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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.


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 $17.95 (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 your items in the mail right away.

For other Pi Gamma Mu memorabilia, including sweatshirts, key pins, chapter banners, certificate frames and other branded items, see our store page at www.pigammamu.org/store.html

Demonstrating Respect for the Dignity of Others

Dr. FriedmanUndoubtedly, NBC Universal Television has made a tidy profit on The Jerry Springer Show, which is now in its 22d season of production. As nearly all of you know, host Jerry Springer and his crew invite to the Stamford, Conn., studio a menagerie of underachievers who suffer from an array of behavioral disorders, and publicly display the disturbing manifestations of their pathologies. At the end of the spectacle, Springer advises viewers--with dripping irony--that "until next time" they should "take care of yourselves and each other." One would think that only a person with experience in politics would possess the disingenuousness to exploit vulnerable people, provoke troubled individuals to violence, and then pontificate that people should be considerate toward each other.

Leadership Almost Falls Over the Cliff

Dr. AndersonBarack Obama presented himself, and seemed to represent, transformational leadership--the type of leadership that would inspire members of government and citizens alike in working together toward fulfilling a vision of a "Unified America." Obama seemed to be the president who would be the role model for unity and cooperation in accomplishing goals impacting the nation. President Obama and Republican members of Congress have done the opposite, and have exhibited poor cooperation and compromise in trying to strike a budget deal that would allow the nation to avert the dreaded fiscal cliff (scheduled tax increases and spending cuts that threatened to put the nation on the brink of another recession).

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The scholarship award is a time-honored tradition of Pi Gamma Mu. This award has been in use since the early days of the organization. Once a year chapters have the privilege of awarding one medal to a person who has distinguished him/herself in the social sciences. It has usually been given to an outstanding student as a prize for scholarship and/or service. However, it may also go to some other person deserving recognition in this field or to a faculty officer of a Pi Gamma Mu chapter.


This issue has news on our chapters at Huston-Tillotson University, Kent State University, Campbell University, Pace University, Emory & Henry College, and University of Evansville.

Right, Chapter officers at the University of Evansville boxing up shoes for Soles4Souls.

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The National Security Education Program


Association of College Honor Societies Partners


Academic Studies Abroad


Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth


British Studies Program


University of Maryland Summer Research Initiative 2013


The Hayek Fund for Future Scholars


The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) is currently accepting applications for programs that will bring together governmental and diplomatic officials, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, journalists, young professionals, students and scholars, and other interested stakeholders from across the world for a program of lectures, workshops, panel and group discussions and social and cultural activities featuring leading figures from the fields of politics, the arts, academia, media, and business.

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While Pi Gamma Mu is not the largest or wealthiest of the 62 national and international honor societies affiliated with the national Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), arguably our international officers and trustees and our chapter sponsors are the hardest-working volunteers who can be found in any of the societies.

Please, would you consider being one of our tenacious partners? We gratefully accept donations of any size.


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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Pi Gamma Mu wishes to thank its donors who made contributions of $25 or more during our fiscal year from September 1, 2011, to August 31, 2012.

American Military University

Edessa Ramos

Newman University

Dr. Larry Heck

North Georgia College & State University

Paula J. Coleman
Dr. Barry D. Friedman
Dr. Charles Hawkins, Jr.
Sue Watters (Pi Gamma Mu Headquarters)
Amanda Wolcott

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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. We would appreciate it if you would mail a change-of-address card, post card, or letter with your name and old and new address to: Pi Gamma Mu, 1001 Millington, Suite B, Winfield, KS 67156. You can also E-mail the information to us at executivedirector@pigammamu.org, or use the Web site form.

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.

ACHS Membership Protects the Legitimacy of Honor Societies

Pi 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.achshonor.org) for the list of honor societies that are members.


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