Active Student Groups

Beta Beta Beta Bowling for Uganda

Beta Beta Beta Bowling for Uganda

Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society, is a very active student group.  Here is a list of activities the group has held:
February 2012: Inducted 26 full members and 27new members. Samantha
Bownes spoke about her experiences at Hope North through the MHIRT
program.
March 2012: Speaker for Church Health Center spoke at Tri Beta meeting. He
explained the services provided by CHC and encouraged students to apply for internships.
April 2012:  1. Faculty/Student Volleyball tournament for the Church Health Center raised $600.  Faculty won for 2nd year in a row.  2. Arranged for tours of the University
of Tennessee Health Science Center and St. Jude Children’s Research Center.  3. Election of new officers.  4. Lasagna dinner (fixed by Dr. Mary Ogilvie) for old and new officers.
May 2012:  Senior members were able to proudly wear their Tri Beta Honor cords to graduation.
October 2012:  Mock Interviews with health professionals.  Julia Hanebrink (MHIRT Program Director) spoke at the meeting about Hope North in Uganda.  Co-sponsored an event with the Honors program for a screening of the movie, Born to be Wild.  This was followed by a talk presented by two zoo staffers from the Memphis Zoo.
November 2012:  Bowling for Hope North raised about $1,000 for the Ugandan community.
December 2012:  Tri Beta & ACS Christmas party and carols.
February 2013:  Induction of 31 associate and 11 full memebers.  Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology, was the invited speaker and talked about the ecology of the Mississippi River.
March 2013:  The Volunteer Director from the Church Health Center (CHC) spoke to the grouop about CHC services and encouraged students to apply for internships.

SMACS officers

From left to right, the picture above shows Anna Birg, Vice-President, Robert Banks, National Chemistry Week Chair, Yusef Akbik, President, Esha Thakore, Secretary, Krystyna Clark, Treasurer, Russell Higgins, Senator, and Parth Thakor, Webmaster. Officers not pictured include Tiffany Corkran, Chemistry Olympiad Chair,
Brent Holmes, Social Chair, and Alvin Siow, Photographer/Historian.

The CBU Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) has been very active during the past year.  The club received notification during fall 2012 that it will receive an Honorable Mention Award from the national office of the American Chemical Society for its 2011-2012 chapter activities.  The CBU SMACS chapter was also notified during fall 2012 that it will receive a Green Chemistry Chapter Award from the American Chemistry Society’s Green Chemistry Institute.  Formal presentation of the awards comes at the April 2013 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Anyone with an interest in chemistry or biochemistry is encouraged to join the club; membership includes students from the School of Engineering and most majors in the School of Science.  Yusef Akbik is the current President of the CBU SMACS chapter.

During the month of October, 2012, SMACS celebrated National Chemistry Week and Mole Day.  2012 marked the 75th Anniversary of the American Chemical Society’s Student Members clubs and the 25th Anniversary of National Chemistry Week.  The week began with a surprise demonstration on Monday of Elephant Toothpaste in the lobby of Assisi Hall and continued with Diet Coke and Mentos on Tuesday outside Cooper-Wilson, The Flaming Gummi Bear on Wednesday, a Special Seminar of Chemical Demonstrations by Dr. Harmon Donathan on Thursday, and Foaming Pumpkins in the lobby of Cooper-Wilson on Friday.  The club had its traditional Mole Day Dinner on October 23 at the Spaghetti Warehouse with student members and both current and Emeriti faculty in attendance.  A good time was had by all!

SMACS helping at Science Fair last year

The picture above was taken during the judging portion of the 2012 Memphis-Shelby County Science and Engineering Fair.

The CBU SMACS Chapter participated in a variety of community service activities during the past year.  The club is one of the sponsors of the Memphis-Shelby County Science and Engineering Fair.  Members of the club serve important roles in the Fair handling registration, judging middle school science projects, helping with general set-up and program preparation, and serving as courtesy guides.  The CBU chapter was also co-host for the Greater Shelby County local and National Examinations of the Chemistry Olympiad and the local High School Competitive Examination which were sponsored by the Memphis section of the American Chemical Society and were held during spring 2012.

The club participates in a wide range of additional service activities including chemical demonstrations for middle and high school students, participation in the Science Olympiad, participation in activities and demonstrations that promote environmental awareness, and assisting the Admissions Department with demonstration sessions during Science and Engineering Days.

Dominique Garcia-Robles (Left, B.S. Chemistry, 2011) and Kay Powell (Center) are shown talking with Damien Stevenson (B.S., Biochemistry) after the presentation.

Dominique Garcia-Robles, Chemistry 2011 (left) and Kay Powell (Center) are shown talking with Damien Stevenson, Biochemistry major, after the presentation.

The CBU chapter of SMACS participates in a number of activities with Tri-Beta, the Biology Honor Society.  They co-host the annual ACS-Tri-Beta Christmas Party.  Members of the CBU SMACS chapter participate in several Tri-Beta events, including Bowling for Hope North in Uganda and the Annual Volleyball Game for the Church Health Center.  On March 14, 2013, Tri-Beta was the club’s special guest for a joint meeting featuring presentations by Kay Powell on Optometry School and Dominique Garcia-Robles (B.S. Chemistry, 2011) on service opportunities with SVOSH, Student Volunteers for Optometric Service to Humanity. Both Kay Powell and Dominique Garcia-Robles are students at the Southern College of Optometry School.

MAA Chess Tournament this fall

Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Chess Tournament this fall

The Student Section of the Mathematical Association of America received the CREATIVE PROGRAM AWARD for its Chess Tournament at the Greek Awards 2012.  They again hosted the event this past November.  In addition to their usual activities: they created Fibonacci rectangles that resulted in the golden spiral seen through the Cooper-Wilson Science Center,  students from the Geometry and History of Math class shared insights about the origins of zero and early (surprisingly accurate) computations of the Earth’s circumference;  and teams challenged each other in a friendly game of Math Jeopardy.  A new addition to the annual Pi Day celebration was the tattoos members showed off.  Of course, that did not interfere with their eating pie.   The group is planning a trip to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where they will tour the Oak Ridge National Laboratories on March 25th.  The theme of Math Awareness Month 2013 is the Mathematics of Sustainability.  Sustainability is not only a hot national topic, but one that has inspired several initiatives on CBU’s campus in recent years.  The MAA is planning activities to educate the campus about math’s role.

Science Jeopardy contest

Science Jeopardy contest

The CBU chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) held a kite flying event at Shelby Farms in the spring, and had a paper airplane contest that included contestants from Rhodes College.  SPS members also attended the Zone 10 SPS meeting at Henderson State University where Brent Holmes made a presentation.  This fall it held a Science Jeopardy contest where teams from both CBU and Rhodes College competed.   SPS members assisted with three of the Science Olympiad events this spring.  SPS members also joined Rhodes College SPS members at a formal dance at the new Kroc Center this spring.