Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

ORU Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kenneth Preston 918.495.6701

ACM Website

The ORU Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery provides an environment where technological experience and resources can be shared. Our goal is to create opportunities for members to interact with each other, to establish relationships with professionals in their fields, to increase awareness of current events in technology and to prepare them for their future careers.

ACM is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to advancing the art, science, engineering and application of information technology. It serves both professional and public interests by fostering an open interchange of information and by promoting the highest professional and ethical standards. Founded in 1947, the Association for Computing Machinery is the largest and oldest educational and scientific society for computing professionals in the world. It keeps its members up to date on new trends, directions and developments in computing and emerging technologies.

Kappa mu Epsilon

Mathematics Honor Society
ORU Corresponding Secretary and Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Andrew Lang 918.495.6692

National KME Website

Kappa Mu Epsilon is a specialized honor society in Mathematics. KME was founded in 1931 to promote the interest of mathematics among undergraduate students. Its chapters are located in colleges and universities of recognized standing which offer a strong mathematics major. The chapters' members are selected from students of mathematics and other closely related fields who have maintained standards of scholarship, have professional merit, and have attained academic distinction. Both men and women are eligible for membership.

The society has grown steadily since its founding and today has one hundred eighteen chapters and approximately sixty-one thousand members in thirty-four states.

The primary purposes of being a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon include the following:

  • to further the interests of mathematics in those schools which place their primary emphasis on undergraduate programs.
  • to help undergraduate students realize the important role that mathematics has played in the development of civilization.
  • to develop an appreciation of the power and beauty possessed by mathematics, due, mainly, to its demand for logical and rigorous modes of thought.
  • to provide a society for the recognition of outstanding achievement in the study of mathematics at the undergraduate level.
  • to disseminate the knowledge of mathematics and familiarize its members with the current progress in this important area of human interest.

Computer Club

ORU Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kenneth Preston 918.495.6701

This year, Dr. Dave Eland sent two teams to the annual ACM South Central USA Regional Programming Contest. The region includes schools from Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. At the regional contest there were 71 teams from 30 universities. (At the international contest, there will be 100 teams selected from around 7000 teams from the regional contests all around the world.)

The regional contest was held at four sites: Louisiana State University, Oklahoma East Central University, Baylor University, and LeTourneau University. Dr. Eland and the students attended at the East Central University site in Ada, Oklahoma, since it is closest to Tulsa. All of the sites were linked over the Internet, and all problems submitted were judged at the Louisiana site.

The contest was held on Saturday, October 30, from 12:00 to 5:00. There were eight problems to be solved. The team that won first place solved eight problems. (The winner goes on to the international competition, held this year in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.)

The following students represented ORU at the contest:

  • ORU Blue -- Maria Hernandez, Jeyan Oorjitham and Jonathan Paugh
  • ORU White -- Daryl Charron, Matthew Farah and Jonathan LeRoux

ORU Blue solved three problems and achieved position eight (out of 19) for schools from Oklahoma, 12 (out of 24) for schools attending at the Ada site and 41 (out of 71) for the entire region. ORU White solved two problems and achieved position 16 for schools from Oklahoma, 21 for schools at the Ada site and 65 for the entire region.

Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

ORU Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Andrew Lang 918.495.6692

National MAA Website

The Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional society that focuses on undergraduate mathematics education. Our members include university, college, and high school teachers; graduate and undergraduate students; pure and applied mathematicians; computer scientists; statisticians; and many others in academia, government, business, and industry. We welcome all who are interested in the mathematical sciences. The mission of the MAA is "to advance the mathematical sciences, especially at the collegiate level."

This mission guides our core interests:

  • Education: We support learning in the mathematical sciences by encouraging effective curriculum, teaching and assessment at all levels.
  • Research: We support research, scholarship, and its exposition at all appropriate levels and venues, including research by undergraduates.
  • Professional Development: We provide resources and activities that foster scholarship, professional growth and cooperation among teachers, other professionals and students.
  • Public Policy: We influence institutional and public policy through advocacy for the importance, uses and needs of the mathematical sciences.
  • Public Appreciation: We promote the general understanding and appreciation of mathematics. We encourage students of all ages, particularly those from underrepresented groups, to pursue activities and careers in the mathematical sciences.