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News in this issue comes from American Military University & American Public University, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Newman University.

APU Newman

West Virginia Iota Chapter at American Military University & American Public University

The West Virginia Iota Chapter had a busy year despite challenges related to COVID-19.  In September of 2019 the chapter held its officer elections and made plans for the upcoming year.  The chapter held monthly meetings online and conducted several service projects including participation in the Teal Pumpkin Project, the Wreaths Across America Project, and Pi Gamma Mu's national service project, the Homeless Donation Box Project.  The chapter made donations to Harmony House in Mansfield, Ohio, The Southern California Indian Center in El Segunda, California, The Community Presbyterian Church in Clarendon Hills Illinois, the Saint George Roman Catholic Church, and Michigan Works.  Chapter members Bill Wenger, Michelle Lusson, and Whitney Gibbs (along with chapter advisor Allison G. S. Knox) also serve as university ambassadors.  In March, the chapter suspended service project work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and donated $250 to the American Ranger Association.  Also in March, the chapter faculty sponsor, Allison G. S. Knox, received the AMU/APU Chapter Advisor of the Year Award. 

Massachusetts Zeta Chapter at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

The Massachusetts Zeta Chapter had a successful year despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The chapter was able to open up membership to more eligible students and with some of the changes from the PGM home office, many more students were invited to join the chapter this year (almost 50 students were invited!). The chapter ended up inducting 13 new members, the same number as in the previous last year, a very good accomplishment given the disruptions caused by the pandemic.  The chapter held several Brown Bag talks and other events on campus co-sponsored by the chapter.  A few other events were planned, including a breakfast induction ceremony, but were canceled when schools closed down for the remainder of the year due to COVID-19.  However, the chapter was able to use a portion of the budget money designated for PGM events to help update a hallway in the Sociology department including a plaque commemorating our Sociology majors and the PGM inductees of 2020 for their perseverance this year. Dr. Ingrid Castro is the chapter sponsor.

Kansas Theta Chapter at Newman University

The Kansas Theta Chapter at Newman University had a very active year in 2019-2020.  The chapter sponsored a voter registration event on October 3, 2019.  Members of the chapter organized the drive for Newman University students and visitors, alongside a Sedgwick County Election Commission officer.  Later that month the chapter participated in a Trunk-or-Treat event in which members created a pirate-themed display and handed out candy from a treasure chest to local children to provide a safe Halloween trick-or-treating experience and to foster community spirit and bonding.  In November, Master of Social Work students from the chapter spoke at a Day of the Dead Celebration, providing grief coping advice as well as other mental health coping skills training to help with the loss of a loved one.  The event was co-sponsored by HALO, another student organization on campus.  In December, members of the Kansas Theta Chapter at Newman University were invited to celebrate the holidays and end of the semester at the chapter adviser's home.  Members also prepared baked goods for the Pedal Thru Youth Non-Profit Organization Bake Sale Fundraiser.  The organization provides bicycles to children in low-income or impoverished neighborhoods.  On March 16, the University switched to an online format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The chapter responded by conducting a completely online membership drive for the first time in the chapter's history.  The drive was a big success with 41 students accepting membership into Pi Gamma Mu.  Dr. Larry Heck is the chapter sponsor.

Left: Members of the Kansas Theta Chapter at Newman University celebrated the holidays and end of the semester at the chapter adviser's home.  Members also prepared baked goods for the Pedal Thru Youth Non-Profit Organization Bake Sale Fundraiser.


Kansas Theta Chapter at Newman University sponsors a voter registration event.
 
The Trunk or Treat Event at Newman University.



Day of the  Dead Celebration at Newman University – MSW students speak about how to cope with grief.

Bake Sale for Pedal Thru Youth at Newman University.


 

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