Chapter Activity Reports 2014


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Date Submitted Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 09:36
Academic Year of Annual Report 2013-2014
Chapter Name Kappa Gamma
School Name Southwest Baptist University
Contact Email Address dsiegfried@sbuniv.edu
Chapter Meetings Instillation of Chapter (3/7/2014) inducted new members and chapter (Kappa Gamma) with Dr. Cary Guffey
Chapter Activities Biology Club/Sigma Zeta Service Project (4/12/2014): Members went to the Dickerson Park Zoo, Springfield, MO.  We met the head elephant keeper and cleaned the elephant yard of winter debris (rocks and sticks).

Biology Club/Sigma Zeta Cookout at Dr. Siegfried's house.  To celebrate the end of the semester students went to Dr. Siegfried's house for a cookout. 

 


 

 

Date Submitted Monday, September 8, 2014 - 16:19
Academic Year of Annual Report 2013-2014
Chapter Name Alpena Community College
School Name Alpena Community College
Contact Email Address rothed@alpenacc.edu
Chapter Meetings Business meeting were held on approximately a monthly basis.
Chapter Activities For service activities, we provided valet parking and coat check at the Military Ball held at the CRTC in the fall and ran an event at the Science Olympiad in the spring.  Members enjoyed educational field trips to the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University in the fall and to the Ford Rouge Factory Tour in the spring.  
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition  Sigma Zeta chapter officers Andrew Deletka and Erin Wright were the winners of the Besser Award for 2013-2014.  This award is Alpena Community College's highest academic and service award presented at graduation.

 


 

 

Date Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 17:32
Academic Year of Annual Report 2013-2014
Chapter Name Gamma Beta
School Name Concord University
Contact Email Address wised@concord.edu
Chapter Meetings The chapter met every other week for the entire academic year, with additional meetings as needed.  
Chapter Activities Canned food drive for local food pantry

Tutoring for elementary school students in science and mathematics

Were judges at a science fair

Spring 2014 new member inductions

 


 

Date Submitted Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 18:24
Academic Year of Annual Report 2013-2014
Chapter Name Beta Nu
School Name Houghton College
Contact Email Address hannah.fink15@houghton.edu
Chapter Meetings We typically brainstormed ideas for events, planned events, discussed new cabinet member options, planned the induction banquet and did some funding/club paperwork.
Chapter Activities We honored 2 faculty members that are a huge part of the science building by picking a day to celebrate them, the whole club made and delivered thank you cards. We held two high school science days where high school students that would normally lack a typical lab science experience came to campus and got a tour of the science building and did some cool labs. Our club volunteered to help with the local leggo robot tournament held on our campus. We held fun events to celebrate Mole Day and Pi Day. Lastly, we had an induction banquet for new members.

 


  

Date Submitted Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 18:10
Academic Year of Annual Report 2013-2014
Chapter Name Alpha Nu
School Name Oglethorpe University
Contact Email Address jcramer@oglethorpe.edu
Chapter Meetings Induction ceremony, April 28

 


 

Date Submitted Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 17:21
Academic Year of Annual Report 2013-2014
Chapter Name Alpha Eta
School Name Olivet College
Contact Email Address rbohms@olivetcollege.edu
Chapter Activities We inducted 27 new members, 17 in fall semester and 10 in spring semester.  Building on our increased activity from the past three years, we again sent a group to the national convention.  The group reported back to the rest of our chapter and we hope to send members to the 2015 convention at the University of Pikeville.

Our efforts toward the national service project included:

• One of our members organized and several members helped run a “Science Night” for K-12 students in the Olivet area.

• Several of our members who are in our mathematics seminar helped the staff of the Olivet Middle School with their annual “math night” for students.  A few even dressed as famous mathematicians for the event.
National Convention Attendance  President Katharine Thelen, Secretary Samantha Daily, members Tyler Drake and Lindsey Crandell, and faculty advisors Dr. Patrick Fields and Mr. Ross Bohms made the trip to the campus of Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, for the 2014 Convention.
National Convention Presentations  Two of our members, Katharine Thelen and Samantha Daily, made poster presentations at the convention.  

