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MARYLAND GAMMA'S 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Salisury UniversitySalisbury University's Maryland Gamma chapter of Pi Gamma Mu celebrated 30 years of existence on October 12, 2013.  The chapter was officially chartered in October 1983, but only two members of the Salisbury community were Pi Gamma Mu members: Clara Small and Dr. Charles Clark, then chair of the History Department.   Dr. Clark charged Dr. Small with founding an SU chapter.  Within a year, Maryland Gamma was formed and its first inductee was then-Salisbury University President Thomas Bellavance.   The charter members at the ceremony included 44 faculty members and students. 

In the past three decades, the chapter has conducted flood and hurricane relief efforts and food bank donation drives; rendered assistance to animal shelters; participated in holiday activities for the less fortunate; tutored students in history classes; co-hosted events and programs with the Office of the President, the office of the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, the local Red Cross, the Princess Anne chapter of the Links, Inc., and various community groups for disaster relief and reading groups sponsored by the State of Maryland; traveled to Atlanta, Williamsburg, Va., to attend conferences and tours, Washington, D.C., Emory, Va., and a host of other locations; attended Pi Gamma Mu regional and triennial conventions and presented papers.  However, one of the favorite activities conducted by the chapter was a "car bash" in which students and others were invited to make donations to Pi Gamma Mu for the opportunity to take a swing at a car with a sledgehammer.  It was a fantastic, hilarious and very profitable fund raiser!

Maryland Gamma has been one of the most active groups on campus but the emphasis has also been on scholastics.  Maryland Gamma students have won several of the scholarships given by the international office over the past 30 years and some have also been selected as alternates if the top students did not accept their awards.  Maryland Gamma was recently awarded the Roll of Distinction and has also received the Roll of Merit several times as well.  Those distinctions are feats in themselves since Salisbury University is a small school compared to numerous others in the Pi Gamma Mu family.  To its credit Maryland Gamma has been blessed with great student presidents and capable advisors over the years.  Some of those advisors included Dr. G. Ray Thompson, Dr. Gregory Ference, Dr. Bart Talbert, Dr. Melanie Pereault, Mrs. Sylvia Bradley, Dr. Richard Bowler, Dr. Jeanne Whitney and Dr. Clara L. Small. Dr. Small has served as co-advisor from Maryland Gamma's inception. 

Dr. Small became a member of Pi Gamma Mu in 1968 at North Carolina College, now North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C.  From 1991 to2011, she served as a member of Pi Gamma Mu's Board of Trustees and chancellor of the Northeastern Region, and in 2011 became second vice president of the international organization. 

A reception was held after the induction ceremony and all new inductees and members from the previous 30 years who attended the ceremony were given Pi Gamma Mu lanyards in commemoration of the 30 years of its founding.  Let's hope that the chapter will continue to prevail and prosper.


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