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Pi Gamma Mu Conventions

Pi Gamma Mu conventions


Tentative Program

October 16-18, 2014

Theme: Pi Gamma Mu is 90 – Let's Celebrate in Charleston!

Chair of the convention committee:  Dr. Jean C. Karlen, Past President


Crowne Plaza Charleston Airport - Convention Center
4831 Tanger Outlet Boulevard, North Charleston, S. C. 

(843) 744-4422

Convention room rate:  $119 (plus tax) per night, up to quadruple occupancy.
(Breakfast is not included in room rate.)
Call hotel directly and mention Pi Gamma Mu to get the group rate.

On-Site Registration Fee: $55.
Charleston City Tour: $25
The registration fee includes the Awards Luncheon on Friday.

Download a registration form (Adobe file)


Tentative Convention Schedule

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Board of Trustees Strategic Planning and Annual Meeting Part I

Thursday, October 16, 2014

8:00-11:30 a.m.  Board of Trustees Meeting Part II

12 noon-1:30 p.m. Board Luncheon

1:30 Registration Opens

2:00-4:00 p.m.   Strategic Planning General Session for Stakeholders

4:00-6:00 p.m. Sweetgrass Basket Making Demonstration

4:00-4:45 p.m. Pre-Convention Workshop I - Applying to Graduate School: Things to Do, Questions to Ask
                            J.L. Kemp, Michaela Dolphin

5:00-5:45 p.m. Pre-Convention Workshop II - What You Can Do with a Degree in a Social Science Discipline Yongsheng Wang, Nilda Pyronneau

5:45-6:00 p.m. The Sweetgrass Basket Tradition – Presentation by Ms. Annie Scott

Dinner on Your Own 

7:00-8:30 p.m.  Convention Opening/ Plenary Session
                            Welcome - Suzanne Rupp
                            Roll Call of Chapters
                            Introduction of Trustees, Governors, and Pi Gamma Mu Staff
                            Presidential Triennial Report, Larry Heck
                            Service Project Presentation: Susan Kinsella

We ask delegates to bring a stuffed animal, which will be donated to My Sister's House, Inc., a local charitable organization providing assistance to abused women and children.  This is a very well-regarded and popular service project!

8:30 – 9:00 p.m. Student Caucus I - Orientation/Overview of Student Trustee Nomination and Election Process – Open to all convention attendees
                            Michaela Dolphin                                              

9:00-9:30 p.m. Question and Answer Session for Students Interested in Running – Open to all convention attendees
                            Michaela Dolphin, Jean Karlen

Note: Candidate Forms must be submitted to convention registration by noon on Friday, October 17.

Friday, October 17, 2014

8 a.m.  Registration Opens

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Student Research Poster Presentations (Susan Kinsella)          

9:00 a.m. Announcement/introduction of student trustee candidates

9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Student Paper Presentations - Session I 

10:45 - Noon Student Paper Session II

12:15-1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon, Chapter Honor Rolls, Joseph B. James Chapter Incentive Award, Outstanding New Chapter Award, Pi Gamma Mu Alumni Award, Outstanding Achievement Award, Milestone Recognitions, Hall of Fame Inductees               

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Keynote Address, Dr. Thomas Carsey, Thomas J. Pearsall Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

3:00 - 4:15 p.m. Student Paper Presentations - Session III

4:30-5:30 p.m.  Student Caucus – Campaign Speeches

Dinner on your own.  Group options may also be available.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Student Voting

8:30-9:30 a.m. Strategic Planning Regional Roundtables

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Chapter Development Showcase and Roundtable Discussions
               Alumni Roundtable for Pi Gamma Mu Alumni
                            Roundtable Discussion Leaders:                
                            Sheila Moyle, Budget Analyst, Western Carolina University
                            Nilda Pyronneau, Past Pi Gamma Mu Student Trustee
                            Dr. Gordon Mercer, Immediate Past President, Pi Gamma Mu

               Chapter Development Showcase Poster Presentations (Jean Karlen)

10:30 a.m.-noon Plenary Triennial Business Session (Executive Director, Suzanne Rupp)

              Recognition of Outgoing Board Members, Installation of New Officers and Board
              Members, Student Trustees announced

12 noon-1:15 p.m.  Board of Trustees Meeting 

12 noon-1:15 p.m.  Lunch on Your Own

1:30 p.m. Charleston City Tour begins.  Registration ($25) is required.

Please see the convention webpage for additional information about the convention.

On-site registration fee: $55.

The registration fee includes the awards luncheon on Friday.
A registration form is available at Convention Registration Form

Hotel Information:

Crowne Plaza Charleston Airport - Convention Center        
4831 Tanger Outlet Boulevard, North Charleston, S. C.  

Call hotel directly.  (843) 744-4422; Mention Pi Gamma Mu to get convention rate.  (

Convention room rate:  $119 (plus tax) per night, up to quadruple occupancy (Breakfast is not included in room rate.)

Individuals are responsible for making their own reservations. Information on when the block of rooms will open and how to reserve a room will be forthcoming.

Reservation deadline is October 3.

Charleston has it all. We hope to see you at the triennial international convention in October.  Start making your chapter travel plans now!


Student Paper Presentations

Friday, October 17, 2014, 9:00-10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.  

Submission Deadline Extended to September 15, 2014.

Think about it!  Presenting at a national convention looks great on a resume.  Submit your papers now! 

