Chapter Activity Reports 2015


 

 

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Chapter Annual Report Form


Date Submitted Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 08:46
Academic Year of Annual Report 2014-2015
Chapter Name Alpena Community College
School Name Alpena Community College
Contact Email Address rothed@alpenacc.edu
Chapter Meetings Monthly Meetings were held.
Chapter Activities A fall trip was taken to taken to Sault Ste. Marie touring the Soo Locks and Cloverland Electric Power plant.  We also looked at Lake Superior State's Aquatic Research Lab (housed at the power plant) and the LSSU mineral museum.

Members ran an event at the Regional Science Olympiad Tournament and had an induction ceremony.

A spring trip was taken to the Natural Science and Archeology museums at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition  Christopher Atkins won the John M Grant Frontrunner award for non-traditional students, presented at honors breakfast.
Other Activities or Comments: Sorry this report is a year late, when writing the current report, I discovered the 2014-2015 year was missing.  

 


 

Date Submitted Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Academic Year of Annual Report 2014-2015
Chapter Name Gamma Epsilon
School Name Franklin Pierce University
Contact Email Address heaneym12@live.franklinpierce.edu
Chapter Meetings 22-Apr-15
Chapter Activities Induction of new members
Executive board elections
Birth of chapter at Franklin Pierce University
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition  Biology major and Sigma Zeta member Gina Pronzati was named Valedictorian for the Class of 2015
Other Activities or Comments: Our first official chapter meeting will take place in the fall of 2015

 

Date Submitted Thursday, June 25, 2015
Academic Year of Annual Report 2014-2015
Chapter Name Beta Gamma
School Name Columbia College
Contact Email Address pjwright@ccis.edu
Chapter Meetings September 18, 2014

February 5, 2015

March 19, 2015
Chapter Activities Advising Week: Freshman/Transfer student mentoring program (took place in November 2014 and April 2015)

Sponsor of the Columbia College 2015 Science Symposium

 

Date Submitted Monday, May 11, 2015
Academic Year of Annual Report 2014-2015
Chapter Name Beta
School Name McKendree University
Contact Email Address mmgeiger@mckendree.edu
Chapter Meetings 2 chapter meetings (1 per semester)
Chapter Activities 1st semester:  new member induction with key note speaker (Dr. Angela LaMora)

2nd semester:  read to students at local grade school for Dr. Seuss Day, 5 members & one faculty attended the National convention, Earth Day plant sale, and ziplining field trip to Grafton, IL 
National Convention Attendance  5 students, 1 faculty member
National Convention Presentations  Neil Berkel - oral presentation
Other Activities or Comments: The Beta chapter will be hosting next year's National Convention! :)

 

Date Submitted Thursday, May 7, 2015
Academic Year of Annual Report 2014-2015
Chapter Name Alpha Pi
School Name Trevecca Nazarene University
Contact Email Address rbadley@trevecca.edu
Chapter Meetings We held meetings once a month. At each meeting, we began with a current event from the scientific community. Subsequently, we discussed future activities. Meetings typically lasted between 45 minutes and 1 hour.

Meeting Dates:

  • October 7th, 2014
    • Induction of new members
  • November 19th, 2014
  • January 21st, 2015
    • New Year's Party
  • February 20th, 2015
    • Induction of new members
  • April 29th, 2015
    • Elected new officers
    • Bestowed senior medals
    •  End of the year party
Chapter Activities Movie Night: The Theory of Everything on November 7th, 2014

Science Fair at McMurray Middle School on March 18th, 2015 with the RISE after-school program for immigrant and refugee students.

