The NACC Mu Alpha Theta math honor society offers several math events for students on the Northeast Alabama Community College campus: induction ceremonies for new members, a Pi Day celebration, and the annual Algebra I Bowl for area students.
3.14 Pi Day was celebrated in the Math, Science, Engineering, and Technology atrium on March 14 with various math events: pi symbol scavenger hunt, graphing yoga, reciting the digits of pi, racing to complete the unit circle, math videos, measuring to find pi, and the popular M&M guessing jar. Bradley Pilgrim guessed 1,312 M&Ms in the jar, only three away from actual number of 1,309. Bradley’s time of 1:54 was also the fastest in the race to complete the unit circle. Daley Wilks recited an amazing 55 digits in the decimal part of pi! 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993750582097. The official snack food of Mu Alpha Theta is M&Ms because “Math Matters!”
The annual Algebra I Bowl for area Algebra I students was held on March 15. Top scorer Cade Myers received a new TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator and bag of M&Ms. Section High School had 13 participants and was also awarded a new TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator for their math department. NACC College and Career Planning director Sherry Whitten held a college orientation session for parents and chaperones while students took the test.
In addition to these math events, the NACC chapter of Mu Alpha Theta also sponsors:
Summer Honors Scholarships to current Mu Alpha Theta members taking at least three semester hours during a summer semester;
a 5K run/walk in the fall to raise scholarship funds, co-sponsored with SGA and Sigma Kappa Delta;
a toner and cell phone recycling project to raise scholarship funds; and
a tutor shadowing project for education majors.
NACC alumna Crystal Laws McCartney visited the campus for the spring induction ceremony, where she described her mission with the Redstone Arsenal Aviation Missile Research Development and Engineering Directorate (AMRDEC). Mrs. McCartney is a UAH electrical engineering graduate who was honored as the 2008 Outstanding Undergraduate Electrical Engineering Student. She serves as an advisor to the UAH chapter of the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi. She also serves as the district director for Tau Beta Pi chapters at UAH, UAB, University of Alabama, Mississippi State, and Auburn University. Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society that represents all engineering professions. The primary purpose is to encourage and recognize superior scholarship and leadership achievement in all areas of engineering.
Mr. Fred Johnson, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Farmer Telecommunications Cooperative, was the guest speaker at the summer induction ceremony. Mr. Johnson’s career spans 35 years in fields of public accounting, rural electric distribution, and telecommunications. He currently represents the southeastern United States as a member of the board of directors for both the NTCA Rural Broadband Association in Arlington, VA, and the Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative in Dulles, VA. He is a gubernatorial appointee to the Alabama 911 Board, where he serves as Vice Chairman. He also serves as a public member of the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Mr. Johnson offered words of advice for future millennial generation employees. “Find a sense of fulfillment in your job by making a difference in someone’s life. Have perseverance in your employment. Match your passion with your capabilities. Maintain integrity at all times.”
