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Friday, November 12, 1999

Dr. Clara Small Relected Chancellor of the North Eastern Region for Pi Gamma Mu

SALISBURY, MD--Dr. Clara L. Small, associate professor of history in the Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts at Salisbury State University, was reelected to the position of chancellor of the North Eastern Region for Pi Gamma Mu, the international honor society for the social sciences.

All newly elected international officers were announced and officially presented to the international Triennial Convention recently in Wichita, KS. This marks the beginning of Small's three-year term as chancellor. Small's region extends from Maine to Maryland and includes approximately 50 to 60 college and university chapters of Pi Gamma Mu. Small also serves as a co- advisor of Maryland Gamma, SSU's local chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, along with Sylvia Bradley, Dr. Richard Bowler and Dr. Bart Talbert.

Maryland Gamma was organized in 1982 and officially chartered in 1983. The organization sponsors fund-raising events to send students to international, national and regional conferences, to visit historical sites, to attend conferences involving major social issues and to fund lectures.

Some of the chapter's civic and social activities include tutoring students, collecting non-perishable foods for Joseph House and adopting families at Christmas.

Within the past 10 years, three Maryland Gamma students have won international scholarships: Nathaniel Graff, Suzanne Pfuhl and Karen Gordy Payne.

Only 10 scholarships are given annually by the international honor society. Lena Kasi Touleimat, an SSU history graduate student and a 1999 graduate of Pace University, is one of the 10 1999 recipients of the Pi Gamma Mu scholarships.

Even though Pi Gamma Mu is housed in the History Department at Salisbury State, it is an interdisciplinary honor society. Membership is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students (and faculty) in the upper 35 percent of their class with at least 21 semester hours in the social sciences and a grade point average of "B" 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.

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