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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.

THE PRESIDENT'S VIEW

C. Laurence (Larry) Heck
International President

HeckOne of the happiest and proudest occasions in my academic life occurred when I received an invitation to join an honor society. My many years of sponsorship of our campus Pi Gamma Mu chapter results from my desire to pass that experience on to our contemporary students. I hope they experience happiness and pride upon the receipt of their invitation to Pi Gamma Mu membership!

I have long pondered if Pi Gamma Mu chapters successfully identify all students eligible for recognition through membership in the honor society; finding all eligible candidates can be a difficult and time-consuming task.  One of my past ideas involved challenging each chapter sponsor to search for one or two additional eligible students. If successful, across all our chapters, that would result in a significant increase in recognition of deserving students. At the same time the outcome would sustain and strengthen the honor society.  I was unable to find a way to implement the idea.

Fortunately, others conceptualized an even better idea--the Star Chapter Award. All the credit for the Star Chapter idea goes to our staff at Headquarters. The idea encourages increased recognition of student excellence by identifying and designating any chapter with a growth of 20% over the previous year as a Star Chapter.

The idea appears successful. During the academic year of 2014-15, thirty chapters achieved the Star Chapter Award. Those thirty chapters are identified on the Pi Gamma Mu website. My appreciation and congratulations goes out to all the sponsors and chapter members of the Star Chapters for their extra efforts to gain this designation--growing their chapters and supporting Pi Gamma Mu, the Social Science Honor Society.

I send a challenge to every sponsor and the chapter membership--could you earn the Star Chapter Award in the 2016–17 academic year? I encourage you to make that a goal, and I look forward to seeing your chapter listed on the Pi Gamma Mu website.


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