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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.


"Ocean View of a Global Future" - October 16-18, 2014

Plans are coming together for our next Triennial International Convention. Our hotel, the Crowne Plaza Charleston, is located in North Charleston, South Carolina. Please mark your calendar now - we hope to see all of our chapters represented with a delegation. More details will follow as they are formulated, but we want chapters to be aware of the date and begin making plans to attend. There will be concurrent student panels presenting their research, student poster presentations, a delicious banquet with guest speaker, music, and our traditional convention service project involving stuffed animals to be donated to a local shelter.

The Inevitability of Change

Dr. FriedmanThe saying goes that there are three kinds of organizations:  those that make things happen, those that watch things happen, and those that wonder what happened.  In a world of rapid change, a lot of us will be astonished sometimes to notice what has happened.

Just over a year ago, my co‑workers and I at North Georgia College & State University (NGCSU) received word that a lot of things were about to change.  The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia decreed that NGCSU in Dahlonega and Gainesville State College in nearby Gainesville, Ga., should initiate a process to consolidate. 


ReportsChapter Annual Report forms will be mailed to chapter sponsors in April. It is very important that all sponsors fill out and return this form to headquarters by September 1. The annual-report form helps your chapter to remain in compliance with Internal Revenue Service regulations pertaining to your chapter's obligation to submit information to headquarters. The international office will gladly file a Form 990-N tax return on your chapter's behalf based on your answers to the two financial questions on the annual-report form. Please help us to keep your chapter in compliance with the IRS regulations, so that our society and your chapter will maintain our tax-exempt status.

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President vs. Republicans – Budget Battles Continue

Dr. AndersonPresident Barack Obama went from battling Republicans to the edge of the fiscal cliff, to what appears to be a series of impending budget battles with Republicans in Congress over a deal to offset the impact of the across-the-board spending cuts known as the Sequester which kicked in March 1st. The President failed to negotiate a deal that would offset the impact of 85 billion dollars in budget cuts aimed primarily at domestic and defense programs.


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

This issue has news on our chapters at American Public University/American Military University, Salisbury University, Widener University, Pace University, Wayne State College, Mansfield University, University of North Georgia, North Carolina Central University, Brewton-Parker College, De La Salle University, Central Methodist University, Wilmington University, Blue Mountain College, and Coppin State University.

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The Awards Committee of the Pi Gamma Mu Board of Trustees announced their decision on the Roll of Distinction and Roll of Merit at the annual meeting in October 2012.

The Rolls are the result of the decision by the Awards Committee on the basis of the annual reports filed by responsible chapter officers. Among the criteria reported are facts indicative of the activity and effectiveness of the chapter on its campus, as well as its efficiency of operation according to procedures suggested or required by Pi Gamma Mu's international board.

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Institute for Humane Studies


Capital Semester in Washington, DC


The Rutherford Institute Summer Internship Program


The Board of Trustees has established the criteria for accepting International Affiliate Memberships. Please think about the foreign students and visiting faculty on your campus that might fit into this category, and consider the benefits of choosing them for this special membership.

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FREE Job Search Webinar on April 8th

In today's economy, top employers are being flooded with job applications and résumés. Would you like to learn how to stand out from hundreds of other people who want the same jobs as you?

If you answered "yes" to this question, there's an upcoming job search webinar you won't want to miss. Pi Gamma Mu members, alumni, and friends can attend for free (normal price $97 per person)!


According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, "Membership in a national honor society meets one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level in numerous professional and technical occupations in the Federal service".

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While Pi Gamma Mu is not the largest or wealthiest of the 68 national and international honor societies affiliated with the national Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), arguably our international officers and trustees and our chapter sponsors are the hardest-working volunteers who can be found in any of the societies.

Please, would you consider being one of our tenacious partners? We gratefully accept donations of any size.


Pi Gamma Mu is committed to providing a wide range of services that will stimulate social-science research, recognize the achievements of honor students in the social sciences, and encourage student members to pursue graduate studies in social-science disciplines. We do a lot, and we'd like to do more! Please, would you help us?

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Pi Gamma Mu is a Section 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.

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For more information, call the executive director at (620) 221-3128 or visit our donations Web page: http://www.pigammamu.org/donate.html

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Greetings fellow Pi Gamma Mu members, my name is Matthew Tucciarone and I serve as one of the student representatives for the Board of Trustees. I was formerly the president and founder of the newly- reactivated Zeta Chapter at Florida State University. I am very proud to be such a big part of Pi Gamma Mu, in which I uphold the ideals of scholarship and service in the social sciences to my fullest capacity. I would like to give a big thanks to Pi Gamma Mu - I would not be where I am at today if it was not for this organization.

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Thank you!

Pi Gamma Mu wishes to thank its donors who made contributions of $25 or more during our fiscal year from September 1, 2011, to August 31, 2012.

American Military University

Edessa Ramos

Newman University

Dr. Larry Heck

North Georgia College & State University

Dr. Barry D. Friedman
Sue Watters
Amanda Wolcott

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Anytime you move, such as after graduation, please notify the Pi Gamma Mu office immediately. This will prevent your mailings from being interrupted or discontinued. The International Social Science Review is returned to us by the post office, which is an additional expense for headquarters to absorb. Just mail a change-of-address card, post card, or letter to Pi Gamma Mu, 1001 Millington, Suite B, Winfield, KS 67156. If you prefer, you can send an E-mail message (executivedirector@pigammamu.org); or go to our Web site (www.pigammamu.org) to change your address information. We need your name, as well as your old and new address. Thank you very much for taking a few minutes to keep your information current.

When you graduate, please give us a new E-mail address if you have been using your college address to receive your Pi Gamma Mu Newsletter. At some point (each college is different), your college E-mail address will be eliminated and you will no longer receive the newsletter or other information from Pi Gamma Mu.

ACHS Membership Protects the Legitimacy of Honor Societies

Pi Gamma Mu is one of 68 members of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), which is the authority on standards and definitions for the honor society movement. ACHS has stepped up efforts to alert the higher education community to the standards of traditional honor societies. In contrast, some new so-called honor societies exist online and allow self-nomination, accepting fees with no questions asked. If in doubt about an organization, you can check out the ACHS Web site (www.achshonor.org) for the list of honor societies that are members.


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