Fall 2012 Events

The activites below took place during the Fall 2012 semester as part of a joint program between the Math Club @ WMU and the mathematics honors society Pi Mu Epsilon. Unless otherwise stated, events were held in the Alavi Commons Room on the 6th floor of Everett Tower.

Every Tuesday at noon
Brown Bag Lunch in the Alavi Commons
Get to know your professors and peers. All students and faculty are invited!

Friday, September 14, 4pm
Pizza Party!

Wednesday, September 19 - Friday, September 21
in 3375 Rood Hall
Book Sale
Lots of math text books, for $5 or less!!
Sign up to volunteer, get a free book per hour.

Friday, September 28, 4pm
The First Idea of Calculus, The Second Idea of Calculus
Video lectures by Professor Michael Starbird, The University of Texas at Austin

Friday, October 12, 4pm
Momemtum Trading: How Mathematics Can Help
Professor Qing Zhang, University of Georgia

Friday, October 19, 4pm
The History and Use of Some Mathematical Notation
Brian Hadley, Student, Department of Mathematics, WMU

Friday, October 26, 4pm
Public Lecture, 1110 Rood Hall
Untangling Social Networks and Finding Favorite Films
with Modern Matrix Theory
Professor Mark Embree, Rice University

Friday, October 26, 6:30pm
at the Fetzer Center
Pi Mu Epsilon Induction Ceremonies and Banquet

Friday, November 2, 4pm
The Mathematics of Silence: Historical Evidence and Probability
Professor Timothy McGrew, Department of Philosophy, WMU

Friday, November 9, 4pm
A Mathematical Look at Undergraduate Chemistry, Part I
Richard Hollister, Student, Department of Mathematics, WMU

Friday, November 16, 4pm
Feedback Forum with the Chair
Professor Gene Freudenburg, Chair
Share your ideas to make our department a better place!
Students only.

Friday, November 30, 4pm
1110 Rood Hall
General Abstract Nonsense: A Gentle Introduction to Category Theory
Timothy Clark, Student, Department of Mathematics, WMU

Friday, December 7, 4pm
Business Meeting, Dinner, and a Movie
Movie: "I want to be a mathematician: a conversation with Paul Halmos"
Produced by the Mathematical Association of America

Fall 2012 Officers

Richard Hollister Joshua Withee

Richard Hollister

Joshua Withee


Vice President

Brian Hadley Andreas Quainoo

Brian Hadley

Andreas Quainoo



Ashish Gupta Shelley Speiss

Ashish Gupta

Shelley Speiss

Graduate Representatives

Faculty Advisors

Niloufer Mackey Melinda Koelling

Niloufer Mackey

Melinda Koelling


Pi Mu Epsilon Scholarship Committee

Steve Mackey Jay Wood

Steve Mackey

Jay Wood


Chapter History

Our chapter was established in 1988. Before a chapter can be established at an institution, the PME National Council requires clear evidence of an ongoing history of student mathematical activity outside the classroom, and adequate support for these activities.

We were the fifth chapter to be established in Michigan, and hence were assigned the fifth letter of Greek alphabet: epsilon. Thus, our official name is:

The Michigan Epsilon Chapter
of Pi Mu Epsilon