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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.


One of the ideals of Pi Gamma Mu is Social Service, and, as the ritual for initiation states, "The pursuit of our ideals requires giving freely, fully, and joyously of our time, talent, and energy. The fruit of our scholarship, science, and idealism is reaped through service to others for the benefit of all humanity, and this, in turn, requires the cooperation, dedication, passion and participation of all people and of all the social sciences." The members of Pi Gamma Mu are very generous with their time and talents. Look at some of the projects undertaken this past year. You might see one in which your chapter could participate.

The West Virginia Iota chapter at American Public University/American Military University initiated a Speakers Series featuring a member leading a presentation on a high-profile topic. This chapter held its first induction ceremony and annual meeting during graduation week festivities. The meeting brought members together from around the world in its first in-person meeting. The meeting also served as a change of leadership, with the new president being sworn in.

The chapter held four conference calls for members. The calls enabled the officers to reach the members who are spread out throughout the world with important news and information. Calls also provided an opportunity for members to interact. The chapter was very active on Facebook, with over 200 members visiting the page frequently. Facebook provided members the ability to read chapter news, have discussions on social science topics and to connect with each other. They also launched a monthly newsletter to provide information about chapter activities. The newsletter featured columns from the chapter advisor, chapter president as well as profiles of members.

This chapter partnered with the USO on the United Through Reading Campaign. Members raised money or collected books that were sent to the USO so that service members may be video-recorded reading the book for their child/children. The book and DVD are then sent to the child. The service project, as of July 28, had collected 69 books and raised $1,763.85 which was sent directly to the USO.

Salisbury University
Maryland Gamma chapter participated in the
annual Wicomico County Jaycee Christmas
Shopping Spree

At Salisbury University, the Maryland Gamma chapter participated in the annual Wicomico County Jaycee Christmas Shopping Spree. The chapter members have been assisting the Jaycees in this project for many years. This year 250 underprivileged children participated in the event. The chapter sponsor, Dr. Clara Small, and several Pi Gamma Mu members volunteered to help. It was held at a local Wal-Mart and began at 4:45 a.m.

The Pennsylvania Alpha Zeta chapter at Widener University raised donations with online pledges and participated in a Leukemia Walk.  Chapter members  adopted a family and purchased gifts for the members of this family during the holidays. They also paired with a sorority on campus and held a charity event to raise money for a local school.

CastroThe New York Tau chapter at Pace University holds their very popular Current Global Issues, Classroom Conversations each year. José Luis Castro (left), deputy executive director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease; chief executive officer of the World Lung Foundation and vice president of development and donor relation, president of the board of directors of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease – North America led a discussion entitled Ignored Global Killer Diseases. Dr. Edward Tseng, executive director and roving lecturer for Kwan Fong Institute came to Pace University two times to discuss Journey Through Third World Countries. Dr. Glen Martin, Esq., JD, Ph.D., an attorney and lecturer on Immigration Law and Citizenship gave a talk on Immigration: Why the U.S. Should Welcome It.

At Wayne State College, the Nebraska Delta chapter granted a student senate allocation of $250 to support two funded speakers. They again held their successful campus Book and Bake Sale featuring home-baked goods provided by Pi Gamma Mu students and books donated by the Wayne community. The sale raised $401. A major goal of their fundraising is to support community service projects and provide for travel to the Pi Gamma Mu conventions. During the fall, the chapter sponsored a Graduate School Workshop to provide information for students interested in continuing their education. Nine Pi Gamma Mu students majoring in various academic programs received Social Sciences academic scholarships at the college.

With the Wayne State College Student Senate, Pi Gamma Mu members co-sponsored the annual Festival of Trees, a campus-wide holiday season fundraiser founded by the chapter in 2004. Organizations from across campus were invited to decorate and display "themed" trees in the Student Center. Passersby "voted" for their favorite tree by donating money to each organization's tree bucket. Collected funds were then evenly distributed throughout all participating organizations and used for gift purchases requested by local families in need. Nearly $350 in gifts were delivered to area families.

Along with the Wayne County Clerk's office, Pi Gamma Mu co-sponsored a Voter Registration Drive on campus. Over 70 students got registered to vote in the fall elections. They hosted the popular social activity "Faculty vs. Students Bowling Challenge." Approximately 35 students and faculty were in attendance at this event. Chapter members organized and hosted the year-end Social Sciences Day activities. Chapter members planned all aspects of the day including initiation ceremonies for all social sciences honor societies, the end-of-the-year Student Awards ceremony, and the evening student/faculty social event held at a downtown restaurant.

The chapter hosted speaker, Dr. Amy Gross, who was being recognized as a Wayne State College outstanding alumna. They also hosted Weysan Dun, FBI Special Agent in Charge at the Omaha field office, who gave a recap of efforts at fighting terrorism during the past decade.

