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The mission of Pi Gamma Mu is to encourage and promote excellence in the Social Sciences and to uphold and nurture scholarship, leadership, and service.

CHAPTER NEWS

Chapter news in this issue comes from the Delaware Beta Chapter at the Wilmington University, the Nebraska Delta Chapter at Wayne State College, and The Louisiana Eta Chapter at Grambling State University.

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Wilmington University's Disrupting Human Trafficking Conference a Resounding Success! 

Monthly Online Sessions to Continue through April 2024.

Wilmington University in Delaware held its Disrupting Human TraffickingOrganizing Community Response Conference on October 5, 2023.   The conference was a hybrid event combining online and in-person features and was attended by 126 people.  All of the attendees found this experience amazing!

Wilmington

The students pictured here were instrumental in assuring that things ran smoothly as they oriented attendees around the building and to their breakout sessions and introduced the session presenters. They worked as breakout session moderators and student ambassadors. They are, from left to right: Savannah Rust, Alyssa Romano, Ashely Jones, Kelly Snipes, Lisa Pillman, and Jessica Criddle.

The University is continuing its online Human Trafficking Studies Webinars with monthly sessions to be held on the last Tuesday of each month until April 2024.  As their website says, "Become part of the initiative to educate, advocate, and end human trafficking" by attending these sessions and learning more.

For additional information about these webinars contact:
Dr. Johanna Bishop
Director of Behavioral Science Programs
[email protected]

Under the Leadership of Long-Time Chapter Sponsor, Dr. Frances Staten, the Louisiana Eta Chapter at Grambling State University has Another Award-Winning Year

Under the leadership of long-time Chapter Sponsor, Dr. Frances Staten, the Louisiana Eta Chapter at Grambling State University had another award-winning year.  The chapter was placed on Pi Gamma Mu's Roll of Distinction for its good work last year.  Pi Gamma Mu's Board of Trustees recognizes Pi Gamma Mu's most active chapters by placing them on the annual Chapter Honor Rolls.  The Roll of Distinction is the highest award for chapters.  The Louisiana Eta has received this distinction several times including this year.
The Chapter's theme for the year was, "Fulfilling the Seven Ideals of Pi Gamma Mu".  The following is from the chapter's annual report:

Fall 2022 

AUGUST-   DECEMBER
FULFILLING THE SEVEN IDEALS OF Pi GAMMA MU:

SCHOLARSHIP, SCIENCE, AND SOCIAL SCIENCE

PGM Faculty and Students participated in a Faculty and Student Potpourri Session at the annual meeting of the Mid—South Sociological Conference, October 15, 2022. Their presentations included: A Paper Roundtable on Covid-19 and Failures of Government Policies; A Poster on "Longevity Environmental Research - Service in the Cemetery" and "An Exploratory Case Study of GSU's Football and Basketball Coaches: Length of Life After Retirement.


Pictured from left to right: Dr. Lemmy Akoma, Rev. Lester Sims, Kimorah John (PGM/ Psychology), Peter Michael-Ferdinand (Criminal Justice), Jasmine Fordjour (PGM)/, Grace Powell (Sociology); Christopher Brown (Sociology); Dr. Frances Staten (PGM Advisor); Dr.John Nwoha (PGM-Louisiana Tech and Rev. Marcus Davis, Sociology/PGM- Not Pictured Marcus Davis)

Spring 2023

January-February 

SCHOLARSHIP/ SCIENCE/ SOCIAL SCIENCE   Dr. Staten continues to recruit and award pre-paid national membership fees to students enrolled in cultural anthropology class with a 3.0 grade point average or above, and high-class participation, and for participation in the annual Black History Poster Exhibition of  African- Americans Pioneers in Social Science, and the cemetery clean-up and Beautication of the tombstones of 1800s families and individuals.

March – April

SOCIAL SCIENCE, SCIENCE AND SOCIAL SERVICE  Terronkia Jones, (PGM/Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Dr. Frances Staten accompanied social science majors (Criminal Justice, Kinesiology. Mass Communication.  Sociology, and Psychology) and affiliates of the NAACP), to receive training in historical preservation techniques at the National Center for Historical Preservation and Technology om the Campus of North Western University, Natchitoches, Louisiana, and tombstone cleaning at Jackson Square cemetery.

Pi Gamma Mu members, Fairley, Thomas, and Dejean (left), received training in tombstone cleaning, conducted by the renowned and distinguished Cemetery Preservationist, Jason Church. Dr. Frances Staten also gave a brief lecture at the Grambling Historical Cemetery on how "tombstone data can be used to explore longevity of different social and cultural groups".

June

BLACK EMPOWERMENT APPENTICEHESHIP PROGRAM (BEAP) ATTENDS THE NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS/ HUMAN RIGHT/S CONFERENCE
On June 18-21,2023 in Tallahassee, Florida, the BEAPERS, along with Undergraduate students, engaged in film viewing and discussion with a special focus on select scenes or scripts from the films or documentaries of Black Like Me, The Untold Story of Emmett Til, The Gathering of Old Men.


At the Spring 2023 Pi Gamma Mu induction ceremony.

July

BEAPERS AND MENTORS VOLUNTEER AT GRACE MINISTRIES
July 3, August 2, and 7, 2023, BEAPERs and their mentors volunteer their time and donations at Grace Ministries. 


Louisiana eta chapter inductees 2023 posed for photo before great "G -March".

 

Wayne State College 2023 Festival of Trees Draws Record Number of Entries

For the 22nd consecutive year, the annual Festival of Trees at Wayne (Nebr.) State College was coordinated by the Wayne State College Student Senate and the Nebraska Delta chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, the honor society in social sciences. A record 25 entries were on display this November in the Kanter Student Center atrium.

The premise is simple. All campus clubs, offices, organizations, sports teams, residence hall floors and other groups are encouraged to enter and decorate a tree.

The event serves three purposes: students who may not have an opportunity to decorate a tree during the holidays get to do so, the Student Center atrium is brightened up for three weeks with colorful entries, and each participating group agrees to contribute a modest donation which is used to provide toys and clothing to underprivileged children in Wayne County.

There is also a competitive aspect to the Festival of Trees. Anonymous judges from the college's Professional Staff determine which tree will be crowned, "Best in Show," an honor that went to an entry decorated by The Green Team this year. Other notable trees recognized include:

Track & Field Throws Team
Drama Club
Crochet Club
KWSC 91.9 the Cat
Criminal Justice Association
The Max Lovers
Most Marvel-ous Tree
Most Show-stopping Tree
DIY Excellence
Most Retro Revival
Most Captivating Crime Scene
Most Grinch-tastic Tree

The event organizers are grateful to everyone who contributed entries this season. A total of $559 in donations was collected to purchase toys and clothing this holiday season for underprivileged children in Wayne County.

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Photo courtesy of Randy Bertolas, faculty advisor for the Nebraska Delta Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu at Wayne State College.

 

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Front Page

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2023 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

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2023 CHAPTER HONOR ROLLS

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SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE FEB. 15

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SPEAKER SERIES 2023-2024

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NATIONAL SERVICE PROJECT

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CHAPTER NEWS

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NEW MEDALLIONS AVAILABLE

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INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE REVIEW

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INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES ANNUAL MEETING

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FALL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

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SUPPORT THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

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CONNECT WITH ΠΓΜ ON FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE, AND LINKEDIN

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MISSION, IDEALS, and SYMBOLS OF PI GAMMA MU

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