 


 

Date Submitted Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 15:15
Academic Year of Annual Report 2013-2014
Chapter Name Alpha Psi
School Name Hillsdale College
Contact Email Address mirmer@hillsdale.edu
Chapter Meetings October 14, 2013;
October 28, 2013;
November 11, 2013 (Initiation);
November 25, 2013;
February 17, 2014;
March 17, 2014;
March 31, 2014;
April 14, 2014 (Initiation);
April 26, 2014
Chapter Activities Members give short research presentations at the beginning of each meeting;

Passed an amendment to the local constitution regarding attendance;

Initiated new members once each semester;

Science demos at Bailey Elementary, Hillsdale County, Michigan;

Made and sold Sigma Zeta t-shirts;

End of the year celebratory picnic with another honorary;

Elections for officers for next year.
Other Activities or Comments: New initiates and new officers seem interested in more participation with nationals next year.

  


 

Date Submitted Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 03:41
Academic Year of Annual Report 2013-2014
Chapter Name Beta Upsilon
School Name Marygrove College
Contact Email Address ccrane@marygrove.edu
Chapter Meetings We held monthly meetings to discuss upcoming events including volunteer opportunities, fundraisers, and National Convention attendance.
Chapter Activities In October, we hosted the annual Science and Math Department Halloween Party and volunteered at the Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference. We also participated in No Impact Week and hosted an event for the campus at the end of the week that included a showing and discussion of the movie No Impact Man, which inspired the No Impact Project. In November during the preparation for Thanksgiving, our chapter donated a basket of food items to be delivered to local families that would otherwise not have a Thanksgiving meal. In December, Beta Upsilon held a bake sale to raise money for a local group called Detroit Youth Volume. DYV gives low-income children in the area free violin lessons and free violin rental. The money raised by our bake sale was used to host a reception after the group's holiday concert. We also were able to make screen-printed shirts for the young musicians. During the Spring Semester, our focus was on raising funds to attend the National Convention. We held successful bake sales in February (Valentine’s Day) and March (Pi Day), and organized a Science and Math Department T-shirt sale.
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition  Many of our members received awards and recognition at Honors Convocation this year. Many members made the Dean’s List both Winter and Fall 2013. New member Courtney Ozog, and graduating members Ahmed Almosawi, Paige Bicoll, Kristen Jolly, Miranda Linzmaier, Alexandra Simon, and Sholanda Presbery received Science and Math Departmental awards. New member Alixandria Pappas and returning member Ginette Balbin-Cuesta received High Honors with scholarships attached. Graduating member Paige Bicoll received the highest honor, Distinguished Student of 2014.

Many of our members also have participated and will participate in internships and summer projects. The list of companies and organizations that our members are involved with include BASF; Detroit Diesel; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); Student Conservation Association (SCA); Wayne State University Cancer Research; Third 90 Network; Caldwell Zoo.
National Convention Attendance  Beta Upsilon had 4 members attend the National Convention.
National Convention Presentations  None of our attending members presented at the Convention.
Other Activities or Comments: One of our Faculty Advisors, Dr. Don Rizzo, is retiring at the end of this semester after 40 years of teaching at Marygrove College. He has been a vital part of Beta Upsilon and he will be missed!

 


 

 

Date Submitted Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 14:23
Academic Year of Annual Report 2013-2014
Chapter Name Beta Omega
School Name Virginia Wesleyan College
Contact Email Address amalagon@vwc.edu
Chapter Meetings We held our induction ceremony on April 28. We elected officers who are eager to begin planning activities. The officers are discussing helping run our undergraduate research symposium in Math and Science next fall. 

 


 

Date Submitted Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 22:08
Academic Year of Annual Report 2013-2014
Chapter Name Alpha-Theta
School Name Asbury University
Contact Email Address ann.witherington@asbury.edu
Chapter Meetings Met every week on Thursday:  We discussed and planned monthly events for both club members, our community, and our campus.  We had visitors come learn about sigma zeta at the meetings.  We each divided up the tasks. 
Chapter Activities Activity Fair to tell about the club to anyone interested

Annual Cookout for club members

Halloween haunted lab event for the campus and club members.  Included a haunted lab to walk thru, had food, games, pumpkin carving, smores, and more.

Christmas party for club members included foods, games, movies.

