Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha (ΠΣΑ)

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, Eta Eta Chapter, is here to give all students at NMSU the opportunity to explore current events, national elections, international relations, and political philosophy in order to build a group of like-minded people who are passionate about engaging in and advocating for vibrant and energetic public discourse. We also eat pizza and watch movies sometimes!

 

Why Join Pi Sigma Alpha?

Pi Sigma Alpha allows for students to meet outside the classroom and have meaningful discussions about politics, international relations, and a whole host of other issues. What use is an education in political science if the only place to talk about the subject is in the classroom? Pi Sigma Alpha hopes to provide a forum for the students most engaged in the world of politics and current events to discuss these issues with like-minded students. Did we mention pizza movie nights?

Topics for Future Discussion Include:

  • Russian relations with the United States: Cyber Cold War?
  • Terrorism: What is to be Done?
  • The Refugee Crisis
  • Debating the 2020 Presidential Candidates
  • Globalization: Who is it working for?
  • Voting in the 21st century: rights and suffrage
  • COVID-19: the “New Normal”
  • Climate Change: What to do?

Previous discussion topics have included:

  • Russia’s Intervention in Syria
  • ISIS: What is to be Done?
  • Is Law School Worth Attending?
  • The Refugee Crisis
  • Debating the 2016 Presidential Candidates

Interested in Joining?

Requirements:

1. Completion of at least half of the credits required for the baccalaureate degree;
2. Completion of at least 10 semester credits of work in political science (government), including at least one upper-division course;
3. An average grade of B or higher in all courses in political science;
4. A grade point average of 3.2 or higher.
5. For graduate students currently enrolled at New Mexico State University:
a) Completion of at least nine graduation credits in political science with no grade lower than B.
6. Students of any major may join.

To Apply:

To apply to the Eta Eta chapter of New Mexico State University, please send a completed Membership Application Form and a copy of your degree audit to the president, vice president, or the organization’s email. In the subject line, please write “MEMBER APPLICATION: Full name”. Applicants that meet all requirements will be sent a link to register.

Future Chapter Meetings:

Future face to face meetings are currently on hold due to COVID-19. Our first online meeting will be on Friday, October 2nd at 5.00 pm (see below for details) 

Future Events:

Thursday, September 24th at 6.00 pm: YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE! 

At 6 pm Pi Sigma Alpha is hosting a virtual forum on voting, history of suffrage, voting rights, voter suppression, mail-in voting, and step-by-step instructions on how to register online to vote in the State of New Mexico. Speakers include representatives from the New Mexico branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico, and possibly someone from the Dona Ana County Clerk’s Office. See attached YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE flyer  for more details and RSVP here

Friday, October 2nd at 5.00 pm: First Chapter meeting of the semester and showing of “All In: the fight for democracy”

Friday, October 2, 2020 at 5 pm: Join us to learn more about Pi Sigma Alpha and our activities. Our first meeting will be a zoom forum to watch and discuss the new documentary about the suppression of voting rights, entitled “All In: the fight for democracy.” We will also welcome new members and discuss events that the group would like to hold during this academic year. Members will also be invited to participate in the election of officers, scheduled for October 15.

Wednesday, October 21st, 3.30-5.00 pm: Homecoming event – in collaboration with the Department of Government

Virtual event with speakers from the Government Department faculty and Alumni on the diversity of the AGGIE Experience. Stay tuned for more information.

Week of Halloween: TBD

Flyers and Application Documents:

Application Flyer

Membership Application Form

YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE flyer

Voting Information:
 

Deadline to register is OCT 6th at 5 pm.

 
Deadline to request an Absentee Ballot is OCT 20th at 5pm.

 

Early voting is from OCT 17th to OCT 31st. See this short video on How to Vote in New Mexico 2020

 

Contact Information:

Courtney Komes (President): ckomes97@nmsu.edu

Brennan Ramsey (Vice President): bramsey@nmsu.edu

Organization: nmstatepsa@gmail.com

NMSU Pi Sigma Alpha Faculty Advisor: Dr Christa Slaton slatocd@nmsu.edu

 

For more information, questions, or updates email: nmstatepsa@gmail.com

Or check our website: https://deptofgov.nmsu.edu/student-information/pi-sigma-alpha/

Or follow us on Twitter: @nmstatepsa Facebook: NMSU Pi Sigma Alpha

Instagram: @nmstatepsa

National Office Website: https://www.pisigmaalpha.org/

 

By-laws: to be added soon