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Political science honor society honored for exceptional programming

Providence College’s Epsilon Chi chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, has received one of the organization’s “Best Chapter” awards for 2012-2013.

The award recognizes chapters that demonstrate exceptional activity, energy, and creativity in furthering the honor society’s goals.

Of the 766 chapters across the country, PC’s was one of six recognized at colleges with enrollments of fewer than 5,000 students. This is the fourth time in 10 years that the chapter has received this recognition.

“The excellent student officers that led Pi Sigma Alpha to an award-winning year are a testament to the potential of strong student leadership,” said Dr. Jeffrey D. Pugh, assistant professor of political science and the group’s advisor.

Last year, the group, which inducted 26 new members, co-sponsored events including a symposium on peacebuilding and justice in the Middle East and the first Father Ed Cleary, O.P. Memorial Lecture, given by Ricardo Lagos, former president of Chile. The chapter also held an election straw poll and a lecture by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.

Pugh was especially proud of the honor society members and its officers for partnering with numerous departments and other student organizations to organize events, thus building relationships with others across campus.

“Providing spaces for understanding complex issues in a way that bridges theory and practice while incorporating multiple groups across campus represents a deeper search for truth that is at the heart of the liberal arts mission,” Pugh said.


— Liz F. Kay


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