KIDS College event for the community and campus and members.  We taught about the sciences to kids from around KY area, volunteers from all majors helped from registration to teaching classes. 

Banquet for induction of new members, and awards.
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition Samantha penwell (secretary) won the Kenyon Award - a very prestigious science award and scholarship

Ben Adams (Treasurer) and Samantha Burr (Historian) - received the Deese research stipend for the most outstanding undergraduate research projects
Other Activities or Comments: We participated with ASC a organization for all clubs at Asbury University

 


 

Date Submitted Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 18:37
Academic Year of Annual Report 2013-2014
Chapter Name Gamma Gamma
School Name Concordia College
Contact Email Address bsmith11@cord.edu
Chapter Meetings We hold meetings every other week to discuss and organize upcoming events.
Chapter Activities Sigma Zeta has many students that present at the on campus event called Celebration of Student Scholarship.  This event has student researchers presenting their research on campus. We also have many students involved in an organization called Science Academy, At this event students share their enthusiasm for science by having many different science stations for elementary students to examine.  Some stations include animal dissections and exciting displays of science.
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition  Shannon Leipus won the best student poster at The Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society.

Bryan Bickel won honorable mention The Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society.
National Convention Attendance  9
National Convention Presentations  8
<hr>Other Activities or Comments: Sigma Zeta is also part of Relay for Life event on campus which helps raise money to be donated to cancer research.

 


 

Date Submitted Wednesday, March 26, 2014 
Academic Year of Annual Report 2013-2014
Chapter Name Alpha Gamma
School Name Malone University
Contact Email Address smglasgow1@malone.edu
Chapter Meetings We have held highly-productive meetings open to all members in faculty on a minimum of a monthly basis, in addition to equally-productive organizational officer meetings to work on our general meetings as well as the activities planned for the chapter.
Chapter Activities Chiefly, we came into this academic year interested in facilitating our youth's interest in mathematics and science through hands-on experience. With this purpose in mind, we decided to help volunteer and judge at a local science fair. In addition to our work as judges for the school's science fair which we have already completed, we are scheduled to judge a regional science fair in mid-April. The Sigma Zeta Alpha Gamma chapter also hosted a research symposium open to the public this past fall showcasing the research our faculty are doing in their respective fields. We also worked specifically with the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at Malone to host a visit day for prospective students in Mathematics and encouraging them to not only come to Malone but also apply for Sigma Zeta membership through a small competition held that day as well. We also promoted membership through the departmental convocations held by both the Department of Natural Sciences and the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science. Moreover, we planned and organized various filed trips to science centers and museums. We also organized various speakers to speak at Malone University through a campaign called "The Sigma Zeta Speaker Series." The Speakers included a former IBM executive, a retired computer science professor, a recent Sigma Zeta Alpha Gamma chapter alumni member, and various natural science presentations that we collaborated on with the pre-professional club of Malone. Additionally, we took part in donating over 10 Operation Christmas Child boxes in december for Samaritan's Purse International Relief. Lastly, we have developed a strong collaborative relationship with the Malone University Enactus chapter. Enactus is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities. Collaborative service projects with Enactus this year include working with: (1) we have helped PEAK, a small apparel business that strives to empower developmentally delayed adults through the day, residential, and home health services. Sigma Zeta issued a team of computer science students to help develop and design a new website with an integrated point of sales system for their organization, in hopes of increasing revenues while helping their humanitarian cause with developmentally delayed adults. (2) Sigma Zeta has partnered up with The MU Enactus, kiwanis clubs of Louisville, Canton, Belden Vilage, along with the Stark County Hunger Task force to raise money and collect canned foods as part of Campbell's Soup's Let's can Hunger campaign.
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition  Jonathan Miller - Recipient of the Sigma Zeta Research Award

Christopher Himes - Recipient of the Sigma Zeta Research Award
National Convention Attendance  10 students and 3 faculty members, 13 total.
National Convention Presentations  Scott Glasgow (Oral Presentation): A Fibonacci Recursive Compounded Model for the Clean Energy Economy

Jonathan Miller and Stephen Wannah (Poster Presentation): An Investigation Into the Formation of Subtelomeric Heterochromatin in Drosophila melanogaster: the Role of SU(VAR)3-9
National Awards, Accomplishments, or Recognitions  Scott Glasgow - Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

