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Area students inducted into Math Honor Society at SCC

Local inductees include: Isaac Moore of Columbia, Michelle Terwilliger of Liberty, and Josh Hayes and Cassidy Emerson of Russell Springs

By Allison Horseman

Somerset, KY - Somerset Community College students who excel in mathematics were recently inducted into the Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society. The 35th annual recognition of these students was held on the SCC Somerset campus. New 2016 Mu Alpha Theta initiates include Hubert Banks II, Cayley Blevins, Michael Cook, Cassidy Emerson, Josh Hayes, Kayla Johnson, Jared New, Jimmy Morrow, Evan Roberts, Wesley Robinette, Michelle Terwilliger and Amanda Whitehead.

Mu Alpha Theta is the national high school and two-year college mathematics honor society with over 88,000 student members in more than 1,800 schools, according to the organization. The society is dedicated to inspiring interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school and two-year college students.

SCC students inducted into the society were honored during lunch. Current SCC Mu Alpha Theta members and SCC Mathematics/Science Division faculty and staff were also in attendance. Inductees were joined by guest speaker Dr. Kamyar Cyrus "K.C." Mahboub and former Mu Alpha Theta member and SCC graduate Caleb Dobbs. Dr. Mahboub is the associate dean for outreach and external partnerships and is the Lawson professor of civil engineering at the University of Kentucky (UK).

Dr. Mahboub chaired sessions for those who plan to attend the University of Kentucky. He answered questions and outlined tips for success for those interested in attending the university. Dr. Mahboub provides administrative leadership at UK College of Engineering by serving as the associate dean for outreach and external partnerships. His portfolio includes working with various domestic and international academic institutions to recruit high quality engineering students to UK. He also works with international partners to expand study abroad opportunities for UK students. Dr. Mahboub received his BSCE from The University of Texas at Austin, and MSCE and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. He is a registered professional engineer (PE) in Kentucky, and he is an ASCE Fellow.

Caleb Dobbs is an engineering student at University of Kentucky. He is completing dual degrees in electrical engineering and computer engineering. He is a native of Monticello, Kentucky, a graduate of Somerset Community College, a member of Mu Alpha Theta as well as Sigma Zeta national science honorary. He participated in the panel discussion of former Somerset Community College students. These students shared their experiences and advice for those who will be transferring to universities. In addition they answered many questions from those attending this session.

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Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society at SCC

2016-04-05 - Somerset, KY - Photo courtesy Somerset Community College.
Above: Members of the Somerset Community College Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society include, from left: Hannah Dobbs, Monticello (chapter president); Caleb Stringer, Somerset; Cayley Blevins, Somerset; Michelle Terwilliger, Liberty; Jared New, Somerset. Back row from left: Katie Estep, Science Hill (chapter vice-president); Catelyn Acey, Somerset; Isaac Moore, Columbia; Josh Hayes, Russell Springs; Jonathan Yancey, Whitley City; Rebecca Black, Somerset; Caleb Dobbs, Monticello. Not pictured: Hubert Banks II, Somerset; Michael Cook, Somerset; Cassidy Emerson, Russell Springs; Kayla Johnson, London; Jimmy Morrow, Somerset; Evan Roberts, Bronston; Wesley Robinette, Monticello; Amanda Whitehead, Somerset.

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