March 11, 2011


Mathematics Honor Society Inducts 74 New Members

The Northeast Alabama Community College chapter of Mu Alpha Theta recently inducted new members during the spring semester.

Mu Alpha Theta is the national mathematics honor society for community college and high school students throughout the United States. To be eligible for membership in Mu Alpha Theta a student must have completed MTH112 Precalculus Algebra or a higher level mathematics course; have a 3.0 GPA (out of a possible 4.0) in all two year college mathematics courses at or above the MTH112 level; and be pursuing a higher level mathematics course that is one above the MTH112 level.

Officers are (L-R, front) Brittany Griffin, Lee Ann Hanback,
Marianne Gilliam, (back) Shane Glover, Chris Johnson,
and Marvin Standekar.


The 2010-2011 Mu Alpha Theta Officers are President, Marvin Standekar; Vice President, Marianne Gilliam; Secretary, Lee Ann Hanback; Treasurer, Chris Johnson; Parliamentarian, Brittany Griffin; and Reporter, Shane Glover. Faculty sponsors are Greg Millican, Dr. Sharon Totten, and Milah Breland.

President Marvin Standekar and Vice President Marianne Gilliam spoke to the inductees and their families about their experiences as Northeast students.

Induction speakers Marianne Gilliam
and Marvin Standekar

Standekar said that after he graduated from Section High School as an exchange student from Germany, he decided to stay in the area and go to nearby NACC because of the friendly and welcoming environment provided by the students and staff. Additionally, the financial advantage of attending a community college and then transferring to a four-year institution made NACC the logical choice. Standekar plans to transfer to UAH in the fall after graduating with an A.S. degree in Pre-engineering-Civil in May. “Through my role as Mu Alpha Theta president, I was given a lot of responsibility which resulted in my becoming more mature and organized.” Standekar highly recommends NACC for anyone interested in pursuing a higher education.

Gilliam is currently finishing her second degree from Northeast. She graduated last year with an A.S. degree in Business and will graduate with a degree in Mathematics in May. Her plans include transferring to UAH to major in International Finance. “My last three years attending Northeast have been the best three years of my life. I have met some extraordinary people and have made friendships that will last a lifetime. Looking back at how scared I was the first semester, I never would have thought that I would have become so involved at Northeast [as President of Sigma Kappa Delta, the English honorary society, and Vice-President of Mu Alpha Theta]. I’m proud to be a Mustang!”

New members of Northeast Alabama Community College’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta are
Josh Banzhoff, Ailu Barrera, Shayla Beasley, Kathy Benson, Jeremy Blackwell, Logan Blizard, Robert Bucheler, Justin Bynum, Jacob Cambron, Noime Campbell, Sarah Coffman, Jordan Combs, Lena Cordell, Kagen Crawford, Amanda Crawford, Zubulon Cunningham, Colby Dixson, Sarah Dunn, Cathy Essex, Kyle Fowler, Tyler Furgerson, Ashley Graham, Andrew Green, Holly Harrison, Hunter Harrison, Kisha Hartline, Markie Haynes, Noah Houser, Lori Johnson, Rachel Jones, Lauren Jordan, Joey Kieffer, Lacie Kilgore, Reagan Kipp, Courtney Kirby, Paige Kirk, Rikki Lambert, Trevor Lewis, Dana Lyons, Brittany Mason, Chloe Massey, Amber Mathewson, Chase McRae, Tiffany Mershon, Corinne Middlebrooks, Lauren Mountain, Meg Nevels, Cindy Olivares, Macey Owens, Bryan Palmer, Shainah Peek, Derek Pell, Sheena Perry, Alex Poole, Blair Radavsky, Katie Russell, Jonathan Sands, Raegan Shelton, EmmaJane Sierakowski, Emily Smith, Ryan Smith, Ashlyn Smith, Paige Staton, Rachel Stewart, Daniel Stokes, Zach Sutton, Tyler Thompson, Amanda Waddell, Micah Weldon, Joey Whisenant, Caleb Wigley, Allison Wilding, Breland Wooten, and Cordero Wordlaw.

After the induction ceremony, Mu Alpha Theta sponsored a Decades Dance in the Student Center. Canned and nonperishable foods donated by those in attendance were given to area food pantries.

The purpose of Mu Alpha Theta is to promote scholarship in, and enjoyment and understanding of, mathematics. Mu Alpha Theta offers a $500 summer honors scholarship to all current Mu Alpha Theta members planning to register for at least three semester hours during the Summer, 2011, semester. Application packets must be picked up by March 25 and submitted by March 30. For questions regarding the summer scholarship or mathematics courses at NACC contact Greg Millican, Mathematics Division Chair, at millicang@nacc.eduor telephone ext. 408.

New members attending the induction included (L-R, front row) EmmaJane Siefakowski, Amber Mathewson, Amanda Waddell, Ashlyn Smith, Josh Banzhoff, Sarah Coffman, Katie Russell; (middle row) Cordero Wordlaw, Courtney Kirby, Tyler Thompson, Derek Pell, Kyle Fowler, Kagen Crawford, Robert Bucheler; (back row) Breland Wooten, Noime Campbell, Bryan Palmer, Markie Haynes.