Jonathan Miller - Recipient of the Sigma Zeta Research Award

Christopher Himes - Recipient of the Sigma Zeta Research Award

 


 

 

Date Submitted Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Academic Year of Annual Report 2013-2014
Chapter Name Beta Xi
School Name University of Pikeville
Contact Email Address verlontaylor@upike.edu
Chapter Meetings Our chapter has had three local meetings. At least two officers have been present at each of them. We discussed new ideas, means of funding and ways by which we could meet the yearly theme. We also discussed previous events and determined the possibility that we may repeat some of those to help the chapter.  A majority vote determines Beta Xi’s decision-making, and relevant financial and constitutional matters are also discussed at our meetings.  
Chapter Activities There were two major events that our members participated in this year. They were both very extrinsically involved and were fun to be apart of.

During Halloween our members participated, in conjunction with Biology Club, on a Haunted Science Lab. We used four floors of the science building and led thrill-seekers through a maze of science related Halloween fun. The Haunted Science Lab ran for three nights and was a huge success. As always we plan on doing a similar activity next year.

Another major activity for our chapter is the Regional Science Olympiad. Grade school and high school students from around the region come together and participate against one another in various events. The roles of our members ranged from volunteer to event coordinator. Some members even judged their own event and others tabulated scores. Overall the event was successful and we are looking forward to doing it again next year.
National Convention Attendance  Two officers, and one faculty members will be representing Beta Xi chapter at the National Convention this year. The Beta Xi chapter will send rosters of newly inducted members for the 2013-2014 school year to the National Chapter. We will also be sending rosters of the newly elected officers in the near future.

 


 

 

Date Submitted Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 03:49
Academic Year of Annual Report 2013-2014
Chapter Name Gamma Eta
School Name Marian University
Contact Email Address gdougher@marian.edu
Chapter Meetings Our officers and advisers meet regularly to organize our chapter's events. For general members we hold a meeting each month and in addition we complete multiple service and fundraising events. At the beginning of each semester, we hold a Call-out meeting for members and non-members that are interested in the club. These meetings are held to provide students with information on the semester's activities, as well as allowing students to openly give suggestion for events during the semester. After the call-out meeting, we hold three academic meetings each semester. One academic meeting each month allows for members to stay active and increase their opportunities to make connections with professionals in various math and science fields. Our goal as officers has been to recruit professionals in math and science fields to come and give presentations about their professional careers. During the semester our chapter also participates in at least one community service activity and one campus wide event. One of our main goals this semester has been to make our presence known on Marian’s campus as well as the surrounding community.

Chapter Academic meetings:

9/12/13, Call Out Meeting with Speakers from DowAgro Sciences
This call out meeting was organized to allow members to become aware of upcoming events and allow members to give input as to what they would like to accomplish during the semester. We also had three professionals from Dow Agro come and speak with us about their careers and internship opportunities. The speakers and their presentations were:  Dr. Steve Evans, “Mathematical Predictions in Science”; Dr. Lipi Rani Acharya, Information Technology and Data Analysis”; and Dr. Steve Cryer “Research Applications of Mathematics at Dow Agrosciences”.

10/3/13, New Member Induction Ceremony
We held an induction ceremony for our new members so that they could be welcomed into the chapter. It was great to be able to come together as a community to recognize our chapter. 

10/10/13, Premed Focus Meeting
Dr. Camra Faulkner, a Marian graduate, came and spoke with us about her educational process and her current career. She went to Indiana University’s School of Medicine and is currently in her residency. After Dr. Faulkner’s presentation, a panel of med students from Marian University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (MUCOM) spoke on their experiences getting in to medical school as well as their experiences during their first semester. Afterwards, Sigma Zeta members we able to ask questions and chat with the presenters one on one.

11/19/13, Chemistry Focus Meeting
Greg Waning from Proctor and Gamble came and spoke to members of Sigma Zeta about his career. After the brief presentation, the members took him out to dinner to continue their conversations. This was a great opportunity for our members interested in the chemistry field.

