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Wednesday, January 13, 1999

SSU's Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu Awarded "Roll of Distinction"

SALISBURY, MD--Salisbury State University═s Maryland Gamma chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, the international honor society of the social sciences, was recently notified that it had been awarded the honor of Roll of Distinction. The Roll of Distinction is the highest honor to be bestowed upon a chapter based on its annual chapter activities and community service in competition with the other chapters on an international basis.

Maryland Gamma chapter was organized in 1982 and was officially chartered in 1983. Since its inception it has sponsored fund-raising events to send students to national and regional conferences, as well as to sponsor lectures and speakers of interest. Social responsibility and social service are two of its major concerns.

Some of the chapter═s civic and social activities have included the tutoring of students, the collection of non-perishable foods for the Food for the Joseph House, the adoption of a couple of families for Christmas and other programs.

Academically, within the past 10 years, the Maryland Gamma chapter has been fortunate to have had three students win international scholarships. Those students were Nathaniel (Nate) Graff, Suzanne Pfuhl and Karen Gordy Payne. The chapter has also won other national awards and honors.

At Salisbury State Pi Gamma Mu is housed in the History Department though it is a social science honor society. Membership in Pi Gamma Mu is open to juniors, seniors, graduate students (and faculty), in the upper 35 percent of the class with at least 21 semester hours in the social sciences and a grade point average of ˝Bţ or better. Pi Gamma Mu═s constitution defines the social sciences as the disciplines of history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, international relations, criminal justice, social work, social psychology, the history of education and cultural or human geography.

The officers for the 1998-99 school year are Lori Ashby, president; Marlene Mathews, vice president; David Johnson, secretary; and William ˝Bradţ Marsh, treasurer. The advisors are Dr. Richard Bowler, Sylvia Bradley, Dr. Clara L. Small and Dr. Bart Talbert. Small also serves as chancellor of the North Eastern region of Pi Gamma Mu and is a member of the international board of trustees.


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