Pi Sigma Alpha
September 14, 2006
*Pi Sigma Alpha’s website: http://www.mnsu.edu/government/clubs/PSA.html
*In attendance: Chapter Advisor (Dr. Fred Slocum); President (Melissa Andersen); Vice-President (Dave Sanchez); Secretary (Mary O’Connor); two active
members; two new members.
*Melissa Andersen distributed a chart, asking if Thursday at 5:00 p.m. is an ideal meeting time.
*Dr. Slocum informed new members of Pi Sigma Alpha’s membership requirements:
~3.0 GPA within major
~10 or more hours within major
~At least one class at the 300 or 400 level
~Proof from academic transcript
~One-time $30 initiation fee
*Melissa Andersen briefly discussed the Pi Sigma trip to Washington, D.C., requesting to hold a special meeting for people traveling to D.C.
*Dave Sanchez discussed new ideas for Pi Sigma Alpha:
-Election party, food, discuss and debate candidates, make predictions, enjoy company of fellow political science enthusiasts.
~Debates on/off campus
-Assist in sponsoring debates with our name and physical attendance and assistance,
*Dr. Slocum discussed the MnPSA (Minnesota Political Science Association) meeting
~Takes place Saturday, November 11, 2006 at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul
~Students can present papers/posters at the meeting
*Melissa Andersen spoke about and presented a rough draft of Pi Sigma Alpha’s monthly newsletter
~Re-cap of important ideas/events/meeting highlights
~Dave Sanchez and Mary O’Connor will assist in writing the newsletter
*Melissa Andersen presented volunteer ideas
~”Rake the Lawn” event
-Takes place through VINE
-Volunteer along with the Pre-Law Society
-Substantial volunteer opportunity
*Melissa Andersen reminded members that Dr. Slocum will be on Sabbatical this spring. We may have an interim faculty advisor. Dr. Slocum will always be accessible via e-mail.
*Dr. Slocum discussed the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics. In addition, the chapter can nominate one student member each year to receive a membership to the American Political Science Association (APSA), including one year's subscription to each of APSA's three journals. Mary O’Connor received the APSA membership for the 06’-07’ academic year.
*Dr. Slocum informed members of scholarship opportunities for both undergrads and graduate students.
*Dr. Slocum spoke about Pi Sigma Alpha’s chapter activity grants.
~We have received grants every year we have applied, amounting to six years!
~We received $1,750 for the Political Science Undergraduate Research Conference hosted by MSU last spring.
~Grants can also be used for speakers, debates, and conventions in other cities.
*Next meeting is September 28th (Thursday) from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Morris Hall 209
*Submitted by Mary O’Connor; September 20, 2006