BOONE — Some Surry Community College students skipped the typical college spring break in favor of a productive trip to Boone.
The SCC math club, Mu Alpha Theta, made a trek to Appalachian State University during the break March 5-12. The students visited the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Visiting ASU provided math club members with an opportunity to meet and interact with Appalachian’s transfer advisors to learn more about the many details associated with transitioning from a community college.
“Math club members also gained valuable insight from the stories and advice shared by previous transfer students,” SCC said in a written statement.
In addition to lunch and a detailed tour of the ASU campus, these math enthusiasts also had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Katrina Palmer, a professor in the math department, to discuss the various programs offered.
Math club President Hannah Shelton of Elkin found the experience particularly beneficial as she plans to transfer to ASU next fall to work toward becoming a physician assistant.
“Our trip to Appalachian State University was so helpful. I really liked that we got the opportunity to speak with previous transfer students and learn from their experience,” she said. “I learned about the variety of different programs Appalachian has to offer, and I am eager to explore them next fall.”
In addition to taking field trips, the SCC math club also hosts pizza parties for club members and has initiated a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math speaker series featuring guests from both academia and industry. Recent speakers have included Dr. David Stevens, a former instructor at the United States Air Force Academy, who now teaches part-time at SCC. On March 30, the series will feature Frank Brinkley, director of leadership and organizational development of Pike Electric.
For more information on the college’s math club, or to express interest in joining the club, contact SCC math instructor Mike Faulkner at (336) 386-3436 or firstname.lastname@example.org.