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Alternative Break Inspires Ministry, Service

Chris Lytle

For many students, spring break is a vacation, a chance to step away from the stresses of daily life. But last year, Mary Carper and Kaylee Bluethmann (now sophomores) embarked on Marian University’s alternative spring break to Campton, Kentucky, and their experience wasn’t exactly a walk on the beach. Perhaps for the first time in their lives, the young women witnessed abject poverty - hungry people, living in a food desert, their lives oftentimes made even more complicated by a lack of education, drug addiction, and alcohol abuse.

Enter Sr. Susan Pleiss, OSF, pastoral associate at Good Shepherd Parish, the only Catholic Church in Campton, and all of Wolfe County. Both Mary and Kaylee were inspired by Sr. Susan’s outreach efforts...

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Marian University’s Chapter of Sigma Zeta Wins National Award

by Katie Bradley | Apr 02, 2014

Last weekend, Marian University’s Gamma Eta Chapter of Sigma Zeta National Science and Mathematics Honor Society received the Founders Cup at the society’s national convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Founders Cup recognizes the chapter that is most active at both the local and national level.

“This award is something that we have been aiming toward since our chapter’s induction in November 2012. Not only have we worked hard to recruit professionals in a variety of math and science fields to give presentations about their careers, but we’ve also created many volunteer and learning opportunities for Marian University students. This award recognizes our efforts,” said senior Jalee Miller, Gamma Eta chapter president.

Since its inception, Gamma Eta has hosted countless activities and events, including on-campus networking opportunities with Dow AgroSciences, Procter & Gamble, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM), and Indianapolis Project SEED. Beyond networking, student members also volunteered time to the university, local high schools (judging science fairs), and College Mentors for Kids.

“I believe our chapter of Sigma Zeta has enriched the college experience for students studying math and science by creating events that give back to the community and organizing speakers who share advice about graduate school and employment opportunities,” said Miller.

This year, six students attended the Sigma Zeta National Convention with three students presenting their summer research projects. Presentations included Laura Schaeper’s research, “Soil erosion prevention along Crooked Creek after removal of the invasive plant Amur Honeysuckle”, Brenna Holland's research, "Evidence Supports that Planarian Regeneration is Not Affected by Handedness", and Andrew Adam's reseach, "Comparative Analysis of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Commercial and TLUD Kiln-produced Biochars by GC-MS with Selected Ion Monitoring".

For more information about the Gamma Eta Chapter of Sigma Zeta National Science and Mathematics Honor Society, contact Jalee Miller at
jmiller241@marian.edu

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