Michigan Gamma Andrews University Chapter Report

Advisor: Joon H. Kang

PFC: Robert Moore


President : Theron Calkins

Vice President : Louis Garibay

Secretary and Treasurer : Cecilia Dias

Number of New Members Inducted:9

Number of Continuing Members:

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

Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honors society, has an active presence on Andrews University. This year’s officers are Theron Calkins serving as president, Luis Garibay as vice-president, and Cecelia Dias in the office of secretary/treasurer. The campus chapter is also overseen by Dr. Joon H. Kang. On September 23, Pi Mu Epsilon invited Eric ‘Siggy’ Scott, an Andrews alumnus currently studying computer science at George Mason University, to come and speak on artificial intelligence. Many people attended his lecture and posed some insightful questions to Scott at the end of the presentation. Our organization also sponsored another eigen*talk on October 7, featuring several student missionaries. Returning from Ebeye and Majuro in the Marshall Islands and Malawi, Africa missionaries Sinclair Johnston, Mateja Plantak, and Chris Greenley presented on their experiences. Johnston and Plantak both taught several classes abroad including some math ones while Greenley served as an IT specialist at a rural hospital. Each displayed many pictures and encouraged others to consider some of the unexpected ways one can help serve others overseas. During spring semester Pi Mu Epsilon sponsored two more eigen*talks, one by Dr. Shandell Henson on January 20 on the perturbation method for solving differential equations, and the second on February 17 with actuaries Daniel Moskala and Andrew Schupska from Auto-Owners Insurance discussing the actuarial profession, education, and career paths. In addition, Pi Mu Epsilon hosted a Pi Day celebration on March 14 and the annual induction ceremony on April 5 where Keith Calkins gave a presentation titled ¡°¡Ä Ado About ¥å¡± about continued fractions.

Do any of your chapter members plan to attend or present a paper at the 2012 PME national meeting at MathFest in Madison, Wisconsin?

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?