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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 five chapters into the Pi Gamma Mu family! During the 2012-13 school year, we have added these new chapters: the Kansas Lambda Chapter at Wichita State University, the South Dakota Zeta Chapter at Presentation College, the Utah Gamma Chapter at the University of Utah, the North Carolina Omega Chapter at Livingstone College, and the Florida Mu Chapter at Bethune-Cookman University.


The international Board of Trustees is searching for a new international executive director of Pi Gamma Mu and a new editor of Pi Gamma Mu's International Social Science Review. Dean J. Fafoutis (right), a member of the history faculty at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md., who has been the editor of the ISSR since 2002, is retiring as the editor next month. The board deeply appreciates his outstanding service to Pi Gamma Mu and is conferring on him the well-deserved title of "editor emeritus."

Executive director - announcement         ISSR editor - announcement


Amanda Woolcott Amanda M. Wolcott graduated from my university--the University of North Georgia--with a B.S. degree in psychology in 2011. While at UNG, Amanda was president of the Georgia Kappa Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu. She is now a Ph.D. student in industrial psychology at the University of Central Florida. At the 2011 triennial international convention, Amanda was elected to Pi Gamma Mu's international Board of Trustees for the 2011-2014 triennial period. Her education and insight about organizational behavior have been very useful to us as she serves as the chairman of the board's Personnel Committee.

I am turning this column over to Amanda this month, so that she may share some thought-provoking reflections about motivation.

"An Ocean View of a Global Future" October 16-18, 2014

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Plans are coming together for our next triennial international convention to be held in Charleston, North Carolina.

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Pi Gamma Mu is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and able to accept tax-deductible donations. If you would like to make a donation to our organization in honor / memory of a professor, sponsor, loved one or friend, or to support our scholarship program, you are encouraged to do so. Pi Gamma Mu gives 11 scholarships to students going into a graduate program in social science each year. You can mail your donation to Pi Gamma Mu, 1001 Millington St., Suite B, Winfield, KS 67156.

We gratefully acknowledge those who donated to Pi Gamma Mu during the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which concluded on August 31, 2013: Dr. Charles Hartwig, Dr. Janice Monti, Darrell P. Jameson, Charles Joseph, Dr. John Patierno, Dr. Larry Heck, Dr. Barry Friedman, Dr. Susan Kinsella, Dr. Clara Small, Dr. Yongsheng Wang, Dr. Jean Karlen, Dr. Stanley W. Moore, and Dave Watters.
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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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Pi Gamma Mu is a Section 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.

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

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

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StudentsHonor 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.

War and Economic Crisis in Obama's Presidency

President ObamaPresident Barack Obama's handling of the Syrian Civil War leads to questions about his leadership and decision-making ability. The president's indecisiveness and back pedaling on the decision to use military force against Syria's Assad regime once again gives his critics ammunition when it comes to questioning his strength as a leader. After much tough talk of no tolerance for the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war, Obama curbed his threats and acquiesced to Russia's proposal to have the Assad regime surrender all of its chemical weapons to the International Community.

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"The best way to waste your life is by taking notes. The easiest way to avoid living is to just watch. Look for the details. Report. Don't participate." – Chuck Palahniuk

College provides a unique opportunity: the chance to dive deeper into the topics most relevant to our lives, to gain knowledge that took centuries to amass, to broaden horizons, and to achieve a clearer understanding of the issues close to one's heart.

I doubt that anyone, least of all myself, would ever denigrate the value of an education. But after the textbooks and the courses, then what?

You study, you learn, and you go to bed every night comfortable in the knowledge that you know more today than you did yesterday. And that's good.

However, why stop at good? Why not go for great?

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Honor Society

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.achsnatl.org) for the list of honor societies that are members.

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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. The International Social Science Review is returned to us by the post office, which is an additional expense for the international office to absorb. Just mail a change-of-address card, post card, or letter to Pi Gamma Mu, 1001 Millington St., Suite B, Winfield, KS 67156. If you prefer, you can send an E-mail message (executivedirector@pigammamu.org), or go to our Web site (www.pigammamu.org) to change your address information. We need your name, as well as your old and new address. Thank you very much for taking a few minutes to keep your information current.

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.


Here are ways to contact our international office.
Regular mail: 1001 Millington St., Suite B, Winfield, KS 67156
Telephone: (620) 221-3128
Email addresses:

Beth Biddle, acting executive director, associate director
for chapter services: [email protected]
Angela Shear, chapter-development officer: [email protected]


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