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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

First Chapter of the National Political Science Honor Society Pi Sigma Alpha
(L-R) Dr. Lee Walker, Mr. Albert Amissah, Mr. Demetrius Similien, Dr. Adrien Ratsimbaharison, Mr. Davon Wilder, and Ms. Bianca Frazier

Benedict College celebrated the establishment of the new Chapter of National Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha on May 4, 2012 in Starks Hall on the College's main campus. The ceremonies were twofold: the official establishment of the new chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha at Benedict College for the first time in its 142 years of history; and the induction of the founding members of the Chapter, including the induction of its first Faculty Advisor, Dr. Adrien Ratsimbaharison, Associate Professor of Political Science and Area Coordinator for Political Science. The founding members are Ms. Bianca Frazier (graduating Senior 2012, and Benedict College's SGA President), Mr. Albert Amissah, Mr. Demetrius Similien, and Mr. Davon Wilder. Benedict College's chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha was designated Alpha Theta Iota.

The ceremonies were led by Dr. Lee D. Walker, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Graduate Program of Political Science at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, who represented the National Office of Pi Sigma Alpha. In his speech, Dr. Walker emphasized the importance of Pi Sigma Alpha and the study of politics and government.

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, was founded in 1920 for the purpose of bringing together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics. Pi Sigma Alpha is the only honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States. It is also a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and is designated as a "Specialized, Upper-Division" society by ACHS. In order to be members, students must be juniors or seniors, have completed 12 credit hours of political science courses (including one upper level course), maintain a 3.0 average in political science courses, and an overall 3.0 GPA.

Benedict College President and CEO, Dr. David H. Swinton, approved the petition for the establishment of the new Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha at Benedict College on April 16, 2012. The petition was also supported by Dr. Janeen Witty, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Charles Austin, Sr., Dean of the School of HASS, and Dr. Jackie Booker, Chair of the Department of Social Sciences and Criminal Justice.

The faculty members of the Political Science program at Benedict College, Mr. Willie Black and Mr. Amarjit Singh, were also present at these ceremonies.

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