At Mansfield University the chapter held fall and spring inductions jointly with Phi Alpha, the social work honorary. A light lunch was provided, and all faculty members from departments where students reside were invited to the inductions along with the Deans and Provost.

The Georgia Kappa chapter at University of North Georgia (formerly North Georgia College & State University) donated $25 to the colon-cancer fund-raising project of the Florida Zeta chapter at Florida State University.

Linda Black
Linda Ziegler Black

The Missouri Kappa chapter at Central Methodist University has held the Gaddis Memorial Lecture since 1984. This annual event honors the memory of Dr. Merrill Gaddis (1891-1958) who founded the Kappa Chapter in 1935 and later served as a Regional Chancellor of Pi Gamma Mu. This year the guest speaker was Linda Ziegler Black (right) who received her bachelor's degree in elementary education at Central Methodist University. Ms. Black taught school for 11 years. In 2008, she was elected as a Democrat to the Missouri House of Representatives. The lecture was entitled, "The Missouri House: Ordinary People Making Extraordinary Decisions."

At North Carolina Central University, the North Carolina Delta chapter members participated in several symposiums including Black History Month, Women's History Month, and its department's annual African Diaspora Symposium.

The Georgia Xi chapter at Brewton-Parker College co-sponsored the Albert Sidney Johnson lecture series on American History. They also donated items to the local Baptist church to help feed the needy in the area.

At De La Salle University the members of the Philippine Beta chapter held a forum entitled, "Research Excellence in Social Sciences in Private Higher Education Institutions" which was to include representatives from private colleges and universities in the Philippines. They co-sponsored and conducted a large-scale survey on depressive symptoms among university students. The sample size for this survey was about 2,800 students.

The members of the Delaware Beta chapter at Wilmington University are encouraged to choose service projects that are personally meaningful. The following are some of the individuals and their chosen projects:

Caroline Cornell: Delaware Seashore State Park (clean-up and planting beach grass), Indian River Life Saving Station Clean-up, Delaware Coastal Clean-up, Fantasy Spook Trail, Cape Henlopen

Ashleigh Edelschein: American Red Cross (Burlington County, NJ)

Tara Gould-Willis: Bridgeton Salvation Army, Project Thanksgiving, Christmas Toy Drive

Darlinda Moffett: Mission To The World (MTW), assisted families who were unable to do home maintenance because of some type of physical challenges or unable to afford to have it done, One World Alliance, Girls Can Do Anything Conference (Fairmont, WV)

Robert Roberts: VA Medical Center volunteer (Wilmington, DE)

Frances Aaronson: Field of Dreams Relay for Life

Lauren Earnest: American Legion Shoemaker Post

La Toya Eason: Big Sister program, Cline Singers Community Women's Choir (founding member). The choir serves as a safe haven for women from all over to join in the midst of hardships as well as to share stories of overcoming obstacles.

Margaret Genzano: Training seminar to recognize the signs that may occur in an autistic individual in an emergency; learned methods of aid in the event of a public emergency, Autism Speaks Walk at Bishop's Gate office park (Mt. Laurel, NJ), Palmyra, New Jersey Safety Day – Triboro CERT set up a street display and kiosk to raise public awareness, CPR certification through Triboro CERT

Tara Gould-Willis: Bridgeton Salvation Army

Vanessa Hamm: Collected can tabs for a local Ronald McDonald House

Hanna Karmazyn: Walk for Autism

Kiley Melvin and Samantha Vollono: Milford Veterans Home volunteers

Stephanie Szcerba: Ronald McDonald House BBQ, Blue-Gold football game volunteer supporting Delaware Foundation for Reaching Citizens at the University of Delaware

Rachel Williams: Martin Luther King Day of Service (Girard College, Philadelphia, PA)

At Blue Mountain College, members of the Mississippi Theta chapter planned booths of food and fun for students and the local community during the Harvest Festival. Members of the chapter passed out programs during the Morning Chapel and Evening programs during Homecoming, They set-up, served chili and hotdogs and visited with students during the Homecoming Tailgate party. During the fall, Dr. E. Stanly Godbold discussed books on Jimmy Carter which was attended by members of the chapter. In the spring Dr. Michael Ballard discussed and signed his new book. Members of the chapter handed out programs at the presentation, then set up and were servers at the reception following the presentation.

The Maryland Epsilon chapter at Coppin State University plans a very nice induction ceremony every year which is well attended by faculty, family and friends of the new inductees. The chapter sponsor, Dr. Elias Taylor, purchases and presents honor cords to the graduating seniors.

Student signing the Pi Gamma Mu
membership book

Dr. Elias Taylor with newly inducted members


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