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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.


You have worked very hard to become an international social science honor student of Pi Gamma Mu.  Chances are you were very proud of your accomplishments and your school invited you to a ceremony and induction celebrating your achievements.  Now is the time to think about continuing that commitment to your social science discipline.

Charleston Every three years Pi Gamma Mu has an international convention with students and faculty coming together in a city somewhere in the USA.  This year it will be held in Charleston, South Carolina, that beautiful southern city of hospitality and charm.  Whatever your social science discipline... history, political science, psychology, sociology, social work, human services, economics... there is something to learn in Charleston.  As one of the original thirteen colonies, South Carolina is full of American history.  Fort Sumter, in Charleston Harbor, was the sight of the first engagement in the Civil War.  You can tour the fort by taking a boat ride to that island, visible from the bay area or you may be interested in learning about some of the early inhabitants of Charleston.  Some descendants of slaves brought from Africa to work on the rice plantations came to be known as the Gullah people.  Still residing on islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia, the Gullah still retain many of their traditions, African language, and certain cultural foods.  Charleston is a combination of history, culture, old world traditions, and beautiful architecture.  The southern food is wonderful too!  How about some shrimp and grits, or some collard greens and fried chicken, okra, macaroni and cheese, fried catfish, or sweet potato pie?  Charleston is the new foody city, so many variations on the traditional southern fare can be found.  As a coastal, port city you can also find cuisine from around the globe.  Indian, Italian, Greek, Vietnamese, French, you name it, Charleston has it.

CharlestonWe will be staying at the new Crown Plaza Hotel in North Charleston, an area near the Tanger outlet shopping mall.  There are plenty of restaurants in that area near the hotel.  We will travel to the historic area of Charleston on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 for a guided tour.  For $25 you can be shuttled downtown into the heart of Charleston where you will be immersed in the history and culture of this southern city, renowned for its hospitality.  Absolutely Charleston will provide our tour guides as we ride comfortably around the city in their shuttle buses viewing Rainbow Row, the Battery, famous churches, and the Citadel, South Carolina's military college.  We will finish around 4:00 p.m. but will remain downtown to have dinner, visit the shops, or just walk around this charming city.  Later we can take a bus back to the hotel or catch a taxi and split the fees with others in the cab.  This way we can enjoy both the benefits of staying in the modern part of the city and having time to visit the historic area as well.  We hope you decide to join us for this year's Triennial Convention of Pi Gamma Mu.

Tentative Program

October 16-18, 2014

Theme: An Ocean View of a Global Future

Chairman of the convention committee: Dr. Jean C. Karlen, Past President

Location: Crowne Plaza Charleston Airport - Convention Center
                4831 Tanger Outlet Boulevard, North Charleston, S. C.
                (843) 744-4422

                Convention room rate: $119 (plus tax) per night, up to quadruple occupancy.
                (Breakfast is not included in room rate.)
                Deadline for reservations: Monday, September 25, 2014. Call hotel directly.

Advance Registration fee: $45. Registration payment must be received at the international office by September 25.

On-Site Registration fee: $55.

Charleston City Tour: $25 (advance registration is required).

The registration fee includes food and refreshments for Thursday evening's opening reception, the Awards Banquet on Friday, and breaks throughout the conference.

Download a registration form

Proposals for papers / posters

Submissions wanted!!!

Pi Gamma Mu student members are encouraged to submit papers for consideration for presentation at the triennial international convention. All students who have their proposals accepted will receive some funding from PGM (either a one night's stay at the convention hotel or "free" conference registration). Now is the time to plan your trip; now is the time to decide to submit a research paper; now is the time to request support from your local institution for travel funds.

Completed papers should be no longer than 25 pages, including references. They need to be submitted via E-mail to Dr. Charles W. Hartwig, Chancellor of the South/Southwest Region of Pi Gamma Mu ([email protected] ), with a "cc" to the Convention Committee Chair, Dr. Jean C. Karlen ([email protected] ). Students are to attach their research papers as a Microsoft Word document. Other word-processing software is unacceptable. Proposals must be received by the Chair of the Committee of Readers and the Chair of the Convention Committee no later than September 4, 2014. Early proposals are most welcome.

