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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.


We would like to welcome the following chapters into the Pi Gamma Mu family!  During the 2011-12 school year, we have added these new chapters:  Alabama Eta chapter at Athens State University, Arkansas Zeta at University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Colorado Theta chapter at Adams State University, and South Carolina Nu at Allen University.

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Americans will have to choose between two candidates who have very different values, who propose contrasting visions for the direction in which the country should go, and who present contrasting solutions to deeply rooted problems plaguing the nation. Three debates were scheduled during October 2012, allowing Americans to thoroughly evaluate Democratic President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Heading into the November 6 election, the Obama campaign has operated from a platform that seems to be based on this question: "Will the country fare better by returning to the policies of George W. Bush?"

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OBITUARY - Hugh C. Bailey

Hugh BaileyHugh C. Bailey, ninth international president of Pi Gamma Mu who led Valdosta State University for 23 years, during which he transformed the school from a four-year college to a regional state university, died in Valdosta, Ga., on Friday, October 5, at the age of 83.

Dr. Bailey was born in Berry, Ala., on July 2, 1929.  Bailey earned a B.A. degree in history in 1950 from Howard College (known as Samford University since 1965) in Birmingham, Ala., at which he was initiated to membership in Pi Gamma Mu.  Bailey went on to earn an M.A. degree in history in 1951 and a Ph.D. degree in history in 1954 from the University of Alabama.

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OBITUARY - Teri Jo Reese Hull

Teri Jo HullPi Gamma Mu extends our condolences to the family and friends of Teri Jo Reese Hull, 25, of Saint Simons Island, Ga., who passed away at her residence Tuesday, August, 7, 2012, after a valiant seven-month battle with cancer.

Teri Jo was an initiate of NGCSU’s chapter of Pi Gamma Mu.


Revitalizing Pi Gamma Mu
The Nigerian proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child," became well-known in the United States when then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton used it as a theme of a 1996 book about society’s obligations to children.  My theme in this column is that it also takes a lot of cooperation involving a lot of people to cause Pi Gamma Mu to be healthy‑‑in terms of finances and the manpower and womanpower to deliver high-quality service‑‑so that it remains a highly regarded collegiate honor society.

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Pi Gamma Mu has a Facebook page.  When you do a search, two pages will come up for Pi Gamma Mu.  One is listed as an Interest and the other is listed as Education.  The Education page allows you to post comments.  We periodically post announcements, opportunities that are available, and deadlines (such as the scholarship deadline) on the Facebook page.
We are asking Pi Gamma Mu members, sponsors and board members to go online and "Like" us.  We would love for you to share your activities and photos on our Facebook page.


Hall of Fame AwardIn 2004 the Board of Trustees established the Pi Gamma Mu Hall of Fame.  The first inductees were announced during the Triennial Convention in 2005.  They were Pi Gamma Mu’s founder, Dean Leroy Allen, the late Executive Secretary Effie Urquhart, former Executive Director Ina Turner Gray and  the late president Dr. C. Howard Patterson.  During the 2006 board meeting, past president Dr. Scott Johnson was inducted into the Hall of Fame.  At the convention in 2008, long-time volunteer Stephen L. Fisher, past president Orville D. Menard, the late chapter sponsor Patricia A. Mulvey, and  the late legal counsel Daniel E. Quigley were inducted. 

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Are you registered to vote in this year’s election?  Your vote can make a difference this November.  Call or visit your local voter registration office to find out where you go to vote.  Make sure your voice is heard – every vote counts!


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

This newsletter has news from Evangel University, University of Mary Harden-Baylor, Salisbury University, Florida State University, Dominican University, Washington and Jefferson College, St. Joseph's College, and Siena Heights University.


Florida Zeta at FSU
Florida Zeta chapter at Florida State University have been busy this year, getting involved in activities including the Adopt-a-highway program, the Student Food Pantry, Disability Awareness Day, and the Serving Those Who Serve Us campaign.


Jamie Cooper, student representative on the Pi Gamma Mu board of trustees from 2002  to 2005, is now the associate director of development for the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization at Georgetown University.

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Washington Internship Institute


Capital Semester


The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

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Pi Gamma Mu is having an inventory reduction sale!  We are offering our Pi Gamma Mu polo shirts and sweatshirts (shown) at the reduced price of $25.  You can purchase them from the Merchandise page of our Web site or call headquarters (620-221-3128).


Honor cords are available at the Pi Gamma Mu office. You can proudly wear these attractive royal-blue and white cords at your graduation. The price of the cords is $15 each plus $2.95 for shipping and handling. Honor cords are our most popular item. Please plan ahead and order your honor cords early. Send your check and return mailing address to headquarters or call (620-221-3128) with your credit- or debit-card information.

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While Pi Gamma Mu is not the largest or wealthiest of the 62 national and international honor societies affiliated with the national Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), arguably our international officers and trustees and our chapter sponsors are the hardest-working volunteers who can be found in any of the societies.

Please, would you consider being one of our tenacious partners?  We gratefully accept donations of any size.


Pi Gamma Mu is committed to providing a wide range of services that will stimulate social-science research, recognize the achievements of honor students in the social sciences, and encourage student members to pursue graduate studies in social-science disciplines. We do a lot, and we'd like to do more! Please, would you help us?

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Donations of $25 or more will be acknowledged on Pi Gamma Mu's Web site and in the Pi Gamma Mu Newsletter.

Pi Gamma Mu is a Section 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.

Ask about the opportunity to endow a Pi Gamma Mu national scholarship.

Mail your donation to:

Pi Gamma Mu
1001 Millington Street, Suite B
Winfield, Kansas 67156

For more information, call Sue Watters at (620) 221-3128 or visit our donations Web page: http://www.pigammamu.org/donate.html

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Thank you!

Pi Gamma Mu wishes to thank its donors who made contributions of $25 or more during our fiscal year from September 1, 2011, to August 31, 2012.


American Military University

  Edessa Ramos

Newman University

  Dr. Larry Heck

North Georgia College & State University

  Paula J. Coleman
  Dr. Barry D. Friedman

  Dr. Charles Hawkins, Jr.
  Sue Watters (Pi Gamma Mu   Headquarters)

  Amanda Wolcott


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Anytime you move, such as after graduation, please notify the Pi Gamma Mu office immediately.  This will prevent your mailings from being interrupted or discontinued.  We would appreciate it if you would mail a change-of-address card, post card, or letter with your name and old and new address to:  Pi Gamma Mu, 1001 Millington, Suite B, Winfield, KS 67156.  You can also E-mail the information to us at executivedirector@pigammamu.org, or use the Web site form.

When you graduate, please give us a new E-mail address if you have been using your college address to receive your Pi Gamma Mu Newsletter.  At some point (each college is different), your college E-mail address will be eliminated and you will no longer receive the newsletter or other information from Pi Gamma Mu.

ACHS Member

ACHS Membership Protects the Legitimacy of Honor Societies

Pi Gamma Mu is one of 68 members of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), which is the authority on standards and definitions for the honor society movement. ACHS has stepped up efforts to alert the higher education community to the standards of traditional honor societies. In contrast, some new so-called honor societies exist online and allow self-nomination, accepting fees with no questions asked. If in doubt about an organization, you can check out the ACHS Web site (www.achshonor.org) for the list of honor societies that are members.


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