## Invitation to the 2014 Induction Ceremony

March 20, 2014, 5:00 pm

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## Formation of the Massachusetts Iota Chapter of the Pi Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society at Westfield State University

The Mathematics Department is proud to announce the formation of the Massachusetts Iota Chapter of the Pi Mu Epsilon (PME) National Mathematics Honor Society at Westfield State University. Seniors Walter Malec and Jessica Fothergill (President and Vice President of our Math Club) began lobbying for the formation of our chapter in the spring of 2012. The application to form a new chapter was unanimously approved by the board of PME this spring.

The celebration of our new chapter took place March 22, 2013. First, an inaugural lecture was delivered by Dr. Richard Holford (father of WSU’s own Professor Vanessa Diana). Dr. Holford, a retired applied mathematician, spoke on his life and work as an applied mathematician.

Following a reception attended by family, friends, and guests, the first members were inducted into our new chapter by Dr. Brigitte Servatius, board member of PME and Professor of Mathematics at WPI. These charter members included thirty two juniors and seniors students chosen based on their GPA, two alumni currently teaching at WSU, and the twelve faculty members of the Mathematics Department. While most of the student inductees are math majors, several elementary education/ mathematics concentration major seniors were also invited to join. Congratulations to all of our wonderful and mathematically talented students!!