April 20, 2017 8:15AM
Two Pittsburg State University mathematics professors had an opportunity to reflect on history, recently, when they were elected to national offices with Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME), the national mathematics honor society.
Leah Childers, an assistant professor, was elected to serve as president-elect for the organization. Cynthia Huffman, a University Professor, was elected historian and news editor of the KME’s Pentagon Journal.
The elections took place at the KME’s 41st biennial national convention.
“I am honored to serve an organization that provides so many opportunities for students and has been pivotal in my own career trajectory,” Childers said. “In addition, I’m excited to continue the tradition of Pittsburg State providing strong leadership to KME.”
Huffman noted that Pittsburg State’s proud history with the KME goes back to 1934, when the PSU chapter was formed. It was just the third chapter of the organization in the U.S. Because it was the first in Kansas, it is known as the Kansas Alpha chapter.
Pitt State faculty have played an important role in the honor society’s leadership over the decades, Huffman said. J.A.G. Shirk was the second national president of KME. Ron G. Smith, J.D. Haggard and longtime department chair Helen Kriegsman all served as officers. Harold Thomas was historian and president and was honored by KME with its George R. Mach Distinguished Service Award in 1997.
Perhaps more importantly, more than 2,000 PSU students have been inducted into the KME over the years. PSU students routinely attend regional and national KME conventions, where they make presentations and frequently win awards. This year, students Landis Duff and Jacob Rowley were honored for making one of the top student presentations at the national convention.