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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 and nurture scholarship, leadership, and service.
Gibbs Whitney Gibbs, West Virginia Iota Chapter President.  WV Iota is located at American Military University/American Public University.  The Chapter Faculty Sponsor is Allison G. S. Knox.

A LETTER TO NEW CHAPTER MEMBERS FROM WEST VIRGINIA IOTA CHAPTER PRESIDENT

Incoming Pi Gamma Mu Member,

I would like to start by saying welcome! My name is Whitney Welsh Gibbs and I am the Pi Gamma Mu West Virginia Iota Chapter President. I am honored to have the opportunity to congratulate you on being accepted into such a diverse group of outstanding individuals with a shared love for the social sciences. This achievement recognizes just how dedicated you have been in your academic studies throughout your time at the AMU/APU and indicates the truly outstanding success you have had in your academic pursuit.

Being a member of Pi Gamma Mu means that you have gained lifelong membership into the oldest and preeminent interdisciplinary social science honor society. Founded by Dr. Leroy Allen in 1924, Pi Gamma Mu's mission was to encourage and recognize superior scholarship in social science disciplines and to foster cooperation and social service among its members. This is a mission that still rings true in our beloved honor society today. Pi Gamma Mu's seven ideals (Scholarship, Science, Social Science, Social Idealism, Sociability, Social Service, and Sacrifice) are the foundation on which the honor society was created and continues to thrive. Becoming a member of Pi Gamma Mu also means you join the likes of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Margaret Mead, William French Smith, Lester B. Pearson, and Ernst Philip Boas; all members of Pi Gamma Mu that have gone on to change the world.

As you are a member of the American Public University System's West Virginia Iota chapter, you have joined a group that is truly unique! With over 2,500 members, our chapter is one of the largest Pi Gamma Mu chapters in world and our members can be found at every corner of the globe. Unlike most chapters, we interact in a completely virtual environment, which means we have the opportunity to spread the Pi Gamma Mu mission much further than our brothers and sisters at other chapters. Our chapter is extremely lucky to have a wonderful officer board which regularly creates volunteer and philanthropic opportunities for our members to participate in, wherever they may reside. Over the past 19 months that I have served as president, I do not believe a month has gone by that there has not been something really exciting to do, so I encourage you all to get involved! Our chapter also hosts a variety of Lunch and Learn and guest speaker events that can be accessed virtually and regularly scheduled membership conference calls so that members can learn more about what is happening in our chapter, how to get involved, and ask leadership any questions they might have! There is truly no limit to the amount of opportunities you will have to be involved with our wonderful chapter and for this reason we have received the 2017 Pi Gamma Mu Roll of Distinction!

Within the upcoming months, you will receive your Pi Gamma Mu Member certificate and additional Pi Gamma Mu materials in the mail which will be sent to you from the International Office; however, you do not have to wait for these materials to start participating. Feel free to stop by our Facebook page (AMU/APU Pi Gamma Mu) and join the conversation!

Once again, I welcome you to Pi Gamma Mu and congratulate you on your wonderful achievement. I hope that you find your membership enjoyable and fulfilling!

Warmest Regards,

Whitney Gibbs

 


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