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.


One of the ideals of Pi Gamma Mu is Social Service, and, as the ritual for initiation states, “The pursuit of our ideals requires giving freely, fully, and joyously of our time, talent, and energy.  The fruit of our scholarship, science, and idealism is reaped through service to others for the benefit of all humanity, and this, in turn, requires the cooperation, dedication, passion and participation of all people and of all the social sciences.”

The members of Pi Gamma Mu are very generous with their time and talents.  Look at some of the projects undertaken this past year - you might see one your chapter could participate in.

The Pennsylvania Alpha Nu chapter at Holy Family University took a trip to the Pennsylvania state capital for "Student Lobby Day".

Pennsylvania Alpha Nu chapter Students Alison Smith, Kubra Waiters, Rashid Gilmore visit
with Kyle Mullins, Legislative Assistant to Senator Mike Stoeb
Pennsylvania Alpha Nu chapter Rashid Gilmore, Senator Mike Stoab, Kubra Waiters and
Alison Smith in the Democratic Caucus Room

Pennsylvania Alpha Nu chapter Chapter members Rashid Gilmore, Seely Leyenberger, M.Ed., Melissa Hipwell and Brittany La Couture in Harrisburg on the plaza in front of the state capital building. Ms. La Couture will be attending George Washington University School of Law in the fall.
At the Missouri Omicron chapter at Evangel University Constitution Day is celebrated every year on September 17.  All of the Social Science clubs and organizations gather together and co-sponsor an event where students of all majors are given a brief history of our Constitution.  Jeff Brauch, the dean of Regent University's Robertson School of Law was in attendance.  He spoke about our Constitution and the responsibility of students to carry on the tradition of studying law and upholding truth.

Over spring break, several students were able to travel abroad.  Pi Gamma Mu sponsored a night of student presentations where students who wished to receive academic credit could present accounts of their trip.  The requirements to present at this event were the interviewing of three local officials of the country visited as well as some sort of service project in that community.  Refreshments were served after the presentations.  This event was successful, and will become an annual event.

This chapter also sponsors a study break the day before finals begin.  They provide students with pizza and drinks free of charge.  All majors are welcome to attend the event, and it is used as a recruitment event to get underclassmen excited about getting involved in the coming year.

At North Georgia College and State University, the Georgia Kappa chapter participated in providing funding to the Kiva organization.  This organization provides microloans to entrepreneurs in developing countries.  The chapter submitted $125 for the project.  That means that, at any given time, we have provided $25 toward microloans for each of five such entrepreneurs.  These microloans are to be paid back as the individuals make a profit from their new business.

The Georgia Kappa chapter also arranged for a presentation by former Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox, J.D.  The title of her speech was, "Georgia's First Female Secretary of State Discusses the 2008 Election that Led to the First-Ever African American to Serve as President of the United States."  Ms. Cox is president of Young Harris College.

President Betsy Board and Dr. Steve Fisher President Betsy Board presents Dr. Steve Fisher with his
Hall of Fame plaque.

At Emory & Henry College, the Virginia Delta chapter presented Dr. Steve Fisher with a plaque awarded to him at the Triennial International Convention.  Dr. Fisher was selected to the Pi Gamma Mu Hall of Fame for his many years of service to the Virginia Delta chapter.  During the fall the chapter sponsored debates about the presidential election.  During this meeting, Pi Gamma Mu member Ashley Griffith reported on her trip to the Iowa Primary. Chapter president for 2009-10, Richard Aylor spent last summer with the Virginia Organizing Project canvassing people in Roanoke and New River Valley to see what their health care needs were for this scientific political science poll.  He was hoping to reach 20,000 people during this project.  Members also helped again this year with the Santa Claus Project for Kids wrapping presents for kids from the local area.

The Illinois Kappa chapter at Dominican University had another busy year.  Students in the chapter helped organize and publicize a public lecture on "The Missing Women of Juarez" discussing the hundreds of women who have been murdered in Juarez, Mexico.  Over 400 bodies have been found in the desert and approximately 100 women are still missing.

They also assisted with the Blues and the Spirit Symposium, a national conference on the legacy of blues and gospel music that brought together scholars, musicians and industry professionals as well as community residents, academicians, students and fans of the genre.  The students worked at the registration table, running tours and checking in overnight guests.   About 200 people attended the conference and 700 people attended the Friday evening blues concert.

The brand new Kansas Gamma chapter at Central Christian College of Kansas got off to a great start this year.  They had three Psych Movie Nights that consisted of watching a movie pertaining to various psychological disorders, followed by a discussion of those disorders, etiologies, diagnoses, treatment options, and how their disorders affected their lives as well as those around them.

At University of South Florida, the Florida Eta chapter donated $125 to the East Pasco Habitat for Humanity, $25 donation to the chapter at Washington and Jefferson College for cookie money at their first initiation ceremony, delivered 10 Easter baskets for children in the local Shriners' Hospital,

The New York Nu chapter at St. Joseph's College raised funds that contributed to the rebuilding of Pakistan schools for children through the Pennies for Peace organization.

At Bluefield State College the West Virginia Theta chapter raised funds to make a charitable donation to the Wade Center.  The center provides after school enrichment programs to youth in the public schools, and the funds were used for an after school pizza party.  They donated money for the purchase of toiletry items for the Mercer County Fellowship Home which serves recovering drug addicts and alcoholics in a residential setting.  The chapter sponsored a hole at a local golf tournament.  The proceeds supported the Rotary Club's service activities, including several college scholarships.

The North Carolina Mu chapter at Campbell University co-sponsored a lecture, open to the entire university, by Professor Rob Verhofstad of Radboud University in the Netherlands. Professor Verhofstad is the manager of the International Office and political science lecturer at Nijmegen School of Management.  He specializes in internationalization, political science, American foreign policy, Cold War history and Dutch politics and history.  He also spoke on "The Harmonization of Higher Education in Europe."

The Kuwait Alpha chapter at the American University of Kuwait sponsored a graduate school workshop.  They brought together three faculty from different disciplines to talk about the process of applying and starting masters programs in both the US and the UK systems.  They also sponsored a lecture by Dr. Gregory Gause, the Kuwait Foundation Visiting Professor at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, entitled "Should America Promote Democracy in the Arab World?"

The Philippine Alpha chapter at the University of the Philippines and the Beta chapter at De La Salle University held a forum entitled "The Social Sciences in Everyday Life."   The Philippine Alpha chapter agreed to award one thesis grant and one dissertation grant to deserving students, and the awarding of a professorial chair to one deserving faculty member.

The Louisiana Eta chapter at Grambling State University continued their cemetery preservation project of cleaning a neglected cemetery, recycling cemetery flowers, nursing home visitations, donation of non-perishable items, hospital visitation and delivery of Easter baskets and teddy bears to the children's unit there, Let's Raise a Million/Energy Efficient Light-Bulb Project, and the Lincoln Parish Clean-up Campaign.


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