Pi Sigma Alpha High School Fellowship Forum
On Saturday March 28, 2015, the Alpha Epsilon Kappa hosted the first ever Pi Sigma Alpha High School Fellowship Forum on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. The event hosted 31 high school students (a mix of sophomores, juniors, and a few seniors) from six regional school districts. These include Hempfield Area, Greensburg Salem, Greensburg Central Catholic, Penn-Trafford, Belle Vernon, and Albert Gallatin, plus parents, teachers, and other invitees totaling nearly 55 overall participants. The event was generously funded by a Chapter Activity Grant from the national office of Pi Sigma Alpha as well as funds from the Pitt-Greensburg Student Government Association, and from the chapter's own funds. This program was designed as a high school outreach program that sought to engage and encourage high caliber students interested in politics, law, international affairs, and public policy to attend a short series of seminars and a luncheon at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. The students and their parents participated in a series of brief seminars and discussions with Pitt-Greensburg political science faculty, students and alumni, and regional political officials about a variety of aspects of politics, political science, public and civic service, the study of political science and other social sciences at the college level, and careers in political science, law, and the social sciences.
The chapter advisor, Dr. Paul S. Adams, along with Pi Sigma Alpha members and current students Daniel Laughlin and LaRonn Brown, and Pi Sigma Alpha and alumni students AJ Gales and Megha Pai, answered questions from the students and parents and helped provide a variety of perspectives to the sessions. The luncheon had two guest speakers, Devlin Robinson, Assistant to U.S. Representative Tim Murphy (PA), and Austin Davis, a Pitt-Greensburg alumni and Assistant to the Allegheny County Executive. They encouraged the students to seek civic engagement and multiple methods of involvement while they seek their future educational goals. The students were awarded certificates of fellowship and gift bags at the end of the event. The chapter hopes to make this an annual or biennial event with support from the university and other sources.