Oregon Zeta Willamette University Chapter Report

Advisor: Professor Colin Starr

PFC: Joshua Laison

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Number of New Members Inducted: 4

Number of Continuing Members: 12


Describe the two most interesting or unusual chapter activities this year:

The Math Club (which includes PME) hosted an inter-collegiate “Ginormous Blokus” tournament. The club had constructed giant foam Blokus pieces and converted our second-floor patio into a Blokus board measuring about 15 feet on a side. We invited three other local universities to participate. We also hosted another Pi Day celebration with pizza (pie), pie, a running simulation of the Buffon needle experiment, a competition using Laura Taalman’s pi-themed sudoku, and more.

Do any of your chapter members plan to attend or present a paper at the 2011 PME national meeting at MathFest in Lexington, Kentucky?


Do you have any news about current students or recent graduates, for example, scholarships or other awards, acceptances to graduate school, paper presentations at conferences?

Jared Nishikawa, now a graduate student at University of Colorado, Boulder had a paper with two faculty members accepted for publication in the Pi Mu Epsilon journal.