Michigan Iota
Grand Valley State University
2002-2003 Chapter Report


This is a photo of Paul Fishback, GVSU Iota Chapter Advisor, just after he received a pie in his fact on "Pi Day," 3/14. Student Pete Schwallier (a 2004 PME inductee) has just administered the pie. On the wall behind Paul is the GVSU PME Charter, adjacent to a picture of the GVSU PME charter members.

Advisor and Officers

Advisor: Professor Paul Fishback

President: Kristina Lund

Number of New Members Inducted:


Number of Continuing Members:


Do any of your chapter members plan to attend or present a paper at the PME national meeting at MathFest in Boulder, Colorado?

We hope so!

Describe the two most interesting or unusual chapter activities this year:

1. PME-sponsored workshop on using LaTeX led by Paul Fishback. Many of our students are starting to use LaTeX and find it preferable to the MS Equation Editor. As part of this workshop, I created a web page of LaTeX resources for students, which is accessible via my web page http://faculty.gvsu.edu/fishbacp

2. A "Pi Day" Fundraising Event on 3/14. This event was sponsored by our Math/Stats Club (Jody Sorensen and Karen Heidenreich, co-advisors.) Plastic cups were placed in our tutoring lab in mid-February, with each cup corresponding to a particular math faculty member. Students (and faculty members!) put spare change in the cups, with the total collected funds going to the club. On 3/14, the professors whose cups had collected the most money were invited to receive pies in their faces courtesy of club members. The three winning professors were Steve Schlicker, Phyliss Curtiss, and Paul Fishback.

Do you have any news about current students or recent graduates? For example, scholarships or other awards, acceptances to graduate school, paper presentations at conferences. :

Kristina Lund, chapter president, will begin studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Ph.D. mathematics program this coming fall. In addition to being inducted to PME, Kris received a Goldwater Scholarship, the Department Senior Award in Mathematics (given to one graduating math major each year), and the GVSU Nieymeyer Award. This later award is a university award given to the single GVSU student whose academic work and social contributions do the most to enhance the academic community. This marks the third year in a row a math major/ PME member has received this award.