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.

NOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT

As Pi Gamma Mu’s triennial international convention approaches, we have much to be thankful about.  The past six years have been a period during which Pi Gamma Mu has grown and its communication systems have expanded, and, very importantly, friendships have been strengthened. Our newsletter now goes to 20,000 members, and our directory, newsletter, and Web site enable us to communicate on an unprecedented level.

We have grown from 121 chapters to over 150 (24-percent growth!) and have advanced in financial revenues from dues, journal subscriptions, honor cords, and other sales from $132,262 to well over $167,220 (a 26.4-percent advance!).  This strengthens our ability to recognize honor students and support our chapters. With our new directory, we began for the first time to communicate with alumni on a large scale. We value our members, but previously simply had no way of communicating with them except through our Web site. Our board, staff, chapters, and members worked with Harris Connect to develop a beautiful, high-quality directory, creating an unprecedented communication network that strengthens our mission of honoring students and promoting academic excellence.

It has been my privilege to work with all of you during the last six years and to have recently served ex-officio on the nominating committee. I am certain that our new officers will move us forward in challenging times. Our success in coping very successfully with recent turbulent economic difficulties has been remarkable, and the society’s leaders can now capitalize on what we have done to make Pi Gamma Mu membership even more rewarding for our members.

I would like to thank all of you for working so actively to move Pi Gamma Mu forward. Sue Watters, our international executive director, and I have worked together to anticipate challenges and to respond to chapter needs. As president, I also communicated regularly with office manager Beth Biddle and chapter-development officer Angela Shear, and I recognize their dedicated efforts. It has been a rare privilege to work with Barry Friedman, our conscientious first vice president, for over a decade. All chancellors, officers, and other board members and our legal counsel have been exemplary in working together and supporting each other. We have been fortunate to have active student trustees like Mark Bender and Michaela Dolphin, whose representation helped us to remain student-focused, as we are determined to do.

We could not have progressed without our chapter faculty advisers. We know that it is through our college and university chapters that our mission is accomplished. I wish to thank each and every faculty adviser as well as the students they have honored. I also express my deep appreciation to the 246,000 lifetime members who allowed me to serve as your president—an honor that I have never taken for granted. During the past six years, we have added and reactivated more chapters than during any other period in our history except for our initial founding period. We have examined the details of all our operating procedures to better serve our students, alumni, and chapters, and have developed a model and tradition of finding new, more effective ways to serve our chapters and members.

Most importantly, I can’t help but remind everyone of our bonds of friendship and our common mission, as we count down the days to our convention. We owe each other much and perhaps more than we realize, and that is what friendship is all about.

Gordon Mercer,
Pi Gamma Mu International President


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TRIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

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