniles in Corrections: A Louisiana Perspective”
  • Thomas Warzywak, Wayne State College
    “Dueling in Early National America: A Culture of Political Madness”
  • Minmin Zhang, Franklin & Marshall College
    “Confucianism and Democracy”
  • Poster: Kaela Hellstrom, University of Nebraska – Omaha
    “Tribulations with the Financing, Internal Company Disputes, and Construction of the Central Pacific Railroad”
  • Poster: Jonathan McCloskey, Washington & Jefferson College
    American Needle, Inc., v. NFL et al. (2010): Antitrust Law Applied to Professional Sports”
  • Poster: Amanda M. Wolcott, North Georgia College & State University (co‑authored)
    “Mapping the Social Capital of Regional Drug Court Participants”

Panel #5: Government and Public Policy

  • Caleb David, Washington & Jefferson College
    “The Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate: A Study of the Commerce Clause”
  • Adam Howe, Eureka College
    “Struggle Over Power: The Struggle Between the U. S. Congress and the U. S. Supreme Court During the Great Depression”
  • Elizabeth Pesek, University of Nebraska – Omaha
    “In the Face of Change: Immigration Politics in Modern France Seen as the Effects of History”
  • John Quinto, California State University – Fresno
    “California Higher Education Legislation”
  • Alexander Smith, Washington & Jefferson College
    “China, the United States, and the Financial Crisis: An Examination of Both Countries’ Stimulus Plans Following the 2007 Recession”
  • Poster: Jonathan C. Najarian, Marywood College
    “A Primer on New Urbanism”

Panel #6: Spies and Terrorists

  • Riah Deane, Wayne State College
    “The Tri‑Border Area and Terrorism: What Factors Make Terrorist Activity a Threat in the Tri‑Border Area of South America?”
  • Whitney Mayer, Ursinus College
    “Bioterrorism in International Politics”
  • Hannah Monroe‑Morse, University of Maryland – University College
    “Russian Intelligence-Gathering in the United States”
  • Chandler Raine, Howard Payne University
    “Fright or Flight: The Effect of Terrorism on the U. S. Transportation Industry”
  • John A. Taylor, Western Carolina University
    “The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC): A Threat Against the United States”

4-7 p.m. Tour of the Mall: "It's a Mall World After All" (Secretary-Treasurer Larry Heck)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

8-8:30 a.m. Student Caucus #2

8:30-10 a.m. Student Balloting for New Student Trustees

8:30-10 a.m. Workshops

  • Life in Graduate School (Student Trustee Michaela Dolphin)
  • The Role of Alumni/ae in Pi Gamma Mu: Formation of an Alumnus Council
    (President Gordon E. Mercer and First Vice President Barry D. Friedman)
  • "Making a Difference": Opportunities for Service Projects in Pi Gamma Mu (Discussion)
    (Second Vice President Charles McClellan and Chancellor Clara Small)
  • Legal Issues at the Chapter Level
    (Pi Gamma Mu Legal Counsel Michele Price)
  • Ideals of Pi Gamma Mu
    (Grambling State University Sponsor Frances Staten)

10-11:30 a.m. Plenary Business Session

  • Introduction of Trustees, Governors, and Pi Gamma Mu Staff (First Vice President Barry D. Friedman)
  • Recognition of Faculty Advisors (Executive Director Sue Watters)
  • President Gordon E. Mercer will conduct the following:
    • Pi Gamma Mu Special Awards
    • Triennial Report
    • Installation of Officers and Board Members
    • Discussion of 2014 Convention Site

12 noon-1:30 p.m. Board of Trustees Meeting (new board)