Sigma Zeta National Convention
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition  Haley Thomas, Vice President, received the Sigma Zeta Research Award for her research on the effects of high fructose corn syrup on THF101 esophageal cancer cells
National Convention Attendance  Advisors: Dr. Rick Badley and Dr. Yanice Mendez

Members: Grason Godfrey, Haley Thomas, Marykathryn Sullivant

Non-Members: Matthew Bown and John Bonham
National Convention Presentations  Haley Thomas: The Effects of High Fructose Corn Syrup on THF101 Esophageal Cancer Cells

John Bonham: "Anatomical study of the anterolateral ligament of the human knee and its effect on rotational stability of the lower leg"

 

Date Submitted Monday, May 4, 2015
Academic Year of Annual Report 2014-2015
Chapter Name Alpha Eta
School Name Olivet College
Contact Email Address rbohms@olivetcollege.edu
Chapter Meetings  
Chapter Activities Led by our chapter president, Lindsey Crandell, we hosted a science and mathematics night for elementary school children from Olivet and nearby communities.  Our chemistry club, our biology club, our engineering club, and our mathematics club led presentations and hands-on activities.  In addition, the children visited our planetarium for a presentation there.
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition   
National Convention Attendance  We sent four people to the national convention in Pikeville, Kentucky.  We had planned to send six, but illness and other commitments interfered with the plans of two people from our group.   Our members met and established friendships with members from other chapters.  When we returned to Olivet, we shared our experiences and encouraged others to add next year’s convention to their calendars.

 

Date Submitted Thursday, March 26, 2015
Academic Year of Annual Report 2014-2015
Chapter Name Gamma Gamma
School Name Concordia College
Contact Email Address jwhittak@cord.edu
Chapter Meetings We have meetings about twice a month.
Chapter Activities We put on an event involving missionary medicine doctors coming to campus and talking to us about their experiences and the differences in how medicine is practiced between countries.  We put on a Volleyball tournament as part of a fundraiser to raise money for the MaaSae girl's school in Tanzania, Africa.  We have many students visit this school, and these girls are very interested in the sciences. The money we raised was going towards buying new science textbooks and equipment. We had a Biology graduate student, Tyler Koep,  come and speak about the application process and his experiences in grad school. Coming up in April we have partnered with another organization to have a healthcare reform panel discussion, where we will have a doctor, social worker, and the director of Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance come and speak to our campus to inform us about the healthcare reform. In April we also have partnered with another science organization and made a Relay for Life team, where we will be raising money to donate towards research towards cancer.
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition  We had two members present at the MN academy this last year. Three members presented at the Central Plains Society of Mammologists. We had 4 members present their research at Undergraduate Research in the Molecular Sciences Conference. We had a member win the best undergraduate poster at the One Decade Celebration for Environmental and Conservation Sciences conference.

 

Date Submitted Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Academic Year of Annual Report 2014-2015
Chapter Name Alpha Psi
School Name Hillsdale College
Contact Email Address jpeters@hillsdale.edu
Chapter Meetings 9-25-14
10-6-14
10-30-14
11-17-14 (Fall Initiation)
2-5-15
2-23-15
3-19-15
4-13-15 (Spring Initiation)
Chapter Activities 1) Student research presentations at meetings

    A) "Water Budget Model for the Upper Great Lakes" - Mitch Irmer
    B) "Synthesis of a Quinoline Compound with Two Nitrogen Centers" - Julie Finke
    C) "Comparison of the CRISPR/Cas System and Traditional Restriction Endonucleases" - Anna Teigen
    D) "A Review of 'Camouflage and Misdirection: the Full-On Assault of Ebola Virus Disease'" - Brooke Baker
    E) "Financial Planning and Analysis: Redesigning a Bonus System" - Noah Bader
    F) "Developments in Robotics" - Markie Zimmer
    G) "Direct Energy Weapons: the Rail Gun" - Mitch Irmer
    H) "A Review of 'Studies on Natural Desmutagens: Screening for Vegetable & Fruit Factors Active in Inactivation of Mutagenic Pyrolysis Products From Amino Acids'" - Codi Jo Broten

 I) "Data Fusion in the US Navy's LRASM Project" - Caleb Bowers
2) Science demos at local high school
3) Bonfire event with Beta Beta Beta (Biology Honorary)
4) Potluck meeting
5) Special Speaker in April from Heinz Co. (Anticipated)
6) Many members purchased shirts with Alpha Psi - Sigma Zeta graphics
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition  1) Our chapter nominated 6 members for Sigma Zeta Honors Award: Anna Teigen, Mikalah Smith, Codi Jo Broten, Mitchell Irmer, Matthew Hastreiter, and Alexis Haley. Of these nominees, Mitchell Irmer was voted to receive the award.

