By Chardonnae Parker/ Delta News Editor
Phi Gamma Mu, Valley’s social science honors organization recently welcomed a slate of new members to its ranks.
Phi Gamma Mu’s missions are to encourage recognize superior scholarship in social science disciplines and to foster cooperation and social service among members.
Phi Gamma Mu has been at Missouri Valley for decades. Each semester the honor society inducts new members to celebrate and honor those students who have achieved academic greatness.
“Members are invited to join the Missouri Valley College chapter (Missouri Zeta) when they have completed 60 hours of college credits that include at least 20 credit hours in the social sciences.” said faculty adviser Tiffany Bergman.
According to literature from the organization: “Students that qualify for this honor are working on degrees in any of the Social Sciences, Business, and Education. Members are expected to have and maintain a GPA of at least 3.5.”
Bergman has been the faculty adviser for more than 10 years. Bergman was a member of the chapter when she was a student and says she sees the benefits of joining the society.
Following the invite it is up to the student to pay a one time fee of $50 for a lifetime membership for initiation fees. Students then get a gold pin, certificate, advancement in government service rating, invitation to regional meetings, opportunities for scholarships and a graduation cord.
Five students were inducted in the 2019 Fall semester. Kulveer Sandhar, Jerry Cater, Sarah Spiers, Erin Kelly, and Ruben Jimenez.
Co- Presidents, Vice President, and Secretary Treasury were all named at the meeting. As the new members were sworn into the lifetime honor society, Bergeman and the co presidents honored the students with their pins and certificates.
“It is nice to be in this honor society and be recognized for academic achievements. A lot of us are leaders on courts fields and things like that so to be recognized as leaders in the class is pretty nice.” Erin Kelly said. “A lot of us are wanting to go into the teaching field so this is fun to see classmates being recognized for their hard work.”
Bergman concluded by saying the students inducted into the organization “are just awesome.”
“They are leaders in so many programs, organizations or clubs,” she said. “They are amazing and wonderful individuals and so worthy of membership. Each of them is a natural leader and incredibly capable.”