PGM
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.

CHAPTERS IN ACTION

The Florida Lambda chapter at Saint Leo University (Florida campus) participated in a community service project by serving at Love One Another in Dade City, Florida. This organization provides meals to individuals in need on Sunday afternoons.

At Grove City College, the Pennsylvania Alpha chapter held a panel discussion about graduate schools led by social science faculty members.

Dr. Stephen Medvec, sponsor for the Pennsylvania Alpha Nu chapter at Holy Family University, takes a group of students to the State Capitol in Harrisburg each year for "Student Lobby Day."


Holy Family University students lobbying for education on the steps inside the State Capitol building

At the induction ceremony for Pi Gamma Mu members, Dr. Medvec always presents blue-tipped roses and honor cords to newly initiated students

The Pennsylvania Kappa chapter at Mansfield University had a very busy year. Last fall they attended the Pi Gamma Mu International Convention and took their excitement back to the chapter members. The members meet every other week to keep current on the activities they are involved in. They chose to hold a fundraiser to help support their project of purchasing Christmas gifts for children in their community. The fundraiser consisted of selling handmade baskets which were made in Pennsylvania by the brother of a student. This fundraiser was so successful that the chapter sold more baskets in the spring.

In December the installation of officers occurred with a dinner party during finals week at the home of Dr. Jan Purk, the chapter sponsor.

This year the Pennsylvania Kappa chapter hosted their eighth Careers in Aging week. They were able to obtain a speaker, Dr. Mary Ann Erickson, from the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute. Dr. Erickson presented a talk entitled "There's No Place Like Home: Aging in Places". Dr. Erickson discussed the meaning of home, aging in place, age-friendly communities, and issues in senior housing. Her lecture was attended by students as well as members from the community.

The chapter also helped support the presentation of Howard Zinn's Marx in Soho which was about the time that Marx was writing in Soho, England. Actor Bob Weick's presentation was attended by over 150 people from the college and surrounding community. Mr. Weick met with the students after the presentation and talked to them about the works of Karl Marx.

Another annual event for the chapter was Relay for Life. They did fundraising and used the hand-made baskets filled with items for raffles at Relay for Life. The students were able to collect over $500. Over 18 members of Pi Gamma Mu were involved in walking for the relay. Their spring focus became the organization Concern. Concern provides counseling for families and help for children. Their need was for sports equipment and children's activities so the chapter collected and purchased over $150 worth of materials.

At Wilmington University the Delaware Beta chapter of Pi Gamma Mu had their annual Polar Bear Plunge last spring. The chapter was able to raise $1400 in 2011, and $1295 in 2012. This money went to the Delaware Special Olympics. Unlike 2011, when the air temp was actually colder but the sun shone brightly, the 2012 plunge was dominated by grey skies, dark swirling water and frisky waves, wind blowing from the north-- which altogether made for a frigid plunge at Rehoboth Beach. Bodies were braced against the cold, and feet stung with ice needle-like prickles as bare feet stood on the sand. Faces grimaced in the cold air and feelings of "What in the world am I doing?" were displayed in hunched shoulders looking at the angry grey waters beating the shore. They have chosen to continue this event each year, so Team Pi Gamma Mu will meet on the beach February 2, 2013 to again "take the plunge" with some of the Delaware Beta alumni joining them in February.

2012 Polar Bear Plunge
Pi Gamma Mu Polar Bears from Wilmington University, 2012

Participating individuals in 2011
Total number of participating individuals in 2011

 

 

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