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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.

SAVE THE DATE!  November 2-4, 2017
Attend the 2017 Triennial International Convention in Kansas City, MO

Kansas CityMark your calendars!  Plans are coming together for our next Triennial International Convention.  Join us in Kansas City on November 2-4, 2017!  Our hotel, the Marriott Kansas City – Country Club Plaza puts you in the heart of Kansas City’s world famous Country Club Plaza, the Midwest’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment district.  Situated between two distinguished art museums, The Nelson Art Gallery and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Marriott is an ideal location to get together to celebrate Pi Gamma Mu’s rich history.  Let the hotel’s complimentary shuttle pick you up after a great meal or a shopping trip at the Plaza or travel just a little further to visit Kansas City’s Crown Center entertainment district, Union Station and Science City, the historic City Market, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, Westport, the Power and Light district, and much more. 
Up to 32 students will receive funding from Pi Gamma Mu to help cover the costs of attending the convention.  This represents an approximate $4,000 commitment to support students’ travel to the convention.  Many colleges and universities provide additional funding for students and faculty members to attend professional conferences.  Why not take advantage of this great opportunity to participate in the 2017 Triennial Convention?  Now is the time to start planning your trip to Kansas City! 

Student Paper Presentations - Pi Gamma Mu student members may propose to present their research papers at the convention.  Pi Gamma Mu will pay for one night's lodging at the convention hotel for up to 12 students selected to present their papers orally.  Up to 8 additional students will be selected to present their research in a poster format and will receive free convention registration (a $100 value).  Proposals must be submitted in the form of a completed research paper.  Complete instructions for paper proposals will be available on the website soon.  Think about it… presenting at an international convention looks great on a resume and can provide a boost to your career!

Leadership Program – We will be launching the new Pi Gamma Mu Student Leadership Program at the 2017 convention.  If you are interested in learning more about Pi Gamma Mu student leadership roles or leadership in general this program is for you!  Pi Gamma Mu leadership positions include two student representatives on the International Board of Trustees (a three year term on the board) and a variety of student officer positions at the chapter level.  Several students who write winning entry essays will receive financial support to attend the convention.  Complete instructions to apply for this program will be available soon.

Chapter Development Showcase – Share your chapter’s story at this unique event.  Chapters can display their histories, service projects, and other accomplishments in this poster session.  Help other Pi Gamma Mu chapters learn from you by submitting a poster for presentation at the convention!

Convention Launch Party/Convention Opening – This Thursday evening event will kick off the convention and will feature a Pi Gamma Mu trivia competition, door prizes, and the opportunity to meet and greet Pi Gamma Mu board members, chapter sponsors, and members from around the globe.  The event will be immediately followed by the Plenary Session including the Roll Call of Chapters, the President’s Triennial Report, and the Service Project Presentation. 

Awards Banquet Gala – On Friday evening join us for the 2017 Awards Banquet Gala. The event will include dinner; recognition of top chapters, alumni, sponsors, and other contributors; recognition of chapter milestones; and a keynote address. There is no additional cost to attend the Gala.  Please join us!

Service Project – We will be continuing the Pi Gamma Mu tradition of engaging in an international service project at the convention.  In recent year, delegates brought stuffed animals to the convention.  The toys were donated to a local organization helping families and children in need.  This program is a well-regarded Pi Gamma Mu tradition and we hope you will help us achieve this service goal.  Previous recipients include the Partnership Against Domestic Violence in Atlanta, GA, the Artemis House in Fairfax County, VA, and My Sister’s House, Inc. in N. Charleston, SC. 

Invitation to Alumni – Pi Gamma Mu continues to encourage alumni to attend and participate in the triennial international convention.  If you are able to attend, we would love to see you at the convention!

Registration – The convention registration fee is $100.  This includes continental breakfasts on Friday and Saturday and a dinner banquet on Friday evening.  There will be an additional fee for an optional tour of the city (details to be determined).  Convention registration will open at a later date.  The advanced registration deadline is October 12, 2017.  Registrations received after that date including on-site registrations will be $125.

Hotel – We will be staying at the Marriott Kansas City – Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO.  The room rate is $139 per night (plus applicable taxes) for up to four people per room.  The hotel is located at 4445 Main Street; phone 816-531-3000; link to hotel website.  Attendees can fly into Kansas City International Airport and take the SuperShuttle for $19 one-way or $33 round trip.  Reservations are required – call SuperShuttle at 800-258-3826. 

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