February 27, 2010 - Students Participate in Denison Spring Programming Contest

Albion's team comprised of seniors Robbie Sessions and Mike Smar participated in the 21st Annual Denison Spring Programming Contest held at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. This year, 11 teams from 7 schools (Denison, Albion, Baldwin-Wallace, Oberlin, Muskingum, Ohio Wesleyan, and U of Akron) competed in this 4-hour contest. Albion's team placed 7th, and only two teams solved more problems then Albion. All teams placing above Albion's team had four members, resulting in Albion solving more problems per team member than any other team. Professor David Reimann coordinated Albion's participation in the contest and traveled with the students to Denison University. Albion has regularly competed in the contest since 1997. Final standings for all teams are available at the contest site.

Robbie Sessions (left) and Mike Smar (right) take a moment at the beginning of the competition to ponder solutions to the challenging problems they are facing

March 23, 2010 - Kappa Mu Epsilon Announces New Members

The Albion Chapter (Michigan Alpha) of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, is pleased to announce its new members for 2010. New members are Ben Copeland, Rachel Kain, and Robbie Sessions. KME members must complete at least three semesters of college and rank in the top 35% of their class; complete three college math courses, including at least one semester of calculus; and attain an average grade of 3.0 or better in all mathematics classes. Albion's chapter of KME was founded in 1937. Mark Bollman serves as corresponding secretary and advisor to the Albion chapter. Further information about the national organization is available at kappamuepsilon.org. Congratulations to the new KME members!

Robbie Sessions, Rachel Kain, and Ben Copeland (left to right) are proud new members of Kappa Mu Epsilon

March 30, 2010 - Putnam Exam Results Announced

The results of the Putnam Mathematical Competition, held in December 2009, have arrived. Leading the Albion entries was Rachel Kamischke, with a score of 10, who was followed closely by Mingjia Yang with 9. Chen Chen completed Albion's team scoring with 1 point. The total team score of 20 is the highest achieved at Albion in recent years. Also participating for Albion were Eric Richardson and Kathryn Wagner. Congratulations to all team members!

April 1, 2010 Department Acquires π

piFollowing in the footsteps of the Museum of Modern Art's Department of Architecture and Design in its acquisition of the @ symbol, Albion's Mathematics and Computer Science Department has acquired the Greek letter Pi into its collection of mathematical artifacts. "The acquisition is momentous," exclaimed a clearly elated emeritus professor Robert Messer. "We are all very proud of the acquisition," says chair Mark Bollman. The formal acquisition will hopefully raise the stature and prevalance of this important symbol. Many calculators contain a special key for pi, yet most modern keyboards in the United States do not. "I am ready for a Pi on my keyboard," says professor David Reimann.

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