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MAA/ACM Joint Student Chapter

Literacy Day

The Belmont University mathematics and computer science club is a joint Student Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The MAA and ACM are two of the most prominent professional organizations in mathematics and computer science, respectively.


Our MAA/ACM chapter meets regularly throughout the semester. Each meeting has time for snacks, announcements, and discussion. Sometimes we play a game, other times we have a mini-lecture by a student or professor, but we always have fun! MAA/ACM also sponsors a very popular Game Day each semester at which faculty and students come together to play board games, card games, and video games.

Finally, MAA/ACM performs community service, such as tutoring or helping out with Belmont's Family Literacy Day, each year.

For up-to-date information, pictures, and more, check out the Belmont MAA/ACM Joint Student Chapter webpage.

2016/2017 MAA/ACM Student Chapter Officers:
President: Kailee Gerzema
Vice-President: Katie Kruzan
Secretary: Chandler Kapps
Treasurer: Grant VanderKallen

Faculty advisors: Dr. Maria Neophytou and Dr. Bill Hooper

Belmont Actuarial Students Society

bass2016/2017 Chapter Officers:

President:  Savannah Halliday 
Vice-President: Elly Fell 
Treasurer:  Kailee Gerzema
Secretary:  Aubree Darcy

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Daniel Biles

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The purpose of the Belmont Chapter of the National Science Teachers Association is twofold.  The first goal is to promote scholarship in the sciences by creating resources for teachers to use in the classroom. We also plan on hosting demonstrations of science activities and providing tutoring for students both at Belmont and in the broader Nashville community. In doing so, we hope to share the joy of science with others. Secondly, we aspire to link all the science clubs and organizations at Belmont together through our diverse membership.

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2016-2017 Club Officers:

President(s):  Sarah Cannavino (Fall 2016), Ilyana Ilieva (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
Vice-President/Outreach Coordinator:  Christopher Burdette
Secretary/Marketing Director: Mary Barber
Historian: Shannon Kelly

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Danielle Garrett

Chapter membership requirements:

  • Open to all Belmont undergraduate students with an interest in science and/or education
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA overall
  • Attendance at a minimum of fifty percent of meetings
  • Chapter affiliation is received from this Belmont University chapter and members will be required to pay membership dues of $10 per year

National membership requirements:

  • Open to all Belmont undergraduate students with an interest in science and/or education
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA overall
  • Attendance at a minimum of fifty percent of meetings
  • National affiliation is received from the National Science Teachers Association directly and members will be required to pay membership dues directly to NSTA
  • If a member chooses to participate in national affiliation, the chapter affiliation dues will be waived

Fall 2016 Activities

9/2 10:00 AM 3rd Floor Atrium - JAAC Summer Scholars and SURFS poster session
9/9 10:00 AM JAAC4111 MAA/ACM Club Meeting
9/21 10:00 AM JAAC4110 NSTA Club Meeting
9/21 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Inman/McWhorter Patio Math/CS Dept. Fall Fiesta!
9/23 10:00 AM  JAAC4111 MA(A)CM Social Hour
9/23 4:00 - 6:00 PM JAAC1037 College of Sciences & Mathematics Student Social, hosted by the AED Club
9/29 7:00 - 8:00 PM JAAC4094 Vaughn Science Lecture -- Dr. Christia Spears Brown will present: The Wide Lens of Discrimination: How a range of negative interactions similarly shape developmental health
10/5 10:00 AM  JAAC4110 NSTA Club Meeting
10/10 - 10/11 University Fall Break
10/14 10:00 AM JAAC4111 MAA/ACM Club Meeting
10/19 4:00 - 5:00 PM JAAC1034 Mathematical Musings & Munchings: Dr. Mike Pinter will present Voting Schemes: Is Ranking a Good Alternative to "Vote for One"?
10/21 4:00 - 9:00 PM Beaman A&B Game Night!  Hosted by the MAA/ACM Club
10/24 10:00 AM Chapel Faith & Science Chapel with Audrey Bowden, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University -- co-sponsored by the College of Sciences & Mathematics
10/26 10:00 AM MCWH108 Mathematical Musings & Munchings: Grayson Carroll (Belmont Alum) will discuss Data and Politics
10/28 10:00 AM JAAC4111 MA(A)CM Social Hour
10/28 Off-site MA(A)CM Club volunteers at Boo at the Zoo
11/2 10:00 AM JAAC4110 NSTA Club Meeting
11/11 10:00 AM JAAC4111 MAA/ACM Club Meeting
11/16 10:00 AM JAAC4110 NSTA Club Meeting
11/23 - 11/25 University Thanksgiving Break
11/30 10:00 AM JAAC4110 NSTA Club Meeting
11/30 Various times Various locations Science Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS)
12/2 10:00 AM JAAC4098 MAA/ACM Club Meeting

