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CHAPTERS IN ACTION –

WEST VIRGINIA IOTA

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Whitney Gibbs, Chapter President of Pi Gamma Mu West Virginia Iota at American Military University/American Public University, recently took part in the chapter's Homeless Box Donation Drive, a winter service project which asks members to contact their local aid centers and donate items which are most needed by those struggling in their communities. By enlisting the help of family and friends, Whitney was able to collect a large number of items currently in urgent need at local aid centers in her community. In total, the donations included 115 food and personal hygiene items, 99 articles of clothing, and 52 household items that were donated to the local food bank and MEND Poverty, an organization which works to meet the needs of struggling or homeless individuals and families. Whitney said the experience was incredibly heartwarming and humbling as she witnessed the difference social service can make in a community as individuals come together toward a common goal.

NEBRASKA DELTA

Dr. Clara Small, professor emeritus of history at Salisbury University (Maryland) and 2nd Vice President of the Pi Gamma Mu Board of Trustees,  gave a presentation entitled "My Life: A Matter of Honor" at Wayne State College (Nebraska) on March 20, 2018.  Moved by Dr. Small's November 2018 keynote address at the Pi Gamma Mu Triennial International Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, Nebraska Delta chapter student president Alix Stanley got to work.  She lobbied both the Wayne State College Multicultural Center and the WSC Student Senate for travel funds in order to bring Dr. Small to her campus.  The Nebraska Delta chapter also applied for, and received, a generous Lectureship Grant from the Pi Gamma Mu international office to provide Dr. Small with an honorarium.  Dr. Small spoke to various groups while visiting Wayne State College and well over 100 people packed the hall to hear her public presentation.

 

Pictured left to right: Leah Keino, Multicultural Center Director; Dr. Randy Bertolas, Nebraska Delta chapter co-sponsor; Lisa Nelson, Nebraska Delta chapter co-sponsor; Dr. Clara Small; Alix Stanley, Nebraska Delta chapter President; Dr. Jean Karlen, Nebraska Delta chapter co-sponsor.

Members of the chapter received recognition at the April 2018 Ron Holt Civic Engagement (RHCE) award luncheon on campus.  Faculty nominated over twenty Wayne State College students for this prestigious award during the academic year, and all three of the RHCE finalists this year are members of the Nebraska Delta chapter of Pi Gamma Mu.

The Ron Holt Civic Engagement Award provides a $500 gift, trophy, and Commencement recognition to a graduating Wayne State College senior who, while in college, served as an exemplary role model and contributed to the service ethos of the college campus and community.  The RHCE judging panel considers a variety of service and leadership activities, but the nominee must participate in at least one Service-Learning academic co-curricular project or event.

Pictured left to right: Lisa Nelson, Director of Service-Learning at Wayne State College and campus co-sponsor for the Nebraska Delta Chapter; Henry D. Miller, overall RHCE award winner at the college and recent inductee into Pi Gamma Mu;  Jayme Krejci, chapter Vice President; and Rachel Colwell, active chapter member.

Dr. Randy Bertolas, Chapter Faculty Co-Sponsor, also received special recognition this year.  Bertolas received the Teaching Excellence Award for the state college system in Nebraska in 2018.  The award recognizes the importance of teaching to the mission of serving students, communities, and Nebraska by providing high quality, accessible educational opportunities.  Bertolas has taught at Wayne State since 1995.  Bertolas was also inducted into the Pi Gamma Mu Hall of Fame in 2017.  Congratulations, Dr. Bertolas!

Pictured left to right: Kevin Armstrong, CEO of the Wayne State Foundation; Marysz Rames, president of Wayne State College; Randy Bertolas, professor of geography; and Matt Ley, CEO of State Nebraska Bank & Trust in Wayne

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Dr. Randy Bertolas holding his Pi Gamma Mu Hall of Fame plaque.

  


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