1/30/14, Call Out Meeting
Since it was the beginning of a new semester we had another call out meeting to invite more students into our chapter. During the meeting we discussed upcoming events and interests of the members. We also finalized our T-Shirt designs and orders. This was a meeting to set us on the right path for the semester.

2/27/14, MUCOM Admissions presentation
Dan Kallenberger works with the Admissions Department at the new MUCOM facility. He was nice enough to give us a presentation about the general requirements for acceptance to the college as well as other background information. A large portion of our chapter’s members are interested in going on to medical school, so this was a perfect academic event to hold.

3/20/14, Mathematics Focus Meeting
During this meeting we had two great speakers come to Marian and speak of their careers in Mathematics. Dan Kallenberger is the Director of Statistical Programming at Inventiv Health Clinical and Tim Davidson is the Director of ProjectSEED in Indiana.

4/24/14 Earth Day Movie Night
We plan to have our next academic meeting focus on Earth Day. We are in the process of selecting an appropriate movie to watch and a speaker to come and talk about topics concerning the Earth.
Chapter Activities Fundraising:

10/5, 10/26, 11/2, Concession Stand
In order to raise money for our upcoming events during the semester we made the initiative to work at three different football games. We ran the concessions during the game and gave the money we earned through working and tips to the funds of our chapter.

10/29-31, Boo-gram sales
In an effort to earn additional money for our chapter we sold candy to students outside the cafeteria. The candy we sold was decorated with different Halloween characters and were a fun way for people to give their friends a Halloween treat.


Volunteer Work:

10/18/14, Marian Gala
Each year Marian hosts a gala to raise money for academic scholarship and other funds. Two Marian students from our organization worked at the event to help make our contribution at the event. We also were privileged to have some of our members attend the event and represent our students distinguished academic achievements.



10/19/14, Saint Vincent de Paul Distribution Center
Members volunteered at a distribution center in downtown Indianapolis. At the distribution center we had a variety of tasks including, helping people find items they needed, organizing paperwork, and sorting of goods. This was a very rewarding opportunity for us and we were glad to lend a helping hand.

2/5/14, Cardinal Ridder High School Science Fair
Our members served as judges at a local science fair, it was great to get to help out and get to judge some great research.

3/8 and 3/15, Central Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (CIRSEF)
Our members volunteered as judges for CIRSEF held at Marian University. We also assisted in the set up and clean up for the event. 

4/23/14, Earth Day Clean up
We plan to clean up campus in order to reduce the amount of harmful litter. We might also do some work in the EcoLab, a piece of conserved wildlife on Marians campus. We are still finalizing our plans for this event.


Activities:

9/5/13, Student Activities Fair
Our chapter set up a table at Marians Activity Fair in order to get our name known around campus. We set up a sign up sheet for students who were interested to receive emails of current events. This was a great way to spark people’s interest in our organization.

10/30/13, Eeeeek-o-lab
We were put in charge of the campuses “What’s up Wednesday” event for this week. We originally planned a bonfire in the EcoLab to make smores and a fun spooky walk through the trails with ghost stories.  Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate so we held an indoor game night instead.

11/7/13, Scientific Heroism Talk at the Indiana Medical History Museum
Some of our members attended a talk at the Indiana Medical History Museum regarding Scientific Heroism. This was a free event that our members took advantage of. Through this event we were able to make connections within the community.

11/9/13, Chemistry of beer making: Sun King Brewery
One of Marian’s faculty members, Dr. Carl Lecher, gave a talk on the chemical processes involved in the process of brewing beer. After the lecture, members (of age) attended a tour and beer tasting of Sun King Brewery in downtown Indianapolis. This was a uniquely fun activity that our members enjoyed attending.

11/22-24, Autumn Immunology conference
Two members of our chapter and a faculty member attended the annual Autumn Immunology Conference in Chicago, IL. The conference was a place where both graduate and undergraduate work could be presented.  It was a great opportunity to become immersed in the academic world of immunology where current research was being conducted.

2/22/14, MUCOM Doctors and Donuts
This event was a laid back meeting between members interested in the medical field, med school students, professors, and doctors. The purpose of this event was to further build relationships with students and faculty at the new college.