MAA/ACM Club Volunteers at Boo at the Zoo!

boo at the zoo

MAACM Club members volunteered on October 28, 2016 at the Nashville Zoo's Boo at the Zoo.  During the night, they helped with passing out candy to children who came to the event and running booths that the zoo set up for that night.

(L to R) Del McSpadden, Grant Vanderkallen, Kailee Gerzema, Chandler Capps, Savannah Halliday, and Jackson Streeter


1 game night


Each Fall and Spring semester, the MAA/ACM Club hosts a Game Day for Belmont students. Game Day was held in Beaman A&B from 4:00 – 9:00 PM on Friday, March 20th. Munchies and drinks were provided and there were all kinds of games being played including Jenga, Tsuro, La Boca, Nertz, Blokus, Dixit, Clue, and more! A fun time was had by all!

bassDr. Daniel Biles, Professor of Mathematics, and four of Belmont’s actuarial program students attended the Fall 2015 meeting of the Casualty Actuaries of the Southeast in Atlanta, Georgia on October 6, 2015.  From left to right are pictured Dr. Biles, Savannah Halliday (’17), Kailee Gerzema (’18), Mallory White (’16) and Aubree Darcy (’18). The Belmont students are Mathematics majors completing the Actuarial Track, which includes a business minor, and are members of the Belmont Actuarial Student Society. The Casualty Actuaries of the Southeast is a regional affiliate of the Casualty Actuary Society, whose mission is to advance actuarial science through a singular focus on research and education for property and casualty actuarial practice. Among its 6,700 members are experts in property and casualty insurance, reinsurance, finance, risk management, and enterprise risk management.
MAA/ACM Club helps out at HANDS ON NASHVILLE Event
A group of students and faculty representing the Belmont University Student Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America and Association for Computing Machinery (MAA/ACM) participated in the Hands on Nashville work day event on September 20, 2014.  The group of volunteers worked at Glen Leven Farms in Nashville for a morning of weeding the pumpkin patch. Glen Leven Farm is a working 65-acre farm just four miles from downtown Nashville.  The Land Trust for Tennessee now owns this farm and they host workshops, group tours and school field trips.

The MAA/ACM Club participants, as shown in the photo above, were: Savannah Halliday, Marlee Stevenson, Haley Daniels, Geoff Gross, Dr. Maria Neophytou, Jackson Streeter, Michael Kranzlein, and Ben Stringer. This is the sixth consecutive year that MAA/ACM has participated in HON Day.

Hands On Nashville Day is the area's largest day of service benefiting Metro Nashville Public Schools. This was the 23rd year for the event and there were more than 2,100 volunteers participating. 
MAA/ACM students participate in Family Literacy Day at Rose Park

A group of students from the Belmont MAA/ACM student organization participated in Belmont's 14th Annual Family Literacy Day event on April 12th. Family Literacy Day is an event that is aimed at children from pre-K through Grade 6 and their families and is designed to celebrate the joys of reading. The MAA/ACM group was part of the set-up crew, including setting up the mural shown in the photo. They also picked up trash and blew-up balloons for the children.

literacy day

(L to R) Jackson Streeter, Geoffrey Gross, Savannah Halliday, Alice Curtis, Angela Gaetano, and Victoria Lim