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14 Marietta students inducted into national math honorary PDF Print E-mail



Marietta College recently inducted 14 students into its chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the National Mathematics Honorary.

The students were recognized during a formal ceremony at the Betty Cleland Room in the McDonough Center on April 18.

The new members of Kappa Mu Epsilon are: Andrew Bushman ’14 (Pickerington, Ohio), Jacob Double ’14 (Evans City, Pa.), Hannah Duncan ’13 (Norwalk, Ohio), Jacob Eicher ’14 (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Alexandra Jurgens ’15 (Walnut Creek, Calif.), Ethan Kelley ’14 (Washington, Pa.), Jeffrey Lucas ’14 (Ironton, Ohio), Sarah Mayo ’15 (Proctorville, Ohio), Kellen Quinn ’15 (Twinsburg, Ohio), Nicole Schaly ’14 (Ashland, Ohio), Chen Yu Song ’15 (Beijing, China), Robert Thaxton ’14 (Milford, Ohio), Vance Turnewitsch ’14 (St. Clairsville, Ohio) and Kaifeng Xia ’13 (Beijing, China).

Kappa Mu Epsilon is a specialized honor society that was founded in 1931 to promote the interest of mathematics among undergraduate students. Its chapters are located in colleges and universities of recognized standing which offer a strong mathematics major. The chapters’ members are selected from students of mathematics and other closely related fields who have maintained standards of scholarship, have professional merit, and have attained academic distinction.

The primary purpose of KME include furthering the interests of mathematics, helping undergraduate students realizing the important role of mathematics, developing an appreciation of the power of mathematics, providing a society for recognition of the outstanding achievement in the study of mathematics, and disseminating the knowledge of mathematics.


Information Systems senior nabs coveted internship with Ellucian PDF Print E-mail

sampson_austinFor most colleges and universities across the country, including Marietta College, Ellucian, formerly known as Datatel, is the software provider of choice.
This summer, eight college students were chosen to participate in Ellucian’s highly selective internship program, including Marietta’s own Austin Sampson ’13 (Waterford, Ohio).

Sampson, an Information Systems major, has been working with the Mobile Development team in the Software Development division of Ellucian. He first learned about this 13-week internship in Fairfax, Va., from his advisor, Bob Van Camp, Associate Professor.
“Most of the internships we get in the IS department are more business orientated working around the MIS half of the major. This one, however, was more software orientated and dealt with development,” says Sampson, whose inclinations toward software development have been reaffirmed by this experience. 
For most of Sampson’s peers, the work he is doing may seem like complete foreign territory, but one of Ellucian’s most popular mobile apps, MOX, is used by Marietta College students regularly. The app, among other capabilities, shows enrollment for individual courses, making it easy for students to discover who shares their schedule, alleviating that common fear of “Who will I sit with on the first day of class?”
As part of the Mobile Development team, Sampson works on these types of phone applications for the iPhone, Android, and other devices. His typical day is spent working on the computer alongside the other interns, who hail from schools like James Madison and Loyola. 
“Austin is good student who is excellent at problem-solving and programming,” Van Camp said. “He had to go through a rigorous testing process to get this internship. We use (Ellucian) here at Marietta so Austin will have real experience with a large software firm.”
While most of Sampson’s project details are “under wraps” due to the industry’s competitive nature, he could reveal that he is beyond grateful for the opportunity to work with this software powerhouse.
“I'm not really sure where I want to go with my career, but this internship has definitely helped push me toward software development,” Sampson said. “I’m perfectly happy sitting behind a computer, spending my days writing programs, which is exactly what I’m doing now.”

ALICE Program has successful second Year on Campus PDF Print E-mail

ALICE Ferris wheels in space and robots on fire are not uncommon sites for students participating in the Discovering the Wonder of ALICE Programming: Adventures in Computational Thinking Student Institute.

“You get to make a world how you want it” said Parker Williams, 14.

The MCIS department hosted 24 middle and high-school aged students for the second straight year as part of The ALICE Program, which was grant funded by the National Science Foundation.

The program began June 20 and wraps Friday, June 24.

Bob Van Camp, Program Director and Associate Professor of Computer Science, said the students were given an opportunity to learn more about the programming world in an exciting and unique manner.

“The software makes it easy for the kids to have fun and learn skills such as computational thinking and problem solving,” said Van Camp.

ALICE forces students to use their imagination and create a world they eventually can manipulate.

“At first they let us experiment with the program, but eventually they teach us steps so we can change our worlds to whatever we want,” said Christy Heisler, 14.

The program has been so popular that several students had to be put on a waiting list. It’s the encouragement to be creative and manipulate every small detail that keeps the kids coming back each year.

Andrew McGuffey, 12, agrees.

“I loved learning how to make objects inside the program do what I wanted them to do,” he said. “I want to come back next year and learn even more.”


Dr. Mark Miller Accepts Associate Provost Position PDF Print E-mail

Dr. Mark Miller - Associate Provost


Dr. Mark Miller, Associate Professor of Mathematics and current department chair of the MCIS department, has accepted a three-year appointment as Associate Provost for Academic Administration beginning July 1, 2011. Dr. Miller received his undergraduate degree from John Brown University and his master's and Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado at Denver.

He joined the Marietta College faculty as Assistant Professor of Mathematics in 1999 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2004. He has served as mathematics department Chair, Chair of the Faculty, a member of the Vision 2020 task force, and Chair of the Mission and Integrity subcommittee for the reaccreditation self-study. Congratulations, Dr. Miller!

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