4/9/14, Science Projects with College Mentors for Kids (CMFK)
CMFK is club at Marian that provides after school activities for children once a week. College students are paired up with a buddy and participate in a variety of different activities. Last year our chapter organized a fun science based activity for the children so that they could learn and become interested in science. This year we plan to do the same event. The activities that we are considering are making ice cream, making a catapult, and making slime.  
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition  As a chapter, we have been working very closely with the Marian University School of Math and Science (SOMAS) and the Student Government Association (SGA). SGA does not give out awards until the end of April, but we have high prospects for an award.

Since we are a relatively new chapter, we have really strived to form our chapter and make an impact within the community. Rewards we receive will validate all the hard work that has been put into making this chapter a success. Our individual members have not recieved any awards yet this year, however Marian has an Academic Awards Ceremony coming up on April 6th. Many of our members have recieved invitations to this event to recieve recognition for their academic achievements. 
National Convention Attendance  This year it has been a priority of ours to make sure our chapter would be represented at the National Convention. We have six members attending the conference this year. As a chapter we held 4 fundraising events during the fall semester to help our members attend the convention. We are very excited to be able to attend the convention and look forward to seeing all the research from the other chapters.Our members attending the conference are: Jalee Miller, Megan Lee, Allison Goetz, Laura Schaeper, Brenna Holland, and Drew Adams. Our advisor Steve Dougherty will also be in attendance. 
National Convention Presentations  This year we have 2 students presenting research and a total of 5 members attending the national convention. The presenters are sharing their work for their full-time summer research projects, one research is with a math focus and one is with a chemistry focus. Laura Schaeper is presenting her research titled, Soil erosion prevention along crooked creek after removal of the invasive plant Amur Honeysuckle. Brenna Holland is presenting research on, Evidence support the planarian regeneration not affected by handedness. We are looking forward to be able to have such great research presented at the convention
National Awards, Accomplishments, or Recognitions  We have not been recognized with any awards nationally yet, but as we continue to develop and work within the community we hope to achieve awards. 
Other Activities or Comments: This year has been very rewarding, as we have really begun to grow and develop into a great community. Having the Gamma Eta chapter of Sigma Zeta at Marian has opened the door to many valuable academic and communal oppertunities. We are excited for the future of this chapter here at Marian and look forward to developing our chapter within our local and national community. 

 


 

Date Submitted Monday, March 24, 2014 - 21:34
Academic Year of Annual Report 2013-2014
Chapter Name Beta Iota
School Name Bethel University
Contact Email Address rseaberg@bethel.edu
Chapter Meetings Sigma Zeta Beta Iota 2013 Fall Banquet

On Thursday October 17th, Dr. Jennifer Wiseman spoke in the Eastlund Room on the topic of “Glimpses of an Incredible Universe.”  Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is a senior astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she serves as the Senior Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope.   She previously headed the Laboratory for Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics.   She studies star forming regions of our galaxy using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes, with a particular interest in molecular cloud cores, protostars, and outflows.  Dr. Wiseman is also interested in science policy and public science outreach and engagement.  There were 38 in attendance – 19 students and 17 faculty and family members.  The banquet was also subsidized by MN Microscopy who had many members in attendance.  A delicious meal of Old-Fashioned BBQ was served for dinner, accompanied by an apple crisp dessert.  Graduating Sigma Zeta members in attendance were honored and given their medallions.  This banquet provided a great time of camaraderie between the different science disciplines and an opportunity for students to interact with experts from industry.
Chapter Activities Opportunity Fair:

During the first week of school in the fall we participated in Bethel’s Opportunity Fair.  We displayed a poster with information about Sigma Zeta and last year’s activities for potential new members to see.  A Sigma Zeta officer or advisor was always present to answer questions.

Sigma Zeta 2013 Fall Fundraising:

On October 19th, Sigma Zeta members went to 3 different locations to help Bethel University faculty with volunteer projects such as raking leaves, moving logs and moving furniture. At the Frazier’s home, Sigma Zeta members moved logs to a garage in order to provide easy access to firewood for their wood burning stove during the upcoming winter. At the Paulson’s home, students also transported and stacked 4 pickup truck loads of firewood. At the Reynhout’s home students worked on a variety of tasks including moving furniture inside, putting away deck furniture for the winter, re-orienting some risers for a local choir, and cleaning out a sailboat.

