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.


As usual, our wonderful chapter sponsors and student members have given of their time and talents to help their colleges and communities. Please look over this list: You might get an idea from the activities listed for a project that your chapter would like to do.

The Missouri Omicron chapter at Evangel University set up a booth for new voters to register. Voter-registration forms were distributed to students and returned for submission to the county election office. During the year, the social-science department holds a week-long Christian Citizenship week. The chapter sponsored a Fire-Side chat that explained the need and informed students on what it means to be a Christian citizen. In October, a Social Science Alumni Reception was held by the chapter during Homecoming week. This allowed current students to meet graduates, make connections with them, and see what possibilities there are for someone with a social-science degree. A bonfire was held by chapter sponsor, Dr. Lew Hall, at his home. These annual bonfires encourage the members to build relationships with fellow social-science students. This popular event featured a food buffet, war stories by Dr. Larry Toll, a Civil War historian, and a wide variety of games.

The Texas Zeta chapter at University of Mary Harden-Baylor focused its energies on sponsoring a child from an Angel Tree listing at Fort Hood, Texas. It also raised money to purchase a Texas-sized stuffed animal to present at the Pi Gamma Mu’s triennial international convention.

(l to r) Prof. Phil Hesser, Dr. G. Ray Thompson, ASA President Mariama Saffa, and Mrs. Agnes Cooper Dennis.
The Maryland Gamma chapter members at Salisbury University assisted at Mrs. Cottman's Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner for the homeless, the less fortunate, and members of the Princess Anne, Md., community. They helped set up for the dinner, serving more than 2500 people, and assisted in the clean-up afterwards. Members attended a lecture, "Liberia and  Maryland: Atlantic Crossings and Historical Connections,” given by Agnes Cooper Dennis. Several members attended the Kwanzaa celebration at the university. Members assisted the Wicomico County Jaycees with their 39th annual children's Christmas Shopping Spree. Each student was assigned a child, and helped the child shop for Christmas presents at a local Walmart. The students and chapter sponsor had to be at Walmart at 4:45 a.m. on a Saturday morning in December. There were approximately 200 underprivileged children who were taken shopping.

Pi Gamma Mu members attended a lecture on Harriet Tubman given by author Kate Larsen.  The chapter sponsor, Dr. Clara Small, presented a book discussion of Frederick Douglass, which was attended by chapter members. Chapter members attended the Living History presentation of the life and times of Frederick Douglass by Story Speaker Bill Grimmette. They attended the lecture "The Eastern Shore's Role in the War of 1812" by Ross Kimbel. A newly inducted faculty member, Dr. Elizabeth Ragan, presented a lecture on "The Tide Rises: Sea Level on the Eastern Shore,” at which chapter members were in attendance.

FSUAt Florida State University, the Florida Zeta chapter was very organized and able to do many good activities. It started the year by enrolling in the Adopt-A-Highway program. Each semester the members volunteer to pick up debris along a one-mile stretch of highway. Last year, they held three clean-ups and removed 10 large bags of discarded waste from Florida's landscape. During October, 11 members participated in the Race to Live 5K Run/Walk, which raised funds for the fight against breast cancer. That same month, they donated food, drinks and paper supplies to Refuge House, a local domestic-violence shelter. In November they began two initiatives that are ongoing. Serving Those Who Serve Us is an effort to collect donations and handwritten letters to send to troops in Kuwait. The second is their donation drive for the FSUStudent Food Pantry. The university's Office of the Dean of Students provides food and toiletries to any student in need. Since the pantry operates on donations, the chapter members collected non-perishable items to stock the pantry. They distributed collection boxes around campus and set up a table at the arena entrance for two home basketball games. They collected more items than all of the fraternities and sororities and Pan-Hellenic Council combined.

During the spring semester, they supported the Disability Awareness Day event by setting up an informational table in the Disability Student Union. Students continued to collect donations for both Serving Those Who Serve Us and the FSU food pantry. A large portion of the spring service effort was directed at the FSU Food Pantry Faculty Drive. The chapter members assembled more than 4000 plastic bags and distributed them to every faculty member on campus. They offered a beautiful trophy to the university department making the largest contribution. The Office of Financial Aid won the first trophy. Over 750 items were donated and taken to the Dean of Students office. Each semester the contest will be held and the winning department can display the trophy.

This chapter ended the year by showing its support at the university's "Hand in Hand Across Time" event, a celebration of 50 years of integration at Florida State. Over 1500 people participated in the symbolic passing of a commemorative medallion, including a contingent from the Florida Zeta chapter.

At Dominican University, the Illinois Kappa chapter organized volunteers for its major event, the Blues and the Spirit Symposium. This is a biennial national conference on the legacy of African American music and culture. The chapter is not the primary sponsor; however, its members have, since its inception in 2008, volunteered with the planning, organization and assisting at the actual conference program. Dr. Janice Monti, chapter sponsor, is the director of the symposium. The chapter officers have begun a project to raise funds and plan programs for Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month.

The Pennsylvania Alpha Omicron chapter at Washington and Jefferson College sponsors several events to help the development of understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of social sciences. One is the discussions during meetings of the Social Science Club, a club for students, especially freshmen and sophomores, who are passionate about social-science learning. Many members eventually become Pi Gamma Mu members.  The chapter sponsor, Dr. Yongsheng Wang, and chapter members established this club last year. They sponsored a speaker event at which Mr. Chris Pretsch, a financial professional who is passionate about higher education, visited the college and had a great discussion with chapter members and other students. He emphasized the importance of interdisciplinary approaches in learning about topics in the social sciences.

The New York Nu chapter at St. Joseph's College chose as its project for the spring to provide services to a local homeless shelter. Research by the chapter president, Brianna Fichtner, revealed how many homeless people there are on Long Island. She located a shelter which houses up to 24 men at a time. These men are ages 16 years old and older. The shelter provides meals, counseling, job services, alcohol- and substance-abuse counseling, and almost anything else that can help the men get their lives back on track for good. A date was set for the chapter members to provide a homemade-type meal to the men who live there and the ones who come in off the streets. They were able to receive donated dishes from several local restaurants. They obtained donations of breads and desserts from other local businesses. The chapter sponsor and three members of the chapter went to the shelter, set up the tables, and cleaned and organized the kitchen, cabinets and refrigerators before serving dinner. Brianna stated, "It feels amazing when one helps those less fortunate than she is, and that is what this service was all about. That is what Pi Gamma Mu is all about."

At Siena Heights University, the newly formed Michigan Gamma chapter held informational meetings and distributed marketing pieces about Pi Gamma Mu to underclassmen. The chapter has begun work on developing a scholarship program for social-science students.


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