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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.

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Evangel University visitThe Missouri Omicron chapter at Evangel University had another busy year. In order to make its name known beyond the Social Science Department, it met at least monthly with its "Fireside Chats," at which students from various majors, political persuasions, and faiths are able to discuss and debate their ideas in a mutually respectful manner. Topics for these events range anywhere from "should government legislate morality" to "Russia's influence on international relations and affairs."

The Missouri Omicron chapter had several officers attend a student leadership conference in Washington D.C., and participate in a week of exciting events related to President Barack Obama's inauguration. They were able to meet with several White House officials and members of the transition team. Students were able to witness firsthand the legacy of the peaceful transition of power. One of the highlights of the trip was an extended visit with U. S. Representative Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., who is an Evangel University alum (class of 1975).

This year the chapter was able to host a bonfire that was open to students of all majors. It was a successful night that ended with recruitment of new members. The chapter hosted a History Symposium at which graduating history majors were able to present their research projects. The symposium was so well attended, it will continue annually.

The California Omicron chapter at Mt. St. Mary's College held donation drives in support of a local Food Bank.

At Barry University, the Florida Theta chapter held a fundraiser and awareness raiser for homelessness by hosting a university-wide discussion and showing of the film "Dark Days" (about homelessness). It also sold baked goods at this event to raise money for a homeless organization. One of the students in this chapter was able to convince the university to give a sizable check to this organization to help the homeless in Miami Shores.

In order to get more political discussion on politics, the North Carolina Lambda chapter at Western Carolina University worked with radio station WFSC to have three interviews played on local radio. The interviews were done by chapter sponsor and Pi Gamma Mu international president Gordon Mercer, and involved Western Carolina University faculty as follows:

  1. New North Carolina Politics - an interview on a new book by Gibbs Knotts and Chris Cooper on trends and data on North Carolina politics.
  2. 2009 Presidential Campaign - an interview of presidential specialist Don Livingston during the primaries.
  3. 2009 President Obama's Performance - an interview with presidential course faculty member Don Livingston.

HONOR CORDS

With graduation on the horizon for many Pi Gamma Mu members, don't forget to order your honor cords. They are royal blue and white twisted nylon cords with royal blue tassels. To get your graduation cords, send a check or money order for $15 (which includes postage and handling) to the Pi Gamma Mu headquarters at 1001 Millington, Suite B, Winfield, KS 67156 or phone headquarters (620-221-3128) and give us your credit card number; we will put them in the mail right away.

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