May 16, 2005
How low can you go?
Darrell Minor, professor in the Mathematics Department, recently had his article "Beyond Pascal's Triangle" published in The AMATYC Review, vol. 26 no.2 Spring 2005. Pascal's Triangle is an arithmetical triangle in which every number is the sum of the two numbers directly above it. According to Minor, Pascal's Triangle is more than just a big triangle of numbers. It has a lot of interesting properties, and you can use it to do some neat things in mathematics. There are two major areas where Pascal's Triangle is used, in algebra and in probability/combinatorics. The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) is the only organization exclusively devoted to providing a national forum for the improvement of the instruction of the mathematics in the first two years of college. AMATYC has about 2,800 individual members and more than 100 institutional members in the United States and Canada.
Application for Development Foundation Mini Grants due June 29
The Development Foundation will again offer funding for innovative projects on campus through its annual Mini Grant program, which makes available up to $5,000 per applicant. Proposals are reviewed by a committee made up of Development Foundation board members, faculty and staff, and are evaluated based on each project's benefits to students and/or employees and how the project supports the college mission. To submit a project request for funding, complete the form and submit it by 4:30 p.m. June 29.
New issue of Support What Works newsletter now online
The Development Foundation has published the May issue of Support What Works newsletter, which is available in PDF format for viewing or downloading by clicking on the newsletter icon.
Final Spring Quarter lecture series to profile Army nurses in Vietnam
The Division of Arts and Sciences Faculty Lecture Series will present "The Truth Will Make You Weep: Conflicting Representations of Vietnam War Nurses," presented by Kara Vuic, adjunct faculty member in the Humanities Department, on Tuesday May 17, at 3 p.m. in Nestor Hall Seminar Room B.
When Vietnam War Army nurse Lynda Van Devanter published her autobiography Home Before Morning in 1983, the book was the catalyst needed to spark public interest in the nurses' experiences and the encouragement that many nurses needed to begin voicing their own narratives. But as rumors began that a movie was to be made based on the book, a controversy began. While some nurses were pleased with the book and the public focus on their service, others disapproved of Van Devanter's account. Patricia L. Walsh and Nurses Against Misrepresentation argued that the proposed film version of Home Before Morning was at best inaccurate and at worst a disparaging view of the nurses who served in Vietnam. The debate over the book and proposed film reveals complex discussions of gender roles in the representation of military nurses and women in war, how nurses and women are represented and how they wished to represent themselves, their profession, and their military service. Join the Division of Arts and Sciences at the final Spring Quarter lecture on this stimulating topic.
Automotive Technology to host Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition
Twenty of the state's top high school automotive mechanics will be on campus Friday, May 20, for the AAA/Ford Student Auto Skills competition, which is being hosted by Columbus State for the first time since 1987. The competition is cosponsored nationally by AAA and Ford Motor Company, and regionally by Hertz Rent a Car and NAPA Auto Parts. The competition begins at 10 a.m. outdoors in the parking lot adjacent to the Automotive Facility.
The objective of the competition is to encourage talented young people to pursue careers as automotive service technicians. The 20 students represent the top 10 teams from high schools statewide after more than 70 schools took a written test to qualify. The winners of Friday's competition will compete in the national competition to be held in late June in Washington, D.C.
Hertz will provide 11 identical cars for the competition. The new Ford vehicles are uniformly bugged so that each team has identical malfunctions to diagnose and repair. The competition requires repairs to be made with the highest quality workmanship in the lowest total time.
Chuck Wilson, Ford ASSET coordinator at Columbus State is the state coordinator for the competition and remembers bringing the winning team to the same competition in 1987 when he was a high school instructor. "We had the only perfect car at the end of the competition," remembers Wilson. "We weren't the fastest, but we won."
Judges will be representatives from local Ford dealerships, faculty from Ford ASSET schools and other industry representatives. The winning two-person team from each state and their instructor are provided expense-paid trips to the national finals in June, as well as scholarship money, tools and equipment, according to Wilson.
The competition will be held in the 5E parking lot next to the Automotive Technology facility in Delaware Hall. Portions of the lot will be closed for set up of the competition from Wednesday evening May 18 through Friday afternoon, May 20.
Student athlete accepts full scholarship to complete eligibility in Birmingham
The Cougar's 6'6", 270-pound basketball player Mike Hunter signs a letter of intent to attend Miles College in Birmingham, Ala., where he will receive a full scholarship. Columbus State athletic director Anthony Gholson looks on. Hunter is a graduate of Whetstone High School and played Cougar basketball for two years while majoring in Sports and Fitness Management.
Other recent recipients of basketball scholarships to four-year universities include: Dajuan Tate - Mountain State, W.Va.; Erik Atman - Long Beach State, Calif.; Calvin Fowler - Bellermaine University, Ky.; Shawn Hawkins - Long Beach State, Calif.; John Davis - Tarleton State University, Texas; Cliff McGowen - Ohio University; Anthony Kent - Ball State University, Ind.; and Mansour Diagne - Belmont Abbey College, N.C.
Scavenger Hunt to be held Wednesday
To celebrate National Running and Fitness Week May 16 - 20, the Human Performance Center has joined forces with the bookstore to help Columbus State faculty and staff get together for fitness and fun. On Wednesday, May 18, a departmental scavenger hunt will begin at the bookstore at noon. and end at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, so put on your walking shoes and get ready to find those treasures. For more information, contact Sarah Towning at extension 3847.
Participants in the annual MH/CD/HR Humor Workshop learn to levitate themselves in order to rise above their daily worries! The levitation trick was taught by Humor Workshop presenter Jon Petz, left, one of six humorous workshop leaders at the event, which is held annually to raise money for the Stephen H. Wilson Scholarship Fund, to benefit students in the MH/CD/MR program.