February 17, 2011 Volume CXXIX Issue 4

Students take part in international math competition

By RACHAEL CASTILLO
Contributing Writer

The Mathematical Competition in Modeling engaged nine Georgetown students in mathematics for 96 straight hours this weekend.

For the second year in a row, Georgetown students formed teams of three and participated in the international competition sponsored by the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications. Colleges and universities can enter teams of up to three students to compete and solve mathematical application problems. Results come in during the last weekend of March.

This year Georgetown entered three teams of three students each. One team consisted of Elizabeth Carter, Kurtis Mann and Anthony Rios. Khant Minn, Julia Smith and Stephen Wechman comprised another team. Georgetown’s final team consisted of Charlie Crowe, Joel Federspiel and Mark Scout.

Teams chose from three prompts. Two teams chose to design a snowboard ramp to maximize vertical air; the third team modeled the environmental and economic practicality of electric vehicles.

The teams opened their prompts at 8 p.m. Thursday and turned in their work at 8 p.m. Monday. As several students remarked, the limited time was demanding. Kurtis Mann, freshman, said he joined the competition because “I like challenges,” but he also commented, “It was more difficult than I thought it would be.”

Julia Smith, sophomore, echoed Mann’s sentiments. She said it was difficult to focus on one problem for so long. In the end, she declared, “It was a stretch, but it was worth it.”

Several factors drew students to the competition. Smith got involved because she is “considering going into a field involving applied mathematics.” The competition gave her experience applying mathematics to real-world problems.

Dr. Harris, the Chair of the Math, Physics and Computer Science Department, hopes the competition will become an annual fixture on Georgetown’s campus. He praised the competition because “thinking about math-related things kind of rocks.”


Spotlight on career fair offers chance for students to connect with employers

By AVA JORDAN
Opinion Editor

The annual Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities Spotlight Career Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 1 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel, formerly Holiday Inn North, in Lexington.

The Spotlight Career Fair is an event sponsored by the 20 private colleges and universities in Kentucky as well as Hanover College of Indiana. It allows students and employers to connect and fill a variety of jobs and internships in the fields of business, government and non-profit organizations, all in one convenient location. Several graduate schools will also attend. There are currently 51 organizations, based in a variety of locations from Pennsylvania to California, though most are Kentucky organizations, slated to attend the event.

Robin Fleischer, director of the Graves Center, said that students should attend this event because “many of the companies and institutions attending Spotlight Career Fair 2011 will not be recruiting individually on Georgetown’s campus this year due to human resources budget cuts. It is important that students take advantage of the close proximity of the career and graduate school fair, only 20 minutes away on Newtown Pike in Lexington.”

Fleischer also said that students should “be prepared to speak with the recruiters by having a ‘30-second commercial about yourself,’ along with a professional resumé. Be dressed professionally, have a good handshake and smile, and be organized; don’t come with a posse of friends and a book bag!”

Fleischer had some final advice to offer to students about the job fair: “NOW is the time to be job searching if you are Senior! NOW is the time to be looking for an internship if you are a Junior! NOW is the time to be considering graduate school options if you are a Junior!”

What to include in your 30-second commercial
The structure of a 30-second commercial generally follows this pattern:
1. Introduce yourself, if appropriate.

2. Discuss your experience. As a co-op student, this would include your major field of study and any relevant work experience.

3. State a strength or skill in which they would be interested.

4. Follow that with an accomplishment (or two) that proves you have that skill. It can be related to school, work, a volunteer experience, an activity (like Eagle Scout), etc.

5. Describe your employment goal. What are you looking for now and/or in the future?

6. Most importantly, tell how you can immediately benefit the company.


SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: LIZ FANNIN

By WHITLEY ARENS
Chief Emeritus

Liz poses in front of the Coliseum in Rome.

Coming from Inez, Ky., senior Liz Fannin is on the brink of graduating from Georgetown College with a double major in Chemistry and Philosophy. At first thought, those two majors might seem like an odd combination, but Fannin’s reasoning behind the pairing makes perfect sense: “I like to know how things work and both Chemistry and Philosophy try to explain the world, just using different approaches.”

After receiving her degrees in May, Fannin is planning to go to medical school and would one day “absolutely love to be a surgeon and to spend some time practicing abroad.”

The abroad thing isn’t a totally new concept for Fannin, considering she spent the entirety of last year’s spring semester studying abroad at Oxford University, specifically at Regent’s Park College as part of the Oxford Program here at GC.

The Oxford Program is only one of many organizations with which Fannin is involved however. She rattles off the list of involvements with ease, most likely a pro at this point at listing her various activities rapidly: “Academic Team. Residence Life. Campus Ministries. Honors Program. Oxford Program. American Chemical Society. Theology Reading Group.”

You probably understand the list now since a description in paragraph or sentence form would most likely take all day to get through. The list doesn’t end there though. Fannin also has a few jobs to add to the queue as the “Mission Frankfort Clinic Intern and Anna Calvert’s slave.”

Her work at the Clinic must feel less like a job and more like a calling/privilege (not sure here? I don’t like either of these words!) since she mentions her work there as one of her spare-time activities: “I really like photography. I like to cook for people. I also spend a lot of time working at a free clinic in Frankfort, Ky. and with church events there.” However, knowing this about Fannin—”As cliche as it sounds, I’m really passionate about trying to do good things for people”—that attitude seems perfectly fitting.

A few paragraphs before this one, I mentioned that Fannin is involved with the American Chemical Society. Excitingly so, Fannin added: “Recently, I was accepted to present a poster about my summer research at a major American Chemical Society conference.”

With events and honors such as these cropping up, it’s no wonder that Fannin is looking forward to the future. On the subject of graduating, she had this to say: “Being a senior has definitely hit me. I’m really enjoying being a senior. I have made great friends and I am enjoying spending time with them, but making plans for the future is also really exciting. I am doing my best to enjoy my time here while I have it, but to also look forward to life after Georgetown. While I have loved my time at Georgetown, I am terribly excited about graduating. The next few years are going to be very challenging, but SO MUCH FUN! I’m really excited about being an adult.”

In terms of her time at GC, Fannin somewhat-jokingly says that she came to Georgetown “because [she] knew [she] wouldn’t go to class if no one noticed when [she] skipped.” I’m sure there are other reasons for her decision as well, but this Spotlight writer is happy to finally get an honest answer to this question. In addition to the attendance accountability, Fannin has enjoyed the Magic Show CEP and raspberry scones and coffee from The Mulberry during her four-year stay at GC.

With graduation on the horizon-and the number of coffees to be consumed from The Mulberry dwindling-it’s a good time to reflect and offer some advice. When asked how she’s changed since freshman year, Fannin said: “It would probably be easier to name things that have stayed the same. I still make nerdy jokes. I still phrase things strangely.”

And as she prepares to leave Georgetown College, she had this advice to offer to underclassmen: “Challenge yourself academically, socially and personally. You never know where your limits are until you push yourself outside of your comfort zone and find them.”

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