Pi Gamma Mu student members are encouraged to submit papers for consideration for presentation at the triennial international convention.  All students who have their proposals accepted will receive some funding from PGM (either a one's night stay at the convention hotel or "free" conference registration). Now is the time to plan your trip; now is the time to decide to submit a research paper; now is the time to request support from your local institution for travel funds. 

Completed papers should be no longer than 25 pages, including references. They need to be submitted via E-mail to Dr. Charles W. Hartwig, Chancellor of the South/Southwest Region of Pi Gamma Mu ([email protected]), with a "cc" to the Convention Committee Chair, Dr. Jean C. Karlen ([email protected]).  Students are to attach their research papers as a Microsoft Word document.  Other word-processing software is unacceptable.  The deadline for proposals has been extended to September 15, 2014.   

There is a "blind" review process for paper submissions which will be read by a three-member Committee of Readers.  Students are to include personal information (name, title, chapter, school, and faculty sponsor, plus contact information for the student and the PGM faculty sponsor) only on the title page and the E-mail sent with their entry.  Contact information should include both E-mail addresses and phone numbers.

Up to 12 student members whose proposals are accepted will present their papers as a formal 10- to 15-minute oral paper presentation at the international convention. These students will receive one night's lodging at the convention hotel. Other students who have their papers accepted will be invited to present their work in a student poster session and will have their conference registration fee waived. Regardless of the final presentation format, we are encouraging students to submit their work and look forward to learning about the research that Pi Gamma Mu members have completed.

Questions?  Contact Dr. Hartwig at [email protected] or 1-870-935-9454.  
See you in Charleston!

Chapter Development Showcase

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Submission Deadline Extended to September 15, 2014.

Does your chapter put on great initiation ceremonies?  OR
   Does your chapter sponsor interesting speakers, programs, discussion? OR
      Is your chapter known for its service projects?  OR
         Do you have interesting membership identification and recruitment strategies?  OR
            Is your chapter a new chapter?  What stories can you share?  OR
               Is your chapter a chapter with a lengthy campus history?  What stories can you share?

These ideas and others are all welcome at the Chapter Showcase at the Pi Gamma Mu convention.  Think about it!  Surely your chapter has a story to share. Consider submitting a poster for the chapter showcase.   Join us in Charleston and help us learn from you!  Continue reading for more information.  If you have questions, contact the international office or Jean Karlen ([email protected]).

Note: The Chapter Showcase poster displays are in an entirely different category from the student research proposals.

Invitation: Each triennial convention has time devoted to chapter development where attendees can share information and exchange ideas ranging from initiations to community service. The 2014 convention chapter development session will be designed as a "showcase" where chapter poster submissions provide the start/spark for conversation and creativity. In order to be have a successful session, all Pi Gamma Mu chapters are invited to submit poster entries to present during the "Showcase."

Purpose: The session is designed to feature poster displays from Pi Gamma Mu chapters that exemplify the diverse strengths of our chapters, to create a forum for exchanging ideas regarding a wide range of chapter activities, and to promote interaction among participants and attendees. It is a chance for convention attendees to come together and share through posters the good work they do and for attendees to learn from each other.

Content: Pi Gamma Mu chapters are a diverse group who promote scholarship and service in a variety of ways.  This session will offer a venue for chapters to feature their various experiences, activities, and strengths. Posters  may provide a general overview of a chapter's activities for a previous year or focus on a particular type of activity a chapter wants to share with others. This may include programming, initiation ceremonies, recruitment strategies, fund raising, a chapter's history or special anniversary, and/or community service. 

Showcase Posters: A Showcase poster entry is basically a display which consists of an exhibit of materials that reports activities or information in visual and summary form. During the session,  presenters stand by their posters while other attendees walk around, view the displays and interact with the presenters. In this way, the Chapter Showcase session will provide a unique platform that facilitates discussion of chapter activities, generates ideas and exchanges, and allows meeting attendees to browse through highlights of chapter practices and ideas.

Submission Information:  Showcase poster proposals are due no later than September 15, 2014. Early submissions are encouraged. Send poster submissions directly to Jean Karlen ([email protected]).

Notification: Once reviewed and accepted, the presenters/chapters will be notified of their acceptance. This process may help the chapter in seeking institutional funding for the presenters. Thus, chapters are encouraged to develop their poster ideas and submit poster proposals ASAP but no later than Sep 15.

Submissions should include the following:


AUTHOR(S): Please provide names and email addresses for all student and faculty presenters.
(If there is more than one author, indicate with an asterisk (*) the principal person responsible for presenting the poster and include a phone number for this person.

CHAPTER and FACULTY SPONSOR:  Provide the chapter name, institutional affiliation, name and contact information (email and phone number) of the faculty sponsor. 

ABSTRACT:  A summary of the poster in 150 words or less.

Expectations of Poster Presenters:  Presenters must be members of Pi Gamma Mu and register for the convention by the September 25 deadline in order to be mentioned on the convention program.

Posters will be on display in the general meeting area for much of the convention time; however, on Saturday morning chapter representatives are to be present by their posters during the poster session to offer summaries of their posters and answer questions.  

Format/Set up Information: Posters will be placed on tables and must be freestanding without any additional need for support for display. No additional materials including tape, pins, glue, or cardboard will be provided.  Foam boards or cardboard tri-panel boards similar to the kind used for science fairs work well, are readily available in office supply stores, and can be purchased in Charleston so that presenters can bring posters in tubes if needed.  No audio/visual or computer equipment can be provided.

Please contact Jean Karlen ([email protected]) or the Pi Gamma Mu office with any questions you may have.