There is a "blind" review process for paper submissions which will be read by a three-member Committee of Readers. Students are to include personal information (name, title, chapter, school, and faculty sponsor, plus contact information for the student and the PGM faculty sponsor) only on the title page and the E-mail sent with their entry. Contact information should include both E-mail addresses and phone numbers.

Up to 12 student members whose proposals are accepted will present their papers as a formal 10- to 15-minute oral paper presentation at the international convention. These students will receive one night's lodging at the convention hotel. Other students who have their papers accepted paper will be invited to present their work in a student poster session and will have their conference registration fee waived. Regardless of the final presentation format, we are encouraging students to submit their work and look forward to learning about the research that Pi Gamma Mu members have completed.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Hartwig with any questions you may have.

2014 Pi Gamma Mu Chapter Development Showcase

Submissions Wanted!!!

Invitation: Each triennial convention has time devoted to chapter development where attendees can share information and exchange ideas ranging from initiations to community service. The 2014 convention chapter development session will be designed as a "showcase" where chapter displays provide the start/spark for conversation and creativity. In order to be have a successful session, all Pi Gamma Mu chapters are invited to submit proposals for displays to present during the "Showcase."

Purpose: The session is designed to feature poster displays from Pi Gamma Mu chapters that exemplify the diverse strengths of our chapters, to create a forum for exchanging ideas regarding a wide range of chapter activities, and to promote interaction among participants and attendees. It is a chance for convention attendees to come together and share through posters the good work they do and for attendees to learn from each other.

Content: PGM chapters are a diverse group who promote scholarship and service in a variety of ways. This session will offer a venue for chapters to feature their various experiences, activities, and strengths. Poster displays may provide a general overview of a chapter's activities for a previous year or focus on a particular type of activity a chapter wants to share with others. This may include programming, initiation ceremonies, recruitment strategies, fund raising, a chapter's history or special anniversary, and/or community service.

Showcase Displays: A Showcase Display is basically a poster presentation which consists of an exhibit of materials that reports activities or information in visual and summary form. During the session, the presenter(s) stand by the display while others come and view the poster and interact with the presenter. In this way, the Chapter Showcase session will provide a unique platform that facilitates discussion of chapter activities, generates ideas and exchanges, and allows meeting attendees to browse through highlights of chapter practices and ideas.

Note: The Chapter Showcase proposals and poster displays are in an entirely different category from the student research proposals.

Submission Information: Showcase proposals are due no later than Sep. 5, 2014. Early submissions are encouraged. Send poster submissions directly to Jean Karlen ([email protected]).

Notification: Once reviewed and accepted, the presenters/chapters will be notified of their acceptance. This process may help the chapter in seeking institutional funding for the presenters. Thus, chapters are encouraged to develop their poster ideas now and submit poster proposals this spring or early in the summer.

Include the following:


AUTHOR(S): Please provide names and email addresses for all student and faculty presenters.
(If there is more than one author, indicate with an asterisk (*) the principal author responsible for presenting the poster.)

CHAPTER and FACULTY SPONSOR: Provide the chapter name, institutional affiliation, name and contact information (email and phone number) of the faculty sponsor.

ABSTRACT: (a summary of the poster in 150 words or less)

Expectations of Poster Presenters: Students must be members of Pi Gamma Mu and register for the convention by the Sep. 25 deadline in order to be mentioned on the convention program.

Posters will be on display in the general meeting area for much of the convention time; however, on Saturday morning chapter representatives are to be present by their posters during the poster session to offer summaries of their posters and answer questions.

Format/Set up Information: Posters will be placed on tables and must be freestanding without any additional need for support for display. No additional materials including tape, pins, glue, or cardboard will be provided. Foam boards cardboard tri-panel boards similar to ones used for science fairs workwell and readily available in office supply stores. No AV or computer equipment can be provided.

