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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.

NOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT 

See you at the triennial international convention, October 20-22, 2011!

We want to welcome new student members who were initiated during the 2010-2011 academic year. Membership in Pi Gamma Mu authenticates your academic excellence. We want to congratulate faculty advisers for providing opportunities for students and helping us to increase new memberships by 736 members over 2009-2010. This is a huge jump in a tough economy.

As we approach our October triennial international convention, let us remember that conventions are a time for celebration as well as renewal. It is important for all chapters to be represented.  Our Holiday Inn National Airport Hotel location in Arlington, Va., is not far from Washington, D. C. and Capitol Hill, where we hope student research papers will be presented. We will not know the exact location for paper presentations until 30 days before our convention, when congressional staff members try to assign space to us. Either our hotel in Arlington or a congressional office building will work well for paper presentations.

 Past international president Jean Karlen is working with U. S. Senator Ben Nelson’s office to get space in a committee room in a congressional office building for presentations. Barry Friedman, chair of the convention committee, is working closely with executive director Sue Watters to make sure that everything is ready for us in Arlington.   We are allocating as much funding as possible to subsidize one night of the hotel cost for each of those presenting papers. The deadline for completed papers or drafts of papers to be submitted to our review committee is September 19. Papers may be presented in poster format or in panels.  In either case, you must present a completed draft of your paper to our review committee by the September 19 deadline. See the article entitled Triennial International Convention in this edition of the newsletter for instructions on how to submit proposals to the Committee of Readers. Mrs. Watters will send out convention materials soon, but papers may be submitted now.

The last six years have been a time of stability for us. When many of our current board members took on their leadership responsibilities six years ago, we faced a financial crisis. During the past five years, annual revenues from dues, journal subscriptions, and sales have increased from $133,262 to $167,220. We have grown from 121 active chapters to 150 active chapters. We have grown during a period of great financial turbulence, and we have done it by working together. Our big priority has been enhancing communication with current and prospective chapters.  While most organizations have struggled, we have thrived and excelled in our mission of honoring outstanding students. Our excellent electronic newsletter and our Pi Gamma Mu Members Today 2011 Directory have been resounding successes.

As we approach our signature convention in Arlington, Va., with enthusiasm, we encourage you to help us make this the best convention ever.  Thanks to all of you, we have much to celebrate!  Ella Wheeler Wilcox once wrote:

"One ship drives east and the other drives west by the same winds that blow.
It’s the set of the sails and not the gales that determines the way they go."

Let us set our sails toward the future, while drawing strength from our past. 

Gordon Mercer
Pi Gamma Mu International President

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TRIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

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