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Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences
International Honor Society in Social Sciences
Pi Gamma Mu®
International Honor Society
in Social Sciences
1001 Millington Street, Suite B
Winfield, KS 67156
Phone: (620) 221-3128

Pi Gamma Mu Conventions

Pi Gamma Mu conventions


October 16-18, 2014

Theme: Pi Gamma Mu is 90 – Let's Celebrate in Charleston!

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Over 80 lifetime members attended Pi Gamma Mu's 2014 triennial international convention on October 16-18 in N. Charleston, S.C.  The three day meeting provided the opportunity for some of the best and the brightest upcoming social scientists to share their ideas, learn from each other, collaborate, and celebrate.  We learned about Pi Gamma Mu's past during a chapter showcase session including posters displaying archival materials from Pi Gamma Mu's 90 year history as well as the unique histories of some of our oldest and strongest chapters.  We celebrated our present by hearing from students and alumni in poster and oral research presentations.  Convention attendees also helped plan the future of Pi Gamma Mu by participating in long-term strategic planning sessions with members of the board of trustees.  Student members attended workshops to learn about career options and applying to graduate school.  The convention also included a roundtable session focusing on how Pi Gamma Mu can work more closely with and provide more benefits to alumni. 

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THURSDAY – Welcome, Strategic Planning Session, Sweetgrass Basket Making Demonstration, Student Workshops on Applying to Graduate School and Careers in the Social Sciences, 90th Anniversary Celebration, Service Project Presentation, Roll Call, Presidential Address, and Student Caucuses.

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FRIDAY – Student Research Presentations, Awards Luncheon, Keynote Address, and Student Representative Campaign Speeches.

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SATURDAY ­– Strategic Planning Roundtables, Chapter Development Showcase, Alumni Roundtables, Plenary Triennial Business Session, Installation of New Board Members and Student Trustees, and Charleston City Tour.



Convention Schedule

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

  Board of Trustees Strategic Planning and Annual Meeting Part I

Thursday, October 16, 2014

8:00-11:30 a.m. Board of Trustees Meeting Part II
12 noon-1:30 p.m. Board Luncheon
1:30 p.m. Registration Opens
2:00-4:00 p.m. Strategic Planning General Session for Stakeholders
4:00-6:00 p.m. Sweetgrass Basket Making Demonstration
4:00-4:45 p.m. Pre-Convention Workshop I - Applying to Graduate School: Things to Do, Questions to Ask J.L. Kemp, Michaela Dolphin
5:00-5:45 p.m. Pre-Convention Workshop II - What You Can Do with a Degree in a Social Science Discipline Yongsheng Wang, Nilda Pyronneau
5:45-6:00 p.m. The Sweetgrass Basket Tradition – Presentation by Ms. Annie Scott
  Dinner on Your Own 
7:00-8:30 p.m. 

 Convention Opening/ Plenary Session
                            Welcome - Suzanne Rupp
                            Roll Call of Chapters
                            Introduction of Trustees, Governors, and Pi Gamma Mu Staff
                            Presidential Triennial Report, Larry Heck
                            Service Project Presentation: Susan Kinsella

We ask delegates to bring a stuffed animal, which will be donated to My Sister's House, Inc., a local charitable organization providing assistance to abused women and children.  This is a very well-regarded and popular service project!

8:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Student Caucus I - Orientation/Overview of Student Trustee Nomination and Election Process – Open to all convention attendees
                            Michaela Dolphin

9:00-9:30 p.m.

Question and Answer Session for Students Interested in Running – Open to all convention attendees
                            Michaela Dolphin, Jean Karlen

Note: Candidate Forms must be submitted to convention registration by noon on Friday, October 17.

Friday, October 17, 2014

8 a.m. 

Registration Opens
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Student Research Poster Presentations (Susan Kinsella)          
9:00 a.m. Announcement/introduction of student trustee candidates
9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Student Paper Presentations - Session I 
10:45 - Noon Student Paper Session II
12:15-1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon, Chapter Honor Rolls, Joseph B. James Chapter Incentive Award, Outstanding New Chapter Award, Pi Gamma Mu Alumni Award, Outstanding Achievement Award, Milestone Recognitions, Hall of Fame Inductees               
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Keynote Address, Dr. Thomas Carsey, Thomas J. Pearsall Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
3:00 - 4:15 p.m. Student Paper Presentations - Session III
4:30-5:30 p.m.   Student Caucus – Campaign Speeches
  Dinner on your own.  Group options may also be available.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Student Voting
8:30-9:30 a.m. Strategic Planning Regional Roundtables
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Chapter Development Showcase and Roundtable Discussions
               Alumni Roundtable for Pi Gamma Mu Alumni
                            Roundtable Discussion Leaders:                
                            Sheila Moyle, Budget Analyst, Western Carolina University
                            Nilda Pyronneau, Past Pi Gamma Mu Student Trustee
                            Dr. Gordon Mercer, Immediate Past President, Pi Gamma Mu

               Chapter Development Showcase Poster Presentations (Jean Karlen)
10:30 a.m.-noon 

Plenary Triennial Business Session (Executive Director, Suzanne Rupp)

              Recognition of Outgoing Board Members, Installation of New Officers and Board
              Members, Student Trustees announced

12 noon-1:15 p.m.  Board of Trustees Meeting 
12 noon-1:15 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
1:30 p.m.  Charleston City Tour begins.  Registration ($25) is required.