Spring 2012 Events
The activites below took place during the Spring 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 Wednesday at noon

Brown Bag Lunch in the Alavi Commons
 All students, staff, and faculty are invited!
 Friday, January 20, 4pm
 "Math and Poetry: Unexpected Connections"
 Professor Art White, Department of Mathematics, WMU
 Pizza Party to follow
 Friday, January 27, 4pm
 Hondatron: An Amateur Electric Vehicle Conversion
 Professor Paul Pancella, Dept. of Physics, WMU
 Location: Rood 1118
 Friday, February 3, 4pm
 Python Workshop
 Thomas Lake, Student, Computer Science Department, WMU
 Friday, February 10, 4pm
 Maple Workshop
 Professor Jay Treiman, Department of Mathematics, WMU
 Location: 3396 Rood Hall Computer Lab
 Friday, February 17, 4pm
 Feedback Forum with the Chair
 Professor Steve Ziebarth, Interim Chair
 Share your ideas to make our department a better place!
 Students only.
 Friday, February 24, 4pm
 LaTeX Workshop
 Professor David Richter,
Department of Mathematics, WMU
 3396 Rood Hall Computer Lab
 Friday, March 16, 4pm

On the Party Problem and Other Fascinating Putnam Questions
 Dr. Andrzej Dudek, Department of Mathematics, WMU
 Friday, March 23, 4pm
 Mathematical Modeling of Nonlinear Systems
 Professor Frank Severance, Department of
Electrical and Computer Engineering, WMU
 Friday, March 30, 4pm

Math and the Geosciences: Numerical Simulation Models
 Earl Yetman, Department of Geosciences, WMU
 Saturday, April 7
 Pi Mu Epsilon Initiation Ceremony and Banquet
 Friday, April 13, 4pm

The Reals, Complexes, Quaternions, and On!
 Adriane Ware, Dept. of Mathematics, WMU
 Friday, April 20, 4pm

Business Meeting, Dinner and a Movie
 Movie: Presidential Debate
 Addresses the burning question: Which mathematical concept should be the next
president of the United States of Mathematics?
 Featuring Colin Adams and Thomas Garrity
 Produced by the Mathematical Association of America

Spring 2012 Officers


Joseph Walsh 
Adriane Ware 
President 
Vice President 


Richard Hollister 
Josh Withee 
Treasurer 
Secretary 


Vasilije Perovic

Shelley Speiss

Graduate Representatives

Faculty Advisors


Niloufer Mackey

Melinda Koelling


Pi Mu Epsilon Scholarship Committee


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
