Vermont Alpha
Saint Michael's College
2007-2008 Chapter Report

Advisor and Officers

Advisor: Professor Zsuzanna Kadas

President: Andrea Austin

Vice President: Jordan Scampoli

Secretary: Allison Levesque

Number of New Members Inducted:


Number of Continuing Members:


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

The Induction Ceremony was held on October 12, 2007, with a reception for parents and friends afterward. We had a very lively lecture on the topic Chaos and the Mathematics of Prediction: Harry Potter, Hurricane Katrina, and Happiness by Prof. Christopher Danforth of the University of Vermont. (This talk was also a hit at the MAA Northeast Section Meeting we hosted at St. Michael’s in May 2008 and he has since given the talk at an MAA function in Boston as well.)

PME St. Michaels

Do any of your chapter members plan to attend or present a paper at the 2009 PME national meeting at MathFest in Portland, Oregon?


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?

Eleven St. Michael’s students presented papers at the Hudson River Undergraduate Math Conference held on April 19, 2008 at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, including PME members Andrea Austin, Katie Berry, Nick Bruno, Akie Hashimoto, Brian Hopper, Jon Kaptcianos, Hannah LaPlante, Tom Raymond, and Jordan Scampoli. A photo and story are posted here .

Andrea Austin received the Outstanding Math Major award at graduation. Chris Swanson had a NASA- Exploration Systems Missions Directorate summer internship at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. The April 2008 issue of Math Horizons included an article “Alumni Profiles: St. Michael’s College.” Written by Prof. George Ashline, it featured careers of several alums including PME member Patti Bodkin Martucci. Graduate Schools: Andrea Austin – Brown Public Health; Allison Levesque – University of Southern Maine (Statistics); Kate Morrow – University of Vermont (Statistics)