September 21, 2016 – Poli Sci “Meet and Greet”
We welcomed Pi Sigma Alpha members and political science-interested students to the academic year with a “meet and greet” with the faculty of the Department of Political Science. Students and faculty mingled on the balcony of Herzstein Hall with food and drinks on a beautiful September afternoon.
October 2016 – Debate Watching Party
Several political and political science-related groups (including Pi Sigma Alpha) met for a pizza dinner and debate watching party.
November 8, 2016 – Election Watch Party
Pi Sigma Alpha worked with many other groups at the university to sponsor a university-wide Election Watch Party. The event was held in the RMC’s Grand Hall and several hundred students, faculty, and staff attended.
Various Dates – Informal Pizza Lunch Discussions
Pi Sigma Alpha members enjoyed lunch discussions with department faculty and visitors on topics including: The Importance of Methods to Political Science, the 2016 election, and mayoral politics in Houston.
March 27, 2017 – Induction and Graduation Ceremony
This year, we held a ceremony to induct our newest members and celebrate the graduation of our seniors. Thirteen students were inducted into the honor society at a lovely dinner held in the Farnsworth Room of the Rice Memorial Center. Former Mayor Annise Parker gave the keynote address and faculty and students celebrated with a catered dinner. The ceremony was generously supported by a Chapter Activity Grant awarded to the chapter by the national office of Pi Sigma Alpha.
Induction Ceremony - Rice’s chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha reinvigorated itself with its 2016 induction ceremony. Nineteen students and one faculty member were inducted into the honor society at a special ceremony where former Senator Wyche Fowler gave a keynote address and students and faculty socialized over an informal dinner. The chapter has elected a set of officers for the 2016-2017 academic year and is underway planning events and activities for the upcoming year.