2) Member Wyatt McDonnell presented his research at the 2014 International Symposium on Staphylococci and Staphylococcal Infections (ISSSI), and his scientific paper, “Low Dosage Delta-ALA-Mediated Photodynamic Inactivation of MSSA and MRSA via Red and Blue Visible Light Exposure,” will be submitted to the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.
National Convention Attendance  Students: Alexis Haley, Codi Jo Broten, Mikalah Smith, Anna Teigen, Mitchell Irmer, and Matthew Hastreiter

Faculty: Dr. Jim Peters and Dr. Paul Hosmer
National Convention Presentations  Anna Teigen - "Comparison of the CRISPR/Cas System and Traditional Restriction Endonucleases"
National Awards, Accomplishments, or Recognitions  The National Convention has yet to take place.
Other Activities or Comments: We will bring our chapter's meeting minutes to the National Convention.

 


Date Submitted Monday, March 23, 2015
Academic Year of Annual Report 2014-2015
Chapter Name Beta Iota
School Name Bethel University
Contact Email Address rseaberg@bethel.edu
Chapter Meetings

Dessert Social, April 23, 2014:

We held a dessert social on Wednesday evening April 23 so that we could recognize graduating seniors and hand out their graduation medallions.  We had chocolate fondue with angel food cake, bananas, apples, strawberries, pretzels, toppings.  It was a fun night!


Sigma Zeta 2014 Fall Banquet:

On Tuesday, November 4th our own Dr. Nathan Lindquist from the physics department spoke on "Interdisciplinary nanotechnology research:  the science and its many applications." Over the past few years, Bethel has invested in building a "NanoLab" for interdisciplinary student/faculty research on microscopy, spectroscopy, imaging, bio-sensing, nano-fabrication and nano-characterization.  The recent addition of a Scanning Electron Microscope further builds our potential for cutting-edge projects.  The talk provided some background on the science of nanotechnology, the tools of the trade, and its many promising applications. We found out how nano-research is directly aimed at solving some of our biggest challenges in energy, healthcare, and the environment.  As is our custom in the fall, our banquet is a combined event with members of the Minnesota Microscopy Society. We had a total of 48 in attendance including students, faculty and MMS members.  We recognized new members and fall graduates. This banquet provided a great time of camaraderie between the different science disciplines and an opportunity for students to interact with experts from industry.

Minnesota 2015 Science Olympiad:

We were asked to provide help as Bethel hosted the Minnesota State Science Olympiad Tournament on Saturday, March 7.  Beta Iota members provided help with directions to event locations on campus, helped run some competitions, and provided a “Minute to Win It” show at the end of the day as high school groups waited to hear competition results.  We plan to help with this event regularly each year.

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 2014 Fall Fundraising:

On Saturday, November 1st, 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.


Minnesota 2015 Science Olympiad:

We were asked to provide help as Bethel hosted the Minnesota State Science Olympiad Tournament on Saturday, March 7.  Beta Iota members provided help with directions to event locations on campus, helped run some competitions, and provided a “Minute to Win It” show at the end of the day as high school groups waited to hear competition results.  We plan to help with this event regularly each year.

Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition 
National Convention Attendance  We regret that we did not have any student members who were able to attend the National Convention this year (2015).  Faculty member Dr. Bob Kistler is a National Officer serving as Webmaster and he will represent Bethel this year.