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Zeta Lambda Chapter - Celebrating 45 years as a Chapter in 2018

2018-2019 Chapter Officers
Faculty Sponsor: Ms. Sara Gubala

President: Regan Minaldi
Vice President: Connor Raborn
Secretary: Emily Lawrence

 

Pi Sigma Alpha was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas for the purpose of bringing together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics. Professor C. Perry Patterson was an early leader of the first chapter and served as national president of PSA from 1920 until 1932. The success of the honor society at the University of Texas prompted other institutions to apply for chapters, with the Universities of Oklahoma and Kansas establishing chapters by 1922. In March of that year the society held its first national convention at the University of Oklahoma.

Growth in the honor society was gradual throughout the 'twenties and 'thirties and accelerated after the Second World War; today there are over 650 chapters throughout the country. There is at least one college or university with a Pi Sigma Alpha chapter in every state and the District of Columbia and, as of 1995, the U. S. territory of Guam.

The Articles of Incorporation of Pi Sigma Alpha state as one of its purposes "to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science." The society functions at the national level, sponsoring programs and events of value to the profession and teaching of political science, and at the chapter level. Each chapter is encouraged to provide a framework for enriching the exposure of its members and the wider university community to the study of government and issues of public concern. The goals of Pi Sigma Alpha are consistent with the aims of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) as set out in the ACHS Booklet of Information. This material provides a good framework for understanding the meaning and value of a political science honor society and its place on an American campus, and makes worthwhile reading.

Becoming a Member of the Zeta Lambda Chapter
of Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha is the National Political Science Honor Society. The Zeta Lambda Chapter conducts two initiations per year with the largest ceremony held at the the end of the spring semester. To be eligible for membership in Pi Sigma Alpha, students must have junior standing; completed at least ten semester-credits of work in political science including at least one upper-division course; and a grade of B or higher in all political science courses. Students must also have both an overall GPA of 3.0 and a POLS GPA of 3.0.  Undergraduate students do not have to be political science majors to qualify for membership.

Graduate students must have completed 9 graduate credits in political science/public administration with no grade lower than a B.  Undergraduate coursework does not count toward graduate student eligibility, and graduate students must be pursuing a degree in political science (public administration) to qualify for membership.

 Students interested in membership in Pi Sigma Alpha should contact the faculty advisor – Ms. Sara Gubala - in SBS 201J or by email at smgubala@lamar.edu

Pi Sigma Alpha 2018

 

Ms Sara Gubala
Faculty Sponsor, Zeta Lambda Chapter 

Sara Gubala

 

2018-2019 Pi Sigma Alpha Officers Connor Raborn, Emily Lawrence, Raegan Minaldi during Study Abroad in Italy, Summer 2018

2018-2019 Officers



Officers with Dr. Williams - PSAPi Sigma Alpha Members Connor Raborn, Emily Lawrence, and Katey McCall on their way to Study Abroad in Italy ran into Dr. Brian Williams, Director, MPA Program, on his way to the 2018 Federal Emergency Management Symposium in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Looks like Jack Brooks Regional Airport and DFW airport were filled with Lamar political science folks!



Reception- PSA

Two generations of Zeta Lambda members:

Jeff Darby (B.A., History, 1988) and daughter Lindsey Darby (B.A., Political Science, 2017) are pictured here with Dr. Terri Davis at the 2016 Pi Sigma Alpha/Pre-Law Reception.  



2017-2018 Dawson Award Recipients

Tara Hoch (B.A. Political Science, 2017 summa cum laude)
Robert Root (B.A. Political Science, 2018 summa cum laude)

Tara Hoch - PSA
Robert Root - PSA


Toast to Leadership - PSA

Pi Sigma Alpha members at the Toast to Leadership Banquet - April 2018

 



 

 

Political Science Alum - Lindsey Darby Raby at the Pi Sigma Alpha reception - May 2017

Darby Raby - PSA