Honor Society Finds Second Wind in 2021

ASU brings back social science organization.

By Arabella Peña
On February 11, 2021

Logo courtesy of Presentation College 

 

Faculty Advisor Dr. Bruce Hunt, along with a few of his students, has been working to reinstate the international honor society Pi Gamma Mu at ASU, and it is finally coming together this semester.

According to the Pi Gamma Mu website, Pi Gamma Mu is the oldest and preeminent interdisciplinary social science honor society. The social sciences include anthropology, criminal justice, economics, history, international relations, political science, psychology, social philosophy, sociology, social work as well as related interdisciplinary programs anchored in the Social Sciences.

According to Hunt, a handful of invitation letters have already been sent out during the first few weeks of the semester, and he hopes to start inducting members into the newly formed Texas Sigma chapter in mid-to-late April.

Hunt said he believes having an organization that is not restricted to just one discipline will help students to find each other and come out of their own solitary worlds to meet new people and network.

“Having a network is an important part of the college experience and coming into your own,” Hunt said. “We have many organizations and clubs, but we don’t have many dedicated to mainly academic excellence and still open to many different fields.”

“We will see how the membership comes together after this semester,” Hunt said. “It’s up to the members to see how locally involved they want to be.”

Hunt said this organization can be a source of good for ASU and San Angelo. Once the chapter is formed it can begin to flesh out and form committees to move full force into the fall.

He said he is excited for everything to come together and for the chapter to start planning events on campus in the fall.

Dr. Rebekah McMillan, a professor in the history department and current member of Pi Gamma Mu, gave her insight on the honor society as well as her hopes for the ASU chapter.

McMillan said honor societies are great for recognizing students’ hard work on a national level in addition to being something great to put on their resume.

“To have a national honor society recognize the work you have done speaks volumes beyond the usual school recognition,” McMillan said. “When you have a national recognition and go to apply for a job, it can help elevate your resume or your CV from other students or applicants.”

“Having an organization that is inherently interdisciplinary can help to raise the profile of what interdisciplinary studies do and how we can all benefit from it,” McMillan said. “The reality is disciplines are very much built upon each other; they rely on each other. You can’t just study history without dabbling in sociology, anthropology and political science. They complement each other.”

McMillan said she is excited for the new chapter on campus and for ASU students to have the opportunity to elevate their own profiles and glean the benefits of an interdisciplinary honor society.

“It’s great that you don’t have to be one of these majors or minors to qualify for Pi Gamma Mu,” McMillan said. “It’s a great opportunity.”

Dr. John Klingemann, dean of the Department of Arts and Humanities, also gave his insight on the new honor society.

Klingemann said student organizations are important for any campus because they help recruit, retain and graduate students.

“Any time you can draw students in and provide an atmosphere for them to collaborate with each other, it’s a great thing,” Klingemann said.

“The leg work has been done, everything's coming together, all the effort has been put into this organization and I see it as a benefit to the students,” Klingemann said. “I have understood the important role of student organizations throughout my academic career, so I believe any organization that can help students is a great thing.”

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