Poster Submission Deadline: Sep. 5, 2014.

Please contact Jean Karlen ([email protected] ) or the Pi Gamma Mu international office with any questions you may have.

Tentative Program Schedule

Thursday, October 16, 2014

9 a.m. Meeting of the Board's Executive Committee

9:30 a.m. Board of Trustees Meeting

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Luncheon for Old and New Trustees

1-3 p.m. Board of Trustees Committee Meetings

3-5 p.m. Board of Trustees Meeting (guests welcome)

4-7 p.m. Registration

4 – 4:45 p.m. Pre-convention Workshop - Applying to Graduate School

5 – 5:45 p.m. Pre-convention Workshop - What You Can Do with a Degree in a Social Science Discipline

5:45 – 6 p.m. The Sweetgrass Basket Tradition – Ms. Annie Scott

Dinner on Your Own

7-8 p.m. Convention Opening/ Plenary Session

Roll Call of Chapters
Introduction of Trustees, Governors, and Pi Gamma Mu Staff
Presidential Triennial Report
Service Project Presentation:

We are asking delegates to bring a stuffed animal, which will be donated to a local charity/community organization. This is a very well-regarded and popular service project! Details forthcoming.

Veterans of previous conventions undoubtedly remember the 2002 "Teddy Bear Pageant," the 2005 "March of the Musical Toys," the 2008 "National Nominating Convention" and the 2011 "National Constitutional Convention."

8 – 8:30 p.m. Student Caucus I
8:30 p.m. - ... Social Time

Friday, October 17, 2014

8 a.m. Registration Opens

8-8:45 a.m. Orientation for Trustees and Governors

9-10:15 a.m. Student Paper Presentation Session I & II

10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Student Paper Presentation Session III & IV

12:15-1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon, Chapter Honor Rolls, James Chapter Award, Sponsor 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.  Social Sciences in the Digital Age.

2:30 – 4 p.m. Student Research Poster Session

4-5 p.m. Student Caucus II

5:15-6:15 p.m. Student Balloting for New Student Trustees

Dinner on your own. Group options may also be available.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

9-10:30 a.m. Chapter Development Showcase (Roundtables and Chapter Poster Session)

Alumni Roundtable for Pi Gamma Mu Alumni

Roundtable Discussion Leaders:

Sheilah Moyle, Budget Analyst, Western Carolina University
Nilda Pyronneau, Past Pi Gamma Mu Student Trustee
Dr. Gordon Mercer, Past President, Pi Gamma Mu

Keeping Online Chapters Engaged Roundtable

10:30 a.m.-12 noon Plenary Triennial Business Session (Executive Director)

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

12 noon-1:30 p.m. Board of Trustees Meeting (new board)

12 noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own

1:30 p.m. Charleston City Tour begins. Advance registration ($25) is required.

The convention committee is building a Web page containing information about the convention. The URL address is www.pigammamu.org/convention-2014.html.

Advance Registration Fees: $45 -- due to international office no later than September 25.
On-Site Registration Fee: $55.
Charleston City Tour: $25 (advance registration is required).

The registration fee includes food and refreshments for Thursday evening's opening reception, the Awards Banquet on Friday, and breaks throughout the conference.

Visit the convention webpage for more information and the Convention Registration Form

Hotel Information:

Crowne Plaza Charleston Airport - Convention Center
4831 Tanger Outlet Boulevard, North Charleston, S. C.
Call hotel directly. (843) 744-4422 (www.crowneplaza.com/charlestonsc)

Convention room rate: $119 (plus tax) per night, up to quadruple occupancy (Breakfast is not included in room rate.)

Individuals are responsible for making their own reservations. Information on when the block of rooms will open and how to reserve a room will be forthcoming.

Reservation deadline is September 25.

Charleston has it all. We hope to see you at the triennial international convention in October. Start making your chapter travel plans now!


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