The 2015-16 NACC Mu Alpha Theta officers are: President – Dhruv Patel; Co Vice-presidents – Joey Markowski, Trent Linderman; Secretary – Juana Sebastian; Treasurer – Emma Winkels; and Parliamentarian – Caroline Spigner. These officers conducted the spring induction ceremony and recognized 80 new members: Hannah Atchley, Kendra Shay Ayers, Nicholette Marie Ball, Ashley Nicole Bell, Daniel Benson, Colton Bevel, Kenneth Max Blackwell III, Sydney Blevins, Karstin Rebecca Brewis, Mikayla Brown, Emily Ann Burdine, Madeline Elizabeth Camp, Brandon Alan Card, Memphis Marie Casivant, Alexis Kristina Chambers, Madi Clark, Kristina Collazo, Emily Katherine Cook, Krimson Coots, Elizabeth Kelly Croft, Jordan Davis, Molly K. Duncan, Mariah Alexis Emmett, Ashlyn Paige Evans, Abby Fraebel, Jose Miguel Francisco, Caroline Grace Franks, Meagan Fuller, Mariah Fulmer, Adeline Garren, Kennedy George, Taylor Gilley, Savannah Godschalx, Kami Gothard, Breanna N. Griffith, Matthew Aaron Hamrick, Melissa Kate Harris, Katie Marie Hatfield, Caleb Henshaw, Johann Wallace Herbst, Emily Morgan Holman, Charman Shipman Howell, Mary Harding Isbell, Whitney Jackson, Maria Jiminez, Lisa Marie Jones, Lydia Jordan, Lauren Haley King, Bentley M. Lance, Joshua Lance, Sam Langston, Annamarie Long, Sydney Audra Lybrand, Justin Lynch, Alexander F. Mackey, Madison Mauldin, LaShauna Jordan McBride, Jessica Lynn McGee, Andrea Alberto Melchiorre, Rachel Nicole Morgan, Kaelin Elizabeth Navarrete, Joshua Nathaniel Noles, Jacob Olinger, Mary Kate Pair, Brandon Andrew Pike, Brent Reeves, Addison T. Roach, Logan Trey Sears, Skyla-Jean Stafford, Hayden Stogner, Taylor Swinford, Timon Taylor, Steffan LaDean Tolliver, Jordan Bradley Townsend, Jacob Tuten, Julia Brook Walker, Austin Weldon, Noah Wofford, Evans Wright, and Taylor Yarbrough.
The 2016-17 NACC Mu Alpha Theta officers are: President – Michael Warner; Co Vice-Presidents – Savannah Anne Ulmer, Danielle Jordi; Secretary – Kristen Shelton; Treasurer – Andrea Melchiorre; Parliamentarian – Logan Sears; and Historian – Brittany Bell. These officers conducted the summer induction ceremony and recognized 27 new members: Carly Atwell, Jeremy Beasley, Laura Marie Beattie, Mitchell Cole Bellomy, Alona Paige Blevins, Shuting Chen, Lexus Eyman, Tadd Brooks Hancock, Payton B. Hawkins, Sarah Heard, David Andrew Holder, Katelin Howard, Tammie Johnson, Kim Thien-Dong Le, Lacie Jade McElyea, Russell Gene Moses, Jazmin Ortega, Linda Lorena Pedro, Kelsey I. Robertson, Delondra Nikka Robinson, Johnathan Tyler Sanders, Sagen Thomas, Olivia Thurman, Pedro Lemus Torres, Evan Tucker, Erica Nicole Williams, and Anna Louise Wilson.
Mu Alpha Theta is the national mathematics honor society for community college and high school students throughout the United States. The purpose of Mu Alpha Theta is to promote scholarship in, and enjoyment and understanding of, mathematics. 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.
For questions regarding mathematics courses at NACC contact a Mu Alpha Theta sponsor: John Camp, 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001 ext. 2370, firstname.lastname@example.org; Adam Niblett, ext. 2389, email@example.com; or Milah Breland, ext. 2262, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured above are, in order, left to right:
2015-16 NACC Mu Alpha Theta officers: Dhruv Patel, Trent Linderman, Caroline Spigner, guest speaker Crystal Laws McCartney, Emma Winkels, Juana Sebastian.
2016-17 NACC Mu Alpha Theta officers: Savannah Anne Ulmer, Brittany Bell, guest speaker Fred Johnson, Michael Warner.
Mu Alpha Theta new members attending the spring induction:
Front L to R: Lisa Marie Jones, Skyla Jean Stafford, Annamarie Long, Madison Mauldin, Taylor Yarbrough, Emily Burdine, Matthew Hamrick
Middle L to R: Savannah Godshalx, Hannah Atchley, Bentley Lance, Taylor Swinford, Kaelin Navarrete, Brent Reeves, Taylor Gilley
Back L to R: Whitney Jackson, Logan Sears, Jacob Tuten, Daniel Benson, Sydney Blevins, Brandon Pike, Krimson Coots, Charman Howell.
Mu Alpha Theta new members attending the summer induction:
Front L to R: Kim Le, Linda Pedro, Sagen Thomas, Erica Williams, Anna Wilson
Back L to R: Jeremy Beasley, Sarah Heard, Delondra Robinson, Johnathan Sanders, Pedro Torres, Evan Tucker.