2014 Sigma Zeta National Convention:

Bethel is hosting the convention from March 27-29.  The advisors and officers have been busy planning for the convention.  We have planned field trips to the Mall of America, Minnehaha Falls, Como Zoo, Medtronic, and the University of Minnesota’s Health Career’s center.  We have Dr. Richard Peterson speaking at the banquet where he will do some of his usual entertaining demonstrations and give a talk titled “Demonstrations and the Crucial Human Side of Science.”  There are 80 faculty and students coming from other schools and 30 attending from Bethel.  
National Convention Attendance  Bethel has 30 faculty and students attending the 2014 convention.
National Convention Presentations  Bethel has 10 students presenting either an oral presentation or poster of their research at the 2014 convention:  Nicole Crocker, Sarah Elliot, Jordan Estes, Sarah Greteman-Leo, Andrea Kanani, Tony Larson, Dan Mohr, Nicole Olsen, Nick Quam, and Steven Schull.
National Awards, Accomplishments, or Recognitions  We have two students who earned Sigma Zeta research awards this year, Andrea Kanani and Nicole Olsen.

 


 

Date Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 19:33
Academic Year of Annual Report 2013-2014
Chapter Name Alpha Rho
School Name Stonehill College
Contact Email Address gmaniero@stonehill.edu
Chapter Meetings None yet.
Chapter Activities 32 members will be initiated on April 2nd, 2014.

Some students have expressed interest in meeting as a group and becoming a more active chapter. Will try to meet in April

 

Date Submitted Monday, March 17, 2014 - 12:32
Academic Year of Annual Report 2013-2014
Chapter Name Rho
School Name University of Indianapolis
Contact Email Address pughm@uindy.edu
Chapter Meetings We hold weekly officer meetings to discuss and plan for upcoming events, funding, and other organizational responsibilities. This allows us to collaborate as a small unit before addressing the whole chapter. Member meetings are held monthly or as needed. Our member meetings are offered at two different times on the same day, so as to accommodate as many students' schedules as possible.

We strive to have our meetings be quick and efficient, because we understand the demanding workload of our members.
Chapter Activities
Our chapter participated in the following activities this year:
 
1. Celebrate Science - National ACS Convention community day - ran a booth doing a chromatography experiment
2. SUMC Fall Festival - community festival - ran a booth to make slime with kids and introduce them to science
3. Campus Open House - gave tours of the science building to UIndy alumni
4. Homecoming Golf Cart - participated in campus event to advertise our organization
5. Pink Week Fundraiser - chocolate fondue - sold smores and chocolate covered pretzels
6. Haunted Lab - run a haunted house in one of the biology labs - open to the community for trick or treating
7. Mammoth Cave - all campus trip that engaged students in science in a unique environment
8. Canned Food Drive - canned goods were collected and donated to an Indianapolis food shelter for Thanksgiving
9. United Way Christmas Project - we provided Christmas presents for a 3-person family
10. Elementary School Education Project - teach math and science lessons to elementary students
11. Riley's Children Hopsital Book Donations - books were donated to the library of the Riley's Children Hospital
 
We also plan on participating in the Great UIndy Clean-Up volunteer day in April. This day will focus on cleaning up the community around our university.
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition  Megan Birchmeier won the 2012-13 Outstanding Biology Junior of the Year, recieved a 2012 Sigma Zeta Research Award, and was named to the GLVC conference All-Academic Basketball team.

Shelby Wall and Eliza Wortman were also named to the GLVC conference All-Academic Basketball team.

Melanie Pugh won the 2012-13 Outstanding Chemistry Junior of the Year and was the 2014 Epsilon Sigma Alpha Award winner.

Stephanie Harris, Sarah Griffin, Ellen Bryant, Bailey Shear, Robert Geis, and Clinton Knapp were inducted into the Indiana Eta Chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society.
National Convention Attendance  7 people from the Rho Chapter will be attending the 2013-14 National Convention - five students and two advisors.
National Convention Presentations  Three poster presentations and one oral presentation will be given at the National Convention.
National Awards, Accomplishments, or Recognitions  Dr. Burnell (our advisor) is the current past-president of the national Sigma Zeta organization.